1 inir Excerpts relating to Col Howard L. Burris Full text found at: Possible Discovery ofan Automobile Used In the JFK Conspiracy Copyright 1993 by Richard Bartholomew Introduction Ten minutes after President Kennedy was shot, Marvin Robinson, Helen Forrest and Dallas Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig, independently of each other, reportedly saw two men leaving DealeyPlaza in a light-colored Rambler station wagon. One ofthem entered the car on Elm Street after running from the direction ofthe Texas School Book Depository (TSBD). Craig and Forrest described this man as being identical to Lee Harvey Oswald. A few minutes before this incident Richard Randolph Carr saw two of three men, who had come from behind the TSBD, enter what was apparently the same Ramblerparked next to the building on Houston Street. He saw the third man enter the car seconds later on Record Street, one block east and two blocks south ofthe TSBD. - The Warren Commission had Robinson's and Craig's reports ofnovember 23,1963. It also had Craig's statement to the FBI from the day before; as well as Carr's statements to the FBI and Craig's testimony. The Commission, however, apparently never knew about Mrs. Forrest and did not publish Robinson's statement.^ It chose not to believe that Craig took part in Oswald's interrogation or that Craig identified Oswald as the man who entered the station wagon. Dallas Police Captain Will Fritz, Oswald's interrogator, denied to the Commission that Craig was present. Fritzthus never had to deal with Craig's allegationthat Oswald admitted to Fritz that he had indeed left Dealey Plaza in a station wagon belonging to Ruth Paine.- Despite the Robinson statement that corroborated Craig and which the Commission had; and despite other corroborating evidence such as newspaper photographs showing Craig's presence on Elm Street and at the open door of the interrogation room with Fritz during Oswald's questioning, the Commission chose to believe the contradictory and unsupported testimony of taxi driver WiUiamWhaley.- Whaley told the Warren Commission about two witnesses who saw Oswald enter his cab. But there is no indication that the Commission ever attempted to locate, through the simple process of examining the cab company's records, the only two people who could corroborate Whaley.^ With the Warren Commission's attempted classification of Marvin Robinson's statement, the death ofwilham Whaley in 1965, and the 1975 death ofroger Craig after his many failed attempts to make his story public, the truth about this alleged getaway car has eluded the few who have tried to seek it.-
2 The House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) apparently attempted but failed. It reported, "Robinson did not testify before the Warren Commission, and he has not been located by the committee." Despite this attempt, however, the House Committee, like the Warren Commission, avoided the entire matter in its report, choosing instead to repeat the Commission's conclusion that "shortly after the assassination, Oswaldboarded a bus, but when the bus got cau^t in a traffic jam, he disembarked and took a taxicab to his rooming house." In this, as in many other areas ofits investigation, the House Committee had it both ways by concluding that "The Warren Commission failed to investigate adequately the possibility ofa conspiracy to assassinate the President." Thus leading to the conclusion, voiced in 1980 by DeLloyd J. Guth and David R. Wrone, "after carefiil study ofthe HSCA's Final Report, that this most recent official version does not satisfy the need for a thorough inquiry into what happened that day in Dallas."^ Hypothetically, ifthe getaway car continued to exist for the past thirty years, given the muddied trails, suspicious deaths, and failed investigations, any persons who secretly knew ofthe car's role in the assassination and also knew that it still existed, could safely assume it would never be identified. Ifone such person decided to reveal the car's secrets, however, how would he do it? Could he do it without being silenced himself? Could he do it in a way that would survive his own death? On May 29,1989, a Rambler station wagon was noticed on the campus ofthe University oftexas at Austin (UT) which fit the description ofthe getaway car reportedly seen by Craig, Robinson, Forrest, and Carr onnovember 22,1963.