Today, the story of the death of British UFO investigator, conspiracy theorist and supernaturalist, Max Spiers, is splashed all over tabloids and mystery mongering sites. Headlines scream that Spiers was close to exposing secrets and may have been murdered instead of dying of natural causes as the death certificate says. He may have even warned his mother that someone was after him.
This story sounded intriguing and strange, so, knowing nothing about it prior to today, I dove in. I ended up pulling myself out of a dark, insane rabbit hole of bizarre claims and paranoia. The story is not quite as the headlines portray.
Max died in Warsaw, Poland, on July 15 or 16, 2016 (the date is unclear). It made news in the UFO-conspiracy community at that time with many speculating that he was poisoned. But several observers noted from a video of the time that he seemed sleepy, perhaps on drugs. In the last interview recorded for a Polish media outlet 3 or 4 days before his death, Spiers’ speech is slurred and he sounds not just tired but incoherent and rambling. He had just returned from what he suggests was a strenuous trip to Cyprus and may have been ill.
Since he died out of the country, his next of kin apparently did not get good information about the circumstances. His mother was informed of his death by those who were with him at the time. He supposedly died on a couch while staying with friends and could not be revived. Additional rumors were that his body was mishandled, leading to further suspicion that something was amiss. The consensus from news reports was that he was 39 years old with no outward health issues. The body was flown back to the UK a week later when a postmortem was conducted. The results, including toxicology tests, were apparently never released. An inquest is expected.
Spiers mother, Vanessa Bates, now tells the media that she received a text warning that he was in trouble.
From The Guardian:
Max Spiers, 39, was visiting the eastern European country to give a talk but was found dead on a sofa days after she says he texted her to say: “Your boy’s in trouble. If anything happens to me, investigate.”
Vanessa Bates, 63, said the Polish authorities told her her son died in July of natural causes but no postmortem examination was carried out.
“I think Max had been digging in some dark places and I fear that somebody wanted him dead,” she said. “Max was a very fit man who was in good health and yet he apparently just died suddenly on a sofa.”
Back in July, when suspicion was already wildly flying about Spiers’ sudden death, his mother made no such claims about a text message. I found a comment from her (or someone pretending to her) on a blog site on September 29 after the story had died down from July. She was now saying that his death was suspicious but admits he had issues with opiate drugs:
The same commenter revisited the site saying that more would be revealed. With the story reinvigorated on October 16 in The Daily Mail, several sites picked it up and reported as if it had just happened. Then other people, such as his fiancee, spoke out in public that Max was about to expose a “black magic” circle of politicians and celebrities. His friend mentioned that he was receiving death threats. Many had already proposed that UFO researchers were being targeted. The increased publicity may have been to aid in getting an autopsy or coroners inquest. There was also a fund raising effort for his burial costs.
We know little for certain in this case. The media is reporting sensational stories without solid evidence for any targeting, poisoning or truth behind the outrageous conspiracy claims. People are rapidly rolling with the speculation. The dramatic story of a seemingly healthy person dying suddenly under possibly mysterious circumstances is a tale ripe for exaggeration. Circumstantial evidence also points to his use of some “medication” at the time, that he was ill, perhaps vomiting, and known to have a history of narcotics use. Spiers believed in some truly bizarre ideas about the world to the point that a normal mental state sounds doubtful. He claimed to have been the victim of a mind control program run by the government and surviving Nazis. He was called a “supersoldier” as if he was a warrior with superhuman abilities. That’s just the tip of the incredible claims. He spoke of an underground alien base, chip implants, Vampiric energy (parasitic negative beings), inter-dimensional entities, the Annunaki, crop circles, Illuminati… all the typical pseudo-archaeology and conspiratorial effluvia promoted in the dark forums of the internet.
The North East Kent coroner’s office would only respond to media inquiries saying the death was at the ‘very early’ stages of investigation – strange since the postmortem was in late July. Did he work or worry himself to death, was he sick, did he overdose? Nothing is clear except that all those possibilities are far more likely than he was killed because of his investigation into UFOs and the New World Order for which there is no evidence. Spiers’ family certainly deserve some answers to the apparent cause of death. But if you believe incredibly baseless fantastical claims without reliable evidence, you won’t believe a coroner’s report, either. This story has entered the mythology of the alien-conspiracy mythology. It’s really sad.
Tip: Strange Frequencies Radio