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The Second Black Plague:

Anatomy of a Doomsday Pandemic

 

(adapted from & inspired by material previously published at Othertimelines.com)

Part 1

 

by Chris Oakley

 

 

 

From an AP dispatch out of Rome dated February 25th, 1964:

Italian medical authorities have ordered a hotel in downtown Rome

placed under quarantine after four of its guests were admitted to a

local hospital complaining of high fevers and severe headaches....

 

From the February 27th, 1964 New York Times:

TWO DEAD FROM ITALIAN MYSTERY ILLNESS;THREE OTHERS INFECTED

 

From a BBC Radio Home Service broadcast dated March 1st, 1964:

Authorities now confirm eight dead and thirteen infected as the result

of an apparent epidemic in Rome, Italy. Italian health officials are still

uncertain as to how and when the illness was introduced to the city, but

it has already become clear that the course of the disease, first diagnosed

among guests at a local hotel, is swift and lethal....

 

From a dispatch by the American ambassador in Rome to US Secretary of State Dean Rusk, dated March 4th, 1964:

Weíre up to seventeen dead now here...thereís chaos in this city on a level

it hasnít seen since the fall of Mussolini. Ambulances now have to travel with

armed escorts to pick up new cases of what theyíre calling "the hotel virus",

and with ten to fifteen new victims becoming infected every day you can be

sure those ambulances are kept busy...

 

From NBCís Today show for March 7th, 1964:

For the first time the so-called "Rome virus" has been diagnosed in a

victim outside the area of the hotel where it was first discovered. A local

policeman was hospitalized late this morning after reporting to his

physician the high fever and headaches commonly associated with the

disease, which has so far killed thirty people and infected nearly a hundred

more...

 

From the March 8th, 1964 New York Daily News:

FIFTY DEAD IN ROME EPIDEMIC; VIRUS FEARED TO HAVE SPREAD TO GENOA

 

From a British Foreign Office travel advisory dated March 11th, 1964:

In view of the 65 deaths caused by the so-called ĎRome virusí travelers to

Italy are cautioned to avoid Rome and Genoa at all costs...

 

From the March 14th, 1964 Jerusalem Post:

A spokesman for the Italian consulate in Haifa admitted that some

areas of Rome and Genoa are in a state of panic as both cities fight to

rid themselves of the Rome virus that has claimed nearly a hundred

lives in less than a month....

 

From the March 16th, 1964 Boston Globe:

BRITISH DOCTOR WHO DISCOVERED ROME VIRUS SAYS

NEW STRAIN OF THE DISEASE MAY BE EVOLVING

Warns Second Form Of Germ May Be More Deadly Than The First

 

From the NBC Nightly News of March 19th, 1964:

For the first time the Rome virus-- also known as "Morganís disease"

after the British physician who first diagnosed it --has manifested itself

outside Italyís borders. A policeman in the Austrian city of Linz was

rushed to a local hospital late this afternoon after informing his chief

that he was suffering from the headaches commonly associated with the

disease, which is so far estimated to have killed more than 150 people and

infected 315 more....

 

From the March 21st, 1964 London Times:

AUSTRIANS CLOSE THEIR BORDER WITH ITALY; SWISS EXPECTED TO FOLLOW SUIT IN 24 HOURS

 

From a Canadian Broadcast Corporation news report dated March 24th, 1964:

Canadian health officials are meeting to discuss what measures can be taken

to safeguard this country against an outbreak of Morganís disease similar to

to the one which has killed 200 people in Italy and six in Austria during the past

month. As the casualty toll from that virus continues to rise and the virus itself

defies all scientific efforts to find a cure, Canadian tourists in Italy are desperate

to get out of the country....

 

From the March 27th, 1964 Chicago Tribune:

MORGANíS DISEASE EPIDEMIC CLAIMS ITS 300TH VICTIM

 

From the March 28th, 1964 Toronto Globe & Mail:

The first batch of evacuation flights carrying Canadians home from

Italy and Austria landed in Ottawa just after 8:30 PM last night, bringing

with them harrowing accounts of plague and violence. With the death toll

from the Morganís epidemic now standing at 350 in Italy and 13 in Austria,

and at least one confirmed case of the virus in Switzerland, government

health officials have ordered that all passengers on these evacuation flights

be screened before they get on the planes and after they get off to minimize

the risk of the disease spreading to Canada...

 

From a KGB senior field agentís coded message to the agencyís headquarters in Moscow, dated March 31st, 1964:

Request new personnel for my operations team immediately. Two of

my operatives have died of the Rome virus and three others are infected

with it. The press here say that there are 410 dead in Italy, 25 in Austria,

and three in Switzerland as a result of this disease and I do not wish to

see my surveillance activities compromised by it...

