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    Doug Brunt: The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel

    enSeptember 25, 2023

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    • The Man Behind the Diesel Engine: Rudolph Diesel's Mysterious DisappearanceRudolph Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, is often overlooked despite his significant impact on transportation. His mysterious disappearance in 1913, just before WWI, remains a mystery, with theories ranging from suicide to foul play.

      Rudolph Diesel, the man behind the invention of the diesel engine, is not as well-known as his invention despite its significant impact on transportation. Diesel, who invented the engine in 1897, is often overlooked, with his name being commonly misspelled and his fame overshadowed by the engines that bear his name. However, Diesel's importance comes to light when we learn about his mysterious disappearance in 1913, just before World War I. Despite being as famous as modern-day tech entrepreneurs at the time, Diesel's disappearance from a passenger ship going from Belgium to Great Britain was largely written off as a suicide. Yet, the true circumstances surrounding his death remain a mystery. The author, Doug Brunsky, in his upcoming book "The Mysterious Case of Rudolph Diesel," sheds light on this intriguing historical figure and his disappearance, revealing the massive deficit of appreciation for the man behind the diesel engine.

    • Competition between Diesel Engines and Standard Oil, Rockefeller and Kaiser Wilhelm under SuspicionRockefeller's Standard Oil faced competition from diesel engines using vegetable oils, while Germany's oil imports made Kaiser Wilhelm a suspect in Diesel's disappearance.

      During the early 1900s, there were two major figures, Kaiser Wilhelm and John D. Rockefeller, who were suspected of having a motive in the mysterious disappearance of Rudolph Diesel. The reason people believed Rockefeller might be involved was due to the emerging competition between diesel engines, which could run on vegetable oils, and Rockefeller's Standard Oil, which primarily dealt with kerosene and gasoline. At the time, New York City even had a fleet of electric taxi cabs, and Rockefeller had made his fortune through kerosene. In contrast, Kaiser Wilhelm was suspected due to Germany's growing dependence on oil imports, and Diesel's diesel engine could potentially reduce this dependency by using locally grown vegetable oils. This competition and potential threat to their respective industries could have made both men consider eliminating Diesel.

    • Early 20th century: Rockefeller and Wilhelm II saw Diesel as a threatRockefeller feared Diesel's engine tech threatened fuel monopolies, while Wilhelm II sought Diesel's expertise for naval expansion, making Diesel a valuable asset for Britain and causing tension between Germany and the US.

      During the early 20th century, both John D. Rockefeller and Kaiser Wilhelm II saw Rudolf Diesel as an existential threat to their respective interests. For Rockefeller, Diesel posed a threat to his fuel monopolies with his advanced engine technology that could break the American dominance in the fuel market. Meanwhile, for Wilhelm II, Diesel's expertise in diesel engines was crucial for Germany's naval expansion and imperial ambitions, as diesel engines were the only viable option for powering submarines. This made Diesel a valuable asset for Britain, further fueling the tension between Germany and the United States. Ultimately, Diesel's technology and influence transcended national borders and geopolitical tensions, leaving a lasting impact on the global energy landscape.

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    • The Mysterious Disappearance of Rudolph DieselA five-year investigation uncovered new evidence and theories about the mysterious disappearance of Rudolph Diesel, a significant figure in industry and war, whose case has been largely ignored in history.

      Ben Shapiro's guest, Doug, shared his intriguing investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Rudolph Diesel. Initially, Doug believed it was a suicide, but as he delved deeper into the case, he became captivated by the story. He spent five years researching in archives across Europe and America, discovering conflicting testimonies and significant details often overlooked. None of the existing theories made sense, so Doug developed his own theory, which former British Secret Service and CIA members validated. The case of Rudolph Diesel, a significant figure in industry and war, has been largely ignored in history. Doug's investigation uncovered numerous treasures in the form of scraps of paper and other documents that supported his conclusion. The result is a compelling book that sheds new light on this intriguing historical mystery.

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