Friday, June 21, 2019

Hugh Aynesworth, Ted Bundy and the 1969 Parkway Murders

Hungh Aynesworth, Ted Bundy and the 1969 Parkway Murders - By Bill Kelly

NOTE: : I am still "on maneuvers,:" as Dr. Wecht put it, and will be until Monday, but we had a break in the action so I am posting a few items that I have on the shelf that I think you may enjoy and fit the JFKCountercoup mold, though somewhat on the fringe.

The Opposition keeps trying to say that we are promoting "conspiracy theories," but that's not true.

It's not the idea of conspiracy we are studying - figuring that out is a result of our study of political assassinations - one of the most influential and lest studied aspects of contemporary politics.

It is the MURDER - not the Conspiracy that is the focus of study and analysis.

Of all the unresolved cold case political assassinations on record - the assassination of President Kennedy fifty years ago is the one that still has the most relevance - the one that is most easiest solved, and the one that garners the most public attention, though the other major assassinations of the 1960s - RFK, MLK, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, et al., are all significant and will be the most studied historically.

But the assassination of President Kennedy is still HOT - as President Trump continues to withhold JFK assassination records in contrivance of the JFK Act, so this is not ancient history but is still a contemporary event - and one that can be legally resolved, if only the effort is made.

I've always avoided getting into the details of assassinations other than JFK as I thought it best to try to stay focused and resolve one assassination at a time.

But in the course of my journalistic career a few other murders have cropped up on my turf - my beat, and two of them I believe are cold case homicides that can and should be resolved to a legal and moral certainty, though Justice will never be done.

The first one that I think can be solved, as it already basically has by those familiar with the players is the Labor Day 1964 murder of Boardwalk Fudge King Harry Anglemeyer, a successful gay businessman who was garnering support to end the Ocean City (N.J.) Blue Laws ban on commercial businesses on Sundays.

That case has many twists and turns, and for those who are interested, figures into my non-fictional novela - "Waiting on the Angels - the Long Cool Summer of '65 Revisited - [ Blogger: Waiting on the Angels - The Long Cool Summer of '65 Revisited - All posts ].

Anglemyer's killer turned out to be a cop who was protected by the Director of public safety, and whose brother became chief of police, very similar to the obstruction of Justice we see in the JFK case.

But I am currently more interested in the 1969 Parkway Murders of two college coeds, that I think can be positively pinned on Ted Bundy, though the official investigators are reluctant to pursue that possibility, and for good reason.

I have been investigating and reporting on the Parkway Murders since Ted Bundy was executed in 1980, so the 50th Anniversary of the killings and a recent Netflix TV documentary has revived interest in these murders.

Since Dallas journalist Hugh Aynesworth, who most people know from his reporting on the Kennedy assassination,  was one of the two reporters on the Netflix show - "The Bundy Tapes,"  I'll take that as a loose connection to the JFKCountercoup - that gives me the opportunity to see how particular investigative techniques can be developed and used to solve such cold case homicides - like the assassination of JFK.


Due to the resurgence of interest in mass murderer Ted Bundy due to the Netflix TV series “Conversations with a Killer -The Bundy Tapes,” and the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Garden State Parkway Coed murders, I have decided to revisit the evidence in the case to see if it can be positively determined that Bundy was responsible.

For starters, I re-read two of the more responsible books on Bundy’s murderous career – Richard Larsen’s The Deliberate Strangers and Ted Bundy – The Killer Next Door by Steven Winn and David Merrill.  

The Netflix documentary is based on the work of two journalists – Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth – the Dallas reporter who is best known for his prejudicial reporting on the assassination of President Kennedy.

Aynesworth was all over the place on the weekend of the assassination, at the scene of most of the major events during the weekend of the assassination, - at Dealey Plaza, Oak Cliff and the Dallas PD basement shortly after the murders of JFK, Tippit and Oswald occurred. 

Yet, unlike Tom Alyea, Earl Golz, Wes Wise, Seth Kantor, and a very few other reporters who questioned the official version of events, Aynesworth bought and promotes the official story hook, line and sinker.

For me this goes against the grain of Aynesworth – the investigative reporter who exposed the head of the Dallas Crime Commission as a criminal himself.

Why didn’t Aynesworth apply the same inquisitive nature to one of the great unresolved murder mysteries of all time - the triple murders of the President, J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald?

We learn the answer from the records recently released under the JFK Act where Aynesworth’s application for a job at the CIA indicates that while not accepted for employment, he served as a steady source of information, reporting regularly to Dallas CIA Domestic Contacts officer J. Walton Moore.

J. Walton Moore was also the primary CIA contact of the accused assassin’s best friend and benefactor George deMohrenschildt, when Oswald returned from the USSR.

The first time deMohrenschildt visited Oswald unannounced, he was accompanied by White Russian Colonel Lawrence Orlov, who routinely played racket ball with J. Walton Moore, and kept Moore informed on all the Russian refugees and defectors, including Oswald.

As an OSS officer during World War II, we learn from recently released records that Moore was sent on a special mission to China with OSS agent Charles Ford, who later became head of the CIA’s training division and worked primarily out of Quantico, Virginia. From the Training Division, Ford was temporarily assigned to Plans – Operations – for a two year period in the early 1960s when he was tasked with assisting Attorney General Robert Kennedy – ostensibly in dealing with Cubans and mobsters.

Charles Ford was also the CIA official given custody of an early copy of the Zapruder film, loaned to the CIA “for training purposes.”

So Hugh Aynesworth’s CIA contact was not just a casual one, as according to the CIA records released under the JFK Act, Aynesworth told J. Walton Moore in early November 1963 that he was preparing to take a trip to Cuba, and that he would keep Moore and the CIA informed of what he learned there.

Knowing all of this, I was quite surprised to learn that Anynesworth was so involved in the Bundy case.
Netflix’s “Bundy Tapes” indicate that there were two writers – Aynesworth, who went to the scenes of the crimes attributed to Bundy, and Michaud – who gained Bundy’s confidence and with Bundy’s permission he tape recorded hours of conversations that give insight into the mind of a real mass murderer.

Theodore Robert Bundy – who briefly attended Temple University in Philadelphia, was a college graduate who worked for the California Crime Commission and attended law school, was knowledgeable about the law and how it works – and avoided detection for so long by deliberately committing his crimes in different law enforcement jurisdictions, so the pattern of a mass murderer didn’t immediately emerge.

