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. 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Playbook - Program - Players

Playbook and Program

The plays, the players, the positions - You can't follow the game without a Program! Get your Program here.

When the Arab Spring revolutions broke out I recognized its signifiance as a world shaking event and began taking notes, and started a blog - Revolutionary Program in which I tried to keep track of the major players, the revolutionaries, the dictators, the generals and how they played the game and how the game played out in different countries.

Towards that end I am now just getting around to applying the same Program to the assassination of President Kennedy - the Dealey Plaza Program.



1) General Maxwell Taylor (US Army), Personally appointed as Chief of Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) over other, more qualified officers, based on a book he wrote that Kennedy read and liked. At the time of the assassination, Taylor and the JCS were meeting with the West German General Staff who later reported that they were increduluous of Taylor's response to the news of the assassination - he took a nap.

2) General Curtis LeMay (US Air Force), AF Chief of Staff, who was temporrary Chairman on September 25, 1963 when the JCS were briefed by Desmond FitzGerald on CIA covert operations against Cuba, the subject of Colonel Walter Higgin's memo.

3) General Victor "Brute" Krulak (USMC) - responsible for military assistance to the CIA in support of their covert operations against Cuba, whose adjunct, Colonel W. Higgins, wrote the meeting minutes memo (Smoking Document #1)

4) General William Eldridge Odom - Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) and later director of the National Security Agency (NSA), who sought the advice of the CIA's Haveland Smith in regards to the use of covert intelligence operations.

5) General Charles Cabell (USAF) - Former head of Project Blue Book. Military intelligence officer who tried but failed to convince Presidend Kennedy to authorize a second air strike against Cuban air fields during the Bay of Pigs, guaranteeing its failure. Cabell was fired over this. His brother was the mayor of Dallas and a certified CIA asset.

6) General Edwin Walker (USA) - Fired by President Kennedy for distributing right wing John Birch Society propaganda to his troops in Europe, and sent to psychiatric institute for evaluation. Lived on Turtle Creek Road in North Dallas, where someone took a shot at him through a window on April 10, 1963, a crime later attributed to Lee Harvey Oswald.

7) General Edwin Lansdale (USAF) was actually a CIA intelligence officer who specialized in unconventional warfare, active in the Phillipines, Cuba and Vietnam.

8) General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (USA) Chairman of the JCS (1960-1962) on whose watch the Northwoods deception plans were devised andd n to falsly blame Cuba for covert operational disasters.

9) General Philip C. Wehle -  In charge of the Military District of Washington; ran a deception operation in the course of delivering the body of JFK to Bathesda from Andrews, and oversaw the autopsy and funeral. Later the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.

10) General Andrew J. Goodpaster - General Taylor's assistant, met with the German General Staff at the time of the assassination.

11) Admiral Chester Brouton - Nuclear submarine commander, Collins Radio executive after retirement. George deMohrenschildt introduced Oswald to Bruton in an attempt to get Oswald a job at Collins Radio.

12) General Earle Wheeler - Chief of Staff of the Army 1963. Appointed by LBJ as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff in July 1964, replacing Maxwell Taylor. Berated by Gen. LeMay.

13) General Joseph J. Cappucci  USAF - Associated with Zeta-Diogionese Project. Told social group including the wife of Colonel William "Bill" Amos USAF that LBJ killed JFK.


Colonels are the highest ranking officers on the battlefield. They take orders from the generals and see that they are carried out. On the chessboard they are the Queen's, can maneuver and attack from any direction and control the movements of other players.

1) Col. Walter Higgins (USA) Adjunct to General Victor Krulak, responsible for military assistance to CIA for covert operationns against Cuba. Author of the Higgins Memo.

2) Col. William B. Rose - in the Pentagon office of Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI).

3) Col. Frank "Brandy" Brandstetter - Reported directly to Col. Rose at the Pentagon despite being officially under Col. Crichton at Texas Reserve Intelligence detachment.

4) Col. Jack Crichton - Started his own Texas Reserves Intelligence detachment, ran the Emergency Communications underground bunker at the Texas Fairgrounds, and arranged for Illya Mamatov to translate Marina Oswald's first statements to Dallas PD.

5) Col. Samuel Goodhue Kail - US Military attache at US Embassy in Havana, associate of David Atlee Phillips and Antonio Veciana, associated with ACSI with Dorothie Matlack in interviewing George deMohremschildt enroute to Haiti.

6) Col. Laurance Orlov - With deMohrenschilts when he first visited Oswald; plays racket ball with CIA Domestics Division officer in Dallas.

7) Col. Howard Burris - LBJ's military aide.

8) Col. Sheffield Edwards - Had Robert Mahu recruit Rosselli and Giancana to kill Castro.

9) Col. James "J.D." Wilmeth - US Army Russian translator and Dallas professor who visited Ruth Paine and Marina Oswald in Irving a few days before the assassination.

10) Lt. Col. George L. Whitmeyer - Road I n backseat of Pilot Car in motorcade without Secret Service approval at invitation of Capt. Lumkin.

11) Col. George Stanton Dorman - Gen. LeMay's adjunct, heard on AF1 radio tapes trying to get a message to LeMay.

12) Lt. Colonel Fletcher Prouty - Military liason to CIA, friends with Gen. Krulack.

13) Col. Lawrence Lowry - Commander of Command and Control plane that was in air over Dallas at the time of Assassination; associate of Thomas Beckmon in New Orleans. 

14) Col. Robert Ellis Jones - 112th Ft. Sam Houston - Notified FBI on 11/22/63 that military files on LHOswald cross checked with Alec Hidel alias.

15) "Colonel" John "Rawlins" - JMWAVE alias of mobster John Rosselli under William Harvey.

16) Lt. Col. Wendell Stevens USAF - Worked under Gen. Cabell on Project Bluebook at Wright-Patterson AFB, wrote book on alien visitors, friend of Arthur Young, Michael Paine's father-in-law.

17) Colonel D. H. Byrd - Owner of the Texas School Book Depository; Founder of the Texas Civil Air Patrol (1941); served on CAP national board with Cord Meyer, Sr., father of CIA officer Cord Meyer, Jr., husband of Mary Pinchot Meyer.

18) Colonel William "Bill" Amos USAF - Adjunct to Gen. Joseph Cappucci. Wife of Amos said that Cappucci blamed LBJ for the murder of JFK at social event.

(BK Notes - there are more to come.) 


1) Major Harold Patterson - aka "Stranger" - White House Communications Agency officer in the White House Situation Room at the time of the assassination. Patterson is heard on the AF1 radio tapes ordering the Cabinet plane over the Pacific to turn around and return to DC.

2) Captain George Lumkin - Driver of the Pilot Car in the motorcade; invited his Army Reserve General Whitmeyer to sit in the back seat without Secret Service authorization.

3) Captain Bradley Ayers USA Ranger - Assigned by Gen. Krulak to train Cuban Commandos at JMWAVE.

4) Captain Edward Roderick USA Ranger - Assigned by Gen. Krulack to train Cuban Commandos at JMWAVE.

5) Civil Air Patrol Captain David Ferrie - Knew Lee H. Oswald as a cadet in his New Orleans CAP wing.

6) Captain Swindell - Pilot of Air Force One, parked at Love Field. 

7) Captain Carl Jenkins USMC - Established USMC Reserve unit in New Orleans; trained Cuban Commandos at JMWAVE.

8) Captain Tazewell T. Shepard, Jr. USN - Navy aide to President; Set up the White House Situation Room.


More to come.