Category Archives: Wall Street Journal

Ron Morgan (2)

Ron could never give me an intelligible explanation of how he knew his partner was stealing from him. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, this was a forewarning of a paranoia Ron Morgan would always have. This assignment, to go to his gay partner and tell him he...

Spying and Loving

As war was ramping up with Germany in the late thirties and OSS Spy Master Allen Dulles took up his post in Zürich, he began working with, and, as it were, loving Mary Bancroft. As Dulles said, “Let the romance cover the job and the job cover the romance.” The...

The Trip To Nuremberg

Mary Bancroft had served America as a spy in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) from Zürich before America came into the war and throughout the war. Now, it was 1945. The war was over. She was traveling to Nuremberg by car from Zürich to observe the war trials. On the way,...

Mary Bancroft’s Lover

By her own admission, Mary Bancroft felt emotional attachment for only two men in her life, neither of which was one of her two husbands. Early in December 1942, Mary began working for Allen Dulles, head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the American spy agency, out of Zürich....

The Bancrofts and “WSJ” Background

Having researched this early history of the Wall Street Journal and listening to my friend, Jackie Bancroft, I was beginning to learn more about the Bancroft lineage. It was this lineage that was the source of Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan’s vast wealth. And now it was the source of what...

Issues of the Mind

In observing the history of the Bancrofts, owners of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones publishing empire for over a century, you find Hugh Bancroft, the first in line, with what is now known as clinical depression. If not brilliant, this man was highly educated. At 14, he entered...

Mary Bancroft, Interrogator

In the summer of 1943, American intelligence wanted to know if the air campaign of blanket bombing had been effective in such cities as Hamburg and Cologne. Mary Bancroft sent her maid, Maria, a German farm girl, back into Germany from Zürich to report. She returned saying the phosphorous bombs...

Continued Convergence

As I researched both books,  Observer: The Story of Colonel George Trofimoff, the tale of the highest ranking American military officer convicted of spying  and  Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation — even  crime, I was struck how the...

Mary Bancroft:”Getting ready for war”

Mary Bancroft, who became an American spy against Germany wrote: “At this point, the German propaganda machine shifted into high gear. We were told that ‘Communist mobs’ were running through the streets of Vienna, murdering people. Hitler began shrieking that such an insupportable situation could not be allowed to continue.”...

Unknown Convergence

While Mary Bancroft, the first child of Hugh Bancroft, was following her freelance journalistic career in Zürich, Switzerland, giving talks to the American Women’s Club of Zürich, radio talks, and writing articles for the Swiss press, she was bored and longed for adventure. As German aggression heated up in Europe, she...