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Wim Dankbaar

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September 2008,


Here you have a video link to a brand new, full fledged documentary of 2 hours that presents the most powerful (yet unknown) evidence you have ever seen for the plot to kill John F. Kennedy. JFK was one of the most loved presidents in history, representing hope for freedom and democracy. The man telling the story, Chauncey Marvin Holt, is dead now and was a self admitted career criminal. But in some ways, at least in my view, he was also a good man. For having a conscience and for sharing his story. He knew he was going to die shortly. In fact he died 8 days after this recording. This was the last thing he wanted to do. For YOU and your children.

Just one of the startling revelations in this film, is that the cuban exile militants, Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles, who are now being protected by the Bush administration (just google their names), were on Dealey Plaza when Kennedy was killed. You will further learn how Government Agencies and Organized Crime worked together.

I have decided to make it available free of charge on Google video. If you value the information, you may spread it far and wide.

Sincerely yours,

Wim Dankbaar

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Chauncey Marvin Holt

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Chauncey Marvin Holt was a pilot, an accountant, an artist and a mafia associate who claimed to have also been a contract operative for the Central Intelligence Agency. He was born in Kentucky on 23rd October, 1921 and died on June 26, 1997. He worked for mafia bosses Meyer Lansky and Peter Licavoli. In 1953 he was put to work by Lansky as an accountant for the International Rescue Committee, which according to Holt was a proprietary interest of the CIA. In 1955 he was involved as a covert operative in the CIA staged coup that overthrew the government of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala.

Chauncey Holt continued his association with the CIA during the 1960s and 1970s. He played a role in covert operations in, Brazil, Laos and Chile. At the same time Holt maintained his close friendship and business interests with Mafia boss Peter Licavoli until the mobster's death in 1984. Holt also continued to be deeply involved with attorney Frank Belcher Sr. with whom he maintained a joint banking account at the Bank of America office in Burbank, CA. Many of Holt's CIA contract agent "projects" were funded and funneled through this special account.

In 1975, The CIA began to purge rogue contract agent, aka "cowboys" from its employ. Some were forced into retirement, while others like Chauncey Holt, ended up in prison. On January 2, 1976, Holt had written a letter to his old CIA ally, William King Harvey, apprising him of his recent indictment by a federal grand jury. Harvey responded by saying he could only offer "token assistance". Harvey did offer to send Chauncey some CIA documents that were about to be declassified. These records proved Holt worked for the Clandestine Operations Division of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In 1977, Holt was convicted of mail fraud and sent to Terminal Island, a federal prison. Prior to sentencing, he was offered a place in the Witness Protection Program and early release from prison by the Organized Crime Task Force for his testimony against Meyer Lansky and Licavoli. He refused to cooperate with them.

Representatives of the CIA promised Holt preferential treatment in prison and a "payoff" if he agreed to keep silent about his activities on behalf of the Agency. He kept his word, until the principals died.

Holt died from cancer on June 28, 1997, eight days after completing a film about his life story. [1]



1 Claims of involvement in JFK assassination

2 1991 interview with Chauncey Holt

3 Controversy over Holt's claims

4 Forensic expert Lois Gibson

5 Film Spooks, Hoods and The Hidden Elite

6 Notes

7 References

[edit] Claims of involvement in JFK assassination

Chauncey Holt is best known for his confession of involvement in the JFK assassination. He testified that he drove to Dallas with mob hitmen Charles Nicoletti and Leo Moceri to Dallas from the Grace Ranch in Arizona. The Grace Ranch was owned by Peter Licavoli, allegedly serving as a base for CIA operations, drugs and gun smuggling. Holt was also carrying forged secret service badges and lapel pins to Dallas, on orders of his CIA contact Philip Twombly. Holt delivered the lapel pins and badges to anti Castro cuban exile Homer Echevarria. He also delivered handguns and ID's to Charles Harrelson on the parking lot of Dealey Plaza behind the grassy knoll. Harrelson was a convicted hitman, who died in 2007 while serving a prison sentence for the murder of judge Woods in 1979. He was also the father of actor Woody Harrelson.

