Well, Hunter, alongside Jim Koethe (mentioned later) and Tom Howard (please keep reading, he is also mentioned), were involved in investigating the residence of Jack Ruby.
They had originally been in jail visiting Jack Ruby on the 24th November, 1963 - then being given permission to search his apartment after being given permission by another man they had all previous interviewed - George Senator.
It's never been revealed what they found, if anything at all, but It was after this that the death of Hunter (quickly followed by Koethe due to an odd incident to say the least) had occurred due to being shot by a police officer. Wiggins had actually and initially claimed that his gun fired when he dropped it and tried to pick it up. In court this was discovered to have been impossible thus causing the deciding result to be murder - but we don't truly know why this murder occurred still.
Another officer present here, Errol F. Greenleaf, testified he had his back turned when the shooting took place. In January 1965, both were convicted and sentenced to three years probation.
Jim Koethe, whom had also been present in the investigation deciding to write about about the assassination. Something he was to never finish as he himself met his demise after and I quote: "A man broke into his Dallas apartment and killed him by a karate chop to the throat a mere couple of months after Hunter died". Tom Howard - the final man involved in this investigation of Jack Ruby's residence was to also die shortly after. In 1965 in fact after allegedly suffering a heart attack. A common theme with many discussed in this thread It would seem.
Tom Howard was observed acting strangely to his friends two days before his death. Howard was taken to the hospital by a "friend" according to the newspapers. No autopsy was performed but he was dead.
Dallas Times Herald reporter Jim Koethe was killed by a karate chop to the throat just as he emerged from a shower in his apartment on Sept. 21, 1964. His murderer was not indicted.
All investigations on the incidents of these 3 men are closed I believe.
Maurice Gatlin - A new Orleans Attorney died in a somewhat odd way. More than "conspiracy worthy" we'll say as they ended up falling 6 stories from the hotel room in which they were staying in, suffering a fatal heart attack in the process as that was the official ruling of death.
Gatlin was also a pilot for Guy Banister as well as having connections to Hale Boggs also. He had also previously been decorated with the Ruben Dario medal July 22, 1961, for his efforts in fighting communism. It was presented to him by Nicaraguan Consul General Reynaldo Chavez on behalf of Nicaraguan President Luis Somoza.
Mona B. Saenz - an interviewer of Lee Harvey Oswald himself and someone who then met there demise by being Hit by a Dallas bus. This was in August, 1964. The very next month Rose Cheramie was to die in odd circumstances also. And the very net month after that, So was Dorothy Kilgallen.
David Goldstein - Here is an affidavit wrote by Goldstein explaining his involvement with the JFK case:
The following affidavit was executed by David Goldstein on August 13, 1964.(Source)
ON THE ASSASSINATION OF AFFIDAVIT
PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
STATE OF TEXAS,
County of Dallas, ss:
I, David Goldstein, 6111 Averill Way, Apartment D, Dallas, Tex., being duly sworn say:
1. I am and have been for several years owner of Dave's House of Guns, 2544 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas.
2. Dave's House of Guns has handled Smith and Wesson .38/200 British Service Revolvers. Within ten days after the assassination of President Kennedy, F.B.I. agents called on me to determine if Dave's House of Guns had any record of handling a Smith and Wesson .38/200 British Service Revolver, serial number V 510210 and assembly number 65248. We had no such record.
3. After being shown a photograph of the above gun, I showed the F.B.I. agents a catalog which listed such guns and indicated that they were handled by George Rose and Company, Inc., 1225 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California.
Signed this 13th day of August 1964.
(S) David Goldstein,
Rose Cheramie - Discussed in some detail in my previous thread here and here
Here is a snippet from one of my previous threads discussing Rose Cheramie also (edited slightly for this thread):
You see, prior to the assassination of the president, I believe Cheramie had inadvertently heard a conversation of sorts involving Jack Ruby and perhaps Oswald while working in Ruby's club - Oswald often visited Jack ruby's club according to Cheramie prior to the assassination and prior to Jack Ruby killing Oswald in what was claimed to be a killing for Jackie Kennedy.
On the 20th of November though, merely days before the assassination, she was to be found unconscious by the side of a roadside in Eunice, Louisiana. She actually claimed at this time that she was thrown out of a car by 2 "gangsters" who was working for Jack Ruby - the club Cheramie was working at.
This is not all though, Cheramie survived this ordeal (what I assume would have been a mission to silence her for overhearing the previous conversation). She went onto explain to the doctors that the president was to be killed with in a mere few days time, something which because of her drug habits and the fact she appeared to be under the influence at that time (remember, Before bowers had died, he ALSO claimed he thought he had been drugged) was dismissed. Then of course, the President did indeed die 2 days later.
As was said though, she was known for drug taking and was seemingly under the influence at this time so It's no surprise her story was ignored, until the assassination of Kennedy had occurred. It was at this time though people started taking her seriously as she was, quickly after the assassination, reprimanded for questioning by the Police and how she came to know this information was told.
Now, this is where the story seems to get sketchy as I can't find much information about what came of this information she gave, or what happened to Cheramie, that is until her own suspicious and timely death in 1965 - One where she allegedly suffered gunshot wounds to the head as well as severe injuries from a car accident.
