Gray’s engine was a remarkable innovation. It was an electromagnetic engine which uses static charges to power it and could generate its own power to sustain an extremely high efficiency rate. Such technology would ultimately eliminate any need for liquid fuel.
Tom Valentine, the Tattler reporter who has been excited about Gray’s work and kept reporting his progress, he was actually threatened with arrest by Ran Novell, the head of the D.A.’s office investigators in Gray’s case if by any means he dug deeper in Gray’s case.
He was telephoning the Los Angeles District Attorney's office to gather information about the reason Gray’s case was pending without any charges for five months.
He was also got warned that he’d be considered a co-conspirator in Gray’s case.
At that point, Valentine was positive that that threat was only meant to scare him away from the case as his reports might giveaway the D.A.’s office’s conspiracy to suppress Gray’s technology. Only their warning backfired, as it actually drove Valentine work hard to know the truth about Gray’s case.
Gray intended to have his motor available for production as the heart of Paul Lewis’ “Fascination” car which was predicted to drive across the nation on a single charge when fully developed. But, As a result of several confrontations with the Los Angeles D.A.’s office, his work came to a complete stop.
It all began on July 22nd, 1974, when agents from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office busted into his shop and office and confiscated almost everything they could lay their eyes on. That, for sure included all his working prototypes for the “Fascination” project.
Over the next 8 months, the DA tried to frame Gray by getting his stockholders to file charges but they all refused. Later on he was charged with “Grand Theft” but these charges eventually dropped. Furthermore, by March 1976 he was found guilty of two security violations and was fined, but was never given back his confiscated properties.
Farther investigations by Tattler revealed a series of non-arrests of automotive investors dating back for more than fifty years.
Tattler managed to document tens and dozens of cases of inventors who came up with innovative systems that would help improving the conventional automotive engine. All these cases started with harassment and several ended with bankruptcy and even suicide.
One of those inventors was Paul Lewis. Back in 1933, he invented a three wheeler car which introduced a new innovation of an air cooled engine. The Airmobile – named by Lewis – worked successfully and proved its capabilities on the roads as it drove through 26 states covering distances exceeding 45,000 miles without needing any repairs.
The Securities and Exchange Commission actually stopped him as he began to sell stock in order to collect funding to mass produce his Airmobile.
They kept Lewis and his invention under investigation for years on end without being officially charged for any crime till he was forced to file bankruptcy due to the continuous harassment. Ironically, all investigations were dropped as soon as he filed his bankruptcy and was then cleared to continue his projects! But it was all over for him back then.
Today, it’s possible to see Lewis’ Airmobile at Harrah's auto Museum in Reno, Nevada.
Adding to the amazement of everyone, another car using the same principle of air cooled engine was developed and made to the production lines in Germany in the 1930’s. This car was the all famous Volkswagen Beetle.
John Robert Fish was another one of those inventors who were attacked. He invented a new carburetor that actually had a gallons-per-mile rate two times better than Detroit’s standard carburetors. It wasn’t long till Detroit rejected his new invention and forced him to stop its production.
That didn’t stop Fish from promoting for his new invention as he started selling it through mail to “do-it-yourself” mechanics. His business grew until he was charged for fraud. It wasn’t before the mails stopped flowing to about his business when they dropped all charges against him several years later.
Another recent case was that of the LaForce brothers, mechanics and automotive engineers from Vermont managed to improve an auto engine.
The LaForce brothers’ engine was successfully tested by the Protection Agency (EPA) and it was officially announced that it was an amazing breakthrough and things looked promising for them. Ironically, and less than a week later, the very same people who tested that engine declared that it was more polluting. That was only the beginning…
A Tattler reporter was given the privilege of an exclusive report about Edwin Gray’s new discovery on July the 1st, 1973. He found a way to make car’s engine that didn’t require any fuel. That engine used electrostatic charges to work, which meant no noise or pollution.
This engine would be able to generate enough power to power itself and charge its batteries in the process. Such system would have been self sustaining and extremely efficient.
On January of the following year, words spread about Lewis Paul and Gray’s plans of using the Gray’s EMS motor to power Lewis’ all-plastic car “Fascination”.
That system would have required 2 sets of batteries to be powered and the charging system would have been easy. Unfortunately for both of them, such plan didn’t become a reality because of the Los Angeles District Attorney's office’s raid on Gray’s company and shop on July the 22nd.
Despite the D.A.’s office’s attempts to suppress Gray’s developing technology, none of his 800 stockholders asked back their money. In fact, some of them even offered more money to help him compensate for his losses. Gray then later started testing and evaluating a recently made EMS motor prototype in an attempt to formulate his new breakthrough in a scientific manner.
Furthermore, the US patent office stated that Gray’s EMS motor does exactly what he had claimed and was due to be granted a patent for his technology.
Gray and his team would then farther test his engine to harness its optimum capabilities, filing other series of patents for his progress.
Some of those who knew about that controversy were wondering why Gray didn’t sue the Los Angeles District Attorney's office for harassment. It was too long before they knew it wasn’t possible as long as the case was still under investigation from the attorney’s office.
A few months later, Gray was charged with grand theft and fraud as he was gathering funding under fraudulent pretenses. They stated that his confiscated engine doesn’t do what Gray claimed, keeping in might that they didn’t even try to start it or test it. They described it as a starter engine running on electric power from batteries.
Ran Novell, the head of the D.A.’s office investigators in Gray’s case stated that the search warrant was based on a complaint made by a former, dissatisfied employee, as well as some other complaints about his stock sales.
Under normal circumstances, when someone is prosecuted for fraud, the stockholders would demand their money back and then the accused would file bankruptcy.
As a result of farther investigations, Tattler reached the fact that Ran Novell’s sincerity may be questionable as it was possible and easier for the investigators to gather all the facts about Gray’s new revolutionary breakthrough without making such raid or confiscating any of his properties.
Gray’s attorney said that he knew about that investigation a couple of months before. In an attempt to get things clear with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, they sent a letter to them offering their complete cooperation. But, seems that that letter was completely disregarded and the raid did take place. Another letter was sent soon after that but it was also ignored.
A source from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office told the Tattler that it was known to the D.A’s office that Ran Novell was persecuting the case rather than prosecuting it.