On July 21, 1964, Dr. Mary Stults Sherman was brutally murdered in her appartment building on 3101 St. Charles Avenue, in New Orleans. She was a prominent orthopedic surgeon and expert in cancer research. The assassination remains unsolved, although there are some investigators who think they came close to a solution. And the assassination of John F. Kennedy has, according to them, everything to do with this tragedy.
by PERRY VERMEULEN
Sherman was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1913. She had a Master of Arts degree and in 1943, she obtained a medical degree from the University of Chicago. In 1952, she relocated to New Orleans to become director of the bone pathology laboratory at The Ochsner Clinic Medical Foundation, a creation of surgeon Alton Ochsner. The next year she began her terminal position as associate professor at Tulane Medical School. A cancer researcher, she was also the senior visiting surgeon in orthopedics at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.
Frightening autopsy report
In the hours before dawn on July 21, 1964, Dr. Sherman was found dead in her apartment on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The police report classified the death as a murder and the autopsy report by Monroe S. Samuels pulled no punches. Her right arm and rib cage had been burned away, yet the hair on her head remained unburned. A small fire had been set in her apartment which burned the mattress and some underwear. The body had been stabbed in the heart, liver, arm, leg, and stomach. The wound to the heart hemorrhaged but the wound to the liver did not, indicating that she was alive at the time of the heart wound but already dead by the time the wound to the liver was inflicted. Investigators determined that the massive burns inflicted upon her could not have occurred in her apartment. The details of her missing arm were not released to the public.
Sherman was murdered on the same day that the Warren Commission was scheduled to hear testimony about Lee Harvey Oswald’s activities in Louisiana.
Investigation of Edward Haslam
In 1995 Edward Haslam published Mary, Ferrie & the Monkey Virus: The Story of an Underground Medical Laboratory. In it he claimes that Sherman was involved in carrying out secret research into developing a vaccine to prevent an epidemic of soft-tissue cancers, caused by polio vaccine contaminated with SV-40. This work included using a linear particle accelerator located in the Infectious Disease Laboratory at the Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans. I visited the place in 2009, click here for two photos. According to Haslam there was a second-lab working on this project, being run by David Ferrie, a friend of Sherman, on Louisiana Avenue Parkway. According to Baker, she and Oswald were hired by Reily in the spring of 1963 as a ‘cover’ for the operation. Edward Haslam argues that Sherman had an accident while using the linear particle accelerator. This explains why her body was so badly burnt. In an attempt to cover-up her secret research, Sherman was stabbed in the heart and then moved under cover of darkness to her apartment. A small fire was then started in an attempt to explain the burns on her body.
Judyth Vary Baker
Haslam had everything, except a living witness. A few years after the publication of his book he got the final pieces of his puzzle. Judyth Vary Baker came forward about her 1963 adultery with Oswald. Baker – whose employment records show that she worked at the Reily Coffee Company in New Orleans at the same time Oswald did – claimed that in 1963 she was recruited to work with Dr. Alton Ochsner and Sherman on a clandestine CIA project to develop a biological weapon that could be used to assassinate Fidel Castro. Baker’s story and her book Me & Lee finally disclosed a witness who could validate Haslam’s theory about the secret labs. Haslam published Dr. Mary’s Monkey in 2007, an updated account on the death of Mary Sherman, with an additional chapter on the new, and quite feasible, theory about Oswald.