"Cheramie died of injuries received from an automobile accident on a strip of highway near Big Sandy, Tex., in the early morning of September 4, 1965. The driver stated Cheramie had been lying in the roadway and although he attempted to avoid hitting her, he ran over the top of her skull, causing fatal injuries. An investigation into the accident and the possibility of a relationship between the victim and the driver produced no evidence of foul play. The case was closed" - Louisiana State Police Memo(Source)
Dorothy Kilgallen - Discussed in some detail in my previous thread here and here and here
Here is a snippet from one of my previous threads discussing Dorothy Kilgallen also:
Kilgallen began to tell friends that she was close to discovering who assassinated Kennedy. According to David Welsh of Ramparts Magazine Kilgallen "vowed she would 'crack this case.' And another New York show biz friend said Dorothy told him in the last days of her life: "In five more days I'm going to bust this case wide open." Aware of what had happened to Bill Hunter and Jim Koethe, Kilgallen handed a draft copy of her chapter on the assassination to her friend, Florence Smith.(Source)
On 8th November, 1965, Kilgallen, was found dead in her New York apartment. She was fully dressed and sitting upright in her bed. The police reported that she had died from taking a cocktail of alcohol and barbiturates. The notes for the chapter she was writing on the case had disappeared. Her friend, Florence Smith, died two days later. The copy of Kilgallen's article were never found.
Some of her friends believed Kilgallen had been murdered. Marc Sinclaire was Kilgallen's personal hairdresser. He often woke Kilgallen in the morning. Kilgallen was usually out to the early hours of the morning and like her husband always slept late. When he found her body he immediately concluded she had been murdered.
(1) Kilgallen was not sleeping in her normal bedroom. Instead she was in the master bedroom, a room she had not occupied for several years.
(2) Kilgallen was wearing false eyelashes. According to Sinclaire she always took her eyelashes off before she went to bed.
(3) She was found sitting up with the book, The Honey Badger, by Robert Ruark, on her lap. Sinclaire claims that she had finished reading the book several weeks earlier (she had discussed the book with Sinclaire at the time).
(4) Kilgallen had poor eyesight and could only read with the aid of glasses. Her glasses were not found in the bedroom where she died.
(5) Kilgallen was found wearing a bolero-type blouse over a nightgown. Sinclaire claimed that this was the kind of thing "she would never wear to go to bed".
Mark Lane also believed that Kilgallen had been murdered. He said that "I would bet you a thousand-to-one that the CIA surrounded her (Kilgallen) as soon as she started writing those stories." The only new person who became close to Kilgallen during the last few months was her new secret lover. In her book, Kilgallen, Lee Israel calls him the "Out-of-Towner".
I have to ask, why would Kilgallen claim and I quote, "In five more days I'm going to bust this case wide open." and then commit suicide by drinking, according to the police reports, "a cocktail of alcohol and barbiturates"? It just doesn't make sense.
Anyway here is my previous thread discussing whom I suspect is the individual responsible for the murder of Dorothy Kilgallen.
Florence Pritchett - Also known as Florence Smith was the women whom died 2 days after Dorothy Kilgallen had died (under what was obviously suspicious circumstances). The reason for this, according to many, was because Kilgallen had reportedly given a copy of her final JFK report - the one which would "crack the case" - according to Pritchett.
And as was mentioned, 2 days after Kilgallen has passed away, Pritchett had also. Mysteriously though, after the death of both women, no such report was ever to be found despite people verifying that they had seen it in there possession at some point. I believe that she also told friends that she had obtained information that Ruby and J. D. Tippit were friends and that David Ferrie was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy also.
What's even more interesting about her is she even knew John Kennedy quite well. According to one account:
"JFK would elude the Secret Service on occasion in order to have trysts with women. He did this in Palm Beach when he hopped a fence to swim with Flo Smith. The Secret Service agents couldn't find him and called in the FBI. They finally turned to Palm Beach Police Chief Homer Large, a trusted Kennedy family associate. The Police Chief knew exactly where to find Jack - next door in Earl E. T. Smith's swimming pool. Jack and Flo were alone, and as Homer put it, "They weren't doing the Australian crawl."(Source)
The final result of her death was a cerebral hemorrhage.
William Whaley - Was the cab driver whom had actually picked up Lee Harvey Oswald on the day of the assassination of Kennedy, after he had assassinated him (if you believe the official story..Which I don't). He was said to have become impatient with waiting for the bus, thus hailing a nearby cab. The cab of William Whaley. And much like the others mentioned at this point, Whaley died in a somewhat odd way - or a conspiracy worthy way if you will.
He was involved in a head on collision involving another car that I believe swerved from one side of the road to the other to actually Hit Whaley's car. Which it did and at approximately 8am, ending his life.
Here's an interesting snippet of value here:
The News broke the story of Oswald's getaway ride in the cab on Nov. 28, 1963. After becoming impatient with a city bus he had hopped near the assassination scene, Oswald ran to Whaley's cab at the Greyhound(Source)
Bus Station and asked, "Can I take this cab?"
Whaley, commenting on the crowds milling near the Texas Schoolbook Depository Building, drew no conversation from Oswald, he said. Oswald sat tight-lipped until reached the address he'd given Whaley, a few blocks beyond the rooming house where the assassin had been staying in Oak Cliff. The fare was 95 cents. Whaley later said, "If you can call a nickel a tip, I guess he tipped me."
