Who Was Behind the Assassination of JFK?
Fidel Castro (Cuban President), Carlos Marcello (New Orleans mobster), Sam Giancana (Chicago mobster), and Antonio Veciana (Alpha 66), all were behind the assassination of JFK. They didn’t conspire as a group, nor did they work together. As bizarre as it sounds, each of these individuals and the entities they represented, worked independently to kill Kennedy. And it’s highly likely that none of them were aware of the plots carried out by the others. What a crazy day it was in Dallas with six different assassins sent there by their handlers, unaware of the presence of the others.
Because there were so many hired guns in Dealey Plaza that day, no one can say for sure exactly which shooter killed Kennedy. We know that the Cuban girl got off a shot that hit Kennedy, but so did at least two others.
Who Actually Shot JFK?
Pilar Rivera (aka Patty Montoya, Lana Diorio), a Cuban agent who infiltrated the Carlos Marcello organization in New Orleans, and was actually hired and paid by Marcello to assassinate JFK. From her fashion design office on the third floor of the Dal-Tex Building, she fired one shot that hit JFK in the back of the head. Her weapon was a Russian Mosin rifle with a silencer and low-velocity subsonic ammunition that made no sound.
While Marcello was imprisoned in 1985, he admitted to hiring someone to kill JFK. He told a fellow prisoner, “Yeah, I had the son of a bitch killed. I’m glad I did. I’m sorry I couldn’t have done it myself.”
Charles Nicoletti, a mob hit man sent by Chicago mobster Sam Giancana. From an office on the fourth floor of the Dal-Tex Building, Nicoletti fired one shot from a rifle with a silencer. The shot missed entirely and hit the turf in the grassy area between Elm and Main. He claims that his shot was the one that hit Kennedy in the head. Johnny Roselli who was assisting him picks up the spent cartridge, and the two men immediately exit the building via the back stairs. Nicoletti has the rifle tucked under his jacket. The two men go directly to a get-away car Jimmy Files has parked on Houston Street right next to the Dal-Tex Building.
Richard Caine and Milwaukee Phil Alderisio were a second team of shooters sent by Sam Giancana. Caine fired one shot from behind the pergola on the south side of Commerce Street in front of the triple underpass. Caine’s shot went through the front windshield of the presidential limousine and hit Kennedy in the throat. Sam Giancana admitted to hiring Caine and Alderisio.
Jimmy Files was the third shooter sent by Sam Giancana. Files fired one shot from behind the picket fence on the north side of the grassy knoll that hit Kennedy in the head. His shot caused Kennedy’s head to explode. FIles confessed to the shooting and also implicated Charles Nicoletti, Johnny Roselli, Jack Ruby, Lee Harvey Oswald and David Atlee Phillips (CIA handler).
Malcolm “Mac” Wallace was another shooter hired by Carlos Marcello. Wallace fired three shots from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository (east end). The first shot missed entirely and struck the curb near the triple underpass on Commerce Street. A chip of concrete flew up and hit bystander James Tague on the cheek. His second shot missed Kennedy but hit John Connally. His third shot missed everything and lodged in the turf between Elm and Main. Wallace, who is famous for his screw ups, was originally slated to be the patsy, but when Lee Harvey Oswald inexplicably left the TSBD, the plan was quickly changed to point the finger at Oswald. Wallace leaves a fingerprint on one of the boxes by the sniper’s nest.
Herminio Diaz Garcia and Emilio Santana were two Cuban dissidents sent by Antonio Veciana, head of the radical anti-Castro Alpha 66 group. The two men posed as construction workers laying new flooring on the fifth and sixth floors. Building owner D. H. Byrd added the two men to the crew the day before the shooting, supposedly to do some finishing work on the fifth floor. From an open window at the west end of the fifth floor, Diaz fired one shot that hit Kennedy in the right shoulder.
A total of eight shots were fired at JFK that day. Four of them found their mark. We will never know which shot actually killed Kennedy thanks to the theft of JFK’s body and the bogus autopsy performed at the direction of the Secret Service.
Who Did Not Kill JFK?
Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill Kennedy. Forget just about everything you’ve heard about Oswald. Most of it is wrong. Oswald didn’t kill Kennedy. He probably didn’t even fire a shot. He claims he didn’t bring the gun into the Texas School Book depository.
Oswald is definitely a patsy, but it isn’t planned in advance. The real patsy is a guy named Malcolm Wallace, a bungling hitman who had carried out several murders on behalf of Vice-President Lyndon Johnson. Wallace screws up every job he’s given, and Johnson always seems to have to come back after the fact and pull Wallace out of the fire. Why Johnson keeps hiring him is anyone’s guess. Carlos Marcello knows about Wallace’s many miscues, so he thinks Wallace would be the perfect guy to take the rap for killing Kennedy. But as luck would have it, Wallace slips away without getting caught. Oswald only becomes the fall guy by default, and he brings it all on himself.
