DECODED - Did they read my book?
By Robert K. Wilcox:
Related Article: Was General Patton Assassinated?
It bothered me when I was interviewed by Decoded that I wasn’t asked about some of the evidence I considered most important in my book, Target:Patton. They had what they wanted me to talk about and I did as they directed. But after watching the episode, I don’t think those responsible for its content read my book. Crucial facts in the Patton mystery were omitted. Discussions of the case for assassination were highly simplistic and, in the case of the rifle demonstration, largely irrelevant. And at the start of the episode I was repeatedly said to believe Gen. Eisenhower was responsible for Patton’s death which I do not. I think Eisenhower might have been involved because of motive but was probably just an underling doing what higher ups wanted. Anyone who read the book would know that.
The most crucial omission was that of Stephen Skubik. He was a highly credible intelligence officer, formerly connected to Patton’s forces, and an investigator of the Soviets when Patton died in 1945. He tried to stop the assassination. He corroborated key points of decorated OSS operative Douglas Bazata’s claim that he staged Patton’s accident. But Skubik is never mentioned in Decoded.
Skubik learned from three highly credible Russian-connected sources that Patton was on Stalin’s hit list. Patton wanted to fight the Russians. Skubik tried to warn authorities but was thrown in jail by OSS head, Gen. Wild Bill Donovan, who, at the time, had a joint intelligence program with the Soviets, also omitted by Decoded. Bazata, an OSS assassin and much more credible than Decoded portrayed, said he had staged Patton’s accident at Donovan’s order. Each witness alone would not have been enough for me to make the case. But together, their testimony makes a much stronger statement. Decoded consistently made it seem that I had based my case solely on Bazata’s testimony. Bazata accused Donovan, not Eisenhower. And Donovan is the highest ranking American strongly accused in the book – not Eisenhower.
Decoded made no issue of missing reports – a key point in my book and in the mystery. It mentioned the “Babalas” report, named for the military officer who made it, as if it existed. But it too is missing. Babalas was the first to recognize this when, years after the accident, he requested a copy and was told it didn’t exist. There are at least 5 reports and/or investigations known to have been made about the accident. We know this because there are fragments or mentionings of them. All have vanished. One or two missing could be coincidence. Five? That’s a coverup. And I believe there were more purged documents. This was the highest ranking general at the time in Europe, a legend, and no reports or investigations of his accident exist?
Here’s what was left out of the puzzling rifle demonstration in the episode:
Bazata was a world class marksman. As a young Marine he made big news by shooting the best score ever for a recruit in training. It made the local papers. He starred on championship Marine rifle teams and taught weaponry in World War II. The shot he described was an easy one for him – perhaps 30 feet. Oswald, not near as good, made his shot on JFK in a moving target from 10 times as far and at a harder angle.
Bazata was not aiming for the neck, as seemed important in Decoded’s rifle demonstration. He told me he shot Patton in the face. Patton, hospital records prove, had a vicious gash in the middle of his face when he was admitted. And such a hit easily could have broken his neck. He need not have shot only on the back of the neck to do so. He also didn’t use “pellets” as Decoded theorized. He used a rubber bullet (or other similarly unusual material) shaped like a bolt so it would not penetrate but look like part of the wreck scene if found.
Contrary to what Decoded indicated, assassination by vehicle accident was a preferred method of intelligence organizations then, especially Stalin himself. It looked like an accident, which was important, and gave the assassins a second chance in the hospital if the victim wasn’t killed in the street. Again, contrary to the Decoded portrayal, once at the hospital, it was relatively easy to disguise as a nurse or doctor and finish off the victim, either by painless injection into an IV, or a spray. Nurses or guards could easily be ordered out by a doctor impersonator. I wrote several chapters specifically on what happened in the hospital, much of it contrary to what Decoded portrayed by talking to the current administrator, who is 60 years removed from the 1945 event.
Patton’s wife did say no autopsy. But the reason wasn’t because she didn’t want her husband cut up, which we can all understand. The reason was she was told by a doctor - who was strangely and clandestinely reporting back to Gen. Marshall - that they couldn’t do it there. The doctor told her they didn’t’ have the facilities. But I was told by a medical worker who was there in 1945 that they did. It was peculiar that this doctor, a chief one on Patton’s case, was making daily reports to Marshall who earlier had tried to have Patton committed as a mental case. Why private reports? The press was already covering him like a glove? And Mrs. Patton herself was suspicious because she soon hired detectives to investigate. The scene Decoded painted was simplistic and incomplete.
Another surprising omission was the Patton accident car, a 1938 Cadillac limousine, which supposedly is at the Patton Museum at Ft. Knox, Ky. I had regarded it as my only chance to investigate the scene of the crime, so to speak. I brought a Cadillac expert referred to me by Cadillac in Detroit. But what happened is he identified the supposed repaired car as a fake. It’s a 1939 and that’s not just a mistake. The VIN number, which is stamped in all cars, has clearly been scraped off. The vehicle has fake decals affixed, and other indications of fraud. The car is important because there is much speculation about how Patton was injured. He flew up and hit his head or flew forward and hit the barrier between the back and front. I thought I could examine for traces of the injuries. But the accident car has disappeared. Why? This certainly seems to me to be a key part of the investigation. But no mention in Decoded.
Decoded implied Bazata did not have the time to mount the accident. The facts show that he had 12 to 24 hours to do so. He was a man of quick action. That was his forte, his preference. He had spies in Patton’s camp who told him the trip was coming. He easily could have mounted the operation in the time frames possible.
I have no problem with Decoded deciding they don’t think Patton was murdered. They have a right. And I don’t say he was. I say there is compelling evidence that he might have been. I believe I could take the evidence to a grand jury and get an indictment. What the subsequent trial would reveal remains to be seen. The book has the evidence and it is considerable. Decoded omitted much of it and attributed beliefs to me that had they read the book, they never would have attributed. If they did read the book, that is worse. Fortunately, a lot of people have read it. Check Amazon for the reviews. They are overwhelmingly on the side of believing that Patton was probably murdered. I, myself, despite Decoded’s investigation, tend that way. I spent 10 years researching this. Decoded’s decision makers should have read the book. They would have had a much better program.
There was no examination of the physics of the accident, which gives a clearer picture of what might have happened inside the Cadillac because of the forces exerted and angles of collision; no mention of the strange happenings at the accident scene, like the truck apparently waiting for the Cadillac in order to hit it, and the sergeant leading the Patton car who disappeared. There was no mention of what appear to be previous attempts on Patton’s life.