Personally I have have followed the story of Burrows Cave for many years. I have found much too many inconsistencies in his story. I don't know where to begin, but I will mention just a few.
(1) To begin with, just what is Burrows' REAL first name. In some writings, he is called "John". Now in this writing, it is "Russel". Just what is it?...........................................
(4) He supposedly has put several million dollars into a Swiss bank account, but is still unable to buy groceries for his wife.
....................................................................Personally, I think he is one of the biggest con men of the century.
Please allow me to offer the following information:
While having never checked his Birth Certificate I believe that I can state quite emphatically that the first name is Russell (aka "Russ"). That is how I addressed him...when referring to himself he would use either Russ or Russell...and his wife...whom I worked with for years in the Hospital in Olney (Richmond Memorial Hospital) ALWAYS
referred to him as "Russ".
I don't for one minute believe the Swiss Bank Account stories (and I HAVE read the "reports" from the "journalist" who supposedly tracked them down).
Allow me to provide one piece of secondary collateral information that I believe helps throw some light on the finances of Russ and his family during the period I was in closest contact with him....during the late 1980's the Hospital in Olney was in deep financial distress and it was rumoured that, amongst other cost-savings measures, that the Department Head structure was to be re-organized and some Department Heads let go in the process. I know for a fact, having had numerous discussions with Russ's wife and other fellow Department Heads, that Russ's family, including Russ, were extremely worried about IF Russ's wife would be one of the one's let go. Russ would constantly ask me if I had any news on the subject (believe it or not I was quite friendly with the house-keeping staff---and before you laugh let me assure you that the house-keepers were OFTEN the best source for up-to-the-minute information and current "scuttlebutt"---as well as being a close confidant of the CEO's secretary---believe me I can play "office politics" with the best if I have to).The angst I witnessed by both Russ and his Wife's during this period to me belied ANY chance of the family having "millions" stashed away in Swiss Bank accounts.
As to the con man assertion....let me put it this way....I would never enter into a business relationship with Russ, then or now. HOWEVER, and if I am misinterpreting please forgive me...the conclusion to your statement would seem to uphold some form of saying that because he (Russ) MAY be a con man----then he is prohibited from having made the discovery that he did make.
Presume for a moment that I had NOT been inside the Cave----my response to such a postulation would be that far too many examples exist of people of dubious reputation having made great discoveries/contributions for such a conclusion to be valid....the logical fallacies such a conclusion would perpetrate not-withstanding.
Fortunately----having been in the Cave-----I can categorically state that my apprehensions of Russ's business practices aside---those practices did NOT prevent the discovery he made.
Again, IF the above is not what YOU are trying to say, please accept my SINCERE AND GENUINE apology.
I just make the point because I KNOW there are many who WILL "leap" to the conclusion I have discussed above.
Regards to you,