There were warnings in the fall of 1963 that President Kennedy’s life was in danger. JFK was hated by the political right for his increasingly forthright defense of peace and civil rights.
An undercover policer officer in Florida was canvassing his sources when he heard talk of a plot. And the details were specific.
“13 days before that dark day in Dallas, Somersett elicited a chilling, police tape-recorded threat from a right-wing racist who talked of how the President would soon be shot ‘from an office building with a high-powered rifle’ and how ‘they’ll pick up somebody within hours after … just to throw the public off.’”
The story is worth a read.
These days the merest suggestion that organized right-wing forces in America might have secretly organized a plot to kill liberal president John F. Kennedy 50 years ago is scoffed at in most televised discussions of JFK’s assassination.
Conservative pundits such George Will, Bill O’Reilly, and Charles Krauthammer indignantly scoff at the idea. Liberals commentators from Doris Kearns Goodwin to Chris Matthews disdain the “conspiracy theorists” who say such things.
Yet on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination it is an inescapable fact that JFK’s enemies on the right did talk about killing him in late 1963, and doing so in a way that the blame would fall on others.
The story of Joseph Milteer, as recounted here by ace investigative reporter Dan Christiansen of the aptly name Broward Bulldog, illuminates the murderous thinking of JFK’s enemies on the right-wing fringe in the days and weeks before he was assassinated.
The Milteer story is well documented and not much disputed by JFK scholars.
Don Adams, the former FBI agent quoted in the story, is a credible law enforcement source.
To be sure, the Milteer tape is not proof of a right-wing racist plot to kill JFK. But it is proof that killing Kennedy was talked about in right-wing circles in Miami in November 1963.
Thanks to the Mary Ferrell Foundation, you can listen to the Joseph Milteer tape and read the entire transcript by clicking here.
And after JFK was shot dead in Dealey Plaza, his right-wing foes celebrated in Miami.
Milteer was jubilant about Kennedy’s death, Somersett told the Miami Police.
“He said, ‘Well, I told you so. It happened like I told you, didn’t it?’” Somersett said, according to one report.
“I said, ‘That’s right. I don’t know whether you were guessing or not, but you hit it on the head pretty good.’
He said, ‘Well, that is the way it was supposed to be done, and that is the way it was done.’”
COME BACK TOMORROW FOR JFK STORY #10; A former Havana casino pit boss named John Martino also knew about a plot to kill JFK. And he talked.