Conspiracy Theory Glossary
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First published 09:00 GMT 8th February 2018. This version 3.2 [new entries] 09:00 BST 7th April 2018 [BUT UNDER CONSTANT EXTENSION AND CORRECTION, SO CHECK AGAIN SOON]
"Conspiracy theories only remain 'theories' when there is no court, no lawyer, no judge, no Congress with the courage to expose the evidence" (Mae Brussell).
How to Use this Glossary
(1) Histories have no beginning or end. They like to twist and turn, branch out and double back. So by all means read this glossary from start to end if you insist, but you'll enjoy it more if you keyword search it, or follow the various prepared threads, shown like this. We also sometimes use [q.v.] to indicate that a brief divert to an associated entry might be profitable.
(2) Unless otherwise stated, all ages, occupations and ranks, workplaces, places of residence, etc., are with effect 22nd November 1963, the day of the JFK assassination. Three-element Hispanic names are filed alphabetically using the middle name, the father's family name. The italicised adjective/adverb convenient(ly) indicates that the assertion at hand is to some extent suspicious.
(3) This is a student resource designed to introduce JFK conspiracy theory to the younger audience, that they might hit the ground running and not sink in what is largely a sea of lies. Statements referenced in academic style may safely be interpreted as "scientific"; all other content is merely encyclopaedic - it collates what others have been saying, and those others might be wrong. Research opportunities are highlighted where particular issues are historically pivotal.
(4) Keep an open mind, believe nobody (especially where money or power is involved), remember the fallibilities of human eye-witness testimony, and approach all "facts" as deliberately planted disinformation; in the Kennedy case it is only the gangsters and the Cubans who have ever told the truth (Hager, 2017)! Steer especially clear of internet broadcasting channels and the broader truther-debunker confrontations, for they are all in our judgement part of the problem, not of the solution - the louder the mouth or the darker the glasses, the more suspicious you should be. On the other hand there is much to learn from the established research chatrooms and bulletin boards, although this sort of material is often difficult to cite academically.
(5) Remember that lawyers, although they insist that witnesses swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, are themselves paid to steer those same witnesses in the direction of a dollar's-worth truth. Worse - all intelligence agents [Allen Dulles was exceptionally clear on this (indeed, the only time he was ever clear was when he was telling you he would lie to you if he thought he had to)], all lodge-members, and the religiously devout are bound by higher oaths NOT to tell the truth in something as mundane as a court of law, even though they have sworn that they will!
(6) Before you go, feel free to familiarise yourself with some of the noises you will be encountering. Just click and compare ...
Here are three rifles, two bolt-action and one semi-automatic ...
Here are two types of bullet strike, conventional and fragmenting ...
And for another day, perhaps, here is some of the bigger stuff ...
Nanothermite (shaped for demolition) - CLASSIFIED!
The Glossary Entries (A to Z)
107 Decatur Street, New Orleans: The location of Carlos Bringuier's shop, and therefore (a) the effective base for the New Orleans chapter of the DRE, and (b) one of the two sources, in late afternoon 22nd November 1963, of the pre-scripted This-is-your-Assassin briefing material which shaped the world's headlines on the morning of 23rd November.
112th Military Intelligence Group: For a detailed history see Larry Hancock's 2001 paper "Mysteries of the 112th Intelligence Corp" [full text online].
201 File: A 201 File was/is a U.S. military personnel record file, specifically the Master Personnel Folder [Wikipedia text and images].
214 West Neely Street: About a quarter of a mile SSW of 1026 North Beckley Avenue, this is the property in the upstairs apartment of which LHO, Marina Oswald, and baby June lived between 2nd March 1963 and (although paid up to 2nd May) 24th April 1963 (negligible neighbour-confirmation, however). It was from here, on at least one occasion (2nd April 1963), that Michael Paine collected them to take them to the Paine House for dinner. And it was in the backyard here that, on 31st March 1963, Marina Oswald took the three Backyard Photographs of LHO proudly displaying a Mannlicher-Carcano [UNLESS, OF COURSE, SAID PHOTOGRAPHS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY FAKED]. It is also where, after being cleaned and padlocked by owner Waldo George in May, and quickly re-inspected on the afternoon of 22nd November by same, that Special Agent (FBI) William Brookhart nevertheless managed to find a cheque counterfoil from American Bakeries to one James Jackson.
488th Military Intelligence Detachment: Established in Dallas in 1956 by Jack Crichton as a special duties detachment under the Army Reserve umbrella 488th MID [Spartacus Educational briefing] was effectively big oil's private army. Some 40-50% of the hundred or so members in 1963 had day jobs with the DPD. One of them - Deputy Chief of Police George Lumpkin - even drove the Motorcade's Pilot Car, and another - White Russian Ilya Mamantov - interpreted Marina Oswald's early post-assassination interrogations into conveniently targeted English.
501 Elm Street, Dallas: See the entry for the Dal-Tex Building.
508 Young Street, Dallas: Offices of the Dallas Morning News between 1949 and 2017.
531 Lafayette Place, New Orleans: Guy Banister's office and headquarters. It was contiguous (it being a corner property) with Katz n' Jammer's Bar at 544 Camp Street.
544 Camp Street, New Orleans: Katz n' Jammer's Bar. It was contiguous (it being a corner property) with Guy Banister's office and headquarters at 531 Lafayette Place.
604 Elsbeth Street, Dallas: See the entry for Elsbeth Apartment.
1026 North Beckley Avenue, Dallas: A boarding house owned by Earlene Roberts, where LHO roomed from 14th October 1963 during his working week (while his wife Marina Oswald was staying with Ruth Paine at the Paine House). The address features boldly in the Tippit Murder Thread, and is nowadays on the JFK tourist circuit as a living museum [see brochure]. The house is a difficult two miles SSW of Deeley Plaza, across the Trinity River, and just short of a mile NNW of Patton and 10th, where Patrolman J. D. Tippit was murdered.
1101 Elm Street, Dallas, TX: See Rio Grande Building.
1312½ Commerce Street, Dallas: Demolished in the early 1970s this was the site of The Carousel Club nightclub, one of two such businesses owned by Jack Ruby. Acquired in 1961 it was, though he said it himself, "a fucking classy joint".
1502 North Zangs Boulevard, Dallas, TX: See Gloco Gas Station.
2515 W. 5th Street, Irving: See Paine House, The.
4907 Magazine Street, New Orleans: One of LHO's rooming houses during his stay in NOLA in the summer of 1963. Appears as an LHO address on some of the famous Fair Play for Cuba Committee flyers, and therefore part of the LHO Patsification Thread.
Abrams, Gus: Bona fide innocent tramp Gus Abrams [no convenient biography] was one of the Three Tramps in the Mary la Fontaine documenting of the Three Tramps Thread.
Abrasion Collar: An abrasion collar is a circle (or near-circle) of bruising around a bullet entry wound, caused by the incoming bullet immediately prior to its penetrating the skin. Very importantly, the collar is radially only of equal extent when the bullet strikes perpendicularly to the skin. If the bullet comes in at an angle then the collar is wider on the side facing the shooter. In cases where it is not possible to dissect or probe through a wound to establish the direction of fire, the abrasion collar becomes one of only two available points of evidence (the other being the presence of a clearly associated exit wound). During JFK's autopsy the Secret Service explicitly forbade dissection or probing of the wounds. Taking the abrasion collar indicator in isolation Michael Kurtz points out in his 1982/1993 book "Crime of the Century" that JFK's back wound was - very perversely - on an ascending trajectory.
Abt, John: Without knowing it Chicago born civil libertarian lawyer John Abt [Spartacus Educational biography] entered the assassination story on 23rd November 1963 when LHO gave his name as the lawyer he would like to represent him. There had, however, been no previous contact of any sort between the two men. Abt's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Acheson, Dean Gooderham: WW2 non-combat veteran (Assistant Secretary of State) and Cold War player Dean Acheson [Wikipedia biography] had retired from public service in 1953 but was nevertheless frequently called upon for his advice by JFK during his Presidency. He is noteworthy in the present context for, in a May 1950 exchange with Senator Thomas Connally [q.v.], having helped establish the U.S. Pacific Rim "chain of defence" through the Straits of Formosa [=Taiwan] and along the 38th Parallel between the two Koreas.
Adams, Don A.: 32-year-old Korean War veteran FBI Agent Don Adams [no convenient biography] began as a rookie on the FBI's investigations of the assassination. One of his first duties was to study the Zapruder Film, instantly judging that JFK's throat injury came from a frontal shot. He was then able to identify no less than 11 possible shots. Later in life he would become co-author with Harrison Livingstone of the 2012 book "From an Office Building with a High-Powered Rifle", in which the general case is made that the assassination was on balance of probabilities a conspiracy made successful by a security cock-up, and then followed by a long and painful cover-up conspiracy. More specifically he wished in retrospect that more had been done at the time to "crack" the Joseph Milteer case, for in his opinion, much of value would have emerged. YouTube him now.
Adams, Victoria Elizabeth: Employed in the Scott, Foresman Company area of TSBD4, Victoria Adams [no convenient biography] was watching the Presidential motorcade from a window when the shooting took place, in the company of fellow-workers Sandra Styles, Elsie Dorman, and Dorothy Garner. She reported hearing shots "from the right below". She then left the building along with Styles, via the back stairs, sighting only Bill Shelly and Billy Lovelady on the way. She then exited by the north (back) door and made her way leftwise round to the front of the building. Here she milled around for a short time, taking it all in, before re-entering the building by the front entrance. She would go on to feature in Barry Ernest's 2013 book "The Girl on the Stairs", the central thrust of which is that the Warren Commission systematically massaged many minor details in order to fit witnesses into the official narrative. Adams' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Subject of the video documentary "The Girl on the Stairs" [YouTube it now] and similar on-line follow ups to that book.
Adlai Stevenson Riot: On 24th October 1963 U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson, II [Wikipedia biography] attempted to speak at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium in defence of government policy toward hot topic issues such as communism and civil rights. Unfortunately ultra-right-winger General Edwin Walker [q.v.] had spoken at the same venue the previous evening, and had arranged for many of his followers to be in Stevenson's audience. Stevenson was introduced by local dignitary Stanley Marcus [q.v.], but was then immediately heckled by the ultras. The affair soon degenerated into a riot and Stevenson had to be whisked away by his bodyguards.
"Aggressors For Peace Speech", The: While visiting the Boston Navy Yard on 25th August 1950, at the height of the broader debate over what U.N. objectives in Korea should be, Secretary for the Navy Francis P. Matthews [q.v.] put his personal cards on the table by arguing that "declaring that the U.S. should declare its intention 'to pay any price, even the price of instituting a war to compel co-operation for peace', adding that by becoming 'an initiator of a war of aggression, it would win for us a proud and popular title— we would become the first aggressors for peace'" (Wikipedia). This, needless to say, was the phrase which has echoed - usually in paraphrastic form as FUCKING FOR VIRGINITY - throughout Peacenikville ever since, to many a despairing head-shake.
RESEARCH ISSUE: Interestingly, when President Truman took half of Washington on the 18,000 mile round trip to the Wake Island Conference [q.v.] on 15th October 1950 to meet mere theatre commander General MacArthur, SECNAV Matthews did not accompany SECARM Frank Pace and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Omar Bradley. We should love to know why.
Aguilar, Gary L.: Assassination researcher Dr. Gary Aguilar [Spartacus Educational biography] was co-author with Josiah Thompson of the public domain paper "The Magic Bullet: Even More Magical Than We Knew?" [full text online], exposing the inadmissability of CE-399 - the famed Magic Bullet [q.v.] - as evidence of anything but an ruthless and far-reaching Establishment cover-up. Browse the Magic Bullet Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Aguilar, Manuel: Cuban exile (but very possibly a double agent) Manuel Aguilar [no convenient biography] pops up only infrequently in the histories, usually as a member of INTERPEN. Reportedly often photographed with Loran Hall.
Alba, Adrian Thomas: New Orleans businessman Adrian Alba [no convenient biography] ran the Crescent City Garage, 618 Magazine Street, in whose waiting room were the gun magazines which a customer named "Lee" spent a lot of time studying. Lee also asked lots of questions about guns, how to mail order them, and whether it was worth joining the National Rifle Association. Many of these magazines were removed by the authorities after the assassination, eventually finding the one from which the order slip for the Mannlicher-Carcano C2766 had been torn (Hurt, 1985).
Albarelli, Hank P.: "Meticulous and cautious researcher" Hank Albarelli [no convenient biography] was author of the 2010 book "A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War", an investigation of the Frank Olson case - YouTube a 2010 book promo.
Alexander, Ward: Ward Alexander was the false identity of low end JFK conspirator Rod Mac Kenzie during his half century of wise invisibility.
Alexander, William F.: Ex-FBI Agent Assistant District Attorney Bill Alexander [no convenient biography] entered the assassination narrative when he was driven to the scene of the J. D. Tippit shooting by Lieutenant Calvin Owens and Captain Bill Westbrook. He was then at the rear door of the Texas Theater during LHO's arrest, and on the scene again for the search of LHO's room at 1026 North Beckley Avenue. Back at DPDHQ he assisted LHO's interrogations, and prepared the indictment against him that same evening. Reporter Jim Ewell would later remember him as "a squad car prosecutor" - always out where the action was.
Allende, Salvador: Democratically elected Chilean President Salvador Allende [Wikipedia biography] was deposed on 11th September 1973 by a military coup fomented by the CIA. He conveniently committed "suicide" and was replaced by General Augusto Pinochet.
Alpha 66: Alpha 66 [Wikipedia briefing] was a 66-member anti-Castro commando force created and maintained by Antonio Veciana Blanch [q.v.] and responsible during March 1963 for a series of heavy raids on Cuban and Soviet shipping and shore installations (specifically selected as politically sensitive targets by David Atlee Phillips). He then used tame journalist Virginia Prewett to guarantee positive press coverage (Summers, 2013e). Because of the international implications of Soviet casualties JFK ordered a clampdown on Alpha 66 activities on 30th March, whereupon the group withdrew to cover and started to organise a second full invasion. They also - very probably - added a second president to their list of targets. [Note that the skills and equipment of a commando force like Alpha 66 are different to the skills and equipment of an assassination force like INTERPEN - Ed.]
Altgens, James William ["Ike"]: AP photojournalist James Altgens [Wikipedia biography] was stood on the south verge of Elm Street level with the John Neely Bryan Pergola, so that any photographs he might take of the approaching limo #1 would automatically have the front of the TSBD in the background. The sixth of his exposures - evidence-coded as Altgens6 - was taken at Z255 [view it now] and shows the two right-side secret service men on limo #2 looking back over their right shoulders, and JFK already holding his throat. Billy Lovelady is in the TSBD doorway, and perhaps Johnny Roselli and David Morales are spectating at the foot of the Dal-Tex Building fire escape. The photograph exists in many variants some, it is believed, tampered with. Altgens' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Interview to camera, CBS 1967 [YouTube it now].
Alyea, Thomas: WFAA-TV cameraman Tom Alyea [no convenient biography] had just got off the train from Fort Worth when the news of the shooting came through and managed the two blocks to Dealey Plaza in time to be one of the first reporters to reach the TSBD. He then entered the building alongside the first search teams, and filmed the progress of the search - including the recovery of the hidden Mannlicher-Carcano. Finding then that the building had been locked down he had to throw his film out of window to stay ahead of the competition - YouTube his footage now.
American Bakeries Pay Stubs: These were the two small pay cheque counterfoils forming part of the official narrative's evidential trail. Both had originally been attached to American Bakeries pay cheques in favour of employee James Jackson. One was found in LHO's back trouser pocket, and the other was discovered by Special Agent (FBI) William Brookhart [q.v.] in the already twice-searched upper apartment at 214 West Nealy Street, Dallas, which LHO had rented after Jackson in Spring 1963.
American Federation of Labor (AFL): See the entry for CIA Front Organisations.
American Volunteer Group ("The Flying Tigers"): [Read firstly the entry for Claire Chennault.] This was the combat mercenary group formed by Chennault in 1941 to support Chiang Kai-Shek's ROCAF in its struggle against the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the Chinese Civil War as well as its simultaneous involvement against the western flank of the 1941-1942 Japanese expansionary drive toward Malaya and Australia. We have been unable to quantify the division of effort between anti-communist and anti-Japanese operations.
AMLASH: Codename for Rolando Cubela [Spartacus Educational biography], a wavering member of Fidel Castro's military staff, who was being cultivated by the CIA as the delivery man for a poison-tipped Q-pen.
AMSPELL: CIA codename for Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE), which see.
AMWORLD: see the entry for Lamar Waldron.
Anderson. Orvil Orson: WW2 veteran (U.S.A.A.F.) and in 1950 Commandant of the Air War College at Maxwell A.F.B., Montgomery, AL, General Orvil Anderson [Wikipedia biography] delivered the infamous "Saving Civilisation" Speech [q.v.] on 1st September 1950. He was quickly put out to grass. But that is hardly the point!
Angleton, James Jesus: The CIA's Chief of Counterintelligence from 1954 to 1975 James Angleton [Wikipedia hagiography; 2013 YouTube documentary - RECOMMENDED] was brought up in Milan, Italy, where his father managed the local NCR tabulating machinery franchise. He then attended Malvern College in England before returning to the U.S. to study at Yale. During WW2 he was an OSS counterintelligence agent in London before being put in charge of Britain's Ultra operations in Italy in late 1944 (during which time he was not averse to calling on Mafia connections against a common enemy, nor, some say, of passing intelligence to the Nazis). In May 1949 he was made Chief of the CIA's Office of Special Operations, being then promoted by Allen Dulles in 1954 to Chief of Counterintelligence. Angleton testified before the Church Committee in 1975. In his 2006/1013e book "Someone Would Have Talked" Larry Hancock draws attention to the fact that Angleton knew of the November 1963 Attwood Mission [q.v.] by bugging Lisa Howard [q.v.], and saw it as part of JFK's ongoing efforts to peripheralise the CIA.
"Angleton Ops": So effective were James Angleton's type of operation - daring, to-the-point, and ruthlessly pursued - that they became known within the trade as "Angleton Ops".
Arce, Danny Garcia: Before the shooting Dallas-born TSBD order picker Danny Arce [no convenient biography] was standing on Elm Street outside the front door of the building and allowed "a real old man" to use the TSBD lavatories. "He had on an old brown suit and a western type hat". He then saw the man leave the building "and drive off in an old black Buick". It may or may not be relevant that Arce had only been working at TSBD for two months, having previously worked in the kitchens at "this Rubenstein place on Hall [Street]".
ASIDE: Hall Street is two miles east of Dealey Plaza. Researchers have recently largely excluded the possibility that the Sidney Rubenstein and (son) Stanley Rubenstein of Rubenstein and Son Produce Inc, 1111 Hall Street [looks like a parking lot on my Google Streetview - Ed.] have anything to do with Jack Ruby. We note that some sources give the Rubenstein address as 1111 Hall, while others mention Pearl Street. The descendent company - now just a wholesaler - is Rubenstein Seafood Sales Inc - see the website. It lists at 6210 Campbell Road. We also note that a (then) 73-year-old Richard Pavlick in a 1950 black Buick had tried to car-bomb JFK back in 1960, but was (unconfirmed) in a mental institution at the time of the assassination. Recent attempts to conflate Arce with an anti-Castro Cuban named Amado Cantillo seem to have drawn a blank.
Nobody has yet been able to find any substantive association between Danny Arce and the much older INTERPEN operative Remigio Arce. It may or may not therefore also be relevant that Danny Arce has been recently identified as an INTERPEN field operative in his own right - YouTube him in Dealey Plaza now - which, if true, would make you wonder who the "real old man" really was and what he brought in to the TSBD under his coat [MORE CURTAIN RODS, PERHAPS?]! Arce's evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit, 22nd November 1963 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Arce, Remigio ["Cuku"]: Remigio Arce [no convenient biography] pops up only infrequently in the histories, usually as a member of INTERPEN, and sometimes as having identified Herminio Diaz Garcia as a Dealey Plaza shooter. Nobody has yet been able to find any substantive association between Remigio Arce and TSBD employee Danny Arce.
Archacha Smith, Sergio: [Because Hispanic rules apply to this three part name, we have taken the family name Arcacha as the indexing name and Smith - the mother's name - as supplemental. Some authors prefer the hyphenated surname Archaca-Smith, and others refer to him as just Arcacha.] Cuban diplomat Sergio Arcacha Smith [Spartacus Educational biography] sought refuge in New Orleans after the Castro Revolution, and there - in association with David Ferrie - he established the (Cuban) Democratic Liberation Front (FRD). He was expelled from this organisation for embezzlement in January 1962, and in October 1962 relocated to Miami, thence to Tampa, thence to Houston. He would in due course be named in Richard Sprague's 1985 book "The Taking of America" as one of the dozen or so inner sanctum conspirators in the JFK assassination.
Arnold, Gordon: About to return from leave to Fort Wainwright, AL, 22-year-old Gordon Arnold [Wikipedia biography] was told by a man with CIA Id not to spectate from the triple overpass, and so moved down in front of the picket fence.
ASIDE: One of Rod Mac Kenzie's false Id Cards at work, perhaps??
Arnold was then filming the motorcade at about the same moment that Badgeman (Roscoe White or Charles Rogers) took his shot. His camera was then confiscated by a hatless uniformed officer with a drawn gun. Arnold died in 1997. His evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; Interview to camera, 1988 [YouTube it now - RECOMMENDED].
Artime Buesa, Manuel Francesco: Psychiatrist and lapsed Cuban Revolutionary Dr. Manuel Artime [Wikipedia biography] had been captured on 2nd May 1961 during the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion, not being released until on 24th December 1962. Five days after that he shared the saluting platform with JFK at the latter's homage to the Brigade 2506 veterans. With CIA support he then helped organise and train new cadres of anti-Castro exiles in preparation, they hoped, for a second invasion.
Arvad, Inga Marie: [Until 1931, Inga Marie Arvad Petersen] Danish journalist and some time beauty queen and film starlet Inga Arvad [Wikipedia biography] had schmoozed her way (a) into being a guest at Hermann Goering's wedding on 10th April 1935, and (b) into conducting two career-shaping interviews with Adolf Hitler ("You immediately like him"). She emigrated to the U.S. in 1940, where in November 1941 she entered into a love affair with the son of a U.S. diplomat. This shameless social posturing led to her being closely monitored by the FBI - wiretaps and all - as a suspected Nazi spy. Now guess the name of the diplomat's son ...
Astor, William Waldorf, II, 3rd Viscount Astor: British hereditary peer Lord1952-1966 Astor [Wikipedia biography] was British high society's senior sponsor for osteopath-artist Stephen Ward [q.v.] between the late 1940s and the Profumo Affair [q.v.] in 1963. They shared friends and confidences and generally partied it up, with Ward repaying invitations to aristocratic soirées by turning up with spare women.
ATF: See the entry for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Atkins, Commander Thomas M., USN: Official White House cinematographer Tom Atkins [no convenient biography] was one of the several press corps old hands consigned to Car #6 in the Dallas Presidential motorcade. He managed to take some footage in Dealey Plaza and then proceeded via a short stop at the Trade Mart to Parkland Hospital, where he filmed, amongst other things, the parked-up limo #1. He then flew back to Washington in the press plane and took further footage of the arrival of the body at the White House. Atkins' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT TAKEN]; 19-minute documentary "The Last Two Days" [YouTube it now].
Atsugi Naval Air Station. American military base in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan [Wikipedia briefing, maps, etc.]. It is the largest U.S.N. airbase in the Pacific Theatre, and is noteworthy in the present context for having supported the CIA-led U-2 photoreconnaissance effort from 1957. LHO served at Atsugi as a radar operator between September 1957 and November 1958. Other persons of interest to the present narrative who also served/passed through the station were Gerry Hemming and E. Howard Hunt.
Ayers, Lieutenant (U.S.M.C.) Alexander G.: As recorded in the La Fontaines' 1996 book "Oswald Talked", Lieutenant A. G. Ayers [no convenient biography] was the officer who signed LHO's DD Form 1173, the Buff ID Card found in his wallet at the time of his arrest. Browse the Oswald's Wallet Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Ayers, Bradley E.: JM/WAVE CIA officer turned assassination researcher Bradley Ayers [Spartacus Educational biography] was the source in 1994 of a report naming nine persons as having "intimate operational knowledge" of how the assassination was put together. These were: Grayston Lynch, Theodore Shackley, Felix Rodriguez, Thomas Clines, Gordon Campbell, David Morales, Rip Robertson, Edward Roderick, and Tony Sforza.
Aynesworth, Hugh Grant: West Virginian high flying journalist Hugh Aynesworth [Wikipedia hagiography] was in the offices of the Dallas Morning News at around 1130hr on 22nd December 1963 (even seeing Jack Ruby there placing his weekly advertisement). He was then Ultra-conveniently (for a reporter, that is) at Elm and Houston - within 100 yards of perhaps half a dozen assorted assassins - when the shooting took place (although awkwardly not - it has recently been judged - visible in any of the photographic or cinematographic evidence). He then gathered reports from bystanders outside TSBD, while at the same time eavesdropping a DPD motorcycle radio. He thus heard of the murder of Patrolman J. D. Tippit at the same time as the DPD patrols did themselves, allowing him to get a WFAA-TV vehicle to the site of that incident just as further news came in that a suspect for this latter shooting had been sighted in the Texas Theater. A second mad dash saw him hyper-conveniently in at the arrest of LHO a few minutes later. Aynesworth is also central to the Blood or Cola Thread, having himself visited the top of the John Neely Bryan Pergola steps along with Jerry Coley around midday on Monday 25th November, only to find that the area had been scrubbed clean of the blood Coley had seen on 22nd.
ASIDE: Aynesworth has since consistently dismissed the liquid as "it was soda pop", but since nothing at all was there on 25th November he must either have seen the real stain prior to the cleaning, or seen the Hood photograph after its confiscation, or be simply passing on the hearsay of others as direct testimony.
Aynesworth has recently appeared in a 2013 retrospective with fellow witness Buell Frazier [YouTube it now]. On a visit to Cuba six weeks before the shooting (10th October) he was asked to do a favour of some sort for the CIA, but nothing came of it and he received no payment. Aynesworth's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; HSCA [NOT CALLED]; Much to browse online.
Ayres, Joseph: Chief Steward on Air Force One Joseph Ayres [no convenient biography] might have been able to throw light on the Medical Cover Up Thread, but died in a convenient hunting accident in August 1977. His death is one of 115 more or less suspicious assassination-related deaths listed in Roberts and Armstrong's (1995) book "The Dead Witnesses".
Babushka Lady: Known only from other photographs and films the still-unidentified [January 2018] eyewitness known semi-officially as the Babushka Lady [Wikipedia briefing] was filming the event from the median lawn of Dealey Plaza just south of Elm Street, level with the John Neely Bryan Pergola. After the shooting she seems to have calmly finished her film, before disappearing unhurriedly into the crowd. One Beverly Oliver claimed she was the person in question, and that her film had been confiscated by law officers on the day, but this story has not been fully corroborated. We shall therefore leave both person and - far more importantly - her film on the Unsolved Riddles Thread.
Backyard Photographs: These things ...
The Backyard Photographs are some of the most hotly debated pieces of evidence in the entire assassination story. According to the official narrative they were taken in the backyard of 214 West Nealy Street, Dallas, on 31st March 1963, confessedly by Marina Oswald using her husband's Imperial Reflex camera, and two prints (CE-133-A and CE-133-B) and one negative (CE-749) were discovered in the garage at the Paine House on 23rd November by Officers Gus Rose and Richard Stovall. Alternative theories began perhaps an hour later at DPDHQ when LHO was shown the photographs, only to reply that they were his head superimposed onto somebody else's body. The debate has swung back and forth between the two extremes of opinion ever since, supported by a test-tubes-at-20-paces battle of photoforensic experts. YouTube here for some of the doubts. In 1978, the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences gave three of their experts the task of briefing the HSCA as to the validity of the exhibits [full text online]. The report testified, amongst many other things, as follows ...
(1) Fine markings on CE-749 matched those on fresh negatives exposed in LHO's camera, and CE-749 produced CE-133-B when printed.
(2) None of the scratchmarks were abruptly discontinuous as they would be if photocomposited.
(3) No evidence of head substitution was seen.
Then, in 1975 a third slightly variant positive came to light, CE-133-C, previously in the possession of Geneva White [by then Dees]. Again, on 1st April 1977 a signed copy of CE-133-A was found after his suicide in the effects of George de Mohrenschildt. And finally, in 1992, a photographic matte came out of the woodwork, prepared on or about 29th November 1963 by DPD crime scene photographer Bobby Brown, in which any properly posed figure might be inserted into a positive of the rest of CE-133-C; an artifice found in every major fairground and theme-park on earth. The black clothing was ever found amongst LHO's personal possessions (Roe, 2016).
Badgeman: A uniformed shooter revealed on the western end of the John Neely Bryan Pergola during the 1980s in the Mary Moorman #5 photograph by optical enlargement and more recently by digital enhancement by researchers such as Gary Mack and Jack White [Wikipedia entry], and since tentatively identified as either Roscoe White or Charles Rogers depending on whose theory you follow.
Baker, Judyth Anne Vary: Indiana born laboratory scientist Judyth Baker [Spartacus Educational biography] was a high school biomedical sciences prodigy who was rewarded just after her 18th birthday with a short internship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY. She moved on scholarship to the University of Florida in February 1962, but left a year later after a miscarriage. She then moved to New Orleans with her boyfriend Robert Alston Baker, III, and there fell in with LHO, who was - she says - trying to infiltrate New Orleans right-wing -Castro network. As such she soon met mob boss Carlos Marcello, Clay Shaw, Guy Banister, and David Ferrie. She married Bobby Baker on 2nd May 1963, but the next day he left for a three week work away. During this first absence she and LHO found work at the William Reily Coffee Company, with part-time involvement as an outstation to Dr. Alton Ochsner's Ochsner Clinic on a hush-hush government project looking at transmittable cancer led in house by Mary Sherman in "the Bone Lab". Ochsner explained that Fidel Castro was trying to kill JFK, which would likely trigger WW3, and that if - as a cigar smoker - he could be infected with a cancer extract of some sort it could save mankind. She and LHO spent the rest of the summer raising cancer-infected mice and submitting recovered cancer tissues to the main lab. That and falling in love into the bargain. On 9th August, LHO, as a potential mule for the delivery of the material into Cuba, started to cultivate the necessary pro-Castro persona by distributing leaflets on behalf of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Somehow Baker avoided the accidents and murders which disposed of most of the conspirators already mentioned, and kept her story to herself until 1999. Her own book, entitled "Me and Lee", came out in 2010. She has appeared also on numerous YouTube lectures and promotions, but they are generally too poorly constructed to do her story proper justice.