 

From the April 2nd, 1964 New York Daily News:

ROME UNDER MARTIAL LAW

UN SCIENTISTS CONFIRM EXISTENCE OF TWO NEW STRAINS OF

MORGANíS DISEASE

 

From a memo sent by Secretary of State Rusk to President Lyndon Johnson, dated April 5th, 1964:

Believe it would be prudent to bring at least some dependents and non-essential

personnel home from our diplomatic outposts in Italy and Austria. Iím particularly

concerned about our Rome embassy, given that current WHO estimates indicate

one-third to one-half of the cityís population will be infected with Morganís disease

within 2-3 weeks...

 

From the April 7th, 1964 London Times:

MARTIAL LAW DECLARED IN GENOA

 

From the April 9th, 1964 Montreal Gazette:

WORLDWIDE DEATH TOLL IN MORGANíS DISEASE EPIDEMIC NEARING 500

 

From the April 12th, 1964 Sydney Morning Herald:

450 DEAD IN ITALY, 40 IN AUSTRIA, 11 IN SWITZERLAND--

Will France Be Next To Feel The Sting Of The Rome Virus?

 

From the April 15th, 1964 issue of Newsweek:

The Morganís disease epidemic is now in some quarters beginning to draw comparisons

with the 1918-19 influenza pandemic that devastated much of the world. This lethal virus,

of which three strains are already known to exist and a fourth is suspected to be developing

even as you read this article, is posing a severe challenge to modern medical science; after

nearly two months doctors have yet to even find a treatment for the virus, let alone a cure or

vaccineÖ

 

From the April 17th, 1964 LíOsservatore Romano:

In his homily yesterday at St. Peterís Basilica, His Holiness Pope Paul VI

asked people everywhere to pray for the souls of those who have succumbed

to Morganís disease. This terrible contagion has killed 500 in Italy, 66 in Austria,

and 37 in Switzerland since it was first diagnosed in Rome nearly two months

agoÖ

 

From a BBC Radio Home Service broadcast dated April 19th, 1964:

With the death rate from the Rome virus having begun to accelerate for

reasons as yet unknown, a mood of terror has gripped the Italian people as

the epidemic nears its third month. There are now 600 dead in Italy from

the disease, which has also claimed the lives of 70 Austrians and 33 Swiss;

in Paris, French health authorities are bracing for a possible outbreak of the

virus in southern FranceÖ

 

From the April 20th, 1964 Los Angeles Times:

ITALIAN GOVíT. CONFIRMS THREE MORGANíS CASES IN MILAN

 

From a report by the US Surgeon General dated April 23rd, 1964:

The three known strains of Morganís disease vary in their specifics, but share

these general characteristics:

              All three strains are airborne viruses, usually transmitted by coughing or exhaling;

              All three strains have an approximate incubation period of 1-3 months;

              All three strains start with fever and severe headaches, followed by a breakdown in

            the respiratory system and culminating in death by asphyxiation;

              All three strains kill their victims with 48 hours or less of infectionÖ

               

From the April 24th, 1964 New York Times:

DEATH TOLL IN AUSTRIA FROM MORGANS DISEASE REACHES 100;

12 DEAD IN MILAN; ITALIAN AUTHORITIES SEAL OFF TURIN

 

From the April 28th, 1964 San Francisco Chronicle:

Efforts to prevent the Morganís virus from entering France fell

apart yesterday with the news that a sailor in the port of Marseilles

has been hospitalized with Morganís-A, the earliest known strain of

the disease; he is the first French citizen to contract the fatal

airborne virus, which has already killed 800 people in Italy, 200 in

Austria, and 70 in SwitzerlandÖ

 

From the April 30th, 1964 Manchester Guardian:

Later today, Foreign Secretary Richard Austin Butler is expected to

order the full evacuation of all remaining dependents and non-essential

personnel from British diplomatic facilities in Italy. The order comes in

response to concerns that these people may be infected by the Morganís

virus if they continue to remain on Italian soil; the virus, which has killed

nearly a thousand people in Italy since it first broke out there in late

February, has also claimed hundreds of lives in Austria and Switzerland

and spread as far as southern FranceÖ

 

From a CBS-TV newscast dated May 1st, 1964:

The Hungarian and Czech ambassadors to Russia were conspicuously

absent from this afternoonís May Day festivities in Moscowís Red Square;

both have been recalled by their governments for consultations on what

can be done to prevent the Morganís virus from spreading across the

Austrian border into Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Conversely, by the same

token the Soviet, Hungarian, and Czech embassies in Rome are all still in

lockdown tonight to keep out potential carriers of the virus, which has to

date killed almost 1100 people in Italy alone...

