Marked for Death: 1921 Silver Dollars to JFK's 1963 Silver Certificates


The Precision of the Sniper



By Steve Erdmann

(Copyright C, 2016, Steve Erdmann- All Rights Reserved)

<Edited by Robert D. Morningstar>



“Could the Mob change the parade route, Bill, or eliminate the protection for the President?  

Could the Mob send Oswald to Russia and get him back? Could the Mob get the FBI the CIA, and the Dallas Police to make a mess of the investigation?  

Could the Mob appoint the Warren Commission to cover it up?  Could the Mob wreck the autopsy?  Could the Mob influence the national media to go to sleep?

And since when has the Mob used anything but .38’s for hits, up close.  The Mob wouldn’t have the guts or the power for something of this magnitude.  Assassins need payrolls, orders, times, schedules.  This was a military-style ambush from start to finish… a coup d’etat with Lyndon Johnson waiting in the wings.”  — Jim Garrison, speaking in Oliver Stone’s movie “JFK.”  

The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination draws on multiple and alleged interviews with two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, in addition to former FBI, Secret Service, military intelligence, and Congressional personnel, who provided supposed first-hand information.  

The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination also uses government files, including the detailed FBI confession of notorious Mafia godfather, Carlos Marcello, to openly reveal what the authors imagine are those who killed JFK.  Using information that appears to be undisclosed and never published before, the book uses Marcello’s own words to his closest associates to describe the supposed plot.  The book consists of  what appears to be a library of information concerning Lamar Waldron’s and Thom Hartmann’s belief about mobster godfathers Carlos Marcello’s and Santo Trafficante’s plot to kill JFK, as was discovered in problematic FBI CAMTEX files.

The authors tell of Marcello’s prison cellmate’s (Van Laningham) recorded interview/confession on the mobs’ murder of John Kennedy on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.  The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination book also alludes to supposed new files and information that the authors claim were not available to Congress, which has seemingly only emerged in recent years, and supposedly and completely explains for the first time how Marcello and Trafficante committed and got away with the crime of the 20th century.

Larmar Waldron book cover

(The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination, Lamar Waldron, Counterpoint, 1919 Fifth Street, Berkeley, Ca. 94710,, 2013, 519 pages, $28,00)

Waldron tells of an era when mob rule was immense, and Mafia Kingpin Carlos Marcello ‘owned’ “mayors, judges, governors, members of congress and senators.”  

Marcello employed his “own high-powered Washington lobbyist” and a “powerful Washington law firm.” Marcello, says Waldron, didn’t need “approval from the national Mafia Commission before undertaking major hits.”   This often included government officials who posed a threat (such as the 1954 murder of Alabama’s anti-mob Attorney General-elect). Marcello’s empire grossed about $2 billion a year.

The alleged break in the investigation of the murder of John Kennedy came when the FBI operated a wire-tape “sting” with Marcello’s prison cellmate, Van Laningham.  The code-name CAMTEX operation ran from 1985 to 1986.

Carlos Marcello Taken in to Custody

  Carlos Marcello in Court

The overall review of the authors’ books, which included two earlier books Ultimate Sacrifice and Legacy of Secrecy, reveal:

  1. Godfather Carlos Marcello of Louisiana joined forces with Santos Trafficante of Tampa mob rule and Johnny Rosselli, a Chicago mob don, to plan the murders of JFK and were also involved in the murders of RFK and Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. Jimmy Hoffa was involved in the effort to destroy the Kennedys.  Hoffa bribed Richard Nixon.
  3. The single bullet theory is wrong.  Kennedy was killed by hired killers who were connected to the Marcello crime family.  They may have come from as far afield as France.
  4. The authors assert that AMWORLD was the plan to invade Cuba on December 1, 1963 to overthrow Castro and place General Almeida in control of a U.S. friendly democratic regime.
  5. A mob hit was planned on JFK in both Chicago and Tampa in November 1963 before the successful hit in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
  6. The CIA was affiliated with the Mob in Anti-Castro plots. Richard Helms the CIA director and Howard Hunt were involved in covert planning and the training of anti-Castro forces for the invasion of the Bay of Pigs.
  7. Arch segregationist Joseph Milteer and wealthy far right fringe men were paid by Marcello to hire James Earl Ray to hit RFK.  Jimmy Hoffa was involved in the effort to destroy the Kennedys.  Hoffa bribed Richard Nixon.
  8.  Many of the persons involved in the President Kennedy assassination were also involved in Watergate.  They did not want word of the covert governmental actions against Castro to leak out to the public.


