Skip to comments.Sudden disappearance of Deep River scientist mystifies colleagues
Posted on 02/21/2010 3:24:50 PM PST by hennie pennie
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At Websleuths I got confused because they refer to the Craigslist postings as being written by his brother -- but the postings themselves express anger at being a Canadian in a country where essentially NOTHING was done to locate Lachlan Cranswick.
Anybody know anything about Scientology -- evidentally, on his personal website he wrote quite a scathing condemnation of them. Wonder how he knows their systems well enough to comment extensively?
Then, too, the websleuths discussed that there are a couple Chinese scientists who evidentally wrote a fraudulent article and he publically called them out on it. That's near the end of the long Websleuths messagethread.
Here is a link to a VERY vivid & emotional posting on Craigslist-Canada:
Some websleuths wonder why he wore a fur hat "just to put the garbage out," but they must not understand how cold it is in January in Ontario, Canada, right? F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G cold. Near the very end of the thread, someone posted a link to a jpeg where LC seems VERY comfortable with the public - he seems to be explaining how some of the equipment works & its purpose; and he doesn't appear shy or uncomfortable, simply a professional geek.
My favorite Columbia connection
1995 : (CANADA : ALGERIAN-BORN MOHAMMED HARKAT ARRIVES IN CANADA FROM MALAYSIA— — See OTTAWA CELL, MWL, IIRO, ABU ZUBAYDA, AHMED KHADR) Algeria-born Harkat moved to Canada nine years ago, using a fake Saudi Arabian passport. He applied for refugee status, married and worked as a pizza delivery man. ——————— Alleged Canadian al-Qaeda ‘Sleeper’ Agent Set to Testify, CBC ^ | October 25, 2004 | CBC Staff
Authorities allege that Harkat arrived from Malaysia in 1995 and was an alleged associate of Abu Zubaydah, who had been Al Qaeda’s chief of operations. He is said also to be linked to Ahmed Khadr. Harkat is also said to have ties with the Muslim World League and International Islamic Relief Organization (”IIRO”), the group Jaballah had worked for in Pakistan in the early 1990s.
MAY 1996 : (MAHMOUD JABALA ARRIVES IN CANADA — See TORONTO CELL, IIRO, IRAQ, BIN LADEN) Jaballah came to Canada on a false Saudi passport in May 1996. He won refugee status, saying he’d worked in Pakistan for the International Islamic Relief Organization [IIRO].But CSIS says that organization is linked to Osama bin Laden. The purported link is a man called Ayman Zawahiri.-—— “More Toronto connections to terror attacks,” CBC News of http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2001/09/20/suspects010920.html Last Updated: Friday, September 21, 2001 | 3:51 PM ET
MAY 1996 : (MAHMOUD JABALA ARRIVES IN CANADA — See ADIL AL-BARI, TORONTO CELL, IIRO, ZAWAHIRI, IRAQ, BIN LADEN) Jaballah, who allegedly came to Canada in 1996 on a false passport, has met with Al-Bari from London. He was initially released after 7 months when a Federal Court judge quashed the certificate.-——Vanguards of Conquest : Al Qaeda, Anthrax and Ayman Zawahiri
MARCH 1997 : (CANADA ARRESTS SAYEGH & ONE OTHER SAUDI IN OTTAWA : LINKED TO KHOBAR TOWERS PLOT) In March 1997, with the FBI’s help, Canadian immigrant officials arrested two other Saudi dissidents in connection with the bombing in Ottawa. One of the suspects, Hani Abdel Rahim Sayegh, had apparently linked a senior Iranian intelligence officer, Brig. Ahmad Sherifi, and a local cell of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah organization to a “conspiracy” to attack U.S. targets in 1995, according to various news reports. Sayegh himself served as a driver of a car used to signal the driver of the truck carrying the bomb at Khobar Towers, officials said.- “Khobar Towers Bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia,” the Washington Post, June 25, 1996
“I see you post on the Canadian site kin to FR. Aware of this missing scientist or was it mentioned via the site?”
Sure enough- no answers yet:
Your links are interesting, you can add him to the missing and dead scientists list.
Ping to post #51.
I see they located the URL on Steve Quayle's website for Dead Scientists:
I haven't read his work on Dead Scientists in years, it's so depressing.
I wonder if the Canadian authorities checked into anything about the Chinese immigrant community in Canada?
