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This is Mae Brussell's 1975 GEMSTONE file that presents the thesis that Aristotle Onassis was the figure behind the JFK assassination.

After hearing bits and pieces for years I realized that this is the fully articulated version of the theory. Stephanie Caruana, an associate of Brussell's, is the author.


The gemstone file was written in many segments over a period of years by an

American man named Bruce Roberts. Parts of the file were released to

certain Americans beginning in 1969. The number of handwritten pages is

well over a thousand, of which I have read about four hundred. I do not

have the time of the research facilities to verify the entire story.

Perhaps others can help.

Since the scope of the work is so large, and the events described so

complex and interlocking, it may be more easily understood with this

skeleton outline of the gemstone thesis. Individual papers can then be

read with greater comprehension.

1932: Onassis, a Greek drug pusher and ship owner who made his first

million selling "Turkish tobacco" (Opium) in Argentina, worked out a

profitable deal with Joseph Kennedy, Eugene Meyer, and Meyer Lansky.

Onassis was to ship booze directly into Boston for Joseph Kennedy. Also

involved was a heroin deal with Franklin and Elliott Roosevelt.

1934: Onassis, Rockefeller and the Seven Sisters (major oil companies)

signed an agreement, outlined an oil cartel memo: Beat the Arabs out of

their oil, ship it on Onassis's ships; Rockefeller and the Seven Sisters to

get rich. All this was done.

Roberts, studying journalism and physics at the University of Wisconsin

learned these things via personal contacts. His special interest was in

crystallography -- and the creation of synthetic rubies, the original

Gemstone experiment.

1936-1940: Eugene Meyer buys the Washington Post, to get our news Media;

other Mafia buy other papers, broadcasting, T.V., etc. News censorship of

all major news goes into effect.

1941-1945: World War II; very profitable for Onassis, Rockefeller,

Kennedys, Roosevelts, I.G. Parben, etc. Onassis selling oil, arms and dope

to both sides went through the war without losing a single ship or man.

1949: Onassis buys U.S. surplus "Liberty Ships" in questionable (illegal)

purchase. Lawyer Burke Marshall helps him.

1956: Howard Hughes, Texas millionaire, is meanwhile buying his way toward

his own personal gain. He buys senators, governors, etc. He finally buys

his last politician: newly elected V.P. Nixon, via a quarter-million dollar

non-repayable loan to Nixon's brother Donald.

Early 1957: V.P. Nixon repays the favor by having IRS Treasury grants tax-

free status (refused twice before) to "Hughes Medical Foundation", sole

owner of Hughes Aircraft, creating a tax-free, non-accountable money funnel

or laundry, for whatever Hughes wanted to do. U.S. Government also shelved

anti-trust suits against Hughes' T.W.A., etc.

March 1957: Onassis carried out a carefully planned event: He has Hughes

kidnapped from his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, using Hughes' own

men (Chester Davis, born Cesare in Sisily, et al). Hughes" men either

quit, get fired, or stay on in the new Onassis organization. A few days

later, Mayor Cannon of Nevada (now senator Cannon) arranges a fake

"marriage" to Jean Peters, to explain Hughes' battered and brain damaged

in the scuffle, is taken to the Emerald Isle Hotel in the Bahamas, where

the entire top floor has been rented for thirty days and later dragged off

to a cell on Onassis's island, Skorpios. Onassis now has a much larger

power base in the U.S. (the Hughes empire), as well as control over V.P.

Nixon and other Hughes purchased politicians. L. Wayne Rector "Hughes"

double since 1955, becomes "Hughes".

September, 1957: Onassis calls the Appalachian meeting to announce to U.S.

Mafia head his grab of Hughes and his adoption of Hughes game plan for

acquiring power: buying U.S. senators, congressmen, governors, judges to

take control legally of the U.S. government. Onassis's radio message to

Appalachia from a remote Pennsylvania farmhouse intercepted (reluctantly)

by FBI's J. Edgar Hoover, on the basis of a tip-off from some Army

Intelligence guys who wern't in on the plan.

