David Martin at Arlington Cemetery
Forrestal's Resting Place in History
He was brought before his time
To Arlington to reside.
Now, at last, the truth is known:
It wasn't from suicide.
David Martin, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been an economics professor, the head of the office of economic research for the Economic Development Administration of Puerto Rico in San Juan, and he worked for many years in Washington, D.C., for the governor and for the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico. His last employment before retiring in 2009 was with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in D.C. where he was twice recipient of the annual Lawrence R. Klein award for best Monthly Labor Review article by a BLS employee. While at Chapel Hill he was a founding member of the North Carolina Veterans for Peace. Before that he had been a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Korea, having earned his commission through the ROTC program at Davidson College. While at Davidson, one of his intramural basketball rivals was future Deputy White House Counsel, Vincent W. Foster, Jr., who graduated two years behind him. Foster was also a member of the campus Young Democrats Club, of which Martin was the secretary his senior year. More than anything else, the mysterious death of Foster in 1993 while Martin was working in Washington, D.C. was responsible for his beginning to research and write about what has since come to be called the “Deep State.” One of Martin’s most cited works is .” An index of his articles, now covering a wide range of topics, primarily on ignored or alternative historical topics, can be found at . His own web site is and his most recent articles can also be found at and at . His mainly political poetry and song parodies can also be found at those web sites. Hugh Turley and he are co-authors of The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: An Investigation (2018) and Thomas Merton’s Betrayers: The Case against Abbot James Fox and Author John Howard Griffin (2023), and he is the sole author of The Assassination of James Forrestal (2019) and The Murder of Vince Foster: America's Would-Be Dreyfus Affair (2020).