November 22nd, 2010.
UPDATED SUNDAY September 29th, 2013: Oliver Stone’s ‘JFK’ Returns to Theaters 50 Years After Assassination. The mystery, conspiracy and obsessions with the assassination of the late president John F. Kennedy hasn’t subsided, and this November, 50 years will have passed since his death. The film Parkland, which focuses on the event from several different perspectives, hits limited theaters this weekend, but a film about the assassination from 22 years ago will also be coming to theaters this fall. Warner Bros. will bring Oliver Stone’s 1991 film JFK back to the big screen in November a couple weeks before the actual 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death on November 22nd, 1963, and there’s a new Blu-Ray box set coming too.
Stone’s film takes one of the conspiracy angles on the film and tells the story the director believes lies behind the killing of one of our nation’s most beloved leaders. The re-release will begin in New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. from November 6th – 14th. Then 250+ theaters in chains such as Cinemark, Regal and AMC Theatres will get the film from November 17th – 20th. Meanwhile, Oliver Stone points out on Twitter (via The Film Stage) that a new Blu-Ray collector’s set will arrive on November 12th with a new chapter of The Untold History of the United States. Whether you believe the conspiracy or not, the film is quite the fantastic thriller, and ripe for a revisit.
The Mafia dons used parts of the secret coup plan to try and assassinate JFK first in Chicago (on 11-2-63), then in Tampa (on 11-18-63, an attempt never revealed before), and finally in Dallas.
“Threats on Kennedy Made Here,” Tampa Tribune 11-23-63; “Man Held in Threats to JFK,” Miami Herald 11-24-63 – “young man linked to the Fair Play for Cuba Committee” it is bylined “Tampa (UPI),” so it may well have appeared in other newspapers; and, if so, the fact that it reprints just a few sentences from the Tampa Tribune article may have caused earlier researchers to overlook it. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TAMPA TRIBUNE ARTICLE OF 11/23/1963.
No news reports about the Tampa threat appeared while JFK was alive–just a tiny article the day after this death; by the following day the Tampa Chief of Police and Secret Service weren’t talking to the press about it.
On the very day Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden went to Washington to tell Warren Commission staff about the Tampa and Chicago attempts, and other Secret Service laxity, he was framed by the Chicago Mafia and arrested. He was sent to prison for six years, even though his main accuser later admitted committing perjury against Bolden.
Trafficante also spent time in Florida. This resulted in his arrest and conviction for gambling offences. He was released from prison in January 1957 after his conviction was overturned by Florida’s State Supreme Court. It is believed that soon afterwards Trafficante arranged for Albert Anastasia, his Mafia rival, to be murdered. Trafficante returned to Cuba but his casinos were closed down when Fidel Castro overthrew Fulgencio Batista in January, 1959. Trafficante spent time in prison before being deported to the United States.
In September 1960 Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana, took part in talks with Allen W. Dulles, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), about the possibility of murdering Fidel Castro. In 1961 Roselli persuaded Trafficante to join the conspiracy. Meyer Lansky also became involved in this plot and was reportedly offering a million-dollar reward for the Cuban leader’s murder.
Trafficante also worked closely with the CIA agent, William Harvey, in this operation.
By 1962, Trafficante and his friends became convinced that the Cuban revolution could not be reversed by simply killing Castro. However, they continued to play along with this CIA plot in order to prevent them being prosecuted for criminal offences committed in the United States.
It is also believed that Trafficante became involved in Mafia plots to kill President John F. Kennedy. He told a friend, Jose Aleman: “Mark my word, this man Kennedy is in trouble, and he will get what is coming to him. Kennedy’s not going to make it to the election. He is going to be hit.”
Just before Kennedy was assassinated on 22nd November, 1963, Jack Ruby made contact with Trafficante, and another Mafia leader, Carlos Marcello, about a problem he was having with the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA). However, the Warren Commission failed to find any direct link between Trafficante and Ruby concluded that “Oswald acted alone”.
On 14th January, 1992, the New York Post claimed that Trafficante, Jimmy Hoffa and Carlos Marcello had all been involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Frank Ragano was quoted as saying that at the beginning of 1963 Hoffa had told him to take a message to Trafficante and Marcello concerning a plan to kill Kennedy. When the meeting took place at the Royal Orleans Hotel, Ragano told the men: “You won’t believe what Hoffa wants me to tell you. Jimmy wants you to kill the president.” He reported that both men gave the impression that they intended to carry out this order.
In his autobiography, Mob Lawyer (1994) (co-written with journalist Selwyn Raab) Frank Ragano added that in July, 1963, he was once again sent to New Orleans by Hoffa to meet Trafficante and Carlos Marcello concerning plans to kill President John F. Kennedy. When Kennedy was killed Hoffa apparently said to Ragano: “I told you could do it. I’ll never forget what Carlos and Santos did for me.” He added: “This means Bobby is out as Attorney General”. Marcello later told Ragano: “When you see Jimmy (Hoffa), you tell him he owes me and he owes me big.”
It’s important to note that around the same time Oswald moved to a new city (Dallas, from New Orleans) and got a new job, so did the ex-Marine arrested at the time of the 11/2/63 Chicago attempt against JFK and the young man linked to the Fair Play for Cuba Committee who was investigated by authorities after the 11/18/63 Tampa attempt to assassinate JFK.
Will we ever find a definitive answer to this mystery? Is there anyone alive who was involved and could provide important information?
The answer to both questions is “yes” and “yes.” NBC News and a government watchdog group, OMB Watch, both reported that well over a million documents remain secret, possibly until the year 2017. Everyone we have uncovered who was knowingly involved in JFK’s death (less than a dozen) is either dead (most of those confessed to associates prior to their death), in prison, or has served time for a crime related to the assassination. With so much still secret, and so much time having passed, further prosecutions for the assassination would be difficult if not impossible. SEE JFK IN TAMPA VIDEO BELOW.