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it mere coincidence that a
Miami police informer was able to predict with astonishing
assassinations of both John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther
Apparently, the FBI thought so
Nov. 9, 1963 – Miami Police tape-record a conversation in
extreme right-wing political organizer accurately predicts
assassination of President John F. Kennedy just as it was
to happen 13
days later. The man said the President would be
killed by shots
fired "from an office building with a high-powered rifle."
Jan. 13, 1964 – The same man, using an alias, withdrawn
$12,000 from a
savings account at a now defunct bank in Provo,
Utah. The man,
who lived in Georgia, had opened the account the previous
Nov. 1, 1963 – A Cuban exile walks into the Parrot Jungle
gift shop and
tells a female employee he hates the President and he
Kennedy between the eyes." He has a "friend named
Lee," he says,
"who is also a sharp-shooter," and that Lee spoke Russian
and was living in either Texas or Mexico. (Lee
spoke Russian, lived in Texas, and earlier in the fall had
traveling in Mexico.)
These intriguing incidents suggest the surreal atmosphere
Miami in 1963. Not only were many newly arrived
making raids on their homeland in attempts to overthrow
the regime of
Fidel Castro, but America's home-grown right-wing fanatics
conducting a last-gasp effort to head off the drive for
equal rights by
blacks. For both, the prospects seemed bleak, and
hatred focused on John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
To Cubans, Kennedy was the ultimate betrayer. He had
of supportive air strikes when a Cuban exile brigade
landed at the Bay
of Pigs, and he had knuckled under to Nikita Khrushchev in
1962 when he
pledged not to invade Cuba in return for removal of Soviet
from the island. Kennedy had committed himself and,
as long as he
lived, a return to Cuba would be impossible.
On the right-wing fringe, Kennedy was hated for other
his stand on integration. He was feared also as a
leader who was
setting the United States up for some nebulous takeover
the United Nations and the despised Jews, extremist
Miami Magazine's inquiry into the assassination began with
Police tape-recording. Scattered references have
been made to the
recording since it was uncovered in 1967, most notably by
researcher Harold Weisberg who published the transcript in
book "Frame-Up." Investigation of this incident led
of the Parrot Jungle threat.
Circuit Judge Seymour Gelber, then an assistant to State
Richard Gerstein, provided nearly all the initial
information about the
tape-recording. Not only did he save records and
the investigation, he kept a diary. The diary was
our research. Gerstein too has been totally
Their investigation, which culminated in the
tape-recording of Nov. 9,
1963, began in February 1962 after a series of local
including an attack upon the home of Miami Herald editor
Shoemaker. A few days after that bombing, Willie
union organizer with extensive right-wing political ties
(he was a
Klansman), showed up at the Herald building to offer his
services as an
informer. Quickly, he began working for the Miami
police and the
Federal Bureau of Investigation. The police were
never advised of
his ties to the FBI. (Actually, he had worked for
the FBI, off
and on, for about a decade, it is now known). Over
several months, Somersett imparted enough information to
investigators to enable them to arrest and convict several
After the bombing investigation, Somersett remained on the
both the city and the FBI, revealing extremist
April 1963 he traveled to New Orleans for a meeting of the
Freedom party. The COF, a confederation of
groups, still exists, acting, its leader Mary Cain of
says, "to get patriot organizations together to discuss
issues." It was in New Orleans that Somersett hooked
up with an
old friend, Joseph A. Milteer, now deceased, the man who
later made the
tape-recorded threats against JFK.
Willie Agustus Somersett, at age 61 in 1963, was a
who was beginning to feel the agony of afflictions that
would kill him. Dubbed agent ‘88' by Miami police,
if was said he
reminded one of an Oldsmobile 88. Gerstein described
him as "a
real Sidney Greenstreet type."
Somersett had lived in Miami for about four years by 1963,
room in a semi-flophouse with his wife Peggy. He
union affairs out of the old Dolphin Hotel, headquarters
pretentiously titled National Federation of Labor.
He died May 7,
1970, in Goldsboro, N.C., just a few miles from where he
had been born.
