(September 21, 1949 – September 7, 1999).
aka: Jay Katz, Commander X
Author of many works of X-FIles era paranoia, including Gemstone File (1992),Black Helicopters over America: Strikeforce for the New World Order (1994), Casebook on Alternative 3: UFO’s, Secret Societies and World Control(1994), Casebook on the Men In Black (1997), Black Helicopters II: The End Game Strategy’, (1998), etc.
As Jay Katz, author of: Saucers of the Illuminati (1993). Keith was also the author of numerous erotic novels, publishing several in the early nineties with Masquerade Books.
The Octopus (1996), co-written with Kenn Thomas, researched the death of reporter Danny Casolaro.
In 1970, after publishing an article on Dianetics in his sci-fi fanzine Untitled (co-edited with Jerry E. Smith and Larry Neilson) Keith became fascinated with Scientology. He later worked on the staff of local Scientology Missions in Riverside, California and Reno, Nevada. He left Scientology for the Avatar Course.
In August, 1999, Jim Keith fell from a stage and broke his knee at the Burning Man arts festival held on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, about 120 miles north of his hometown of Reno. On September 7, he entered the Washoe Medical hospital for knee surgery and died in the Intensive Care Unit shortly after surgery was completed when a blood clot released and entered his lung. The coroner’s report listed cause of death as “blunt force trauma.” Cryptically, Keith stated, prior to his death, “I have this feeling that if they put me under I’m not coming back”.