I never knew there was a conspiracy surrounding the death of The Duke! Last week I was watching some show about events in history that caused serious doubt. There was a show about the Bermuda Triangle and one about TWA Flight 800. But the one concerning John Wayne caught my eye because I never knew there was doubt about his death.
The conspiracy is that the government was actually responsible for his death due to nuclear contamination at the movie site, The Conqueror. In 1953, the government detonated 11 atomic bombs in southern Nevada. One year later, John Wayne spent six weeks making The Conqueror near there with Susan Hayward.
Now, before I go any further…The Duke was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1964. He drank and smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day, so I don’t think this was a shocker. The doctors removed his left lung and two ribs. He then went on to star in over a dozen more films. June 11, 1979 was the day he passed away due to stomach cancer…at the age of 72. The conspiracy involves both cancers…
The film was shot in Snow Canyon near St. George, Utah. The Nevada test site, where the atomic bombs were detonated, was fairly close to the film site. Since 1951 more than 100 atomic bombs have been blown up here. Now, in 1953, people began to get real concerned. They were told that the testing was harmless, but many of the sheep in the area fell ill and died under unusual circumstances. Many people in St. George have since succumbed to cancer and all the film’s stars, except Pedro Armanderez, died of cancer as well. I believe Armanderez committed suicide.
91 of the 220 cast and crew members from the movie, The Conqueror, developed cancer. Kinda strange huh?!?
Anyway, there were tests to check radiation levels of the soil at the movie site and Susan Hayward’s dress. The soil showed no dangerous levels and the dress showed the same. Now, I don’t know much about radiation levels 50-60 years later, but I’m pretty sure the levels now aren’t anywhere near what they were. The soil that was tested was from the top to about 1-2 inches down. I would think they needed to dig and test deeper, but I’m no scientist. I’m not saying the radiation was the purpose of The Duke’s cancer, or the other’s cancers, but 91 out of 220 is a mighty high percentage.