When taking on the JFK assassination story many authors inflict massive tomes on the reading public. These epic volumes often come with majestic names (“Breach of Faith” and “Reclaiming History”) that explicate complex forensic theories (“Crossfire” and “Best Evidence”) and pronounce definitive judgments (“Case Closed” and “High Treason”) that beget equally confident rejoinders (“Final Disclosure” and “The Last Investigation”).
Some of these books are good and others bad. But they are all B-I-G. Nothing wrong with that. Its a big story. Maybe too big.
Todd C. Elliott, an investigative journalist with The Eunice News in Louisiana, has chosen a humbler JFK topic: a woman who was a known prostitute and drug courier.
Her name was Rose Cherami, and in his mercifully short book (93 pages), “A Rose by Many Other Names,” Elliott seeks to tell her story.
“Born Melba Christine Marcades, Cherami was picked up by authorities in Eunice some 48 hours before the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was within these hours she would claim that she had been in the company of men who were on their way to kill the President in Dallas on that fateful Friday.”
I know a little bit about Cherami’s story, one of those willow of wisp tales that haunt the record of JFK’s murder. But I’ve never seen her picture before, so Elliott has shed some new light, at least for me.
I haven’t read Elliott’s book, so I can’t pass judgment on it until I do. But I admit a prejudice in favor of his approach: empirical and modest, focused on clarifying the record, not making grand pronouncements about History.
Has anybody read the book?
“If there was a conspiracy, wouldn’t somebody have talked?” by Larry Hancock (JFK Facts, January 2, 2013)