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This is the report that Anne Buttimer, Chief Investigator for the Assassination Records Review Board, wrote after meeting Gene Wheaton on 11th July, 1995 (dated 12th July, 1995)

Wheaton began by telling me he would only give me limited information over the telephone although he was willing to meet me face to face to provide as much information as he had. He said he had no physical proof of what he would eventually tell the Board; however he said he does have a number of documents which he will need to show me in order for me to believe what he has to say.

By way of providing background on himself Wheaton explained he is a 59 year old retired miliatry intelligence officer. He works as a consultant investigating terrorist attacks around the world and said he expects his telephone will ring in the next few days with an offer to work on the Oklahoma City federal building bombing. He said if this happens he will also probably be called to Washington DC and would meet with me here. If he does not he would still agree to meet with us but would have to do so on the West Coast. He lives in Riverside County, California near Palm Springs.

Wheaton told me that from 1984 to 1987 he spent a lot of time in the Washington DC area and that starting in 1985 he was "recruited into Ollie North's network" by the CIA officer he has information about. He got to know this man and his wife, a "'super grade high level CIA officer" and kept a bedroom in their Virginia home. His friend was a Marine Corps liason in New Orleans and was the CIA contact with Carlos Marcello. He had been responsible for "running people into Cuba before the Bay of Pigs." His friend is now 68 or 69 years of age.

Over the course of a year or a year and one-half his friend told him about his activities with training Cuban insurgency groups. Wheaton said he also got to know many of the Cubans who had been his friend's soldiers/operatives when the Cubans visited in Virginia from their homes in Miami. His friend and the Cubans confirmed to Wheaton they assassinated JFK. Wheaton's friend said he trained the Cubans who pulled the triggers. Wheaton said the street level Cubans felt JFK was a traitor after the Bay of Pigs and wanted to kill him. People "above the Cubans" wanted JFK killed for other reasons.

Wheaton said we must look at his friend and his associates in order to know what really happened to JFK. One of those associates was I. Irving Davidson who was/is "the bag man for the intelligence community." Davidson runs a group called the Timber Center which handles payoffs and payments for the CIA, the NSA and the Pentagon. He is a friend of Jack Anderson's and was indicted with Carlos Marcello in the 1980's on a Teamster's kick-back charge. Davidson is a non-practicing attorney in Washington D.C. He is now about 70 years old.

Wheaton said he would speak to the Board confidentially but would not allow his name to be used publicly because his friend and the friend's associates "said they would destroy me int he media witha blitz of disinformation to destroy my professional reputation. They will make me out to be a conspiracy nut. I'm not afraid of them, I've been a cop too long and besides, they only kill the people on the inner circle. The rest of us end up having our reputations destroyed."

Wheaton concluded by saying "this matter is not complex but it is convoluted. I need to show you the paper trail to show the contacts of these people."

I thought it was worth starting a new thread on Irving Davidson. I have asked around and have been sent some interesting information about Davidson. This includes the following by someone who is not a member of the Forum:

Information on Davidson from John H Davis’s book on Carlos Marcello “Mafia Kingfish”.

Davidson’s business card apparently read “Door Opener and Arranger” which is a good description of what he did.

He was a major lobbyist on Capitol Hill with a long list of illustrious clients including among many others:

The CIA

Trujillo, dictator of Dominican Republic

Duvalier, dictator of Haiti

Somoza, dictator of Nicaragua

Richard Nixon

He also represented the Murchison oil family of Dallas acting as a go between for a payoff to Bobby Baker.

He worked hard on a campaign to free Jimmy Hoffa.

He was known to dine with J Edgar Hoover and worked as a fund raiser for his foundation.

He was very close to Carlos Marcello and is thought to have arranged Marcello’s return to the US on a Dominican military aircraft following his deportation by Bobby Kennedy.

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Namebase entry:

http://www.namebase.org/main2/I-Irving-Davidson.html

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John we are indeed in agreement on some things, e.g. the involvement of Marcello in the assassination.

