The Three Barons proves that it is possible (with enough research), to reconstruct the organizational chart of the JFK plot. This book provides the first useful, in-depth analysis of the 120 phone calls by LBJ in the week following the assassination regarding such items as the Civil Rights Act, demands made by the military and similar political power plays. The Three Barons presents the first use of statistical factor analysis to identify the plotters, using a database of 30 books and 1500 names and examines the military officers allegedly close to the plot, such as NATO Commander Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer, General Lauris Norstad, and JFK’s advisor, Gen. Maxwell Taylor. For the first time, the National Security Council, its structure and its members, are scrutinized for their obvious role in the JFK plot. More specifically, The Three Barons explains the role of Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon and his father, investment banker Clarence Dillon, who likely had fascist sympathies. This book identifies, for the first time, why there were three actual barons involved in the plot and why at least three members of the Warren Commission had powerful Nazi connections, beginning in WWII and continuing through November 22, 1963.
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About the Author
James W. Lateer has three degrees from Big Ten Universities, has been a practicing attorney and CPA, and has worked for Fortune 500 companies. His hobbies are oil painting and reading history, sometimes in the original Greek. He has read over 130 books on the JFK assassination.
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Introduction to the Three Barons and the JFK Organizational Chart
Thanks to the Internet and the passage of time, it is now possible to put together the plot of the JFK assassination. It is also now possible to know a great deal about the perpetrators and why they did it.
My research efforts began on the 50 anniversary of the assassination. There was week-long coverage on C-Span. Since that time, I have read 145 books on the events surrounding the assassination.
It is hard to know where to begin. So we will start with just a sample of the newest (and previously unknown) evidence surrounding the JFK assassination.
In reading and analyzing the 145 books, I have been able to gain an understanding of the plot down to small details. Along the way, I have assembled a database of 1500 names. These were names that were most frequently cited in the 30 best books I could find on the assassination. These are books which I believe are objective. They represent evidence which I feel presents a new diverse viewpoints and theories. Near the end of this book, I will present the results of my application of statistical factor analysis applied to this database. This factor analysis in itself has produced some startling information.
But we will start with evidence which is new in the world of JFK assassination research. Let's look at our first example:
Senator Thomas J Dodd was brought up on ethics charges in the Senate in 1966. In the hearings before the Senate Ethics Committee former Congressman Charles Kersten of Wisconsin was questioned about three mysterious letters. These letters were sent to the three Kennedy brothers on November 7, 1963. This was just two weeks before the assassination: 1 Quoting from the transcript of the hearings:
Mr. Sonnett [attorney for the Committee]: Would you read that letter into the record?
(Mr. Kersten reads the letter):
Mr. Kersten: "Dear Senator Kennedy [referring to Sen Edward Kennedy] Believing that it may be difficult for a letter of mine to be seen by the President, I am taking the liberty of enclosing a copy which I respectfully request you call to his attention. Sincerely, Charles Kersten.
Mr. Sonnett: Now, will you refer to the letter [by you to] President Kennedy of November 7, 1963, next to that document, and read that into the record?
Mr. Kersten: Dear Mr. President: The Senate Internal Security Subcommittee has been contemplating a hearing in Munich about the murder of the Ukrainian underground leader, Stepan Bandera by former Soviet agent Bogdan Stashynsky. ... He was tried for murder in the German High Court at Karlsruhe in October-November 1962. I [Kersten] participated in the trial as counsel for Mrs. Bandera, the victim's wife. ... The facts of the case are unique. Stashynsky received intensive training as a KGB killer of anti-communist leaders in the Free World ...
Former Congressman Kersten was giving a strong warning to JFK. And it wasn't just a warning sent to JFK. He also warned both Robert F. Kennedy and "Theodore Kennedy" [Edward M. Kennedy]. Kersten warned that Soviet agents, trained for assassination, were out to get the leaders of the free world. And all this happened just two weeks before the assassination of JFK.
So, does this raise any red flags in the mind of the reader? In fact, this was literally a "red flag," a real Communist red flag. And it was being waved in the face of the President and his brothers just 15 days before JFK was murdered. Was this just a coincidence?
And who was former Congressman Charles Kersten? Few Americans have ever heard the name Charles Kersten. Why was he bringing up the topic of Soviet assassination just two weeks prior to the JFK assassination? We will also find out about the strange case mentioned by Congressman Kersten; the case of defector Bogdan Stashynsky. Why did the case of Stashynsky (who was an alleged Soviet-trained assassin), follow such a precise and suspicious timetable?