Judge Joe Brown - resided over Jack Ruby's trial - but later suffered a heart attack. Per haps he was planning on going against what TPTB wished, who knows. It can only be speculation at this stage as he is no longer with us and information seems to be scarce.
Mary Meyers - Discussed in some detail in my previous thread here and here
Here is a snippet from my previous thread discussing Mary Meyers also (edited slightly for this thread):
On 12th October, 1964, Mary Pinchot Meyer was shot dead as she walked along the Chesapeake and Ohio towpath in Georgetown. Henry Wiggins, a car mechanic, was working on a vehicle on Canal Road, when he heard a woman shout out: "Someone help me, someone help me". He then heard two gunshots. Wiggins ran to the edge of the wall overlooking the tow path. He later told police he saw "a black man in a light jacket, dark slacks, and a dark cap standing over the body of a white woman."(Source)
Mary appeared to be killed by a professional hit man. The first bullet was fired at the back of the head. She did not die straight away. A second shot was fired into the heart. The evidence suggests that in both cases, the gun was virtually touching Mary’s body when it was fired. As the FBI expert testified, the “dark holes on the skin around both entry wounds suggested they had been fired at close-range, possibly point-blank”.
Soon afterwards Raymond Crump, a black man, was found not far from the murder scene. He was arrested and charged with Mary's murder. Police tests were unable to show that Crump had fired the .38 caliber Smith and Wesson gun. There were no trace of nitrates on his hands or clothes. Despite an extensive search of the area no gun could be found. This included a two day search of the tow path by 40 police officers. The police also drained the canal near to the murder scene. Police scuba divers searched the waters away from where Mary was killed. However, no gun could be found. Nor could the prosecution find any link between Crump and any Smith and Wesson gun.
Crump’s lawyer, Dovey Roundtree, was convinced of his innocence. A civil rights lawyer who defended him for free, she argued that Crump was so timid and feeble-minded that if he had been guilty he would have confessed everything while being interrogated by the police.
After leaving the CIA in 1977 Cord Meyer, the wife of Mary meyers, wrote several books including an autobiography, Facing Reality: From World Federalism to the CIA. In the book Meyer commented on the murder of his wife: "I was satisfied by the conclusions of the police investigation that Mary had been the victim of a sexually motivated assault by a single individual and that she had been killed in her struggle to escape." Carol Delaney, the longtime personal assistant to Meyer, later admitted: "Mr. Meyer didn't for a minute think that Ray Crump had murdered his wife or that it had been an attempted rape. But, being an Agency man, he couldn't very well accuse the CIA of the crime, although the murder had all the markings of an in-house rubout."
In February, 2001, the writer, C. David Heymann, asked Cord Meyer about the death of Mary Pinchot Meyer: "My father died of a heart attack the same year Mary was killed, " he whispered. "It was a bad time." And what could he say about Mary Meyer? Who had committed such a heinous crime? "The same sons of bitches," he hissed, "that killed John F. Kennedy."(Source)
Also, what could of happened to any evidence of the affair?
In March, 1976, James Truitt, a former senior member of staff at the Washington Post, gave an interview to the National Enquirer. Truitt told the newspaper that Meyer was having an affair with John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated. He also claimed that Meyer had told his wife, Ann Truitt, that she was keeping an account of this relationship in her diary. Meyer asked Truitt to take possession of a private diary "if anything ever happened to me".(Source)
Ann Truitt was living in Tokyo at the time that Meyer was murdered on 12th October, 1964. She phoned Bradlee at his home and asked him if he had found the diary. Bradlee, who claimed he was unaware of his sister-in-law's affair with Kennedy, knew nothing about the diary. He later recalled what he did after Truitt's phone-call: "We didn't start looking until the next morning, when Tony and I walked around the corner a few blocks to Mary's house. It was locked, as we had expected, but when we got inside, we found Jim Angleton, and to our complete surprise he told us he, too, was looking for Mary's diary."
James Angleton, CIA counterintelligence chief, admitted that he knew of Mary's relationship with John F. Kennedy and was searching her home looking for her diary and any letters that would reveal details of the affair. According to Ben Bradlee, it was Mary's sister, Antoinette Bradlee, who found the diary and letters a few days later. It was claimed that the diary was in a metal box in Mary's studio. The contents of the box were given to Angleton who claimed he burnt the diary. Angleton later admitted that Mary recorded in her diary that she had taken '___' with Kennedy before "they made love".
Leo Damore claimed in an article that appeared in the New York Post that the reason Angleton and Bradlee were looking for the diary was that: "She (Meyer) had access to the highest levels. She was involved in illegal drug activity. What do you think it would do to the beatification of Kennedy if this woman said, 'It wasn't Camelot, it was Caligula's court'?" Damore also said that a figure close to the CIA had told him that Mary's death had been a professional "hit".
Albert Bogard - noticed that a couple of weeks before the assassination of Kennedy, a strange individual was looking at the cars he had at his shop. At this point he was a mere car seller in Dallas. Now, what he claimed was that this man was none other than Lee Harvey Oswald himself, something the warren competition strenuously claims is an impossibility.
Perhaps this was the cause for his death, as much of a stretch as It sounds. Then again, It seems that anyone whom spoke out against the official story met there demise in a rather suspicious way really. Anyway, according to the coroners report Bogard was found dead in his car around 7am due to carbon monoxide poisoning, It was ruled a suicide.
