WHO HAD THE MOST TO GAIN FROM JFK'S DEATH?
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFKASSASSINATION) It has been some time since we've viewed the documentary series, "The Men Who Killed Kennedy*," so today we sat down and looked at a few of the episodes.
*The Men Who Killed Kennedy is a documentary series by Nigel Turner originally produced by Central Television for the ITV network in the U.K.
It aired in October 1988 and later rights to the documentary were bought by A&E.
At one point in the fifth episode, "The Witnesses," the question 'Who had the most to gain from JFK's death?' is posed and answered by Robert Groden**.
Mr. Groden lists 4 groups...
1. Anti-Castro Cubans, "the more militarily inclined of the group," who felt betrayed by JFK at the Bay of Pigs
2. The Mob, who lost their gaming rights in Cuba thanks to Fidel Castro
3. The ultra right wing "who hated everything President Kennedy stood for."
4. CIA hawks who either were fired or were family members of those fired after the Bay of Pigs
**Robert J. Groden was born on November 22, 1945 and became interested in the JFK assassination in 1964. He testified at the 1975 Rockefeller Commission, was a staff photographic consultant for the House Select Committee on Assassinations and was a consultant for Oliver Stone's film, "JFK" in 1991.
Groden's books include "High Treason," 1989 and 1992, "The Killing of a Preisdent," 1993, and "The Search for Lee Harvey Oswald," 1995.
Robert Groden says these groups shared this common goal...
"They wanted JFK out of the way and Cuba to be clear of Fidel Castro and Communists."
Groden also states that an additional motive for these elements of the CIA was JFK's decision to pull forces out of Vietnam.
He says, after all "it was their war. They wanted it."
Texas Senator Ralph Yarborough, who was riding in the motorcade in Dallas with LBJ and Lady Bird, said that if JFK had lived there would not have been a divisive war in Vietnam.
Harold Weisberg***, the so-called "Granddaddy of conspiracy theorists," agrees with Groden concerning the importance of JFK's Vietnam policy in regard to his death.
Mr. Weisberg says that those people "who did not want (the) peace" ...that JFK sought were to blame for his death.
He also adds that after the Warren Report came out in the fall of 1964, the younger generation became disenchanted with their government.
Groden sums it up this way.....
"The fact of an assassination conspiracy is beyond doubt, only the scope is in question."
***Harold Weisberg, born in Philadelphia, was a journalist, OSS analyist and investigator for the Senate Committee on Civil Liberties. His first book on the assassination "Whitewash" was published in 1965. Other books in the series followed. Mr. Weisberg died at his home in Frederick, Maryland in 2002.