Giancana: Recognizing Truth & Disbelieving Sam(e)

DATELINE: Unimpeachable Crime

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Mobster Sam Giancana’s great nephew wrote and produced a documentary on the notorious and contradictory mob leader. It is fascinating and entitled: Momo, the Sam Giancana Story. If you wondered about an inspiration for The Godfather, here it is.

Giancana’s daughters oversaw the production and participated in giving personal details about their father.

What came out of the life of a Chicago mobster, one of the successors to Al Capone, is a dapper and dangerous figure who wanted to be a globe-trotting figure of celebrity. He hobnobbed with the likes of Frank Sinatra and was boon companion to Phyllis McGuire of the famous singing sisters.

He had tentacles everywhere but managed to keep his life compartmentalized. He was a kindly family man—and to his associates he was a bad-tempered businessman.

Reconciling the elements reaches a state of improbability that turns viewers into cartoon version of “Believe or Not!”

Giancana made deals with Joe Kennedy to make his son president. He made deals with the CIA to murder Fidel Castro for taking away the mob’s Cuban casinos. He made deals to run Las Vegas—and he was a man who liked to control influence over powerful people. He shared mistresses Judith Exner Campell and Marilyn Monroe in order to gain an advantage.

He had close ties to Jack Ruby, a mob nightclub owner in Dallas, who often did business for Giancana. One of Lee Harvey Oswald’s brothers was hooked into the New Orleans mob.

The stretch or reach of Giancana may be disturbing beyond having turned Oswald into a patsy and hired Chicago killers to murder John Kennedy, hired J.D. Tippitt to kill Oswald, and then had it all go awry.

On the verge of talking to a U.S. Senate committee in 1975, his flamboyant mob boss attitude perturbed more than a few in the criminal element who ordered him assassinated in his own home. His flashy style did him in.

With corruption so total and human nature so contradictory, the life of Momo Sam Giancana takes on a sense of reality that may have you shake your head in recognition and in disbelief.

 

 

 

 

Killing Jimmy Hoffa: a Profit-able Enterprise

DATELINE:  #Hoffa Conspiracy

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Al Profit (a You-Tube personality named Alan Bradley) directs this muckraking report and also appears, billed as historian. However, he presents himself he manages to give a provocative look at the life, death, and influence of union boss Jimmy Hoffa.

We presume that the brash Profit sees himself as the Francis Ford Coppola of crime documentaries.

His film on Hoffa indicates there beats the heart of a really serious filmmaker under the bravado of a con man, #AlProfit. Alas, for Bradley, the need to make a living, shaking his booty and hawking T-shirts, transcends his movie making skills.

Putting aside his groupie-inducing personality, Profit’s film suggests that Hoffa hated Robert Kennedy and was instrumental in the murder of John F. Kennedy to remove Robert as a smug snobby nemesis. There is no suggestion that Hoffa could have orchestrated RFK’s killing.

Hoffa had ties to the mob certainly: including Sam Giancana, Santo Trafficante and Carlos Marcello, notorious peripheral conspiracy figures in the Kennedy Assassinations. Hoffa was also tied into Robert Maheu (notorious #HowardHughes chief aide) and the CIA.

On top of that, Hoffa was indeed pardoned by Richard #Nixon, presuming that the union leader promised to be an FBI informant against the Mob.

James Hoffa was scheduled to appear in 1975 before the Church Committee on Assassinations when he disappeared, and two other mobsters were murdered shortly before telling what they knew about political killings.

Hoffa was associated with Jack Ruby, and Sam Giancana may have ties to Oswald.

Add this one to the raft of theories with disturbing credibility.

Dark Legacy: CIA & Bush Take Their Lumps

DATELINE:  Who Dunnit?

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In the week that Donald Trump released the long-hidden Kennedy Assassination documents from the National Archives, we decided that revelations never quite meet the theories spawned. The hidden truth was never put into a government memo.

So, we took in one of the most outlandish and yet frightening of all Kennedy murder conspiracy films: Dark Legacy.  This is a three-Hankey movie: John Hankey wrote, directed, and produced this disturbing documentary and conspiracy theory.

This time it is CIA-centered George Bush, the 1st one to be president, who in the 1960s worked for and led (as J. Edgar Hoover called it) ‘some misguided anti-Castro people.’ Bush later was director of the CIA, but his family had dark ties to CIA director Allen Dulles (fired by John Kennedy months before the assassination). Dulles was the fox in the chicken coop when he was appointed to the Warren Commission.

The coincidences pile up about who knew whom. We waited breathlessly to find out that Oswald took in a monthly allotment from the FBI, and that Jack Ruby was on Richard Nixon’s congressional staff in 1947.

The film borders on accusing the CIA of trying to embarrass J. Edgar by putting one of his operatives into the center of the conspiracy to kill Kennedy.

We think it unlikely the recent papers released under Trump’s order will embarrass the Bush family—or even Ted Cruz’s father (allegedly an associate of Oswald). However, the dots connecting so many famous names will rattle you.

This little conspiracy documentary borders on overkill, but however improbable the conclusions, the facts hint at possibility.

Not John Wayne’s Searchers

DATELINE:  Ultimate Patsy

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The 2017 documentary takes an unusual angle to examine the Kennedy Assassination by focusing on the many, many private researchers who have devoted their lives to uncovering the truth.

They have fought valiantly against slander, libel, and the CIA stooges who have denigrated their work. These include a mostly aging group, including forensic doctor Cyril Wecht, and the late searchers Mark Lane and John Judge.  These three exemplify a group that has taken on history’s blinders.

If you don’t think something is hidden, then you don’t know that most important documents are sealed for another 25 years. Most of the culprits who either were responsible for President Kennedy’s death, or covered it up, will be way beyond earthly justice.