After the assassination Holt, Harrelson and Rogers were apprehended from a boxcar in the railroad yard and detained by the Dallas Police. They were released the same afternoon. While they were escorted over Dealey Plaza, seven pictures were taken by press photographers. These pictures became known in history as "the three tramps". Holt relates that during the Warren Commission, he and other CIA operatives involved in the Kennedy assassination, stayed in a luxurous CIA safehouse in Acapulco, owned by attorneys Frank Belcher and Joseph Ball. Joseph Ball served as senior counsel on the Warren Commission .

[edit] 1991 interview with Chauncey Holt

Chauncey Holt first came forward with his story in 1991 and was by JFK researchers John Craig, Phillip Rogers and Gary Shaw for Newsweek magazine (19th October, 1991). Newsweek published its article on december 23, 1991. [2] Also, a number of local news channels in San Diego and Dallas did reports on Holt's story. [3] The 3 hour interview itself was never published at the time, however, a transcript of the interview was later published on the website of Dutch JFK assassination researcher Wim Dankbaar. [4] Chauncey Holt himself submitted to the San Diego Union Tribune a critical reaction on their review of the book "Case Closed" by Gerald Posner, who advocates that Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy. Holt predicted that his comments would not be published by the newspaper, as in his view it was always firmly defending the Warren Commission's conclusion. He wrote:

“I would not be responding to you personally if I felt that there was the slightest possibility that the [san Diego] Union Tribune would print any excerpts of my response. The paper has always demonstrated a definite bias in favor of those who opposed the conspiracy theory. Recently, it printed a lengthy column by our old friend, David Belin. Not one letter from readers, who disagreed with Belin, was printed in the “Readers Write” section. I wrote what I felt was a persuasive letter in opposition but it was never printed.”

(full letter here http://www.assassinationresearch.com/v3n2/v3n2holt.pdf])

Indeed, the letter was never published by the San Diego Tribune, but assassination researcher James Fetzer recently made it available on his website. [5]

[edit] Controversy over Holt's claims

Holt's story was undermined in 1992 when the Dallas Police Department revealed that the three tramps were Gus Abrams, John F. Gedney and Harold Doyle. Ray and Mary LaFontaine carried out their own research into this claim. They traced Doyle and Gedney who confirmed they were two of the tramps. Gus Abrams was dead but his sister identified him as the third tramp in the photograph. Assassination researcher and Warren Commission apologist John McAdams reported the findings of this research on his website. [6] Other researchers like James Fetzer, Lois Gibson and Wim Dankbaar point to the inconsistencies in this research and even suggest it was a deliberate attempt to discredit the story of Holt. Wim Dankbaar stated:

I could believe that Doyle, Gedney and Abrams were picked up from a train and taken into custody. So in that regard they may well have been telling the truth. I just don't believe they are the men in the tramp photographs. As Chauncey said, several individuals were picked up that day from the railroad yard.

The shadows in the photographs indicate a time later around 2:30 PM or later. The shadows have moved two hours compared with the time of the shooting. This is consistent with Holt, who said they were hiding in the boxcar for 2 hours before they were found. It is not consistent with what Doyle and Gedney were telling. In the photographs you can also see that the crowds of people are gone, which also indicating All the documents and statements (also from the arresting officers) say that the arrests occured very shortly after the assassination, within an hour, well before 1:30 PM. Read the interviews with the arresting officers. [7]

The sun and shadows don't lie. It's just the law of the earth's rotation.

Also, Doyle and the others said that they were picked up from an open flatbed coal car, known as a gondola, not a boxcar. This is in their FBI statements. [8]

The man that is supposedly Harold Doyle looks to be much older than 32. This is also more consistent with what Holt is telling. Charles Rogers, aka Richard Montoya was 43 at the time. Two good aquaintances of Rogers identified him immediately from those photographs. One was an ex girlfriend that he dated, the other was the owner of the Houston ice-skating rink where Rogers frequently used the pay-phone.

