The Missing Papers


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During the night of January 7, 1943 Nikola Tesla died in his room at the Hotel New Yorker. The morning after the inventor's death, his nephew Sava Kosanovic hurried to his uncle's room at the Hotel New Yorker. He was an up-and-coming Yugoslav official with suspected connections to the communist party in his country. By the time he arrived, Tesla's body had already been removed, and Kosanovic´ suspected that someone had already gone through his uncle's effects. Technical papers were missing as well as a black notebook he knew Tesla kept—a notebook with several hundred pages, some of which were marked "Government."


Several trunks of papers, records and equipment were removed from his room by the Department of Justice Alien Property Custodian Office. According to the controversial president of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, "they did not have any knowledge of the fact that the papers were photographed or that his men did such thing". The controversy of the "missing papers" begins by the fact that Tesla was already a citizen of the USA and for this reason this is a division of the U.S. government that should not even have authority or jurisdiction over Tesla's estate. According to the FBI, the papers were carefully analyzed by John G. Trump, a RADAR scientist at MIT, along with several high level Naval Intelligence officials. Trump declares that the papers do not contain any new information which would “constitute a hazard in unfriendly hands” and the papers are deemed safe to be released.  Trump includes an analysis of Tesla’s particle beam papers in his report, concluding that the plans do not contain enough information to actually build a weapon and that any workable configuration would be of very limited power. Anyway today these papers are supposed to be in the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.


According to the official statement by the FBI:


When Tesla died in New York in January 1943, his papers—which were thought to include plans for a particle beam weapon, dubbed a “death ray” by the press—were temporarily seized by the Department of Justice Alien Property Custodian Office (“alien” in this case means “foreigner,” although Tesla was a U.S. citizen). Despite longstanding reports and rumors, the FBI was not involved in searching Tesla’s effects, and it never had possession of his papers or any microfilm that may have been made of those papers. Since 1943, we have told a consistent story to all who have asked. Reports to the contrary appear to be based on an initial confusion of FBI agents with other government officials—especially Alien Property Office personnel. These rumors have long been repeated in biographies and articles on Tesla without double-checking the facts as reported in our files.



Articles in Tesla's hotel room after his death. Note cabinets and one of the invertor's safes. Three packages of Nabisco crackers can be seen on one of the upper shelves of the cabinet at left.


File is made available free to download under the Freedom of Information Act request on February, 2013 by the FBI:


Pages 1-249:


Pages 250-290:



Tesla claimed that efforts had been made to steal the "death ray" invention saying his room had been entered and his papers had been scrutinized, but the thieves, or spies, left empty-handed. He said that there was no danger that his invention could be stolen for he had at no time committed any part of it to paper. The blueprint for the Teleforce weapon was all in his mind.


In 1937, at his birthday press conference Tesla was asked about his weapon and made the claim, "But it is not an experiment... I have built, demonstrated and used it. Only a little time will pass before I can give it to the world."


At the 1940 birthday press conference an 84 year old Tesla offered to develop his weapon for the US but there was no interest in his offer.


There was an agreement dated in April 20, 1935 between Nikola Tesla and the Amtorg Trading corporation, as highlighted from the released unclassified FBI archives (Part 1 page 185). Contained within the extract Tesla agreed to supply plans, specification, and complete information on a method and apparatus for producing very small particles in a tube open to air, for increasing the charge of the particles to the full voltage of the high potential terminal, and for projecting the particles to a distances of a hundred miles or more. The maximum speed of the particles was specified as not less than 350 miles per second. The receipt of $25,000 fee for this disclosure was acknowledged by Nikola Tesla and by A. Bartanian of the Amtorg Trading Corporation.


During World War II, Amtorg handled the flow of military supplies to the Soviet Union, including armaments, raw materials, food, and uniforms under the Lend-Lease program.


During the Cold War years, the scope of Amtorg’s enterprise was more limited, but it continued to conduct its business at 49 West 37th Street, in New York City, maintaining a skeleton staff. As an arm of the Soviet state, Amtorg, at that time located at 355 Lexington Avenue in New York City, was targeted in two bombing attempts, in 1971 and 1976, by members of the Jewish Armed Resistance, an extremist group affiliated with the Jewish Defense League.


Surrounded by continuing controversy, Amtorg survived the Cold War but did not survive the collapse of the Soviet Union, quietly disappearing in 1998.



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Comments: 10
  • #1

    megalomedia (Tuesday, 20 December 2016 01:00)

    hello! What is the source of the photograph shown in this article?

  • #2

    caryl (Saturday, 16 December 2017)

    is there an available hard copy of the released fbi vault tesla papers?

