Death Deception, (The Framing of Lee Harvey Oswald, Part (IX).
By S.r. “Dusty” Rohde
In the previous article, I mentioned that proving Lee Harvey Oswald purchased the MC rifle in March, 1963 (using the Hidell alias) did not prove he owned the rifle in November, 1963. There are still ongoing debates as to whether or not Oswald used the “Hidell” alias. At this point, it is necessary to clear up some confusion on this matter. Was Lee Harvey Oswald using the Alek Hiddel alias?
Fact #1: Marina Oswald referred to Lee as “Alek” in letters she wrote to her aunt and uncle residing in Russia. (See Below)
LETTER 1: JUNE 20, 1962. (Excerpts from Marina writing to her aunt and uncle in Russia)
“From Moscow to Holland we traveled through Germany and Poland. Rotterdam where we were a day and a half I liked very much except that the weather was cold for summer. Alek (Lee) and I (Marina) walked around in our coats. We were in New York for a day. In the evening Alek and I (Marina) and Marin(k)a (June) went to see Broadway. Broadway is very beautiful and not the way it was shown to us in the movies. There are many lights, stores, and Negroes. I have not gotten used to it yet.”
“Robert (Oswald) in life is very appealing — more so than Alek (Lee) and more than in his photographs.”
“We will probably be living here half a year until Alek can rent a house. He still has not started work.”
LETTER 2: DECEMBER 26, 1962.
“Alek was also very happy and read the letter himself.” (See link below)
In letters written to Oswald by his friend “Pavel” (also from Russia), he too referred to Lee as “Alek”.
Fact #2: Lee H. Oswald also used the alias “Hiddel” on more than one occasion on some of his job applications (See Below).
(Quote below from Robert Oswald, Look magazine, page 74, . . .10/17/1967).
The image shown above is of one of Oswald’s job applications using the “Hiddel” alias, but with a different first name than the application shown below (Next image)
Then here again the Hidell alias was used on the “Fair Play for Cuba Committee” card, the money order for the MC rifle and the Selective Service card held by Oswald and the order form from Klein’s. (See next four images below)
These are not all of the documents using the variations of the “Alek” or “Hidell” aliases. Based on existing evidence, there is about a 95% probability that Oswald was indeed using the Alek and Hiddell aliases and it would be hard to argue the point. This is supported in part by Oswald’s statement at the time of his arrest, “Now they’ll find out who I really am”. Robert Oswald also stated that the P.O. Box 2915 was the address that Lee himself gave to Robert for mailing purposes (prior to the assassination). The P.O. Box 2915 was rented under the Hidell alias, not Oswald’s name. There are several problems with documents in relationship to the purchase of both the MC rifle and pistol Lee H. Oswald allegedly purchased under the Hidell alias. Some of the documents may have been forged by someone other than Oswald; those will be addressed at a later point. There is one thing I would like to identify and clear up related to the P.O. Boxes though.
- Most people are aware that the MC rifle was said to be sent to Oswald under the alias Hidell. One might assume the rifle was sent to A. Hidell at the P.O. Box listed under Oswald’s name, which is a bit misleading. The P.O. Box the rifle was sent to was rented under the A. Hidell alias. Oswald’s normal P.O. Box, under his own name, was very near to Jack Ruby’s; in fact they were so close to each other they could practically reach out and touch each other. Oswald’s and Rubies P.O. Boxes were rented just a few weeks prior to the assassination. Jack Ruby rented his P.O. Box just six days after Oswald opened his. (See images below)
I’m not going to debate the purchase of the pistol and rifle at this point. What I want people to understand is that Oswald did use the Alek and Hidell aliases. The question is why does the Alek Hiddell alias matter outside of purchasing weapons? Nearly every Warren Commission supporter, Warren Commission apologist and Disinfo asset claimed there was no connection between Ferrie and Oswald. David Ferrie was not even mentioned in the Warren Report. The following bit of evidence shows clear evidence of a connection between Ferrie and Hiddel-Oswald. (See below)
This is a flight plan that was made out by David Ferrie on April 8th, 1963, (two days prior to the General Walker shooting). Pay particular attention to the passenger’s names listed in the lower right corner. Those names are “Hidell” (Oswald), “Cambert or Lambert” (possibly Patricia Lambert or her brother Jack, CIA) and “Diaz” (most probably Herminio Diaz). Then also keep in mind that the total number of passengers for this flight on this plane was four…remember it. Note that this flight plan was from “Hammond” to “Garland” Texas. This flight plan is solid documented evidence of a Ferrie-Hidell connection, and this is the only flight plan that we know about. Who knows how many others there may have been? Other collaborating evidence further supports the fact that Ferrie flew Oswald (Hidell) to Texas. (See Below)