Also in 1957: Joseph Kennedy takes John F. and Jackie to see Onassis on his

yacht, introduced John and reminds Onassis of an old Mafia promise: the

presidency for a Kennedy. Onassis agrees.

1958: Hordes of Mafia-selected, purchased and supported "grass roots"

candidates sweep into office.

1959: Castro takes over Cuba from dictator Battista, thereby destroying

cozy and lucrative Mafia gambling empire run for Onassis by Meyer Lansky.

Castro scoops up 6$ million in Mafia casino receipts. Onassis is furious,

V.P. Nixon becomes operations chief for CIA-planned Bay of Pigs invasion,

using CIA Hunt, McCord, etc., and Cuban ex-Battista strong-arm cops (Cuban

freedom-fighters) Martinez, Consalez, etc., as well as winners like Frank

Sturgis (Fiorini).

1959: Stirring election battle between Kennedy and Nixon. Either way

Onassis wins, since he has control over both candidates.

1960: JFK elected. American people happy. Rose Kennedy happy. Onassis

happy. Mafia estatic.

Roberts brings his synthetic rubies--the original gemstones to Hughes

Aircraft in Los Angeles. They steal his rubies -- the basis for Laser beam

research, laser bombs, etc., because of the optical quality of the rubies.

One of the eleven possible sources for one of the ingredients involved in

the Gemstone experiment was the Golden Triangle area. Roberts was maried

to the daughter of the former French consul in Indochina. In that area,

Onassis's involvements in the Golden Triangle dope trade was no secret.

Roberts investigation revealed the Onassis-Hughes connection, kidnap and

switch. "Gemstones"--synthetic rubies and sapphires with accomplished

"histories"--gemstone papers--were sold or given away to consulun offices--

in return for information. A world-wide information network was gradually

developed-a trade of the intelligence activities of many countries. This

intelligence network is the source for much of the information in the

Gemstone File.

January 1961: Joseph Kennedy has a stroke, ending his control over John

and Bobby. The boys decide to rebel against Onassis's control. Why?

Inter-Mafia struggle? Perhaps a dim hope of restoring this country to it's

mythical integrity?

They began committing Mafia no-no's: Arrested Wally Bird owner or Air

Thailand, who had been shipping Onassis's heroin out of the Golden Triangle

(Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam), under contract with the CIA (Air Opium):

arrested teamster Mafia Jimmy Hoffa, and put him in jail. Declared the 73$

million in forged "Hughes" land liens, deposited with San Francisco Bank of

America, as "security" for the TWA judgement against Hughes, to be what

they are: Forgeries.

April 1961: CIA Bay of Pigs fiasco. Hunt, McCord, CIA Battista's Cubans

and Mafia angry about JFK's lack of enthusiasm. Mafia Onassis has his

right-hand man "Hughes'top aid" former FBI and CIA Robert Maheu (nicknamed

"IBM" for Iron Bob Maheu), hire and train a Mafia assassination team to get

Castro. The team of a dozen or so includes John Roselli and Jimmy (The

Weasel) Prattiano, expert Mafia hitmen, assisted by CIA Hunt and McCord and

others. This was reported recently by Jack Anderson, who gets a lot of his

"tips" from his friend, Frank (Fiorini) Sturgis--also on the Castro

assassination team. The team tries five times to kill Castro with

everything from long-range rifles to apple pie with sodium morphate in it.

Castro survives.

1963: Members of the Castro assassination team arrested at Lake

Pontechartrain, La. by Bobby Kennedy's justice boys. Angered, Onassis

stops trying to kill Castro. He changes target and goes for the head:

JFK, who, according to Onassis, "welched" on a Mafia deal. JFK sets up

"Group of 40" to fight Onassis.

August 1963: Two murders had to occur before the murder of JFK, or people

who would understand the situation and might squawk:

Senator Estes Kefauver; whose crimes commission investigations had

uncovered the 1932 deal between Onassis, Kennedy, Eugene Meyer, Lansky,

Roosevelt, et al. Kefauver planned a speech on the senate floor denouncing

Mafia operations; instead, he ate a piece of apple pie laced with sodium

morphate (used in rat poison), and had a sodium-morphate-induced "heart

attack" on the Senate floor.