 

From a May 2nd, 1964 letter sent by a Kansas City travel agency to its longtime clients:

We regret to announce that due to the current medical crisis in Europe all scheduled

tours to Italy, Switzerland, and Austria have been cancelled until further notice. We

apologize for the inconvenience and will refund money immediately to those whoíve

already booked such tours...

 

From the May 4th, 1964 Dublin Post:

100 DEAD IN SWITZERLAND FROM MORGANíS DISEASE; VIRUS NOW BELIEVED TO HAVE REACHED MONACO

 

From a BBC-TV newscast dated May 7th, 1964:

The ongoing epidemic in Europe represents nothing less than a

humanitarian nightmare on a scale rivaling the Black Death of 1348. To

name just one example, Genoaís police and medical resources are groaning

under the strain of trying to preserve a modicum of civilization among its

streets; its residents find themselves increasingly hard-put to cope with the

grim reality of their plight...

 

From an ABC-TV newscast dated May 8th, 1964:

It is a tragic irony that Rome, which has survived barbarian invasion, Napoleonís armies,

Fascist repression, and Nazi occupation, may soon be brought to its knees by a germ smaller

than the typical human thumbnail. As a consequence of the Morganís epidemic Romeís main

airport has been closed to commercial air traffic for weeks, causing economic hardship which

parallels and exacerbates the physical suffering brought on by the disease...

 

From an AP dispatch out of Paris dated May 10th, 1964:

French health authorities estimate 30 deaths in France and 11

in Monaco as a result of the Morganís virus epidemic which has

been ravaging parts of Europe for over two months. The airborne

disease, which has already killed 1300 people in Italy, 500 in

Austria, 330 in Switzerland, and two in Vatican City, has been

called by French president Charles de Gaulle "the most grave

medical crisis modern man has ever faced."

The new estimates came just hours after UN World Health

Organization scientists confirmed the existence of a fourth

strain of the disease which is even more lethal than its three

predecessors, bringing death within 12 hours of infection...

 

From the May 13th, 1964 New York Times:

PRINCE RAINIER OF MONACO APPEALS FOR U.N. AID AGAINST MORGANíS

EPIDEMIC ĎMy Country Is In Mortal Jeopardyí He Declares

 

From the May 15th, 1964 Daily Mail:

Munich Footballer Admitted To Hospital For Morganís-B Virus

Believed To Be First German National To Contract Morganís Disease

 

From the May 18th, 1964 Washington Post:

PRES. JOHNSON APPROVES EMERGENCY MEDICAL AID FOR EUROPE

Monaco Royal Palace Under Quarantine

 

From the May 20th, 1964 New York Daily News:

PRINCE RAINIER DEAD

Monaco Mourns Passing Of First Head Of State To Contract Morganís Disease

 

From the May 21st, 1964 News of the World:

ROME ERUPTS IN DEADLY RIOTS!

Our Special Correspondentís Exclusive Story!

 

From the May 23rd, 1964 Chicago Tribune:

TEN DEAD IN WEST GERMANY FROM MORGANíS VIRUS

USSR COUNCIL OF MINISTERS IN EMERGENCY SESSION

 

From a Channel 9(Australia) newscast dated May 26th, 1964:

The Sydney-based pleasure vessel S.S. Ocean Empress was placed

under quarantine late today by joint order of the Israeli navy and Israeli

Ministry of Health following the admission of two of her passengers to

a Tel Aviv hospital for symptoms of respiratory disintegration syndrome(RDS),

also known as Morganís disease or "the Rome virus". According to a

statement released by Israeli maritime authorities, the victims are believed

to have been infected with the disease when the ship docked for refueling

two days ago at the now-closed French port of Marseilles...

 

From the May 28th, 1964 Pravda:

In the interests of protecting the Soviet people against respiratory

disintegration syndrome, CPSU First Secretary Khrushchev has formed

a special committee of the countryís most eminent doctors to prepare a

medical strategy at the earliest possible date...

 

From the May 31st, 1964 Boston Herald-American:

SIX DEAD IN ISRAEL FROM MORGANíS VIRUS

Israeli Armed Forces Put On Full Alert

 

From the June 1st, 1964 Los Angeles Times:

EGYPT BEGINS MOBILIZATION

 

From the June 3rd, 1964 Manchester Guardian:

WEST GERMAN OFFICIALS ESTIMATE 30 DEATHS

FROM MORGANíS DISEASE

WORLDWIDE DEATH TOLL POISED TO REACH 3000

 

From the June 5th, 1964 South China Morning Post:

Hong Kong Stock Market Drops 200 Points Overnight

 

From the June 7th, 1964 New York Times:

MORGANíS EPIDEMIC CASTS PALL OVER 20TH ANNIVERSARY D-DAY COMMEMORATION

 

From the June 10th, 1964 San Francisco Chronicle:

POPE PAUL VI DEAD

 

From a UPI bulletin out of Munich dated June 12th, 1964:

Visiting a hospital ward this evening, West German chancellor

Konrad Adenauer refused to comment on rumors that his government

is in secret talks with the Ulbricht regime in East Germany to accept

Warsaw Pact help in dealing with the Morganís disease epidemic that

has killed nearly sixty people in West Germany so far and is believed

to have caused the death of Pope Paul VI on June 9th...

