Category: John F Kennedy

The Men Who Killed Kennedy Pt 5

3 tramps in Dealey Plaza

“Very few people know of the incestuous relationship that existed and probably still exists at the moment between these various very powerful elements; organized crime, the intelligence community, the political, and the powerful business interests” -Chauncey Holt


The three tramps,  Montoya, Harrelson and Holt, sat through some soft ball questioning by the Dallas Polica.  They had the BATF ID’s which Chauncey had made back in Los Angeles and a story about working a gun running under cover operation.   They were free to go.

Soon after, two men showed up at Holt’s father in law’s place  looking for him, Chauncey decided to take cover in Mexico.  Getting picked up and photographed was not a good thing.  He had accidentally been photographed at one of Oswald’s “Free Cuba” events back in August and had caught holy hell for that gaffe.  This exposure was far more dangerous.

Holt flew down to Acapulco with two other CIA contract agents and took shelter in a safe house owned by the  esteemed and prosperous Los Angeles attorney, Frank Belcher.  It should be noted here that Belcher’s brother, T.A. Belcher, was an oil company owner as well as a CIA asset.  Belcher’s wife was the sister of Bob Reynolds.  Bob was Chief of Station at JM/Wave.  JM/WAVE was a high level CIA facility in Florida.  All in the family.

Warren Commission in a Nutshell

Belcher’s close associate,  attorney Joe Ball, would soon be named to the Warren Commission.  In an attempt to soothe Chauncey’s concerns, Belcher suggested that Chauncey speak to Joe Ball. Chauncey did so and Ball told Chauncey “not to worry since the sole purpose of the Warren Commission was to pin the assassination on Oswald”.  Anything else would be “swept under the rug.”  Ball was going to be in a position to make good on his promise due to his Warren assignment of Dealey Plaza and the book depository.  Ball was to be given personal oversight of these two critical hot spots. “Oswald acted alone” was to be the sole agenda and Joe was in position to make sure that the truth never seeped in to the Warren Report.

The CIA Purge of 1975-Rogue Agents

Chauncey remained in South America doing various Agency contract jobs until 1975 when the Agency purged itself of its rogue contract agents. What, one might ask,  prompted the CIA to purge itself at that particular moment in time?  Quite simply, scrutiny was coming to call.

House Select Committee on Assassinations-1975/76

By 1975, there had been ever so many controversial assassinations in America and irksome conspiracy theories were gaining traction with the American people.  Congress decided to convene The House Select Committee on Assassinations.  Preparatory work started in late 1975 but the committee gained full steam by mid 1976 when they began to focus on the Kennedy assassination..

The CIA suddenly felt compelled to clean house.  George Bush Sr. was appointed CIA Director in January 1976, right about the time that the House Select Committee began its hearings on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy.   This was the same George Bush who could not remember his personal whereabouts on November 22, 1963.  And surely, his appointment as CIA Director was no coincidence.  George’s job would be to manage the Agency’s dirty laundry relative to the JFK probe.  The American people were being guaranteed yet another white wash.

A Bush Thumb in Every Poison Pie

Let’s help him out, shall we?  See George, here is where you were the night before.  The Oilmen event started at 6:30 pm.  Don’t you remember staying in Dallas until the next day?  By the time that event was over with, by the time everybody was done with dinner, by the time the various attendees were done at the bar following the dinner, you tucked yourself in at the Sheraton.  Then you got up the next day, watched the ‘big event, hung around the book depository for awhile and then snuck off to a pay phone to make a very weird phone call.

Oil Drilling Convention-Nov 21, 1963-Dallas

Oil Drilling Convention-Nov 21, 1963-Dallas

“Sarah, if the American people ever find out what we have done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us”- George Bush Sr,

Given George’s tendency for forgetfulness, one wonders if he recalls the phone call he made at 1:45 pm on November 22, 1963, an hour and fifteen minutes after John Kennedy had had his brains blown out in Dealey Plaza, Dallas.  This would be the deliberately vague call that Bush Sr. placed providing a pathetically weak “lead” in the Kennedy assassination.

George dear,  that was an attempt to establish an alibi that you were in Tyler Texas at 1:45 pm on the day of the assassination.   1963 was long before cell phones and GPS .  George could have said that he was calling long distance from Guam.  No one would have been the wiser.  More likely, George was calling from a pay phone in Dallas.  Amusingly, he ended his call by stating that he was proceeding to Dallas. Texas and would remain in the Sheraton Dallas until the following day (November 23rd). at which time he would be returning home to Houston.

As we have already observed, George had arrived in Dallas the prior afternoon in order to attend the Oilmen’s Convention at the Sheraton-Dallas. The memorandum describing this ridiculous call was kept classified until a few years ago.  So now we know where George was on November 22, 1963. And we know that George was perfectly aware of where he was as well.  The murder of Kennedy was a coup d’etat with several key participants ascending to the Presidency in the years that followed, starting with Lyndon Johnson  LBJ was followed by Nixon, Ford,  and eventually, George Herbert Walker Bush, aka “Poppy”.

Here is the entire Bush memorandum:

The TellTale Heart

The TellTale Heart

Finding himself without an income following the CIA purge of 1975, Chauncey had to leave South America and subsequently returned to the States. He was imprisoned for mail fraud in 1977.   Once in prison, Chauncey was approached several times by the Feds who wanted him to roll over on Meyer Lansky.  Holt refused them.  The CIA sent someone to see him as well.  He was offered relaxed conditions in the prison and a generous stipend upon release if he would keep silent about his activities on behalf of the Agency.  He kept his silence until 1997.  Both Lansky and Licavoli were dead by this time.