Apparently there are 2 researchers on MAINLAND China who wrote an article which was fraudulent, and he exposed them.
Sure hope that his disappearance isn't connected to some type of 'face saving' action & retribution by a humiliated pair of Chinese families - and all their exended members.
Does submergence in extremely cold water preserve OR destroy such evidence for forensic examiners?
CBC News - Ottawa - Scientist's disappearance a mystery to colleagues
"Police said Cranswick is five feet 10 inches tall, with a slim build, hazel eyes and brown hair. They said he would likely be wearing glasses and a beige parka with fur on the hood. He may also be wearing a fur hat with ear flaps, police said."
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CNN: 15 new suspects in Dubai murder plot
CBSnews.com MOBILE EDITION ARTICLE
Dubai: 15 More Suspects In Hamas Slaying
Feb. 24, 2010
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - At least 15 more suspects carrying foreign passports were linked Wednesday to an elaborate hit squad slaying of a Hamas commander that Dubai's police chief claims was likely carried out by Israel's Mossad secret service. The latest accusations by Dubai police raised the size of the alleged assassination team to at least 26 and further expanded the international web of the investigation - now stretching from the United State to Europe and Australia.
"The new suspects were identified as: Daniel Marc Schnur, Gabriella Barney, Roy Allan Cannon, Stephen Keith Drake, Mark Sklur and Philip Carr, traveling on British passports; Ivy Brinton, Anna Shuana Clasby and Chester Halvey, on Irish passports; David Bernard LaPierre, Melenie Heard and Eric Rassineux, on French passports, and
Bruce Joshua Daniel, Nicole Sandra Mccabe and Adam Korman on Australian passports."
I wonder if there are any still photographs of any of the new 16 individuals claimed to be implicated????
Wonder how he knows their systems well enough to comment extensively?
Usually people only know about scientology if they were/are personally involved, or if they've lost a loved one to them.
The suspects who used passports bearing the names (left to right, top row) Mark Sklar, Daniel Marc Schnur and Gabriella Barney; (bottom row) Stephen Keith Drake, Philip Carr and Roy Allan Cannon. Photographs: Dubai police/AFP/Getty
Bizarre case, we are aware of: Missing Deep River scientist "geek", Aussie born, internationally traveled out of Canada.
Had I know, I'd have purchased stock in manufacturers of tennis rackets.
One thing I noticed that SJackson mentioned in the other messagethread is that these photos are NOT of the suspects, but rather of people who had their identities stolen.
I'm unsure about this, there are so many articles, and yet so little concrete information and no evidence to speak of. I'm positive that I read of one individual named being interviewed and exclaiming, "THAT's not me! I have 20/20 vision, and that chap is wearing eyeglasses." OR something like that.
More the merrier--bait and switch.
There are so many links to different phones of Lachlan posted at the Websleuths.com messagethread, and frankly, his appearance is frequently very different from photo to photo — I was surprised that one individual could have so very many ‘looks.’
Earlier six days after he went missing, Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant scientist N Mahalingam's body was fished out by naval divers from the Kali river late on Saturday night. Forty-seven-year-old Mahalingam, was reported missing by his wife on June 8 when he failed to return from his morning walk, police said.June'09
Cranswick has worked for the NRC's Canadian Neutron Mean Centre for seven years, examining the structure of chemicals.... "His collaborators from universities across Canada praise his effectiveness in supporting their research," said Daniel Banks, a spokesman for the centre. "He was a driving force in developing our scientific tools to the leading edge."
I guess when you think of it the number of missing and murdered persons each year, it becomes astronomical. But when you are a scientist as the above are, a genius to boot in their fields of endeavor, then it becomes extra newsworthy, extra suspicious. Drowning historically of those in the scientific community seems quite prevalent.
Yes, that photo where he looks so relaxed and sociable.... doesn’t look at all like the skinny pasty white balding redhead in glasses. Don’t even look like brothers or cousins, LOL
The mother of an Australian man linked to the assassination of a militant leader in Dubai says the photo in the passport used to name him as a suspect is not his. Joshua Daniel Bruce is one of three Australians named among 15 suspects in the killing of senior Hamas figure Mahmud al-Mabhuh in Dubai last month.
I fully agree. And it reminds of some other deaths and disappearances of scientists.
I don't know if that is valid -- to find anything peculiar in them being very keen on sports.
