We are approaching the half-century anniversary of the assassination of
John F. Kennedy, in November 2013, and many serious students of that
horrific event still doubt the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee
Harvey Oswald acted alone. Definitive proof remains elusive, but
reasonable speculations abound, and pieces of the puzzle continue to
There is a competing theory about Oswald’s possible allies, also persuasive, also incomplete. Congressional investigations and other analyses of the Mafia suggest — again without proving — that some of its members conspired with Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa to kill John F. Kennedy. There, too, the dots do not connect. Yet. The Mafia did have a conspiracy to kill JFK, an agreement, means and motive. There is credible evidence from some of them and one’s attorney that they set out to kill JFK. What we do not know is whether the act of Lee Harvey Oswald intervened on, or was a result of, that conspiracy. We cannot connect the dots, though the Mafia acted as if it were responsible, books with reliable sources have reported. Hoffa was rid of his nemesis. Carlos Marcello and others despised RFK’s war against the Mafia. Hoffa rewarded Marcello with a big Teamster loan.
The dots do not connect to prove Oswald acted for the Mafia or as Castro’s pawn. Someday, perhaps when Cuban records are opened, those dots might be connected. They get closer as new disclosures evolve.