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Gaeton Fonzi, 76, of Satellite Beach, died peacefully on Thursday, August 30 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by Marie, his wife of 55 years, four children (Irene, Guy, Maria, and Christopher) and their spouses (Jeff, Dolly,Victor and Gina), eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Fonzi’s fame as an investigative journalist earned him a place on the Senate and House Committees which investigated the JFK assassination and subsequently resulted in the publication of his book The Last Investigation in 1993 which is highly critical of the Warren Commission Report. His book was considered by many critics as among the best books on the subject and he was recognized as a respected authority on those aspects of the assassination involving anti-Castro Cubans and the intelligence agencies.

Previous to his involvement investigating the assassination, Mr. Fonzi was Senior Editor of Philadelphia Magazine where he wrote over 100 major feature articles and won the magazine’s first national journalism award. During this time, he published Annenberg: a Biography of Power and was featured in Best Magazine Articles 1968.

An honors journalism graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Fonzi served in the US Army Infantry and rose to Captain in a Civil Affairs reserve unit. Upon moving to Miami in 1972, Mr. Fonzi became editor of Miami Magazine and senior editor of its sister publication, Gold Coast. Throughout his career, Mr. Fonzi wrote for New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Penthouse, Avenue Magazine, the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. He won numerous awards including two local Sigma Delta Chi Awards and a National Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Mr. Fonzi was an avid runner who completed numerous races and three marathons. His greatest joy was sailing with loved ones on his Mariah Jones. He has been called the best investigative reporter who ever drew breath, a man whose courage and judgment could be trusted without hesitation. So who could dispute this lifetime Yankee fan’s claim that he was indeed Joe DiMaggio.

Mass to be held at 11am on Tuesday, September 4 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 3050 North Hwy A1A, Indialantic, Florida. Luncheon reception at 1:00 p.m., at City Tropics Bistro, 249 Fifth Avenue, Indialantic, Fla. (321) 723-1300.

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Jim,

Can you post some of your Schweiker interview?

I agree that Fonzi is a great investigator and writer, the only problem I have is his failure to interview his primary subject, David Atlee Phillips, who when I talked with him on the phone, told me that he was working right down the hall from Fonzi at the Washingtonian Magazine when that cover-story feature article came out.

Even though I agree with Fonzi about what he says and thinks about Phillips, I think that DAP should have been given the opportunity to answer some questions before being hammered.

BK

.... Hi Bill.... Many years ago I contacted Mr. Fonzi for the first time to then provide the online transcript of his 1980 Washingtonian article's original manuscript (that manuscript led to his followup writing of his excellent book, "The Last Investigation"). I posted the transcript of his manuscript via the now-defunct AOL FTP service. I just checked the WayBack archives, and that transcript is still available for everyone for saving (complete with Gaeton's original spelling and grammar mistakes in his manuscript)....

http://web.archive.org/web/20050209021259/members.aol.com/DRoberdeau/JFK/LASTinvestigation.html

His 1966 article, "The Warren Commission, The Truth, and Arlen Specter" that was published in the Greater Philadelphia Magazine, is available on LooN Rahn's site, here....

http://karws.gso.uri.edu/JFK/the_critics/Fonzi/WC_Truth_Specter/WC_Truth_Specter.html

I had the honor a few times (not enough!) of sharing some of his thoughts and sharing my thoughts about the elimination of President Kennedy. (and suggested to Gaeton, once, in the late 1990's or early 2000's that he write another book) I have always thought that he was among a couple dozen or so of the researchers that we should definitely be putting in front of the public as often as possible. With his passing on, we all need to step up more.

Rest in peace, Sir.

Best Regards in Research,

++Don

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The Last Investigation is an excellent book and essential reading.

I believe that Gaeton Fonzi and his streetwise team did the most important work of all of the 1970's Congressional committees, in terms of shedding light on intelligence activities.

Two chapters in his book are titled "On the Trail of the Shadow Warrior" and "Confessions of a Hometown Hero".

They are about CIA covert operator David Sanchez Morales, aka El Indio, who admitted involvement in the JFK assassination to two close friends in a drunken, unguarded moment.**

From post-WWII until at least the mid-1970's, Morales was the Agency's go-to guy for dangerous and unpleasant work.

In addition, he had nearly unchecked authority within the CIA; the ability to conduct off-the-books operations; and access to networks of outside assets far beyond the oversight of officialdom.

Fonzi had just begun to sniff out El Indio's trail when Morales up and died, shortly before he was to be called to testify.

David Atlee Phillips helped conceal El Indio's whereabouts and importance when Fonzi asked Phillips about Morales in an interview.

As well, Fonzi put in a lot of work investigating Phillips's connections to the shadowy entity known as Mr. Bishop.

The relentless and dogged passion with which Gaeton Fonzi pursued the truth in his endeavors is a fine example for us all, and a lasting contribution to history.

-- Steve

** Jim Garrison received a tip about an "Indio" who was involved as well, from an anonymous source in 1967, if I recall correctly. Does anyone have more detail?

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The Last Investigation is an excellent book and essential reading.

I believe that Gaeton Fonzi and his streetwise team did the most important work of all of the 1970's Congressional committees, in terms of shedding light on intelligence activities.

Two chapters in his book are titled "On the Trail of the Shadow Warrior" and "Confessions of a Hometown Hero".

They are about CIA covert operator David Sanchez Morales, aka El Indio, who admitted involvement in the JFK assassination to two close friends in a drunken, unguarded moment.**

From post-WWII until at least the mid-1970's, Morales was the Agency's go-to guy for dangerous and unpleasant work.

In addition, he had nearly unchecked authority within the CIA; the ability to conduct off-the-books operations; and access to networks of outside assets far beyond the oversight of officialdom.

Fonzi had just begun to sniff out El Indio's trail when Morales up and died, shortly before he was to be called to testify.

David Atlee Phillips helped conceal El Indio's whereabouts and importance when Fonzi asked Phillips about Morales in an interview.

As well, Fonzi put in a lot of work investigating Phillips's connections to the shadowy entity known as Mr. Bishop.

The relentless and dogged passion with which Gaeton Fonzi pursued the truth in his endeavors is a fine example for us all, and a lasting contribution to history.

-- Steve

** Jim Garrison received a tip about an "Indio" who was involved as well, from an anonymous source in 1967, if I recall correctly. Does anyone have more detail?

It's always good to read a Steve Rosen Post.

The New York Times published their Gaeton Fonzi obituary today: http://www.nytimes.c...assination.html

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The New York Times published their Gaeton Fonzi obituary today: http://www.nytimes.c...assination.html

One of the fairest articles that has appeared in the New York Times on the JFK Assassination. Clearly, Paul Vitello has spoken to Jeff Morley before writing the obituary.

FWIW: I'm a subscriber to the New York TImes, and the 9/11/12 edition, as delivered at the door early this AM, did not contain the Fonzi obit. (Perhaps it will appear tomorrow?) Anyway, I'm starting to wonder whether the on-line version of the NY Times differs considerably from the home delivered edition.

DSL

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It's always good to read a Steve Rosen Post.

The New York Times published their Gaeton Fonzi obituary today: http://www.nytimes.c...assination.html

Mike, thanks for the kind words. I feel the same way when I see your name in the Ed Forum. Much appreciated for the New York Times link.

John Simkin and Jim DiEugenio are on the money: That obituary was very nicely done and a fitting tribute.

David Lifton, thank you for letting us know the obituary was not in the 9-11-12 edition. Please keep us posted.

I believe Jefferson Morley's article on George Joannides files from 2009 was not in the West Coast edition of the Times. The linked article says that a version it appeared in the New York edition. Interesting.

See: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/17/us/17inquire.html?pagewanted=all

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Jim, can you shed any light on the "Indio" tip that Jim Garrison received? Thank you in advance.

-- Steve

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Yes, there was a guy nicknamed that who surfaced in the Garrison investigation.

Mellen mentions him in her book.

Garrison did a kind of search for him through photos.

But he never actually found him so we don't know if it was a match for Morales.

Excellent, thank you, Jim. Looking forward to the updated Destiny Betrayed.

It certainly is a curious nickname, especially for the anti-Castro types that Jim Garrison was investigating. It doesn't reflect a Cuban background.

When you throw in the fact that Bernardo De Torres was cheerfully assisting Garrison, things get even murkier.

It would be most interesting to figure out who tipped off Garrison's team to "Indio".

-- Steve

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Yes, there was a guy nicknamed that who surfaced in the Garrison investigation.

Mellen mentions him in her book.

Garrison did a kind of search for him through photos.

But he never actually found him so we don't know if it was a match for Morales.

Excellent, thank you, Jim. Looking forward to the updated Destiny Betrayed.

It certainly is a curious nickname, especially for the anti-Castro types that Jim Garrison was investigating. It doesn't reflect a Cuban background.

When you throw in the fact that Bernardo De Torres was cheerfully assisting Garrison, things get even murkier.

It would be most interesting to figure out who tipped off Garrison's team to "Indio".

-- Steve

According to Joan Mellen it was an anonymous letter mailed from Miami: http://books.google....n indio&f=false

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