^ A cursory examination of the car revealed apparent associations between it and persons whose lives were intertwined with Lyndon Johnson's political machinery, the military-industrial-intelligence complex in the U.S., right-wing politics, and Latin American politics. Connections between odd characteristics ofthe car itselfand information found elsewhere on the UT campus could be interpreted as a trail ofclues in the form ofcoded messages connecting this Rambler, its owner at the time, and its previous owner to the JFK assassination.^ These clues appear to have been deliberately planted due to specific interrelationships in their content and the encoding technique used. Specifically, the Rambler was found bearing a 1964 Mexico Federal Turista window sticker and displayingat least two magazines published in 1963 on its rear seat. Although this made it only a minor curiosity, it became increasingly intriguing with subsequent study. Physical, anecdotal, and documentaryevidencehas revealed a mosaic ofrelationships extending firom the car's owners to individualswho have been and are currently subjects ofinterest to researchers ofthe conspiratorial aspects ofthe assassination ofpresident Kennedy. As Dennis Ford writes in the November 1992 issue of The ThirdDecade, "Discovering the fate ofthe Rambler will go a long way toward solving this case...whoever took or drove the car that afternoon isobviously a conspirator."-^this paper reports on a cursory
3 investigation and proposes a more in-depth investigation. It argues that the UT Rambler represents a possibleuniqueopportunityto determinethe fate ofthis alleged getawaycar by investigating new leads, current clues, and fresh trails; an opportunity that should not be overlooked. There is no intention here to implicate innocent persons in the assassination ofpresident Kennedy. Rather, this is a presentation ofcircumstances which appear to support the proposed investigation. This paperpresumes, as advised by the United States Constitution, that every person referred to herein is innocent. It also presumes, as advised by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that, "The more outre and grotesque an incident is, the more carefully it deserves to be examined..."^ [Skipped to below] The 1969 letter is offurther interest with regard to JFK assassination connections to UT. Notonly was de Mohrenschildtteaching at a school which was part ofthe "system" that Harry Ransom oversaw, and one which had given C.B. Smith one ofits highest honors, he also shared two particularly interesting mutual friends with Lyndon Johnson: Barbara and Howard Burris. Howard Burris was Vice President Johnson's military representative and an Air Force intelligence officer. His connections to UT and the assassination will be discussed further in this paper. George de Mohrenschildt's mutual friends with Lyndon Johnson, Barbara and Howard Burris, represent such significant ties between the political, economic, cultural and academic elites in Texas and the assassination ofpresident Kennedy that they tax one's ability to call it a coincidence. The implications oftheir ties as they relate to the UT Rambler can be especially appreciated in their full context. [Skipped to] As previouslymentioned, Howard Burris was Vice President Johnson's military representative and anair Force intelligence officer. He is also much more.^ John Newman first learned ofhoward Burris in the course ofresearching his book, JFK and Vietnam. Newman connected Burns with a pattern ofgross deceptions involving battlefield statistics that took place in Kennedy and McNamara were being lied to while Johnson was being given the truth through a secret back-channel. The end point of that secret back-channel was Howard Burris. Burris would write the final memoranda that Johnson received concerning combat intelligence. Newman had discovered a foreign policy situation where the President and the Vice President were getting briefed in opposite terais. It is comparable to a hypothetical situation in which, during Operation Desert Storm, George Bush is lied to and Dan Quayle gets the truth about the status ofthe U.S. led coalition forces in the Persian Gulf.
