Inquest Finds Conspiracy Theorist Max Spiers Died Due to Overdose of 'Turkish Xanax'
Pathologist Christopher Sutton-Mattocks told a British inquest on January 7th that 39-year-old conspiracy theorist Max Spiers died of complications resulting from “pneumonia and intoxication by drugs.”
Spiers died in Warsaw in July of 2016 after visiting Poland to speak at the Earth Projects conference that April.
According to testimony by Spiers’ general practitioner heard at the inquest, Spiers was a drug user who had been addicted to heroin and crack cocaine.
Further testimony by writer Monika Duval revealed that Spiers had purchased between eight and ten boxes of the Turkish equivalent of Xanax during a visit to Cyprus with Duval from June 27th to July 11th 2016, and he had taken at least several tablets of the drug on the day he died.
Spiers met Duval at Earth Projects and she had agreed to let him stay at her home rather than return to Britain following the conference.
Duval claimed that she had only an "informal relationship" with Spiers, and that he fell asleep on her sofa after ingesting the Xanax. When she checked on him later, he had stopped breathing, and began to vomit during her efforts to resuscitate him while waiting for the paramedics.
“I noticed he had something in his mouth, some remnants of food, so I turned him on to one side and saw gastric fluids pouring out of him—brown liquid, like somewhat tea colored," Duval told the inquest.
Spiers was declared dead at scene.
According to Spiers' mother, Vanessa Bates, just days before his death he texted her saying "Your boy’s in trouble. If anything happens to me, investigate."
Bates believes her son was embroiled in dark forces, and it was his entanglement with a malevolent cult that ultimately caused his death.
"He was making a name for himself in the world of conspiracy theorists and had been invited to speak at a conference in Poland in July," she said in a 2016 interview. "He was staying with a woman who he had not known for long and she told me how she found him dead on the sofa. But I think Max had been digging in some dark places and I fear that somebody wanted him dead."
Bates suspected that Duval might be involved in black magic after she claimed she received a "threatening" book from her titled Sacrifice: Magic Behind the Mic—a book with chapters on 'Illuminati Blood Sacrifices' and 'Moloch, Owls, and the Horns of Satan.'
She also claimed that during a phone conversation with Duval just after her son's death she could hear "satanic rituals" being conducted in the background.
"I could hear all this kerfuffle in the background—ritualistic stuff," Bates said. "There were strange suggestions of things that should be done like put milk by this side and get garlic and put flowers and put vinegar and very weird goings on. I could hear it being said. It sounded like rituals going on. Some sort of satanic rituals."
"The more you dig, the more questions you have got and the more difficult it is for a mother, because I don’t like the idea of people messing around with his body," she added.
Spiers' girlfriend, Sarah Adams, also suspected murky business was afoot.
"He was terrified, he wanted to leave," she said in 2016. "He rang secretly as they wouldn't let him talk. He said they were trying to get away from them."
Now, at the recent inquest, pathologist and assistant coroner Sutton-Mattocks has accused the Polish police of a dereliction of duty in their lax investigation of Spiers' death.
Two police officers, Slawomir Mamczak and Pawel Semeniuk, were called to the scene after Duval became angry at paramedics for ceasing CPR.
The two officers reportedly ceased investigation following the local coroner's determination of Spiers as due to natural causes.
“After the doctor said the death was due to natural causes, we somehow didn’t delve into it…There was no examination or further investigation," said Semeniuk in a statement.
“Max was a conspiracy theorist and a well-known one at that,” Sutton-Mattocks said. “If there was anything that was bound to excite the interest of other conspiracy theorists, it was the wholly incompetent initial investigation into his death.”
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