A man, who claimed to have invented the water powered car, died suddenly after eating at a restaurant and running outside screaming ‘they poisoned me’.
Mystery still surrounds the death of Stanley Meyer, who died back in 1998 on 20 March 20.
Despite an investigation, the police went with the Franklin County coroner report which ruled Meyer, who had high blood pressure, died of a cerebral aneurysm.
Yet many of Meyer’s supporters believe he was assassinated in a bid to suppress his inventions.
His brother Steve claimed Meyer died in the car park after a dinner meeting with Belgian investors and had refused ‘a lot of money for the patent to his invention’.
Steve also claimed ‘sharks’ came a week later and stole the the dune buggy, along with all of his brother’s experimental equipment.
The story of how he died has circulated ever since, with little evidence to either confirm or deny it.
In a news report on an Ohio TV station, Meyer demonstrated a dune buggy he claimed was powered by his water fuel cell.
He estimated only 22 US gallons (83 liters) of water were required to travel from Los Angeles to New York – he also claimed to have replaced the spark plugs with ‘injectors’, introducing a hydrogen/oxygen mixture into the engine cylinders.
According to the Wikipedia page, the water was ‘subjected to an electrical resonance that dissociated it into its basic atomic make-up’.
The water fuel cell would split the water into hydrogen and oxygen gas, which would then be combusted back into water vapor in a conventional internal combustion engine to produce net energy.
In 1996, Meyer was actually sued by two investors, to whom he had sold dealerships, offering the right to do business in Water Fuel Cell technology.
His water-fuelled car was due to be examined by the expert witness Michael Laughton, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London but he made a ‘lame excuse’ on the days of examination and the tests were never carried out.
His ‘water fuel cell’ was later examined by three expert witnesses in court who found there ‘was nothing revolutionary about the cell at all and it was simply using conventional electrolysis’.
The court found Meyer had committed ‘gross and egregious fraud’ and he was ordered to repay the two investors their $25,000.
According to Wikipedia, Meyer’s inventions are now in the public domain, which means they’re available for all to use without restriction or royalty payment – yet, despite this, no engine or vehicle manufacturer has tried to copy his work.