L. A. Marzulli Says "Mysterious" Donors Gave $150,000 to Fund DNA Testing of Paracas Elongated Skulls
This past weekend the History Channel announced a spinoff series for The Curse of Oak Island, to be called The Curse of Civil War Gold. The new show, which follows the adventures of Oak Island bit players Kevin Dykstra and Gary Drayton as they search for Confederate gold at the bottom of Lake Michigan, is set to premiere in the plum slot following Oak Island’s March 6 season finale. The new series will feature Marty Lagina from Oak Island, whose day job is running a business based in the same area of Michigan where the hunt took place during filming in October. Civil War gold is not a subject of my interest or expertise, so I will consign this show to the dustbin of other treasure-hunting programs I have ignored over the past few years. However, I do want to note that the new show is from Oak Island and Ancient Aliens powerhouse producers Prometheus Entertainment, and, it is the fifth or sixth attempt from History to attempt to clone the success of Oak Island, its highest rated unscripted series.
Have you been watching the past few episodes of Expedition Unknown on the Travel Channel? I haven’t, but the multipart investigation into the queens of ancient Egypt included a rather unwelcome sight: John Ward, the “History Tripper,” holder of a unaccredited (or, less charitably, fake) doctorate from a Knights Templar fan club. Ward appeared on the show as an expert in Egyptian history, and the Josh Gates-hosted program described Ward as an archaeologist despite his lack of credentials in the field. Ward holds no degree in archaeology, but according to his CV he has worked as a photographer under his wife Maria Nilsson, a professional archaeologist, at her dig site in Egypt. In 2015, he began claiming to be an anthropologist.
This is far from the first time that Expedition Unknown has made use of questionable experts. Early in the show’s run, they featured ancient astronaut theorist and tour guide Brien Foerster, who conducted a cringeworthy disinterment of a Native Peruvian burial with Gates.
Foerster, of course, has since moved on to hunt Nephilim with L. A. Marzulli. After the bungled rollout of the results of DNA testing on elongated skulls from Paracas, Peru, Marzulli went silent, felled by the flu. As a result, he let the story twist in the wind for almost two weeks while only those willing to pony up cash to stream a video of his conference were privy to the findings. Now Marzulli is starting a multipart video series to slowly reveal to the broader public what his adoring fans have already paid to hear, or at least as much as needed to promote merchandise. Marzulli claims this is intentional, to build suspense, or, rather, to build hype for a paperback book and DVD he can sell for still more cash.
Marzulli said that he contracted the flu after attending a “victory dinner” (his words) to celebrate what he hopes to be proof that the people of Paracas were (a) not human and (b) also simultaneously containing completely human DNA from the Middle East. Nevertheless, he offered a disclaimer that after all of the DNA testing, “no conclusions were reached” about the skulls. He thinks they “may well be” Nephilim bones, but “we have no idea.” That sure sounds like “victory” to me.
To be more specific, Marzulli confirms what Foerster had revealed last week, that some (but not all) of the Paracas skulls contain mitochondrial DNA with a haplogroup associated with Europe and the Middle East. Marzulli believes this means that the Paracas people migrated to the Americas from the Old World in recent (Biblical) times. But there are two problems: First, he did not compare the results to other, non-elongated skulls from the same area to see if they contain the same haplogroups. Second, he seems unaware that scientists determined years ago that a significant number of Native peoples have the same haplogroup because Native Americans are believed to descend from ancient people who lived in Central Asia and migrated both the Americas and to the Levant and Europe. “It really does rewrite history!” Marzulli triumphantly proclaimed, despite the facts that cursory research would have uncovered.
More importantly, Marzulli said that anonymous “mysterious donors” provided him with “upwards of well over $150,000” to test the skulls and produce a multimedia package to exploit the findings for cash. “We haven’t spent all that!” Marzulli crowed. “When people look at me and say, ‘L. A., this information should be free,’ well, it’s not free to bring in people from all over the United States and put them up at the Marriott. It costs money.” No, you literally said it was free to you because somebody gave you free money, and now you are trying to make even more money off of their donation.
“It’s all speculation, and we don’t know,” Marzulli said before speculating anyway that the Paracas skulls are a distinct “subspecies,” presumably suggesting that they are an angel-human hybrid.
He finished the video with another cash grab, offering six minutes of commercials, including a plug for his sponsor, a pet urine stain remover, as well as promotions for his DVDs.
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