I have been reviewing past work concerning Brandon deWilde, who in my opinion faked his death in 1972 in order to become radio personality and author Thom Hartmann. Mr. deWilde was a somewhat familiar face to me. I probably saw episodes of Alfred Hitchcock, Wagon Train or Hawaii Five-O as a kid. deWilde was a familiar face for a few years on our TV screens. He did not stand out to me, but I do have a faded memory of that face.
Brandon deWilde was good friends (and is anyone surprised?), with Gram Parsons, whom we have outed here as also faking his death (“their death,” as Parsons was a set of twins). This is a red flag for deWilde, being buddies with another zombie. Also note this from Wikipedia, concerning his death in Lakewood, Colorado, just a few miles from where I live:
That “” is a spook marker, along with 11,27, 33 and all the variations. It’s a way of spooks telling other spooks that the death was fake.
I’ve been listening to Hartmann yesterday and today, really just watching him on camera and hoping to catch him in similar poses for which I have deWilde photographs. He gives me the creeps. I am reminded of and again will cite Kim Philby, a lifetime actor who lived most of his life under false pretenses:
“[There] was the liberal smokescreen behind which I concealed my real opinions. One writer who knew me in Beirut has stated that the liberal opinions I expressed in the Middle East were ‘certainly’ my true ones. Another comment from a personal friend was that I could not have maintained such a consistently liberal-intellectual framework unless I had really believed in it. Both remarks are very flattering. The first duty of an underground worker is to perfect not only his cover story but his cover personality.” (Philby, My Silent War, page 201)
Hartmann has perfected both his cover story and cover personality. He’s a fake liberal/progressive, but mouths the platitudes with sincerity. As I listened to him talk about ADD and ADHD, I got a creepy feeling, thinking “you phony son of a bitch, saying all the right things. You are controlled opposition, nothing more.” Hartmann, formerly deWilde, is acting, still.
“Controlled Opposition” is important. If you do not grasp the concept, you cannot begin to understand American politics, where everyone is acting. From the link immediately above:
The familiar expression nature abhors a vacuum can be applied to politics. If a group of powerful, evil people exploit or tyrranize [sic] a group of weaker people, someone will likely eventually rise up to lead a rebellion.
But if the bad guys quickly create a fake (or “two-faced”) leader to fill the void, any budding genuine leaders will likely be discouraged, opting to instead [to] follow the fake leaders.
Hartmann also co-authored two books – I have never read anything written by him individually, as I find him tedious and formulaic.* Those two books with LaMar Waldron are 2005’s Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK and its updated version, 2008’s Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination (2008). I gobbled up that stuff in those days, I admit, and both books once adorned my bookshelf. I have since discarded them. ( Unlike most people, I have no problem tossing bad books into the trash can. I would burn them, but we have restrictions here in the forest.)
LaMar Waldron is an interesting character – having graduated from Georgia State and having two degrees, one a Masters in Counseling/Psychology[citation needed, says Wikipedia], he took the logical career path of comic books before busting on the scene with the JFK stuff. His writing merely reinforces the mythology behind public hoaxes like the JFK, RFK and MLK murders, failing to ask the right questions. He has Watergate centering around Nixon trying to find a dossier exposing the assassination plots. He says the U.S. wanted Castro dead, even as we know now that Castro was an actor too, and an American agent.
In others words, Waldron has all the earmarks of a disinformation agent. His assassination co-authorship with Hartmann then makes sense, as he used Hartmann for access to a somewhat mainstream audience of two million or more listeners. Hartmann, as controlled opposition, would naturally allow himself to be used in this manner … was probably even ordered to do so.
The book Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination is being made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. As with Oliver Stone’s JFK, they want to keep these mysteries alive, and breed a new generation chasing rabbits.
*Perhaps my inability to read “Hartmann’s” prose is my inner self recognizing his insincerity. His words are nothing but a rehashing of the obvious. He could well be ghosted by a committee at Langley, as Bill O’Reilly and his “Killing…” series surely was. For whatever reason, even when I followed the liberal or “progressive” pathway, I could not stomach the guy.
It could be that because Brandon deWilde was not well-known and not a household name, there was little effort made to transform him into a new persona. It is very easy to spot Hartmann in deWilde and the reverse. I don’t see signs of plastic surgery. There are timeline problems, as Hartmann is said to have been born on 5/7/1951 and a deWilde on 4/9/42. Since both dates are likely false, Hartmann could be almost 75 (not likely) or nearer 66 or anything in between. I would place him hovering around 70.
The photo to the left is a screen grab from his April 10, 2017 radio show, simulcast on TV. Keep in mind he is wearing makeup, and the hair is never trustworthy for TV personalities. The face looks long and sallow to me, like he is perhaps a vegan. He looks malnourished to me. (I know nothing of his diet.) The lighting is somewhat darker that we usually see on TV broadcasts, but I see in him all the lines I see on my own 67-year old face. I am not seeing timeline problems here.
On the radio/TV show he is doing the flip side of Rush Limbaugh, who attacked Obama as 1) a real president and 2) a leftist. Hartmann does the same favor in reverse, making Trump into 1) a real president, and 2) a right winger. The combined effect of right and left-wing talk radio is to reinforce the two-party structure as a genuine choice of alternative views. Hartmann and Limbaugh play for the same team.