To begin with, Oswald is not supposed to leave the TSBD. Why would he leave? Even if he had been the shooter, there is absolutely no reason for Oswald to flee. He is an employee in the TSBD. He has a good reason to be there. Had he simply stayed put and acted like all the other people who worked in the building, he never would have come under suspicion. He only becomes a suspect when he leaves the building. Once Oswald goes on the lam, he sets himself up to be the patsy. Using their CIA connections, the mobsters who actually killed Kennedy set out to pin the rap on Oswald. If he’s dumb enough to set himself up, they might as well take advantage of it. But they have to act fast, and in their haste, they make their own mistakes.
The photo of Oswald in his backyard with the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle has been proven to be a fake, with retouching so amateurishly done as to be laughable — yet good enough to fool members of the Warren Commission, the FBI, the Dallas Police Department and Life Magazine. Of course, all of these entities are involved in the cover-up, so you’d expect them to go along with a fake photo of Oswald holding what they claim is the murder weapon.
Oswald’s palm print on the rifle also is questionable. First reports from the Dallas Police Department say that no fingerprints are found on the rifle. Later they discover that a Dallas Police Officer had earlier lifted a palmprint off the barrel.
Carlos Marcello knows of Oswald through Charles “Dutz” Murret, one of his bookies in New Orleans back in the 1950s. Murrett is Oswald’s uncle (Murrett’s wife is Marguerite Oswald’s sister) When Oswald was a teenager, he occasionally filled in as a bag man for his Uncle Dutz to deliver gambling proceeds to Marcello.
Marcello also knows that Oswald is a Castro sympathizer. When Marcello learns that Oswald is a suspect in Kennedy’s shooting, he realizes that Oswald will make the perfect patsy, and maybe best of all, it will smack of Castro’s involvement.
What Marcello doesn’t know, however, is that Oswald is a low-level operative for the CIA. His pro-Castro work in New Orleans is merely a front. Oswald has been assigned the task of infiltrating Castro’s spy network in New Orleans and disrupting their activities. He tries to set up a New Orleans chapter of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, a front organization that’s used to disseminate secret messages to Cuban spies in the U.S.
Sadly, Oswald is a naive young man who truly believes he is serving his country. In truth, he is a low-level grunt, and his handler in the CIA, David Atlee Phillips, is using him to do a lot of dirty work.
Why Did Lee Flee?
Oswald sets everything in motion when he leaves the TSBD. Why he leaves is anybody’s guess. Maybe he fears that he somehow will be tied to JFK’s shooting by virtue of the fact that he works for the CIA. Whatever the reason, Oswald does not seem to be thinking clearly. He is driven by panic, not logic.
When Oswald first leaves the School Book Depository, he walks north on Houston Street alongside the TSBD. Where he’s headed is anybody’s guess. Houston Street dead-ends a few hundred feet north of the TSBD at the railroad tracks. Maybe he’s trying to get to the parking lot where Wesley Frazier parked his car. He doesn’t seem to have a plan, which might indicate his escape was unplanned.
When Oswald reaches the back of the TSBD near the loading dock, he abruptly turns around and walks south, back toward Elm Street. The reason for his about-face is unclear. It’s possible that he sees Jimmy Files coming from the grassy knoll to the get-away car he earlier parked beside the Dal-Tex Building, and Oswald doesn’t want to cross paths with him.
Buell Frazier, now standing across Elm Street, sees Oswald walking south on Houston and wonders where he’s going. Frazier loses sight of Oswald in the large crowd that has gathered on the corner of Elm and Houston.
Oswald crosses Houston and walks east on Elm Street for six or seven blocks. Then he suddenly changes his mind again and gets on a bus headed for Oak Cliff. The bus he boards has to go west, back to Dealey Plaza, then turn south on Houston Street to get to Oak Cliff. When the bus gets stuck in traffic, Oswald gets off the bus between Griffin and Lamar. He walks south on Lamar Street to the Greyhound Bus station and hails a cab that takes him to his rooming house at 500 North Beckley. However, he gets out of the cab at 700 North Beckley and walks two blocks up the back alley to his rooming house. Apparently, he thinks someone is watching his house. And he’s right. Officer J.D. Tippit has been sent to find him.
Oswald arrives at his rooming house around 1:00 p.m., before Tippit gets there. He leaves less than three minutes later. He is there just long enough to retrieve his pistol — or pistols.
As Tippit is driving along East 10th Street near Patton, he sees Oswald walking on the sidewalk. Tippit pulls up and stops alongside Oswald and steps out of his patrol car. Oswald immediately recognizes Tippit and knows why he’s there. Tippit starts to draw his sidearm as he walks around the front of his car toward Oswald. However, Oswald beats him to the draw and opens fire. He fires four shots in rapid succession, hitting Tippit in the chest and head. Then Oswald runs off down the street, emptying the spent cartridges from his pistol as he runs, apparently planning to reload.
Frantic to get off the street as quickly as he can, Oswald runs inside the Texas Theater on West Jefferson Boulevard without paying. A bystander sees Oswald run into the theater and calls the police. Oswald is arrested there about 10 minutes later.
