DeFlip Side #103: Mysteries of Montauk


Me at Montauk, February 2010. Camp Hero is to the right, out of frame.

Welcome everyone. I’m Christopher DeFilippis and this is DeFlip Side.

It’s summer on Long Island, and you know what that means: star-studded Hamptons galas, North Fork winery tours, top secret government mind control and time travel experiments out on Montauk Point. You know, the usual stuff.

As many Science Fiction enthusiasts already know, Montauk has long been a Mecca for conspiracy nuts. Time travel, aliens, psychic soldiers, mind control, secret military/industrial cabals in league with Neo-Nazis—all of it focused on nefarious activities that supposedly occurred at Camp Hero, an abandoned Air Force base nestled in the shadow of Montauk’s famous lighthouse.

The experiments have become known as The Montauk Project, and are related in a book of the same name by Long Islander Preston Nichols, who claims to have been intimately involved. But how could something so big have happened in the sleepy hinterlands of Long Island? Well if the legends are to be believed, the story goes back a long way…

In the wartime America of 1943, a top secret experiment is unfolding in the Philadelphia Naval Yard.

Naval personnel have thrown a switch aboard the U.S.S. Eldridge, sending an electromagnetic surge through specially designed equipment that’s supposed to render the ship invisible to radar. But the experiment is more successful than anyone intended. Observers on the shore are blinded by a blue flash, and the U.S.S. Eldridge… vanishes.

The now infamous Philadelphia Experiment not only turned the Eldridge invisible, but by some accounts transported it in both space and time. When the ship reappeared, some crew members had melded right into the bulkheads; many had gone mad; and some disappeared. And hence were the seeds planted for the Montauk Project.

Fast forward to Long Island, 1971. After extensive work with psychics, electromagnetic specialist Preston Nichols claims to have discovered telepathic waves. But these waves would get inexplicably jammed for two hours each day. He traced the jamming frequency to the then-active Camp Hero on Montauk Point. When the base shut down ten years later, Nichols returned to try and figure out why. There he met a stranger claiming to know him from experiments at the camp. Shortly thereafter, a man named Duncan Cameron barged into Nichols’ home lab, also claiming that Nichols had led various Montauk experiments.

Cameron claimed to be on the U.S.S. Eldridge during the Philadelphia Experiment. He jumped overboard when the ship was invisible, and somehow landed in Montauk forty years later, in 1983. Nichols soon began to regain his memories of working at Montauk, and he and Cameron—who also happened to be psychic—pieced together this history of the mysterious Montauk Project.

Camp Hero's Mind-Bending Sage Radar.

As suburbia was growing on post war Long Island, something more ominous was growing at Brookhaven National Lab. Philadelphia Experiment scientists came to BNL to research why events onboard the Eldridge were so harmful to its crew. They found that once inside the electromagnetic bottle that encased the ship, the sailors entered something called Zero time, which exists outside of our reality. Without any normal time reference, they broke. These mental effects implied that electromagnetic energy could be used for mind control, and the equipment at Camp Hero in Montauk met all the technical specs necessary to continue these experiments—especially the unique Sage radar dish that you can still see today, which operated at the proper electromagnetic frequencies.

Different Sage radar frequencies caused various emotional responses, and they refined it until specific pulse-frequency patterns could implant specific thoughts. They also discovered that a series of random frequency hops could bend time, further explaining what happened in Philadelphia.

Now if you think this sounds crazy so far, brace yourselves, because here come the aliens.

The next phase of the Montauk Project was to get hold of some German mind-reading technology developed in World War Two with the help of extraterrestrials from the Sirius system. The German/alien mind-reading computer enabled a trained psychic to project a pseudo-reality, which the Sage radar could then beam into the minds of people inside a magnetic invisibility field so Zero-time wouldn’t drive them nuts.

So let’s recap: Invisible Navy ship leads to Zero-time, which leads to mind control which leads to German/alien psychic broadcasts. Got it?

To facilitate these thought broadcasts, psychics would sit in a contraption called the Montauk Chair—think Bill Bixby in the open of The Incredible Hulk. By 1979, a Montauk Chair psychic could remotely brainwash anyone. And chief among them was Philadelphia Experiment refugee Duncan Cameron!

Lighthouse from Camp Hero grounds. White structure in foreground is part of the old camp complex.

A nifty side effect of the Montauk chair was spontaneous creation. Anything the psychic thought about would just pop into existence. (Remember this—it becomes really important later in the story.) So with mind control cinched, researchers began to work on time travel.

With the help of more aliens from the Orion constellation—not to be confused with the Sirius aliens who gave the Germans the mind-reading gizmo—Montauk Project scientists developed the Orion Delta T antenna, giving Montauk Chair psychics the power to create time vortexes. They eventually linked to the time-shifted U.S.S. Eldridge in 1943 and created a stable master vortex—which is how Duncan Cameron wound up in Montauk after jumping ship. The master vortex allowed Montauk Project leaders to travel anywhere in space and time.

Supposed Photo of Montauk Project Beast

And this is when Preston Nichols and a group of like-minded colleagues felt that the tampering had become too dangerous. At their word, Cameron fired up the Montauk Chair for the last time.

With a thought, Cameron created a giant, hairy, beast—30 feet tall by some accounts—that rampaged across Camp Hero, destroying the facility. Nichols cut power to the Montauk Chair, collapsing the time vortex for good. The project shut down, memories were wiped and by 1984 Camp Hero was deserted. But it doesn’t end there.

Nichols claims the Montauk Project used unwilling test subjects for time experiments, mainly homeless men who never retuned. He also says they sent multiple groups of blond-haired, blue-eyed children to a strange city in the year 6037, alluding to the Nazi interests which funded the project. Talk about your lebensraum! In all he estimates that anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 people were lost, killed or abandoned in time. But that’s nothing.

He also says Montauk Project teams used the time portals to visit underground chambers in the pyramid complex located near the giant face on Mars. Listen, I know there’s no giant face on Mars, but after this insane story you’re going to call me on that? Just be thankful that I left out all the really crazy stuff that’s just too complicated to go into, including UFOs, body-swapping, mind transference, biorhythms, switched timelines, and weather manipulation.

I’d kill for solid evidence of time travel, and I’d love to play the role of the intrigued skeptic who has investigated the mysteries of Montauk and must reluctantly admit that they raise too many intriguing questions to write the whole thing off. But I can’t. It’s all nonsense with absolutely no evidence to back it up, the mutually reinforced delusions of two men in a backyard workshop.

Nichols himself says that many of his book’s so-called facts aren’t provable and that the reader is welcome to read it as Science Fiction. I don’t see how they could read it as anything but. But the Montauk Project has flourished in conspiracy theory circles—so much so that Nichols has written follow-up books, each one longer and even more outrageously convoluted than the last.

You can find links to his books, as well as a good one on the Philadelphia Experiment posted here. I’ve also posted some pictures I took out at Montauk earlier this year—including the mind-controlling Sage radar dish. And it obviously didn’t have any effect on me. I’m still fully… ummm… hmmm.

What were we talking about again?


Forget you ever read this and look at the pretty seals off Montauk bluff.