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Sunday, December 24, 2023

Who Killed JFK? Episode 7: The Assembled Killers



Given the depth of the pain I and everyone I know felt about the assassination of JFK in November 1963, it's hard to fathom how many different people fervently wanted it.  The seventh episode of the Who Killed JFK podcast with Rob Reiner and Soledad O'Brien makes the case for three groups, in particular: the CIA, Cuban exiles, and the Mafia.

The animus that the CIA and exiles from Castro's Cuba had for JFK has already been convincingly presented in prior episodes of this pathbreaking podcast.   In episode 7, the focus is on the Mafia, which had two reasons to hate JFK.  First, Castro's takeover of Cuba resulted in the Mob's Caribbean Las Vegas being extinguished, which cost them untold millions of dollars.  JFK's move towards peace and defacto acceptance of Castro in Cuba after the Cuban Missile Crisis thus angered the Mob almost as much as it did the Cuban exiles and the bellicose CIA.  Second, Robert F. Kennedy, appointed Attorney General by his brother, pursued an escalating attack on the Mafia, giving it a reason all its own to want JFK removed from office.

As this episode amply details, members of all three groups -- the CIA, Cuban exiles, and the Mafia -- were in Dallas the day that JFK was assassinated.  Are we to believe that that was just coincidence?  Not likely.  And one CIA operative in particular is especially notable:  E. H. Hunt, who achieved infamy a decade later as one of the architects of the Watergate break-in that brought down Nixon.

As Reiner aptly has put it more than once, lots of chess pieces were being moved around in the months preceding JFK's assassination.  All of which to insure that JFK was killed, and the blame placed with none of the three groups that were responsible.

The proposition that Lee Harvey Oswald was indeed the patsy that he proclaimed himself to be right after the assassination rings ever more true.

See also Who Killed JFK?  A Review of the First Three Episodes of this Podcast ... Episode 4: The Real Manchurian Candidate ... Episode 5: Sheep Dipped ... Episode 6: The Richard Case Nagell Case


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