A collection of documents regarding notable people within the investigations of President Kennedy's assassination.
William "Guy" Banister: He was a suspect of New Orleans Prosecutor Jim Garrison and former FBI Special Agent. Banister aided anti-Castro exile Sergio Arcacha Smith in forming a small exile organization. He also was frequently in contact with former New Orleans suspect David Ferrie. This Central Intelligence Agency document offers Guy Banister was a CIA informant and member of the Friends of Democratic Cuba.
Carlos Jose Bringuier: Carlos Bringuier was a Cuban exile whose brother fought and was captured in the Bay of Pigs. Bringuier served the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE) a Cuban exile group that funded covertly by the Central Intelligence Agency. Bringuier had a famous confrontation with Lee Harvey Oswald and subsequently debated him publicly. Bringuier was also committed to spreading propaganda that Fidel Castro was responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in order to secure the American military invasion of Cuba. This document offers information on Bringuier and the Agency' sponsorship of the DRE.
Manuel Francisco Artime Buesa: Referred to multiple times in the press as the CIA's "golden boy", the Agency helped Artime escape Cuba and defect to the United States. After training and leading forces at the ill-fated Bay of Pigs attack, Castro regime forces captured and successfully ransomed him to the United States. Artime eventually assumed control of the Movement for Revolutionary Recovery (MRR) a huge exile group with extensive official support and financing. Officials would later eventually realize the danger of such large, independently operating groups. Yet before the realization officials richly invested in Artime's operations, one internal Agency document reveals nearly five million dollars was spent just for Artime related operational expenses between June 1963 and June 1964. Officials could not guarantee this autonomous group would not use some funding to secure kickbacks and improper withdrawals for unknown purposes.
Richard Scully Cain: Richard Scully Cain: Cain served in the Chicago Police, as a private investigator, and was the Chief Investigator for the Cook County Sheriff's Office in Chicago. Cain was additionally an informant of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency and reported his frequent associations with various Cuban exiles to United States officials. Cain additionally was the driver for Chicago Mafia Boss Sam Giancana. A document offers that in 1963 Cain offered a unconfirmed report stating members of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC) undertook a secret meeting to discuss the assassination of President Kennedy. This may have served an unseen purpose to lay future blame at the feet of the FPCC for President Kennedy's assassination. Masked men later murder Cain in a Chicago resturant.
Richard McGarrah Helms: He served in the United States Navy during World War II and also joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and was instrumental in the conduct of counterintelligence. Helms joined the newly former Central Intelligence Agency in 1947 and eventually rose to lead the entire Agency in 1966. Three documents reveal a private cable from Helms to Mexico City Station Chief Winston Scott using pseudonyms. The main cable presents a message in the days following the Kennedy assassination that supports realistic concerns of a possible conspiracy.
John Henry and Jo Beth Hill: Witness statements to the FBI support they were in downtown Dallas on the morning of November 22, 1963. Jo Beth Hill visited a department store, and then met her husband to purchase a rifle, clothing, and supplies for a hunting vacation. Two President's Commission witnesses spotted a large man the approximate height and weight of John Hill with a rifle case walking down the street to the corner he would have lunch at around noon. His wife never mentions the weapon in her statement and two prior witnesses alleged that Hill threatened President Kennedy's life in the past. While the evidence does not implicate Hill, it does support a person could enter the area with a weapon and remain largely undetected by officials.
John Edgar Hoover: The Federal Bureau of Investigation under Hoover was formed in 1935 and its powers and funding increased to control intelligence both domestically and abroad. Following World War II Hoover's power was diminished by the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency; a perceived slight Hoover never forgave. Hoover targeted any official group considered a threat to the Bureau or his reputation including the President's Commission. He suppressed information, deceived other investigators, and sought to destroy those challenging his authority. Former FBI Assistant Director William Sullivan stated among the attacks on the CIA and the Commission Hoover repeatedly leaked secret information to influence public reaction and preempt other official findings. Sullivan offers "...if the Warren Commission could be torn apart the FBI would therefore look better." Unfortunately, Hoover's organization led the Commission's investigation.
Meyer Lansky: He arrived in the United States as a Polish immigrant with his family in 1911 and his name was changed from Maier Suchowljansky to its current version. Lanksy formed a close relationship and gang with Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegal and Charles "Lucky" Luciano, each an infamous gangster. He in time began a series of lucrative criminal operations focused on gambling, illegal alcohol sales, and various business enterprises that include multiple Cuban casinos. Before the United States government had developed the Castro Assassination Plots, Lansky met with anti-Castro Cuban leader Manuel "Tony" Varona to discuss the Castro government. Lansky's associate and Mafia leader of Tampa, Santos Trafficante, suggested Varona's use to the CIA during the subsequent plotting against Castro.
