The resilience of the “Mafia done it” school of JFK conspiracy theories will go on stage this week when a new JFK-themed play, ‘Ride The Tiger,’ opens at New Haven’s Long Wharf theater on Wednesday, April 3.
Playwright William Mastrosimone based his drama on interviews he did with Frank Sinatra in the early 1990s, according to the Hartford Courant. Sinatra believed that Kennedy’s assassination was the work of Mafia kingpin Sam Giancana, and so does Mastrosimone.
Blaming organized crimes figures for Kennedy’s death is not as implausible as the imaginative “Bush did it” fantasy.
There is solid evidence verging on proof that John Martino, a man who did security consulting for mob-controlled casinos in Havana and also collaborated with the CIA’s secret war against Fidel Castro, had advance knowledge of a plan to kill Kennedy in Dallas. (See Larry Hancock’s definitive post, “If there was a conspiracy, wouldn’t somebody have talked?“)
Jack Ruby’s associations with organized crime figures is well documented. His friend “Gail Raven” said he “had no choice” but to silence accused assassin Lee Oswald.
The most recent indictment of organized crime was made by historian David Kaiser in his 2007 book, “The Road to Dallas,” as summarized in this video.
But making the case that Sam Giancana was responsible strikes me as conjectural. It also cannot explain the extraordinary secrecy that surrounds CIA operations in 1963 and the JFK story.