I did every kind of search imaginable on the late James S. Knight, and found very, very little, except that there were a lot of people who felt that
the merger of two media conglomerates into Knight-Ridder betrayed journalism in favor of corporate interests...until I came to an interesting but
rather lengthy deposition by a miss Claire Booth Luce, whom had the following to say:
"Because of the Life Magazine story, the Miami Police Department began an investigation of McLaney. The report of this interview stated: "In the
course of the conversation Mr. McLaney named some of his close friends. To the best of my recollection those named were J. Edgar Hoover, John S.
Knight, publisher of the Miami Herald and Rocky Pomerantz, Chief of the Miami Beach Police Department. He stated that he could use these people as
references, along with the Chief of Police and Mayor of New Orleans. Upon departure it was noted that his next door neighbor is alleged crime figure
Salerno." [Inter-office Memo, City of Miami, McCracken/Swilley 2.9.67]
I have not had enough hours in the day to read the entire site, but the link is here:
By the way, Pomerantz is mispelled in the memo. It should have been spelled "Pomerance". This error I discovered after several hours of fruitless
searching led me to a sort of "yearbook" with Rocky's real last name.
This appears to be a collection of memos and depositions following the death of John F. Kennedy. While, as I said, I have not had a chance to read the
entire thing, a few things I was able to find were the following:
Oswald was, with the apparent assistance of Rocky Pomerance (chief of Miami Police), able to sneak enough Cuban communists in to the U.S., and then
with the assistance of Victor H. Schiro (Mayor of New Orleans), set up a communist sleeper cell in New Orleans.
I have yet had the time to research this Michael J. McLaney or Hoover, but this page yielded something of some serious interest:
As for what happened to Luce's deposition and her sources:
"I thought I wonder if Garrison knows anything about the cell OSWALD ran in New Orleans. I got Garrison on the phone. No I didn't get Garrison
because right away I knew I didn't have the boys names. So I called Bill Pawley. He tracked one of them down for me and gave me his telephone number
and address. I called up Garrison. Told him just what I have told you. Hadn't been talking to him more than ten minutes when I said that fellow
isn't serious, a phony, disorientated, as if he was making some sort of political pitch."
"Then I called up my young Cuban, reminding him of the conversation. This was about 3 or 4 years after. Said 'What happened that night?' He said,
'Mrs. Luce, we did just what you said. We got it all to the FBI. They came, took our tape recordings, took our photographs. Told us to damn well keep
our mouths shut until the FBI sent for us. When the Warren Commission came on I was enormously interested thinking they would send for us, or ask us
for a deposition. We never heard a thing.'"
Luce wasn't a crackpot old biddy. She was an intelligence operative and also the U.S. Ambassador to Italy.
...there's more... so much more... I would need days just to read through it all and check the references, but it became pretty damn clear at this
point: Knight was somehow involved with the group that allowed Oswald to set up a communist cell, continue his affair with the Soviet Union, and
eventually result in three very famous deaths: Kennedy, Oswald, and Ruby.
But what of Knight's alleged Mafia connections... and wwhy the ranting about him being a Jew, and the "hellion cult", and the power to destroy?
I found this quote about Jewish mobsters from the 60's, with a surprising twist at the end...
"These were guys — legendary figures such as "Bugsy" Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Arthur "Dutch Schultz" Flegenheimer and "Lepke" Buchalter — who
earned their reputations and their livings by preying on the weaknesses of others, collecting large dividends from extortion, gambling and
bootlegging. They protected their criminal enterprises through bribery and, when necessary, murder. They traveled in mobs with names like Murder
Incorporated, the Bugs-and- Meyer Gang, the Hoff Gang in Philadelphia and the Purple Gang in Detroit. At the highest levels of the criminal universe,
Jewish mobsters worked hand in hand with the heads of the Five Families of New York's La Cosa Nostra. And when no one was watching, they built Las
"After all, the Forge is owned by Alvin Malnik, a man considered by federal law enforcement officials to be a major organized-crime figure and, as
former Miami Beach Rocky Pomerance put it: Meyer Lansky's 'fair-haired boy.'" (Idem.)
I have not yet had the time to track down the Meyer Lansky connection, but the fact that our good Chief Pomerance knew him, and was associated with
Knight as well, provides at least some connection. The Philadelphia Hoff Gang mentioned above I could find ZERO reference to on the net. The closest I
could find was something about the Bader Mein Hoff gang in Germany, which I have increasing doubts are in any way involved.
In any event, this is only a fragment of everything I've found so far, but let's put the reconstruct the story starting from the hypothetical
A man obtains some sort of visual evidence regarding the Kennedy, Oswald, or Ruby assassination. He decides to go to the press about it. The press is,
of course, owned by Knight-Ridder, and not only refuses to publish the story, but apparently makes some threats to author to keep his mouth shut, and
notifies their friends once he has left. The author has no legal recourse, no ability to get his evidence public, and has now attracted the rather
unsavory attention of the forces (mafia, Cuban, and/or Soviet) behind the Kennedy assassination and the subsequent deaths of those closely involved.
He goes on the run, but has to get his message out. No newspaper is going to help him. No television station is going to air his proof. He can't run
to the government; even if he trusted them, it's not like they had a good track record of keeping witnesses alive. No one was going to listen to
another Kennedy Conspiracy Theory, because at the time, everyone and their brother has some crackpot theory about the Kennedy assassination. And now
he has people after him.
He does what any of us would do in such a situation. He hides the evidence in a safe place and runs. I think we both know the address of where that
evidence was hidden.
He then has to devise a message that will be in plain view, in public, will be quite nearly indestructable, will last a long time, will be pretty
enough to gain attention, but obscure enough to either be dismissed by those who could care less, or looked very closely at by those who do care. Even
his choice of medium, tiles, reflects the idea that the message is not neccessarily what it appears. Scrabble was HUGE back in those times, the owners
of the manufacturing rights couldn't even produce enough boards to meet the demand.
He needed a message that was not only able to be descrambled, but would also have at least some slight bearing on the real message when scrambled.
Of the possible phrases., the most sensible message I get is (removing the little "i's")
TOYNBEE IDEA = OBTAINED EYE
IN MOViE `2001 = MOVE IN (removed the small "i")
RESSURECT DEAD = REDACTED RUSES
ON PLANET JUPiTER = OPEN PLANTER JUT (removed the small "i")
Combined with the tile with the Philly address, it would seem the message was that maybe there's some papers that were never redacted (when the
government blahs something out in a declassified report) hidden in that house where part of a planter juts out.
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