4 "I often get asked," Newman said, "about what was the exact back-channel. How did it function? How did it get there? And the best I can determine from ground zero in Vietnam all the way back to the Vice President's desk is a chain ofair Force intelligence officers alltheway to Burris."^ In May 1961, during the Johnson trip to Vietnam, Burris was being rehearsed on how to control LBJ in the context ofthat trip. He was told what he could say or could not say to the vice president; which is amazing because ostensiblyhe works for the vice president. No one should be able to tell an Air Force colonel what he can and cannot tell to a vice president. The question is: Who is telling him? The answer is the boys in the woodwork. There is another time period in Newman's book which deals with the back-channel to LBJ. Newman had long discussions with Burris about where he got this. "And the answer was the boys in the woodwork. And the question was: Who are the boys in the woodwork? And the answer was: 'Well I'd rather not really say and bring all ofthat up. You, I know, you're one ofthem.' Alright, I'm military, I also have an intelligence background. PeterDale Scott and I have been working very closely on a number of issues. He's writing a book as a matter offact. He was assuming for a while that it was military. And I said, 'Peter, it may not be that. It may be Langley.' He said, 'Whydo you say that?' Well there's one more piece. Burris told me that later on, 'McConeput a stop to what I was getting from him.' This was relating to the combat intelligence. McCone was directing CIA. And all ofthe clues I got out ofthis fellow on who his contacts were - my own interpretation was that they were in fact CIA. I don't know that for sure."^ Information about Burris originally began to surface with the book The Senator Must Die by Robert Morrow. Morrow wrote about two colonels whom he did not name. In 1977 a yoimg man was hitchhiking in Baltimore who had a story he wanted to tell about his father's involvement in the Kennedy assassination. Robert Morrow happened to pick him up.^ The young man learned that Morrow had investigated aspects ofthe JFK assassination. He told Morrow a story about his father, a former Air Force intelligence officer, who was involved in the Kennedy assassination. The young man had witnessed his father, who was very close to Lyndon Johnson, taking money to Haiti during Not only did he see themoney heheard the telephone conversations aswell.^ Not really believing him. Morrow put the story out ofhis mind ~ until the Colonel, the young man's father, went to his son's girlfriend and confessed. He said, "Everything my son told you (to the girlfriend and to Morrow) is true. Can you get me immimity from the House Select Committee?" This conversation took place in 1977.^ The Colonel admitted it. And this offer to testify ifgiven immunity was given to Committee Chairman Louis Stokes in Assassination researcher Gus Russo reportedly saw the affidavit and spoke to the people involved. But when Robert Morrow gave theaffidavit tothehsca it ended there. The HSCA did not want to deal with it.^
5 The names ofthese colonels aren't given in the book. Morrow gives them the code names "Intellfirst" and "SIO" (First Intelligence Officer and Second Intelligence Officer). There are a few clues given in the book. He gives a couple ofair Force assignment clues in Europe; what they had done in the forties and fifties. They are at the top ofthe military intelligence ladder. They are connected to thecia.^ Following Morrow's clues, Russo discovered their identities. He then located one ofthe colonels ~ the one who wanted to go to the HSCA, "Intellfirst." Russo and Jim Marrs and another researcher went to meet "Intellfirst" at his home in Florida. He is eighty years old. They said they were researching the Johnson Administration and that they knew he was on Johnson's Inaugural Committee.^ "Intellfirst" bought their story and invited them in. They got his whole biography firom him and his military record. Russo and Marrs did not bring up the subject ofkennedy but "Intellfirst" did and he talked about how he hates the Kennedys. He gave them his whole background.^ The first thing he wanted to talk about was his good fiiend Howard Burris. They were on the InaugurationCommittee together. They worked for Air Force intelligence and the CIA. He said they were CIA all the time. They ran around the world. They were fiiends with Charles Cabell.-^ "Intellfirst" was air attache in Hong Kong. He was in Rumania. He was in France. He retired fi*om the military and worked for Martin Marietta in the early sixties selling defense contracts to his former Air Force superiors. And all the while his closest buddy was Howard Burris. That is the first name he mentioned to Russo and Marrs.