Author’ s Note: ->  The authors Waldron and Hartmann also use the same gymnastics and semantics to place the blame of the murder of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., on the mob as well, for many of the same reasons: these contortions are amply rebutted by critics, but are beyond the breath of this article. — S.E.



To the point:  Marcello hired two European hit-men that were brought into Dallas, hidden by mobster Joe Campisi at his Dallas restaurant (the CIA supposedly verified that they had come into the US through Canada and from Italy).  Waldron also says that assassin Jean Souetre was in Dallas on November 22 (and was actually an alias of Michel Victor Mertz). Waldron says that CIA operatives were also seen behind the Grassy-Knoll fence at that time (Page 10). CIA officer David Morales also claimed a part (page 2). Waldron also talks about hitmen Herminio Diaz and Charles Nicoletti, and one or two of Rosselli’s “trained Cuban exile sharpshooters.”  Waldron specifically labels such accusations as “rumor” (page 279).

Elsewhere, outside of Waldron’s tomes, Chauncey Holt (Self-Portrait of a Scoundrel), a forgery expert for the mob who produced Secret Service credentials for Dallas, and was confessed to be one of the “three hobos” taken off the railroad cars that day, told about CIA asset Aldo Vera, Charles Harrelson, Leo Moceri and Richard Montoya (Charles Rogers) also being behind the picket fence.



A fascinating aspect are the many Castro assassination plots that appeared surrounding the mob and the CIA; many mobsters or Mafiosos were also CIA assets ranging from Carlos Marcello to Jack Ruby to Lee Harvey Oswald.  Concurrent Castro assassination plots which involved both the government and the mob makes one wonder who really was in charge in clandestine operations: Was it truly the “government/CIA horse” or the “Mob/CIA cart,” or visa versa?

A close alliance between the U.S government/CIA and the mobster empires seemed to be more than coincidental; more of a mutual attraction to both operating clandestinely for motivational purposes which “served to fuel the frustration of many Americans–and some members of Congress — that the Mafia seemed to operate with near impunity under J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and the rest of the Eisenhower-Nixon administration…the Eisenhower-Nixon administration, including FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, had basically taken a hands-off approach to organized crime…one might think the Phenix City assassination would have caused the Eisenhower Nixon Administration to declare war on organized crime, but it didn’t. J. Edgar Hoover continued to turn a blind eye toward the Mafia in general and Marcello in particular.”  (Pages 90-92.)   Consequently, Waldron points out the Mafia’s use of “bribes” to control officials and business (pages 464, 480).

The biggest collusion seemed to be the mutual interests in the assassination attempts of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro (638 murder attempts to date) by programs invented by both, the U.S government/CIA and the mob; the mob having lost lines of income from casinos and mafia-controlled business since their expulsion from Cuba.  Those programs by both factions are described in this “short list”: 

  • The JFK-Almieda coup plan (May 29, 1963).
  • The CIA-Mafia plots.
  • The JURE plan as run by Ray Manolo.
  • The AMTRUNK plan.
  • The Cuba Contingency Plan (pages 271-272).
  • The AMWORLD and JFK’s Cuban-American training at Fort Benning – aka CAMCO.


Johnny Roselli

A CIA ASSET: Mobster Johnny Roselli




In the “mutual interests” of both the U.S government/CIA and the Mob to search out and secure clandestine “assassins” to use in these programs, a number of Mobsters became “CIA assets” and worked with and became employed in various ways by the CIA.  The following is another “short list” of officials or entities that worked with the CIA (and other agencies) on plots and plans (many with mob connections):

Lee Harvey Oswald – CIA asset/Mafia/Naval Intelligence.

David Morales – CIA asset/Mafia.

Thomas Arthur Vallee – CIA asset/Mafia.

Tony Verona – Mafia/CIA asset.

Eladio del Valle – CIA asset/Mafia

Miguel Casas Saez – CIA asset/Mafia

Angel Dominguez Martinez – CIA asset/Mafia

Gilbert Lopez – CIA asset/Mafia.

