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   May 04, 01:39 PM
Alex Constantine © 2000
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Dave Emory's Politics of Acrimony Revisited

Note: On May 4, 2000, Dave Emory, a conspiracy researcher with a radio program aired by Pacifica in Los Angeles, "warned" his listeners, especially students of the late Mae Brussell, to bear in mind that any books sold by Feral House are tainted by the publisher's association with Michael Moynihan, a figure on the Black Metal fringe.

    Excuse me, but If Random House publishes a book by Henry Kissinger, should Kurt Vonnegut or John Updike, publishing under that imprint, be denounced as Nazi war criminals? Since my own books are published by Feral House, Dave's "warning" refers to me. But then, I am an anti-fascist researcher, too. And Feral House, if Emory had bothered to check, has published a number of quality books on fascist conspiracies when most publishers are not so inclined to offend the political establishment. Last year, FH put out a book on FBI snitches and a biography of Jack Parsons, the notorious rocket scientist and Crowleyite. Feral House also offers books on CIA scandals, the "Nazi International" and the dark side of the drug industry. The publisher is planning on reprinting Gordon Thomas' classic book on CIA mind control, Journey to Nowhere. Brussell Sprouts everywhere should be "warned" about Thomas, as well, according to Emory's tortured logic, I assume.

Adam Parfrey, the proprietor of Feral House, is not a fascist, as Dave Emory suggested on the air. He is a bit of an eccentric, drawn to social and political extremes that other publishers will not touch. True enough, he once published a book by Moynihan. Like some other Feral House books, it was right-wing and anti-social, and Moynihan is tainted himself by his associations and public statements. But Moynihan's beliefs are not a reflection on other books published by Feral House, books that should be considered on their own merits. 

    The following article, a repost that is several years old, is about Dave Emory's prior attacks on his fellow researchers. Every word of it is supported by tapes of Dave verbally abusing his fellow researchers, and letters of response that Dave censored from the air.

    Every word of this is documented. It is Dave at his lowest, not his best, and his listeners are warned that Emory has a mean streak, one that led him to destroy the Mae Brussell Reasearch Center by attacking John Judge, its manager, an episode detailed in this repost, among other disgraces.
    Lighten up, Dave. Retract those fangs and start behaving rationally. Save your rancor for the bad guys.
- AC
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Dave Emory's Politics of Acrimony
By Alex Constantine
 
Every Thursday morning at midnight, the Superman theme song rises and ebbs behind the euphonic voice of „Something¼s Happening¾ host Roy Tuckman. The program airs over Pacifica¼s KPFK-FM in Los Angeles, an alternative, Tuckman boasts, to the claustrophobic conservatism of corporate-sponsored talk radio. "Something's Happening" attempts to expose secret corruptions of government, and Tuckman is a passionate political voice. But his attempt to provide an alternative is marred by his choice of programming: Dave Emory, originating from KFJC-FM at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, has bullied and slandered his way to late-night radio talk show prominence, splintering the reputations of his fellow political researchers and reporters to advance his own.

  More serious are the allegations of C. (name withheld upon request, co-host of a political affairs radio program in the Santa Clara area), that Emory, in a late-night telephone call, filled her ears with graphic descriptions of sexual violence. She had been for several years his friend and an outspoken supporter. They were both students and allies of late political researcher Mae Brussell. C. was severely rattled by Emory¼s threats of sexual mutilation. Emory, in response to a direct confrontation with her, did not deny that he phoned her, but did claim he had no recollection of the episode. If so, perhaps he also has no recollection that he later phoned one of C.'s radio station co-workers to ask if she had repeated anything Emory told her. The co-worker slammed down the phone.
  I informed Tuckman of the incident in a letter on June 6, 1991, and suggested that he call C. for confirmation.       