There was a bizarre chain of events which began in 1959 with the death of Ukrainian hero Stepan Bandera. Next came a trial of Stashynsky for the alleged murder before the Supreme Court of Germany. After the trial, Senator Thomas J Dodd traveled back and forth to Germany. Was Dodd trying to call attention to this fictional Soviet murder plan? In 1967, Senator Dodd was censured by the Senate. In the censure hearings, a disturbing fact came to light. Dodd has a close relationship with certain ex-Nazi's in Germany. He was making a desperate attempt to meet with them just prior to the death of JFK.
Now, let's take another prime bit of very suggestive evidence.
In 1968, journalist Eric Norden obtained a unique interview with the leader of the Minutemen, which was a home-grown American terrorist organization. The name of the leader was Robert DePugh. The interview by Eric Norden was published by Playboy magazine. It also appeared in the Twentieth Anniversary Playboy Reader (1969):
Quoting DePugh: "I've often thought of writing a book called 1001 Ways to Kill a Man Without Using Firearms – dedicated to Senator Dodd, of course."
Why did DePugh make that veiled reference to Senator Dodd? Did DePugh know all about Dodd and the Stashynsky case? We know that as leader of the Minutemen, DePugh was connected to many members of the extreme right. The title of the article in Playboy was "The Paramilitary Right."
Some people may argue that the activities of Senator Dodd regarding the Stashynsky case were only for the purpose of creating a general fear of the alleged Soviet murder program. Maybe Dodd didn't know who the victim would be. Legally Dodd, by his actions, could have been convicted of being an accessory to murder. In the legal definition of accessory to a crime, it includes anyone who participates in a cover up before the act, but not necessarily in a cover up after the fact. It would be naïve to think that Dodd didn't know the details. My verdict: at least suspicious and very possibly guilty!
In his monumental 780 page book General Walker: And The Murder Of President Kennedy, Dr. Jeffrey Caulfield makes a very persuasive case about Lee Harvey Oswald. Caulfield wrote that during his time in New Orleans, Oswald was acting according to a plan. That plan was carefully designed by Senator James O. Eastland of Mississippi. It was a cynical plan designed to brand dozens of civil-rights groups in the South as Communist. This plan could have destroyed these groups before the courts. How was Eastland intending to prove these groups were Communist? Eastland was going to prove that all of these groups were associated with a young Communist named Lee Harvey Oswald.
Senator Eastland was not just a minor figure. Eastland was a formidable power in the Senate: he was Majority Leader and Chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee. Eastland was also the official chairman of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. And Senator Thomas Dodd was the permanent Acting Chairman of that same subcommittee. Eastland and Dodd were, to all appearances, partners in crime.
The personal papers of Senator Eastland were donated upon his death to the Law School at the University of Mississippi. The papers were locked in a room. No researcher or historian was allowed to see them for 50 years. When they were finally revealed, they had been severely "sanitized."
This is just some of the evidence. There is much more.
Author Joan Mellen recently published a book entitled Farewell to Justice. This book is a study of the Jim Garrison investigation into the JFK assassination. The climax of the Garrison investigation was the prosecution of Clay Shaw (a New Orleans businessman) for participating in the murder of John F. Kennedy.
Shaw was acquitted. However, the information developed by Garrison served to prove that there was a conspiracy to murder JFK. One of the major revelations published by Jim Garrison in his book On The Trail Of The Assassins was information about a shadowy organization called Permindex. Permindex was a front organization which had a mysterious subsidiary known as Centro Mondiale Commerciale. "Centro" was first located in Rome. Then it was banished to Switzerland. Eventually it moved on to South Africa under the protection of the South African apartheid government.
In her book, Joan Mellen states that Centro was a CIA front. Mellen reports that "in the ranks of Permindex were actual Nazi's and Neo Nazis." In the Garrison investigation, Guy Banister was one of three major suspects. Mellen quotes (Banister operative) Tommy Baumler who said "those who killed John F. Kennedy were those who wanted to kill [Charles] de Gaulle."