Bundy read law books, wrote legal motions, and served as his own defense attorney, and pleading his innocence and denying having committed any of the murders attributed to him, despite the mounting evidence against him.

In order to get around Bundy’s insistence of innocence, Michaud tried a different tack – asking Bundy how he thought the killer committed the crimes and why he did it?

Answering questions in the Third Person – as if the killer was another person – Bundy responded, revealing a new aspect of his personality and  character – that of a mass murder.

As described in a review: “Near the end of the first episode, we get a eureka moment from reporter Stephen Michaud, whose 1980 audio interviews with Bundy — recorded on cassette while he was on death row — form the spine of the documentary. Michaud tells (director) Berlinger that he realized a traditional jailhouse interview wasn’t getting him anywhere, because Bundy was weaving a false narrative about himself that tactically avoided describing his then-alleged crimes. Then he got the bright idea of asking Bundy to talk about himself in the third person — sort of a Hannibal Lecter – style killer-as-consultant scenario, undertaken a year before Thomas Harris published his first novel about the famous fictional killer. Being an insatiable self-dramatist, Bundy took the bait, analyzing himself in exhaustive detail, but always with plausible deniability because he was speaking not about himself, but of a hypothetical other person. But as ingenious as this gambit was, and as fascinating as Bundy’s analysis is, it doesn’t get us any closer to the core of what made him tick. In fairness, perhaps nothing could — not even a narrative device that gives a convicted killer permission to analyze himself….”

This wasn’t new to me either, as shortly after Bundy was executed I interviewed Utah State prison psychiatrist Dr. Albert L. Carlisle – who told me in a phone interview that he used the same technique in tape recording interviews with Bundy when he was in prison. He got Bundy to explain what he thought the murderer went through, which brought about some interesting insights that have yet to be properly explored.
Unlike reporter Steven Michaud however, Carlisle was restrained by his doctor-patient confidentiality until Bundy was dead, and then he revealed the fact that in one of his discussions with Bundy concerning how such murderous impulses are inspired, Bundy described a trip he took that was supposed to go from Philadelphia to the West Coast, where he was to deliver a Temple professor’s car. Instead however, he went to New York City where he visited the porno palaces at Time Square, and then visited the Ocean City, N.J. boardwalk, checking out all of the college girls on the beach.

Then Bundy said, “….there he took out two girls – and it was the first time he did it.”

When Carlisle checked in with the local authorities, he learned that there was a duel homicide on Memorial Day weekend 1969, exactly the time Bundy was in Philadelphia and driving to the West Coast in a professor’s Volkswagen, and with their gas credit card.

Dr. Albert Carlisle was quite alarmed when then Atlantic County prosecutor Jeffrey Blitz declined to investigate Bundy as a suspect in the case, saying the “standards of evidence is different for a psychologist and a prosecutor,” and that he considered the Bundy lead as hearsay.

Carlisle was flabbergasted saying, “I don’t understand – Bundy confesses to killing two girls at the Jersey Shore where he was in the spring of 1969, and they have two murdered girls at the same place and time and they don’t want to try to resolve this unsolved case?”

Carlisle just didn’t know the details of the Parkway Coed murders, or the nature of New Jersey law enforcement.

For starters, like all of Bundy’s murders, the bodies of the victims were found in the woods off a major highway sometime after the crime had been committed, so the hot trail is lost, leads are exhausted and it quickly becomes an unresolved cold case.

The police also screwed up when the otherwise very capable New Jersey State Police officer who discovered the victim’s car parked on the side of the Garden State Parkway, checked to see if it was stolen, and when it wasn’t, had it towed, but didn’t call it in. Then he and the tow truck driver went on holiday vacations, and it wasn’t until they returned when they learned about the missing college girls, reported they had towed the car, and the area was searched and the bodies of the girls were found three days after they were killed, leaving the trail cold.

So when Bundy’s name was mentioned as a possible suspect – the New Jersey State Police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office didn’t want to know if Bundy was the killer because if he was, they would feel guilty if not responsible for the fifty to a hundred girls he killed afterwards.

New Jersey law enforcement officials at the time of Bundy’s execution did not want to know if Bundy was responsible for the Parkway murders, and didn’t bother to send any officers to Quantico, Virginia for the so-called Bundy conference where they tried to determine if Bundy was responsible for any of the other unsolved homicides in various jurisdictions.

But now, with different officials in responsible positions, it may be possible to determine with certainty whether Bundy did kill those girls in 1969.While that was a half-century ago, we now have a lot of new tools at our disposal that could help lead to a resolution – the internet, DNA, and new forensic scientific methods.

Certainly Bundy must be considered a suspect in the case, and the lead should be pursued. 

After all Parkway murders were carried out using Bundy's basic MO - Modus Operandi - kidnapping, kiling and sexually molesting young college girls, 19-25 years old, hair parted in the middle; a peeping tom and voyer who spied on his victims before abducting them, used a broken arm ruse to get their sympathy, gets them to accompany him or allow him to accompany them, incompasates them, kills them (blundgeon, strangle or knife), sexually molests them, leaves them naked in the woods off a major highway, disposes of their clothes away from the body(ies), and leaves the area and investigative jurisdiction before the crime is discovered. 

Bundy was in the area at the time (attended Temple U.), drove a VW bug, appeared to live in it, paid for his gas with a credit card, visited porno parlors on Times Square in New York City after visiting Burlington, Vt., where he was born, and obtaining a copy of his birth certificate. 

At the time Bundy was under intense emotional pressure - having learned that he was born out of wedlock, the women he was told was his older sister was actually his mother, and his father was a fly by night Air Force man who he would never know. 

In addition Bundy had been jilted a few months earlier by the "love of his life," a beautiful, sophisticated heiress who was above Bundy's social stature. 

Although there was a young girl missing from Bundy's newspaper delivery route, that he is now also a suspect, it appears that if Bundy is responsible for the 1969 Parkway murders, it probably was the first time he did it, five years before his 1974 murderous spree of some 30 dead girls in some six states. 

For those interested in Bundy's psychosis - a more thorough review of the Parkway murders and possibly pinning it on him would certainly make sense, and give us an even more accurate picture of such elusive mass murders like Ted Bundy. 