 

From the June 15th, 1964 New York Times:

MONACO GOVERNMENT ON VERGE OF TOTAL COLLAPSE

PHONE SERVICE TO ROME AND GENOA DISRUPTED

 

From the June 17th, 1964 Jerusalem Post:

The Knesset is meeting in special session today to determine what if

if anything can be done to contain the Morgans disease epidemic that

has claimed 50 lives since it was first brought to Israel less than a month

ago by two passengers from the Australian tourist ship SS Ocean Empress.

Despite the closure of Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Eilat to all commercial sea and

air traffic from abroad, the virus continues to spread...

 

From an ABC-TV newscast dated June 20th, 1964:

It seems even the Iron Curtain isnít enough to thwart the Morganís virus;

within the past hour it has been confirmed that six people in Hungary have

been admitted to a Budapest hospital with symptoms of the disease...

 

From a top secret CIA report to President Johnson dated June 23rd, 1964:

Unfortunately the RDS virus is still frustrating efforts to stop it or even slow it

down; no matter what measures are taken-- quarantines, travel bans, port

closings, etc. --it keeps finding a way to cross borders. If a cure for the disease

isnít found soon we could be seeing outbreaks in every part of continental Europe

by the end of the summer; some of our analystsí worst-case scenarios even

suggest a possibility of the virus spreading to northern Africa...

 

From the June 24th, 1964 New York Post:

MORGANíS VIRUS KILLS 15 IN HUNGARY

 

From the June 26th, 1964 Detroit Free Press:

JUNIOR CONSULATE OFFICIAL IN TURIN STRICKEN WITH MORGANíS

DISEASE

Dearborn Native, 39, Is First US Citizen Infected With RDS

 

From the June 30th, 1964 Wall Street Journal:

ECONOMISTS WARN WORLD THREATENED WITH 2ND GREAT DEPRESSION

 

From the July 1st, 1964 Toronto Globe & Mail:

National Mood Somber As Canada Day Approaches

Widespread Fear RDS Virus May Soon Cross Atlantic

 

From a BBC Radio Home Service broadcast dated July 3rd, 1964:

The Shroud of Turin, one of Christianityís oldest and most sacred

relics, is feared lost tonight after it disappeared during a riot which

broke out after local security forces clashed with 1500-plus marchers

protesting the governmentís refusal to end their isolation from the

rest of Italy...

 

From a special televised Independence Day message by Vice President Hubert Humphrey to the American public dated July 4th, 1964:

This administration remains committed to finding a cure for respiratory

disintegration syndrome and sharing that cure with the rest of the world...

From an AP dispatch out of Geneva dated July 9th, 1964:

The UN World Health Organization estimates that the death toll from

the RDS epidemic which has been ravaging Europe and parts of Israel

since late February now stands at 6000. Spain became the latest country

to be stricken with the virus when an attachť being flown home by

military plane from the now-closed Spanish consulate in Bordeaux, France

began showing symptoms of the virus shortly after his plane touched down

in Madrid. With commercial air traffic in Europe at a virtual standstill due to

the moratoriums imposed since the epidemic began, diplomats in all parts of

the continent must rely wholly on military transport aircraft to travel to or

from their home countries...

 

From the July 10th, 1964 New York Times:

VIRUS DEATH TOLL IN HUNGARY UP TO 40

 

From the July 15th, 1964 New York Post:

5TH STRAIN OF MORGANíS VIRUS IDENTIFIED

 

From an editorial in the July 20th, 1964 Chicago Tribune:

Of the famed Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse only one, Famine, remains

in his stall as the RDS pandemic drags on. Two of his brethren, Pestilence and

Death, have already galloped across half of Europe, and if the latest rumors

out of the Middle East are correct a third-- War --will be saddling up before

long....

 

From the July 22nd, 1964 International Herald-Tribune:

17 DEAD IN SPAIN FROM ROME VIRUS

 

From the July 24th, 1964 New York Daily News:

ROME VIRUS DETECTED IN TORONTO

3 Admitted To Hospital As North America Sees First RDS

Outbreak

 

From a CBC Radio newscast dated July 26th, 1964:

An Egyptian spy plane was shot down over the Israeli border late this

afternoon, sparking fears that another Arab-Israeli war may be imminent.