Curiously, the first police officers to arrive at the scene of the Tippit shooting on 10th Street find a pistol which they claim is possibly the weapon used to shoot Tippit. News footage shows an unidentified officer examining the pistol as he holds it in his hands. If this pistol is indeed evidence, the officer doesn’t seem to be too worried about smudging fingerprints, just one of dozens of cases of law enforcement officials violating proper investigative procedures. A bigger issue, however, is whose guns is this? Is it Oswald’s? Is it a “throw-down” gun that police carry for planting evidence? Or does it indicate that there was more than one person involved. Some witnesses say they saw two men kill Tippit, neither of which was Oswald.
Another unanswered question about Oswald’s flight is where is he going? Some theorists have suggested he is trying to get to the Texas Theater on W. Jefferson Boulevard to meet up with a CIA contact. If that’s the case, when Oswald leaves his rooming house on North Beckley, he should head southwest. Instead, he goes southeast in the direction of Jack Ruby’s apartment at 11th and Ewing. J.D. Tippit is killed at 10th and Patton, just three blocks from Ruby’s place. This has led some to speculate that Oswald is trying to reach Jack Ruby’s apartment. It does raise a red flag, but it could be just a coincidence. It may have been panic. Oswald definitely isn’t thinking clearly.
The FBI did not kill Kennedy. It’s pretty obvious there was no love was lost between J. Edgar Hoover and The Kennedys. But to say the FBI chief conspired to kill the President of the United States is going a bit too far. However, it doesn’t surprise anyone that Hoover was surely part of the cover-up. Freedom of Information Act documents now show that J. Edgar Hoover warned of a possible assassination attempt in Dallas five days before JFK’s arrival. In fact, the New Orleans FBI office picks up a conversation indicating such an action from the bugged phone of Carlos Marcello. Hoover then tells Lyndon Johnson, but since there is no concrete evidence to support the conversation, they decide to treat it as a rumor and keep it quiet. So by intentionally not acting, then informing the Vice President and not the President, Hoover aids in the assassination. Afterwards, to help his friend, now President Lyndon B. Johnson, Hoover quickly establishes the narrative that Lee Harvey Oswald is the lone assassin of JFK, thus turning the public view away from the facts.
The CIA did not kill Kennedy. It’s nonsense to think the CIA would have to resort to shooting Kennedy from a tall building while he was in a moving car. The CIA could have easily killed Kennedy a number of other ways that would have been much easier and much more certain. For example, they could simply add poison to Dr. Max Jacobson’s methamphetamine which he regularly injected into Kennedy’s ass. Or they could have put it in the LSD that Kennedy did with Mary Meyer, who by the way, was married to CIA operative Cord Meyer. Kennedy was a junky. Using his drug addiction to kill him would have been much simpler — and it wouldn’t have made him a martyr.
And while we’re on the topic of silly notions, some people assert that the CIA was motivated to kill JFK because he had threatened to break up the agency. He could threaten until he was blue in the face, but he couldn’t destroy the CIA without Congressional approval. Kennedy simply didn’t have the political skills or the clout to take on the CIA. With the cold war with Russia raging, only a fool would think Kennedy could break up the CIA, or that he would even try.
Besides, Kennedy needed the CIA. Only a few weeks earlier, on November 2, JFK had used the CIA to stage a coup d’etat and murder South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem.
Kennedy also needed the CIA in his ongoing secret war with Cuba. JFK was obsessed with killing Castro, and the CIA was the agency charged with the task. In fact, on the very same day Kennedy is killed in Dallas, the CIA has an operative in France hiring an assassin to try to kill Castro with a poison hypodermic needle hidden inside a ballpoint pen.
There’s always the possibility that some agent operating in an unofficial capacity is involved at some level in the Kennedy assassination. The CIA, like any organization, is made up of individuals with their own ideas, opinions and beliefs. It’s entirely possible that an agent like David Atlee Phillips has knowledge of the plot and is actually a part of it without the consent or involvement of the CIA hierarchy, but it’s highly unlikely that the CIA itself is involved. They are, however, involved in the numerous plots to kill Fidel Castro, which also involves working with mobsters Santo Trafficante, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana — the same guys who are trying to kill Kennedy. Perhaps this is where rumors of CIA involvement in Kennedy’s death got started.
Oh, and that infamous change in the motorcade route through Dealey Plaza, where the cars turn off of Main Street onto Houston and then onto Elm Street? Supposedly, this is to slow the cars down to make it easier for the assassin. Actually, it is caused by very dumb planning. If the motorcade is to proceed to the Trade Mart via the Stemmons Freeway, it must be on Elm Street to get onto the freeway. Whoever initially planned the motorcade route didn’t have a map of downtown Dallas. It is not possible to get onto Stemmons Freeway from Main Street, so the parade route has to be changed.
