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1992 September 28 Sun Journal

Woman fears government zapping

Sun Journal — New Bern, NC — September 28, 1992

By Janet Blackman — Sun Journal Staff

Mildred Cooper's world is different.

Electronic government weapons are zapping burns in her face and overhead power lines emit rays that stab her back and make her brain feel swollen. She says she gets zapped in her home, her car and even in church on Sunday mornings.

She admits to some age spots on her hands, but the other faded brown spots on her arms and face were caused by the electronic weapons being used the the Central Intelligence Agency or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she says.

She does not know why she is a target.

Cooper, a 72-year-old grandmother, has lived in Trent Woods since 1989 after having moved from Richmond, Va. She has a gray Dodge in the driveway, neatly trimmed shrubs cut away from the picture window in the sitting room. She has keyed locks on all her windows and three keyed locks on each door.

She has three rooms filled with books and magazines about the CIA — a magazine called Microwave News, published in New York for $250 for six issues; newspaper clippings of a Cleveland, Ohio, woman who claims she killed her daughter with a 10-inch butcher knife after being zapped by a scret CIA mind controlling computer; “The Search for the Manchurian Candidate,” a fictional novel by John Marks; “Maze” by Larry Collins, another fictional piece about the CIA using mind control tactics; and “Currents of Death” and “The Zapping of America” both by Paul Brodeur about the dangers af being exposed to certain types of electricity.

Cooper says the CIA and FBI have persued her from Richmonds. She says she is allergic to electricity.

Cooper says she noticed things had changed in 1979 — the year she was divorced from her husband and fired from her job of 37 years. That year she began having abnormal heart beats and headaches that made her brain feel swollen.

She says all the medical doctors she saw in Richmond told her nothing was wrong, other than hypoglycemia.

“That's what they all said,” she says, “nothing's wrong.”

In between doctor's visits in England, Sweden, Finland and Canada, she began feeling like she was being watched and listened to. But a private detective's search of her house turned up no listening devices, so she became convinced other methods of control were beind used on her.

She moved south in 1989 after the pain in her back became too much to bear because Trent Woods has underground power lines encased in steel and Craven County was not as industrial as Richmond.

But she says the CIA and FBI followed her to the quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of New Bern, about 20 miles from the world's largest Marine Corps air station.

She thinks someone broke into her home in August 1989 by taking the molding and glass from her garage door, picked the lock she had installed on the door and then replaced the molding and glass.

She says whoever broke into her home took her files about secret government weapons, genealogy records she had spent years researching, a silver casseroled dish and games her two children have played with when they were younger.

A self-described devout Christian, Cooper says she is sure the powers that are tormenting her are evil. She does not know why they are after her.

“This is not of God,” she says. “Our government now is contolled, we don't know who it is controlled by. I think the CIA, the FBI and the military are evil.”

“We don't have any physicians over here that I can ask” she says. “Now where would my sensitivity to electricity end and where would torture begin?”

She has been called paranoid when she would tell her story to the FBI in Richmond. She has tried to educate the public about the secret weapons and allergies by writing senators, newspapers and suing various branches of the government without any of her cases ever going to court.

“When you've been hit with...,” Cooper says as she rubs a faded brown mark on her left cheek below the rim of her glasses. “You are paranoid. You are scared to death when you've been hit with electricity. It's like sticking your finger in a socket.”

“The first question you ask when a person says 'I'm sensitive to electricity' is, 'How do you know?' ” Cooper says. “Well, I diagnosed it myself by process of elimination. When I'd go out in my back yard in Richmond and feel like I was being stabbed in my back. What is out there that could cause it?”

Cooper knows she is opening herself up to more harassment by telling her story. But she does not care so much about that, she says.