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Tuesday
Feb212012

Did Hitler Have a Secret Son? Evidence Supports Alleged Son’s Claims

Photos[dot]com/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- Before his death in 1985, Jean-Marie Loret believed he was the only son of Adolf Hitler. Now, there is new evidence out of France and Germany that appear to corroborate his claim.

Loret collected evidence from two studies -- one conducted by the University of Heidelberg and another conducted by a handwriting analyst that show that Loret’s blood type and handwriting are both similar to the infamous dictator.

The evidence is not entirely conclusive but Loret’s story itself is riveting enough to warrant some investigation. The French newspaper, Le Point, published an account last week of Loret’s story, as told to Parisian lawyer Francois Gibault in 1979.

Le Point’s Jérome Béglé retells Gibault’s reaction to Loret’s incredulous claim:

“Master, I am the son of Hitler! Tell me what I should do.” Francois Gibault, Paris lawyer, does not believe his ears. The man before him is rather large, speaks perfect French without an accent, and is not a crackpot.  His inspiring story is no less true.

According to Loret, his mother, Lobojoie Charlotte, met Hitler in 1914, when he was a corporal in the German army and she was just 16.  Charlotte described the Fuhrerto-be as “attentive and friendly”.  Charlotte and Hitler would take walks in the countryside, though conversation often times was affected by their daunting language barrier.  Yet, despite their differences, after an inebriated night in June 1917, little Jean-Marie was born in March 1918.

Neither Loret nor the rest of Charlotte’s family knew of the circumstances of his birth until the early 1950s when Charlotte confessed to her son that Hitler was his father.  She had given her only son up for adoption in 1930.

After this realization, according to Le Point, Loret began his journey to find out if the story was true, researching with a near manic determination.  He enlisted geneticists, handwriting experts and historians.  He wrote a book called Your Father’s Name Was Hitler that details that journey.  It will now be republished to include the new studies that confirm his claim.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May102011

Osama Bin Laden's Sons Say US Broke Law in Killing Their Father

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The sons of Osama bin Laden have issued a statement that accuses the U.S. of violating international law by killing an unarmed man and dumping his body in the ocean.

The statement, which was prepared by Omar bin Laden, said Osama bin Laden had been denied the presumption of innocence and a fair trial. It said the "assassination" of Osama bin Laden "blatantly violated" international law.

"We maintain that arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems," said the statement. The message, which also asks the Pakistani government to release the bin Laden wives and children currently in custody, is titled "A Statement from the Sons of bin Laden," but is only signed by Omar. It also says bin Laden's sons do not believe President Obama's account of the operation that killed their father and would be following up with both U.S. and international courts.

Last week, after the raid that killed Omar bin Laden, his son Khalid and three other people, Attorney General Eric Holder stressed that the mission was legal. "Let me make something very clear," said Holder. "The operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed was lawful. He was the head of al Qaeda, an organization that conducted the attacks of September the 11th. He admitted his involvement."

Omar bin Laden, 30, has not lived with his father since 1999, when he and his mother, Najwa bin Laden, left him in Afghanistan. Omar has denounced violence, and the message includes a reminder that Omar had made clear to Osama that he "always disagreed with [him] regarding any violence."

A version of the statement was given to The New York Times by Jean Sasson, the American author who co-wrote Omar bin Laden's memoir, Growing Up bin Laden, which was published in 2009. Another version was posted on the Arabic language website mafa.asia.

In his book, Omar describes himself as a romantic during his coming of age in the wilds of Tora Bora, Afghanistan. He dreamed of following his older brother Abdullah's example, marrying a Bin Laden cousin and living in the quiet comfort his father left behind in Saudi Arabia.

"I spent hours thinking about a certain cousin, a pretty and sweet girl…imagining us falling in love, getting married, and living in a lovely home filled with sweet-faced children," he wrote, tuning a small radio to hear the love songs of Um Kulthum as part of a "desperate need to create a new life."

When he was interviewed by ABC News in early 2010, Omar had a chilling warning for those who were hunting his father. He said that if his father were killed, the worst might lie ahead. America might face a broader and more violent enemy, with nothing to keep them in check.

"From what I knew of my father and the people around him I believe he is the most kind among them, because some are much, much worse," said bin Laden. "Their mentality wants to make more violence, to create more problems."

Omar turned his back on his father's philosophy even though his father had picked him to succeed him as the leader of jihad.

"Attacking peaceful people is not being fair, it is unacceptable," bin Laden told ABC News. "If you have a problem with armies or governments you should fight those people. This is what I find unacceptable in my father's way."

But bin Laden was confident at the time that despite the $25 million bounty on his father's head, his father wouldn't be caught.

"It's been 30 years now since he started fighting there," said Omar. "Who could catch him? No one."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May102011

Osama Bin Laden Son Missing From Raid, Pakistan Says

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) -- One of Osama bin Laden's sons went missing in the midst of the Navy SEAL raid that took the life of the al Qaeda leader more than a week ago, Pakistani security officials told ABC News on Tuesday.

The officials said bin Laden's three wives, who are all in Pakistani custody, said that one of bin Laden's sons has not been seen since the raid. The son has not been identified, but Pakistani investigators agreed that it appeared someone was missing from the sprawling compound, the officials said.

U.S. officials said that one of bin Laden's sons, Khalid, was killed in the raid. It is not known if another son, Hamza, was in the compound at the time of the raid, though his mother is reportedly one of the wives in custody. The U.S. has denied the SEALs took anyone from the compound other than bin Laden's body.

The U.S. initially faced resistance from Pakistani authorities when investigators asked for access to bin Laden's widows, but a U.S. official said Monday Pakistani official promised to make the meeting happen sometime soon. One senior Pakistani security official told ABC News there is still no timeframe for that meeting, however.

Bin Laden, who was married five times, is survived by at least 18 children. None of the sons, however, are in line to succeed their father for leadership of al Qaeda.

"Unlike a lot of Arab governments that are dynastic," said former White House counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke, now an ABC News consultant, "al Qaeda has not been and his sons have never played a real operational role of any significance. They did not appear to be groomed for leadership roles in al Qaeda."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Apr302011

NATO Strike Kills Gadhafi Son, Libya Says

MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- A NATO attack on Moammar Gadhafi's compound in the capital city of Tripoli killed the Libyan leader's youngest son, according to a government spokesman.

"The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Muammar Gaddafi, 29 years old, and three of the leader's grandchildren," government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said, according to BBC News.

The Libyan spokesman said Col. Gadhafi was at the same compound with his wife, friends, and other relatives Saturday when the attack occurred, but escaped unharmed.

"This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country," the spokesman said, according to the BBC.

NATO confirmed a strike on Gadhafi's compound and acknowledged media reports regarding the deaths of Gadhafi's son and grandchildren, but in a statement provided to ABC News, Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard stressed "we do not target individuals."

He did not confirm the identities of the deceased.

“We regret all loss of life," Brouchard said, "especially the innocent civilians being harmed as a result of the ongoing conflict."

The city of Benghazi broke into celebratory gunfire once rebels learned of the reported deaths.

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