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Here is an article on Jenis written by Salvador Astucia (a former member of this Forum who created quite a bit of controversy) re Mr. Jenis.

The article was mentioned by Ron in the thread on "30 Watergate Deaths".

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Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo, John Lennon's true assassin(?)

by Salvador Astucia, Dec. 30, 2004

(last updated Jan. 4, 2004)

Newly discovered information about doorman Jose Perdomo suggests he may have been John Lennon's true assassin and Mark David Chapman was merely a patsy who confessed to the crime while under the spell of relentless mind control techniques such as hypnosis, drug abuse, shock treatment, sleep deprivation, and so on. Perdomo was tasked to provide security for Lennon at the rock star's upscale apartment complex, the Dakota, the night of the murder. Records reveal a "Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo" (aliases: "Joaquin Sanjenis" and "Sam Jenis") was an anti-Castro Cuban exile and member of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961, a failed CIA operation to overthrow Fidel Castro.

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(Dec. 30, 2004) New information suggests the man tasked to protect John Lennon, on Dec. 8, 1980, may have in fact been his killer. Jose Perdomo is cited by multiple sources as the doorman on duty at Lennon's residence at the upscale Dakota apartment complex in Manhattan on the night the famous rock star was murdered. The following is a list of information I have collected about an individual named Jose Perdomo (also known as Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo) who sometimes uses the aliases, Joaquin Sanjenis and Sam Jenis:

Jose Perdomo was the doorman at the Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980, the night Lennon was killed.

Jose Perdomo was at the crime scene when the murder occurred.

Jose Perdomo asked accused assassin Mark David Chapman, immediately after the shooting, if he knew what he had just done. Chapman replied that he had just shot John Lennon.

Jose Perdomo told police Chapman was Lennon's assailant. One of the arresting officers, Peter Cullen, did not believe Chapman shot Lennon. Cullen believed the shooter was a handyman at the Dakota, but Perdomo convinced Cullen it was Chapman. Cullen thought Chapman "looked like a guy who worked in a bank."

Jose Perdomo was an anti-Castro Cuban exile. Perdomo and Chapman discussed the Bay of Pigs Invasion and JFK's assassination a few hours before Lennon was killed. This suggests Perdomo was a member of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961, a failed CIA operation to overthrow Fidel Castro.

Cuban Information Archives reveal a "Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo" (aliases: Joaquin Sanjenis, Sam Jenis) was a member of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961.

Joaquin Sanjenis worked closely with convicted Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis (deceased) for about ten years on the CIA's payroll.

Frank Sturgis claimed Joaquin Sanjenis died of natural causes in 1974; however, this was never confirmed by any other source. According to Sturgis, the CIA nurtured Sanjenis's anonymity and his family was not notified of his alleged death until after the funeral. Sanjenis may still be alive.

The following are explanations of the stated eight points and their origins:

Point # 1: Jose Perdomo was the doorman when Lennon was killed. This has been revealed in multiple sources; however, my research indicates that Perdomo's name was not publicly disclosed until over six years after Lennon's murder. (NOTE: If someone knows of an article or book about the murder, published prior to 1987, which mentions Jose Perdomo by name, please feel free to contact me with that information.) Surprisingly, the first stories in the New York Times (Dec. 9 & 10, 1980) failed to mention Perdomo by name, although they mentioned the "doorman" several times. On June 22, 1981, People Magazine published an article about Chapman, written by Jim Gaines. Again, the article mentioned the doorman but failed to identify Perdomo by name. In 1983, a member of the Beatles's management team, Peter Brown, published a book—co-written by Steven Gaines—entitled, The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of The Beatles. Not only did Brown and Gaines fail to identify Perdomo by name, they actually referred to the doorman by the wrong name: Jay Hastings. Hastings was a real person who worked at the Dakota and was on duty when Lennon was killed, but Hastings was not the doorman. Hastings was the desk clerk in the lobby which is different from the doorman. As far as I know, Hastings did not witness the shooting because he was in the lobby at his desk when the shooting occurred, and Lennon was shot outside, but ran inside the lobby and collapsed. Here is Peter Brown's and Steven Gaines' description of the shooting:

When John and Yoko left for the Record Plant at five pm John’s limousine was at the curb, instead of inside the entrance gates of the Dakota, and as he strode to his car, Chapman thrust a copy of the new album, Double Fantasy, into his hands. John obligingly stopped and signed the cover for him, "John Lennon, 1980." Another fan ran up and snapped a picture. Mark Chapman was ecstatic as John and Yoko got into the limousine and rode off. "Did I have my hat on or off?"

