«NOVEMBER 22, 1963 (Friday) 12:00 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Nine Secret Service agents drinking at Pat Kirkwood’s bar the “Cellar Door” in Fort Worth, ...»
January 2, 1967 Doctors, suspecting that blood clots are forming, administer oxygen to Jack Ruby. He seems to be recovering.
January 26, 1967 LBJ sends secret memo to Attorney General Ramsey Clark: “On the other matter, I think we have the three pathologists and the photographer signed up now on the autopsy review and their conclusion is that the autopsy photos and x-rays [sic] conclusively support the autopsy report rendered by them to the Warren Commission though we were not able to tie down the question of the missing photo entirely but we feel much better about it and we have three of the four sign an affidavit that says these are all the photos that they took and they do not believe anybody else took any others. There is this unfortunate reference in the Warren Commission report by “Dr. Hinn” [sic - almost certainly Dr. Humes, for the name “Dr. Hinn” or “Mr. Hinn” appears nowhere else in the Kennedy saga] to a picture that just does not exist as far as we know.” January 27, 1967 Three US astronauts die in the fire inside Apollo spacecraft during on-pad tests.
n February 6, 1967 Today marks a final confrontation between RFK and LBJ in the Oval Office of the White House. LBJ begins by blaming RFK for press leaks. RFK denies the rumor, telling LBJ that the leaks have come “from your State Department.” LBJ
bellows: “It’s not my State Department, goddamnit. It’s your State Department!” Concerning RFK’s views on Vietnam, LBJ bellows:
“I’ll destroy you and everyone of your dove friends in six months. You’ll be dead politically in six months.” LBJ says that RFK’s views on Vietnam are prolonging the war. “The blood of American boys will be on your hands. I never want to hear your views on Vietnam again. I never want to see you again!” After an hour and twenty minutes of confrontation, RFK storms out of the room, saying, “I don’t have to sit here and take that shit.” February 10, 1967 Dr. Pierre Finck makes notes dated this day in which he says: “My conclusion is that the photos and X-rays of the autopsy of President Kennedy do not modify our conclusions stated in the autopsy report.” February 17, 1967 Jim Garrison’s investigation becomes public in New Orleans newspaper article written by Rosemary James. The headline reads: “DA Here Launches Full JFK Death Plot Probe.” James maintains that she had shown the story to Garrison before publication and he had read part of it before responding with a “No comment.” Garrison says: “Anyone who says I saw that story in advance is a liar.” Also this month, Harold Russell dies. He had seen a man leaving the scene of J.D. Tippit’s murder and believed his life was in n danger because of what he had seen. At a party this month, Russell becomes extremely agitated, thinking that he will be killed at any moment. His friends call the police, who try to reason with him. One of the officers strikes Russell, who dies soon afterward.
February 18, 1967 LBJ informs Ramsey Clark of the Drew Pearson / Roselli story and orders him to investigate it. LBJ tells John Connally: “It’s pretty hard to see how we would know exactly what Castro did... We will look into it... I think it’s something we have to be aware of.” February 20, 1967 David Ferrie has a long meeting with Carlos Bringuier.
LBJ calls Ramsey Clark today to discuss a story published in the New Orleans States-Item regarding Jim Garrison who, according to the article, has “launched an intensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” TKAT February 22, 1967 Less than a week after newspapers break the story of Jim Garrison’s investigation into JFK’s murn der, David Ferrie, Garrison’s chief suspect is found dead in his cluttered apartment. Ferrie is forty-nine years old. Two undated notes are found near Ferrie’s body -- on to a former lover named Al, the other to the world: “To leave this life is, for me, a sweet prospect. I find nothing in it that is desirable, and on the other hand everything that is loathsome.” Despite the notes, the coroner rules that the death is from natural causes, a brain hemorrhage.
President LBJ telephones Acting Attorney General Ramsey Clark to inform him of Ferrie’s death. An FBI report will later disclose that LBJ is “very concerned about this matter” and wants full details about Ferrie’s death.
