(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Fifty years after President John Kennedy’s assassination, questions persist, suspicions linger, and there is no shortage of explanations and theories as to how and why the President was killed.
With the historic milestone of a 50th anniversary of the JFK murder approaching, some of the original pioneering research into the mysteries of Dallas has been updated and re-issued.
Longtime journalist Anthony Summers wrote one of the most influential books on the assassination, Conspiracy, first released in 1980.
Summers objected to the title, which his publisher insisted on, and he re-released the book years later under the title Not In Your Lifetime, a reference to a comment by Earl Warren, the Supreme Court Chief Justice who headed the official investigation into Kennedy’s death in 1964, on whether the American public would ever learn of all of the facts of the assassination.
Summers has re-written his book, with new, additional research, and tells KXNT in an interview about one of the key details in his latest effort: the discovery that a stridently anti-Castro Cuban, a known marksman and assassin, who disclosed to a fellow exile that he was a gunman in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963.
Summers says the information first came to him about five years ago, passed along by the former chief counsel of the House Assassinations Committee investigation of the late 1970’s, G. Robert Blakey. Blakey, a Notre Dame Law professor and former cohort of Robert Kennedy at the Justice Department, recently visited the Mob Museum in Las Vegas as part of a program on JFK.
Blakey’s House investigation concluded that the JFK assassination was ‘probably’ the result of a conspiracy. The House investigation centered on Mafia influences. The mob was hounded by Kennedy’s Justice Department. The underworld was heavily invested in pre-Castro Cuba and lost operations when Castro led a revolution in the late 1950’s. The mob had motive. Years after JFK’s death, it was disclosed that the Mafia and CIA had joined in efforts to assassinate Castro. Cuban exiles working under CIA cover in this country worked tirelessly to topple Castro and many were bitter when the Bay of Pigs invasion, a U.S.-backed military effort to overthrow Castro failed. The exiles blamed Kennedy.
Summers outlines the circumstances in which the very people who had been working to kill Castro could have turned on the American President. His comments appear in a series of reports on the KXNT Morning News this week.