Also, I didn't realize that Lacham doesn't have a Ph.d; and I've not seen any mention of a masters degree.
HOW would someone with only a bachelors of science degree ever become a visiting scholar to Columbia University in NYC?
I simply have no idea if such is common, or if it may indicate anything extraordinary.
Would there be a public record anywhere of how much his position at the nuclear plant paid? Would his salary be a matter of public record?
HOWEVER..... both Williams father and his stepfather worked at the same place; evidentally both Russell and Lachlan were interested in bird photography; LC was the VP of the Curling team and on that executive committee is someone related to Russell Williams.
Waaaaaaaay too many coincidences, if you ask me.
Is it possible that Russell Williams came to despise Lachlan, because Lachlan would represent the 'Perfect Son' --- not only in terms of a career in the nuclear industry, but even avid interest in curling.
....I know everyone is now trying to pin every mysterious disappearance and unsolved murder on Russell Williams, and I know this is highly far-fetched (since Lachlan is not female), but I think it's something that can be looked at, if only just to rule RW out.....Dr. Jerry Sovka, an Alberta farm kid who married Williams' mother when the boy was 7, took his family from Toronto to Montreal to South Korea to Hawaii as an engineer with Atomic Energy Canada Ltd.
"Born in the Midlands region of England in 1963, Williams moved to Chalk River, Ont., where his father David Williams, a metallurgist, was hired at Canada's best nuclear research facility......"
I don't have time to research any of the missing persons websites, but a cursory search at google made it seem like lots of states & counties & cities having webpages with missing persons reports, but it seems unlikely that all of them get collated into one spot.
I am very curious to learn of the identities of all persons last seen in the week or ten days before January 18, 2010.
This link is a compilation of the dead physicists this decade.
By Gurmukh Singh, Toronto, Feb 17 : Two sex scandals in two weeks involving top-ranking officers have shocked Canadians and tarnished the image of the country's armed forces.
Man held after body found at suspicious fire Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010 | 8:48 AM ET Ottawa
February 25th, 2010 ...Nuclear scientist goes missing in Tamil Nadu
We got a complaint from his wife Feb 18 and registered a complaint as man missing. As per our information, Ananthanarayanan was disturbed about the health condition of his child and he might have gone to some temple, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Mamallapuram) Sambandam Murthy told IANS."
February 25th, 2010 ...Nuclear scientist goes missing in Tamil Nadu
"We got a complaint from his wife Feb 18 and registered a complaint as 'man missing'. As per our information, Ananthanarayanan was disturbed about the health condition of his child and he might have gone to some temple," Deputy Superintendent of Police (Mamallapuram) Sambandam Murthy told IANS."
LOL, Dubai states that not one those 26 pictured has yet come forward.
Shocked, I tell ya, I'm just shocked.
Thanks for the update.
February 25th, 2010 ...Nuclear scientist goes missing in Tamil Nadu
We got a complaint from his wife Feb 18 and registered a complaint as man missing. As per our information, Ananthanarayanan was disturbed about the health condition of his child and he might have gone to some temple, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Mamallapuram) Sambandam Murthy told IANS.”<<<
see post 82
.......Facts known about the evening of January 18: Lachlan came home from work after a normal day, sent an email at 6:30 pm, put his garbage cans and blue box out at the curb and then went out, apparently walking on a short errand.
His wallet, keys, camera and GPS were left in the house, his car, skis and snowshoes were in the garage, and the front door was unlocked.
Curlers have suggested some scenarios that could fit with these facts:
1. He may have been hit by a vehicle and thrown into a ditch or snowbank.
2. He may have fallen outside and hit his head hard enough to disorient him and cause him to wander. (This could account for the very unlikely course of walking onto the river ice after dark.)
3. He may have agreed to check someone's house or pets. Taking only the key for this house, he may have fallen down some stairs or otherwise come to grief inside it.
Lachlan's next older brother, Rupert, came from his teaching job in Australia and spent more than a week in Deep River.
He knew that Lachlan loved living here and was happy with his work and sports - skiing and snowshoeing as well as curling in the winter and sailing in the summer. He had no history of health problems or medications.
Rupert approved of sending this request for help from the public. Lachlan's eldest brother Dr. Noel Cranswick, his wife and son plan to come from Australia to Deep River on March 27 for five days.
