Bombshells in the new trade paperback of a good JFK assassination book are featured in a new Discovery Channel special, "Did the Mob kill JFK?" produced by NBC. It premieres Sunday, November 22, 2009, on the Discovery Channel (US) at 8pm and again at 11pm. Authors of the book, Legacy of Secrecy, Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, are extensively interviewed in the documentary, which will continue to air in the coming months.
The updated trade paperback’s new information completes the story of how the top secret plan of John and Robert Kennedy to stage a coup against Fidel Castro on December 1, 1963 with the help of Cuban Army Commander Juan Almeida was used by three powerful Mafia bosses to murder JFK.
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Documented from the National Archives for the first time is Watergate burglar Bernard Barker’s decades-long work for the Mafia, even as Barker aided the CIA with the coup plan. This let Barker sell out the coup plan to his mob bosses and help to assassinate JFK in a way that forced top US officials to withhold key information from the Warren Commission and the press, to prevent a nuclear confrontation with Russia.
This legacy of secrecy also allowed two men who confessed their roles in JFK’s murder to be involved in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, in 1968. The trade paperback also contains important new information about the FBI informant who obtained the JFK assassination confession of godfather Carlos Marcello, which the Bureau kept secret for twenty years.
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The rifle fire in Dallas that killed John F. Kennedy didn’t just start a frantic effort to find his assassins. JFK’s murder also launched a flurry of covert actions by officials like Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Helms to hide the fact that, at the time of the assassination, the United States was on the brink of invading Cuba as part of a JFK-authorized coup only ten days away. The plan’s exposure would have cost the life of JFK’s coup leader, Cuban Army Commander Juan Almeida, and could have led to a nuclear confrontation with the Soviets, just a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis. But the cover-ups by these top officials also had the tragic effect of preventing a full investigation of JFK’s assassination, spawning a legacy of secrecy that would impact Presidents, Congress, and U.S. foreign policy for the next forty-five years.
Legacy of Secrecy details the secret attempts of Robert F. Kennedy and his aides to expose his brother’s killers, while protecting Commander Almeida. It shows how RFK continued his war against the Mafia by focusing increased attention on the Mafia bosses behind JFK’s assassination, until his own murder. RFK’s associates continued his quest, almost exposing the truth several times. But like a deadly, high-stakes chess game at the height of the Cold War they were blocked each time by three Mafia chiefs and a handful of CIA operatives. Legacy of Secrecy details each step taken by mob bosses Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante, and Johnny Rosselli to hide their involvement in JFK’s murder, and depicts the tragic results that followed. The long shadow of secrecy surrounding both JFK’s murder and the coup plan set the stage for the murder of Martin Luther King, ultimately driving two Presidents from office, and bringing about the murders of five Congressional witnesses in the mid-1970s.
November 23, 2009