This just in. Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
And it's a good thing, too. Were Franco still alive, he'd be giving Freemasons fits. His hatred of Freemasonry bordered on the obsessive, a new book, Franco Contra Los Masones (Franco Against the Masons), claims.
Franco, dictator of Spain from 1936 until his death in 1975, saw Freemasonry as a threat to his power. He blamed Masons for Spain's loss of their colonies in Africa. He deplored them for their part in the rise of secularism.
In 1940, after the devastating Spanish Civil War, Franco made membership in the Masonic order a crime punishable by six years in jail.
Franco had a female spy in his employ to report on activities of the Masonic secret society. Known only as "Anita de S," she was married to a leading Freemason. Anita lived in Portugal, base for the exiled Spanish Freemasons.
Authors Xavi Casinos and Josep Brunet discovered letters from Anita to Franco about the Masons' activities.
It is thought Franco loathed the Masons because they refused him membership.
The book also claims Franco invented a journalist, Jakim Boor, who interviewed the dictator in the newspaper Arriba, often attacking the Masons. Boor was Franco himself.
To recap our top story: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
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