***** Two Bobby Bakers follow - do not mix them up *****
Baker, Robert Alston, III: [Background not known - Ed.] Bobby Baker [no convenient biography] was the Florida University student who married Judith Vary, thereafter Judith Vary Baker, 2nd May 1963 in Mobile, AL, and who then rather conveniently worked away two or three weeks at a time while his new wife fell for, and then conducted a double extramarital affair with LHO.
Baker, Robert Gene: Washington aide Bobby Baker [Wikipedia biography] had been closely associated with LBJ since the latter's election to the Senate in 1948, and had common business interests with him until 1960. Baker resigned as Secretary to the House Majority Leader on 7th October 1963, during an investigation for bribery, and he was eventually sentenced to 18 months in prison for tax evasion.
Baker, Russell Warren: Investigative journalist Russ Baker [Wikipedia biography] joined our story with his 2008 book "Family of Secrets", the first work to make a detailed case that George H. W. Bush had been an active CIA officer at the time of the JFK assassination and the Watergate Conspiracy. For this impudence he has been largely disowned by the mainstream media, although his WHO-WHAT-WHY social media presence is still holding out under fire [check it out].
Banfield, Bill: NPIC employee. Features in the entry for Dino Brugioni. Browse the Zapruder Film Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Banister, William Guy: One-time FBI agent, retired Assistant Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, and "first-class prick" (Mac Kenzie (and Hooke), Chap 2) Guy Banister [Wikipedia biography] was one of the leading lights in New Orleans' right-wing activist community, with links to Permindex, Clay Shaw, David Ferrie, and Carlos Marcello. He would in due course be named in Richard Sprague's 1985 book "The Taking of America" as one of the dozen or so inner sanctum conspirators in the JFK assassination.
Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI): [Not to be confused with International Credit Bank of Geneva] The Luxembourg registered bank BCCI [Wikipedia briefing] was forced into liquidation in 1991 and placed under investigation for money laundering, the funding of covert operations (incl terrorism), and fraud. Links with the CIA have also been mentioned in a number of alternative histories of the collapse.
Banned Books: Books have been controlled ever since Warlord X discovered that a good way to belittle Warlords Y and Z was to deface their statues, grind their icons into the dust, and (literally or figuratively) urinate in their temples. The Catholic Church maintained the Index Librorum Prohibitorum until as recently as 1966, the Nazis banned as "degenerate" anything remotely avant garde, the Soviets anything bourgeois, the Maoists anything imperialist, and ISIS anything western. Ideas, in other words, are universally recognised as offensive weapons. Note, however, that in his 2014e Series Introduction to Open Road Media's Forbidden Bookshelf, Professor of Media Studies Mark Crispin Miller [Wikipedia biography] stresses that an administration can ban books covertly every bit as easily as overtly: they simply get their friends in the publishing business to damn targeted works with anything between faint praise and deathly silence.
Bannerman, Robert L.: CIA officer since 1947 and experienced Cold War warrior Robert Bannerman [no convenient biography] was presently the CIA's Director of Security.
Barclay, Michael James: Dallas lawyer Mike Barclay [no convenient biography] was at the corner of Main Street and Houston when the motorcade passed by, and personally heard the shooting from the direction of the TSBD. Later that weekend, after LHO had himself been shot, and with Jack Ruby in custody, he had a chance meeting with Ruby's flatshare George Senator, whom he reassured that he should expect no public reprisals against the shared residence.
Barker, Bernard Leon: Havana born Cuban-American, WW2 (USAF) veteran, one-time member of Fulgencio Batista's secret police, sometime FBI undercover agent, sometime CIA operative, and participant in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Bernard Barker [Wikipedia biography] is now widely suspected as having been on the assassination team representing Team Santo Trafficante, as a fake SS agent at the top of the Grassy Knoll, whose job it was to turn away genuine law officers while the actual shooters made their get-away [as happened, for example, to Mo Mabra]. His story only started to emerge after he was convicted 1st January 1975 for taking part in the 1972 Watergate Affair.
Barnes, Tracy: Following the King Memorandum to the National Security Council and the consequent authorisation of Operation 40, WW2 veteran OSS agent and long time CIA luminary Tracy Barnes [Spartacus Educational biography] was made Chief of the CIA's Cuban Task Force. On 18th June 1960 he reportedly met with E. Howard Hunt, David Atlee Phillips, and others to plan specific anti-Castro operations, not least the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Oilmen George H. W. Bush and Jack Crichton would provide funding.
Barnes, Sergeant W. E.: Having been despatched to the J. D. Tippit Officer-Down call in Oak Cliff. Sergeant W. E. Barnes was the DPD officer who then processed the murder scene, finding the discarded jacket in the nearby parking lot. He then attended the arrest site at the Texas Theater.
Barrett, Robert M.: FBI agent Bob Barrett [no convenient biography] was the FBI's first responder at the J. D. Tippit crime scene, and witnessed LHO's wallet - having been picked up by Officer Kenneth Croy moments earlier - being checked out by Captain Bill Westbrook [q.v.] - YouTube his recollections now. Barrett's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]. Browse the Oswald's Wallet Thread to accumulate the various fragments of this story.
Batista, Fulgencio: Cuban politician Fulgencio Batista [Wikipedia biography] was U.S.-backed President of Cuba until - after a decade in bed with American mobsters such as Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano - deposed by the Castro Revolution on 1st January 1959.
Beers, Ira Jefferson ["Jack"], Jr.: Dallas Morning News photographer Jack Beers [no convenient biography] was in his lab developing footage taken earlier in the day at Love Field. About 20 minutes after the shooting his editor sent him to the TSBD where he filmed both external and internal scenes (including on TSBD6). On 23rd November he covered City Hall, and on 24th he was in the basement at the time of the Jack Ruby shooting. Beers died 1975 of a heart attack, aged 51 years. His evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Behn, Gerald A.: Although Jerry Behn [no convenient biography] was SAIC [=Special Agent in Charge] of the SS White House Detail, whose job it was to ride the President's coat tails at all times, he was being deputised for on 22nd November 1963 by Roy Kellerman.
Belin, David W.: Washington born lawyer David Belin [Wikipedia biography] was Assistant Counsel for the Warren Commission, and conducted many of the questionings referenced in the present resource. He subscribed so strongly to the official lone-nut narrative that his family reportedly read conspiracy works to him during his terminal coma in January 1999 as a test of his consciousness level☻☻☻ He defended the official view in a very informative 10th September 1981 televised head-to-head with G. Robert Blakey - YouTube it now.
Bell, Audrey D.: Nurse Audrey Bell [no convenient biography] was a senior nurse attending firstly JFK and subsequently John Connally during their emergency treatment at Parkland Hospital. She is noteworthy in the present context for the part she played in the chain of custody arguments over the Magic Bullet - YouTube her now, and then browse the Magic Bullet Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Bell, Mark: Dealey Plaza spectator Mark Bell [no convenient biography] took home movie footage of the motorcade from the west sidewalk of Houston just after the turn off Main. The film began with a tracking shot along Houston, complete with a sweep of the onlookers on the east sidewalk outside the Criminal Courts and County Records Building. There was then a break at the moment of the shooting (out of sight on Elm) while Bell made his way round the southern end of the water feature onto the grassed median. The film then showed with the limos accelerating away under the triple Underpass, before panning back to show the quite impressive crowd converging on the Grassy Knoll. YouTube it all now - GREAT STUFF [the final quarter of this clip is taken from several floors up and includes an uncropped frontal shot of the TSBD, showing which windows were open - we have not yet established the new camera location for this, nor the time shift involved].
Benavides, Domingo: 26-year-old Dallas motor mechanic Domingo Benavides [Spartacus Educational biography] was walking the zig-zag back alleys between his place of employment at Patton and Jefferson, and a motor factors at 10th and Marsalis to buy spare parts for the job he was on. He was on 10th Avenue heading west when he saw Patrolman J. D. Tippit's patrol car ahead of him. <He then provides a close-hand account of Tippit's shooting as per his Warren Commission testimony below, which see>. The shooter then made off southward along Patton, reloading his gun as he went and throwing down the spent shells [indicating that it was a revolver not an automatic - Ed.]. Benavides and another passer-by then used the patrol car's radio to alert DPD, after which he went and successfully recovered two spent shells into an empty cigarette packet, noting that they were chromed. Over the coming weeks Benavides was to receive a number of threatening phone calls, but in the event it was his brother Eddy Benavides who got killed. Domingo Benavides' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now - RECOMMENDED]; Interview to camera, CBS documentary [YouTube it now].
Benavides, Edward H.: 27-year-old Eddy Benavides [no convenient biography] was brother to Tippit witness Domingo Benavides. He was killed bystanding a bar fight in February 1965. Eddy Benavides accordingly has no evidential profile.
Bentley, Paul: DPD detective Paul Bentley [no convenient biography] was Code 3'd to the scene of the J. D. Tippit shooting. He then moved on to the Texas Theater, where, following time in the balcony, he was right alongside Maurice McDonald in the final tussle for LHO's pistol (during which he sprained his ankle).
Having safely negotiated LHO through the crowds outside the cinema, Bentley then sat left-alongside the suspect in the rear of the patrol car on the return to DPDHQ, with Charles Walker right-alongside. Officers Bob Carroll (driving), Gerald Hill, and Kenneth Lyons were left-to-right in the front seat. During the drive, watched by detective Gerald Hill from the front seat, he removed Oswald's Wallet [q.v.] from LHO's hip pocket.
(note early mention of wallet contents)
Only very recently (2014) will it emerge that in at least one FBI agent's opinion the Hill-Bentley wallet story was "hogwash". Bentley's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]. Browse the Oswald's Wallet Thread to accumulate the various fragments of this story.
Bergere, Leon F.: Shipping magnate Leon Bergere [no convenient biography] was a contact in Jack Ruby's address book.
Bertram, Clay: Sometime alias of Clay Shaw.
Bethesda: [a.k.a. Bethesda Hospital; in full (1963) National Naval Medical Center; in full (2018) Walter Reed National Military Medical Center] In the present context, "Bethesda" is the colloquial name for what is nowadays [January 2018] the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center [Wikipedia briefing]. It is where, between its arrival on 22nd November 1963 and its interment on 25th, JFK's body was subject to medical examination and mortuary preparation. Browse the Medical Cover Up Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Bethune, Philip Higley: [Read firstly the entry for Charles Willoughby.] Long-standing U.S. Army staff officer, WW2 veteran (Tenth Army, esp. Okinawa surrender), Korean War (Eighth Army G-2 intelligence officer), and Cold War intelligence officer in Mexico, General Philip Bethune [West Point AOG obituary] had been head-hunted to the Board of the Dallas Council on World Affairs (DCWA) in 1961, and - drawing upon his wide network of contacts as speakers - was presently embarked upon a program of intellectually stimulating (and of course politically highly correct) luncheon-lecture events. These would continue every couple of months for the duration of his 1961-1968 tenure. Here are some specific events to indicate topic areas and audience ...
On 7th January 1962 he personally gave a talk on "Mexico in the Cold War" to the Shearith Israel Young Adult League (Texas Jewish Post, 4th January 1962, p6).
On 8th November 1962 Chief of Intelligence at the State Department Roger Hilsman gave a talk on relations between China and the Soviet Union (University of North Texas Libraries online).
On 20th November 1963 the Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. Winfried Plätzer gave a talk on the need for European countries to pay more toward their own defence (ibid.).
On 20th October 1964 "an old army buddy", U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge, gave a talk on Vietnam and the then-recent Chinese nuclear test (ibid.).
Billings, Richard N.: Long time Life Magazine staffer, CIA operative in 1963 during Operation Tilt, and on the House Select Committee on Assassinations as Editorial Director, Dick Billings [Spartacus Educational biography] was on the Life team in Dallas which negotiated the purchase of the Zapruder Film. After his HSCA experience he was co-author with G. Robert Blakey of the 1981 book "Fatal Hour", thereby helping to establish the part played by organised crime in the assassination conspiracy [there is, or course, still five years to go before the Iran-Contra Affair [Wikipedia briefing] demonstrated that the CIA were themselves part of organised crime - Ed.]. Browse the Zapruder Film Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Bissell, Richard Mervin, Jr.: Senior CIA spymaster since 1954 and veteran of the U-2 programme Richard Bissell [Wikipedia biography] was appointed CIA Director of Plans in 1958 by Allen Dulles. According to Douglas Horne's 2013 book "JFK's War With The National Security Establishment" the Bay of Pigs Invasion was thus essentially Bissell's project. After its catastrophic failure JFK explained that because he could not be fired Bissell was going to be and he duly left to become a defence consultant.
Black Op Radio: Online broadcasting station fronted by Len Osanic as "the voice of political conspiracy research". The website maintains an archive of past broadcasts, and has posted several good JFK titles to YouTube, not least a 2011 interview with Blood or Cola Thread man Jerry Coley [YouTube it now - RECOMMENDED].
Blakey, G. Robert: Lawyer, diligent servant of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, and academic G. Robert Blakey [Wikipedia biography] was co-author with Richard Billings of the 1981 book "Fatal Hour".
Bledsoe, Mary E.: One time LHO's rooming landlady and with significant right-wing associations Mary Bledsoe [no convenient biography] was on a bus travelling west along Elm Street when a person she knew "was Lee Oswald because he lived in my home from October 7, 1963 to October 14, 1963" got on, looking like "a maniac" and with a "distorted" face. Because of the congestion ahead in Dealey Plaza progress was very slow, and "after three or four blocks" LHO got off again. They did not speak, and the Warren Commission did not pursue why. Indeed, it has been suggested that her testimony was just too heavily supported by written notes and too tightly stage-managed by her lawyer Melody Douthitt. Rather spookily, Mrs. Bledsoe's husband J. E. Bledsoe had been a friend of George Dealey, developer of Dealey Plaza in 1940. Bledsoe's evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit 23rd November 1963 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [read it now - RECOMMENDED FOR THE FINE DETAIL OF BOTH ENCOUNTER PERIODS - NOTE THE LENGTH AND THE UNNECESSARY (PRE-SCRIPTED??) TRIVIA]. [See next Porter Bledsoe.]
Bledsoe, Porter: Son of key Warren Commission witness Mary Bledsoe and perhaps with past Civil Air Patrol associations Porter Bledsoe [no convenient biography but some Internet chatter] began to appear in conspiracy literature after being mentioned in Penn Jones' 1969 obituary for his mother. The poorly supported suspicion has since been that he was the conduit through which the FBI pre-scripted his mother's highly convenient testimony.
Blevins, Leroy, Sr: Kentucky-based JFK researcher Leroy Blevins [LinkedIn Homepage] is the author of (2014) "The JFK Assassination Report" and (2017) "Evidence of a Conspiracy".
Bloomfield, Louis Mortimer: Canadian-born lawyer, SOE operative for the British, FBI Division Five operative for the Americans, and - in what remained of his time - legitimate businessman Louis Bloomfield [Wikipedia biography; Spartacus Educational biography] was a contact in Jack Ruby's address book. He is noteworthy in the present context for being a major shareholder in the CIA front company Permindex. He would in due course be named in Richard Sprague's 1985 book "The Taking of America" as one of the dozen or so inner sanctum conspirators in the JFK assassination.
Boggs, Hale: Lawyer, politician, and WW2 veteran Hale Boggs [Wikipedia biography] was appointed to the Warren Commission on 29th November 1963.
Bolden, Abraham W.: Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden [Wikipedia biography] was appointed to JFK's Protection Division in 1961, but was not on front line duty in Dallas. He was charged in 1964 with accepting a bribe, convicted, and dismissed the Secret Service. While serving his sentence he got in touch with assassination researcher Mark Lane and told of a plot to assassinate the President on a visit to Chicago planned for 2nd November 1963. The visit had duly been cancelled under a covering pretext at the last moment. The possibility has since quite strongly emerged that the source of the information in the first place had been LHO wearing his FBI informer's hat. For the fuller telling of this story see James Douglass' 2008 book "JFK and the Unspeakable".
Bookhout, James Willingham: FBI Special Agent Jim Bookhout [no convenient biography, but several 2009 online obituaries] had not been on duty on 22nd November 1963, but proceeded to DPDHQ when he heard of the shooting, arriving there before both Will Fritz and the newly-arrested LHO. He then witnessed LHO's arrival, but was not invited into Fritz's initial interrogation of him. He then called his boss, Dallas FBI Chief, Gordon Shanklin, who told him that he and fellow Agent James Hosty were to sit in as soon as possible. This was arranged at 1515hr, no more than "five to ten" minutes after the interrogation had begun. Bookhout contributed questions now and then, and took notes (although by the date of his Warren Commission testimony he had destroyed them). In all he was second only to Fritz in time spent interrogating LHO. When the interrogation continued on 23rd November the observers included two Secret Service men. Bookhout's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Boone, Eugene: Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Boone [Abilene Reporter-News obituary, 2017] was the law officer who, having spent some minutes searching the Railway Area, entered the TSBD found the Mannlicher-Carcano C2766 behind some boxes on the west side of TSBD6. Boone's evidential profile is as follows: Sheriff's Office Notes #1, 22nd September 1963 [?]; Sheriff's Office Notes #2, 22nd September 1963 [?]; Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Dramatised Mock Trial testimony, 1992 [YouTube it now]; Interview to camera, 2014 [YouTube it now].
Boone, Ron: Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Ron Boone [no convenient biography] was in the general gathering of deputies outside the Sheriff's Office as the motorcade went by. When the shooting started he headed across Elm Street, and up the Grassy Knoll to the Railway Area, where several people had been pointing. Boone's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Bosch, Orlando: [a.k.a. Dark Complected Man - TENTATIVE] 37-year-old physician turned CIA field operative Orlando Bosch [Wikipedia biography] . He would later be convincingly identified as a member of the CIA's Operation 40 team and 73-death airliner terrorist, and has recently been tentatively identified by researcher Larry Rivera as Ground Zero's Dark Complected Man.
Boswell, Commander (U.S.N.) J. Thornton, MD: Military pathologist Commander Thornton Boswell [Spartacus Educational biography] was one of the three military medics who contributed to the JFK autopsy at the Bethesda Hospital between 2000hr on 23rd September 1963 and <time unrecorded> on <date unrecorded>. Browse the Medical Cover Up Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story. Boswell's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Assassination Records Review Board testimony [read it now].
Bowers, Lee Edward: 38-year-old Union Terminal Company railyard controller Lee Bowers [Wikipedia biography] was in the railyard's North Tower at the time of the shooting. At 1155hr he noted "a dirty [later specified as "red sandy"] 1959 Oldsmobile Station Wagon" enter the parking area, cruise around, and then leave again. Twenty minutes later "a 1957 Ford, Black, 2 door" entered and left. Its driver seemed to be speaking on a radio of some sort. Five minutes later still a "1961 Chevrolet, Impala, 4 door", dirty up to its windows and with the same out of state plates as the Oldsmobile, did the same.
ASIDE: Sample and Collom (1995) remark that the Oldsmobile might have been the vehicle Ruth Martinez had used to collect Loy Factor from his home in Oklahama two days previously, its dirt streaking being compatible with the rough dirt tracks in that vicinity.
There were also two men standing "within 10 or 15 feet of each other" against the picket fence, and two policemen and a number of railway workers on the tracks over the underpass. At the moment of the shooting he noted a "commotion", a "flash of light or smoke or something", "something out of the ordinary, a sort of milling around, [...] which attracted my eye for some reason, which I could not identify" in the area of the picket fence. Bowers then proceeded to play a largely unrecognised part in the police sweep of the railyard, by deliberately red-lighting at least one outbound freight so that it might be searched, and generally liaising closely with DPD despatchers. Bowers died 9th August 1966 from injuries sustained when his car either left or was forced off the road. Later second-hand evidence from (friend) Walter Rischel and (researcher) Al Navis will insist that Bowers, fearing for his life, withheld the pivotally important testimony (a) that the two figures had both fired rifles, and (b) that both wore DPD uniforms. Bowers evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit, undated [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Interview to camera, Mark Lane, 31st March 1966 [YouTube it now].
Bowley, Temple Ford: Oak Cliff resident Temple Bowley [no convenient biography] was a witness to the shooting of Patrolman J. D. Tippit at 10th and Patton, and used the patrol car radio to alert DPDHQ. Bowley's evidential profile is as follows: DPD Despatch audio, 22nd November 1963 [YouTube it now]; Affidavit 2nd December 1963 [read it now].
Brading, Eugene Hale ["Jim"]: [a.k.a James Lee and Jim Braden] Rod Mac Kenzie (and Hooke)'s 2016 analysis of the assassination places California-based mobster Jim Brading [Spartacus Educational biography] in the County Records Office acting as spotter for CIA-man George H. W. Bush's shooter Chuck Nicoletti. He was unlucky enough to be arrested in that very location for "acting suspiciously", but was soon released. Brading would in due course be named in Richard Sprague's 1985 book "The Taking of America" as one of the dozen or so outer sanctum conspirators in the JFK assassination. Brading is also suspected of having played a part in the RFK assassination in 1968. Brading's evidential profile is as follows: Deposition, 22nd November 1963 explaining his arrest [read it now].
Bradley, Edgar Eugene: Right-winger and long standing CIA operative Gene Bradley [no convenient biography] pops up only infrequently in the histories, and only then due to his indictment by Jim Garrison for complicity in the broader Clay Shaw conspiracy (Garrison's sources noted that he was "constantly harping on the fact that someone should kill Kennedy"). Some authors have placed him in Dallas on the day of the assassination, perhaps as official photographer; others note with interest that he had experience using storm drains as snipers' nests. Roger Craig [q.v.] tentatively identified him in 1967 as the "secret service officer" who had blanked his initial report of getaway vehicle and suspect at the foot of the Grassy Knoll.
Brand, Ed.: Dallas insurance salesman Ed. Brand [no convenient biography], who had offices across from LHO's rooming house at 1026 North Beckley Avenue, reported after the assassination that LHO had been in for a car insurance quotation in early November 1963. He had seen a driving licence in the name "O. H. Lee", and been told to expect a cash sale in the not too distant future.
Brehm, Charles ["Chuck"]: D-Day and Korean War veteran Chuck Brehm [Wikipedia biography] was spectating with his five-year-old son from the median lawn of Dealey Plaza just south of Elm Street, level with the John Neely Bryan Pergola, and close to Babushka Lady. He saw the effects of the headshot and then fell to the ground to protect his son from any firefight, should one break out. Brehm's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; Interview to camera, 1993 [YouTube it now].
Brennan, Howard Leslie: 45-year-old steam fitter Howard Brennan [Wikipedia biography] was spectating during his lunch break at Houston and Elm, and his account of activity on TSBD6 will lead to his being described by Michael Kurtz in his 1982/1993 book "Crime of the Century" as the "most important" of the eyewitnesses (p27). Most notably he reported having a full facial view of the shooter in the Sniper's Nest, and contributed much of the description of the suspect subsequently BOLA'd. However not all researchers have been as impressed as Kurtz over the years, so avoid over-reliance. Brennan died in 1983, and his memoirs appeared posthumously in 1987 under the title "Eyewitness to History". Brennan's evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit, 22nd November 1963 [read it now]; Affidavit, 7th May 1964 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [Part #1; Part #2].
Brewer, Johnny Calvin: Dallas shop assistant Johnny Brewer [no convenient biography] was at work in Hardy's Shoe Store, 213 West Jefferson (just down the block from the Texas Theater), when he saw a man - presumably LHO - behaving suspiciously outside. He followed the man to the Texas Theater and watched him go in. He and the cinema staff then rang the sighting in and waited until the police showed up to make the eventual arrest. Brewer's evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit 6th December 1963 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Interview to camera, 196? [YouTube it now]. Browse the Texas Theater Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Bridges, Henry Styles: Right-wing politician Henry Bridges [Wikipedia biography] was Senator from New Hampshire between 1937 and 1961. He is noteworthy in the present context for taking the Director of the CIA Henry Hillenkoetter to task for allowing the North Korean "surprise attack" on 25th June 1950
Brigade 2506: Recruited mainly from the anti-Castro Cuban exile community in the Miami area Assault Brigade 2506 [Wikipedia briefing] was in effect the CIA's private army for the Bay of Pigs Invasion. It lost heavily on the invasion beaches, and among its survivors were many who held JFK responsible for the loss of friends and homeland. JFK did his best to settle the resentment by addressing the survivors in the Orange Bowl Stadium, Miami, on 29th December 1962, and by promising that their battle flag would one day be returned to a "free Havana" [YouTube the audio now]; he clearly failed to convince everyone present.
Brinegar, John: Dallas gun-dealer Johnny Brinegar [no convenient biography] was one of only two arms dealers in the Dallas-Irving area which stocked the rather obscure 6.5mm ammunition (the other being John Masen). He was mentioned by Dick Russell in his 2008 book "On the Trail of the JFK Assassins", as having sold about ten boxes of 6.5mm Mannlicher-Carcano ammunition to Masen in early 1963.
Bringuier, Carlos Jose: 29-year-old Cuban lawyer Carlos Bronguier [Wikipedia biography] fled Cuba after the Castro Revolution and opened a clothing store named Casa Roca at 107 Decatur Street. He soon became the New Orleans organiser for the DRE. On 5th August 1963 LHO visited Casa Roca to offer Bringuier help in his fight against Castro; only to appear further along the street handing out pro-Castro leaflets on behalf of the FPCC on 9th August. On 21st August he took part in a radio debate with LHO chaired by CIA associate Bill Stuckey. Along with Jose Lanuza in Miami, Bringuier helped disseminate LHO's PRO-Castro credentials to the mainstream media in the late afternoon of 22nd November 1963, hitting the national headlines the following morning. This places him firmly on the LHO Patsification Thread.
British Security Coordination (BSC): See the entry for Sir William Stephenson.
Bronfman, Samuel: Having emigrated from Bessarabia to Canada as a child to escape the Tzarist Russian anti-Jewish pogroms, Samuel Bronfman [Wikipedia biography] settled in Montreal and gradually built up Distillers Corporation Limited, owners of the Seagrams whiskey brand. John Hughes-Wilson perhaps uncharitably described Bronfman in his 2013 book "JFK - An American Coup" as an "ex-Mafia bootlegger" and Zionist, and asserted strong but secretive links to Permindex.
Bronson, Charles: 45-year-old Dallas engineer Charles Bronson [no convenient biography] took 8mm footage at around 1223hr on Houston Street, of a by-stander suffering a seizure. This footage occasionally includes the upper stories of the TSBD [YouTube it now] and might well be showing a number of unclear figures on the 6th Floor. Bronson's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Brookhart, William G.: Special Agent (FBI) William G. Brookhart [no convenient biography] would, on 24th November, conduct the search of the apartment LHO had rented earlier in the year at 214 West Neely Street [q.v.] locating one of the two American Bakeries Pay Stubs in the name of former tenant James Jackson. They are evidentially important because, taken together, these pay stubs [TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY HAD NOT BEEN PLANTED] incontrovertibly link LHO to the premises where the Backyard Photographs [TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY HAD NOT BEEN FAKED] had been found. On 8th January 1964 Brookhart interviewed Jackson, who could only surmise that he had lost it during his tenancy there. Brookhart's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Brown, Earle Vincent: DPD Officer Earle Brown [no convenient biography] was securing the railway tracks area on top of the Triple Overpass, that is to say, he had no vantage over the three roadway tunnels or the two flanking pedestrian walkthroughs which passed under said overpass. He was positioned, with his patrol partner James Lomax close at hand, and Joe Murphy a little further off, as follows (from his Warren Commission testimony) [Aerial back-up needed?] ...
"Mr. BALL. On November , 1964, were you assigned to a certain post on duty? Mr. BROWN. Yes, sir. Mr. BALL. Where? Mr. BROWN. That would be the railroad overpass over Stemmons Expressway service road. Mr. BALL. Is that the one that leads of Elm? Mr. BROWN. You mean that crosses Elm? Mr. BALL. That crosses Elm, yes; the overpass across Elm. Mr. BROWN. No, sir. Mr. BALL. What does it cross? Mr. BROWN. It's over Stemmons Expressway; in other words, they make that turn of Elm and go up. Mr. BALL. You know where Elm, the corner of Elm and Houston is? Mr. BROWN. Yes, sir. Mr. BALL. Then there Is a road, the highway continues on to the west, a little south, is that what you call the Stemmons Expressway? Mr. BROWN. There's one there, too, but that overpass is actually a road. Where I was was the railroad overpass. Mr. BALL. The railroad overpass Itself? Mr. BROWN. Yes, sir. Mr. BALL. How far were you from the place where the continuation of Elm goes under the overpass? Mr. BROWN. Oh, approximately 100 yards. Mr. BALL. Let me see if we can get something In the record that will be your position. You were appointed to this particular spot? Mr. BROWN. Yes, sir. Mr. BALL. Was there another patrolman on the overpass also? Mr. BROWN. Yes, sir; James Lomax. Mr. BALL. Now, this Is the place where the railroad yards run over the highway? Mr. BROWN. Yes. Mr. BALL. And you are on the Stemmons Freeway end of It? Mr. BROWN. That's right; In other words, Stemmons Freeway and the service road both go under the underpass.
Mr. BROWN. From where I was standing they would be about half way between - no, they would be up more toward that other overpass, whet they call the triple underpass. Mr. BALL. The triple underpass? Mr. BROWN. Yea. Mr. BALL. You were about 100 yards from the triple underpass? Mr. BROWN. Approximately; yes. Mr. BALL. Was there anybody standing on the triple underpass? Mr. BROWN. On the triple underpass? Mr. BALL. Yes. Mr. BROWN. Yes, sir; they had at least two officers. Mr. BALL. Anybody but police officers? Mr. BROWN. Not that I know of. I didn't recall anyone.
Mr. BALL. Mr. Brown, I have had a map made here which I would like to have you inspect here. The railroad overpass is shown - that runs in a north and south direction? Mr. BROWN. Yes. Mr. BALL. And Stemmons Freeway overpass is shown - that runs north and south, doesn't it? Mr. BROWN. Right. Mr. BALL. Were you on either one of those overpasses? Mr. BROWN. Either one of those two there? Mr. BALL. Yes. Mr. BROWN. No, sir. Mr. BALL. Where were you? Mr. BROWN. On this overpass here - this TP Railroad overpass. Mr. BALL. The overpass that runs in an east and west direction? [THERE IS NO EAST-WEST OVERPASS, SO WE PRESUME AN EAST-WEST SIGNAL GANTRY ACROSS SOME NORTH-SOUTH TRACKS] Mr. BROWN. Right - yes, sir. Mr. BALL. Now, will you take this pen and draw on there your position on the overpass? Mr. BROWN. Well, you see, on this overpass, of course, there are the tracks and then there is a railing and then there is a catwalk on each side and we walked the catwalk, and we would come around on each end and we would walk the tracks and come around there. Mr. BALL. Where were you when you saw the President's car turn on Houston and Elm Street? Mr. BROWN. I was on the catwalk."