[edit] Forensic expert Lois Gibson

Lois Gibson works for the Houston Police Department and is one the most respected forensic facial experts in the world. She was recently awarded with a notation in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest crime solving rate based on composite sketches. Lois Gibson has made a comparison study of the "three tramps", photographed in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. She concluded that the three men were Chauncey Holt, Charles Harrelson and Charles Rogers. The video presentation of her analysis can be found on the Internet.

[edit] Film Spooks, Hoods and The Hidden Elite

Wim Dankbaar of Holland - a longtime JFK assassination researcher - announced in september 2008 that he made available a video documentaryon Holt's life to view online free of charge. Dankbaar acquired the documentary in 2007 although it was made in 1997. The production contains the life story of Chauncey Holt and was titled by Holt: Spooks, Hoods and The Hidden Elite.

It was for years locked in litigation over the ownership rights (between the producers and the heirs of Holt who died shortly thereafter) which was eventually concluded in favour of the producers, from whom Dankbaar purchased it. Since the movie is eleven years overdue, Dankbaar commented: "It is time to share the story with the American public, as was the wish of Chauncey Holt himself, who died 8 days after its completion. This is not another conspiracy theory, it's just the confession of a man who claims involvement and knowledge about the JFK assassination. I leave the judgement of his credibility up to the viewer of his testimony."

The synopsis of the film reads as follows:

Spooks, Hoods and the Hidden Elite is the video memoir of CIA contract agent and underworld figure Chauncey Marvin Holt as he operated in the twilight world of bootlegging, bookmaking, gun running, money laundering, espionage and assassinations, using secret identities, serving many masters. Holt's amazing story chronicles his participation in Top Secret "black operations" conducted during the Cold War, and reveals his clandestine role in the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Early in his criminal career, Holt connected with Meyer Lansky, chairman of the board of organized crime, and Peter Licavoli, a ruling "Don" of Detroit's Mafia family. His versatility earned him Lansky's praise as a renaissance man of crime. In 1953, Holt was loaned by the Mob to a "proprietary interest" of the newly-founded Central Intelligence Agency. At the same time, he continued his close association with top echelon "hoods" of organized crime.

Holt's skills as a pilot, munitions expert and accounting whiz made him invaluable to both the Mob and the CIA. For nearly 25 years, the CIA utilized his talents in some of their most important "black ops" in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Laos and Chile. During his tenure running front companies for The Agency, Holt worked closely with many legendary CIA "spooks" and fellow "cowboys" (independent contract agents who carried out field operations away from CIA headquarters).

As a money manager and fine art connoisseur, Holt was affiliated with some of the most influential members of the "hidden elite." In Spooks, Hoods and the Hidden Elite, he unmasks their identities - including a senior counsel to the Warren Commission - and exposes the long-standing incestuous relationship between Intelligence, Organized Crime and a shadowy group of elites.

In this video interview - made one week before his death - Holt provides a chilling account of why the Secret Government's preparations for the coup d'état of November 22, 1963 were well underway by April of 1963. He explains why he and a team of CIA operatives were in Dealey Plaza, and the truth behind the mysterious "three tramps" picked up behind the Grassy Knoll after the assassination. Holt also describes his firsthand knowledge of the special relationship between Oswald and the intelligence community in the months preceding the assassination of JFK.

Spooks, Hoods and the Hidden Elite presents persuasive evidence of the existence of a powerful, interlocked cabal that orchestrated the removal of a president with frightening resolve. Most importantly, this video reveals the footprints of a renegade covert network, a Secret Government, that has exerted untold influence over U.S. policy from World War II until today...

