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The JFK Assassination New Orleans Connection
If President John F. Kennedy had better protection by the Secret Service, he might not have been assassinated by those powerful forces that were aligned against him on that fateful day of November 22, 1963. JFK wanted to serve another term in office as President of the United States, and if he was not assassinated, 50 years later we might not have ended up living in such horrible times as we presently are with a corporate dictatorship controlling Congress, and the White House!
In Memory of President John F. Kennedy
May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963
The JFK Assassination New Orleans Connection
By Anonymous -- November 18, 2013
John F. Kennedy (JFK) was one of the wealthy handsome sons of Joseph P. Kennedy that left their political mark on our nation through the years. JFK's father made an obscene fortune from obtaining medicinal liquor permits that allowed him to legally sell such brands of alcohol as Gordon's Gin, Haig and Haig, and Dewar's during prohibition years, and beyond
As the 35th President of the United States, JFK served the country well as president from January 1961, until November of 1963 when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, while he was there for a political fundraising venture. Some believe that JFK managed to avoid a nuclear holocaust. However, he died a violent hideous death at the young age of 46, was the youngest man to ever be elected as the President of the United States, and he was the youngest President to die while still in office.
At the time of his assassination by radical right-wing extremists, JFK had big dreams and aspirations to create a better world. Among other things, JFK wanted to get us out of Vietnam during the early 60s, and his administration angered the destructive powerful forces of the military industrial complex, the C.I.A., Jimmy Hoffa and the mafia, in addition to some Cuban exiles involved in the Bay of Pigs failed invasion against Fidel Castro, and Cuba.
If JFK had better protection by the Secret Service, he might not have been assassinated by those powerful forces that were aligned against him on that fateful day of November 22, 1963. JFK wanted to serve another term in office as President of the United States, and if he was not assassinated, 50 years later we might not have ended up living in such horrible times as we presently are with a corporate dictatorship controlling Congress, and the White House.
We are up against a corporate dictatorship in control of a rogue intelligence community spying on our daily activities and movements. A vicious, brutal rogue intelligence community serving the rich and powerful with their massive "black budget" of $52.6 billion, during FY 2013. According to the Washington Post, the $52.6 billion "black budget" figure was leaked to them by the famous whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
The JFK Assassination
I can still recall the moment I was in grade school when Sister Isador came into the class room to send all of us children back home because President John F. Kennedy had just been assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on Friday November 22, 1963. We were all totally shocked by the experience.
I can also recall two days later while at home on a Sunday when I was watching TV about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot live on TV by Jack Ruby, in the basement of a police station in Dallas.
Little did I know at the time of JFK's assassination, that a few years later I would be a teenage runaway living in New Orleans, and being friends with, and working for a fellow named Perry Russo.
Before I met him, Perry Russo claimed that he was with Lee Harvey Oswald and Clay Shaw, a.k.a. Clay Bertrand, a.k.a. Clem Bertrand, several times at David Ferries house in New Orleans shortly before the assassination of JFK occurred. Perry claimed that they discussed how JFK could be killed by a triangulation of shooters, that they discussed the need for an alibi, and a way to escape the scene of the crime.
The District Attorney of New Orleans, Jim Garrison, probed into the assassination of JFK a few years after JFK's assassination and turned up a key witness by name of Perry Russo. The same Perry Russo that I came to know while I was as a teenage runaway.
I was a close friend of Perry for well over a year or more in the French Quarter of New Orleans. I met Perry when I was a 16 year old runaway during January or early February of 1970, when I hitch hiked my way to New Orleans from Houston, for Mardi Gras that year with a friend named Gary McDaniels who was also 16 years of age.
As Gary and I were hitch hiking from Houston to New Orleans, Perry picked us up and took us for a long ride to New Orleans. Along the way we quickly became friends, and Perry offered Gary and I a job, and a place to live at a crash pad he was about to open up called the Youth Rescue League. Gary and I were excited, and after arriving in New Orleans, we started working for Perry at the buck a night ($1) crash pad, checking people in at night, and cleaning the place up the following mornings.
At the time I went to New Orleans, Gary and I had no idea who Perry Russo was, nor did we know anything of his past. We were simply grateful to have a place to stay, and a way to make some money when we went to New Orleans to experience, and have some fun at Mardi Gras.
It was mostly young people (16 - 25) passing through the crash pad from all over the country to join in the Mardi Gras celebration taking place, and around 70 people slept there on the floor each evening. However, there ended up being a core group of homeless people residing there including Vietnam Vets, aspiring artists, and some heavy duty dope fiends.
