reply to post by Phage
I appreciate the links, and more importantly, the Scribd link provided by Phage, which I have reviewed. If the many redacted pages indicate anything
at all, it's that there's a great deal of Tesla's story that they wish to remain out of the public eye.
I did find some curiosities about it though:
Page 2 states "Main Investigative File 156 pages”. By this declaration they are stating that there are other files regarding Tesla undisclosed in
Page 6 states, “Kosanovich took from the room three pictures of Tesla, two being enlarged newspaper picturex.” This jumped out at me the moment I
read it. Tesla wasn’t an idiot. He’d likely have hidden key things all around, and with everyone focused on the safe, a few pictures (why would
he have so many pictures of himself when he wasn’t a vain man with very few possessions?) wouldn’t have been paid much attention to. I’d want
to know if there were notes behind those pictures that were taken away. No other page in this report mentions those “enlarged photos”.
Page 6 states that “nothing else was removed from the room or safe.” aside from the pictures and the testimonials book Swezey had made for Tesla,
yet page 33 contradicts this.
Page 6 states that, “Gorsuch and Ftizgerald of Alien Property Control went into the hotel and seized all the property of Tesla, consisting of about
two truckloads of material, sealed all articles and transferred them to the Manhattan Storage and Warehouse Co. NY, where they are now located at that
time there were also in this warehouse approximately thirty barrels and bundles belonging to Tesla which had been there since about 1934. These have
also been sealed and are now under orders of Alien Property Custodian. In view of fact Tesla is a US Naturalized citizen, Alien Property Custodian
feels that its jurisdiction over property is doubtful but feels that no other agency will be able to get to this property for at least two days.”
Page 7 continues, “Tesla also had some property, alleged by informant Fitzgerald in this case, to be a working model of an invention in a safe
deposit box in Governor Clinton Hotel in NY. This bill is still owed and hotel appears unwilling to release this property to anyone at least until
debt is paid, but this office will be advised if anyone attempts to paid bill and obtain property.” This “model” gets discussed on pages 8 & 9
as, “Fitzgerald also knows that Tesla has conceived and … a revolutionary type of torpedo which is not presently in use … the nations. It is
Fitzgerald’s belief that this design has not … available to any nation up to the present time. From … to Fitzgerald by Tesla, he knows that the
complete plans, … and explanation of the basic theories of these … place in the personal effects of Tesla. He also knows that … a working model
of Tesla’s which cost more than ten thousand … build in a safety deposit box belonging to Tesla … Clinton Hotel, and Fitzgerald … this model
has to do with the so called death ray or the … of electrical current.”
Page 11 has a rather interesting hand written memo on it, “L. M. C. Smith is handling this with Alien Property Custodian so there appears to be no
need for us to mess around in it.” There are initials there but I can’t make them out. This completely goes against all common sense. We know
Hoover wanted to know everything about everything, and there seems no way in the world that Hoover wouldn’t have been all over this property at the
Governor Clinton Hotel, especially when we discover that the Navy had been poking around in Tesla’s personal effects on page 17.
Page 17 states, “The Tesla effects are stored in room 5J and 5L of Manhattan Storage’s warehouse at 52nd Street and 7th Ave, New York City. Mr.
Michael King, who stated he had been Floor Supervisor for approximately 10 years on the floor in question, stated that he could recall only the one
occasion in early 1943 when an examination was made of the Tesla effects. He stated that at that time numerous photographs were taken by the
examiners. His description of the equipment used would tend to show that a microfilm reproduction was made of some of the papers of the deceased
scientist. Mr. King added that several of the group making the examination wore U.S. Navy uniforms, and during the two days required to complete the
examination the civilian assistants in the group were identified to him only as “Federal Authorities”. According to Mr. King, no other instance
of microfilming of the records of the Tesla estate has taken place since that time.” We now know that the War Department was involved in this, and
took with them photos of what they wanted to know.
Page 33 adds further mystery, “A safe expert was called in to unlock Tesla’s safe. Among its contents were several honorary degrees, a volume of
greetings which I had gathered for him on his seventy-fifth birthday, a bunch of keys, and the Edison Medal. We kept out the book of greetings (I
mentioned this at the time to the assistant manager of the hotel and later to a Mr. Gorsuch of the Alien Property Custodian’s Office), but
everything else, including the medal and keys, was replaced and the safe was locked. Except when it was inspected by the Alien property Custodian,
the safe was never reopened until it arrived in Belgrade (where Tesla’s property was to be installed in a special Tesla Museum) and was there opened
by Mr. Kosanovic. According to his former secretary, both the bunch of keys and the medal were missing. The keys were later found in a tin box
outside the safe; the medal was never found.”