Desmond Fitzgerald – CIA/Mafia.

Michel Victor Mertz (alias Jean Souetre) – CIA asset/Mafia.

Howard Hunt – CIA asset/Mafia.

Sam Giancana – Mafia/CIA asset.

Rolanda Cubela – CIA asset/Mafia.

Jimmy Hoffa – Mafia/CIA asset.

Antonio Veciana – CIA asset/Mafia.

David Atlee Phillips – CIA asset/Mafia.

George Joannides – CIA asset/Mafia.                            

Carlos Marcello – Mafia/CIA asset.                              

Santo Trifficante – Mafia/CIA asset.

Loren Hall – CIA asset/Mafia.

Guy Banister – CIA asset/Mafia.

Benard Barker – CIA asset/Mafia.

William Harvey – CIA asset/Mafia.

James O’ Connell – CIA asset/ Mafia.

John Roselli – CIA asset/Mafia.

Charles Nicolletti – CIA asset/Mafia.

Manuel Artime – Mafia/CIA asset. 

Alberto Fowler – CIA asset/Mafia.

While the list may not be all-inclusive, and there will always been some debate of the CIA/Mafia ingredients which constituted the mixture, it does indicate the far-reaching integration of both CIA/government agents co-joined and aligned with Mob connections. Waldron occasionally peers into this alliance, when he tells on page 468:

“One government informant, Charles Crimaldi, said that Giancana was killed by someone who worked for the CIA, though the hit man was acting on his own and not at the request of officials. Since several CIA assets and officials also worked with the mafia, the hit man could have been someone with ties to both the mob and the agency.”   Waldron also says on page 278: “…it’s also likely they weren’t the only shooters but simply the ones provided by Marcello.”

The reader will notice the constant “distancing” the two authors (Waldron and Hartmann) go through to separate the CIA from the skullduggery of the mob in various “not-really-the-CIA-did-it comments.”  

Fortunately, the intimate and ‘far-too-close’ tight relationship between the Mob and CIA was seen in the comments of many researchers and mobsters together; in discussing events of the Kennedy election to the Presidency, the death of Marilyn Monroe, and, the assassination of John Kennedy, mobster Sam Giancana told his brother,  Chuck Giancanna, of the hydra-monster alliance of the CIA with the Mob:

What about the assassination of JFK?  …

Was it the Mob or the CIA?

“Mooney leaned forward:  ‘Look, this is one of the Roman gods.  This one has two faces…two sides.  That’s what we are, the Outfit and the CIA…two sides of the same coin.  Sometimes our government can’t do shit on the up-and-up.   Sometimes they need a little trouble somewhere or maybe they need some bastard taken care of … Jesus, they can’t get caught doin’ shit like that.  What if people found out?  But we can.  Guns, a hit, muscle…what ever dirty work needs to be done.   We’re on the same side, we’re workin’ for the same things…we just look different.  So…we’re two sides of the same coin…If you think we had Truman…let me tell you…we got this deal sewn up. Ike, all he does is play golf.'”

“‘So that’s what you like about the guy,’ Chuck teased.”

“‘Shit, he’s a pigeon…it’s Nixon that’s got the power.  He’s the one with the backing of the big money, like Hughes and the guys in California and the oilmen in Texas … Hump says Nixon’s gonna call us if he needs a little hardball behind the scenes.'”

“From now on you can call me Sam Giancana, civil servant.”

Double Cross by Sam and Chuck Giancana. (New York: Warner Books, 1992.)

The following were excerpts from the book,  America’s Corrupt War on Drugs–and the People, by  Captain Rodney Stich, where he told of the multiple CIA/Mafia connections in crimes that involved money laundering, drug smuggling, and assorted clandestine activities.

One such informant was Richard M. Taus who had been a Special Agent for the FBI from 1978 to 1988, during which time he was assigned to organized crime and foreign counter-intelligence operations.  He held the responsible position of relief Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the New York City area.

In addition to his FBI duties, Taus was a Pilot-In-Command (PIC) flying missions for the FBI’s New York Field Office.  The New York Times Reference Book for the Year 1988 lists Taus under “FBI Events.”

In the 1980s he conducted an undercover operation as part of a group consisting of 17 special agents.  He also held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the aviation branch, U.S. Army Reserve.  Originally, Taus was with the OSS and then the CIA and military intelligence.