Now that that is established, we note that Brown personally saw smoke from the Grassy Knoll and smelled gunpowder a few moments later. That particular piece of testimony has been hotly debated ever since ...
ASIDE: The wind at 1230hr 22nd November 1963 was from the WSW, and brisk enough (officially 15 to 20mph) to flare out spectators' coats on the median south of Elm. How then, did Brown smell smoke from downwind!
DOUBLE ASIDE: Because wind can often be locally antidromic in the vicinity of man-made obstacles due to the eddy effect, we have to allow that the fumes from a Picket Fence [or South Knoll!] shooter might have come to Brown in a circular fashion. TSBD6, on the other hand, was more than twice as far away, and much higher in the wind, and may therefore - we feel - be safely discounted. We must also allow that fumes from an accidental George Hickey [q.v.] shot from on board limo #2 would have been released upwind of Brown once that vehicle had passed under the overpass!
One of the reasons that Brown's story remains controversial is that the Warren Commission - either wilfully or out of sheer incompetence [as in the extract above] - failed to ask either of his two fellow officers about either the smoke or the smell. They also did not pursue eight of the nine railway men present and told the ninth - Skinny Holland - what he saw rather than asking him (McLaren, 2013)! Officer Murphy, by contrast, gives a much clearer statement and is worth a quick divert.
When formally questioned Brown asserted that apart from two policemen there was nobody on the overpass. This is demonstrably inaccurate because a dozen or so figures can clearly been seen at the overpass parapet in many movies and still photographs. We guess that these are - mainly or exclusively - Skinny Holland's crew of railwaymen. Brown's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Brown, Irving: WW2 veteran (U.S. Army intelligence) Irving Brown [Wikipedia biography] was used as a "one-man OSS" field coordinator [see the entry for Arthur Goldberg] in operations to destabilise the Nazi slave labour force in Occupied Europe during WW2. He was then kept on station throughout the Cold War as part of a CIA strategy to prevent Europe's trade unions (not least those in France, Italy, Greece, and Finland) straying too far to the left.
Brown, Madeleine Duncan: LBJ's mistress between 1948 and 1969 Madeleine Brown [Wikipedia biography] entered the spotlight of publicity in 1988 when she began releasing provocative interviews. Perhaps her most significant allegation was that a meeting of senior conspirators had taken place on the evening of 21st November 1963 at the home of Clint Murchison, Sr. Amongst those who had attended were, she said, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard M. Nixon, H. L. Hunt, George Brown, and John McCloy. Brown's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; Assertions in "The Men on the Sixth Floor" (1995); 80-minute interview to camera, Robert Gaylon Ross, Sr, [YouTube it now].
Brown, Robert G.: DPD Crime Search Division detective Bobby Brown [no convenient biography] had in April 1963 been one of the investigating officers in the attempted murder of General Edwin Walker [q.v.] on 10th April 1963, being responsible for the photographs taken of the scene. These darkroom skills would subsequently earn Brown an interview with researcher Alex Cox in 1993, during which it emerged that he had on or about 29th November 1963 created a photofakery "matte" [Wikipedia technical briefing] of one of perhaps the single most visually memorable public consciousness pieces of evidence in the entire case, namely the famous Backyard Photographs [q.v.]. This, in turn, got him several pages' discussion in the La Fontaines' 1996 book "Oswald Talked", who were far from impressed by the explanation Brown offered. Brown's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Brown, Robert K.: Vietnam War veteran (U.S. Army Green Berets) turned journalist Robert K. Brown [Wikipedia biography] was the founder in 1975 of Soldier of Fortune magazine [Wikipedia briefing], featuring tales of counter-insurgency and mercenary operations, and targeting a corresponding readership. He was then the co-author with Miguel Acoca [no convenient biography] of a February 1976 article entitled "The Bayo-Pawley Affair", an exposé of Operation Tilt [q.v.], the June 1963 commando raid into Cuba designed to obtain evidence that the Soviets had retained a covert missile presence on the island in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Brown, Walt: Assassination researcher Walt Brown [Spartacus Educational biography] is a leading second generation JFK researcher, whose books include "The People vs Lee Harvey Oswald" (1992) and the cleverly titled "The Warren Omission" (1996). He recently promoted his work in a 2015 radio interview with Len Osanic [YouTube it now].
Brugioni, Dino Antonio: WW2 veteran (U.S.A.F.) and long-standing expert in U-2 and conventional photoreconnaissance interpretation at "Lundahl's Palace" (the CIA's NPIC Lab in Washington, DC), Dino Brugioni [Wikipedia biography] would later contribute to the mainstream literature on photofakery in his 1999 book "Photofakery: The History and Techniques of Photographic Deception and Manipulation". This work includes a 10-page discussion of the validity of the Oswald-with-Rifle photographs, the final judgement on which is that "the three photos of him were true and not tampered with" (p91). He was then interviewed in 2009 by researcher Peter Janney concerning his department's involvement with the Zapruder film on the weekend of 23rd-24th November 1963. He was called mid-afternoon on Saturday 23rd by his boss Art Lundahl, and asked to get a team into the lab in short order because SS couriers were bringing a rush job in. He duly rounded up Bill Banfield and Ralph Pearce, and the three men went in to work. At about 2200hr they were delivered an 8mm "slit" positive of the Zapruder film [presumably one of the four "true" copies known to have been developed at the Kodak Lab in Dallas].
TECHNICAL ASIDE: The then popular "Super 8" range of home movie cameras actually contained a 25-foot spool of 16mm film, only one 8mm track of which was exposed at a time. The spool was then turned over at end, and the return 8mm track exposed. The development process was thus (a) to fix a 16mm negative, (b) to produce a 16mm positive, (c) to split the 16mm into two 8mm longitudinal halves, and (d) to splice those two halves together end-to-end giving a 50-foot spool of 8mm film for projection.
Unfortunately NPIC had no 8mm projector and so Banfield had to ring round Washington's photographic shops until he found one. The team were therefore unable to start work in earnest until around midnight. They viewed the film together, being duly shocked by the contents. The SS agents then helped them select which frames to blow up and the team spent the next three or four hours producing enough unmounted prints to send the SS men away, and then continuing with producing two identical Briefing Boards. These last were collected at around dawn by Lundahl, who then had a different team produce a further set of boards from a different master later that day - see the entry for Homer McMahon for the continuation of this story. Brugioni would not learn of the second set of boards and the different master reel until interviewed in 2009 ...
ASIDE: It is reasonable to conclude from all this that the later master had been tinkered with at Hawkeye. And of course it is one of this later set of boards which today graces the National Archives, for Brugioni has neither seen nor heard of either of his sets of boards since handing them over.
Sadly, nobody seems to have asked Brugioni in 2009 whether the system's ability to fool even its closest and most trusted servants was going to change his 1999 views as to the genuineness of the Oswald stills. Brugioni's evidential profile is as follows: Interview to camera, Peter Janney, 2009 [YouTube it now (the Brugioni footage starts 38mins in) - ESSENTIAL VIEWING]. Browse the Zapruder Film Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Brussell, Mae: Beverly Hills housewife Mae Brussell [Wikipedia biography] entered the assassination histories thanks to her near-obsessive collection of newspaper clippings from the period 1963-1971, by the end of which she knew more about the geopolitical milieu of Dallas politics than the intelligence services themselves (who invariably work in assignment-defined compartments). Her knowledge, and the stories it supported, earned her a KLRB-Radio talk show in 1971, in which profession she would remain until, like Jack Ruby, she succumbed to a conveniently aggressive cancer in 1988. The most lurid stories have recently been assembled in Alex Constantine's 2014 book "Investigations of Fascism in America". [Our FWIW verdict - largely smokescreen, with the gems hiding in plain sight and thus effectively concealed.]
Bruton, Admiral Henry Chester: WW2 submariner, Korean War battleship captain, and Director of Naval Communications until his retirement in 1960 Henry C. Bruton [Wikipedia biography] was vice-president of Collins Radio's Dallas factory. Browse the Collins Radio Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Buchan, John, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir: Career diplomat and author John Buchan [Wikipedia biography] began WW1 as a writer of British propaganda, moved on for a period as an intelligence officer, and ended as Director of Information in 1917. Between the wars he was variously diplomat, politician, historian, and novelist. He became Governor General of Canada in 1935, and held the post until his death in 1940.
Buckley, William Frank, Jr.: Oil-monied WW2 veteran, CIA veteran (Mexico), and Skull and Bones member William F. Buckley, Jr. [Spartacus Educational biography] had founded the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) [q.v.] right-wing propaganda group on 11th September 1960, and was, at the time of the assassination, an established author/right wing politician. Following lack of election success personally, his interests shifted in 1966 to hosting the TV current affairs discussion programme Firing Line [Wikipedia briefing]. Running for some 30 years in an era which saw the Ramsay Clark Panel (1968), the Rockefeller Commission (1975), and the House Select Committee on Assassinations (1979), these shows could not help but touch occasionally (and that is all it was) upon the JFK assassination, wheeling out the official line in the persons of Allen Dulles in 1967, David Belin in 1975, and Cord Meyer in 1981. Only twice did alternative voices get a decent airing, the first occasion being when retiarius Mark Lane faced the CIA lion (1st December 1966) - YouTube it now [POSITIVELY GLADIATORIAL - ESSENTIAL VIEWING], and the second being when House Select Committee on Assassinations Chief Counsel Robert Blakey gave an update on the proceedings (10th September 1981) - YouTube it now. For the full series list, click here.
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Bucknell, David ["Bucky Beaver"]: [a.k.a. Dave Bennett] Marine David Bucknell [no convenient biography] was a Marine Air Control Squadron 9 (MACS-9) messmate of LHO upon his return from Atsugi (as was a third Marine named Kerry Thornley). When interviewed by Mark Lane in 1978 he told the tale of the Queen Bee Incident [see separate entry]. When interviewed by Jim Keith in 1997 he told the tale of "Mister B" [again see separate entry], explaining that he had been too frightened for his life to mention this earlier.
Bundy, McGeorge: WW2 veteran (U.S. Army Intelligence) McGeorge Bundy [Wikipedia biography] was National Security Advisor between 20th January 1961 (the day JFK was inaugurated) and 28th February 1966.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF): The ATF [Wikipedia briefing] had been established in 1886 as the enforcement arm of the Department of the Treasury, and is part of the assassination story because it was part of an on-going crack-down on gun-runners like Jack Ruby. Browse the ATF Thread to accumulate the various fragments of this story.
Burgess, Guy Francis de Moncy: British diplomat but Cambridge-raised Soviet spy Guy Burgess [Wikipedia biography] began feeding secrets to the Russian intelligence service in 1935. He joined the Foreign Office in 1944 as confidential secretary, thus gaining insight into British foreign policy. He was sent to the British Embassy in Washington, DC, in 1950, and defected at the same time as Donald MacLean in 1951.
Burke, Admiral Arleigh Albert, USN: WW2 and Korean War veteran Admiral Arleigh Burke [Wikipedia biography] was Chief of Naval Operations at the time of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He reportedly had a fierce confrontation with JFK on 18th April 1964 over whether the carrier USS Essex should be allowed to launch aircraft to support the failing beachhead, but was overruled. He subsequently supported the use of nuclear weapons in the defence of Laos.
Burkley, Rear-Admiral George Gregory: Admiral George Burkley [no convenient biography] was JFK's personal physician, and subsequently signed off the Death Certificate, stating the cause of death as "Gunshot wound, skull".
Burris, Colonel Howard L., USAF: LBJ's Vice Presidential military aide Colonel Howard Burris [Washington Post obituary] attended the 20th July 1961 meeting of the National Security Council and prepared what has become known as the "Burris Memorandum" as a briefing for his boss.
Burris Memorandum, The: On 20th July 1961 LBJ's military aide Colonel Howard Burris summarised the proceedings of the meeting of the National Security Council at which prominent ultra-right-wingers such as General Lyman Lemnitzer and Allen Dulles argued for the legitimacy, indeed wisdom, of plan for a full-scale pre-emptive nuclear strike against the Soviet Union "in late 1963". No doubt remembering the dubious military thinking which had brought about the Bay of Pigs fiasco, JFK upped and walked out. The document remained classified until 1993, and is now [click here] reproduced as part of Purcell and Galbraith's (1994) paper "Did the U.S. Military Plan a Nuclear First Strike for 1963?".
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: "First strike" had long been the recommendation of General Curtis LeMay. What JFK did next cost him his life, but saved the world. Indeed the 20th July 1961 is an historically pivotal moment in a truly apocalyptic sense, because no POTUS since that date has so much as lifted a finger to put the military-industrial complex in its place. They merely caper and prance and read their scripts. It has even been suggested that LeMay was behind the "You Yellow S.O.B.!" symbolism of Dealey Plaza's "Umbrella Man" Louie Witt; and the question then arises, of course, as to who instructed Witt to be where he was when he was, so that his umbrella would be one of the last things JFK would ever see.
Burroughs, Warren ["Butch"]: Cinema manager Warren Burroughs [Spartacus Educational biography] was on duty at the Texas Theater when at around 1315hr he served popcorn from his sales counter to a person he later identified as LHO (who had gone into the downstairs auditorium as much as 15 minutes earlier [and who therefore could not have shot J. D. Tippit a mile away at 1314hr - Ed.]). A short time later, John Brewer [therefore just after 1330hr] came in from the shoe shop down the block and informed him that the last person [whom we shall tag as LHO Look-Alike - Ed.] ...
Pivotal Occurrence: The scenario which has been suggested to explain Burrough's testimony is that the person reported by Brewer was play-acting suspicious and deliberately and ostentatiously heading to the Texas Theater as part of a pre-scripted patsification plot against LHO. It is then usually suggested that the intention was for the real LHO to be shot in the heat of the moment once the police turned up.
... who had entered the cinema had been behaving very suspiciously, and that the police ought to be told. Burroughs checked with pay kiosk clerk Julia Postal, who - possibly distracted by passing sirens - had not actually seen anyone go in without paying; but if they had not passed Burroughs either that meant they must have gone upstairs to the balcony. Not wishing to risk a confrontation, Postal directed Burroughs and Brewer to watch the front and back exits while she rang the police [just before 1345hr]. DPD despatchers then log the all units call at 1345hr, and the cars start to arrive to front and rear of the premises a couple of minutes later. [For an account of the moments of the arrest, see the entry for Maurice McDonald.] After the arrest and removal of LHO from the lower auditorium, Burroughs then witnessed a second arrest, this time of the LHO Look Alike from the balcony, who was duly bundled out of the back of the theatre; and there, according to Bernard Haire, driven off in a police car. Burroughs' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it here]. YouTube it all now. Browse the Balcony Arrest Thread to accumulate the various fragments of this story (or if in a hurry go directly to the entry for T. F. White).
Bush, George Herbert Walker ["Poppy"]: According to Rod Mac Kenzie(and Hooke)'s 2016 book "The Men That Don't Fit In", WW2 veteran, Texas oilman, and long time CIA operative George H. W. Bush [Wikipedia biography] was on the 2nd Floor of the Dal-Tex Building at the time of the assassination, directing shooter Chuck Nicoletti and spotter Jim Brading. Bush was subsequently elected to Congress on 3rd January 1967, made Director of the CIA on 30th January 1976, became Vice President to Ronald Reagan on 20th January 1981, and elected President in his own right on 20th January 1989.
Butler, Clayton: Ambulance driver Clayton Butler [no convenient biography] was one of the two crew of the Dudley M. Hughes Funeral Home ambulance (the other being Eddie Kinsley) used to recover the body of J. D. Tippit from the 10th Street scene of his murder.
Butler, Edward Scannell: With a long history of right-wing activism in general and presently Director of the anti-Castro Information Council of the Americas (INCA), Ed Butler [Spartacus Educational biography] was a natural choice when New Orleans radio show host Bill Stuckey was looking for panellists for a head-to-head radio debate with (apparently) pro-Castro pamphleteer LHO. The interview was aired 21st August 1963, was fronted by Bill Slatter, and allowed Butler to put direct questions such as "Are you a Marxist?" - YouTube it Now [second of two items @ 36 mins in].
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Butler, George E.: DPD Criminal Intelligence Lieutenant George Butler [Spartacus Educational biography] had first met Jack Ruby back in 1947 as part of his specialist anti-mob duties. Ironically, he was then in charge on Sunday 24th November of security for the LHO transfer from DPDHQ to the County Jail..
CONSPIRACY ALERT: In this latter respect researcher Anthony Summers (2013e) suspects that Butler had conspired with Ruby and two other basement cops, Patrick Dean and William Harrison, to get him into the basement! Harrison, Dean, and Butler were long-term frequenters of the Carousel Club. For our own part we are less than convinced.
Butler's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Byrd, David Harold ("Dry Hole"): David Harold Byrd [Wikipedia biography] was the Texas oilman who, amongst other things, co-founded the Civil Air Patrol on 1st December 1941, bought the Texas School Book Depository in 1939, and in 1961 helped set up the conglomerate aerospace firm Ling-Temco-Vought.
Cabell, General Charles Pearce: WW2 and Pentagon veteran General Charles Cabell [Wikipedia biography] was responsible for Project Blue Book in 1952 and Deputy Director of the CIA from 1953 until forced to resign 31st January 1962 in the wake of the Bay of Pigs disaster. He has since been regularly named in "rogue CIA" theories of the assassination. He was the brother of Dallas Mayor Earle Cabell.
Cabell, Earle: Dallas businessman Earl Cabell [Wikipedia biography] was Mayor of Dallas at the time of the assassination, and because he had personally overseen the entirely unnecessary Main-Houston-Elm dogleg in the motorcade route often appears in conspiracy theories of the assassination.
Cabell, Elizabeth Holder: Traditionally referred to by the histories as "Mrs. Earle Cabell" and not by her given name Elizabeth Cabell [no convenient biography] was in the "third or fourth" (depending whether you count the pilot car) car of the Presidential motorcade. This car was turning left onto Elm at the time of the shooting, giving her direct sight of the windows of TSBD6, at which point she noted a rifle at "the first" of these. Her evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Caifano, Marshall Joseph: [born Marcello Guiseppe Caifano; a.k.a. John Marshall] 52-year-old Chicago-trained Las Vegas-based mobster Marshall Caifano [Wikipedia biography] appears in some histories as a member of the Charles Nicoletti shooting team, along with Johnny Roselli and James Files. Files himself more or less confirms this theory.
Cain, Richard Scully: [a.k.a. Richard Scalzetti] "Notoriously corrupt" Chicago police officer" Richard Cain [Wikipedia biography] was a close associate of mob boss Sam Giancana. He is noteworthy in the present context for having spent much of 1961 organising the training of anti-Castro Cubans for the Bay of Pigs invasion. He was professionally whacked on 20th December 1973.
Califano, Joseph Anthony, Jr: New York born lawyer Joseph Califano [Wikipedia biography] had been made Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Cyrus Vance, in July 1962, in which role he had deputised at meetings of the Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee on Cuban Affairs (ICCCA). His notes from these meetings would emerge in 1997 as the "Califano Papers", and clearly indicate that U.S. policy toward the Castro Regime after the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion was to rely on diplomatic, economic, and psychological attacks, using the Cuban exiles where possible, while at the same time recognising that a "contingency" might yet serve as the pretext for a second invasion attempt.
Callaway, Ted: Dallas used car salesman Ted Callaway [no convenient biography] was standing outside his car lot in Oak Cliff at around 1315hr when he heard five shots from the direction of 10th Street one block north. He then saw a man with a pistol run on past him down Patton, and then turn right (westward) onto Jefferson. Heading for the site of the shooting he saw Patrolman J. D. Tippit lying dead and used the patrol car radio to report the incident to DPD control. He then stopped a passing cab and tried unsuccessfully to catch the fugitive. Later that day he identified LHO at a DPDHQ line-up. Callaway's evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit 22nd November 1963 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Interview to camera, CBS, 1964 [YouTube it now].
Campbell, Donald: Some time before 0900hr on 22nd November Dallas Morning News advertising salesman Don Campbell [no convenient biography] was drinking coffee with regular Friday advertiser Jack Ruby in the company cafeteria. They were then joined at around 0900hr by Campbell's colleague Jerry Coley and the three spent some minutes chatting. [For what happened next in the Blood or Cola Thread, see the Jerry Coley entry.]
Campbell, Gordon Sutherland: Long-standing CIA officer and "maritime advisor" Gordon Campbell [Spartacus Educational biography] worked for JM/WAVE until his death in September 1962. He would be one of the nine persons identified by Bradley Ayers in 1994 as having "intimate operational knowledge" of how the assassination was put together.
Campbell, Ochus Virgil: TSBD Vice-President Ochus Campbell [no convenient biography] was spectating from the front entrance steps of the TSBD. Campbell's evidential profile is as follows: Statement to FBI, 24th November 1963 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Campisi, Joseph: Dallas restaurateur Joe Campisi [no convenient biography] testified to knowing Jack Ruby and his sister Eva Grant since 1947. His evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; House Select Committee on Assassinations [read it now].
Canfield, Michael: Assassination researcher Michael Canfield [no convenient biography] was co-author with Alan Weberman of the 1975 book "Coup d'État in America" [revised 1992 and now in multiple volumes].
Cantillo, Amado: Cuban exile Amado Cantillo [no convenient biography] pops up only infrequently in the histories, usually as a Grayston Lynch specialist frogman with Brigade 2506.
Carousel Club: See 1312½ Commerce Street.
Carroll, Robert K.: DPD detective Bob Carroll [no convenient biography] was on kerb duty on Main Street at the time of the shooting. He was then assigned to the TSBD at around 1300hr and helped search the basement. Along with Kenneth Lyons he then relocated in the direction of the scene of the J. D. Tippit shooting, only to be diverted to the Texas Theater at the last moment. At the cinema he searched the balcony and then assisted LHO's arrest. Carroll's evidential profile is as follows:
Carter, Clifton Crawford: Veteran of OSS operations in Italy during WW2, peacetime political agent, and sometime U.S. Marshall Clifton Carter [Spartacus Educational biography] was a LBJ political aide during 1948 and from 1957. Several authors allege his involvement with JFK-assassin Mac Wallace in the commissioned silencing of Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA) investigator Henry Marshall, potentially as a favour for business associate Billy Sol Estes [q.v.].
ASIDE: The AAA had been set up in 1936 to set agricultural production quotas and distribute compensations and grants, and had its own investigation team. Estes appears to have been one of the Texan milkers of the system.
Rod Mac Kenzie( and Hooke)'s 2016 analysis of the assassination places him in a forward command post on TSBD2, along with Carlos Marcello and fellow-Texan George Reese, from where they maintained radio contact with Jack Grimm's hit team on the Grassy Knoll. [Our verdict - Carter was well placed to commission terminations, but unlikely to have been in the front line. Moreover we are far from convinced by the LBJ-dunnit theory.] More certainly, Carter it was who - from LBJ's side - managed assassination propaganda in the 48 hours following the assassination, with forceful "don't talk conspiracy" calls to District Attorney Henry Wade, DPD Chief of Police Jesse Curry, and Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr (Hancock, 2006/2010e).
Carr, Richard Randolph: WW2 veteran construction worker Richard Carr [Spartacus Educational biography] witnessed the shooting from the 7th Floor of the then-under-construction New Courthouse Building at the junction of Houston and Commerce. He had a direct view across Dealey Plaza to the TSBD facade, and specifically noted a figure at Window #3, TSBD6, whom he initially judged to be "a Secret Agent man or an FBI man", who made off after the shooting "on Commerce [Street]". Carr described this man as wearing "a hat, a felt hat, a light hat, he had on heavy-rimmed glasses, dark, the glasses were heavy-rimmed, and heavy ear pieces on his glasses"; and this is nowadays thought to be senior assassin Mac Wallace. Equally specifically Carr testified to three rifle shots coming from "behind this picket fence".
ASIDE: In court in 1969 NOLA DA Jim Garrison carefully established Carr's bona fides as a WW2 combat rifleman and experienced peacetime rifle shooter, and described him as about as expert in rifle fire as anyone could be and still be standing. The court duly accepted his judgement on rifle fire as expert testimony.
Carr also explicitly noted a "Rambler Station Wagon" with "a rack on the back" parked next to the TSBD, pointing north, whereupon (in his own words) ...
"... immediately after the shooting there was three men that emerged from behind the School Book Depository, there was a Latin, I can't say whether he was Spanish, Cuban, but he was real dark-complected, stepped out and opened the door, there was two men entered that station wagon, and the Latin drove it north on Houston. The car was in motion before the rear door was closed, "
Commerce Street runs parallel to, but south of Main Street. A fourth escapee - the man in the "heavy-rimmed glasses" - walked toward the witness for two blocks along Houston, and then turned left to proceed eastward along Commerce. Carr tailed him at a distance, and saw him get into another (unlikely same??) Rambler station wagon waiting for him a block further east. Carr was instructed in the early days by his FBI interrogators to keep quiet about all this, and survived despite repeated murder attempts to die of natural causes in 1996. Carr's evidential profile is as follows: FBI Statement, 4th January 1964 [NOT AVAILABLE, but alluded to by the House Select Committee on Assassinations in March 1979 - read that later source - RECOMMENDED]; Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; Clay Shaw Trial testimony, 19th February 1969 [read it now - RECOMMENDED]. Note that along with other perfectly credible witnesses to multiple TSBD shooters - not least Carolyn Walther - Carr was, for whatever reason, not called by the Warren Commission.
Carr, Vincent Waggoner: Texan-born lawyer-politician and WW2 veteran Waggoner Carr [Wikipedia biography] was Texas Attorney General at the time of the shooting, and had breakfasted with the Presidential couple that morning in Fort Worth. He subsequently ensured that investigations within Texas properly dovetailed with those of the Warren Commission generally. His official papers are preserved as a major research archive at Texas Tech University, Lubbock - see the entry for Waggoner Carr Papers for details.
Cartwright, Gary: Sportswriter for the Dallas Morning News Gary Cartwright [no convenient biography] became an assassination researcher on the side, and is noteworthy in the present context for his 1990 paper entitled "I Was Mandarin" [full text online] in which DPD Patrolman Roscoe White's wife Geneva White alleged that she had overheard her husband plotting the assassination with Jack Ruby.
Casas Saez, Miguel: [a.k.a. Angel Dominguez Martinez] Suspected Cuban intelligence agent and saboteur Miguel Casas Saez [no convenient biography] is placed in Dallas in some histories. Moreover, in his 1985 book "Reasonable Doubt", Henry C. Hurt, Jr. tells how the 1730hr flight from Mexico City to Havana on 22nd November 1963 was expressly delayed by five hours to allow Casas to catch it.
Casey, Norman L.: FBI agent Norman Casey [no convenient biography] was introduced in the La Fontaines' 1996 book "Oswald Talked" as one of two FBI men sent to Memphis to interview John Elrod, which see (the other agent being Francis Cole). Their report was substantively ignored by the Warren Commission.
Castorr, Colonel L. Robert: Veteran of the WW2 Burma Campaign, Robert Castorr [Washington Post obituary, 2005] was allegedly involved in a 1962 attempt to have Robert Perrin run guns to anti-Castro forces in Cuba. With such right-wing military credentials one might reasonably expect him to be associated with General Edwin Walker.
Castro, Fidel Alejandro: Cuban politician Fidel Castro [Wikipedia biography] deposed U. S. backed President Fulgencio Batista on 1st January 1959, ushering a period of confrontation which saw the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and which, according to Gary Wean's 1987 book "There's a Fish in the Courthouse", culminated in the bungled CIA-false flag operation which allowed the assassination of JFK.
CE-299: See the entry for Magic Bullet.
Centro Mondiale Commerciale (CMC): This now defunct? corporation is part of the Permindex Thread. It is sometimes theorised as having owned Clay Shaw's International Trade Mart. The name translates as "World Trade Centre".
Chariton, Wallace O.: Texas historian Wallace Chariton [no convenient biography] interviewed Dealey Plaza witness Jerry Coley, featuring it in his 1990 book "Unsolved Texas Mysteries". This was the origin of the Blood or Cola Thread.
Chaney, Patrolman James M.: DPD motorcycle outrider James Chaney [no convenient biography] was riding inside-right of the four DPD motorcycles attached to limo #1. Chaney's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; Interview to camera [YouTube it now].
Chang, Su-Yan ["Suzy"]: [a.k.a. Jackie Chang; Suzy Chu] Having been displaced by the Chinese Civil War in around 1954 Suzy Chang [Spartacus Educational biography] ended up in Birmingham, England, training as a nurse, while her parents settled in Delaware. She then abandoned her training and moved to London where she found work in West End clubs, soon falling in with society procurer Stephen Ward [q.v.]. Somehow this led to her visiting the U.S., possibly in company with Mariella Novotny [q.v.], where she fell in with society procurer Robert Gene Baker, who introduced her in turn to JFK, with whom she is reported to have had a brief affair.
Cheek, Bertha: Dallas businesswoman Bertha Cheek [no convenient biography] owned a number of rooming houses, as did her sister Earlene Roberts, often putting up suspicious transients. Cheek's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Chennault, Claire ["Old Leatherface"] Lee: WW1 veteran and interwar pursuit pilot instructor Colonel (ROCAF) Claire Chennault [Wikipedia biography] had retired from the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1937 and taken employment as a combat mercenary advising Chiang Kai-Shek's regime in its losing struggle against both its Communist Party of China (CPC) rivals in the Chinese Civil War and the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. He soon established an "international squadron" ...
ASIDE: Students are reminded that an "International Brigade" was at the time active in the Spanish Civil War, the only difference being that that one was pro-left.
... which, during 1939-1940 became - with U.S. funding - the fledgeling ROCAF, the Republic of China Air Force [still the official Taiwanese airforce in the defence of the Pacific Rim - Ed.]. After President Franklin D. Roosevelt's authorisation on 15th April 1941 of the Rangoon-headquartered American Volunteer Group ("The Flying Tigers") [q.v.], Chennault recruited some 300 American pilots and ground crew to fly into forward fields in the south of China, and from there to support ROCAF operations. For his efforts he made the front cover of Time Magazine on 6th December 1943. After the war he went into civilian aviation as Civil Air Transport [q.v.], running supplies to Chiang's ever-shrinking front-line and supporting U.S.-Nationalist intelligence operations. His organisation was then taken over [three days after the beginning of the Korean War - Ed.] as the air arm of all the CIA's South-East Asian black ops, and was active as such during the Korean War, and - renamed Air America - the Vietnam War. Chennault retired from active involvement in operations after the CIA take-over in June 1950, but stayed around for a while thanks to his intimate knowledge of the players and places in the China theatre.