I do believe Davidson is a person who deserves careful attention.

If I recall correctly, he either had or was claimed to have had connections to deMohrenschildt.

I am not yet prepared to suggest he was involved in the assassination merely because he worked for Marcello but again I think a "thread" on him is most appropriate.

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Quoting John:

His friend and the Cubans confirmed to Wheaton they assassinated JFK. Wheaton's friend said he trained the Cubans who pulled the triggers. (quoting the report of Anne Buttimer the chief investigator of the AARB.)

John, please email me at tim3052405000@yahoo.com. I can sell you a great historic bridge running between Brooklyn and Manhattan at a phenomenal price.

Let me ask you a question, John. Had you killed the Prime Minister of England, d'ya suppose you'd confess, even to a good friend? I mean we've got witnesses being whacked while the assassins are confessing to friends that they did it? I mean, these assassins must have been pretty stupid. Kind of like the bank robber who writes the demand note on the back of an envelope addressed to him.

By the way, do you know if Wheaton ever identified his friends the assassins to anyone ? Did Anne Buttimer ask him who the real killers of JFK were? Maybe he told her and she just forgot to put it in her report?

Isn't it rather clear Ms. Buttimer had as little confidence in this reported confession as I do?

Edited by Tim Gratz

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Quoting John:

His friend and the Cubans confirmed to Wheaton they assassinated JFK. Wheaton's friend said he trained the Cubans who pulled the triggers. (quoting the report of Anne Buttimer the chief investigator of the AARB.)

John, please email me at tim3052405000@yahoo.com. I can sell you a great historic bridge running between Brooklyn and Manhattan at a phenomenal price.

Let me ask you a question, John. Had you killed the Prime Minister of England, d'ya suppose you'd confess, even to a good friend? I mean we've got witnesses being whacked while the assassins are confessing to friends that they did it?

By the way, did Wheaton ever identify his friends the assassins? Or to Anne Buttimer? Isn't it rather clear she had as little confidence in this reported confession as I do?

Tim, I'm also skeptical of Wheaton's story. But if you'd been following this you'd know that the ARRB basically had no idea what to do with his story, and simply ignored it, and was in no position to pass judgement on it one way or the other. And yes, Wheaton did ID the assassins--Jenkins and Quintero--or have you been deliberately ignoring all of John's threads since he got back from Dallas?

The people who've been working on this...now including John, have been able to show that Jenkins was indeed a player in the anti-Castro Cuban crowd, and that Quintero and others were all part of the Mongoose/JMWAVE world. Jenkins was also purported to have had connections with Marcello. To me, it's all a bit too neat of a fit, and I'm not sure that Wheaton didn't see the fit and exaggerated what he'd actually been told. But it's undoubtedly of interest. And yes, killers do talk. Why wouldn't they, when they know that people like you won't believe people like Wheaton no matter what he says?

Edited by Pat Speer

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Well I had read those names but if he named them to Buttimer why did she not put them in her report.

How do we know Wheaton was talking about Jenkins and Quintero here? I don't say this for sure but Wheaton may be a xxxx. And liars change their stories as circumstances change. I noted that the Buttimer report says "the Cubans" plural. Quintero is only one guy. So who were the others?

Pat wrote:

But if you'd been following this you'd know that the ARRB basically had no idea what to do with his story, and simply ignored it, and was in no position to pass judgement on it one way or the other

Gee do you think the staff of the AARD had enough brains to at least pass on the report to one or more of the following entities or persons?

POTUS

The FBI

The Secret Service

The Dallas PD

The Dallas DA

Robert Blakey

Gerald Posner

Even if I didn't believe Wheaton, maybe one of these guys might have.

Pat wrote:

And yes, killers do talk.

There is a name for actual killers who talk, Pat: Inmates.

One last thing: how long did Wheaton know who the killers of JFK were before he decided he'd pass the information along to the AARB?