  • #3

    richard kampf (Monday, 16 July 2018 01:31)

    Did Tesla plan on electrifying the ground to transfer electricity if so would that not have electrocuted hunans

  • #4

    theRabbitHole (Sunday, 21 October 2018 14:31)

    John G. Trump is Donald Trump's uncle!
    Donald Trump might have all the answers, and is just using Tesla's name and discoveries for making money. Tesla's solar or free energy doesn't even mean what Musk is doing with the cars, as alien ETs aren't able to land here but he builds spaceships to go outside Earth's gravity, which is impossible. He does money with Tesla's name in order to finance that non-sense (and send a Tesla car to make fun of his name, and to mock off humankind) and take people's eyes on the sky, where Clinton prepares a holographic invasion which will induce a paranoia amongst the people who will witness it (probably US), therefore starting an alliance (Trump, Clinton, Musk, idk US politics so well, I'm from another jail called Europe) and start an imaginary war people will ask for (as they did after WTC) against holographic alien invasion, which will pour money inside SpaceX; people will buy even more Tesla cars. Who else sent through all media a 2D picture with a car and a astronaut ? Control the media - control the masses. Mass-media.

  • #5

    Marc (Tuesday, 20 November 2018 17:34)

    Tesla stated that he had over 3 dozen inventions in one of his birthday conferences, and therefore must have had a large number of unapproved patents in his paper but, sadly they are still being kept in the national security research centre, what a pity we could have all the technology we've dreamed of if those patents were at least released!

  • #6

    Spoutinwyze (Wednesday, 30 January 2019 16:50)

    megalomedia: Source of photo unknown by me, try google image search
    caryl: (you need a printer to make a hard copy fomr these pdf's. lots of paper!)
    richard kampf: he had several ideas, one was using an array of tubes that captured charged particles form the sun, another was using perturbations on the earths surface/crust (essentially a seismic device). when you harness a repeating wave it gets amplified. using the earth's vibrations, i suspect he intended to harness energy. much like wave caputre devices. he knew the earth was filled with energy form wind, water, gravity and solar, and between these we have no need for traditional oil.
    theRabbitHole: yes John G Trump got to the files via justice dept, but he got to the files that his nephew left, so the best of the bunch were lost in time. Trump explains in detail his findings and it lines up withthe fact that tesla lost money and was trying to "con" people into giving him money for unproved ideas. if he had resources who knows what he may have come up with, but he admitted he never comitted death rays and such to paper, so we will never know what his plans actually were. we need another tesla to be born for this.
    Marc: resource links pls? i have done as much research as i can on the man and found no such indication that his works are not already out to the public in full.
    unless the FBI happened to confiscate from the Slav's in the 40's and are still using devices based off Tesla's designs that are top secret, in which case we won't know for an indefinite amount of time.

  • #7

    Jewbawls (Thursday, 28 February 2019 04:50)

    Anyone hear of the 80 trunks the FBI claimed to seize, while the Belgrade museum claims to only have 60 of these trunks! Obviously there is 20 missing trunks of research which we, USA chose to either classify as top secret, above top secret, or to supress in the interest of national security. Not to mention hardware like the Death Ray, just to name one missing invention.

    I know Teslas understanding of the aether, the cosmos at large, physics and quantum mechanics far surpassed Einstein, Edison or any other minds of his day... To the common era... He is credited with hundreds of intentions, and his theoretical accomplishments far exceed what even conspiracy buffs attribute to him!

    I believe as long as the oligarchy is empowered, and fossil fuels are the primary source of power used by the worlds machinery; in the interest of bottom line profits, the free energy technology will remain supressed! Is it possible HAARP is a byproduct of Tesla tech? Or perhaps the weapon used to vaporize the World Trade Center, twin towers? Was the Tunguska Event caused by a secret test of a weapon too terrible to describe? Recent estimates in the book The Day The Sky Split Apart by Roy Gallant, (1995, Simon & Schuster), state that the Tunguska explosion created devastation in an area which approximated the size of Rhode Island, and released energy 2,000 times greater than the atom bomb that was dropped at Hiroshima.

    How about our space programs Scalar Weapons systems or the "Peace Ray" and "teleforce," referring to Tesla's macroscopic particle beam mirror the potentiality of our own, "Developments in hypersonic propulsion [which] will revolutionise warfare by providing the ability to strike targets more quickly, at greater distances, and with greater firepower," Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, told Congress last year.

  • #8

    xym (Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:13)

    Tesla discovered oldest humanity swastika Love and Duality symbol witch is 2 (duality) 4 (units of time) and 8 (symmetry and infinite Energy)
    Swastika is the cross sign of Jesus Christ with his hand who had the knowledge and wanted to show to the world the same as Tesla wanted to do.
    We are living all into the Duality with uncertainty of our future because of 2 or S (+ or -)
    But when we reach the perfect duality symmetry we get the 8 and this is Love and Harmony in our lifes.
    Anyway year 2/0/2/0 is coming witch means the start of disorder balance , humans are ending the redemption period , confiscated by earth money masters

  • #9

    Namgay (Monday, 21 October 2019 14:18)

    Nice information

  • #10

    Robin Dudley (Wednesday, 01 April 2020 14:18)

    Seems like illegal search and seizure. Tesla was an American citizen. It's awful that our government didn't want to work with him, yet swooped in like a pack of buzzards once he died. They probably killed him. SMDH