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Anatomy of a Black-Op Assassination:

The Crossfire:

This section deals with the less important question of how the assassination was conducted and who may have carried it out

Zapruder Film:

The Umbrellaman:

Right as the presidential motorcade approached Dealey Plaza, a man opened his umbrella and pumped it in the air above his head. Clearly he was attempting to send a signal to someone. Various theories have spawned from this strange action which took place just moments before gunshots rang out on that clear Texas day. Obviously with the sunny clear skies, there was no need for an umbrella that day.

Some believe that the Umbrella was a signal to the gunmen on the Knoll that their target was approaching, but in the real scope of things I doubt that the CIA trained Operation 40 Mobile Assassination Team would have needed such a blatant signal to signal them to make their move. For this and reasons of discreet operation, I do not believe that The "Umbrella Man" was part of the Surveillance Team, or any kind of spotter in Dealey Plaza that day, although there is still some small possibility.

Louie Steven Witt came forward in 1978 and claimed to be the Umbrella Man. He claimed he still had that umbrella and did not know he had been the subject of controversy. He said that he brought the umbrella to simply heckle Kennedy. John Kennedy's father had been a supporter of the Nazi-appeasing British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. By waving a black umbrella, Chamberlain's trademark fashion accessory, Witt claims he was protesting the Kennedy family appeasing Adolf Hitler before World War II. An umbrella had been used in cartoons in the 1930s to symbolize such appeasement, and Chamberlain often carried an umbrella. Kennedy, who wrote a thesis on appeasement while at Harvard, Why England Slept, might have recognized the symbolism of the umbrella.


In typical Assassination anatomy you have a surveillance team, which is separate from but covers for the actual hit team. Most snipers usually work with a spotter, since it's so useful to have another set of eyes which isn't looking through the narrow scope of a gun sight. The spotters may work directly alongside the shooter, or they may also work from a separate location and convey commands to the sniper via a communication link such as a radio.

These two individuals have drawn some increased attention from Assassination researchers since one of them appears to be carrying a radio. The Cuban looking man on the left has been identified by some researchers as Vidal Santiago. While the other man is identified here as Gordon Novel, although some have pointed out that he also looks like, and is wearing the same clothes as the "blond tramp" whom we will examine in the next section.

The Tramps:

When the Dallas Police began searching the train yards behind the Grassy Knoll for the gunmen witnesses had seen and heard in that area, they found 3 men hiding in a train car that was just about to depart the area and head east out of Texas. The Three men were arrested and marched with Police Escort through Dealey Plaza to the Police Station. News reporters took these photographs of the men as they were paraded through the plaza.

It has long been speculated that these men were somehow involved in the assassination. Their true identities may never be known, but many are satisfied with the explanation given by facial expert Lois Gibson that these men are Chauncey Holt (old frowning tramp), Charles Harrelson (Tall Blond Tramp), and Charles Frederick Rogers. A link to a video of her analysis can be found Here.

Chauncey Holt was a contract officer for the CIA who had ties to the mob through Meyer Lansky and Peter Licavoli, he also admitted to being the tramp in the picture and being present for the assassination.

Charles Harrelson was a convicted mob hit man who killed Federal Judge John H. Wood Jr. He is the father of actor Woody Harrelson, and admitted to being in Dealey Plaza during the assassination. He has also denied these claims on different occasions.

Charles Frederick Rogers served with the Organization of Naval Intelligence during his military service in WW2. After the war he worked as a seismologist with Shell Oil. While a member of the Civil Air Patrol he became a close friend of David Ferrie. In 1956 Rogers joined the Central Intelligence Agency.

Others allegations for the identities of the 3 Tramps suggest that E. Howard Hunt and Frank Sturgis were among them. E. Howard Hunt made a death-bed confession of his involvement as a bench warmer in the JFK Assassination, although Hunt did not make any statements related to the identity of the frowning tramp confirming or denying that it was him or not.

In 1992 the Dallas Police Department revealed that the three tramps were Gus Abrams, John F. Gedney and Harold Doyle. Ray and Mary LaFontaine carried out their own research into this claim. They traced Doyle and Gedley who confirmed they were two of the tramps in the photograph. Gus Abrams was dead but his sister identified him as the third tramp in the photograph.

The Gunman on the Grassy Knoll:


In the book "Crossfire" by Jim Mars there is an excellent list of JFK assassination witnesses who all died in strange and mysterious ways. I highly suggest this book for anyone interested in this area of research.

The Badgeman Theory:

It would be the most diabolically clever assassination plot that anyone could dream of. Have the gunman dressed as a Dallas police officer and surrounded by men with Secret Service credentials. Have him hand the rifle to another man dressed as a railroad worker, who then disassembles the gun and places it inside a tool box and walks calmly off the scene. All the witnesses who heard shots from that area and ran to the back of the knoll would see only police men and railroad workers and think nothing suspicious of it. Anyone prior to the assassination would see a police officer with a gun and assume he was part of Kennedy's Secret Service detail dispatched to protect the President.

The Mary Mooreman Photograph:

Lucian Sarti

CIA Case Officer E. Howard Hunt fingered Lucian Sarti as the "French Gunman" on the Grassy Knoll in his deathbed confession.

Lucien Sarti (born circa 1931[1] in Corsica, died April 27, 1972 in Mexico City) was a drug trafficker and killer-for-hire involved in the infamous French Connection heroin network. He was named on the television series The Men Who Killed Kennedy as one of the men who shot U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The series aimed to critically analyze the evidence in the assassination and attacked the official government conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in killing Kennedy. In one of the late episodes of the series, aired in 2003 on The History Channel, French prisoner Christian David named Sarti as one of three French criminals hired to carry out the assassination of Kennedy on November 22, 1963, when he was interviewed by author Anthony Summers. David's account was corroborated by Michele Nicoli, a former associate of David's who is currently in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's witness protection program. Sarti was the only man David explicitly named, as Sarti had been killed by police in Mexico City in 1972. The trio had all been working for heroin trafficker Auguste Ricord, a known client of the Marseilles underworld, at the time of Kennedy's death. Writer Stephen Revelle, the man who named Sarti on "The Men Who Killed Kennedy", said that Sarti was the one who had fired from the grassy knoll and hit the president in the head. Journalistic and police sources in Paris and Marseille told Revelle that Sarti was known as an extremely daring and reckless man, known and despised even by his own associates for taking enormous chances; but that the willingness to take these chances was what made him such a successful drug trafficker and assassin.

David Ferry:

David William Ferry is probably one of the most interesting people tied to the JFK assassination. He was a CIA pilot who knew Oswald from his days in the Civil Air Patrol in New Orleans, before Oswald joined the military and began creating a pro-communist cover for himself all under Ferry's advice. Ferry told Oswald that he would be more likely to be inducted into intelligence operations if he could create a pro-communist cover for himself. Ferry had ties to the CIA, Anti-Castro Cubans and Carlos Marcello's New Orleans Mafia making him a very interesting inside character in this whole case.

James Files

Another man who claimed that he was the gunman on the grassy knoll was James Files, although his testimony that the weapon used was a .221 Remington Fire Ball is inconsistent with the forensic evidence as well as witness testimony. Files is a career con-man, and I suspect that he is lying about his involvement with the JFK assassination to gain attention or perhaps other benefits.
This is a playlist I assembled for JFK Truth