Tuckman ignored the letter.
  Martin Cannon, author of The Controllers, a study of the classified federal mind control initiative and its masquerade as alien abduction phenomena, also informed Tuckman of the harassing phone call. He told Tuckman that Emory had said "monstrous and violent things" to her.   Cannon¼s letter was also snubbed.
  Barbara Honneger, a political investigator living in Monterey, stated in a letter to Emory: "No radio station should keep you on the air if this continues, and no radio station should keep its license which keeps you on the air if this continues."
  I share Honegger's revulsion.
 
 
Dave Emory's mentor, Mae Brussell, was a courageous investigator of political assassinations, a tenacious critic of government. She inspired a modest but devoted audience to probe the American extreme-right and its pernicious influences. Among the researchers who worked with Brussell and posthumously expanded upon her foundation of political research were Honegger, John Judge, Emory¼s former co-host Nip Tuck, and Will Robinson & Marilyn Colman, hosts of KAZU's Lighthouse Report. All were staples of Tuckman's program.
  Emory¼s past is seldom discussed. His father, writes Paul Bernardino, host of a cable television program in San Francisco, „committed him to an institution and narcotics program 20 years ago. Emory has told several people, including Tom Davis (a northern California book retailer) that he was sexually abused in a prison in Boston. He has attempted suicide several times via cars and narcotics. His emotional problems drove him to overdose on narcotics in a 1988 suicide attempt.¾ 

      This was the year that Mae Brussell fell prey to cancer. Emory, her self-appointed successor, began a series of vincictive slander campaigns to purge other researchers from the air.

  His first straw man was Nip Tuck (an alias, today a very popular science fiction writer), Emory¼s co-host on "Radio Free America" for several years. Tuck was publicly denounced as an „agent¾ of an unnamed arm of government. This smear was based on the slimmest of „ties¾: Tuck once taught English at a military base. This alone rendered him suspect in Emory¼s mind ã yet he later acknowledged to a Christic Institute activist that he¼d known of Tuck¼s background all along. That Tuck was a lackey of the intelligence sector was repeated on KPFK, unsubstantiated but delivered as bald fact.
  The victim of this smear vigorously denied the allegation in a letter to KPFK.
  The station ignored it.
  Tuck found himself groundlessly discredited, humiliated, his written denial censored - despite the fact that over the years his conspiracy research had grossed tens of thousands of dollars for publicly-supported KPFK.
  Emory's next victim was John Judge, a popular protege of Mae Brussell. Abuse heaped upon Judge, says Bernardino, was the result of "personal jealousy," an opinion I share. So does Jonathon Vankin, a former staff reporter for the San Jose Metro, in Conspiracies, Cover-Ups and Crimes:

  Judge had managed to get himself some lecture bookings and onto radio talk shows. According to Tom Davis, a long-time friend of Brussell¼s whose mail-order book service is one of the best sources for political books, Judge and Emory had been competing for radio kudos since at least 1984.
  Moreover, Brussell appointed Judge, not Emory, to the position of curator/archivist. Excluded from plans for the library bequeathed to Judge, Emory lashed out.
  Personal and professional envy was the foundation of his belief that Judge was an "intelligence agent" and a "Nazi murderer" with undefined "ties" to the Manson Family. The charges have never been retracted.

  Emory opened his fusillade at Judge in a November, 1989 blast on KFJC. He announced with an imperious air, "There's a bit of unpleasantness I¼m going to have to take care of...."
  The Mae Brussell archives were being catalogued and organized. It was not ready to open to the public. Emory set out to destroy it and its curator, John Judge, before the doors could open.

