Nicola Tesla was a Serbian inventor, engineer and physicist. It is arguable that there are more conspiracy theories linked to Nicola Tesla than anyone else in history. The claims have grown with time and most are exaggerated. Tesla is best known for his invention of Alternating Current (“AC”). He worked with Thomas Edison in 1884 before striking out on his own. It is becoming generally accepted that Edison was financially tight with business associates and that he kept reneging on agreements with Tesla. This forced Tesla to partner with two businessmen and formed Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing. Over 300 patents were attributed to Tesla in his lifetime in over 25 countries. Many of his patents were for futuristic and far-reaching concepts.
He was also hired by George Westinghouse for a short time in a consultancy capacity. His AC fought against Thomas Edison’s Direct Current(“DC”) in what became known as
the “War of Currents”. There were many legal battles involving patents over technology, and many large Corporations took an interest. Tesla was a futurist and his fans today proclaim that his work was instrumental to all modern technology. He was the first to propose wireless communication, x-rays and radio remote control. Tesla would live most of his life in New York Hotels and used the money he earned from his patents to finance his own projects. Tesla did not have time to act on his many ideas. Some of his research did not fit into the early 20th century, so he contented himself with publishing his ideas without a patent, including solar panels, a rocket engine design, an ultra high vacuum and directed beams. Other ideas were simply written down with no intent to patent or publish. Some of his wilder theories were said to touch upon time travel, invisibility, antigravity and free energy.
B. A. Behrend, distinguished author and engineer:
“Were we to seize and to eliminate the results of Mr. Tesla’s work, the wheels of industry would cease to turn, our electric cars and trains would stop, our towns would be dark, our mills would be dead and idle.”
Nikola Tesla Core Conspiracy – Free Energy
Free Energy is at the heart of Tesla conspiracies and features on most of the more far-flung conspiracy theories. As the theory goes, “The Powers That Be” are opposed to free energy at all costs. Free energy would result in the empowerment of the individual. Because everything is related to energy. If energy were free, there would be no more electric or oil bills. Devices would be manufactured which completed much manual labor. And this fee energy could be applied to diseases of the mind and body. Thus everyone would be richer, not tied down to corporate jobs and debt, and as such would engage in positive processes which would be relaxing, empowering and rejuvenating. Thus “The Powers That Be” are alleged to have systematically suppressed all devices which purport to not only suggest free energy but those which improve on the efficiency of existing models, such as the mileage in car engines. Tesla is said to have discovered free energy, but his works were suppressed during his lifetime and stolen after his death.
The free energy conspiracy is linked to the Wardenclyffe Tower/Tesla tower. This tower was initially built by Tesla to compete with Marconi’s radio based telegraph system, to transmit messages across the Atlantic to England. It is contended by theorists that the backers of the Tesla Tower project, withdrew funding as this tower would have been able to produce limitless and free power worldwide. Tesla had planned to transmit power as well as communication initially. Tesla was warned that no more than $150,000 would be used to fund the project by J.P. Morgan (The individual, not the bank). In the meantime, Marconi had already succeeded in transmitting a letter across the Atlantic. Tesla then proceeded to explain to J.P Morgan that he needed more funding for a different aim than that initially given to J.P. Morgan – he now wanted additional funding to investigate if he could send power in addition to communication. Morgan had already told Tesla he did not want to spend more than $150,000 and Tesla did not reveal to him initially that he was also intending to investigate whether power could be transmitted. This theory is often summarized that Morgan did not want citizens receiving free electricity, radio and television and sold the Tesla Tower for scrap when he heard. This is not the case and a gross and inaccurate oversimplification. It is also contended that the belief that transmission of power = free energy is blown completely out of context and is simply not the way the facility was designed. Much of Tesla’s life was about providing free energy to the masses via wireless waves with no wires or ground infrastructure.
The patents that Tesla had for free energy are also said by scientists to be completely overblown and taken out of context by free energy conspiracy theorists. Tesla’s patent for radiant energy is said to be no more than a patent on electromagnetic energy – Essentially his devices would be no more of a free energy device than a solar panel, which converts one form of energy to another. Theorists content that Tesla had plans to tap energy from another dimension or from the “ether” which was of a limitless supply. However, on the investigation into Tesla’s devices and patents, they are energy conversion devices from already known energy supplies. Of course, his theories may have laid the foundations to what we already have including x-rays, wireless communications and alternating currents, which are marvelous inventions and are quite efficient. However, they do not constitute “free” energy, which means that one unit of energy in would result in two or more units of energy out. Many scientists contend that Tesla’s works are brilliant enough as they are and there is no need to insert any conspiracy to make them seem more interesting.