In an interesting sidelight to Somersett's death, his
closest friend in
Miami, George Brackett, received a mysterious call at 3
a.m. from a man
who claimed to be at Washington's Walter Reed
Hospital. The man,
who wouldn't identify himself, told Brackett of Willie's
death and said
he was calling because Brackett's name was on an emergency
Somersett's wallet. Relatives say Somersett died in
Through the years Somersett had been associated with
politics, but he disliked groups pressing for violence.
Why he became
an informer is uncertain. Money? Honor?
Patriotism? It could just have been his job.
Joseph A. Milteer, a wealthy rabble-rousing racist from
devoted his life to right-wing causes, belonging to at
ultra-conservative organizations: the National State's
The White Citizen's Council, The Dixie Klan, and the
Party. He rarely stayed at home, choosing instead to
country attending meetings and calling on other true
At least once in 1963, he visited Dallas.
When Milteer was at home, he churned out reams of what he
Georgians called "yellow sheets" in which he blasted
Communists, the Un, local politicians and the federal
He also sold tape-recorded speeches of notorious patriotic
When he wasn't busy with politics, Milteer tried his hand
mail-order salesman for various novelty items. And
wine from a still in a shed in his backyard.
Milteer died Feb. 28, 1974, two days after his 72nd
reportedly from burns inflicted when a gas heater in his
exploded. Several days later, a small cache of arms
ammunition was uncovered in his car.
Because of mysterious circumstances shrouding his death, I
Quitman to explore Milteer's life in detail. Since
he had no
known relatives, his estate has remained in probate, his
Victorian home unexplored for two and half years.
Milteer lived like a packrat. Besides saving junk
trivial belongings of his dead parents, he kept carbon
letters he sent during his prolific career. Some
cryptic. Most were mild. All belied the
which he had spoken in Miami.
Since Milteer's death, the house has been ransacked
times. What was taken is unknown. A neighbor
Judge James R. Knight that she saw men in a truck with
plates carting boxes of Milteer's belongings away.
The most fascinating evidence found at Milteer's home was
in a bankbook
tucked away amid piles of letters in his closet. The
account, No. 115376 from the now-defunct Utah savings and
Association of Provo, Utah, was made out to one Samuel
Steven Story and
Mrs. C. C. Cofield. The address given was 212 South
Valdosta, Ga., Mrs. Cofield's home. (Cofield had
common-law wife for many years and lived with him until
her death in
1971). When the account was opened on July 31, 1963,
deposit of $5,000 was made. There followed bot two
others, one of
$5,000 and another of $2,000 on Aug. 20 and Sept. 24,
respectively. On Jan. 31, 1964, (52 days after the
assassination,) all $12,000 was withdrawn abruptly and the
There is no doubt that Story was an alias for
Milteer. A letter
to the bank was found, typed on Milteer's "yellow sheets"
signature which matched Milteer's'; along with it was
another letter to
the same bank, dated the same day, with Milteer's
Apparently he had an account under his own name as
well. There is
no evidence to indicate Milteer ever used an alias except
brief, crucial period.
It is significant that with exception of a series of
notables (George Wallace and Klan leader Robert Shelton)
to attend a
Constitution Party meeting in mid October, 1963, no
dealing with 1963 were found, despite detailed
correspondence for the
years before and after.
Unearthed amid the rubble of his decaying house was part
of a diary,
ostensibly by him, that briefly recounts events from July
through October 1, 1963. It mentions the trip to
Dallas and a
meeting with arch-conservative commentator Dan Smoot.
Unanswered questions about Milteer's death abound.
was fatally burned Feb. 9, 1974 when a Coleman stove he
was using for
heat in his antiquated bathroom exploded. He died
two weeks later.