  "One of the things I wondered about," Emory declared, "in the creation of the Mae Brussell Research Center, was how long it would take the intelligence community to gain effective control of that center." In fact, the directing board was composed of friends and associates of Mae Brussell. Nevertheless, he arrived at the conclusion that it had been overrun by the CIA: "There is an intelligence presence at the Center now that is so massive as to render the whole thing little more than an intelligence front." He produced no evidence to support this startling allegation. He remained vague. "There is a very sinister presence," he charged, "there are elements affiliated with Aryan Nations." The "sinister elements" were phantoms: Emory had learned that Judge once delivered a talk at a Santa Monica debating club owned by a right-wing extremist, a connection too weak to support such serious allegations.   Hammering together a guillotine with a post of smears and planks of innuendo, Emory claimed that there were "indications of serious financial impropiety" at the center. What's more, "there are indications that have yet to be finalized that the whole thing has disintegrated into nothing more than a great big criminal enterprise." A devastating revelation - and no "finalized indications" to back it up.

  In fact, the financial impropiety he spoke of largely amounted to nothing more than Judge spending money he¼d raised himself for the Mae Brussell Research Center. He spent some of the proceeds from his own fund-raising tour on meals, though there is some truth to the charge that a portion of the funds were misspent. According to Robinson, a director of the Center, Judge did nothing criminal. Yet Emory carried on as though he had information too explosive to air publicly - "investigative tributaries," he said - and had no qualms about divulging the results of his "investigation."
  Emory¼s carving knife sank into the Center¼s finances. „Under no circumstances would I recommend that people have anything to do with the Mae Brussell Center,¾ Emory said. He insisted that all supporters demand back their contributions, repeating there was „a strong intelligence presence there. Who? "You might as well send your name to Langley or to Tom Metzger so he can put it in the Aryan Nations Liberty Net," he said. The intelligence "presence" was "specifically Nazi-linked."
  A week later, the charges were repeated in a telephone conversation with Roy Tuckman in North Hollywood. This time, Emory claimed that John Judge was a "murderer." As always, he didn't trifle with evidence, simply swore that there were more "investigative leads" that bookish, soft-spoken John Judge had committed murder. Unfortunately, to this day, only Emory knows anything about it.
  The allegations grew more and more fantastic. On Tuckman¼s May 10, 1990 program, he charged that Judge and the Mae Brussell Center were an extension of the ultra-right Western Goals operation, an industrially-sponsored covert operations group responsible for much havoc in underdeveloped countries. A week earlier the Center had been allied with Aryan Nations. Now it was Western Goals.         

"Beyond that," he told Tuckman, "there are two evidentiary tributaries leading in the direction of the Manson Family." Now it was Manson. But what were the "tributaries" that so alarmed Emory he was moved to denounce Judge and the Brussell archives? The "evidentiary"
links, he said, forced him to ask "very, very serious questions about the Center." He let on, as though divulging a dark secret, that Judge had ties to "several murders in the Carmel area." He has never stooped to explain his meaning. "I'm not accusing any individual," Emory said, incredibly, "but there are serious questions implicating individuals - including and especially John Judge."
  He again suggested that supporters of the library sever all contact and demand a refund. Listeners, believing that Emory¼s vagaries must have some foundation, withdrew support for the center. It collapsed.   Judge sent a strong letter of denial to Tuckman.

  Like the others, it was ignored.
  Judge, once a favorite of the program, was publicly humiliated and drummed off the air.
  In 1992 Judge denied, in a Santa Cruz newspaper, that there was any substance to the charges. He said that he¼d been „hounded out of [the Mae Brussell Research Center] by this kind of nonsense.¾ In the same story, Dave Ratcliffe, a Center director, laughed at the notion that it had any connection to the government, extremist groups or satanic cults. He chalked up the allegations to "Dave Emory loving to spin very detailed, wonderful sounding scenarios that are of his own invention.¾ Vankin¼s view was that „whatever the objective reality of the Mae Brussell Center controversy, the version that navigates Dave Emory's brain is another of his many traumas."
 
