Friday, July 14, 2023

Numerous mistakes on the biography of Leon Turrou published by Richard Bareford on findagrave

Around 2019, during my research on Leon Turrou, I contacted his descendants, including his grandson Bob. He had limited knowledge about his grandfather's biography and referred me to Richard Bareford and Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones.


The Nazi spy ring Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones
 Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones The Nazi spy ring in America


Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones is a historian and professor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. At the time, he was finishing his book on Leon Turrou, titled "The Nazi Spy Ring." His work portrays Leon Turrou, an FBI agent in the 1930s, in a very (perhaps too) favorable light. Bertrand Patenaude wrote a critique of the book published in the WSJ.


Projet d'Erection d'une statue du General Pershing / Project to Erect a Statue of General Pershing


Affaire Seznec Leon G Turrou
Leon G Turrou


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Leon Turrou Wikipedia is not very reliable

As a matter of fact, Wikipedia is not very reliable. It is extremely hard to change a wrong information. In the minute, you try to change a single word, some sort of robot coming from nowhere reverts the edit as vandalism. You can talk with the robot but as I don't have time to waste, I consider this is not my business to deal with it.


Leon Turrou Wikipedia false statements
Leon Turrou ID photo circa 1921

Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Seznec Affair Storyline part 3 : Requests for revision of the penal court decision

Requests for revision of the penal court decision

Since the verdict in 1924 and until the last decision to reject was announced on December 14, 2006, there have been 9 major requests for review. The total number is probably more, but some of the requests were in the form of a simple letter sent to the Minister of Justice.

1/ 1926-1929 First request for review

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

R.M.S. Berengaria Cunard Line List of passengers May 21 1923 from New York to Cherbourg

R.M.S. Berengaria Cunard Line List of passengers May 21 1923 Cherbourg


Cunard line Berengaria New york to Cherbourg France 1923 passenger list

Cunard Line Berengaria 1923


In order to complete my research about the Seznec Affair, I am looking for the list of passengers  R.M.S.Berengaria from New York May 15 1923 to Cherbourg May 21 1923 and Southampton May 22 1923 Voyage 19 Eastbound. Captain W.R.D. Irvine.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

The Seznec Affair Storyline part 2 : Recap of events that led to the case in court

 The Seznec Affair : Recap of events that led to the case in court

The goal of this article is to briefly recall the known events until the court case (1923-1924)

1 Presentation of the protagonists


1.1/ Pierre Quéméneur 

Pierre quemeneur photo close-up

Pierre Quemeneur

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Colonel Turrou on french TV about Al Capone 1969


Leon Turrou 1969 French TV Dossiers de l'écran
 Colonel Turrou on French TV Dossier de l'écran


Leon Turrou The most comprehensive and accurate Biography

Leon Turrou Biography

by Bertrand Vilain



Leon Turrou Biography in English

(Bio de Turrou en Français)

Leon Turrou in 1939 France new Biography

Leon Turrou in 1939

This chronology is based on documents originating from numerous sources. These archives include files from the FBI, various United States government archives,immigration and customs, transatlantic ship manifests, newspaper articles including the New York Times as well as French newspapers.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Crime Most French Podcast about the Seznec Affair


Episode 6: the Seznec affair

In 1923, Pierre Quéméneur disappears on a trip to Paris with Guillaume Seznec to sell Cadillac cars left by the Americans after WWI to the USSR. His body is never found and follows a century of intrigue.

Hairy hands, Cadillacs, and murder. By Cedric interrupted by Melanie :