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Marita Lorenz and Frank Sturgis are keys to the JFK assassination

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fidel15Marita Lorenz was 19 when she first met Fidel Castro, having just arrived in Cuba from her homeland in Germany. She soon became Castro’s lover and met an American named Frank Forini who was working with Castro. Forini’s comrade in arms E. Howard Hunt wrote an espionage book detailing Forini’s true life exploits as a spook using “Sturgis” as his cover name. Within a few years, Forini legally changed his name to Sturgis.

Sturgis had an interesting life, having been a Marine and served in Army intelligence, been a policeman, then become a pilot, and he’d also run some bars and nightclubs in his hometown in Virginia. Eventually, Sturgis became a full-time spook working with the CIA and claimed to have helped trained Fidel and Che’s 400 initial troops, but later turned against them after they went Communistic. Pretty soon Sturgis and Lorenz were plotting how to poison or blow up Castro with a cigar filled with TNT.

Sturgis was involved in Operation 40, a CIA assassination squad, and certainly knew some details of the Kennedy assassination, as did Lorenz. However, both were played by the CIA and used as counterintelligence tools to seed rabbit holes and misdirections. Although Sturgis was initially identified as one of the three tramps, along with Hunt, this turned out to me an immense rabbit hole. Decades would pass before researchers began to fathom the truth. Hunt and Sturgis were used as backstops.

gty_frank_sturgis_jp_120614_wmainBut after Sturgis was caught at the Watergate complex and convicted, he sued the Committee to Re-elect President and the case was settled out-of-court. Sturgis believed he was acting on orders from the White House in a matter of deep national security, looking for evidence involving the JFK assassination supposedly held in a safe by the heads of the Democratic Party. According to Sturgis, this evidence had been collected by Cuban spooks investigating the case for Castro.

One of the major misdirections employed with the JFK operation had been to blame the assassination on Castro, which is why the designated patsy was sheep-dipped as a Castro supporter who’d just recently visited the Cuban embassy in Mexico. Sturgis was part of the plan leaking info pointing towards Castro, but he also became a major suspect in the case himself.

Apparently, Sturgis was in Miami that day, or at least he had two family members willing to swear to that alibi. I believe he probably was. Hunt had been brought into Dallas, but I don’t believe he played a major role, and he certainly wasn’t an assassin, as he was only involved in propaganda. On his deathbed, Hunt would finally assert the truth: JFK was killed by the same CIA team initially formed to kill Castro, a team headed by William Harvey. But there were probably several teams put together for this mission, and it was very clever to blame the hit on Sturgis because his team likely wasn’t used. I suspect both Sturgis and Hunt were floated as patsies by James Angleton, who engineered the coverup. Oswald was likely an undercover agent for Angleton, as were many major players in this drama.

Of course, Hunt wants to blame the JFK hit on LBJ, which is ridiculous. Angleton was a Yale grad and very close to Allen Dulles and the Rockefellers, and this Eastern Establishment does not take orders from a corrupt Texas politician like LBJ, who had enough secrets he could easily be blackmailed or paid off in cash.

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  1. Why then did LBJ call the Operating Room at Parkland and demand that Dr. Crenshaw get a deathbed confession from Oswald (who was essentially already dead and never regained consciousness), to be received by a gun toting thug who had barged into the operating room without mask or cap, thus breaking the sterile protocol always in place in operating rooms?


    November 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    • I don’t see how the call to the hospital changes anything I have written. LBJ was trying to tie up all the loose ends, obviously. The CIA did not want a real investigation, and if they extracted a death bed confession from Oswald it would have quickly closed the case.

      Steven Hager

      November 26, 2013 at 5:27 am

      • But keep in mind, that supposed phone call from LBJ to Oswald’s hospital bed has never been proven to have existed. Perhaps someone called impersonating LBJ or maybe the entire story was fabricated as mud in the water. I just don’t know, but this phone call is a minor factoid.

        Steven Hager

        November 26, 2013 at 5:59 am

        • What about Madeleine Duncan Brown testimony about the Clint murchison meeting the day before the assasination?”Vice President Lyndon Johnson,
          CIA head Allen Dulles,
          Prescott Bush,
          Jimmy Hoffa,
          Bill Decker (Sheriff of Dallas County),
          FBI head J. Edgar Hoover,
          oilman Clint Murchison,
          David Sanchez Morales (CIA hitman),
          John McCloy (Chair of the Chase Manhattan Bank and later a member of the Warren Commission),
          George Brown of Brown and Root,
          Amon G. Carter Jr. (owner of the Fort Worth Star Telegram newspaper), Richard Nixon,
          Clyde Tolson (J. Edgar Hoover’s boyfriend and Associate Director of the FBI), Earle Cabell (mayor of Dallas and brother of Charles Cabell who was Deputy Director of the CIA),
          Governor John Connally,
          Malcolm Wallace,
          Cliff Carter (National Director of the Democratic National Committee),
          the Rothschilds,
          the Rockefellers, and members of organized crime including
          Sam Giancana,
          Carlos Marcello, and
          Jack Ruby. While there were other parties involved, these are the main figures.