Nikola Tesla – Killed by Nazi’s
One conspiracy theory contends that Nikola Tesla was actually assassinated by Hitler’s personal bodyguard and assassin, Otto Skorzeny. This theory stems from Eric Bermen, who alleges that he met the bodyguard by chance who has since been given a new identity. Bermen got the confession from Skorzeny along with a shoe-box of photographic evidence. Tesla was suffocated on Jan 6th, 1943 by Skorzeny and fellow Nazi Reinhard Gehlen, at the age of 86 (allegedly). After the murder, they stole the contents of Tesla’s safe, which they gave to Hitler. All these innovations would have been returned to the U.S after the war which they won. Skorzeny says that Hitler did not commit suicide, that he helped Hitler escape via plane to Austria and the dental records prove that the double though to be Hitler was not him, but this information was kept hidden by the Americans.
Nicola Tesla Extreme Conspiracy theory – Time Traveling Experiments
One online theory by Commander X goes as far as to suggest that Tesla conducted numerous time traveling experiments. Using a combination of high voltage electricity and magnetic fields Tesla is said to have been able to traverse the space-time continuum. He is said to have been able to have seen the past, present and future all at the same time but was simultaneously rendered paralyzed in this state. New York Herald 1895:
“I am afraid,” said Tesla, “that you won’t find me a pleasant companion tonight. The fact is I was almost killed today. The spark jumped three feet through the air and struck me here on the right shoulder. If my assistant had not turned off the current instantly in might have been the end of me.”
Nicola Tesla and the Philadelphia Experiment
Tesla is linked to the Philadelphia experiment, where it is alleged that the US destroyer Eldridge turned invisible in a shipyard in Philadelphia before reappearing. This was a project conducted by the military on the technology given to them by Tesla. The experiment is said to have resulted in many mental illnesses with regard to the sailors onboard the vessel. Highly charged, rotating magnetic fields invented by Tesla are said to be the basis for invisibility and this is the technology said to be relied upon by the military in the Philadelphia Experiment.
The work of Nicola Tesla is reportedly used extensively by the military, including particle beam and radio frequency weaponry.
Mysterious Tunguska Explosion of 1908
In Tunguska Siberia 1908 one of the biggest cosmic impacts to have ever taken place occurred. It took decades for the Mysterious Tunguska Explosion to become common knowledge outside of Siberia, Russia being a largely secretive place at the time. On top of this, the climate in the region was very harsh and it was 20 years before an expedition to the area was mounted by Western scientists. When the team arrived at the epicenter of the blast, they found trees that had been stripped of all branches, a feat which requires fast moving shock waves.
The region is extremely remote and sparsely populated. Over 2000 square kilometers of forest were devastated, all of which was scorched for decades to come. The blast is estimated at 40 Megatones and the mass of the crashed object is estimated to be at 100,000 tons. What the object is made up of is not clear. Reports from Tungsten tribesmen at the time were said to have described a bright, flaming object hurtling towards the ground, with a huge plume of dust and smoke on impact and a deafening noise. Thunderclaps were reported to have been heard up to 500 miles away. A black rain of debris showered the area after the blast and is said to have caused all sorts of climate change all over the planet. Visibility was decreased worldwide and brilliant sunsets were reported in the aftermath of the impact. This is the only time in earth’s recorded history that a large meteorite collided with the earth’s surface. It should be noted that the size of this meteorite is estimated to have only been 60 meters in diameter. A huge global effect for such a small rock. Should this impact have occurred a few hours later, it could have hit central Europe, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of people, or more if it hit a well-populated city.
The explosion is linked by theorists to Nikola Tesla. Tesla was allegedly on working on a wireless torpedo, a remote controlled boat he offered to the U.S Navy. The exact specifics behind this theory are unknown, but the two most common variants are that Tesla was testing out his death ray or some type of machine or that his experiments actually attracted a meteorite itself. The timeline of 1908 does not lend weight to the theory. The Tesla Tower was only used until 1907 and most of it’s operational capacities were disabled in 1903 when Westinghouse company removed most of the equipment. It seems to be a very far flung theory built on an already far-flung theory with no evidence, testimonies, logic or reason involved. Nikola Tesla did make reference to such devices however the idea that they are linked to the devastating explosion in 1908 is ridiculous.
Nikola Tesla’s Death Ray Machine
Tesla did work on particle accelerators which aimed to send a concentrated beam of energy in a vertical line without diffusion. It is not known whether or not he was actually successful in building the device, but there is no evidence that he did. Many others claimed to have invented it in the 20’s and 30’s, such as Guglielmo Marconi and Edwin R. Scott. Tesla claimed until his death that he had successfully invented the death ray which he called teleforce.
