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Dr. Gerald Bull’s family mourns his murder

The Story

Bells ring in St-Bruno, Que. as the life of Gerald Bull is remembered by a church full of family and friends from Canada, the United States and Europe. Inside the church, his son Michel accuses the media of being unfair to his father and a priest describes Bull's death in Brussels as a crime. Outside, after the ceremony, two of Bull's former colleagues defend his character to a CBC reporter.

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: March 31, 1990
Guest(s): Charles Murphy
Reporter: John Curtin
Duration: 1:48

Did You know?

• Gerald Bull was shot to death on March 22, 1990 as he fumbled with his key outside his apartment door. Two of the five point-blank shots were to the head, and three to the upper back and neck.

• Belgian police found $20,000 US in cash in Bull's briefcase. This, paired with the method of killing and the use of a gun silencer, convinced police Bull was killed by a professional assassin.

• After he moved to Brussels, Bull set up a new incarnation of the Space Research Corporation and worked on contracts to design weapons for China, Spain, Yugoslavia and Iraq.

• In 1986 Bull self-published a book about the giant German "Paris Guns" of the First World War. The extensively researched book compared the Paris Gun with HARP and HARP's role in the development of artillery.

• Bull's passion for the supergun was revitalized at a scientific conference in Virginia in 1985. Organizers from the Pentagon were interested in the military applications of a gun-launched orbiter (GLO) that could be controlled once it left the barrel. This was exactly what HARP had been exploring, and Bull spoke well and at length on the subject. He was asked to submit a formal proposal and readily agreed, but the project was shortly shelved.

• There is evidence Bull knew his life was in danger. His apartment had been visited several times by unknown people while he was away. There are also reports he had been indirectly and directly warned against continuing his work for Iraq.

• Bull was mourned by Mimi, his wife of 35 years, and their seven adult children.


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