"Always Telling the Truth Means Never Having to Remember Anything"
By Dennis Balthaser
I recently received a phone call from Lee Speigel, chief writer of unexplained phenomena for AOLNews.com, and former host of NBC Radio’s “The Edge of Reality,” informing me that an audio album he did in 1975 entitled, “UFOs: The Credibility Factor,” and put on a CD in 2007 by Mr. Speigel, is now being advertised on Amazon.com. as a DVD under the same title, and being credited to a Bill Knell as the “Actor” and “Director.” Mr. Speigel has also advised me that if you read the description Bill Knell has on his DVD, and compare it with the original album notes, not only did Knell steal his audio recording, and album title, he also plagiarized, WORD for WORD, everything Mr. Speigel wrote about the album 36 years ago.
I immediately informed Mr. Speigel that he had now become a part of a piracy scheme that Bill Knell (a long time criminal), has been doing for many years.
Bill Knell has been using the Internet to sell researchers and TV producers copyrighted videos and DVDs on the subject of Ufology for his own benefit, to the point of changing the titles, stating that he is the actor or director of the films he’s pirating, and offering them for sale, many times at a reduced price, and definitely with a poorer quality than the originals. This is not only a scam against the researchers, but also the victims who have purchased these products. This is an infringement of copyright laws and a serious Federal Offense.
Frank Warren www.theufochronicles.com made me aware a few years ago that one of my DVDs, titled “The Roswell Incident: Then and Now,” was being offered by Knell on a website entitled Bravenet, under the title of “Aliens Among Us: Stunning Secrets About UFOs and Extraterrestrials.”
Aztec Incident Researcher Scott Ramsey also had a film being offered by Knell illegally, which after some detailed investigation by Frank and Scott revealed a list of over 80 researchers and TV producers products were being offered by Knell. Frank, Scott and myself, to make them aware of Knell’s illegal action, personally contacted many of those victims, and we requested that they contact IC3 of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report these violations. The on line IC3 form only takes a few minutes to complete and submit --- unfortunately only a handful of those we contacted bothered to do so.
We contacted and complained to FBI offices in North Carolina and Indianapolis, Indiana, Detective Maurice Hobson with the Lebanon Police Department in Lebanon, Indiana where Knell lives and conducts his criminal activities, and other law enforcement agencies. We were able to shut down several of Bill Knell’s websites through our efforts, but it appears he is now using Amazon.com for his continued operation.
Contacting Knell directly is of no value, as he will only give excuses, as he’s done to us, removing the products in question until he feels the pressure is gone, and then they reappear at another site on the Internet.
Rich Rosell of DVD Talk was contacted recently about reviewing one of Knell’s pirated films and his only response was, as a reviewer it wasn’t his place to take sides. Bill Knell deserves no publicity (good or bad reviews), but rather needs to be prosecuted and incarcerated for a long time, since any publicity given to Bill Knell, would be assisting his criminal actions, as Amazon.com is currently doing after being notified by several of us on different occasions.
My Nov. 1, 2009 editorial, “Piracy: A Silent Plague on Ufology” at: www.truthseekeratroswell.com/ed110109.html explains some of what transpired several years ago when Frank Warren, Scott Ramsey and I first began trying to expose Knell. Obviously things haven’t changed, and it’s imperative that those who have been victimized by Bill Knell (researchers, TV producers and the many who have bought poorly reproduced, pirated, illegal DVDs) contact IC3 and complete the complaint form. The IC3 website can be found at http://www.IC3.gov/
The following list of potential victims of Bill Knell was distributed a few years ago, and it can be assumed that Knell has possibly removed some (or worse), added more. Again it’s imperative if you recognize your name or know anyone on the list contact IC3, so Knell’s illegal operation can be stopped.
1 Al Bielek 2 Angelina Joiner 3 Bill Cooper (Estate of) 4 Bill English 5 Bill Moore 6 Bill Stanley 7 Bob Lazar 8 Brad & Sherry Steiger 9 Bruce Maccabee 10 Budd Hopkins 11 Cathy Ross 12 Chuck Zukowski 13 Clifford Stone 14 Daniel Sheehan 15 David Hatcher Childress 16 David Jacobs 17 Debbie Ziegelmeyer 18 Dennis Balthaser 19 Dick Criswell 20 Don Ledger 21 Donald Keyhoe (Estate of) 22 Donald Schmitt 23 Dr. Paul LaViolette 24 Dr. Steven Greer 25 Dr. Edgar Mitchell 26 Dr. Joseph P. Farrell 27 Ed abd Lorraine Warren28 Edgar Cayce Foundation 29 Edward R. Murrow (Estate of) 30 Erick Von Daniken 31 Frank Edwards (Estate of) 32 George Fawcett 33 George Knapp 34 Gildas Bourdais 35 Grant Cameron 36 Greg Bishop 37 Guy Malone 38 Ivan Sanderson (Estate of) 39 J. Allen Hynek (Estate of) 40 James Fox 41 Jim Marrs 42 Joe Montaldo 43 John Greenewald 44 John Lear 45 John Nebel (Estate of) 46 Ken Johnson 47 Larry Warren 48 Lawrence Fawcett 49 Lee Speigel (new addition) 50 Linda Moulton Howe 51 Lloyd Pie 52 Matthew Thuney 53 Michael Nelson 54 Michael S Heiser55 Nick Pope 56 Nick Redfern 57 Oscar Jordon 58 Patrick Heron 59 Paul Bennewitz (Estate of) 60 Peter Robbins 61 Phillip Corso (Estate of) 62 Philip Imbrogno 63 Richard Haines 64 Richard Hall (Estate of) 65 Richard Hoagland 66 Richard M. Dolan 67 Rob Simone 68 Robert Emenegger 69 Robert Salas 70 Robert Wood 71 Ryan Wood 72 Scott Ramsey 73 Stan Friedman 74 Stephen Bassett 75 Susan Swiatek 76 Ted Phillips 77 Timothy Good 78 Travis Walton 79 Whitley Strieber 80 William Henry 81 Zecharia Sitchin
Today, Knell’s DVDs are currently on Amazon http://amazon.com Do a search for Bill Knell and you will see he is listed as actor or director on many of the DVDs, when he is neither. Bill Knell is a criminal and with your help he can be stopped. If additional information is required, or if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, Frank Warren at email@example.com or Scott Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org
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