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JFK: List of Convenient Deaths

Date: 26 Mar 91 01:10:57 GMT


Here is the much requested list of people associated with the JFK assassination whose deaths are called convenient. Bear in mind that this is a terse summary of each individual's circumstances in relation to the case. Therefore, you may not get the full appreciation of why a particular death is suspicious. 

An asterisk indicates that a death is particularly suspicious. Some These deaths were part of why the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation got started. However, they concluded that due to the highly varied backgrounds of people involved, a proper actuarial study was not possible. Aside from the likelihood of x number of deaths over a period of time of people connected with an investigation, there is also the trend that the number of deaths actually increased closer to the time of these investigations. 

The listing below is grouped by investigation. Note that in 1977, for example, before the HSCA investigation kicked off, six top FBI officials scheduled to appear before the HSCA died. William C. Sullivan, for example, was out hunting, when he was shot by a man with a high-powered rifle who said he mistook Sullivan for a deer. This was *not* investigated by anyone. And so it goes. Some of the causes of death listed appear on the surface to be natural. Keep in mind that the CIA developed methods to "make it look like an accident". 

This was documented through the testimony of CIA technicians to the Church committee who told of TWEP technology (Termination With Extreme Prejudice) in 1975. These methods are designed to not be detected in postmortem examinations. I have a couple of excerpts of declassified CIA documents to demonstrate the case. One of the techniques involves the injection of cancer cells, heart attack inducement, as well as non- chemical techniques which require no special equipment. Based on the strange circumstances of Jack Ruby's death in prison (he died from lung cancer but the cancer cells were not the type that originate in the respiratory system).

Ruby wrote notes and spoke to several people saying that jfk was killed by a conspiracy and that he had been maneuvered into killing Oswald who was a fall guy. He claimed to have been injected with cancer cells when treated with shots for a cold. He died just before he was to testify in Congress. He had told congressional investigators that he wanted to talk but he needed protection.

This list does not include the names of the many people who claimed that their lives were threatened physically and verbally, as well as the many people questioned by the FBI who were intimidated and forced to change their testimony to agree with the official lone-gunman version. This list is not meant to be proof of a conspiracy. I believe a conspiracy took place based on a plethora of circumstantial evidence, many involving questions that are very strange if we are to believe the lone-gunman theory. Many of the points I have raised can be rationally explained, but it is the confluence of many aspects of the case which make me doubt the official version of events more than anything else.

The Warren Commission

date name connection with case cause of death -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

11/63 karyn kupcinet* tv host's daughter overheard murdered telling of jfk's death prior to 11/22/63

12/63 jack zangretti* expressed foreknowlege of gunshot victim ruby shooting oswald

2/64 eddy benavides* look-alike brother to gunshot to head tippit shooting witness, domingo benavides

2/64 betty mcdonald* former ruby employee who suicide by hanging alibied warren reynolds in dallas jail shooting suspect

3/64 bill chesher thought to have information heart attack linking oswald and ruby

3/64 hank killam* husband of ruby employee, throat cut knew oswald acquaintance

4/64 bill hunter* reporter who was in ruby's accidental shooting apartment on 11/24/63 by policeman

5/64 gary underhill* cia agent who claimed agency gunshot in head ruled was involved suicide

5/64 hugh ward* private investigator working plane crash in mexico with guy bannister and david ferrie

5/64 delesseps * new orleans mayor passenger in ward's morrison plane

8/64 teresa norton* ruby employee fatally shot

6/64 guy banister* ex-fbi agent in new orleans heart attack connected to ferrie, cia, carlos marcello, oswald

9/64 jim koethe* reporter who was in ruby's blow to neck apartment on 11/24/63

9/64 c.d.jackson life mag senior vp who unknown bought zapruder film and locked it away

10/64 mary pinchot* jfk mistress whose diary murdered meyer was taken by cia chief james angleton after her death

1/65 paul mandal life writer who told of jfk cancer turning to rear when shot in throat

3/65 tom howard* ruby's first lawyer, was in heart attack ruby's apartment on 11/24/63