Cherami, Rose: Sometime Carousel Club stripper, drug mule, and addict Rose Cherami [Spartacus Educational biography] was found by the roadside 20th November 1963 near Eunice, LA, claiming to have been thrown from a car by two men on a mission for Jack Ruby. As her drug intoxication wore off she began to experience withdrawal symptoms, and so was relocated to the East Louisiana State Hospital at Jackson, LA. During the two hour drive she told her escorting officer Francis Frugé that Ruby was involved in a plot to kill JFK during his impending visit to Dallas. She also repeated this story to her attending psychiatrist Dr. Victor Weiss. Neither authority gave her story any credence, until after the news of the killing came through! Cherami died in a convenient automobile accident on 4th September 1965. Her death is one of 115 more or less suspicious assassination-related deaths listed in Roberts and Armstrong's (1995) book "The Dead Witnesses".
ASIDE: Unsurprisingly, there are many theories of Cherami's death, but they have been very professionally countered. On the other hand, being able to confound a conspiracy theory is what the very best conspirators are capable of, so who knows! Our verdict [January 2018] - foul play. Just.
Cherami's foreknowledge narrative then featured vividly as one of the opening scenes in Oliver Stone's 1991 movie "JFK".
Cherryholmes, J. Edward: Pastor and journalist J. Edward Cherryholmes [no convenient biography but see 2013 obituary] was ghost-writer to assassination eyewitness Howard Brennan [q.v.] for his 1987 book "Eyewitness to History".
Chetta, Dr. Nicholas J.: NOLA Coroner and "fine public official" Nicholas Chetta [no convenient biography] performed the autopsies on Robert Perrin and David Ferrie, and in the latter case initially refused an opinion as to the cause of death. He later certified suicide. He also carried out the autopsies on Mary Sherman. Chetta conveniently died of a heart attack on 25th May 1968, aged 50 years. Henry Delaune was one of the pallbearers. His death is one of 115 more or less suspicious assassination-related deaths listed in Roberts and Armstrong's (1995) book "The Dead Witnesses".
Chiang, Kai-Shek: Right-wing traditionalist politician-warlord Chiang Kai-Shek [Wikipedia biography] was by one title or another head of state of the Nationalist Chinese government from 10th October 1928 until his death at age 87 years on 5th April 1975. For the first 21 years of this rule (specifically, until 10th December 1949) he presided over an ever-dwindling foothold on mainland China, driven back inexorably by the Communist Party of China (CPC)'s People's Liberation Army commanded by Mao Zedong. For the remaining 25 years of his life he ruled the Nationalist rump from the island of Formosa [modern Taiwan], initially as a U.S.-backed loser in the Chinese Civil War [q.v.] but with effect from 27th June 1950 as a link in the U.S. strategic defence line around the Pacific Rim, under the express protection of the U.S. Seventh Fleet.
Chinese Civil War: The Chinese Civil War, 1927-ongoing [Wikipedia briefing] was the decisive event in the post-Dynastic rebirth of the Chinese nation. It began in August 1927 when the Communist Party of China (CPC) split away from the Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang, It then continued under the respective leaders Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-Shek as one of the 20th Century's hottest and longest wars. Between 1937 and 1945 the situation was complicated by the Japanese Invasion of Manchuria, and in 1941 Chiang started to receive U.S. military assistance from Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers. The hot war ceased with the establishment on 1st October 1949 of the mainland People's Republic of China, and then continued through the Cold War thanks to U.S. insistence that Chiang's Taiwanese Republic of China was part of its Pacific Rim defence perimeter. As of March 2018. no peace treaty has yet been signed.
Christian Identity: Founded in the 1920s as a non-profit proselytising fringe church selling salvation to the Religious Right [q.v.], Christian Identity [Wikipedia briefing] was popular in the early 1960s. In the light of rigorous research by Wilford (2008) concerning "citizen groups" in the "state-private network" we recommend it be regarded as suspect in both membership and motive, at least until the "rogue CIA cell" and "evil right-wingers" assassination theories are fully discounted.
Church Committee: A Senate Select Committee set up in 1976 under Senator Frank Church to look into abuses of power by the CIA, the NSA, the FBI, and the IRS. Robert Maheu and Johnny Roselli testified as to the CIA's connections to the mob during the struggle against Fidel Castro 1960-1963, but they could not be joined by Sam Giancana, "on account of being rubbed out" (apologies to Billy Wilder).
Church, Senator Frank Forrester, III: Idaho Senator Frank Church [Wikipedia biography] chaired the Church Committee, 1975-1976.
CIA Front Organisations: The U.S. government's use of superficially non-partisan citizen groups both at home and abroad as instruments of its foreign policy was chronicled in Hugh Wilford's (2008) book "The Mighty Wurlitzer. Here, following Wilford's chapter headings, are a selection of the most insidious exploitations ...
(1) Refugee Communities: In 1949 the CIA established the National Committee for a Free Europe (NCFE) [q.v.] to appeal to the war-displaced peoples of Europe. The following year it added Radio Free Europe [q.v.] to beam propaganda into the Warsaw Pact countries [think Arab Spring [q.v.], but without the smartphones], and the Free Europe University in Exile [q.v.], based in Strasbourg.
(2) Workers' Organisations: During WW2 Arthur J. Goldberg [q.v.] had acted as OSS's coordinator of workforce operations. This office had been disbanded in 1945, and the CIA thus had to rebuild it more or less from scratch in the late 1940s. They came up with the American Federation of Labor (AFL), directed by George Meany [q.v.], and Jay Lovestone's [q.v.] Free Trade Union Committee (FTUC), the latter significantly funded historically by David Dubinsky's [q.v.] International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) [Wikipedia briefing]. These organisations operated internally, while one Irving Brown [q.v.] organised workers' events in Europe. The effort was assisted by the creation on 7th December 1949 by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions [ICFTU] [Wikipedia briefing] as an avowedly non-communist Internationale to which the world's less militant national workers' rights assemblies (such as the U.K.'s Trades Union Congress (TUC)) could more comfortably align themselves. All in all, when the CIA's Frank Wisner [q.v.] took on the trade union special ops portfolio in December 1948, he inherited a healthy national and international activist network. Lovestone was the jewel in his crown, being known to (and presumably hated by) Joseph Stalin himself. The FTUC duly came on the CIA payroll in January 1949.
(3) Students: Under this heading Wilford mentions Harvard University's annual International Summer School (1951 onward) and the National Student Association (1950 onward).
(4) Women: The CIA's drive for women's support began in 1952, led by recently recruited Cord Meyer [q.v.], and the resulting front organisations included the Committee of Correspondence (1952-1967).
(5) Catholics: During the Cold War it became patriotic to be godly against the godless communists, and between 1940 and 1960 adherence to Catholicism doubled (op. cit.). The CIA duly backed carefully selected missionaries in Catholic countries, and conservative missionary societies such as the Family Rosary Crusade [Wikipedia briefing].
(6) African Americans: Under this heading Wilford mentions the American Society of African Culture (AMSAC) [Wikipedia briefing].
(7) Journalists: Under this heading Wilford points out that the CIA itself confessed to having "some three dozen" tame journalists doing their bidding in 1973, with adversarial estimates running as high as four hundred. He specifically mentions Time Magazine, the New York Times, CBS, and the American Newspaper Guild (ANG) [Wikipedia briefing] as providing front-line assets and/or friendly narrative.
Civil Air Patrol: The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) [Wikipedia briefing] was established on 1st December 1941 as a civilian cadet force feeder for the USAF. The NOLA chapter was commanded in the early 1950s by David Ferrie, and Ferrie was most certainly still involved when 15-year-old LHO joined his squadron in 1955.
Civil Air Transport (CAT): [Read firstly the entry for Claire Chennault.] CAT [Wikipedia briefing] was the private freight and passenger airline created in South-East Asia by Chennault after the end of WW2, and then taken over by the CIA on 27th June 1950. It is noteworthy in the present context for its role in supporting U.S. black ops against communist regimes in the area generally, and then specifically for withdrawing elements of the shooting teams from Dallas in the hours following the JFK assassination - see the entry for Robert Vinson.
Clark, Edward Aubrey: Texas born lawyer Edward Clark [Wikipedia biography] was in LBJ's circle of Texas oilmen throughout the 1950s. He features in Barr McClellan's 2003 book "Blood, Money, and Power" as co-conspirator in an LBJ-initiated conspiracy to assassinate JFK.
Clark, Max E.: Indiana born Fort Worth lawyer Max Clark [no convenient biography] was an acquaintance of LHO by virtue of his Russian-speaking wife's position in the Fort Worth White Russian community. Clark's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Clark Panel, The: See the entry for Ramsey Clark.
Clark, William Ramsey: Dallas born lawyer Ramsey Clark [Spartacus Educational biography] was Assistant Attorney General at the time of the assassination, and was promoted Attorney General in 1967 by LBJ. In this role he appointed a 1968 panel of four medical experts who re-examined the JFK autopsy files and confirmed the original conclusions. Browse the Medical Cover Up Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Clark, Dr. William Kemp: The Chief Neurosurgeon at Parkland Hospital, Dr. William Kemp Clark [no convenient biography, but see Watts' (2008 [full text online]) obituary] was one of two emergency surgeons (the other being Dr. Malcolm Perry) who spoke at a 1416hr Press Conference [read transcript now]. He was non-committal as to the nature of JFK's head wound as an entry wound or an exit wound. In fact, his subsequent testimony to the Warren Commission made much of a third possibility - that of a "tangential" wound, whereby the skull would behave much like a divot of turf on a golf course and where it would actually be far harder to tell the direction of the impact - because he had noted no associated second head wound. Dr. Clark's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Clay, General Lucius D: Commander of the Berlin Zone during the Berlin Crisis of 1948 General Lucius Clay [Wikipedia biography] was advisor on international strategy to both President Eisenhower and JFK.
Clayton Knight Committee: The Clayton Knight Committee [Wikipedia briefing] was established in November 1940 in New York by Associated Press correspondent Clayton Knight [Wikipedia biography] to liaise with WW1's top fighter ace (now Canadian Air Marshall) William Avery ["Billy"] Bishop [no formal biography, but see Simonsen (1995-2018 [full text online]) in the recruitment of U.S. citizens into the Royal Canadian Air Force to fight against Nazi Germany. Over 10,000 U.S. nationals were recruited in this manner prior to the attack on Pearl Harbour.
Clements, Manning C.: FBI Special Agent Manning Clements [no convenient biography] arrived at DPDHQ to offer FBI assistance at about 1300hr on the day of the assassination. He began by listing the contents of LHO's wallet at 1915hr, having been passed same by Gus Rose. He then undertook one of LHO's interrogations, beginning at about 2200hr and lasting "30 or 35 minutes", but with two interruptions totalling "10 or 15 minutes" for identity parades. During questioning as to the false Selective Service Card LHO declined to comment. Clements' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now]. Browse the Oswald's Wallet Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Clemons, Acquila: Oak Cliff housekeeper Acquila Clemons [Spartacus Educational biography] was on her porch on 10th Street, when she witnessed the murder of Patrolman J. D. Tippit. Two men were involved, namely a "kind of chunky" gunman and a tall, thin, accomplice. Since two gunmen did not fit with the developing official narrative her report was not followed up. Clemons' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; Interview to camera, Mark Lane, 1966 [YouTube it now].
Clifton, Major General Chester ("Ted") Victor, Jr: White House Aide General Ted Clifton [Wikipedia biography] was one of several normally close Presidential attendants consigned on this occasion to well back in the Dallas Presidential motorcade.
Clines, Thomas Gregory: Long-standing CIA officer with significant experience in Frankfurt during the Cold War Thomas Clines [Spartacus Educational biography] was JM/WAVE's liaison man into the Nicaraguan Regime. He would be one of the nine persons identified by Bradley Ayers in 1994 as having "intimate operational knowledge" of how the assassination was put together.
Cody, Joe: Having been asked in 1960 by Jack Ruby to advise on his personal security as a carrier of cash takings, DPD officer Joe Cody [no convenient biography] took him in person (this being so Ruby could benefit from the police discount) to Ray's Hardware and Sporting Goods and bought him the .38 snub-nosed Colt Cobra revolver which he subsequently used to murder LHO.
Cognitive Infiltration: This is the term used in Sunstein and
Cohn, Roy Marcus: Lawyer Roy Cohn [Wikipedia biography] acquired something of a reputation as a prosecutor during a number of high profile espionage trials during the Senator Joseph Macarthy witch hunts of the early 1950s, thereby helping in his own small way to deepen the Cold War.
Colby, William Egan: WW2 OSS veteran Bill Colby [Wikipedia biography] had been CIA Chief of Station in Saigon, South Vietnam until 1962, and had recently returned to D.C. as Deputy (later Chief), Far East Division. He would become Director on 4th September 1973. Colby disappeared on a coastal canoeing trip on 27th April 1996, and when his body turned up nine days later the medical examiner blamed a prior heart condition. He was about to appear before the Frank Olson enquiry [q.v.].
Cole, Francis B.: FBI agent Francis Cole [no convenient biography] was introduced in the La Fontaines' 1996 book "Oswald Talked" as one of two FBI men sent to Memphis to interview John Elrod, which see (the other agent being Norman Casey). Their report was substantively ignored by the Warren Commission.
Coleman, Kay Helen: [a.k.a. Kathy Kay; later Kay Helen Olsen] London born divorcee and some time hostess at Jack Ruby's Carousel Club Kay Coleman [no convenient biography] attended the midnight meeting of "Johnny", Jack Ruby, and her fiancé Harry Olsen. Coleman's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony (as "Mrs. Kay Helen Olsen") [read it now].
Coley Jerry: [Read firstly the Don Campbell entry.] [Blood or Cola Thread] At around 0900hr Dallas Morning News advertising salesman Jerry Coley [no convenient biography] left colleague Don Campbell and customer Jack Ruby in the cafeteria and went out to do some unrelated sales calls. When he returned at "some time after" 1100hr he met Jack Ruby again in the office of another colleague, John Newnham. At around 1130hr he then left the building with one Charlie Mulkey and headed out into Dealey Plaza, looking for a good vantage point from which to watch the motorcade. They take up a position near the entrance of the old county jail on Houston Street, east side, a short distance from the TSBD. After the shooting, which Coley would later describe as "very echoey", and with "no definite gunshots", he went past the front of the TSBD along the Elm Street service road, heading for the open space behind the picket fence, disregarding (but presumably delayed by) a Sheriff's Deputy's instructions to stay away. Reaching the end of the rear walkway of the John Neely Bryan Pergola he turned to go down the steps, and noted a "huge puddle" of "what I thought was blood". He descended the steps and went back to the office to get assistance. As he entered he observed a weeping Jack Ruby on the telephone to someone. He then rounded up advertising photographer Jim Hood, told him to get his camera, and, at "a little after one", led him back to the steps. The blood was now "all crinkly like it had coagulated a little". Hood dipped a fingertip into it and tasted it, confirming "That's blood". He then took a photograph and went back to the office. When he got to work on Monday morning, 25th November, he found reporter Hugh Aynesworth quizzing Don Campbell about the Ruby conversation three days earlier, because he wanted to do a quick piece on the man. Coley duly contributed his Ruby recollections, and then, turning to the blood, led Aynesworth over to the steps only to find that the site had been very thoroughly cleaned. On Tuesday he learned that Aynesworth had submitted the Ruby piece, describing him as "Coley of the News". Half an hour later his wife rang him in no little distress saying that she had had threatening telephone calls (which could only have been from people who had just read Aynesworth's piece). And later again two FBI men came to interview "Coley of the News" for his Ruby recollections. He told them what he could, and again tagged on the matter of the pool of blood. Hood was called in to the meeting and showed the photograph he had taken, only to have the camera, the negatives, and the print taken from him. The FBI's parting instruction was crystal clear: "Boys," they said, "this conversation never took place, if you know what we mean". Coley duly kept his mouth shut until his story was eventually included in Wallace Chariton's 1990 book "Unsolved Texas Mysteries". The clearest telling of Coley's story is in a 2011 Black Op Radio interview by Len Osanic [YouTube it now - RECOMMENDED].
Colhoun, Jack: Historian Jack Colhoun [no convenient biography] is author of the 2013 book "Gangsterismo", a history of the Cuban exile community in the early 1960s, and of their connections to organised crime.
Collins, Arthur A.: Oklahoma born electronics whizz-kid Arthur A Collins [Wikipedia biography] had founded Collins Radio [Wikipedia briefing] at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1933, and had seen the company grow exponentially during WW2. Development continued after the war, helped in some areas, by Nazi expertise acquired under Operation Paperclip. Collins was also closely associated with General Curtis LeMay during the latter's Project Birdcall - the installation of a standardised communications system for Strategic Air Command. New production sites were added at Burbank, CA, and Richardson, Dallas, during the 1950s, and in 1962 the Callsign-Liberty base station at Cedar Rapids went live with 24/7 communications to Air Force One. Following financial problems the company would eventually be taken over by Rockwell International in 1973. Collins Radio is noteworthy in the present context (a) because, as a major employer in the area, a number of key figures chanced to be employees at the Richardson plant, (b) because of one clearly visible walkie-talkie user - Dark-Complected Man - at work near ground zero in Dealey Plaza, and (c) because of the need for dedicated radiomen in professional sniper teams. As an example of (a) we have Collins employee Carl Mather associated with the scene of the J. D. Tippit murder, and as an example of (c) we have Ruth Ann Martinez. The company's covert involvement with the CIA were revealed on 1st November 1963 in the Rex Incident [q.v.]. Browse the Military-Industrial Complex Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Collins Radio: See the entry for Arthur Collins.
Collom, Mark: In 1971, while serving a short sentence for a drug offence in McAlester State Prison, OK, and having been taken ill with hepatitis, 21-year old Mark Collom [no convenient biography] found himself in the next infirmary bed to a fellow-prisoner named Loy Factor. Over the following days the older man gradually came to trust him, and told him that on 22nd November 1963 he had been part of a four-person TSBD6 shooting team. Four years later, after his release, he shared this tale with old friend Glen Sample, and together they tried unsuccessfully to get an investigative journalist interested in the case. And there things would have rested, had it not been for the renewal of interest in the JFK assassination brought about by Oliver Stone's 1991 movie "JFK". Collom duly got in touch with Larry Howard, one of the movie's technical advisors, and Director of the well-respected JFKAIC in Dallas. Howard was highly enthusiastic, and the two men got back in touch with now-hospitalised Loy Factor, the first of several interviews taking place on 11th February 1993. Factor's recollections were eventually published as "The Men on the Sixth Floor" (Sample and Collom, 1995), with a Foreword by Howard.
Conforto, Janet ["Jada"] Adams: Recently resigned Carousel Club hostess Jada Conforto [no convenient biography] was involved in a road traffic accident in Dallas on the morning of the assassination. She explained that she was on her way to New Orleans and that her employer Jack Ruby would take care of everything. She was herself killed in a road traffic accident on 9th May 1980. Conspiracy theories exist, but we remain to be convinced that they warrant being recorded here.
Connally, John Bowden, Jr: [no close relationship to Senator Thomas Connally] Elected Governor of Texas on 15th January 1963 Governor John Connally [Wikipedia biography] was riding in limo #1, second row of seats, right side, in front of but set slightly lower than JFK. He was shot once through the chest at Z235, reportedly by Mac Wallace from TSBD6, 3rd window from west. One of his investment interests was apparently the Tryall Resort at Montego Bay, Jamaica. As SECNAV during 1961 he had been LHO's ultimate boss as a Marine, and - his retirement from that post having been overlooked - had received a letter from LHO in early 1962 appealing his "undesirable" discharge rating. He simply forwarded this latter to the new SECNAV and replied to that effect and no more.
Connally, Thomas Terry: [no close relationship to Governor John Connally] Senator from Texas Thomas Connally [Wikipedia biography] was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in June 1950 at the time of the North Korean invasion, and was thus "the Democratic Party's foremost congressional spokesman on foreign policy" (Stone, 1952/2014e, §580). He went on record in a 3rd May 1950 interview for U.S. News and World Report as suspecting that both South Korea and Formosa would fall to the Communists (Soviets and Chinese, respectively), but was not overly concerned because the U.S. "chain of defence" ran from the Philippines through Okinawa to Japan. In this he disagreed markedly with Secretary of State Dean Acheson, who insisted the following day that U.S. Far Eastern strategy required that South Korea should be defended.
Conservatism USA (CUSA): Founded by right-wing activist Larrie Schmidt [q.v.] in Munich in 1961 as an armed-forces-oriented non-profit proselytising committee for right of centre political views, CUSA [no convenient briefing] sent a considerable number of members to Dallas in Autumn 1963.
Conspiracy Cafe: Online Blogspot created in 2011 [website] and hosted by "factist" George Freund.
Continental Trailways Bus 5133: This is the bus which on 26th-27th September 1963 took LHO on his Mexican Tourist Card 824085 from the U.S.-Mexico border crossing at Laredo, TX, to Mexico City. It was a 24-hour, 700 mile, ride, and he whiled away the time making sure that plenty of witnesses knew he was a lefty trouble-maker - see the entries for Pamela Mumford and Patricia Winston, and Bryan and Meryl McFarland for the separate tales.
Cook, Austin: Dallas restaurateur Austin Cook [no convenient biography] owned the Austin's Bar-B-Cue eatery at Illinois and Hampton, Oak Cliff, and was reputedly a good friend of Jack Ruby. Patrolman J. D. Tippit often moonlighted there as a bouncer when off duty. Cook's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Cooper, Roy, Jr: KTVT-TV cinematographer Roy Cooper [no convenient biography] and Don Crook [no convenient biography] filmed in the wake of the Presidential motorcade, including several minutes at Love Field, outside TSBD, and at Parkland Hospital. The footage was not broadcast at the time, and so Cooper privately archived it. The footage was discovered in 1996 and is available to view, with commentary by photoforensic expert Richard Trask, online [YouTube it now]. Cooper's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Coote, Sir1962 Colin Reith: WW1 veteran turned peacetime politician turned journalist turned WW2 War Office propagandist Colin Coote [Wikipedia biography] was Editor of the Daily Telegraph between 1950 and 1962. According to Anthony Summers and Stephen Dorril's (1989/2013e) book "The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward", Coote was used as an intelligence asset in January 1961 to bring together procurer-to-the-rich-and-famous Stephen Ward [q.v.] and Russian Embassy naval attaché Yevgeny Ivanov [q.v.] as the first step in an MI5 honeytrap operation against the latter. In the event, however, the operation was a major fail, because the selected female lure - a certain Christine Keeler [q.v.] - ended up being bedded simultaneously by the British Secretary of State for War John Profumo [q.v.].
Copeland, David Goddard: [a.k.a.?? William Torbitt] Texas lawyer David Copeland [no convenient biography] has been suggested as the writer behind the non-de-plume William Torbitt [q.v.].
Corbally, Thomas Joseph: Trained in the family's NYC detective agency Thomas Corbally [no formal biography, but see Javers (2017 [full text online])] tried to join the Royal Canadian Air Force through the Clayton Knight Committee [q.v.] in Autumn 1941 only to be discharged as a "deliberate failure" on 20th July 1943.
ASIDE: This makes something of a lie of the common Internet claim that Corbally "flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain", because that took place in 1940. Readers are also reminded that contrived service discharges are commonly used as part of the intelligence operation known as "sheep-dipping" (which was, of course, Fletcher Prouty's [q.v.] judgement on LHO's discharge from the U.S.M.C. in 1959, just prior to his "defection" to the Soviet Union).
Corbally next turned up in Germany with the Army of Occupation after the war, claiming OSS field experience [so, yes, he had indeed been sheep-dipped in some way by the Clayton Knight Committee in 1943 - Ed.]. His later movements then figure in the 1987/2013e book "The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward" by Anthony Summers and Stephen Dorril. These authors place him in London in the early 1960s as a playboy with business interests in cinema advertising and contacts in the security services. In 1962 he chanced to get a knee injury and was recommended to society osteopath Stephen Ward [q.v.]. After a miracle cure, and impressed by Ward's retinue of pretty women, Corbally made sure the two kept in touch. Indeed Corbally stayed in close touch with both Ward and his London Embassy during the height of the Profumo Affair [q.v.].
STUDENT EXERCISE: [Three letter answer, 5 marks] Name the U.S. intelligence agency with OSS ancestry who might have kicked Corbally in the knee in order to get him in contact with a man who shortly afterward attended one of his social gatherings in company with a Russian Embassy naval attaché.
Corbett, James: "Independent critical analyst" James Corbett [no convenient biography] hosts the alternative news source The Corbett Report [Website About] and invariably speaks regularly about conspiracy theories. All followers of The Corbett Report are logged, of course, by intelligence monitoring services, and their interests cross-correlated.
Corbett Report, The: [Read firstly the entry for James Corbett.] The following editions of The Corbett Report may help explain the success with which the Mainstream Media (MSM) have been used to cover-up the JFK assassination conspiracy ...
"The Weaponisation of Social Media" (1st March 2018) - YouTube it now, carefully noting the role played by DARPA in keeping public surveillance technology at, or ahead of, need. Note also the concept of the "sock puppet" in spreading counterintelligence, the Zionist editing of Wikipedia, and Cass Sunstein's concept of "cognitive infiltration" in neutralising a target discussion group. Note finally (at 6:12) the shoulder insignia of U.S. Army Cyber Command.
Corn, David: Political journalist and assassination researcher David Corn [Wikipedia biography] was the author of the 1994 book "Blind Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA Crusades", a re-appraisal of CIA operations during the Cold War, and of the part played by Ted Shackley in aggressively pursuing them.
Couch, Malcolm O.: WFAA-TV cameraman Malcolm Couch [no convenient biography] was in the "fifth or sixth car back" in the Presidential motorcade, in the middle of three photographers perched up above the rear seat, and at the time of the shooting had just turned north on Houston. He exited the car when it had reached the triple underpass and ran back up toward TSBD, where he spent a moment filming the excitement there. Then, at the west of the building, he "saw blood on the sidewalk", in a pool eight to ten inches in diameter "about 10 to 15 feet from the corner of the Texas Depository Building".
ASIDE: This is NOT the same blood found by Jerry Coley and referenced in the Blood or Cola Thread.
Couch's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Counterintelligence: Counterintelligence means knowing what the other fellow is up to in a relationship, and acting accordingly using any means appropriate to the assessed hostility level of the relationship (see the Wikipedia briefing for the types and structures recognised by academics, paying especial attention to false flag operations). Counterintelligence assets can be deployed against either friendly intelligence operations (to make sure they intend staying friendly) or hostile ones (to deny them physical, and/or financial, and/or political success). This latter category of intelligence operation includes most types of "conspiracy theory", making their adherents legitimate targets of a counterintelligence effort. Hager (2017) suggests that "... seizing the centre of gravity on a conspiracy is standard ops for counterintelligence" (p51). Counterintelligence assets can also be deployed against overt aggression, of course, as part of maximising tactical advantage.
County Sheriff's Office: Dallas' County Sheriff's Office was located at 509 Main Street, as one of the county functions sharing the Dallas County Records Building. Oriented north-south, this building occupies the full block between Elm and Main, but the Sheriff's Office had its own stepped entrance - embossed in foot-high lettering as DALLAS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTS - onto Main, some 30 feet east of the junction with Houston. It was from these steps that many Sheriff's Deputies - including Roger Craig - spectated the motorcade. The west-facing facade, opposite the northernmost of the two water features at the top of Dealey Plaza, had no pedestrian entrances, but was divided by a deep drive in. The Sheriff's Office on the southern corner was then balanced to the north by the County Record Office on the junction with Elm.
Coward, Sir Noël Peirce: Playwright, composer, actor, Establishment dandy, spy in plain sight, and highly patriotic criminal mastermind Noël Coward [Wikipedia biography] was recruited by British spymaster Robert Vansittart [q.v.] as a celebrity-asset in the late 1930s, and did the job so well that he reputedly ended up on the Gestapo's liquidation list had the Nazis won the war. Only in 1973 was he cleared to reveal that "he had been a spy for England, trained (with his friend Ian Fleming) in covert action" (Koch, 2008 [full text online]). He had "toured three continents singing, being amusing, acting as a courier, filing eyes-only reports on influential people, and probably meeting covert British contacts" (ibid.). He also acted as go-between in early 1940 for talks between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
Coyle, Edward J.: As related in the La Fontaines' 1996 book "Oswald Talked", Dallas-based Intelligence Officer for the 112th Military Intelligence Group, Ed Coyle [no convenient biography] had been one of three agents who met at <venue unknown> on 21st November 1963, the others being FBI Agent James Hosty and DPD Lieutenant Jack Revill. The latter, Hosty would explain in 1996, "made a comment about not wanting to guard that son of a bitch Kennedy tomorrow" (p283). Coyle was also one of three agents who met at the ATF's office on Commerce on the morning of 22nd November 1963 (the others being Hosty again and ATF investigator Frank Ellsworth) to report progress with their common investigations of the Fort Hood Arms Thefts. This meeting broke up at around 1145hr. We surmise that Coyle - in his role as the army's liaison man to the SS security detail that day - then went and mingled with the crowd somewhere. Browse the ATF Thread to accumulate the various fragments of this story.
Cox, Alexander B. H.: Film director Alex Cox [Wikipedia biography] was author of the 2013 book "The President and the Provocateur", which is constructed around the wholly dismal [but increasingly blatant] core thesis that the U.S. Deep State, encouraged by getting away with their JFK cover-up, went on to play for even higher stakes.
Crafard, Curtis LaVerne ["Larry"]: Michigan born sometime travelling circus hand and recently resident handyman at Jack Ruby's Carousel Club Larry Crafard [Spartacus Educational biography] met with Ruby and George Senator on 23rd November, and then immediately left town. He then gave copious [three days] evidence to the Warren Commission, helping to identify the various hostesses who came and went. Crafard also stated that one of his duties at the Carousel was to record who had called while Ruby was out, and one of these books - "a blue cover spiral notebook entitled, 'Penway Memo Notebook'" - was discussed in detail on his third day on the stand, in that it was one of only a few indications of who Jack Ruby knew and did business with. Crafard's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it here].
Craig, John R.: Private detective and assassination researcher John Craig [no convenient biography] interviewed Chauncey Holt on 19th October 1991 [read transcript now], and was co-author with Philip Rogers of the 1992 book "The Man on the Grassy Knoll", in which Charles Rogers is proposed not just as the Picket Fence shooter but also as one of the (second set of) Three Tramps.
Craig, Roger Dean: At the time of the shooting Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Craig [Spartacus Educational biography] was positioned outside the Sheriff's Office at 505 Main Street, Dallas, about half a block from the junction with Houston Street. Hearing the shooting from Elm Street he ran in that direction, and ended up working with a DPD officer for seven or eight minutes atop the grassy knoll, canvassing for witnesses and searching the railway. He then went back to south side of Elm Street to look for bullet strikes, at which time Deputy Buddy Walthers arrived to assist. "Fourteen or fifteen" minutes after the shooting he saw "a white male in his twenties, five nine, five eight, something like that [etc.]" run from the southwest corner of the TSBD down Elm Street toward the underpass, to be picked up at the kerb there by "a light-colored station wagon, driving real slow", driven by a "dark complected man". He immediately reported this to "a secret service officer" at the scene ...