Chapman asked excitedly. "I wanted to have it off. Boy, they’ll never believe this back in Hawaii." John and Yoko returned to the Dakota at 10:50 pm in the limousine,

John was carrying the "Walking on Thin Ice" tapes. The tall security gates were still open, but again the limousine pulled to the curb, and John had to walk from the sidewalk. Yoko preceded him into the entranceway. Just as they passed into the dark recesses of the archway, John heard a voice call to him, "Mr. Lennon?"

John turned, myopically peering into the darkness. Five feet away, Mark Chapman was already in combat stance. Before John could speak, Chapman fired five shots into him.

Yoko heard the shots and spun around. At first she didn’t realize John had been hit, because he kept walking toward her. Then he fell to his knees and she saw blood. "I’m shot!" John cried to her as he went down on his face on the floor of the security office.

The Dakota doorman, a burly, bearded, twenty-seven-year-old named Jay Hastings, dashed around from behind the desk to where John lay, blood pouring from his mouth, gaping wounds in his chest. Yoko cradled John's head while Hastings stripped off his blue uniform jacket and placed it over him. John was only semi-conscious, and when he tried to talk, he gurgled and vomited fleshy matter.

While the police were called, Hastings ran outside to search for the gunman, but he didn’t have far to look. Chapman was calmly standing in front of the Dakota, reading from his copy of Catcher in the Rye. He had dropped the gun after the shooting. "Do you know what you just did?" Hastings asked him. "I just shot John Lennon," Chapman said quietly.

(Peter Brown & Steven Gaines, The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of The Beatles, 1983, ISBN 0-07-008159-X, McGraw-Hill, pp. 435-436)

Again, Brown and Gaines not only failed to identify Jose Perdomo as the doorman, they erroneously identified lobby desk clerk Jay Hastings as the doorman.

On February 23, 1987, People Magazine published another article about Chapman entitled, "The Man Who Shot Lennon," by Jim Gaines. Once again, the article mentioned the doorman but failed to identify Perdomo by name. It wasn't until March 2, 1987 that Gaines finally revealed the doorman's name as Jose Perdomo in an article for People entitled, "In the Shadows a Killer Waited." Gaines further described Perdomo as an "anti-Castro Cuban" who discussed with Chapman the Bay of Pigs Invasion and JFK's assassination before the shooting occurred. Here is an excerpt:

When [photographer Paul] Goresh left, Chapman had only the Dakota’s night doorman, Jose Perdomo, to keep him company. Jose was an anti-Castro Cuban, and they talked that night of the Bay of Pigs and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

(James R. Gaines, People Magazine, March 2, 1987, "In the Shadows a Killer Waited," around p 64; article begins on p 50)

In 1989, two years after Gaines revealed Jose Perdomo's name to the public, Fenton Bresler published his renowned book entitled, Who Killed John Lennon?, which suggested Chapman was basically a nice guy, but the CIA had turned him into a programmed killer (aka, Manchurian Candidate) through the use of mind control. As far as I can determine, Bresler was the first person to mention Perdomo's name repeatedly in any book about Lennon's murder.

In 1992, Ray Coleman published a second edition of a biography entitled, Lennon: The Definitive Biography, which merely mentioned the doorman by his first name, Jose. (Ref. p 679)

Based on my research, the public first learned Jose Perdomo's identity from Jim Gaines' article, "In the Shadows a Killer Waited," published on March 2, 1987, in People Magazine. In other words, the public had been unaware of the identity of the mysterious doorman at the Dakota for six years and nearly three months after Lennon's murder. Whether it was done intentionally or not, Jim Gaines' article forced other writers and publishers to come clean and reveal the name of doorman Jose Perdomo to the public, something that was clearly a guarded secret.

Point # 2: Jose Perdomo was at the crime scene when the murder occurred. This was revealed immediately after Lennon's murder, but Perdomo's name was withheld from the public for over six years. The public knew about the doorman, but no one bothered to ask his name, and it was not voluntarily disclosed by the news media or the authorities for over six years.

Point # 3: Jose Perdomo asked Chapman, after Lennon had been shot, if he knew what he had just done. This is an area of considerable confusion or perhaps disinformation. The story was tossed around by several sources for years, but again, Perdomo's name was not released to the public until March 2, 1987 when Jim Gaines wrote an article about Chapman for People Magazine entitled, "In the Shadows a Killer Waited." In 1983, Peter Brown & Steven Gaines erroneously reported—in their book, The Love You Make—that it was Jay Hastings who asked the question, that Hastings was the doorman, something we now know is absolutely incorrect. (See excerpt from The Love You Make by Peter Brown et al in Point # 1.) Even so, Jim Gaines' article did not mention Perdomo asking Chapman if he knew what he had done. As far as I can determine, Fenton Bresler was the first person to specifically identify Jose Perdomo as the doorman who asked Chapman if he knew what he had done, to which Chapman replied, "I just shot John Lennon." (Ref. Bresler, p 230) Again, Perdomo had already been identified as the doorman by Jim Gaines, but it was Bresler who identified Perdomo specifically as the person who asked Chapman if he knew what he had done.

Point # 4: Jose Perdomo told police Chapman had shot Lennon. This assertion was not disclosed until about six years after Lennon's murder when Jim Gaines wrote an article about Chapman for People Magazine, on February 23, 1987, entitled, "The Man Who Shot Lennon." This article, however, did not mention Perdomo by name, it only referred to him as the doorman. It wasn't until the following month, on March 2, 1987, that Gaines finally released the identity of Jose Perdomo as the doorman. Here is an excerpt from "The Man Who Shot Lennon" (Feb. 23, 1987), by Jim Gaines, where Gaines describes how the "doorman" convinced NYPD patrolman Peter Cullen that Chapman was the assailant:

Patrolman Peter Cullen of New York’s 20th precinct was in the first police car to respond to the report of shots fired at the Dakota apartment house at 72nd Street and Central Park West. … His first thought was that the handyman was the shooter. When the doorman indicated it was Chapman, Cullen’s instincts were offended. "He looked like a guy who worked in a bank, an office. Not a loser or anything, just a guy out there trying to earn a living. I remember taking a look at him and saying, ‘Why? What did you do here?’ He really had no answer for it. He did say several times, ‘I’m sorry I gave you guys so much trouble.’ "

(James R. Gaines, People Magazine, Feb. 23, 1987, The Man Who Shot Lennon;" around p 59)

Point # 5: Jose Perdomo was an anti-Castro Cuban exile who discussed with Chapman, shortly before Lennon's murder, the Bay of Pigs Invasion and JFK's assassination. This assertion was made by Jim Gaines in the article entitled ""In the Shadows a Killer Waited," published on March 2, 1987 in People Magazine. (See Point # 1 for excerpt.)

Point # 6: "Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo" (aliases: Joaquin Sanjenis, Sam Jenis) was a member of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961. This was revealed in the Cuban Information Archives website. (See "Sources" below for webpage address.)

Point # 7: Joaquin Sanjenis had worked closely with convicted Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis for about ten years on the CIA's payroll. This was revealed in 1981 by Warren Hinckle and William Turner in a book entitled, The Fish is Red: The Story of the Secret War Against Castro. The relationship between Sanjenis and Sturgis began around 1959 or 1960, according to Hinckle and Turner, when the CIA first began planning the Bay of Pigs Invasion to overthrow Castro. Here is an excerpt from The Fish is Red by Hinckle and Turner:

Sanjenis was an opportunistic little man who managed to punch a CIA meal ticket the rest of his life. When he met [Frank] Sturgis he was filling a bucket of rotten eggs which would become Operation 40—the secret police of the Cuban invasion force. The ultrasecret Operation 40 included some nonpolitical conservative exile businessmen, but its hard core was made up of dice players at the foot of the cross—informers, assassins-for-hire, and mob henchmen whose sworn goal was to make the counterrevolution safe for the comfortable ways of the old Cuba. They were the elite troops of the old guard within the exile movement, who made effective alliance with CIA right-wingers against CIA liberals in order to exclude from power any Cubans who wanted, albeit without Castro, Castro-type reforms from land redistribution to free milk for rural children. Their hero was Manuel Artime, who became the CIA's Golden Boy; their bogeyman was Manuel Ray, a progressive Cuban anticommunist who many observers agreed had the most effective underground in Cuba, but who was tossed aside like an old taco by the invasion planners.

Sanjenis got Sturgis a CIA mail drop and gave him the right phone numbers, and Sturgis agreed to coordinate his own operations with Sanjenis and work on a contract basis on special agency assignments. This working relationship extended for better than the next decade, until Sturgis and several other longtime Sanjenis operatives were caught in Watergate...

