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Death by JFK Assassination
The assassination of US President John F. Kennedy seems to be the hit that keeps on coming. For years after the event, people involved with the case frequently turned up dead, for one reason or another.
Journalist Jim Marrs reckoned that 103 people who had evidence in the case died fishy deaths within the next fifteen years. Of course, that number is a little shaky, for it’s hard to tell how relevant their knowledge is to the case, and how fishy the deaths actually are.
Below is my countdown of the twenty most interesting deaths surrounding the JFK assassination.
20. Dr. Mary Sherman (1913-1964)
Who the hell is she? Research physician and expert in nuclear biochemistry, genetic mutation, orthopedic surgery, and microbiology. Partnered with Dr. Alton Ochsner, founder of the Ochsner Clinic.
What could she say? Sherman could have possibly told investigators the story of her three putative research assistants who worked for her in New Orleans during the summer of 1963. The first was a talented young biochemist named Judyth Vary (later Judyth Baker). The second was Vary’s boyfriend, a married man named Lee Oswald. The third was Oswald’s associate David Ferrie. She might have also told investigators that the research she carried out during this time had to do with artificially inducing cancer into otherwise healthy organisms.
How did she die? Police found her stabbed to death. The killer attempted to confuse an investigation by setting fire to Dr. Sherman’s corpse on her bed, but police soon discovered that her burns didn’t coincide with the flaming mattress. People sometimes attribute her death to a botched robbery attempt, but it remains unsolved.
19. Mary Pinchot Meyer (1920-1964)
Who the hell is she? One of President Kennedy’s mistresses. Wife of CIA officer Cord Meyer. Friend of CIA asset Dr. Timothy Leary.
What could she say? She could have possibly testified about the CIA’s attempts to manipulate JFK through sex, and through LSD, which she allegedly supplied to the President courtesy of Leary.
How did she die? Shot twice in the back of the head from close range during an evening stroll. Witness Henry Wiggins heard a woman cry out for help, rushed towards the noise, and found Meyer’s body crumpled in front of a “black man in a light jacket, dark slacks, dark cap.” Police arrested Raymond Crump, a man who seemed to fit the description. But because of Wiggins uncertainty in identifying him, and because of a court order not to mention Meyer’s links to the CIA or President Kennedy, a jury acquitted Crump on July 29, 1965. To this day, Meyer’s death remains unsolved.
18. Jack Zangretty (also spelled ‘Zangetty’ and ‘Zangretti’; ?-1963)
Who the hell is he? Motel manager in Oklahoma.
What could he say? On Saturday November 23 1963, he confided to friends that he knew that Oswald did not shoot JFK, but rather a team of three men. Furthermore, he predicted (correctly) that a man named Ruby would murder Oswald within twenty-four hours. He could have told investigators how he had foreknowledge of Ruby’s attempt to kill Oswald.
How did he die? Two gunshot wounds to his chest, two weeks after the assassination. Police found his body floating in Lake Lugert.
17. Karyn Kupcinet (1941-1963)
Who the hell is she? Actress. Daughter of sportswriter/journalist Irv Kupcinet.
What could she say? She made a number of phone calls from LA to Washington in the days prior to the assassination. At one point she got so frustrated about not getting through that she screamed to operators that the call had to go through, because someone was about to shoot the President. According to Penn Jones’ book Forgive My Grief, Karyn had found this out from information her father happened to have come across in his job as a journalist (Irv Kupcinet denies this was ever the case, but nevertheless insists that someone murdered her).
How did she die? After going out to eat with friends, she promised to give them a call in the morning, because she had apparently acted strangely the whole evening. She came home to watch some television with more friends. She simply went to sleep. When she failed to call, these friends contacted police who discovered her nude body lying on a couch. There was conflicting evidence as to the cause of death. She had plenty of potentially lethal drugs on hand, and police found a depressing letter that could possibly be construed as a suicide note. The coroner, Dr. Harold Kade, concluded that she had died of a broken throat bone, which meant that someone had strangled her to death. But Dr. Kade’s reputation has come under increasingly hostile criticism over the years based upon his willingness to help the police tie up their cases (evidence be damned), and because of a serious alcohol problem.
16. Rose Cheramie (sometimes spelled ‘Cherami’; c.1929-1965)
Who the hell is she? She worked for Jack Ruby as a stripper and prostitute.
What could she say? On November 20, 1963, two days before the assassination, Cheramie, high on heroin, was found bleeding and barely coherent on a lonely stretch of road between New Orleans and Dallas. A good Samaritan drove her to East Louisiana State Hospital, where she pleaded with doctors to do something about her former boss, who with friends would attempt to assassinate the President. Because of her intoxication, doctors did not take her seriously until after Kennedy’s death, whereupon a psychiatrist, Dr. Victor Weiss, examined her. He believed that she had given accurate information all along. Were she alive, she could have told investigators how she came to have not only foreknowledge of JFK’s assassination, but also of Ruby’s involvement.
How did she die? Run over by a car, which crushed her skull. Among her injuries was a large round wound in the back of her head, which has led some to believe that she was shot first, and then run over to make her death appear accidental. Police ruled out foul play, however, and charged no one with her homicide.
15. Jim Koethe (c. 1917?-1964)
Who the hell is he? Journalist, reporter for the Dallas Times Herald.
What could he say? He could have told investigators of the sources for his planned book on the JFK assassination.
How did he die? Someone broke into his apartment and karate chopped him in the throat, causing him to asphyxiate.
14, Dorothy Kilgallen (1913-1965)
Who the hell is she? Gossip columnist, journalist, television personality, and a personal friend of President Kennedy.
What could she say? Kilgallen was an early skeptic of the lone-nut hypothesis and a sharp critic of the Warren Commission. Disturbed by what she saw as very, very wrong, she decided to investigate the case herself, which led to a meeting with Jack Ruby in his cell. She only managed to write out some of the details of what Ruby claimed privately to her, but among the juiciest was the fact that several weeks prior to the assassination, Ruby met at the Carousel Club with a man named Bernard Weisman, officer J.D. Tippit and a fourth person whom she referred to in her notes cryptically as the ‘ferret man’ (obviously David Ferrie) to discuss the upcoming assassination of the President. She obviously knew more than she published. Although it might have presented some validity problems, Kilgllen might have been able to drop a nuke on the JFK assassination investigation just by publishing what she thought, and what she had learned through her network of informants. In fact, days before she died, she confidently asserted that she was “about to blow the JFK case wide open.”
How did she die? No one’s really sure. Her friend and hairdresser Marc Sinclaire discovered her body the morning of her death, sitting up in bed, an open book in front of her. Police speculated at the time that she died from a lethal combination of barbiturates and wine. Some suspect that she might have had a heart attack while reading in bed. Still, others believe that she might have been dosed with an untraceable poison administered to the glass of wine she was drinking at the time.
13. E. Grant Stockdale (1915-1963)
Who the hell is he? Real estate tycoon, politican, friend of JFK and US Ambassador to Ireland from 1961-1962.
What could he say? He could have gone public with the information that he told Robert and Edward Kennedy four days after the assassination. Nobody (other than Sen. Ted Kennedy) would know what took place during that conversation, but he seems to have had specific information on the cabal that conspired on the executive level to do in Kennedy. He could have told investigators the identity of the persons who were “closing in on all sides” of him during his last few days of life.
How did he die? Ten days after the JFK assassination, he either fell down the steps, or someone pushed him. Police have generally treated this case as an accidental death, although his friend, Congressman George Smathers, hinted that Stockdale might have committed suicide.
12. Lee Bowers (1925-1966)
Who the hell is he? Railroad switch operator. He watched the group of men standing behind the wooden picket fence adjacent to the grassy knoll.
What could he say? We have every indication that Bowers said all he could to the Warren Commission. During his testimony, questioners refer to things that he told them in private–things they do not put on the record. Had he lived, he could have repeated much of this information to Orleans Parish DA Jim Garrison.
How did he die? He lost control of his car on an otherwise deserted road and slammed into a concrete abutment. The coroner noticed what he termed “a strange shock” prior to death.
11. Roger Craig (1934-1975)
Who the hell is he? Highly respected officer of the Dallas Police Department. He was at the scene at the time of the shooting.
What could he say? Craig traced the shots to the grassy knoll area, and ran immediately there to interview witnesses. About fifteen minutes into his investigation, he saw a man whom he identified later as Lee Oswald running from the back of the Texas Schoolbook Depository to a waiting Nash station wagon owned by Ruth Paine, a white Russian sympathizer, whose husband had ties to Intel. Despite pressure from his peers, Craig testified for the prosecution in Louisiana vs. Clay Shaw. His testimony could have been invaluable for the Congressional committee hearings a couple of years after his death, especially if he might have discovered or remembered something later.
How did he die? Not easily. People kept trying to kill him. Someone shot him in 1967, but the bullet only grazed the back of his head. In 1973, a car forced him off the road. Although he suffered multiple injuries, Craig survived. In 1974, someone shot him in the Texas town of Waxahachie. Still, Craig lived to tell the tale. In 1975, someone hooked up his car to an ignition bomb. Craig took a licking, but kept on ticking. Finally, later that year, he died from gunshot wounds. Police ruled his death a suicide.
10. Guy Banister (1901-1964)
Who the hell is he? Private investigator, formal Naval Intelligence officer, and FBI Special Agent. He ran guns to South America, most likely to aid in anti-Cuba efforts. According to Banister’s business partner Jack Martin, and his secretary/lover Delphine Roberts, Lee Oswald actively and wittingly participated in their anti-communist activities.
What could he say? Banister kept secret files on everyone and everything in New Orleans. He obviously could have said a lot about Operation Mongoose, the abortion of which has been cited by many as one of the motives behind the assassination. He could have also talked about his relationship with Lee Oswald. Perhaps someone could have compelled him to explain why such a fervent anti-communist like himself would have hired a man who already defected to the Soviet Union, and still referred to himself as a ‘Marxist-Leninist.’
How did he die? Coronary thrombosis in June of 1964.
9, William Sullivan (1912-1977)
Who the hell is he? Former FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence.
What could he say? Plenty. As J. Edgar Hoover’s right-hand-man for all of the Bureau’s dirty business, Sullivan would have known about the ins and outs of all official investigations into the JFK assassination (and others). He could have told, for instance, how Oswald’s name managed to stay off of the Security Index, despite the fact that he had defected once to the Soviet Union, and still professed his allegiance to communism. Sullivan would also have been in a position to know about the Banister-Oswald connection.
How did he die? Shortly before his scheduled testimony in front of the Congressional committee investigating assassinations, Sullivan was shot to death as he walked in an open field. The son of a local sheriff took responsibility for the shooting explaining that he mistook Sullivan for a deer. Former FBI Special Agent William Turner thought that kind of odd since the Assistant Director didn’t have antlers, and walked on two legs, not four. Authorities filed no charges in Sullivan’s death.
8. Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)
Who the hell is he? US politician, Senator, Presidential candidate (presumptive party nominee), former US Attorney General, and brother of JFK.
What could he say? Probably a lot. Jim Garrison suspected that RFK was the person behind the bugging of his office. There’s every indication, however, that RFK was really trying to find out what the Orleans Parish investigation was revealing, for it would have been political suicide to have investigated the crime himself. Although he publicly endorsed the findings of the Warren Commission, he privately expressed doubts because of what some have described as a low-key investigation.
RFK ate his last meal at the house of a big financial and political supporter, filmmaker John Frankenheimer. Dining with them were two prominent RFK campaigners, director Roman Polanski and his wife Sharon Tate. According to the Polanskis, RFK would have immediately reopened the investigation into both the JFK and Martin Luther King slayings were he elected President.
How did he die? Assassinated. Despite copious forensic evidence and eyewitness testimony that the man who fatally shot and killed RFK was white supremacist Eugene Thane Caesar, authorities arrested and convicted a young Palestinian Christian named Sirhan Sirhan for the crime.
7. Gary Underhill (1915-1964)
Who the hell is he? Military intelligence officer, CIA contract agent and editor for Life magazine.
What could he say? He told a friend of his, Charlene Fitsimmons, that he could see right away that Oswald was a patsy because the presentation of evidence in the hours after the shooting exactly matched the textbook procedures for conducting an assassination in a foreign country. Moreover, he believed he could name the exact people involved. As he told Fitsimmons, “I know who they are. That’s the problem. They know I know. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I can’t stay in New York.”
How did he die? Gunshot wound to the head. Police ruled his death a suicide.
6. Eladio del Valle (1921-1967)
Who the hell is he? Cuban Congressman under the Bautista regime. Defected to the US and worked with David Ferrie and mobster Santo Trafficante to eliminate Castro as head of Cuba. According to Ferrie, del Valle served as the paymaster for Operation Mongoose.
What could he say? del Valle could have talked about the monetary tributaries that financed illegal covert ops in the United States, and on the network of Mongoose spies who might have overlapped with the JFK assassination.
