- The 'Illuminati Death-Bed Confession' internet video now streaming
on at least two web sites is a HOAX. It is a well-crafted and performed
artistic fraud with a meticulously enticing script featuring many key Illuminati
themes... all done by NY film-maker Mike Zieper...or 'Mike Z' as he prefers
to be known.
- For the better part of two weeks, a person claiming to
be 'Chris Wilson' contacted our web site and sought a link to the video...which
was already up and running online. Multiple emails were received from 'Chris
Wilson' responding to our requests for more information and specifics.
Each email response was logical and written in a credible, straighforward
manner (see samples below).
- The streaming 'Death-Bed Video' was of sufficient internet
interest that we requested 'Chris Wilson' to send excerpts of the video's
sound track, on audio cassette, for further study and invited him to appear
on the program to explain how he came into possession of tape, the circumstances
of how it was allegedly recorded, background details on the 'dying man'
on the tape and why he - 'Wilson' - posted it on the net, etc.
- 'Chris Wilson' agreed to be a guest on the program to
discuss his video and sent the requested audio cassette to TRN facilities
via overnight Express Mail. 'Chris Wilson' appeared during the first segment
of our program on Thursday, 1-3-02, and detailed the background of the
video and how he came to post it online. It was an effective and compelling
- Late the following night at 1:45 am (1-5-2), we received
the following email from a man with a good memory - and a fine mind for
detail - who was able to solve the riddle of the 'Death-Bed' internet video
and advised us of the hoax:
- Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2002 01:45:36 -0800 (PST)
- From: Count Lithium von Chloride <email@example.com
- Subject: Fake Illuminati Death-Bed Confession
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dear Jeff,
- I just thought you should know that "Chris Wilson"
and his supposed Illuminati "Death-Bed Confession" video that
you had on your Jan. 3rd show is a total fake.
- It's put out by a filmer named Mike Zieper, a.k.a Mike
Z. He's done other "real life" films like this before, like his
film "Y2K Military Takeover," of which he was supposedly hassled
by the FBI over it for the reason that people might think that it is real.
See the ACLU press-release on that:
- "ACLU Sues FBI, Justice Department Over Censorship
of Fictional 'Y2K Military Takeover' Film":
- I thought that getting this information to you is important,
to prevent your audience from being taken in by this film. Below, I clearly
demonstrate that the so-called Illuminati "Death-Bed Confession"
video supposedly put out by a "Chris Wilson" is done by none
other by the film-maker Mike Zieper, a.k.a Mike Z.
- Below, I reproduce my email to Mike Zieper (which I sent
to him a few minutes ago), but before that, here are some links, so you
can follow the discussion:
- "REVISED TRANSCRIPT"
- (of the supposed Illuminati "Death-Bed Confession"):
- Chris Wilson [i.e., Mike Zieper]
- A Very Strange Death-Bed Confession.
- (archived Jan. 3rd Jeff Rense show):
- So, with that background, here is the proof that the
- so-called "Chris Wilson" is actually the fictional
- film-maker Mike Zieper, a.k.a. Mike Z (in my email to
- Dear Mike Zieper,
- I knew right away that the "Death-Bed Confession
Video" thingy was your work. I suspected it from the moment I read
the transcript of the video, and was sure of it when I actually watched
- What really tipped me off was the style of how the "dying"
guy's speach was written. It reminded me exactly of how the "black-ops"
guy talked in your "Y2K Military Takeover" film.
- I listened to some of your interview on the Jeff Rense
show archived from Jan. 3, 2002. I knew right away that whoever this "Chris
Wilson" guy was that he wasn't a very good bull-shitter.
- So, I went right away to read the transcript of the video
and to watch it. I figured it had to be your work: and sure enough, when
I did a Google search for the keywords "new york," "takeover,"
"fbi" and "film" (it had been so long that I didn't
remember its name or your name) I found an ACLU press-release about your
case that gave your below website address for Mike Zieper:
- And when one goes to THAT website, it's now the SAME
as the "Chris Wilson" website at:
- So, it was pretty easy for me to crack open this Chinese
cookie. All within the comfort of my own home.
