OK, after a foray into contemporary and international affairs I’ll return to the 1960’s and the assassination of President Kennedy.  To be more specific I recently returned to the assassination via a radio interview with my friend Doug.  Our discussion was quite focused since we both feel there is not doubt that there was a conspiracy and one traceable to a well defined network organized at a tactical level around certain CIA officers and fervent anti-Castro Cuban “patriots”. Between us we largely agree on the conspiracy, the unifying motive, the tactic of using Oswald in an attempt to frame Castro and that there was a decision at the highest levels of government not to pursue any actual investigation of conspiracy in fear of exposing intelligence connections and operational activities – not to mention the potential national security risk of where an actual investigation might lead within the CIA.

With that level of agreement the obvious place to turn is to follow the leads to Dallas and to determine credible suspects which might give a more definitive picture of how the Dallas attack came into being. What puzzles us both is that there are people that were known to be in Dallas, specifically reported to the FBI as having been involved in the attack on JFK and with two of them proven to not only have been very close friends but operationally involved in attacks against Castro…both before and after the assassination.  And one of them even admitted going to Dallas, brought in as an actor in the conspiracy.

Given that level of definition, both Doug and I ponder why so much focus and dialog is elsewhere…well we not only ponder it but we go on about it for half an hour…if that sounds interesting, take a listen:




About Larry Hancock

Larry Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of November Patriots and author of the 2003 research analysis publication titled also Someone Would Have Talked. In addition, Hancock has published several document collections addressing the 112th Army Intelligence Group, John Martino, and Richard Case Nagell. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

5 responses »

  1. Chloelouise says:

    Larry, that was a great talk…will you explain a little bit more about the term gatekeeper and maybe a short example.

    • Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. The term “gatekeeper” is often used in regard to document work – at least by me – in regard to an individual within an Agency who is assigned to FOIA requests and whose job it is to protect both personnel data and national security data. We don’t like it because it keeps documents away from us but its perfectly legal and its their day job. Somebody does have to do it…I have blogged here about one of the CIA officers who was performed that function over several years.

      The way I’m using it in the discussion is something quite different and is my own concept. My logic is that if, after the attack, there were conspirators still alive and in fact living in one or more places that those involved in the tactical side would need to mount some sort of watch in the event that a serious investigation did begin to jell after the fact. That did not happen immediately afterwards for reasons I’ve written about but it could have later, and in fact did. The first instance was private, when LIFE magazine assigned a team that seriously began looking into a conspiracy with investigators in Texas and especially New Orleans. That attempt aborted, possibly because of gate-keeping at the highest levels of the magazine. Wallace Millam did a great deal of research on that inquiry and presented on it some years ago at a Lancer conference. In my view, the most exposed place to look for tactical links to the assassination and to some extent to Oswald would have been in Miami…actually one of the first places Garrison turned to and of course where Gaeton Fonzi focused under the HSCA. So my logic is, in both New Orleans and Miami a gatekeeper would be needed to report to certain people if someone showed up attempting to open another JFK investigation. The gatekeeper would need to be someone special, with connections across the city, in the exile community and a link to the conspiracy. Not knowing everything but in a position to detect an inquiry and pass it on…and possibly work to divert or abort it. And of course that is exactly what we see in Miami with Bernardo de Torres, who detected Garrison’s investigators early on in Miami, infiltrated his investigation, exposed it to the press and attempted to divert it to a focus on Castro. Very, very effective…and of course he was one of the actual prime suspects Fonzi turned up during the HSCA. That’s the way I’m using the term and an example, there are a couple of more names in Miami and a couple in New Orleans as well. It simply reflects how networked the conspiracy was at ground level – and how competent some of those involved were.

  2. Avinash says:

    Hi Larry

    Has there been any further info from Frazier regarding Prayer Man?

    • Frazier has been asked about it multiple times and has been shown the best photos available. He says he does not remember anyone standing behind him or coming out behind him after he was in place but since he was totally focused on the motorcade he did not look around behind him. He is unable to identify the person in the photos and really has no idea who it might be. Everyone he recognizes, like Lovelady and others were out in front of him. I don’t think anything further than that is likely to come up from him.

      • Avinash says:

        Thanks Larry.Looks like Frazier is not going give any further info as you said,I think he knows that it is indeed Oswald,but is still scared after all these years to admit it.

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