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Press Release by Dr. Eugene Mallove's family on January 24, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (January 24, 2004)
Devastated Family of Murdered Scientist Still Looking for Answers
Norwich, CT - On May 14, 2004, police found the badly-beaten body of Dr. Eugene Mallove outside his childhood home. Dr. Mallove was a former MIT science writer, and the founder and editor of Infinite Energy and President of the New Energy Foundation. His loss is mourned by many across the US and the rest of the world, and by scientists from many different fields. Eight months later, no arrest(s) have been made in the case.
Joanne Mallove, wife:
"An irreplaceable loss ... life will never be the same. After 34 years together, we developed an understanding of each other that was precious. I didn't have to ask my husband how he felt about this or that; I knew already how he would react. We were soul mates."
Ethan Mallove, son:
"We're grateful that the Norwich Police have kept us informed of the investigation, but of course, barring an arrest, our sadness deepens at the grave injustice done to such a loving human being. It's excruciating to think about all the work and sacrifice my Dad was putting in for the betterment of our world, an effort prematurely extinguished by such a senseless and egregious crime. My family and I can never calm until those responsible for this vicious and horrific crime are held accountable."
Kim Woodard, daughter:
"Our lives as we knew them prior to my father's death have been shattered. The possibility of this case going unsolved devastates us even more. I cannot even express in words the pain I feel living every day without my father. When he was killed, he had just become a grandpa to his first grandchild. My father lived such a good and honest life. Among the many things that need to be done to continue the legacy he left, the most important would be to find justice for his brutal murder."
Other friends and colleagues of Dr. Mallove came forward with their statements along with the family.
Prof. Peter Hagelstein, MIT professor, Cold Fusion physicist:
"Gene was a tireless supporter and enthusiast of ideas and people that had been pushed out from the scientific mainstream, especially in the area of new energy technology. An important contribution early on in the cold fusion area was to pen an important book [Fire from Ice] that brought to the attention of the public and other scientists some of the results, arguments and discussion surrounding the Fleischmann and Pons experiment. Over the years, Gene had provided encouragement for many working in this and in other outcast areas, and had helped arranged for support for a few efforts. In more recent times, he created Infinite Energy magazine (IE), which provided a forum for people with ideas outside of the scientific mainstream to have their say, and to allow for a circulation of the ideas within the readership of his magazine."
Dr. Paulo Correa and Alexandra Correa, biophysicists, close friends and collaborators:
"It is a shame that the national media has not paid more attention to this crime and its investigation. Few understand that this was a crime pregnant with consequences, including the recent DOE report on Cold Fusion, the growing disorientation of the so-called New Energy movements, and the persistence of the erroneous notion that a hydrogen fuel-cell economy is viable. The unforgivable and brutal murder of Dr. Mallove could not have occurred at a worse moment for all those working tirelessly in the field of new energy. ... We remain inconsolable with his loss and stand solidary with the Mallove family in demanding justice."
Dr. Thomas Phipps:
"Eugene Mallove foresaw the need for vision and leadership in charting the unknown territories of cold fusion and low energy nuclear physics. He stepped forward and supplied both, taking the necessary lead with courage and at some personal sacrifice. Although it is probable that nothing can stop what he started, his loss is a cruel blow to hopes around the world for a rapid resolution of the scientific issues that remain to be settled. The eventual success of cold fusion and its inauguration of a new era in nuclear energy science -- with possible untold benefits to mankind -- will be his enduring monument."
Dr. Scott Chubb, research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory, IE Technical Editor:
"Eugene Mallove stood for all that is great in science, in journalism, and in life. His persistence, dogged perseverance, and character, is embodied in his creation: Infinite Energy (IE) Magazine. In doing this, Eugene Mallove was an innovator. Forthrightly, he captured an important feature of science that seems to have been lost: curiosity and our ability to harness it. Beginning in 1995, he inspired in me an interest in work by Roger Stringham, involving sonofusion. ... Countless examples exist about the impact of Eugene's admonitions. He inspired other people, not only to be creative, honest, and sincere, in areas related to Cold Fusion, but, in other contentious areas of science. He created in all of us who knew him a desire to be creative about the things in life that really count: sincerity, seeking the truth, and being true to ourselves. Eugene Mallove not only stood for all that is great about science, and journalism, but in life. Most of all he believed in the truth, seeking the truth, and being sincere about seeking the truth. His loss is not only a loss for me, as a friend, but a deeper loss, for humanity as a whole."
Roger Stringham, sonofusion theorist, IE author:
"Gene was special - his loss affects us all in different ways. I was proud to have known him. His involvement in the New Energy movement was his gift to the world. I will not forget his help."