- You very much ought to check-out my below website, as
it seems to be right up your alley as far as the things that you appear
to be interested in (except mine is the real McCoy):
- The Truth About the 9/11 Attacks: http://geocities.com/vonchloride
- Also, be sure to check out my most recent article for
Anti-State.com, entitled "Jesus Is an Anarchist" (A free-market/libertarian
anarchist, that is--otherwise what is called an anarcho-capitalist):
- Well, Mike Z, you take care now and don't let the FBI
give you a hard time anymore (wink wink, nudge nudge). I very much look
foward to hearing from you, as I just know that you'll love my website.
- (end of email to Zieper)
- Just thought I'd give you a heads-up on this, as I
don't want any of your listeners to be taken it by it.
Here are some email addresses for Mike Z (i.e.,
the real person behind "Chris Wilson"):
- Take care, Mr. Rense.
- We salute the detective work of the 'Count Lithium' for
exposing this latest Zieper internet video hoax. Only someone who had seen
and studied Zieper's earlier works, especially the Y2K 'Military Takeover
Of New York City' video would have been able to so quickly discover the
internet video 'Death-Bed' hoax.
- However, it is relevant to keep in mind the basic concepts
and issues in the well-written script of this practical joke 'Death-Bed'
video, are, in fact, accurately reflective of classic Illuminati protocols
as discussed and written about by scores of researchers and scholars over
- Which raises at least one very important question: is
Zieper's online video 'Death-Bed Confession' hoax simply a cinematic practical
'joke' OR is it a deft disinformation attempt at obfuscating and confusing
the reality of occult power groups such as the Illuminati... and the truth
about the role they are playing on the planet?
- In these bizarre days of black-is-white, peace-is-war,
and bad-is-good propaganda and psi-ops, most anything seems possible...even
a convincing 'Death-Bed Confession' video.
- Zieper's first big internet video, 'Military Takeover
Of New York City,' was so convincing, in fact, it earned him the extended
attention of the FBI and the Department of Justice. Perhaps, Mr. Zieper
will cook-up the next bin Laden video for the Pentagon...?
- Here are some past news stories about Zieper's 'Military
Takeover Of New York City' video hoax which led to considerable anxiety
amongst a substantial number of citizens - and government agencies - who
watched it online:
- Subversive Filmmaker Attracts The Wrong Kind
Of Agent - The FBI
- Video artist Mike Z. in Times Square
- Photo: Michael Sofronski
- By Mark Boal
- The Monitor
- Village Voice.com
- Week of November 24 - 30, 1999
- Success seemed imminent. A local TV station was airing
a segment about his Web site, and he began to savor those precious moments
of microfame. No more dingy years of self-subsidized screenings; now there'd
be an audience for his art. But then came the FBI.
- In a highly unusual move last week, FBI agents called
Mike Zieper, an independent artist who goes by the name Mike Z., and "requested"
that he remove his site from the Internet. When he declined, the FBI worked
in tandem with the U.S. Attorney's office to persuade his Web host and
its server to pull Zieper's site"18 days after it went up"without
having a subpoena or court order of any kind.
- Mike Z.'s Web site showed an eerie but amateur video
that purports to be a military briefing. The clip opens with fuzzy shots
of Times Square, over which an unseen male voice describes a secret army
plan to incite a race riot on New Year's Eve. "First Team," he
says "you're all here by oh-four hundred," and he then instructs
undercover black agents to "Give them a little of the Amadou shit,
- The FBI was alerted to the site after receiving phone
calls from people who thought its Blair Witch"style footage was genuine
army issue. The opening banner on the site read, "I don't know too
much about this tape you are about to see. I got it from my cousin Steve
who's in the army. . . . If it's fake, then there's nothing to worry about.
