Gemstone File


Note: Stephanie Caruna is credited with authorship of the Skeleton Key from the notes of Bruce Roberts, provided by her associate Mae Brussell. Mae Brussell, now deceased, claimed to have met Bruce Roberts before he disappeared and obtained his massive notes from which the Skeleton Key summary was written.

Stephanie Caruana has produced a new Gemstone File on CD-ROM available at

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.

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 direct into Boston for Joseph Kennedy. Also involved was a heroin deal with Franklin and Elliot Roosevelt.

1934: Onassis, Rockefeller and the Seven Sisters (major oil companies) signed an agreement, outlined in an oil cartel memo: Fuck the Arabs out of their oil, ship it on Onassis' ships; Rockefeller and the Seven Sisters to get rich. All this was done.

1936-1940: Eugene Meyer buys the Washington Post to get control of the news media; other Mafia buy up other papers, broadcasting, TV, etc. News censorship of all major news media goes into effect.

1941-1945: World War II: very profitable for Onassis, Rockefeller, Kennedys, Roosevelts, I.G. Farben, etc., 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. war surplus "Liberty ships" in questionable (illegal) purchase. Lawyer Burke Marshall helps him.

1956: Howard Hughes, Texas millionaire, is meanwhile buying his way toward control of the U.S. electoral process—with a view towards 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 the IRS-Treasury grant 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' TWA, etc.

March 1957: Onassis carries 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 Sicily, 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' sudden loss of interest in chasing movie stars. Hughes, battered and brain-damaged in the scuffle, is taken to the Emerald Isle Hotel in the Bahamas, where the entire top floor had been rented for the "Hughes party"; there he is shot full of heroin for thirty days, and later dragged off to a cell on Onassis' 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 Appalachin meeting to announce to U.S. Mafia heads his grab of Hughes, and his adoption of Hughes' game plan for acquiring power: buying U.S. Senators, congressmen, governors, judges, en masse, to take control "legally" of the U.S. government. Onassis' radio message to Appalachin 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 weren't in on the plan.

Also in 1957: Joseph Kennedy takes John F. and Jackie to see Onassis on his yacht, introduce John, and remind 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 $8 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, Gonzalez, 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 ecstatic.

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 married to the daughter of the former French consul in Indochina. In that area, Onassis' involvement in the Gold Triangle dope trade was no secret. Robert's investigation revealed the Onassis-Hughes connection, kidnap, and switch.

"Gemstones"—synthetic rubies, and sapphires, with the accompanying "histories"—gemstone papers—were sold or given away to foreign consular officials, 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 had a stroke, ending his control over John and Bobby. The boys decided to rebel against Onassis' control. Why? Inter-Mafia struggle? Perhaps a dim hope of restoring this country to its mythical integrity?

They began committing Mafia no-no's: Arrested Wally Bird, owner of Air Thailand, who had been shipping Onassis' 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 the S.F.'s 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 U.S. right-hand man, "Hughes' top aide," 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) Brattiano, 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 served to him with sodium morphate in it. Castro survives.

1963: Members of the Castro assassination team arrested at Lake Pontchartrain, La., by Bobby Kennedy's Justice boys. Angered, Onassis stops trying to kill Castro. He changes targets 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, of people who would understand the situation and might squawk:

Senator Estes Kefauver, whose crime 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 Cristina, 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 canceled his appearance at a football stadium in Chicago, where the CIA-Mafia assassination team was poised for the kill. Jackie stayed on board, descended the gangplank a few days later on Onassis' arm in Turkey, to impress the Turkis Bey, Mustapha. Madame Nhu, in the United States, bitterly remarked, "Whatever has happened in Vietnam, will see its counterpart in the United States."

One of the assassination team (Tom Vallee, a double for Oswald) 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 at Dallas. A witness who recognized 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 Smaldones "family." Two months earlier, Brading, on parole after a series of crimes, applied for new drivers license, explaining to the California DMV that he had decided to change his name—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 planted links to both the ultra-right and to the communists, was designated as the patsy. He was supposed to shoot at Gov. Connally, and he did.

