E book questions how 2 Africans businessmen died in Springfield lodge
Two South African men, on a motorbike ride on the familiar Route 66, were found dead in 2015 in separate rooms at a Springfield hotel.
His death was not immediately apparent.
But six weeks later, the Springfield Police Department announced that the secret had been removed after an investigation by the CDC: two men – Gerrit Strydom, 45, and James Bethel, 44 – died of malaria.
Apparently the two men must have been bitten by an infected mosquito on their fishing trip to Africa, got sick and died on their way to Springfield.
The case is closed. Or, that’s how it turned out.
But when News-Leader asked for a full investigation report last month, a police department spokesman’s response was that the case was still open five years later – and the FBI has taken the investigation.
In the meantime, a book published last month on global corruption claims that Strydom and Bethel were witnesses to false international cases.
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The book, “Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World,” states that until his death, Strydom and Bethel worked for the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation – a mining group under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office in the United Kingdom.
Tom Burgis, the journalist who wrote the book, looked at the deaths of Strydom and Bethel as part of his reports and realized that there was no chance of him dying of malaria.
According to the expert interviewed in this handbook, there are a number of factors that contribute to the rapid onset of malaria after mosquito bites, and that two people who contract malaria at the same time and die within hours are bitten by the same mosquito. But an experiment from the CDC challenged that possibility.
The report also states that the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation had a delegate who came to Springfield to assist the police in their investigation and paid the probation officer Michael Baden to look into the case before going to the CDC.
According to the book, the Serious Fraud Office in the United Kingdom was concerned about the number of prisons and whether the samples had been confiscated before reaching the CDC.
In addition, the CDC said it had found malaria in Bethel and Strydom blood but did not take into account the fact that malaria was the cause of death, apparently the police department had jumped on the bandwagon, according to Burgis – who also said full reports of poisoning were not included.
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In a recent article, Burgis wrote that there has been “speculation that Bethel and Strydom may have been poisoned.”
Jasmine Bailey, a spokeswoman for police in Springfield, said the department was aware of the “Cleopopia” book but declined to comment on local allegations.
FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton also declined to comment, “in the light of our unconventional actions or denial that our investigation exists.”
According to Reuters, the Serious Fraud Office has been investigating the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation since 2013 over alleged misconduct in Africa.
The Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, set up by three billion Kazakhstan, has denied the allegations, according to Reuters.
Burgis wrote an article this year in the Financial Times that there is a third mysterious death linked to the investigation of the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation – a geologist who was also a witness died in a South African fire in 2016. The article also says