They had both been very, very good to Chauncey.  It is reasonable to think that Chauncey held them in deep respect until they died, but that he had been waiting with a measure of repressed indignity.  It is also reasonable to believe that Chauncey did not know what he was involved in until it had all played out.  The CIA is notorious for its “need to know”.

Chauncey Holt chronicled his experiences in DVD format titled “Spooks, Hoods and the Hidden Elite”, completing it only eight days before he died at age seventy five.  He wanted us to know about the “incestuous relationship that existed and probably still exists at the moment between these various very powerful elements; organized crime, the intelligence community, the political, and the powerful business interests”.


upcoming:  The Mystery of Lee Harvey Oswald


John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

JFK and 3 year old John John- 10/15/63

JFK and 3 year old John John- 10/15/63

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  For those of us who are old enough to remember him, we understand the importance of this day.  For those who came along later, it might seem odd to keep making such a fuss after all this time.

This Is What You Missed

He made us proud of who and what we were.  He reminded us of our generosity, our humanity, our goodness.  He sent our young people as peaceful ambassadors to administer to the poor and the needy all over the world.  He called it the “Peace Corps“.   We helped people in far away lands learn how to tend their animals, rotate crops, increase their harvests and feed their communities.

Kennedy's Peace Corps

Kennedy’s Peace Corps

He challenged us to reach for the moon and he started our space program.  He made us believe in ourselves.  We could do whatever we aspired to do, we could prosper, we could grow, we could walk on the moon.

John started the moon program

John started the moon program

And when Dr. Martin Luther King needed protection from angry white mobs, as well as local police, attacking civil rights marchers in the south, he authorized his brother, Bobby, to send the National Guard.  Those were turbulent times.

Turbulent '60's

Turbulent ’60’s

Abuse of Civil Rights Protesters

Abuse of Civil Rights Protesters

It was a black and white world back then in more ways than one.

Child Crosses Color Barrier

Child Crosses Color Barrier

And this is how that ended:

The John F. Kennedy Assassination

The John F. Kennedy Assassination (Photo credit: Jesse757)



An entire nation died that day, not just a man.  Look around you now and ask yourself if you are proud to be an American.  In 1963, we were.

John John Saluting His Dad

John John Saluting His Dad

The Men Who Killed Kennedy Pt 4

Chauncey Holt’s confession- the Soldier of Fortune Meet

Chauncey and his painting of Kennedy, Ruby and Oswald

Around 10:30am on Nov. 22, 1963, Chauncey made a drop off of a satchel to an empty pick up truck that was parked in a police auxiliary lot between the book depository and the rear knoll parking area.  He had keys for both the police lot and the truck.   Chauncey got into the lot, unlocked the truck, and placed the satchel inside, then locked it back up.  The satchel contained various I.D.s, badges and Secret Service lapel pins, but no weapons.

U.S. Secret Service I.D. Badge

U.S. Secret Service I.D. Badge

He had supervised the production of the badges and IDs back at the Los Angeles plant as well as the special Secret Service lapel pins which change frequently for security reasons.  It had been Phil Twombly who had provided that day’s color code for the Secret Service lapel pins.  They contained the colors of the Texas state flag.

Texas state flag

Texas flag

Within a few minutes, he saw a familiar face, Homer Echeverria,  get into the pick up truck and drive away.  Those IDs sure came in handy when you think about how many people tried to get to the picket fence area of the knoll after the final shots .  Many testified that they had been stopped by men flashing Secret Service and CIA badges at them.  However, there were no official Secret Service nor CIA personnel stationed in that area at all.  All Secret Service detail was assigned to the motorcade that day.  Yet witnesses, including one of the Dallas police department motorcade detail, testified to being turned away by men in suits with Secret Service badges and I.D.

After his drop off to the pick up truck, Chauncey had a little time to kill, so he strolled over toward the corner of Houston and Elm and thought “it looked like a soldier of fortune meet” up there near the corner.  He saw Luis Posada, Freddie Lugo, Orlando Bosch and a few other familiar faces.  These were all professional hit men whom he had met on prior assignments.   Chauncey was becoming increasingly alarmed.  Twombly had told Chauncey that there was going to be some sort of disturbance, a pro Castro protest.  Maybe some shots would be fired.

Twombly apparently left out the small detail as to exactly which direction that the shots were to be fired, and at whom. Seeing so many crack shots gathered in Dealey Plaza made Chauncey very uneasy.

Gordon Arnold, Badgeman and Railroad Man Photo

Gordon Arnold, Badgeman and Railroad Man

Chauncey also noted a fellow dressed in some sort of military fatigues and a floppy type military hat.  He was possibly looking at Gordon Arnold who had just completed his basic training that day and had come to Dealey Plaza  straight from that training.  There has been much controversy surrounding Arnold’s allegation that he was on the knoll and that he felt two shots whiz past his left ear.  Critics have pointed to the lack of any photographic corroboration to his claims,  For all those years, Arnold felt safe, and he was… unlike so many other witnesses.  And unlike many other witnesses, Arnold never stepped forward with his story.  He had only told his story to a friend and was overheard doing so.  He was tracked down and it was only then that he told what he knew about that day in Dallas.