Each of the four shooters—Oswald, Brading, Fratiano, and Roselli—had a timer and a backup 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 Depository. He apparently used a handgun; he is an excellent shot with a pistol. Frattiano hit Kennedy twice, in the back and in the head. Frattiano and his back-up men 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, from a small pagoda at Dealey Plaza, across the street from the grassy knoll. (Brading missed, because Roselli's and Frattiano's shots 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. Roger Craig, a deputy 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 jump 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" drivers license, and was quickly 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 grassy 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 existence 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. Tippitt may have met Oswald on the street. He may have been supposed to kill Oswald, but something went wrong. Tippitt was shot by two men, using two 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 theater cashier that a suspicious-looking man had sneaked in without paying. Fifteen assorted cops and FBI charged out to the movie theater 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 "cabana Motel" 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 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 Commission (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 passel 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 "finders 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 1964 to 1965 came from Joe Alioto and a high Teamster official. Dun and Bradstreet noted this transaction in amazement, listing the loans in their 1964-65 monthly reports and wondering how Frattiano could obtain so much "credit" as his only know 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 heard it, and it was hidden in a file folder there. 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 Romano in the Sunol Golf Course swindle (which cost S.F. somewhere between $100,000 and $500,000) with the active help of Mayor Joe Alioto. In between, Frattiano used his $109,000 in non-repayable loans to start a trucking company in the Imperial Valley, where he engaged in a lot more than swindling—involving U.S. government construction contracts. As one California Crime Commission member explained, "The Mafia is doing business directly with U.S. government now."

Brading was questioned by the FBI two months after his arrest—and released—at Dallas as part of the Warren Commission's determination to "leave no stone unturned" in its quest for truth about the JFK 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 the 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, when 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 was rewarded with the post of CIA Director.

Leon Jaworski, CIA Attorney, became the Watergate Prosecutor; replacing Cox, who was getting too warm. Jaworski turned in a sterling performance in our "government-as-theater"—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 Connally 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 LA (but used one of Brading's other aliases, Eugene Bradley by mistake) had one of 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. Et cetera ...

After JFK'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 1 might have an 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; pursue world domination. JFK's original "Group of 40" was turned over to Rockefeller and his man, Kissinger, so that they could more effectively fuck 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 Mafiosos 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 Monaco in the 50s, and in Cuba under Battista). Onassis took over Las Vegas in 1967 via the "Hughes" cover. U.S. government officials explained that it was alright because at least "Hughes isn't the Mafia."

Note: L. Wayne Rector was hired around 1955 by the Carl Byoir P.R. Agency (Hughes' L.A. P.R. firm) to act as Hughes' double. In 1957, when Onassis grabbed Hughes, Rector continued to act as his stand-in. Rector was the Hughes surrogate in Las Vegas; Robert Maheu actually ran the show; Maheu got his orders from Onassis; the six "nursemaids," called the "Mormon Mafia," kept Rector sealed off from prying eyes.

June 17, 1968: Bobby Kennedy knew who killed his brother; he wrote about it in his unpublished book, The Enemy Within. When he foolishly tried to run for President, Onassis had him offed using a sophisticated new technique: hypnotized Sirhan Sirhan shooting from the front, "security guard" (from Lockheed Aircraft) Thane Cesar shooting from two or three inches away from Bobby's head—from the rear. Sirhan's shots all missed; Cesar's couldn't possibly miss. Evelle Younger, then the L.A. D.A., covered it all up, including the squawks of L.A. Coroner Thomas Noguchi; Younger was rewarded with the post of California Attorney General later. His son, Eric Younger, got a second-generation Mafia reward: a judgeship at age 30. (See Ted Charach, L.A., author and director, The Second Gun, a documentary film on the RFK murder, bought and suppressed by Warner Brothers, for more details.) After Bobby's death, Teddy knew who did it. He ran to Onassis, afraid for his life, and swore eternal obedience. In return, Onassis granted him his life and said he could be President, too, just like his big brother, if he would just behave himself and follow orders.

September 16, 1968: Hit-and-run accident on Roberts' car, parked in front of the Russian consulate in S.F.—who routinely take pictures of everything that goes on in front of the consulate. Their photos showed the license plate of the hit-and-run car: UKT-264 on a blue Cadillac belonging to Mia Angela Alioto, Joe's daughter, being driven by Tom Alioto, Joe's son—whose driving license had been revoked.

