by Robert Arvay
Here is a concise, summarized challenge to the official reports concerning the assassination of President John F Kennedy fifty years ago. The murder of JFK comprises not one single mystery, but rather a long and complex chain of them. Solving any one of these mysteries might unravel the entire web. Thus far, however, no one has succeeded in toppling the house of cards that has been established by the government.
The official version of events given by the Warren Commission Report is superficially plausible, until one tries to connect the dots. The picture that emerges from the “dots” is not clear— one might expect a lack of clarity from them— but the picture drawn, when the details are connected, sharply conflicts with the official version. No one “dot” by itself confirms the case against the Warren Commission Report, but taken together as a whole, the preponderance of evidence casts reasonable suspicion on the official version.
Let’s start with a list of names, and see if they connect to form a bigger picture.
Marilyn Monroe, John F Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, Dorothy Kilgallen and Robert Kennedy.
All six of these people died untimely, the four men by gunshot, the two women by apparent overdoses of barbiturate sleeping pills.
Marilyn Monroe’s connection with John F Kennedy was the subject of rumored scandals. On May 19, 1962, Monroe attended a pre-birthday celebration for John F Kennedy, during which she sang “Happy Birthday Mister President.” The video of this is available on You Tube, and viewers can decide for themselves whether the seductive tone was appropriate, especially given the sexual mores of the era. Jacquelyn Kennedy (the first lady) was not present, or the embarrassment might have been more acute. Less than 90 days later, Marilyn Monroe was dead, of an overdose of barbiturates, according to the coroner. Had she become a political embarrassment? If she were indeed having an affair with the president, could it have been thought, in high circles, that she knew too many secrets? Did someone decide that Monroe had to be silenced?
John F Kennedy was possibly the first “pop star” president. Young, handsome, with a charming New England accent, a war hero, he gave speeches that inspired a nation, and gave it a vision for the future, including the promise of sending a manned mission to the moon and back.
Kennedy, an ardent anti-communist, was also very interventionist in international affairs. During his administration, an attempt was made to invade Cuba — an attempt which failed disastrously. No US Troops were involved, but the degree of US support was obvious. A few days before Kennedy died, the president of South Viet Nam, Ngô Đình Diệm, was assassinated. The event was saturated with evidence of US complicity, but it is not clear whether the killing of Diệm was approved by JFK, or was contrary to his orders.
Later, shortly after Kennedy’s death, I vaguely remember a report that Diệm’s wife, known as Madame Nhu, made a comment addressed to Jacquelyn Kennedy, essentially saying to her, your evil deed has been repaid, the implication being that Nhu thought that Kennedy had masterminded her husband’s assassination.
Whether this memory is accurate or not, it does seem that either Kennedy’s foreign interventionism included a willingness to overthrow communist regimes by violence, or else that he was surrounded by men in power who acted to do so, even in violation of Kennedy’s policy.
Lee Harvey Oswald is infamous for his role as the assassin who killed the president. The official report says that he acted alone, a portrayal that many analysts have openly doubted. You may have heard the expression, “forty-seven consecutive miracles” to describe the workings of extraordinarily complex systems in which absolutely everything must go exactly as planned for the system to function. The theory that Oswald acted alone would require forty-seven consecutive curses to make it plausible. It is all but inconceivable that Oswald, who was under FBI surveillance, could have made all the advance preparations over a long period of time, with precise knowledge of when and where Kennedy would be, and have had access to the window from which the shots were fired, unless someone gave him information long before Kennedy arrived in Dallas.
Jack Ruby is the man who killed Oswald. I watched the event on live TV as it happened. The immediate impression that many people had was that Oswald had known too much, and that someone had considered it necessary to silence him forever. The claim by Ruby himself is all but laughable. The story that he, a mafia-connected strip-joint owner was so patriotic, so upset about the assassination, that he would inject himself into an operation pervaded by police, and commit murder, defies common sense. Coupled with the extreme unlikelihood that Oswald could have planned and executed the assassination unassisted, the dots begin to take on a sinister shape.
Dorothy Kilgallen was a nationally well-known newspaper columnist, who also appeared on popular television quiz shows. She was harshly and publicly critical of the Warren Commission Report. She had interviewed Jack Ruby, and had also obtained a secret transcript of Ruby’s testimony to the commission. She also wrote the following about the official version:
“. . . the whole thing smells a bit fishy. It’s a mite too simple that a chap kills the President of the United States, escapes from that bother, kills a policeman, eventually is apprehended in a movie theater under circumstances that defy every law of police procedure, and subsequently is murdered under extraordinary circumstances.”
Kilgallen was found dead in her apartment on November 8, 1965, allegedly due to an accidental overdose of barbiturate sleeping pills. The circumstances were suspicious, as she was found in a part of the residence that she did not sleep in.
Her analysis of the “fishy” events indicates that, as did many others, Kilgallen saw so many discrepancies in the official reports that the preponderance of evidence indicates a cover-up.
Robert F Kennedy died in 1968, much in the manner of his older brother, by the gun of an assassin. This case was much more clear-cut than was that of the president. Once again, however, one must question how it is that forty-seven consecutive curses could bring about the assassination of yet another Kennedy.
As a footnote, one must add to the tragedies yet another, the 1999 death of John F Kennedy’s son, JFK Jr., when the small aircraft he was piloting crashed into the ocean near Martha’s Vineyard. While there is no evidence to connect his death with those of his father and uncle, one cannot help but wonder.
The dots remain difficult to connect, but impossible to ignore. There are many possible explanations, but in my mind, one direction seems more likely than the others.
John F Kennedy came into the presidency shortly after his predecessor, President Dwight Eisenhower, delivered a farewell address in which he warned Americans to beware of a “military-industrial” complex which might seize control of American politics. Eisenhower did not give specific names as to who might be forming such a conspiracy, but he was not one to imagine such things.
When Kennedy became president, he found himself surrounded by powerful men in the CIA, in the military, and in the national banking system. He had hoped to replace J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, but found it impossible to do so, partly because Hoover had spied on so many people in the government that he had the potential to inflict enormous official embarrassment, probably affecting the Kennedy’s as well as other national figures.
Surrounded by powerful, entrenched forces at the highest levels, Kennedy reportedly had undertaken a number of policies that were resisted by many of the aforementioned people in power. Among these, it was said that he intended to withdraw American military forces from Viet Nam. It was also said that he intended to end the Federal Reserve Bank’s power over the economy. JFK was clearly sympathetic to the civil rights movement of Martin Luther King. And his brother, Robert Kennedy, who was his attorney general, had conducted operations which were devastating organized crime.
In short, there were a great many people in power who had the motive, and the means, to assassinate the president of the United States of America. Their power to conceal their involvement was surely effective. The risks were enormous, but the rewards were immense.
Who really did it? We will likely never solve the many mysteries of Kennedy’s assassination, and therefore a dark cloud will forever haunt us. During the past fifty years, most of the people who knew the secrets of these mysteries have taken their knowledge to the grave. If any yet remain, it is unlikely that they will ever reveal anything about the case.
One thing can probably be surmised with unerring accuracy, however. When it comes to government, we see only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In a backhanded way, maybe that’s a good thing. The truth might be too ugly to bear.
Even so, we should seek it.
Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Patriot’s Notepad