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I'm not afraid of your threats."
            --- Duane Garrett, the day before he died.
( According to    he did not specify which person or group he was responding to. Although the suicide note found at the scene did not match his handwriting, the family's "request" to suspend any further investigation was honored by law enforcement.  will on request share on an individual basis the actual tape recording of this final airing.  )############################################################

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Did he have his friends call Duane Garrett's radio show, and taunt him? Psychological torture? Was he given inside information about Duane Garrett's problems? If so by whom? Someone in the radio stations management? What else did he do to Duane Garrett? Has he done this to anyone else? What would he not do? We would like to hear from you if you have been a victim of his. ( Write to us at

Fact: "Duane Garrett warned a local television station he wouldn't make his next show hours before his body was found beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, the station says." (Contra Costa Times) 

And then there was an opening on the radio station's roster just as Mr. Weiner started his career, oh, a lucky man.

If you learned that he had for a period of years harassed others, had broken into their homes, covertly placed electronic listening devices, stolen their papers, had engaged in a systematic program of covert treachery, would this cause you to examine him more closely? If you learned that he has done this to others, would this not cause you to wonder: did he do the same to Duane Garrett? (see also Psy. Ops.)

She climbed her way to the top on her back. Who thinks she married the station manager for "love?" What would it mean to be loved by such a creature? She describes herself as a compulsive obsessive. Anyway this is the story she uses to explain her despicable conduct. (At other times she has blamed her step son for her shameful conduct. (Oh, she is a real step mom.)) Did she marry the station manager because of a compulsion or an obsession about her career? She can not answer for herself beyond her next impulse. After giving birth to their son she started going out every night to play poker with the boys. Did her husband, Jack '3 martini' Swanson, care? What would she not do? Did her drunken husband mention Duane Garrett's problems to his wife? Who did she tell? She says of herself: "I'm vicious."

If you have been a victim of hers we would like to hear from you. (Write to us at

If you learned that she had for a period of years used her radio show to harass others, had worked with others who have stolen private papers, had engaged in a systematic program of covert treachery, would this cause you to examine her more closely? If you learned that she has done this to others, would this not cause you to wonder: did she do the same to Duane Garrett?  (see also Psy. Ops.)

Fact: "The death of Garrett - a grandiose radio host, lawyer, sports enthusiast and arch-political operator - was a suicide, the California Highway Patrol said." (Contra Costa Times)Yes, suicide, right, but did someone push him off of that bridge?

Poor, hapless, euh, fat, euh, Brian euh Wil euh son, how did he euh get euh a euh job euh in euh ra euh dio?

Fact: "Mr. Garrett had many prominent friends - who include Vice President Al Gore, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt," (Contra Costa Times)  and, or so he thought, U. S. Senator Feinstein, (who did not attend the funeral, too busy voting for welfare reform. The bill passed by a wide margin) Newsweek reported that the Senator only wanted Mr. Garrett's rolodex. Now we ask who does Brian Wilson know? He didn't get his job based on his ability. He is known derisively as "Brain" Wilson by his colleagues.

(A clue: A week after Mr. Weiner started reading from the stolen notebook, Brian Wilson was reading the same notebook to Mrs. Jack Swanson (12-13-03).  (See also Psy. Ops.))

Oh, villains, you could not beg for grace.

 Re: KGO's Bernie Ward vs. Fox's Bill O'Reilly

Author: Rande
Date: July 7, 2001

In response to message posted by Mark_J:

One of Ward's biggest personal demons is the suicide of Duane Garrett. Garrett was a popular Democratic strategist (one-time head of the National Democratic Party and Feinstein's campaign manager in her bid for Governor), well-respected and well-liked. Garrett got the early evening slot when Rogers left KGO and it didn't sit well with Bernie. The "Lion of the Left" believed he deserved prime time. Ward got the slot after Garrett jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, but it didn't last long, just like his ill-fated attempt at national syndication. To his credit, Bernie came clean shortly after Garrett's death, admitting his jealousy and bitterness.

                          THE WHITE HOUSE

                      Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release                                      July 27, 1995

   Tipper and I are deeply saddened by the death of Duane Garrett.  Duane  was a man of many talents.  He was a renowned art collector, an avid  sports fisherman, a dedicated environmentalist, a talented lawyer and a  formidable political strategist.  Duane mastered more worlds than most  men enter in a lifetime.  At the end of his life he made a lasting  contribution to the radio airwaves in San Francisco as an exciting and  often controversial talk radio host.