-^ Whenhe worked for Martin Marietta he was the liaison to NATO. This was during the late fifties and early sixties when they bought the Jupiter missiles to put in Turkey. Kennedyhad wanted the missiles removed firom Turkey. The very people who defied Kennedy's orders were this colonel's NATO clients ~ the ones to whomhe was selling the missiles. They were the ones who did not listen to Kennedy when he ordered them to keq) these missiles out. They were all against Kennedy.-^ When he was selling the missiles for Martin Marietta after he retired he had another buddy, a Colonel Anderson, who was with NATO in Europe. "Intellfirst" admitted that theywere drinking champagne in Paris on the day Keimedy was assassinated. Theywere toasting Kennedy's death. He admitted all ofthis to Russo and Marrs. The ^Ifiiendof the son of"intellfirst" went to the HSCA with this story and it died there. Armed with this information Russo went back home to verify the colonel's history. Marrs did the same and they learned more about him. Russo then started reading about Howard Burris. He discovered Burris was Air Force intelligence. He is very close fiiends with Director ofcentral Intelligence Richard Helms. He is from Texas and has oil money. Russo also learned that Howard Burris is in George de Mohrenschildt's address book four times. Next toone ofthe entries there is a slash. It says, "Howard Burris / Haiti."^
6 "Intellfirst" is so high up in intelligence that reporters refer to him for special sound bites and for blurbs for articles on occasion. His name is not commonly known but people in the businesshave reason to have heard ofhim.^ The critical thing for Gus Russo was that "Intellfirst" admitted what his son said was true and offered to talk to Congress. And there are other coincidences like de Mohrenschildt's phone book. Not only was de Mohrenschildt writing to LBJ in the spring of 1963 and for years after, so was "Intellfirst." According to Russo there are many ofhis letters at the LBJ Library. They all knew each other. And they were all tied to this NATO network who was defying Kennedy.^ Russo went back to Florida to do more research into this and to look for the son. What he found instead was that the son had possibly been murdered. He was found on the streets offlorida City naked and curled up in the embryo position as ifhe had been tossed aside. The official medical report said his blood alcohol level was one-point-one which is not hi^ enougji to kill a man who is six-foot-four; or even enough to cause him to pass out. It was speculated that he choked on his own vomit although there was no evidence of that. At age thirty-eight he apparently just died. He was cremated two days later by his father, "Intellfirst." Although they have a family plot in Virginia he cremated his only son who was telling everybody his father killed Kennedy. Colonel Howard Burris retired in 1964 and has remained in private business and civilian life. Some personal information was learned from his resume (obtained by researcher LarryHaapanenfrom the LBJ Library), and a record from researchermary Ferrell's files. Burris was bomnear San Antonio on April 26,1918 (Ferrell indicates April 18,1926). He graduated from West Point in During World War II he commanded bomber units in England and France during two combat tours from 1943 to Ferrell lists him as "Deputy Commanding Officer" ofthe 386th Bombardment Bomber Group Ninth Air Force. From 1945 to 1949, Burris was Headquarters Commandant for the Continental Air Command; was assigned to staffsupport at the United Nations; and was involved in a "Special Mission to Govenmient ofmexico." From 1950 to 1952 he was aide to Air Force Secretary Finletter, and became the executive officer to Air Force Secretary Talbott in From 1954 to 1957 he was attache to the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland. From 1957 to 1960 he served as International Liaison Officer, Department ofthe Air Force and was assigned to a special mission to Hungary, Poland, and the Soviet Union (1959). In 1961 he became Vice President Johnson's assistant for national security affairs. His foreign decorations were the Croix de Guerre (with Silver Star) from France; the Royal Order ofthe Sword from Sweden; and the Medal ofmerit from Brazil.^ According to the record from Mary Ferrell's files: Colonel Burris was supposedly original case officer for Nosenko. When Nosenko defected, Burris was called back to Switzerland. He was intelligence officer who ran Nosenko in Switzerland in Jan ^ Other sources indicate that Burris was in business with Nosenko's case officer. In an article written in 1991, Robert Morrow referred to an Air Force colonel who sounds like