Dr. L'Herisson said Bogard's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Bogard, said their son had been ill with flu some few days days before and had been despondent. On Monday night he had come to his parents home to ask them if he could borrow a piece of garden hose. Bogard lived in Shreveport. Funeral arrangements were incomplete Tuesday afternoon pending the arrival of a sister from South Carolina. Rose-Neath Funeral service is in charge.(Source)
Jimmy Harper, who is the husband of Bogard's first cousin, actually discovered Bogard dead in the car (although Bogard's uncle had seen the car at the cemetery, but didn't want to approach it, so he went to get Harper).
There was no sign of a struggle or any violence at the scene.
In the trunk of the car were Bogard's shoes and a stack of newspapers all having headlines about the JFK assassination. The car itself was an overdue rental unit. The gas tank was empty.
Capt. Frank Martin - was present at the exact moment Jack Ruby pulled out his gun and shot Lee Harvey Oswald . When put in front of the Warren Commission he is reported to have said and I quote: "there's a lot to be said but probably be better if I don't say it"
He then died shortly afterwards of a "sudden cancer" - Something which occurred to many others of this case also.
Lee Bowers Jr. - Discussed in some detail in my previous thread here and here
Here is a snippet from my previous thread discussing Lee Bowers Jr. also (Just the important Information):
Bowers also observed two unfamiliar men standing on top of the Knoll at the edge of the parking lot, within 10 or 15 feet of each other - "one man, middle-aged or slightly older, fairly heavy-set, in a white shirt, fairly dark trousers. Another younger man, about mid-twenties, in either a plaid shirt or a plaid coat or jacket." Both were facing toward Elm and Houston, where the motorcade would be coming from. They were the only strangers he remembered seeing. His description shows a remarkable similarity to Julia Ann Mercer's description of two unidentified men climbing the knoll.(Source)
When the shots rang out, Bowers' attention was drawn to the area where he had seen the two men; he could still make out the one in the white shirt - "the darker dressed man was too hard to distinguish from the trees." He observed "some commotion" at that spot, "...something out of the ordinary, a sort of milling around...which attracted my eye for some reason, which I could not identify." At that moment, he testified, a motorcycle policeman left the Presidential motorcade and roared up the Grassy Knoll straight to where the two mysterious gentlemen were standing behind the fence. The policeman dismounted, Bowers recalled, then after a moment climbed on his motorcycle and drove off. Later, in a film interview with attorney Mark Lane, he explained that the "commotion" that caught his eye may have been "a flash of light or smoke." His information dovetails with what other witnesses observed from different vantage points.
On the morning of August 9, 1966, Lee Bowers, now the vice-president of a construction firm, was driving south from Dallas on business. He was two miles from Midlothian when his brand new company car veered from the road and hit a bridge abutment. A farmer who saw it said the car was going 50 miles an hour, a slow speed for that road. There were no skidmarks to indicate braking.(Source)
Bowers died of his wounds at 1 p.m. in a Dallas hospital. He was 41. There was no autopsy, and he was cremated soon afterward. Doctors saw no evidence that he had suffered a heart attack. A doctor from Midlothian, who rode in the ambulance with Bowers, noticed something peculiar about the victim. "He was in a strange state of shock," the old doctor said, "a different kind of shock than an accident victim experiences. I can't explain it. I've never seen anything like it."
Bowers widow at first insisted to Penn Jones that there was nothing suspicious about her husband's death. Then she became flustered and said: "They told him not to talk."
Marilyn "Delila" Walle - was murdered by her husband, whom is still to this day in a psychiatric ward I believe. What's unusual is they were married less than a month by this time and the murder wasn't exactly done in a less than amateur or angry manner. In fact, some of Marilyn's vital organs were hit with precision such as her heart, lungs and liver. It seemed that when he killed her, he wanted to make sure she would definitely die. Her arms and legs were even shot too to make sure It would seem.
This being so, when he (the husband and accuser) was found, he was in complete and utter shock. Possibly a result of the shooting, or perhaps he can't remember doing it even (An out there theory I admit, but I ask those reading to look up the name Sirhan Sirhan and your mind may change.)
Connection to the case? Well, Miss Walle was working at Jack Ruby's own club - the club in which Lee Harvey Oswald also visited on some occasions. The same club where Rose Cheramie as previously mentioned had died after allegedly overhearing a conversation between the 2 men. Perhaps Walle knew something of this as well? (again, just speculation)
Jimmy Levens - Was also connected, like many in this list, to the one and only Jack Ruby. Levens worked for Jack Ruby at his nightclub, and was also in charge of hiring employees, such as those like Rose Cheramie or Marilyn Walle for example. 2 others whom died previously.
He is said to have died of natural causes but I would only assume his close involvement with Ruby, and those others involved in this case, could be a deciding factor. It was at least enough to be added to this extensive list of "mysterious deaths."
James Worrell Jr. - Doesn't, IMO, particularly show any signs of being silenced or murdered, and I assume he is being added to the list merely because of what he saw on the day of the assassination of Kennedy.
What was it? Well, he was one of those whom saw an individual escape from the rear of the Texas School Book Depository building. And not just that, he was also a casual acquaintance of Jack Ruby - something that proved lethal for many other people also.
Anyway the James Worrell Jr. death came about after suffering tremendous head injuries from losing control of his motorbike and eventually being thrown against the nearby curbing. No apparent conspiracy here as far as I'm concerned.
