A man who was getting ready to speak about conspiracy theories and UFOs at a conference in Wiltshire, England, was found dead in Poland.
Max Spiers, 39, of Canterbury, England, was found dead on a sofa in Poland just days before he was set to give a presentation about conspiracy theories and UFOs with supernatural and conspiracy theory group Bases Project, the Daily Mail reported. His death was ruled to have been from natural causes.
Prior to his death, Spiers had sent a text to his mother, Vanessa Bates, that read, “Your boy's in trouble. If anything happens to me, investigate.” Friends also claimed Spiers vomited a “black liquid” before dying in the Warsaw apartment.
Bates, 63, said her son’s investigations into UFOs and government cover-ups had earned him some enemies who wanted him dead. She said Spiers was exposing people who were “dangerous in the world of government [and] the entertainment world.”
Bates had been working with science fiction writers Madlen Namro and Monika Duval. The father-of-two is believed to have been staying with Duval while in Poland, where he was speaking at another conference.
“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,” she told the Daily Mail. “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.”
The circumstances of Spiers’ sudden death has led some of his followers to believe that he may have been killed by government agents.
“The entire circumstances are suspicious and I urge everyone to encourage the release of details about what really happened and call for an autopsy,” wrote one blogger on Project Camelot.
“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,” wrote Craig Hewlett, another blogger.
Bates also believes there may have been more to her son’s death.
“Max was a very fit man who was in good health and yet he apparently just died suddenly on a sofa,” she said. “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.”
In an interview with Project Camelot, Miles Johnson, a friend of Spiers’, said that “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.”
Bates said a post-mortem examination has been done in Kent, but she still hasn’t gotten the results two months later.
“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,” Bates said. “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 only said they were still in the “very early” stages of the investigation.
“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,” Bases Project said in a statement on their website. “RIP Max Spiers.”
A GoFundMe page was started to help cover Spiers’ funeral costs. A statement on the site’s description 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.