[edit] Notes

^ Source: Epilogue of "Spooks, Hoods & The Hidden Elite"

^ Video fragment of 1991 interview with Chauncey Holt

^ News report on Holt's story

^ Partial transcript of 1991 interview

^ Chauncey Holt's letter to the San Diego Tribune

^ Article on the three tramps by John Mcadams

^ FBI Document on arresting officer

^ FBI interview with Harold Doyle

[edit] References

Video fragment of 1991 interview

Partial transcript of 1991 interview

"Spooks, Hoods & The Hidden Elite" on Google video

Texas Fox News Channel 4 report on Chauncey Holt

Texas Fox News Channel 4 report on the "three tramps"

Presentation of Lois Gibson on Google video

Transcript and slides of Lois Gibson presentation

Chauncey Holt's letter to the San Diego Tribune

Biography of Chauncey Holt

Newsweek article on Chauncey Holt

Article by John Mcadams, disputing Holt's confession

A web page with documents about the Three Tramps

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chauncey_Marvin_Holt"

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From: Wim Dankbaar

To: Dave Perry

Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 6:37 PM

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Maybe you also want to give it try to post Chauncey's story and demolish it on your website?

You can use this link:


Best regards,

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The CIA meets the mob

Operation Mongoose was an ill conceived operation, an operation between

organized crime and the CIA to actually simply kill Castro, and they had

some various memo's, as a matter of fact I have a few memo's how I ended

up, how they were talking about what they were going to do and so forth...

VO: Here are some of the memo's Chauncey refers to (picture of memo's).

These men participated in a meeting held at a small airport between Palm

Springs and Indio California, the name: Bermuda Dunes.

That meeting......Peter Licavoli and I flew in from Arizona. Sam

Giancana and Johnny Roselli came in from Chicago (pictures of Giancana and

Roselli). William King Harvey came in from Langley. William King Harvey was a

legend in the CIA. He was the only member, he was the only CIA-member

there, but of course he was the one that was laying out the plans.

VO: Who was William King Harvey? (picture of William King Harvey)

Chauncey was well aware of his involvement in other CIA operations.

William King Harvey was the head of Taskforce W. That has been

renamed, originally, that was a part of ZR/Rifle, an Operation called ZR/Rifle, ZR/Rifle was nothing more than an assasination group, that went around the world assasinating people, and

Harvey happened to be the head of ZR-Rifle.

VO: On December 14th 1961 top echelon leaders of the CIA and the mafia

met at Bermuda Dunes airport in Palm Springs to discuss groundrules for

operation Mongoose (picture memo's). Chaunceys memo's of that meeting

show an executive action was planned, executive action means

assasination. The target: The Beard, Castro. The ground rules: CIA only,

maximum security, non attributability, plausible denial, need to know

basis. Harvey set the tone of the meeting at the Bermuda Dunes airport.

They were going to eliminate the Beard and how was going to be done and

just starting as to what personel they were going to hire.

First of all they were trying to decide what cryptonym they were

going to use, because they had decided that they would assign a cryptonym

to end up in the official CIA-files. AM, normally, operations involving Cuba had an AM-start to their cryptonym. So well, we don't wanna use AM, all we anted to do is to start looking down the vest, and MO was some cryptonym for some secure place way out in the Pacific somewhere. So everyone says: Hey, why don't we use the MO and so I said “Well, what (word) is going to go with, what goes with MO, so that it flows, you know? And somebody said: Hey, how about Mongoose? You know, the Mongoose never looses, you know, so that's a good one, you know? So everybody said, everybody agreed: Hey, we call it Operation Mongoose.

VO: (picture of William King Harvey) It is also decided any further

discussions about operation Mongoose would be face to face, nothing in

writing. The CIA's William King Harvey was clearly in charge.

It was a very short meeting because of the fact that, 20 minutes to an hour, it didn't take very long, I mean, he layed it out in precise terms, but these these guys wanted to get out, you know, and take off and uh.....guys like Giancana and Roselli, they were reluctant to get together, and Licavoli too, these high-ranking mobsters

don't like to meet with each other and they rarely do that, so we kept it

short and sweet and that was it.

VO: (picture of CIA-memo) an August 14th 1962 inter office CIA-memo from

William King Harvey to the Director of Clandestine Operations says in part:

Our contract agents in Miami and in Los Angeles have been assured by me

that no reference to this operation appears in our central files.

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