Mary Moorman photo of Kennedy's death

Original Mary Moorman photo of Kennedy’s death

Mary Moorman was standing right across the street, her camera aimed at the knoll.  People say that if Arnold’s story was true, he should have been visible in the Moorman photo.  So all this time, Arnold stayed in the background, not wanting to be noticed, just wanting to be safe.    Watch what happens when Arnold is shown an enhanced blowup of the photo taken by Mary Moorman.  There he was, a young soldier filming the motorcade with his mother’s camera, and he was standing right near one of the assassins, and never realized it:

I have read many highly persuasive refutations of the badgeman photo and I would support those but for one thing; the utterly genuine and palpable “holy shit” reaction from Arnold as he sees the blow up photos for the first time.  That is as real as it gets.  He is the only person who saw one of the assassination teams close up.  His description of the men he saw matches the description of deaf mute Ed Hoffman.  Hoffman saw from a distance these two men as they left the area; a man in a blue jacket and a railroad man in a hard hat.

According to Chauncey, Twombly had ordered him to stay in the area, to carry BATF credentials, and to take cover  in the ninth boxcar in the rail yard behind the knoll should things get out of hand.  As we know, things did get out of hand and Chauncey did have to take cover in boxcar number 9 along with Harrelson and Montoya.  That particular boxcar had been fitted to look as though it were locked, but it wasn’t.  According to Chauncey, police walked right past that car  many, many times and never tried the door…but then, they did…

The march of the three tramps

The march of the three tramps

To be continued

The Men Who Killed Kennedy Pt 3

Chauncey Holt’s Confession

The Godfather

The Godfather

Most of you have seen the movie “The Godfather”, so you know by now that the mafia has its code of conduct.  This code was also adopted by the CIA and was described by G Gordon Liddy many years after he had served time for the Watergate break in.  That code says “don’t rat out anybody, keep your mouth shut, do your time,  and somebody will come by with a car and a fat envelope for you on the day you get out”, or words to that effect.

Now, if it so happens that because of what you were ordered to do, and what you saw while you were doing it, and what you know happens to be enough to send everybody to the gas chamber,  you are in what we call a precarious position.  And that’s what Chauncey Holt found himself in following Nov. 22, 1963.  He had been a tight rope walker in a circus when he was young, and there he was out on that tightrope all over again.

Luckily for Chauncey, two of the family’s most powerful Dons had his back; Meyer Lansky and Peter Licavoli.  (Lansky actually had enough pull within the group to get a pardon granted from the other Dons on behalf of  Bugsy Siegal, but Siegal blew it all by himself a short while later).

Licavoli was also a very well respected member of the family and a very high ranking Don.  Chauncey liked both Licavoli and Lansky very much, and they genuinely liked him as well.  Lansky, who loved math, thought Chauncey was a math genius and Licavoli, who loved art, admired Chauncey’s art talent.

Chauncey Holt

And then there were attorneys Frank Belcher, powerful President of the California State Bar who had family connections to both big oil in Texas as well as to the the CIA (Belcher’s sister was married to George Reynolds. Reynold’s brother, Bob, was Chief of Station at the CIA facility JM/WAVE in south Florida which had run the covert operations against Cuba. Reynold’s father owned JA Belcher Oil Co in Texas), and to Joseph Ball (Warren Commission Counselor), and of course William King Harvey of ZR Rifle fame (ZR Rifle was the CIA’s original executive snuff team and Wm King Harvey was its head honcho).  In fact, Harvey actually went so far as to provide Chauncey with memos relating to Chauncey’s various orders and activities relative to Dallas and the steps leading up to it.  These sundry documents support Chauncey’s story rather nicely.

Wm King Harvey-Head of CIA ZR Rifle

Wm King Harvey-Head of CIA ZR Rifle

So, you see, Chauncey held a lot of real estate in “safe havens”.  Otherwise,  there would have been no video left by him and many damning details and clues would have been lost forever.  Look back at that list.  This guy Chauncey was in a class of his own when it came to snake charming .

James Files

Although Chauncey did not mention James Files and may not have been aware of him, no discussion of the Kennedy assassination would be complete without covering him.  Files is serving a life sentence in Joliet Prison.  When you watch this, keep in the back of your mind that he is there for life.  I will tell you why this is important after you finish the video:

An investigator named Joe West had started interviewing Files after receiving a tip from a retired FBI agent named Shelton.  Files had not admitted his role in the murder to West but he had given him a tip about the fact that a mercury round had been used, adding that traces of mercury could be likely be found in Kennedy’s casket because mercury does not break down.  He also mentioned that a casing was still behind the grassy knoll and that the casing would show signs of being bitten down on by human teeth.  A casing was located a few inches under the dirt just where Files said and it had been bitten, just as Files said.

West then filed a lawsuit demanding the exhumation of John Kennedy’s casket so that  tests for mercury could be performed.  That motion did actually make it to a judge but before the judge could issue a final ruling, Joe West had a heart attack (which he survived), but died a few days later from a “medication mix up” at the hospital and the lawsuit died with him.  As an aside, many years ago, my friend Richard Robard Hughes had told me that the CIA had various means of inducing heart attacks.  I never doubted that, nor should you.

If you look for m0re of the interview with James Files on YouTube, you will hear him say that he immediately broke the rifle down, placed it in its case, and calmly walked away toward the Dal Tex Building in Dealey Plaza where Roselli and Nicoletti were already waiting in a car.  Files says he placed the case behind the seat and drove away, letting Roselli and Nicoletti out of the car at a nearby gas station.  But Files has left something out, something very important.

