JFK Assassination Novel  

                                                   The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

                                                                                                                                    -Dante

Lee Oswald

November 24, 1963


Murdered by Jack Ruby and others.

Ancillary Deaths

Karyn Kupcinet

November 28, 1963



Irv Kupcinet knew Jack Ruby in Chicago in the 1940s. According to W. Penn Jones Irv kept in contact with Ruby and discovered that he was involved in a plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. Jones argues that Irv passed this information on to his daughter Karyn. In his book, Forgive My Grief, Jones reports that "a few days before the assassination, Karyn Kupcinet, 23, was trying to place a long distance telephone call from the Los Angeles area. According to reports, the long distance operator heard Miss Kupcinet scream into the telephone that President Kennedy was going to be killed."


Strangled

Captain Michael Groves


December 3, 1963


Capt.Groves commanded the JFK honor guard for JFK’s funeral. He died under mysterious circumstances 7 days after the funeral. While eating dinner he passed out and died instantly. On December 12, his possessions were destroyed in a suspicious fire. The Honor Guard had been practicing for a presidential funeral for 3 days before the assassination.



Cause of death: Possible poisoning/induced heart attack.




Jack Zangretti


December 7, 1963.


Zangretti was a mob figure and the manager of “The Red Lobster” at Lake Lugert Oklahoma. On November 23, 1963, the day after the assassination Zangretti told friends:" A man named Ruby will kill Oswald tomorrow and in a few days a member of the Frank Sinatra family will be kidnapped just to take some of the attention away from the assassination."

 Two weeks later Zangretti was found floating in Lake Lugert with bullet holes in his chest.



Jack Zangetty - Forums - The Education Forum



Shot to death.

Eddy Benavides

February 1964

Benavides was the brother of Domingo Benavides who witnessed the murder of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit on Nov. 22, 1963. Domingo gave a description of Tippit’s killer that did not match Oswald. Eddy who resembled Domingo was shot in the head by an unknown assailant in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Murder by gunshot.





Betty McDonald


February 1964.


Former Ruby employee who alibied Warren Reynolds(Tippit witness) shooting suspect.


Hanging in Dallas Jail-"suicide."

Bill Cheshire


March 1964


Had information linking Jack Ruby and Oswald.


Heart Attack




Hank Kilham


March  17, 1964


Killam was the husband of Ruby stripper Wanda Joyce. Killam worked as a painter with John Carter, a boarder at the boarding house at 1026 North Beckley Ave. when Oswald lived there. Killam might have known of a Ruby-Oswald connection. Killam fled Dallas and moved to Pensacola Florida then to Tampa and then back to Pensacola. Killam told his brother Earl “I’m a dead man. I’ve run as far as I’m going to run.” He was found dead, his throat cut wide open, his body thrown through a department store window in Pensacola. His death was ruled a suicide. His brother stated “Did you ever hear of a man committing suicide by jumping through a plate glass window.”



Throat Slashed

Bill Hunter


April 1964




Reporter inside Ruby's apartment on November 24, 1963.


Shot by policeman-"accidental."



Gary Underhill


May 8, 1964.


CIA agent


Spoke up and claimed CIA was involved in JFK's murder.


Shot behind the left ear but was right handed-"suicide."


Hugh Ward


May 1964


Private investigator working with Guy Banister and David Ferrie


Plane Crash-Mexico

Guy Banister


June 6, 1964


Former FBI agent in New Orleans connected to Ferrie, CIA, Carlos Marcello & Oswald.


Guy Banister died in June of 1964, before Garrison had a chance to interrogate him. Of a heart attack, of course. When working for the FBI, Guy Banister was associated with Robert Maheu, who was an FBI and CIA liaison for the mob.




Heart Attack-(witnesses said he had a bullet hole in his body.)

Jim Koethe


September 21, 1964.


Staff Writer for Dallas Times Herald He was one of 5 men who met in Ruby’s apartment on the evening of November 24, 1963 He had visited Ruby in jail earlier that day. 

Karate chop to throat




Mary Pinchot Meyer

October 12, 1964

-Was engaged in an affair with JFK in 1963.
-Influenced JFK's peace efforts.
-Was about to go public against the conclusions of the Warren Commission.
-Her Ex-Husband, Cord Meyer was high level CIA.
-Killed by two gun shots along the tow path of the Georgetown Canal.
-James Angleton searches her house after her death and absconds with her diary.