Phillip Graham: Editor of the Washington Post. Phillip had married

Katherine Meyer, Eugene Meyer's daughter, who had inherited the Washington

Post and allied media empire. Graham put together the Kennedy-Johnson

ticket and was Kennedy's friend in the struggle with Onassis. According to

Gemstone, Katherine Meyer Graham bribed some psychiatrists to certify that

Phil was insane. He was allowed out of the nuthouse for the weekend and

died of a shotgun wound in the head in the Graham home in Washington; death

ruled "suicide".

November 1, 1963: The hit on JFK was supposed to take place in true Mafia

style: a triple execution, together with Diem and Nhu in Vietnam. Diem and

Nhu got theirs, as scheduled. Onassis had invited Jackie for a cruise on

the Christina, where she was when JFK got tipped off that big "O" planned

to wipe him out. JFK called Jackie on the yacht, from the White House,

hysterical: "Get off that yacht if you have to swim"' and cancelled his

appearance at a football stadium in Chicago, where this CIA-Mafia

assassination team was poised for the kill. Jackie stayed on board,

descended the gangplank a few days later on Onassis's arm, in Turkey, to

impress the Bey, Mustapha. Madame Nhu, in the U.S. bitterly remarked

whatever has happened in Vietnam.

One of the assassination teams was picked up in Chicago with a rifle and

quickly released by the police. Three weeks later the Mafia's alternate

and carefully arranged execution plan went into effect: JFK was

assassinated in Dallas. A witness who recognised pictures of some of the

people arrested in Dealey Plaza as having been in Chicago three weeks

earlier told Black Panthers Hampton and Clark.

The JFK murder: Onassis-Hughes' man Robert Maheu reassigned the Mafia-CIA

Castro assassination team to the murder of JFK adding Eugene Brading a

third Mafia hitman from the Denver Mafia Amaldones "family". Two months

earlier Brading on parole after a series of crimes applied for a new

driver's license explaining to the California DMV that he had decided to

change his name to Jim Brading. Brading got his California parole the

first time to look things over and the second time when JFK was scheduled

for his Dallas trip.

Lee Harvey Oswald CIA with carefully planned links to both the ultra right

and to the Communists was designated as the patsy. He was supposed to

shoot Governor Connally and he did.

Each of the four shooters, Oswald, Brading, Frattiano and Roselli had a

timer and a back up man. Back up men were supposed to pick up the spent

shells and get rid of the guns. Timers would give the signal to shoot.

Hunt and McCord were there to help. Sturgis was in Miami.

Frattiano shot from a second story window in the Dal-Tex building across

the street from the Texas School Book Depository. He apparently used a

handgun-he is an excellent shot with a pistol. Frattiano and his back-up

man were "arrested", driven away from the Dal-Tex building in a police car

and released (without being booked). The Dallas police office is in the

Dal-Tex building.

Roselli shot Kennedy once hitting the right side of his head and blowing

his brains out with a rifle from behind a fence in the grassy knoll area.

Roselli and his timer went down a manhole behind the fence and followed the

sewer line away from Dealey Plaza.

The third point of the triangulated ambush was supplied by Eugene Brading

shooting from Kennedy's left fram a small pagoda at Dealy Plaza across the

street from the grassy knoll. (Brading missed because Roselli's and

Frattiano shot had just hit Kennedy in the head from the right and the rear

nearly simultaneously). Brading's shot hit the curb and ricocheted off.

Brading was photographed on the scene stuffing his gun under his coat. He

wore a big leather hat, its hatband marked with large conspicuous X's.

(Police had been instructed to let anyone with an X-marked hatband through

the police lines. Some may have been told they were Secret Service).

After his shot, Brading ditched his gun with his back-up man and walked up

the street toward the Dal-Tex building. Sheriff rushed up to Brading,

assuming he was "Secret Service" and told him he had just seen a man come

out of the Book Depository and jumped into a station wagon. Brading was

uninterested. Brading walked into the Dal-Tex building to "make a phone

call". There he was arrested by another deputy sheriff, showed his "Jim

Braden" driver's license and was released without being booked.

