Friday, September 30, 2005

Gemstone booklet

Stephanie Caruana also put out this booklet a few years ago. Copies may be available from the author. It contains, as the central blurb says, excerpts from Bruce Robert's Gemstone File. The excerpts are edited and cleaned up a bit, in a largely unsuccessful effort to make Roberts look, well, more rational. One day soon I will post the whole thing on the internet. Except for that central box the rest of this graphic is based on one page of the 350 or so pages of Bruce Robert's letters--a unique page which he based on a Good Housekeeping cover. Liver eating is an important theme in his writings.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

New Book Coming out

I have just learned that Stephanie Caruana's long-awaited book on the Gemstone Files will be coming out shortly. From

The Gemstone File: A Memoir
by Stephanie Caruana
Includes updated, expanded Skeleton Key
+ 250 pages from Bruce Roberts' Gemstone File,
+ Interviews, Pictures, Bibliography and Index
20th Century History for Grown-Ups
500 pages

Gemstone CD

Stephanie Caruana put together an interesting CD about the Gemstone Files a few years ago. It is available from Last Hurrah Books at

Bruce Roberts' Gemstone File
Contents of CD-ROM

Prologue by Bruce Roberts
PREFACE by Kenn Thomas

INTRODUCTION by Stephanie Caruana

Letters to Ralph Nader and others
Nader's $457,000 Cash Settlement: Death of the "Consumers' Party"
Selling Gemstones with Histories to Foreign Countries
37 "Gemstone" countries vote China into the U.N.
From Cradle to Grave with the Mafia
A Chronology
Clifford Irving's "Hughes Autobiography" Hoax
Bouncing Onassis-"Hughes" Through the Tropics
The $6 Billion Heroin Bust
Letters to Mother: March 20-April 9, 1972
June: Dickie's Moscow Trip
News Summary
Cardinal Tisserant's Papers
June 1972 - Good Housekeeping: "We Ate Mary Jo's Liver" [A Gemstone Satire]
The 1972 Democratic Convention in Miami: Hello Teddy
Charles Garry and the Murders of Black Panthers Hampton and Clark
John Connally and Dr. Duke Reminisce in Afghanistan about the Bullet Holes of Dallas
Saving Daniel Ellsberg
World Bank's Super-Drug-Highway in Paraguay
My father's birthday
Watergate details
My Father's Murder
Watergate 5 at the Drift In

Part 2: 1974 to Present

1974: Mae Brussell and Me: Patty Hearst, "Cinque" and the S.L.A.: (Berkeley Barb)
Mae Brussell, Bruce Roberts and Me: Onassis, Howard Hughes and JFK
Is Howard Hughes Dead and Buried Off a Greek Island? (Playgirl, December 1974)
September 1974-June 1975: Bruce Roberts and Me
Excerpts from Roberts' letters, dated late 1974
January 15, 1975: Letter to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt
February 10, 1975: Letter to President Tito of Yugoslavia
A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File: Update 2001 - by Stephanie Caruana
1977-78: "Dialogue: Conspiracy", the Skeleton Key, Mae Brussell and Me
Is the CIA After Me, or What???
Gemstone and Hustler: Larry Flynt Shot for Seeking Truth about JFK's Murder?
2001: Gemstone Revisited


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Gemstone File is one of the first areas I looked into relating to the Kennedy assassination.

Here is a brief summary of what I found:

1. Most people have only seen 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 an internet article titled Gemstone Exposed. Martin Cannon has a copy of the whole set and so do I. One day soon I will post the whole thing.

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, director of The Godfather) also contains an account by a group called the DNA Research Collective of their meeting with Bruce Roberts. This group also put on a play about Jack Ruby called Sparky and Truth Detector.

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 (the author of the Skeleton Key) 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. (Aren't they all?)

Further research indicates that he existed and that his full name was Antonio Iglesias 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--recently 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. See

The source who provided that document to me, James L. Moore, has also claimed to be the real author of the Skeleton Key. I believe that he may have submitted the Skeleton Key to Hustler before they published it, but that they already had it from other sources.