“Big Oil” did not kill Kennedy. This theory is even sillier than the CIA plot. Supposedly, the oil industry wanted Kennedy dead because he is going to eliminate the oil depletion allowance. Getting rid of the oil depletion allowance would have hit the Kennedys in the wallet. At the time, more than 10% of the Kennedy family’s wealth is tied to oil stocks. The Kennedys may be a lot of things, but they aren’t stupid when it comes to money. They know how to make it and keep it. They are adding mightily to their family fortune from their petroleum stock, and JFK isn’t about to do anything to rock that boat.
And just like the CIA thing, JFK can’t get rid of the oil depletion allowance by edict. It will take an act of Congress, and JFK does not have the power to take on big oil. JFK takes office with absolutely no political capital. He gets elected by the smallest majority in history (and he only gets that because the Chicago mob rigs the election). He will have to rely on Lyndon Johnson’s congressional skills to take on something so daunting, and there’s no way LBJ is going to go against the interests of the oil industry. Let’s face it. JFK is really good at getting laid and making speeches, and by all appearances, that’s about all he really cares about doing.
Lyndon Johnson did not kill Kennedy. With all due respect to Jim Garrison, Oliver Stone, Roger Stone and other stoners and conspiracy buffs, this is probably the dumbest notion of all. First of all, if you think Lyndon Johnson would be riding in motorcade knowing that people are going to be shooting from tall buildings, you’re greatly underestimating the man’s survival instincts. His wife is riding in the car with him, and his best friend, John Connally, is sitting in the same car as Kennedy. Johnson may sound like a dumb hick, but he’s not that dumb.
Also, it’s often said that Johnson wants JFK dead because he’s going to be kicked off the ticket in the 1964 re-election campaign, mainly because of his involvement in the Billy Sol Estes and Bobby Baker scandals. Johnson is deeply concerned by these issues, to be sure. But Johnson has a big ace up his sleeve. Johnson knows that these issues will soon be overshadowed by something much more serious. Johnson knows about Ellen Rometsch and Kennedy’s impending impeachment.
Incredible as it sounds, if John F. Kennedy hadn’t been assassinated he very likely would have been impeached and removed from office because of his affair with a beautiful East German spy named Ellen Rometsch. Ellen is a hot-looking party girl who works at the Quorum Club, the private “gentlemen’s club” run by Bobby Baker a couple of blocks down the street from the Capitol Building. Baker is the guy who hooks JFK up with Ellen, who turns out to be quite gifted in the fine art of oral sex. Apparently, Kennedy can’t get enough of what Ellen has to offer, and she spends many a night frolicking with JFK in the Kennedys’ private bedroom in the White House. Of course, this only occurs when Jackie Kennedy is away, and she is away quite often.
Being the overlord of national security, J. Edgar Hoover keeps a close eye on spies, East German and otherwise. He soon learns of Ellen Rometsch’s involvement with the President of the United States. Hoover has every room in the Quorum Club bugged (and quite possibly every room in the White House). Hoover discovers that, while Ellen has her mouth full, JFK has his wide open, and he’s blabbing all sorts of state secrets and endangering national security. Even worse, when Hoover confronts JFK with this knowledge, JFK is defiant. He, in effect, tells Hoover to mind his own business and that he has no intention of ending his involvement with Rometsch. So Hoover ends it for him.
Hoover and the Justice Department deport Rometsch back to East Germany. He cancels her visa and sends her packing over the furious objection of the president. JFK is so infuriated that he tells his brother, Robert Kennedy, that he wants Hoover gone for good. But Hoover is way ahead of JFK.
Hoover goes to Robert Kennedy and explains the situation. Bobby’s brother, the president, is consorting with spies and blabbing sensitive information to the communists and is in danger of being exposed. One newspaper, The New York Journal American, already has run a story about JFK’s involvement with a couple of call-girl spies named Mariella Novotny and Suzy Chang without identifying JFK by name. Now, the Journal American is planning to do a follow up story, this time calling out JFK for his affair with Rometsch and the danger it poses to national security. When Bobby Kennedy finds out, he calls the Hearst Corporation, owner of the Journal American, and threatens them with everything from anti-trust lawsuits to income tax audits. Hearst quashes the story and seemingly sweeps it under the rug for good.
But the scandal-loving tabloid Paris Match in France has gotten wind of the story and tracks down Ellen Rometsch in East Germany. Ellen talks. Paris Match plans to break the story in December, 1963. Kennedy’s assassination a month earlier is all that saves him from impeachment and treason charges.
Of course Hoover keeps his good buddy and next door neighbor, Lyndon Johnson, apprised of the situation. Johnson knows that JFK is about to be exposed and impeached, so the idea that he would have JFK assassinated is absurd. Of course, Johnson himself is about to be exposed as a crook in a Life Magazine story also scheduled for publication in December, 1963, and it’s very likely he would have been forced to resign had the story run. So JFK’s assassination also saves Johnson from embarrassment and possible conviction.
The “industrial-military” complex did not kill Kennedy. As the story goes, Kennedy was planning to withdraw from Vietnam which would have put a crimp in the sale of Bell Helicopters and Browning automatic rifles, so the “complex” had Kennedy whacked. It makes for fun reading as fiction, but beyond that, this theory has very little merit.