According to the death certificate, Milteer died of
degree burns on both lower extremities." Marion
Maxwell the local
mortician, says, however, the burns he saw on Milteer's
severe enough to have caused death. In fact, he said
already partially healed. No autopsy was ever
Milteer himself mentions receiving burns similar to those
allegedly caused his death in an unfinished letter dated
Jan. 27, 1964:
"I had an accident wherein I knocked over a sauce pan of
hot water on
the floor into which I fell and the hot water burned the
small of my
Milteer had attended the April 1963 meeting in New Orleans
representative of the Dixie Klan, a notoriously violent
faction of the
KKK based in Chattanooga, Tenn. And advocated a
assassination program that would eliminate a long list of
government officials and businessmen. He felt that
organizations should act swiftly because Kennedy was on
the verge of
turning the U.S. government over to the United Nations.
Somersett, in recounting the meeting, said that the
didn't discuss violence but he said, "Not only Milteer,
but others said
they would start as soon as it was deemed necessary to
prevent the UN
from taking over the U.S. . . .They felt that the
President of the U.S.
or the Congress was handling over the United States to the
these people were the conspirators, and (that) they should
immediately. I am satisfied Milteer is one of the
high command in
the policy group."
Earlier Somersett had said of Milteer. "He is one of
the most violent-minded men in the country."
Several times during his debriefing, Somersett
referred to "the
national hidden hand of this organization." He
theorized that it
included Milteer, several admirals and ex-generals and
right-wing big shots.
As he gave the testimony about New Orleans, Somersett was
respect and credibility with Miami authorities. The
FBI, in its
documents about the incidents, called Somersett "a source
furnished reliable information in the past." Gelber
his informant in even more respectful terms: "Somersett
the expression ‘the most violent man I know' in describing
person (Milteer) . . . I am beginning to suspect he is
separating the talkers from the doers. Whereas we
can only guess,
Somersett obviously senses who among them spells danger."
Somersett smelled danger at the COF meeting. Toward
the end of
the questioning about his New Orleans trip, he said, "If
of the U.S. doesn't cut the UN out, if it continues that
way for twelve
months, there has got to be some violence. You could
tell if you
had been there and stood around and seen the people, the
their faces, heard the way they talked. Those people
of means, financially, and educationally. They are
not there just
for an ice cream party. This can't continue on, with
financing these things, something must happen. I
will bet my head
on a chopping block there will be some people killed by
this time next
year and it will be in high places."
Somersett encountered Milteer again in early October at a
Vero Beach. At that meeting, Milteer again proposed
announced that "the National States Rights Party is going
to move in
At Vero Beach, Milteer promoted an impending convention of
Constitution Party the following week in
Indianapolis. As a
member of that group's board of directors, Milteer helped
"plans to put an end to the Kennedy, King (Martin Luther),
dictatorship over our nation."
Gelber's diary reveals that "before they parted, Milteer
Somersett he was certain that Dixie Klan Imperial Wizard
Jack Brown. .
. . either placed the bomb, or engineered the act, which
death of four children in the Birmingham church
case remains unsolved today.)
In Indianapolis, Milteer persisted in calling for violent
Jack Brown, the man Milteer had blamed for the Birmingham
there. According to Somersett and another informant,
Pospisil, Brown implicated himself in the Birmingham
bombing, and was
"virtually bragging about this role there." Brown,
Harold Weisberg, was a gas station operator extremely
active in the
Klan. "He was reported to be a ‘contact man' for the
Party; to have been an NSRP presidential elector, to have
died of a
heart attack in 1965."
After the Indianapolis meeting, Gelber suggested Milteer
be tape-recorded during his upcoming visit to Miami.
Milteer arrived in town the weekend of Nov. 9 and
with Sommersett at his apartment. Detective Everett
Somersett's police contact, set up a tape-recorder in a
off the kitchen early, then left. Somersett was to
recorder in when Milteer knocked on the door.
The well laid plans of the Miami PD almost went awry when
showed up unexpectedly and caught Somersett outside the
apartment. Willie kept his cool, however, and
tape-recorder in as he looked at the nearby refrigerator,
"This damn box gets all frosted up if I let is run
just pull the plug at night and put it back in the
that, he and Milteer began their notorious talk.
As Somersett led his duped friend through a series of
startling revelations emerged. Not only did Milteer
Brown in the church bombing again, he also told how Brown
had tried to
kill Martin Luther King. "He followed him for miles
and couldn't get close enough to hit him."