Gary and I would chase everyone off in the morning, and try to have the place cleaned up for them to come back to by late afternoon/early evening later that day.
I believe that the Youth Rescue League (crash pad) was on Burgundy Street from what I recall, and it was in a one story duplex. A close friend of Perry nick-named Big John rented out the other half of the same residential duplex building, and Big John had a teenager staying with him called Little John (no relation).
Meanwhile during that same period, Perry and my friend Gary became lovers. Perry Russo liked to go to bed with older teenage boys back in those days, and Perry was attracted to Gary.
At that time, the longer Gary and I were around, the more we started to understand that Perry was somehow involved in the Jim Garrison investigation of the assassination of JFK, and that Perry knew Lee Harvey Oswald before he was killed by Jack Ruby in Dallas, a few years back.
A fellow named Shane used to come by and visit Perry, Gary and myself at night at the crash pad. Shane was a close friend of Perry, and we all used to hang out getting stoned in one of the back rooms of the crash pad that Perry had painted totally black, with crinkled tin foil on the ceiling, and 60's hippie posters on the walls that were lit up by the numerous black lights in the room. Perry used to love listening to Nina Simone albums as we got high, and Shane used to bring large bags that were full of boiled cray fish (craw dads) that we used to munch on like popcorn when we got stoned.
When Perry and his friend Shane told me that Lee Harvey Oswald used to be a hustler, I believed them. Perry and my friend Gary were still lovers at that point (sexual partners), and I distinctly recall the day Gary came out of Perry's room one morning and he was very upset. Gary told me that Perry told him that Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill JFK, and Gary said that Perry told him that three other men killed President Kennedy in Dallas a few years back.
November 22, 1963 In Dallas, Texas
JFK spent his last night alive at the Texas Hotel in Ft. Worth, Texas, and when morning came there was a light rain falling on Ft. Worth as the JFK entourage, including JFK's wife Jackie, prepared to take a thirteen minute flight to Dallas for a limo ride through the city. They were on their way to the Trade Mart for a political event, in addition to a fundraising event. The rain let up by the time the entourage reached Dallas, and it was decided that the bubble top for the limousine JFK would be riding in, would not be necessary as the Presidential motorcade cruised through the city.
According to a government Secret Service report, the Dallas Police Department (DPD) assigned in excess of fifteen motorcycles to the Presidential motorcade. Four to six motorcycles preceded the lead car, and four motorcycles including two on each side, flanked the rear of the presidential limousine (limo). Apparently the motorcycles were supposed to provide some cover for the president, but their main purpose was to keep the crowd back from the president. Other motorcycles were stretched out along the motorcade parade route as it passed through the thousands of excited spectators in the city, that fateful day.
For some reason on November 22, 1963, the Dallas motorcycle policemen were ordered to stay in front of, or in back of the president's limo along the motorcade route, and they were ordered to stay away from the side of JFK's limo, which was different from the normal routine in other cities. Additionally for some other strange reason, the limo that the media was in to cover the event, was a number of cars behind JFK's limo, instead of in front of it as was normal procedure in those days. The motorcade may have traveled around eight to twelve miles per hour, along the route where excited crowds of people hung out.
The limo that JFK was in was called car 100-x by the Secret Service. Henry Dashiell Burroughs, a still photographer for AP B&W, rode in camera car #2 in the motorcade, and according to reports, he said, "I was a member of the White House pool aboard Air Force One when we arrived with JFK in Dallas on that fateful day. We the pool were dismayed to find our pool car shoved back to about #11 position in the motorcade. We protested but it was too late."
In another report, Dallas Police Department (DPD) Sergeant Samuel Q. Bellah, an advance motorcycle officer in the motorcade stated, "On the night before his assignment, Bellah reviewed the plan route with his captain, and the route was not the original to go straight through Dealy Plaza, but a revised route. The original plan would have skirted the book depository building by a block, but the altered plan turned to pass directly in front of the Texas School Book Depository building (TSBD)."
Among the cars in the presidential motorcade in Dallas on November 22, 1963 there were three vehicles being used by the secret service and police for protection, and the second car in the motorcade which was JFK's limo, it contained two secret service men, plus JFK and his wife Jackie Kennedy, and Texas Governor John Connally, and Nellie Connally.
