Death Ray Machine Is Invented by Cleveland Scientist (Sep, 1934)

Death Ray Machine Is Invented by Cleveland Scientist

REPORTED to have tremendous military possibilities, a successful death ray machine is said to have been invented, after lengthy experiments, by a Cleveland scientist.

A partial description of the machine’s construction and operating principles was recently offered at a session of the National Inventors’ Congress at Omaha, Nebraska.

Privileged witnesses to demonstrations of the machine declared that experiments were successful to a startling degree. Dogs, cats and rabbits were killed instantly, their blood turning to water as the ray was turned upon them. It is reported that the machine has been suppressed by the government until such time as it may be needed as a defensive weapon.

21 comments
  1. Richard says: January 27, 20083:14 am

    Either pre-emptive propaganda, given the way Europe was already shaping up by 1934, or a nice little bit if misinformation to disguise what they may ‘at the time’ have genuinely thought had possibilities.

    The illustration shows somebody holding what appears to be a common-or-garden X-ray tube…

  2. wally says: January 27, 20083:34 am

    More than likely a poor cover story for what someone maight have stumbled across as Radar.

  3. Richard says: January 27, 20087:11 am

    Entirely plausible Wally – it wouldn’t take a radar transmitter long to blatt a rabbit!

  4. MC says: January 27, 20087:50 am

    The phrase “their blood turned to water,” combined with the complete lack of science in the article, makes this sound like a hoax.

    The tubes look a bit like X-ray tubes, but not especially rugged or powerful ones.

  5. sputnik says: January 27, 20081:51 pm

    I dunno, doesn’t Ivan Stang live in Cleveland?

  6. Barry Berlin says: January 27, 20082:00 pm

    I actually have two of these machines on my property and have not had any troublesome neighbors for years.

  7. aztrozon says: January 27, 20083:16 pm

    It tells you right in the article what happened to it. “the machine has been suppressed by the pentagon until a time when it is needed.” They were simpler times back then and probably just told the outright truth in the article.
    Tesla invented the original death ray and the concept is very simple, no more complicated than the technology in a microwave. What is that machine he is working on. Wow that thing is huge.

  8. Firebrand38 says: January 27, 20084:53 pm

    aztrozon
    Why have you come to my planet?

  9. Eamon says: January 27, 20087:51 pm

    So the government is suppressing dangerous technology but photos are ok?

    The inventor appears to be Dr. Antonio Longoria. http://blog.modernmecha…

  10. JJ says: January 27, 20089:19 pm

    If this was an actual story, the scientists name would be stated.

  11. Slade Winstone says: January 28, 20081:32 am

    There are several articles on the Time website from 1934-39 relating to this inventor and providing slightly more detail:
    http://www.time.com/tim…
    http://www.time.com/tim…
    http://www.time.com/tim…
    http://www.time.com/tim…

    It seems by 1939, even Time had lost patience with the Death Ray inventor :)

  12. Firebrand38 says: January 28, 20084:58 am

    Slade
    Excellent work. It was definitely Longoria.

    aztrozon
    It would be hard for as you say, “the pentagon” to suppress this work since ground wasn’t broken on the Pentagon unitil 1941. Maybe that knowledge was suppressed as well.

  13. gl3nk says: January 28, 20089:40 am

    Zzzzaaapppp!!!

    Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth shattering kaboom?!?!?!

  14. Firebrand38 says: January 28, 20089:50 am

    Because he didn’t have an Iludium PU-36 Space De-Modulator!

  15. KA Turner says: March 16, 20089:15 pm

    Oh this man killed cats; how rich of him. Maybe he came back to life as a mouse; we coan only wish.

  16. Oliver says: March 30, 20085:06 pm

    I want to see a fight to the death between this man and prof. Harry May, with his equally unlikely death ray. It would make a fantastic film..

  17. Eliyahu says: May 15, 200811:53 am

    A death ray using a Coolidge tube? What did it do? X-ray them until they glowed in the dark?

  18. samuel j.p. licon says: March 18, 20099:29 pm

    BY SENDING A LIGHT PHOTON THRUE A T.V. YOU ARE CREATING A DEATHRAY THAT IS KILLING PEOPLE IN THE 5TH DIMENSION! THE MODULATED FREQUENCY IS BLOWING THEM UP ANGD CREATING EXPLOSIONS STOP PLEASE THE USE OF LASER LIGHTS UNESSECARY CELL PHONE USE AND MODULATED SYGNALS… G.F. OHIO 1934

  19. john hutchison says: March 4, 20104:32 pm

    hi they had these things since 1900 could be a pin hole laser or a maser unit from the tubes x ray machine hi power type tesla had devices as well and called them death rays written up in the dos sbir program 1980s star wars in some cases now used in low level to burn skin in crowd control

  20. Firebrand38 says: March 4, 20105:14 pm

    john hutchison: It’s you! It’s really you! The crackpot who says he can levitate things only when a video camera is watching! Wow, to paraphrase the original title of the movie Casablanca “Everybody comes to Charlie’s”

    http://www.csicop.org/s…
    http://www.skepdic.com/…

  21. bradley says: December 19, 20111:32 pm

    a death ray machine is not a secret anymore just a hoax. i use microwave oven everyday and i know what will happen if i put my e-book reader or my wast watch in the oven but in that time that could be a classified secret weapon and i am sure in near future we will have rf warfare that straight target human side…

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