The Stanley Meyer Murder Theory Explained

Does a car that runs on water rather than gasoline sound like a science fiction fantasy? As recently as the 1970s, this technological advance seemed possible. At the heart of these vehicles would be a hydrogen fuel cell, turning water into energy, a concept developed by American inventor Stanley Meyer. This development piqued the interest of many and was made all the more urgent at the time due sky-high gas prices, a limited oil supply, and a decline in U.S. auto sales. For these reasons, members of the public, investors, and certain government officials from all over the world were eager to see if Stanley Meyer's technological innovation could truly replace the gasoline-powered car.

Unfortunately, Meyer's concept — splitting water and oxygen and hydrogen, which would then power the vehicle — violates several laws of physics, even though Meyer was granted a patent for his water-powered engine by the U.S. Government. For this reason, it was widely believed that when the rubber hit the road, Meyer's automobiles would fail, and he even had to pay some investors back. According to Politifact, though, Meyer continued to meet with foreign investors, and at one such meeting in 1998, he rushed outside from the table, vomited, and is alleged to have said, "They poisoned me," before dying. According to a 2007 report by The Columbus Dispatch, the cause of death was officially ruled a brain aneurysm; Meyer suffered from high blood pressure. Others weren't so sure about that conclusion.

Was the Pentagon responsible?

The highly-unsubstantiated theory about the death of Stanley Meyer is that he was murdered by the Pentagon, and that maybe there was something more to Meyer's water-powered vehicle than many once believed. Motivating the killing, according to what some people believe, was concern from Big Oil about how a water-powered car might affect their market share, per Gaia. And according to The Columbus Dispatch, others potentially motivated to kill Meyer could include members of the Saudi Arabian oil industry, and even the Belgium investors with whom he was meeting right before he died.

Either way, some think these forces conspired with members of the U.S. Government to kill Meyer's creation in the cradle, or to take his transportation-transforming invention for themselves, by having him murdered. There is no actual evidence that Meyer, age 57, was killed by the U.S Government, or anyone else, for that matter, and the patents for his water engine have now expired, meaning the project could be picked up again by almost anyone. Maybe then we'll know if there was really something to it.