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Harry Thompson Brundidge, Jr.

Male 1894 - 1961  (66 years)

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  • Name Harry Thompson Brundidge 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born Oct 02, 1894  Leavenworth, Leavenworth county, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence Jun 25, 1917  Springfield, Greene county, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • On his WW-I draft registration he is married and a newspaper reporter at the Springfield Leader.
    Social Security Number 492-09-0924 (MO) 
    Died Apr 19, 1961  Santa Cruz county, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "In October, 1923, the country was startled to learn the magnitude of the traffic in fraudulent medical credentials, diplomas and state licenses, as disclosed by the St. Louis Star, which financed an energetic reporter named Harry Thompson Brundidge, who, under the name of Harry Thompson, by his purchase of a medical diploma from the National University of Arts and Sciences, St. Louis, Mo., a diploma from the Progressive College of Chiropractic, and a license to practice medicine in the state of Tennessee, unravelled the whole nefarious scheme."
      (1920 Annual report by California. Board of Medical Examiners)
      In 1931 he was a reporter for the St. Louis Star and scooped all other newspapers with the story of the kidnapping and return of 13-year-old Adolphus Busch Orthwein, grandson of famed August A. Busch.  Two days later he had Charles Abernathy's confession — with a hand-written note from Abernathy to the reporter for a front-page splash. Then he led St. Louis officers to their quarry
      His critics point to his ostensibly intimate interview with Gangster Al Capone at Miami— which Capone promptly denied (TIME, July 28). But his friends insist that Capone talked as reported, with the stipulation that he would deny it to save his own face. Other Brundidge exploits: expose of the Midwest medical ''diploma mill" scandals of 1924; conviction in 1925 of Ray Renard ("The Fox") of the notorious Egan gang and the solution thereby of 22 murders. Also in 1925 he got a job as deckhand on a rumship plying between New Orleans and Havana, wrote thereafter a series of articles on liquor smuggling.
      (Time Magazine, Jan. 19, 1931.)
      After Japan's unconditional surrender (August 15, 1945), reporters Harry T. Brundidge of Cosmopolitan Magazine and Clark Lee of Hearst's International News Service (INS) offered $2,000 (the equivalent of a year's wages in Occupied Japan) for an exclusive interview with "Tokyo Rose".
      "In need of money, and still trying to get home, Iva stepped forward to claim the money, but instead found herself arrested, on September 5, 1945, in Yokohama. Brundidge not only used her arrest and subsequent public press conference as an excuse to renege on the "exclusive interview" deal and nullify any payment, but also tried to sell his transcript of the interview as Iva's "confession". She was released after a year in jail when neither the FBI nor General Douglas MacArthur's staff found any evidence she had aided the Japanese Axis forces."
    Person ID I75247  mykindred
    Last Modified Jun 7, 2010 

    Father Harry T. Brundidge,   b. Apr 1864,   d.  
    Mother Pearl Moore,   b. May 1868,   d.  
    Family ID F35838  Group Sheet

    Family Roxie Inez Cloud,   b. Dec 1894, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d.  
    +1. Harry Thompson Brundidge, III,   b. Oct 05, 1918, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 17, 1993, San Rafael, Marin county, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +2. Kenneth Cloud Brundidge,   b. May 31, 1927, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 23, 1992, College Station, Brazos county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Family ID F25652  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S4094] U.S. WW-I draft registration.

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