7 Intellfirst and to his "counterpart" who is also a colonel. This counterpart, after retiring, set up a firm in Paris, France as a cover for intelligence operations. In this firm, Morrow writes, "The colonel's counterpart had a partner who just so happened to be the case officer ofyuri Noshenko [sic], the famous Russian defector who, in 1964, made overtures to our embassy in Geneva, Switzerland about Lee Harvey Oswald working for the Russians." Larry Haapanen, in a letter to this author, wrote, "As far as I know, the only person who would be so described as Nosenko's case officer would be Tenant Bagley, who is mentioned invarious published accounts ofthe Nosenko affair."-^ For the purposes ofthis paper, any involvement Burris may have had with Yuri Nosenko will sufficiently speak for itself. What will be emphasized here is the possible significance ofburris' involvement with Exiropean Theater bombing, the Office of Secretary ofthe Air Force, and his time spent in Switzerland as it pertains to the Kennedy assassination and UT. WaltRostow's primaryduty, as an economist in the London-based economic subdivision within the prestigious Research and Analysis Branch ofthe OSS, was target selection for the massive strategic bombing campaign against Germany. These economists, who called themselves the Enemy Objectives Unit (EOU), spawned a renegade group that included Rostow. They differed greatly with the others in the EOU and with their commanders over targeting strategy. Known as the "oily boys" because oftheir preference for petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) targets over rail system targets, they planned and launched a covert psychological war known as "Operation Octopus" against their own commanders to force the acceptance ofpol targeting. The operation was a success and began a pattern ofrenegade behavior throughout Rostow's career as well as a long fiiendship between Rostow and fellow oily boy, fiiture Deputy Director ofcentral Intelligence, Charles P. Cabell, Jr.^ As with Burris, Switzerland was a very special place for Walt Rostow. In 1947 he married Elspeth Vaughn Davies, a Barnard College girl hemet in pre-war Geneva.^ That same year he became assistant to the Executive Secretary ofthe Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), a U.N. agency located in Geneva Switzerland. In 1949 he left the ECE and was replaced there by his brothereugene. It was Eugene Victor Debs Rostow to whom President Johnson credited the idea ofappointing the Warren Commission.^ Switzerland was also a special place for Allen Dulles. From December 1942 imtil the end ofthe war he was head ofu.s. intelligence in Switzerland. That same month he began a long love affair and professional relationship with Mary Bancroft, who was a life-long fiiend ofmichael Paine's parents.^ Michael's wife is Ruth Paine, to whom Lee Oswald and Roger Craig said the Dealey Plaza Rambler belonged. This paper will fiirther explore the Bancroft-Paine-Dullesrelationship in the context ofthe Dealey Plaza Ramblerand the UT Rambler. As we have already seen, Harry Ransom had a special relationship with Air Force intelligence and theeuropean Theater^ and with the Office of Secretary of theair
8 Force. It is quite probable that Ransom not only knew Rostow at Yale but, during the war, providedhim with editorial intelligence reports on the results ofpol bombing missions undertaken by Howard Burris. Currently Burris owns several corporations, one ofwhich has to do with hi^-speed rail technology.-^ He has oil leases on two continents including leases in Iran.-^ His son, Howard Lay Burris, Jr. was married for a while to Princess Shahrazad Pahlbod, the niece ofthe late Shah ofiran attesting to the closeness ofhis father's relationship with former CIA director and former ambassador to Iran Richard Helms, who himself was a life-long friend ofthe late Shah. When thev divorced in 1982 it was reported that "Everybody's still pally, in the Royal Manner."-^ The Shah ofiran, Muhammad Reza Pahlevi, took Iran's government back from the Iranian NationalistMovement led by Muhammad Mussadegh in a CIA coup called Operation Ajax. "The operation was essentially formulated by the Dulles brothers, working together, on June 25,1953, at a meeting in John Foster Dulles' office in the State Department." It was done by arranging the disappearance ofmussadegh's powerful political supporters and hiring paid demonstrators to march against Mussadegh; orchestrated byrichard Hehns.-^ Chosen bythe CIA to run the country for the Shah was General Fazlollah Zahedi, a suspected pro-nazi. Mussadegh's main threat was to the profits ofu.s. and British oil companies iniran.