Curling friends searched streets and lanes in town. Local police and the OPP search and rescue team covered the east end trails with snowmobiles and a sniffer dog, but were hampered by rain.
Helicopter searches were done, and the OPP media release spread word of the search from Ottawa to Deep River and beyond.
There are still people in town, however, who do not know that a local resident went missing.
Let's all keep our eyes and ears open, watching for clues such as items of clothing or a house that looks empty with unshovelled paths.
Somewhere there may be a clue that will help us find Lachlan.
Thank you for your help.
- February 24, 2010
I have no idea what his regular work habits were -- but maybe he left the finished work right out on his desk, prominently for anyone to notice -- because he knew he wasn't going to return??? So that his coworkers could easily locate the finished project???
Also, he's obviously smart enough, that had he chosen to simply disappear altogether and RE-start elsewhere, far far far away under a new identity, seems like he's quite smart enough to pull it off.
Something else noticed as a bit odd at WS is that he put out his recycling bin alongside the garbage -- but the pickup for recyclables was not the next morning, but rather the next week.
Someone who lives in the same town or area as LC mentioned that it was peculiar that he not only put out the garbage, but also put out his recycling the same evening -- the garbage pickup was the next morning, but the recycling pickup wasn't for a week.
"Blue box pickup is every other week. Interestingly, although the next blue box pickup was on Jan 26th, Lachlan's blue box was out by the street the morning of the 19th, beside the garbage bin.
safetytwin 02-24-2010 08:42 PM
Here's a link to the post I made on TM:
ASIO in fresh Israel spy probe
The new Australian passports have since been used to gain entry to a number of countries that are hostile to Israel, including Iran, Syria and Lebanon. All three countries do not recognise Israel and specifically forbid Israeli citizens from entering......
Asio targets new spy suspects
.....According to two Australian intelligence sources who have been in touch with Fairfax, the three men under surveillance have all emigrated to Israel within the last decade.
One of the men has changed his surname three times, while the other two have changed theirs' twice.
After the name changes the men apparently obtained new Australian passports, which they used to gain entry to a number of countries that are hostile to Israel, including Iran, Syria and Lebanon.
Fairfax believes all three men share an involvement with a European communications company that has a subsidiary in the Middle East.
When two of the men were contacted by Fairfax both denied they had been involved in any kind of espionage activity.
ASIO said it had no comment to make on the case.
Nuclear scientist Lachlan Cranswick originally from Australia, where his brothers & their families currently live, was last seen leaving his job (in Canada) on January 18, 2010.
There has been so little reportage about Cranswick's disappearance that it's just unbelievable; if any of you happen to ever notice any articles in the Australian press, could you please post a link to the article here in this thread?
Thank you much.
Oh my, now there are 2 missing?!
Kalpakkam: The missing scientist from Kalpakkam Atomic Centre was found dead on Friday. The scientist, working with the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam was missing since last 11 days. Ananthanarayanan, an E-grade Scientific Officer at the centre's computer division, had not returned home since February 15. Authorities of the Kalpakkam atomic plant had said that Ananthanarayanan was not involved in any sensitive projects.
Do you suppose that the Indian nuclear scientist who was working on employee health care records and recently committed suicide might be related to the scientist of the same surname, ~ Ananthanarayanan ~ you know, the one who writes quite a few articles about crystallography in the journals????
SUICIDE?: Police claims it to be a case of suicide in Chennai.
Chennai: S Ananthanarayanan, a Scietific Officer at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research(IGCAR), who had gone missing since February 15, was found dead at a railway track at suburban Guduvancheri on Friday.
Police claims it to be a suicide.
The body of the 37-year old S Ananthanarayanan was found near the railway track between Vandalur and Guduvancherry section on February 15, the day he went missing, but was identified only last night by his father-in-law, Kalpakkam.
He was run over by a suburban train at about 11 am on the same day when he was reported missing and the body was lying in Thambaram Government hospital mortuary since then, they said.
Ananthanarayanan, employed with IGCAR since 1997, last attended duty on February 12, IGCAR sources said. He was working on developing hospital Data Management System at IGCAR.
According to IGCAR sources, he was not involved in any sensitive work and not privy to classified information.
S Ananthanarayanan, Missing Computer Engineer In Kalpakkam Found Dead - Jumptags.com
Nothing I could find in the Australian press.
Here’s a link to Lachlan Cranswick’s website:
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