Shot to death, professional hit.

Tom Howard

March 1965

Jack Ruby's first lawyer


Heart attack

Maurice Gatlin

May 1965

Pilot for Guy Banister

Fatal Fall

Mona B. Saenz

August 30, 1965

Texas Employment clerk who interviewed Oswald


Hit by Dallas bus


Rose Cheramie


September 4, 1965


Ruby stripper


On November 19, 1963,thrown out of a car in Louisiana.


told  Lt. Frugé, doctors and nurses that JFK would be killed in Dallas on November. 22, 1963. 


Saw Oswald and Ruby together in Ruby’s club on several occasions.


1967 TO JIM GARRISON, DISTRICT ATTORNEY.(PDF. File document)


Cause of death:  Cheramie lying in the middle of the road was struck by a by a car.






Dorothy Kilgallen


November 8, 1965

Kilgallen was a nationally known syndicated newspaper columnist. She had covered the trial of Jack Ruby and interviewed him in March 1964 in an exclusive private interview in the judge’s chambers. She later told a few close friends that she had discovered information that would blow the whole JFK assassination story “wide open.”  After her death all her  JFK notebooks were missing. The backup copies disappeared and the person who held them passed away days later.



Cause of death: Heart seizure due to drug overdose.

William Whaley


December 1965


Cab driver who reportedly drove Oswald to Oak Cliff


(The only Dallas Oswald’s taxi driver on 11/22/63


Horrific taxi crash.

Albert Bogard


February 14, 1966


Car salesman who worked at a Downtown Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Dallas. Bogard told the Warren Commission that he had met a man on November 9, 1963 at the car dealership who claimed to be Lee Harvey Oswald. The real Oswald was proven to be at another location on that date. Bogard passed a lie detector test. He was found dead in his car in Hallsville, Louisiana, a victim of carbon dioxide poisoning from a hose running from his exhaust pipe through a rolled up window to the interior.



The Albert Bogard evidence



Asphyxiation: carbon monoxide.

Captain Frank Martin


June 1966


Dallas policeman who witnessed Oswald slaying, told Warren Commission "there's a lot to be said but probably be better if I don't say it"


Sudden cancer death.



Lee Bowers Jr.


August 1966


Witnessed men behind picket fence on Grassy Knoll.


Single car accident...Car off road-Bowers dead.

Lee Bowers's testimony is perhaps as explosive as any recorded by the Warren Commission. He was one of the 65 witnesses who saw the President's assassination, and who thought shots were fired from the area of the Grassy Knoll. (The Knoll is west of the Texas School Book Depository Building.) But more than that, he was in a unique position to observe some pretty strange behavior in the Knoll area before and during the assassination.
    Bowers, then a towerman for the Union Terminal Co., was stationed in his 14 foot tower directly behind the Grassy Knoll. He faced the scene of the assassination. He could see the railroad overpass to his right. Directly in front of him was a parking lot and a wooden stockade fence, and a row of trees running along the top of the Grassy Knoll. The Knoll sloped down to the spot on Elm Street where the President was killed. Police had "cut off" traffic into the parking lot, Bowers said, "so that anyone moving around could actually be observed."
    Bowers made two significant observations which he revealed to the Warren Commission. First, he saw three unfamiliar cars slowly cruising around the parking area in the 35 minutes before the assassination; the first two left after a few minutes. The driver of the second car appeared to be talking into a "mic or telephone"; "he was holding something up to his mouth with one hand and he was driving with the other." A third car with out-of-state license plates and mud up to the windows, probed all around the parking area. Bowers last remembered seeing it about eight minutes before the shooting, pausing "just above the assassination site."
    Bowers also observed two unfamiliar men standing on the 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 man, younger, about mid-twenties, in either a plaid shirt or plaid coat or jacket." Both were facing toward Elm and Houston in anticipation of the motorcade. The two 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.
    When the shots rang out, Bowers's 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."
    Bowers 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, a motorcycle policeman left the Presidential motorcade and roared up the Grassy Knoll, straight to where the two mysterious gentlemen were standing. Later, Bowers testified that the "commotion" that caught his eye may have been a "flash of light or smoke."
    On the morning of August 9, 1966, Lee Bowers, vice president of a construction firm, was driving south of Dallas on business. He was two miles south of Midlothian, Texas 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 about 50 miles an hour, a slow speed for that road.
    Bowers died in a Dallas hospital. He was 41. There was no autopsy and he was cremated. A doctor from Midlothian who rode to Dallas in the ambulance with Bowers, noticed something peculiar about the victim. "He was in some strange sort of shock." The doctor said, "A different kind of shock than an accident victim experiences. I can't explain it. I've never seen anything like it."
    When I questioned his widow, she insisted there was nothing suspicious, but then became flustered and said, "They told him not to talk."