^ According to Robert Morrow, "The business ofputting the Shah back in power and the oil wells back into the hands ofthe western powers was handed over to the CIA and Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt, who headed its Middle East section. Roosevelt was to be Richard Helm's original case officer. "Helms' careeradvanced rapidly. He was brought into the CIA fold to take over the Office ofstrategic Operations (OSO). In those days the OSO was the group responsible for perfecting the Agency's direct espionage and other esoteric activities such as assassination. One ofoso's first assignments was to overthrow Mohammed Mossadeq... "After Mossadeq fell from grace, Roosevelt made an enemy ofoso chiefhelms. He started to feel sorry for the deposed leader after he had done a three-year stint in prison. Rooseveltarranged for Mossadeq's release with a comfortable pension! However, Mossadeq died soon afterward, a death engineered by Helms. Howard Burris, Jr. currently presides over long-held family business interests in Austin. Howard Burris, Sr. purchased "property from Governor Beauford Jester, who died in office in The governor had planned to build a homesite on the ranch." This land is now owned by Jester Land Management (JLM) and has become the exclusive Jester residential development in northwest Austin. Howard Burris, Jr., president ofburris and Company, bought the assets ofjlm in February 1988 from his father's firm. Jester Development Company.^
9 Colonel Burris' wife, Barbara J. Bums, is the daughter of Governor Jester.^ Ina news story that appeared the day after Kennedy was assassinated Texans were reminded ofthe late Governor's posthumous link to the assassination: Under the headline, "Gov. Connally Keeps Power" it explained, "No sunilar circumstance has occurred in Texas history. The only time a lieutenant governor succeeded to the govemorship was on the death of Gov. Beauford A. [sic] Jester July 11,1949. Allan Shivers, then lieutenant governor, automatically moved up to thegovemor's office."-^ Carl J. Eckhardt adds, "Governor Jester was the first Texas governor to die in office. He died on July 11,1949 [at age fiftysix] while aboard a train bound for Galveston. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas."^ Fewfamilies can claim to have beenas close to the deaths of two U.S. chiefexecutives as the Burris family. And since, as John Newman and Gus Russo have shown, they possibly benefited fi-om the death ofpresident Kennedy, two questions are raised: How did Alan Shivers come to be lieutenant govemor? And how did Governor Jester die? These questions become more important given the fact, as John Newman has reported, Burris revealed, "Johnson knew was sure [in 1963] ~ he was going to be dropped fi-om theticket."^ In the February 9,1993 PBS Frontline broadcast, "The Secret File on J. Edgar Hoover", eyewitness Evelyn Lincoln revealed for the first time the reason Kennedy put LBJ on the ticket at the 1960 convention: J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon Johnson blackmailed Kennedy into doing it by threatening to reveal his sexual activities. During the Dallas filming ofthe movie JFK, an aeronautical engineer named Ron Ellison came to the Assassination Information Center and said he had known LBJ's nephew Sam Johnson, Jr. Ellison claimed that during a meeting with Sam at a Houston hotel in October 1962, he (Ellison) criticized LBJ's political savvy for becoming vice president. Sam's response was thatthereason LBJ didit was because JFK will diein office.-^ Having been forced to take LBJ as vice president, the only recourse Kennedy may have had in removing him fi-om the 1964 ticket, was to expose Johnson's dirty dedings with the likes ofbobby Baker and Billy Sol Estes.^ Such exposure would prevent Johnson firom assuming power even by force ~ the probability ofwhich Kennedy was well aware considering he wanted the movie Seven Days in May made "as a warning to the nation."^ A closer look at Govemor Jester's daughter sheds more light on these questions. A Nexus search for the name Barbara Burris*^ revealed a Barbara J. Burris who was press secretary to Representative Dante Fascell (D, FL) ofmiami. She is also a fimd raiser and supporter ofthe Cuban American National Foundation run by Jose S. Sorzano. The chairman of thefoundation is Jorge L. Mas Canosa.-^ There is also a Barbara J. Burris who was a childhood fiiend offamed concert pianist Van Clibum and very involved in the Van Clibum competition in Ft. Worth. Another "early booster and close fiiend" of Van Clibum's was wealthy Dallas oil man David Harold Byrd,^ the owner ofthe Texas School Book Depository Building.^The significance ofthis tout and the JFK assassination will be explored fiirther in this paper.
