By: Associated Press
May 21, 1945
Editor’s Note: The shortest articles can pack the greatest punch. E. Coady, an embedded journalist from the Associated Press present at the Manhattan Project committee, wrote the following article which revealed to the world the existence of an American nuclear weapon. This article changed the course of history, presenting a massive crisis for the delegates deliberating on the Manhattan Project. Coady avoided jail time and bribery proposed by the delegates to send this news article out on the AP wire.
Dr. Louis Slotin, a prize winning Canadian physicist and chemist has become infected with radiation poisoning when working onan unknown project for the United States government. Hisparents have been informed of his deteriorating condition and have been told thathewill not live. They have reason to believe that Dr. Slotin was working with the government on a process involving a bomb, and have assumed that their son’s radiation poisoning and the bomb he was working on are connected. Given the connection between the radiation and the bomb, speculation has arisen about the development of an atomic bomb on American soil. The parents are calling for the government to reveal the cause of their son’s radiation poisoning. Slotin was a graduate from the University of Manitoba and had studied at King’s College London. His contributions to the scientific field were invaluable. We will continue to report as new information is revealed.