Edited by Tim Gratz

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Pat wrote:

But if you'd been following this you'd know that the ARRB basically had no idea what to do with his story, and simply ignored it, and was in no position to pass judgement on it one way or the other

Gee do you think the staff of the AARD had enough brains to at least pass on the report to one or more of the following entities or persons?

POTUS

The FBI

The Secret Service

The Dallas PD

The Dallas DA

Robert Blakey

Gerald Posner

I'm not sure if there's any record of the ARRB passing on any "leads" to any of those agencies. They didn't consider themselves an investigatory agency. They put the "leads" into their files, where researchers might someday find them. Kinda like the WC and the HSCA.

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Pat, read the Final Report of the AARB. As I recall, it cited leads that it thought ought to be investigated. I could be wrong but I don't think AARB even included Wheaton's allegations in that report.

One last thought: am I skeptical enough to believe Wheaton's story should not be investigated?

No, I certainly think it ought to be looked at carefully even though logic warns me against it. I do know that Wheaton himself was a major player--I researched that.

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Back to Davidson. I've mentioned this before, but now that he has his own thread, it bears repeating. During the Dominican Crisis, LBJ and Abe Fortas had a discussion about secret negotiations with prospective leaders. This discussion is on tape and is included in one of Michael Beschloss' books. Well, in this discussion, LBJ and Fortas refer to the man making the negotiations as DAVIDSON, and Beschloss explains that this was a code-name for FORTAS! Even more incredibly, he explains that they spoke about Fortas in code in order to deceived LADY BIRD, who was in and out of the room! This sounds to me like a complete CROCK!!

When you put this incident together with the Hugh McDonald incident, whereby Hugh McDonald questioned Davidson about George de Mohrenschildt, and Davidson ran straight to Clyde Tolson and told him to get word to Hoover, then one should be even more suspicious!

Since Mafia Kingfish firmly establishes that Davidson was Marcello's man in DC, as well as Trujillo's, and that Marcello had major investments in the Dominican and Haiti, I don't think it's all that big a stretch to assume that LBJ brought Davidson into the crisis in order to make sure the new leaders of the Dominican would play ball with Marcello. If the LBJ/Hoover/Davidson relationship is more than conjecture, furthermore, one can certainly stretch this into being the possible core of the conspiracy to kill JFK as well.

Here's to hoping that someone fully investigates Davidson. Along with Robert Maheu and Sidney Korshak, he is one of the great shadow boxers of recent history. No one really knows what these men did, but you can bet that if the full details of their lives were revealed, history would need to be re-written.

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Well I had read those names but if he named them to Buttimer why did she not put them in her report.

How do we know Wheaton was talking about Jenkins and Quintero here? I don't say this for sure but Wheaton may be a xxxx. And liars change their stories as circumstances change. I noted that the Buttimer report says "the Cubans" plural. Quintero is only one guy. So who were the others?

You really need to look at all the documents, including those provided about AMWORLD in Lamar Waldron’s book, and the filmed interview that Wheaton gave to William Law to fully understand how the evidence is building to show that Carl Jenkins and Chi Chi Quintero were involved in the assassination of JFK.

The reason that Buttimer did not name Jenkins was because Wheaton asked her not to do this. Jenkins was identified by Wheaton because he sent the ARRB his CV (I have a copy of this CV). This CV clearly identified Jenkins. The other document that is important is the following:

Gene Wheaton, note to the Assassination Records Review Board on National Air notepaper (undated):

Carl (Jenkins) was my (National Air) Washington, D.C. rep. who connected me to Nestor Pino, Bill Bode, Rob Owen, Vaughn Forrest, Chi Chi Quintero, Nestor Sanchez, et al.”

In the filmed interview Wheaton pointed out that it was Carl Jenkins he was talking about. He also added the name of Chi Chi Quintero as being one of the “assassination team”. The other gunmen came from the Operation 40 team.

I can see why you are getting very emotional about this issue. People like Rob Owen are linked very closely to George H. W. Bush. I have also discovered other information that links Bush to this CIA team of assassins that killed JFK (I will be posting this later today under the heading "Ted Shackley and the Secret Team").

Carl Jenkins and Chi Chi Quintero are both alive. They are both aware of my web pages on them (the pages are both ranked number one on most of the search-engines). On these pages I have provided the evidence that I have accumulated against them. Through an intermediary I have sent them a list of questions concerning Gene Wheaton’s allegations. They have responded with “no comment”. I think that says a great deal. Compare it to the way you reacted when it was suggested that you might have been linked to the attempted assassination of George Wallace.

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One last thing: how long did Wheaton know who the killers of JFK were before he decided he'd pass the information along to the AARB?

As I remember, Wheaton had these conversations with Jenkins and Quintero in the mid 80's and waited ten years before he told the ARRB. As John has shown, Wheaton told some of the story to Daniel Sheehan before this time. You should read John's thread on Wheaton and Jenkins. They're quite informative and fill in a lot of the details.

As Stu Wexler pointed out in one of the other threads, it's not entirely clear if Jenkins and Quintero were actually part of the assassination team or whether they merely knew who was. A lot of the info is vague. My personal suspicion is that Jenkins and Quintero were pulling Wheaton's leg. This information is still interesting though because it reveals that Jenkins was part of the whole scene and that he and his old pals considered the Kennedy assassination something to joke about. I suspect there's a few other "Dagger-In-My-Heart" die-hards out there who feel the same way and are glad Kennedy was whacked. I suspect more than a few of them know who pulled the trigger. Maybe some of them are your neighbors.

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An observation and then further information about Davidson.

The observation is that its often actually misleading to speculate without appropriate data. In regard to the ARRB, if you really want to find out how they handled Wheaton's informartion you can go to NARA, go through the files and talk to those involved when you can find them. We have already done that to some extent and I can assure Tim that one obvious reaon that the ARRB never went further with this is that Buttermer never wrote a final report on the subject, she was in the midst of this and other work and left the ARRB before any of it was concluded. In fact I have a rather frustrated memo from her listing many subjects she was investigating (most in New Orleans) where she was getting stonewalled and receiving insufficient help to bring anything to closure. Its a fascinating list and one of the presentations at the Lancer conference was based on only two of the many leads on that list....New Orleans leads. Not long after that memo Buttermer literally left the ARRB and there is no sign that anyone else was ever assigned her projects, all of them seem to simply stop. Although that's hard to tell based on how the files were collected and organized.

Now on Davidson, as background, I have an FBI and a CIA file, both from 1959. As with many people, Davidson seems to have served as an informant to the FBI and CIA...perhaps to buy good will....but more clearly to preserve some distance where he might be protected as an informant. The FBI memo in question even has a footnote that suggests this worked..."Upon receipt of data... we told Miami not to have informant become involved because of his possible arrest by Customs."

This incident involved a request from Howard Davis to purchase 24 .50 cal machine guns for use by a Cuban exile revolutionary group. Davidson offered to act as a go between in obtaining the arms and go to Munitions Control if Davis would write a letter on the subject... Davis would not. However this incident seems to verify that Davidson was known and active in arms sales.

The separate CIA memo notes that Davidson was a registered agent of Nicaragua and was working with Cuban counterrevolutionary leaders in Miami. Davidson was assisting these leaders and was making arrangements for them in Washington. The leaders included Jose Fujol and Francisco Comceiro. The two had helped Diaz Lanz defect.

...based on these its pretty clear that Davidson was engaged in his craft early on with the exile revolutionaries.

-- Larry

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An observation and then further information about Davidson.