10 Beyond this paper, however, another matter begs to be investigated. Given the relationship between Barbara J. Burris and Brigade 2506 veteran Jorge Mas Canosa, the question arises anew concerning the origin ofthe name BarbaraJ. for the infamous Bay ofpigs troopship. As with the Burris name, perhaps the Jester name is also well known in clandestine histories. Since Beauford Jester's appointment to the Board ofregents in 1929 the name Jester has been well known on the UT campus. According to Carl J. Eckhardt, "Beauford H. Jester spearheaded the building drive which resulted in the construction ofhogg Auditorium, Gregory Gymnasium, thetexas Union, and the Main Building.^...Atthe time of the dedication ofthe Jester Center on the campus ofthe University oftexas, TheAustin American-Statesman published the following statement: 'Beauford Halbert Jester built a lot ofbuildings for the University oftexas, and now the University has built one for him. The Beauford Jester Center, UT's version ofthe resident college that was three years and $18 milhon in the making, was dedicated Saturday.'"^ Aside from having the wrong friends, Harry Ransom may have had a more direct connection to the JFK assassination. It came to light in a small circuitous story with possibly large implications. The story was a favorite ofdavid Price's and Tom Cimningham's as an example ofhow "it's a small world." One detail ofthe story was that Harry Ransom was such a regular guest at Dallas' Adolphus Hotel he got to know a bellman there well enough to grant the bellman a special request. The bellman asked Ransom to help get his son enrolled at UT and get him a job there to help pay his tuition. Ransom was more than happy to comply. The son, Barry Benton, left UT in 1975 and became a teacher ofthis paper's author at Dallas' Richland College in The job Ransom had arranged years earlier for Benton was indavid Price's and Tom Cunnin^am's University Pubhcations office where this author eventuallyworked after leaving Benton's classes at Richland in 1976 to attend UT.i46 What is important here is that the Adolphus, according to assassination figure Jim Hicks, was the "conmiunications center for the assassination."^ It was across the street from Jack Ruby's Carousel Club where "LyndonJohnson's friends" were known to frequent. Warren Commission attorneys Leon Hubert and Burt Griffin, were interested in a man named Breck Wall who "was an entertainer at the Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, at the time of President Kennedy's assassination. Ruby calledhim in Galveston at 11:47p.m. Saturday, November 23,1963. He also visited Ruby at the county jail." Hubert and Griffin requested further investigation of Mr. Wall but their request was apparently ignored by the Commission.^ We now begin to see a very powerfiil group involved with UT, the CIA and JFK, all known to each other; all with shared backgrounds and futures; shared past and future interests; anti-kennedy people who very likely shared their grievances with each other; and all ofwhom have past or future, professional or personal ties to Texas, its university system, and its most notorious crime: Johnson, Dulles, Cabell, Helms, Lansdale, Burris,
11 Rostow, Ransom, Byrd, de Mohrenschildt, and "Intellfirst." As we shall see, their ominous and dark interrelationships become even more apparent. 98. Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, pp. 1, Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, pp Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, pp Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, pp Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, pp UnpublishedTranscript: Newman with Russo, pp Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, pp Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, pp Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, pp Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, pp Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, pp ; BiographicData, Howard Lay Burris, LBJ Library; Mary Ferrell Database record, "Howard Lay Burris," obtained by this author from Gordon Winslow Mary Ferrell Database record, "Howard Lay Burris,".