First some basic questions must be answered:

1)      Where physically is the Parkway Coed Murder file. It was located at a NJ State Police Barracks in Absecon that is no longer in existence, so it must have been moved. Where is it?
2)      Who – what officer -  is assigned the responsible for keeping such cold case homicides an active investigation in the NJ State Police, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and Ocean City and Somers Point police departments/
3)      What became of the blue Chevy convertible?
4)      Was it dusted for fingerprints?
5)      Was it vacuumed for microscope hairs or other possible evidence?
6)      Is there any DNA evidence from the bodies preserved?
7)      Who is still alive today? Blazer the tow truck driver? Parkway worker who found the bodies – Woody Faunce? The State Policeman who had the car towed?

For an update on the 1969 Parkway Murders written on the 50th Anniversary see:
From Jersey Shore Nightbeat Blog – May 17, 2019:

NOTE: Unfortunately Dr. Carlisle passed away on May 29, 2018, but he did write two books on Bundy that I have ordered and will review for more info on this case. I will also try to locate the current whereabouts of the audio tape recordings of Dr. Carlisle's conversations with Bundy. 

Dr. Albert L. Carlisle                                                                           

Al Carlisle, born and raised in Utah, got his BS and MS from Utah State University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. The majority of his career has been as a psychologist at the Utah State Prison from which he retired as the head of the Psychology Department in 1989. He was a consultant for the Salt Lake Rape Crisis Center for several years and he has conducted workshops on serial homicide and other crime topics. He has done extensive research on serial killers and has interviewed Arthur Gary Bishop, Westley Allan Dodd, Keith Jesperson, the Hi-Fi killers, Ted Bundy, and many others.
In 1976, while working in the 90-Day Diagnostic Unit at Utah State Prison, Dr. Carlisle met and interviewed a man who forever changed his life: “Hi, I’m Ted Bundy. You must be Dr. Carlisle.”

Dr. Carlisle’s fourth book, Violent Mind, details the encounter with the serial killer and the assessment process he went through to determine that Bundy was violent at a time when many people felt that he was wrongly convicted of aggravated kidnapping.

Dr. Carlisle passed away in May 2018. He is deeply missed. 

Al Carlisle ISBN: 978-0-9982973-7-8 Violent Mind Media One Sheet

Ted Bundy was convicted of Aggravated Kidnapping. But was he violent?

In March 1976, Ted Bundy was convicted of the aggravated kidnapping of a young woman near Salt Lake City, Utah. Bundy had not been accused or convicted of any violent crime except this one. No one knew then how many women Bundy had murdered, and many thought him incapable of doing so.\

Dr. Al Carlisle was part of the 90-Day Diagnostic team at the Utah State Prison when Bundy was sent there after the trial. Dr. Carlisle’s assignment was specific: Determine to the best of his ability, without being biased by any of the reports previously done, whether Ted Bundy had a violent personality. The judge would use this information in deciding whether Bundy should serve time or be released on probation.

In Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Assessment of Ted Bundy, Dr. Carlisle takes the reader step by step through this previously-unpublished evaluation process, and shows how he concluded that Bundy had the capacity to commit aggravated kidnapping, and perhaps much worse.

Violent Mind contains never-before-seen interviews with Ted Bundy and those who knew him, including a letter Bundy wrote to Dr. Carlisle that has been locked away for more than 40 years.

Al Carlisle ISBN: 978-0-9908575-6-3 I'm Not Guilty 

Ted Bundy brutally murdered over 30 women

From his arrest until his execution in 1989, Ted Bundy was interviewed extensively by psychologists, journalists, and law enforcement. He offered insight into the thoughts and methods of other serial killers. It wasn’t until the last few days of his life that he confessed to his crimes, which he attributed to a mysterious Entity he claimed compelled him to kill.

Dr. Al Carlisle, Ph.D., evaluated Bundy for the Utah court in 1976. Ever since, Carlisle has painstakingly reconstructed Ted Bundy’s history through conversations with Bundy’s friends, lovers, neighbors, investigators—and through Bundy’s own words.

The only book of its kind, I’m Not Guilty gives a thorough analysis of the facts of Bundy’s life and crimes based on Carlisle’s research findings. Then, through an authoritative, speculative interview with Bundy, Carlisle enhances what is known about the origins of the Entity and Bundy’s need to kill, in which we learn why a “normal child” could grow up to be a serial killer.


Dr. Al Carlisle 1937- 2018, passed away suddenly on the morning of May 29, 2018 after spending Memorial day with family. His laughter and insight is greatly missed. 

Violent Mind contains never-before-seen interviews with Ted Bundy and those who knew him, including a letter Bundy wrote to Dr. Carlisle that has been locked away for more than 40 years.

In March 1976, Ted Bundy was convicted of the aggravated kidnapping of a young woman near Salt Lake City, Utah. Bundy had not been accused or convicted of any violent crime except this one. No one knew then how many women Bundy had murdered, and many thought him incapable of doing so.

Dr. Al Carlisle was part of the 90-Day Diagnostic team at the Utah State Prison when Bundy was sent there after the trial. Dr. Carlisle’s assignment was specific: Determine to the best of his ability, without being biased by any of the reports previously done, whether Ted Bundy had a violent personality. The judge would use this information in deciding whether Bundy should serve time or be released on probation.

In Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Evaluation of Ted Bundy, Dr. Carlisle takes the reader step by step through this previously-unpublished evaluation process, and shows how he concluded that Bundy had the capacity to commit aggravated kidnapping, and perhaps much worse.

Many books have been written about Bundy, but rarely have we had the opportunity to understand the inner workings of his mind. Now, Dr. Al Carlisle shares the step-by-step psychological assessment process regarding how he determined that Bundy was a very violent person and would likely continue to kill victims if he was set free. The assessments that led to Bundy’s incarceration are being published for the first time.

Violent Mind contains never-before-seen interviews with Ted Bundy and those who knew him, including a letter Bundy wrote to Dr. Carlisle that has been locked away for more than 40 years.

NOTE: Now if anyone seriously thought Lee Harvey Oswald was a deranged nut case as Ted Bundy most certainly was, they would evaluate him as Carlisle evaluated Bundy. But Oswald wasn't crazy, he was a Covert Operational Personality (COP) profile, and not a sociopath as Hugh Aynesworth would have you believe. - BK

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Request for Congressional Oversight of JFK Act

SAMPLE LETTER - Everyone should write one and mail and fax it both ways. We don't need the same massive response to Oliver Stone's JFK movie, but we do need a few hundred serious, well written letters.