As the motorcade drove through the city, crowds of exuberant cheering people lined the streets as it passed in front of them, and as the motorcade turned off of Main Street at Dealey Plaza and as it passed the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) around 12:30p.m., gunfire erupted and terrorized the excited throng of people. There were fewer people along the motorcade route here than in other parts of the city. JFK was struck in the neck and head by bullets, Gov. Connally was also hit in the chest, and according to the mass media, three shots could be heard in the span of a few seconds.
In some reports, DPD James M. Chaney, a motorcycle policeman who rode in the motorcade said as he was riding on the right rear fender of JFK's limo during the shooting, the first shot missed entirely and passed JFK's limo. Oddly, the limo stopped at that point when the first shot was fired said Chaney. The president was shot in the face by the second shot according to Chaney, and he stated that Gov. Connally was hit by the third shot, according to reports. Some reports were conflicting, and say that Chaney said that JFK was hit by two shots, that Connally was hit by the third shot, and that four cops were sprayed by the blood from the victims.
After the gun fire erupted at 12:30p.m., on Nov. 22, hitting JFK and Gov. Connally, seconds later the limo sped off to Parkland Memorial Hospital a few minutes away. Gov. Connally was to eventually recover from his wounds, but JFK was mortally wounded and a Catholic priest was summoned to administer the last rites, and at 1:00p.m., on Nov. 22, 1963 JFK was pronounced dead.
Meanwhile according to reports, along the motorcade route where JFK was shot near the book depository building and the grassy knoll across the street, witnesses were saying that some shots were heard coming from the book depository. Some people claimed they saw a rifle being pulled back into the building on an upper floor. Others heard shots coming from on top of the grassy knoll, and some witnesses heard shots at street level. Some people said there was smoke in the air on the grassy knoll, and that the smell of gun smoke was very strong in the air.
JFK was shot at 12:30p.m., and according to radio dispatch records of the DPD at 12:45p.m., on November 22, 1963, a report went out over the police radio airwaves giving a description of the shooter that shot JFK and Gov. Connally as being an unknown white male, approximately thirty, slender build, height five feet ten inches, weight one hundred sixty-five pounds, and reported to be armed with a 30 caliber rifle.
At 12:47p.m., the dispatcher sent the report out again on the police airwaves, this time saying there was no clothing description.
Incredibly, channel two of the dispatch police radio reports for November 22, 1963, being the same records/recordings that were monkeyed around with and allegedly slightly modified by the Warren Commission (commission that claimed Oswald was the lone gunman), at 1:16p.m., a citizen (non police officer) using a police radio from the squad car of Officer Tippit who was allegedly gunned down and murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald, says there is a shooting on Tenth St., between Marsalis and Beckley streets. "It's a police officer, somebody shot him," the citizen said. The name of the gunman was unknown at the time the citizen made the report.
At 1:19p.m., the radio dispatcher reports that the suspect was seen running west on Jefferson from the location.
At 1:22p.m., Patrol Man (Ptm) R.W. Walker reports in that we have a description on this suspect over here on Jefferson. Last seen about 300 block of East Jefferson. He's a white male, about thirty, five eight, black hair, slender, wearing white jacket, a white shirt, and dark slacks.
At 1:24p.m., the police dispatcher sends out a radio message that the suspect is wanted for investigation for assault to murder a police officer: Description is a white male, approximately thirty, about five foot eight, slender build, has black hair, a white jacket, a white shirt, and dark trousers. The suspect was last seen running west on Jefferson from 400 East Jefferson.
At 1:52p.m., in part three of the radio dispatch transcript for Channel two (possible revised part by the Warren Commission), it says; we have apprehended a suspect in the Texas Theatre.
At 1:53p.m., from Channel one of the police dispatch transcripts for Nov. 22, 1963, it says suspect in the shooting of the police officer is apprehended and en route to the station. Dispatcher asks, at the Texas Theatre? The reply; Caught him on the lower floor of the Texas Theatre after a fight.
The films playing at the Texas Theatre on that fateful day Nov. 22, 1963 were Cry of Battle and War is Hell, and allegedly Oswald briefly viewed the latter film before being arrested.
Click below for the November 22, 1963, Dallas radio police dispatch reports you can listen to, plus the transcript of the police transmissions from 12:25p.m., until Lee Harvey Oswald was captured in the Texas Theatre about 1:45p.m. (Note: Channel one was edited by Russ Shearer, and the transcript for Channel two is from the Warren Commission Exhibit 1974, that has some minor revisions.)
