The Men Who Killed Kennedy Pt 4

Chauncey Holt’s confession- the Soldier of Fortune Meet

Chauncey and his painting of Kennedy, Ruby and Oswald

Around 10:30am on Nov. 22, 1963, Chauncey made a drop off of a satchel to an empty pick up truck that was parked in a police auxiliary lot between the book depository and the rear knoll parking area.  He had keys for both the police lot and the truck.   Chauncey got into the lot, unlocked the truck, and placed the satchel inside, then locked it back up.  The satchel contained various I.D.s, badges and Secret Service lapel pins, but no weapons.

U.S. Secret Service I.D. Badge

U.S. Secret Service I.D. Badge

He had supervised the production of the badges and IDs back at the Los Angeles plant as well as the special Secret Service lapel pins which change frequently for security reasons.  It had been Phil Twombly who had provided that day’s color code for the Secret Service lapel pins.  They contained the colors of the Texas state flag.

Texas state flag

Texas flag

Within a few minutes, he saw a familiar face, Homer Echeverria,  get into the pick up truck and drive away.  Those IDs sure came in handy when you think about how many people tried to get to the picket fence area of the knoll after the final shots .  Many testified that they had been stopped by men flashing Secret Service and CIA badges at them.  However, there were no official Secret Service nor CIA personnel stationed in that area at all.  All Secret Service detail was assigned to the motorcade that day.  Yet witnesses, including one of the Dallas police department motorcade detail, testified to being turned away by men in suits with Secret Service badges and I.D.

After his drop off to the pick up truck, Chauncey had a little time to kill, so he strolled over toward the corner of Houston and Elm and thought “it looked like a soldier of fortune meet” up there near the corner.  He saw Luis Posada, Freddie Lugo, Orlando Bosch and a few other familiar faces.  These were all professional hit men whom he had met on prior assignments.   Chauncey was becoming increasingly alarmed.  Twombly had told Chauncey that there was going to be some sort of disturbance, a pro Castro protest.  Maybe some shots would be fired.

Twombly apparently left out the small detail as to exactly which direction that the shots were to be fired, and at whom. Seeing so many crack shots gathered in Dealey Plaza made Chauncey very uneasy.

Gordon Arnold, Badgeman and Railroad Man Photo

Gordon Arnold, Badgeman and Railroad Man

Chauncey also noted a fellow dressed in some sort of military fatigues and a floppy type military hat.  He was possibly looking at Gordon Arnold who had just completed his basic training that day and had come to Dealey Plaza  straight from that training.  There has been much controversy surrounding Arnold’s allegation that he was on the knoll and that he felt two shots whiz past his left ear.  Critics have pointed to the lack of any photographic corroboration to his claims,  For all those years, Arnold felt safe, and he was… unlike so many other witnesses.  And unlike many other witnesses, Arnold never stepped forward with his story.  He had only told his story to a friend and was overheard doing so.  He was tracked down and it was only then that he told what he knew about that day in Dallas.

Mary Moorman photo of Kennedy's death

Original Mary Moorman photo of Kennedy’s death

Mary Moorman was standing right across the street, her camera aimed at the knoll.  People say that if Arnold’s story was true, he should have been visible in the Moorman photo.  So all this time, Arnold stayed in the background, not wanting to be noticed, just wanting to be safe.    Watch what happens when Arnold is shown an enhanced blowup of the photo taken by Mary Moorman.  There he was, a young soldier filming the motorcade with his mother’s camera, and he was standing right near one of the assassins, and never realized it:

I have read many highly persuasive refutations of the badgeman photo and I would support those but for one thing; the utterly genuine and palpable “holy shit” reaction from Arnold as he sees the blow up photos for the first time.  That is as real as it gets.  He is the only person who saw one of the assassination teams close up.  His description of the men he saw matches the description of deaf mute Ed Hoffman.  Hoffman saw from a distance these two men as they left the area; a man in a blue jacket and a railroad man in a hard hat.

According to Chauncey, Twombly had ordered him to stay in the area, to carry BATF credentials, and to take cover  in the ninth boxcar in the rail yard behind the knoll should things get out of hand.  As we know, things did get out of hand and Chauncey did have to take cover in boxcar number 9 along with Harrelson and Montoya.  That particular boxcar had been fitted to look as though it were locked, but it wasn’t.  According to Chauncey, police walked right past that car  many, many times and never tried the door…but then, they did…

The march of the three tramps

The march of the three tramps

To be continued

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