5/65 maurice gatlin* pilot for guy banister fatal fall

8/65 mona b. saenz* texas employment clerk who hit by dallas bus interviewed oswald

?/65 david goldstein dallasite who helped fbi trace natural causes oswald's pistol

9/65 rose cheramie* knew of assassination in hit/run victim advance, told of riding to dallas with cubans

11/65 dorothy * columnist who had private drug overdose kilgallen interview with ruby, pledged to "break jfk case"

11/65 mrs earl smith* close friend to dorothy kil- unknown gallen, died two days after columnist, may have kept notes

12/65 william whaley* cab driver who reportedly drove motor collision (the oswald to oak cliff only dallas taxi driver to die on duty

1966 judge joe brown presided over ruby's trial heart attack

1966 karen "little ruby employee who last talked gunshot victim lynn" carlin* with ruby before oswald shooting

1/66 earline roberts oswald's landlady heart attack

2/66 albert bogard* car salesman who said oswald suicide test drove new car

6/66 capt. frank dallas police captain who cancer martin witnessed oswald slaying, told warren commission, "there's alot to be said but probably be better if i don't say it."

8/66 lee bowers,jr.* witnessed man behind picket motor accident fence on grassy knoll

9/66 marilyn ruby dancer shot by husband "delilah"* after one month walle of marriage

10/66 william pitzer* jfk autopsy photographer who gunshot, ruled described his duty as a suicide "horrifying experience"

11/66 jimmy levens fort worth nightclub owner natural causes who hired ruby employees

11/66 james worrell* saw man flee rear of texas motor accident schoolbook depository

1966 clarence oliver d.a. investigator who worked unknown ruby case.

12/66 hank suydam life mag official in charge heart attack of jfk stories

The Garrison Inquiry

date name connection with case cause of death ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1967 Leonard Pullin civilian navy employee who one-car crash helped film "last two days" about assassination

1/67 jack ruby* oswald's slayer lung cancer (he told family he was injected with cancer cells)

2/67 harold russell* saw escape of tippit killer killed by cop in barroom brawl

2/67 david ferrie* acquaintance of oswald, blow to neck, ruled garrison suspect, employee accidental of guy bannister

2/67 eladio del anti-castro cuban associate gunshot wound, ax wound valle * of david ferrie being sought to head by garrison

3/67 dr. mary ferrie associate working on died in fire, possibly sherman * cancer research shot

1/68 a.d. bowie asst dallas d.a. prosecuting cancer ruby

4/68 hiram ingram dallas deputy sheriff, close cancer friend to roger craig

5/68 dr. nicholas new orleans coroner who ruled heart attack chetta on death of ferrie

8/68 philip geraci* friend of perry russo, told electrocution of oswald/shaw conversation

1/69 henry delaune* brother-in-law to coroner chetta murdered

1/69 e.r. walthers* dallas deputy sheriff who was shot by felon involved in depository search, claimed to have found .45 caliber slug

1969 charles filmed rifle other than heart attack mantesana mannlicher-carcano being taken from depository

4/69 mary bledsoe neighbor to oswald, also new natural causes ferrie

4/69 john crawford* close friend to both ruby and crash of private plane wesley frazier, who gave ride to oswald on 11/22/63

7/69 rev. clyde scheduled to testify about clay fatally shot johnson * shaw oswald connection

1970 george mcmann* underworld figure connected murdered to ruby's friends; wife took film in dealey plaza

1/70 darrel garner arrested for shooting warren drug overdose reynolds, released after alibi from betty mcdonald

8/70 bill decker dallas sheriff who saw bullet natural causes hit street in front of jfk

8/70 abraham took famous film of jfk assass, natural causes zapruder

12/70 salvatore mobster linked to hoffa, murdered granello* trafficante,castro assassination plots

1971 james plumeri* mobster tied to mob-cia murdered assassination plots

3/71 clayton fowler ruby's chief defense atty. unknown

4/71 gen. charles cia deputy director connected collapsed and died cabell * to anti-castro cubans after physical at fort myers