This incident comes just as the Israeli Health Ministry is announcing a death

toll of 200 in that countryís RDS epidemic...

 

From the July 27th, 1964 London Times:

ROMANIA SEES ITS FIRST CASE OF MORGANíS DISEASE

 

From an MI-6 top secret report dated July 31st, 1964:

The prevailing mood in Austria is one of nearly complete despair...Our

sources in Vienna suggest it may only be a matter of weeks if not days

before the national government collapses...

 

From the August 2nd, 1964 Saigon Post:

This morning the Republic of Vietnam Foreign Ministry will issue a directive

closing its embassies in Paris, Vienna, and Bonn...

 

From a dispatch out of the American embassy in Paris to the Deputy US Secretary of State for European Affairs dated August 5th, 1964:

The situation at our Rome embassy is uncertain at this time...Weve

not been able to reach their senior staff in three days. However, the

last reliable report from there to reach us indicates that most of the

embassys Marine guard detail is dead...

 

From the August 7th, 1964 Chicago Sun-Times:

13 DEAD IN TORONTO RDS OUTBREAK; VIRUS ALSO REPORTED IN OTTAWA

 

From the August 9th, 1964 Baltimore Sun:

Two In Montreal Dead From RDS As Worldwide Death Toll Reaches 10,000

 

From a CBS-TV newscast dated August 13th, 1964:

Fears of a new Arab-Israeli war were realized last night as Israeli and Egyptian tanks clashed along the

Sinai peninsula following an attempted incursion by Egypt into southern Israel. Meanwhile, the Syrian

foreign ministry is vehemently denying UPI reports that a Damascus man has been hospitalized with

respiratory disintegration syndrome....

 

From a ZDF-TV(West Germany) newscast dated August 15th, 1964:

On Chancellor Adenauerís orders, Munich has been placed under martial law as from

noon today...

 

From the August 17th, 1964 New York Times:

FOUR QUEENS RESIDENTS ADMITTED TO COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL FOR

MORGANíS DISEASE

First Known RDS Outbreak In Continental United States

 

From the August 18th, 1964 Wall Street Journal:

STOCK MARKET CRASHES FOLLOWING NEWS OF NEW YORK RDS OUTBREAK

124-Point Decline Biggest One-Day Drop In NYSE History; Surpasses "Black Thursday"

Crash of 1929

 

From the August 20th, 1964 Boston Globe:

DE GAULLE ASSASSINATED; FRANCE IN CHAOS

 

From the August 24th, 1964 Miami Herald:

CUBA DENIES RUMOR OF FIDEL CASTRO BEING INFECTED

WITH MORGANíS DISEASE

 

From the August 26th, 1964 Montreal Gazette:

50 DEAD IN CANADA, 19 IN U.S. AS NORTH AMERICAN RDS

EPIDEMIC BEGINS SECOND WEEK

 

From an editorial in the September 1964 edition of the Catholic magazine St. Anthony Messenger:

Of all the challenges our church has faced over its long history, perhaps none has

been more serious than the papal succession crisis triggered by the RDS epidemic

currently afflicting much of the world. Many potential successors to the late

Pope Paul VI are prevented from reaching Vatican City due to the commercial

flight moratoriums imposed as a consequence of the virus; many others have

been killed by the virus itself...

 

From the September 2nd, 1964 Miami Herald:

CUBAN GOVERNMENT ADMITS CASTRO SUFFERING FROM ILLNESS BUT

INSISTS IT IS NOT RDS

 

From a coded dispatch by a CIA operative in Cuba to the agencyís station chief in Mexico City dated September 4th, 1964:

Looks like your hunch was right...even though theyíve got half of Cuba in

lockdown these days Castro somehow still managed to pick up that damn RDS

bug. My contact in Havana gives him eight more hours, twelve at the outside,

before he finally dies from the virus....

 

From a UPI dispatch out of Damascus dated September 6th, 1964:

Syrian security forces have arrested two Agence France-Presse correspondents

after one of the correspondents filed a story detailing a suspected RDS outbreak in

Aleppo....

