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Tesla: The Forgotten Mysteries III [Death Ray]

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posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 07:28 AM
1. Introduction
2. Developments
3. Other Uses
4. 'Fireballs'


There have been many claims to the invention of a ‘death-ray’ throughout history, from the likes of Edwin R. Scott, Harry Grindell-Matthews and even as far back as Archimedes with his “burning mirror”. No claims however, were taken as seriously as Nikola Tesla’s even in his late 70’s. The term teleforce was put in use when referring to Tesla’s charged particle beam projector. The science behind teleforce relied on completely different principles to those he worked on regarding electrical power and transmission.

*One of the first prototype diagrams of the proposed weapon*

Tesla's initial plan:

  1. - The force would operate through a beam one-hundred-millionth of a square centimetre in diameter.
  2. - It could be generated from a plan that would cost no more than $2,000,000 to build.
  3. - It could be constructed within 3 months.

The basic operations of the weapon would need for the compression of a minute amount of tungsten (used in light bulbs) particles to a velocity that would equal about 48 times the speed of sound. Electrostatic repulsion was used to propel the projectiles out of the tube and at the target.

It is highly doubtful that Tesla intended the weapon to be used for war, in a letter written to J.P Morgan Junior on November 29, 1934, he stated:

I have made recent discoveries of inestimable value... The flying machine has completely demoralized the world so much that in some cities, as London and Paris, people are in mortal fear from aerial bombing.

The new means I have perfected afford absolute protection against this and other forms of attack. ... These new discoveries, which I have carried out experimentally on a limited scale, have created a profound impression. One of the most pressing problems seems to be the protection of London and I am writing to some influential friends in England hoping that my plan will be adopted without delay.

The Russians are very anxious to render their borders safe against Japanese invasion and I have made them a proposal which is being seriously considered. National defense seemed the main priority but like most weapons, defence can turn into offense with minimal or no alterations.

National defense seemed the main priority but like most weapons, defence can turn into offense with minimal or no alterations.

*Office Memorandum for the U.S Government by L.B. Nichols in regards to Tesla's 'Death Ray'*


The following is from the New York Times, dated July 11, 1934:


Invention Powerful Enough to Destroy 10,000 Planes at 250 Miles Away, He Asserts Defensive Weapon Only Scientist, In Interview, Tells of Apparatus That He Says Will Kill Without Trace Nikola Tesla, father of modern methods of generation and distribution of electrical energy, who was 78 years old yesterday, announced a new invention, or inventions, which he said, he considered the most important of the 700 made by him so far.

He has perfected a method and apparatus, Dr. Tesla said yesterday in an interview at the Hotel New Yorker, which will send concentrated beams of particles through the free air, of such tremendous energy that they will bring down a fleet of 10,000 enemy airplanes at a distance of 250 miles from a defending nation's border and will cause armies of millions to drop dead in their tracks.

Death-Beam is Silent

This "death-beam," Dr. Tesla said, will operate silently but effectively at distances "As far as a telescope could see an object on the ground and as far as the curvature of the earth would permit it." It will be invisible and will leave no marks behind it beyond its evidence of destruction.

An army of 1,000,000 dead, annihilated in an instant, he said, would not reveal even under the most powerful microscope just what catastrophe had caused its destruction. When put in operation Dr. Tesla said this latest invention of his would make war impossible. This death-beam, he asserted, would surround each country like an invisible Chinese wall, only a million times more impenetrable. It would make every nation impregnable against attack by airplanes or by large invading armies.

*New York Times 1940*

More quotes from Tesla about his invention:

“But while it will make every nation safe against any attack by a would-be invader, Dr. Tesla added, the death-beam by its nature could not be employed similarly as a weapon for offense. For this death-beam, he explained, could be generated only from large, stationary and immovable power plants, stationed in the manner of old-time forts at various strategic distances from each country's border. They could not be moved for the purposes of attack. “An exception, however, he added, must be made in the case of battleships, which, he said, would be able to equip themselves with smaller plants for generating the death-beam, with enough power to destroy any airplane approaching for attack from the air.”

“The beam of force itself, as Dr. Tesla described it, is a concentrated current—it need be no thicker than a pencil—of microscopic particles moving at several hundred times the speed of artillery projectiles. The machine into which Dr. Tesla combines his four devices is, in reality, a sort of an electrical gun.”

“As though I am poor with words. I still didn't explain it enough what would be necessary to increase up to twelve stations: eight of them, each of the same construction like at Wardenclyffe and only 20 meters high--a ball five meters in diameter--the station would be using diesel oil for energy with mechanical action--my air turbines, steam powered, electrically or other manners of transforming into alternating electrical current with sixty million volts pressure without danger. . . . In my attempts with an effective 20 million volts . . . [particles] penetrated two meters in depth and [did] terrible damage . . .”

[edit on 13/7/2009 by serbsta]

posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 07:29 AM

Other Uses


It is not certain if Tesla ever used the death ray, or indeed if he even succeeded in building one. But the following is the often-related story of what happened one night in 1908 when Tesla tested the foreboding weapon. At the time, Robert Peary was making his second attempt to reach the North Pole. Cryptically, Tesla had notified the expedition that he would be trying to contact them somehow.

