Email #6 (History Detectives)

Dear History Detectives,

I have an investigation that’s right up your ally with major national historic implications. I have a sword that I believe to be Hideki Tojo’s Seppuku Sword.  I have strong evidence, but would like it confirmed.

The Sword comes to me be by way of a former C.I.C. Agent (now deceased) that was one of the agents that apprehended Tojo in his famous capture / suicide attempt.

Here are the facts:

•   I can confirm he was one of the C.I.C. agents that apprehended Tojo. I have pictures in magazines that place him at the scene, and I’m waiting on military records.

•   I have his honorable discharge, which lists his rank and confirms his C.I.C. status.

•   The C.I.C. Agent wrote his wife (several times) about the incident and sword from Japan in 1945.  I have the letters and notarized affidavits from his wife that they are genuine.

•   I have notarized transcripts  and recordings of the C.I.C Agent explaining how he got the sword.

•   The sword itself fits the bill. It is several hundred years old, of amazing quality, and a portion of the handgard is solid gold (looks like about ½ oz).  It is decorated with golden tigers, which, as I understand it, indicates a high ranking official.

•   I also have about 2000 pages of text (e.g. letters) and  pictures that are from his time in the war that I’ve yet to go through.

I have been aware of the sword’s existence for a great deal of time as I knew the C.I.C. Agent. However, I purchased it only last year at the Agent’s estate sale.

Please feel free to  contact me via email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or phone at (XXX) XXX-XXXX (Day or early evening EST)



PS love the show!!

Comments (4)

GreggDaveyMarch 25th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

No response from History Detectives. I’m resubmitting my email.

Gregg DaveyMarch 26th, 2010 at 10:46 am

After re-submitting my query along with the link to this blog to History Detectives, I got a call today (March 26th, 2010) from someone from the show (Margot). She asked that I send her some pictures of the sword and she’ll do some more research to see if they are interested in producing a show about its history. She indicated it would take a few weeks at least before she knew, and that she’d get back to me then.

Gregg DaveyMarch 27th, 2010 at 6:17 am

This the follow-up email I send to History Detectives.


Attached are the pictures you requested. Note that the piece by the base of the sword appears to be 24k gold (it’s soft).

Additionally, to further your question on what more I’d like to know…

1) The evidence I have while conceptually elegant, is not concrete. I’d like something proof positive that ties the sword to Tojo. So, in essence, is James’ accounting true?
2) I’d like to know the history of the sword, who made it, when, and how Tojo came to own it?
3) Also, I’d like to know anything more that can be discovered about James Thomson’s activities during the occupation. The information I have laves a huge amount of unanswered questions about his work. The letters home I have mention him integrating Tokyo Rose, closing down the Bank of Japan, chasing down secret societies, but with not enough detail to quench my curiosity of what happened over there. There is a lot of mystery here.

Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions.


GreggDaveyDecember 24th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Nearly a year later I got a response from History Detectives…

“Hi Gregg,

I’m sorry to say that after much discussion here, it was decided that this wouldn’t make a good story for History Detectives.

Thank you so much for submitting though, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Erin Browne”

So, it looks like I’ll have to do my own leg work.

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