Mae Brussell was one of the best and most prolific anti-fascist political researchers of the latter half of the 20th Century. She was born on May 29, 1922 in Beverly Hills, California, the great-granddaughter of Isaac Magnin, founder of the I. Magnin west coast department store chain, and daughter of Edgar Magnin, rabbi of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. A philosophy major at Stanford, she left several credits short of graduation to be married.
On November 22, 1963, Mae began her investigation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The following year, she purchased the 26 volumes of the Warren Commission as a “Christmas present,” which lead to her cross-indexing the 26 volumes and making over 27,000 pages of textual analysis. In 1967, she went to New Orleans to assist DA Jim Garrison in his investigation of the death of JFK.
One of the viewpoints and avenues of research that Mae pioneered was the importation of Nazis into the United States post-World War 2 and their connection to various crimes and political murders since that time.
In 1971, Mae began her radio show “Dialogue: Assassination” on the independently owned radio station, KLRB. The show was later called “Dialogue: Conspiracy” and then “World Watchers International.” She mailed tapes of her broadcasts all over the world and provided bibliographies for each tape to show her sources.
Her first article was published in Paul Krasser’s The Realist magazine and was titled “Why Was Martha Mitchell Kidnapped?” It provided the background of the individuals connected to the DNC burglary at the Watergate and the implications of the event.
Mae became connected to Larry Flynt because of her investigations of his 1978 Georgia shooting, which lead to Flynt creating a magazine for Mae called The Rebel. The initial January 1984 issue of the shortly lived magazine contained what many regard to be Mae’s signature article, “The Nazi Connection to the John F. Kennedy Assassination.”
One of the key individuals that Mae fingered as a high perpetrator of the sour direction the country had taken since the death of JFK was F. G. A. Kraemer, Plans Officer for the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. Through extensive research, Mae hypothesized that he was the same person as SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Kraemer, who was tried at Dachau in 1946 for his involvement in the Malmedy Massacre.
Her work amounted to 851 broadcasts and 39 four-drawer filing cabinets. She also influenced a generation of anti-fascist political researchers, who called themselves Brussell Sprouts, through her broadcasts and articles.
Mae Brussell died of cancer in Carmel, California on October 3, 1988. She was 66.
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