12 119. Robert Morrow, "The Kennedy Cover Up Continued," EastSide Weekend newsmagazine, Apr. 25-May 1,1991,pp. 1-3; Larry Haapanen, Letter to Richard Bartholomew, Jul. 27, Barry M. Katz, Foreign Intelligence, (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, 1989), p , Walt W. Rostow, Pre-invasion Bombing Strategy: General Eisenhower's Decision ofmarch 25,1944, (Austin, TX: The University oftexas Press, 1981), pp. 32, Gill, p Gill, pp ; Johnson, The VantagePoint, p Mary Bancroft, Autobiography ofa Spy, (NY: William Morrow, 1983), pp. 54, Harry Huntt Ransom, "Notes for an Epitaph: Rise and Fall ofthe Luftwaffe" (Air Force Reprint, 32 pp.), cited in "Bibliography ofharry Huntt Ransom," p A Texas grassroots organization called DERAIL is currently fighting powerful interests which has included John Connally and Ben Barnes. These special interests would use the idea ofhigh-speed rail to create a boondoggle to enrich themselves at taxpayers' expense Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p Style section. The Washington Post, Mar. 17,1982; Princess AshrafPahlavi, Faces in a Mirror, (NY: Prentice Hall, 1989), cited in Robert Morrow, The Senator Must Die, (Santa Monica, CA: Roundtable, 1988), p. 1In Morrow, TheSenatorMust Die, p Ranela^, The Agency, p Morrow, The Senator Must Die, p John MacDougall, "Not Jester Estates", Austin Business Journal, Jun. 26, Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p San Antonio Express News, Nov. 23,1963, p. 16A, col Eckhardt, One HundredFaithful..., p Unpublished Transcript: Newman with Russo, p. 33.
13 137. Interview: Sept. 20,1991. Daryl Howard, Assassination Information Center Kirk Wilson, Texas UnsolvedMysteries, (NY: Carroll & Graf, 1990), p Arthur Schlesinger, The Imperial Presidency, pp. 198,417, cited in Robert Sam Anson, They've Killed the President, (NY: Bantam, 1975), p In January 1993, while going through old notes, this paper's author noticed a coincidence involving an incident that meant nothing at the time it occurred. A resume that came to UT Publications on April 16,1991, long before this author had ever heard of the name Burris, included the reference, "Barbara Burris/de la Burde Partnerships- Strategic Land Investments. Roger de la Burde, Investor/Collector, Windsor, Powhatan, VA (804) " A quick search ofnexis led to the beliefthat this Barbara Burris was either the wife or a daughter ofcolonel Howard Burris. Nexis also revealed that Roger de la Burde was murdered in March Charged with the crime was his girlfriend, Beverly Ann Monroe. The resume was that ofa woman in her early thirties who had relatives in Austin and was checking the job market there. No notation ofher name was made by this author, however "Jorge Mas still says that the man he hates most after Fidel Castro is John F. Kennedy." For more on Mas Canosa, his links to Operation 40 veterans Felix Rodriguez and Luis Posada, and his relationship with Dante Fascell, see "Who is Jorge Mas Canosa?", Esquire, Jan. 1993, pp , Its author is former HSCA investigator Gaeton Fonzi. Operation 40 was under the CIA's ZR/RJFLE assassination project umbrella David Harold Byrd, I'm an Endangered Species, (Houston, TX: Pacesetter, 1978), p Conover Hunt, The Sixth Floor: John F. Kennedy and the Memory ofa Nation, (Dallas TX: Dallas County Historical Foundation, 1989), p. 5. Note: Another Byrd property, Temco, Inc., played a role in the murder ofhenry Marshall which has political overtones involving LBJ (See section on Byrd in this paper) Most people know the Main Building as the infamous "Deadly Tower" from which Charles WWtman shot and killed sixteen people in August Ron ElUson (mentioned earlier in this paper) claimed that the full truth about the Whitman shooting was suppressed by LBJ and his friends. He also claimed Whitman had been in a building overlooking Dealey Plaza shortly before the UT incident. Whitman researcher John Slate, however, says that his gasoline receipts do not place him in Dallas prior to the tower shooting Eckhardt, One HundredFaithJuL., p This paper's author first realized this coincidental story along with Price and Cunningham soon after becoming employed by them in 1981.
14 147. Jim Hicks affidavit to New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, cited in Gary Shaw with Larry Harris, Cover-Up, (Clebum, TX: SelfPublished, 1976) p. 118, cited in Groden with Livingstone, High Treason, p. 213, photo with caption 14 pp. after p Beverly Oliver recollections, cited in Oliver Stone with Zachary Sldar, JFK: The Book ofthe Film, (NY: Applause Books, 1992), p. 120; HSCA, JFK Exhibit F-591, p. 8.
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