Many historians and conspiracy buffs use National Security Action Memorandum-263 In (NSAM-263) as the basis for their claim that JFK plans to pull out of Vietnam. That’s a bit of a stretch. NSAM-263 calls for the withdrawal of 1,000 U.S. troops at the end of 1963, and the possible withdrawal of all U.S. forces by the end of 1965 with the presumed defeat of the Viet Cong. This erroneous presumption is made by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell Taylor after their visit to South Vietnam in September, 1963. At that time, South Vietnam is in the middle of political turmoil. Repression of anti-government demonstrations has greatly reduced U.S. support for the government of President Ngo Dinh Diem. U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., supports the overthrow of the Diem government by South Vietnamese military leaders. McNamara and Taylor report back to Kennedy that “the military campaign has made great progress” and cite “present favorable military trends.” McNamara and Taylor also conclude “there is no solid evidence of the possibility of a successful coup” against the Diem government.
McNamara and Taylor are sadly mistaken on both counts. Less than a month later, President Diem is overthrown and killed, aided and abetted by the CIA. And, of course, the Viet Cong is never defeated. It’s doubtful Kennedy would pull out of Vietnam while the U.S. is getting its ass kicked by a ragtag bunch of Communist rebels, especially after the ass kicking Kennedy had taken from Nikita Krushchev at the Vienna Summit a year earlier and the Bay of Pigs failure in 1961. He has to show the Russians that America is strong. Turning tail and running in Viet Nam is not the way to do it. It would be another embarrassing defeat for Kennedy in fighting communism.
NSAM-273 spawns rumors which are then spread by some of Kennedy’s friends such as Mary Meyer, one of his many mistresses and former wife of Kennedy’s ex-pal, Cord Meyer who also happens to work for the CIA.
Mary Meyer is an artist in Washington, D.C., who JFK knew and screwed for more than a decade. She is divorced from Cord Meyer. One reason for Cord and Mary’s divorce is her affair with JFK. Mary is a free spirit who isn’t afraid to experiment. She falls in with super nut Timothy Leary and starts dropping acid. She gets into peace and love and turns into a “flower child.”
Mary turns JFK on to LSD, and he joins her on long trips to wherever acid takes them. He supposedly becomes a “peacenik” and tells Mary he’s pulling troops out of Vietnam. And thus the rumor is given credibility.
Oh, and by the way, add the South Vietnamese as another group with a motive to kill JFK. Our government wanted Diem gone, and there’s every reason to believe that we were involved in his overthrow and death. The U.S. government is a lot like the mafia. If someone gets in the way, we just whack them.
Is it a “deep-state” conspiracy or deep-state stupidity?
The assassination of JFK is a comedy of errors. The investigation that follows is a complete farce. We need Sherlock Holmes and Perry Mason. Instead, we get Inspector Clouseau and the Keystone Cops. There’s more than one idiot in this village.
Let’s start with the Dallas Police Department. It’s like they have never had a murder before. All the rules of evidence gathering, chain of custody, protecting the crime scene, interrogation of suspects, questioning witnesses — all seem to go out the window due to the magnitude of the crime. Within 24 hours of the assassination, just about everything has been compromised.
The Crime Scene: Neither the Texas School Book Depository nor the Dal-Tex Building are sealed off and properly protected for their evidentiary value. Scores of Dallas Sheriff detectives and Dallas Police Officers — none of whom are wearing gloves or protective footwear — scour the buildings harum-scarum accompanied by news reporters and photographers.
Dealey Plaza is not sealed off. Instead, thousands of curiosity seekers are allowed to roam freely throughout the plaza even as local and federal officials are wandering around looking for clues. Vehicular traffic through Dealey Plaza is reopened less than an hour after the assassination. Who knows how much evidence gets trampled on or carried away by people who should not be there?
The Presidential Limousine: Dallas law enforcement officials seem to forget that murder — even of the president — is the jurisdiction of the state and county, not the federal government. When the presidential limousine arrives at Parkland Hospital, it should have been impounded. Instead, it sits under the portico under police guard until reporters start asking questions about the bullet hole in the front windshield, at which time, it is moved by Secret Service agents to an area behind the hospital.
Shortly thereafter, several hospital staff members are asked to help clean up blood and brain matter from the back seat. These staff members comply and begin cleaning the limousine until they are called away to attend to patients in the emergency room. Key evidence gets wiped away in the process. Also, several witnesses report seeing Secret Service agents removing items from the vehicle. Later that same day, FBI agents come and take the limousine away, never to be seen in Dallas again. Dallas crime lab staffers never get a chance to examine the limousine to gather evidence. Dallas police officials should know better. The FBI should know better. The Secret Service should know better. Is it something sinister or just stupidity?
The President’s Body: Before the Dallas medical examiner has a chance to do a proper autopsy, JFK’s body is illegally whisked away by Secret Service Agents George Kellerman and Clint Hill and members of Kennedy’s staff. These individuals, perhaps more than any others, are responsible for the confusion and uncertainty surrounding JFK’s death.