The CIA has admitted there have been hundreds of journalists working for them, some exclusively on denigrating any attack on the Warren Commission, the voluminous monstrosity created by CIA Director Allen Dulles who hated the Kennedys. Trump is right about the fake news and corrupt media: it starts with the Kennedy cover-up with media plants.

The documentary takes direct aim at the excusers of conspiracy. Indeed, the notion of “assassination buff” or “conspiracy theorist” was coined by the CIA and its minions to put a negative connotation on those who disagreed that Oswald acted alone.

The documentary pulls no punches in putting a shame on Dan Rather for his early lies and Gerald Posner for continuing the sham.

Meticulous private investigators are now aging and falling by the wayside. It was the plan all along—when the heretics die off, all that will be left is the coverup story.

Fascinating compilation of searchers, researchers, and fading information is well-worth the attention of a new generation.

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Unsolved History: Death in Dealey Plaza

DATELINE:  Photos at Kennedy Assassination

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Once again, the 2004 TV series Unsolved History provides a definitive look at mysterious events in history, this time at the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

This time the old standby streams some of the juiciest and most impressive technical analysis of your standard conspiracy theories.

This time they look at the 30 camera angles from 30 known photographers that covered the 45 seconds leading to the murder of President Kennedy. There could be other, lost, withheld photos, heretofore unknown.

From the opening moments when they show their models in orange coats standing on location where the actual cameras were located as a limo drives past, you will be hooked.

Interviewing a few surviving photographers, but mostly their children who now as old adults pass on what their parents saw at Dealey Plaza as they took pictures.

As historical record, this 45 minute show about a 45 second moment in history is compelling and fascinating.

If there is any complaint, it is that the images move by too quickly to see the truly odd details. We kept wondering about the odd men who slowly walk in the opposite direction of the panicking crowds.

This insightful episode brings and merges all 30 still photos and color movie pictures together into a montage for 45 seconds that is not for the squeamish. It does show a graphic, hideous murder.

To the show’s credit, it recognizes that amateur photographers had no idea they were about to enter the annals of history—and their amateur mistakes prevent any resolution of the crime.

Culminating in the Zapruder film, the ultimate montage is staggering, given warnings that the subject matter would be upsetting to viewers. Indeed, so.

 

Too Little, Too Late to Save JFK

DATELINE: MOVIE MASHUP

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JFK: The Smoking Gun may be one of the most intriguing of the many conspiracy theories about the Kennedy Assassination. Mortal Error by Bonar Menninger serves as the basis for research documentary with Colin McLaren, an Australian detective, helps to frame the 2013 documentary film.

The controversial theory had been whispered about for years, and a full-blown examination of evidence raised another ho-hum after 50 years of sensation. Americans may not believe the official story about the death of President John Kennedy, but they may not be as moved as previous generations. Those who lived through the Dallas experience and its aftermath are now growing ancient.

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In a nutshell, the suspicion is that Secret Service agent George Hickey picked up an AK-15 at the sound of a second shot, fell back in the follow-up limo, firing the fatal bullet into Kennedy’s head.

There is ample reason to believe the Secret Service lost evidence, buried reports, and finally stonewalled the entire incident. Nothing remains as files were destroyed inexplicably on one of the most important events in American history.

The documentary with McLaren is chilling and methodical, lacking sensation or finger-pointing. It sank not into the miasma of crypto-zoology and crypto-Ufology that dominates the tabloid market nowadays.

You owe yourself a chance to view this well-produced film, directed by Malcolm McDonald. It may not make much difference officially, but may satisfy viewers with closure.

 

 For those interested, Booth & Oswald is a book that delineates the childhood development of both assassins and compares their educational failures.  Check out Amazon.com for the book and e-book.

Parkland Hospital’s Point of View

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As Parkland Hospital doctors, Colin Hanks and Zac Efron may surprise you with their performances.

DATELINE: MOVIE HISTORY

With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, there have been a few minor movies to mark the occasion. Fictionalized film really is nowhere near as compelling as pseudo-documentaries on conspiracy theories.

Yet, this small film takes a look at the helpless doctors and nurses who came face to face with historical horror in their emergency room. It provides a new twist on an old tale that fewer and fewer people actually remember. We were in the Harvard Yards, eerily and unusually quiet when someone ran past us to say at 2pm the President was dead, shot. Like many others, we first disbelieved it.

Life in America was never the same after that moment.

Fifty years is a long time, and the generation that lived the experience and could tell truth from fiction may have soon lost their memories and their minds, unable to tell us whether movies like this can be taken seriously as history or art.

Parkland, starring Zac Efron as a young intern, rises to the challenge. The scenes all seem familiar, yet fresh too. These are the moments before camcorders were mounted everywhere to catch every private moment. You can easily forget that and believe what you see is 100% accurate.

The film becomes the ultimate History Channel re-enactment. It is emotional and depicts the anguish and shock felt by the doctors and nurses at Parkland. It details the personal suffering of Abraham Zapruder who filmed the moment of the murder. It displays the Secret Service and FBI agents who felt guilt they had failed to do their jobs.

This is a remarkable little film with Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti, and Marcia Gay Harden, giving extraordinary performances. Jacki Weaver plays Oswald’s nutcase mother with a vengeance, and James Badge Dale acts as Robert Oswald with understated dignity.

Mixed with archival footage, this behind-the-scenes drama compels and hypnotizes even if we know the overall outcome. Paul Landesman usually writes movies, but this is his first effort at directing. He has our attention.

 

 For an interesting backstory on Lee Harvey Oswald’s youth, mother, and sibling, you may want to read BOOTH AND OSWALD that compares two assassins in their boyhoods from hell. Available on Amazon.com in softcover and ebook format.