Late author Jim Keith dedicated his book "The Gemstone File" to the the Queen of Conspiracy Mae Brussell. Mae pre-deceased Jim by about ten years.
Bruce Roberts conveyed his letters to Mae Brussell in 1972. At the time Mae placed them in a file she labeled "Gemstone File", giving the letters the name that made the collection a staple in the conpiracy world. In the spring of 1974 Mae Brussell opened up her home to a writer named Stephanie Caruana and allowed Caruana access to her volumnious files, including, but not limited to, the Gemstone File.
Caruana's interaction with her host Mae Brussell is well publicized as is her distain for Brussell, a researcher far ahead of her time so well respected by her followers that they labeled themselves Brusselsprouts. Caruana wrote a 23-page synopsis of Roberts' letters that came to be called "The Skelton Key". There are many versions of her work but in almost all cases the "Key" concludes by emphasizing that the only way to spread the secrets of the key is for each reader to take an active part, copy it and pass it on. An urgency to do so quickly is stressed by saying something like "The game is nearly up. Either the Mafia goes -- or America goes." The very shared secret and the need to join this closed club fighting for America's survival lent credibility to Roberts' letters that they would not have possessed had they been published unedited and in their entirety. His complete, unedited works have never seen the light of day and therefore, the Gemstone legend lives on unchallanged until Jim Keith wrote the Gemstone File in 1992, six years before his strange death.
Keith accomplishes in this 213-page book what others have been unable or unwilling to do. He allows many people of various beliefs and widely diverse intellect to write their own opinions of Bruce Roberts' work. The opinions are as diverse as the subjects they critics find interesting. The common demoninator is the fact that, with a single exception, they do question the validity of Roberts' assumptions and his conclusions.
The sole exception - the only person who accepts Bruce Roberts' words as gospel - is author Stephanie Caruana. Caruana states on page 43 that her intent at the time she wrote the Skelton Key was not to "describe Bruce Roberts" but to "outline events". Then Caruana says that if her intention had been to describe Bruce Roberts, she would have said that he, as far as she knew, was brave, tough, real, a player and not a sideline sitter; sometimes scared, very angry.....Caruana concludes this statement by saying he wasn't "trying to enter the world of James Bond" - he WAS James Bond, or his own version of it.
Jim Keith's chapter from pages 110 to 132 is an excellent example of one writer's attempt to objectively examine the Gemstone File - a legend that took on a life of its own with Caruana's Skeleton Key.
Unfortunately Jim Keith's valiant effort to shed light on the darkness that was Bruce Roberts only succeeds in surrounding The Gemstone File in more fog then San Francisco on a summer day.
Curator of the Mae Brussell Collection