Dallas County medical examiner Dr. Earl Rose is in his office at Parkland Hospital when he receives word that Kennedy is pronounced dead He tries to go into the trauma room occupied by Jackie Kennedy and the priest who had just administered the last rites. But Dr. Rose is intercepted by Kellerman and Kennedy’s personal physician George Burkley. They insist that there is no time for an autopsy because Mrs. Kennedy will not leave Dallas without her husband’s body. Dr. Rose objects, insisting that he is required by law to perform a post-mortem examination before the body can be removed. While Dr. Rose is in the hallway arguing with Kennedy’s aides, Secret Service agents put Kennedy’s body in a casket and, accompanied by Jackie Kennedy, roll it down the corridor on a gurney. Dr. Rose and a policeman try to block the way, but the agents push Dr. Rose aside and roll Kennedy’s body out of the hospital.
The body is quickly taken to Love Field, put on a private plane and flown to Langley, Virginia, while Air Force One is still on the tarmac in Dallas waiting for LBJ’s swearing in. Meanwhile, a second casket, bronze, wth a dent — and empty — is put aboard Air Force One to be taken back to Washington D.C. This clever sleight of hand is meant to confuse the press and other observers at the airport. When JFK’s actual body arrives at Langley, it will be sanitized and altered to cover up the true nature of his head wounds and damage to the brain. Later, the “prepped” body of Kennedy will be transported by helicopter to the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland for the autopsy. But that, too, will be a joke.
As soon as Air Force One touches down in Washington, the bronze casket with the phantom body is quickly unloaded from the rear door. The color guardsmen assigned to accompany Kennedy’s body to Bethesda are surprised that it is so light. They load the casket onto a waiting helicopter and fly with it to Bethesda. Even to this day, one of the guardsmen is absolutely sure that the casket was empty.
When the casket arrives at Bethesda, the color guard loads it onto a hearse. The hearse immediately speeds off, leaving the color guard behind. The officer in charge of the color guard orders them into the back of a pick-up truck which speeds off in pursuit of the hearse. The driver of the pick-up truck loses sight of the hearse, and for the next 30 minutes, drives around the Bethesda Naval Base trying to locate it. He finally spots the hearse, parked behind Bethesda Hospital.
The six members of the color guard then remove the casket from the hearse and take it into the autopsy room. They are stunned and confused by what they see. JFK’s body is lying on the table with an autopsy already underway! Two Navy pathologists — Dr. James Humes and Dr. Thornton Boswell, neither of whom has ever conducted an autopsy involving a crime — are performing the autopsy under the watchful eyes of more than a dozen Secret Service agents, FBI agents and high-ranking military officers. These officials are actually directing the autopsy, telling the doctors what they should be finding, according to James Jenkins, the Navy corpsman taking notes for the doctors.
What a sham, or rather, what a scam, perpetrated by the dirty rotten scoundrels in the Secret Service, the FBI, the CIA, the military — the Kennedy family. What secrets did JFK’s body hold that would make it important enough to go to such lengths to cover up? Were there things that would cast suspicion on the Secret Service? The FBI? The CIA? Was there something that would embarrass Jackie Kennedy or denigrate the Kennedy name? Did JFK have a venereal disease? Had heavy drug use damaged his brain? Are Kellerman and Hill trying to protect the Secret Service? Do they believe Agent George Hickey accidentally shot Kennedy in the back of the head with the AR-15 rifle he was holding, which would have been extremely embarrassing to the Secret Service? Or is Hill serving his real master, Jackie Kennedy? Apparently, Hill adores Jackie so much that he’ll do anything for her, including stealing her husband’s corpse and committing perjury when testifying to the Warren Commission.
Parkland Hospital has one of the best pathologists in the world in Dr. Earl Rose who feels, rightfully so, that an autopsy should be performed in Dallas where the crime was committed. Had that one simple task been performed, there would no conspiracy theories, no lingering doubt about Oswald’s role, no suspicions about who’s covering up what.
Maybe there was nothing at all out of the ordinary. We’ll never know, thanks to Clint Hill and his Secret Service cronies who stole the truth from the American people.
A Crime Worse Than Murder
Kennedy’s assassination isn’t the worst crime committed that day in 1963. The aftermath is much, much worse. It sets off a cover-up that reaches the highest levels of our government, working its way through all branches of the federal government, state and local governments, the news media, educational institutions, religious institutions and corporate America. It unleashes a wave of murder and mayhem not seen since the days of prohibition. Witnesses are killed, beaten, tortured, threatened with death, bribed, coerced or pressured to go along with the big lie first uttered by J. Edgar Hoover two days after the assassination: “We have our man. Lee Harvey Oswald is the lone gunman.” Earl Warren grins and winks and nods his head in the affirmative. The fix is in.