Here is his Warren Commission Testimony.
Clarence Oliver - death is unknown, but was an investigator whom worked on the Jack Ruby case, again, something which seemingly caused the death for many others as well as possibly this one. Although It's quite possible there was no conspiracy here also.
Hank Suydam - was the official from LIFE magazine in charge of the JFK stories, therefore I would assume had connections to the Zapruder film also - something that caused a great deal of controversy particularly as we are under suspicion that It has been edited in some way or another too.
His death, from a heart attack, is not, as far as I'm aware, ruled to be highly suspicious.
Leonard Pullin - was a navy employee who helped in finishing the film, "Last Two Days" about the Assassination of JFK. I believe he died after being involved in a "One-car crash" also.
Jack Ruby - Discussed in some detail in my previous thread here.
Here is a snippet from my previous thread discussing Jack Ruby also:
A few days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy as well as the arrest of the alleged culprit Lee Harvey Oswald another death was to occur, one which was to the assassin Oswald himself. He was being transported from the current jail he was being held at before being transported through the basement into a mob of journalists when at approximately 11:21 a.m. Jack Ruby, a Dallas night club owner and someone who had mafia connections as well as connections with Oswald, CIA/FBI and high ranking governmental official connections prior to the presidential assassination it had seemed simply jumped out of the crowd brandishing a pistol, one which he had no hesitation to use as he shot Oswald in the stomach wounding him fatally live on television in front of millions. Oswald later died in the same hospital Kennedy had 2 days before.
His reasoning for this seemed quite peculiar (possibly this was what really sparked off Ruby's suspiciousness in the first place) and it seemed to change overtime as after being arrested for the murder, he claimed that he was merely trying to avenge Kennedy's death and spare Jackie Kennedy the ordeal of going to trial etc. etc. in other words attempting to get himself a heroic styled persona but then later it began to change a few times. On one occasion he claimed it was just a spur of the moment type of thing that caused him to jump out of the crown, grab his handgun and pull the trigger. It's even claimed by some though that prior to the shooting he drove into town to take care of some money issues to an employee, walked to the local police station and left his dog in the car, something that if true doesn't seem like a spur of the moment type of thing at all.
The theory put forth by Frank Sheeran however tells a different story, It's claimed that Ruby was involved in the assassination of the president in the first place and after Oswald being caught Ruby was assigned the role of coordinating police officers loyal to Ruby to murder Oswald while he was in their custody as his connections made him suitable for such a job. Once this didn't happen Ruby was quite literally forced to do it himself by his superiors or he would pay with his own life. Presumably they were worried delicate secrets would be revealed thus motivation to permanently "silence him."
Jack Ruby was officially convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald on the November 24th, 1963.
A short while later though, Ruby, all the while in prison for the murder of Oswald seemingly and publicly began to give off subtle clues explaining that not all is as it seems, most certainly not as the warren commission would have you believe as in the video below for example it's not directly said but the notion of conspiracy is more than hinted at by Ruby himself.
Google Video Link
Jack Ruby states in the video above: "The world will never know the true facts of what occurred, my motives. The people had, that had so much to gain and had such an ulterior motive for putting me in the position I'm in will never let the true facts come above board to the world"
(See rest of video)
He certainly seems to be saying here that not all is as it seems as we simply will never find out the truth and also possibly that the people who are involved in this conspiracy simply are too powerful to be challenged? Maybe so but he certainly seems to suggest a conspiracy here as he goes on to talk about people in high positions making him do this. He heavily hints at the vice president also later on in the video.
Now, he was seemingly more than willing to reveal the truth as well but only if he would be granted protection and be moved from Dallas to Washington to ensure this. He said his life was in danger in Dallas and he needed to be moved to Washington, in doing so he would reveal everything he knew. Earl Warren the man he allegedly told this to denied any such move (IMO was ordered not to by Lyndon B. Johnson and/or J. Edgar Hoover) and because of this, we'll never know the true events from Ruby now as he's no longer alive as he died of a pulmonary embolism in 1967. Shortly after the death of Oswald and Kennedy also, In fact it seems awfully close IMHO and it very much so sounds like he died quite conveniently before he could say the rest of what he knew, or what he claimed he knew. Ruby, the silencer of Oswald seemingly silenced himself, one of the first of many.
Harold Russell - was one of those witnesses whom saw the Police Officer, J.D. Tippit killer escape immediately after the shooting. They even saw the shooting itself along with a white male with a gun running away from the scene. I'm currently unsure myself if he thought the killer was Oswald, although I know other witnesses originally claimed It couldn't have been him.
Here is an extract from the Warren Report though:
The Killing of Patrolman J. D. Tippit: ... Jefferson Boulevard he was moving in the direction of a used-car lot located on the southeast corner of this intersection. Four men, Warren Reynolds, Harold Russell Pat Patterson and L. J. Lewis were on the lot at the time, and they saw a white male with a revolver in his hands running south on Patton. When the man reached Jefferson, he turned right and headed west. Reynolds and Patterson decided to follow him. When he reached a gasoline service station one block away he turned north and walked toward a parking area in the rear of the station. Neither Reynolds nor Patterson saw the man after ...
I believe Russell was to later die after being shot by a police officer in a bar brawl.