Oswald shot Connally twice from the Texas School Book Depository. He split

from the front door. His back-up man was supposed to take the rifle out of

the building (or so Oswald thought); instead he "hid" it behind some boxes,

where it would be found later.

Three men dressed as tramps picked up the spent shells from Dealey Plaza.

One was Howard Hunt. Then they drifted over to an empty boxcar sitting on

the railway spur behind the grassey knoll area, and waited. A Dallas

police officer ordered two Dallas cops to "go over to the boxcar and pick

up the tramps". The three 'tramps' paraded around Dealey Plaza to the

Police Department in the Dal-Tex Building. They were held there until the

alarm went out to pick up Oswald; then they were released, without being

booked. In all, ten men were arrested immediately after the shooting; all

were released soon after; none were booked; not a word about their

existance is mentioned in the Warren Report.

Regarding Lee Harvey Oswald: Officer Tippitt was dispatched in his police

radio car to the Oak Cliff Section, where Oswald had rented a room.

Tippett may have met Oswald on the street. He may have been supposed to

kill Oswald, but something went wrong. Tippett was shot by two men using

revolvers. The "witness", Domingo Benavides, who used Tippitt's police car

radio to report "we've had a shooting here", may have been one of the men

who shot him. (A Domingo Benavides" appears in connection with the Martin

Luther King shooting also.)

Oswald went to the movies. A "shoe store manager" told the theatre

cashier that a suspicious looking man had sneaked in without paying.

Fifteen assorted cops and FBI charged out to the movie theatre to look for

the guy who had sneaked in.

Oswald had a pistol that wouldn't fire. It may have been anticipated

that the police would shoot the "cop-killer" for "resisting arrest". But

since that didn't happen, the Dallas police brought Oswald out for small-

time Mafia Jack Ruby to kill two days later.

Brading stayed at the Teamster-Mafia-Hoffa-financed "Cuban Hotel" in

Dallas. Ruby had gone to the Cabana the night before the murder, says the

Warren Report. The rest, as they say, is history. Onassis was so

confident of his control over police, media, FBI, CIA, Secret Service and

the U.S. Judicial System that he had JFK murdered before the eyes of the

entire nation; then systematically bought off, killed off, or frightened

off all witnesses and had the evidence destroyed; then put a 75 year seal

of secrecy over the entire matter. Cover up participants included among

many: Gerald Ford on the Warren Commision (a Nixon recommendation): CIA

attorney Leon Jaworski, of the CIA front Anderson Foundation, representing

Texas before the Commission to see that the fair name of Texas was not

besmirched by the investigation; CIA-Dallas Chief John McCone, his

assistant; Richard Helms; and a passle of police, FBI, news media, etc.


Johnny Roselli received part of his pay off for the head shot on JFK in the

form of a $250,000 "finder's fee for bringing "Hughes" (Onassis) to Las

Vegas in 1967.

Jimmy Frattiano's pay-off included $109,000 in "non-repayable loans",

from the S.F. National Bank (President: Joe Alioto). Credit authorization

for the series of loans from 1961 to 1965, came from Joe Alioto and a high

Teamster official. Dun and Bradstreet noted this transaction in amazement,

listing how Frattiano could explain so much "credit" as his only known

title (listed in D&B) was "Mafia-Executioner". Frattiano went around for

years bragging about it: "Hi there, I'm Jimmy Frattiano, Mafia

Executioner...." A bank V.P. told the whole story to the California Crime

Commission, where Al Harris, who later shot off his mouth a little too

much--"Heart attacked".

When last seen March, 1975, Frattiano was testifying before a S.F.

Grand Jury in regard to his participation, with East Coast Mafia Tony

Romane, in the Sunol Golf Course swindle (which cost S.F. somewhere between

$100,000 in "non-repayable loans" to start a trucking company in the

Imperial Valley, where he engaged in a lot more swindling--involving U.S.

Government member explained, "The Mafia is doing business directly with the

U.S. Government now".

Brading was questioned by the FBI two months after his arrest and

released in Dallas as part of the Warren Commission's determination to

"leave no stone unturned" in its quest for the truth about the JKF

assassination. In spite of the fact that Brading was a known criminal with

an arrest record dating back about twenty years, the FBI reported that

Brading knew nothing whatsoever about the assassination.