Then he dropped his tape-recorded bombshell.
Somersett: . . . I think Kennedy is coming here on the
18th . . . to make some kind of speech. . . I imagine it
will be on TV.
Milteer: You can bet your bottom dollar he is going to
have a lot to say about the Cubans. There are so
many of them here.
Somersett: Yeah, well, he will have a thousand
bodyguards. Don't worry about that.
Milteer: The more bodyguards he has the easier it is to
Milteer: The more bodyguards he has the more easier it is
to get him.
Somersett: Well, how in the hell do you figure would be
the best way to get him?
Milteer: From an office building with a high-powered
many people does he have going around who look just like
him? Do you know about that?
Somersett: No, I never heard he had anybody.
Milteer: He has about fifteen. Whenever he goes
anyplace, he knows he is a marked man?
Somersett: You think he knows he is a marked man?
Milteer: Sure he does.
Somersett: They are really going to try to kill him?
Milteer: Oh, yeah, it is in the working. Brown
himself, Brown is
just as likely to get him as anybody in the world.
He hasn't said
so, but he tried to get Martin Luther King.
After a few more minutes of conversation, Somersett again
spoke of assassination.
Somersett: . . . Hitting this Kennedy is going to be a
proposition, I tell you. I believe you may have
figured out a way
to get him, the office building and all that. I
don't know how
the Secret Service agents cover all them office buildings
is going. Do you know whether they do that or not?
Milteer: Well, if they have any suspicion they do that, of
course. But without suspicion, chances are that they
wouldn't. You take there in Washington. This
is the wrong
time of the year, but in pleasant whether, he comes out on
and somebody could be in a hotel room across the way and
pick him off
just like that.
Somersett: Is that right?
Milteer: Sure, disassemble a gun. You don't have to
take a gun up
there, you can take it up in pieces. All those guns
down. You can take them apart.
Before the end of the tape, the conversation returns to
Milteer: Well, we are going to have to get nasty. . .
Somersett: Yeah, get nasty.
Milteer: We have got to be ready, we have got to be
sitting on go, too.
Somersett: Yeah, that is right.
Milteer: There ain't any countdown to it, we have just got
sitting on go. Countdown, they can move in on you,
and go they
can't. Countdown is all right for a slow prepared
operation. But in an emergency operation, you have
got to be
sitting on go.
Somersett: Boy, if that Kennedy get shot, we have go to
know where we
are at. Because you know that will be a real shake.
Milteer: They wouldn't leave any stone unturned
way. They will pick up somebody within hours
anything like that would happen, just to throw the public
Somersett: Oh, somebody is going to have to go to jail, if
he gets killed.
Milteer: Just like Bruno Hauptmann in the Lindbergh case,
The entire tape-recording lasts roughly a half-hour and
much of it is
either garbled or irrelevant. Each voice is
unique. Somersett spoke his words quickly, infusing
with a thick Southern accent. Milteer's high
voice dilutes the deadliness of his words.
Kennedy came to Miami Nov. 18, 1963 for the Inter-American
Association convention at the Americans. The Secret
alerted about the tape by Miami authorities (and certainly
by the FBI
who received the information directly from Somersett),
planned motorcade. Instead, the President
helicoptered to Miami
In his diary, Gelber says a police detective assigned to
assured him the Secret Service knew where Brown and
Bob Newbrand, a local Secret Service spokesman, says that
understand Gelber's statement: "I know for sure we didn't
(Milteer) under surveillance. We were never that
with that. If anybody made a threat we wouldn't put
surveillance, we'd lock him up!" (What really
The contradictions of Newbrand's statement and Gelber's
staggering. If Milteer and Brown weren't under
observation , why
weren't they? Was this simply considered a frivolous
threat? Miami PD took it seriously.
