Mussolini’s brain is missing: discovered for sale on Ebay!

Mussolini's brain has been discovered for sale on Ebay

Those of us that remember Spitting Image’s series of sketches showing Ronald Reagan’s brain as missing will be interested to hear the news that Mussolini’s brain in missing.

Knowing that Mussolini was an MI5 agent came as quite a shock recently, but apparently stranger news has revealed that his brain has appeared on Ebay for 15,000 Euros.

His remains, apparently contained in three glass vials, had apparently been stolen from a hospital in Milan, where an autopsy was conducted on his body, following his execution, by partisans at the end of the Second World War.

However, due to Ebay rule, which do not allow the sale of body parts on their website, it has been taken down from the website.

Commenting, his granddaughter, Alessandra Mussolini, a right-wing Italian MP said;

“I was advised this morning that pieces of my grandfather’s brain and some of his blood were being sold on eBay for 15,000 euros.

“This is very serious, these are the kinds of things we have to guard against,” said the former show girl.

Find out more about the sale here.

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Mussolini was an MI5 Agent, which Liberal MP was a CIA Agent?!

Mussolini was financed by MI5 according to new research

Mussolini was financed by MI5 according to new research

‘No more coals to Newcastle, no more Hoares to Paris,’ was how King George V welcomed Anthony Eden as the new Foreign Secretary following the news of Britain’s rejection of the Hoare-Laval Pact, which had sanctioned Italy’s annexation of Abyssinia, and effectively ended the authority of the League of Nations.

Samuel Hoare would now appear to have previous with Benito Mussolini. As well as being responsible for coining one of the King’s most memorable political quotations, he apparently financed Mussolini, then a journalist, paying him £100/week (the equivalent of £6,000/week in today’s money) to argue for Italy’s continued involvement in the First World War. Hoare, later the Foreign Secretary, was at the time Britain’s man in Rome.

Mussolini, who wished to maintain Italy’s involvement in the war, would use former soldiers to act as vigilantes against those who wished to see Italy withdraw from the war.

Within just a few short years Mussolini came to power as Italy’s fascist dictator, backed by his black shirts.

This reminds me of the stories surrounding Peter Bessell, the Liberal MP for Bodmin, who was apparently, according to his memoirs, both a CIA and BOSS agent during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.  You wonder quite what intelligence either of these two would have gathered for their paymasters!

More on this story about on Mussolini can be seen in The Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/13/benito-mussolini-recruited-mi5-italy