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.

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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