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Rep. Elija Cummings (D. Md.) Chairman – House Oversight Committee
2157 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-5015
Fax: 225-4784

Honorable Representative Elija Cummings,

As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee you are in a responsible position that requires you to address many important issues, not only in response to your constituents but in the interests of the entire nation.

One of the most pressing issues that concerns many Americans that falls under your oversight authority are the missing, destroyed and continued with holding of government records on the assassination of President Kennedy, despite the passage of the JFK Act of 1992 that required the release in full of all records on the assassination by October, 2017.

That law, passed unanimously by Congress, was circumvented by President Trump when, on the very last day, he reneged on his repeated promises to release all of the records and instead postponed their full release for years.

The disposition of the JFK assassination records is not a partisan issue, it is supported by liberals and conservatives, right wing and left wing advocates, and the JFK Act was passed without dissent by all Democrats and Republicans alike, all of whom support an open and transparent government and public access to all of the records on the murdered president.

While the assassination took place over a half-century ago, and that may seem a long time, the continued withholding of these records by the President make it relevant today – and despite the Archivist of the United States David Ferraro’s own advocacy of open government, his 2017 recommendations to the President is itself still being withheld.  Since the White House and National Archives and Records Administration refuse to do so, will you please obtain those recommendations and release them to the public?

Most significant however, is the total lack of any Congressional Oversight, as there has not been a  JFK Act oversight hearing in over 20 years, so there has not been any accountability or anyone being held responsible for the many missing, stolen and intentionally destroyed records.

It is only possible for these immediately recognizable historic records to be stolen, go missing, be destroyed or wrongfully withheld because government employees are not being held accountable for their actions, and are acting on behalf of those who are threatened by the full and complete truth about these matters.

Since Congress is required by law to oversee and enforce the JFK Act and hold public hearings on these issues, they eventually will be held, it is only a matter of time. As Chairman, you are the only person capable of scheduling such hearings and I hope you full fill your responsibility to the nation, and to do so soon. Please inform me when such a hearing is scheduled so I can attend. 

Thank you, William E. Kelly, Jr. Research Committee Coordinator
Citizens Against Political Assassination ( 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

On a Mission

B.K. Notes: Apologies for being MIA for the past week.

After two years of inaction, I was suddenly called for a special mission by Uncle Sam - and have been active in the field 12 hours a day and will be away
for the next week as well.

While the details are classified, this work is important to me, and vital for our national security.

When I return in about ten days, I will resume research and writing and continue posting daily at JFKCountercoup, and don't expect any further disrupltions. I expect to work on JFK research full time for the rest of the year - leading up to the Nov. 22-23 CAPA conference in Dallas.

In the meantime, when I get a chance, I will try to repost some of the best of from the early blog posts that recent readers may have missed.

In the past week I have been asked for articles I wrote years ago about the disposition of ONI records, that Jim DiEugenio is looking into and I hope he follows up on while I  am away.

JFKcountercoup: ONI & the Assassination of JFK

JFKcountercoup: The Railroading of LCDR Terri Pike

JFKcountercoup: ONI Records Revisited

JFKcountercoup: The Tortured Trail of the ONI Defector File

'JFKcountercoup: Interview with ONI Officer Who Investigated Oswald

JFKcountercoup: The ONI Defector File - Declared NBR and Withheld - Update

Then in the course of Alan Dale's interview with Malcolm Blunt, Malcolm mentions an ARRB document he passed on to me that I investigated. It concerns an Oswald from New Orleans, in USMC uniform - who flew to Europe on a Military Air Transportation plane out of McGuire AFB at the same time Oswald suposidly traveled to Europe by steamship out of New Orleans.

ALAN DALE: Malcolm, is there anything that you'd like to close with in terms of things – anything that really stands out in your own mind about something that you know requires more investigation? I'm not necessarily saying, you know, a recitation of all of the mini choke points to which you've referred in the last couple of conversations we've had, but particular areas where you think there is really reason for us to be interested in this particular area.

MALCOLM BLUNT: I do think – I do think the travel of Oswald when he went to the Soviet Union, I think needs really a hard focus, because that – none of that makes any sense to me whatsoever. I mean, when you get a, I think I probably mentioned to you before, when you get a counter-intelligence staff printout, again with a missing cable, and the cable title is 'London unable to determine exact time of Oswald's departure' I mean, that's just like – I mean, that's a big – that's a huge red flag that there's something very amiss with the travel of Oswald back in '59 to the Soviet Union. I think it's – you know, via Helsinki. I mean I think, you know, I sent some stuff recently to Bill Kelly, you know, a document about an HSCA interview with a woman called Louise Steenbarger, who says that in October of 1959 she and her eight year old son were on a Military Air Transport (MATS) flight from McGuire Air Force base in New Jersey to Europe where her husband was serving in some capacity in France.

ALAN DALE: According to Bill Kelly* she told the HSCA that her husband, Maurice Eugene Steenbarger, was a civilian auditor stationed with the Air Force working for the Office of the Auditor General in Phalsbourg, France.

MALCOLM BLUNT: Right. On this journey they were going to, sitting in a seat nearby was a marine with the name Oswald, Lee on his tunic, and it just seemed such a curious thing to me: A, it came in very late to the House Select Committee. I never did find any further investigation. It's about 3 or 4 pages, and it's a very strange document.


MALCOLM BLUNT: So – and maybe the alternative travel was via a military hop and then into - into, you know, into Helsinki. That way – in some other way. I think they had – the Agency had a lot of assets in Finland, certainly, and they were able to – they would have been able to get Oswald in, I think. I'm sure. So again, that would be somewhere I would like to look, I would like to look for it. In fact I – I had plans this time to look in the House Select Committee 

Flight From McGuire - July 1, 2014
JFKcountercoup: Flight From McGuire

Another Interview with Malcolm  Blunt:
(14) Malcolm Blunt Speaks with Alan Dale - JFK Records and NARA HD - YouTube

In the meantime I hope you will continue to support my research and writing via JFKCountercoup GoFundMe, and I promise I won't disappoint you.

And my current intense 20 day mission is not unrelated to our mutual interests, as I will try to explain when it is over in nine days.

I am currently in the field working off my phone, and being called back to duty.

That's it for now.

