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Castro predicted Cuba would be blamed for JFK’s assassination

“Now,” Fidel said, “they will have to find the assassin quickly, but very quickly, otherwise, you watch and see, I know them, they will try to put the blame on us for this thing.”

The story comes from “When Castro Heard the News,” by French journalist Jean Daniel writing in The New Republic, Dec. 7, 1963.

Castro was right.

Ken O’Donnell on grassy knoll shots

“I told the FBI what I had heard [two shots from behind the grassy knoll fence], but they said it couldn’t have happened that way and that I must have been imagining things. So I testified the way they wanted me to. I just didn’t want to stir up any more pain and trouble for the family.”

– Kennedy aide Kenneth O’Donnell, quoted by House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr. in “Man of the House,” p. 178. O’Donnell was riding in the Secret Service follow-up car with Dave Powers, who was present and told O’Neill he had the same recollection.

Gorbachev on JFK

“He looked far ahead and he wanted to change a great deal. Perhaps it is this that is the key to the mystery of the death of President John F. Kennedy.”

– written by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in a Sixth Floor Museum memory book in 1998, according to archivist Gary Mack in the Kennedy Assassination Chronicles.

Autopsy of ‘Parkland,’ the JFK movie that was DOA

Last month, in an empty movie theater in Washington, DC, I saw “Parkland,” the Tom Hanks-Peter Landesmann film about the assassination of President Kennedy. I was so underwhelmed I didn’t know what to say.

The fact that the movie tanked at the box office and puzzled critics indicated its presentation of JFK’s murder as a fairly ordinary homicide in Texas had no resonance, even with elite media organizations imbued with a cultural affinity for the lone gunman theory. So I decided I would write something after the 50th anniversary and I never got around to it.

Fact Check: Daily Mail’s dubious JFK headline

The U.K’s Daily Mail picks up on the news from Dallas that an apartment building where accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald lived briefly in 1963 is going to be torn down. But the right-wing tabloid made a mistake in its headline:

House rented out by Lee Harvey Oswald before Kennedy-assassination to be DESTROYED–nearly 50 years after he shot the president.

Fact check please: …

Bobby Kennedy: “I thought they would get one of us”

“There’s so much bitterness I thought they would get one of us, but Jack, after all he’d been through, never worried about it.”

– Robert Kennedy on the afternoon of JFK’s assassination, according to Justice Dept. spokesman Edwin Guthman, who was with RFK at Hickory Hill (Brothers, by David Talbot, p.4).

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