10 Deathbed Confessions That Stunned The World

Ah, the deathbed confession – a tried and true technique when you have a devastating secret that you need to share with the world.  A fine approach, assuming you don’t get hit by a bus or meet some other untimely doom.  Most of these confessions are relatively benign: “The money’s buried under the tree”, “I’ve always loved you”, or “I’m not your dad, I’m your brother.”  These are not that type.

1) E. Howard Hunt revealed his involvement in JFK Assassination in a series of deathbed recordings


E. Howard Hunt, a C.I.A. officer under Nixon, served 33 months in prison for his involvement in the Watergate scandal.  On his deathbed, he made several carefully planned recordings that detailed his involvement in the assassination of JFK.  He also listed other key participants, including Lyndon B. Johnson.  Rolling Stone picked up the story, yet it did not gain mainstream attraction.

2) Lieutenant Walter Haut stated that aliens did crash-land in Area 51


Haut was the public information officer at the 509th Bomb Group based in Roswell, New Mexico during 1947. Early on July 8, 1947 he was ordered by the base commander, Colonel William Blanchard, to draft a press release to the public, announcing that the US Air Force had recovered a crashed “flying disc” from a nearby ranch. The U.S. Army Air Force retracted the claim later the same day, changing it to announce that a weather balloon had been recovered.  Many years later, Haut signed a sealed affidavit prior to his death asserting that he had witnessed the wreckage of an egg-shaped craft and its extraterrestrial crew and had been forced to tell the weather balloon story.

3) David Niven revealed that he was an illegitimate child of a popular British politician


Niven was an English actor and novelist who was popular in Europe and in the United States for roles including “The Phantom” in The Pink Panther.  He found out as an adult that he was the illegitimate son of Conservative party politician, Sir Thomas Comyn-Platt – his mother’s lover, who refused to acknowledge him.  He kept it a secret until his deathbed to avoid damaging the politicians career.

Christian Spurling revealed that the famous Loch Ness Monster was faked

Wackulus - Lochness Monster

In 1934 a doctor named Robert Kenneth Wilson offered a picture to the Daily Mail newspaper. Wilson told the newspaper he noticed something moving in Loch Ness and stopped his car to take the photo.  60 years later Christian Spurling confessed on his deathbed that it was a hoax and the mastermind behind it was his stepfather, who had convinced Dr. Wilson to sell his faked photo to the Daily Mail.

5) Roscoe White confessed that he was the second gunman in the JFK assassination

Roscoe White a former Marine and Dallas police officer, claimed to have been the gunman on the grassy knoll in a series of diary entries written before his death.  His son, Ricky White, revealed in a meeting at the University of Texas that his father had been involved in killing the president: “The diary said after my father shot the President he handed his 7.65 Mauser to the man standing beside him, hurled over the fence, took the film from the military man, whirled around the fence and went through the parking lot.”  White added that Lee Harvey Oswald had also taken part but had not fired any of the shots.

6) The theft of Marie Antoinette’s stolen watch was admitted


A pocket watch made for Marie Antoinette and worth more than $30 million was stolen from a Jerusalem museum in 1983.  25 years later, Nili Shamrat tried to sell $40,000 worth of items to watchmaker.  The watchmaker reported it to the police, and they tracked it back to Nili. She told police that her late husband, famed thief Naaman Diller, had confessed to the crime just before his death.  He had told his wife to try to sell them for money after his death.

7) The murderer of actor/director William Desmond Taylor finally solved


In 1922, William Desmond Taylor was a top-tier actor and director in Hollywood.  When he was shot to death it became it instantly became a national sensation, and, when no murderer was found, an incredible mystery.  42 years later, a reclusive old woman living in Hollywood had a heart attack and summoned her neighbor.  She told the neighbor that she had been a silent film actress named Margaret Gibson and that she had killed William Desmond Taylor.  Here is Gibson and Taylor co-starring in “The Kiss”.

8) Man confesses that he is the garden gnome perpetrator


For decades, residents of the village of Brattlebury, Lincs would randomly discover garden gnomes in their yard.  It caused such a rise that it event brought in reporters and TV crews.  When Peter Leighton died from prostate cancer, his son revealed during the eulogy that his dad had been the mastermind behind the gnomes, and his father had asked him to reveal his comical transgressions to the world.

9) Naomi Shemer confessed to copying a Basque lullaby melody for her famous song Jerusalem of Gold

Naomi Shemer

Naomi Shemer wrote Jerusalem of Gold, a song that is considered the unofficial Israeli anthem.  For many years she was accused of plagiarizing a Basque lullaby melody, which she consistently denied.  But she wrote a letter to a fellow composer, Gil Alderna, jusg days before dying of cancer.  She said “I consider the entire affair a regrettable work accident – so regrettable that it may be the reason for me taking ill. ” She wrote that she heard a well-known Basque lullaby which “went in one ear and out the other” and the song must have crept into her unwittingly. Aldema explained that Shemer had agreed for her secret to be revealed after her death.

10) Deathbed confession reveals the location of the Nazi gold train


The story goes that, “a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing around the city of Walbrzych while it was fleeing the Red Army in the spring of 1945.”  This tale seemed a myth created in wartime, but a very recent deathbed statement came from someone claiming the train was real and that he had helped load it. The identity of the confessor was not revealed by Polish authorities, but they stated they felt 99% sure it was accurate after discovering valuables near the location.  They have decided to wait until spring to start digging.

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