All the best,

Over and out.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

JFK Assassination Records Missing from the NARA


1)      The original unedited White House Communications Agency (WHCA) tape recordings of Air Force One radio transmissions from Nov. 22, 1963. We have two versions of edited tapes, and edited transcripts, but the original has been kept out of the public record, and for good reasons. Three journalists (T.H. White, William Manchester and Pierre Salinger) were given a transcript of the unedited tapes and they quote portions that are not on the edited tapes. And now the JFK Library, where Salinger sent the transcript provided to him, says that transcript is missing.

2)      House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) Records of Richard Sprague, Esq.  – the first chief counsel to HSCA. There are thousands of HSCA records in the file of the second chief counsel to HSCA G. Robert Blakey – but none for Richard Sprague. There is a file on Richard Sprague, but that is another Richard Sprague, a photo-computer expert who advised the HSCA. I took a copy of Jim Braden’s 1948 Camden arrest report to Sprague’s Philadelphia law office when he was first appointed chief counsel. After the HSCA was disbanded, I received a call from G. Robert Blakey, the second chief counsel, who requested a copy of Braden’s arrest report as he was writing a book about the mob involvement in the assassination. I told Blakey that I had given a copy to Sprague, and Blakey said that Sprague took all of his files with him. Sprague’s assistant Bob Tannenbaum, wrote in his book about the HSCA, that Sprague’s secretary took many of the records, and she has since passed away. Sprague is now in his 90s and his son, who runs the law office, says they have no HSCA files, but they must.

3)      JFK’s secretary Evelyn Lincoln cleared out the contents of the Oval Office and took everything with her, including the Oval Office dictabelt tapes that JFK used to tape record telephone and office conversations and dictate memos for his memoirs. With the death of Mrs. Lincoln those tapes were inherited by Robert White, who made six cassette copies of them, which he gave/sold to Christopher Fulton, who says he still has them, and quotes from them in his book “The Inheritance.” The ARRB obtained some dictabelts from White before he died, but they stop at November 8, 1963. What became of the tapes made after then?

4)      With Mrs. Lincoln’s passing, in her will she had two trunks delivered to her attorney cousin in Nebraska. When he was named municipal judge, he gave the unopened trunks to the Polk County Sheriff Cherry, who today, says he knows what became of them but will not say unless subpoenaed by Congress or a court of law.  Mrs. Lincoln’s cousin notified the ARRB of the whereabouts of the two trunks at the Polk County Sheriff’s office but they failed to get them.

5)      In 1964 Robert F. Kennedy notified the secretary of the National Photo Interpretation Center (NPIC) that he wanted her to pack all of the NPIC assassination records in boxes and have them delivered to the Smithsonian, rather than the National Archives where they belonged. The NPIC secretary informed the ARRB of the NPIC records at the Smithsonian but they failed to inquire or locate them.

6)      The investigators for the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in San Diego said they investigated Oswald twice, after his defection and after the assassination, and filed what they called 119 Reports of the results of their investigation, but those records were not provided to the ARRB by ONI. What became of them?

7)      The Church Committee interviewed many witnesses on the record, but many of these tapes and transcripts have disappeared, such as one of two formal interviews with CIA officer Charles Ford, who was assigned to assist Attorney General RFK in Cuban matters. Over a dozen Church Committee interviews have simply disappeared. Gaeton Fonzi’s tape recorded interview with CIA officer Mitch Werbell was erased in its entirety, though Fonzi’s notes have survived, so we know what they discussed (i.e. Pan Am Bank of Miami).

8)      Professor John Newman, who is writing a series of books on the assassination, recently requested to read George deMohrenschildt’s address book, that he found was missing from its folder. A researcher who had earlier photo copied the entire book, gave Newman a copy and Newman has posted it on line. But what became of the original from the NARA? 

9)      ARRB staff member Kim Hurd compiled five boxes of records during his work for the Review Board, but box number four is missing. Now a researcher could have slipped out with deMohrenschildt’s note book, but someone with access to the back shelves of the  Archives II must have lifted this entire box .

10)  The Higgins Memo of the Sept. 25, 1963 meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff mentions that CIA officer Desmond FitzGerald briefed them on the CIA’s “detailed study” of the July 20, 1944 Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler, that they were adapting for use against Castro. The CIA now says that they have no record of that “detailed study.” Nor do they have any record of the CIA’s Pathfinder plot to kill Castro, that the NPIC employees described as the Pathfinder file was kept in their section of the JMWAVE station instead of the Operational Files, where it belonged.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Target Audience - Congressional Oversight of JFK Act

BK NOTES: I am currently working on a followup to a JFK Assassination Brief - Synopsis I did for David Talbot and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) - that they may use and I will share with everyone once the TRC decides what to do.

The section How JFK was killed - the MO - and Valkyrie and Pathfinder were edited out of that synopsis so I have posted them (below) as an attempt to create an Executive Summary. This will be a Legal Brief of the assassination that will be submitted exclusively to Congressmen on the Oversight Committee, Judges, lawyers and law enforcement officials for the purpose of getting them to instigate legal proceedings.

We need JFK Act Oversight hearings in Congress, we can get the Dallas DA to convene a Special Grand Jury in Texas to investigate crimes related to the assassination, and possibly get a Municipal Judge to hold a Texas Court of Inquiry that could legally exonerate Oswald for the murder and require a new official investigation.

As former House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) attorney Dan Hardway has said, the easiest thing we can do is get the chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep.I. Cummings (D. Md) to hold an oversight hearing on the JFK Act, something that is required by law and has not happened in over 20 years.

From our friends in Washington D.C. however, the mood in there at the moment, especially among Democrats, is very anti-Trump, but it is Trump who extended the JFK Act by three years and possibly longer. Our open records cause however, is not only bi-partisan - it is non-partisan, and is something that both Democrats and Republicans should be able to work together on.

We need a small victory - soon - and in order to get the Congressional Oversight hearing(s) we should conduct a Congressional Briefing on the JFK Act - with just a few of the heavy hitters making short presentations - Jim Lesar and Dan Alcorn of the Assassinations Archives and Research Center (AARC), Dan Hardway of the HSCA and Jefferson Morley of, all of whom can make a strong case for the need for oversight hearing(s).

Once we get that Oversight Hearing in Congress - the other ducks and dominoes will fall - and we will have an opportunity to get the other potential legal venues going.