Brading became a charter member of the La Costa Country Club, Mafia

heaven down near San Clemente. He also became a runner for the skim money

from the Onassis "Hughes" Las Vegas casinos to Onassis' Swiss Banks.

GERALD FORD; of the Warren Commission went on to become President by

appointment of Nixon, then in danger of even further and more serious

exposure--from which position of trust Ford pardoned Nixon one month

later, for "any and all crimes he may have committed." That covers quite a

lot but Ford is good at covering things up.

McCONE; the head of CIA-Dallas, went on to become a member of the ITT Board

of Directors sitting right next to Francis L. Dale, the head of CREEP.

RICHARD HELMS; McCone's assistant at Dallas, ultimately has been rewarded

with the post of CIA Director.

LEON JOWARSKI; CIA Attorney, became the Watergate Prosecuter, replacing

Cox, who was getting too warm. Jowarski turned in a startling performance

in our "government-as-theatre" the honest, conscientious investigator who

"uncovered" not a bit more than he had to and managed to steer everybody

away from the underlying truth.

Dr. "RED" DUKE; the man who dug two bullets out of Connelly and saved his

life was shipped off to a hospital in Afghanistan by a grateful CIA.

JIM GARRISON; New Orleans D.A. who tried to get Eugene Brading out of L.A.

(but used one of Brading's other aliases, Eugene Bradley, by mistake), had

his witnesses shot out from under him, and was framed on charges of bribery

and extortion. FBI officers "confiscated" photos of Brading taken on the

scene, etc.

After JKF's death, Onassis quickly established control over Lyndon Johnson

through fear. On the trip back to Washington, Johnson was warned by radio

relayed from an air force base; "There was no conspiracy, Oswald was a lone

nut assassin. Get it Lyndon? Otherwise, Air Force might have unfortunate

accident on flight back to Washington."

Onassis filled all important government posts with his own men. All

government agencies became means to accomplish an end: rifle the American

Treasury, steal as much as possible, keep the people confused and

disorganized and leaderless; persuade world domination. JFK's original

"Group of 40" was turned over to Rockefeller and his man, Kissinger, so

that they could more effectively take over South America (Onassis was one

of the first to console Jackie when she got back from Dallas with JFK's

body.) Silva, a S.F. private detective hired by Angelina Alioto to get the

goods on philandering Joe, followed Joe Alioto to Vacaville, to the Nut

Tree Restaurant, where Joe held a private meeting with other Mafioso to

arrange the details of the JFK assassination pay off to Frattiano.

1967: Onassis has always enjoyed the fast piles of money to be made

through gambling (in Manaco, in the 50's and in Cuba under Battista).

Onassis took over Las Vegas in 1967, via the "Hughes" cover. U.S.

Governmet officials explained that it was alright because "at least Hughes

isn't the Mafia."

Mafia Joe Alioto had Presidential ambitions, shored up by his

participation in the Dallas pay-off. Everyone who helped kill JKF got a

piece of the U.S. pie. But J. Edgar Hoover, FBI head, blew his cover by

releasing some of the raw FBI files on Alioto at the Democratic National

Convention. Joe was out of the running for V.P. and Humphrey had to settle

for Muskie. Humphry planned to come to S.F. for a final pre-election

rally, sparked by Joe Alioto. Roberts threatened to blow the hit-run story

plus its Mafia ramifications open if Humphrey came to S.F. Humphrey didn't

come; Humphrey lost in San Francisco, California and the election.

October 1968: Jackie Kennedy was now "free" to marry Onassis. An old

Mafia rule: if someone welches on a deal, kill him and take his gun and his

girl: in this case, Jackie and the Pentagon.

