Mystery Solved: Glenn Jamboretz Was Behind Brentwood's Most Bizarre Election Ever
Saunders and three of her political supporters checked their mail in March 2012 to find someone had sent them the book "The Caine Mutiny," a 1952 political satire about sailors who turn against their cowardly, paranoid captain.
No one knew what to make of it, especially when the mail kept coming. The next day, the foursome received a jar of strawberry jam. Finally, some marbles.
The anonymous packages were marked with phony return addresses.
"I don't know if that meant I was losing my marbles," Saunders told Patch.com. "I really don't know what they were trying to get at."
Doug Miner, a journalist at Patch.com at the time, remembers thinking some out-of-touch elderly woman must be sending the items.
"It was really out there," Miner says.
In Jamboretz's mind, the three items were clearly and logically connected. The captain in "The Caine Mutiny" shows his excessive paranoia after some of his strawberries are taken, hence the jam. The captain also obsessively and distractedly plays with marbles, and in the film adaptation of the novel, Humphrey Bogart's restless jiggling of the marbles led to the common colloquialism "to lose one's marbles."
Jamboretz says the obscure literary symbols were an expression of what he and a few friends thought of candidate Saunders.
"The woman has a temper issue," Jamboretz says. "She's bipolar. This woman is written up all the time for her belligerent terrorism."
Jamboretz admits he was the one behind the robocalls, book, jam and marbles. It's what he mailed out next that got in in trouble with the state.
A group of four or five city employees, including a firefighter, police officers and Jamboretz, decided to send out three anonymous mailers discouraging Brentwood's women voters from supporting Saunders. He says he targeted women because "they're the most sensitive to voting."
One of those mailers accuses Saunders of being a narcissist because her campaign literature included the pronoun "I" nine times.
Another mailer compares Saunders to Carrie Nation, a woman who attacked Kansas saloons with a hatchet in the 1900s.
Between the robocalls and the mailers, Jamboretz paid more than $950 in election materials, and Missouri law says you can't spend that much without registering as a committee first.
Missouri Ethics Commission Another mailer sent by Jamboretz and crew
"We made some mistakes," says Jamboretz. "Under the State of Missouri's ethics committee, I had to file with the committee. I didn't know I needed to do it."
He likens the offense to speeding.
"I didn't know the speed limit was 30 miles per hour," he explains. "I thought it was 40."
Jamboretz will end up paying a $1,000 fee.
"We just had some fun with it, and I paid the price," he says.
Only one mystery remains: Saunders claimed she found a dead, pregnant possum on her porch at the same time as the robocalls and mailers. She told Patch.com it looked like it had been poisoned.
Jamboretz says he didn't have anything to do with the possum.
"I have no idea what she's talking about," he says.
Continue reading for the full report from the Missouri Ethics Commission.