By David Kaiser
Neither a random occasion nor the act of a lone madman—the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was once an appalling and grisly conspiracy. this can be the unvarnished tale.
With deft investigative ability, David Kaiser indicates that the occasions of November 22, 1963, can't be understood with no totally greedy the 2 greater tales of which they have been an element: the U.S. government’s crusade opposed to geared up crime, which begun within the past due Fifties and speeded up dramatically lower than Robert Kennedy; and the furtive quest of 2 administrations—along with a cadre of non-public curiosity groups—to put off Fidel Castro.
The seeds of conspiracy return to the Eisenhower management, which recruited best mobsters in a sequence of plots to assassinate the Cuban chief. The CIA created a secretive surroundings during which illicit networks have been allowed to extend in harmful instructions. The agency’s hyperlinks with the Mafia endured within the Kennedy management, even though the President and his closest advisors—engaged of their personal efforts to overthrow Castro—thought this skullduggery had ended. in the meantime, Cuban exiles, right-wing businessmen, and hard-line anti-Communists verified ties with nearly somebody deemed in a position to putting off the Cuban most advantageous. necessarily these ties incorporated the mob.
The conspiracy to kill JFK took form in keeping with Robert Kennedy’s relentless assaults on geared up crime—legal vendettas that frequently went well past the traditional practices of legislation enforcement. driven to the wall, mob leaders purely needed to glance to the networks already in position for an answer. they discovered it in Lee Harvey Oswald—the excellent personality to enact their determined revenge opposed to the Kennedys.
entire, precise, and proficient by means of unique assets, the line to Dallas provides amazing new fabric to each element of the case. It brings to mild the full, often surprising, tale of the JFK assassination and its aftermath.
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28 During the next two months Trafficante arranged a false sale of the Sans Souci to Eufemio Fernandez Ortega, once the Secret Police chief under Prio. Castro responded by closing the Sans Souci on April 13, but Trafficante still hoped to remain in Cuba. When Jake Lansky and Dino Cellini, two fellow casino owners, were arrested for narcotics trafficking on May 6, Trafficante went into hiding. 29 One of Trafficante’s men had even worse luck. John Martino, who eventually admitted his role in the JFK assassination to three different people, first came to the attention of the FBI in the 1930s as a gambler, bootlegger, extortionist, and possible kidnapper in Atlantic City.
24 Another ex-serviceman who apparently gave more than a passing thought to going to Castro’s Cuba was Lee Harvey Oswald. He joined the Marines in 1957 and returned to the United States from a tour in the Far East in late 1958. Stationed at El Toro in southern California, Oswald and fellow Marine Luis Delgado talked about heading to Cuba when they were discharged later in 1959 and training soldiers to fight elsewhere in Latin America. 25 But when Oswald was discharged from the Marines in September, he changed his 34 cr iminals, cubans, kennedys, and the cia mind, took a boat to Europe, and traveled from Helsinki to Moscow in order to defect to the Soviet Union instead.
Prio’s trusted associate Antonio Varona returned to Cuba and tried frantically to organize a “Third Force” at the last minute, but he failed. 22 Although the American business community in Cuba shared Pawley’s horror at Castro’s triumph, a few American adventurers suddenly found themselves in new positions of power and influence, and others—including several recent veterans of the military—flocked to Cuba for reasons that are not entirely clear. S. citizenship. 23 During April, he visited the United States, presented himself at FBI headquarters, and warned several agents of growing Communist influence in Cuba.