David Ferrie - Discussed in some detail in my previous thread here.
Here is a snippet from my previous thread discussing David Ferrie also (edited slightly for this thread):
Ferrie, was also an alleged associate of the likes of Oswald and Banister and he was also one that was set to die after a relatively short period of time after the assassination too, In fact it was merely hours before he was set to appear in court concerning the assassination!
Despite having 2 typewritten suicide notes in his possession, it was claimed by Coroners, allegedly, that he had died of natural causes. A cause for suspicious? I think so...
The result of his death however,...A brain embolism. Although perhaps it was his real life connections that were the true cause of his death? A death which occurred shortly before he was to be tried for conspiracy in the JFK assassination by the New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, whose investigation convinced him that the CIA was involved.
It’s also claimed quite heavily that David Ferrie had a strong role to play in the assassination of John F. Kennedy also. Something I very much so agree with:
In 1963 Ferrie and Guy Bannister began working for the lawyer G. Wray Gill and his client, Carlos Marcello. This involved attempts to block Marcello's deportation to Guatemala.(Source)
On the afternoon of 22nd November, 1963, Guy Bannister and Jack Martin went drinking together. On their return to Banister's office the two men got involved in a dispute about a missing file. Banister became so angry that he he drew his Magnum revolver and hit Martin with it several times. Martin was so badly injured that he had to be detained in the local Charily Hospital.
Over the next few days Martin told friends that Ferrie and Guy Bannister had been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. According to Martin, Ferrie was the getaway man whose job it was to fly the assassin out of Texas. He also claimed that Ferrie knew Lee Harvey Oswald from their days in the New Orleans Civil Air Patrol and had given him lessons on how to use a rifle with a telescopic sight.
On 25th November, Martin was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He told them that he thought Ferrie had hypnotized Oswald into assassinating Kennedy. The FBI considered Martin's evidence unreliable and decided not to investigate Banister and Ferrie.
This information eventually reached Jim Garrison, the district attorney of New Orleans. He interviewed Martin about these accusations. Martin claimed that during the summer of 1963 Ferrie and Guy Bannister were involved in something very sinister with a group of Cuban exiles.
Jim Garrison now became convinced that a group of right-wing activists, including Ferrie, Guy Bannister, Carlos Bringuier and Clay Shaw, were involved in a conspiracy with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to kill John F. Kennedy. Garrison claimed this was in retaliation for his attempts to obtain a peace settlement in both Cuba and Vietnam.
David Ferrie died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 22nd February, 1967. However, some researchers, including Jim Garrison, believe he was murdered.
In 2007 Edward Haslam published Dr. Mary's Monkey. Haslam argues that Alton Ochsner organized "one of the 159 covert research centers which the CIA had admitted to setting up." Haslam believes that Ochsner recruited Mary Sherman to run the research operation The basic project was set up March 23, 1962, using conventional facilities, which then expanded out of the loop for its final phases. Haslam believes that Sherman was involved in carrying out secret research into developing a vaccine to prevent an epidemic of soft-tissue cancers caused by polio vaccine contaminated with SV-40. This work included using a linear particle accelerator located in the Infectious Disease Laboratory at the Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans. According to Haslam there was a second-lab working on this project. This was being run by David Ferrie on Louisiana Avenue Parkway. Dr. Sherman was murdered on 21st July, 1964.
Eladio Del Valle - Discussed in some detail in my previous thread here (edited slightly for this thread).
Here is a snippet from my previous thread discussing Eladio Del Valle also:
Eladio was a friend of Ferries, in fact as well as being a friend of Ferries; he also died roughly around the same time as him. Officially Eladio was murdered the day AFTER Ferrie, suffering what was a a close range gunshot, much like Mary Meyers.
Eladio was also a a political comrade, one who was allegedly quite heavily involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the bay of pigs operation.
Eladio del Valle was born in Cuba. He was a supporter of Fulgencio Batista and served as a congressman in Havana. He went into exile just before Fidel Castro gained power in January, 1959.(Source)
Del Valle moved to Florida where he was active in the Free Cuba Committee, an organization formed by Sergio Arcacha Smith. He also worked for Santo Trafficante and with his friend, David Ferrie he was involved in fire-bombing sugar fields in Cuba.
During his investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy case, Jim Garrison wanted to interview Eladio del Valle to obtain information against Clay Shaw. However, he was unable to find him.
Eladio del Valle was murdered on 22nd February, 1967. He had been shot in the heart. He died only hours after his friend, David Ferrie. Diego Gonzales Tendera, a close friend, later claimed de Valle was murdered because of his involvement in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In 1975 Harry Dean claimed he had been an undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1962 he infiltrated the John Birch Society. He later reported that General Edwin Walker and John Rousselot had hired two gunman, Eladio del Valle and Loran Hall, to kill President John F. Kennedy. However, Dean was unable to provide any evidence to back up his claim.
Three years later further evidence emerged linking Del Valle with the assassination. Tony Cuesta had been captured during a mission at Monte Barreto in the Miramar district of Cuba on 29th May, 1966. A member of his team, Herminio Diaz Garcia, was killed during the raid. Cuesta, who always vowed that Castro would never take him alive, attempted suicide by setting off a grenade, which blinded him and blew off his right hand. Cuesta spent a long time in hospital as a result of his serious injuries.