THE TANGLED WEB: Crystalised into this historically momentous instant Craig had inadvertently allowed himself to be blanked by a conspiracy look-out man, and - unsurprisingly - nothing ever came of this in-the-heat-of-the-moment report. And of course if we knew who the mysterious man was working for, then we would understand far more about the nature of the Dealey Plaza operation as a field operation. If it was an SS man then it would have been an SS conspiracy followed by an SS cover-up. If a mobster, then a mob hit followed by a mob cover-up. If a military intelligence man then a military coup followed by a military cover up. If a Castro man, etc. And so on. Or to put it another way: He who owned the fake SS ID owned the conspiracy. Well the Secret Service insist there were no SS agents on the ground in Dealey Plaza: it would have been a great idea but - hangovers aside - they simply lacked the manpower. And Robert Jones tells us that 112th Military Intelligence Group had between eight and twelve agents in plain clothes in the area, who would have produced SS ID if challenged (indeed Summers, 2013e, wonders whether this might not be a real possibility). And any conspiring mobsters would have carried first-class fake SS IDs produced by such assets as Rod Mac Kenzie. It is nothing less than wholly indicative therefore that Craig would later photographically identify this agent as >>CIA<< operative Edgar Bradley [q.v.].
Probably about 30 minutes after the shooting Craig entered TSBD to assist with the ongoing building search. Ascending to the 6th floor he witnessed the spent shells, noting that they were laid neatly together, and not scattered as they would be after rapid reloading in either a bolt-action or automatic rifle. He then witnessed the discovery of "the rifle" by Eugene Booth. It was lying on the floor with the bolt upwards and scope fitted. Captain Will Fritz oversaw the taking of pictures, before picking the rifle up by the strap and asking whether anyone knew what kind of rifle it was. He heard Seymour Weizmann reply that it "looked like a Mauser", and saw stamped on the barrel was the legend "7.65 Mauser". Captain Fritz ejected a live - unfired - round [perhaps Loy Factor's??]. Booth's shells, on the other hand, came from a 6.5mm Italian rifle. At "about 5:30 or something like that" he attended DPDHQ at Captain Fritz's request and identified LHO as the man he had seen getting into the station wagon [thus directly contradicting Mary Bledsoe's statement that she had seen LHO on a bus - |Ed.]. He also reported hearing that a traffic officer had been shot by the picket fence. As such, Craig plays a part in the Blood or Cola Thread, the LHO Movements 22nd November Thread, and the How Many Rifles Thread. It is therefore hardly surprising that there were attempts on his life over the years, followed by a highly convenient suicide on 15th May 1975. His death is not just one of 115 more or less suspicious assassination-related deaths listed in Roberts and Armstrong's (1995) book "The Dead Witnesses", but also in our judgement well into the Top Ten most convincing. Officer Craig's evidential profile is as follows: FBI Report, 22nd November 1963 [have been unable to locate]; Sheriff's Office Report 23rd November 1963 [read it now]; Warren Commission Testimony [read it now]; Trial of Clay Shaw Testimony [read it now]; Radio interview by Ted Ganfaldo [YouTube it now]; Interview to camera, Mark Lane [YouTube it now].
Crawford, John: Light aircraft pilot John Crawford [no convenient biography] seems to have worked for Jack Ruby on occasions. He was killed in a plane crash near Huntsville, TX, on 15th April 1969. His death is one of 115 more or less suspicious assassination-related deaths listed in Roberts and Armstrong's (1995) book "The Dead Witnesses". Conspiracy theories exist, but we remain to be convinced that they warrant being recorded here.
Crescent Firearms, Inc.: See the entry for Louis Feldsott.
Crighton, Jack Alston: Louisiana born oilman and OSS veteran Jack Crighton [Spartacus Educational biography] developed business ties with fellow oilmen Clint Murchison and George H. W. Bush, defence contractor General Dynamics, and Cuban President Fulgencio Batista in the 1950s. In 1956 he founded the 488th Military Intelligence Detachment. In 1959 he and Bush helped raise funds for the CIA's Operation 40. It has been reported that at the time of the assassination about half of the 488ths 100-man complement were DPD officers. After the assassination he paid White Russian Ilya Mamantov to act as Marina Oswald's interpreter during her interrogation, in which respect he - Mamantov - has been accused of systematically bending the translation here and there toward the required lone nut shooter narrative.
Crisman, Fred Lee: WW2 veteran (U.S.A.A.C.), long-term associate of Clay Shaw, and jobbing esoterist Fred Crisman [Wikipedia murk-ography] would defeat even Jim Garrison's investigations of him so completely that Garrison officially concluded that he must spend his time in "deep cover" (Garrison's actual term) on work of national security of some sort. So it is then not altogether surprising to find Crisman named in due course in Richard Sprague's 1985 book "The Taking of America" as one of the dozen or so outer sanctum conspirators in the JFK assassination.
Crook, Don: Mentioned in the Roy Cooper entry, which see.
Crouch, Mark: In June 1981 assassination researcher Mark Crouch [no convenient biography] acquired a duplicate set of autopsy photographs taken by Secret Service duty photographer James Fox [q.v.], on condition they were not published until after his death. Fox died in 1987 and the material was duly incorporated into the 1988 edition of David Lifton's book "Best Evidence".
Croy, Kenneth Hudson: Well-known to Jack Ruby, businessman, "professional cowboy" in rodeos, and DPD reservist Kenneth Croy [no convenient biography] had been on stand-by at Main and Griffin when the JFK shooting came over the radio. Hampered by traffic he offered assistance at Dealey Plaza some 20 minutes later but was not called upon. He then "proceeded on home" and was on Zangs when the J. D. Tippit call came through. He then duly proceeded to the 400 block of East Tenth Street to give assistance (making him the first uniformed officer on the scene, just as the ambulance crew were loading him into their vehicle). He then began questioning the witnesses until help arrived, being handed a wallet found on the scene by an unidentified bystander [HERE BEGINS A VERY FLAWED CHAIN OF CUSTODY]. Shortly afterward he passed the wallet to Lieutenant Calvin Owens, who had also brought Captain Bill Westbrook and Assistant District Attorney Bill Alexander. Croy was then officially on duty in the basement carpark of City Hall on the morning of 24th November 1963 when Jack Ruby gained unauthorised entry and shot the person named in the wallet to death. Croy's evidential profile is as follows: Statement, 26th November 1963; Affidavit, 1st December 1963; Warren Commission testimony [read it now]. Browse the LHO Wallet Thread to accumulate the various fragments of this story.
BLUE VEIN OF CORRUPTION: By any theory of jurisprudence Croy is about as suspicious as you can get, having been (1) connected to a possible Mr. Big, (2) first on the scene, and (3) the point where perhaps the single most important piece of evidence - the wallet containing the Oswald-Hidell link - entered the story, and (4) ideally placed two days later to allow Mr. Big to get close enough to the person named in the wallet to silence him. Moreover, if Croy planted the wallet, then we must immediately also suspect the DPD officer to whom he passed it next, and who immediately ensured that it was clearly visible on newsreel, namely Captain Bill Westbook. As to where this particular vein of corruption takes us next, see Westbrook's separate entry.
Cuban Missile Crisis: The Cuban Missile Crisis was a DEFCON-21 military Cold War confrontation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union occasioned by the arrival of Soviet troops and missiles on Cuba in late summer 1962. The crisis famously lasted "Thirteen Days" from 16th to 28th, took the world to DEFCON-2 [Wikipedia briefing], and was resolved by diplomatic means, much to the chagrin of JFK's Chiefs of Staff, who henceforth regarded him as an appeaser who had to go.
1ASIDE: You do not get any closer to a shooting war than DEFCON-2. As explained by Douglas Horne in his 2013 book "JFK's War with the National Security Establishment", the order to go to this alert level was taken neither by JFK nor by the Joint Chiefs of Staff through proper channels but by General Thomas Power, Head of Strategic Air Command, on his own authority.
Cuban Revolutionary Council (CRC): The CRC was a CIA commissioned anti-Castro recruiting and fundraising front set up by Sergio Arcacha Smith in winter 1961-1962 in 544 Camp Street, next door to Guy Banister's detective agency at 531 Lafayette. He was asked to testify as to the relationship between the exile community and indigenous right-wingers by Jim Garrison in 1967, but thanks to clever legal work he avoided extradition. As related by the La Fontaines in their 1996 book "Oswald Talked", the roving Newsweek reporter Hugh Aynesworth played an important part in this obstruction of justice. They quote firstly from the Rodgers Report of 3rd March 1967 ...
"'Aynesworth reported that he has informants in the office of James Garrison and that he had a number of names of witnesses interviewed...'" (p344).
They then continue in their own words ...
"In the guise of a journalist Aynesworth covered the Garrison investigation for one of the premier print-news organisations in America. His uniformly vitriolic accounts appeared over a period of years, and there is little question they helped shape the national view of Garrison as a corrupt, out-of-control, public official. Behind the scenes, however, Aynesworth was interfering with the D.A.'s investigation - tampering with a witness [...]" (p345).
Cubela, Rolando: See AM/LASH.
Cuesta, Antonio: Miami-based Cuban exile Tony Cuesta [Spartacus Educational biography] had been a CIA asset in a number of their anti-Castro operations. Following a period of imprisonment after a failed raid in 1966 he would confess to Castro's spy-chief Fabian Escalante that he had been part of a three-man shooting team in Dallas, along with Herminio Diaz Garcia and Eladio del Valle. Escalante did not make this confession public until 1995, after Cuesta's death.
Cumings, Bruce: Historian Bruce Cumings [Wikipedia biography] was the author of the 2014e Preface to the re-release of Isidor Stone's 1952 book "The Hidden History of the Korean War".
Cummings, John: Journalist John Cummings [no convenient biography] was the Miami Newsday reporter to whom John Martino gave his 1975 deathbed confession that his January 1964 article liking LHO to Fidel Castro had been a deliberately planted story.
Cummings, Raymond C.: Sometime DPD patrolman/wrestler/cab driver Ray Cummings [no convenient biography, but check out the video sources below] became an important witness to the JFK case when it emerged that as taxi driver serving the Carousel Club he had driven LHO and David Ferrie there in early 1963. This point was taken up by NOLA District Attorney Jim Garrison as indications that LHO had not been a "lone nut" gunman on 22nd November. Cummings' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; Interview to camera, 1967 [YouTube it now].
Cuneo, Ernest L.: In 1951, lawyer, WW2 veteran (OSS), and mass propagandist Ernest Cuneo [Wikipedia biography] led a consortium of investors in acquiring the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA), controlling some 50 regional newspapers. Given this background, we shall, for our present purposes, be taking it as pikestaff-plain that he was part of the Operation Mockingbird propaganda offensive and the aggressive use of intelligence operatives (or just plain muckrakers) in the guise of reporters. From the mid-1960s onwards Cuneo began contributing copy personally, becoming a major opinion former on current affairs. As profiled in his archive at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum he was also a historian of merit on Propaganda Theory and OSS History. During his years with OSS he had been a personal friend of spy/spy-author Ian Fleming, who named a character after him in one of his books.
Cunningham, Cortlandt C.: FBI Special Agent Cortlandt Cunningham [no convenient biography] was one of the three-man FBI Lab ballistics team (the others being Robert Frazier and Charles Killion) who examined limo #1 after it had been flown back to DC.
Curry, Chief Jesse Edward: Chief of Police Jesse Curry [Wikipedia biography] was in the pilot car of the presidential motorcade at the time of the assassination. His evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [Part #1; Part #2; Part #3]; Affidavit 10th August 1964 [read it now].
CUSA: See the entry for Conservatism USA (CUSA).
Cutler, Robert: Assassination researcher Robert Cutler [no convenient biography] worked with Richard Sprague in promulgating the famous Umbrella Dart Theory [q.v.], the in-our-opinion-preposterous notion that Umbrella Man's umbrella was some sort of cross between a set of bagpipes and a poison-dart blowpipe.
Dale, Alan: Jazz musician, band leader, and assassination researcher-archivist Alan Dale [no convenient biography] maintains a useful online archive of podcasts [check it out now].
Dale, Robert Joseph: DPD motorcyclist Bobby Jo Dale [no convenient biography] was one of two "rear mid" motorcycles in the motorcade, and was too far back to take any great part in the searching of Dealey Plaza. He was friends with fellow officer Harry Olsen; indeed the latter was in fact lodging with him at the time. Researchers have recently implicated both men in the protection of an illegal gambling den at 425?? East 8th Street.
Dalitz, Morris ["Moe"] Barney: Forgetting his prewar associations with mobsters such as Meyer Lansky and Al Capone, Las Vegas Businessman Moe Dalitz [Wikipedia biography] trailblazed that city's development into an in-your-face casino resort during the 1950s.
Dallas Council on World Affairs (DCWA): Founded in about 1950 as a non-profit proselytising committee for right of centre political views, the DCWA [no convenient briefing] maintained a program of public lectures until reborn as the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth in 2002 as a branch of the broader World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) [Homepage]. Between 1961 and 1968 the Council was headed by retired intelligence expert General Philip Bethune [q.v.], and regularly brought in A-list political speakers. In 1967 it was accused by Mae Brussell of being partly CIA-funded, and indeed, in the light of rigorous research by Wilford (2008) concerning "citizen groups" in the "state-private network" we recommend it be regarded as such, at least until the "rogue CIA cell" and "evil right-wingers" assassination theories are fully discounted.
Dallas Morning News: Founded in 1885 as an offshoot of Alfred Belo's Galveston News and managed from 1895 until his death in 1946 by Dealey Plaza's eponymous George Dealey, the Dallas Morning News [Wikipedia briefing] had been in its offices at 508 Young Street, three blocks south of Dealey Plaza, since 1949 [only moving out in 2017 - Ed.]. You entered beneath a forty-foot-high stele embossed with an exhortation by Dealey himself to his staff. It begins: "BUILD THE NEWS UPON THE ROCK OF TRUTH". It was here that Jack Ruby spent much of the morning of 22nd November 1963, and where, on 25th November Jerry Coley met Hugh Aynesworth.
Dal-Tex Building: Seven-storey office building at postal 501 Elm Street [Wikipedia briefing], occupying the NE corner half-block at Elm and Houston. Occupied at the time of the assassination by (4th Floor) Abraham Zapruder and (3rd Floor) H. L. Hunt's Dallas Uranium Company. The building, its external fire-escape, and the third floor windows will all eventually be mentioned in variously ominous tones - see the entries for George H. W. Bush, Larry Florer, Virgilio Gonzalez, and Eugenio Martinez.
Dankbaar, Wim: Dutch assassination researcher Wim Dankbaar [no convenient biography] hit the JFK headlines in 1994 with his interview of self-confessed shooter James Files (incorporated into his 2008 book "Files on JFK"), and then again with a 1997 interview with Chauncey Holt. The fact that he has recently been under heavy attack online, both professional and personal, simply increases the noteworthiness of his research and earns him a place on the WW3 Online Now Thread.
Dark Complected Man: This long-to-remain-unidentified man was right there at Ground Zero, clearly reporting fall of shot by hand signals and - moments later - by walkie-talkie - YouTube him now. Now see the entry for Orlando Bosch.
Dark Journalist: "Independent investigative reporter" Dark Journalist [no biography until we learn his name] fronts the Dark Journalist [Homepage] alternative current affairs station, and is committed to exploring topics "the mainstream media refuses to touch".
Darnell, James: WBAP cinematographer Jimmy Darnell [no convenient biography or 2017 obituary] took film of the motorcade as it rounded Houston and Elm, but then had that footage confiscated for evidence by Newton Fisher. When it was finally released it had lost the moments of the shooting but clearly shows crowds rushing to the picket fence and the subsequent search of the railyard beyond, possibly also a bloodstain - YouTube it now. Darnell's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
David, Christian: French mobster Christian David [no convenient biography] was the source in 1981 of the Corsican Hit Team Thread. In jail in Leavenworth, KS, for drugs offences he contacted journalist Stephen Rivele and offered to exchange information about the assassination for help in blocking an extradition request from France, where he was wanted for the murder of a policeman. The thrust of the resulting information was that Marseilles crime boss Antoine Guerini had been contracted in mid-1963 by the American Mafia to supply three good hitmen to help take out "the highest vegetable". David was offered one of these contracts, but declined. He then named the team as Lucien Sarti, Sauveur Pironti, and Roger Bocognani. The latter two of these, however, turned out to have alibis.
Davis, Floyd Guy: 32-year-old rifle range superintendent Floyd Davis [no convenient biography] is noteworthy as a witness in that he ran the Sports Drome Rifle Range where, on 9th, 10th, and 17th November 1963 LHO or an LHO Look Alike had, according to two of his customers, made a nuisance of himself, mouthing off and shooting across lanes, and such. One of those customers, Garland Slack, would be at Dealey Plaza later in the month when the art of shooting out of lane came into its own. Davis' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Davis, Jack: 18-year-old cinema-goer Jack Davis [no convenient biography] was in the lower auditorium of the Texas Theater at shortly after 1300hr 22nd November 1963 when LHO came in and sat down next right to him. In a nearly empty afternoon screening Davis found this a distinctly discomforting experience; so he was relieved when LHO moved off to sit alongside another person, then go out for popcorn, then come back and sit alongside another, as if searching for a promised pick-up contact. It was then uneventful for some 20 minutes until the police arrived. Burroughs' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]. YouTube it all now. Browse the Balcony Arrest Thread to accumulate the various fragments of this story.
Davis, Thomas Eli, III: Deep sea diver, sometime CIA mercenary, gun-runner, and convicted bank robber Thomas Davis [Spartacus Educational biography] was in jail in Algiers, Algeria, at the time of the assassination, although he may well have been in New Orleans in the period 8th-10th August 1963. His subsequent release was apparently organised by CIA asset QJ/WIN, believed by some to have been Jean Soutre, by others Michael Mertz. Davis died September 1973, and his death is one of 115 more or less suspicious assassination-related deaths listed in Roberts and Armstrong's (1995) book "The Dead Witnesses".
Day, Lt. John Carl Day: Head of the DPD's crime lab Lieutenant Carl Day [no convenient biography] arrived at the TSBD shortly after the shooting and, accompanied by Special Agent (FBI, Dallas) Bardwell Odum, gave crime lab support to the officers searching TSBD6. The two men then returned with the accumulated physical evidence to DPDHQ, and there, at 1816hr 22nd November 1963 in the Homicide Bureau's Room 317, he held the rifle high before a Press Conference and described it as "a six point five apparently made in Italy 1940", allowing each newsman to fill in the rest of the incriminating details from a pre-circulated statement - YouTube one of those newsreels now. Later, at around 2000hr, having dropped the wooden stock of the weapon, he recovered an "old" and "dry" palm print from the underside of the barrel. Day's evidential profile is as follows: Two 1964 affidavits [read them now - IMPORTANT]; Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Dean, Harold: 36-year-old pro-Castro activist turned CIA/FBI informer Harold Dean [Spartacus Educational biography] appeared right out of nowhere in the histories to be named in Richard Sprague's 1985 book "The Taking of America" as one of the dozen or so outer sanctum conspirators in the JFK assassination. On the other hand, he might just have been playing along with the conspirators in order to gain inside information on the doings of the John Birch Society in the Southern States, in which case Sprague was doing him an accidental disservice. On the other hand, that might be what he wanted you to think ...
***** Possible accessory to the Jack Ruby shooting *****
Dean, Patrick Trevore: DPD Patrol Sergeant Patrick Dean [no convenient biography] was not on duty on 22nd or 23rd November 1963, but arrived shortly before 0700hr on 24th November and talked with Patrol Captain Cecil Talbert shortly before the regular "be careful out there" 0700hr patrolmen's briefing. The main topic of discussion was an earlier telephone threat on LHO's life during the transfer. Dean therefore organised a thorough search of the basement lot shortly after 0900hr, and then another after the press corps had been allowed in to set up. The main disruption to security in this time was actually the arrival of the armoured car due to make the transfer. He was then on station at the armoured car at the moment of the Jack Ruby shooting, whereupon he helped subdue him.
CONSPIRACY ALERT: In this latter respect researcher Anthony Summers (2013e) suspects that this was only after conspiring with Ruby and two other basement cops, William Harrison and George Butler, to get him into the basement in the first place! Harrison, Dean, and Butler were long-term frequenters of the Carousel Club. For our part we are less than convinced.
Dean's evidential profile is as follows: YouTube his Press Statement just after the shooting COMPULSORY VIEWING; Warren Commission testimony [Part #1; Part #2].
ASIDE: Dean's formal account is complex and difficult to interpret, however, because the first half concerns violent (in legal terms) disagreement over an earlier unrecorded exchange, which we shall go into on a future date. The primary statement of events is in Part #2, which see.
Decker, James Eric ["Bill"]: Hero of a much earlier ambush-assassination [TREF 23rd May 1934] Dallas County Sheriff Bill Decker [Spartacus Educational biography] was in the pilot car of the presidential motorcade at the time of the assassination, along with Chief Jesse Curry. The assassination literature has regularly associated him with Texas right-wing politics, and his story has been featured recently in Harrison Livingstone's 2006 book "The Radical Right and the Murder of John F. Kennedy". He also featured, along with movie star Audie Murphy, in Gary Wean's 1987 book "There's a Fish in the Courthouse", wherein the assassination is seen as a bungled CIA-false flag operation. Decker's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission Testimony [read it now].
is charged with preventing the U.S. "avoid technological surprise" by formulating and executing R&D projects to expand the frontiers of technology and science, often beyond immediate military need.
Defense Industrial Security Command (DISC): This shadowy sub-department of (perhaps) the FBI's Division Five was first mentioned in lawyer William Torbitt's (1970) book "Nomenclature of an Assassination Cabal". Amongst those submitting their expenses sheets via DISC were Clay Shaw, Guy Banister, David Ferrie, LHO, and Jack Ruby. DISC also features in Rod Mac Kenzie (and Hooke), wherein Mac Kenzie claims to be DISC's false Id forger.
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA): Operational from 1st October 1961 the DIA [Wikipedia briefing] was/is an intelligence gathering service answering directly to the Secretary of Defense. It operates alongside the CIA in feeding the National Security Agency (NSA) [q.v.], but with subtly different terms of reference.
de Goicochea Sanchez, Fermin: [a.k.a. George Perrel] Dallas-based Cuban exile and veteran of the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion, Fermin de Goicochea Sanchez [no convenient biography] was equipment man for the DRE, and as such appears to have been under investigation by James Hosty throughout November 1963, suspected of receiving the large amounts of arms and explosives going missing from the armoury at Fort Hood in readiness - so it has regularly been suggested - for a second invasion attempt.
Delaune, Henry M.: NOLA-based English teacher Henry Delaune [Times-Picayune obituary] was a colleague of the Ochsner Clinic's Mary Sherman and had a brother who worked for Coroner Nicholas Chetta. He was murdered 26th January 1969, and his death is one of 115 more or less suspicious assassination-related deaths listed in Roberts and Armstrong's (1995) book "The Dead Witnesses".
Delaune, Jules E.: Seems to be the brother of Henry M. Delaune. He was clerk to Coroner Nicholas Chetta, and himself died young in 1971.
Del Pinto, Oscar: Cuban exile Oscar Del Pinto [no convenient biography] pops up only infrequently in the histories, usually as a member of INTERPEN.
Del Valle, Eladio: Anti-Castro activist and contact of David Ferrie, Eladio del Valle [Spartacus Educational biography] would be one of the two colleagues identified by Tony Cuesta as having been a three-man shooting team in Dallas (the third being Herminio Diaz Garcia).
Democratic Revolutionary Front (FRD): The FRD [=Frente Revolucionario Democrático; Wikipedia briefing] was an umbrella organisation coordinating the activities of a number of lesser Cuban exile pressure and direct action groups, It was founded in May 1960 and its New Orleans chapter was headed by Sergio Arcacha Smith. Its military presence - Brigade 2506 - provided most of the muscle for the ill-fated Bay of Pigs Invasion in April 1961.
de Mohrenschildt, George Sergius: White Russian émigré George de Mohrenschildt [Wikipedia biography] arrived in the U.S. from Poland in 1938 and was granted U.S. citizenship in 1949. During the 1950s he cultivated contacts with Texas oil barons and settled in Fort Worth. He then entered the assassination story in 1962 when (following clearance by CIA officer J. Walton Moore) he befriended the Oswalds, helping LHO with his job hunting and Marina with her English. He committed suicide on 29th March 1977, within hours of receiving a summons to appear before the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Two days later Jeanne de Mohrenschildt gave said Committee a previously unknown print of one of the Backyard Photographs, CE-133A, with two handwritten dedications on the reverse. De Mohrenschildt's death is one of 115 more or less suspicious assassination-related deaths listed in Roberts and Armstrong's (1995) book "The Dead Witnesses". De Mohrenschildt's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Interview to camera (with wife) [YouTube it now].
de Mohrenschildt, Jeanne: One time (1953) business partner of dressmaker Abraham Zapruder, wife of White Russian émigré George de Mohrenschildt since 1959 Jeanne de Mohrenschildt [Spartacus Educational biography] was one of the few people to see the Mannlicher-Carcano before the assassination, placing her firmly on the Mannlicher-Carcano Thread. The sighting took place on 14th April 1963 when she and her husband dropped in on their apartment late one evening. While being shown around by Marina she saw a rifle in a closet, which she later more or less recognised as the alleged assassination weapon. Jeanne De Mohrenschildt's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Interview to camera (with husband) [YouTube it now].
DePugh, Robert: [Read firstly the entry for Discarding Sabot] A few days after the assassination a friend of right wing activist Robert DePugh [no convenient biography] sent him a used sabot said to have been found in Dealey Plaza. DePugh would later have this trophy impounded as evidence by the FBI, and never returned. He told his story on the Stan Major radio show.
de Torres, Bernardo: [a.k.a. Leopoldo] Cuba-born Miami-based anti-Castro militant and CIA operative Bernado de Torres [Spartacus Educational biography] was Brigade 2506's Chief of Intelligence for the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He was captured and held until ransomed by the U.S. government in late 1962, whereupon he became a member of INTERPEN. In his 2017 book "Killing Kennedy" Steven Hager placed him as a "photographer" in Dealey Plaza, although on precisely whose behalf was not stated. De Torres would later work with Jim Garrison during his 1967 conspiracy investigation, at a time that witnesses such as David Ferrie and Eladio del Valle were being silenced and fruitless dead-ends abounded. Garrison eventually concluded that de Torres was part of a CIA operation to disrupt the investigation.
Deveraux, Johnny Mitchell: An obscure player named Johnny Deveraux [no convenient biography] may have been involved in the patsification of LHO in Mexico City. He will also be named in due course in Richard Sprague's 1985 book "The Taking of America" as one of the dozen or so outer sanctum conspirators in the JFK assassination.
Devine, Thomas J.: CIA officer Thomas Devine [Spartacus Educational biography] had been involved with George H. W. Bush in 1953 during the setting up of Bush's Zapata Oil.
Diaz Garcia, Herminio: Bodyguard/assassin from the Santo Trafficante stable Herminio Diaz Garcia [Spartacus Educational biography] would be one of the two colleagues identified by Tony Cuesta as having been a three-man shooting team in Dallas (the third being Eladio del Valle). He was named again in 2007 by Reinaldo Martinez Gomez.
Diem, Ngo Dinh: South Vietnamese politician Ngo Dinh Diem [Wikipedia biography] was U.S.-backed President of South Vietnam until assassinated during CIA-backed Duong Van Minh's coup d'état on 2nd November 1963. One of the CIA men close to the action (overseeing his first Presidential assassination that month, and himself protégé of the National Security Council's Walt Rostow) was Dealey Plaza's Edward Lansdale.
DiEugenio, James: Assassination researcher Jim DiEugenio [Spartacus Educational biography] first hit the bookshelves with his 1992 book "Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case", now available in a much-updated 2012 Second Edition. DiEugenio is also responsible for the 2013 book "Reclaiming Parkland" which appears to be a counter-counterintelligence attack on the debunking efforts of the shallow and apologetic 2013 movie "Parkland" [see separate entry].
Dillard, Thomas C.: Photographer Tom Dillard [no convenient biography] was in Camera #3, front seat, right. took two photographs at the time of the assassination, one of which, upon subsequent enhancement, appear to show a man's face at the west window of TSBD6. However in the commonly available online reproductions of this image this area of the facade has been cropped, so - since it has been suggested elsewhere that this is Loy Factor's window - there is still a lot of work to be done on this story. Dillard's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Dinkin, Eugene B.: The story goes that U.S. Army signals operator Eugene Dinkin [no convenient biography] had been on duty at Metz, France, on 2nd November 1963 when he intercepted a message from a CIA officer to a mob contact in Marseilles offering a contract for their ace hitman, referred to be the codename QJ/WIN [q.v.], and stating the target as JFK later in the month. Dinkin duly reported the intercept to his superiors, and the next thing he knew was that they were taking steps to declare him mentally ill. He managed to get off a letter to Attorney General RFK warning him of the threat to his brother before being arrested on 13th November and transferred to Bethesda for treatment. [Our verdict - genuine core incident followed by major disinfo follow-up with re-education of the witness.]
Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE): [Codename AMSPELL] Founded in Cuba in the mid-1950s the DRE [Wikipedia briefing] was moved to Miami, FL, after the Castro revolution and taken over by the CIA as an anti-Castro front organisation run by George Joannides. In the present context its allocated role was to publicise LHO's pro-Castro links as early as possible after the assassination, as explained in the entry for Carlos Bringuier. Browse the LHO Patsification Thread for the integrated story.
DISC: See Defense Industrial Security Command.
Discarding Sabot: [French word for "wooden clog", pronounced "sab-oh"] In the world of ballistics, a sabot is usually a cylindrical outer casing which allows an undersized projectile to be fired from a given gun barrel. See one here ...
The term is noteworthy in the present context because if you encased a spent 6.5mm bullet in a .30-06 sabot you could use a common-or-garden American rifle to fire one of the much rarer Mannlicher-Carcano bullets; and if that 6.5mm bullet had already been fired you would preserve its prior markings. Sabots, in short, are ideal for framing someone.
ASIDE: Sabots have been under discussion in the histories since the notion was first raised in Jim Marrs' 1987 book "Crossfire". Other names for this trick of firing undersized bullets are "husking" or "wildcatting".
Disinfo: "False information spread deliberately to deceive" (Wikipedia). Hager (2017) likens disinfo to anti-missile chaff [Wikipedia briefing], because it interferes with the figure-ground processing so vital to visual perception (that is to say, it stops a target emerging clearly from its background).
