Who was that with Oswald (since it wasn’t Ted Cruz’s dad)?

In an incisive piece in Washington Decoded, Tim Brennan contributes some useful details to understanding the photograph that Donald Trump used to falsely and absurdly accuse Ted Cruz’s father of involvement in the assassination of President Kennedy.

Forget about the Trumpian BS, says Brennan, and focus on the known facts.

Oswald in New Orleans

What Donald Trump didn’t know about this photo.


He was “a Cuban-looking fellow” accompanied by a taller man, according to the testimony of Michael Steele, a young man whom Oswald recruited at a local employment office.

Brennan writes:

“When Steele met up with Oswald at the Trade Mart entrance, they were soon joined by a third man. Steele gained the impression this “sort of Cuban-looking” fellow was another one of Oswald’s recruits from the unemployment line. They were introduced but Steele promptly forgot his name. WDSU cameraman Johann Rush, who was never deposed by the Warren Commission, later recalled that this third man was accompanied by a taller friend. The friend seemed to be there for moral support, yet was intent on keeping his back toward the cameras.”

Brennan assumes that the “Cuban looking fellow” was, like Steele, recruited at the employment office. Citing a notation in Oswald’s address book, he thinks his name might have been “North.”

Another possibility, admittedly more speculative, is that “taller friend” who seemed into on keeping his back to the camera, was John Martino, a former Havana casino employee and anti-Castro author, who later told Newsday reporter John Cummings that he was present that day when Oswald handed out pamphlets. Martino said that he had helped “put together” Oswald as a patsy for JFK’s assassination.







  1. Arnaldo M. Fernandez says:

    Well, Trump was talking like a parrot, and before the National Enquirer published the article he was referring, Wayne Madsen had actually brought the story in the April 7th issue of his online journal (Wayne Madsen Report). Curiously, Madsen approached the false issue from the perspective of Oswald and Ted Cruz´s father acting under the CIA´s umbrella, and the NE turned it upside down linking both to Castro.

  2. Russ Tarby says:

    someone should ask Dr. Edward R. Martino if that’s actually his father in that photo.
    Here’s Dr. Martino’s statement in which he writes of hearing his father say that he’d witnessed LHO pamphletting in New Orleans during the summer of 1963:


  3. Ronnie Wayne says:

    Thanks for the link Russ, I never knew this in this detail. or considered the possibility of Martino in the picture…

  4. The truth is where you find it, but please make sure your sources are clean, or else it shall always be ‘dirty laundry’, no matter how long you let it out to dry. Caveat emptor.

  5. Minguel Mariano Cruz – who was arrested with LHO in New Orleans and associated with Carlos Bringuier and DRE – was only 17 at the time and while it appears he is unrelated to the Texas Cruz, he should still be alive today – as is Bringuier. Both should be questioned and could provide the positive identity of the myatefy man and answers to other outstanding questions.

  6. gerry campeau says:

    That whole episode is rat next of intrigue,Minguel presented his Selective Service card dated 5/27/61 well his immigration card said entered US 5/19/62 http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=10477#relPageId=389&tab=page
    There are 2 persons of interest that need to be ID because Steele was wearing shorts that day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1F_G5ku7KM
    http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/steele.htm http://www.history-matters.com/…/p…/WH21_Pizzo_Ex_453A-B.pdf
    http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/bringuier.htm And to top it off Ted Cruz Father managed a business related to LHO geologist friends in Dallas

  7. Jordan says:

    That Rafael Cruz may have been involved with the DRE is very plausible.

    • lysias says:

      Why is it certain that the figure in the photo is not Rafael Cruz? That’s what the media are saying, and I take it that the proprietor agrees, but why?

      • Jordan says:

        That is an excellent question since there is no direct evidence one way or the other.

        Is it plausible…?

        Given the reach of COINTELPRO and the DRE, yes it is plausible….

        • gerry campeau says:

          Did Rafael skip to Canada when the heat from Jim Garrison got to hot? Cruz Company had connections to Schlumberger

          • Dr. Dre says:

            gerry campeau — you are right about all that. also, the Bush connection. Notice how the Bushes have shut up re: Trump. Am glad to see that Trump has not hired any Bushies that I know of for his cabinet/other appointments.

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