By Penn Jones, Jr.

(from The Rebel magazine, January 1984)


Marilyn "Delila" Walle


September 1966


Ruby dancer.Writing a book of her knowledge of the assassination.


Shot by husband after one month of marriage


Lt. Commander William Pitzer USN-October 29, 1966

Pitzer filmed and photographed JFK’s autopsy.
 (described his duty as "horrifying experience")

He later told friends and family that Kennedy had been killed by a conspiracy. He was debriefed by CIA people who warned him to be quiet about what he had seen. Cause of death: Suicide by gunshot. A .45 caliber pistol was found in his right hand but he was left handed.



Gunshot-"suicide."

James Worrell Jr.


November 1966


Saw man flee rear of Texas School Book Depository.


Heard 4 shots.



Motorcycle mishap.

ATTACHMENT 21-A DALLAS MORNING NEWS
NOVEMBER 6, 1966, P. A-11.

TWO KILLED IN A CRASH
---------------------

A man and woman in their 20's became Dallas' 115th and 116th
traffic fatalities of the year Saturday when they were killed in a
motorcycle accident shortly before 2:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Gus
Thomasson.


 Dead in arrival at Parkland Hospital was James R. Worrell Jr.,
23, of 13510 Winterhaven, Farmers Branch, operator of the motorcycle.
His passenger, Miss Karron Lee Hudgins, 22, of 9756 Skyview, died
shortly after arrival at Parkland.


 Both suffered severe head and internal injuries.


 Accident investigator J.N. Feinglass said Worrell was headed
north on Gus Thomasson in East Dallas when he apparently lost control
of the motorcycle, a 1965 Honda.  It struck the median curb, jumped
the median, and overturned in the southbound traffic lane.  Worrell
was thrown against the curbing.


 Miss Hudgins was thrown into the front of a stopped car in the
southbound lane driven by H.E. Cooper, of 14229 Marsha Lane, Mesquite.
He was uninjured.

Jack Ruby


January 3, 1967


Ruby died of lung cancer although he never smoked. Ruby believed he had been injected with cancer cells. The CIA was experimenting with injecting mice with cancer cells in the early 1960′s. Ruby indicated that JFK had been killed by a conspiracy.


Cause of death: Lung cancer

Eladio DeValle


February 22, 1967




Died on the same day as Ferrie. DeValle had used Ferrie as a pilot.  He had been identifying some men in a photo taken in New Orleans for Jim Garrison. One of the men in the photo was Oswald. Eladio Del Valle was being sought by the Garrison investigation team. Del Valle was found dead, his head split open with a machete and his body shot through the heart. 


 Murder.



David Ferrie


February 22, 1967


New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. Ferrie was found dead in his apartment shortly after Garrison made it public that Ferrie was a key suspect in the assassination. 






Brain hemorrhage: "suicide. "

Harold Russell


Harold Russell was with Warren Reynolds when the Tippit shooting took place. Both men saw the Tippit killer escape. Russel was interviewed in January 1964, and signed a statement that the fleeing man was Oswald.
     

 A few months after the assassination, Russell went back to his home near David, Oklahoma. In July of 1965, Russell went to a party with a female friend. He seemingly went out of his mind at the party and started telling everyone he was going to be killed. He begged friends to hide him. Someone called the police. When the policemen arrived, one of them hit Russell on the head with his pistol.


 Russell was then taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a few hours later:


Death was listed as "heart failure."

Dr. Mary Sherman 



  Dr. Sherman had been working on a cancer experiment with David Ferrie.