   During this time of grief, our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife,  Patty, his daughters, Laura and Jessica, and to all of Duane's family  members and friends.  He will be greatly missed.




Duane Garrett: Died July 26, 1995-A lawyer and a talk show host for KGO-AM in San Fransisco, Duane was the campaign finance chairman for Diane Fienstien's run for the senate, and was a friend and fundraiser for Al Gore. Garrett was under investigation for defrauding investors in Garrett's failed sports memorabilia venture. There was talk of a deal to evade prosecution. On July 26th, Garrett canceled an afternoon meeting with his lawyer because he had to meet some people at the San Fransisco airport. Three hours later he was found floating in the bay under the Golden Gate Bridge.





PAGE ONE -- The Dark Side Of Duane Garrett
Friends say he bilked them

Michael Taylor, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tuesday, December 26, 1995




Popular talk show host and influential political insider Duane Garrett, who committed suicide last summer, was so entangled in a web of debt and deceit that he routinely bilked investors who were also his friends and associates, recently filed court records show.

The new records, filed as part of probate proceedings in Marin County Superior Court, shed new light on the extent of the financial problems that Garrett's closest friends believe led him to jump from the Golden Gate Bridge on July 26.


Garrett's suicide stunned fans of his KGO-AM radio talk show and shocked his powerful friends, such as Vice President Al Gore and Senator Dianne Feinstein. Garrett, who was also a lawyer, had been the campaign chairman for Feinstein's senatorial races. The senator hosted a benefit dinner at her house in October to raise money for Garrett's widow and two daughters.


Garrett appeared to have everything in life -- fame, money, family. He had a reputation as a gregarious, generous man and was an astute collector of wine, art, stamps and sports memorabilia. His self-confident public image made his suicide at the age of 48 that much more puzzling to his many friends.


After Garrett died, creditors' claims against his estate amounted to more than $4 million, including $3 million for a loan from Wells Fargo Bank in 1994. Records filed over the past month show that Garrett had additional debts of more than $1 million, including nearly $35,000 on an unpaid MasterCard account and $135,405 in unpaid federal income taxes from 1994. More than $915,000 of the new claims is owed to friends and associates.


At the time of his death, Garrett's estate was estimated to be worth less than $600,000, most of it tied up in his heavily mortgaged hilltop home in Tiburon.

The lawyers handling Garrett's estate and Garrett's friends and business associates said they knew little about the depth of his financial problems and could shed almost no light on why Garrett committed suicide.


But the latest court records show Garrett had a pattern of persuading friends to invest in sports memorabilia or stamp deals, promising their investments would be paid off with profit after the items were sold. But in a number of instances, Garrett failed to pay off those investors.


Instead, Garrett's friends and former associates believe, he used a complicated Ponzi scheme in which he borrowed from one person to pay off the debt he owed to another. Ultimately, the scheme became so frenetic that Garrett took his own life rather than go through what he perceived as the humiliation of bankruptcy protection, his friends said.

In one complicated deal, court records show, Garrett obtained a jersey worn by New York Yankees star Lou Gehrig and sold it to Oakland stamp dealer Stanley Piller for $200,000. Piller then apparently consigned it back to Garrett so Garrett, in his role as president of the Richard Wolffers auction house in San Francisco, could sell it for more money at an auction of sports memorabilia.


The jersey disappeared earlier this year, along with Piller's $200,000. Piller later filed a claim against Garrett's estate. The Chronicle has learned, however, that the jersey is now back in the hands of Elmsford, N.Y., memorabilia dealer Barry Levine, who says he originally sent it to Garrett about one year ago because Garrett said he could sell it for Levine. Levine said he knew nothing of Garrett's agreement with Piller.


``I never heard any of these names,'' Levine said from Elmsford the other day, when asked about the deal. ``I sent the jersey out to Duane because he said he was trying to sell it to somebody. Finally, I said I want the jersey back because my insurance company wants it under my lock and key.''


Garrett returned the jersey to Levine in early June. Levine said he was surprised Garrett had received $200,000 for the shirt -- ``we had an agreement that I would get $110,000, and he would keep anything above that.''