Emory¼s attacks on Paul Bernardino, a political researcher and AIDS activist in San Francisco, culminated shortly after the fall of John Judge.
  In January, 1989, Bernardino received a call at 2:00 a.m. from an enraged Dave Emory. "I hope all you faggots drop dead with AIDS," he snapped.
  Like Upton Sinclair with a reeking slaughterhouse in his sights, Emory went on to blast Sara Diamond, formerly of KPFA-FM in Berkeley and an Emory critic, for carrying on a hidden life as "a CIA agent" and "a whore who gives cheap blow jobs."
  On the air, Emory accused Bernardino of taping an unauthorized tribute to Mae Brussell for his television program. Emory, Bernardino wrote in a public denial, "was too lazy to simply pick up his phone to do some checking before impulsively mouthing off." As it happened, permission for the taping was granted by Brussell's daughter. Bernardino protested Emory¼s "slandering, wilfully and maliciously maligning my ... name and character."
  Once informed that he¼d erred, Emory refused to retract or apologize. Instead, he claimed that Bernardino was fronting for "the Gay Mafia."
He referred to Bernardino as "a homo from Mexico" and "a CIA agent." He further charged that Bernardino had far-right political connections.   "Such dangerous, mud-slinging lies," Bernardino lamented. He voiced an opinion that radio personalities have an obligation to "keep their personal vendettas, mud-slinging, unfounded hate, spite and personal attacks off the air."
  Pat Carey, a volunteer working for Bernardino, supported him in a letter to KFJC dated May 22, 1991. Emory, she wrote, "claims quite falsely that Bernardino had called for a boycott of his program, which is absolutely not true. He also claims that our cable TV program on Channel 25 in San Francisco ... started from Aryan Nations, which is an outright lie, a fabrication." She demanded equal time to refute these "lies." Her ire was echoed by Brette McCabe, hostess of the television program, who noted the "purposeful cruelty" in the public condemnation of Paul Bernardino.   
  Despite these protests, Emory continued to tell stretchers on the air about well-intentioned political conspiracy programmers. Pam Burton, a KPFK programmer substituting for Roy Tuckman one week, refused to play "Radio Free America" - she thought it laden with self-importance. „I see radios going off all over town,¾ she grumbled off the air. Emory learned that he¼d been pulled and branded her "a CIA agent." (Critics must be federal intelligence agents out to destroy him.)
  His denunciation of any detractor as an "agent" was taken up by Martin Cannon in his May, 1991 letter to Emory: "Interestingly, while your practiced eye has gleaned unmistakable evidence of federally-funded malevolence, this evidence remains invisible to everyone else." Cannon pondered "why you have never bothered to offer any proof of your accusations¾ against Tuck, Judge and Bernardino."
  Emory's most venomous campaigns were reserved for Barbara Honegger, author of The October Surprise (a detailed reconstruction of the Reagan/Bush hostage debacle) and a close friend of Mae Brussell's. When Brussell died of cancer, Emory accused Honegger of murdering her. He has never offered any public explanation for his widely-spread belief that Honegger killed Mae Brussell.
  In her June 10, 1991 response, Honegger wrote, "You have committed the unspeakable offense of stating to numerous parties that I am somehow responsible for Mae Brussell¼s death." She explained, "I tried and tried, as did many others, to get Mae to see medical specialists ... without success." No one, Honegger emphasized, "tried more than I did to try to save Mae¼s life." The murder accusation "both saddens and sickens me," she wrote.
  With "Nazi murderer" John Judge bounced off the air, Emory turned a jaundiced eye to Honegger. Her reputation was golden in conspiracy research circles. At first, her book was ridiculed by left and right alike as a dubious theory. But official leaks concerning the hostage deal caught the attention of the press. Honegger¼s primary source of information, Richard Brenneke, a former CIA pilot, was acquitted in a trial arranged by the Bush administration to discredit his account of the flight to Paris. All of this lent credence to Honegger¼s investigation, and she became a familiar voice on the radio talk show circuit. In L.A., she was a welcome guest at KFI-AM and Pacifica.   It was on Tuckman¼s program that Emory proceeded to carve into her.   Drawing upon articles written by Harry Martin of the Napa Valley Sentinel, Emory contended that self-proclaimed CIA pilot Gunther Russbacher actually flew George Bush to the October Surprise negotiations with Iranian officials. Since, Emory and Martin have reached the conclusion that Russbacher was not the pilot after all, precisely as Honegger insisted in the first gusts of Emory¼s defamation storm ã but only after branding her a "liar" for doubting the allegations.
  Harry Martin has since become a key source of information, providing Emory with material for his radio program, as Brussell once did. Harry Martin is a former Republican activist. The corporate press ignored his series on Russbacher, but it has been featured in the Liberty Lobby¼s Spotlight. The Village Voice couldn¼t reconcile the many glaring contradictions in Russbacher¼s story. John Whalen, a journalist Emory respects, wrote in the San Jose Mercury on July 11, 1990:


Depending on whom he is talking to, Russbacher has claimed to have flown Ronald Reagan, George Bush, William Casey or just himself to or from the Paris meetings, frequently changing his tale when confronted with contradictions. When a reporter at a major daily reminded Russbacher that SR-71 pilots and passengers require hours of pre-flight medical preparation and special flight suits ã making it unlikely that Bush would go to the trouble when a conventional jet would get him from Paris to America without all the fuss ã Russbacher abruptly revised his plot line, claiming that, actually, he hadn¼t flown Bush home.


  Emory had linked Tuck, Judge, Bernardino, Diamond, Burton and now Honegger to covert branches of government. The allegations have tarnished their reputations in southern California.

  Yet Harry Martin, one of Emory¼s primary sources, is the former publisher of Defense Systems Review, a DoD mouthpiece staffed by past CIA Director Eugene Tighe, former CIA Deputy Director Bobby Ray Inman, and Paul Cutter, alleged by the FBI to have sold arms to Iran on behalf of the Reagan NSC. Emory publicly excoriates Honegger for boarding Reagan¼s 1980 election campaign and briefly serving in his administration, denounces her as an „agent¾ ã and ignores Martin¼s known links to the loftiest levels of CIA covert operations without a flinch.

  In July, 1988, months before Emory¼s tirades began, Mae Brussell received this letter from a Napa Valley resident concerning Harry Martin:


Dear Mae Brussel:
 
I understand you¼re quite knowledgable on the CIA¼s activities. We have a person ã Harry Martin ã in my hometown, Napa, who has been publishing a small weekly newspaper, The Napa Sentinel, for the past 2 1/2 years, a newspaper that purports to be a champion for the little people, but actually has covert ties to Napa's development interests. What really bothers me, however, is Martin's past ownership of Defense Systems Review and Military Communications, an international publication that went to congress, the president, the U.S. military, the defense industry and foreign governments. It¼s quality was the equal of Newsweek, and it had ads from major defense companies. Although listing Napa as its publishing address, I doubt, considering its sophisticated layout, that it could have been printed in Napa (it was mailed from Los Angeles). The magazine, besides promoting weapons, supported Reagan„s Central American policy. By his own admission, Martin had contacts with the intelligence agencies of Western Europe and Israel.... Some of the deceptive practices he is using in his newspaper have aroused my suspicions he might be involved with the CIA.
There is a further possible link, a Sentinel columnist named Mike Savage. Savage was a talk show host (a program ironically called "Doubletalk") on our local radio station, KVON, for several years until he resigned in 1987 (supposedly after the acceptance of a book he was writing [for] Doubleday), and became a columnist for the Sentinel. Savage ran for the Napa City Council in 1986, listing a BA in political science and an MA in psychology from the University of Denver in his campaign ads. Savage was not elected, but ran again in 1988. However, this time a reporter for Napa's daily newspaper, The Napa Register, did some checking and revealed that Savage had no degrees from the University of Denver. Savage said it was all a misunderstanding. I¼ve been told by an avid radio listener that while a talk show host, Savage had more than one CIA agent as guests. He even arranged for an agent to talk to a local group. On the radio, whenever he could, Savage ridiculed citizens who protested against Reagan¼s Central American policy. In recent years, Savage has travelled to South Africa, South America and Europe....
 