July, 1969: Mary Jo Kopechne, devoted JFK girl, and later one of Bobby's

trusted aides, was in charge of packing up his files after his

assassination in L.A. She read too much, learned about the Kennedy Mafia

involvement and other things. She said to friends: "This isn't Camelot,

this is murder." She was an idealistic American Catholic. She didn't like

murdering hypocrites. She died trying to get off Chappaquiddick Island,

where she had overheard (alonf with everyone else in the cottage) Teddy

Kennedy's end of the D.H. Lawrence cottage telephone calls from John Tunney

and to Joe Alioto, and Democrat bigwigs Swig, Shorenstein, Schumann and

Bechtel. Teddy's good friend John Tunney called to complain that Alioto's

friend Cycil Magnin and others had tried to bribe Jess Unruh to switch from

the Governor's race to run for the Senate for the seat John Tunney wanted

so that Alioto would have an easier run for Governor. Teddy called Alioto,

who told him to go to hell; then Teddy called the rest to arrange for yet

another Mafia murder. Mary Jo, up to there with Mafia ran screaming out of

the cottage on her way to Nader. Drunken Teddy offered to drive her to the

ferry. Trying to get away from curious Sheriff look, Teddy sped offf

toward the Bridge, busted Mary Jo's nose when she tried to grab his arm

from the back seat, and bailed out of the car as it went off the bridge.

Mary Jo with a busted nose, breathed in an air bubble in the car for more

than two hours waiting for help, while Teddy, assuming she was dead, to set

up an alibi. Mary Jo finally suffocated in the air bubble, diluted with

carbon dioxide. It took her 2 hours and 37 minutes to suffocate while

Teddy called Jackie and Onassis on the Christina. Teddy also clled

Katherine Meyer Graham, lawyers, etc. Jackie called the Pope on Teddy's

behalf, who assigned Cardinal Cushing to help. The next morning, the first

person Teddy tried to call after deciding he'd have to take the rap himself

was a lawyer, Burke Marshall, Onassis's friend in the U.S. Liberty shipps

deal back in the forties and also the designated custodian for JFK's brains

after Dallas (the brains have since disappeared).

Cover-up of the Chappaquiddick murder required the help of

Massachusetts Highway Patrol, which "confiscated" the plates from Teddy's

car after it was fished out of the pond: the Massachusetts Legislature,

which changed a 150 year old law requiring an autopsy (which would have

revealed the suffocation and broken nose); Coroner Mills, who let Kennedy's

aide K. Dun Grifford, supply him with a death certificate, already prepared

for Hill's signature, listing cause of death as drowning: Police Chief

Arenas: Cardinal Cushing's priest who appeared before the Kopechne's

"direct from God" with personal instructions from Him that Mary Jo was not

to be disturbed; a Pennsylvania mortuary where Mary Jo's broken nose was

patched up, East and West phone companies, whiched clamped maximum security

on the records of calls to and from the cottage. S.F. Police Chief Cahill

was reassigned to a new job; Security Chief for Pacific Telephone. The

U.S. Senate, who never said a word about Teddy's (required equipment) plug-

in phone; the judge who presided over the mock hearing; James Feston,

editor of Martha's vineyard's only newspaper, who never heard a word about

Teddy's phone at the cottage, though residents called in to tell the

newspaper; the New York Times, Washington Post, etc.

John Tunney's sister, Joan, heard her brother's end of the phone call,

made from her house in Tiburon, to the Chappaquiddick cottage. The next

day, after Mary Jo died, Joan ran away to Norway, where she was kidnapped

by Mafia hoods Mari and Adamo. They locked her up in a Marseille heroin

factory. Joan's husband complained so she chopped his head off with an ax,

and was subsequently locked up in a nuthouse belonging to the Marquess of

Blandford, then Tina Livanos Onassis' husband.

Mari and Adamo got pressed into scrap metal in a New Jersey auto


In the panic of trying to cover up Teddy's quilt at Chappaquiddick,

many things came unglued. The JFK murder threatened to creep out of the

woodwork again; Black Panthers Hampton and Clark were murdered (the Chicago

cops fired over Attorney Charles Garry's because of what they knew about

the JFK murder squad's presence at Chicago on November 1,1963.

September 1969: "Gemstones", with histories, had been released around the

globe for several years. In 1969, Roberts gave a Gemstone with history to

Mack, head of California CREEP, for Nixon, with the proposition: the

Presidency in return for wiping out the Mafia. The "history" included

Teddy's phone calls to and from the Lawrence Cottage on Chappaquiddick

billed to Teddy's home phone in Havannisport. Nixon being Mafia himself,

wasn't interested; but kept the information to use on Teddy whenever it

seemed advantageous.

