Milton William Cooper was an American conspiracy theorist, author, and radio broadcaster. He is best remembered for his controversial book, ‘Behold a Pale Horse.’ Cooper was an exponent of ‘conspiracy theory’ and spoke about controversial topics such as ‘UFO,’ extra-terrestrials, and ‘Illuminati.’ He had worked with the ‘United States Navy’ during his early years. Cooper claimed that during his service, he had accessed several secret documents, which indicated that the United States government worked in liaison with extra-terrestrial forces. Most people rejected this claim stating that Cooper was a lower grade clerk, and would not have access to classified documents. Although his theories were denied by many, Cooper continued on his self-proclaimed quest for truth. He published a book ‘Behold a Pale Horse,’ which deals with several other controversial matters. In the book, Cooper states that the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy was part of a conspiracy of the militia movement. He also stated that AIDS was a result of a conspiracy to reduce the population of homosexuals and Hispanics. He broadcast his own radio show, using shortwave frequencies. In the last years of his life, Cooper was charged with tax evasion and an arrest warrant was issued against him. When officials arrived at his house to arrest him, he fired bullets; Cooper was fatally shot in the encounter that followed.
Childhood & Early Life
Milton William Cooper was born on May 6, 1943, in Long Beach, California. His father, Milton Vance Cooper, was a lieutenant colonel with the ‘United States Air Force.’ Dovie Nell Cooper was his mother.
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Milton William Cooper claimed that he had served with the ‘United States Navy,’ ‘United States Air Force,’ and the ‘Office of Naval Intelligence.’ There are no records to substantiate these claims. According to official records, Cooper served with the ‘United States Navy’ as a ‘petty officer second class.’ Cooper was on duty during the ‘Vietnam War’ crisis. He received service medals, too.
In 1975, Cooper was discharged from the navy. After this, he worked for several technical and vocational schools. In 1988, Cooper started making his conspiracy theories public. The involvement of government was the central theme of all his conspiracy theories.
In 1991, Milton William Cooper published his book ‘Behold a Pale Horse.’ In the book, he elaborated on several aspects of conspiracy theory. He believed in the presence of aliens, and stated that the US government was working in tandem with extra-terrestrials, on various matters. He claimed that while working in the US Navy, he was privy to several secret documents that established links between the US government and aliens.
Cooper’s theory of extra-terrestrials was refuted by many other theorists. According to them, Cooper served in the rank of a clerk in the navy. There was no way he could get access to classified documents.
In ‘Behold a Pale Horse,’ Cooper gave his conclusions on the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. According to this, Kennedy’s assassination was part of a conspiracy. He claimed that Kennedy was planning to reveal to public that extra-terrestrials were secretly planning to monopolize the earth. Before he could make this statement, Kennedy was shot dead. According to Cooper, he was shot by the driver of his car, using a weapon developed by the aliens. The short film which Cooper produced as evidence to his theory was later found to be fake.
Another theory put forward by Cooper was about AIDS. He argued that AIDS was a man-made disease, secretly planned to reduce the population of African-Americans, Hispanics, and homosexuals. The secret society, ‘Illuminati,’ was another of Cooper’s favorite topics. He believed that the ‘Illuminati’ had ties with extra-terrestrials. According to him, ‘Illuminati’ conspirators worked with the aliens, in order to take control of the world. Their mission was to establish a ‘New World Order.’
From 1998 to 2001, Milton William Cooper broadcast his radio show, ‘The Hour of Time,’ using satellite hook-ups and shortwave radio frequencies. He worked from his house, which was atop a hill in Arizona. The show always started with the sound of an air-raid siren, followed by a warning announcing “lights out.” In the show, he elaborated on his conspiracy theories and predictions.
Milton William Cooper is known to have predicted several future events, including the terrorist attack on the ‘World Trade Center’ in the United States, which occurred on September 11, 2001. His words were, “Something terrible is going to happen in this country.” He also claimed that the government will hold Osama bin Laden guilty in this attack. He predicted his own death, too, in a similar manner.
Personal Life & Legacy
Milton William Cooper was never in the good books of the US government due to his controversial statements. In the late 1990s, Cooper started to feel that he was being targeted by the government and ‘Internal Revenue Service.’ Cooper was charged with a case of tax evasion. Though an arrest warrant was issued, Cooper managed to avoid the service of warrant. In 2000, Cooper was declared as a “major fugitive.”
On November 5, 2001, a group of police officers arrived at Cooper’s house in Arizona, with an arrest warrant. The immediate charge was the use of deadly weapons in an altercation with neighbors. Cooper refused to be arrested. An exchange of gunshots between Cooper and the officials followed. Cooper shot a police officer, before he was himself shot dead. According to Cooper’s friends, he had decided that “he would not be taken alive.”