Found stabbed and burned in her apartment in New Orleans.

The Unsolved Murder Of Dr. Mary Sherman And The JFK Assassination  

Desmond Fitzgerald



July 23, 1967


CIA Chief of the Cuban Task Force


Collapsed on tennis court-Heart...

According to Nagell, Desmond FitzGerald definitely figures into the Oswald saga - to what degree we may never know, except perhaps through a no-holds-barred official inquiry. A Time magazine file would later describe FitzGerald as "one of the most powerful, but least known top officials in Washington." This was shortly after his death at age fifty-seven, when FitzGerald suddenly collapsed of an apparent heart attack on a country-home Virginia tennis court on July 23, 1967, and died en route to the hospital. At the time he was in charge of all CIA clandestine operations. "Now there is a corpse," Nagell would write, "that should be exhumed and examined by a qualified pathologist."

Martin Luther King


April 4, 1968


Opposed the Vietnam War


Advocate of social and economic change.


Murdered by rifle and at hospital.


Robert Francis Kennedy


June 6, 1968


Won California primary, direct threat to re-take the White House.


Fatal wound behind right ear. Sirhan was not in back of Senator Kennedy.

Buddy Walthers

January 10, 1969

Dallas Deputy Sheriff who was involved in Depository search, claimed to have found .45-cal. Slug in Dealy Plaza

Walthers took part in the search of the home of Ruth Paine. Walthers told Eric Tagg that they "found six or seven metal filing cabinets full of letters, maps, records and index cards with names of pro-Castro sympathizers." James DiEugenio has argued that this "cinches the case that the Paines were domestic surveillance agents in the Cold War against communism."


On 10th January, 1969, Bill Decker sent Walthers and Alvin Maddox to a motel to question Walter Cherry, an escaped convict and a man suspected of a double murder. When the two detectives entered the room Buddy Walthers was shot dead by Cherry.

JFK Conspiracy Scene Shannon Ratigan as Buddy Walthers



John Crawford


April 1969


Close friend to both Ruby and Wesley Frazier, who gave ride to Oswald on 11/22/63


Plane Crash





Rev. Clyde Johnson


July 1969


Scheduled to testify about Clay Shaw/Oswald connection.


Fatally shot



George McGann


1970


-Underworld figure connected to Ruby friends, wife, Beverly, took film in Dealey Plaza

-Killed in Big Springs, TX in mob-type execution in 1970.
-In the wedding of Oliver and McGann - R. D. Matthews was best man
-And R. D. Matthew's record speaks for itself.



Murdered




 Source: Big Spring (TX) Herald, 1 Oct 1970

Funeral for George A. McGann, 34, died Tuesday in Lubbock will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Nalley-Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. William F. Meagher, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and the Rev. James Puckett, Baptist Temple, officiating.
Burial will be in Trinity Memorial Park under direction of the Nalley-Pickle Funeral Home.


 Mr. McGann was the owner of the Holiday Motor Co. on West Fourth Street. Born March 15, 1936, in Wichita Falls, he came to Big Spring in 1937, and attended public schools here. He attended Howard County Junior College and Odessa Junior College.


 Mr. McGann married Beverly Oliver in 1966, in Dallas; and he was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.


 Survivors include his wife; one son, George McGann, Elgin AFB, Fla.; and his mother Mrs. Ayra McGann, 506 Dallas.


 Pallbearers will be Raymond Hamby, Jackie Hopper, Travis Floyd, John Currie, Jimmy Whitefield, Bill Quinn, Billy Joe Kilpatrick and Vernon Litton, Dallas.





Darrell W. Garner


January 1970


Arrested for shooting Tippet witness Warren Reynolds, released after alibi from Betty MacDonald who hanged herself in the Dallas police jail.


OD Death...

Salvatore Granello


December 1970


Mobster linked to both Hoffa,Trafficante, and Castro assassination plots.


Murdered



Roscoe White


September 23, 1971


-On same ship with Oswald sailing to Japan.

-stationed at Atsugi and worked on the U-2 project.

-joined the Dallas Police Force  from CIA in September, 1963.

-His wife Geneva White, overheard her husband and Jack Ruby plotting the assassination of John F. Kennedy.


White left the police force and was employed by a company called M & M Equipment.