Milteer and Somersett were to meet once more, On Nov 23,
the day after
the assassination, Somersett traveled to Jacksonville
rendezvoused with Milteer before making a quick trip to
Columbia, S. C.
for a session with KKK members. When he returned to
reported to the police what he had learned: "During the
journey to had
learned: "During the journey to S.C. he (Milteer)
told me that he
was connected with an international underground
He said there would be a propaganda campaign put on how to
prove to the
Christian people of the world that the Jews, the Zionist
"He was very happy over it and shook hands with me.
‘Well, I told you so. It happened like I told you,
it? It happened from a window with a high-powered
said, "That's right. I don't know whether you were
not, but you hit it on the head pretty good.' He
that is the way it was supposed to be done, and that is
the way it was
"From the impression he gave me, and what he told me, the
was pro-Castro. This group was infiltrated by the
underground who arranged from there to have the execution
and drop the responsibility right into the laps of the
Communists. I don't think there was any agreement
little flimflam organization that Oswald belonged to . . .
believe Milteer did it, but it might be a possibility that
he knows who
engineered it. The impression I get from him, I
think the thing
was set up to kill Mr. Kennedy in the South, in some
southern state . .
. Milteer is too much enthused about it, before hand and
after, not to
know something about it."
Later, Miami authorities tried to get Milteer and Brown to
Miami where they again could make tape-recordings.
On Dec. 4,
Somersett got a shock when he called Milteer and
discovered the FBI had
questioned Milteer and Brown as part of a mess roundup of
extremists. From Gelber's diary: "Somersett is
concerned about this turn of events. Milteer did not
of being an FBI informer, but inasmuch as the questioning
be based on the statements made to Somersett, suspicion
inevitably rest on him . . . There is no chance of getting
Brown to Miami now and there is a possibility they will
considerable caution in future conversations in
Somersett's presence. .
. I wonder why the FBI picked these people up after the
assassination rather than before the act? All this
manages to do
is jeopardize the safety of our undercover agent.
Based on the
Milteer tape, I had anticipated such government action
prior to the
President's visit to Miami . . . I did not expect it as an
. . . There is nothing of substantial value to be gained
dramatic move except to scare hell out of Milteer, Brown
and a few
others . . . It ruins our investigation and further
effectiveness of the undercover agent, not only for us,
but also for
Declassified FBI documents, obtained by Harold Weisberg
Freedom of Information Act, prove the Bureau was doing
Gelber's diary suggests. Without naming him, they
Somersett as the informant.
Perhaps the most fascinating document the FBI released
deals with its
interview of Joseph Milteer by agents from the Atlanta
Milteer, in that report, "emphatically denies ever making
assassinate President Kennedy or participating in any such
assassination." He said he didn't know Lee Oswald or
A 1968 Miami police memo on Somersett relates how he
traveled to New
Orleans and spoke with some of then-District Attorney Jim
agents. Garrison was conducting his JFK
assassination probe and
requested Somersett's help. Somersett told his story
mentioned a letter he had received from Milteer, dated
Nov. 18, 1963
and postmarked Valdosta, Ga. Garrison's men wanted the
letter, but the
memo never indicated whether Somersett gave it to
them. He never
revealed its contents, but Detective Kay confirms the
existence of the
letter. Neither he nor anyone else knows where it is
Other unusual disappearances of information have hampered
investigation. The state attorney's office, which
keeps all its
records of old cases on file in a North Miami warehouse,
records on this case, and all others pertaining to the JFK
assassination are missing, despite a thorough
search. No one can
account for their absence.
The Miami police intelligence unit, now called the Special
Investigations Section, says there are no files on the
assassination. Kay, however, says he looked at such
six months ago, before his retirement. We have no
reason to doubt
his word. Do the files exist or don't they? In
a quote that
sounds as if it could have come from "Catch 22," former
chief Major Herbert Breslow said: "If I found out where it
was, I wouldn't tell you anyway. I'd just say
must believe me when I tell you we don't have any files,
even though I
wouldn't tell you if I did." The FBI added a strict
on all questions.
The Parrot Jungle incident involved different
information in this case came from former Dade Circuit
Sepe, whom I contacted about the Milteer tape.
During our discussion, Sepe revealed a "super-secret
had directed as assistant state attorney in 1967. He
initiated it because of exciting information he received
from a friend.
