The Poison Patriarch

The Poison Patriarch

How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK

Book - 2013
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Presents new a assessment of what happened in Dealey Plaza fifty years ago and asks why President Kennedy was murdered in 1963 instead of his Attorney General brother.
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2013]
ISBN: 9781626360600 (hbk.)
162636060X (hbk.)
Branch Call Number: 973.922092 SHA
Characteristics: viii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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This book is one of those 'The Mafia did it' ones; albeit with the difference that Mr. Shaw completely skips the assassination itself, relying instead on hearsay and confessions. And conjecture. Heavy on the conjecture. When Oliver Stone brought out his film JFK, it was easy to notice that he left out Mafia involvement, mentioning just about everybody else. If there were rogue elements in the spy apparatus, Mr. Shaw seems to have overlooked them. Flip to the rear of it, you'll find his references to be troubling ones: Bugliosi, Posner, the 6th floor museum, etc., etc. So, without saying it in the text of his book, he believes that a lone gunman did it, and that gunman was Oswald. But Marcello masterminded the event ( CIAers refer to it as ' the big event.) And Trafficante, Giancana and Hoffa are part of it, also. But the biggest villain is Joe Kennedy, the tres ambitious father. He owed Giancana a big election 1960 favor, and he reneged. You don't renege on the Mob. The other big wigs mentioned, hated little Bobby, with a Sicilian passion. Ever since the McLellan Commission days, they hated Bobby. But there was Robert F. , on Hickory Hill, when his brother's bloody body was being butchered at the military hospital in Maryland. Jackie was in the building, but what could she do? If the wagging of a dog's tail bothers you, shoot it in the head, the tail stops wagging. That was the reasoning of Marcello, after Bobby had exiled him to the jungles of Guatemala, in the middle of the night, bedroom slippers and all. Do you get that I am saying this book is one-sided? It topples. Who really ever liked Joe Kennedy, anyway. The timing of his stroke sucks, obviously. Can he be blamed, for that? If you wish to follow this trail, books by mark north and david scheim are useful adjuncts. More realistically, books by Philip F. Nelson and Roger Stone, point at LBJ and Hoover and Dulles. Remember that guy who was so obsessed with their being a Russian mole in the CIA? According to one book, he was the principal running Oswald, who was being paid by both the FBI, and the CIA.

Nov 04, 2013

Another book conveniently published in the 50th year after the horrendous murder of our last democratic president. (If you think the Clintons and Obama are dems, I've got a bunch of credit derivatives from JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs for you to buy!) Only the CIA's Technical Services Division printed up the Secret Service badges and other identifying documents (made known to us from a FOIA request, they shifted that over to the US Secret Service around 1965 or '66). No, the neighborhood ethnic criminal organizations, represented by the mob(s), weren't all powerful like the super-criminal organizations, the banks run by the Rockefellers, Morgans, Mellons, Harrimans, du Ponts, Cabots, Forbes, Guggenheims, Johnsons (as in Johnson and Johnson, not LBJ, the politician, who had nothing to do with it), and so on. Blaming it on the Mob coveniently buries the story, the real events. (And yes, I'm fully aware, far more than most blithely ignorant Americans, of just what a caliber of criminal mastermind Joseph Kennedy was, probably the architect behind Prohibition, which he profited tremendously from. And how he flunked out of prep school, but somehow scammed his way into a Harvard academic scholarship, and how he was the youngest bank president in history, and so forth.)


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