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Milton William Cooper (1943 – 2001)

Bill Cooper (born Milton William Cooper, May 6, 1943 – November 5, 2001) was an American conspiracy theorist, and radio broadcaster. As an author, he is best known for his 1991 book Behold a Pale Horse, in which he warned of multiple global conspiracies, some involving extraterrestrial aliens.[1]

Hour of the Time[]

Cooper was well-known for his anti-government shortwave radio program that broadcasted during the entire length of Clinton’s administration, from 1993 to 2001. It was titled The Hour of the Time.[2]

In 1997, the FBI hypothesized that anti-government radicals were attempting to start a rebellion against the federal government,[3] in hindsight of the Oklahoma City bombing. It was determined by authorities that Timothy McVeigh and likeminded anti-government radical groups were fans of Cooper’s radio show The Hour of the Time.[4] Cooper’s conspiracy theories caught the attention of the US government, to the point that President Clinton and conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh deemed Cooper to be the “Most Dangerous Radio Show Host in America”.[5]

Cooper was convinced that Bill Clinton was personally targeting him, since 1998, using alleged charges of tax evasion.[6] Cooper made it known that any attempt to arrest him would be met with "armed resistance."[7]

In 2000, the United States Marshals Service, a federal law enforcement agency, declared Milton William Cooper a "major fugitive".[6]

Cooper had spent his last month challenging the US government's claims about what caused the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.[8]

Cooper was shot and killed on November 5th 2001 in Eagar, Arizona.[5]


In an update on the death of William Cooper, it was “a simple confrontation between police and serve a warrant”,[8] which may have been to search and seize an individual's property.[9] Perhaps fearing another Waco,[7] undercover police[10] cautiously drew Cooper away from his ostensibly weapon-filled house using a car parked nearby playing loud music.[7]

According to Police spokesman Steve Volden, “several deputies were attempting to arrest Cooper, who was armed with a handgun”. A deputy, whose name was being withheld by authorities, was shot twice in the head while trying to arrest Cooper, the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesman said on November 6. Cooper was killed by another officer.[11]

Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics who were at the scene standing-by.[9]

According to Detective Frank Valenzuela of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the shooting took place at 11:40 PM,[9] on November 5th,[8] outside of Cooper's home at 96 North Clearview Circle, Eager, AZ. Valenzuela said that Cooper had a large quantity of weapons in his home, and possibly explosives. As such, the Sheriff's Department wanted to arrest Cooper away from his home, so as to minimize the possibility of armed conflict.[9]

The Press was led to believe that “there were no federal agents involved with the gunfight”.[8]


Let’s not repeat Waco
The Oklahoma City bombing was motivated by the US government’s handling of the Waco siege in 1993. Timothy McVeigh timed his attack to coincide with the second anniversary of the deadly fire that ended the siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.[12][13]

In a Sierra Times Special Report, William Cooper was reportedly killed in a SWAT raid.[14] But the notion was retracted in an update, followed by the statement, "It appears at this time to be totally unrelated to the disputes he had with the federal government. There were no federal agents involved with the gunfight."[8]

Because of Waco, the federal government didn’t want the stink of Cooper’s death on the FBI. Since the Waco siege, the US government had changed its policies on raids, likely wanting to prevent public attention.[7] Their approach to Cooper was deliberated in caution,[9] by having deployed several Sheriff’s deputies in position outside the Cooper residence, before the alleged “shootout”.[8]

Spokesman Tom McCombs of the federal U.S. Marshals Service said of Cooper, “He had vowed that he would not be taken alive,”[4]

DPS spokesman Steve Volden released the name Robert Martinez,[4][8]40, as the critically injured deputy, to the press on late Tuesday. However, an Apache County Sheriff’s Office deputy Robert Marinez (named without the “t”) was shot twice in the head while making an arrest—on Nov. 6, 2001.[15]

Marinez was medically retired in 2003, amidst concerns of state legislative plans to eliminate the annual pension increases provided to disabled police officers and firefighters.[15]

In the Sierra Times — William Cooper Update, published Wednesday, Nov 7 03:00:21 2001, “details are still sketchy on what caused the Cooper shootout on November 5, 2001.”[8]

See also: Mom report — William Cooper


  1. Wikipedia, Milton William Cooper
  2. "Hour of the Time. Complete Cooper MP3 Collection". Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  3. Hamm, Mark S (1997). Apocalypse in Oklahoma. pp. 62–63. ISBN 978-1-55553-300-7.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 LA Times, Arizona Militia Figure Is Shot to Death, NOV. 7, 200112 AM (Archive)
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Most Dangerous Radio Talk Show Host In America, Milton William Cooper, by Neil Francis, July 27, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Michael Barkun (May 4, 2006). A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America. University of California Press. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-520-24812-0. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Rational Wiki, William Cooper, Death
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Sierra Times — William Cooper Update, Wed Nov 7 03:00:21 2001 (Archive)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Eager, AZ - William "Bill" Cooper (Archive)
  10. Mom report — William Cooper
  11. Arizona Republic —William Cooper, 6 November 2001 (Archive)
  12. Feldman, Paul (June 18, 1995). "Militia Groups Growing, Study Says Extremism: Despite negative publicity since Oklahoma bombing, membership has risen, Anti-Defamation League finds" (Fee required). Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 7, 2010. 
  13. "McVeigh offers little remorse in letters". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Associated Press. June 10, 2001. Archived from the original on May 27, 2012. 
  14. Sierra Times Special Report, William Cooper Killed in SWAT Raid, Tue Nov 6 18:51:23 2001
  15. 15.0 15.1 East Valley Tribune, Wounded deputy left out of big game with Legislature By Bill Richardson, guest commentary, Apr 15, 2011 (Archive)