Lee Bowers, who was described in the article “Curious Facts About the JFK Assassination”, had confided to friends that he had seen two men standing at the fence on top of the knoll…two men.  Ed Hoffman, the deaf mute that everybody ignored at the police station, said that he had seen two men there as well.  Hoffman says that one man was wearing a dark blue jacket and the other man was wearing a hat and a light colored shirt, possibly striped, that made him look like a railroad employee.  He saw the man in the jacket hand a rifle to the other man and he watched the second man break the rifle down and place it inside what looked like a toolbox.  The man in the jacket immediately strolled away toward the buildings and the second man walked away along the train tracks.  Files told the truth, but Files also lied.  He had a partner up there and there is every reason to suspect that this other man is still alive.  Files named all the others that he knew about because they are long dead…Sam Giancana, Roselli, Nicoletti, but he never mentioned the other person with him on that hill.

Files may not have been the shooter; he may have been the “railroad man” that the shooter in the jacket handed the rifle off to.  Being that he is in prison with a life sentence, it does him no harm to claim himself as the shooter, does it?  And in so doing, he is shielding the actual shooter.  That is staying within code.  That’s being a goodfella.

Files was 21 years old in ’63.  This is what they send to kill a U.S. President?  Cool Hand Luke or mafia lookout?  Which of those two tasks would you assign to a 21 year old?  As for me, I think I’d rather have a Corsican in my starring role.

As Files said. however, Nicoletti was in Dealey Plaza and Nicoletti was a shooter, and Nicoletti was positioned in the Dal Tex building (not the book depository).  Chauncey had mentioned that he was asked at the last minute to stop by Licavoli’s ranch in Arizona to pick up two passengers.  Chauncey was planning on flying everybody over to Dallas, but when he got to the ranch, his passengers had too much luggage and the luggage was very heavy…it was very, very heavy.  It was too heavy for the plane.

Licavoli had supplied a station wagon that was registered in  Chauncey’s  assumed name for that mission which was John O’Malley.   Chauncey’s passengers on the road to Dallas were Charles Nicoletti and Leo Masceri.

James Files said that he drove out of Dealey Plaza with Nicoletti and Roselli in the car.   Lee Bowers, a railroad employee stationed in a tower behind the plaza and knoll parking lot,  gave his testimony to police on the afternoon of Nov 22, 1963 in which he stated that he saw several cars in motion in the parking lot behind the knoll shortly before noon.

The first of these was a dirty 1959 Oldsmobile station wagon.  He described the driver as a middle aged white male with partly grey hair.  He noted that this car had an out of state license plate comprised of all numbers in black against a white background.  There was a Goldwater ’64 sticker in the back window.  Goldwater was Arizona state Senator who was the Republican candidate for President.  He ended up running against Lyndon B. Johnson.

The next car Bowers noticed was a 1957 black Ford with a Texas plate.  The driver was a white male was age 25-35 and was speaking into a mike or telephone.  Chauncey said that while he was in the back lot behind the knoll, he saw somebody he knew in a car there.  He said that he saw him speaking to somebody on a mike.  He said that man was Aldo Vera Serafin, one of the world’s foremost assassins and Cuban exile.

Imagine that.  Bowers was describing Serafin and Bowers was describing Chauncey Holt!  In so doing, Bowers was independently corroborating Chauncey’s account of that day.  Bowers went on to describe a third car that caught his attention that afternoon, a 1961 white Impala, also very dirty, also with that distinctive black numbers on a white background license plate, and also bearing a Goldwater ’64 sticker.  So, we actually have two cars in from Arizona in that back lot behind the knoll.  Chauncey did say that he saw somebody else back there that day that he recognized, but he only named Serafin.

Continued in The Men Who Killed Kennedy Pt 4

The Men Who Killed Kennedy Pt 2

The Confession of Chauncey Holt

E Howard Hunt compared with Chauncey Holt

E Howard Hunt compared with Chauncey Holt

In the photo to the right, most of the photos are of E. Howard Hunt.  The two center photos are of the “third tramp”, the tramp wearing the hat from the famous Dealey Plaza Three Tramp photo.  Notice Hunt’s distinctive mouth.  The left corner (your right) of Hunt’s mouth makes a sharp. downward turn in the four outer photos, but not the center two.  Chauncey Holt admitted that he was the tramp in the hat.   While there is definitely some resemblance, the tramp in the hat was not  E. Howard Hunt.

Lois Gibson, a forensic artist and face expert with an international reputation, concurs that the tramp in the hat was Chauncey Holt.  She also agrees with Chauncey’s testimony that his two companions were Richard Montoya and Charles Harrelson (actor Woody Harrelson’s father).    So, what were these three men doing there?  Did they kill Kennedy?

Chauncey had been busy following orders that were coming in from Phil Twombly.  He had prepared four sets of identification documents, each bearing the same photo, but each for a different name including the names Lee Harvey Oswald and Alex Hidell.

Identification for Alex Hidell

Identification for Alex Hidell aka Lee Harvey Oswald

These were to be delivered to Guy Bannister in New Orleans in August of 1963 along with a number of guns.  Trombly had also asked Holt to buy up every Mannlicher Carcano that he could find and bring them over to James T. Masen, a Dallas gunsmith.  Chauncey obliged.  Everybody got their goods and that was that.

