A British man who traveled to Poland to give a lecture on conspiracy theories and was found dead in his Warsaw apartment was conducting an investigation into alleged pedophilia that took place in a US Army-run facility in San Francisco nearly 30 years ago.
Max Spiers, a 39-year-old father of two, was found dead on a sofa in Poland, where he had gone to give a talk about conspiracy theories and UFOs.
Prior to his death, Spiers texted his mother to say 'If anything happens to me, investigate' just days before his mysterious death.
He was ruled to have died from natural causes despite no post-mortem examination being carried out on his body.
Friends have claimed he died in a Warsaw apartment after he 'vomited a black liquid'.
Now it has emerged that Spiers was inquiring about allegations of widespread sexual abuse against children that was committed at a military base in California by employees acting under the influence of a satanic cult.
In 1987, the US Army demolished a child care center at its Presidio base in Northern California just one year after as many as 60 children were sexually abused there, according to the Associated Press.
One civilian employee of the center, Gary Willard Hambright, was indicted for molesting 10 children, though charges against him were ultimately dropped.
One US Army officer at the base, Lt. Col. Michael Aquino, was alleged to have taken part in the abuse, according to The San Jose Mercury News.
Aquino was known as the self-confessed founder of a Satanic movement known as The Temple of Set.
Despite rumors of his involvement and a police investigation, he was never charged.
Max was ruled to have died from natural causes despite no post-mortem examination being carried out on his body
In subsequent investigations, it was determined that a number of children exhibited signs of being victimized, including four who had contracted sexually transmitted diseases.
Spiers was looking into the Presidio affair and Aquino's role, which he believed to be part of a larger underground movement that entailed ritual sexual abuse of children in San Francisco in the late 1980s, according to the UK Daily Express.
Shortly before his death, Spiers told Polish YouTube channel PorozmawiajmyTV that he was digging into the story and that his life may be in danger as a result.
Spiers (left) was reportedly investigating the 1986 Presidio child abuse scandal that involved Lt. Col. Michael Aquino (right), a US Army officer who founded a Satanic movement
His mother, Vanessa Bates, also feared for his life.
She said his dark investigations into UFOs and government cover-ups may have made him enemies who wanted him dead, claims Bates, 63.
Max was known as a 'supersoldier' by his followers and those in the conspiracy and supernatural community.
In a chilling text message to Vanessa just days before his death, Max wrote: 'Your boy's in trouble. If anything happens to me, investigate.'
In one of his final social media messages he wrote, in a reply to a friend who asked how he was: 'I'm good, I am just wayyyyyy too tired.'
Originally from Canterbury, Max was a former classmate with the actor Orlando Bloom.
Vanessa said in a recent interview that Max was 'exposing' who was 'dangerous in the world of government [and] the entertainment world.'
He lived in America for a few years, but had returned to the city to stay with his mother, before jetting off to Poland.
Max had been working with science fiction writer Madlen Namro and Monika Duval, who he is also believed to have been staying with whilst in Poland.
Vanessa said: 'He was making a name for himself in the world of conspiracy theorists and had been invited to speak at a conference in Poland in July.
'He was staying with a woman who he had not known for long and she told me how she found him dead on the sofa.
Max's mother, Vanessa Bates, who said he was 'exposing' who was 'dangerous in the world of government [and] the entertainment world'
'But I think Max had been digging in some dark places and I fear that somebody wanted him dead.'
Max made a career out of investigating UFO sightings and alleged cover-ups.
More recently, he was said to be probing into the lives of well-known figures in politics, business and entertainment.
Vanessa, speaking to KMTV about his time in Poland, added: '...these people seemed to be involved in some very, very dark and dangerous areas of the world and I was afraid that as he was gaining popularity and fame that perhaps somebody would want him out of the way i.e. not alive any longer.'