Division Five: Purportedly a clandestine division of the FBI responsible for "special assignments and assassinations", including counterespionage and intelligence gathering. Fronted by William Sullivan and with such as Major Louis Bloomfield on its payroll, it may or may not have officially included an assassinations function, but operations to that end would have been easy to arrange unofficially even if it had not. The work of Division Five is alluded to in many histories.
"Doctor Strangelove": [Read firstly the entry for Burris Memorandum] "Arguably the best political satire of the century", this movie [Wikipedia filmography] by Stanley Kubrick (Director/Screenplay) and Terry Southern (Screenplay) depicts a U.S. first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union "in late 1963" (the movie was to have gone on release 22nd November 1963, but this was put back to 29th January 1964 for obvious reasons following the assassination). Curtis LeMay has been critically identified in the movie as both Jack Ripper and Buck Turgidson. For further study see Schlosser's (2014 [FULL TEXT ONLINE]) fifty year retrospective entitled "Almost Everything in 'Dr. Strangelove' Was True", and then play yourself to sleep.
Dodd Hearings: Yale-trained lawyer, one-time FBI Special Agent, and Nuremberg Trials prosecutor Senator Thomas Dodd's hearings concerning the law on the interstate sales of firearms began taking evidence on 29th January 1963. According to the La Fontaines in their 1996 book "Oswald Talked", the suppliers of LHO's revolver and rifle, Seaport Traders and Klein's Sporting Goods, respectively, both came under scrutiny during the year.
Dodd, Thomas J.: Senator Thomas Dodd [Wikipedia biography] chaired the Dodd Hearings [q.v.], one of the important antecedents to the Gun Control Act, 1968.
Dominguez Martinez, Angel: See the entry for Miguel Casas Saez.
Donovan, William ["Wild Bill"] Joseph: Decorated WW1 veteran and head of the OSS during WW2 William Donovan [Wikipedia biography] worked closely with Allen Dulles in the late 1940s and became Ambassador to Thailand in 1953. He retired a year later and died in 1959. He is noteworthy in the present context as a possible associate of Dr. Alton Ochsner during WW2, at which time Ochsner was setting up his Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans.
Dorman, Elsie: Employed in the Scott, Foresman Company area of TSBD4, Elsie Dorman [no convenient biography] was filming the Presidential motorcade from a window when the shooting took place, in the company of fellow-workers Sandra Styles, Elsie Dorman, and Victoria Adams. She took 24 seconds of film - the only film on the day taken from inside the TSBD - and then took it home and hid it in a cupboard. After her death her son donated it to the Sixth Floor Museum in 1995, but as it turned out she was no Cecil B. de Mille - YouTube it now (it was her husband's camera and it was her first time at the eyepiece). Dormans' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED];
Dorril, Stephen: British academic Stephen Dorril [Wikipedia biography] was second author to Anthony Summers of the 1987/2013e book "The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward", a painstakingly researched account of the part played by British intelligence asset and masseur-to-the-rich-and-famous Stephen Ward [q.v.] in the Cuban Missile Crisis [q.v.] and the Profumo Affair [q.v.].
Douglas, Daniel Wayne: According to the La Fontaines' 1996 book "Oswald Talked", car thief Daniel Douglas [no convenient biography] was coincidentally on his way onto DPDHQ to confess to a car theft. With more important things to worry about, DPD duly placed Douglas in a triplex holding cell, specifically F-1, where he would shortly be joined by John Elrod (Cell F-3) and LHO (Cell F-2). To save duplication, the conclusion of this story is told in the entry for Elrod.
Douglass, James W.: Assassination researcher James Douglass [no convenient biography] took a world-historic perspective on JFK's incomplete term as POTUS for his 2008 book "JFK and the Unspeakable", arguing that WHY things happened as they did was just as important as HOW. This required him to re-shake the evidence box, and this, in turn threw new emphasis on a number of hitherto overlooked incidents. See, for example, the story of Abraham Bolden. The story is well trailed in an accompanying video promotion [YouTube it now].
Douthitt, Melody Jane: Lawyer Melody Douthitt [no convenient biography] represented Mary Bledsoe during her testimony to the Warren Commission, and is suspected by some of conveniently organising what her client had to say.
Downey, William T.: Dallas resident Bill Downey [no convenient biography] was at the corner of Main Street and Houston when the motorcade passed by, and personally heard the shooting from the direction of the TSBD. Later that weekend, BEFORE LHO had himself been shot, he had a phone call from his friend, and Ruby's flatshare, George Senator, offering to cook breakfast. He declined the offer, but as soon as he heard the news of Jack Ruby's shooting tried to ring Senator back. Senator, however, was already on his way to DPDHQ.
Doyle, Harold: Bona fide innocent tramp Harold Doyle [YouTube denial] was one of the Three Tramps in the Mary la Fontaine documenting of the Three Tramps Thread.
Doyle, James: Apparently no more than an innocent 16-year-old tourist James Doyle [no convenient biography] conveniently chanced to take home movie footage 9th August 1963 of LHO distributing Fair Play for Cuba flyers in New Orleans - YouTube it now (clip #540540_1_1) [not bad for a beginner!!], thus earning himself a place on the LHO Patsification Thread.
DPDHQ: Our abbreviation for Dallas Police Department Headquarters in 1963, namely the Municipal Building Annex, formally at 2014 Main Street, and about a mile east of Dealey Plaza. This 1956 Annex was/is next door to and connected internally with the rear of the older Municipal Building [colloquially, "City Hall"], formally at 106 South Harwood. The main facade of City Hall faces West onto a park. The Annex straddles the full block to its rear (east), and possesses near-identical 1950s facades facing north onto Main and south onto Commerce. The car park likewise straddles the full block to the rear (east) of that, and it is across this car park that Jack Ruby strolled at 1116hr 24th November 1963 from the Western Union office to the unguarded doorway into the Annex which allowed him unauthorised access to the garage basement where at 1121hr he murdered LHO - YouTube the Tom Meros reconstruction now.
Droby, Costine A.: According to researcher Bill Sloan in his 1993 book "Breaking the Silence", after the 24th November 1963 arrest of Jack Ruby a reporter for the Long Beach Press Telegram named Bill Hunter, together with another newsman named Jim Koethe, visited Jack Ruby's flat along with Ruby's flatshare George Senator in the presence of three of Ruby's lawyers, Jim Martin, Tom Howard, and C. A. Droby [no convenient biography], ostensibly to find a photograph of Ruby which the newsmen could use. Senator had been at DPD all afternoon and was no doubt feeling under some strain, but it is not apparent that anything deeply sinister happened on that occasion. Nevertheless within two years the two reporters and one of the lawyers had either been murdered or else died very conveniently. We may safely presume that these three continued to probe just a little too deeply. Droby died of natural causes in 1991.
Dry River Incident: This was the surprise strafing attack of an entirely legal Soviet airbase in Soviet-occupied Manchuria on 8th October 1950 which created such a diplomatic row that President Harry Truman and half his war cabinet had to fly the 18,000-mile round trip to the Wake Island Conference [q.v.] to explain to theatre commander General Douglas MacArthur which of the two of them was President.
Dubinski, David Isaac: Life-long union activist David Dubinski [Wikipedia biography] became secretary-treasurer of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) [q.v.] in 1929, and president in 1932 (not retiring until 1966). According to Hugh Wilford's (2008) book "The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America", Dubinski, with covert CIA assistance, funded Jay Lovestone's [q.v.] Free Trade Union Committee (FTUC)'s [q.v.] wartime and Cold War operations against a communist take-over of trade unions in Europe.
Dudley M. Hughes Funeral Home: Crewed by Clayton Butler and Eddie Kinsley the ambulance which had Patrolman J. D. Tippit's body en route to Parkland Hospital before the first police arrived was provided by the nearby Dudley M. Hughes Funeral Home.
Dudman, Richard Beebe: Iowa born columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Richard Dudman [Wikipedia biography] was an early doubter of the official JFK narrative. In a 1st December 1963 article entitled "Confession of an Eyewitness" he reported personally seeing a bullet hole in the windshield of limo #1 while he was waiting outside Parkland Hospital. He also passed on convincing early hearsay reports that JFK's throat wound was an entry wound.
Dugan, Joseph P.: In Rod Mac Kenzie( and Hooke)'s 2016 analysis of the assassination Chicago-based wet-team clean-up specialist Joe Dugan [no convenient biography] was back-up man for Jack Grimm, and responsible for sanitising the Holland Road Safehouse.
Dugard, Martin: Journalist and author Martin Dugard [Wikipedia biography] was second author (to Bill O'Reilly) of the 2012 JFK best-seller "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot".
Dulles, Allen: OSS agent turned political aide Allen Dulles [Wikipedia biography] became the first civilian Director of the CIA on 26th February 1953. He then played a major role on the international stage throughout the 1950s, culminating in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961. He then played his part in support of the military-industrial complex in the plots to kill Fidel Castro and the blundered operation against JFK - see the JFK False Flag Thread. He then had himself included on the Warren Commission so that he could declare himself innocent.
Duran, Alfredo Joaquin Gonzalez: 27-year-old fugitive from the Castro Revolution Alfredo Gonzalez Duran [Wikipedia biography] had been a Brigade 2506 member and had been captured in the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion. He would then be placed in Dealey Plaza at the time of the assassination - YouTube him?? in Dealey Plaza now. However since 1993 he has campaigned for a peaceful resolution to the Cuba issue.
***** "Silvia Duran is a key to the JFK assassination" *****
Duran, Silvia: 26-year-old receptionist at the Cuban Consulate, Mexico City, Silvia Duran [Spartacus Educational biography] entered the assassination narrative at 1100hr on 27th September 1963 when either LHO or an LHO Look Alike applied at her desk for a transit visa so that he could stay in Cuba for a short period and then fly out to the Soviet Union. This would only be possible, she told him, if the onward flight was itself guaranteed, which meant that the applicant would need a prior visa from the Soviet Embassy. So the applicant went to the Soviet Embassy, who explained that Soviet visas needed to be approved by their embassy in DC, and that that could take months. The applicant went back to the Consulate and told Duran things would be sorted straight away. Duran rang the Embassy who told her the applicant was perfectly aware of the situation. Duran and the applicant then argued, and he left. All these comings and goings were, of course, photo-recorded, and all calls tapped. As for what happened next, browse the Mexico City Thread to accumulate the various fragments of this story.
Easterling, Robert Wilfred: Mississippi born lifelong criminal Robert Easterling [Spartacus Educational biography] was not in Dallas at the time of the assassination, but - if the later stories about him are to be believed - might well have been. After a further 12 years in and out of prison and mental institutions, and drifting here and there in the southern states and Central America, he contacted the FBI in 1975 because, he said, he knew something about the JFK assassination. The FBI came and took note of what he had to say, but nothing came of it. Easterling then contacted Edward Epstein's researcher Henry C. Hurt, Jr. [q.v.], telling the following tale ...
THE EASTERLING CONFESSION: Easterling claimed that he was approached in February 1963 by one "Manuel Rivera", a sometimes anti- sometimes pro-Castro activist who was at that moment part of a broader Texas oil conspiracy being set up David Ferrie, Clay Shaw, and Jack Ruby to assassinate JFK. The man had claimed involvement in an early CIA bomb plot against Castro, only to warn him off at the last moment. He had also given Castro advance warning of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. "Rivera" then showed off "a magnificent Czech-made [semi-]automatic rifle" (Hurt, 1985, p356) and a Mannlicher-Carcano. They spent time the next afternoon shooting the latter weapon into water and harvesting the largely undamaged slugs. "Rivera" then practised three-shot riffs against a line of coconut "heads" using the semi-automatic, scoring three hits in "a little over five seconds". A few weeks later "Rivera" enlisted him into the assassination proper, showing him how the 7.00mm rounds for the semi-automatic rifle had been made frangible by having slits cut into their metal jacket [WOULD A PREMATURE FRAGMENTING HAVE SOUNDED LIKE THE OFT-REPORTED "FIRECRACKER"?]. "Rivera", using the semi-automatic, would be a/the shooter, he explained, but he needed a back-up person, and that was where he - Easterling - would come in. The conspiracy also needed a driver to get the proposed patsy - a certain LHO - out of Dallas after the event, so that he could be permanently silenced. See also the entry for ZH-29.
Echevarria, Homer S: Homer Echevarria [no convenient biography] was the Cuban exile who claimed foreknowledge of an assassination during the Thomas Moseley [q.v.] sting operation.
Egerter, Ann: Long term CIA/Special Investigations Group (SIG) administrator Ann Egerter [no convenient biography] reported to James Angleton and confirmed to the 1976-1978 House Select Committee on Assassinations that she had personally opened a 201/SIG file on LHO on 9th December 1960, the purpose of which file could only be the monitoring of a CIA operative who had come under suspicion. Browse the LHO as CIA Man Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story; see the entry for Birch O'Neal for an alternative interpretation of LHO's involvement.
Eisenhower, President Dwight David: WW2 veteran Dwight D. Eisenhower [Wikipedia biography] was POTUS 1953-1961, and in March 1960 instructed the CIA to destroy Cuba's Castro Regime, in which enterprise they should feel free to buy in Mafia assets and/or use covert paramilitary intervention. He is noteworthy for his farewell address on 17th January 1961 in which he warned in the clearest of terms of having "an immense military establishment and a large arms industry" - a "military-industrial complex" - seeking "unwarranted influence". Well that military-industrial complex did for JFK, sure enough, and RFK after him, so we guess he was probably right.
Elkins, Harold E.: Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Harold Elkins [no convenient biography] was with other officers outside the Main Street entrance to the Sheriff's Office when the shooting took place, and immediately made his way to the railway yard and parking lots beyond the Grassy Knoll. He helped secure the area, and took the descriptions of two recently departed suspicious vehicles from Lee Bowers in the Railyard Tower. He then helped manage the crowd of witnesses outside the TSBD, before, "a while later", helping to escort "three prisoners" [now known as the Three Tramps] to Captain Will Fritz. Elkins' evidential profile is as follows: Initial Report, 26th November 1963 [read it here]; Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Ellis, Sergeant Stavis ["Steve"]: DPD motorcycle outrider Stavis Ellis [Dallas Morning News obituary, 2005] was left-most of the vee of five "lead" motorcycles, in front of limo #1. He visually witnessed the first of three shots from his outrider position, seeing it strike the south kerb of Elm Street. He only heard the next two shots. Ellis' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Ellsworth, Frank: [Read firstly the entries for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Fort Hood Arms Thefts] ATD investigator Frank Ellsworth [no convenient biography] had just emerged from a meeting with Ed Coyle and James Hosty at around 1145hr on the morning of the assassination. He would eventually be cited in the La Fontaines' 1996 book "Oswald Talked" as having learned during the afternoon searches of the TSBD on 22nd November 1963 that the Mannlicher-Carcano had been found one or two floors below TSBD6, not on it.
Elrod, John Franklin: [Sometimes "The Fourth Tramp"] As recorded by the La Fontaines in their 1996 book "Oswald Talked", John Elrod [no convenient biography] was a 30-year-old unemployed cook arrested during the immediate post-assassination sweep of the Dallas railyards, and then detained in the DPDHQ holding cells for some hours in the afternoon of Friday 22nd November 1963 along with LHO and Daniel Douglas. Douglas had cell #1 in the triplex, LHO had #2, and Elrod had #3. The three prisoners were free to talk to each other through the dividing bars. The most significant event was then the arrival of a man now known as Lawrence Miller, but then best identified by the serious facial injuries suffered in the Thunderbird Crash, who passed by in the corridor. LHO later confided to Elrod that he had seen the man before, in a motel room, where he had received cash from a certain Jack Ruby to drive a blue Ford Thunderbird loaded with stolen guns. And as the La Fontaines point out with no little gravity: "If Oswald knew Ruby [on the afternoon of 22nd November] a conspiracy [...] is a virtual certainty" (p. 397). Elrod kept LHO's confidence to himself for a year, but then on 11th August 1964, troubled by hostile feelings toward his estranged wife, he presented himself as a "domestic" case at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Memphis, for help. However, once talking he told his Dallas story as well, and when he got to the bit about Jack Ruby, whose ongoing trial was daily in the news, Shelby County were on to the FBI like a shot. To cut a long story short, neither the FBI nor the Warren Commission wanted to know, because an assassination conspiracy was not the theory of the day; DPDHQ even conveniently lost Elrod's arrest record. Unbelieved, but now fearing for his life, Elrod went dark until researchers caught up with him in 1996. This 1996 video finishes the story.
Elsbeth Apartment: The accommodation at 604 Elsbeth Street, Dallas, where LHO and Marina Oswald lived between 3rd November 1962 and 3rd March 1963. The building would be demolished for redevelopment in January 2013, after failed attempts to have it declared a museum.
English, Joseph M.: Described in Marrs and Schuster's (2002, full text online) listing of possibly maliciously hastened demises as the "Former head of FBI Forensic Sciences Laboratory" Joseph English [Washington Post obituary], who had overseen the testing of the Sniper's Nest Mannlicher-Carcano and LHO's .38" Smith and Wesson revolver, died from a heart attack on 29th October 1977, aged 61. Donald Jeffries, in his 2014 book "Hidden History" notes that this was shortly before he was to testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations.
Epstein, Edward J.: Early assassination researcher Edward J. Epstein [Spartacus Educational biography] published "Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth" in 1966, in which he is one of the first to suggest in print that more than one shooter was involved. Then, on 29th March 1977, as he was interviewing George de Mohrenschild, the latter received summons to appear before the House Select Committee on Assassinations and promptly committed suicide. Epstein reportedly used one Henry C. Hurt, Jr. [q.v.] as researcher.
Ernest, Barry: Assassination researcher Barry Ernest [no convenient biography] re-interviewed Victoria Adams and other TSBD employees for his 2013 book "The Girl on the Stairs". His well-argued conclusion is that Adams' evidence was deliberately belittled by the FBI because it did not fit the official narrative. The story is well trailed in an accompanying radio promotion [YouTube it now].
Ernst, ["Crooked John"] John: In Rod Mac Kenzie( and Hooke)'s 2016 analysis of the assassination El Paso-based some-time hitman John Ernst [no convenient biography, but some delightful background detail in Francis (2013)] was, with Clyde Foust and Charles Harrelson, part of a three-man shooting team paid for by H. L. Hunt and assigned to the western end of the John Neely Bryan Pergola. Reported to have left Dallas by Greyhound bus.
Escalante, Fabian: Fabian Escalante [Spartacus Educational biography] was head of Fidel Castro's G-2 Counterintelligence Service, and features in the entry for Antonio Cuesta.
Estes, Billy Sol: Texas bentrepreneur Billy Sol Estes [Spartacus Educational biography] began to allege in 1980 that the assassination had been funded by a consortium of Texas oilmen, including LBJ.
Euins, Amos Lee: [sometimes incorrectly as Eunis or Eunice] 15-year-old schoolboy Amos Euins [no convenient biography] not only got a wave from JFK near the turn onto Elm Street but, looking up, saw "some kind of pipe" poking out of the Sniper's Nest window on TSBD6. He described the first shot as a "backfire", and then looking at the weapon when the second shot was fired. Euins' evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit, 22nd November 1963; Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Interviews to camera [YouTube them now].
Ewell, Jim: Having just covered the motorcade's departure from Love Field, Dallas Morning News crime beat reporter Jim Ewell [no convenient biography] was returning to the pressroom at DPDHQ to telephone through his copy. To avoid congestion he had skirted Downtown and was coming into Dealey Plaza from the west, past the Trade Mart. He first saw the lead vehicles of the motorcade a few hundred yards west of the Triple Underpass, at speed now, and strung out. As he passed under the Underpass on Commerce he saw "people running in every direction". He then drove the remaining mile to DPDHQ, arriving in the car park just as Sergeant Gerald Hill [q.v.] was leaving. He immediately swapped cars and was back outside the TSBD shortly afterward. While Hill was inside he observed from Houston and Elm, soon witnessing him brandishing the chicken box out of the window [SO MUCH FOR HIS LATER-MUCH-VAUNTED INTEREST IN THE PRESERVATION OF A CRIME SCENE]. Then the call came through announcing officer down in Oak Cliff and he was able to hitch a second ride, this time with Captain Bill Westbrook; and after ten minutes at that scene he was able to hitch a third ride to the Texas Theater, where he managed to be looking down from the balcony when Maurice McDonald detained LHO. Here is the scene in his own words ...
"Then I saw the fight that broke out. First, Nick was shouting, and then there was just a swarm of officers that came in. What I’m describing is what appeared to be a football play from above. John Toney remembered that some officer screamed out that they were breaking his arm. Another officer, Paul Bentley, the Chief Polygraph Examiner for the Dallas Police Department, who was well known to us all, came out of there with a broken ankle. What I saw rather astounded me. Someone was trying to hold the barrel of a shotgun, or train the barrel of a shotgun down among the heads of these officers. I thought, “What’s he going to do with the shotgun?” [TRYING TO SAVE JACK RUBY THE JOB?] I didn’t know what was going on, but this person was holding a shotgun; I did see that. And it all happened in a matter of seconds!" (Ewell, 1998 [full text online]).
Exhibit 2064 (Warren Commission): The Warren Commission's Exhibit 2064 [read it now ABSOLUTELY RIVETING] contains eight pages of closely typed notes prepared by Dallas postal inspector Harry Holmes as part of a four-person interrogation of LHO between 0925hr and 1110hr on Sunday 24th November 1963. The other three members of the interrogating team were Captain Will Fritz (DPD), Special Agent Forrest Sorrels (FBI Chief, Dallas), and Inspector Thomas Kelley (Secret Service, Head of the Presidential bodyguard). LHO was shot to death by Jack Ruby eleven minutes after the interrogation finished.
Exner, Judith: In one of his less cerebral moments JFK bedded looker Judith Exner [Wikipedia biography], girlfriend of mob boss Sam Giancana. The FBI, of course, quietly spectated. In their 1981 book "Fatal Hour" G. Robert Blakey and Richard Billings go on record as follows: "White House telephone records indicated seventy instances of contact" (p62). J. Edgar Hoover met with the President on 22nd March 1962 and explained the security risks in all this and the phone contacts ceased forthwith; but politically at least JFK henceforth owed him one.
Factism: A recent phenomenon within the world of social media (but of course far older in the positively ancient art of propaganda), by which the truth of even the simplest black-and-white proposition gets argued about, but only because those arguing are being goaded into arguing by this or that dark sponsor behind the scenes. Without in any way accusing him of factism, we have derived this term - by extension - from Conspiracy Theorist George Freund 's proud description of himself as a "Factist". Well and truly on the WW3 Online Now Thread.
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Factor, Lawrence Lloyd ["Loy"]: Oklahoma-born WW2 veteran (brain-injured) handy man and one of life's serial blunderers Loy Factor [Spartacus Educational biography] entered the JFK story on 18th November 1961 when he and his wife attended the state funeral of Sam Rayburn at Bonham, TX. In the crowd that day a stranger named Mac Wallace engaged him in conversation and seemed very interested in the fact that he considered himself something of a marksman. When Wallace then mentioned that he might have a "job" for him one day Factor gave him his address, and they left it at that. A year or so later Wallace visited him at his home and tested his marksmanship very thoroughly by having him shoot at rocks: and, to cut a long story short, by the end of the day Factor had allowed himself to be talked into taking a $2000 down-payment as a long-range hitman for an as-yet-unspecified target. He was then picked up at very short notice on 20th November 1963 and driven to the Holland Avenue Safehouse in Dallas, where he became part of Wallace's TSBD6 shooting team.
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Factor duly featured in Glen Sample and Mark Collom's 1995 book, "The Men on the Sixth Floor", where he is profiled as support man for a two-shooter/one radio operator team consisting of Mac Wallace, LHO, and Ruth Martinez. Factor died 5th May 1994 of natural causes. Two months previously, in his final videotaped interview by Glen Sample, he insisted that the team had given him a rifle that he had taken station at the west-most window on TSBD6 [the one conveniently cropped from the Thomas Dillard photographs - Ed.], but that he had not fired it. This accords with Captain Will Fritz having ejected an unfired cartridge from the rifle recovered at TSBD6. More recently, in Rod Mac Kenzie( and Hooke)'s 2016 analysis of the assassination, Factor was listed #2 to Mac Wallace in a two-man team stationed on the 6th floor of the TSBD, and is credited with firing the first shot from a 7.65mm bolt-action Mauser rifle, but deliberately aiming it high to salve his conscience.
Fain, John W.: Special Agent John Fain [no convenient biography] was the Dallas-based FBI agent who prepared a what-we-know-here intelligence report on LHO dated 3rd July 1961, in which was included information from his mother Marguerite Oswald to the effect that her son's height/weight were - possibly at Fain's instruction - mis-stated as 5' 10", 165 pounds (factually 5' 9", 130-135 pounds) (Scott, 2015). For the still-echoing impact of this possibly deliberate deception, see the insets in the entry for Peter Dale Scott.
ASIDE: The July 1961 report is #6 in the 69 substantive documents in the FBI's files on LHO dated PRIOR TO the assassination. For the full schedule of items see Commission Exhibit 834 [full text online].
Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC): Established in New York City in 1960 the Fair Play for Cuba Committee [Wikipedia briefing] was a bona fide pro-Castro pressure group for left-wing intellectuals, not least James Baldwin and Jean-Paul Sartre. We are concerned here merely with its NOLA chapter, which by stark contrast seems to have been infiltrated by the CIA. Its flyers were routinely over-stamped with the contact details of the local activist, and in summer 1963 these stamps included "A. J. Hidell" at a P.O. Box, and LHO at either 544 Camp Street - next to Guy Bannister's office - or, later, 4907 Magazine Street. Any passers-by who showed sympathy with the cause went immediately into the authorities' little black book. Moreover, when LHO got an FPCC membership card dated 15th June 1963 and was then filmed handing out their flyers on 16th August 1963 he was being well and truly patsified (to cap matters off, Jack Ruby was even at the 23rd November 1963 DPDHQ Press Conference to make sure that the world's press got the Committee's name right - YouTube it here). Facing a wave of public hostility the FPCC disbanded itself 19th December 1963. LHO Patsification Thread.
False Flag: A false flag operation or attack or event is the very Prince of Black Ops relying, as it must, on the deliberate and wholly malicious falsification of agency. In everyday language, false flags are "fit-ups" [UK] or "frame-ups" [US]. The textbook false flag attack is the 1933 Reichstag Fire [Wikipedia briefing], where Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party burned down their own parliament building, but made it look to have been the work of their Communist Party rivals. Among the more or less certain high body count false flag attacks are (in date order) ...
1788 Puumala Incident (Started the Russo-Swedish War)
1915 RMS Lusitania Sinking (Started WW1 for the U.S.) [YouTube it now]
1931 Mukden Incident (Started the Second Sino-Japanese War)
1939 Gleiwitz Incident (Started WW2)
1963 JFK Assassination (Facilitated the Vietnam War)
1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident (Started the Vietnam War)
1967 USS Liberty [YouTube it now]
2001 World Trade Center Attack (Started the Iraq War)
2018 Salisbury Poisoning (Restarted the Cold War)
20?? The ?? Incident (2nd Korean War and - perhaps - Armageddon) - ANY DAY NOW
Faulkner, Jack W.: Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Jack Faulkner [no convenient biography] was in the general gathering of deputies outside the Sheriff's Office as the motorcade went by. When the shooting started he joined "many officers" searching the railway area. He then went to assist A. D. McCurley and others in searching the TSBD from TSBD7 downward. Faulkner's evidential profile is as follows: Report 22nd November 1963 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Favorito, Garland: Assassination researcher Garland Favorito [no convenient biography] fronted a 2013 video documentary which includes a good exposition of the Oswald Wallet Thread - YouTube it now.
FBI Division Five: See Division Five.
Fehmer, Marie: [upon marriage Marie Fehmer Chiarodo] Rosebud-born 25-year-old Marie Fehmer [no convenient biography, but see her LBJ Presidential Library oral history] had been recruited straight out of the University of Texas to be one of LBJ's secretaries, and would remain in post after his becoming President. She is noteworthy in the present context merely in that her mother, Olga L. Fehmer (1918-2003), had worked for a while with both Abraham Zapruder and Jeanne de Mohrenschildt in the Dallas rag trade in the mid-1950s.
Feldsott, Louis: New York based sporting goods dealer Louis Feldsott [2017 obituary (aged 102 years)] was the President of Crescent Firearms, Inc., NYC, wholesaler of duly licensed imported rifles such as the Mannlicher-Carcano. In an affidavit dated 23rd July 1964 submitted to the Warren Commission [read it now] he stated that the FBI had contacted him on the day of the assassination about a Mannlicher-Carcano with the serial number C2766. He confirmed the sale to Klein's Sporting Goods, Inc., Chicago, on 18th June 1962. The FBI had then taken the documents away with them. Browse the Mannlicher-Carcano C2766 Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story. It may or may not be relevant that government agencies such as the FBI and ATF [=Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms] were, in 1963, looking for the Mister Bigs of the arms smuggling industry, and that FBI Agent James Hosty may have been using LHO as a field operative in just such an operation. [In the event, the Kennedy killing intensified this crack-down and resulted in the 1968 Gun Control Act - Ed.]
Ferrell, Mary Elizabeth McHughes: Dallas-based legal secretary turned assassination researcher Mary Ferrell [Wikipedia biography] was in the VIP Car (16th) of the motorcade (her own vehicle). She devoted the rest of her life [d. 2004] to uncovering the truth, and has left us the Mary Ferrell Database [website], a priceless political research resource.
Ferrie, David William: Heavily involved with the Louisiana Civil Air Patrol during the 1950's and presently working for NOLA's political right in their opposition to Fidel Castro's clean (and therefore unprofitable) Cuba, David Ferrie [Wikipedia biography] entered the assassination narrative in November 1963 when an employee of Guy Banister's named Jack Martin squealed to the NOLA police that Ferrie had been involved in nothing short of a major conspiracy to kill JFK. The FBI interviewed him, but eventually dismissed the allegations, and Ferrie was not called to testify before the Warren Commission. NOLA DA Jim Garrison, however, was less easily shaken off. He interviewed Martin in December 1966 at which time it was alleged that Ferrie and LHO had been working for Banister and helping to run guns to anti-Castro elements in Cuba. Ferrie was found dead at his home on 22nd February 1967. His autopsy was performed by Nicholas Chetta. It was not until the 1977 House Select Committee on Assassinations that a link between Ferrie and LHO was officially acknowledged.
Fetzer, James H.: Assassination researcher and academically responsible conspiracy theorist Jim Fetzer [Wikipedia biography] was the author of the 2000 book "Murder in Dealey Plaza". His discussion of discarding sabot [q.v.] ammunition has proven to be extremely promising.