The Mannlicher Carcano

The Mannlicher Carcano all tricked out with a wobbly scope

But there was another order that really had Chauncey wondering.  He received a shipment of bullets and they looked brand new, all shiny and fiery, as if they had just been cast.  But Chauncey had a keen mind and he noticed that these were not brand new.  They had been fired once, either into water or into soft wadding because he noticed ever so slight distortions in the shaping of these bullets.  For anyone familiar with the finding of the “pristine bullet” on Kennedy’s stretcher at the Parkland Hospital in Dallas, this should ring a rather significant bell.

According to Chauncey, these slightly distorted 6.5 caliber Mannlicher Carcano bullets were to be loaded into various casings.  One of these was a 264 Remington case which could be used in the excellent Remington 700, for example, instead of the very crappy Carcano.  They also were instructed to load some of these bullets into a 308 casing, also referred to as a “Mexican load”, making them suitable for a Remington 308, however, such a modification would guarantee total inaccuracy in spite of the Remington 308 being a highly accurate weapon.  All of the loaded bullets were delivered to James T. Masen, a gunsmith, in Dallas Texas in the summer of 1963.

Criminal and military experts in Poland analyzed the audio from the dictaphone that had been inadvertently left on in Dealey Plaza which recorded the sound of the shots.  They identified 5 shots from three different rifles and from three different locations in the plaza.  My goodness, that Oswald really got around!  They say that the third shot fired in the 5 shot sequence did come from a Mannlicher Carcano, but that the other four shots were not Carcanos.  They say that these other four shots came from German rifles…like a Mauser?  I will give you another video to support the Mauser concept in a minute.  Based on the oscilloscope tracings, I postulate that the first shot and the fourth shot were from a Mauser.  I also think that there was a Remington used for shots two and five. and a Carcano for shot three.  Here is the Polish analysis:

This next video is the testimony of Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig.  There were many attempts on Craig’s life following the Kennedy assassination.  After seeing the video, you will understand why.  Finally, in 1975, they were successful in taking this brave man’s life.  Surely, they could not afford to have him around for the US House Select Committee  on Assassinations that took place in 1976.  See with your own eyes what Craig and the other deputies really found in that book depository minutes after the shooting:   And here are examples of the Mauser and the Remington Fireball:

The Mauser 7.65

The Mauser 7.65

The Remington Fireball

The Remington Fireball

Continued in The Men Who Killed Kennedy Pt 3

The Men Who Killed Kennedy Pt I

The Confession of Chauncey Holt

The Three Tramps from Dealey Plaza

Photo of the three tramps picked up from the rail yard behind Dealey Plaza

Who the heck is Chauncey Holt?  I can almost hear you asking.  Well, did you ever see that famous photo of the three tramps taken a few hours after John Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas?  People have long speculated that the fellow in the hat was E. Howard Hunt, but it wasn’t.  It was Chauncey Holt.   Like E. Howard Hunt, Chauncey saved the best for last.  They both confessed to what they knew about that day in Dallas shortly before they died.  E. Howard Hunt swore that he was not in Dallas that day.

The tale that Chauncey told is long and extremely detailed.   He worked for Meyer Lansky as his accountant but got reassigned to yet more nefarious matters after a few years of keeping the books for Lansky.  He found himself going out on missions that involved the CIA as well as mob members.  Chauncey was a good pilot so he often flew mob men and CIA contract agents around, but he often was assigned small, seemingly insignificant roles such as deliveries.  Most times, he knew what he was delivering, he knew to whom he was delivering, but he rarely knew why.

In Chauncey’s own words, “Very few people know the incestuous relationship that existed and probably still exists  today between these various very powerful elements; organized crime,  the intelligence community , political and powerful business interests.  I thought the American public has the right to know as many of the details as I have available.”

In 1963, he was working for a company in downtown Los Angeles that the CIA had recently purchased.  The company printed forms, documents, and certificates and also made badges such as the kind that policemen and government agents carry.  The company was known for their quality and business was good.  Chauncey worked up on the top floor.  Not everybody was allowed on that top floor.  The “special jobs” were handled upstairs; the legit stuff came from the lower floors.

At that point, Chauncey was taking orders from a man named Phil Twombly.  Twombly, owner of a bank in Fullerton, Ca., had been the Coca Cola Corporation’s Chief of Operations in the Caribbean, so Chauncey knew that he was tied to the CIA.  Because of Coca Cola’s global popularity, the CIA had made good use of Coca Cola’s ability to set up operations in faraway places and Twombly was their man.

Fidel had set up shop in Twombly’s back yard.   Chauncey had noticed that money, which came through Twombly, got very tight in 1962, but the purse strings loosened up in a big, big way around late April 1963.  They were even able to purchase a small private plane and it was about this time that orders came through with instructions regarding items that were to be produced and delivered to a Mr. Guy Bannister in New Orleans.

These were all identification items for various names, but all with the same photo.  The various IDs were to be produced for the following names; Alex Hidell, Leon Osborn, Lee Henry Oswald and Lee Harvey Oswald.  And, oh yes, they needed one more thing…an official ID card for the Communist Party.

Continued in The Men Who Killed Kennedy Pt 2

John F Kennedy’s Camelot

John F Kennedy’s Camelot

“Don’t let it be forgot that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment,  that was known as Camelot”

Jacqueline Kennedy

As we discussed in the previous article “JFK in the Context of His Times”, John took office in January 1961 and immediately stepped into a wicked spider’s nest of clandestine, self serving corporate vermin.

