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John Bowden Connally, one of eight children, was born at Floresville, Texas, on 27th February, 1917. After obtaining a law degree from the University of Texas he joined the staff of Lyndon B. Johnson as legislative assistant.
A member of the Democratic Party, Connally continued to help run the political campaigns of Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1948 he was accused of being involved in a voting scandal when 200 votes for Johnson arrived late from Jim Wells County. It was these votes that gave Johnson an eighty-seven-vote victory.
Connally became a member of what became known as the Suite 8F Group. The name comes from the room in the Lamar Hotel in Houston where they held their meetings. Members of the group included Lyndon B. Johnson, George Brown and Herman Brown (Brown & Root), Jesse H. Jones (multi-millionaire investor in a large number of organizations and chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation), Gus Wortham (American General Insurance Company), Robert Kerr (Kerr-McGee Oil Industries), James Slither Abercrombie (Cameron Iron Works), William Hobby (Governor of Texas), Richard Russell (chairman of the Committee of Manufactures, Committee on Armed Forces and Committee of Appropriations) and Albert Thomas (chairman of the House Appropriations Committee). Alvin Wirtz and Edward Clark, were also members of the Suite 8F Group.
There was one more big Texas connection with the Navy who succeeded Connally in Washington. Fred Korth, also of Fort Worth, like Connally, took Connally's job as Secretary of the Navy under Kennedy, who then prepared to dump him because, as Seth Kantor wrote, was taking advantage of his job to "further some of his Fort Worth banking investments." Korth showed favoritism to the Continetal National Bank of Fort Worth, which he had been president of until his appointment as Navy Secretary by Kennedy in 1961.
The Contintel National Bank was one of twenty banks that loaned $200 million to F. Worth's General Dynamics to start building the TFX fighter plane. The TFX became one of the biggest boondoggles and scandals in American history and threatened the entire Kennedy adminstration, as did so much else which emanated out of Texas from Bobby Baker and Howard Hughes, to Lyndon Johnson.
When the scandal got out of control, Korth was asked to resign by Robert McNamara, a man much hated then and for many years after for his later role in the Viet Nam War. The request for his resignation came just six weeks before Kennedy was assassinated. Korth had helped award the TFX contract to General Dynamics instead of Seattle's Boeing, which lost out. Boeing had it's friends...
In 1961, Korth was on the board of directors of Bell Aerospace, formerly Bell Helicopters, where Michael Paine worked...
Billy Byars, Clint Murchinson, Sid Richardson and HL Hunt, along with many others, frequented the Top Of The Hill Terrance, a gambling club owned and run by Benny Binion. The club was managed by top mobster Lewis McWillie from 1948 to 1958.
McWillie was close to Jack Ruby and Ruby visitied him often in Cuba after he left Dallas and went to work for the Lanskys.
Jack Ruby helped Harry Hall take big bets from the oil men on sporting events, and (would) even fleece them from time to time.
I have heard on the Kennedy assassination relates to a speech JFK made shortly before his demise, in which he said he was going to expose "the gnomes of Zurich". The "gnomes of Zurich" is a euphemism for the ultra-secretive and powerful Illuminatae, a group of very very rich and powerful businessmen. They are supposed to have incredible control of the World Bank and the IMF (International Monetary Fund). They are strongly linked with the Masons (not all Masons, you understand, but with the highest levels of that organization). The theory is that the Illuminatae had Kennedy killed before he could expose them or otherwise harm their mission, whatever that may be.
Presiding Officer Smith called for Executive Director Timothy Braaten and Mr. Frank Woodall to present the Recognition Award for Texas Department of Public Safety Chief (Retired) Glen McLaughlin. Mr. Woodall gave a history of Chief McLaughlin, who began his career with the Department of Public Safety as a chemist in 1939. Chief McLaughlin worked tirelessly to establish and recognize training and education standards for professional law enforcement in Texas. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Commission by the 59th Texas Legislature in 1965 with his good friend, Senator Jack Hightower. Chief McLaughlin was appointed by Governor John Connally as one of its first Commissioners
Received Bachelor of Arts degree, Baylor University
Received Bachelor of Laws degree, Baylor University
Began practice of law in Vernon, Texas
Member, Texas House of Representatives
District Attorney, Forth-sixth Texas Judicial District, Vernon, Texas
Member, Texas Senate
Grand Master, Masons of Texas
Member, U. S. House of Representatives, Texas 13th Congressional District
First Assistant Attorney General of Texas
Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
LL.M., University of Virginia
Commissioner, National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Appointed by President William J. Clinton
Chairman of the Board, Scottish Rite Hospital of Texas in Dallas
Chairman of the Board, Scottish Rite Education Association of Texas
Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry of Texas
According to the Commission's "single-bullet"
theory, the missile that wounded the Governor had first
transited the President's neck. Following this transit,
it entered the Governor's back, making a 1.5 centimeter
hole before shattering his fifth rib and blowing out an
exit hole 5 centimeters wide. The bullet continued on
to smash Connally's forearm and wrist, splintering the
radius bone at its largest point and leaving along its
path a trail of bone and metal fragments. This bullet
finally embedded itself in the Governor's thigh,
leaving behind two small fragments before falling out
on the stretcher.
Another possibility is that the Georgetown Crowd had joined forces with the Suite 8F Group. Had LBJ brought these two groups together. They were both groups who cared a great deal about military spending. The Suite 8F Group was also concerned about the Texas oil industry. This included getting federal contracts from the Secretary of the Navy. Take a look at the three people who held this post in JFK and LBJ’s administration: John Connally (January, 1961 – December, 1961), Fred Korth (December, 1961 to November, 1963) and Paul Nitze (November, 1963 to June, 1967). The first two were members of Suite 8F and Nitze was a member of the Georgetown crowd.
The other thing that Suite 8F cared about was the Oil Depletion Allowance. Dillon, as Secretary of the Treasury was in a good position to block that move. Dillon was eventually replaced by Henry Hammill Fowler in 1965. He was someone who was at Yale with Bissell. He also worked as assistant general counsel of War Production Board in Germany during the war. He was also a member of the National Security Council. I have yet to discover if Fowler was a member of Bissell’s group but it seems likely and could be further evidence of how the Suite 8F Group and the CIA worked together during the 1960s.
Were the CIA therefore involved in covering up the role that Suite 8F Group had played in the assassination? Or were they protecting their own? Or were they doing both of these things?
One big problem is: if the first bullet went through JFK, where did it go afterward?
This is a difficult problem only because we do not have sufficient evidence. We do not know exactly what it hit. If it came out underneath JFK's tie knot, which seems to be the case, the knot could have deflected it—most likely in a downward direction. But I don't see how it could have made a right turn and then zig-zagged back to the left to exit the middle of his chest.
JFK's neck and JBC's armpit never line up properly. As I see it, the bullet should have gone over JBC's left shoulder. If JBC had turned slightly to his right, it might have gone just over the top of the jump seat to the left of his left shoulder. In that case, it could have entered his left thigh. That is an interesting possibility because it would explain the differences between the thigh and wrist wounds. Dr. Gregory, who had seen many gunshot wounds in his military service, said that the wrist wound had to have been made by an already deformed bullet because of the irregular entry marks and the fact that cloth had been drawn into the wrist wound. He said the thigh wound was very different and was round and regular: