Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Jack Ruby's Girl Connie

A Dark Day: Area residents share special ties to Kennedy assassination

November 22nd, 2013 by Jim Williamson in Texarkana News

When Connie Trammell Penny walked from the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas and entered Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club in October 1962, her destiny became intriguing.

By walking into the Carousel Club, Connie, who was a native of Ashdown, Ark., was destined 13 months later to become a footnote in history and included in the Warren Commission Report exhibit No. 2291 
regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

FBI investigators discovered she was acquainted with Ruby and was noted in his “little black (address) book.”

Connie still shivers watching reruns of television news on what happened 50 years ago on Nov. 22,1963, when Kennedy was killed and Nov. 24, 1963, when Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald on national TV. 

Connie realizes 50 years ago she was “a naive or stupid little girl” from Ashdown.

The destiny trip started in October, 1962, when she entered the Carousel Club and became acquainted with Ruby.

Then, her destiny continued evolving Nov. 22, 1963, when she was interviewed by Lamar Hunt for a job.
During the same time she had the interview with Hunt, the President was assassinated.

On Nov. 24, 1963, Ruby fatally shot Oswald in the Dallas Police station. The footnotes to history for Connie formally ended with her testimony before the Warren Commission on July 9, 1964. 

Fate or the destiny trip also includes:

• The friendship with Jack Ruby who asked her to become a stripper in October 1962. 

• The same night Ruby asked if Connie wanted to be a stripper, he also asked if she wanted to see his Dachshunds. The Dachshund dog Ruby called his wife, Sheba, was found in Ruby’s car parked near the Dallas Police Department after he shot Lee Harvey Oswald Nov. 24, 1963.

• Ruby gave Connie a ride to H.L. Hunt’s office in downtown Dallas at Mercantile National Bank earlier in the day Nov. 22, 1963, for the interview. Hunt, a millionaire oil tycoon and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs football team, paid for a full-page ad published in the Dallas newspapers Nov. 22, 1963, attacking Kennedy. It was during the job interview Kennedy was assassinated.

• The interview with Hunt drew the interest of the FBI and the Warren Commission because a theory developed about Connie getting money from Hunt to give to Ruby to kill Oswald. The rumor was false and the Warren Commission was satisfied Connie was not involved.

Connie was a student at the University of Texas in Austin in 1962 and attending a junket with the “High Noon” advertising club from the university. The “High Noon” students were writing news articles to get publicity for the boat show in October 1962.

“We had friends who met us in Dallas, including Marty Coulter Brunson from Ashdown and we all said, ‘Let’s go across the street to the Carousel Club,’” Connie said

The Carousel Club was a night club featuring strippers, including the infamous Candy Barr, who had also befriended Ruby.

“I don’t know if it was amateur night. We were all sitting around a big table and we all had dates. My date was an engineer who built all the bridges around Dallas on all the roadways. I was not impressed. But now that I think about it, I should have,” Connie said.

She got up from the table and was walking toward a restroom and a man started following her.

“My mother always said if someone starts following you, run. My mother was scared of everything,” Connie said.

The man was Jack Ruby.

While walking to the restroom, Ruby continued to pursue Connie asking her  “‘Would you like to work for me as a stripper. I own this club.’” 

Connie declined the offer.

“I came back out of the rest room and he was still there,” Connie said.

Then Ruby asked if she wanted to see his Dachshund dogs. 

“He asked me if I liked little Dachshunds. I said, ‘I love little Dachshunds.’ I thought how strange. The people at the table started laughing. It was the craziest thing,” Connie said.

Ruby had his Dachshunds in the club’s kitchen. 

“I followed him to the kitchen and he had about four or five Dachshunds. I thought he couldn’t be all bad,” she said.

Publications confirmed Ruby loved his dogs and the favorite was “Sheba,” according to the “Education Forum” blog, “The Dachshunds News,” the book “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy” written by Vincent Bugliosi, and an article in the Chicago Tribune.

Ruby carried Sheba with him in his vehicles. 

The Dallas Police allegedly found Sheba in Ruby’s car after he fatally shot Oswald. The dog was returned to Ruby’s roommate, George Senator.

“He did dorky little things and I found him so harmless. My mother was horrified. He was probably a lot safer than a lot of the guys who went to the University of Texas,” Connie said.

“People were attracted to me because of my figure. I was well-endowed. God gave me big boobs before you could buy them,” she said.

Ruby also suggested Connie work as a stripper in Las Vegas.

She declined all offers.

“Everyone who knew me, knew I was a prude. My morals would never let me become a stripper. When I say that I was a prude—I mean that I did not drink alcoholic beverages and did not believe in premarital sex,” Connie said.

“I would absolutely never want to disappoint Isaac or Oletta Trammell (her parents),” she said.

“I played Maggie in Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,’ at Texarkana College and my Baptist parents did not come see me because I appeared on stage in a slip,” Connie said. 

 “He (Ruby) was always a gentleman. He treated me like I was delicate and a first-class person. I never heard him say anything off-color or use profanity. He treated me like I was very, very special,” said Connie.
“He thought I was classy for going to the University of Texas,” she said.

Ruby got Connie’s telephone number at the dorm in Austin and called her weekly.'

He called so much the other dorm residents nicknamed her after Dallas stripper Candy Barr.

Connie graduated from UT-Austin and moved to Dallas before Nov. 22, 1963.

Then on Nov. 22, 1963, Ruby took Connie to the bank building for a job interview with Lamar Hunt.

The interviews with the FBI and the Warren Commission contained a mistake on the date Ruby took Connie to an appointment with Lamar Hunt. The date in the report was Nov. 21,1963, but was incorrect, said Connie.

The date was Nov. 22, 1963—the same day Kennedy was killed.

The morning of Nov. 22, Ruby called asking if she had decided to go to work as a stripper. She said no.
Connie had scheduled a job interview with Lamar Hunt.

Connie didn’t have an automobile and Ruby agreed to meet her at her apartment and drive her to the Mercantile National Bank.

Ruby said he had business at the bank and it would be no trouble for him to pick her up at her apartment.
Ruby asked how she got an appointment with Hunt. 

She had called his house and talked to a maid who gave her a “straight line” to Hunt’s office.

The appointment was at 11 a.m. Nov. 22, 1963. The interview ended about 1 p.m.

She read in the Dallas newspapers about Hunt owning a bowling alley and he was converting the bowling alley into a teenageers club. She thought she could gain employment at the club in public relations since she had obtained a degree from the University of Texas in public relations, according to the Warren Commission report.

Ruby parked his car in a parking lot near the Mercantile Bank and accompanied Connie to the elevator in the bank, but did not accompany her upstairs. 

“This is the last time that Mrs. Penny has seen Ruby,” states the commission report.

“Ruby did not express any views about the political views of Lamar Hunt or his father, H.L. Hunt, during the trip from Mrs. Penny’s apartment to the bank,” said the report

Connie was not hired and Hunt said he had no plans for any person to work for him in the public relations department for the club.

When the FBI and Warren Commission investigators called her apartment, she was “scared to death and they could tell it,” she said.

The FBI discovered her name in Ruby’s black book. 

Her name and phone number were listed in his black address book and had notations about her being classy and well-endowed, according to the FBI agent.

“I’ve never seen the black book. I would like to see it some day and what he wrote about me,” said Connie.
After the interview, Connie had a date with C.T. Pettigrew at Majestic Steak House in Dallas. Pettigrew was a friend from Little River County, Ark.

While at the steak house, she learned about Kennedy being shot.

“I walked in and everyone was crying. We ordered, but I don’t know if we ate. We sat there and listened to all the news. I guess before I left, Kennedy had died,” Connie said.

“I told C.T. I would ride the bus back to my apartment. Everybody on the bus was crying. Everyone on the street was crazy. It was a black day,” Connie said.

Then on Nov. 24, 1963, Connie and her roommate Virginia Wilburn from Texarkana, Texas, witnessed on television Ruby shoot Oswald.

In the reruns of the shooting, Connie gasped watching Ruby shoot Oswald. When she sees the shooting today on television, the shock starts all over.

“I probably said, ‘Oh, my God. Can you believe this? It gave me chills. That was the man I thought was so safe. That’s the man who didn’t scare me. How could he kill somebody like that,” Connie said.

The Warren Commission interview was conducted July 9, 1964 and it ended her Dallas destiny trip. 

“The Warren Commission came up with the idea I was getting money to give to Ruby for shooting Oswald,” she said.

“I can see how they would get that idea. I knew Jack Ruby. Then the day the President was shot, I was interviewing at the same time with Lamar Hunt at the bank. Ruby gives me a ride to the bank and two days later, Ruby kills Oswald,” Connie said.

Before the final interviews with the Warren Commission, she had married Phillip Penny. The couple returned to Ashdown and continue to live in the Southwest Arkansas town.

Penny has taught in the Texarkana, Texas, Independent School District; Texarkana, Ark. School District; Ashdown School District; and Redwater Independent School District. 

The Texarkana Gazette published the Warren report when the information was released.

“My name was in the Gazette, and my mother thought I would never get a job,” she said.

Connie has one regret about the chain of events.
“I regret I did not go to that jail cell and interview him and write my book. He would have told me anything I wanted to know. I was so afraid of anybody knowing I knew Jack Ruby. My mother said ‘You’ll never be able to get a job. Nobody will understand because you are always getting yourself into messes,’” Connie said.

[NOTE: The Warren Report says Ruby took Connie Trammell to Hunt's office for a job interview on Thursday, the day before the assassination, not the morning of the assassination as she states in this article. The job interview she filled out at Hunt's office is dated November 21, not 22. So she is off by one day.]

Monday, September 17, 2018

Catherwood Fund and Cuban Aide Relief

Catherwood Fund

Catherwood, Cummins. 1910-. Financier, philanthropist. Formerly co-owner, Evening Public Ledger; director, Bryn Mawr Trust Co. President, Mineral Production Corp. President, Catherwood Foundation. Trustee, Academy of Music; Board of Governors, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Board of Directors, Philadelphia Orchestra Association. Residence: Gladwyne, Pa. 


From the clipping files of the now defunct Philadelphia Evening Bulletin [now located at the Urban Archives, Paley Library, Temple University in Philadelphia], it was reported on November 28, 1947 edition that, "A petition for a non-profit corporation to be known as the Catherwood Foundation was filed in common pleas court today…to establish a fund, or funds, the income from which will be used exclusively for religious, scientific, literary and educational purposes."

With an address in Bryn Marr, Pennsylvania, [14 Elliott Ave., Suite 10, Bryn Marr, 19010 / (215) 525-3720] on the Philadelphia Main Line suburban train route, the Catherwood Foundation was originally directed by Cummins Catherwood, his wife Mrs. Ellen Cowen Catherwood, his sister, Mrs. Charles G. Chaplin, Othelia Aarnolt, William Hamilton and I.F. Dixon-Wainright.

Independently wealthy from a family inheritance that was accumulated in the munitions industry during the industrial revolution, Cummins Catherwood married the former Ellen Cowen Coats and lived in an estate they called "Baja Sumantaga," an East Indian word that means, "welcome weary traveler." Along with his family, Catherwood was quoted as saying that golf, sailing, bridge, skiing and travel were his unchanging interests."

During World War II Catherwood went on a special air mission to Germany, about which he later said, "I had a feeling that much could be done by individuals towards international understanding that couldn’t be done by governments."

The main feature of the Catherwood Foundation is the Catherwood Fund, ostensibly a philanthropic fund; it also served as a conduit for the funding of covert CIA operations during the Cold War.

Catherwood’s sister, Mrs. Charles G. Chaplin, one of the Fund’s directors, knew Peter Fleming, the British MI6 agent and brother of Ian Fleming, author of the 007 James Bond novels. Peter was an amateur ornithologist and is said to have been one of the models for Fleming’s fictional hero, whose name was appropriated from James Bond, the renowned Philadelphia ornithologist and author of the classic ornithological work, "Birds of the West Indies."

Ian Fleming must have also known or knew about Catherwood, as he based one of his villains – Milton Krest of the "Hildebrand Rarity" [From: "For Your Eyes Only"] on Catherwood’s unique profile. Fleming quotes "Krest" explaining the Foundation system to James Bond while they are aboard Krest’s yacht fishing for rare species. "Ya see, fellers, it’s like this. In the states we have this foundation system for lucky guys that got plenty of dough and don’t happen to want to pay it into Uncle Sam’s Treasury. You make a Foundation – like this one, the Krest Foundation – for charitable purposes – charitable to anyone, to kids, sick folk, the cause of science – you just give the money away to anyone or anything except yourself and your dependents and you escape tax on it."

"So I put a matter of ten million dollars into the Krest Foundation, and since I happened to like yachting and seeing the world, I built this yacht with two million of the money and told the Smithsonian that I would go to any part of the world and collect specimens for them. So that makes me a scientific expedition, see?"

In 1948 Catherwood had a yacht built in New England to his personal specifications, "The Vigilant," and sailed frequently to the Caribbean with friends, associates and on occasion, with some scientists who collected specimens for the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences and the Smithsonian. On one particular Vigilant expedition in 1948, Catherwood was accompanied by ornithologist James Bond, who collected rare bird species on the various out islands they visited.

But Catherwood’s fund was not just a tax loophole, as Fleming implied, but rather, it also served as a secret conduit for funding covert CIA operations. David Wise and Thomas Ross, in their groundbreaking book "The Invisible Government," (Vintage, 1977, p. 247n), exposed the CIA’s network of Blue Blood benefactors when they reported that, "…conduits for the CIA money included the Cathewood Foundation."

Since then, other writers, such as Joseph B. Smith ("Portrait of a Cold Warrior"), have mentioned the CIA use of the Catherwood Foundation as a front for CIA activities as well. The activities of the Catherwood Foundation created a web of intrigue that extended behind the Iron Curtain into Russia, as well as Cuba, the Philippines and Vietnam. Although the full extent of these activities have yet to be publicly explored, and much of it is still classified and kept from the public record, the Soviets knew about the secret relationship between the CIA and the philanthropic foundations from the very beginning.

Created by the National Security Act of 1947, an outline of the charter of the CIA was written by Ian Fleming when he visited Washington with his boss, Admiral Godfey, the Chief of British Naval Intelligence.
The British MI6 liaison with the CIA and FBI in Washington after the war was Harold Adrian "Kim" Philby, the notorious KGB double-agent who wrote his memoirs from Russia, "My Silent War" (Grove Press), in which he describes the meetings he attended with Frank Wisner, the head of the CIA’s Office of Policy Coordination, responsible for Covert Operations and Dirty Tricks.

According to Philby, "Wisner expiated on one of his favorite themes – the need to camouflage the source of secret funds supplied to apparently respectable bodies in which we were interested…"

Philby quoted Wisner as saying, "…It is essential to secure the overt cooperation of people with conspicuous access to wealth in their own right."

Cummins Catherwood was one of those people, and his Catherwood Foundation was one of those respectable bodies.

In July, 1956 Catherwood, like the fictional Milton Krest, went "looking for new fish" off the Bahamian reefs. In May 1958 Catherwood announced that he had given financial aid to projects in the mental health field at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. He also gave money to the Granary Fund of Boston, which was directed by George H. Kidder, who is listed in "Who’s Who" as "with General Counsel, CIA, 1952-1954," as well as being on the board of directors of Collins Radio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In his book, "Portrait of a Cold Warrior," Joe Smith wrote: "…former ambassador to the Philippines Myron Cowen joined Cummins Catherwood in persuading a few staunch friends of the Philippines, such as Gen. Leland S. Hobes, ex-Joint Military Advisory Group chief; Charles V. Griffiths, the publishers, and Gen. Hugh Casey of the board of Schenley Distillers, to set up the Committee for Philippine Action in Development, Reconstruction and Education. Somehow, this just happened to form the acronym COMPADRE – the one word that held more meaning than any other for a Filipino. Gabe Kaplin was resident director of COMPADRE, on the spot to carry out all sorts of good works, backed by a bankroll the size of which Filipinos could only guess."

The Catherwoods enjoyed traveling as well. In March 1957, Mrs. Catherwood toured North Africa with the former first lady, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt as guests of the Sultan of Morocco. In June 1960, Catherwood and his wife traveled to Helsini, Finland, taking the Oswald Route on the first leg of their journey to the USSR and behind the Iron Curtain. On their return, Mrs. Catherwood was quoted as saying, "Moscow is as drab as Akron, Ohio, but Leningrad is glorious."

As Main Line Blue Blood personages, the Catherwoods frequently made the society pages. On March 27, 1970 the Catherwoods attended the wedding of the season, between Princess Jane Obolensky of Grosse Point, Michigan and Dean Rucker, with the reception being held at Great Harbor Cay, owned by Canadian Midas Lou Chesler.'

One of Catherwood’s corporations, Visions, had offices in New York, England and Central America, providing Latin American publishers with a Spanish language news and feature wire service. On December 26, 1977 the New York Times reported that, "Another major foreign news organization that CIA officials said they once subsidized was Vision, the weekly news magazine that is distributed throughout Europe and Latin America. However, none of those associated with the founding of Vision or its management over the years said they ever had any indications that the CIA had put money into the magazine." Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza bought into Visions after the CIA connections became known.

Catherwood also sponsored the International Division of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In December 1960, Nicolas Chatelain, the U.S. correspondent for the Paris daily Fiagaro, became the first recipient of the Columbia/Catherwood Award for journalists. The second recipient, John Bertram Oaks of the New York Times, used the occasion to urge support for French President Charles deGaul against the revolt of the French generals in Algeria.

Among those aspiring foreign student journalists to receive grants from the Catherwood Foundation was Leona Shluder, then 23 years old, of Rio de Janerro, Brazil, who was quoted as saying she, "was impressed especially with the news coverage given President Kennedy’s assassination." Indeed.

The Catherwood Foundation also financially supported the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, including the Dallas parish to which Marina Oswald had her children baptized, possibly without the knowledge of her husband, Lee Harvey, the accused assassin of President Kennedy.

Another organization of interest that was funded in its entity by the Catherwood Fund is the Cuban Aid Relif, established to assist Cuban refugees, specifically professionals who had previously supported the Castro revolution against Batista.


Cuban Aid Relief

Of all the activities financially supported by the CIA conduit Catherwood Foundation, the Cuban Aid Relief (CAR) is one of the most interesting.

In the waning days of the Batista administration in Cuba, American diplomatic support shifted away from Batista to Fidel Castro. Once in power however, some of those who fought with Castro were disenchanted with his regime and left Cuba. Some of the Cuban refugees were professional businessmen whose holdings were nationalized, others were gangsters and prostitutes. Some had fought with Castro or supported him in various ways.

They created refugee problems in some cities, particularly Miami, Florida, but they also settled in Tampa, New Orleans, Dallas, Chicago, New York, North Jersey and Philadelphia.

In Philadelphia the Cathewood Foundation established the CAR "to provide assistance to Cuban exiles with no connection with the deposed Batista regime, …and to make as wide use as possible for the professional men, artists and businessmen who fled the Castro forces."

In 1961 the directors of the CAR were Cummins Catherwood, former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba Arthur Gardner, E. Wharton Shober of ATEC corporation, Harrison Wood and Enrique Menocal, the only Cuban national among the directors.

With a sense of history, they officially named the organization "The General Leonard Wood Fund for Cuban Aid Relief," in honor of the U.S. Army surgeon who was the first American governor of Cuba.

Lt. Leonard Wood had organized the 1st Volunteer Cavalry with Teddy Roosevelt. After the battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana harbor – The Tonkin Gulf of the Spanish-American war, the 1st Volunteers saw action. Wood received a promotion after the first engagement and Roosevelt succeeded him as the leader of the regiment. Under Roosevelt’s command the 1st Volunteers achieved notoriety for its famous charge up San Juan Hill, which was led by both Roosevelt and Wood, effectively destroying the moral of the Spanish and making Roosevelt and Wood American heroes.

After spending two years as Governor of New York, Roosevelt’s political opponents had his name placed in nomination for Vice President under William McKinley, a ploy to get Roosevelt out of the limelight of power. The plan worked when McKinley won the election, but then backfired when he was shot and killed by a "glassy-eyed" anarchist while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Although anarchist publications printed a warning about the assassin, Leon F. Czolgosz five days before he shot McKinley, Czolgosz claimed he acted alone. He was convicted and executed in the electric chair within a month of the murder.

One of the first things Roosevelt did as President was to name General Leonard Wood the first American Governor of Cuba. Besides Wood’s grandson, Harrison Wood, the Cuban Aid Relief also enjoyed the support of Theodore Roosevelt III and Samuel P. Wise, who was writing a book on the career of General Wood.

Other members of the CAR included Roland Taylor Ely of Princeton, N.J., Reeves Wetherall, an executive of Wanamakers Department store, Richard P. Sellder, Ivan Oblinsky and CAR co-directors E. Wharton Shober and Enrique Menocal.

A boyhood friend of Fidel Castro, Menocal had a unique position in the Cuban revolution. Menocal’s family, like Castro’s, was well off. They owned huge sugar plantations in the Cuban countryside. As successful businessmen, their parents were wealthy aristocrats and part of Cuba’s elite society. Fidel and Enrique attended the best schools, and were trained with refine tastes, but came to despise the Batista regime and became revolutionaries.

Both Castro and Menocal attended the University of Havana, where Castro studied law and Menocal economics. Menocal eventually became a professor of economics at the University, which became a center of anti-Batista activity in Havana. When Batista left Cuba on January 1, 1959, Castro was still eight days away, so the leaders of the Student Revolutionary Directorate (DRE), including Dr. Rolando Cubella, took over Batista’s offices and smoked his cigars until Castro arrived.

One of the first things Castro did when he assumed power was to name Enrique Menocal the director of the Cuban Sugar Institute. On October 17, 1960 however, Menocal, his wife and four children sought refuge at the Brazilian embassy in Havana. Once safe in the United States, in January, 1961, Menocal held a press conference in Philadelphia where he said, "…the bearded dictator will be ousted within three or four months." Exactly four months later, the exiled Cuban brigade stormed ashore at the Bay of Pigs.

Menocal said the last time he saw Castro at a dinner party in Havana, "The man looked strong and healthy, but was neurotic, schizophrenic and had the glassy-eyed stair of a madman."

Newspaper articles indicate that the CAR also ran outreach programs in Florida, providing medical care to exiled Cubans at a Miami field office staffed by five doctors, which worked closely with the Catholic Welfare Services charity.

Also in Florida, the CAR worked with the Pan-Am Society of America, which also received money from the Catherwood Foundation. Before the Guatemalan Coup of 1954, the director of the Pan-Am Society, Curtis Wilgus, organized a conference at the University of Florida’s School for Latin American Studies that was funded by the United Fruit Company.

The Pan Am Society’s liaison with the CAR, Miss Carmelita Manning, met often with CAR other co-director E. Wharton Shober, and the two organizations co-sponsored a seminar for exiled Cuban journalists at the University of Miami (See: JMWAVE) in July, 1963.

At the time E. Wharton Shober was director of the ATEK corporation, which sold printing machinery and provided financial services to anti-communist publishers in Latin and Central America. For his work with ATEK in 1963 Shober received the President’s "E" Award from Asst. Sec. of Commerce Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., for excellence in Export, though it more likely was for Espionage.

Shober, a nephew of former Pennsylvania Governor George H. Earl, attended Princeton before service in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II.

Before Shober, the director of ATEK was Dr. Ralph Deshan, who left Philadelphia and ATEK with his wife to raise beef cattle in Nicaragua with Manuel Artime.

When Shober left ATEK he became president of Hahneman Hospital in Philadelphia, replacing Dr. Charles Cameron, a cancer specialists, who had received a $400,000 research grant from U.S. Army Intelligence.
At Hahneman Shober worked with New York psychiatrist Dr. Albert A. Laverne, establishing a controversial drug treatment program that experimented with giving pure carbon dioxide to junkies, which led to the death of Robert Brown, a black man married to a Main Line heiress.

Philadelphia Magazine described Shober as, "…the polo playing, perennially controversial president of Hahneman Hospital, another fixture at the Main Line balls and debuts, and good friends with Nicaraguan dictator Gen. Anastasio Somoza, one of the godfathers of the Bay of Pigs invasion." In June 1972 Shober arranged for Somoza to receive an honorary degree from Hahneman medical college, over the objections of faculty and students. Shober left Philadelphia in 1978 to work in Saudi Arabia in the hospital administration field.

Besides Enrique Menocal, another Cuban exile who was assisted by the Cuban Aid Relief was Dr. Julio Fernandez, who was relocated to rural Martinsburg, Pa., where he taught Spanish at the local high school until he was implicated in the assassination of President Kennedy and became the subject of the subsequent investigation.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Zeta-Diogenes - ZD - USAF Assassination Project

Here is a transcript of one relevant portion of Matt Ehrling's Interview with Gene Wheaton

Wheaton:  In Italy, in 1962, I was recruited into … I was approached to become part of an assassination network in the intelligence community.  

Q: Can you speak about that?

Wheaton:  Uh … while I was stationed in Italy - I was there from ’61-’63 - as an OSI agent working out of Aviano Air Base Italy and Udine Province covering all of northern Italy - me and two other Air Force officers … and uh, in fact my youngest daughter was born in Italy.  In ’62, shortly after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and the embarrassment of the intelligence community, in a rage, they … CIA covert operators in conjunction with some people in the Pentagon wanted to set up a secret cell … world - worldwide of intelligence agents that would be called on for, uh, torture, interrogations, assassinations, if necessary. 

And I was approached.  A man came out from Washington, talked to me, and described it as … in the Air Force - I don’t know if it was that way in all the services and the CIA - but in the Air Force it was called the Zeta-Diogenes (sp) Program, and … the “ZD Program” for short.  And each agent that was indoctrinated, recruited into it would be given this secret identifier on his master military record in Washington DC, and only another ZD controlling officer would recognize it.  Nobody in personnel or anybody else would know that it was there.  

They went looking for young, super-patriotic … um, guys … flag-wavers … with military and police background … uh, above-average intelligence … who could work on their own.  Who would do anything for their country.  They thought.  I was rec - approached - because I fit that mold.  Conservative.  Oklahoma.  Big family.  Flag wavers.  Patriotic.  I had been in the Marine Corps before the Air Force, and I’d been a police officer before that.  And I fit the mold.  Because of the compartmentalization, and so forth, I never knew anybody else in that program, except I knew that General Joe Cappucci had been (unintelligible) for the Air Force portion of this thing.  

In ’65, I transferred from the Air Force to the Army … I don’t know if I was recruited in or rejected … they just came out and interviewed me, and told me what it was about, and if they needed me, the idea was that you’d be sent on temporary duty someplace, and then you’d disappear and you’d go where you were really supposed to go.  And then come back and your temporary duty would continue, and you’d go back to your regular base.  And they could call these individuals out from all over the world.  They wouldn’t be a team - they’d be individuals. 

The next time I was specifically approached by this - the next generation of these people - was during 1985, when I was being recruited into Ollie North’s network.

Interviewed by The Leak Project.

Sgt. daniel Brad MacBolan III 

Daniel: “I was born on a military base as a product. I was basically manufactured in a FEMA cloning type plant, where they do cloning. I’m not a clone, I’m a genetic mix of what they wanted, the military industrial complex scientists thought they knew exactly what they wanted, which was a sleeper assassin. So basically they built this platform which was built on Zeta Diogenes Clear-Eyes. There are five levels with that. I’m a level five. Able to handle other elements within the five membered cell. Its unacknowledged special access programs deep coordinates cell. We are pretty much I guess you would say the darker part of the CIA’s non official cover-type, where you got CIA agents which have a different name. Nonofficial cover are employed somewhere and that’s their day job. And then you turn a key and they become someone else. And go about doing their spooking so to speak. They’re a spook and some may know it and some may not. Most know it because they have to have special training to make sure they’re, they’re extremely careful not to compromise themselves….”

“When I reached age four the failed Bay of Pigs took place and they traced the assassination attempt on Fidel Castro back to the White House. So what this whole program was designed to do was to break the chain of command into such a fragmented way as to maintain plausible deniability no matter what…I had many different mission parameters. Depending on what level I was at, as I would progress up the levels, you would go from an operator to a handler and you’d handle a group of individuals. ….”
“When I was born they took me to a new hospital, if you read in the CIA family jewels it’s called sonic holography project at level 4D at Wilfred Hall medical center, Lackland Airforce Base Bear County Texas.”

“Did you grow up on a military base?”

“No, she (my mother) and her husband were divorced. He went to anchorage, strategic air and space command, he had unusual abilities but not anywhere related to me.”

Watch the rest here:

Larry: I've seen something like this before, field people identified and made
part of a special project to be used on demand.  In that case it also and
to do with Air Force CI and was related to field intelligence,
specifically field intelligence should Russia move against the US and
attack in the Far East or even begin to attack American bases overseas.

Basically it was contingency planning because until something really bad
happens, you need special people and they have to be identified and on
call - but in the meantime they need regular day jobs. Sounds like
somebody was creating a contingency data base.

General Cappucci and Colonel Amos 
Joseph J. Cappucci, head of Air Force counterintelligence, told Jan Amos and her husband Col. William Henry Amos, that Lyndon Johnson killed JFK
Gen. Joseph J. Cappucci, the head of Air Force counterintelligence, told Jan Amos and her husband Col. William Henry Amos, that Lyndon Johnson killed JFK. Cappucci was the direct superior to Col. William Henry Amos. Cappucci made these comments after a party at the Hilton in Rome in 1969.
Gen. Cappucci was very close to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover who in turn was very close to Lyndon Johnson. Col. Bill Amos was the bright star working directly under Cappucci at that time, but he was an alcoholic and later had to leave the military.
Jan Amos later moved back to Dallas and worked in high end retail where she became friends and a personal shopper for the wives of the social elite of Dallas. She knew the Murchison and Perot families and numerous prominent Dallas families.
Go to the 6 minute mark of Robert Morrow’s July 31, 2014 interview with Jan Amos at her condominium in Dallas:
21 April 2014 - 05:31 AM
(Sidenote: I misspelled Joseph J. Cappucci's name in the title of this discussion board post. Here is a bio on him: http://www.af.mil/Ab...j-cappucci.aspx )

On 11/21/2013 (the day before the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination) in Dallas while standing in Dealey Plaza, I met an 84 year old Dallas woman named Jan Amos. Her husband was Col. Bill Amos and he was assigned to Air Force intelligence in the 1960's.

In 1969, several months after Ted Kennedy-Chappaquidick incident, the topic of the Kennedys came up among her social group over drinks. Needless to say her social group of Air Force men and their wives pretty much hated the Kennedys.

At this point Gen. Joseph J. Cappuci, a man very high up in Air Force counter-intelligence and a man who had a personal friendship with J. Edgar Hoover said that Lyndon Johnson had murdered John Kennedy.

That was the first that Jan had heard that bit of blockbuster information.

After the intimate party had broken up, probably from the Hilton in Rome, Italy, Col. Bill Amos told his wife Jan Amos "Jan, you are never to repeat a word that Gen. Capucci spoke."

Gen. Cappucci had clearly indicted Lyndon Johnson for the JFK assassination and said that his close personal friend J. Edgar Hoover had confirmed this to him.

I am getting Jan to more fully write this up and I want to get her on video. Also, she has another military wife, alive today in 2014, who can confirm her story.

If you want more info on Brigadier General Joseph J. Cappucci, please google him. A lot comes up; he was high level Air Force intelligence and not a bit player.

Retired   September 01,1974     Died  June 10,1992
Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Cappucci is director of defense investigative service, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

General Cappucci was born in Bridgeport, Conn., in 1913. He attended elementary and high schools in that city. He graduated from the University of Wyoming and received his commission as a second lieutenant, Army Air Corps Reserve, from the Reserve Officers Training Corps program in June 1935.

General Cappucci entered active military duty in October 1940 with initial assignment at Westover Air Base, Mass. In May 1942 he attended the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., upon completion of which, he was transferred to the European Theater of Operations and placed on special duty with the British Intelligence Service. After his return to the United States in 1944, he performed duties as a counterintelligence and intelligence officer with the Army Air Corps until July 1946, when he was placed on detached service to the Central Intelligence Agency. He was integrated into the Regular Air Force in 1946 and in May 1947 he was transferred from the Central Intelligence Agency to the Directorate of Intelligence, U.S. Air Force.

He was assigned to the Counterintelligence Division, Directorate of Special Investigations, in August 1948 when the Office of Special Investigations was activated. In January 1952 he was transferred to the Directorate of Special Investigations, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and served as chief, Counterintelligence Division. While in USAFE, he was a member of various intelligence boards in Germany, France and other areas in USAFE, and was responsible for putting into effect a counterintelligence program throughout all USAFE areas of interest. General Cappucci was awarded the Legion of Merit by the Commander in Chief, USAFE, for his outstanding performance of duty during this period of service.

Upon his return to the United States in August 1955, he was assigned to the Counterintelligence Division, Directorate of Special Investigations, U.S. Air Force. In August 1958 he was assigned as commander, OSI District 13, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and held this position until February 1961, when he was assigned as director of special investigations, Pacific Air Forces. General Cappucci was awarded another Legion of Merit by the commander in chief, PACAF, for outstanding service as director of special investigations, PACAF.

He was transferred to the Office of The Inspector General, U.S. Air Force, in January 1964 and assumed the duties of deputy director of special investigations for operations in the Directorate of Special Investigations. He was appointed director of special investigations, and commander, 1005th Special Investigations Group in June 1964, which at that time was a worldwide, centrally directed organization.
General Cappucci retired Aug. 31, 1967, and was recalled to active duty Sept. l, 1967,to again serve as director of special investigations and commander of the 1005th Special Investigations Group. He was awarded two Distinguished Service medals for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as director of special investigations. On Dec. 31, 1971 the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was created as a separate operating agency. General Cappucci retained his position as director of special investigations while also becoming Commander, AFOSI. At that time, the 1005th Special Investigations Group was disestablished.

In April 1972 General Cappucci was appointed director of Defense Investigative Service, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Besides the Command and General Staff School, he also has attended the U.S. Air Force Special Investigations School, British Secret Intelligence School, Air Intelligence School, Radar Observer Intelligence School and the Airborne School, and holds the ratings of parachutist and gliderman.

In addition to the United States military decorations, he has been awarded the National Order of Vietnam in grade of Knight; Vietnamese Medal of Honor, 1st Class; Vietnamese Air Service Honor Medal; Philippine Legion of Honor; Philippine Legion of Honor (Commander); Most Exalted Order of White Elephant (2d Class-Knight Commander) (Thailand); Republic of Vietnam Air Force Distinguished Service Order (First Class); the Special Cravat of the Order of Cloud and Banner - Republic of China; Republic of China Police Medal; and the Order of National Security Merit Cheon-Su Medal, Republic of China.

He was promoted to the temporary grade of brigadier general effective June 1, 1965, with date of rank May 22, 1965. 
Senior Air Force officer saw JFK’s assassination as ‘a military coup’
JFK Murder Truth telling - Heading to the Grassy Knoll on November 22nd - 50th Anniversary

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Amateur Sluths Hit Paydirt

Some people are under the impression that the biggest discoveries in JFK researh are made by the heavyweights who have devoted much of their lives to it - John Newman, Bill Simpich, Larry Hancock, Dick Russell, et. al.

But in fact, sometimes the unsung heroes are amateur sluths with time on their hands, sitting at home with their computers on Google, deciding to help find a lost piece of the Dealey Plaza puzzle.

In that regard, in the past few weeks, three independent researchers have made significant discoveries that could have an impact on this case.

William Paris, who otherwise works as a musican in a rock band, joined CAPA and as a member of the research team, took up the chase after Gene Wheaton after others gave up. Paris found an obituary for Wheaton that gave the names of his family and two good friends from the military, and mentioned his suspicious death from a New Year's eve head injury due to a fall.

In the videotaped interview Larry Hancock and William M. Law did with Wheaton that was recently posted on line, Wheaton mentions that he had previoiusly been interviewed at length by a Minnesotta documentary film maker - and Law provided the correct spelling of his name - Matt Ehling.

Then after I failed to find him, Bruce Johnson, who happens to live in the Twin Cities himself, found Ehling's Public Records Media Company and shortly thereafter I was talking with Matt on the phone, and he agreed to send me a copy of the tape of his interview with Wheaton, that I promised to transcribe and share with other researchers.

When I posted the Wheaton interview on my Facebook Page, asking if anyone can understand the name of the person Wheaton said helped Carl Jenkins train the anti-Castro Cuban commandos at JMWAVE, I thought he said "Ira" Harper.

My Facebook friend Pat Dugan then went over the tape and listended closely and came up with the name "I.W." Harper. Bingo!

It appears that the "I.W." was a nickname, because its not his real first name, and "I.W. Harper" is the name of a Kentucky whiskey.

But that's the moniker that was used to identify him in a Soldier of Fortune magazine article "The Wild Bunch," who were sent down to Nicaragua and Costa Rico to train the Cocaine Contras who fought the leftest Sandinistas after the Somoza dictatorship ended.

It's pretty curious to me that Michael Paine's wife Ruth Hyde Paine was also in Costa Rico keeping tabs on the American Quakers there who were assisting the Sandinistass.

In any case, one of my hypothesis is that those who pulled off the Dealey Plaza Operation had conducted similar covert operations before and have done them since. The Iran-Contra Affair was one of them.

And without an obituary for either Carl Jenkins or "I.W." Harper, we considered them to still be alive, and some other armchair sluths actually located them both.

Since we are approaching these still living witnesses with kid gloves, to see if they will talk about their experiences at JMWAVE, I humbly ask other researchers to pull back and not to search for them or try to contact them, as that would be running interference and you will be called on it.

On the other side of that token, William Paris, Bruce Johnson and Pat Dugan get special research feathers for their caps for coming up with the obit, the proper names of these key witnesses.

If there are any other researchers who want to get in this game, join CAPA-US.org and become a member of the research team to get in the loop. There's so much research to do, and so little time.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Judging Sources - New Names are Nuggets


Kelly Notes: This is a first draft. My laptop is in the shop and pad is on the blink so I'm working off my phone. I appologize for spellings and typos and will correct them ASAP.

In the course of weighing the evidence and judging the veracity of sources, in evaluating the bonifides of defectors and sources the CIA determined that one way to do that is to see how much new, important and verifiable inforamtion the source provides, especially new names, new places and events not previoiusly known in the files.

After becoming familiar with most of the major players in the assassination of President Kennedy, I am always looking for new names, and when one appears it's like finding  a nugget in a gold mine or a needle in a haystack. 

This has occured numerous times over the years, but particularly when the second copy of the Air Force One tape was found among the effects of General Clifton, President Kennedy's miliary aide. 

Clifton's tape was a longer, reel to reel version of the shorter cassette tapes relesed by the LBJ Library in the 1970s that I had already transcribed, so I immediatly recognized the new segements on  the Clifton tape. 

There were two sections that stood out, one when a Colonel Dorman comes on identifying himself as General LeMay's aide, who wanted to use the channel to get an imporatnt message to General LeMay, who he said was on board a special jet enroute to Washington from Michagan. While we don't get to hear what the imporatnt message is - the Clifton tape is not a first generation copy but also an edited tape, and Colonel Dorman's name was new to me. 

I immediatley did an internet search and found that Colonel Dorman, after serving as LeMay's adjunct, transferred to a tactical figher command and was shot down and killed in Vietnam, a sad result of LBJ's assuming the presidency.

But continuing my search I discovered he was from nearby Trenton, New Jersey, not far from where I was living, and quickly discovered his widow in the phone book and called her. 

She answered and I identified myself as a resarcher who had just heard her husband talking on a recentlly released copy of the Air Force One tapes, and she confirmed that he was her husband. 

Mrs. Dorman said that on the day of the assassination she herself was working at the White House under a Mr. Castro, another new name, who was responsible for the historic renovations being undertaken at the urging of the First Lady, Mrs. Kennedy. 

She said she received a phone call from her husband at the Pentagon, and he instructed her to go home immediately. She said she assisted Mr. Castro close all the drapes and blinds at the White House and then drove home in nearby Arlington, Va., were she lived with her sons on General's Row, first stopping at a Arlinrton Cemetary chappel to pray.

Mrs. Dorman said she was aware of the tape and her husband's conversation because one of her sons complained about the attempt to market the tape included a TV appearnce by the auction company owner who said the Dorman - LeMay segment was new and conspiratorial. 

She gave me her son's phone number and I called him and he said that he didn't think the message was conspiratorial, though he said it was important. 

The son also said he was young, ten or twelve at the time of the assassination and since Arlington Cemetary was their backyard, him and his brothers and friends, sons of generals and high government officials, watched the president's burial ceremony from the branches high in a tree. 

The son said he believed LeMay was on a fishing vacation with his family in Michagan, because if he was on an imporant official mission his father would have accompanied LeMay, who did not return to DC in his regular plane.. 

The son said LeMay had his own plane, called "Speckled Trout," - a Command and Control plane with the latest electronic and communications equipment, a plane that his father had once given him a tour of.

CAPTAIN PATTERSON - aka "Stranger" 

Also on the tape is a segement early on with communicaitons between the White House Situation Room and the Cabinet plan over the Pacific enroute to Japan. 

On the tape, and as recounted by Pierre Salinter in his book "On Orders of My President," the cabinet plane was informed of the president's  death and ordered to turn around and return to Washington by someone who identified himself by his code name "Stranger." 

When Salinger informed the highest ranking cabinet member on the plane, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Rusk asked for the identify of "Stranger," saying they couldn't just take orders from soneone they didn't know, literally a stranger.

Salinger relates how they then asked the pilot for the official code book, but when the safe was open, the code book was missing. 

This required Salinger to order the Situation Room to identify "Stranger," who they say, after a few minutes consultation, was identified as Captain Patterson, someone Salinger knew personally, and could vouch for. 

Now with "Stranger" being idntified as Captain Patterson, and having his name, I did a quick internet search and found him still alive in Virginia and called him on the phone. Patterson answered, and acknowledged he was in the Situation Room at the time of the assassination, assigned to the White House Communications Agency. He also acknowledge that the Cabinet plane was missing its code book and official protocol was broken as his name was revealed. 

Patterson was open and forthcoming with me but a few days latrer refused to talk to another reporter, and I suspect someone else got to him and shut him down. 

But not before he talked to me. 

And both Dorman and Patterson are just two examples of how new names that crop up can be imporant sources of information, and I will provide some more soon, so stay tuned.