He could have played along, joined them.  It would have been easier. But this man had already demonstrated remarkable heroism when his boat was sliced in two by a Japanese war ship.  To sum up an extremely trying ordeal, he rescued all of the surviving crew though very badly injured himself.

“Kennedy was later awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his heroics in the rescue of the crew of PT 109, as well as the Purple Heart Medal for injuries sustained in the accident on the night of 1 August 1943.  An official account of the entire incident was written by intelligence officers in August 1943 and subsequently declassified in 1959. As President, Kennedy met once again with his rescuers and was toasted by members of the Japanese destroyer crew.”

In 1956, Kennedy published a book, “Profiles in Courage” in which he told the stories of  Senators who risked their careers for their personal beliefs.  This man was an idealist through and through with a great core sense of personal responsibility.

Kennedy’s Camelot

King Arthur’s Mythical Camelot

It was clear from the very beginning that this was going to be a very different kind of presidency.  John Kennedy was forty three years old, a relatively young man at the time of his election. His wife, the elegant Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, was a woman of remarkable charm, poise, grace and taste.  Her sense of fashion set trends all over the world.  Charles De Gaulle, President of the French Republic, was utterly smitten with her, as was his nation.  After arriving there, in a speech, John had joked that he was “the man who had accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris”.   She was regarded as being quite intelligent and spoke French, Italian, Spanish and Polish.

Photos of Jacqueline continued to dominate magazine covers for many years after Jack’s death.  We just couldn’t bear to completely let go of them, so we clung to her.  We even clung to her after she married Aristotle Onassis,  though he seemed quite the troll to the rest of us.   And we kept on clinging until she died from chemotherapy in May of 1994.

Jacqueline was regal, she was stunning, and she was the closest thing that America has ever had to a queen.  Together, they hosted many White House dinners to which they invited the great artists and intellectuals of their time; poets, musicians, scientists authors.  Theirs was a beautiful kingdom and a gracious, magnanimous gift to all.

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jack and Jackie

John F Kennedy’s Legacy

The Peace Corp-For those of you who have not heard of it, just look it up. John Kennedy started it and it is a magnificent gift to both young American students and the under served poor all over the world.

U.S. Space Program-We reached the moon with this program that Kennedy started

Vietnam War-John Kennedy was working on keeping us out of the conflict, insisting on a policy of sending military advisers only.  It was LBJ who committed us to full blown war

Civil Rights-John and his brother Bobby started the legislative process which LBJ, to his credit and Senatorial muscle, saw to completion.

Executive Order 11110-This order remains on the books, although after his death, was never enforced.  It abolishes the Federal Reserve Board and gives the power to print our currency back to the U.S. Treasury.  Bills with a red seal and no mention of the Federal Reserve were in circulation at the time of his death, but quickly disappeared after LBJ was sworn in as President.

The Cuban Missile Crisis-As described in a previous article, Kennedy made it go away.

Not bad for a scant 1,000 days

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John F. Kennedy In the Context of His Times-The Cuban Missile Crisis

John F Kennedy Inaugural Ball Jan. 1961

John F Kennedy Inaugural Ball Jan. 1961

Before we go plunging any further down the rabbit hole, for those of you who didn’t have the good fortune of having him as your president, please permit me to tell you a little bit about JFK and his times (which were tumultuous).  General Dwight D. Eisenhower had been President immediately preceding  John Kennedy.  Eisenhower’s Vice President was Richard M. Nixon.  Nixon’s heart belonged to BeBe Rabozzo, but his career and his future belonged to Howard Hughes.

The young men of the fifties were the brave survivors of World War II.  They had done something awesome and now, they just wanted to find a girl, get married and raise some kids.   They were just thankful that they would have that chance.  These young men were the heroes of the free world.  They had prevailed against a string of truly evil dictators; Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler.

But in these times, oppressive prejudices paradoxically thrived.   African Americans rode at the back of the bus, and damn, they’d better not look at a white woman too long.  The Ku Klux Klan saw to it that certain rules got enforced in certain places.   Public drinking fountains were clearly labeled and the terms “African American” and “Black” did not yet exist.  Dark folks were called “Negroes” in those days and there was that other term, “Mulatto”, which seemed to convey something unfortunate.

Television was just starting to catch on and people struggled to save up to get one.  Well, credit cards didn’t exist yet.   That was back when you could only buy something with money you actually had.   All TV programs were broadcast in black and white.  The technology for color was yet to come.  Pretty much, all linens were white.  Pattern sheets also lay in the future along with the ballpoint pen.  We used fountain pens and messy bottles of ink.  If you left your pen in one spot too long, you’d leave a big blob of ink on your essay.  I don’t know how many school assignments I had to start over again.  The eventual introduction of the ballpoint pen made me delirious with joy, as did the invention of saran wrap.  Our moms wrapped our sandwiches in wax paper which wasn’t much good for keeping your sandwich from drying out.

In 1960, it seemed highly likely that Richard Nixon would be our next President.  But John Kennedy took the election by only 12,754 votes.  Illinois singlehandedly produced 75% of that thin margin (8,858).  The Mob was firmly entrenched in Chicago.  JFK’s dad, Joe, had made the family fortune running booze during the Prohibition and he had a few old pals up there who apparently could make dead people vote;  the ultimate in absentee balloting.  Keeping in mind that Hughes owned Nixon, that move was a big pie in the face to Howard, yes?  But don’t waste too much time feeling sorry for Howard.  Sooner or later, he always got what he wanted.

