The Kennedy assassination is back in the news as a series of documents have been released relating to the investigation that dates back 60 years.
President Kennedy was assassinated on November 13, 1963, as part of his motorcade in Dallas, Texas. The various investigators, including the FBI and the Warren Commission, concluded that there was only one shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald. But many naysayers disagree and have claimed for years that a conspiracy took place.
There are many theories regarding who might be behind the assassination. Some say the CIA was involved. Others say Castro was trying to get revenge on Kennedy for invading Cuba as part of the Bay of Pigs. Some even claim that Vice President Lyndon Johnson had something to do with this tragedy. I don’t buy any of that. Are you ready for Jim Brown’s theory?
First off, if you’ve seen the movie JFK starring Kevin Costner, director Oliver Stone is convinced that the plot to kill President Kennedy came straight out of New Orleans. In the film, District Attorney Jim Garrison is portrayed as being absorbed in finding the bottom of any plot to kill the President. Some claim Garrison was addicted to the investigation, let his alter ego get the better of him, and didn’t have the right mindset to be neutral in any consideration of the facts.
I knew Big Jim (Garrison was six-foot-six) and he always struck me as fair-minded and a straight-shooter. We were both members of the New Orleans Athletic Club and our gym lockers were side by side. We often talked about local politics, and he even mentioned an interest in one day running for governor of Louisiana.
Oswald was born and raised in New Orleans and lived occasionally in the town of Crescent for several years. Shortly before Kennedy’s assassination, he was in New Orleans distributing pamphlets supporting Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. So after the assassination, my thoughts immediately focused on New Orleans. I particularly wondered about any mafia tie.
The New Orleans Mafia had been at the center of an extensive organized crime investigation led by the president’s brother, Robert Kennedy. If anyone had an interest in seeing the president removed from office, it certainly could have been the local casa nostra. But nothing came of the New Orleans angle of the assassination, and Washington investigators settled on the theory that Oswald acted alone.
Could Oswald have been the only trigger, but influenced, possibly brainwashed and paid to do the job by New Orleans criminal interests? I’ve always wondered about this. Then, two years ago, I decided to deepen my theory a little. But by then, anyone with Garrison’s investigation or those connected to a local criminal element had died.
I had a relative who was close to a local restaurant owner who was believed to have close ties to the group Robert Kennedy was investigating. I asked my relative to check with the restaurateur if he could tell me informally about his previous acquaintances. Could he enlighten me on facts about how some shady individuals in New Orleans might have knowledge or even have been involved in encouraging Oswald to carry out the assassination? I promised not to write or say anything until the person died.
Surprisingly, the individual agreed to meet with me and supposedly tell me everything he knew. What scoop I might have. I was supposed to drop by his house and see him have coffee on a Tuesday morning. I have prepared a list of questions, and with great anticipation, I look forward to my visit.
Two nights before the meeting, the phone rang. He was my relative. She told me I wouldn’t believe what happened. The guy I was supposed to meet had died of a heart attack.
What is bad luck, fate or something more sinister? I really thought I was on to something big. Could I have received a key that would unlock a partial explanation of what happened to the President that morning in Dallas some 60 years ago?
I assume you dear reader, and I will never know.
Peace and Justice