“this invention of mine does not contemplate the use of any so-called ‘death rays’. Rays are not applicable because they cannot be produced in requisite quantities and diminish rapidly in intensity with distance. All the energy of New York City (approximately two million horsepower) transformed into rays and projected twenty miles, could not kill a human being, because, according to a well known law of physics, it would disperse to such an extent as to be ineffectual. My apparatus projects particles which may be relatively large or of microscopic dimensions, enabling us to convey to a small area at a great distance trillions of times more energy than is possible with rays of any kind. Many thousands of horsepower can thus be transmitted by a stream thinner than a hair, so that nothing can resist “
He also stated it could:
“destroy anything approaching within 200 miles … [and]will provide a wall of power[ in order to] make any country, large or small, impregnable against armies, airplanes, and other means for attack”
His intention to create a death ray go against the grain in terms of his popular perception as the father of the 21st century. He was trying to make weapons of mass destruction.
Tesla was a homosexual
This theory springs from the fact that Tesla took a vow of celibacy. He said that he was devoted to science and could not fully devote himself if he had a family to take care of. He did state that he fell in love with a woman while in school when he was young. He was also known to have been friendly with a number of women who were financially connected, such as Anne Morgan and Ava Astor. In 1927 he told a Serbian reporter than he had never touched a woman. Margaret Cheney in her autobiography states that Tesla may have been a homosexual, a point echoed by Paul Baker. Tesla was heavily influenced by Buddhists such as Swami Vivekananda, who believed that celibacy would result in a redirection of the sexual energy upwards, which Tesla put towards his inventions.
Nikola Tesla Opposition
While Tesla is commended by many as the father of physics and the inventor of the 21st century, there is a considerable amount of scorn and perhaps even envy of the inventor. It is held that he was a showboater with wild dreams which never came to fruition, and was well known for his showmanship. He claimed to have had a dynamic theory of gravity which he never published. He criticized Einstein’s theory of relativity however he never provided any alternate theory. He tried to establish a free energy device for the masses via electromagnetic induction, but this never came to pass. And some also hold that he tried to sell a device to the military that would end all wars, though this it most probably a conspiracy theory in itself. And it is hard to imagine that the military would simply have no time for such a device when it pretty much sums up what the military is all about. He is criticized as being an eccentric individual with a possible case of Asperger’s Syndrome as well as Obsessive Compulsion Disorder.
However, these criticism’s fail in comparison to what he did do – provide the world with Alternating Current which it runs on to this day, not to mention wireless communications which are used to this day, including Bluetooth and mobile hotspots. Many of his theories are still in use to this day.
Tesla Conspiracy Conclusion
Most of the theories surrounding Tesla have little standing. Free energy does not hold up, nor does the belief that Morgan refused to continue financing the project due to free energy. There is no evidence that he was killed by Hitler’s bodyguard, Otto Skorzeny, other than his testimony. And the claims with regard to the Tunguska Explosion are simply beyond ridiculous, that Tesla was responsible for an asteroid hitting the earth. Claims relating to a disappearing naval destroyer and time travel are likewise ridiculous. He may have been a homosexual. However there is no evidence to support this claim, and all evidence does indicate that he was in fact celibate as claimed. And it is possible, yet highly unlikely, that he finished his death ray and sold it to the military. There are actually more Tesla conspiracies than the ones covered here, and they get more and more convoluted as time goes on.
Tesla’s contribution to the world cannot be underestimated. The world runs on the ideas of Nikola Tesla. However, the Tesla haters may have some merit to their arguments. Some of Nikola Tesla’s views are chilling. He was an atheist and believed men were no more than machines, governed by external stimuli. He believed in eugenics – Much like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Undesirable traits are to be bred out of the human being with social/chemical engineering. Marriage should be made more difficult. No one who is not a desirable parent should not be allowed to produce a child. As brilliant as he was it is perhaps best that he stuck to the engineering of the mechanical and not the social. To inventing and not to politics. And he proclaimed proudly of his death ray, which would destroy anything approaching within 200 miles. However to qualify this statement – This would be a defensive device placed around a city as a defense mechanism. Tesla’s view was that this was the only way to stop warfare among the human race.
” If no country can be attacked successfully, there can be no purpose in war. My discovery ends the menace of airplanes or submarines, but it insures the supremacy of the battleship, because battleships may be provided with some of the required equipment. There might still be war at sea, but no warship could successfully attack the shore line, as the coast equipment will be superior to the armament of any battleship. “