The best thing about the top three legal venues we are talking about - Congress, Dallas Grand Jury and Texas Court of Inquiry - is the fact that we only have to convince one person for each of these avenues. Only Rep. Cummings can schedule an Oversight Hearing, only the new Dallas District Attorney can convene a special grand jury, and only a Texas Municipal Judge can call for a Texas Court of Inquiry, which is a legal venue unique to Texas that is seldom used. Three reasonable men can and should do the right thing.

While the Dallas Grand Jury and Texas Court of Inquiry are long shots - the Congressional Oversight Hearing is not only possible - it is required by law - and will eventually happen, it is only a matter of when. And as my mother used to say, "Thank God for small miracles," and a Congressional JFK Act Oversight Hearing is something we can obtain.

If a small group of lawyers, researchers and journalists can't convince Rep. Cummings to hold a JFK Act Oversight hearing, then unfortunately, we will have to garner the thousands of voices that responded to Oliver Stone's "JFK" movie trailer that called attention to the sealed JFK assassination files and convinced their congressmen to unanimously pass the JFK Act in 1992. When has congress done anything unanimously?

Most Congressmen, including Cummings, usually only respond to requests from their constituents, but the Oversight Committee has many members - both Democrat and Republican - and if you are constituent off any of them - you have more power than the average citizen and can get their attention. This is especially so if you are a resident of Baltimore and a constituent of Rep. Cummings. He meets with constituents for fifteen minutes each every working day.

Here's a list of Oversight Committee Members - If your congressman is on this committee contact them and ask them one simple question - When will the Committee Conduct Oversight Hearings on the JFK Act? Please keep me informed as to when as I am interested in this issue.

Oversight and Reform Members | House Committee on Oversight and Reform

Don't badger, accuse or be obnoxious as you will reflect badly on everyone. You can write a letter, but that takes time and you will not get a response. Fax is good and a phone call is better. You can ask for the staff member who is responsible for Oversight Hearings.

2157 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5051
Fax: (202) 225-4784

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he currently resides. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Howard University, serving as Student Government President and graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Congressman Cummings has dedicated his life of service to uplifting and empowering the people he is sworn to represent. He began his career of public service in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served sixteen years and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem. First sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, Congressman Cummings has proudly represented Maryland's 7th District since 1996. He became Ranking Member of the Committee in 2011.He was appointed as Chairman of the Committee in 2019.

Congressman Cummings often says that our children are the living messages that we send to a future we will never see. In that vein, he is committed to ensuring that our next generation has access to quality healthcare and education, clean air and water, and a strong economy defined by fiscal responsibility.


I will be posting new items along these lines soon - as the Citizens Against Political Assassination (CAPA) refines its program for Dallas this November, and the TRC gets its act together, things are happening in the background that can't be announced yet, but stay tuned. 

Thank you for all who have supported this work, and continue to do so. 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

HOW JFK WAS KILLED - The MO and the Plans

By William E. Kelly, Jr. / 


Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t the first suspect in the assassination of President Kennedy, but he was the first whose name and basic background was broadcast around the world.

When intelligence analysts from around the world checked their files to see what they had on Lee Harvey Oswald – from the information they had – Civil Air Patrol, USMC, stationed at Atsugi U2 base, trained in the Russian language, defector to the Soviet Union, Fair Play for Cuba Committee, arrest with DRE Cubans, radio debate, visitor to the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico City, attempt to get a visa to Cuba, - it was clearly apparent that whatever happened at Dealey Plaza and whatever the role of Oswald, the event was a covert intelligence operation.

US Army Intelligence officers in Texas had a file on Oswald that indicated he used the alias Alek Hidell, the alias used to purchase the rifle. But those Army files were destroyed and no longer exist.

A few days after the assassination the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) officer in California who investigated Oswald after his defection, wrote a letter to Dallas Police Detective Bentley, who arrested Oswald – informing him that ONI had extensive files on Oswald – files that the Navy claims no longer exist.

As president JFK had made many political enemies in Washington – FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, CIA director Allen Dulles, CIA officer William Harvey and all of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, especially Generals Lemeitzer, Powers and LeMay.

The disagreements and disputes began with the April 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco, when JFK began to distrust the CIA for claiming the invasion would be successful without direct U.S. military action, that JFK refused to provide. Then it all escalated during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when JFK ignored the unanimous advice of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to invade Cuba and negotiated a peaceful resolution instead.

So if the President was killed – not by a deranged lone nut, but his political enemies in Washington, then there should be evidence that supports this among the government records, and there is.

Who did it and how did they do it?  It is easier to answer the latter than the former, though the answer to how leads directly to who was responsible and their motive, as no motive could be attributed to Oswald.


San Francisco attorney Bill Simpich has noted, in order to understand what occurred at Dealey Plaza you must look at it as an operation – a covert intelligence operation, and then all of the pieces begin to fit together.

British Major General Llewellyn W. Atcheriey developed the Modus Operandi - MO - system of maintenance of records and files and devising classifications of types of crimes and criminals. 

In applying Atcheriey's MO System to Dealey Plaza, the choice is pretty easy, and a very definite line in the sand - that is whether the assassination of the President was the result of the actions of one deranged loner, or was it not only a conspiracy but a more very specific covert intelligence action, - a pre-arranged plan that was designed to be deceptive and secret to protect the actual sponsors. If the former, then we can let the psychologists analyize the psychosis of a madman and the assassination would be disconnected to any of the political and historical activities of the day. But if the latter, the murder was connected to the political realities, it therefore can be figured out, as President Kennedy said, “Problems created by men can be solved by men.”


When the Secret Service hired a team of psychologists to profile all of the known historical assailants of presidents, they tried to narrow down the list of potential assassins, but failed to consider one category – the professional covert operational assassins who have a very specific, clear cut profile, one which Oswald sets the mold.

Like Oswald, the covert operational personality (COP) profile is trained by the military (usually USMC), is fluent in more than one language, has a specific technical specialty, communicates with crypts, uses aliases, post office boxes and keeps an apartment separate from their family. A COP has a case officer who directs their covert activities and utilizes standard intelligence procedures, what Allen Dulles calls the “crafts of intelligence.”

Besides Oswald, other well known Covert Operational Personalities COP include Frank Forini Sturgis, Eugenio Martinez, all of the Watergate burglars, Felix Rodriguez, Jerry Patrick Hemming, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, Ed Wilson, Frank Terpil and Antonio Veciana, to name a few.