Dee Ferdinand, daughter of mobster Albert Carone of the Gambino crime family, described her father’s concurrent relationship with the Mafia, the New York City Police Department, and the CIA.  

Dee pointed out that what she described was confirmed by independent sources, including Jim Rothstein of the New York Police Department and CIA operatives Gunther Russbache­r and Oswald LeWinte­r.  She filled in missing Mafia and CIA links that FBI Special Agent Richard Taus had suspected during his FBI investigations.

“Having grown up in a Mafia family and being friends with top Mafia bosses, Dee was very helpful in explaining the complex relationship between the Mafia and the CIA,” said Stich.  “She explained details of her father’s activities as a CIA paymaster, moving money to and from the Mafia families in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, the CIA, the Mossad‘s involvement, and payoffs to the New York City police department.”

Taus had given Stich a list of some of the Mafia figures that he investigated. Dee Ferdinand said that some of the names were family members; “Angelo Ruggiero was my father’s cousin.”  Neil Dellacroce was related to Ferdinand’s father, referring to Joe Percillia by his alias, “Joe Pickle.”  Dee Ferdinand said that they were with the Genovese family and the Gambino family as they merged.  They were also with the Colombo family.

Albert Carone was primarily connected with the Genovese and then with the Gambino family, and also the Colombo family through Joe Percillia.  She said her father also had lesser connections to other Mafia groups.

 A thorough reading of the book continued to demonstrate the close alignment of the government and mobsters.

Growing Up in a Mafia Family: FBI Veteran Reveals CIA-Mafia Ties – Rodney Stich [Investigator and a hardcore-corruption-fighting whistleblower] September 1, 2014.



Antoinette Giancana not only said that there were strong ties between the CIA and the mob, but that her father, Sam, had been “running a scam in order to pocket millions of dollars in CIA funding.”

According to declassified CIA “Family Jewels” documents, a plan in 1960 between Miami Syndicate leader, Santo Trafficante, Robert Maheu, Johnny Roselli (a Los Vegas mobster) in developing a $150,000 plan to “remove” Castro.  The plan apparently did not materialize; however, Giancana authorized using poison pills.  Nominees Juan Orta and Anthony Verona, however, failed in their attempts.

“Verona requested $10,000 in expenses and $1,000 worth of communications equipment,” said MafiaWiki.  “However, it is unclear how far the second attempt went, as the entire program was cancelled shortly thereafter due to the launching of the Bay of Pigs invasion.”

Assassination researcher, Robert P. Morrow, debunked the work of Waldron and Hartmann as a clever cover-up of the real motive of the murder of JFK: it was a “coup d’état” rather than a “mob hit.”   Lyndon Johnson, the CIA and the shadow government of Texas oil men and Rockefellers, said Morrow, murdered John Kennedy.  Morrow said that that fact is craftily hidden by Waldron-Hartmann from the readers view.  Robert Morrow explained:

“The big problem with these ‘Mob did it’ scenarios is that:

“1. They either ignore or twist who Oswald was, which is really inexcusable today in light of so much good work by writers like Newman and Armstrong.

“2.  They do not relay how the cover up actually went into effect almost immediately in Dallas, Washington and New Orleans: Which is something we can prove today.

“3.  They do not explain what two keystones of the plot and the cover-up are: Mexico City and Bethesda.

“4. They do not explain why the cover up has lasted 47 years–which it has.

“5.  They do not explain the reversals of policy that took place in Cuba and Vietnam, almost immediately afterwards. Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour Hersh and also Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty by Russ Baker.”



JFK Researcher, Herbert L. Calhoun, likewise was critical of the authors’ “soft pedaling” of CIA’s Richard Helms’ “nest of vipers”:     

“Helms is the only human being in the known universe with the omnipresence, panoramic overview of the whole assassination landscape, and meta-manipulative and operational skills and capabilities, to have been able to actually carry out all the various nested phases of the plots that were needed to end up with a perfectly orchestrated murder at high noon in Dallas on November 22, 1963.”

