Johnny Roselli: the JFK Shooter in the Storm Drain?

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rick_couch film capture

Remington XP-100

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(Above left, Johnny Roselli montage, above right is a copy(click to enlarge) of the Towner Photo with the locations of several of the JFK shooters demarcated.  The middle item is a screen capture from the Malcolm Couch Film showing the storm drain in question.  The below left photo is of a Remington XP-100 Fireball handgun similar to the one Johnny Roselli may have used in the JFK assassination.  The below right photo shows the amount of repaving done after the JFK assassination to obscure the storm drain location.)

‘Roselli laughed when hearing that Oswald was the sole assassin of President Kennedy.’ –Larry Hancock, Someone Would Have Talked, 2010.

‘Roselli bragged to the source, who was a made man in La Cosa Nostra, that Roselli had shot at and may have killed John Kennedy…Roselli and his men then finished the job from the sewer drain and the grassy knoll while the police and witnesses were running around like chickens with their heads cut off.’ – M. Wesley Swearingen, To Kill A President, 2008.

‘Before he died, Roselli had reportedly informed the Government that he believed his former associates in the Castro assassination plots had gone on to murder President Kennedy.’ Anthony Summers, Conspiracy, 1980.

‘Roselli is another bad-ass. Johnny was Sam’s hit man before going to Hollywood and taking over the movie industry. He was in Dallas for the hit.’ – M. Wesley Swearingen, To Kill A President, 2008.

‘I described it as though someone was shooting a revolver into a hard object – it seemed to have some type of an echo.’ – Secret Service Agent Clint Hill in Donald T. Phillips, A Deeper, Darker Truth, 2009.

‘The origination point of that bullet corresponds exactly to the location of the storm sewer drain at the base of the steps on the north side of Elm Street…The assassin who fired the fatal headshot was hiding in the storm drain.’ – retired US Steel Engineer Tom Wilson in Donald T. Phillips, A Deeper, Darker Truth, 2009.

‘A knowledgeable person, not given to reckless theories, told me the shooter escaped through the sewer that ended at the wooden fence…They then, reportedly, were flown to Houston, where they boarded a Cubana Airlines flight for Havana.’ – Chauncey Holt & Wim. Dankbaar, Self-Portrait of A Scoundrel, 2013.

‘Looking in his rearview mirror, he(newsman Sam Pate) saw the presidential limousine slow down as it came to the curve in front of the grassy knoll. Then he observed a puff of smoke come from the storm sewer…Pete Lucas came up to Pate and told him that the man who killed President Kennedy had gotten away. Lucas went on to say that the assassin’s name was Bruno(a/k/a Johnny Roselli), that he was short and stocky, and that he had been positioned in the storm sewer and “blew Kennedy away with a .45 automatic.”’– Donald T. Phillips, A Deeper, Darker Truth, 2009.

The shocked Pate continued to listen as Lucas further told him that ‘Bruno’ had made his escape through the sewer, emerging at a point near the Post Office, and then got into a car which drove him to the airport for a flight out of town. ‘Bruno’, he said, was from Chicago and an organized crime associate of Jack Ruby. Lucas did not say how he came upon this information, but Pate knew that he was a friend of Ruby.’ – Donald T. Phillips, A Deeper, Darker Truth, 2009.

‘Perhaps he(Roselli) was also the one man who could implicate Trafficante and the CIA in the murder of Mooney(Sam) Giancana, and even more damning, in the assassination of the President of the United States and his presidential-hopeful brother.’- Sam & Chuck Giancana, Double Cross, 1991.

‘What he did say had the Committee enthralled, and nervous enough not to go any further. However, when the committee finally decided near the end of its term that it had come across elements that might connect with the JFK assassination, Roselli was called a third time. At that point, he stopped talking. That decision did not prevent someone from playing it safe and silencing him. He was brutally murdered.’ - Larry Hancock, Someone Would Have Talked, 2010.

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This blogger encountered Johnny Roselli’s claim that he fired the final, fatal shot into JFK’s head from the Dealey Plaza storm drain at the foot of the grassy knoll some years back and scoffed at it as some sort of disinformation, but it has started to seem more plausible after further review. This blog would be remiss without it.  (UPDATE: Johnny Roselli’s manhole location has been moved over on the labeled Towner Photo.  I had mistaken a shaded piece of curb as the sewer opening.  It is corrected as of 11/23/13.)