Fiester, Sherry: The late CSI Analyst turned assassination researcher Sherry P. Fiester [no convenient biography, just lots of chatter] was the author of the 2012 book "Enemy of the Truth", in which she applied a lifetime's experience in criminological forensics to the Dealey Plaza CS [=crime scene]. In so doing she came up with a highly convincing argument that the Z313 headshot came not from atop the Grassy Knoll - or, to give it its more precise name, the North Knoll - but rather from its mirror-imaged counterpart - the South Knoll - at the other end of the Triple Underpass. This theory has attracted much online airtime ever since and deserves serious consideration.
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Files, James Earl: [a.k.a. James Sutton] Alabama born mobster James Files [Wikipedia biography] was - by his own assertion - behind the picket fence, and - again by his own assertion - delivered the destructive head shot using a .221" Remington Fireball XP-100 [YouTube one being fired]. In 1994, while serving time for attempted murder, he made these assertions to Dutch researcher Wim Dankbaar in a series of long video interviews and a 2008 follow-up book entitled "Files on JFK". The assertions, if you factor out the standard reluctance of one guilty party to incriminate another, are extremely convincing. In Rod Mac Kenzie( and Hooke)'s 2016 analysis of the assassination Files was indeed, along with J. D. Tippit and Roscoe White (both in uniform), part of a three-man shooting team assigned to the eastern end of the Picket Fence.
Finck, Colonel [U.S. Army] Pierre Antoine, MD: Military pathologist Colonel Pierre A. Finck [Spartacus Educational biography] was one of the three military medics who contributed to the JFK autopsy at the Bethesda Hospital between 2000hr on 23rd September 1963 and <time unrecorded> on <date unrecorded>. Browse the Medical Cover Up Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story. Finck's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Clay Shaw Trial testimony [read it now]; House Select Commission on Assassinations testimony [read it now]; Assassination Records Review Board testimony [read it now].
Findlater, Carole R.: [Née Ruth Sonin] Younger sister of radio celebrity Ray Sonin, Carole Findlater [no convenient biography] was a women's interest columnist for the British media. She is mentioned in Carol Lee's (2012) book "A Fine Day for a Hanging" as having undertaken a pioneering fact-finding trip to the Soviet Union on behalf of a women's magazine in the early/mid 1950s, at which time western readers were becoming interested in women's fashions behind the Iron Curtain.
Fiorini, Frank Angelo: See the entry for Frank Sturgis.
Firing Line: [Very influential TV current affairs programme] See the entry for William F. Buckley.
Fisher, Deputy Chief of Police Newton T.: Deputy Chief of Police for the DPD Newton Fisher [no convenient biography] was head of DPD security at Love Field and, as such, confiscated evidential film from Jimmy Darnell.
Fitzgerald, Desmond: WW2 veteran, post-war CIA special operations, Chief of the Philippines Station in the mid-1950s, and Chief of the entire Far Eastern Division between 1957 and 1962, Desmond Fitzgerald [Wikipedia biography] would become the CIA's Director of Plans on 17th June 1965. His guiding philosophy was that if you could control the top families in a third world country then you could control the entire country (and with a C.V. like his, he can't have been far wrong).
Florer, Larry: Dealey Plaza bystander Larry Florer [no convenient biography] was arrested on camera outside the Dal-Tex Building after having been (wrongly) allowed to try to use one of the third floor telephones there. Florer's evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit 22nd November 1963 [read it now]; Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Fonzi, Gaeton: [known to his friends as Ahab, because of his obsessive quest for the truth] Philadelphia born investigative journalist Gaeton Fonzi [Wikipedia biography] appears in the LaFontaine's 1996 book "Oswald Talked" as the "staff investigator" for Senator Richard Schweiker who delivered the House Select Committee on Assassinations' summons to the home of George de Mohrenschildt on the morning of 29th March 1977, following which de Mohrenschildt blew his brains out. He is also the author of the 1993 book "The Last Investigation". He died in 2012.
Forrest, Helen: [a.k.a. Mrs James Forrest] Mysterious Dealey Plaza spectator Helen Forrest [no convenient biography] featured in Michael Kurtz's 1982 book "Crime of the Century", and was there quoted as having witnessed, like Roger Craig, a man getting into a Nash Rambler station wagon. At the time of writing [February 2018], researchers have grown concerned that this report has never been corroborated. Browse the LHO Movements 22nd November Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Fort Detrich: The U.S. Army's centre of excellence for biological weapons research at Fort Detrick, MD was mentioned by Judyth Vary Baker as control centre for the Ochsner Clinic's research in the early 1960s into weaponised cancer.
Fort Hood: Military post at Killeen, TX [Wikipedia briefing], and the site of the Ford Hood Arms Thefts [q.v.].
Fort Hood Arms Thefts: In 1963, in an attempt to break the gun-running trade into Cuba, the FBI - specifically James Hosty - arranged with the army for an officer at Fort Hood - Captain George Nonte - to play crooked and arrange for arms and ammunition to go missing. Soon weapons were going missing by the truck load, and Hosty was doing his best to track down the mobsters involved. This was almost certainly the topic of the meeting on the morning of 22nd November 1963 between Hosty, ATF investigator Frank Ellsworth, and the 112th MIG military intelligence man Ed Coyle. However for whatever reason the ATF were not totally in the decision making loop because Ellsworth did not yet know that Nonte was only playing villain. The thefts, and the broader investigation, are noteworthy in the present context because there is a decent possibility that LHO was out in the cold amongst the mobsters and the Cubans as an FBI informer. Browse the ATF Thread to accumulate the various fragments of this story.
Foust, Clyde: In Rod Mac Kenzie( and Hooke)'s 2016 analysis of the assassination Texas mobster Clyde Foust [no convenient biography] was, with John Ernst and Charles Harrelson, part of a three-man shooting team paid for by H. L. Hunt and assigned to the western end of the John Neely Bryan Pergola.
Fowler, Clayton: Dallas lawyer Clayton Fowler [no convenient biography] would be Jack Ruby's defence lawyer during his murder trial. Fowler died 22nd March 1971 aged 49. His death is one of 115 more or less suspicious assassination-related deaths listed in Roberts and Armstrong's (1995) book "The Dead Witnesses".
Fox, James K.: Secret Service photographic expert James Fox [no convenient biography] received a copy of the Bethesda autopsy photographs from JFK's personal physician George Burkley, and was recommended by Roy Kellerman to "make a set for yourself - they'll be history someday" (Kurtz, 1993, xiv). He did, and they are. In 1981 Fox, by then retired, approached assassination researcher Mark Crouch and passed his copies on (the originals are the National Archive, but still sealed), on condition they would not be published until after his death. Fox died in 1987 and the material duly was duly featured in the 1988 edition of David Lifton's book "Best Evidence" - See JFKLance Slideshow. Fox would later inform researcher James Fetzer that on 6th or 7th December 1963 the Secret Service deliberately destroyed a number of photographs and X-Rays of medical evidence (Fetzer, 2000).
Fox, Martin and Pedro: Until it was closed down by the more ascetic Castro Regime in 1959 the Fox Brothers ran the Tropicana Casino-Nightclub in Havana, Cuba. They reputedly had close business links with Tampa mobster Santo Trafficante.
"Francisco": See the entry for "Francisco Rivera".
Frazier, Buell Wesley: Irving resident and fellow TSBD worker Buell Frazier [Spartacus Educational biography] entered the assassination history when, as a recent neighbour of Ruth Paine in Irving, he gave LHO his recently customary (after six or seven weeks of same) once-a-week lift to work on the morning of 22nd November 1963. His critical testimony was that on this occasion LHO had with him a brown paper bundle which he explained away as containing "curtain rods". It was, however, not long enough to contain a rifle and Frazier said it was quite different to the brown paper rifle case found on TSBD6. Nevertheless, the official story has that morning's package as containing the assassination weapon. Frazier is thus central to the Mannlicher-Carcano C2766 Thread. His evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit, 22nd November 1963 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [Part #1; Part #2]; Clay Shaw Trial testimony [read it now]; Dramatised Mock Trial, 1992 [You Tube it now]; 2013 retrospective with fellow witness Hugh Aynesworth [YouTube it now].
Frazier, Robert A.: FBI Special Agent Robert Frazier [no convenient biography] was one of the three-man FBI Lab ballistics team (the others being Cortlandt Cunningham and Charles Killion) who examined limo #1 after it had been flown back to DC. He was also involved on the chain of possession of CE-399, the famous Magic Bullet. He would also play a large part - along with photographic expert Lyndal Shaneyfelt - in the full-scale forensic re-enactment of the shooting which took place in Dealey Plaza on 24th May 1964. YouTube him now. Frazier's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [part #1; Part #2; Part #3]; Clay Shaw trial testimony [read it now]. Browse the Magic Bullet Thread to accumulate all the fragments of this story.
Free Europe Press: This was an outstation of the National Committee for a Free Europe (NCFE) [q.v.], designed to provide an outlet for East European émigré scholars.
Free Europe University in Exile: This was an outstation of the National Committee for a Free Europe (NCFE) [q.v.], designed to educate East European émigré youth.
Free Trade Union Committee (FTUC): See the entry for CIA Front Organisations.
Freund, George: Conspiracy Cafe host.
Fritz, Captain John Will: Texas-born head of the DPD's Homicide and Robbery Bureau 68-year-old Will Fritz [Spartacus Educational biography] was at the Dallas Trade Mart at the time of the shooting. He drove back to the TSBD within minutes, and was on site during the search of TSBD6, even ejecting a live - unfired - round from the 7.65 Mauser used by Loy Factor after it had been discovered over by the western window. He then returned to his office to oversee the handling of witnesses (including at least one of the two sets of Three Tramps).
Frugé, Francis: [Read firstly the entry for Rose Cherami.] Louisiana State Police Lieutenant Francis Frugé [no convenient biography] was the Eunice, LA, officer who on 21st November 1963 delivered drug withdrawing Rose Cherami to the East Louisiana State Hospital, Jackson, LA, where psychiatrist Dr. Victor Weiss stabilised her. He then collected her on 26th November and escorted her to Houston for further questioning.
Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF): Founded in 1989 by Jacob Hornberger the Future of Freedom Foundation [Homepage] is a right of centre but nevertheless generally sensible and trustworthy educational foundation. It maintains a valuable online archive of articles, as well as regularly publishing top quality YouTube documentaries - Check one out now.
Gabaldon, Guy Louis: WW2 veteran (U.S.M.C.) and hero, turned film actor and some-say right-wing activist with CIA and Mexico City connections Guy Gabaldon [Wikipedia biography] could fairly be described as "a short Latino", and appeared right out of nowhere in the histories to be named in Richard Sprague's 1985 book "The Taking of America" as one of the dozen or so inner sanctum conspirators in the JFK assassination. [Our verdict - unconfirmed and not very frequently discussed online, so take a watching brief.]
Gale, William Potter: WW2 veteran (U.S. Army special operations, Philippines, under General Douglas MacArthur) turned white supremacist tub-thumper Colonel William Potter Gale [no convenient biography] joined the Religious Right's [q.v.] Christian Identity position statement group in 1956 and was closely associated with General Charles Willoughby [q.v.].
Gammons, Steve: Expert in U.S. military administration systems Steve Gammons [no convenient biography] was the historian interviewed (in 1992) by the La Fontaines for their 1996 book "Oswald Talked". Gammons initially identified the "Buff ID Card" card as "a dependent's ID", as routinely issued to the families of military personnel to entitle them to use on-base cafeterias, and the like. LHO could not have had one, he said, because, as a reservist, he would have been entitled to a reservist's card, and they were different - red card, picture centre not left. However, he added as an afterthought, the buff cards were occasionally issued to "civilian personnel requiring military identification overseas" (p74).
Garner, Dorothy Ann: Employed in the Scott, Foresman Company area of TSBD4, supervisor Dorothy Garner [no convenient biography] was watching the Presidential motorcade from a window when the shooting took place, in the company of fellow-workers Sandra Styles, Elsie Dorman, and Victoria Adams. She initially reported that in her opinion the shots had come from the west of TSBD, perhaps from the County Records Building. This being inconvenient, her evidence was not called by the Warren Commission. Garner died in 2012. Her evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; Interview by author Barry Ernest, 2011 [read it now].
Garrison, James Carothers: NOLA District Attorney, fearless crime-fighter, and late-life movie star Jim Garrison [Wikipedia biography] only entered the assassination story after LHO's links to New Orleans emerged during the Warren Commission enquiries. His investigations led to one Perry Russo, who told him he had once overheard an assassination planning meeting between Clay Shaw, David Ferrie, and LHO. This then prompted him to indict Clay Shaw (by then the only one of the three still alive) with conspiring to murder JFK. The trial took place in early 1969, and Shaw was declared not guilty. The investigation and trial was dramatised 20 years later by Oliver Stone his 1991 movie "JFK" [IMDB entry].
Gatlin, Robert Brooks, Sr.: NOLA attorney and right-wing activist Robert Gatlin [ISGP biography] was an associate of Guy Banister in the latter's CIA-funded support for Cuban exiles against the regime of Fidel Castro. Gatlin died/was killed 28th May 1965 falling from a 6th floor hotel balcony in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His death is one of 115 more or less suspicious assassination-related deaths listed in Roberts and Armstrong's (1995) book "The Dead Witnesses".
Gaudet, William George: Anti-Castro pamphleteer and CIA officer William Gaudet [no convenient biography] was editor of the Latin American Newsletter, in which respect he maintained offices at Camp and Common, New Orleans. He now seems to have deliberately arranged to be in Mexico City at the same time as LHO, having been issued on 17th September 1963 with Mexican Tourist Card 824084, the one before that used by Oswald. And he knew him by sight, having observed him handing out his Fair Play for Cuba Committee leaflets in August. He would later testify to the House Select Committee on Assassinations that he had not encountered LHO on his trip; nor could he recall whether he had done any spying while in Mexico City.
Gearhart, Ira: Chief Warrant Officer Ira Gearhart [no convenient biography] was in Car #4 of the motorcade with Emory Roberts, and carried "the football" [that is to say, the Presidential nuclear authorisation codes - Ed.]. after the shooting - as narrated by Steven Gillon in his 2009 book "The Kennedy Assassination" - such was the confusion that Gearhart had great trouble staying on the shirt-tails of those who might need him at any moment.
Geb, Colonel Ralph: WW2 veteran (USAF) Colonel Ralph Geb [no convenient biography] had featured in the online chatrooms since around 2010 as a possible identification for the man in the Mexico City Soviet Embassy photograph [YouTube the CIA surveillance images now].
Gedney, John Forrester: Bona fide innocent tramp John Gedney [no convenient biography] was one of the Three Tramps in the Mary la Fontaine documenting of the Three Tramps Thread.
Gehlen, Reinhard: WW2 veteran (Russian Front) Reinhard Gehlen [Wikipedia biography] operated the Nazi Wermacht's Fremde Heere Ost's spy network (field agents and intelligence database) within the (progressively expanding) Soviet Union during the second half of the war. When he offered to divert this significant resource to U.S. purposes he and his team were snapped up, and he spent the period 1945-1956 working to the CIA. Gehlen was particularly fond of using social and ethnic groups as intelligence fronts, finding that this was a fertile recruiting ground for sympathetic minds. His pursuit of Eastern European refugees led, for example to the growth of the White Russian community in Texas.
General Dynamics: Previously known as the Electric Boat Company, General Dynamics [Wikipedia briefing] was formed on 24th April 1952, with major facilities in Fort Worth, TX.
George, Peter Bryan: Welsh born WW2 veteran (RAF) Peter George [Wikipedia biography] wrote the 1958 best-selling thriller "Red Alert", in which a more than averagely hawkish ...
ASIDE: The publicity blurbs use terms like "mentally deranged". Not wishing to insult the genuinely deranged, we prefer the term "hawks" as explained in its Wikipedia etymology.
... USAF commander launches an unauthorised nuclear strike. The work was the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick's 1964 movie "Doctor Strangelove".
George, M. Waldo: Owner of the house at 214 West Neely Street, Waldo George [no convenient biography] rented the upstairs apartment to LHO and Marina Oswald from 2nd March 1963 to 2nd May 1963. Since the letting was not renewed he cleaned the apartment and padlocked it. He also checked the apartment again on the afternoon of 22nd November in case he had missed anything. Despite these two checks officer William Brookhart, when searching the property on 24th November, managed to turn up an American Bakeries pay stub in the name of James Jackson, the occupant before LHO. [Recent theories have suggested that Roscoe White had planted this evidence using a pass key.] George's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony (by affidavit) [read it now].
Giancana, Salvatore ["Sam [the Cigar]"]: Chicago-born and based don Sam Giancana [Wikipedia biography] was recruited by the CIA in September 1960 (along with Santo Trafficante) to direct gangland's impressive skills at arranging executions against a particularly troublesome political target of theirs, namely Fidel Castro. The CIA appointed Robert Maheu to liaise, and Giancana deputised Johnny Roselli. Giancana was executed CIA-gangland style in 1975, just before testifying to the Church Committee concerning these very arrangements.
Gilbride, Richard: Assassination researcher Richard Gilbride [no convenient biography] was author of the 2009 book "Matrix for Assassination".
Gimpel, Martin: Although he had died of a heart attack in Chicago the previous year, Jack Ruby's friend and business associate since the 1940s Martin Gimpel [no convenient biography] was included by name on the Larry Crafard list.
Global Engagement Center (GEC): The GEC is a U.S. State Department agency [State Department briefing; YouTube briefing] established in 2016 to "lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests". Also, while it is at it, to do something about the present epidemic of "fake news".
GloCo Gas Station: In the present context we refer here to the gas station at 1502 North Zangs Boulevard, at the northern perimeter of his Oak Cliff beat, where J. D. Tippit waited in his patrol car between about 1254 and 1300hr 22nd November 1963.
Glover, Antoinette: 11-year-old Toni Glover [no convenient biography] witnessed the assassination from atop the water feature pedestal in the crook of the Houston-Elm turn. Because she remembers limo #1 being obscured by the concrete pillar 20 feet to the west at the time of the first shot her evidence has helped 2012 researchers triangulate that vehicle's position at that moment. (So sometimes what you cannot see is as valuable as what you can see!)
Glover, Everett D.: Dallas petrochemist Everett Glover [no convenient biography] had known the de Mohrenschildts on and off for about five years (thanks to shared tennis interests), and Ruth Paine for perhaps a little longer (thanks to shared choir interests). While visiting the de Mohrenschildt home some time in winter 1962-1963 conversation had turned to Marina Oswald, and he was told that she and her husband "were not getting along", and that the de Mohrenschildts were trying to find her somewhere safe to stay. Then on three or four similar occasions "somewhere in January " he actually got to meet Marina. After that he met LHO twice, the first time at a social gathering at the de Mohrenschildt home, and the second time at a follow-on gathering at his own home. Ruth Paine was included in the latter so that she would be able to meet fellow Russian speaker Marina. Glover's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Goldberg, Arthur J.: Lawyer, politician, and OSS counterintelligence officer Arthur Goldberg [Wikipedia biography] ran behind-the-lines intelligence gathering and soft sabotage operations against the Nazis during WW2, and continued in much the same vein against the Soviets during the Cold War. One of his assets throughout this period was roving activist Irving Brown [q.v.]. In 1961 JFK appointed Goldberg Secretary of Labor. He then became Supreme Court judge, 1962-1965, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 1965-1968. He resigned the latter post in 1968 to return to private legal practice.
Gonzalez, Virgilio R.: Anti-Castro Cuban exile Virgilio Gonzalez [Wikipedia biography] has been suggested as a member of S-Force and as having taken part in Operation Tilt in June 1963, and is mentioned in some theories as having been the shooter in a Dal-Tex Building shooting team. In 1972 he would be one of the five men arrested during the Watergate Investigations.
Goodpasture, Anne: WW2 veteran with OSS service in Burma, CIA senior administrator Anne Goodpasture [Spartacus Educational biography] "looked like a librarian but had the skills of a burglar" (Morley, 2008). She had been aide to Winston Scott, CIA Chief of the Mexico City Station, since 1957, and was therefore perfectly placed to record the comings and goings of LHO (or someone impersonating him) in late summer 1963.
Gorightly, Adam: Self-styled "crackpot historian" Adam Gorightly [Homepage] has written on many things but is most noteworthy in the present context for his 2014 book "Caught in the Crossfire: Kerry Thornley, Oswald, and the Garrison Investigation", in which the possibility is discussed that Kerry Thornley played a greater-than-hitherto-suspected part in LHO's history, including, perhaps, as a body-double of convenience.
Goss, Porter Johnstone: CIA Directorate of Operations officer since about 1958 Porter Goss [Wikipedia biography] was involved in a number of missions against Cuba, working out of Miami much of the time. The literature identifies him as a likely member of the Operation 40 team.
Gottlieb, Sidney: [a.k.a. Joseph Scheider] Known more or less fondly as "The Black Sorcerer" Sidney Gottlieb [Wikipedia biography] was recruited into CIA "Technical Services" in 1953, and soon became an expert in the use of poisons and mind control in intelligence work and special operations. In this he reputedly inherited many techniques from Nazi scientists adopted by the U.S. during Operation Paperclip. The work was centred on Randolph AFB, San Antonio, TX, and was accounted for under the codename MKULTRA. Gottlieb's poisons cupboard included cardiac stressing agents capable of conveniently inducing heart attacks.
Graef, John G.: Employed as "director of our photographic department" at Jaggars-Chiles-Stovall, John Graef [no convenient biography] was LHO's supervisor during his time there (12th October 1962 thru 6th April 1963). Graef's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Grammer, Billy R.: DPD officer Billy Grammer [no convenient biography] had been on DPDHQ Communications Room duty on the evening of 23rd November 1963 when a call came in from someone whose voice he knew, but could not quite place. The caller said, simply: "We are going to kill Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement tomorrow". Knowing that the transfer arrangements had not yet been made public, Grammar realised that this was not just another of the evening's crank calls and motioned for a nearby Lieutenant to come listen in ...
*****At this point divert and read the Henry Putnam entry.*****
Toward noon the next morning Grammer's wife woke him to tell him that someone named Jack Ruby had just shot LHO exactly as the previous evening's caller had predicted. And now at last Grammer could place that caller's voice - as far as he could tell, it had been Jack Ruby. Grammer's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
ASIDE: Hurt (1985) suspects that Ruby had been instructed by some higher villain to silence LHO in the only possible way, whereupon Ruby - unable to say no and stay living himself - tried to engineer a failed mission instead. In another police department, on another day, it might have worked.
Grant, Allan: Life magazine society photographer Allan Grant [Wikipedia biography] teamed with reporter Thomas Thompson at the Paine House after the assassination, where they were the first newsmen to interview Marina Oswald [see one of his images].
Grant, Eva: Eva Grant [no convenient biography] was "certainly not with the underworld" Jack Ruby's older sister. Her evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission background testimony [Part #1; Part #2].
Grassy Knoll: [a.k.a. North Knoll] The grassy rise north of Elm Street between the John Neely Bryan Pergola and the Triple Underpass. [Note that Dealey Plaza is symmetrical north over south, and that both knoll and pergola therefore have southern equivalents south of Commerce. However, only the north knoll is topped by a picket fence - Ed.]
Graves, L. C.: DPD Detective L. C. Graves [New York Times obituary, 1995] was the officer who wrestled the gun from Jack Ruby in the moments after he had fired the shot which killed LHO.
Gray, Louis Patrick, III: WW2 veteran Patrick Gray [Wikipedia biography] replaced J. Edgar Hoover as Director of the FBI on 3rd May 1972.
had drilled three holes for a telescopic sight mounting in "a 6.5 Italian" between 1st and 15th November. Greener gave a lot of background on the general problems of sighting cheap mail order rifles, etc., but becomes much more one of my suppliers
Greer, William Robert: Secret Service Agent Bill Greer [Wikipedia biography] was one of two SS agents riding the front of Limo #1 (i.e., Motorcade #2, counting from the pilot vehicle) in the Dallas motorcade (driver's seat).
Griffin, William Hayden: Dallas FBI Agent Will Hayden Griffin [no convenient biography] would be accused in April 1964 of having leaked the fact that LHO had been an FBI informant prior to the assassination. He denied the allegation strenuously and signed a witnessed statement to that effect on 4th May 1964.
ASIDE: Because the FBI subsequently officially confirmed that LHO WAS TOO an informer at the Dallas office, receiving $200 per month for his efforts, we must take the present denial to mean merely that it had not been Griffin who had let the cat out of the bag.
Griffin's boss Gordon Shanklin copied Griffin's statement the same day directly to J. Edgar Hoover, and eight days later Hoover told the Warren Commission the downright misleading: "at no time was he [LHO] ever an employee of the Bureau in any capacity, either as an agent or as a special employee, or as an informant". Griffin retired the FBI on 1st January 1978, and the affair was discussed in the Dallas Morning News on 20th February 1978 in an article by Earl Golz [read it now].
Griggs, Ian: Long-term assassination researcher (and fellow Brit) Ian Griggs [Spartacus Educational biography] was the author of the 1997 paper entitled "The Four Faces of Harry D. Holmes", for more on which see the entry for Harry Holmes - AND IT'S WELL WORTH THE DIVERT.
Grimm, Jack F.: In Rod Mac Kenzie( and Hooke)'s 2016 analysis of the assassination one-time USMC demolition expert Jack Grimm [New York Times obituary, 1998] was the radio man for John Ernst, Clyde Foust, and Charles Harrelson at the western end of the John Neely Bryan Pergola.
Grinnan, Joseph P.: Right-wing activist Joseph Grinnan [no convenient biography] was the member of the Dallas chapter of the John Birch Society who designed the media protests against JFK in the run-up to his 22nd November 1963 visit. The most obvious outcome was the black-bordered full-page Welcome Mr. Kennedy advertisement in that day's issue of the Dallas Morning News. Grinnan's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Groden, Robert J: Photographic lab technician turned JFK author Robert Groden [Wikipedia biography] first entered the JFK story in 1969 when his employers were contracted to run off copies of the Zapruder Film, and he was part of the lab team. He instantly became convinced that the assassination had been a conspiracy and has continued his research ever since. His most original works are F. Peter Model and Robert J. Groden's 1975 book "JFK: The Case for Conspiracy", and Harrison E. Livingstone and Robert J. Groden's 1989 book "High Treason".
Groody, Paul Joseph: Forth Worth mortician Paul Groody [2010 obituary] reported years after the event that while holding LHO's body overnight 24th/25th November 1963 he had (a) allowed two "agents" access to the body for a short time, and then (b) had had to clean fingerprinting ink from the corpse's hands. He was also on hand at the body's 1981 exhumation. YouTube the full story.
Grossi, John Caesar: [a.k.a. Jack Bowen, John Leslie Bowen, etc.] As presented in the La Fontaine's 1996 book "Oswald Talked" convicted bank-robber with mob connections John Grossi [no convenient biography] was a co-worker of LHO during his employment at Jaggars-Chiles-Stovall. As a convicted felon he was an unlikely employee at a medium-security site [as, indeed, was LHO himself], and so could have been planted by someone to shadow him. Certainly the La Fontaine's report that Grossi "later claimed Oswald brought to work, and showed him, the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle he had supposedly ordered by mail under the alias 'A. Hidell'" (p112). More recently an online researcher has added to the enigma as follows: "I am sure it is just a coincidence that one of [Grossi's] aliases (last name) was the same as that gentleman itinerant minister that LHO met on the bus on his way to Mexico" (The Education Forum, Ostensibly Tim Gratz, 7th October 2007; Accessed 29th January 2018).
Guerini, Antoine: Marseilles crime boss Antoine Guerini [Spartacus Educational biography] appears in the Christian David Corsican Hit Team Thread, which see. Guerini was assassinated in a local turf war on 23rd June 1967.
Guevara, Ernesto ["Che"]: Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara [Wikipedia biography] fought as part of the Cuban Revolution and was the victor of the Battle of Santa Clara, 1st January 1959, which led to the replacement of President Fulgencio Batista's U.S.-friendly regime by the already alienated regime of Fidel Castro.
Guinn, Vincent Perrie: Vincent Guinn [University of California Obituary] was the university chemist who carried out the "neutron activation analysis" [Wikipedia technical briefing] on the bullets and fragments recovered from the assassination scene and the bodies of JFK and John Connally.
ASIDE FOR READERS UNFAMILIAR WITH NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY BUT FAMILIAR WITH THE TV SERIES "NCIS": Think Abby Sciuto, her lab, her mass spectrometer - much the same principles, but doesn't need a nuclear reactor in the basement.
However, in his 1982/1993 book "Crime of the Century" Michael Kurtz notes enough anomalies in Guinn's results to judge them of dubious scientific value.
Hager, Steven: Journalist, film-maker, and assassination theorist Steven Hager [Wikipedia biography] was the author of the 2017 book "Killing Kennedy: The Real Story", an attempt to distil a single conspiracy theory out of the many competing ones.
Haire, Bernard J.: Having come out of his shop next door but one to the Texas Theater to see why so many police cars had suddenly arrived, Dallas shopkeeper Bernard Haire [no convenient biography] chose to walk round the back to where it was less crowded, and there witnessed an LHO Look-Alike being taken out through the back door of the cinema and driven off in a police car. Indeed, he didn't even realise it was not LHO until 1987 when telling his story to researcher Jim Marrs, who then featured it in his 1987 book "Crossfire". Haire's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]. Browse the Balcony Arrest Thread to accumulate the various fragments of this story.
Hall, Loran Eugene ["Skip"]: [a.k.a. Lorenzo Pacillo, "Leopoldo"] 33-year-old pro-Castro mercenary turned "radical right wing" operative Loran Hall [Spartacus Educational biography] was a mobster for Santo Trafficante, a CIA operative with INTERPEN, and one of the three men who met with Silvia Odio on 25th September 1963 (the others being Lawrence Howard and William Seymour). Hall refused "to say shit" to researcher Anthony Summers in 1975 (Summers, 2013e), and would in due course be named in Richard Sprague's 1985 book "The Taking of America" as one of the dozen or so inner sanctum conspirators in the JFK assassination.
Hall, Patricia Puckett: See the entry in her maiden name, Patricia Puckett.
Hall, Richard D.: Working to the dictum that you should believe none of what you are told and only half what you see for yourself, investigative journalist Richard Hall [no convenient biography] maintains the well-respected Rich Planet social media site, which see.
Halpern, Sam: Long-standing CIA operative Sam Halpern [Spartacus Educational biography] had worked to Richard Bissell and Desmond Fitzgerald in the agency's 1961-1963 operations against Fidel Castro. When subsequently interviewed by the House Select Committee on Assassinations he insisted that much of the momentum for these operations actually came from RFK, using the argument "If you don't do it, I'll tell my big brother on you".
