The picket fence on the grassy knoll at Dealy Dallas where many believe a second gunman fired on President John F Kennedy fifty years ago today (around 6pm Irish time).
Unable to conduct their own ceremonies on the plaza, as they have done annually since the murder, groups of conspiracy theorists – they prefer to be called “assassination researchers” – are holding conferences at nearby hotels. Officials have told them they will be permitted on to the plaza at 2.30pm.
Earlier this week, city workers re-laid the road surface along Elm Street, removing sections that had been marked by conspiracy theorists with Xs to show the approximate locations where Kennedy was hit.
Co Waterford- based Pulitzer finalist Anthony Summers has revealed the identity of a previously unknown possible marksman in the assassination of JFK in his updated book ‘Not in Your Lifetime: The Assassination of JFK’.
The man – named by Summers as Hermínio Díaz García – was a Cuban, a crack shot and a known political assassin who had already killed some twenty people.
“Today 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. In all that time no one, other than Lee Harvey Oswald, has ever been plausibly named as having perhaps taken part in the assassination. Now, there is reason to suspect that this anti-Castro Cuban freedom fighter fired at President Kennedy.”
Díaz fought alongside the most aggressive anti-Castro exiles and reportedly told his leader Tony Cuesta, head of the group Commandos L, that he personally took part in the President’s assassination.
The fresh information surfaced in an unexpected call to the former chief counsel of the U.S. Congress’ Assassinations Committee, Professor Robert Blakey.
Eighty-one-year old Reinaldo Martínez, himself a Cuban exile living in Miami, said he had information he wished to share before he died.
Professor Blakey, together with Summers flew to Florida, questioned Martinez in depth with Blakey haileing the new information as a “breakthrough of historic importance.”
‘Not In Your Lifetime: The Assassination Of JFK’ by Anthony Summers is published by Headline, priced £9.99