And of course, most people familiar with the JFK assassination are aware of the following photo of the C.A.P. (Civil Air Patrol) squadron showing David Ferrie and Oswald in the same photo. Please make a mental note of the differences between the bodies of Oswald (rail thin) and Ferries (chubby). (See below)
So far, the previous evidence indicates direct documented connections between Ferrie and Hidell-Oswald and probable connections with Patricia or Jack Lambert and Herminio Diaz. Patricia Lambert (formerly CIA) wrote the book “False Witness”, blasting Jim Garrison over the trial of Clay Shaw. (See below)
In Jim Garrison’s trial of Clay Shaw, Garrison asserted that there was a relationship between Shaw, Ferrie and Oswald, and that Clay Shaw and the others were allegedly involved in a conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy. During the Shaw trial there was a great deal of interference during the trial by the CIA and other government agencies that refused extradition of witnesses, documents were stolen, offices were bugged, etc. Jim Garrison was unable to convince the jury of the connections between Shaw and the other individuals or involvement in JFK’s assassination. As a result, Clay Shaw would eventually be declared “not guilty”, although that doesn’t mean that Shaw told the truth during the trial. (See next two images)
The attorney Dean Andrews was questioned by Jim Garrison during the Shaw trial and eventually charged and convicted of perjury by Garrison. During this time, Dean Andrews gave some recorded interviews of significance. Dean would state at one point that Garrison “has the right Ho-ho but the wrong Ta-ta”. (See link below)
That comment by Andrews has stuck with me ever since I heard it. In essence, Andrews was telling Garrison, he had the right group (or direction) but the wrong person (although Andrews was referring to Manuel Garcia Gonzalez in this interview). As it turns out, this statement by Dean Andrews was prophetic, because had Garrison gone after David Ferrie first, rather than Clay Shaw, the outcome of an assassination trial might have been very, very different.
In 1960, David Ferrie and Eladio Del Valle were both working as CIA assets. Eladio Del Valle was found murdered within 12 hours of David Ferrie’s death on 22 Feb. 1967. Robert Morrow, former CIA agent (not to be confused with the Robert Morrow associated with Roger Stone), stated he supplied transceiver radios to Del Valle, and delivered four MC rifles to Ferrie. (See the following link and next two images).
At this point, I need to demonstrate the connections asserted by Jim Garrison by identifying the locations, the events and individuals involved. I’ll also have to provide information on connections less known. Most people familiar with the history of Lee Harvey Oswald are familiar with Oswald’s handing out the FPCC (Fair Play for Cuba Committee flyers). (See below)
Some of you may think that Oswald was handing out his flyers haphazardly, meaning wherever was convenient, but that isn’t true. The members of the 544 Camp Street crew would be found at different locations at different times, moving from the Baltar Building, Canal Street, 544 Camp Street and eventually the International Trade Mart. Where ever the 544 Camp Street crew went, Oswald went. This would make sense, after all. . . when Bill Dalzell was giving Oswald a hard time, Bannister reportedly said to Dalzell “Cool it, he is with us” meaning Oswald. That said, remember the information posted previously that “all members of the group were screened by the FBI and CIA”. If Oswald was a member of their group as Bannister suggested, the screening would have included Oswald, right? Each of those locations where Oswald handed out flyers were associated with anti-Castro Cuban groups, the groups and locations are listed below.
- 544 Camp St., New Orleans, Louisiana. This was the location of Guy Bannister’s office, as well as the office of Sergio Aracha Smith and his group the “Cuban Revolutionary Democratic Front”. The events at this location involved six individuals, five of which were very familiar with each other. (See below)
- Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. This was the location where Carlos Bringuier started the fight with Oswald. More than just these two individuals were involved. Bringuier had friends with him; all of them affiliated with the anti-Castro group DRE “the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil”, also known as the (Cuban Student Directorate); Ed Butler was also associated with events related to this location, but not a member of the DRE itself. Oswald and Ferrie would both be handing out Cuban flyers on Canal Street on the same day, Oswalds pro-Castro, and Ferrie’s anti-Castro. (See below)
- The International Trade Mart, New Orleans. Clay Shaw was founder and Managing Director of the ITM. Here again, a number of individuals connected to the ITM were associated with Oswald. This was also the location where the anti-Castro group, the “Friends of Democratic Cuba, Inc” would eventually move to. Sergio Aracha Smith would also eventually move his anti-Castro group to this same location. Individuals connected to Oswald from the ITM are shown below (See next image).
I’ll provide a map with these locations marked as well as a few others that are relevant, all of these events at these locations were very much connected. (See below)
In 1961, Sergio Aracha Smith had an anti-Castro group known as the “Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front” or CDRF. This group was originally located at 207 Balter building in New Orleans. During this period, Carlos Bringuier was a participant in this group, later moving to the anti-Castro group DRE. At this time, Guy Bannister had his office for a private detective agency “Guy Bannister Associates, Inc”, at 434 Balter Building. (See next image)
Later, both Bannister and Sergio would move to the ground floor of the Newman building at 531 Lafayette Street. The 544 Camp street address was at this same location, but around the corner with a separate entrance to the same building. (See 544 Camp street building below)
So let’s examine the 544 Camp Street address first. Evidence shows that the five individuals involved with events at this location were far more familiar with each other than has been expressed over the years. From this location, on Jan. 9th, 1961 papers are filed to form a new anti-Castro group, involving persons from this location. (See images below)
As these documents show, Guy Bannister was on the board of Directors of the new anti-Castro group known as the “FDC”. Jack S. Martin signed as a witness (who worked for Guy Bannister). George P. Tugajue (Tujague) was one of the Officers (an alleged former employer of Lee Harvey Oswald between 1955 and 1956). Again, these documents were filed on Jan. 9th, 1961, nearly three years prior to the JFK assassination. Clearly these three individuals had known each other for some time before the assassination and shared mutual interests. These people were not “casually” acquainted. This is interesting in itself, but it gets better. When the new anti-Castro group was created by Bannister and the others, they considered merging members of the DRE group into the new FDC group, then rejected the idea. The FDC decided to keep the groups separate but have the DRE as an affiliate group. Remember that DRE group is where Carlos Bringuier moved to from the CDRF (Sergio’s group). (See below)
The various anti-Castro groups in the USA have been examined at length by a number of researchers and have documented the connections between them and affiliations with both the CIA and FBI. (The following links are provided for a more in depth review if desired)
Sergio and Ferrie had been very familiar with each other prior to Sergio moving his group to the 544 Camp Street address, as far back as April, 1961, long before the assassination of President Kennedy.
- June of 1961: David Ferrie assists Sergio Aracha Smith obtain a personal loan.
- July of 1961, David Ferrie was a pilot for Eastern Airlines. Sergio’s CDRF group sent a letter to Captain Eddie Rickenbacker at Eastern Airlines, requesting the aid of David Ferrie. The letter from the CDRF describes the CDRF organization as the “Provisional Cuban Government”. The CDRF letter also claims the FRD group was created “under the demands of the U.S. government”.
- David Ferrie spent a good deal of time working with Sergio, most at Sergio’s office locations, he was in and out of these offices regularly. This includes the 544 Camp Street address where both Bannister and Sergio had offices on the same floor. (See next five images).
The CDRF letter also alludes to connections between Sergio’s group and Bannister’s new FRD group. This would make sense, as they were moved to the same building, and aspired to the same goals.
There were several anti-Castro groups in the 60’s and an immense amount of information written about them, which can be confusing. For the purpose of the articles on Death Deception, only the following groups are relevant.
- The CRDF group (Sergio’s group originally located in the Baltar Building).
- The FDC group (Bannister’s group, located first at the 544 Camp St. address).
- The DRE group (Bringuier’s group, the New Orleans and Miami divisions).
- The CRC group (which would absorb Bannister’s FRD group).
- The International Trade Mart group (Where Sergio and Bannister would move to).
In Bannister’s FDC group, there are numerous bits of evidence that indicate his group was indeed connected to both the FBI and CIA. Some of this info needs to be corrected, and the rest understood. Documents also show Sergio’s involvement with Bannister’s group. (See next five images)
According to the previous images, Betty Parrott indicates that Logan Lansing was a CIA agent, when in fact he was an FBI agent, as was Regis Kennedy. Logan Lansing’s name and identity as an FBI agent are found on several Warren Commission documents. So, whether or not Logan Lansing falsely presented himself as a CIA agent to these groups or not, I don’t currently know. Betty Parrot also stated that “all members of the group were screened by the FBI and the CIA”. One thing that should be noted is that Regis Kennedy of the FBI was involved and familiar with these individuals as far back as 1961.
Some of you may think that Oswald was handing out his flyers haphazardly, meaning wherever was convenient, but that isn’t true. The members of the 544 Camp Street crew would be found at different locations at different times, moving from the Baltar Building, Canal Street, 544 Camp Street and eventually the International Trade Mart. Where ever the 544 Camp Street crew went, Oswald went. This would make sense, after all. . . when Bill Dalzell was giving Oswald a hard time, Bannister reportedly said to Dalzell “Cool it, he is with us” meaning Oswald. That said, remember the information posted previously that “all members of the group were screened by the FBI and CIA”. If Oswald was a member of their group as Bannister suggested, the screening would have included Oswald, right?
In July of 1963, David Ferrie attended grievance hearings (in Florida) filed against him for crimes against nature (with minor males), specifically “Al Landry and Al Cheramie”. Cheramie is a name that should be familiar to most of you, in the form of “Rose Cheramie” (aka Melba Marcades), alleged former employee of Jack Ruby. The people who came to David Ferries defense for his grievance hearing were Guy Bannister and George Wray Gill (Marcello attorney) and Sergio Aracha Smith. (See below)
The previous document shows clear evidence of connections between David Ferrie, Sergio Aracha Smith, George Wray Gill and Guy Bannister. Had David Ferrie been charged with these crimes today instead of 1963, he would have been charged and likely convicted as a “sex offender” and a “pedophile”.
In 1963, Ferrie, Bannister and Jack Martin would all be doing work for George Wray Gill, who was attorney for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello.
These individuals all shared similar interests and goals, often times working together. These were all people perfectly willing to either murder, or contribute to the murder of others for profit or personal gain. All of the individuals were rabidly anti-Castro, with one exception, Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald was the odd man out, the square peg trying to fit into a round hole. Looking at the backgrounds of the people from the 544 Camp street gang makes Oswald look like a choir boy by comparison. Even so, authorities tried to paint Oswald in the worst possible way they could. Have a look at a bit of personal history of these individuals. (See below)
- Guy Bannister
While Bannister was most definitely rabidly anti-Communist, racist, and apparently he was also involved in the FDC group to get a large piece of the pie, should Castro be overthrown. Bannister also had difficulty in controlling his explosive temper. Bannister almost certainly would have at least known Shaw to some extent, since Shaw was managing director of the International Trade Mart where Bannister would eventually move his anti-Castro group to. (See links and image below)
- Sergio Aracha Smith
After some time, it was the opinion of anti-Castro Cubans that Sergio Aracha Smith was involved with anti-Castro groups purely for himself, and that he was in it only for the money. Sergio would be expelled from the group for “misappropriation of funds”. The same groups also felt Sergio had betrayed them. These were the reasons Sergio gave for refusing extradition from Texas to New Orleans during the Clay Shaw trial (Sergio had moved to Texas in Oct., 1962). Sergio alleged he was afraid of what members of the groups might do to him should he return to New Orleans. According to the FBI, Sergio was also associated with Carlos Marcello (organized crime). Sergio also introduced David Ferrie to Carlos Bringuier in 1961. Garrison intended to charge Sergio with theft of weapons from Houma, Louisiana also. Sergio did submit to a lie detector test later on, where he admits he knew and met with Clay Shaw. (See link and image below)
- David Ferrie
Ferrie was very anti-communist. When Ferrie was let go in August of 1963 by Eastern Airlines, he went to work directly for George Wray Gill, attorney for Carlos Marcello. Marcello had considerable interest in Cuba as did a number of other top Mob members, since they lost millions in gambling concessions when Castro took over Cuba. Ferrie had a conflict with Jack S. Martin, where Ferrie alleged he had thrown Martin out of Gill’s office. Ferrie didn’t like Martin, and Martin didn’t like Ferrie. Testimony also states that Ferrie was being paid $1,000.00 to $1,500.00 per trip to Cuba (in late 1960, early 1961) while working with Eladio Del Valle. Ferrie was said to have an abundance of $100.00 dollar bills, even after being let go by Eastern Airlines. Ferrie worked for G. Wray Gill and with Carlos Marcello after being fired by Eastern Airlines. Ferrie also had a long history of inappropriate behavior involvement with underage males including sex, hypnotism and drugs…as if he stepped straight out of MK-Ultra. Prior to working for Eastern Airlines, Ferrie had a longing to be a Catholic priest. In July 1961, Ferrie was giving a speech at the Military Order of World Wars, where he was made to stop, mid-speech. Ferrie was stopped because he was viewed as being overly critical of John F. Kennedy, he was not allowed to finish his speech. David Ferrie was thought to be the pilot who flew Carlos Marcello back into the United States after Robert F. Kennedy had Marcello deported to Guatemala. David Ferrie, per testimony, also knew Clay Shaw very well. I suspect that Ferrie’s and Shaw’s mutual interests didn’t involve the assassination of JFK but more likely their mutual sexual interests. Finally, one of the more important items is information related to Ferrie was his becoming a “Bishop”. (See link and images below)
- (428, 429 & 430): http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/jfk/hsca/reportvols/vol10/html/HSCA_Vol10_0057b.htm