In 1978 President Jimmy Carter arranged for a group of imprisoned exiles to be released. This included Tony Cuesta. Just before leaving Cuba Cuesta asked to see General Fabian Escalante, the head of Cuba's G-2 Spy Agency. Cuesta told Escalante that he had been involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He also named De Valle and Herminio Diaz Garcia as being involved in the conspiracy.
A. D. Bowie - possibly became one of the first victims of the supposed "cancer curse" that seemed to occur shortly after the JFK assassination - particularly to those involved in some way with the investigations. You see Bowie was the Assistant District Attorney in Dallas, the one whom had prosecuted Ruby, another to die of a sudden cancer also oddly enough.
He had told others that he believed he had been injected with cancer cells. Others to be affected by this were Paul Mandal whom died in '65, then shortly after this the same occurred for, Hiram Ingram, the Deputy Sheriff of Dallas, dying of a sudden cancer also. Ingram also being a close personal friend of Sheriff Roger Craig, who was a notable critic of the Warren Report's conclusions.
Another member of the Dallas law-enforcement establishment would fall victim to cancer in 1966. Captain Frank Martin of the Dallas police had witnessed Ruby shooting Oswald, as previously mentioned. When questioned by the Warren Commission, he said "there's a lot to be said but probably be better if I don't say it". He died of cancer in June 1966.
Hiram Ingram - Please read the text above.
Dr. Nicholas Chetta was originally linked to the assassination by Penn Jones, jr. This is what he writes in volume III of 'Forgive my grief':
Nicholas J. Chetta, M.D., Orleans Parish Coroner since 1950, died at Mercy Hospital at 10:20 P.M., Saturday, May 25, 1968. ...(Source)
In our opinion, this is one of the key murders of the continuing Kennedy assassination conspiracy and coverup.
Dr. Chetta was the coroner who served at the death of David Ferrie. Dr. Chetta was the key witness regarding Perry Russo against Clay Shaw. Shaw's attorneys went into federal court only after Dr. Chetta was dead.
(Forgive my Grief, v. III, p. 28)
Date of Death: May 25, 1968
Some argue that no conspiracy occurred here as Chetta was to suffer a heart attack, and IMO, that's a fair point. But to this day we still have no information on where he was prior to this heart attack. And It's more than possible that where ever he was, It was this experience which had caused the heart attack in the first place.
And taking some of the other cases thus far, I don't think It's a stretch of the imagination to suggest that No matter what, Dr. Chetta was destined to die.
Philip Geraci - Here is the witness testimony from Philip Geraci coming from the Warren Commition:
The testimony of Philip Geraci III, accompanied by his mother, was taken on April 7-8, 1964, at the Old Civil Courts Building, Royal and Conti Streets, New Orleans, La., by Mr. Wesley J. Liebeler, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
(Reporter's Note: The witness, Philip Geraci, was accompanied into the hearing room by his mother.)
Philip Geraci, having been first duly sworn, was examined and testified as follows:
My name is Wesley J. Liebeler. I am a member of the legal staff of the President's Commission investigating the assassination of President Kennedy. Staff members have been authorized to take the testimony of witnesses by the Commission pursuant to authority granted to the Commission by Executive Order No. 11130, dated November 29, 1963, and joint resolution of Congress No. 137.
I understand that Mr. Lee Rankin wrote you a letter last week in which he told you that I would contact you, did he not?
A letter? No.
You did not receive a letter from Mr. Rankin?
Would you please give us one. We would like to have it to keep.
Somebody said they sent one.
You didn't receive it?
We did not receive it.
I believe Geraci died a few months after Chetta had done. Geraci though, was electrocuted. An odd way to die no doubt.
Henry Delaune - was the brother-on-law to Chetta, the coroner to David Ferrie. And the one whom died from somewhat suspicious circumstances. The final ruling was murder.
E.R. (Buddy) Walthers - was the man whom actually met and then pointed out to James Tague that he had a minor wound to his face - this small action causing a lot of further thought to be put into the JFK assassination case - primarily as this injury seems to prove there was at least a second shooter.
But his most controversial role was as a spectator standing near two men in suits on the south side of Elm Street. Some conspirators claim one of the men was a "government agent" who picked up and pocketed a bullet — supposedly a .45 caliber which could not have been fired from Oswald's rifle but perhaps from another shooter.
And after this, a sheriff actually found a bullet in the grass somewhere near elm street, and allegedly, after picking it up and keeping it In his possession handed it over to someone actually identifying themselves as an FBI agent - possibly the same one stood net to Walthers.
Walthers was to then die after seemingly "knowing to much" about this case. It's said he was shot straight through the heart during a police shootout in '69. It was later admitted this could have potentially come from a fellow officer of his.
Here's an interesting snippet giving some skeptical balance on this incident though:
Likewise, Jim Garrison, in On The Trail of the Assassins, claims that:
[In] another group of pictures taken at Dealey Plaza shortly after the assassination by Jim Murray of Blackstar Photo Service and William Allen of the Dallas Times-Herald . . . Deputy Sheriff Buddy Walthers is shown looking down at a bullet while a neatly dressed blond man is reaching down to pick it up. . . . The bullet was never seen again. The Warren Commission did not ask Walthers about the bullet or the blond man . . . and he did not volunteer anything about them. Walthers subsequently was murdered, so it is safe to conclude that this bullet will remain on the long list of missing or destroyed evidence. (p. 209)
Contrary to what Garrison said, the Warren Commission did ask Walthers about the "discovered bullet" story.
