At the risk of relentlessly flogging a deceased equine I’d like to start a discussion which I hope will lead to some more clarity on a theory I’ve
had for some time. If this thread is erroneously placed, or hopelessly redundant, I will understand its transfer or outright demise. If, on the
other hand, this subject has merit on ATS please feel free to contribute as it may clarify a specific slice of history which as near as I can tell has
not been specifically focused on.
With that, the basic theme is this; maybe there really was a ‘Manchurian Candidate’ involved in the assassination of JFK. I know, I know, the
mere mention of “JFK” and “Manchurian Candidate” on ATS brings to mind heaps upon piles of deceased equines and hordes running around with
clubs, but bear with me for a moment. What I am about to focus on is at minimum a curious quinkydink if not a significant stone which has been left
unturned. Having done a fair amount of research into this subject, there are also a number of interesting collateral developments which, to me
anyway, make this theory plausible.
Okay, and so the plot kind of goes like this; so let’s just say for a moment that there really was a ‘Manchurian Candidate’, a brainwashed
robotic killer, who had been successfully subverted into taking the life of a major political figure upon secret command. We won’t worry about
‘who’ that person might have been just yet, but for the purposes here let’s just suppose one did in fact exist at approximately the timeframe of
the JFK assassination. We’ll come back to this in a moment.
We know for a fact that the US government became obsessed with mind control experiments with programs such as MK Ultra and others beginning as early
as the early 1950’s. The amount of time, funding and effort applied to these programs was extensive and continued through the early 1970’s (and
may still for all we know, but we’ll stick with what we know for now). Much of this research was based on the notion that competing political
systems and countries were working on similar programs and the US needed to keep pace (so the story goes).
We also know that the original novel “The Manchurian Candidate” authored by Richard Condon was first published in 1959. As just a brief aside
here; how could Condon have ever known, at that time, that such a program might exist, let alone guessed at the details? Coincidence, in an era full
of rumor mongering and conspiracies, is the most common answer. But, was there more?
Richard Condon was a notable fiction author in that much of his material dealt with his personal loathing of those in power and the abuse thereof. As
an American author, able to possibly subliminally reach out to the masses with the printed word, who would have been a better candidate to pass along
a message? More importantly, as a vocal critic of those in power, could this have been a sympathetic candidate to recruit for some political
opposition purpose? No, I’m not suggesting Condon was a Manchurian Candidate here, but perhaps he was a knowing / unknowing messenger in a much
larger power struggle.
Moving on, so let’s just say that Richard Condon was somehow recruited to send a message to the masses which one person, the real Manchurian
Candidate, would see and hopefully react to (think: the Queen of Diamonds). Well, the obvious question is; what if our real Manchurian candidate
didn’t read books, or didn’t happen to read this particular book? Hmmm…
So what does all this have to do with JFK? Keep in mind, the year was 1959. JFK wasn’t even sworn in until January of 1961. Well, maybe initially
the handlers of our ‘candidate’ didn’t have a specific figure in mind other than a significant political leader of the western world. But, as
1959 and 1960 passed it may have become clear that the original message had either not been received, or if it had it had not been acted upon.
By 1962 worldwide political tensions had reached an all-time high. As we all know, in October of 1962 the leaders of the world’s two super powers
stood toe to toe with their fingers poised over the top of the proverbial “button”, the pushing of which would almost certainly end the world as
we all knew it. By the end of October the Cuban Missile Crisis had drawn to a close. The Soviet Union had blinked and withdrew. It was far from
over though, the hornets’ nest of political posturing would continue for another 20 some odd years.
Coincidentally, also during October of 1962 a little known Hollywood director by the name of John Frankenheimer released a movie based on Richard
Condon’s novel, The Manchurian Candidate. Frankenheimer would ultimately go on to become a respected director in Hollywood, but the timing of the
release of film The Manchurian Candidate, nine days into the Cuban Missile Crisis is interesting to say the least. But there’s more…
One of the most striking sequences in the Condon novel, and the Frankenheimer / Axlerod screenplay of the same name is the famous and bizarre train
scene exchange between characters Marco (Sinatra) and Chaney (Leigh). In a roughly five minute exchange of non-sequitors, likely one of the most
bizarre in cinematic history, an almost cryptic code is laid out. I won’t re-quote all of the sequence here, but it is easily located on the
internet by searching on ‘manchurian candidate train scene’.
Even more interesting is the fact that the famous scene is almost identical to that of the book. Was this the coded message the real Manchurian
candidate was supposed to hear just two years before in the book? Was the message being reinforced? Or, was it altered just enough to reach out to
someone else? Perhaps the message simply hadn’t gotten through and up on the big silver screen it might have a better chance.
The embarrassment of Khrushchev by Kennedy during the Cuban Missle Crisis would not be forgotten. This embarrassment was particularly unpleasant in
light of the earlier secret deal Khrushchev and Kennedy had struck to remove US missiles from Turkey and Italy. Khrushchev looked to the world as if
he was retreating publically from the events of the crisis of ’62. The events had been an embarrassment not only to Khrushchev, but more
importantly to the whole of the Russian homeland (and notably the KGB).
By the time of his speech to America University in 1963, Kennedy, ever the statesman, had been able to ease relations with Khrushchev to the point
where just a month later they were able to come to agreement on further nuclear reductions and test bans. This infuriated the Soviet power elite,
they viewed Khrushchev as acquiescing to the Americans and this was categorically unacceptable. Now, both Kennedy and Khrushchev had to go.
To be continued in Part 2...
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