Rolling Stone, like MTV, should give up their delusion that they have anything relevant to say about music, having changed horses long ago. Rolling Stone is actually mostly a liberal political mag (I know I'm surprising no one, here), and those are about the only articles worth reading.
Recently, they offered up perhaps the most plausible scenario of the machinations behind the JFK assassination. I've always been intrigued by the JFK thing because it was, like 9/11, a pure crimson mushroom-cloud of evil that was so blatant it capsizes the mind if you really dwell on the enormity of the event.
Many players have been under suspicion: the mob, Cuba, a cabal of powerful JFK-haters within the govt. itself, and the man who would get the job were JFK gone. E. Howard Hunt, a slimly government operative on the inside during the time, confessed his understanding of what went down on his deathbed. Short answer: It was all of the above, plus a wrinkle I've not read about before.
E. Howard scribbled the initials "LBJ," standing for Kennedy's ambitious vice president, Lyndon Johnson. Under "LBJ," connected by a line, he wrote the name Cord Meyer. Meyer was a CIA agent whose wife had an affair with JFK; later she was murdered, a case that's never been solved. Next his father connected to Meyer's name the name Bill Harvey, another CIA agent; also connected to Meyer's name was the name David Morales, yet another CIA man and a well-known, particularly vicious black-op specialist. And then his father connected to Morales' name, with a line, the framed words "French Gunman Grassy Knoll."
So there it was, according to E. Howard Hunt. LBJ had Kennedy killed. It had long been speculated upon. But now E. Howard was saying that's the way it was. And that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn't the only shooter in Dallas. There was also, on the grassy knoll, a French gunman, presumably the Corsican Mafia assassin Lucien Sarti, who has figured prominently in other assassination theories.
"By the time he handed me the paper, I was in a state of shock," Saint says. "His whole life, to me and everybody else, he'd always professed to not know anything about any of it. But I knew this had to be the truth. If my dad was going to make anything up, he would have made something up about the Mafia, or Castro, or Khrushchev. He didn't like Johnson. But you don't falsely implicate your own country, for Christ's sake. My father is old-school, a dyed-in-the-wool patriot, and that's the last thing he would do."
Later that week, E. Howard also gave Saint two sheets of paper that contained a fuller narrative. It starts out with LBJ again, connecting him to Cord Meyer, then goes on: "Cord Meyer discusses a plot with [David Atlee] Phillips who brings in Wm. Harvey and Antonio Veciana. He meets with Oswald in Mexico City. . . . Then Veciana meets w/ Frank Sturgis in Miami and enlists David Morales in anticipation of killing JFK there. But LBJ changes itinerary to Dallas, citing personal reasons."
So, JFK boffed Cord Meyer's wife. There always seemed to be a missing piece, because mere political ambition only seemed to be part of the picture. Revenge on the man that made him a cuckold throws in that final spice of verisimilitude.
And, of course, we have the famed gunman on the grassy knoll ID'd.
The print version has some good pics, plus a nice one-page summary of the players.