(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.
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:
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