It was the CIA, said Calhoun, which carried out all the “necessary phases” of the assassination and cover-up, the botched autopsy, and even the murders of John Roselli and Sam Giancana — a jerry-rigged scenario by Waldron and Hartmann “that someone in the clock tower at Langley had to have murdered JFK.  The JFK assassination was not just an intelligence operation, it was an intelligence operation par excellence, one of a very, very high order, perhaps the best ever.”

Calhoun pointed out the firing of Allen Dulles, Charles Cabell and Richard Bissell from their CIA “perch” also involved the twenty-two or so “back channel messages” sent between Sam Giancana and JFK by courier and shared girlfriend, Judith Campell Exner telling of the “trio’s” actions of treason in the Bay of Pigs operation.

“…it was because two of the key mob players were engaged in a ‘double game’ to inform JFK of the treason going on behind his back at Langley that the trio was fired and the head of the CIA snake was eventually cut off.”

Calhoun continued: “It was Langley, not the mob, not Lee Harvey Oswald that decided that JFK had to die.  And to carry out that execution, it was also Langley that concocted an exquisitely complex, devious, and it must be said, elegant intelligence operation to kill both our President and our democracy.”


 A New “Jerry-rigged limited hang-out” scenario to Protect Richard Helms?

 Herbert L. Calhoun on November 27, 2011


Boyce Harton’s comment about Ultimate Sacrifice and Legacy of Secrecy summarized the general consensus:

“Too little attention given to JFK’s back channel to Castro, and once again the evidence does not support the authors strong conclusions about JFK’s commitment to the coup, given the backchannel and given the authors seemingly predetermined view that the Mafia was more to blame than the CIA…However, this book suffers from the same problem as the last one. It assumes too much power for the Mafia and too little for the CIA.”  –Boyce Harton,  January 29, 2009.



Noted JFK researcher and author, David Talbot (founder and lead editor for Salon Magazine) told of disowned CIA Director, Allen Dulles, hunkered-down at a remote northern Virginia CIA facility called The Farm (an alternate CIA command post) during the whole murderous weekend when JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald were eliminated.  Likewise, Talbot spoke of CIA-assassin- official William Harvey being flown into Dallas early in November 1963 from Rome.

“This is a remarkable sighting,” said Talbot, “because to place someone like William Harvey, the head of the CIA’s assassination unit, put there by Allen Dulles, in Dallas in November of ’63 before the assassination is a very important fact.  The CIA, by the way, refuses, even at this late date, to release the travel vouchers for people like William Harvey.”

Did the CIA Boss Bring in the Head of the CIA’s Castro Assassination Team to Kill JFK?


                                       THE ALTERNATIVE CONSENSUS                                      

The following are statements by Kennedy researchers that lay out a deeper, alternative and just as genuine Kennedy-murder-scenario (Kennedy63):

“Now, here is the sum of this reasoning: CIA dons military uniforms and ranks, works with national and international crime syndicates,” said Kennedy63, “and still has EXECUTIVE ACTION capabilities (worldwide). Given the wide and deep propensities of the CIA, how could anyone doubt CIA involvement? Washington and many local governments (most departments) were so corrupted by organized crime, favoritism, and deference to powerful people, which most people did what they were ‘told’ to do, rather than make life hard for themselves or family members.”  — Kennedy63, March 24, 2014

“The Mafia-sourced explanation, the Unspeakablers think,” said Nicholson Baker, “is no more than a convenient blame-shifting distraction, a ‘false sponsor’ pushed on the public by the CIA to divert attention away from a much bigger plot that originated deep within the hard-right Invisible Government.  (And to a limited degree, of course, they’re right: the CIA is an opportunistic fungus, and its apologists have often used the practice of ‘limited hangout’ to shield from public view its history of murderous screw-ups.).”  — Dallas Killers Club-How JFK Got Shot, Nicholson Baker, The Baffler No. 25, 2014.




“I think that the hit was systemic, that the entire military industrial complex was involved.  But this does not mean every single person working in military industry, or in government or the intelligence community.  This system is hierarchical and compartmentalized; machinists, foot soldiers and filing clerks do their jobs on a need to know basis, and they need know very little.

“A systemic hit of JFK means that there was a consensus at the highest levels of government and business to remove Kennedy.  A coup d’etat.” — Willy Whitten.