According to a report by the Warren Commission, Oswald was seen wearing a brown shirt on a public bus by his landlady on Nov. 22, right after he left the book depository that he worked at.
Click on link below for Warren Commission report on the movements of the assassin.
However, the Dallas radio police transcripts/records clearly reveal that on Nov. 22, 1963 a report went out over the police radio airwaves giving a description of the shooter that shot JFK and Gov. Connally as being an unknown white male, approximately thirty, slender build, height five feet ten inches, weight one hundred sixty-five pounds, and reported to be armed with a 30 caliber rifle. A shooter wearing a white jacket, and white shirt, that has allegedly also just shot Officer J.D. Tippit, after the two of them had a discussion with one another.
Click below for transcripts, dispatch police radio reports from Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963...
Apparently, it was a very busy schedule for Oswald on that fateful day of Nov. 22, 1963 if we are to believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in Dallas barely one hour and twenty minutes or less, after he allegedly assassinated JFK. Oswald managed to shot Texas Governor John Connally, took a public bus home and asked for a transfer, and then he shot Officer Tippit along the way before going to see the movie War is Hell, at the Texas Theatre. Allegedly, Oswald even managed to sneak into the movie theatre somehow.
According to the police department's arrest report dated 11/22/63 - Time 1:40p.m., for Lee Harvey Oswald, it says:
[[[white, male, age 24, date of birth Oct. 18, 1939, Home address 1026 North Beckley
address were arrest was made - 231 W. Jefferson / Type of premises or business (Theatre).
Charge: lWV? Murder]]]
Other Details Of The Arrest Report: This man shot and killed President John F. Kennedy and Police Officer J.D. Tippit. He also shot and wounded Governor John Connally.
It also has a stamped mark on it saying DECEASED dated 11-24-63, with a signature I cannot read.
It also lists arresting officer as M.N.McDonald I.D. No. 1178
Arresting officer K.E. Lyons I.D. No. 1276
Other officer: LT. E.J. Cunningham no I.D. listed.
Other Officer: P.J. Bentley I.D. No. 526
Case number? 63-98155
Click on link below to see DPD arrest report for Lee Harvey Oswald for Nov. 22, 1963...
It appears that the police in Dallas caught JFK's so-called lone assassin somehow despite the reports swirling around revealing that there may have actually been two people that appeared to look like Oswald in Dallas, on Nov.22, 1963.
The Coverup Of The Assassination of JFK --- New Orleans Connection
On Nov. 22, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for allegedly assassinating JFK, killing Officer J.D. Tippit, shooting Gov. John Connally, and sneaking into a movie theatre. Now here comes Jack Ruby (who allegedly worked with or worked for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello) and assassinates Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police department.
Click below for release report of Oswald to be transferred to another location...
Click on the link below for photo of Oswald being assassinated by Jack Ruby while being transferred to another location...
It is not the first time Jack Ruby was arrested with a gun. Violence appears to be nothing new to Ruby and an arrest report revealing that Ruby was arrested on 5/1/1954 with a 38 pistol in his pocket, may shed a little more light on this fellows activities...
Click below for police report...
According to reports, after his arrest while in the Dallas City jail before Ruby killed him, Oswald repeatedly kept asking for a civil rights attorney out of New York to come and defend him, and he claimed that he was a member of the A.C.L.U., to his jailers.
Apparently, Oswald may not have known that someone else on his behalf was trying to make arrangements for him to be defended by an attorney named Dean Andrews Jr., after being arrested by the police on Nov. 22. According to the transcripts of the Orleans Parish grand jury from the Jim Garrison investigation, Clay Shaw, a.k.a Clay Bertrand, a.k.a. Clem Bertrand, contacted Dean Andrews Jr., to offer payment to him to represent Lee Harvey Oswald for the crimes he was accused of by the police on November 22, 1963.
This is the same Clay Shaw that was with Lee Harvey Oswald, David Ferrie, and Perry Russo a month or so earlier in October of 1963 who was allegedly involved in a discussion on how JFK could be assassinated by a triangulation of shooters. And this was the same Perry Russo that I used to know, and worked for back in 1970, while living in New Orleans as a teenage runaway.
Click below for an Orleans Parish grand jury transcript of testimony by Dean Andrews Jr., stating that he was contacted by Clay Shaw, a.k.a. Clay Bertrand, a.k.a. Clem Bertrand, and asked to represent Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963 after his arrest in Dallas.
