Bill Heller "Stolen Lives"
In his new book, Heller is connecting an unusually high incidence of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the Capital Region of New York to a nuclear test called Code Name: Simon, which sent a 30,000 foot mushroom cloud into the air. Thanks to the jet stream and a vicious thunderstorm, massive amounts of radioactivity were thrown over the Capital Region. Heller said it is no coincidence that dozens of people alive at that time became victims of the rare disease. The book details the case of a cluster of Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases that afflicted Albany High School students and their relatives beginning in the early ‘50s. Heller has tracked down 42 such cases, but said there may be more.