Foreign Policy Article on Cold Fusion and the Life and Death of Eugene Mallove

Foreign Policy is an American journal published by the Graham Holdings Company, formerly the Washington Post Company, and is considered one of the premier publications for discussions of topics considered of international importance in such fields as politics, economics, science and technology. Over the years it has carried articles by prominent politicians, academics and diplomat.

I was quite surprised to find that it has just published an article by Davis Kushner on the topic cold fusion titled “The Coldest Case: Eugene Mallove gave up everything to pursue the holy grail of nuclear energy. Did it cost him his life?” The article examines in detail the life and death of Eugene Mallove, formerly the chief science writer at MIT’s news office, and founder and publisher of Infinite Energy magazine. Mallove was a strong early proponent of cold fusion and left MIT over what he thought were unethical practices at the institute regarding its involvement with cold fusion. Mallove was murdered in May 2004 while cleaning a rental property that his parents owned in Norwich, Connecticut.

I find the title is really quite misleading, since in reading the article it doesn’t uncover any information that would suggest that Mallove was killed over anything to do with cold fusion. Kushner’s article looks in detail at the circumstances surrounding Mallove’s death, and he has interviewed Norwich Police Department detective James Curtis about the case. Curtis was able to uncover evidence that pointed to Mallove’s death being caused by Chad Shaeffer and Mozelle Brown who were upset with Mallove for evicting them from the rental property (who were convicted of the crime in 2014), rather than the two suspects first arrested.

Apart from the details surrounding Mallove’s death, the article does a good job in chronicling Mallove’s interest in cold fusion. It discusses some of the important events and issues in the field of cold fusion, and brings the topic up to date, mentioning the current court case between Andrea Rossi and Industrial Heat.

Foreign Policy is widely read around the world by people in positions of power and influence, and for this reason this article could be useful in bringing attention to both the history and current state of affairs in the field of LENR.

  • Roland

    The author demonstrates that he did zero due diligence on Rossi as he got the only undisputed fact in this portion of the article completely wrong:

    “$11.5 million of which was due after the first 24-hour trial—to pursue a secret long-term test of the technology. The company never ponied up the cash.”

    It’s very difficult to see how this article will enhance Leonardo’s prospects. Had he noted that Rossi/Leonardo had been paid $11.5 million based on trials of the device and that subsequently disagreements arose we could expect a least a mild curiosity amongst the readership, as it stands there is no reason to be curious about Rossi based on the article.

    All in all this article sets such a low journalistic standard that I’m now curious why it appeared at all.

    • cashmemorz

      What the article ends up showing is that Eugene was not killed for reason of cold fusion contrary to what the title implied. So the take away is that those who were against cold fusion did nothing terribly wrong. What the article was remiss in doing was in not showing in sufficient detail what was being done against cold fusion. The article thereby missed the required emphasis on what was actually being done against LENR. The article misses major points about the role of cold fusion/LENR in Eugene’s life and the latest about what is developing in the field.

      • Roland

        So, in the final analysis a Foreign Policy reader naive about ‘cold fusion’ will come away from the experience with the distinct impression that there’s no reason to be the least bit curious about LENR.

        It does serve to make me more curious about the author and his affiliations given that there’s no compelling reason the be writing about Eugene in the first place; his murder mystery was solved, and well publicized, years ago.

        • Omega Z

          It provides implantation of prior knowledge setting the stage should LENR escape into the wild.

          A few years from now should LENR become a market product, someone will talk of how TPTB tried to suppress this technology by killing Eugene Mallove. Of course no one will believe this because they’ll recall reading this article. Mallove’s death obviously had nothing to do with LENR.

          It is a common practice to predispose the masses of certain facts. It’s much easier to convince people to believe what they already know.

          As to your previous post of low journalistic standards. It’s getting really bad. There are 2nd language is English posters here at ECW that could easily do better.

          • Roland

            The masses already have their ‘cold fusion’ meme, cold fusion is a bad joke to the masses.

            The readership of Foreign Policy are decidedly not the masses; an audience like this would be interested to know stuff like that the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services has ordered that the Secretary of Defence brief the committee on the strategic implications of state of the art LENR devices.

            That gem would send a few ripples through the readership.

            Given the long list of Pentagon and other service branches that have already reported the reality of LENR over the years it’ll be interesting to see where the hearings take us.

    • bachcole

      Given all that you have said, it makes sense if you think that perhaps this is a test of their reading public to see if they are paying attention. Write something that is pathetic and see if any of their readers call them on it.

      • Roland

        Granting FR has a comments section, to their articles, posting links back to this thread there would be an interesting social experiment with an unparalleled body of smart subjects who are still innocents; and possibly a body intended to remain innocent for as long as possible.

        The thing is that subtlety and sophistication have not been the hallmarks of the PR effort on this file; and, that ever ill-conceived foray has to date been turned against them.

        Over all this represents a sparkling opportunity to alert the geopolitically astute to the ramifications of current state of the art LENR devices for their areas of interest and expertise.

        The story’s got everything; huge geopolitical shifts, profound military implications, a complete restructuring of a trillion dollar industry, tumult for physics, the list goes on and on…

        • Roland

          and, that every..

  • Camille Grosdidier

    How often do top U.S. policy magazines discuss LENR?
    Right …
    So the article is far from perfect, but it sure is better than the previous nothing…

  • Ciaranjay

    Eugene was a sad loss to the community.

    Seems like every chapter of the LENR story has drama and mystery associated with it and, as usual, the facts are hard to uncover.
    I guess if the murder case had not been finally solved then it would lend itself to different interpretations and theories.

    Not the best written article for LENR, meanwhile another, perhaps more positive article is at;

  • sam

    This is a movie about his murder.

    • Brokeeper

      Seeing only “This video contains content from Discovery Communications, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”. You should put more quarters in the machine. 🙂

      • sam

        Dont know about copyright.
        Just found movie on YouTube.
        I don’t like they portray DR
        Mallove as a whimpy Scientist.
        He likely fought hard in the battle
        for his life like he did in real life.

      • sam

        Looked up Discovery Communications.
        They produce the tv show How it’s Made.
        One of my favourite TV shows.

        • Brokeeper

          One of my favorites also.

    • Articles like this never cover the whole story. No mention of Brillouin Energy, Mitsubishi… Etc.

    • Ted-Z

      There are several fields that the “never solved” cases do happen. It happens usually in certain technology fields which are at the leading edge of progress.

  • Gerard McEk

    Very nice article, just a pity it doesn’t tell more about Cold Fusion. Rossi’s 1MW one year test would have fitted in the article.

  • Alan DeAngelis

    Eugene Mallove was also looking into Bruce De Palma’s “n-machine” at that time. (14:55 min.)