Manuel Antonio de Varona Loredo: Tony Varona plotted to eliminate Castro with Mafia leaders and the Central Intelligence Agency. He associated with Mafia leaders Santo Trafficante, Sam Giancana, and communicated with Meyer Lansky through criminal intermediaries regarding Castro. Varona led the CIA supported Frente Revolucionario Democratico (FRD) to conduct political and paramilitary actions. He attempted to unify the dozens of Cuban exile factions into a force capable of overthrowing the Castro regime. The FRD also served as a front organization to recruit forces used in the Bay of Pigs.
George de Mohrenschildt: A traveling European businessperson that provided repeated corporate information to the Central Intelligence Agency. He also provided financial assistance to Lee and Marina Oswald and was their occasional concerned associate. De Mohrenschildt wrote an incomplete manuscript before his untimely suicide. The document regards his experiences concerning Oswald and was provided by his attorney to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A second document verifies that beyond his prior informant contacts to the CIA, George's second wife served as a receptionist in one Agency covert project. The CIA additionally utilized his brother Dmitri S. Von Mohrenschildt in foreign intelligence. The de Mohrenschildt's note they might be the only people to have associated with both the Oswald and Kennedy families.
Lee Harvey Oswald: The President's (Warren) Commission alleged he was the lone assassin of President Kennedy despite the substantial contending evidence. The following CIA file proves over thirty official documents were missing from Oswald's 201 File. This suggests pervasive official incompetence or the intent to suppress evidence.
Manuel (Manolo) Ray Rivero: He was a well-known engineer and prior served as Minster of Public works under the Castro regime. Following his break from the Cuban government Ray founded two notable anti-Castro groups supported by the CIA, the Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo (Revolutionary Movement of the People) (MRP) and the Junta Revolucionaria Cubana (JURE). Ray attempted to use members inside Cuba to launch several failed sabotage and clandestine operations. Ray consistently opposed unification attempts with other exile groups to attempt maintaining nearly sole power in the groups he founded. Officials would eventually determine Ray's later group among the funded autonomous exile threats in 1964. Subsequently, Ray's sister alleges that he planned to denounce the CIA and destroy the Agency's Cuban intelligence network.
Jack Leon Ruby: Jack Ruby, the assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald, was an unproductive FBI informant and had knowledge of some Mafia operations. Two primary documents prove that Ruby was an unimportant informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. However, this is contrary to the legal statement J. Edgar Hoover made to the President's Commission that claimed Ruby and Oswald had no association with the FBI.
Clay Laverne Shaw: New Orleans business leader and Central Intelligence Agency business informant Clay Shaw was accused by District Attorney Jim Garrison and found not guilty of assassinating President Kennedy. Among Garrison's accusations were that Clay Shaw used the pseudonym Clay Bertrand based on evolving witness claims. The first document features a CIA record of Shaw's contacts and the second document offers two unnamed FBI informants who state that Clay Shaw was Clay Bertrand.
House Select Committee on Assassinations, Segregated CIA file, Subject: Banister, Guy W., Box 40, November 21, 1967
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Subj: Carlos Bringuier, Box 40, February 29, 1968
Buesa (Artime) Document:
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Microfilm Reel 16, Ricciardeli-Ruby, Manual Ray, (n.d.)
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Office of Security-Tile on Cain, Richard S, Box 40, pp. 1-4
CIA, Russ Homes Work File, Cable: To Supplement our position as outlined in ref, we wish to stress there should be no let down, November 28, 1963
HSCA, Security Classified Testimony, Interview of E. Howard Hunt, November 3, 1978, p. 14
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Microfilm Reel 19, Amtrunk, Amwhip- 1, Ammug- 1, Win Scott, Win Scott Files, p. 2
FBI 105-82555, Oswald HQ File, Section 18, Statement of Jo Beth Hill, p. 2
Ibid, Statement of Roger Tittle, November 26, 1963, pp. 1-2
President's Commission Document 7, FBI Gemberling Report of 10 December 1963 re: Oswald, Statement of Philip Hathaway, November 23, 1963
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities, Boxed Files, Interview and Meeting Summary with William Sullivan, April 21, 1976
FBI, HSCA Subject File, Q-R, John Roselli, Statement of Manuel Varona, October 7, 1976
Varona Loredo Document:
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, 180-10144-10027, (n.d.), p. 10
De Mohrenschildt Document:
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Background Information on George de Mohrenschildt, April 28, 1975, pp. 1-2
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Documents available in Oswald's 201 File, Box 7, February 20, 1964
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Microfilm Reel 16, Ricciardeli-Ruby, Manual Ray, October 29, 1964
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Jack Ruby as FBI Informant, Box 2, (n.d.), pp. 1-2
HSCA, Admin Folder-P7, Edwards-Ruby contacts with FBI-Confirmation of Ruby Informant Status pp. 1-5
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Garrison Investigation - OS/SAG FIles for HSCA, Box 45, January 2, 1968
HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Microfilm Reel 25, Garrison, Agrupacion Montecristi-DRE, Folder D - Garrison Investigation - Vol II., March 2, 1967
Research by: C.A.A. Savastano