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Years of intensive research convinced Mae Brussell that the Kennedy assassination, the CIA, and Nazi Germany were all linked to an international network of secret societies.
After seventeen years of feisty and fiery radio broadcasts in which she warned her listeners that the United States was secretly controlled by a shadow government, Mae Brussell became known to her many admirers as the queen of conspiracy theorists.
Born in Beverly Hills in 1922, Mae was the daughter of the prominent Wilshire Boulevard Temple rabbi Edgar Magnin and the great-granddaughter of Isaac Magnin, founder of the I. Magnin clothing stores. In 1963 Mae was married with five children and living in Southern California. After she became convinced that there was no way that Lee Harvey Oswald could have accomplished the John F. Kennedy assassination as a lone wolf, her interests broadened from being a housewife and mother to tracking down clues to the Kennedy and Oswald murders and becoming a conspiracy theorist. Mae purchased the twenty-six-volume Warren Commission report on the killings and began reading, filing, and cross-indexing information from a wide variety of books, articles, and government documents.
After years of intensive research, Mae discovered that the Kennedy assassination revealed links not only to the CIA and Nazi Germany, but to many other contemporary and historic institutions and events throughout the world. It seemed clear to her that the international network of secret societies and conspiracies that had created the Axis powers during World War II—and had supposedly been defeated—had merely gone underground and very effectively continued their campaign to control governments worldwide. In document after document, Mae recognized many of the same names and the same devious tactics that had been used to transform Germany from a cultured and scientific nation in the 1920s and 1930s into a barbaric and malicious machine of racism and hatred.
In June of 1971, after seven years of research, Mae was invited to appear as a guest on KLRB, a local FM radio station, to discuss her views on political assassinations. The audience response was good, and she soon had her own show, Dialogue: Conspiracy (later changed to World Watchers International). Nearly every week for seventeen years, Mae shared information with her audience from her files of raw data, covering everything from the assassination of the president in Dallas to the Iran-Contra investigations to what she considered the atrocities and high crimes of the Reagan administration.
From time to time when Mae had no host station for her show, she recorded her broadcasts at home on a small cassette tape recorder and personally mailed out copies to a list of subscribers. In 1983 her radio program was picked up by KAZU in Pacific Grove, California, but in 1988 she was forced off the air by death threats. She continued sending out tapes detailing her research and investigations until June 13, 1988. Mae Brussell died of cancer on October 3, 1988. Her work continues on the website http://www.maebrussell.com.