 

From the September 10th, 1964 London Times:

FRENCH AUTHORITIES CONFIRM RDS OUTBREAK IN PARIS

 

From the September 13th, 1964 New York Daily News:

CITY RDS DEATH TOLL NOW UP TO 90

Worldwide Casualties Estimated at 35,000

 

From the September 15th, 1964 Boston Herald-American:

EAST BOSTON RESIDENT HOSPITALIZED WITH MORGANíS-D

 

From the September 16th, 1964 Boston Globe:

MAYOR COLLINS DECLARES CITYWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY

 

From the September 19th, 1964 Washington Post:

Vice-President Hubert Humphrey will neither confirm nor deny

reports of a rift between himself and President Johnson over the

Presidentís recommendation that the November elections be

postponed 30-60 days pending resolution of this countryís ongoing

RDS crisis....

 

From a French foreign ministry statement dated September 22nd, 1964:

We regret to announce the death of acting president Georges Pompidou from

complications related to acute respiratory disintegration syndrome...

 

From the September 26th, 1964 Hollywood Reporter:

Writer Rod Serling, the ex-paratrooper who created TVís The Twilight

Zone and more recently did the screenplay for John Frankenheimerís film

Seven Days In May, is fighting for his life after being admitted to UCLA

Medical Center early this morning with an apparent case of Morganís-C...

 

From the September 28th, 1964 Sporting News(USA):

CITING RDS SITUATION, COMMISSIONER FRICK CALLS OFF

í64 WORLD SERIES

1st Cancellation of Fall Classic Since 1904

 

From the September 30th, 1964 London Times:

GLOBAL RDS CASUALTIES NOW NUMBER CLOSE TO 80,000

Italian Embassy In London Verifies Phone and Telegraph Connections With Rome

Have Been Lost

 

From the October 2nd, 1964 ABC(Spain):

A state of martial law has been declared in Pamplona in response to

the RDS epidemic currently afflicting much of this country....

 

From the October 4th, 1964 Irish Times:

DUBLINERS FEAR RDS MAY STRIKE IRELAND NEXT

 

From a report by Secretary of State Rusk to President Johnson dated October 8th, 1964:

With the exceptions of Finland, Great Britain, Turkey, and the

Soviet Union, every nation in Europe is experiencing at least one

strain of the Morganís virus, and half of those are being hit with

multiple strains...Excluding Vatican City, six governments have

fallen and three others are teetering on the brink of collapse.

Foreign Secretary Butler thinks it may be just a matter of weeks,

or even days, before the virus jumps the Channel and we start

seeing outbreaks in southern England...

 

From the October 11th, 1964 Asahi Shimbun(Japan):

Health Officials To Meet In Tokyo With The Emperor

And The Prime Minister

 

From the October 13th, 1964 San Francisco Chronicle:

5 DEAD IN SAIGON FROM RDS

WORLDWIDE CASUALTIES ESTIMATED TO EXCEED 150,000

 

From the October 16th, 1964 Chicago Tribune:

NEW YORK CITY RDS DEATHS UP TO 350

 

From a BBC newscast dated October 19th, 1964:

The nightmare of a respiratory disintegration syndrome

outbreak in Great Britain became stark reality this morning

as three Leeds residents were hospitalized with Morganís-D,

generally acknowledged to be the most lethal form of the

virus...

 

From a North Vietnamese foreign ministry press release dated October 24th, 1964:

Our beloved leader and comrade Ho Chi Minh has left Hanoi

for an undisclosed location in order that he may be safeguarded

from contracting Morganís disease...

 

From the October 27th, 1964 St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

U.S. DEATH TOLL FROM MORGANS DISEASE REACHES 2800

WORLDWIDE CASUALTIES CLOSE TO 450,000

 

From the November 2nd, 1964 Daily Telegraph(UK):

5 CASES OF RDS DIAGNOSED IN MANCHESTER

PRIME MINISTER DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN WALES

AND SOUTHERN ENGLAND

 

From the November 8th, 1964 Dallas Morning Herald:

PRESIDENT JOHNSON ELECTED TO FULL TERM AMID NEWS

THAT WORLDWIDE RDS DEATH TOLL HAS REACHED 600,000

 

From the November 9th, 1964 Boston Globe:

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS SUSPENDS PUBLICATION

Loss Of Key Employees To RDS Forces Decision

 

From the November 12th, 1964 Houston Post:

EAST COAST RDS PLAGUE ZONE NOW EXTENDS TO

NORTH CAROLINA

West Coast Zone Slowly Expanding Toward San Francisco

 

From the November 15th, 1964 Daily Mail:

MAIN CROSS-CHANNEL PHONE LINK BETWEEN

FRANCE AND BRITAIN CUT

 

From a CBC-TV newscast dated November 20th, 1964:

Quebec independence advocates are accusing the federal

government in Ottawa of using the present RDS emergency as

an excuse to curtail French-Canadian civil liberties. The accusation

comes on the heels of the arrest of three separatist leaders at a

protest rally in Montreal held last night to denounce the martial

law decree that has been in force throughout the province for

almost four months...