Hamilton, Nancy: Sometime heroin addict and prostitute, recently widowed, and soon-to-be-remarried [11th April 1964] manager-hostess at Jack Ruby's Carousel Club Nancy Perrin Hamilton [no convenient biography, but for lots of background value, click here] was the widow of murdered gun-runner Robert Perrin [no convenient biography, but for lots of background value, click here]. Her testimony painted a dismal picture of DPD, claiming that fully half the force (as well as Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade) took "favours" at the Carousel Club in the form of liquor, gambling, and girls [to see Wade's denial of any link with Ruby, click here]. Hamilton's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony (under the name Nancy Perrin Rich) [read it now]; Interview to camera, by Mark Lane [YouTube it now].
Hancock, Larry: Assassination researcher Larry Hancock [Spartacus Educational biography] was author of the 2006 book "Someone Would Have Talked".
Hargis, Billy James: Evangelist and conservative political activist Billy Hargis [Wikipedia biography] founded the Christian Crusade religious cult in 1950, designed to appeal to the Religious Right [q.v.]. In 1959 his writings came to the attention of General Edwin Walker [q.v.], who helped spread them amongst the troops under his command.
Hargis, Robert: DPD motorcycle outrider Bobby Hargis [Dallas Morning News obituary, 2014] was riding inside-left of the four DPD motorcycles attached to limo #1, and had to ride through the spray of presidential blood and brain tissue after the Z313 head shot. Despite the fact that his orders were to stay with the limo, he then parked his motorcycle, drew his pistol, and ran up onto the railway overpass. Finding nothing but confusion he returned to his motorcycle and passed under the overpass to check out the situation beyond. Drawing a blank a second time he finally returned to the TSBD, where he took station at the southwest corner of the building to prevent unauthorised egress. [For Officer Hargis' testimony to the Warren Commission, click here; said deposition does not indicate how long it was before he was able to take station outside the TSBD.]
Hargraves, Roy: Roy Hargraves [Spartacus Educational biography] was an experienced CIA INTERPEN mercenary who would be placed in Dealey Plaza at the time of the assassination - YouTube him in Dealey Plaza now.
***** DIVERTED BY FALSE ID *****
Harkness, David V.: 42-year-old DPD Sergeant David Harkness [no convenient biography] was at Main and Houston supervising the constables on crowd control in the area at the time of the shooting. Jumping on his three-wheeled command-post motorcycle he went down Main toward the Triple Overpass (following the direction of the crowds), and then veered back to Old Elm Street in front of the TSBD. Here he was told by Amos Euins that shooting had come from inside the building. He took Euins' name and address and at 1256hr rang in the report to Control. He then proceeded to seal off the building, himself and two others ("then", but not before seeing Euins into a police car) to the back of the building, and arriving squads under Inspector J. Herbert Sawyer at the front.
ASIDE: At this point in Harkness' Warren Commission testimony David Belin very conveniently obfuscates for several questions, until the witness leads him back to the issue of the back of the building.
At the rear of the building Harkness, like Joe Smith and Roger Craig before him, failed to detain "some Secret Service agents there". Sawyer next sent him to check out "a long freight [train]" presently blocking the back of the carpark, and here "we pulled some people off of there and took them to the station".
ASIDE: These "people" include the famous Three Tramps. In fact TWO long freights were shaken down in this period, by "several officers working in that area". Freight controller Lee Bowers performed an oft-overlooked service by keeping the two trains in place pending the search. By "the station" we understand DPDHQ, not the County Sheriff's Office, indicating that the Three Tramps were suspects and not witnesses, this being how things were organised at the time. Since the Three Tramps were guilty, and since they were quickly released without being followed up, we must suspect A MAJOR conspiratorial involvement at DPDHQ in the hour or so following their arrival there.
Sergeant Harkness' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Harrelson, Charles: Texas born armed robber Charles Harrelson [Wikipedia biography] came to the attention of assassination researchers in September 1980 when he claimed during a struggle to arrest him on an unrelated charge to have been involved in the events of 1963. He quickly withdrew the assertion, but he had put himself in the research spotlight. He next appeared in Jim Marr's 1989 book "Crossfire", where he was tentatively identified as one of the (second set of) Three Tramps - follow the Three Tramps Thread for the images. Harrelson was interviewed by investigative journalists and researchers several times before his death in 2007, but consistently denied his involvement. The best anyone ever got was the grudging admission that "it sure looks like me". In Rod Mac Kenzie( and Hooke)'s 2016 analysis of the assassination Harrelson was, with John Ernst and Clyde Foust, part of a three-man shooting team paid for by H. L. Hunt and assigned to the western end of the John Neely Bryan Pergola.
Harriman, William Averell: Politician-diplomat Averell Harriman [Wikipedia biography] was U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union between 1943 and early 1946, and then to the U.K. through 1946. He went on to be Special Assistant to President Harry Truman (hence his presence in October 1950 at the Wake Island Conference [q.v.]), and was later Assistant Secretary of State in the Kennedy administration. Anthony Summers and Stephen Dorril assert in their (1987/2013e) book "The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward" (a) that Harriman had definitely been a medical client of up-and-coming society osteopath Stephen Ward [q.v.] during his 1946 spell in London, and (b) that on JFK's London visit in June 1963 he possibly arranged for Ward to try his luck with the President's famously bad back.
Harris, Larry Ray: One time Oak Cliff mailman turned researcher at the JFKAIC.
Harrison, John ["Jay"] F.: Korean War veteran DPD Detective (Criminal Intelligence Section) Jay Harrison [no convenient biography] was staking out the nearby Black Muslim Church [a meeting place for adherents to Malcolm X's Nation of Islam - Ed.] at the time of the shooting, but responded to the all-units call and was sent to guard the injured John Connally. On the morning of 24th he was at DPDHQ with fellow officer Donald Steele, and was in the vehicle basement at the time LHO was eventually murdered. Harrison then became a researcher in his own right, recording personal contacts with Patrolman J. D. Tippit, General Edwin Walker, Jack Ruby, George de Mohrenschildt, Ruth Paine, and Michael Paine. His work was featured in Glen Sample and Mark Collom's (1995) book "The Men of the Sixth Floor". During his researches Harrison reputedly accumulated a full ton of supporting papers, which were handed to fellow researcher Walt Brown after his death in 2005. Much to the concern of the research fraternity at large, this material has yet [January 2018] to be processed. Harrison's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; Interview for book, Glen Sample, 1966.
***** Possible accessory to the Jack Ruby shooting *****
Harrison, William J. ["Blackie"]: DPD Detective (Juvenile Squad) William Harrison [no convenient biography] was on duty at the Dallas Trade Mart at the time of the assassination, and thus missed the excitement in Dealey Plaza. However, on Sunday 24th November he was assigned to the basement lot of DPDHQ, where he helped disarm Jack Ruby following his shooting of LHO.
CONSPIRACY ALERT: In this latter respect researcher Anthony Summers (2013e) suspects that this was only after conspiring with Ruby and two other basement cops, Patrick Dean and George Butler, to get him into the basement in the first place! Harrison, Dean, and Butler were long-term frequenters of the Carousel Club.
Harrison's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Hartmann, Thom: Assassination researcher Thom Hartmann [no convenient biography] was second author to Lamar Waldron on the 2005 book "Ultimate Sacrifice", in which it is argued that a CIA-backed coup - codenamed AMWORLD - to remove Fidel Castro from power had been due to take place on 1st December 1963, but had been turned by the intervention of rogue CIA man David Morales into an attempt on the American presidency.
Hartogs, Dr. Renatus: Psychiatrist Dr. Renatus Hartogs [no convenient biography] was Chief Psychiatrist at the Youth House in NYC in the early 1950s. In 1953 he had assessed LHO following referral there for truanting, and so was able to give background evidence to the Warren Commission in 1964. The Commission, in its turn, then used that as part of its cover story profiling of LHO as a lone nut. Hartogs' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission Testimony [read it here].
"Harvey Lee": Possibly LHO or LHO Look Alike. See the entries for Richard Margeson and Lawrence Howard.
Harvey, William King: Nicknamed "the American James Bond", long-term CIA executive, and "very dangerous man" William Harvey [Wikipedia biography] was the CIA counterintelligence specialist responsible for the CIA's false defector programme during the years prior to the assassination. He also worked with John Roselli on the ZR/RIFLE schemes to assassinate Fidel Castro. As command superior to mid-hierarchy E. Howard Hunt he must be afforded a senior role in authorising the assassination, and he was indeed subsequently demoted to the Rome Station by RFK.
Haslam, Dr. Edward T.: Assassination researcher Edward Haslam [Spartacus Educational biography] became interested in Dr. Mary Haslam's work at NOLA's Ochsner Clinic because his father had worked with her in the early 1960s. He published his findings in his 2007 book "Dr. Mary's Monkey", the central thesis of which was that this clinic was one of 159 covert research centres available to the CIA, and specialised in biological weapons. The story is well trailed in an accompanying video promotion [YouTube it now].
Hawkeye: The intelligence services codename for the CIA's photographic lab at Kodak Park, Rochester, NY [Wikipedia briefing]. [The entire Kodak Park closed down for redevelopment in 2007, and now leads only a virtual life within the Kodak Rochester Archives at the University of Rochester [contact details].]
Heindel, John Rene: U.S. Marine John Heindel [no convenient biography] served at Atsugi with LHO, and was well acquainted with him. His own nickname was "Hidell" [pronounced high-dell]. Heindel's evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit, 19th May 1964 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED].
Helms, Richard McGarrah: With 20 years of field experience under his belt Richard Helms [Wikipedia biography] had been appointed the CIA's Deputy Director for Plans on 17th February 1962, and was in charge of the agency's plots to get rid of Fidel Castro now that JFK was forbidding further overt military action. In June 1967 Helms initiated a CIA-wide campaign to discredit Warren Commission critics as "conspiracy theorists".
Hemming, Gerald Patrick, Jr: Sometime CIA operative Gerry Hemming [Wikipedia biography] served with (and perhaps monitored) LHO from January 1959 during his time at Atsugi Naval Air Station. At the time of the assassination he appears to have been in command of a force of anti-Castro mercenaries based in Miami known as INTERPEN [from "International Penetration"]. He later featured in a number of assassination books.
***** Another of the Assassination's Top Ten Mysteries *****
Hester, Charles and Beatrice: Husband and wife spectators Charles and Beatrice Hester [no convenient biography] were part of the Zapruder Party, Beatrice because she was Zapruder's payroll clerk, and Charles by extension. As such the two of them had already been briefly filmed in Zapruder's pre-assassination footage [a few frames between the clip of Lillian Rogers [q.v.] and the famous assassination footage - Ed.]. At the time of the shooting they were at the top of the Grassy Knoll by the bench at the eastern pedestal of the John Nealy Bryan Pergola [Zapruder being atop the western pedestal]. They therefore do not appear in the main Zapruder Film. They are however very clearly to be seen in a number of other still and moving images, with Charles, at one point, even looking through the pergola windows into the parking area beyond. Charles Hesters' evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit, 22nd November 1963 [read it now]; FBI Interview, 25th November 1963 [read it now]. Beatrice Hester's is as follows: FBI Interview, 25th November 1963 [read it now]. The Hesters' narrative extends to no more than 100 or so substantive words, and over the decades most authors have simply copied the author before with little improvement and occasional inaccuracy. After the assassination, the couple promptly disappeared without trace, and a perfectly reasonable dislike for publicity is only one of several possible explanations for this.
***** Another of the Assassination's Top Ten Mysteries *****
Hester, Robert Joseph and Edna Louise ["Pat"] Hilley: [Read firstly the entry for the Backyard Photographs, noting that none was officially found until 23rd November, and that the figure-blank matte did not surface until 1992!] As reported by Jim Marrs in his 1989 book "Crossfire", husband and wife businessmen Robert and Pat Hester [no convenient biography] were approached by the FBI [led probably by the Secret Service - Ed.] on >>22nd<< September 1963 to make available their photographic developing lab [implicitly Fritz and Helen Holland's National Photo Company shop at 930 West Jefferson Boulevard?] to reproduce copies of the Backyard Photographs, including one described as a >>figure-blank matte<<. One of their daughters, 18-year-old Vicky Diane Hester (who appears fleetingly in the histories as Vicki/y Mayne [q.v.]) will be further reported as having assisted in the lab, and as having seen important images.
Hester, Vicky Diane: [married as Vicky Diane Imhoff, 1968-1970] See the entry for Vicki/y Mayne.
Hickey, George W., Jr.: Secret Service Agent George Hickey [Wikipedia biography] was in limo #2 in the Presidential motorcade, rear seat, left side, armed with a loaded AR-15 assault rifle. Much to his annoyance he featured in Bonar Menninger's 1992 book "Mortal Error", which argued that it was an unintentional shot from said AR-15 which struck JFK in the head.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We see no value whatsoever in this particular line of argument. Indeed, in pure counterintelligence terms, the more crackpot ideas you can get into the discussion space, the more effectively you will be subconsciously discrediting the genuine workers. Which is probably why modern social media is as viciously fractured as it is - WW3 is being fought in the mind, right now [January 2018]. WW4 will be the nuclear one which finishes us all off!
So no, it was not Hickey, not Greer the driver, not Jackie the wife, not aliens, not a directed energy weapon, not the Federal Reserve, not the Hutchinson Effect, not the religious right (although close), not the Jews, not the Illuminati, not the Mossad, not even Al Q'aeda; not any of these comic book villains. Rather the hit was the work of professional assassins, and very probably lots of them, paid for - as always - by rich folks for the benefit of rich folks, and coordinated by legal but shady secret societies and cabals, not least Skull and Bones. In short, Hickey has a place on the WW3 Online Now Thread.
Hicks, James: Dealey Plaza bystander-perhaps-hit-team-radio man James Hicks [no convenient biography], a surveyor by profession, would be questioned by Jim Garrison on 11th January 1968 concerning his recollection of the assassination. He was, he said, on the Grassy Knoll at the time and witnessed two shooters and a "'56 model Pontiac" backed in just behind the picket fence, with one shooter kneeling in the boot and the other stood beside it. He heard four shots in all and saw damage inflicted to the Stemmons Freeway Sign below the John Neely Bryan Pergola. Read the full text interrogation here. However modern histories tend toward the view that Hicks was highly scripted in his testimony, and could not have seen what he describes from the positions he was photographed in. We must therefore be on our guard for a coordinated counter-story. Significantly, perhaps, Hicks would in due course be named in Richard Sprague's 1985 book "The Taking of America" as one of the dozen or so outer sanctum conspirators in the JFK assassination.
Hicks, John J.: CIA intelligence officer since 1952 John Hicks [Wikipedia biography] would become Director at NPIC in 1969, after the retirement of Art Lundahl.
Hidell, Alek James: This was the name on the false Selective Service Id Card - not the genuine Buff Id Card - found in LHO's wallet at the time of his arrest on 22nd November 1963 at the Texas Theater. As such it fitted with evidence which would emerge over the ensuing days that he had mail-ordered the Smith and Wesson Revolver on 27th January 1963 and the Mannlicher -Carcano on 12th March 1963 under that name. Both the weapons, however, were delivered to a Post Office Box held in LHO's real name. The name comes up in the literature again - as an "A. J. Hidell, P.O. Box 30016, New Orleans" over-stamp on some of the Fair Play for Cuba leaflets found in NOLA on 16th June 1963 (the USS Wasp pamphleting) and 8th August (the Casa Roca pamphleting) [see Getty image] (but not the 16th August Trade Mart pamphleting, when the overstamp had been changed to read "L H Oswald, 4907 Magazine Street"). Hasan Yusuf's (2012 [FULL TEXT ONLINE]) paper "Oswald and the Hidell Id" gives a detailed dissection of the rifle purchase and the wallet.
Hill, Clinton J.: Secret Service Agent Clint Hill [Wikipedia biography] was one of four SS agents riding the running board of Limo #2 (i.e., Motorcade #3, counting from the pilot vehicle) in the Dallas motorcade (left side, front). Because he was Jacqui Kennedy's nominated bodyguard he reacted instantly to the shooting and is famously seen running forward to limo #1 and riding the trunk [see second image in bio]. Hill's evidential profile is as follows: Official report, 22nd November 1963 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; interview to camera 2013 [YouTube it now].
Hill, Gerald ["Jerry"] Lynn: 34-year-old DPD Sergeant Gerald Hill [no convenient biography] was at his desk in DPDHQ at the time of the shooting, and, accompanied by fellow officer Jim Valentine and a Dallas Morning News reporter named Jim Ewell, immediately drove in plain clothes to Dealey Plaza to give support. Once there he accompanied Captain Will Fritz, some homicide detectives, and some Sheriff's deputies on the first major shakedown of the TSBD. They drew a blank on TSBD7, but when they came down to TSBD6 he was close at hand when "someone" [conventionally, Sheriff's Deputy Luke Mooney] yelled "Here it is" from the area by the easternmost window since generally known as the Sniper's Nest. There he saw "three spent shells". He told the deputies to preserve the scene until the CSI boys arrived, and went down to the street. Shortly afterward the call came in that an officer was down in Oak Cliff and he was sent to the new scene accompanied by Lieutenant Calvin Owens, Assistant District Attorney Bill Alexander, and the aforementioned reporter, Ewell. After handling the .38" shells at this scene he then made off again to the sighting at the Texas Theater where he helped search the balcony before supporting Maurice McDonald's arrest of LHO. Later that day he gave an interview to audio which contextualises most of what you have just read - YouTube it now.
ASIDE: Note how quickly LHO - still uncharged - has been patsified. His defection and his Russian wife are mentioned, he is falsely described as having admitted to being an "active Communist", he is accused of having "resorted to violence before", and described as "very arrogant". And he closes by adding: "I firmly believe we got the man that killed the President of the United States".
Officer Hill's contribution now needs to be just as firmly set into the broader perspective, thus ...
"Gerald Hill found–was virtually in contact with or very near the vicinity of–every piece of potentially incriminating evidence against Lee Harvey Oswald that day with three exceptions: the pristine bullet allegedly found on a stretcher at Parkland hospital that became known as CE 399, aka: the Magic Bullet; bullet fragments found in the presidential limousine; and the so-called backyard photos in which Oswald is seen posing with a rifle, a holstered pistol, and some propaganda pamphlets" (Burnham, undated, AssassinationOfJFK.net, 18th February 2018; emphasis added).
So we should not be too surprised to find that Hill is one of the sub-conspiracy of DPD officers proposed by researcher Bill Simpich [q.v.] in the last couple of years. Similarly, in his 2014 essay "Gerald Hill and the Framing of Lee Harvey Oswald" researcher Gokay Hasan Yusuf makes the observation that Officer Hill ...
"... was the only DPD officer who was on the sixth floor of the Texas School book depository building following the assassination, was allegedly at the murder scene of DPD officer J.D. Tippit [...], was at the Texas theater when Oswald was arrested for Tippit's murder, and was inside the unmarked DPD car which escorted Oswald to DPD headquarters following his arrest. Finally, and most significantly of all, Hill had possession of the revolver (WCE 143) which Oswald allegedly used to kill Tippit, inside the car as Oswald was escorted to DPD headquarters."
BLUE VEIN OF CORRUPTION: By any theory of jurisprudence Hill's bona fides in a number of chains of evidence need to be very carefully explored. As at the time of writing [February 2018] this exploration is still going on.
Hill's evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [read it now]; Interviews to audio as above.
Hill, James: Dallas Barman James Hill [no convenient biography] was on duty in the bar of the Cellar Club during the unauthorised and wholly against procedures SS Night Out, 21st-22nd November 1963. He will be told to keep his mouth shut.
Hillenkoetter, Roscoe Henry: WW1 and WW2 veteran (U.S.N.) turned Cold War intelligence senior, Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter [Wikipedia biography] was in 1947 the inaugural Director of the newly founded CIA. It thus fell to him to field popular and political criticisms that the CIA had failed in its intelligence gathering role at the time of the North Korean "surprise attack" on 25th June 1950. When dragged before a rapidly convened meeting of Senator Henry Bridges' Appropriations Committee his response was as follows ...
"Admiral Hillenkoetter told the Committee that the duties of his agency 'did not, in his view, include evaluation of the information it passed on'." (Stone, 1952/2014e, §479).
It was, others concluded, more of a military disgrace than Pearl Harbour had been. Hillenkoetter stayed in post until returning to navy service on 7th October 1950, and only later would it emerge that the CIA had known of the threat all along, and had deliberately done nothing about it - see now the "Silence of Seoul".
Hine, Geneva L.: Credit controller Geneva Hine [no convenient biography] was alone in her office on TSBD2 at the time of the assassination, moving to her window only at the last moment. She was later positive that the shooting came from within the building. Hine's evidential profile is as follows: Interview with DPD [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [read it now].
Hinkle, Warren James, III: Political journalist Warren Hinckle [Wikipedia biography] was Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Ramparts between 1964 and 1969, during which time he covered such anti-war topics as CIA dirty tricks, burning draft cards, and the indiscriminate use of napalm in Vietnam. For two of its more famous specific exposés, see now the entries for Sol Stern and David Welsh.
Ho, Chi Minh: Leader of the Viet Minh independence movement 1941-1954, victor of the pivotal Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, and since then President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh [Wikipedia biography] had helped establish the Viet Cong freedom army in South Vietnam on 20th December 1960, together with the Ho Chi Minh Trail [Wikipedia briefing] by which they were supplied. He would not become particularly widely known in America until after the assassination of JFK, when LBJ was free to ramp up U.S. support for the South Vietnamese.
Ho Chi Minh Trail: See Ho Chi Minh.
Hoffa, James Riddle: As explained in Michael Kurtz' 1982/1993 book "Crime of the Century", trade union leader Jimmy Hoffa [Wikipedia biography] had reportedly predicted in 1962 that JFK "would be shot while riding in an open convertible" (p171). Hoffa himself simply disappeared into thin air on 30th July 1975.
Hoffman, Virgil Ed: Deaf-dumb signer Ed Hoffman [Spartacus Educational biography] was spectating the motorcade from the shoulder of the Stemmons Freeway just short of the Triple Underpass. He witnessed a rifleman run west along the back of the picket fence, and pass his weapon to an accomplice, who immediately stripped it down and concealed it. He was unable to communicate effectively to officers as they arrived because they knew no sign language. Hoffman died in 2010, and his evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission testimony [NOT CALLED]; Interviews to camera, several, both convinced and otherwise.
Hoke, John Lindsay: "Writer, naturalist, and inveterate tinkerer" John Hoke [Washington Post obituary, 2011] was the husband of Sylvia Hoke.
Hoke, Sylvia Ludlow: [Néé Hyde] Reportedly a CIA operative with <TOP SECRET> security clearance since the mid-1950s Sylvia Hoke [no convenient biography] was sister of Ruth Paine.
Holland, Brent: Online broadcaster Brent Holland [no convenient biography] hosts the Night Fright Show and was author of the 2014 book "The JFK Assassination: From the Oval Office to Dealey Plaza".
Holland, David Chapman ["Fritz"] and Ellen E.: Photographic technicians Fritz and Ellen Holland [no convenient biography] were proprietors of the National Photo Company shop at 930 West Jefferson Boulevard (7 blocks west of the Texas Theater). They would be mentioned in Harrison Livingstone's 2006 book "The Radical Right and the Murder of John F. Kennedy" as having been associated in some way with Robert and Pat Hester [q.v.], and as having been involved in some way with the processing of various photographs after the assassination. But this is a very poorly cross-validated part of the histories so caution is needed.
Holland, S. M. ["Skinny"]: Union Terminal signals supervisor Skinny Holland [no convenient biography] witnessed the shooting from the parapet of the Triple Overpass, directly ahead/above the motorcade. He reported a first shot puff of smoke from the trees by the picket fence, but by the time he got there all that remained were a lot of footprints behind the fence. He would later complain that investigators deliberately played down what he had seen, and failed to interview his eight co-workers (McLaren, 2013). Holland's evidential profile is as follows: Affidavit, 22nd November 1963 [read it now]; Warren Commission testimony [read it now - RECOMMENDED]; Interview to camera, 1966, Mark Lane [YouTube it now - RECOMMENDED].
Hollis, Sir Roger Henry: [Read firstly the entry for Colin Coote.] Journalist turned MI5 officer Roger Hollis [Wikipedia biography] was Director General of MI5 between 1956 and 1965, and therefore directly responsible for the failed January 1961 honeytrap operation against Russian Embassy naval attaché Yevgeny Ivanov [q.v.]. According to Anthony Summers and Stephen Dorril's (1989/2013e) book "The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward", he then - when the resulting Profumo Affair [q.v.] got out of control - disavowed the operation and helped the mainstream media (Coote included) crucify Stephen Ward [q.v.] instead. [On the tangentially relevant issue of whether Hollis was all along a Soviet masterspy himself, check out Batvinis (2015).]
Holmes, Harry Dean: 58-year-old Harry Holmes [no convenient biography WHICH IS A GREAT SHAME] had put in some 40 years with the U.S. Postal Service when the Mannlicher-Carcano C2766 was delivered through one of the P.O. Boxes he supervised. As presented in the La Fontaine's 1996 book "Oswald Talked" he then more or less had to plead incompetence when quizzed about the paper trail for that purchase, because there was no trace of the all-important receipt signature counterfoil - the application "Part 3" - required under Federal gun law (known to be under crackdown in 1963).
ASIDE: The Post Office of necessity had separate procedures for small mail (which went into an actual "box") and heavy mail (where an advice note was put in the box, and the consignment itself went into a central storeroom). No testimony was taken from counter staff as to any recollections they might have had of the pick-up (Summers, 2013e).
By 1997, however, a more convincing explanation was out, namely that Holmes had deliberately and knowingly perjured himself, albeit for the very highest of motives: basically his country had asked him to do it. The clearest exposition of what might actually have happened is in a 1997 paper by Ian Griggs [read it now]. It may or not be relevant that Holmes watched the motorcade through binoculars from the 5th Floor of the Terminal Annex Building on the south side of Dealey Plaza, which, the present author notes, is just above the location of the South Knoll gunman proposed in 2012 by Sherry Fiester. It may or may not also be relevant that according to the Warren Commission's Exhibit 2064 [read it now ABSOLUTELY RIVETING], Holmes - clearly no run-of-the-mill postal clerk - was part of a four-person interrogation of LHO between 0925hr and 1110hr on Sunday 24th November 1963, and took precise notes of the questions set and the answers given (as recorded in said Exhibit). The other three members of the interrogation team were Captain Will Fritz, FBI Special Agent Forrest Sorrels, and SS Inspector Thomas Kelley of the Presidential bodyguard. LHO was shot to death by Jack Ruby eleven minutes after the interrogation finished. It may or may not also be relevant that Holmes seems already to have been present at Special Agent Sorrels' top-top-top-secret frame-by-frame viewing of the not-yet-doctored Zapruder Film on the evening of 22nd November 1963. Holmes' evidential profile is as follows: Warren Commission [perjured] testimony [Part #1; Part #2]. Holmes is also named in Denise Hazelwood's (2016) book "Micro-Studies of an Assassination" as the most likely culprit for fabricating the $21.45 money order by which LHO was framed for paying for the Mannlicher-Carcano, but which was number-sequenced a year or so AFTER the shooting, not eight months before!
Holt, Chauncey ["Percy"]: [a.k.a. John O'Malley] Having spent most of the 1950s doing CIA dirty work Kentucky born one-time high-wire artist Chauncey Holt [Spartacus Educational biography] found himself in the front-line of the JFK assassination conspiracy, being identified by Jim Marr's 1989 book "Crossfire" as one of the (second set of) Three Tramps - follow the Three Tramps Thread for the images. Before that he had worked to the CIA's Phil Twombly on the framing of LHO, as part of which patsification exercise he bought the Mannlicher-Carcano - see the LHO Patsification Thread. He was interviewed by John Craig on 19th October 1991 [read transcript now]. He was also interviewed in 1997 by the Dutch researcher Wim Dankbaar to whom he stated that the Mannlicher-Carcano was scarcely an assassin's weapon of choice because "you'd be better off with a bow-and-arrow". Rod Mac Kenzie( and Hooke)'s 2016 analysis of the assassination places him as radio man to the Picket Fence shooters. We recommend the several lengthy Wim Dankbaar videos - click here to start.
Hood, James: Dallas Morning News advertising photographer Jim Hood [no convenient biography] accompanied Jerry Coley to the top of the Pergola steps at "a little after" 1300hr, saw the now congealing pool of blood, dipped his finger into it and tasted it to confirm it was indeed blood, and then took a photograph of it, thus entering the Blood or Cola Thread. Hood was killed in an unexplained light plane crash a few years later.
Hooke, Richard M.: California-based JFK researcher Richard M. Hooke [Facebook Homepage] is the ghosting author in Rod Mac Kenzie( and Hooke)'s 2016 book entitled "The Men That Don't Fit In".
Hootkins, William: 15-year-old Dallas schoolboy William Hootkins [Wikipedia biography] was interviewed by the FBI after the assassination because he was being taught Russian by Ruth Paine. Indeed it is even possible that Hootkins was the "14-year-old kid" referred to by LHO's Irving barber Cliff Shasteen as having talked leftish views while they were having their hair cut a few weeks before the assassination [we await all volumes of Greg Parker's "Lee Harvey Oswald's Cold War" with interest to see if we have read his hints accurately - Ed.]. Hootkins would later feature in blockbuster movies/TV series such as "Star Wars" (as the fighter pilot Porkins), "West Wing", "Young Indiana Jones", and "Taxi". He also played a genuinely impressive Winston Churchill in the 1981 British TV series "Lloyd George" (an honour he now [January 2018] shares with Oliver Stone's Oswald, actor Gary Oldman). Hootkins died 23rd October 2005, aged 57 years.
Hoover, John Edgar: As founder Director of the FBI in 1935, and still in post until 1972, the name of J. Edgar Hoover [Wikipedia biography] appears at many points in assassination histories, both official and alternative. The main accusations against him by alternative theorists are (1) that his FBI was heavily one-sided when dealing with crimes between the political left and right, (2) that the secretive Division Five often broke the law (if only by failure properly to manage the doings of loosely associated third parties or ex-employees such as Guy Banister), (3) that having tangentially assisted the assassination of JFK his FBI then conducted a cover-up of galactic proportions, complete with selective interrogation, intimidation, the destruction or concealment of evidence, perjury, and (although again at the hands of convenient third parties), murder; all closely monitored, of course, from his seat on the Warren Commission, and (4) that he personally maintained blackmail files on everybody he could, in order to be able to coerce their cooperation if ever necessary, thereby, in short, placing himself above the law.
ASIDE: Interestingly, it has even been suggested that Hoover himself was silenced by one of Sidney Gottlieb's cardiac arrhythmia potions when he died of a conveniently timed heart attack on 12th December 1973. His death is one