They were to report to him the details of anything unusual they might witness on the open tundra. On the evening of June 30, accompanied by his associate George Scherff atop Wardenclyffe tower, Tesla aimed his death ray across the Atlantic towards the arctic, to a spot which he calculated was west of the Peary expedition. Tesla switched on the device.

At first, it was hard to tell if it was even working. Its extremity emitted a dim light that was barely visible. Then an owl flew from its perch on the tower’s pinnacle, soaring into the path of the beam. The bird disintegrated instantly. That concluded the test. Tesla watched the newspapers and sent telegrams to Peary in hopes of confirming the death ray’s effectiveness. Nothing turned up.

Tesla was ready to admit failure when news came of a strange event in Siberia. On June 30, a massive explosion had devastated Tunguska, a remote area in the Siberian wilderness. Five hundred thousand square acres of land had been instantly destroyed. Equivalent to ten to fifteen megatons of TNT, the Tunguska incident is the most powerful explosion to have occurred in human history — not even subsequent thermonuclear detonations have surpassed it.

The explosion was audible from 620 miles away. Scientists believe it was caused by either a meteorite or a fragment of a comet, although no obvious impact site or mineral remnants of such an object were ever found. Nikola Tesla had a different explanation. It was plain that his death ray had overshot its intended target and destroyed Tunguska. He was thankful beyond measure that the explosion had - miraculously - killed no one. Tesla dismantled the death ray at once, deeming it too dangerous to remain in existence.

*Effects of the Tunguska event*

The Tunguska event, was, the largest ever recent impact on Earth (, 1,000 stronger than that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, it is still unclear what the cause was and remains disputed to this day.

Even so, if the weapon did in fact cause massive damage and was dismantled, the patents were still around. After the ransacking of Tesla’s apartment after his death, most of his work was confiscated by federal agents of the Alien Propriety Custodian. In whose hands did these plans end up in and could they be used to create the weapon now? Could it have already been built and tested?


The Soviet scientific attention to Tesla’ a last living assistant has even more ominous implications when one realizes that the U.S.S.R. is using nuclear fusion energy research in the creation of their horrible new PARTICLE BEAM DEATH RAY WEAPON. General George Keegan, retired Air Force Chief of Intelligence, has devoted great energy to warning the American people about the immense danger of the Soviet particle beam weapon.

Keegan’s warnings met strong objections from the Rockefeller-CFR political flunkies who control the Pentagon. A detailed and technical account of the Soviet’s near perfection of their particle bean DEATH RAY Weapon (which confirms General Keegan’s warning) appeared in the May 2, 1977 issue of AVIATION VIE & SPACE TECHNOLOGY. The Soviet particle beam weapon will be able to destroy U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles and thus, NEUTRALIZE MOST US STRATEGIC WEAPONS. The book, LIGHTNING IN HIS HAND. THE LIFE STORY OF NIKOLA TESLA by Ines Hunt and Wanetta V. Draper (Omni Publications), devotes an entire chapter to Tesla’s death ray design. The description of Tesla’s death ray is very similar to the description of the Soviet particle beam weapon.

Hunt and Draper reported that news of Tesla’s death ray appeared in a Colorado Springs paper on May 30, 1924. “The news story told of the invention of an invisible ray, developed by Tesla, which was capable of stopping airplanes in mid flight, an invention which had come about through improvements on Tesla’s Colorado Springs discoveries.”

Additional evidence that the Soviets are using the scientific techniques of Nikola Tesla in their weather warfare against America appeared in a press report in the September 23, 1977 WASHINGTON POST. (for more information about a Report on this subject, "click" HERE) The newspaper reported that, “a strange, star-like ball of light was sighted over Petrozavodsk in Soviet Karelia, spreading over it like a jelly fish and showering down shafts of light.”

A number of Russians witnessed the event, which was reported by the Soviet news agency Tass. A similar phenomenon was seen over neighboring Finland. Witnesses in Helsinki stated that a strange and unusual “ball of fire was visible for about four minutes.”

An article in the JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RERSEARCH by Dr. B.N. Turuan stated that U.S. military intelligence satellites have also reported sighting what are apparently monster lightning bolts over the U.S.S.R. Dr. Thurman revealed that the “superbolts” were thousands of times more powerful than any previously sighted there.

According to Dr. Turuan, these “superbolts” have electrical power to about 10 TRILLION WATTS and total energies of more than a billion joules. Prior to the new Soviet sightings, the most powerful lightning bolts ever recorded were 10 billion watts and contained total energies of one million joules.

*Depictions of the Tesla Shield, or the Tesla Bubble, technology based on initial concepts of the death ray.*

Continued Below.

posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 07:29 AM


The SUNDAY TIMES, 17 August 1980
Witness to a Super-Weapon?

The London Sunday Times of 17 August 1980 contained information and a photo-sketch of incidents of sighting of the testing of very large Tesla globes deep within the Soviet Union. The sightings were made from Afghanistan by British war cameraman Nick Downie. The phenomena seen were in the direction of the Saryshagan Missile Test Range, which -- according to the U.S. Defense Department’s Soviet Military Power, 1986 -- contains one or more large directed energy weapons (DEWs).