  Savage explained that his globe-trotting was financed by Doubleday in lieu of a book contract. Another local reporter checked on the story. Doubleday denied that Savage had been signed. Yet Martin¼s Sentinel sided with Savage, claiming the book contract was with another publisher, one he neglected to name, though he had flatly stated so a year before.
  Jonathon Whalen concluded that Martin¼s work on the October Surprise required "generous leaps of faith," and was riddled with "egregeous factual errors, unsupported claims and misleading attributions." Martin has himself since admitted that Gunther Russbacher¼s claims are "unsubstantiated."
  Russbacher, who hails from a Nazi gene pool, was hardly a reliable source. He was, at the time, serving a 21-month sentence for impersonating a U.S. attorney. During the trial, FBI agent Richard Robely of St. Louis testified that Russbacher was an „FBI informant.¾ Under cross-examination, Robely admitted that the self-proclaimed CIA pilot was an „infiltrator¾ for an unnamed „interagency group.¾ Rae Russbacher, his wife, is the daughter of a Naval intelligence and FBI undercover agent. Her first husband was dean of science and engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
  Martin¼s version of the October Surprise was embraced almost exclusively by Dave Emory and the Holocaust-denying Liberty Lobby, a spin-off of the World Anti-Communist League.
  Most researchers, including Honegger and the press at large, have poked numerous holes in his story. Yet Honegger¼s attempts to demonstrate that Russbacher was a liar were interpreted by Emory as an

„attack¾ on his own credibility.
  On June 6, 1991, on Tuckman¼s program, Emory repeated the accusation made only by the Russbachers that Honegger was an FBI informant. No charge could be more damaging to her career. On June 10, Honegger wrote a letter of denial to Emory:
 
I have learned last week, as a guest on KPFK in southern California, you stated on the air that I was or am an "FBI informant." That is both false and absurd. No FBI informant goes on the radio three to five times a week as I do criticizing the current administration which pays the salaries of FBI informants.... Again, you owe me a written and aired retraction and apology for this statement.
 
  Emory ignored her denial, and gullible listeners of KPFK still believe Russbacher¼s fabricated charge - joyously echoed by Tuckman and Emory - that Honegger was a snitch for the FBI. The irony, of course, is that Russbacher was informing and infiltrating for the Bureau.

  "Gunther maintains that he was the October Surprise pilot," Emory told Tuckman in the June 6, 1991 interview. "That is to say, he flew Bush to Paris and flew him back. Gunther¼s background checks out." In fact, Gunther Russ-bacher did NOT check out.
  Emory¼s animosity toward Honegger blinded him. He was willing to cling to anybody in his dismantling of Honegger¼s reputation. Emory went on to concede that there were glaring contradictions between Harry Martin¼s interviews and a prior taped discussion between Russbacher and Honegger. He ex-plained these away, noting that Honegger¼s interview of Russbacher was conducted at 2:30 in the morning. "By his own account, [he] was drunk on his tail feather. Gunther is not the first person to misspeak himself under the influence of alcohol."
  Tuckman put Honegger¼s conversation with a besotted Gunther over the air (an FCC violation). Drunkenness is a lame excuse for giving two diametrically-opposed accounts to reporters about a historical episode as significant as the October Surprise.
  Honegger challenged Russbacher¼s account on KAZU-FM in Monterey. Emory and Tuckman interpreted her reservations concerning Russbacher as direct assaults on their own credibility. Emory spoke of Honegger¼s "vendetta"
against him, a peculiar form of blindness to his own smears. "There are a number of baldface lies that Barbara Honegger told," Emory announced on July 11, 1991 on KPFK. After accusing her of mere thievery and "murder," he maintained she'd insulted him during the Monterey broadcast with "a fire-storm of invective, innuendo and outright lies." In fact, Honegger had said little about Emory. She had simply identified holes in Russbacher¼s story, explained why he could not possibly have flown Bush to Paris.
  Tuckman mentioned that Honegger threatened to sue him.
  „Yeah, well, she threatened to sue me too,¾ Emory said. „I basically told her to piss up a rope, and she hasnåt done a thing about it."   Having declared falsely that "Russbacher's credentials check out," on this evening Emory offered his expert opinion that "Gunther¼s situation may be b.s. On the other hand, maybe not." But Honegger, he charged, had "muddied the waters with her personal bitterness."
  The grim irony of all this was not lost on me. At this time, I had my own political program, „The Constantine Report,¾ which aired on KAZU in Monterey (and, briefly, two years before on KPFK in L.A.). I had collected taped broadcasts by both Honegger and Emory, and concluded that Emory was attempting to bump her off the airwaves as he had others by undermining her credibility with bizarre accusations.