          Robert Engström

          March 10, 2016 at 7:42 am

          • This case has more rabbit holes than Alice in Wonderland, and I sense this fabricated meeting is one of them. And the inclusion of a Rothschild agent just adds to its dubious nature. Wikipedia: “In November 2012, The Dallas Morning News published an article by Hugh Aynesworth describing David Perry’s efforts to disprove Brown’s allegations.[3] Perry, a former insurance investigator turned conspiracy debunker, had placed his investigation of her claims on his website in an article entitled “Texas in the Imagination” the previous month.[3][18]

            According to Perry, he and his wife met Brown at a social function a few years after she made her original allegations but did not find her story to be believable.[3] He said he initially decided to investigate Brown’s conspiracy claim of Johnson and other notable individuals attending a party at Murchison’s house.[3] Perry pointed to evidence placing key figures outside of Dallas on the evening of November 21, 1963, including Johnson (with Kennedy in Houston and in Fort Worth), Murchison (in East Texas), and Hoover (in Washington, D.C.).[3] He said that while Nixon was in Dallas at that time, a writer for The Dallas Morning News had placed him at a bottlers convention in the downtown area.[3]”

            Steven Hager

            March 10, 2016 at 8:14 am

    • To avoid conflict that could have started a potential war. This is what they wanted, and LBJ wanted to avoid it at all costs, why do you think he formed the Warren Commission to solely blame it on Oswald? The didn’t get their war with LBJ, but they did get the next best thing and that was to keep on infiltrating Cuba, running amok. LBJ even supported them in their cause for a Cuban government in exile. Kennedy shut them down and got assassinated, Nixon shut them down too and resigned, that was called Watergate.

      Scott Kaiser

      September 6, 2016 at 1:32 pm

  2. Mr . Hager
    I am Marita’s daughter and we would like to respond to an error in your article. Marita and Frank Sturgis were NOT lovers . You also forgot to mention what a low life Frank was as to spread that rumor to discredit Marita. For your next writing venture ,I would recommend you do your homework before misrepresenting historical figures such as my Mother.

    Monica Perez Jimenez

    November 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    • Thanks for getting in touch Monica, and sorry if I misrepresented the facts. I will immediately correct the blog and hope you come back and add some more details to the story. I am only interested in the truth.

      Steven Hager

      November 26, 2013 at 5:26 am

  3. would you agree that hunt was probably counting on being made the head of the cia for his loyalty and silence during watergate ? however misplaced, his faith in that seems to have given way to A deathbed confession that he was tricked by lbj into allowing the cia to unite with the mafia in order to carry out the crime . didn’t lbj want jfk dead ?


    November 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    • I don’t think Hunt was ever in line for CIA head, that job was being held special for G.H.W. Bush, who rides much higher in the oligarchy. Yes, LBJ had to be told in advance because they needed his help for the cover-up. But LBJ knew they could just as easily whack him if he stepped out of line like JFK did.

      Steven Hager

      November 26, 2013 at 5:25 am

  4. LBJ wasn’t the mastermind of the assassination, true. He fulfilled the role of third world tinpot corrupt politician that has been exploited overseas so often. The same basic plan was put into operation at home, the result- the end of the electoral process and the establishment of a nazi style totalitarian state that would evolve gradually, the better to boil the frogs…


    November 24, 2014 at 7:59 am

  5. You say, “But after Sturgis was caught at the Watergate complex and convicted, he sued the Committee to Re-elect President and the case was settled out-of-court. Sturgis believed he was acting on orders from the White House in a matter of deep national security, looking for evidence involving the JFK assassination supposedly held in a safe by the heads of the Democratic Party.”

    This is not true, and this is not what Watergate was about, only half of what Sturgis says is true, and there was evidence against them regarding JFK’s assassination, Sturgis says that, but it wasn’t at the DNC.

    Sturgis knew who had it, there’s more to the DNC story then what folks publish, in-fact, several senators including Senator Ted Kennedy was on the blacklist to be bribed, most folks don’t even know what Watergate was truly about or who the sixth burglar was, most everyone if not everyone didn’t even know that Watergate was called the “Big Project” to finance another invasion to recapture Cuba. There really is a lot of stuff on the internet today that most folks have no clue.

    Scott Kaiser

    September 6, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  6. The real reason Sturgis sued the committee was to show the anti-Castro Cubans in Miami that he was appointed to be apart of the team while searching for evidence that Fidel Castro was supporting the Democratic committee, that was a load of crap, has any of the burglars ever said what they did with the money given to them which was received by the White House? No one ever talks about that, yet, they were suppose to use these funds to recapture Cuba? Problem was, Nixon stopped paying, he had to go!

    Scott Kaiser

    September 6, 2016 at 1:51 pm

  7. And, they got greedy!

    Scott Kaiser

    September 6, 2016 at 1:52 pm

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