Brad Meltzer: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

Brad Meltzer’s new book, History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time, provides fascinating insight into 10 of the greatest conspiracies of all time. From D.B. Cooper to the fate of John Wilkes Booth to Area 51, Brad investigates the claims behind some of the most notorious conspiracies in American history. Brad joined Glenn on radio this morning to talk about some his favorite parts of the book and the most interesting things he learned while putting it together.

“Hey, a good friend, and a friend of the program, and a great writer, Brad Meltzer is with us. And he has written History Decoded, The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time,” Glenn said. “And this is absolutely a Glenn Beck book because it is riddled with things for the ADD, and it has actual history in it. I was reading D.B. Cooper, I didn’t know half of the stuff of D.B. Cooper.”

“It’s actually my wife’s favorite thing in the book, it’s something she didn’t know,” Brad explained. “And we wanted to count down the top conspiracies throughout the history, wanted to do Lincoln, JFK, the big ones. So D.B. Cooper gets on a plane and he says to the flight attendant, ‘I have a bomb. I want $200,000 in $20 bills and four parachutes or I’m glowing the plane up.’ So they land the plane. And they let everybody in the plane off. And D.B. Cooper takes off again… He gets the parachutes, and the money, and opens up the back door of the plane and disappears. The best part of the story, to this day, the only unsolved highjacking in U.S. history.”

“What I love in this chapter is we actually give you an answer. We found a guy named Kenny Christiansen. A few years ago he died. On his deathbed, he tells his brother right before he dies, ‘I have something I’m ashamed to tell you.’ And the brother doesn’t know what it is. And the guy dies. So now the brother starts going through the stuff, and as he’s going through his stuff, he’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, I think my brother is D.B. Cooper.’ And he finds – his brother was a Northwest Airline pilot – D.B. Cooper was on a Northwest Airline plane. His brother was fired. He has an axe to grind. And then, his brother is digging ditches for a living – that’s what he’s doing, making no money. But right after D.B. Cooper jumps, his brother pays for his house in cash and opens a bank account with $180,000 in it. So he is either the best ditch digger of all time, right?”

Brad explained that they also took a thermal scanner to the house that revealed a secret hiding place in the bedroom ceiling that would have perfectly fit a briefcase Christiansen’s brother was seen carrying in a photograph along with a sack of money. Furthermore $20 bills with the serial numbers that matched the money D.B. Cooper was given have turned up all around the town. As Brad explains, his purpose in writing the book was to provide people with new evidence and new factual information.

“It’s a great conspiracy. And I hate that DB Cooper has become a folk hero. You know what he is? He’s a criminal. We should not be celebrating criminals. What I want to do is tell the real story,” Brad explained. “So you get, as you said, we give you the evidence. So when we give you each chapter of the book, it’s not just a chapter. There’s a little flap, and you can pull out the F.B.I. report… we give you his actual ticket for the airline. And you get to examine the evidence and look at it yourself.”

Below is a sample of the extra materials that come with each chapter of the book:

In the case of the D.B. Cooper conspiracy, Brad walking away from the research for this book believing this was in fact the man. Not all the leads he received, however, turned out that way.

Glenn highly recommended the book to anyone who loves history.

The November issue of TheBlaze Magazine contains an exclusive excerpt from the book relating to the chapter about JFK’s assassination that is truly fascinating. Get your issue of TheBlaze Magazine HERE and purchase your copy Brad’s book HERE.

Watch the entire interview below:

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  • Anonymous

    What about the cocaine dealing ring in Phoenix AZ that used to supply Glenn Beck? Whenever Beck was short of cash to pay for his nose narcs, he would use his mouth to pleasure the swollen genital of a drug dealer, while the drug dealer defecated into a toilet. The habit earned Beck the nickname “Blumpkin”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    So what is this sexual fantasy addiction you have for Beck? Have you left your meds behind again comrade? Or should I say Anthony Weiner?

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Interesting theory on the D.B. Cooper story; but it misses one thing completely – the Pensacola angle. Look there for your answers if you know the place that says ‘fooled you all.”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    I heard you where that dealer.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    Love the show so I bet I will love this book.

