Category: The Men Who Killed 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


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

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