Who is Milton William Cooper?

Lately the name Milton William Cooper has been resurfacing in connection to Alex Jone’s new book “The Great Reset: and the War for the World” which according to several sources, based on sales is the number one selling book to date.

It had me curious to dig more into who Milton William Cooper is. According to Wikipedia (yes I know not exactly a reliable source for truthful and accurate information) but its at least a foundational back ground as to who this man was in a previous life. He was regarded as an American Conspiracy Theorist, radio broadcaster and author who became famous for the 1991 book “Behold a Pale Horse” in which he warned of multiple global conspiracies, some involving extraterrestrial life.

Cooper also described HIV/AIDS as a man-made disease used to target blacks, Hispanics, and homosexuals, and that a cure was made before it was implemented.[4] He has been described as a “militia theoretician”.[5] Cooper was killed in 2001 by sheriff’s deputies after he shot at them during an attempted arrest. The latter of course is rife with sketchy details as to what precipitated his discourse with law enforcement at the time.

What is interesting is his claims in the “Behold a Pale Horse” and some of the criticisms that followed seems in line with what Alex Jones has written in his best seller currently.

This is all from wikipedia reference that makes for some interesting reading.

Behold a Pale Horse

In 1991, Cooper wrote and published Behold a Pale Horse.[5] The book has been influential among “UFO and militia circles”.[16] Just prior to the trial of Terry Nichols in 1997, The Guardian described it as “the manifesto of the militia movement”.[17]

According to sociologist Paul Gilroy, Cooper claimed “an elaborate conspiracy theory that encompasses the Kennedy assassination, the doings of the secret world government, the coming ice age, and a variety of other covert activities associated with the Illuminati’s declaration of war upon the people of America”.[5] Political scientist Michael Barkun characterized it as “among the most complex superconspiracy theories”, and also among the most influential due to its popularity in militia circles as well as mainstream bookstores.[8] Historian Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke described the book as a “chaotic farrago of conspiracy myths interspersed with reprints of executive laws, official papers, reports and other extraneous materials designed to show the looming prospect of a world government imposed on the American people against their wishes and in flagrant contempt of the Constitution.”[18]

UFOs, aliens and the Illuminati

Cooper gained attention in Ufology circles in 1988 when he claimed to have seen secret documents while in the Navy describing governmental dealings with extraterrestrials, a topic on which he expounded in Behold a Pale Horse. [8] (By one account he served as a “low level clerk” in the Navy, and as such would not have had the security clearance needed to access classified documents.)[19] UFOlogists later asserted that some of the material Cooper claimed to have seen in Naval Intelligence documents was actually plagiarized by Cooper from their own research, including several items that the UFOlogists had fabricated as pranks.[20] Don Ecker of UFO Magazine ran a series of exposés on Cooper in 1990.[21]

Cooper linked the Illuminati with his beliefs that extraterrestrials were secretly involved with the United States government, but later retracted these claims. He accused President Dwight D. Eisenhower of negotiating a treaty with extraterrestrials in 1954, which supposedly allowed the aliens to abduct humans in exchange for technological assistance.[22] Cooper then claimed that Eisenhower had established an inner circle of Illuminati to manage relations with the aliens and keep their presence a secret from the general public. Cooper believed that aliens “manipulated and/or ruled the human race through various secret societies, religions, magic, witchcraft, and the occult”, and that even the Illuminati were unknowingly being manipulated by them.[8]

Cooper described the Illuminati as a secret international organization, controlled by the Bilderberg Group, that conspired with the Knights of Columbus, Masons, Skull and Bones, and other organizations. Its ultimate goal, he said, was the establishment of a New World Order. According to Cooper, the Illuminati conspirators not only invented alien threats for their own gain, but actively conspired with extraterrestrials to take over the world.[8] Cooper believed that James Forrestal’s fatal fall from a window on the sixteenth floor of Bethesda Hospital was connected to the alleged secret committee Majestic 12, and that JASON advisory group scientists reported to an elite group of Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations executive committee members who were high-ranking members of the Illuminati.[2][3]

Cooper also claimed that the antisemitic conspiracy theory forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was actually an Illuminati work, and instructed readers to substitute “Sion” for “Zion”, “Illuminati” for “■■■■■■ and “cattle” for “Goyim”.[3][23][24] The publisher removed the chapter that was a reproduction of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion document from later printings of Behold a Pale Horse.[25]

Kennedy assassination

In Behold a Pale Horse, Cooper asserts that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated because he was about to reveal that extraterrestrials were in the process of taking over the Earth. According to a “top secret” video of the assassination that Cooper claimed to have discovered, the driver of the presidential limousine, William Greer, used “a gas pressure device developed by aliens from the Trilateral Commission” to shoot the president from the driver’s seat.[19] The Zapruder film shows Greer twice turning to look into the back seat of the car; Cooper theorized that Greer first turned to assess Kennedy’s status after the external attack, and then to fire the fatal shot. Conspiracy theories implicating Greer reportedly “snowballed” after publication of Behold a Pale Horse.[26] Cooper’s video purporting to prove his theory was analyzed by several television stations, according to one source, and was found to be “… a poor-quality fake using chunks of the… Zapruder film.”[19]


In Behold a Pale Horse Cooper proposed that AIDS was the result of a conspiracy to decrease the populations of blacks, Hispanics, and homosexuals.[11] In 2000 South Africa’s Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang received criticism for distributing the chapter discussing this theory to senior South African government officials.[27]

In conclusion, a lot that is written from Cooper is rather irony revisiting in current day discourse minus the alien claims which to be honest seems far fetched. However other things like HIV and the one New World government stuff doesn’t seem too far off of what the WEF (World Economic Forum) and rigged elections seems to be aiming at in 2022 and beyond. Sometimes people who were deemed crazy and labeled as conspiracy theorists end up posthumously as warning signs that have been generally ignored until in hindsight. Alex Jones for instance regardless of what you think of him has been proven right on more than one occasion and there is a reason why he has such a loyal following, yet being banned on almost every social media platform is one indicator that he has gotten too close to exposing the truth. Milton William Cooper still raises more questions than answers even until this day, which begs the question: how close to the truth was he so much so that had law enforcement and the legal system go after him?

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I’ve been familiar with his work for over 30 years, long before he was killed. I never met him, but I had a few VHF videos which I watched repeatedly throughout 1990s. I also have his book.

He was in Japan at least once for his lecture tour but the Japanese didn’t understand him as to why he wanted to protect the US Constitution.

Eustace Mullins whom I knew personally said Cooper was always drunk, but we need to understand Mullins and Cooper came from slightly different backgrounds.

Cooper had some insider intel from the CIA and Navy Intelligence but Mullins didn’t. Instead, Mullins had psychic abilities which he carefully hid in order not to damage his reputation as a researcher.

So what did you think about some of Cooper’s claims? Did you find them credible? Thought provoking?

Interestingly, I first watched Cooper videos at the house of a Cherokee medicine woman in Michigan. Take it or leave it, but the spirits said — speaking through her — that Cooper was correct overall, but he had the tendency to be too negative.

Do you think he was purposely targeted by the deep state as some suggested or was his death a mere incident of him actin paranoid?

Probably both. I personally think he could have avoided being shot.