  I began writing a series of letters to Tuckman, calling attention to the lameness of the charges against Honegger. I pointed out obvious errors in Emory¼s wild accusations, asked him if he really believed Judge and Honegger were guilty of murder.
  For my trouble, Tuckman sent the letters to Emory, who accused me of being a "CIA agent."
  The charge was made in a private phone call to Will Robinson, host of The Lighthouse Report, Monterey¼s answer to Tuckman's program. "This Constantine guy is no fucking good," Emory spat in a fit of professional jealousy. "You're going to have to learn friend from foe. The problem is you don't listen to advice. You can just take a humble attitude, listen to what I say and follow orders."   Emory gave Robinson an ultimatum: either strike The Constantine Report from the playlist, or Emory would not permit his own tapes to be played on KAZU. Robinson chose to keep my program. Emory was no longer on the KAZU roster. In his taped conversation with Robinson, Emory took credit for purging me from Tuckman's program in L.A.: "I put the kibosh on Constantine," he crowed.

  A crowning irony of his attacks on myself is that he considers one of his "most important works" to be a reading of William Pepper's book on the Martin Luther King assassination - a point-of-view I covered comprehensively two years earlier, when James Earl Ray filed for a retrial, drawing upon developments from news sources in Mississippi and the UK. The stories aired over KAZU for several weeks. In other words, I've already done Emory's "most important" research.

  Emory was profiled in Jonathan Vankin's Conspiracies, Cover-Ups and Crimes, described by Robert Anton Wilson as "the most exciting book on conspiracy theory I¼ve read in this decade." The San Francisco Chronicle called it "a lively and provocative book." In it, Vankin relives Emory's rebuttal to the unflattering coverage. Emory's obsession with the book, and with me personally it would seem, culminated (although not concluded) with two consecutive five-and-a-half hour broadcasts ã eleven solid hours of otherwise valuable airtime - devoted to lambasting me. Feigning the high road, Emory pretended that my alleged "hit piece"
didn't bother him. "He did feel moved, however, to describe me as a "front-running yuppie pantywaist," whatever that means.

  Emory accused Vankin of plotting with the Moonies to ruin him. Vankin described the eleven-hour tirade as "a personal vendetta for an imagined slight," and related how Emory lumped him in with "Moonies, right-wing tax protesters, the anti-Semitic "Identity Christianity" movement, John Judge, and most amusingly, the alternative newsweekly where I work, Metro (a "masturbation vehicle for yuppies"). Emory, who is prone to thinking himself a bit of a martyr, said the likely result of Vankin's book was "a possibility of physical violence and mind control."
        He also diagnosed Tom Davis, the book merchant, as „senile¾ without the benefit of a physician¼s consultation. This was the week that 65-year-old Davis, then keeper of the voluminous Brussell archives, conferred all 33 filing cabinets and a mountain of political books and tapes on researcher Virginia McCullough. Emory had already announced on the air that he was working on procuring the files from Davis. Losing them to McCullough, another researcher with whom heåd had a falling out, must have been a bitter loss.