Pond Scum Intelligence Service

The Ochelli Effect 8-29-2019 Carmine Savastano

The Pond was a secret espionage organization meant to remain small and secretive from its inception in 1942. Methods and tactics utilized by the organization ultimately brought about its demise in 1955.

The anti-communist activities of The Pond wind up playing a role in the Red Scare. Sometimes Paranoia is not a bad thing until it consumes the practical mind.

At one point they even use a serial killer as an asset. Marcel André Henri Félix Petiot (AKA Dr. Satan) was a French doctor and serial killer, convicted of multiple murders after the remains of 23 people were found in his home. He is suspected of the murder of around 60 victims during his lifetime. Chuck contends it is likely there is an unknown trail of bodies that will remain a mystery.

Jean (John) Valentin Grombach headed the Pond and is an interesting character who clashed with and eventually was forced to work with rivals in intelligence circles that have names we are quite familiar with.

Carmine does an interesting job creating the timeline of events that lead to the rise and fall of the rarely acknowledged piece of US Intelligence history.

Pond Scum Intelligence Service

Carmine’s References:
R 1: Mark Stout, April 14, 2007, The Pond: Running Agents for State, War, and the CIA: The Hazards of Private Spy Operations, Center for the Study of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, cia.gov
R 2: Before the CIA, There was the Pond, July 29, 2010, CBS News, cbsnews.com
R 3: Memo from John V. Grombach, February 1, 1950, Central Intelligence Agency Library Reading Room, cia.gov
R 4: State Department memo on James McCargar, May 21, 1987, CIA, cia.gov

Pond Scum Intelligence Service

Carmine Savastano

Tune In to the 24/7 Stream from Ochelli.com to hear Replays Special Shows, Selected Music and The Evolving Vanguard of New Shows @ http://tun.in/sfxkx with the TuneIn App.

Thanks to all our listeners and contributors for your support, The Ochelli Effect would not be here without you!

Please contact us here at The Ochelli Effect, or if you want to contribute in some way, please do the same.

Join us in Ochelli ChatRoom for live shows every weekday 8 pm – 10 pm Eastern Time.

Pond Scum Intelligence Service – The Ochelli Effect 8-29-2019 Carmine Savastano