Remember also the Kersten threats? Kersten wrote of Soviet plans to murder leaders of the free world. There were, in fact, three major assassination attempts against the French President starting in late 1961 and ending in September 1963. They were funded by an anonymous group known only as "The Old General Staff" and the money was passed through one single person. The true source of this money is, to this day, unproven.
There is another book which is a "must read" for any student of the Kennedy assassination and American history. The name of the book is The New Germany and the Old Nazis, and the author is T. H. Tetens. Tetens was a veteran scholar who specialized in the geopolitics of Germany. Author Tetens lists three things that our State Department wanted us to believe about Germany:
(1) the decision to make defeated Germany into an ally was a good decision
(2) the Germans had changed profoundly and had developed a truly democratic society and,
(3) Dr. Konrad Adenauer [was] a leader whose counsel was sought throughout the world.
Tetens believed that none of these things were true. He was one of the leading experts and scholars on German geopolitics. He was a veteran of 30 year's research and had worked on the War Crimes Commission from 1946-1948.
Tetens also had something to say about "Centro." According to Tetens, in the 1950's and the 1960's there was an organization of ex-[military] officers, high government officials, jurists, educators, industrialists and church leaders from Germany It was called the "Committee for Justice and Trade." Tetens states "According to [a] report in the Deutsche Soldaten Zeitung, this group was closely affiliated with a propaganda center in Switzerland, the Centro Europa ..." Tetens describes "Centro" as a relief organization for former Nazi war criminals around the world.
Add to the mix the following: the same Nazi Deutsche Soldaten Zeitung (a/k/a National Zeitung) which was mentioned by Tetens, was also mentioned by assassination author Dr. Caulfield in his book General Walker.
Writes Caulfield, "while Walker was in Shreveport, [11-23-63], miraculously, an obscure Nazi-oriented German Newspaper, The National Zeitung, located him [Walker] and interviewed him ..." The newspaper even had Walker's hotel room number and Walker hadn't given it to them.
We have already seen a very tangled web. Senator Dodd and former Congressman Charles Kersten were closely involved with certain people in Germany. These people were dealing with assassinations and in particular, the possible assassinations of free world leaders. This list of free world leaders would probably include Charles de Gaulle or John F. Kennedy. And added to this, the leader of the Minutemen, Robert DePugh, seemed to link Senator Dodd to the subject of assassinations. What did DePugh know about Senator Dodd and how did he find out? Did DePugh read the record of the censure hearings against Dodd? Why would he do that? Or did DePugh know all the true details about the role of Dodd in the JFK murder from some other source?
In later chapters, we will explore all these clues and leads in depth. We will for the first time, explain the actions of the two JFK whistleblowers who worked for military intelligence. These two tried to blow the whistle and to foil the assassination. We will also hope to explain for the first time what motivated Jack Ruby to murder Oswald. As we untangle this web of intrigue, we will explain the unexplained. And most important of all, we will (for the first time after more than 50 years) show the reader an organizational chart of the JFK assassination.
Ignorance is Bliss
This exhaustive research has satisfied a desire on the part of this author which began in 1963. It was then when the earthshaking news of the assassination was announced on a high school public address system. This desire was given impetus by the book Crossfire by Jim Marrs and also the Oliver Stone movie JFK which came out in 1992.
But what is the fundamental challenge in JFK assassination research? This fundamental problem is the primary reason which explains why the JFK assassination has never been adequately explained in any previously published book. This question has to be answered before research can go further. This question is, how much do we really want to know about who killed JFK? How much is our country ready to handle?
Many authors who have written about the JFK assassination have not been sincerely interested in solving the JFK mystery, although some have made outstanding contributions.
In my opinion, the best approach is to treat the JFK case as what it really is: a murder. To make a case against a murderer, one has to weigh all the facts and establish a theory of the case. There are written complaints and briefs which are created to support the theory of the case. Too many JFK authors have adopted an approach of "throwing in the kitchen sink."
With the singular exception of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, no researcher, investigator or anyone else has had in his job description the assignment of finding out who murdered JFK. The mission statement of the Warren Commission was "to evaluate evidence presented to it by the FBI." The task of the author of assassination books is, after all, to sell books. In defense of such outstanding authors such as Dr. Jeffrey Caulfield, Dick Russell and Michael Collins Piper, some have decided primarily to mine the information and generate as much evidence as possible for posterity. Despite reams of evidence, the JFK case has obviously never been solved either legally or in the minds of Americans.
