Morris Ketchum Jessup

Morris Ketchum Jessup, born in 1900, was a astronomer and sort of early UFO-expert. His book "The Case for the UFO" (1955) was one of the earliest sources about the possible technological background of the UFOs, especially how their propulsion systems probably were working. Jessup was chosen by Carlos Allende a point of contact, because Allende needed somebody with a scientists background on one hand, but with a big portion of fantasy and imagination for new technologies on the other.

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    Morris Ketchum Jessup was born in Rockville, Indiana on March 20,1900 and served in World War I, attaining the rank of sergeant at the young age of 18.

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  4. The Case For The UFO by Morris K. Jessup
    1955: Bantam Books, New York
    Did Dr. Jessup commit suicide on his way to visit a friend, or...? What happened to the manuscript of Jessup's book he was about to complete at the time he died?


  6. The Astronomer and the Sailor - Dateline:07/10/00
    Part One: The Astronomer
    There have been two notable Morris K. Jessups in the Jessup family. The first was a highly successful millionaire philanthropist who made his fortune in the booming railroad business in the 19th century.


  8. The story begins: Dr. Morris Jessup was a scientist interested in the propulsion systems of UFO's, suggesting that they do exist or could be made on Earth. He wrote a book, The Case of the UFO, which was read by a Calos Allenda. He claimed to have been a witness to the Experiment and was opposed to Dr. Jessup's urging the government to pursue research into Einstein's Unified Field Theory to develop a new power source that could make space travel possible.


  10. Morris Jessup's book
    Another fact is that in 1955 an auto parts salesman and amateur astronomer named Morris K. Jessup published a book called The Case for the UFO. In his book, Jessup speculated--among other things--that anti-gravity and electromagnetism would be better than rocket fuel for propelling space vehicles.


  12. Morris K Jessup
    In April 1959 Morris K Jessup, who had become a prominent UFO investigator, was found dead in his estate car, apparently a successful suicide. The police of Dade County, Florida, found him near a park in the locked vehicle with a hose leading from his exhaust to the interior.


  14. Journalist Vincent Gaddis uncovered that Jessup had thought the letters were the ramblings of a crackpot- though with reserve he thought there may be some truth behind Allende's exaggerations.

    Very critical article about Valentine (close friend of Jessup), Berlitz and Allende.


  16. Navy Dept: Public Liason Branch
    The genesis of the Philadelphia Experiment myth dates back to 1955 with the publication of The Case for UFO's by the late Dr. Morris K. Jessup, a scientist with a Ph.D. in astrophysics and a varied career background.