Legal ownership of the jersey is now ``up to the lawyers,'' said one source close to Garrett for many years.


Neither Piller nor his lawyer would comment on the deal.




Another creditor, Oakland attorney Spencer Kaitz, said in his $456,000 claim that he and his wife, Roberta, had known Garrett since their days in law school in the early 1970s. Kaitz is president and general counsel of the California Cable Television Association, an industry trade group.


Kaitz said in his court claim that he and Garrett ``began investing in stamps together in law school.'' Eventually, this investing relationship blossomed to the extent that by January 1994, the Kaitzes had invested $300,000 in a joint venture with Garrett to buy 112 uniforms of well-known basketball players and resell the clothing for as much as $955,000.


Later that year, Garrett excitedly told Kaitz he was going ``to sell the jerseys at the NBA (National Basketball Association) playoff auction in 1995,'' court records show. By July 1995, Kaitz was calling Garrett, asking when he might get his money.


``Duane stated that the auction had gone very well and that I would be very pleased with the results,'' Kaitz's claim says, and that ``we could absolutely count on having our money by August of this year.''


Garrett never returned their investment, the Kaitzes say in their court claim.

In an interview, Kaitz said that despite the loss of the basketball deal money, as well as thousands of dollars in stamp and art investments with Garrett, ``I still really miss Duane.''


``He may well have defrauded Roberta and me out of close to half a million dollars, but he was still an amazing person,'' Kaitz said. ``I'm hardly an innocent, and I have a lot of business involvements. But Duane Garrett is the only person I'd send $300,000 to. The dark side (of Garrett) was something none of us saw. It was a shock to all of us.''




In another transaction, San Francisco investor William Rothmann lent Garrett $227,000. Garrett was supposed to use the money to buy ``items to be resold at public auction,'' court records show. In June 1994, Rothmann asked Garrett to return his money. Nothing happened.


On July 26, Garrett wrote a check for $137,114.60 and gave it to Rothmann. Hours later, Garrett jumped to his death. The check bounced within a week.


Rothmann's claim against the estate has now increased, with interest, to $364,614.



$6.5 million in additional claims against Garrett


Saturday, December 30, 1995


Creditors seek total of $11.5 million


SAN RAFAEL - Last-minute claims filed against the estate of radio talk show host Duane Garrett have brought the total sought by creditors to $11.5 million.

Just before closing time Thursday - the last day to file a claim against the estate - creditors rushed into the Marin County Superior Court clerk's office and filed about $6.5 million worth of additional claims.


Garrett, 48, of Tiburon, jumped to his death from the Golden Gate Bridge on July 26, leaving a wife and two daughters. The popular KGO-AM talk show host, lawyer and political operative, shocked fans and friends alike by committing suicide.


The latest claims against Garrett's estate are among the biggest. They include $2,674,101 by Richard Wolffers Auctions Inc. in San Francisco; $1,519,410 by the Duane B. Garrett Fund; and $1,423,731 by Gordon Rausser of Berkeley.


Neither attorneys nor claimants were available for comment or to provide further details of the claims.


In its suit, Wolffers, a sports memorabilia auction company in which Garrett was president, said its claim includes $1,610,433 it is seeking to pay for items the company sold on consignment.


The Duane B. Garrett Fund, according to court papers, said $1,269,410 worth of items were purchased by the sports-memorabilia investment fund with fund assets. Garrett, who set up the fund, had agreed to repay the amount, but never did, the suit said.


The Garrett Fund said it also is trying to determine the value of items it owned through participation with Garrett in a group known as the Hard Fund, for which payment was not received. The Garrett Fund estimated the value of the items at $250,000.


On July 11, shortly before he jumped from the bridge, court papers show that Garrett signed a promissory note to pay Rausser $1,266,974, plus 12 percent interest, on Aug. 16. Rausser also said he is trying to determine how much he's owed through the Hard Fund group, though he estimated that $150,000 is due him.


Leo Simon, treasurer of the Shakespeare Development Corp. in Berkeley, also filed two claims - for $556,191 and $78,020. He said in court papers that $557,000 is for money plus interest that he invested since 1991 in the Wolffers Fund. He said Shakespeare Development is owed $70,000, plus interest