That Allen Dulles exercised enormous power,” said James A. Warren on October 13, 2015, “and abused that power in myriad ways; that he ordered assassinations of undesirables abroad; that his CIA destabilized foreign governments in the Third World based on grossly exaggerated assessments of Soviet subversion; that he integrated high-level Nazi intelligence agents into CIA and West German intelligence networks—all these allegations are clearly borne out by the facts presented here, and confirmed by the work of many other investigators.”

JFK Assassination researcher, Professor James Fetzer, concluded:

“But the mob could not have altered X-rays under control of medical officers of the US Navy, agents of the Secret Service, or the president’s own personal physician.  Neither pro-, nor anti-Castro Cubans could have substituted another brain for that of JFK.

“And even if the Soviets had the capacity to fabricate movies comparable to that of the CIA and Hollywood, it would have been unable to get its hands on the Zapruder film.  These things could only have been done with complicity from the highest levels of the American government.”

“Unfortunately, their scenario is completely ludicrous.”

“(1) After the abortive “Bay of Pigs” fiasco, JFK had entered into agreements with the Soviet Union that the US would not invade Cuba, which he could not have been broken, even covertly, without profoundly tarnishing Kennedy’s reputation and that of the US.

“(2) There are more than 15 indications of Secret Service complicity in setting Kennedy up for the hit.

“(3) The autopsy X-rays were altered to conceal a massive blow-out to the back of the head and by adding a 6.5 mm metallic slice.

“(4) The home movie of the assassination was re-created to remove incriminating evidence, including that the driver, William Greer, brought the limousine to a halt after bullets began to be fired.”



JFK researcher, Jeff Morley, said on March 24, 2014 that prisoner Van Allingham did not confess what the FBI said he confessed:

“But those claims are impossible to corroborate,” according to Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan.   (Summers was author of Not in Your Lifetime, one of the best books about JFK’s assassination.  Swan was co-author of their book on the Sept. 11 attacks, The Eleventh Day).

“Two FBI agents who supervised the wiretapping of Marcello at a federal prison told Summers and Swan that Marcello never made the remarks attributed to him.

“Summers and Swan also found that Trafficante’s widow, his two daughters, and several friends and neighbors disputed Ragano’s account.  So the ‘Mafia done it’ theory of JFK’s death lacks evidentiary support on a key point.”


Jim DiEugenio typified the many critics of Waldron/Hartmann and he had devoted several reviews and analyses of their work pointing out the untrue, misleading and strained results of their tomes.   He also found fault with the CAMTEX scenario.

Waldron alluded to the CAMTEX file as a startling new discovery of some sort (found in 2006), when, in fact, DiEugenio talked about being sent the file by researcher Peter Vea in 1997, ten years before Waldron and Hartmann found them, and before the authors claimed in Legacy of Secrecy to being published for the first time (page 46).  Even Vincent Bugliosi referred to them in his book Reclaiming History (pages 658-659).

Vea and DiEugenio concluded that Marcello showed signs and conditions of Alzheimer’s disease, and by 1988-89, Marcello was in full deterioration from Alzheimer’s and a series of strokes that contributed to his sordid confessions to various people.   

“And later on, when told about the jailhouse informant’s accusation that he had Kennedy killed,” said DiEugenio, “Marcello replied that this was ‘crazy talk’”.   (Bugliosi, op cit p. 658.)



Noted JFK researcher, John Simkin, said the information Waldron and Hartmann received was typical of government disinformation:

“Lamar was a victim of a CIA disinformation campaign.  These ‘leaked’ documents completely changed the direction of his work.  He constantly told me that the CIA would officially release documents that would support his story.  This never happened and as a result he was discredited.  He is not the first researcher to suffer from so-called friends within the CIA.” — Jim DiEugenio, September 21, 2011.

Journalist, Anthony Frewin, was likewise skeptical of the “mob did it” theory (Marcello was promised early release for his cooperation with agents) and he said as much in “An Offer We Can Refuse” in Lobster Magazine where he also questioned the mentality of Carlos Marcello and accused the authors of “cherry-picking” the evidence to take the “heat” off the government (whereby the authors [Waldron/Hartmann] had been given all too much mysterious cooperation).         