The Modus Operandi behind the assassination of President Kennedy must be considered a covert intelligence operation because the facts of the case indicate that 1) individuals expressed foreknowledge of the murder; 2) many if not most of the principle characters were trained in covert intelligence operations, utilized tradecraft and had direct intelligence agency/network associations; 3) deception and traceable tradecraft disinformation was utilized; 4) there were, as former Senator Richard Schweiker (R.Pa.) put it, "fingerprints of intelligence" all over the place. 


It isn’t the psychosis of the patsy that is significant, but the psychological warfare aspects of the assassination that provide important leads in the investigation. Evidence that the assassination was the work of a covert intelligence operation is the fact that a black propaganda psychological warfare plan was put into place to blame the assassination on Fidel Castro, the part of the plan that failed.

As Peter Dale Scott, Dan Hardaway, John Newman and Jefferson Morley have all conclusively demonstrated, there was a preconceived plan to blame the assassination on Castro – a part of the plan that failed.[ JFKcountercoup: The Psy-Op that Failed - the Crack in the Dealey Plaza Plan ]

There were dozens of CIA officers, operatives and assets made that claim in the hours, days and weeks after the assassination, and continue to do so today. 

JFKcountercoup: List of Psychwar Black Prop Ops ]

Peter Dale Scott calls this the Phase One aspect of the assassination, which was replaced by Phase Two on the evening of the assassination when LBJ decided that blaming the murder on a Cuban communist conspiracy would eventually not only lead to an invasion of Cuba, as the assassination planers had hoped, but to World War III.  

[JFKcountercoup: The Tipping Point]

LBJ used this excuse same excuse in order to convince Texas authorities not to charge Oswald with “furthering a communist conspiracy,” as Assistant DA Bill Alexander was prepared to do, and as he was encouraged by David Atlee Phillips’s media asset Joseph Goulden. At LBJ’s insistence Oswald was instead charged alone with the murder.

LBJ then used the same excuse of impending WWIII in order to convince Earl Warren and reluctant Congressmen to become commissioners with the predetermined conclusion that one man alone was responsible for the assassination, and there was no conspiracy, especially a Cuban Communist one.

This very distinct psychological warfare operation is still active today as can be seen in the published works of Carlos Bringuier (“Red Friday”), Gus Russo (“Brothers at Arms”), Max Holland (Soviet Disinformation), Brian Letell (“Castro’s Secrets) and Phil Shennon (“A Cruel and Shocking Act”) as well as the History Channel TV programs by Bob Baer (“JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald.”). All of these published and broadcast authors maintain that Oswald was the lone gunman, but that he was motivated to kill Kennedy by Castro or Castro agents. They are also all documented CIA agents or former agents, operatives and media assets except Shenon, whose primary motivation, he says, was sparked by a former Warren Commission attorney. And that he isn’t interested in any other JFK assassination theory other than Castro inspired Oswald.


When former Warren Commission Attorney Sam Stern was interviewed by the HSCA he stated that, “Had the Commission learned of the CIA-Mafia conspiracies to assassinate Fidel Castro, ‘we would have gone much more into Cuba, the CIA, and the Mafia. We would have had a whole host of new avenues calling for investigation. And we would have obviously had to develop some new sources of information – other than the agency.’”


As former FBI agent Bill Turner said at a COPA Conference years ago: “We now know what happened at Dealey Plaza to a fairly good degree of certainty.  The motives were piling up – the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the two-track back channel to Cuba – the motives were piling up to the point they had to assassinate him. I think it’s now pretty obvious, with the information we have today, that the mechanism of it came out of the alliance between the CIA and the Mafia. They already had an assassination apparatus set up for killing Castro, and they just switched targets and they killed JFK instead.”

Former CIA officer David Atlee Phillips wrote (in the unpublished manuscript AMLASH Legacy) that, “I was one of the two case officers who handled Lee Harvey Oswald. After working to establish his Marxist bona fides, we gave him the mission of killing Fidel Castro in Cuba. I helped him when he came to Mexico City to obtain a visa, and when he returned to Dallas to wait for it I saw him twice there. We rehearsed the plan many times: In Havana Oswald was to assassinate Castro with a sniper’s rifle from the upper floor window of a building on the route where Castro often drove in an open jeep. Whether Oswald was a double-agent or a psycho I’m not sure, and I don’t know why he killed Kennedy. But I do know he used precisely the plan we had devised against Castro. Thus the CIA did not anticipate the President’s assassination but it was responsible for it. I share that guilt.”

In a private conversation with former Congressional investigator Kevin Walsh, Phillips said, “My private opinion is that JFK was done in by a conspiracy, likely including American intelligence officers.”
According to Jack Anderson, Mafia boss John Roselli was recruited by the CIA to assist in their efforts to kill Castro. “Roselli made midnight dashes o Cuba with his hired assassins in twin powerboats. Once a Cuban patrol ship turned its guns on his darkened boat, tore a hole in the bottom and sank the boat. Roselli was flushed out of the water by the other boat, which escaped into the shadows….All told, six assassination attempts were made, the last in the spring of 1963. Through-out this period, Roselli worked under the direct supervision of two secret CIA agents – James “Big Jim” O’Connell and William Harvey.”

Under Harvey, there were four attempts to kill Castro. According to Roselli’s account given to Anderson, “the plotters were smuggled into Cuba with high-powered rifles. The last assassination squad, Roselli said, made it to a Havana rooftop before they were caught.”

Roselli saw Harvey for the last time in June 1963, when Harvey paid for their meals and Florida hotel rooms under a CIA account he controlled labeled “ZRRIFLE,” which was the CIA code for the Castro assassination project.

None of these sources are silly conspiracy freaks but rather former government agents and officials and a mobster who worked at JMWAVE on the plots to kill Castro. All of them were connected to the conspiracy that resulted in the murder of the president. 


After the passage of the JFK Act in 1992, Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB) chairman Judge John Tunheim received a letter from Gene Wheaton, a security expert and former head of a CIA propriety airline who had received a presidential commendation for his government work in the middle east. Wheaton talked on the phone with an ARRB attorney and later met her. She reported that Wheaton told her, “…Cuban exiles who were originally trained by the CIA to kill Castro, killed Kennedy instead, considering him a traitor for his failure to support them at the Bay of Pigs.” 

