Keys to Credibility
Mark Richards and Jo Ann Richards (Earth Defense Headquarters) hold the key to resolving issues that have been raised concerning his story — whether he is a space captain or an example of stolen valor.
Jo Ann has argued that the material they present is no more outlandish than other statements about aliens or the Secret Space Program:
What makes our information more unbelievable than others with their abduction and/or MILAB experiences, or the ones who have hybrid children, or those with UFO sightings?
That may be. The examples are endless. A “researcher” who spoke at a UFO conference was given a lifetime achievement award soon after she introduced a group of alien-human hybrids to the audience. Others have claimed that their parents are aliens and that they have inside knowledge. By this standard, Mark is simply another “whistleblower” who can either be believed or not.
What is different here is Mark’s conviction for murder and his specific claims of holding advanced degrees and being a naval captain (after serving as an army lieutenant). As this site has long maintained, Mark’s documented history is subject to review. Unless Mark’s claims can be substantiated, there is no reason to believe any other part of the puzzle.
The First Key
In 2019, Jo Ann wrote
Mark has just sent to me additional proof as well – prison documents that verify his high school graduation and five college degrees. I will post these documents soon on my blogsite. I should also soon have their verification of his military career.
The initial key is to release this information so that it can be reviewed. Academic history is not subject to the kind of secrecy. There are no prohibitions against releasing one’s own records. She should fulfill her promise.
The Second Key
The second key to credibility is to provide Mark’s military records. Jo Ann has wondered why others have not been able find Mark’s military history. We have have tried, along with others.
This site obtained public records concerning Major Ellis Richards and have posted Ellis’s documented history (DD-214). Upon request, we supplied the separate accident report that we obtained to Jo Ann and Mark. Although we disagree about many things that have been said about Ellis, there is no doubt that he was a major in the Air Force.
The National Archives has not been able to find the same kind of records pertaining to Mark. Military personnel records also do not show that Mark is on active duty, as JoAnn has suggested.
Jo Ann has maintained that she cannot legally release personnel records pertaining to Mark, but there is no privacy or policy considerations that prevent it. If he was an army lieutenant who fought in Vietnam and transferred to the navy there should be ample public records. There is certainly nothing to prevent Mark from releasing his own records.
Mark and Jo Ann Richards Face a Choice
Secrecy is not an answer. Jo Ann has stated that all records are classified, but establishing that Mark flew helicopters in a war is clearly different than being part of a secret space program. Since similar portions of Ellis’s record — who is said to have engaged in deeply classified missions and headed earth security — can be documented, then nothing limits Mark from providing any records that exist.
Jo Ann has also pointed to Kevin Moore’s planned documentary as another reason why records cannot be released. This site is not affiliated with Moore and has expressed some concern about the direction he has taken in some of the updates. If a documentary is produced, we have always maintained that it will have to be judged on its own merits and that personal controversies are irrelevant. Any future documentary does not provide a reason to ignore the issues that were raised about Marks military and academic claims long before Moore planned anything. If anything it should make it important that Mark establish his credentials to ward off allegations before a documentary is released. There is no reason to sandbag.
The “Captain Mark Richards” title is central to Mark’s identity. It may be his ultimate answer to the Pendragon murder, everything that went wrong in Pendragon is recast as a Captain. It is important to his interviews with Kerry Cassidy as well as his standing in prison. Mark’s claims to be a whistleblower blower cannot be separated from the Captain title. Kerry and others have emphasized his military bearing or trusted his version of the Pendragon murders in part because he presents himself as an honorable captain.
This site has maintained that Mark’s claims are not true, not simply because the story defies many assumptions or discusses Raptors and aliens, but because they are contrary to Mark’s known history. Mark cannot simply ask that we ignore the documented record without establishing otherwise. False academic degrees and stolen valor must be resolved if there is more to the story.
In 2019, I stated in comments on another blog
Jo Ann and I live within a few miles of each other. If she invites me over to look at the evidence and Mark’s claims are shown to be true, I will retract what I have written on my web site , tell Kevin that he should abandon his film, and support Mark’s bid for clemency.
Joann replied that the time was not right. The offer still holds. Mark Richards holds the keys to his own credibility. We have a great deal of personal sympathy for both Mark and Jo Ann. We do not believe in life without possibility of parole. But Mark has also encouraged people to do their own research. We can only draw one conclusion from that research.