Noted JFK researcher, William Davy, also highlighted the fact that Florida Department of Law Enforcement special agent, Ken Sanz, while cooperating in the research on a book about mobster Santos Trafficante, also denied any evidence that Trafficante was the perpetrator of such a Miami assassination plot (which Edwin Black definitely proved to be a real plot, minus any Trafficante planning).  Said Sanz: “In all the research I’ve done on the matter, I’ve never heard of such things;  Never.  And quite frankly, it’s fresh on my brain.” [2]  –William Davy, 2010.                                                                                      

Fellow JFK researcher, Joan Mellen, furthermore pointed out the occasions where Bobby Kennedy was not nearly as adamant in his opposition to Marcello as the Waldron/Hartmann authors campaign:

“Those who put forth this view forget that Bobby Kennedy was not entirely an enemy of the Mafia, for example, during Operation Mongoose, a 1963 effort to rid us once and for all of Fidel Castro, which Bobby pursued with enthusiasm. Bobby had his CIA assistant Charles Ford, aka Charlie Fiscalini, take a trip to Canada to locate organized crime hit men to assist in the assassination of Fidel Castro.”



The biography of (the sometimes co-author and research adjunct to Waldron), Thom Hartmann looks like a scene out of the movie THE GHOST WRITER 

Hartmann has associated with a spray of billion-dollar companies about the globe, “400 of the Fortune 500 companies as well as the NSA, CIA, and other government agencies.”

Hugh Manatee Wins pointed out the obvious implications here:  “Hartmann is so obviously a CIA asset…his two assassination books are right out of Langley…you didn’t know he’s a silver-tongued alphabet gatekeeper?   — Hugh Manatee Wins, Friday, April 10, 2009,



Many investigators knew that the differences between how the Mob operated compared with the operation of the “strings” of popular government (that any dissimilarity existed as so much prosaicisms and sophistry): when it gets down to the matter of power, control and greed, there is no difference:

Joy Pullman, managing editor of The Federalist, put it this way:

“The ultimate way to earn power over other people is to to threaten not just theirlivelihoods, but also their lives, and the lives of those they love.  On that note, perhaps it’s appropriate to mention that the  Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Education eache have theri ownSWAT teams.”

Even closer, Code Zero website details twelve specific similarities between the mob and general government structure (as it is today):

“I’ve written here some the similarities I can see immediately without really giving it much thought and you may agree that it is a frighteningly close comparison.

“Two groups of people engaging in the same activities with one goal in mind: More Money.  One group calls itself a Government whilst they call the other group The Mafia.”



Tyler Durden on his news site (February 6, 2014) quoted contributor Charles Hugh-Smith of in outlining six unavoidable characteristics of common government and the mob, and Hugh-Smith also added:

“Once the mafia state of mind has seeped into every nook and cranny of the society and economy, it’s not even recognized as corruption: it’s simply the way the system works. {5}

“We recently spent a few days with a friend who was born and raised in Sicily who now lives elsewhere in Europe with his wife (also Italian, from Naples).  Though we talked of many things, one of his comments struck me like a bolt of lightning.

“The Mafia isn’t about shoot-outs, he said; the mafia is a state of mind….”


With a cogent summation reflecting the general and on-going JFK assassination debate, in his “State Secret, Bill Simpich once again similarly resolved in:


“This work is integral to all movements that build civil society in the United States and around the world.  Assassinations are a heinous tool used to prevent individuals and movements from realizing their potential.  Assassinations are designed to break the spirit of the people.

“Do we want to maintain our integrity as a people?  The only way is to stand shoulder to shoulder and get it done.  Many champions fighting for social change have fallen to forces that avoid the light.  The path to justice is to name those forces and to take decisive action.”


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 “The Ghost Writer”

A Cinematic Parallel of Thom Hartmann 


When Ruth Lang sees the writer raising a glass, she is kept from following him by Emmett (the CIA handler) and other assistants.   As the writer leaves the party, he attempts to take a taxi.  Then, as he crosses the street off-camera, a car accelerates in his direction, and sound effects and flying papers indicate that he has been hit. (See footnote number three.)



Lee Harvey Oswald in the Military

Oswald in the Military

Lamar Waldron

JFK Researcher & Author -Lamar Waldron

Lamar Waldron’s recent book is part of a trilogy, Ultimate Sacrifice (2008), co-authored with Thom Hartmann, and Legacy of Secrecy (2013), Counter Pointe Publishers.  We will refer to all three at frequent points throughout this article as a composite thesis.