Christy Frazier, Managing Editor of Infinite Energy Magazine:
"Gene's loss is felt daily at the New Energy Foundation and in the field as a whole, but his unending enthusiasm for this work during his life encourages the Foundation and other colleagues to move forward. Gene served as a main contact for scientists, consumers and the media who were interested in new energy and cold fusion. As a testament to Gene's relationship with new energy supporters, an anonymous donor provided funding to establish the Eugene F. Mallove Fund for New Energy Research at Portland State University; other individuals formed the donor-funded Eugene F. Mallove 1969 Fund at Gene's alma mater, MIT, for scholarships for students working in the energy field."
J. Douglas Kenyon, editor of Atlantis Rising:
"... to say that we were shocked would truly be an understatement. ... We at Atlantis Rising had felt a special kinship with Gene. His own publication, Infinite Energy which fought to right the wrongs of a corrupt scientific priesthood had been launched not long before our own venture. We also agreed with him that so-called 'Cold-Fusion' had been misrepresented and unfairly maligned and we included an interview with Gene and a story on the controversy in our second issue. ... Gene was a heretic because he dared to question the doctrines of a physics priesthood interested more in its own power than in the facts. He knew from first-hand experience at MIT that the public had been deceived about the truth of cold fusion research. He never tired of arguing his case, and it seems especially poetic that his final column in issue #46 was entitled 'Vindication'?!"
concerning the Eugene Mallove murder investigation
Dr. P Correa and Ms. A. Correa, close friends and collaborators of Dr. Eugene Mallove, have issued the following statement:
"It is a shame the national media hasn't paid more attention to this crime and its investigation. Few understand that this was a crime pregnant with consequences, including the recent DOE Report on Cold Fusion, the growing disorientation of the various so-called New Energy movements, and the persistence of the erroneous notion that a hydrogen fuel-cell economy is viable. The unforgivable and brutal murder of Dr. Mallove could not have occured at a worse moment for all those working tirelessly in the field of new energy. There should be a resounding outcry across this land. We remain inconsolable with his loss and stand solidary with the Mallove family in demanding justice.
Dr. Mallove was a physicist, researcher, author and noted science-journalist. A former MIT science writer, he became the founder and editor of Infinite Energy and President of the New Energy Foundation. Dr. Mallove was also a member of the Aurora Biophysics Research Institute, an active member of the International Society of the Friends of Aetherometry (ISFA), and our collaborator and co-inventor of the HYBORAC free power technology. A pioneer in the field of alternative energy technology, Dr. Mallove was a tireless advocate of Cold Fusion and a new Aether Science. Greatly appreciated by people from all walks of life as a man of great courage and integrity, he was a great communicator who delighted in teaching. Mallove dedicated his short life to find viable alternative energy systems that could free the world from the yoke of oil, coal burning and nuclear power plants. In recent years, he claimed to have met success both with new Cold Fusion systems and with our technologies based upon an heretofore unknown form of massfree energy. The recent acceptance of Cold Fusion as the subject of an entire session in the upcoming American Physical Society is due, in no small measure, to his unceasing efforts to bring it about, and to his dedication to the peoples of this planet. Dr. Mallove never lost sight of what the struggle of science is about - to create a better world free from war, pollution and terrorism. His loss is a setback for peace, for the world and for science - deepening further the yoke of oil wars and America's dependency upon foreign sources of energy."
The Norwich Police Department is again seeking the assistance of the public in an attempt to locate missing property taken during the brutal murder of Dr. Eugene Mallove.
On May 14th 2004, Dr. Eugene Mallove was murdered while at his childhood home located at 119 Salem Tpke. Norwich, CT. Dr. Mallove was cleaning the home at the time and spent most of that day in Norwich. The below list of items are thought to have been taken during the crime and may have been traded, discarded or sold for drugs by the perpetrator:
Dr. Mallove's van was stolen during the incident and later located at Foxwood's employee parking lot #10, located on Route 2 Ledyard, CT.
Any long time family friends of the Mallove's from the Norwich area who have not spoken to police are asked to contact us as you may be of assistance to the investigation. Anyone who was on the property on May 14, 2004 and spoke with Dr. Mallove is asked to contact police.
The Norwich Police Department encourages anyone with information pertaining to this investigation and anyone who witnessed suspicious activity on the property during the day or evening hours of May 14, 2004 to contact Lead Detective Joseph Dolan at 886-5561 Ext. 152 or Detectives at 886-5561, extension 120 or the tip line Ext. 500.
The investigation is ongoing and to date there have been no arrest(s). Every investigative lead is being followed up and physical evidence is still being examined forensically at this time.
