You know what I hate? When a leading cancer researcher, who helped shape the newly-emerging science of chemotherapy, allegedly confessed to also being a multiple murderer. The good doc confessed in a letter in 1932 , whilst drunk, that he had murdered 8 Puerto Ricans and deliberately transplanted cancer cells into several more because he hated the race. Despite an investigation there was no evidence to prove his claim . They took the Doc’s word that he had written the comments in anger and as a joke to a New York colleague after discovering his car vandalized. During World War II, he also worked for the United States Army helping to develop chemical weapons and set up research centers. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you are probably wondering why Hollywood hasn’t turned this little tale into a Russell Crowe movie. Hello, Dr Cornelius P. Rhoads even managed to make the front cover of Time magazine.
Here is what the letter said …
The more I think about the Larry Smith appointment the more disgusted I get. Have you heard any reason advanced for it? It certainly is odd that a man out with the entire Boston group, fired by Wallach, and as far as I know, absolutely devoid of any scientific reputation should be given the place. There is something wrong somewhere with our point of view.
The situation is settled in Boston. Parker and Nye are to run the laboratory together and either Kenneth or MacMahon to be assistant; the chief to stay on. As far as I can see, the chances of my getting a job in the next ten years are absolutely nil. One is certainly not encouraged to make scientific advances, when it is a handicap rather than an aid to advancement. I can get a damn fine job here and am tempted to take it. It would be ideal except for the Porto Ricans. They are beyond doubt the dirtiest, laziest, most degenerate and thievish race of men ever inhabiting this sphere. It makes you sick to inhabit the same island with them. They are even lower than Italians. What the island needs is not public health work but a tidal wave or something to totally exterminate the population. It might then be livable. I have done my best to further the process of extermination by killing off 8 and transplanting cancer into several more. The latter has not resulted in any fatalities so far… The matter of consideration for the patients’ welfare plays no role here — in fact all physicians take delight in the abuse and torture of the unfortunate subjects.
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