- (404 & 405): http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/jfk/hsca/reportvols/vol10/html/HSCA_Vol10_0056a.htm
- (441): http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/jfk/hsca/reportvols/vol10/html/HSCA_Vol10_0058a.htm
(David Ferrie shown above)
- Jack S. Martin (real name, Earl Scruggs)
Martin was a reported alcoholic, and had prior charges against him for murder, although he wasn’t imprisoned. Martin was rabidly anti-“Bobby Kennedy”. Jack Martin and Ferrie had been working together on an investigation concerning a phony religious order. Jack Martin also referred to himself as “Bishop”. (See link below)
- (432): http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/jfk/hsca/reportvols/vol10/html/HSCA_Vol10_0057b.htm
- (Pages 2, 4, 5, 6 & 7): http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/po-arm/id/29719/rec/3
Over the years, Jack S. Martin is often stated as being a drunk and a person of unscrupulous character. I’ve known quite a few “functioning” alcoholics over the years, who managed to do their jobs or run their businesses very well, in spite of drinking. The belittling of Jack S. Martin was in large part to discredit him as a witness by character assassinations, (something all too commonly done to so many witnesses over the years and even today in JFK FB forums). But let me ask, just exactly what kind of person did anyone expect to be associated with possible killers? Were they expecting St. Peter, Mahatma Ghandi or maybe Donnie Osmond? Wouldn’t it be more logical that a person associated with possible killers or who support murder for profit might be of a similar questionable character? What really matters is the Jack S. Martin knew and had known these individuals over a long period of time. He knew what their work entailed, their habits, their associates and probably even their hobbies.
Special Note*: In 1963, Ferrie, Bannister and Jack Martin would all be doing work for George Wray Gill, who was attorney for New Oleans mob boss Carlos Marcello. Ferrie also worked directly for Carlos Marcello himself. George Wray Gill had his office located at room 1707, in the Pierre Marquette Building, in New Orleans. Jim Braden also had an office on the same floor of this building, a few steps away from G. Wray Gill’s. Braden (aka Eugene Hale Brading, aka Harry Eugene Bradley, aka James Bradley Lee, aka James Lee Cole, had his office at room 1701.
Jim Braden was stopped by Dallas Police and questioned in Dealey plaza immediately after shots were fired on 22 November, 1963. (See images below)
Before going much farther, I need to introduce to you the radical shotgun toting Reverend Raymond Broshears, gay activist and former roommate of David Ferrie, now deceased. (See images below).
For now, this completes my little cast of characters. David Ferrie, Sergio Aracha Smith, Guy Bannister and Jack S. Martin all knew each other very, very well. They all knew Oswald, and they knew Clay Shaw. There are dozens more pieces of evidence connecting these individuals; I don’t include them all because it gets a bit tedious viewing them all, my goal isn’t to bore you. I’ve tried to keep the info provided to a minimum and it still is lengthy, but also necessary for what comes later. Right now, I’m going to connect some dots that to my knowledge have never been identified.
If we look at Jack Ruby’s notebooks (found in his apartment and the Carousel Club after his arrest), there are some very interesting notations. Larry Laverne Crafard gave extensive testimony regarding these notebooks during the Warren Commission hearings. Oddly enough, the commission didn’t bother to ask Jack Ruby the same questions.
So, let’s have a look at a few of the pages from Ruby’s notebook, (I should mention, many times Larry Crafard wrote names and numbers in the notebooks when people called for Ruby).
- As I have shown, Jack Martin referred to himself as “Bishop”, (see next image, taken from Ruby’s notebook)
- Then there is Ferrie’s former roommate, the Rev. Raymond Broshears. (See next image)
- Then there is this entry of interest in Ruby’s notebook (See next image).
This name shown in the previous image might more properly be written “Gil, G. Ray”. It is pretty common that people spell George (W)Ray Gill’s name wrong, in fact, they spell it wrong more often than they spell it right.
Howard P. Willens claimed in “History Will Prove Us Right” that the Warren Commission had literally hundreds of leads connecting Ruby and Oswald, and chose to ignore them. Why? The commission members didn’t want America to see those connections. Those reports aren’t included in the Warren Report, or the other volumes produced by the WC. Willful ignorance, a deliberate choice, by the Warren Commission, to ignore this considerable evidence, all while claiming their purpose was “not to prosecute” but to collect the assassination evidence. Was their only purpose in collecting that evidence for the intent to withhold it, destroy it and alter it? It’s what they did.
(To Be Continued)