Oh, I almost forgot a very important thing about the fifties.  Communism was a very, very dirty word.  Just look up “McCarthy hearings” and you will see what I mean.  As far as Communism was concerned, you’d better not know one, you’d better not employ one and you’d damned well better not be one.

In Kennedy’s time, the American people had pretty much blind faith in their government which had successfully steered them through WWII.  FBI Director Herbert Hoover was the stalwart, bulldog protector of our domestic security.  Master of blackmail that he was, few at that time discussed his penchant for wearing ladies clothes and spending way too much time with his assistant, Clyde Tolson.  Ironically, little did Hoover suspect that the Mafia had photographs of Clyde and himself doing something special.  That’s what happens when you accept an invitation for a free getaway to a mob owned hotel.  In the fifties, that “something special” could make a man incredibly susceptible to blackmail, and often did.

Cuban revolutionaries Che Guevara and Fidel Castro

Cuban revolutionaries Che Guevara and Fidel Castro

Not long before the ’60 election, a fellow named Fidel took over Cuba, annexed all private property including Meyer Lansky’s casinos which was a very big surprise for Meyer.  He actually had given Castro some pretty hefty pre-revolution funding with the understanding that he was buying protection…but Castro turned out to be determined to create his idyllic Marxist wonderland …Fidel had a dream,  so Fidel kept the casinos.

Plans were rapidly put into motion by the Eisenhower administration to assassinate the lousy Soviet hugger. But they needed the cover of secrecy, so they sent the CIA off to do their thing.  The CIA had already developed a relatively cozy relationship with the Mob through drug smuggling missions which financially benefited both groups.  Now, the Mob wanted their casinos back and the government wanted their new commie neighbor dead.   Thus was born yet more delightful mutual interest.

The election was now looming before them and time was running out.  Maybe it was time pressure, maybe it was incompetence, or maybe Castro had a mole,  but every clandestine attempt on Castro’s life failed miserably.

And maybe the Mafia thought they had a shot at owning the Presidency instead of Howard Hughes.  Richard Nixon had been deeply involved in the planning of the Bay of Pigs invasion.  Nixon most certainly would have provided the necessary air cover for the ground invasion had he been elected, and probably would have started WWIII in the process.  The Russians were feeling very, very protective toward Fidel in those days.  To them, he was their puppet only 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

So imagine Kennedy’s shock when barely four months into his Presidency, he woke up to be told that in a few days, some CIA operatives and Cuban exiles were going to be needing some air cover for an invasion of Cuba…please sign this authorization, Mr. President.

Maybe Kennedy just couldn’t shake a vision of mushroom clouds erupting all over America.  He thought their plan unwise and thus the air cover never came.  Without the air cover, the invasion was a rout and a slaughter, leaving some of the nastiest and most vicious  people on the planet very, very pissed off.

Following the failed invasion, Russian missiles started arriving on Cuban shores.  The Cuban missile crisis had been born.  John Kennedy was left to stare down the volatile Soviet Premiere, Nikita Khrushchev.  As the very life of America hung in the balance,  we held our breath in collective terror as Kennedy sent our ships to form a blockade in the waters around Cuba.  It was quite an act of courage and eventually Nikita backed down and agreed to take his missiles back.

“On November 22, 1963, you lost the man who saved your life on October 17, 1962. At the height of the missile crisis, Kennedy’s generals and advisors were urging him to launch a first strike attack against Cuba. They assured Kennedy that the Russian missiles in Cuba were not nuclear and were not ready; but that he and they should quietly slip away to the safety of bomb shelters anyway, just to be safe; and then launch an attack, leaving the rest of us out to die. Kennedy thought about it. And then he told them that nobody was going anywhere. If anyone died, they would be the first to go, sitting as they were in the Whitehouse, the prime target of those Russian missiles. Together they then figured out a safer plan. Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense at the time, recently learned from the Russians that the missiles were armed, were ready, were nuclear, and that their commanders were authorized to use them in case of an attack. If you live in the northern hemisphere, the lives of your parents, and your future, were certainly saved by John Kennedy on that day. It matters that his killers be exposed.”  (quote taken from

Kennedy did that.  He turned back a nuclear confrontation, one that had been fomented by his predecessors, including the man (men) that he had stolen the Presidency from.  This man, ladies and gentlemen, was the hero of a generation.

John F Kennedy Oct 1962-this is the photo known as "The Loneliest Job"

John F Kennedy Oct 1962-this is the photo known as “The Loneliest Job”

To be continued…

Curious Facts About the JFK Assassination

Wake Up! JFK, The Last American President

Wake Up! JFK, The Last American President

What do these men have in common?

Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard Nixon

Gerald Ford

George Herbert Walker Bush

Of course, they all went on to become American Presidents.  But that is too obvious, so what else do they have in common?  11/22/1963…Let’s explore.

LBJ,  Nixon and G.H.W. Bush were all in Dallas that day but only LBJ had a clear recollection of being there (he was in a separate limousine in the motorcade).   Both Nixon and GWHB later stated that they couldn’t recall exactly where they were when the President got his brains blown out.   I remember that I was boarding my school bus in Bay Shore at age 13 when I heard that he had been shot, but these two future presidents just couldn’t recall.