Nothing affirms this better than the story of Kenneth O’Donnell and Dave Powers, two members of the Kennedy entourage who were riding in the car immediately behind JFK in the motorcade. In his 1987 autobiography Man of the House, Tip O’Neill, former Speaker of the House, wrote that he had dinner with Kenny O’Donnell and Dave Powers in 1968, and that both men told him that two shots were fired from behind the fence on the grassy knoll at Dealey Plaza. According to O’Neill, he pointed out to O’Donnell that he gave different information to the Warren Commission, and O’Donnell replied:
“I told the FBI what I had heard, but they said it couldn’t have happened that way and that I must have been imagining things. So I testified the way they wanted me to. I just didn’t want to stir up any more pain and trouble for the family.”
Gee, Kenny, how noble of you.
The Arrest of Buell Wesley Frazier
The Dallas Police is notorious for its heavy-handed interrogation techniques. Buell Wesley Frazier is another good case in point. Frazier works with Oswald at the Texas School Book Depository, and he’s nice enough to give Oswald a ride to work on occasion. This makes Frazier a suspected accomplice in the assassination of Kennedy. Shortly after the roll-call at the School Book Depository following Kennedy’s death, Frazier leaves the building, with his supervisor’s permission, to go visit a sick relative in the hospital in Irving. Detective Will Fritz smells a killer. When he learns of Frazier’s departure, he sends four of his detectives to the hospital to arrest Frazier for questioning. The detectives rudely slam Frazier against the wall, handcuff him and drag him out of the hospital without explanation.
Frazier is taken to Dallas Police headquarters and placed in a small interrogation room for more than six hours. He is interrogated for hours at a time by two different teams of detectives who insist that he’s a killer, although there is nothing in his past to remotely suggest that he could be capable of committing such a crime. Frazier doesn’t have so much as a traffic ticket on his record. Frazier holds firm and denies the charges. Finally, Captain Will Fritz, frustrated by Frazier’s resolve, comes into the interrogation room with a typewritten confession and demands that Frazier sign in it, without even reading it. Frazier refuses, causing Fritz to lose his temper. When Fritz tries to hit him, Frazier parries the blow and prepares to defend himself. At that point, Fritz throws up his hands in frustration and leaves the room. At around 3 a.m. the next morning, police let Frazier go.
“The way they treated me that day, I have a hard time understanding that,” Frazier said. “I was a rural boy; I had never been in trouble with the law. I was doing my best to answer their questions.”
Although he is never charged, Frazier is still guilty in the eyes of many. For years, he has trouble finding work. His reputation in Dallas is tainted for decades.
Here again, a suspect is not allowed to have a lawyer present while he is being coerced and bullied during his interrogation. Where is the American Civil Liberties Union in all this? Where is the press? Where is the outrage by the American people? The crime is so severe they simply don’t care. The failure of the American judicial system is one more reason the Warren Commission has to pin the rap on Oswald. What a stain on our nation if Oswald had lived, gone to trial and been found not guilty.
Wesley Frazier would have voted not guilty, because there’s one thing he’s very sure about: the package Oswald put on the back seat of his car that morning was not a rifle.
“It wasn’t long enough to put that type of rifle in that bag. There is no way it would fit in that package,” he said.
The FBI would beg to differ. They have pretty compelling evidence that Oswald owned that particular gun and brought it to the TSBD that day.
Oswald denies owning a rifle, but it’s obvious he’s lying. Several people saw a rifle in in his house, including George di Mohrenschildt and Ruth Paine. Even his wife, Marina, says he owns a rifle, although it’s not clear whether it’s the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle the police say they found in the TSBD.
The rifle that police say they found has serial number C2766. The FBI is able to trace the rifle back to Oswald. The FBI investigation reveals that Oswald ordered the rifle by mail from Klein’s Sporting Goods in Chicago on March 13, 1963, under the name of A. Hidell, a known Oswald alias. It was paid for with a postal money order in the amount of $21.45, ($19.95 for the rifle and scope, plus $1.50 for postage). The money order was purchased on March 12, 1963, under the name of A. Hidell. The rifle was shipped by mail to P.O. box 2915, Dallas, Texas. This P.O. box was rented by Lee H. Oswald from October 9, 1962, to May 14, 1963. So the evidence is pretty clear that Oswald owned the rifle.
When the FBI checks the rifle for fingerprints, they find none that can be identified. However, prior to turning the rifle over to the FBI, Lieutenant Day of the Dallas Police Department, using an adhesive and fingerprint dusting powder, had “lifted” Oswald’s palmprint from the barrel of the gun. Unfortunately, when the adhesive is removed from the gun barrel, it also removes the palmprint. In essence, the palmprint is transferred from the gun barrel to the adhesive surface.
Even if the palmprint is Oswald’s, it proves nothing. If he indeed was the owner of the gun, it’s pretty safe to assume that his fingerprints and palmprint could be all over it.
The FBI also finds fibers stuck to the gun barrel. These fibers match the shirt Oswald is wearing on November 22, 1963. Even though they cannot prove when the fibers got on the gun, they claim that it shows he had the gun in the TSBD on the day Kennedy was shot, which is further proof of his guilt. All it actually proves is that he is lying about owning the gun. He could have gotten the fibers on the gun at any time he had taken it apart to clean.