The observation is that its often actually misleading to speculate without appropriate data. In regard to the ARRB, if you really want to find out how they handled Wheaton's informartion you can go to NARA, go through the files and talk to those involved when you can find them. We have already done that to some extent and I can assure Tim that one obvious reaon that the ARRB never went further with this is that Buttermer never wrote a final report on the subject, she was in the midst of this and other work and left the ARRB before any of it was concluded. In fact I have a rather frustrated memo from her listing many subjects she was investigating (most in New Orleans) where she was getting stonewalled and receiving insufficient help to bring anything to closure. Its a fascinating list and one of the presentations at the Lancer conference was based on only two of the many leads on that list....New Orleans leads. Not long after that memo Buttermer literally left the ARRB and there is no sign that anyone else was ever assigned her projects, all of them seem to simply stop. Although that's hard to tell based on how the files were collected and organized.

Has anyone tried to speak to Anne Buttimer? As Chief Investigator of the ARRB she was in a position to obtain important information. I wonder if the CIA got her moved.

This incident involved a request from Howard Davis to purchase 24 .50 cal machine guns for use by a Cuban exile revolutionary group. Davidson offered to act as a go between in obtaining the arms and go to Munitions Control if Davis would write a letter on the subject... Davis would not. However this incident seems to verify that Davidson was known and active in arms sales.

Is this Gerry Hemming's mate, Howard K. Davis?

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKdavisH.htm

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John, I have no proof it was the same Howard Davis but it seems pretty likely..

As to Anne, we have failed to locate her up to this point; we were told she left the ARRB to take a particular job opening - public defender I think. Nothing mysterious about her departure as far as we can determine.

If anyone can locate her I'd like to hear from them by email. Wheaton very much wanted to talk to her further and had written the ARRB about her follow-up. He received nothing other than a form letter type reply thanking him for his interest.

-- Larry

An observation and then further information about Davidson.

The observation is that its often actually misleading to speculate without appropriate data. In regard to the ARRB, if you really want to find out how they handled Wheaton's informartion you can go to NARA, go through the files and talk to those involved when you can find them. We have already done that to some extent and I can assure Tim that one obvious reaon that the ARRB never went further with this is that Buttermer never wrote a final report on the subject, she was in the midst of this and other work and left the ARRB before any of it was concluded. In fact I have a rather frustrated memo from her listing many subjects she was investigating (most in New Orleans) where she was getting stonewalled and receiving insufficient help to bring anything to closure. Its a fascinating list and one of the presentations at the Lancer conference was based on only two of the many leads on that list....New Orleans leads. Not long after that memo Buttermer literally left the ARRB and there is no sign that anyone else was ever assigned her projects, all of them seem to simply stop. Although that's hard to tell based on how the files were collected and organized.

Has anyone tried to speak to Anne Buttimer? As Chief Investigator of the ARRB she was in a position to obtain important information. I wonder if the CIA got her moved.

This incident involved a request from Howard Davis to purchase 24 .50 cal machine guns for use by a Cuban exile revolutionary group. Davidson offered to act as a go between in obtaining the arms and go to Munitions Control if Davis would write a letter on the subject... Davis would not. However this incident seems to verify that Davidson was known and active in arms sales.

Is this Gerry Hemming's mate, Howard K. Davis?

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKdavisH.htm

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Information on Davidson from John H Davis’s book on Carlos Marcello “Mafia Kingfish”.

Davidson’s business card apparently read “Door Opener and Arranger” which is a good description of what he did.

He was a major lobbyist on Capitol Hill with a long list of illustrious clients including among many others:

The CIA

Trujillo, dictator of Dominican Republic

Duvalier, dictator of Haiti

Somoza, dictator of Nicaragua

Richard Nixon

He also represented the Murchison oil family of Dallas acting as a go between for a payoff to Bobby Baker.

I also think the identification by Gene Wheaton of Irving Davidson is very important. He provides the link between Jenkins, Marcello, Murchison and Bobby Baker. This could help to explain why LBJ’s did all he could to cover-up the assassination.

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