What he discovered was disturbing. In sworn
testimony taken by
Sepe, Mrs. Lillian Spingler, an employee of the Parrot
Jungle gift shop
in 1963, told how a Cuban man had entered the shop in late
"initiated a conversation with her in which he stated that
write with both hands simultaneously and that he was a
sharpshooter. This Cuban male allegedly told Mrs.
he had a friend named Lee who could speak Russian and
German and was
living in Texas or Mexico, and that Lee was also a
Mrs. Spingler told some friends, but the conversation she
had with the
Cuban male was passed off until the night of President
assassination (22 days later) when Mrs. Spingler was
riding in a car
with her husband, a close friend and a relative from New
their way back from Key West to Miami. Mrs. Spingler
before she heard the name of the President's
remarked that she knew who the assassin was. Because
she had told
several friends, the incident was reported to the FBI.
"I interrogated Mrs. (Ruth) Bastholm, Mr. (William) Vander
Spingler's boss at Parrot Jungle), and Mrs. (Aliese)
Trigg remembered learning of Spingler's conversation from
prior to the assassination, and corroborated to some
He also said he hated the President and "could shoot
Kennedy between the eyes."
Sepe said the incident was relayed to the FBI in late
when Mrs. Spingler called them. After a quick
agent in charge, James O'Connor told her to "just drop it
mention it." Mrs. Spingler is still taking
O'Connor's advice and
has refused to comment, saying only, "They told me not to
it. Goodby." The FBI would say nothing.
The investigation the FBI conducted bears examining.
months after the threat relayed by Mrs. Spingler, the man
who made the
threat was identified when he returned to the Parrot
Jungle and was
spotted. Alertly, Parrot Jungle employees wrote down
number of his car. They informed the FBI.
Several weeks passed before Special Agent O'Connor called
to tell her that he had in custody Jorge Soto
told her that Martinez, at the time of the threat, had
been employed as
a Fontainebleau Hotel bellhop.
Martinez didn't deny having a conversation with Mrs.
did deny making threats against the President or saying he
From Sepe's report: "Agent O'Connor asked Mrs. Spingler if
to come to the FBI office and identify the man.
and Mrs. Spingler both state that Mrs. Spingler refused to
go to the
FBI office to identify Martinez because she was afraid of
harm." Still, O'Connor was satisfied the Mr.
Martinez was not
involved in an attempt to assassinate President Kennedy
and did not
know Oswald. So the FBI closed its investigation.
In 1967, Sepe threw some light on the FBI's earlier
called O'Connor and received the opinion that Martinez had
do with the assassination. O'Connor offered the
theory that Mrs.
Spingler had "exaggerated the conversation she had with
that in all probability (had) misunderstood Martinez when
he said that
he would like to kill Castro." O'Connor also
out that because of Martinez' heavy accent, Mrs. Spingler
Martinez said "Lee," when he had said "he."
"Lee" could certainly be mistaken for "he," but "Kennedy"
with "Castro," even when spoken with an accent. Or
by an FBI man.
In her statement to Sepe, Mrs. Spingler reasserted her
belief that she
had heard Martinez correctly. "I know – was sure he
because I associated General Lee with it . . . That's my
remembering, like ‘He's a sharpshooter, General Lee,' you
Mrs. Spingler told Sepe she had never been contacted by
representing the Warren Commission. "Mr. Conley
(sic) told me to
forget it all and I figured, well, I told what I knew to
If they want to further investigate it, then do it.
I was just
following his instructions."
Curiously, the FBI never even had her identify the man she
She was shown some pictures of possible suspects, but
never one the
could identify. Sepe asked her if she was certain
the FBI had
picked up the man she had talked to.
"I really don't know for sure," she replied. "It
didn't even dawn
on me until now that you are questioning me. I just
license number and I never met him again or saw his
Sepe probed, trying to learn how the FBI had identified
the man they
had picked up. He asked Mrs. Spingler why she hadn't
gone to the
FBI office and identified him through a one-way
answered that the agent-in-charge had never suggested it.