No further information is being released.
For slain man's family, no arrests mean no closure
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Soon after Eugene Mallove of Pembroke was found murdered in Connecticut, outside his childhood home, the local police said they had talked to a couple of suspects and expected to have fingerprint and DNA evidence within a month.
That was eight months ago, and the police said last week that they are no closer to solving the case. Some of that DNA evidence - the best hope of tying someone to the scene - still hasn't come back from Connecticut's state lab. The police haven't recovered any of the items taken from Mallove, a watch, cell phone and credit cards, said Lt. Timothy Menard of the Norwich, Conn., police. And despite pleas to the public for help, no one has called.
The case has frustrated the police, Menard said. It's devastated Mallove's family, widow Joanne of Pembroke, son Ethan of Winchester, Mass., and daughter Kimberly Woodard of Seattle.
Ethan, 25 and a new dad, works on the case daily, often instead of sleeping, brainstorming theories and possible leads. He shares his suggestions regularly with the family's attorney, Jim Rosenberg of Concord, and the Connecticut police. The only distraction Ethan allows himself is his 3-month old son, named Eugene after Ethan's late father.
"'Consumed' is too small a word," Ethan said in an interview last week. "I want justice. I want to know who did this and why. That's been front and center for me."
Mallove, 56, was found on the lawn outside his childhood home at 119 Salem Turnpike in Norwich, Conn., just before 11 p.m. on May 15, beaten around the head and neck. He had been cleaning the property with plans to rent it, and a friend has told Connecticut reporters that he was with Mallove until 7 p.m. When the friend passed by the house an hour later, he noticed Mallove's green van was gone.
Mallove's van was located the next morning about 15 minutes away, in a remote parking lot of Foxwoods Resort Casino. A few have theorized that Mallove, a scientist, was killed because he was a tireless champion of cold fusion, a controversial cheap and clean alternative energy source.
The police, however, believe Mallove was a victim of a robbery gone bad because several items, although of little value, were taken.
Menard said this week the case is particularly challenging for a few reasons. Mallove was found outside, where evidence is more likely to be contaminated or lost. Also, there is not an obvious connection between Mallove and his killer or killers as there is in homicides between family members, lovers or business partners.
"He was a victim in the truest sense of the word," said Menard, referring to the random, unprovoked nature of Mallove's murder. "This is the worst kind of case for us, and it's the kind we try hardest to solve. Not just for ourselves, but for the family as well."
The Mallove family is counting on that, but they're concerned that as more time passes the harder it will be to find Eugene Mallove's killer or killers.
Joanne Mallove shivers at the thought of coming home to an empty house every night and thinks about the night she learned her husband wasn't coming back. Late on the night of May 15, a family friend from Connecticut called to tell her a person had been found on the lawn outside Mallove's childhood home, but the friend wouldn't tell Joanne if it was a man or woman. She also didn't offer much about the person's condition. Three hours passed before Joanne learned for sure that the body was her husband's and that he was dead. It was the Pembroke police who finally came to her door and told her.
"I had forced myself to come to that conclusion (that is was Mallove on the lawn), but I was hoping I was wrong," Joanne said. The police officers stayed with her through the night. "They were all very comforting, but there was no comfort," she said.
Joanne waited until morning before she called her children. "They were going to be in hell, so I wanted to give them a few hours of sleep,"she said.
Kimberly and Ethan, both married, came home and lived with their mother for the summer. Now she is back on her own, teaching music in Manchester and trying to resolve long-term questions like whether she can afford to stay in the Pembroke home she and her husband built for their retirement. To her relief and surprise, her employers at the music school where she works have replaced the health insurance her husband had carried.
"I'm busy all day, but I liked coming home to those welcoming arms,"Joanne said last week. "Especially when I come home in the dark. It's part fear and part loneliness. At night, that's when I miss him the most."
Ethan is angrier. He's upset that his father never met his son. Ethan's wife was four months pregnant when Mallove was killed. And he's concerned that the police don't know more about who killed his father.
"The prospect of this becoming a cold case is one of the scariest ideas to me," Ethan said.
The family is also saddened by what Mallove's murder has cost the science community, specifically research on cold fusion. Mallove's New Energy Institute, a Concord-based organization aimed at educating the world about the possibilities of new energy, had received nonprofit status shortly before his death. He had hoped being a nonprofit would bring in new donations and allow him to expand his work. The federal Department of Energy was also showing new interest in Mallove's work.
Anyone with information about Mallove's death is asked to call the Norwich Police Department at (860) 886-5561. The anonymous tip line can be reached at (860) 886-5561, ext. 500.