The Dallas Police find what they say is the paper wrapper that Oswald uses to carry the gun into the building. They find fibers on the wrapper that match the blanket the gun was wrapped in on the floor of Ruth Paine’s garage. They even find wrinkles and indentations in the paper that indicate it had been wrapped around something hard and heavy, like a gun. They can’t prove a gun was wrapped in it, just something hard.
When the FBI tests the paper, they find it matches the brown wrapping paper used by the Texas School Book Depository. This could imply that Oswald took the paper off of one of the large rolls of paper used at the TSBD. Did Oswald, with malice aforethought, rip off a sheet of paper the day before, take it home and use it to wrap the gun which he brings back the next day? If they can’t get him for murder, they can always get him for pilfering paper.
It’s pretty evident that Oswald brings a package to work with him on November 22, but no one can say for sure what’s in the package.
Supporters of the Warren Commission always ask, “If Oswald didn’t bring the gun in, how did it get there?” We’re glad they asked.
Maybe the rifle was delivered, hidden inside one of the hundreds of cartons shipped into the Texas School Book Depository each week. A disassembled gun could be squeezed inside a standard book carton which measures 12 x 14 x 18. One conspiracy theorist named Robert Easterling claimed that the assassin’s rifle was a 7 mm Czech automatic that was smuggled into the TSBD in a wooden box, 36 x 48 x 60 inches, with a false bottom. Conspiracy debunkers said that a box that large couldn’t have been brought into the building without raising suspicion. They were wrong. Much larger boxes were discovered in the building. In 1983, a researcher found seven heavy, wooden boxes stamped with the names of publishing companies. They had been left there since the time the TSBD moved out of the building in 1970. One of the boxes was about 15 x 30 x 60 inches. The label on the box read, “Texas School Book Depository, 500 Red Pony books by John Steinbeck.” Obviously, the box was much too large to contain only 500 books.
Maybe a cop (or somebody posing as one) brought in the rifle when the police rushed to search the building. Cops with rifles seem to appear out of nowhere within minutes after the shooting. Any one of them could be carrying a Mannlicher-Carcano with a scope. No one is checking out the police as they go in and out of the building. In fact, about five minutes after the shooting, Dallas Sheriff’s Detective Harry Weatherford, carrying a .38 rifle, runs to the back of the TSBD from the grassy knoll and sees no one guarding the back doors of the building. He goes inside the TSBD and joins the search. More than 20 uniformed and plain clothes officers from the Dallas Police and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department already are inside the building. Weatherford recognizes some of the men, but some he doesn’t.
Maybe someone just casually walked in off the street and hid the gun behind some boxes. The TSBD is cluttered with book cartons. (The clutter is exacerbated by the construction in progress on the fifth and sixth floors.) There are four back doors to the building in addition to the loading dock that are kept unlocked during the day with no one guarding them. (After all, who is going to sneak in a steal textbooks?)
Maybe someone on the construction crew brought in the gun the morning of the shooting. There is a six-man crew laying new flooring on the fifth and sixth floor of the TSBD on the day Kennedy is shot. They bring in tool boxes every morning and take them out each night. It would be very easy to conceal a gun inside a large tool box. Almost nothing is known about this crew, aside from the fact that they were hired by building owner David Harold Byrd. Maybe one of the construction workers was also an assassin. Their work begins in late October and ends on November 22, 1963. We do know a lot about the man who hired them. D.H. Byrd is a millionaire oilman and a member of the Suite 8F Group of ultra-right-wing businessmen. He had recently joined forces with James J. Ling in a hostile takeover of Chance Vought Aerospace. They later gain control of Temco Aircraft, then merge the two companies into Ling Temco Vought Aircraft (LTV), just as the Vietnam war is heating up. After LBJ becomes president, LTV is awarded a huge contract for its Corsair jet fighters.
Maybe someone who worked for the cleaning company brought a gun in. A two-man cleaning crew employed by Acme Building & Maintenance comes in every night and works alone in the building until midnight. They have a key to the building. Nothing is known about these men. They are not questioned by police, nor are they even mentioned in the Warren Report. The Warren Commission decided very early on that Acme Building & Maintenance did not matter and throughout the entire report, only one mention of this company can be found in a brief segment about TSBD supervisor Roy Truly. So who really was this company that no one ever investigates?
That’s a whole lot of “maybes,” certainly enough to create reasonable doubt.
A Comedy of Errors
If it weren’t so tragic, the Kennedy assassination would be hilarious. Apparently, we live in a world of bungling idiots. If Oswald had lived and gone to trial, what a circus that would have been. How much, if any, of the evidence would have been admissible in court? Probably none of Oswald’s testimony, given that he was interrogated after he asked and asked and asked for an attorney without being provided one. The crime scene had been severely compromised. The limousine had been taken away after being partially cleaned. The mysterious bullet that was aptly dubbed “the magic bullet” that appeared out of nowhere on the gurney at Parkland Hospital surely would not be inadmissible. The autopsy was a joke. The body was gone. It’s hard to imagine that a trial could even be conducted. Of course, in a kangaroo court, anything is possible.