  • j gary shw

    If you’re going to believe someone like Meltzer regarding JFK then I’ll have to question everything you say from now on. Do your own research before you jump on the lone-nut bandwagon.

  • Anonymous

    Thought you said you were going to stop wanking off to liberals and go look for a job

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    You first.

  • Guest

    You’re projected fantasies are hilarious. What toilets are you frequenting to get your coke? The same as Obama’s I bet.

  • SL

    Wow, simply a lie. The only money that was given to Cooper that was ever found, were found washed on the banks of the river near where he jumped. NO other bills have ever been used.

  • Anonymous

    I hope Bard can someday solve what may well be the greatest conspiracy in the history of American politics. WHERE was Obama really born ? Prove it so there is no doubt whatsoever and people cannot deny it !

  • Anonymous

    How did something like YOU manage to insert yourself into this reasonable conversation? Please go back to your cell and take your medication.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta get that book!

    Meltzer has the right mindset — doubt, but check it out, and report what you find, in a dispassionate fashion, for us to see and decide for ourselves. A good GB trait.

    Now, it may only be an opening that someone else (you?) can use as a springboard to further investigation, and more data to come forth. (But, don’t you disparage without proof!) As Snowleopard mentions the Pensacola angle, there you go. Let us know what you find.

    Good luck to whoever picks up the banner, and carries it forward!

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    very interesting episodes in the series — saw a couple of years ago.

  • Anonymous

    I heard the Brad Meltzer interview, his statement referring to 911, …”the danger of a small group with a belief of God that is completely different from our own..” is off base because if he is speaking of Muslims their God is not the same God of Christianity, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This confusion that Christians and Muslims share the same God is a mistake a lot of people make, until you learn the truth. Brad’s comments are in the last seconds of the video interview segment.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    Sam, did you see how ignorant Vaccuum man was? He thought the article from the “Daily Currant” was a real article. He was sooo busy trying to insult me, he insulted himself. What an ignorant maroon he is. He doesn’t have the ability to research anything but he’s quick to prove he’s one of the “simple-folk” he complains about. He’s the typical ignorant liberal BONEHEAD on the internet.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    Maybe it is the drugs he is on.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    He sure made an ass out of himself. It was really funny. LMAO

  • Anonymous

    Jews don’t believe Jesus is God’s son. Christians don’t believe their God is the same as Muslims. Who to believe?

  • Anonymous

    Even if Obama was born in Kenya he would still be eligible to be President (see: Cruz, Ted).

  • Anonymous

    I love Brad’s books- he writes very well- makes the story interesting on every page! Cannot wait for this book!

    Maybe Santa will be kind to me this year… although, the way heating prices are going up- a lump of coal might be a nice present too… ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Actually- the biggest conspiracy for me is HOW DID OBAMA WIN THE LAST ELECTION???!!! I cannot fathom how he pulled that one off- too many things that make it look VERY suspicious to me…

  • Anonymous

    only if BOTH parents were American- they are not.

  • Billy Beefcaked

    Brad Meltzer is one hell of a comic book writer. His work on Green Arrow a decade ago, Identity Crisis that he wrote about 8 years ago, and his JLA reboot about 5 years ago were all fantastic.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    While I agree that there is some dispute over this as the Supreme Court hasn’t ruled on it, having a single American citizen parent makes the child an American citizen at birth, no matter where the child is born, and therefore the child is a “natural born citizen”.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/cruz-draws-presidential-buzz-but-is-he-eligible-85873.html

  • Anonymous

    The country is a big place. Opinions vary greatly.

  • Guest

    Why the vulgarity? It says that is what you are.

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  • Anonymous

    y2 Lately i used to be REALLY down on cash and debts were eating me from all sides. That was Right Until I found out how to make money on the Internet. I went to surveymoneymaker point net, and started doing surveys for money, and YES i’ve been far more able to pay my bills!! i’m happy, I did this.. – mOTz