The Church Committee Investigation

date name connection to case cause of death ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

1972 hale boggs* house majority leader, member disappeared on alaskan of warren commission who began plane flight to publicly express doubts about findings

5/72 j edgar hoover* fbi director who pushed "lone heart attack (no assassin" theory autopsy)

9/73 thomas davis* gun runner connected to both electrocuted trying ruby and cia to steal wire

2/74 j.a. milteer* miami right-winger who heater explosion predicted jfk's death and capture of scapegoat to a police informant

1974 dave yaras* close friend to both Hoffa murdered and jack ruby

7/74 earl warren chief justice who reluctantly heart failure chaired warren commission

8/74 clay shaw* prime suspect in garrison possible cancer case, reportedly a cia contact with ferrie and e. howard hunt

1974 earle cabell mayor of dallas on 11/22/63 natural causes whose brother, gen charles cabell, was fired from cia by jfk

6/75 sam giancana* chicago mafia boss slated to murdered tell about cia-mob death plots to senate committee

1975 clyde tolson j edgar hoovers asst and natural causes roommate

7/75 allan sweatt dallas deputy sheriff involved natural causes in investigation

12/75 gen. earl contact between cia and jfk unknown wheeler

1976 ralph paul ruby's business partner heart attack connected with crime figures

4/76 dr. charles gov john connally's physician heart attack gregory

6/76 william harvey* cia coordinator for cia-mob complications of assassination plans against heart surgery castro

7/76 john roselli* mobster who testified to stabbed and stuffed senate, was to appear again in metal drum

House Select Committee on Assassinations

date name connection with case cause of death -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

1/77 william pawley* former brazilian embassador gunshot, ruled suicide connected to anti-castro cubans and crime figures

3/77 george * close friend to both oswald and gunshot wound, ruled demohrenschildt bouvier family (jackie kennedy's suicide parents), cia contract agent

3/77 carlos prio* formerly cuban president, gunshot wound, ruled soccaras money man for anti-castro cubans suicide

3/77 paul raigorodsky business friend of george natural causes demohrenschildt and wealthy oilman

5/77 lou staples* dallas radio talk show host gunshot wound to head who told friends he would ruled suicide break assassination case

6/77 louis nichols former number-3 man in fbi heart attack worked on jfk assassination

8/77 alan belmont fbi official who testified to "long illness" warren commission

8/77 james cadigan fbi document expert who fall in home testified to warren commission

8/77 joseph ayres* chief steward on jfk's air shooting accident force one

8/77 francis powers* u-2 pilot downed in russia in helicopter crash (he 1960 reportedly ran out of fuel

9/77 kenneth jfk's closest aide natural causes o'donnell

10/77 donald kaylor fbi fingerprint chemist heart attack

10/77 j.m. english former head of fbi forensic heart attack sciences laboratory

11/77 william former number-3 man in fbi, hunting accident sullivan * headed division 5, counter- espionage and domestic intelligence

1978 c.l. "lummie" dallas deputy sheriff who natural causes lewis arrested mafia man braden in dealey plaza

9/78 garland slack man who said oswald fired at unknown his target at rifle range

1/79 bill lovelady depository employee said to complications from be man in doorway in ap heart attack photo

6/80 jesse curry dallas police chief at time of heart attack assassination

6/80 dr. john psychiatrist who testified ruby heart attack, but pills holbrook was not insane and notes found

1/81 marguerite mother of accused assassin cancer oswald

10/81 frank watts chief felony prosecutor for natural causes dallas d.a.

1/82 peter gregory original translator for marina natural causess oswald and secret service

5/82 dr. james pathologist allowed to see jfk died while jogging, weston autopsy material for hsca ruled natural causes

8/82 will griffin fbi agent who said oswald cancer "definitely an informant"

10/82 w. marvin fbi official who helped natural causes gheesling supervise jfk investigation

3/84 roy kellerman secret service agent in charge unknown of jfk limousine

Source: "Crossfire", Jim Marrs, Carroll and Graf, 1989. --

Steve Feinstein