‘A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File’ Turns 40- The Sleuth Journal

 Is this Eugene Brading’s ‘X-marked hatband’? (‘A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File’ (p. 5) In 1975 an extraordinary document surfaced called “A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File.” Distributed hand-to-hand long before the advent of computer-based social media, the 22-page typed copy I received in 1976 had been reproduced so many times that several words and letters were unclear or missing. Evidently a fervent underground effort had been underway to get this information out. So I’ve kept a copy of the Skeleton Key around for the last four decades taking notes on developments, and recent history, so far, has increased my confidence in the document’s veracity. (continued): http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/skeleton-key-gemcstone-file-turns-40

Dealey Plaza / Is this Eugene Brading’s “X-marked Hatband”?

‘A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File’ (p.5)

‘A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File’ Turns 40

 “A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File”

(link to original 22-page document)

“Is Howard Hughes Dead and Buried on an Island in Greece?”

Stephanie Caruana and Mae Brussell, Playgirl, December, 1974


 Is this Eugene Brading’s ‘X-marked hatband’? (‘A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File’ (p. 5)




Bruce Roberts and Carmen Miranda from magazine photo, ca. 1952:

Note: Author Gerald Carroll discovered this photo in the archives of the San Francisco Examiner in 1989. Stephanie Caruana assured me this was the same Bruce Roberts she knew in San Francisco. It shows not only that Bruce Roberts existed but that he had knowledge and interest concerning artificial gems. SH


Hoax or History? Introduction to ‘A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File’

The Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File (SK) was an underground cultural phenomenon of the early 1970s. The document, by a then-unnamed author, purported to explain the relationship between the US government, the Mafia, Howard Hughes, and Aristotle Onassis, while providing believable scenarios of who killed John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The SK was photocopied thousands of times (consider; this predated the digital age) and spread globally hand-to-hand. A few times it was rewritten and small changes were made. Some people would strike the “F” word and replace it with a softer term. Some would add or delete actual information that changed the story a little. In some cases the changes were suspect as if certain forces were interested in diverting people’s attention away from certain aspects.

In 2008 I met the author, Stephanie Caruana, who had worked  with radio talk show host Mae Brussell in Monterey on a story about Howard Hughes and Onassis. She read hundreds of pages of notes from Bruce Roberts—the source of the SK’s information, and she eventually went to San Francisco to meet him. Caruana compiled the SK from Roberts’ notes and began distributing them with his approval at rallies and other events.

If the bulk of revelations in the SK are false, the author went to a lot of work and did a great job concocting a story for which she received no credit for 30 years. If true, the history may explain much about our current situation.

The nature of this information is such that most people have one of two reactions: they either read the entire 22 pages at a single sitting or drop it like a hot potato after one or two. A surprising amount of the information has been verified as accurate, which lends credence to other aspects of the file. Still, I don’t recommend blind acceptance of its message, just an open mind. Truth is often much stranger than fiction.

America.gov, Cognitive Infiltration, and Obama appointee Cass Sunstein

I first became aware of Cass Sunstein’s ideas for controlling conspiracy theories after seeing several ads for a web site called America.gov run by the State Department. It’s a complex, well-funded site with more avenues than I’ve cared to examine, but what caught my attention was the section under International Relations: Peace and Security called “Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation” with the astounding caption: “Conspiracy theories exist in the realm of myth, where imaginations run wild, fears trump facts and evidence is ignored.”

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