In my opinion, patriotic Americans should consider it priority one to analyze and discover who murdered JFK and how. If the reader does not share this type of commitment or perspective, he should read no further.
This type of case can't be put on the back of a lone "nut." This case can't be solved by only examining forensics. To understand this case, the reader must be willing to take as broad a perspective as necessary to reach understanding. If that requires familiarity with the price of beans in China, then so be it. If it requires a complete understanding of the politics in the U.S. from 1935 to 1963, then that's just what it takes.
Every closed door must be opened. That means that reading one single sentence or one paragraph won't suffice. For example, to decide on the guilt or innocence of Baron George de Mohrenschildt, his entire life story must be researched in some detail.
As in most classical murder cases, the JFK case could turn on one single strand of hair, or one single drop of blood. There would never be any murder trials at all if conviction required a mountain of probative evidence. In the famous case against star athlete O.J. Simpson for the murder of his wife, the case turned on the barking of a single dog. If the dog had barked only ten minutes earlier, Simpson would have been convicted. And this was after the presentation of months of evidence. But for the barking dog, none of it had been decisive.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Five People With Documented Prior Knowledge of the Crime 1
The Prior Knowledge of Richard Case Nagell:
The Prior Knowledge of Eugene B. Dinkin
The Prior Knowledge of Melba Christine Marcades a/k/a Rose Charamie
The Prior Knowledge of Joseph Milteer
The Prior Knowledge of Santos Trafficante
1 Introduction to the Three Barons and the JFK Organizational Chart Ignorance is Bliss 25
2 The Organizational Chart of the de Gaulle Plot With Background and Explanation 32
3 Why Has The JFK Case Never Before Been Solved? 37
The Mount Everest-Sized Pile of Assassination Evidence
Logical Rules Or Principles Useful In Evaluation of the Assassination
The Dog-Whistle Books
4 A Statement Of The Facts In Dealey Plaza 11-22-63 42
The Importance of the Basic Facts Dallas, November 1963
5 The Facts Surrounding The Prisoner Oswald 51
The Situation Immediately After The Shooting Oswald Arrested
6 Baron George DeMohrenschildt, The Parasite Pretender 53
Background on George de Mohrenschildt
The Nazi Connection and George de Mohrenschildt
George de Mohrenschildt Moves to Dallas
7 Baron Tscheppe-Weidenbach a/k/a Gen. Charles A. Willoughby 67
Charles Willoughby Immigrates to the U.S.
Willoughby Becomes Intelligence Chief Under MacArthur
Willoughby and Dr. Walter Becher
8 Congressman Charles Kersten 81
Kersten and Senator Joseph McCarthy
Kersten, Nixon and JFK
9 The Two Foiled Plots in November, 1963 92
The Chicago Plot
The Tampa Plot
10 McCarthyism: Joe McCarthy and the Kennedy Family 101
Sen. Joseph McCarthy: An Early Leader Of Fervent anti-Communism in the 1950s.
Dinner at the Colony Club
The McCarthy Committee Is Born
The State Department Becomes Enemy #1
The Tidings Committee And Others Fight Back Against McCarthy
The McCarran Committee Joins The Action Against Alleged Communists
11 High Drama Engulfs The McCarthy Committee 118
Eisenhower Becomes President And The Eisenhower-McCarthy Feud Begins
The Censure And Death Of Senator Joseph McCarthy
LBJ Favors The Censure Of McCarthy
12 Judge Robert J.Morris 132
Robert Morris and Joseph McCarthy
13 The National Security Council 139
Walt Whitman Rostow
Robert S. McNamara
Lyndon B. Johnson
C. Douglas Dillon
The Joint Chiefs Of Staff
General Lyman Lemnitzer
14 Roy Frankhouser and Dan Burros 173
15 The Torbilt Document: "The Nomenclature of The Assassination Cabal" 181
16 Lyndon Larouche and the Executive Intelligence Review 187
17 The Army, The Air Force And The Assassination 193
18 The International Bankers 197
Chase Manhattan and the Rockefeller Brothers
19 The Solidarists And White Russians Of Dallas 209
Colonel Lawrence Orlov
Jean De Menil
Princess Scherbatoff a/k/a Gali Clark
20 The Three Governmental Investigations of the Kennedy Assassination 221
The Warren Commission
John J. McCloy
John Sherman Cooper
The Jim Garrison Investigation
The House Select Committee on Assassinations
21 U.S. Anti-Communism in the 1950's and 1960's 242
22 JFK and the Rogue Committees of Congress 247
23 Senator Pat McCarran and the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee 253
Senator Pat McCarran Begins The SISS Committee
The Bayo-Pauley Raid
Other Suspicious Activities of SISS Related To The Assassination
24 Speaker John W. McCormack and the Plot to Kill LBJ 271
Did LBJ Mastermind The JFK Assassination?
