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James Gray’s THE LOST CITY OF Z – In Cinemas Friday – From The Lost City Of Z to The Bermuda Triangle – Conspiracy Theories Feature

22 March 2017

The Lost City of Z documents the true story of explorer Percy Fawcett who journeys into the Amazon in 1906 and finds evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilisation. Following a failed return expedition with wealthy adventurer James Murray, he is coaxed out of retirement by his son for a final quest to find the Lost of City of Z.

This culminates in their mysterious disappearance in 1925, which has led to the creation of many conspiracy theories as to what Fawcett’s fate may have been.

In commemoration with the film’s release, we have collected five famous/intriguing conspiracy theories centred on exploration or travel...

Percy Fawcett and The Lost City of Z

After Fawcett’s disappearance in 1925, missionaries in the early 1930s reported hearing stories about a tall, blue-eyed white man who was forced to marry an Indian chief’s daughter. There were also sightings of a white baby boy said to be the son of either Fawcett or Jack. Fawcett’s wife believed that the men were still alive, and claimed to have received a psychic message from her husband in 1934. Psychic Geraldine Cummins also reported receiving a telepathic message from Fawcett in 1936, and received four more communications until 1948, when he told her that he was dead. Some people in the theosophist and flying saucer communities believed that Fawcett really did find Z, which was actually a subterranean city full of UFOs and beautiful red-haired people.



NASA Faked the Moon Landing

The contention that NASA faked the moon landings is one of the most famous conspiracy theories to ever be created and has taken many different forms over the years. The British publisher of Nexus, Marcus Allen argued that NASA sent robot missions because radiation levels in outer space were too deadly, while some contend that NASA did not recover quickly enough from the Apollo 1 fire, so faked all the early Apollo missions (Apollos 14 or 15 were apparently the first real mission). Stanley Kubrick has even been linked to the phenomenon with NASA supposedly approaching him after seeing the advanced special effects in his film 2001: A Space Odyssey. His involvement was explored in Jay Weidner’s documentary Room 237 (2012).



The Philadelphia Experiment

This theory gained recognition from a Charles Berlitz book of the same name. Many believe that during an experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in October 1943, the US Naval destroyer was rendered invisible. Some say that scientists found a way to bend light around an object but it went wrong and Eldridge was transported through space and time, re-emerging at sea. Many sailors were supposedly injured with others being melded into the ship’s superstructure.



Proof of Time Travel - Rudolph Fentz

There have been a variety of stories over the years that suggest the existence of time travel. One such incident is of Rudolph Fentz: in 1950 a man named Rudolph Fentz was hit and killed by a taxi in Time Square. He was dressed in 1800s clothing, and had in his pockets: a copper token for a beer, a bill for the care of a horse and the washing of a carriage, $70, a letter from 1876 and business cards, with all the items showing no signs of aging. An NYPD policeman delved back into history, only to find that a man of 29 had disappeared in 1876 – could this be him?



Planes disappear in the Bermuda Triangle 

The roughly triangular area bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico is where dozens of aircraft and ships are said to have vanished in unusual circumstances, with the disappearances being explained by paranormal or extra-terrestrial activity. Significant examples include the disappearance of Flight 19, a US Navy bomber, on December 5, 1945, as well as the aircraft sent to search for it; that of a Douglas DC-3 aircraft with 32 people on board in 1948; and a mid-air collision between two US Air Force planes in 1963.



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