Was Chuck Barris an assassin working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the time he produced the Dating Game TV show and hosted television’s popular “The Gong Show”? In a later autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Barris himself reportedly claims to have spent close to two decades as a decorated covert assassin for the CIA, and that he killed over thirty people. This does not mean he “rang the gong” but that he actually killed them!
A movie based loosely on the Chuck Barris autobiography, directed by George Clooney and also entitled, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”, leans towards the interpretation that, yes, Barris was a CIA assassin, exactly as he claimed. (A different interpretation would be that Barris’s book is partly show-biz schtick.)
The book by Chuck Barris for some reason takes about a month to ship from Amazon, so my information on it is not first-hand. StraightDope.com has its own summary of the issue: In 1982 Chuck Barris published his book. Barris reportedly claimed that after chaperoning a winning couple from The Dating Game on their dream date in some foreign capital, he’d slip away and blow somebody’s brains out. Barris allegedly answered a want ad and was hired by CIA, “aced his training and was soon infiltrating a civil rights march in Selma, Alabama.” At about the same time, ABC decided to air The Dating Game.
But not said is if CIA influenced ABC’s decision on Dating Game as a way to give Chuck Barris, “CIA assassin”, the perfect cover. In a way, that and later shows like Gong Show might indeed have been “the perfect cover”, because Barris in 1982 could go so far as to admit his work for CIA and still there is lingering doubt. This situation is portrayed in the George Clooney film version: Chuck Barris, after finally marrying his long-time lady love, gathers his courage and decides to tell her the real truth: “Honey, brace yourself. I work for CIA. I kill people.” And how does his bride react? She bursts out laughing!
Another of these “scratch your head” type books is, The Report From Iron Mountain. Is it truly a leaked government report, published in 1967? Or is it a satire and spoof of government reports, as claimed by one Leonard Lewin in 1972? And was Leonard Lewin ever a guest on the Dating Game or the Gong Show? The late Sherman H. Skolnick apparently believed Report From Iron Mountain, which “points out that the war system makes stable government of society possible,” was not a hoax. (Source: Skolnick’s Commentary #2: The Iron Mountain)
Also in the “scratch your head” genre would possibly be The Spear of Destiny, by Trevor Ravenscroft. The “Spear of Longinus” which pierced the side of Jesus Christ carries an occult power due to its having been washed in the Lord’s blood. Adolph Hitler discovered this power of the spear and used it for black magic ceremonies. The Spear of Longinus was evacuated to a secret Nazi base in Antarctica, until it became time for the “Fourth Reich” — i.e., the European Union.
What does Chuck Barris possibly know about this? And does he dare tell all, now that he is in his sunset years? (See also my book, Tales of the Holy Lance, published by Lulu.com.)
A preliminary list of books in this head-scratching genre would be incomplete without mention of the Gemstone Files. Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire, was kidnapped and replaced by a double – L. Wayne Rector – in 1957. The Hughes double was under the control of shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. When President John F. Kennedy “welched” on a deal, Onassis had JFK murdered. In the mobster code, Onassis took JFK’s life, JFK’s girl (Jackie Kennedy), and JFK’s gun (the Pentagon).
You may possibly scoff at all of this, but how can you be really sure any or all of it is not true?