Badly burnt in an industrial fire and died the following day.


Hale Boggs


October 1972


House Majority Leader, member of Warren Commission


who began to publicly express huge doubts about


findings.



In 1965 Garrison was told by Hale Bloggs, a Congressman from Louisiana and a former member of the Warren Commission, that he had serious doubts that Oswald was a lone-gunman. This encouraged Garrison to read the Warren Report and books on the assassination by Mark Lane, Edward Jay Epstein and Harold Weisberg.


Disappeared on Alaskan plane flight

Thomas E. Davis


September 1973

Gunrunner connected to both Ruby and CIA


Electrocuted trying to steal wire.

Joseph A. Milteer


December 1974


Miami right-winger who predicted JFK's death and


Capture of scapegoat.





Heater explosion

Dave Yaras


1974



Close friend to both Hoffa and Jack Ruby


Childhood friend of Jack Ruby.



The night before the assassination of President John


F. Kennedy, Yaras telephoned another hit man, Robert Barney Baker. A few days earlier,


Jack Ruby also received a 17 minute telephone-call from Baker.


Murdered.



Sam Giancana


June 19, 1974


Chicago Mafia boss slated to tell about CIA-mob death


plots (and more) to Senate Committee.


Shot to death around the mouth.

Roger Dean Craig
May 15, 1975


In 1973 a car forced Craig's car off a mountain road. He was badly injured but he survived the accident. In 1974 he surviving another shooting in Waxahachie, Texas. The following year he was seriously wounded when his car engine exploded. Craig told friends that the Mafia had decided to kill him.


Roger Craig was found shot to death on 15th May, 1975.




Jimmy Hoffa


July 1975


Hoffa was the boss of the Teamsters Union. It is believed that Hoffa had information about the JFK assassination. Hoffa had threatened to kill RFK and JFK. Hoffa was deeply involved with organized crime figures. On July 30, 1975 he disappeared after getting in a car with mobsters. His body has never been found.



Cause of death: N'uff said

In his autobiography, Mob Lawyer (1994) (co-written with journalist Selwyn Raab) Ragano added that in July, 1963, he was once again sent to New Orleans by Hoffa to meet Santos Trafficante and Carlos Marcello concerning plans to kill President John F. Kennedy. When Kennedy was killed Hoffa apparently said to Ragano: "I told you could do it. I'll never forget what Carlos and Santos did for me." He added: "This means Bobby is out as Attorney General". Marcello later told Ragano: "When you see Jimmy (Hoffa), you tell him he owes me and he owes me big."

Bill Harvey


June 1976



CIA coordinator for CIA-mob assassination plans against Castro.


Died in from heart surgery complications.



Johnny Roselli


July 1976


Testified to Senate Committees three times and was to


appear again.


Good friends with Bill Harvey.



Roselli, before his death, told them he had information that Castro agents were


involved in the assassination of President


Kennedy.


Body stuffed in oil drum and floated Miami Harbor surface.



William Pawley


Major CIA operative


US Diplomat


Connected to Anti-Castro Cubans, crime figures.


Coordinated attempts to overthrow Castro.



Gunshot..."suicide."



Charles Nicoletti


March 1977


Chicago hit man connected to Sam Giancana


Scheduled to testify to HSCA


Shot to death three times in the back of the head.

George De Mohrenschildt



March 1977


Close friend to both Oswald and Bouvier family (Jackie Kennedy's parents)




CIA contract agent


Instructed by J. Walton Moore to edge Oswald and Marina into Dallas


Self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head...suicide.

Carlos Prio Soccaras


March 1977



Former Cuban President


Money man for anti-Castro Cubans


Gun Runner with Jack Ruby


Shot to death..." suicide."



William Sullivan



January 1977


# 3 Man in the FBI


Shot to death in the woods... hunting accident.

Lou Staples


May 1977


Dallas radio Talk Show host who told friends he would break assassination case..


Gunshot to head..."suicide"


Joseph C. Ayres, JFK's Chief Steward on Air Force I


August 1977


Shot to death in woods... hunting mishap.


Richard Case Nagell


November 1, 1995.


Knowledge of Oswald penetrating JFK Assassination plot.


Set to testify in front of the AARB.


Heart attack...

Dick Russell about Richard Case Nagell.