As for Gerry Ford, he served on the greatest whitewash panel of our time, The Warren Commission.  It might also be important to note that G.H.W. Bush served briefly as Director of the CIA and was long time friend of George De Morenschildt, who in turn was a CIA asset and close friends with Lee Harvey Oswald, who in turn was the designated patsy in the presidential brain splatter caper.  De Morenschildt had helped Lee Harvey get that cool job at the book depository a few months earlier.  That’s what friends are for.

In 1976, George Herbert Walker Bush became CIA Director and promptly received a note of congratulations from his old pal De Mohrenschildt.  In that same note, De Mohrenschildt asks GHWB for help because he fears he flapped his lips too much and was being followed and phone tapped.  Six months later, on the day he was contacted by the House Select Committee on Assassinations about testifying, De Mohrenschildt committed suicide.  GHWB had written back that he could find no evidence of any Federal interest in him, but cannily adds at the end “ I can only speculate that you may have become “newsworthy” again in view of the renewed interest in the Kennedy assassination, and thus may be attracting the attention of people in the media. I hope this letter had been of some comfort to you, George, although I realize I am unable to answer your question completely. George Bush, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. “[CIA Exec Reg. # 76,51571 9.28.76]  Ponder that last sentence for a minute “ although I realize I am unable to answer your question completely”.  Just think about it…GHWB is answering this letter as Director of the CIA.  If he did know more, could he actually say so?   Not really…and certainly not in a letter.  One can take that last line two different ways.  Either GHWB really didn’t know any more than he stated or that he really couldn’t disclose it given his new post as super spook.

There is one last curious fact regarding De Mohrenschildt before we move on.  He had been lifelong friends with Jackie Kennedy’s family and he knew her pretty much all of her life.

The Cellmate’s story

Lee Harvey Oswald had a cell mate when he was first arrested named John Elrod.  Oswald told Elrod that he didn’t shoot anybody and that he had accompanied Jack Ruby a few days before to a motel where money changed hands in exchange for guns.  Oswald had been a witness to Ruby’s gun running .  As for poor Elrod, his arrest report had curiously vanished from the Dallas police files so the FBI discounted his testimony saying that Elrod was never in custody, so his story had no credibility.

The Infamous Grassy Knoll

Immediately following the last and fatal shot, dozens of people standing near that knoll rushed the area of the picket fence at the top.  Dozens of them testified that they had heard that last shot come from the knoll, not the book depository where Oswald was working further up the street.  Witnesses who had been standing off to the side some 30 feet from the knoll testified that they had seen a puff of smoke that hung in the air in front of the picket fence at the top of the knoll.

A deaf mute, Ed Hoffman, had stopped his car on the side of the freeway that ran behind the knoll and he said that he saw two men walk away from the knoll. One was wearing a blue jacket and he carried a rifle.  Hoffman saw the blue jacketed man hand off the rifle to another man who was dressed in a railroad uniform shirt.  He saw the second man quickly take the rifle apart and place it in a tool box and walk toward the railroad tracks.  Witnesses who stormed the knoll reported that they had seen lots of cigarette butts, footprints in mud, and muddy prints on the bumper of a car, all behind the fence at the top of that knoll.

Excellent Dealey Plaza map Dallas Texas

Excellent Dealey Plaza map, Dallas Texas

Lee Bowers, a railroad employee, was stationed in the fourteen foot railroad tower just behind and north of the grassy knoll.  At 12:30pm on Nov 22, 1963, he saw a flash and a puff of smoke from the area of the wooden fence on top of the grassy knoll.  Four months after giving a recorded statement to Kennedy assassination researcher Mark Lane, eyewitnesses say that Bower’s car was forced off the road by a black car and he crashed into a bridge abutment.  He died of his injuries four hours later, but not before telling emergency personnel that he felt that he had been drugged when he stopped for coffee a few miles back.

A friend of Lee Bower some years later told the “rest of the story”.  Lee had seen far more than he told.  He had actually witnessed a car pull up behind the fence.  Two men got out with rifles and one got up on the car.  He saw both men fire.  Bower received no autopsy and he was promptly cremated.  His death certificate is curiously missing from the public records and his insurance company refused to pay stating that his death “was not accidental”.

Lee Harvey Oswald being shot by Jack ...

But here is the cherry on the top of the conspiratorial sundae.  Approximately one hour before the Kennedy motorcade was to make its approach to the grassy knoll, Julia Ann Mercer was stuck in a traffic jam right at the grassy knoll.  There was a green pick up truck next to her.  She saw a man take a rifle from the back of the truck and walk up the grassy knoll.  She assumed at the time that this was a secret service agent getting into position to protect the president.  She continued on her way not giving it another thought, but after Kennedy was shot, she filed a report with the FBI.  Several days later, when photographs of Jack Ruby hit the front page of the newspapers, she realized that the man removing the rifle from the back of the pick up truck was Jack Ruby.  Ruby, most likely, was not one of the shooters.  He was merely delivering the weapons.  There is a storm drain behind that fence.  Most likely, he hid the rifle there or delivered the rifle to a shooter who was to be positioned under the sidewalk at ground level.  One other shooter and an assistant arrived later and took position behind the fence, one standing on the bumper of a car, as several witnesses testified.  No doubt, there was another shooter in the book depository, but it was not Oswald.  He was observed in the lunch room drinking a coke just before the motorcade drove by.  And there is a very controversial photo snapped by a person in the Dealey Plaza crowd that shows Oswald standing in the front doorway of the book depository just as the motorcade begins to drive past.

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