In a later filmed interview Wheaton said, “The straight story is that there was a CIA fronted program to assassinate Castro and Carl Jenkins was in charge of training the Cubans in Miami to assassinate Castro and it was paid for by the CIA….And they were according to them, they were the ones that diverted the Castro funds and training to snuff Kennedy….They were training to assassinate Castro, but if you are trained to assassinate one person, you can use that training to assassinate anybody with that same training.” 

According to Wheaton, “Chi Chi (Quintero) and Carl Jenkins were in charge of the main team…and I.F. Harper helped train these guys to assassinate Castro. According to them, they just went off and decided to get their revenge on Kennedy for his failure to support the invasion of Cuba. Lee Harvey Oswald was just a stooge…” 

Air Force Major Ralph P. Ganis (USAF Ret.), who purchased the private papers of former Nazi Commando leader Skorzeny, wrote in his book “The Skorzeny Papers” that, “Lee Harvey Oswald was a deception,…maneuvered into position at the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD), set up as the patsy…so his liquidation was necessary to prevent the exposure of the entire network.” 


In determining which of the many CIA-Mafia plan to kill Castro was utilized at Dealey Plaza, we can eliminate all of the early plots to poison Castro, shoot him with a bazooka, taint his diving suit, use exploding sea shells and cigars and instead concentrate on the CIA plans to kill Castro by shooting him in the head with a high powered rifle as he drove by in an open jeep.

Of the CIA plans we know of from the Higgins Memo of the September 25 meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when they were briefed on CIA covert operations against Cuba by Desmond FitzGerald. That meeting was chaired by General LeMay. FitzGerald told them that the CIA was engaged in a detailed study of the German military’s plan to kill Hitler, to be adapted for use against Castro. That is the failed July 20, 1944 explosion at the Wolf’s Lair.


While the CIA claims it cannot find any record of this “detailed study,” we can review that plan ourselves and see how it could be adapted to kill Castro. The plan was given the code name Valkyrie, and we find five strategic aspects of that plan that were adapted to be used against Castro, but instead used to kill JFK in the Dealey Plaza operation.

The Valkyrie plotters used standard covert intelligence operational techniques, they got the victim to approve the plan, they utilized the Home Guard (National Guard in USA) to carry out the street level actions, they controlled key communications, and they would blame the assassination on communists. The only part of the Valkyrie plan that wasn’t to be adapted for use was the bomb, which was replaced with high powered rifles – a more reliable surgical strike to the head.


While the Valkryie plan was basically an overall CIA strategic plan to get disgruntled Cuban military officers to engineer a coup against Castro, as they had done in Vietnam, the more specific tactical contingency was the CIA’s Pathfinder plan to kill Castro with a high powered rifle as he rode in an open jeep. That plan that was considered a contingency plan until it was approved by the National Security Council Special Group (Augmented) and “higher authority” and was practiced over and over, but the records show it was “disapproved by higher authority” (ie. JFK and RFK).




Like the Valkrie records, the CIA says that today it has no records of the Pathfinder plan to kill Castro except for that one document that was misfiled in Frank Sturgis’ CIA file.


This document is an internal CIA memo from a top officer in the National Photo Interpretation Center (NPIC) from 1975, when eight former NPIC employees came forward when they learned that the Church Intelligence Committee was looking into the CIA plots to kill Castro.

These eight former NPIC employees said that they worked at either the CIA’s Task Force W Cuban Desk in the basement of the CIA Headquarters (under William Harvey and Desmond FitzGerald) or at the CIA’s JMWAVE Station (under Ted Shackley).

At JMWAVE the NPIC employees said that they helped prepare photos and maps of the targeted areas in Cuba where the ambush on Castro would take place (Bay of Pigs and Veradero). They were also aware of the details of the Pathfinder plan because the Pathfinder file was kept in the NPIC section of the JMWAVE station instead of the Operational Files where it belonged.

The NPIC employees who were aware of the Pathfinder plan said that the two CIA officers who were responsible for implementing the plan were Rip Robertson and Carl Jenkins.

In response the then head of the CIA’s Operational branch told the NPIC director that he had Jenkins’ file in his hand, but they could find no records of the Pathfinder plan itself.

USMC Captain Carl Jenkins served in Japan was Oswald was there, and was a principal founder of the New Orleans USMC Reserve Unit that still exists today. While Oswald was from New Orleans, his USMC Reserve Unit was based in Illinois – the one that after his defection changed his honorable discharge to “Undesirable.”

Assigned to the CIA Jenkins became a principal trainer of anti-Castro Cubans for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, specifically instructing the “Pathfinders,” who were to go ashore weeks before the invasion to establish contact with local cells of anti-Castro Cubans and set the stage for the invasion.

After the failure of the invasion both Jenkins and Rip Robertson (who went ashore) were both assigned to train anti-Castro Cuban commandos who would conduct maritime infiltration and sabotage missions during Mongoose and afterwards, primarily out of the JMWAVE Miami CIA station.

Among those U.S. military advisors who trained the JMWAVE Cubans during the pivotal summer of 1963 were U.S. Army Ranger (also known as “Pathfinders’) Captain Edward “Rod” Roderick and Captain Bradley Ayers, and a legendary explosives and covert operational tactics trainer named John “I.F.” Harper, whose “I.F.” nickname apparently stems from the name of a pooular Jewish Kentucky burbon and is not his real middle initials.

The only published reference to Harper is a Soldier of Fortune Magazine article on how he helped train the Contras to fight the Nicaraguan Sandinistas in the 1980s, much like he trained the anti-Castro Cuban Pathfinders in Florida twenty years earlier.

From open source records (Soldier of Fortune Magazine), it is apparent that the Pathfinder crew from JMWAVE – continued their operational support of CIA activities. When the JMWAVE base was disbanded during the LBJ administration, some were active in the Congo and Dominican Republic before most of the officials, officers and men were transferred to Southeast Asia. Then, as the SOF article details, they came together under the Oliver North network involved in the Iran-Contra scandal – primarily training the anti-Sandinista/communist Contras in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. 

Solidifying the fact that the intelligence network that was responsible for the operation that led to the death of President Kennedy was still functioning in the 1980s is the fact that Mrs. Ruth Hyde Paine – Michael Paine’s wife and chief benefactor of Marina Oswald – was working the Quaker – Contra connections in Nicaragua at the time.

As this is being written, Ruth Paine, Carl Jenkins and John Harper are all still alive, I have their contact information, and will try to question them about these things.

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