Suspicious Deaths

If Anything Happens to Me… Investigate

The suspicious deaths of men and women who may have known too much about UFOs raises deep questions. Has murder actually been committed in order to keep a lid on the reality of the phenomenon?

Ryan Sprague
Strange Visitors
Published in
19 min readJan 6, 2023

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“If anything happens to me… investigate.”

This was the exact text message sent to Vanessa Bates by her son in July of 2016. Several weeks prior, Max Spiers was scheduled to speak at a conference in Warsaw, Poland. The topics of his presentation would center around several conspiracy theories he believed he’d uncovered, which included alleged government cover-ups of UFOs, mind control, and underground bases housing clandestine military experiments, involving aliens. It was the perfect mix for any conspiracy theorist and especially for those who had gathered in Warsaw to hear him speak. They wouldn’t get that chance. Spiers would leave behind yet another conspiracy theory to plague the paranoid minds of his supporters when he mysteriously died only days before his presentation.

The sole witness was a woman name Monika Duval, thought to be a close friend and possible romantic interest of Spiers. He’d been staying at her flat in Warsaw, preparing for the highly anticipated talk he would be giving. But, Duval shockingly found Spiers that morning face up, a dark, black liquid seeping from his mouth that he had seemingly vomited up during the night.

Finding him in this horrifying state, Duval called for an ambulance, but when the paramedics arrived, they were unable to revive him. Spiers was pronounced dead on the scene and word soon got to his distraught mother back in England. Meanwhile, Polish authorities performed no autopsy or post-mortem on Spiers. The body was then handed over to British authorities. Just as mysteriously, they ruled that Spiers had died of natural causes, despite the strange black liquid that Duval claimed he vomited up that fateful night.

Vanessa Bates was then given possession of her son’s cell phone and computer. She claimed that both had been wiped clean. Not a single file, text, or phone number could be found on any of his devices. It was…

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Ryan Sprague
Strange Visitors

Author, Podcast Host, TV Host, and UFO Researcher