The article goes on and is based on thousands of pages of Bruce Roberts' notes. Interested readers can find the rest of it online via Google.


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Here's an article that seems fairly well to debunk the Gemstone Files. It is very long, but entertaining. (I admit I finally quit reading, somewhere around the middle, and skipped to the last paragraphs.) And if I got nothing else from it, I now finally know (I think) who the legendary Mae Brussell was.


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It is even more nonsensical to propose that Onassis would arrange for someone to shoot JFK when Jackie was sitting next to him than it is to propose that LBJ had JFK shot with Connally sitting in front of him. Sometimes a little common sense goes a long way.

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Researchers can easily spot many holes in the narrative.

The whole tone is sloppy and speculative.

It is interesting that ROSELLI, BRADEN and JIMMY FRATTIANNO are named as the shooters.

This is obviously a "mob did it" theory, with Onassis in a "capo de capo" position.


Thank you Ron for the link.

Anyone who is interested (or remotely swayed) by the GEMSTONE should read Ron's link, it destroys the GEMSTONE credibility completely............

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What made the story interesting was that there are some nice little touches in it, such as the x's on Jim Braden's hat band being a signal to officers to leave him alone. It's also interesting that a "sheriff" is said to have mistaken Braden for Secret Service and told him about the guy getting into the Rambler. Roger Craig did testify that he was looking for somebody in authority to tell about the Rambler, and an unidentified man told him he was Secret Service and took notes.

Still and all, the whole thing was basically a waste of time.


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Onassis may, however, had Bobby killed.  Anyone read "Nemesis"?

The same people or entities were behind all the political assassinations of the 1960s. In each case, who had the power to cover up and frame a patsy? The JFK hit just showed them how easy it was, and it became almost a fun thing to do.


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What made the story interesting was that there are some nice little touches in it, such as the x's on Jim Braden's hat band being a signal to officers to leave him alone. It's also interesting that a "sheriff" is said to have mistaken Braden for Secret Service and told him about the guy getting into the Rambler. Roger Craig did testify that he was looking for somebody in authority to tell about the Rambler, and an unidentified man told him he was Secret Service and took notes.

Still and all, the whole thing was basically a waste of time.



Jimmy "the Weasel" Frattiano makes his way into this tale, was this a mix up with Jimmy Files?

( Wim Dankbaar sent me an email yesterday of original FBI documents that prove that Jimmy Files was involved in the Posada Carriles airplane bombing and the Letelier assassination.......but I still don't think he was in Dallas...........)

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The Gemstone scenario gives great press to the "sodium morphate" poison...Hoover, LBJ, et al. Ever "Google" the phrase "sodium morphate"??

I did recently, trying to discover just what chemicals are used to make this compound...sodium, obviously; but what of the "morphate" portion? Morphine is not an element, but a compound itself--assuming "morphate" might be a derivative of "morphine'-- so just what IS this "morphate" stuff?

You'll never find out from a Google search.

The ONLY references to "sodium morphate" found in a Google search ALL reference back to Gemstone documents...no prior references, no outside references. It's as if the term was invented for the Gemstone papers.

No chemical breakdown...ANYWHERE on the entire World-Wide Web.

For such an amazing poison--smells and tastes like apple pie, common enough to be a component of "rat poison," able to cause cardiac arrest in a single bound...er, dose--it's quite surprising how LITTLE information there is available on the subject.

And since sodium morphate is so integral to the Gemstone story, in MY mind it makes the entire concept dubious at best.

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Rat poison was certainly appropriate to use on J. Edgar Hoover.

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Mark and Ron

I was amazed at the sheer number of times the GEMSTONE file has been reproduced on the web. I feel sorry for people who read it and think

"Aha, the real story"........

Estes Kefauver was responsible for a Federal law concerning strychnine, food purity, etc., and somehow this became linked to the gemstone story.