If it's real, then we're in really big trouble."
- The FBI's call came when Mike Z. was at a friend's house
last Thursday watching his UPN 9 interview. Suddenly, his pager hummed,
and when he called the number back, it turned out to be the local New Jersey
sheriff's department at his front door with two FBI agents in tow, wondering
if they could come in for a chat. Then agents Dan Calemina and Joe Metzinger
got on the phone and said, " 'We know that you have this Web site
and that it has been getting a lot of activity,' " Z. recalls. "
'And we want to know how we can get people to stop seeing it.' The implication
was obviously that I would face a subpoena or an arrest if I didn't [take
it down]," Z. says.
- Instead, Z. contacted attorneys and put his computer
in storage. But the agents made an end run around him. When Z. refused
to pull his site, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office contacted Z.'s
host, BECamation, the next day. And that was all it took. "I had no
choice but to pull the site down completely or I would have lost my business,"
says Mark Wieger, BECamation's president, who feared that his own ISP would
cut him off. Lisa Korologos, an assistant U.S. Attorney, requested that
Wieger "remove the content so that it could not be distributed,"
Wieger says. (Both the U.S. Attorney's office and the FBI had no comment.)
- Wieger later apologized to Z. in an e-mail: "To
us a $75 job is not worth losing our business over. . . . We regret that
this has happened and to lose you as a customer."
- While Internet service providers are commonly subpoened
by law enforcement officials, an attorney who specializes in cyber liberties
at the ACLU could not recall a similar case in which the officers acted
without a warrant. "I've never heard of anything like this involving
the FBI," said Ann Beeson, a staff attorney at the ACLU.
- Neither had Z., who was terrified when the agents called.
"I was thinking, am I a criminal? I started to imagine those orange
jumpsuits and spending time in jail." Z. believes intimidation was
the point of the conversation, and that, says the ACLU, runs afoul of the
- "Even though the ISP may not have been told, 'You
must take it down,' there are still serious constitutional problems,"
says Beeson. "It is certainly constitutionally suspect for law enforcement
to implicitly threaten any private entity with censorship." (The ACLU
is considering a suit.)
- For Z., blurring the line between truth and fiction is
what makes his work unique. "I like to get people into a space that's
not framed by narrative," Z. says of his video. "My work always
looks like something that was not made for public consumption, and here
it tries to address issues of race." For now, those issues will have
- FBI Stops Net Y2K Film
- By Robert MacMillan
- Newsbytes - November 30, 1999
- In what could be a first-of-its-kind incident, the Federal
Bureau of Investigation approached Internet-based filmmaker Mike Zieper,
and asked him to remove a short film he shot in cinema verite style, from
- The only problem is that the law enforcement officials
did this without a search warrant or a court order, which could amount
to a violation of the First Amendment.
- Zieper, as first reported in the Village Voice, declined
to shut down the site, so the FBI approached the Web host, BECamation,
and asked that company to take down the site. BECamation complied.
- Mark Wieger, president of BECamation, confirmed that
he shut down the Website in response to FBI requests nearly two weeks ago,
but declined to comment further on the situation.
- The issue, according to the Voice, centers around a short
film that purports to be military intelligence on a US government-backed
attempt to start a race riot at Times Square on New Year's Eve.
- The short film evidently resembled real life a little
too much, causing a harsh reaction from the FBI, which previously acknowledged
that it is trying to combat the possibility of race riots and other end-of-the-world-style
scenarios which some fringe groups purportedly have been planning to mark
the date change from 1999 to 2000.
- The law enforcement agents who approached Zieper, he
said, were part of a "Y2K readiness team to address all these issues."
- "They said there's a lot of activity on this Website
of yours, and a lot of people who are planning vacations, and coming into
New York City on New Year's Eve. How do we get people to stop looking at
this Website of yours?"
