Mae Brussell

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Mae Magnin Brussell
Born Mae Magnin
(1922-05-29)May 29, 1922
Beverly Hills, California
Died October 3, 1988(1988-10-03) (aged 66)
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Cause of death cancer
Education Stanford University
University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Radio host
Children 5
Parent(s) Edgar Magnin
Evelyn Magnin
Relatives Isaac Magnin (paternal great-grandfather)
Mary Ann Magnin (paternal great-grandmother)

Mae Magnin Brussell (May 29, 1922 – October 3, 1988) was an American radio personality. She was the host of Dialogue: Conspiracy (later renamed World Watchers International).

Early life[edit]

Mae Magnin was born on May 29, 1922 in Beverly Hills, California.[1] Her father, Edgar Magnin, was a Reform rabbi at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple.[2] Her paternal great-grandparents, Isaac Magnin and Mary Ann Magnin, were the founders of I. Magnin, an upscale women's clothing store in San Francisco, California.

She attended Stanford University in Palo Alto and received an Associate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.[2][3]


She was a radio host.[1] Most of her work on the radio focused on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.[1] She also covered the history of fascism.[1]

Distraught by the murder of President Kennedy, she purchased all 26 printed volumes issued by the Warren Commission report, and attempted to make sense of them by cross-indexing the entire work. Mae was disturbed by the contradictory information and unreported realities she discovered. As a result, she subscribed to many major newspapers and magazines, whose stories she filed and organized, uncovering connections and patterns behind government and corporate malfeasance that she found disturbing.[4]

Her career in radio started in May 1971, when as a guest on the independently owned radio station KLRB, she questioned the 26-volume Warren Commission Hearings.[1] She suggested Lee Harvey Oswald might not have been the only person involved in the assassination of the president.[1] She became a weekly guest.[1] Shortly after, she became the host of Dialogue: Conspiracy (later renamed World Watchers International).[1] From 1983 to 1988, she hosted the same show on KAZU, a radio station based in Pacific Grove.[1]

Additionally, she wrote articles that were published in The Realist, a magazine published by Paul Krassner.[1] An impressed John Lennon donated money so Krassner could afford to print Mae Brussel's work.[4]

Brussell was profiled on episode six of Slate's Slow Burn podcast.[5]

Personal life[edit]

She was married, and had five children.[1]


She died of cancer on October 3, 1988[1] in Carmel-by-the-sea, California.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Peter Knight, Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, 2003, pp. 140-141 [1]
  2. ^ a b 'Rabbi To Deliver Sunday Sermon', The Stanford Daily, Volume 99a, Issue 8, 17 July 1941 [2]
  3. ^ Register - University of California, Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1943, Volume 2, p. 3 [3]
  4. ^ a b The Essential Mae Burssel
  5. ^ Neyfakh, Leon. "Watergate conspiracy theories in episode six of Slow Burn". Slate. Retrieved 10 Jan 2018. 

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