John ‘Handsome Johnny’ Roselli(a/k/a Filippo Sacco) was an Organized Crime ‘liaison’ and ‘strategist’ who ran with the likes of Sam Giancana, Meyer Lansky, Santo Trafficante, Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, Tony Accardo, Moe Dalitz, Richard Cain, Jack Ruby and Carlos Marcello. He also had numerous CIA buddies and acquaintances from ‘the Agency’ including David Sanchez Morales, Tracy Barnes and William Harvey from the Mafia and CIA’s collaborative efforts to kill Fidel Castro in the years prior to the JFK assassination.

Sometime in the early 1970’s, Roselli bragged to then fellow prison inmate Bill Bonanno that he had been the shooter who finished off the badly wounded JFK from a storm drain on Elm Street. JFK had been hit by several bullets in the back and throat and once in the chest, but was still clinging to life until Johnny Roselli finished him off with a near point-blank shot to the right temple as the limo slowed to a crawl for the kill shot.

Throughout the JFK assassination literature there is mention of the use of a special, futuristic, prototype handgun called the Remington Fireball XP-100. This weapon was apparently manufactured to produce the lethal power and accuracy of a rifle in a portable handgun format. None of the JFK shooters mentioned on this blog: Richard Cain and Charles Nicolletti in the TSBD, Loran Hall in the Dal Tex Building, Charles Rogers, Charles Harrelson, Roscoe White and Bernard Barker on the Grassy Knoll area, nor Harry Weatherford on the roof of the County Records Building, would have been pressed for space from their shooting vantage points.  (‘Wow, that’s a lot of gunmen and shots fired,’ you say?  If one throws out Arlen Specter’s ridiculous, single, magic bullet wounding JFK and Governor Connally repeatedly and assumes that each wound came from a separate bullet, then 6 wounds in JFK plus 3 wounds in Connally plus 3+ missed shots adds up to 12+ shots fired!)

The aforementioned JFK shooters would not have needed the Fireball XP-100 when regular long barreled rifles would have sufficed. One spot where space would truly have been at a premium, however, would have been under the manhole cover in the Dealey Plaza storm drain. Here the compact yet lethal Fireball XP-100 handgun would have been the perfect choice of weapon for the task given to Johnny Roselli.  It is also interesting to note that the (altered) Zapruder Film conveniently scrolls on a slight angle which cuts off the area where Roselli and his pistol’s smoke plume would have been located during the motorcade!  Was he edited out of the altered Zapruder Film versions the public has been allowed to see?

Roselli was flown into Dallas prior to the JFK assassination by a man named Tosh Plumlee. Mr. Plumlee was a CIA pilot who claims that he was told he would be flying a ‘JFK Assassination Abort Team’ to Dallas to stop the assassination from happening. In hindsight, Mr. Plumlee may have been misled into unwittingly flying JFK’s assassins to Dallas for a ‘JFK Presidency Abort Team’ instead!

Years later, in the 1970’s, the CIA and the Organized Criminals deemed ‘too valuable to kill’ including Lansky, Trafficante and Marcello would begin to purge their earlier JFK assassination co-conspirators such as Giancana, Cain, Roselli, Jimmy Hoffa, and Nicolletti to save their own skins and to prevent any damaging JFK assassination testimony from getting to the American public. Marcello and Trafficante would go on to help the CIA and themselves to immense drug trafficking profits in the 1970’s and 1980’s, some of which were funneled to CIA causes like the Nicaraguan ‘Contras.’

Johnny Roselli’s strangled, stabbed, dismembered corpse floated to the surface of a Miami-area bay in an oil drum on August 7, 1976, in prime Trafficante territory. At the time of his death Johnny Roselli had been talking behind closed doors with the US Government’s Church Committee, a forerunner to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which investigated abuses of power by the CIA and the intelligence community.

