- Max Spiers, 39, originally from Canterbury, was found dead in Poland
- He had gone to the country to talk about conspiracy theories and UFOs
- Medics ruled he died from natural causes despite no post-mortem
- Days before his death, he texted his mother: ‘If anything happens to me, investigate’
- His mother thinks he may have made enemies who wanted him dead
- Friends claimed he died in an apartment after he ‘vomited a black liquid’
A British man who traveled to Poland to give a lecture on conspiracy theories and was found dead in his Warsaw apartment was conducting an investigation into alleged pedophilia that took place in a US Army-run facility in San Francisco nearly 30 years ago.
Max Spiers, a 39-year-old father of two, was found dead on a sofa in Poland, where he had gone to give a talk about conspiracy theories and UFOs.
Prior to his death, Spiers texted his mother to say ‘If anything happens to me, investigate’ just days before his mysterious death.
He was ruled to have died from natural causes despite no post-mortem examination being carried out on his body.
Friends have claimed he died in a Warsaw apartment after he ‘vomited a black liquid’.
Now it has emerged that Spiers was inquiring about allegations of widespread sexual abuse against children that was committed at a military base in California by employees acting under the influence of a satanic cult.
In 1987, the US Army demolished a child care center at its Presidio base in Northern California just one year after as many as 60 children were sexually abused there, according to the Associated Press.
One civilian employee of the center, Gary Willard Hambright, was indicted for molesting 10 children, though charges against him were ultimately dropped.
One US Army officer at the base, Lt. Col. Michael Aquino, was alleged to have taken part in the abuse, according to The San Jose Mercury News.
Aquino was known as the self-confessed founder of a Satanic movement known as The Temple of Set.
Despite rumors of his involvement and a police investigation, he was never charged.
Max was ruled to have died from natural causes despite no post-mortem examination being carried out on his body
In subsequent investigations, it was determined that a number of children exhibited signs of being victimized, including four who had contracted sexually transmitted diseases.
Spiers was looking into the Presidio affair and Aquino’s role, which he believed to be part of a larger underground movement that entailed ritual sexual abuse of children in San Francisco in the late 1980s, according to the UK Daily Express.
Shortly before his death, Spiers told Polish YouTube channel PorozmawiajmyTV that he was digging into the story and that his life may be in danger as a result.
His mother, Vanessa Bates, also feared for his life.
She said his dark investigations into UFOs and government cover-ups may have made him enemies who wanted him dead, claims Bates, 63.
Max was known as a ‘supersoldier’ by his followers and those in the conspiracy and supernatural community.
In a chilling text message to Vanessa just days before his death, Max wrote: ‘Your boy’s in trouble. If anything happens to me, investigate.’
In one of his final social media messages he wrote, in a reply to a friend who asked how he was: ‘I’m good, I am just wayyyyyy too tired.’
Originally from Canterbury, Max was a former classmate with the actor Orlando Bloom.
Vanessa said in a recent interview that Max was ‘exposing’ who was ‘dangerous in the world of government [and] the entertainment world.’
He lived in America for a few years, but had returned to the city to stay with his mother, before jetting off to Poland.
Max had been working with science fiction writer Madlen Namro and Monika Duval, who he is also believed to have been staying with whilst in Poland.
Vanessa said: ‘He was making a name for himself in the world of conspiracy theorists and had been invited to speak at a conference in Poland in July.
‘He was staying with a woman who he had not known for long and she told me how she found him dead on the sofa.
‘But I think Max had been digging in some dark places and I fear that somebody wanted him dead.’
Max made a career out of investigating UFO sightings and alleged cover-ups.
More recently, he was said to be probing into the lives of well-known figures in politics, business and entertainment.
Vanessa, speaking to KMTV about his time in Poland, added: ‘…these people seemed to be involved in some very, very dark and dangerous areas of the world and I was afraid that as he was gaining popularity and fame that perhaps somebody would want him out of the way i.e. not alive any longer.’
His unexplained death, and its subsequent treatment by the authorities, has left many online followers convinced he was killed by government agents.
Conspiracy theorists have long been convinced that UFO chasers who get too close to the truth are ‘bumped off’ by the secret services or so-called ‘Men in Black’.
On one website, Project Camelot, a blogger wrote: ‘The entire circumstances are suspicious and I urge everyone to encourage the release of details about what really happened and call for an autopsy.’
Another, Craig Hewlett, added: ‘If it wasn’t true what he talks about then why would they kill him? Healthy people don’t just get sick and die, they get poisoned.’
Vanessa, who works as an English teacher, also accepts the theories. She said: ‘Max was a very fit man who was in good health and yet he apparently just died suddenly on a sofa.
‘All I have is a death certificate from the Polish authorities that it was from natural causes, but no post-mortem was done so how can they tell that?
‘They are also refusing to release any paperwork about it to me because, absurdly, I don’t have his written permission.’
Max worked with the supernatural and conspiracy theory group Bases Project and was due to appear at a conference held Wiltshire in August.
Miles Johnson, part of the project and a friend of Max’s, said in an interview with Project Camelot: ‘…a person has died here and I don’t think it’s good enough [that] somebody who just took normal medication should end up vomiting, spewing black liquid, whatever it was. And then shortly after that, whatever length of time it was died.’
A message on the Bases Project website reads: ‘Max was a good friend to many of us and he will be greatly missed, please show your respects for him by refraining from gossip and allowing his family and close friends to deal with their loss in peace. RIP Max Spiers.’
Max was buried in Canterbury cemetery after his mother arranged to have his body flown home a week after his death.
A post-mortem examination was carried out by a pathologist in Kent, but Vanessa says that more than two months later she still does not know the result, or whether there will be an inquest.
She added: ‘Apparently, he had not suffered any obvious physical injuries but he could have been slowly poisoned, which is why the results of toxicology tests from his post-mortem are so important.
‘He has a brother, Josh, and sister, Becky, who are both devastated, as are his two boys. We all want answers to this and I will continue to fight to get to the truth.’
The North East Kent coroner’s office would only confirm the death was at the ‘very early’ stages of investigation’.
A GoFundMe donation site was started last week to raise funds to pay for a headstone and memorial service for friends.
The author of the page said the fund was set up on behalf of Vanessa and his family.
The statement on the site reads: ‘Max was loved and will be missed by many so we are giving people the opportunity to donate to this fund to pay for a memorial service and headstone.
‘If you are able to attend the service a date will be set once the fund target has been reached. As a lot of Max’s family were not able to attend his burial this is also an opportunity for them to come and pay their respects as well.’