[1] Lamar Waldron’s recent book is part of a trilogy, Ultimate Sacrifice (2008), co-authored with Thom Hartmann, and Legacy of Secrecy (2013), Counter Pointe Publishers.  We will refer to all three at frequent points throughout this article as a composite thesis.

[2] William Davy also said:  “Further, there is an almost pathological use of conditionals; may have, perhaps, could have, if, etc.  Conversely, there is an overabundance of hackneyed declaratives where conditionals should have been used, as well as an over-reliance on unnamed sources. And yet this dogged pursuit and elucidation of the documentary record is supposed to be the sine qua non of these two books. (Along with the dubious information they gleaned from interviewing Cuban exile Harry Ruiz Williams).”  This appears to be true in all of the Waldron/Hartmann books (SE).[3}


[3]  http://  “The Ghost Writer” (released as “The Ghost” in the United Kingdom and Ireland) is a 2010 British political thriller film directed by Roman Polanski.  The film is an adaptation of a Robert Harris novel, The Ghost, with the screenplay written by Polanski and Harris.  It stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, and Olivia Williams…(the movie demonstrates the twists and turns of CIA undercover skullduggery:  some  scenes)

(After several clues found by the previous ghost-writer before his death, the new writer investigates leads that tell him his predecessor had discovered a CIA connection in which a Professor Paul Emmett had been training Lang’s wife as a CIA plant. The new writer [having traced Emmett’s CIA background on the Internet] confronts Lang while in flight and is rebuffed.)

“Upon leaving the aircraft, Lang is assassinated by a British anti-war protester, who is in turn shot by Lang’s bodyguards. Nevertheless, the writer is asked to complete the book for posthumous publication, as in light of Lang’s death it will be a certain best-seller.

“Amelia invites the writer to the book’s launch party in London, where she unwittingly tells him the Americans tightened access to the book, as the ‘beginnings’ contained evidence threatening national security.   She also tells him Emmett was Ruth’s tutor when she was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard.   The writer realizes the clues were hidden in the original manuscript in the opening words of each chapter, and discovers the message: ‘Lang’s wife Ruth was recruited as a CIA agent by Professor Paul Emmett of Harvard University.’   He concludes that Ruth shaped Lang’s every political decision to benefit the U.S.A. under direction from the CIA.

“The writer passes a note to Ruth telling his discovery.  She unfolds the note, and is devastated.   When she sees the writer raising a glass, she is kept from following him by Emmett and other assistants.   As the writer leaves the party he attempts to take a taxi. Then, as he crosses the street off-camera, a car accelerates in his direction, and sound effects and flying papers indicate that he has been hit.”

[4] Waldron and Hartmann pin high-hopes on the disclosing of the so-called Kennedy assassination files in a few years.  That this will actually take place, many are doubtful, and just as doubtful is the reality that the files will be uncensored, not tampered with, unblemished or manipulated.

[5] “Corporate power permeates the entire social fabric of our society.  Along with owning the media, the corporate business class…controls much of the rest of America too, including its financial, educational, medical, cultural, and recreational institutions.  Thus, the dominant capitalist interests not only structure the way the media report reality, they structure much of the reality itself.   The ideological character of the news, then, is partly a reflection of the journalist’s ‘routine reliance on raw materials which are already ideological’” — Inventing Reality: The Politics of the Mass Media, Michael Parenti, St. Martin’s Press, 1986.

[6] “Marks continued to press the CIA for more MKULTRA information.  He explained to me what then happened.  A CIA official told him the following: in 1962, after ten years of mind-control experiments, the whole program—which supposedly was shut down—had actually been shifted over to another internal CIA department, the Office of Research and Development (ORD).

“The ORD had a hundred boxes of information on their MKULTRA work, and there was no way under the sun, Marks was told, that he was ever going to get his hands on any of that. It was over. It didn’t matter how many FOIA requests Marks filed. He was done. The door was shut. Goodbye.

“The CIA went darker than it ever had before. No leaks of any kind would be permitted.

“In case there is any doubt about it, the idea of relying on the CIA to admit what it has done in the mind-control area, what it is doing, and what it will do should be put to bed by John Mark’s statements. The CIA always has been, and will continue to be, a rogue agency beyond the reach of the law.”


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The Precision of the Sniper

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