Retired US Steel engineer turned JFK assassination researcher, Tom Wilson, deduced that the final, fatal, headshot which entered JFK’s right temple came from the lower right front at a trajectory not possible from the Grassy Knoll area from his photonic imaging studies as presented in a A Deeper, Darker Truth. Additionally, a Dallas news reporter named Sam Pate who was in a TV crew car in front of JFK’s limo also noticed what he thought was a puff of smoke arising from the storm drain as he glanced into his rear view mirror during the chaos of the assassination. Mr. Pate would go on to be fired shortly thereafter and later survived two separate car bomb attempts on his life for what he saw that day!

A brief clip(10 mins.) from ‘The Men Who Killed Kennedy’ series discussing Tom Wilson’s research indicating that JFK’s fatal head shot came from the Dealey Plaza storm drain below:

A brief clip(4 mins.) which mentions Johnny Roselli and some other JFK players:

links below:

http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/Video_Clips_-_Motorcade_Films

http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/toshfiles.htm

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-05-30/entertainment/9905300296_1_bill-bonanno-joe-bonanno-mafia-commission

http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/R%20Disk/Roselli%20John/Item%2008.pdf

http://www.jfklancer.com/draintn.html

http://jamesfetzer.blogspot.com/2013/12/six-jfk-shooters-including-three-tied.html

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=7A4QAAAAIBAJ&sjid=A4wDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5294,876847&dq=john+roselli+jfk+assassination

http://www.playboy.com/playground/view/how-the-outfit-killed-jfk

http://jfkmurdersolved.com/fireball1.htm

book links below:

Eugene Hale Brading: Radio Coordinator of the JFK assassination

Eugene Hale Brading montage

Dealey Plaza buildings          Dal-Tex view

Above, Eugene Hale Brading montage.  Below left, Map of Dealey Plaza with a view of the Dal-Tex Building, below right, views of and from the Dal-Tex Bldg. from an article published in the Saturday Evening Post.

‘Braden, along with ex-convict Morgan Brown, was staying at the Cabana Motel, the same motel visited by (Jack)Ruby the night of November 21.’ – Jim Marrs, Crossfire, 1993.

‘While visiting the alleged assassin’s grave on the third anniversary of his death he(author William Morris) encountered an agent who’d worked with Oswald in the CIA…Agent X told him that (Loran)Hall was in Dallas on November 22, 1963 as part of the assassination squad which was directed by Eugene Hale Brading.’ – Alan J. Weberman & Michael Canfield, Coup d’Etat in America, 1975.

‘While we were in the criminal courts building we saw Eugene Brading, aka Jim Braden…Braden would later leave Dallas by way of Love Field Airport.’ – Chauncey Holt & Wim Daakbaar, Self-Portrait of a Scoundrel, 2013.

‘Carlos Marcello would utilize Guy Bannister and David Ferrie for (Castro opponent Mario)Kohly’s exile groups at Lake Ponchatrain, Louisiana.  Eladio del Valle was the coordinator and liaison between the two groups.’ – Robert D. Morrow, First Hand Knowledge, 1992.

‘I received a second phone call.  It was del Valle…he asked me to supply him with four transceivers which were not detectable by any communications equipment then available on the market.’ – Robert D. Morrow, First Hand Knowledge, 1992.

‘Hall later told DA Jim Garrison he was offered $50,000 to kill JFK but turned it down.’ – Charles E. Hurlburt, It’s Time for the Truth, 2012.

‘They had better be perfect, compadre.  They are for Texas…Kennedy’s going to get it in Dallas.’ – Robert D. Morrow, First Hand Knowledge, 1992.

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The Dal-Tex Building was located across the street from the Texas School Book Depository.  It offered a great view of JFK’s motorcade from behind, which was not obstructed by trees like portions of the view from the alleged ‘sniper’s nest’ on the 6th Floor of the Book Depository.

In the moments after the JFK assassination a man named Eugene Hale Brading(aka Jim Braden) was arrested for questioning after he was discovered on the 3rd floor of the Dal-Tex Building.  He was a complete stranger to the area and said he was in the building looking for a phone to use.   Brading was known as a Mafia courier for the likes of gangsters such as Santo Trafficante, Carlos Marcello and Meyer Lansky.  Braden was not known as an expert marksman or assassin like some of the other JFK assassination suspects.  He may have served as a radio coordinator for the JFK shooters, whose role would be to give the word for the assassins to fire in simultaneous volleys to conceal the true number of shooters and gunshots that day.  Braden was also in the vicinity of the RFK assassination later on as well in California in 1968.