Mr. LIEBELER. There has also been a story, some sort of story that you were supposed to have found a spent bullet.
Mr. WALTHERS. Yes; that's what the story was in this book, and man, I've never made a statement about finding a spent bullet.
Mr. LIEBELER. And you never found any spent bullet?
Mr. WALTHERS. No; me and Allan Sweatt 2 or 3 days after the assassination did go back down there and make a pretty diligent search in there all up where that bullet might have hit, thinking that maybe the bullet hit the cement and laid down on some of them beams but we looked all up there and everywhere and I never did find one. I never did in all of my life tell anybody I found a bullet other than where it hit. (7H550)
Admittedly, I'm by far more inclined to believe Jim Garrison rather than the Warren Commission to be perfectly honest but this makes for some interesting food for thought still. Was he lying, was he telling the truth? Who knows..
Charles Mentesana - is the man responsible for seemingly providing a headache for the warren commission. Reason being, in 'The Assassination Films' and in the book 'The Killing of a president', Robert Groden shows some film from none other than Charles Mentesana himself. The film showing the police man holding a gun - one which wasn't Oswalds..
Apparently It's said to have been the second rifle (one potentially shot by Charles Nicoletti perhaps? Just a thought) brought down from the Texas Schoolbook Depository building - and this gun is said to have not been a Carcano rifle.
Well, this was apparently a mistake, according to some. Here's a snippet explaining:
When Groden first showed his video at the 1995 COPA convention, Tony Marsh wrote him to correct this mistake:(Source)
Several of us in the audience were very troubled by your narration of some films. You are the leading photographic interpreter in the research community and many people will take your word as gospel. So, it is especially important that your video not perpetuate any myths. For example, in the Mentesana footage you state that the policeman is holding a second rifle, found in the TSBD. That is not a rifle; it is a shotgun. The barrel and the bore are too big in diameter for a rifle. Some shotguns have distinctive profiles and magazine caps by which we can identify them at a glance.
The shotgun the policeman was holding was his Remington 870. I have enclosed some examples of that model for you to compare to the Mentesana footage. I have reduced a diagram of the Remington 870 to about the same size as an overlay transparency of the Mentesana frame from your book so that you can see for yourself that they have the same profile at the same size. Also, one of the cops in the tramp photos carried a Remington 870. There were at least three different makes and models of shotguns used by the DPD and the Remington 870 is one of the most popular police shotguns.
Interestingly, still photos and films of Dallas cops holding shotguns that are apparently identical to the one in the Mentesana film are plentiful. But Groden neither prints any of them in his book, nor includes any in his video. Needless to say, Groden has not corrected his mistake.
Mentesana then went onto suffer a fatal heart attack - a common theme with many witnesses mentioned and discussed here It would seem.
Mary Bledsoe - was the previous neighbor of Lee Harvey Oswald - something which seems to be one of her only connections to the case to be honest. In other words, I can't see why she's ever been included in the entire list of "mysterious witnesses" but she is in it I guess, therefore, must be discussed and be at least looked at and researched in some way or another.
Anyway, here is her claim:
"Last Friday, November 22, 1963, I went downtown to see the President. I stood on Main Street just across the street from Titche's until the parade passed by. The I walked over to Elm Street and caught a bus to go home. The bus traveled West on Elm Street to about Murphy Street and made a stop and that is when I saw Lee Oswald get on the bus.(Source)
The traffic was heavy and it took quite sometime [sic] to travel two or three blocks. During that time someone made the statement that the President had been shot and while the bus was stopped due to the heavy traffic, Oswald got off the bus and I didn't see him again. I know this man was Lee Oswald because he lived in my home from October 7, 1963 to October 14, 1963."
Here is the full testimony of Mary Bledsoe.
John Crawford - was a close friend to both Jack Ruby and Wesley Frazier. A dangerous thing to be in this day and age It seems. He also gave Lee Harvey Oswald a ride in his car on the 22nd, November 1963.
He met his demise by crashing his own private plane in 1969 It would seem.
Rev. Clyde Johnson - John was was apparently supposed to be testifying about the Clay Shaw, Lee Harvey Oswald connection in Jim Garrisons New Orleans trial when he died. How did he die? He was fatally shot.
Bill Decker - rode in the backseat of the Presidential motorcades lead car during the assassination of Kennedy alongside Jesse Curry and Winston G. Lawson. Decker is allegedly the man whom gave the order, upon hearing the shots being fired, to "Move all available men out of my office into the railroad yard... and hold everything secure until Homicide and other investigators should get there."
Then during one of the Oswald interrogations being undertaken by Will Fritz (In which there is no record of what was said), Decker phoned Fritz and ordered him to his office to receive an important message. After leaving Oswald and walking to the City Hall, Fritz had a long meeting with Decker. It seems as though Oswald was the topic of discussion here.
In his book, "The Mafia Killed President Kennedy" (1988) David E. Scheim claimed that "Decker was well-connected in the underworld... Decker maintained friendships with two notorious local hoodlums and served as a character reference for Joseph Civello when the Dallas Mafia boss applied for parole on a narcotics conviction."
Perhaps this was at least part of the reason to have such a lengthy phone call with Fritz? Just a thought.
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