According to the Warren Commission, Oswald's wallet allegedly contained a false I.D. in it, being a forged selective service card with a photo of Oswald on it, with the name of Alek J. Hidell on it also. However, the report by the commission failed to mention that the same wallet was allegedly found by Dallas Police Officer Westbrook, on the ground at the scene of the crime in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 where Officer J.D. Tippit was allegedly killed by Oswald. The wallet in question was handed over to FBI Agent Barrett, according to reports
Click on link below to read what the Warren Commission had to say about Oswald's wallet.
Click on link below to see Oswald's alleged fake I.D., allegedly found in his wallet on the ground where Officer J.D. Tippit was shot.
Click on link below for a report by John Armstrong about Oswald's wallet that allegedly was found by Officer Westbrook, and handed over to FBI Agent Barrett, which is the same wallet that the Warren Commission failed to mention in their report about Lee Harvey Oswald.
On Nov. 22, 1963 JFK was assassinated and according to official reports only three gun shots were fired. However, Jean Lollis Hill was standing very close to where JFK was shot, and according the testimony she gave to the Warren Commission, she clearly heard a minimum of four to six gun shots in those brief seconds the presidential motorcade was fired upon. Mrs. Hill thought that more than one person was firing on the motorcade. She also heard gun shots that were coming from the grassy knoll.
According to her testimony, she spoke to a secret service agent and said, "Am I a kook or what's wrong with me? They keep saying three shots---three shots." and I said, "I know I heard more. I heard from four to six shots anyway." And the secret service agent replied, Mrs. Hill, we were standing at the window and we heard more shots also, but we have three wounds and we have three bullets, three shots is all that we are willing to say right now."
Click below for the eye witness testimony of Jean Lollis Hill to the Warren Commission...
According to reports, the rifle found at the book depository building allegedly used to assassinate JFK by Oswald had no finger prints on it, but it had a very suspicious palm print of Oswald on it produced by the Dalas police, but was somehow overlooked by the FBI, nor found when the FBI tested the rifle for prints. The rifle originally was also falsely described by the police as a 7.65" Mauser for a full day, before it was later declared by the police to be a 6.5' Mannlicher-Carcano.
Click below for palm print report...
The so-called magic bullet that allegedly made seven wounds in two victims (JFK & Gov. Connally) according to the Warren Commission, was mysteriously found on a stretcher.
Click below for FBI report on so-called magic bullet...
An eyewitness identifies Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby being together (as friends) sometime before Ruby assassinates Oswald on Nov. 22, 1963.
Click on link to report below...
No bond for Jack Ruby, for killing Oswald. Warrant of Arrest. Formal arrest warrant charging Jack Ruby with the murder Lee Harvey Oswald.
Click on both links below...
A few years later on January 27, 1967, Oswald's clothes were transferred to the National Archives. Despite the fact that Oswald was allegedly wearing a white jacket and white shirt when the Nov. 22, 1963 radio dispatch report went out describing the killer of Officer Tippit (JFK assassin), the transferred package of clothes includes a black sweater that Oswald was wearing when he was arrested on Nov. 22, 1963, and was also wearing when Jack Ruby killed him in the basement of the Dallas police department.
Click on link below for full report...
Of interest is the report of Jack Ruby killing Lee Harvey Oswald at the police station in Dallas.
Click below for report...
Despite the fact that much of the world was watching live TV including myself, when Oswald was being assassinated by Jack Ruby on Nov. 24, 1963, Oswald's clothes were mysteriously locked up and kept as evidence by the police.
Click on link below for report...
Click on link below for a supplementary defense report about Jack Ruby murdering Lee Harvey Oswald.
Jack Ruby becomes a celebrity after shooting Oswald. On the day of November 26, 1963 two days after Jack Ruby assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald, as many as 106 telegrams were sent to Jack Ruby at the Dallas police department, and were delivered to Ruby, by M. Johnson.
Click on link below for report....
Before his death, on Nov. 24, 1963 Oswald was arrested for allegedly killing JFK, and Ruby claimed he assassinated Oswald because he loved President Kennedy so much.
Click on link below for report of JFK and Connally allegedly being shot by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Differing Views On JFK's Assassination
After JFK was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 many people had things to say regarding his death.
According to reports, before his assassination, Robert Kennedy, Attorney General and brother of JFK said, 'There's so much bitterness I thought they would get one of us, but Jack after all he'd been through, never worried."
Click on link below for photo of JFK after he was assassinated...
Click on link below for photo of Robert Kennedy, JFK's brother after he was assassinated...