Let the fun begin. Here is a gif of Brandon deWilde slowly overlaid by Thom Hartmann. Keep in mind that deWilde is smiling (rare in his photos) and Hartmann is not, instead focus on eyes, nose and ears, hair and shape of head. Here are two photos, and then a blending gif:
It is the similarity of hair and part that led me to think long ago that this was a match. The noses are in perfect alignment, and when they are lined up, so too are the eyes and mouth.
Here’s another angle, a very young DeWilde and an older Hartmann:
And the blending gif:
There is some apparent ear difference there, but it is in length of lobe, which does grow as we age. Otherwise, check this out:
There appears to me to be similarities in the way that the upper crus of anthelix protrudes. Pardon my French there (Latin, actually), but I have been studying ears lately. The protrusion (orange arrow) is pronounced in both. In addition, the intertragic notch (yellow) appears identical. Since these photos are years apart, I have to suggest that there is enough similarity to consider that this is further evidence of the same man. It is not conclusive, of course. For that I need to rely on more photos, and the coup de grâce, a family photo at the end of Hartmann in his youth … a fake.
Here’s another set:
Hartmann and deWilde are striking, unknowingly, a very similar pose. Here’s a gif of those two photos. I am relying on the nose as my guidepost, and once that is aligned, look what happens.
That looks pretty dead-on to me.
Here are two more photos, each again unknowingly assuming very similar poses, as people tend to do over time.
Watch how seamlessly they blend:
I could go on and on here, but this post has already gotten away from me. I hope by photographic evidence, including ear analysis, you agree with me that Brandon deWilde and Thom Hartmann are one and the same, the original name possibly the real name (see below), or perhaps Wilde, and Hartmann a lifetime actor, controlled opposition, and a complete phony.
About the names:
Since all we can do is speculate, I start with the assumption that the name “deWilde” is perhaps a real name of a real person. In fact, young Brandon was a Broadway star before his TV days, so unless he took a stage name as a boy, he might indeed be “deWilde.” The name is Dutch in origin, and there are many somewhat famous Dutch people with that name, but none that jump out at me.
However, dropping “de” we get Henry Tingle Wilde, an engineer aboard the Titanic, said to have died and whose body was never recovered. We also get Oscar Wilde, the Irish writer, Andrew Wilde, an English actor, Cornel Wilde, an American actor, and Olivia Wilde, the most interesting, supposedly the niece of Alexander Cockburn, and whose real name is Cockburn. Wilde her stage name, but was a name selected for a reason, I would assume.
So there are any number of possibilities for the arrival of Brandon deWilde on the American stage, famous actors by that name. If deWilde is but a derivative (“de” an article, like “the”) meaning “the savage”), then we have more possibilities with “Wilde.” .
Hartmann is a German name, but often enough seen in Britain as a given name, and not a surname. However, Wikipedia tells us that Thom’s ancestors are Norwegian, Welsh and English. That does not compute.
Here’s a family photo of Thom taken from his radio show web page. Wikipedia gives no names for his siblings, but the caption here is “Dad, Thom, Stan, Steve, John, Mom.” It’s an interesting photo. It would have been taken during the sixties (Thom said to be born in 1951), when cameras were quite common. This is either the only extant photo, or they chose a very bad one out of a group. See how his eyes are closed, and how everyone except him is distracted and not looking at the camera.
Also note that while his younger brother has a shadow backwards on him, and while Dad and Mom and the other brother show no shadows [beneath the chin], Thom is lit from above and has a shadow under his chin. The head is slightly out of alignment with the body. This photo appears to me to be fake, with Thom’s head pasted on another body, ergo the dark shadow, the misalignment. And appropriately so, as in the mid 1960s there was a “Brandon deWilde,” but no “Thom Hartmann.” So I have to ask why, if Thom is a real person, he has to be inserted via the darkroom in his family photo?
Thom, according to Wikipedia, hooked up with the Students for a Democratic Society and protested the Vietnam war. This would fit controlled opposition, to establish credibility. Tom was a government infiltrator. (We have Thom beginning his business career “in the early 70s.” That fits his timeline, as deWilde “died” in 1972. There was apparently no waiting period. He turned right around after fake death and started the new life.)
I have one other photo of Thom in his youth , apparently from his SDS days … seen to the left here. I am somewhat limited in what I can do here, given the absence of ears. But it is a good profile shot, so to the right are two shots for comparison.
I see possibilities, and would assume that Thom’s garb at that time is part of his cover. Agents in Operation Chaos were instructed to dress in this manner, even to avoid bathing, so as to seem genuine. That would be the Hartmann M.O., government stooge.
So there we have it, Brandon deWilde recruited as a youth, trained in acting, fakes his death and becomes “Thom Hartmann,” fake progressive radio host, probably a fake author too, a former government infiltrator into the antiwar movement, and an all around good guy.
PS: Where is my head at? When I said that Hartmann looked undernourished, as if in a vegan diet, it was right in front of my face. He has that lean and hungry look that Shakespeare wrote about.