In February of 2006, in collaboration with the RU research team (at the time), I wrote part 9 of the Serpo expose - which combined a long communication stream that took place between Marilyn Ruben, myself, and Kit Green, as well as background research conducted by the team, mostly by Hidden Hand on the Rubens. The resulting article concluded as follows:
With the publication of this article, I am personally concluding my research into Serpo. My personal focus will no longer be on this hoax, but instead on the larger issues where individuals have been involved, both inside and outside of U.S. Intel for many years. The larger issue of what the government truly knows (or doesn't know), what incidents remain unexplained that represent authentic sightings and encounters, and how all governments have dealt, and continue to deal with such phenomenon.
Since that article, we have worked to move our focus away from the Serpo drama and to follow the leads related more to government intelligence associated with ufology, and talking with researchers who focus more on intel, counterintel, and espionage. These are researchers who also recognize the same patterns that we've recognized can be found running through ufological stories and folklore for many decades.
One particular thread of inquiry has brought us back to this article from last year. New data has now become available that sheds new light on the "TC/Seinu Group". In light of this new data, it would be inaccurate and unscientific if I didn't correct part my previoius conclusion from a year ago, and replace it with data that more accurately replaces that previous conclusion. The first step is to correct that previous conclusion.
The conclusion was as follows:
The legend of Serpo will be that it was a fabrication of Collins and Rick, as part of a viral marketing plan to generate buzz and interest for a book. It is this writer's conclusion that the only ones "behind" Rick Doty, in the creation of this hoaxed information, were Bob Collins and Douglas and Marilyn Ruben.
While the premise of the entire article was accurate - laying out the connections of a book promoter to this particular book author, as well as the fact that a collaborator (Doty) of the author's (regardless of their silly staged "arguments") was in the process of distributing the Serpo releases - that one final paragraph was speculative and, now we realize, not completely accurate.
While Marilyn did in fact help Collins to promote his book, and in addition assisted the team of 5 in fending off attacks that would expose Rick as the source of the releases - we have uncovered enough additional information to be convinced that she was not one of those who were creating these releases. Our subsequent investigations after February 2006 have shown that there are others who are more likely to have been working with Doty in creating the releases, and so it must be pointed out, in all fairness and accuracy, that Marilyn most likely was not one those people. The article on the main page will also be edited shortly to reflect this.