Speaker John W. McCormack And The Plot to Kill Both JFK And LBJ
The Shooters Detained On The Grassy Knoll
LBJ Appearing With JFK In Public and Against Secret Security Rules
LBJ Ducks Behind The Front Seat Before The Shooting Starts
The Phone Call Between LBJ, Mayor Richard J. Daley and John W. McCormack
The Scarcity Of Information About Speaker John W. McCormack
25 Commentary on the LBJ Phone Calls 280
Major Points and Issues
Civil Rights Leaders
Miscellaneous and Unknown
26 Baron Werner von Braun And His Best Friend Walter Dornberger 289
27 James O. Eastland and the JFK Assassination 310
The Early Life and Career of James O. Eastland
The Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, White Citizens Council and the Klan
The Links Between James O. Eastland and the Kennedy Assassination Medgar Evers Is Assassinated
General Edwin Walker, Mississippi and the JFK Assassination
The Guy Banister Connection to Mississippi and the JFK Assassination
The Life of James O. Eastland In The Period After November 23,1963
28 Eastland and the New Orleans SCEF Raid In October, 1963 326
Brief History of the Southern Conference Educational Fund-SCEF
Robert Morris, LUAC and Lee Harvey Oswald's FPCC in 1963
29 Some Background On Otepka Author William J. Gill 344
30 Otto Otepka, SISS and the JFK Assassination 349
The Background of Otto Otepka
The Beginnings of Anti-Communism and the Issue of Security
Otto Otepka Joins the State Department Battle Over Loyalty and Security
The State Department Security Case of Wolf Ladejinsky
The State Department Security Case of John Stewart Service
The State Department Security Case of John Paton Davies
The Battle for State Department Security Under President Eisenhower
The Establishment of the Laws Against Communism in the McCarthy Era
Otepka Investigates Lee Harvey Oswald
The Kennedy Administration Begins as Otepka Meets Robert F. Kennedy
The Blunder of William Wieland Which Opens The Door To Castro
Otepka Battles the Kennedy Administration over State Department Security
Dean Rusk and Walter W Rostow, the Anglophiles at State
The Battle between Otepka and SISS Against Rusk and Robert Kennedy Intensifies
More on Walter W Rostow
The Battle Between SISS and State Becomes War
US Foreign Policy, SISS and the Micro-Management of Robert Kennedy
The Final Showdown Between JFK's Massachusetts Mafia and SISS
Otepka Begins His Insubordination: SISS vs. The Kennedy Administration
Tongue Slashing and the Countdown to the Murder of John F. Kennedy
As Lyndon B Johnson Assumes Power, Otto Otepka Recedes Into History
31 Important Issues in International Relations in 1963 401
The General Analine and Film Case
Kennedy, Adenauer and United States-West German Relations
Israel's Nuclear Program
32 Senator Thomas J. Dodd and the JFK Assassination 415
33 The Stashynsky Affair 426
The Kidnapping of Dr. Linse
Analysis of the Stashynsky Case Starting Backwards
34 Senator Dodd's Juvenile Delinquency Committee And Oswald's Weapons 446
35 General Julius Klein 454
36 General Julius Klein Appears Before The Fulbright Foreign Relations Committee 459
37 General Julius Klein And The Dodd Censure Investigation 467
38 Former German Nazis, West German Officials And The Assassination 480
Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
Ambassador Wilhelm Grewe
Heinrich von Brentano
General Reinhard Gehlen
39 Proof That Oswald Worked For SISS 491
40 The Motivation of Jack Ruby 497
41 The Organizational Chart Of The Kennedy Assassination 503
42 Factor Analysis And JFK Assassination Research 504
Factor Analysis Using The Individuals As The Variable
43 Summary and Conclusions 516
Epilogue: Nazi Spy Countess Podewilsand Hitler's Planner, General Heusinger of NATO 525