In an effort to convince the world that Cubans were behind JFK's death, the man who had the most to gain by JFK's assassination, President Lyndon B. Johnson, who rode in a limo directly behind JFK's limo when he was assassinated, President Johnson was quoted as saying, "Ill tell you something about Kennedy's murder that will rock you.....Kennedy was trying to get Castro, but Castro got him first."
H.R. "Bob" Halderman, a former President Nixon chief of staff said, "After Kennedy was killed, the CIA launched a fantastic cover-up. Many of the facts about Oswald unavoidably pointed to a Cuban connection. In a chilling parallel to their cover-up at Watergate, the CIA literally erased any connection between Kennedy's assassination and the CIA," according to reports.
Before he passed away, according to reports, President Richard Nixon, a.k.a. Tricky Dick, said, "Why don't we play the game a bit smarter for a change. They pinned the assassination of Kennedy on the right-wing, the Birchers. It was done by a Communist and it was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated. And I respectfully suggest, can't we pin this on one of theirs?"
Oswald Proclaimed His Innocence And Requested An Attorney To Assist Him
Lee Harvey Oswald was fatally wounded by Jack Ruby in the basement of the police department in Dallas at 11:21a.m., on November 24, 1963. But before his assassination by Jack Ruby it was reported that Oswald had a few things to say, while being interrogated by his jailers.
According to reports, Oswald said, "My name is Lee Harvey Oswald. I work at the Texas School Book Depository Building. I lived in Minsk and in Moscow. I worked in a factory. I liked everything over there except the weather. I have a wife and some children. My residence is 1026 North Beckley, Dallas, Tex."
"You have been at my home two or three times talking to my wife. I don't appreciate your coming out there when I was not there. I was never in Mexico City. I have been in Tijuana. Please take the handcuffs from behind me, behind my back."
According to reports, during a press conference on Nov. 22, 1963 it was reported that when Oswald was asked about his black eye, he answered; "A cop hit me." When he was asked about the earlier arraignment, Oswald said, "Well, I was questioned by Judge Johnston. However, I protested at that time that I was not allowed legal representation during that very short and sweet hearing. I really don't know what the situation is about. Nobody has told me anything except that I am accused of murdering a policeman. I know nothing more than that, and I do request someone to come forward to give me legal assistance." When Oswald was asked, "Did you kill the President?" Oswald replied, "No. I have not been charged with that. In fact, nobody has said that to me yet. The first thing I heard about it was when the newspaper reporters in the hall asked me that question. I did not do it. I did not do it. I did not shoot anyone."
Click on the link below for the Dallas arrest report of Oswald for Nov. 22, 1963...
The Only Trial There Was To Go After The Assassins Of JFK
On March 2, 1967 the District Attorney for New Orleans, Jim Garrison, announced the arrest of Clay Shaw, a.k.a. Clay Bertrand, a.k.a. Clem Bertrand, on charges of conspiring to assassinate President John F. Kennedy (JFK). Perry Russo, the same fellow I knew during 1970 when I was a 16 year old teenage runaway, was the star witness for Jim Garrison against Claw Shaw, and eventually Shaw was acquitted by a jury in 1969. The trial occurred before I met Perry in early 1970 before Mardi Gras began, but the Garrison investigation was still going on when I worked for, and resided at Perry's buck a night crash pad ($1) that he called the Youth Rescue League, in New Orleans.
Some believe that the testimony of Perry Russo was discredited. Others such as Jim Garrison and film director Oliver Stone had great faith in Perry's testimony about being with Claw Shaw, David Ferrie and Lee Harvey Oswald for a few discussions on how JFK could be assassinated, shortly before JFK was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
Perry Russo assisted Oliver Stone with the mysterious wonderful film called JFK, and Perry even appeared in it. Perry Russo passed away in 1995, at the age of 54, and I can still vividly remember times back in 1970 when Perry, Gary McDaniels, Bob Shaefer (Indian Bob), and I would go to Buster Holmes restaurant in the French Quarter for some red beans and rice, or a plate of rice and gravy, some french bread and all the water we could drink, for only 30 cents.
I am still deeply troubled by the death of JFK and what occurred in New Orleans while I was there. However, as the years have passed I have done a lot of reading about those that allegedly have been involved in the conspiracy to kill JFK.
Thankfully, I still have many, many fond memories of exciting times while I lived in New Orleans near Bourbon St., in the French Quarter, when I was a young teenage runaway, hanging out on the streets of the city, and along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, and along the shore of Lake Ponchartrane at times.