- Zieper, who goes by the name Mike Z., initially approached
the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He told Newsbytes that he would
be willing to work with the ACLU on trying to define the role law enforcement
should play in putting any sort of art or speech online, but added that
he is not specifically pursuing any sort of legal remedy for his film in
- The FBI declined to comment on the story.
- According to the Village Voice article, however, the
FBI did not seek a court order to shut down the site, but instead worked
with the US Attorney's office, and implied to Zieper that he could face
a subpoena or arrest because of the Website.
- Zieper said that his film was intended as fiction, but
that his moviemaking style reflects an attempt to "get closer to reality."
- He added that the film was made merely to provoke discussion,
and that despite the loss of his Website to federal pressure, the movie
"has been mirrored all over the place."
- He also said that his Website in about two weeks logged
3,700 hits for the short film.
- Zieper also said that he does not hold a grudge against
the FBI for trying to uphold the law. "They're very good at what they
do," he said. "I'm glad they're working for America... but I
don't want them to have a debriefing next year and say 'what works when
you have a Website that you don't like the looks of?'"
- Zieper also said that the Internet remains a communications
medium that is relatively uncluttered with regulation, but that this also
has the downside of leaving too many open questions about how to handle
free speech issues.
- "(The Internet) is not regulated, not restricted.
It's full of promise," he said. "It's funny how that promise
is taken away from you."
- Reported by Newsbytes.com
- ACLU Sues FBI, Justice Department Over Censorship
- Fictional "Y2K Military Takeover"
- Three days before Christmas (1999 -ed), agents from the
FBI and the U.S. District Attorney's Office in New York shut down a website
displaying a short Internet film about a secret military takeover of Times
Square on New Year's Eve film by convincing video artist Mike Zieper and
his web host Mark Wieger that they could be prosecuted for showing the
film. Even though Zieper's film purports to depict real events, he said
the point of it was to raise issues about "people's fears of the upcoming
millennium, the distrust many Americans have for their government, and
the use of racial hatred to manipulate the American people."
- "Ironically," he added, "I was trying
to provoke thoughts about Y2K issues that concern all of us, including
some people's belief that our government is hostile to its citizens. What
happened to me is a prime example of why some people think that way."
- In the lawsuit filed on Zieper's behalf, the ACLU is
seeking both financial damages and a court declaration that the government
acted unlawfully in suppressing constitutionally protected speech and due
process rights. ACLU lawyer Ann Beeson couldn't help but note that had
"these agents been around when Orson Welles broadcast War of the Worlds
(a 1938 sci-fi tale that some radio listeners took for a live news story),
perhaps they would have shut down the radio station that aired the program."
- SAMPLE EMAILS FROM 'CHRIS WILSON'
- Status: U
- Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 21:40:23
- From: Chris Wilson <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: deathbed confrssion tape times and clips
- Sorry it took so long for me to respond, but I had someone
come over and we figured out a way to make short clips from the ('Death-Bed'
video) tape. Each one is quicktime, and I can play any of them when you
want. I don't know how it's going to sound over the phone...
- We made 6 clips, and you can take a look at the length
and what he said in each one.
- (typed transcriptions of the six brief audio extracts
from the 'Death-Bed' online video are included at this point in the email
- I hope this makes it easier for you. I look forward to
hearing back from you soon.
- Status: U
- Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 12:54:47 -0500
- From: Chris Wilson <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: tonight
- I will call on the 800 number you gave me. I have a cordless
- hope that works.
- I can call at exactly 7pm PST which is 10 my time.
- Did you get the audio cassette I sent?
- - Chris
- Status: U
- Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 21:33:48 -0500
- To: email@example.com
- Subject: I WILL CALL YOU
- I will call at exactly 7 pst
- From Mark Chariff
- I think Mike Zieper's next project should be the Osama
Bin Laden autopsy video.
Mike Z. Accepts Compliment On His 'Death-Bed' Video