Yet another man closely connected to Ferrie is Eladio del Valle, a wealthy former Cuban congressman under Batista who has n fled Cuba to become a well-known organizer of anti-Castro Cubans in Miami. Twelve hours after Ferrie’s death, del Valle’s mutilated body is discovered in a Miami parking lot. Police report that he has been tortured, shot in the heart at pointblank range, and his skull split open with an ax or machete. His murder has never been solved.
February 23, 1967 In a written statement that is given to Barefoot Sanders, Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice, James J. Rowley, chief of the Secret Service writes: “On or about November 27, Bouck handed the [autopsy] photographic film to James J. Fox, U.S. Secret service, and instructed Fox to take the photographic film to the U.S. Navy Photographic Laboratory.
Fox took the photographic film to the U.S. Navy Photographic Laboratory on or about November 27, 1963. The black and white film was processed, black and white negatives were developed, and color positives were make from the colored film. The processing and development was done by Lt. V. Madonia, U.S. Navy... A few days later, black and white prints were made by Fox in the Secret Service photographic laboratory. On or about December 9, 1963, at the direction of Mr. Bouck, Fox took the colored positives back to the U.S.
Navy Photographic Laboratory and observed while enlarged color prints were made.” Saundra Spencer is the woman who processed the color prints at Anacostia for Madonia. One of the pictures she describes is a view of the body with the brain lying alongside it on the table. Nothing like this is in the official evidence, and the brain was removed and placed in a can with formalin soon after the autopsy began. Spencer will eventually state that none of the official autopsy photographs presently in the National Archives corresponds to anything she developed and printed a few days after the JFK autopsy. [The film from the autopsy was actually brought to Anacostia the day after the autopsy, on November 23rd, and the memo of the April 26, 1965 transfer from Evelyn Lincoln’s inventory from Lt. V.
Madonia to SS Agent Fox, dated 29 November 1963 are missing from the National Archives.] (James Fox is the originator of one set of black and white photographs corresponding to what is now in the National Archives. This set of pictures will spread rapidly throughout the JFK research community after 1988 and will be widely published.) Joe O’Donnell, White House photographer, will testify the “he remembers a photograph of a gaping wound in the back of the head which was big enough to put a fist through, in which the image clearly showed a total absence of hair and bone, and a cavity which was the result of a lot of interior matter missing from inside the cranium. He said that another image showed a small round hole above the President’s right eye, which he interpreted as an entry wound made by the same bullet which exited from the large wound in the back of the head.” Family members say that, during the autopsy of JFK, Robert Knudsen (White House photographer) witnessed and photographed probes inserted in the president’s body that left no doubt of the number and direction of bullet trajectories; and Knudsen testified to the HSCA that there was more than one probe inserted into the body at once, son Bob Knudsen thinks that his father described three probes in the body (two in the thorax/neck, and one in the head). Mrs. Knudsen, Robert’s wife, will also eventually describe a burglary of her house shortly after her husband testifies to the HSCA, and she wonders if there is a connection between the two events.
February 24, 1967 Jim Garrison publicly announces that he has “positively solved the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” February 25, 1967 After reading of Ferrie’s death and contacting Jim Garrison’s office, Perry Russo is interviewed by one of Garrison’s assistants -- Andrew “Moo Moo” Sciambra. Russo says that he was present at a New Orleans conspiracy meeting involving Clay Shaw, David Ferrie, and Lee Harvey Oswald. It is largely upon this testimony that Clay Shaw will soon be bound over for trial.
March 1, 1967 David William Ferrie is buried. A low requiem mass is said for him at St. Matthas’ Church. Only two mourners attend. Interment follows in near solitude at St. Bernard’s Memorial Cemetery. His body is claimed by Parmalee T. Ferrie of Rockford, New York, understood to be a brother.
Also on this day, at 5:30 PM, Jim Garrison issues an arrest warrant for Clay L. Shaw, a prominent New Orleans business and social figure. He intends to implicate Shaw in the JFK assassination. Only seventeen months earlier, the city of New Orleans bestowed upon Shaw its highest honor, a medal for the International Order of Merit.