Even though Downie was seeing the giant globe of light from a great distance, it flared silently over the Hindu Kush and expanded to subtend an arc of about 20 degrees, dimming as it expanded. (An arc of 20 degrees subtended by an object many hundreds of miles distant indicates an object of well over a hundred miles in diameter. This gives some idea of the enormous energy being controlled and manipulated by these Soviet weapons.).

Downie saw the sight on more than one occasion in September 1979.

*Sketch of what Downie saw*



The volume of the Tesla fireball can be vastly expanded to yield a globe which will not vaporize physical vehicles but will deliver an EMP to them to dud their electronics. A test of this mode is shown in figure 12. (See also Gwynne Roberts, "Witness to a Super Weapon?", the London Sunday Times, 17 August 1980 for several other tests of this mode at Saryshagan, seen from Afghanistan by British TV cameraman and former War Correspondent Nick Downie.)

If the Moray generators fail anomalously, then a continuous mode limited in power and range could conceivably be sustained by powering the interferometer from more conventional power-sources such as advanced magnetohydrodynamic generators.

Other recent sightings, implied to be Soviet modifications to Tesla technology were recorded to as recently as 1997 in Western Australia.

New Zealand Herald, Sat. Jan. 15th 1997

Shortly after 11 pm, in the deep black of an outback night, a fireball grew slowly over the Western Australian goldfields and flew parallel to the ground, before diving to earth beyond the distant trees. The handful of people watching were blinded by what was described as "a massive nuclear-sized flash" of white light and thrown to the ground by an explosion and earthquake.


The event was officially described as a meteor strike. But was it? This week the New York Times, quoting a series of inquiries into the May 28, 1993, fireball over Western Australia, reported speculation that the phenomenon could have been a nuclear blast. A United States Senate inquiry has also taken seriously the theory that it was a test of a secret Russian super-weapon able to induce earthquakes a hemisphere away.


The theory that it was anything but a natural event rests in the belief that for decades, Russian scientists (and, more recently, others from the Western powers) have seriously investigated the theories of Nikola Tesla, the eccentric Serbian-born genius whose discovery of the rotating magnetic field and invention of alternating-current generators underpins modern technology.

Enter the death ray: "US researchers believe what was demonstrated (during the 1993 fireball) was the earthquake-inducing power of the weapon, followed by a Tesla shield, produced by the same technology."

The Tesla shield, apparently, is an anti-ballistic missile defence. The theory is that as the missile passes through the silver lining of the red semi-hemisphere seen over West Australia, its electronics and navigation systems are disabled. For ICBMs which also have a mechanical altimeter to trigger detonation if electronics fail, the red hemisphere's electromagnetic energy apparently interferes with the isotopes of the nuclear warhead and, again, disables the weapon.


Most of this is still speculation, the whole 'death ray' term was spun by the press as Tesla, the pacifist, never intended it to be used for war. I hope the possibility of such technology in existence could spark for some interesting discussion.

For more:

Tesla: The Forgotten Mysteries

Tesla: The Forgotten Mysteries II [The UFO Connection]


[edit on 13/7/2009 by serbsta]

posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 08:04 AM
The middle picture of the death ray that was said to have been built in the USSR has always as far as i seen been reportedly a satellite image of the actual weapon, can any one verify this as it looks more like a sketch than an actual photograph.

scalar type weapons have fascinated me since i first read about them, an excellent source would be TOM BEARDONS web site truly awesome but terrifying weapons,

scalar type weapons may differ from what Tesla had built and if correct a scalar weapon can do many things, i have read they are able to transmit any type of virus or disease and can be used for mind control also. if i recall there are two distinctly different modes of use,one being exothermic and the other endothermic.

It has been suggested this type of weapon was to blame for the challenger shuttle disaster.

posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 08:59 AM
reply to post by stealthyaroura

Ok i see, yes i came across something about the Challenger while researching. Very interesting stuff, is there any evidence for it though?

posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 09:10 AM
Excellent thread, Serbsta. Very well put together and to be honest, though I've always been a huge Tesla fan, I never really paid any attention to the "Death Ray" talk and theories. It all just sounds a bit too science-fiction to me. But then again, so did many of his ideas, at the time. So who knows?

S&F for your efforts. Thanks for taking the time to put this very well made thread together. Cheers.

posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 06:52 PM
reply to post by Static Sky

Neither did i until i actually started reading about it and other scalar weapons. Very interesting stuff, not a problem buddy.

posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 07:45 PM
I have seen these carefully written death beam topics and in
"Effects of Tesla's Life and Inventions" in the section on the
death beam have let their imagination go wild.
Tesla no way made death beam statements.

The beam force is for the airplane now the UFO.
The special tube or bulb that focuses the beam is a solid half sphere.
Tesla took out the target terminal of the X-Ray tube to 'apply more
voltage' which translates to force.
He mentions the possibility of high currents with the new bulb capable
of withholding any potential into the millions of volts.


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