An electronics expert named Robert D. Morrow wrote a book called First Hand Knowledge in which he claimed that a Cuban exile named Eladio del Valle asked him to make several sets of low band radios and earpieces which would only have to work for a few minutes which no 3rd parties could intercept or monitor.   He assumed they might be used for anti-Castro plots only to learn later on that they may have been used instead to coordinate the JFK assassination.   Braden presumably could have used said transceivers to communicate with the several teams of shooters to coordinate and minimize their shooting to fit with the pre-planned ‘Oswald did it’ scenario.

Presumably the plot called for killing JFK with as few shots fired as possible to make the planned ‘lone nut’ scenario at least somewhat plausible.  If the shooters in the Dal Tex Building, TSBD or the County Records Building in Dealey Plaza had done their jobs more efficiently, and actually killed JFK with their shots from behind, no extra shots would have been needed from the Grassy Knoll or anywhere else!  As it were, one shot from the Dal Tex Building hit JFK from the back, while another missed altogether and hit a curb which in turn splintered and hit a witness named James Tague.  JFK was hit numerous times in the throat and torso and was in bad shape but was still clinging to life before he was finally finished off by the fatal headshot from the right front.

Retired US Steel engineer turned JFK assassination investigator, Tom Wilson, noticed the figure of a gunman with a goatee in the Dal-Tex Building using photonic imaging techniques.  Facial hair was out of vogue in 1963 in the USA because of anti-Castro sentiment.  One such JFK conspiracy suspect who wore a goatee, nevertheless, was a CIA affiliated mercenary named Loran Hall.

A brief clip featuring Eugene Hale Brading and the Dal-Tex Building below:

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKbrading.htm

book links below:

The Zapruder Film

This video shows JFK’s head being blown off by a shot from the right front(grassy knoll/picket fence area).  It also shows that the limo driver did not shoot JFK as some disinformation artists like William Cooper have claimed. The limo did slow down enough so that the shooters could get good shots at JFK though…

Some have speculated that Abraham Zapruder was tipped off that something big was going to happen that day in Dallas and that he should be there to record the events for the sake of posterity.  Other photos and film from the JFK assassination show that Zapruder could not have been more than 20-50 feet from the shooters, himself and was literally in their midst! It would have been impossible for him not to have seen any of the shooters or smelt the gunpowder from their weapons behind the adjacent picket fence/grassy knoll from his vantage point before, during or after the shooting.

However:

‘It now appears that the Zapruder film of the Kennedy Assassination in the National Archives is likely an altered film-not an out of camera original, as most people assumed for well over 30 years.  It also appears that the alteration occurred at a classified CIA laboratory run for the agency by Kodak in Rochester, New York, at Kodak’s main industrial plant and headquarters.’ - Douglas P. Horne, Former Chief Analyst for Military Records, Assassination Records Review Board, 2009

Nowadays, many researchers believe that even the Zapruder Film, once thought to have been the Rosetta Stone of the JFK assassination, has been altered from its original form. They assert that the film was tampered with to obscure the true timing of the event, JFK’s true headwound and flying brain debris(from a baseball sized exit wound on the back right portion of his head), and the near or complete stoppage of the presidential limo so that the shooters could finish off JFK.

Witness Mary Moorman was actually in two separate places at once (which were several feet apart) when researchers tried to re-create her coordinates using her Polaroid photo and the Zapruder Film for comparison, further implying that one of the films has, indeed, been altered.  Additionally, 59 separate witnesses including several Dallas police officers, reported a stoppage or near stoppage of the Presidential limo, which the Zapruder Film does not show!   Still others have speculated that the Zapruder film was further altered to edit out the presence of a gunman(Johnny Roselli) and a puff of smoke coming from that gunman’s weapon from the storm drain on Elm Street near the grassy knoll.

the clip below examines some of the anomalies in the Zapruder film:

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKroselli.htm

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