How did he die? On February 22, 1967, the same exact day authorities found David Ferrie’s body, Miami police found del Valle’s remains. Someone beat, bludgeoned, shot, and hacked him with a machete in his car.
5. J D Tippit (1924-1963)
Who the hell is he? Dallas police officer and friend of Jack Ruby. Also a rumored acquaintance of Lee Oswald.
What could he say? For one thing, he could tell investigators what transpired at the meeting between him, Bernard Weisman, David Ferrie and Jack Ruby, which took place a few weeks before the assassination. He could also discuss the relationship between Ruby and Oswald, Oswald and Ferrie, and Oswald and himself.
How did he die? Gunned down by a little fat man and another assailant, according to the closest witness to the shootings, Aquila Clemmons. The crime was quickly charged to Oswald alone, and subsequently never prosecuted.
4. Baron George De Mohrenschildt (1911-1977)
Who the hell is he? White Russian, pro-Czarist nobleman, who immigrated to the US, where he worked as a petroleum geologist. Also a friend and benefactor of Lee and Marina Oswald and their kids.
What could he say? As the one who orchestrated the Oswalds’ support within the White Russian community of Texas, the Baron knew a good deal about Oswald and his movements prior to the assassination. Although he at first endorsed the Warren Commission findings, he apparently expressed remorse over the years for perpetuating lies about Oswald. By the mid-1970s, he began to suspect that the CIA was harassing him to keep quiet by among other things making his wife sick and killing his daughter. Infuriated with the treatment, he fired off an angry letter to the CIA asking them to stop. Then-DCI George H.W. Bush wrote back, and tried to convince him that the threats he received had come from crackpots because of a renewed interest in the JFK assassination:
The flurry of interest that attended your testimony before the Warren Commission has long subsided. I can only speculate that you may have become “newsworthy” again in view of the renewed interest in the Kennedy assassination, and thus may be attracting the attention of people in the media. I hope this letter had been of some comfort to you, George, although I realize I am unable to answer your question completely.
In 1977, de Mohrenschildt told author Jay Epstein that he worked for the CIA during the early 1960s
How did he die? Gunshot wound to the head. He had finished giving Epstein another interview when he came back home to find that he had been visited earlier that day by the top Congressional investigator Gaeton Fonzi. He was found only hours later. Police ruled his death a suicide.
3. David Ferrie (1918-1967)
Who the hell is he? Former pilot, unsuccessful seminary student, former science teacher, mercenary soldier, CIA contract agent, associate of Guy Banister and Clay Shaw, and friend of Lee Oswald, and rumored assistant of Dr. Mary Sherman.
What could he say? Ferrie related to Orleans Parish DA Jim Garrison the extent and scope of the conspiracy against President Kennedy. He knew the connection between all of the major players and where they fit in. While he expressed all of this secretly to Garrison, he often told another story altogether on the stand to the grand jury. He would privately explain to Garrison that he had no choice but to protect himself, because his knowledge of the conspiracy was fundamental and extensive.
How did he die? On February 22, 1967, the same exact day authorities found the murdered corpse of his former associate Eladio del Valle in Florida, New Orleans investigators found the body of David Ferrie in his apartment. Despite the fact that police recovered two typed unsigned suicide notes, and despite Garrison’s belief that someone forced a lethal dose of Proloid (a drug Ferrie would obviously have no use for; an empty bottle was found near the body), authorities ruled his demise death by natural causes.
2. Jack Ruby (born Jacob Rubenstein; 1911-1967)
Who the hell is he? Nightclub owner, pimp, intelligence operator. He murdered Lee Oswald.
What could he say? Most likely, everything—the nature and methodology of the plot, the reasoning behind the assassination, the identities of the perpetrators. Everything. In fact, he tried to tell everything after his arrest. He asked the Warren Commission to take him to Washington with them for he was not safe to spill the beans in Dallas. He talked as much as he could to journalist Dorothy Kilgallen.
How did he die? Cancer. Ruby believed, however, that the cancer that took his life was artificially induced by a method originating in Dr. Mary Sherman’s research.
1. Lee Oswald (1939-1963)
Who the hell is he? If you don’t know by now, you’re beyond help.
What could he say? You’re kidding! Isn’t it obvious?
How did he die? Gunned down like a dog by Jack Ruby on live national television.
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