His license and the car's license were both fraudulent. To cover up the hit-and-run circumstances, S.F. MP's from the Presidio quickly staged a few more hit-and-runs on the same corner, all duly filmed by the Russians. Kathryn Hollister, the Alioto family nurse, was "persuaded" to take the rap for the hit-and-run. Roberts threatened to spill the whole story—in court—with photos. Next evening, Brading and Frattiano showed up in the Black Magic Bar --Brading wearing his X-marked hat from Dallas—to see whether Roberts recognized it, how much he knew, etc. An S.F. MP from the Presidio piped up from the end of the bar: "I heard they let everyone with an X-marked hatband through the police lines at Dallas." Cover-up support for Alioto in the hit-and-run was complete. Mafia Joe Alioto had Presidential ambitions, shored up by his participation in the Dallas pay-off. Everyone who helped kill JFK 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. Humphrey planned to come to S.F. for a final pre-election rally, sparked by Joe Alioto; Roberts threatened to blow the hit-and-run story plus its Mafia ramifications open if Humphrey came to S.F.; Humphrey didn't come; Humphrey lost 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 (along with everyone else in the cottage) Teddy Kenedy's end of the D.H. Lawrence cottage telephone calls from John Tunney, and to Joe Alioto, and Democratic bigwigs Swig, Shorenstein, Schumann, and Bechtel. Teddy's good friend John Tunney called to complain that Alioto's friend Cyril 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 shit, ran screaming out of the cottage on her way to Nader. Drunken Teddy offered to drive her to the ferry.

Wanting to get away from curious Sheriff Look, Teddy sped off 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, diluted with carbon dioxide from her exhalations. It took her 2 hours and 37 minutes to suffocate, while Teddy had Joseph Kennedy III steal a boat and ferry him across to Edgartown. Mary Jo was still pounding on the upturned floorboards of Teddy's car while Teddy called Jackie and Onassis on the Christina. Teddy also called Katherine Meyer Graham, lawyers, etc. Jackie called the Pope on Teddy's behalf, who assigned Cardinal Cushing to hel. The next morning, the first person Teddy tried to call after deciding he'd have to take the rap himself was lawyer Burke Marshall, Onassis' friend in the U.S. Liberty Ships 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 Gifford, supply him with a death certificate, already prepared, for Mill's signature listing cause of death as drowning; Police Chief Arenas; Cardinal Cushing's priests, 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 Coast phone companies, which 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 of Pacific Telephone); the U.S. Senate, which never said a word about Teddy's mock Hearing; James Reston, 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., etc., 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 Marseilles heroin factory for 60 days, where heroin fumes turned her into a junkie (no needle marks); then they turned her loose outside the 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 Marques of Blandford, then Tina Livanos Onassis' husband. Mari and Adamo got pressed into scrap metal in a New Jersey auto junkyard.

In the panic of trying to cover up Teddy's guilt 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 Hyannisport. Nixon, being Mafia himself, wasn't interested; but kept the information to use on Teddy whenever it seemed advantageous.

May 4, 1970: Charlotte Ford Niarchos called her ex-husband, Stavros, worried about the Ford Foundation's involvement in the Chappaquiddick cover-up. Eugenie Livanos Niarchos, in bed with her husgand, overheard the conversation. Stavros was forced to beat her to death; he ruptured her spleen and broke the cartilage in her throat. Cause of death was listed as "overdose of barbiturates," though autopsy showed these results.

End of 1970: Howard Hughes' presence on earth was no longer required. His handwriting could be duplicated by a computer. His biography—all the known facts about his life—had been compiled and a computerized biography issued to top Hughes executives. His double—Rector—had been doing "Hughes" for years. And Hughes was ill.

Clifford Irving, author of Hoax, about an art forger, became interested in "Hughes." Living on Ibizza, he heard the Mediterranean gossip that "Hughes" was a hoax, too. He went to "Hughes'" so-called "Mormon Mafia," the six "nursemaids," for information. One of them—Merryman—perhaps tired of the game, gave Irving the computerized Hughes biography, and from it, Irving wrote his own autobiography.

Hughes' death was expected shortly. Preparations were being made so that it would not interfere with the orderly continuation of his empire.

Irving wrote his book—and the publishers announced it. Onassis knew someone had given Irving the information. He thout it was Maheu, and fired him in November, 1970. On Thanksgiving Eve, 1970, in the middle of the night, "Hughes" (Rector) made a well-publicized "secret departure" from Las Vegas to the Bahamas.

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