Mrs. Spingler finally identified Martinez as the man she
had talked to,
in 1967, when Sepe located Martinez and obtained a photo.
Martinez was totally cooperative during Sepe's
submitting to a lie detector examination. During the
denied all Mrs. Spingler's allegations. Warren
recognized polygraph expert, determined that Martinez
telling the truth "with the exception that in a
to Mrs. Spingler, (he) might have said some unkind things
President Kennedy which he had originally denied to
Specifically, he showed deception in his denial to the
you tell the woman at the Parrot Jungle that you were
Washington and shoot the President between the
eyes?" He later
admitted to Holmes, following the examination, that he
some stupid statement like that . . . He stated he had a
shooting his mouth off, but vehemently denied mentioning
the name of
Sepe still thinks Mrs. Spingler was truthful in her
statements concerning Martinez.
If the FBI had chosen to check into Martinez' life more
thoroughly, his alleged remarks might have been taken more
Martinez had gotten his job at the Fontainebleau because
of a plug
given him by a Mike McLaney. McLaney had been
in Havana. He had hired Martinez to clean out slot
the casino he operated at the Nacional Hotel. When
gambling, both McLaney and Martinez fled to Miami.
in a houseboat docked across Collins Avenue from the
prevailed on them to help get Martinez a job. Both
Ken Humphreys, Martinez' boss at the Fontainbleau,
role in the hiring.
Told of the allegations against Martinez, McLaney said
that he knew
nothing about any assassination plot and offered his
Martinez. "George (Jorge) wouldn't harm Mickey
has the courage of a little less than a mouse. It's
me to hear this." He said he doesn't know where
now. I made repeated efforts to locate Martinez to
Do the tangled facts that surround both the Milteer and
incidents mean anything? Perhaps not, but the fact
that they were
never sufficiently explained is unsettling.
There are numerous implications that have been raised by
investigation. Ponder this list of questions that
-Why were Milteer and Brown picked up after Kennedy's
assassination and not before?
-If, as Gelber says, Milteer and Brown were under
the President's Nov. 18 trip to Miami, were they also
being watched on
Nov. 22? If they were, why doesn't the FBI say so?
-Why did the FBI round up the two extremists for
questioning on Nov. 27, ruining a Miami police plan to spy
-Why did the FBI take Milteer's denial that he threatened
the President when they had him on tape saying the
-Why did it also take him at his word when he denied
knowledge of the Birmingham bombing?
-Why didn't they investigate the threats he made in New
Orleans and Indianapolis?
-What was the significance Milteer's Utah bank account?
-Why did he use an alias?
-Why are there still unanswered questions about his death?
-Why does the FBI continue withhold evidence concerning
-Why did the Warren Commission report fail to mention this
-Why did the FBI tell Mrs. Spingler to forget about the
Parrot Jungle incident and not to mention it to anyone?
-Why do Warren Commission files fail to make mention of
Sepe thinks the Martinez incident is important. "It is far
significant in hindsight than it was at the time," he
"So man facts have surfaced, and so much intrigue has been
that gives rise to challenges to the authenticity and
the Warren Commission investigation. I believe a new
investigation is fully warranted, and all record should be
everybody who has any relevant information should be
Judge Gelber thinks the information about this case bears
examination by the federal government. "I think an
committee should be established which would re-evaluate
all the new
evidence that has come to light recently. If for no
than to satisfy the general public. This data about
raw intelligence and should be treated as such, but I it
important. It cannot be ignored. This
information has never
had an priority consideration. The authorities
didn't consider it
serious enough when it was first available. I think
Oswald was arrested activity in other areas diminished
State Attorney Gerstein was more subdued in his comment
Milteer incident but said. "The overwhelming
majority of the
people of the United States do not believe that Oswald
acted alone and
are not satisfied with the conclusions of the Warren
As to whether or not it will be fruitful (to reopen the
case) or not,
leave to someone else's judgment."
Next month: Miami Magazine inquiry into apparent Dade
County links to
the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther
leads to more reasons to believe that King's killer wasn't
go to Part II
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