This is also the month that David Sanchez Morales joins former JM/WAVE station chief Ted Shackley to implement the Phoenix Program in Vietnam. It is a plan devised by future CIA Director William Colby to eliminate the Vietcong infrastructure; it results in the assassination of 40,000 individuals. Morales works under cover of the Agency for International Development’s Vientiene area community development administration.
The Supreme Court turns down Jimmy Hoffa’s last appeal of his conviction for jury tampering in Tennessee. This same day, Frank Chavez, one of Hoffa’s goons and the head of the Teamsters Union in Puerto Rico, boards a plane for Washington to kill RFK.
Kennedy is warned and given armed guards. Hickory Hill is placed under surveillance. It is Hoffa himself who talks Chavez out of shooting RFK. Fearful that we will never get out of jail if the Teamsters are caught trying to kill RFK, Hoffa demands that Chavez turn over his gun. (A few months from now, Chavez will be murdered by his own bodyguard.) RK March 3, 1967 Drew Pearson writes: “President Johnson is sitting on a political H-bomb - an unconfirmed report that Robert Kennedy may have approved an assassination plot which backfired against his late brother.” Pearson’s column makes first public mention of CIA-Mafia plots against Fidel Castro, and speculates about Castro’s retaliation. It asks if RFK could “have been plagued by the terrible thought that he had helped put into motion terrible forced that indirectly may have brought about his brother’s martyrdom?
Some insiders think so.” Pearson has received much of his information directly from LBJ and Johnny Rosselli. RK Time magazine runs an article entitled “Bourbon Street Rococo” -- a critical review of Jim Garrison and his investigation.
Jack Anderson’s column today reveals [Johnny] Rosselli’s secret that “Robert Kennedy may have approved an assassination plot which then possibly backfired against his late brother.” B&JE March 4, 1967 Robert Kennedy’s secretary phones the CIA Director’s office and asks for a copy of the Edwards memorandum on the May 7, 1962 meeting with Kennedy when he was Attorney General, at which time he was briefed on the Castro assassination operation. (RFK also calls J. Edgar Hoover for his copy of the memorandum.) RFK knows of the Drew Pearson article of March 3, 1967 and wants to check his recollection of what he had been told by Edwards and Houston on May 7, 1962. The Attorney General’s copy of the memorandum for the record of that briefing is in the archives of the Attorney General’s office. Richard Helms subsequently has lunch with Senator Kennedy. He takes a copy of the memorandum with him and allows RFK to read it. He does not leave a copy with RFK.
March 6, 1967 Newsweek magazine runs an article entitled: “Carnival in New Orleans” - a critical review of Jim Garrison and his investigation.
March 14, 1967 In New Orleans, Jim Garrison initiates a preliminary hearing against Clay Shaw.
On this date, work crews are making preparations to excavate JFK’s grave at Arlington Cemetery. The body is to be moved to a new site. Permanent landscaping has been completed, including new stonework quarried on Cape Cod in the early 19th century, and a plaque in the walk declares the dates of JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY (1917 - 1963). JFK’s body will be moved - along with the bodies of his two infant children.
Before the workmen begin their excavation of the grave, some 300 military personnel arrive and close Arlington National Cemetery to the public, clearing it of all unauthorized persons. An Army roadblock shuts down Arlington Memorial Bridge. The Military District of Washington establishes a command post at the guard house near the grave sites. A 50-man reserve troop stands by for summoning on short notice. Meanwhile, troops ring the area, which is screened by canvas and open to only “key personnel” with “a specific job.” At approximately 6:10 PM, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara arrive. The ground breaking immediately begins. At 7:00 pm, Senator Ted Kennedy arrives, accompanied by Richard Cardinal Cushing of Boston and another priest named McGuire - both of whom are scheduled to bless the graves of the President and his two children the next day. At 8:45 pm, the mourners depart the property. By 11:00 pm, they return - this time, RFK is accompanied by his wife, his brother Ted, Warren Billings and Jacqueline Kennedy. They remain at the site until just before midnight. They will return in the morning for the actual re-interment proceedings.