Estes Kefauver, a contemporary of Kennedy's, was also the original author of the Twenty Fifth Amendment, but died suddenly in 1963 (or 1962?).


The scenario of Howard Hughes being removed and replaced with a reclusive "insane" ringer who took over the Nevada casinos, that is one of the more thought provoking elements of the Gemstone ........

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The pity is, too many people read articles such as the Gemstone materials and DON'T ask questions.

The first concept I learned at home was to question authority [possible exception being parental authority, which was absolute]. The next thing I learned was to ask questions that might broaden one's understanding. Combining these two concepts is what led me to "Google" the phrase "sodium morphate", and NOT any desire to poison anyone.

[in fact, I recently learned that the lethal injection used in inmate executions in Indiana is a solution of potassium chloride...the same stuff that's the primary ingredient in Morton's Salt Substitute, which is available over-the-counter at grocery stores and Wal-Marts everywhere! I realize the difference is in the concentration, but the basic premise, that a compound used to execute people is also touted as a compound that might extend the lives of the sodium addicted, is a bit of a shocker at first glance.]

Kefauver gave a previously-unknown Senator Kennedy some precious national exposure in the 1950's during his committee hearings, and gave Bobby some credentials as an investigator as well. Whether there is, indeed, any mystery surrounding Kefauver's death may be open to interpretation...but at this point, I suggest there was nothing as sinister afoot as the Gemstone papers allege.

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The Gemstone File is one of the first areas I looked into. Here is a brief summary of what I found:

1. The document you reproduced is actually The Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File which is a brief summary, approximately 23 pages of the actual Gemstone File which was consisted of about 350 pages of letters of the late Bruce Roberts which Stephanie Caruana saw in the files of the late Mae Brussell. There have been six books written about Gemstone and none of the authors of those books had ever seen the Roberts letters (Kenn Thomas had one page which he received from Martin Cannon--the author of the Gemstone Exposed article. Martin Cannon has a copy of the whole set and so do I.

2. These six books all say that the Skeleton Key was first published in Hustler in 1979. Not true--I located a version of the Key which was published in City of San Francisco magazine in 1975. This version has a few interesting differences from other versions--for one thing it lists the Mossad as a participant in the JFK conspiracy. This magazine (edited by Warren Hinckle and published by Francis Ford Coppola) also contains an account by the DNA Research Collective of their meeting with Bruce Roberts.

3. Bruce Roberts was somewhere between extremely eccentric and clinical. Nonetheless he may have had an actual source on the assassination. According to Stephanie Caruana (a difficult individual by the way) his brother Dayle was married to a woman Marina whose brother Antonio Iglesias had knowledge of the assassination. He was described as a CIA and Mafia connected anti-Castro Cuban.

Further research indicates that he existed and that his full name was Antonio Igesias Pons--a member of Brigade 2506 and described in one CIA document as a "former employee" of the CIA. This individual is also mentioned as being involved in the year 2000 plot to kill Castro which was headed by Luis Posada Carriles--currently in the news.

4. The Skeleton Key mentions "Project Star"--described as a top-secret study of the assassination conducted by Rand. Roberts had no inside source here--this study was mentioned in an article in Ramparts by Anthony Russo (associated with Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case.) Penn Jones also picked up on this reference. This study did exist and was conducted by DARPA (actually known as ARPA at the time as I recall.) It was a study of Presidential Security. I have a list of the Project Star reports but not the reports themselves.

5. It was my Gemstone research by the way that indirectly led me to the now infamous McCone-Rowley memo. The source who provided that document to me, Jim Moore, has also claimed to be the real author of the Skeleton key.

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  • 4 months later...

I have created a new site dedicated to the Gemstone Files. Not much there yet but SOON I will post the whole Gemstone File--some 350 pages of the letters of Bruce Roberts, as well as the results of my Gemstone Research.

The url is http://gemstone-file.blogspot.com There is also a link to this url at my regular blog which is http://coverthistory.blogspot.com

Lately I have not posted much on my blog about the assassination but I will get back into it. Some days if I have nothing new to post I just put up comments on news stories, etc, figuring it's better than nothing. Nothing worse than a blog where the blogger hasn't posted anything in weeks.

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