 

From the November 22nd, 1964 Providence Journal(USA):

BOSTON HERALD HALTS PUBLICATION FOR FIRST TIME EVER

 

From the November 27th, 1964 Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CLOSED INDEFINITELY

 

From the December 1st, 1964 Hartford Courant(USA):

EAST COAST RDS DEATHS NOW AT 40,000;

WORLDWIDE TOLL EXCEEDS 1.5 MILLION

 

From the December 5th, 1964 Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

PREACHER AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER DR. MARTIN

LUTHER KING DIES FROM RDS VIRUS

 

From the December 8th, 1964 Wall Street Journal:

PAN AM AIRLINES FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

 

From the December 14th, 1964 Kansas City Star:

NASA ORDERS MANNED SPACEFLIGHT OPERATIONS

AT CAPE CANAVERAL SUSPENDED

 

From the December 21st, 1964 edition of the Australian newspaper The Age:

Commercial air traffic throughout Japan is at a standstill as a result of Prime

Minister Satoís order closing all the countryís major airports to anything other

than vital defense and medical relief flights. Emperor Hirohito and his family have

quarantined themselves inside Tokyoís Imperial Palace...

 

From a letter by a US military advisor in South Vietnam to his brother in Minnesota dated December 23rd, 1964:

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but unfortunately the only thing heís leaving under

the tree this Christmas is caskets and shovels...every day before I head out into the

field and every night after I come back I pray that if I die, I have the good luck to be

killed by the VC and not that damn RDS bug Iíve been hearing about. Who would

have thought a Cong-infested hamlet could be safer than the good old USA?

 

From the December 27th, 1964 London Times:

ROYAL FAMILY EVACUATED TO BALMORAL

 

From the December 30th, 1964 Newark Star-Ledger(USA):

NYC CANCELS NEW YEARíS EVE FESTIVITIES

 

From a BBC-TV newscast dated January 3rd, 1965:

The prime ministerís residence at 10 Downing Street remains under armed

guard tonight as opposition mounts against the martial law decree that was

issued for metropolitan London five days ago....

 

From an Associated Press dispatch out of Seoul dated January 7th, 1965:

South Korean intelligence officials report today that North Korean dictator

Kim Il Sung may have been placed in quarantine to protect him against the

risk of being infected with RDS. As their main evidence they cite the fact that

Kim, who has ruled North Korea with an iron fist since his regime was founded

in 1948, has not been seen in public in over 36 hours....

 

From the January 13th, 1965 Boston Globe:

NEW YORK TIMES ON INDEFINITE HIATUS

Wall Street Journal Now Only Major Newspaper Still Publishing In Metropolitan New

York Area

 

From the January 20th, 1965 Washington Post:

It will be a sparse and somber crowd that gathers today to witness Lyndon Johnson

take the presidential oath of office for the second time. Most of the gala events that

had been planned to mark the occasion have been cancelled due to the U.S. Morganís

virus epidemic which has been ravaging much of the country since last August....

 

From the January 23rd, 1965 Times of India:

PRIME MINISTER NEHRU ORDERS ENTIRE POPULATION OF CALCUTTA PUT

UNDER QUARANTINE

 

From the February 7th, 1965 Haíaretz(Israel):

SYRIA IN STATE OF ANARCHY

 

From the February 13th,1965 La Prensa(Mexico):

The Economic Ministry announced yesterday that sixty percent of the adult population

of this country is unemployed as a consequence of the current worldwide RDS emergency...

 

From the February 24th, 1965 Des Moines Register(USA):

RDS PANDEMIC HALTS COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS TO MEXICO

 

From an editorial in the February 25th, 1965 Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

As you read this, itís been one full year since the global RDS crisis began, and

at this point itís hard to tell which is deadlier: the virus itself or the despair it

has induced as it keeps spreading around the world in defiance of all efforts to

cure it. The already staggeringly high worldwide casualty count of 4.1 million

is certain to climb, particularly when one takes into account the hundreds if

not thousands of suicides being committed every day out on the East Coast

alone...

 

From the March 2nd, 1965 London Times:

MOSCOW DEVASTATED BY FOOD RIOTS

CPSU First Secretary Brezhnevís Whereabouts Presently Unknown

 

From the March 5th, 1965 Portland Oregonian:

Phone service between Los Angeles and San Francisco remains out for a third straight

day....

 

From a UPI dispatch out of Cairo dated March 11th, 1965:

Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Egyptian socialist dictator and former army officer who came

to power in the 1952 revolution that overthrew King Farouk, has died of complications

from respiratory disintegration syndrome. Nasser, who was pronounced dead at 7:00 AM

local time this morning, is the tenth head of state confirmed to have been killed by the virus;

two others, North Koreaís Kim Il Sung and Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev, have disappeared

under mysterious circumstances...

 

From the March 18th, 1965 Detroit Free Press:

CHICAGO TORN BY 4TH CONSECUTIVE DAY OF RIOTS

Mayor Daley Funeral and Cremation Held Under Heavy Police Guard

 

From the March 22nd, 1965 Irish Times:

10TH RDS DEATH IN IRELAND RECORDED AT HOSPITAL IN SHANNON

 

From a report by Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara to President Johnson dated March 27th, 1965:

Respectfully, I see little reason to maintain even a token military presence in South

Vietnam at this point. The Viet Cong hardly pose much threat to anyone under the

present circumstances, and the NVA will have its hands full for the foreseeable future

keeping a lid on internal dissent in North Vietnam. Furthermore, weíll need every

spare hand we can get in the field in Europe in case Brezhnev-- or whoeverís minding

the Kremlin in his absence --gets antsy and tries to make a grab for West Berlin...

 

From the March 29th, 1965 Washington Post:

DEFENSE SECRETARY MCNAMARA FIRED

Sources Say Rift With Johnson Over Vietnam Report Led To McNamara

Ouster

 

From a top secret KGB report to Soviet defense minister Sergei Grechko dated April 4th, 1965:

Our station chiefs in London and Istanbul have verified that NATO reconnaissance flights over Greece and

southern Italy have detected few significant signs of human survivors in the regions affected by the RDS

plague...

 

From the April 8th, 1965 Indianapolis Star:

CHICAGO TRIBUNE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DIES OF MORGANíS DISEASE

Paper Operating With Only ľ Of Normal Payroll, May Have To File For Bankruptcy

 

From the April 13th, 1965 Wall Street Journal:

We regret that we must inform our readers publication of this newspaper will

be suspended indefinitely after todayís edition...

 

From the April 21st, 1965 Peopleís Daily Worker(China):

Chairman Mao personally guarantees no citizen of the Peopleís Republic will

ever be infected with respiratory disintegration syndrome...

 

From the April 25th, 1965 Hartford Courant:

BOSTON GLOBE TO SUSPEND PUBLICATION EFFECTIVE TOMORROW

 

From a Manchester United press release dated May 3rd, 1965:

In view of the present health emergency in Britain and throughout the world, this

club is suspending all operations until further notice...

 

From the May 10th, 1965 Providence Journal:

NEW YORK METS DISBANDED

Three-Year-Old Expansion Team Financially Crippled By RDS Epidemic

 

From the May 16th, 1965 Rand Daily Mail(South Africa):

PRIME MINISTER VERWOERD DEFENDS SA NAVYíS DECISION TO SINK RDS

REFUGEE SHIP

 

From the May 22nd, 1965 Edmonton Sun:

AIR CANADA OUT OF BUSINESS

 

From the May 29th, 1965 Dallas Morning Herald:

FIRE DEVASTATES ABANDONED MIAMI-DADE INTL. AIRPORT

 

From the June 4th, 1965 Tulsa Herald:

US-MEXICAN BORDER CLOSED

 

From the June 10th, 1965 Scotsman(UK):

10 Downing Street Wrecked By Mob; Prime Minister Lynched Trying To Escape

 

From a dispatch by the US embassy in Canberra to Secretary of State Rusk dated June 13th, 1965:

Looks like weíre not the only ones abandoning ship in the Far East; Reuters

just said the Soviets are closing their embassy in Hanoi....

 

From a Reuters dispatch out of Helsinki dated June 18th, 1965:

East German chancellor Walter Ulbricht was assassinated late this afternoon

by mutinous elements of his own secret police...

 

From the June 22nd, 1965 Stars & Stripes:

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE ON FULL ALERT

 

From the June 28th, 1965 Variety:

20TH CENTURY FOX DISSOLVES

 

From the June 30th, 1965 Calgary Albertan:

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANCELS ALL CANADA DAY EVENTS

 

From an autopsy report by the Washington State medical examinerís office dated July 3rd, 1965:

SUBJECT NAME: Manson, Charles Milles (a.k.a. Charles Milles Maddox)

AGE: 30

SEX: Male

RACE: Caucasian

HEIGHT: 6í1"

WEIGHT: 135 lbs.

HAIR: Brown

EYES: Blue

NATIONALITY: American

DATE OF DEATH: July 2nd, 1965 at 11:32 PM

PLACE OF DEATH: Hospital wing, McNeil Island Federal Prison

CAUSE OF DEATH: Subject apparently succumbed to infection of respiratory

disintegration syndrome

 

To be continued....

 

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