Frank Sturgis became one of many commuters to the Secret War. When his unlisted number rang, it was Joaquin Sanjenis, the Operation 40 commander, on the other end with an "If you choose not to accept this mission" type assignment. Sturgis was being used in an intelligence phase of Operation Mongoose [CIA covert operation to overthrow Castro] referred to as study flights. After Sanjenis's call he would drive to the airport, take off in his small plane, and fly a prescribed course that would deliberately penetrate Cuban airspace. Sturgis was a guinea pig to activate the coastal defense system that had just been installed by the Russians. Alerted by the drone of his engines and the blip on their radar screens, the Cubans would talk excitedly over the radio, start up tracking devices, and warm up night-fighting MiGs. The feared quatro boches—four-barreled antiaircraft guns aimed by radar—would point at the inky sky, and rocket crews would fix the intruder's position on target display boards...

(Warren Hinckle & William Turner, The Fish is Red: The Story of the Secret War Against Castro, 1981, Martin & Row Publishers, ISBN 0-06-038003-9, pp. 52-53, 118)

Point # 8: Frank Sturgis claimed Joaquin Sanjenis died of natural causes in 1974; however, this was never confirmed. This assertion was made in 1981 by Warren Hinckle and William Turner in a book entitled, The Fish is Red: The Story of the Secret War Against Castro. Here is an excerpt:

On a June morning in 1972, the week after the Watergate break-in, Joaquin Sanjenis left his modest import-export office in Miami's Cuban barrio and drove down SW Eighth Street to the Anthony Abrams Chevrolet Agency. Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo was a plain man of undifferentiated features, which was in his profession, an asset: He was a professional spy. His personality suited his work in that neither encouraged close personal relationships. His was a lonely life, sweetened by habitual cups of Cuban coffee; he looked forward to his forthcoming retirement, although he would not live long enough to enjoy it. It is testimony to the importance his employers gave to his carefully nurtured anonymity that when he died, of natural causes, in 1974, his family was not notified until after the funeral. Joaquin Sanjenis was, for over ten years, the head of the CIA's supersecret Operation 40 in Miami.

The wear of a decade of living in the shadows showed on the spy's face that morning as he drove into the automobile agency's service entrance. Sanjenis had launched scores of ships and planes on clandestine raids against Cuba and had sent hundreds of men on missions from which there had been no return. He was able to offer only the most mute of patriotic explanations to the bereaved families. There were no official missing-in-action reports in the Secret War against Cuba. It was Joaquin Sanjenis's job to keep his troops, as himself, faceless.

(Warren Hinckle & William Turner, The Fish is Red: The Story of the Secret War Against Castro, 1981, Martin & Row Publishers, ISBN 0-06-038003-9, pp. 307-308)

Whether Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo actually died in 1974, as Hinckle and Turner wrote, is a point worth challenging. What evidence did they present to support this claim? On page 354 of their book, under "Notes and Sources," they gave the following source for their claim that Sanjenis died in 1974: "Authors' interview with Frank Sturgis." How much faith should we place in Frank Sturgis' word, particularly on this critical point? Set aside that Sturgis is a convicted felon (Watergate burglary), as an employee of the CIA, Sturgis had plenty of reason to lie, particularly if Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo is/was the same person who worked as a doorman at the Dakota on the night John Lennon was murdered on December 8, 1980. Hinckle's and Turner's book, The Fish is Red, was published in 1981, in the year after Lennon's murder. Consequently, it makes sense that Sturgis would want to muddy the water a bit. In addition, Hinckle and Turner revealed the importance the CIA placed on Sanjenis's anonymity when they described his alleged death. They wrote: "It is testimony to the importance his employers [the CIA] gave to his carefully nurtured anonymity that when he died, of natural causes, in 1974, his family was not notified until after the funeral." Did Sanjenis really die of natural causes in 1974? There is plenty of reason to believe this claim was disinformation generated by Sturgis at the behest of the CIA. The CIA had every reason to lie in order to continue nurturing Sanjenis's anonymity, particularly after the murder of John Lennon.

Entry wounds on left side of Lennon's body

As I have stated in previous articles, Lennon's death certificate and autopsy report reveal that all four entry wounds were located on the left side of the body; however, Chapman was reportedly standing to Lennon's right and slightly behind him. (See attachment) Who was standing on Lennon's left? None other than professional killer Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo (aliases: Joaquin Sanjenis, Sam Jenis), otherwise known as Jose Perdomo, the doorman. (See attachment) And of course the crime was helped along by using fake witness Sean Strub to lie to reporters immediately after the shooting, creating the illusion that Chapman was guilty. (See attachment)

What about Chapman's confession?

False confessions are a common phenomenon which occur for a variety of reasons. Consequently, Mark David Chapman's confession must be viewed within that context since forensic evidence indicates he is innocent. Because Chapman confessed, he was not given a trial. Instead he was given a sentencing hearing where the judge gave him twenty years to life at Attica State Prison in New York. In 1966 the United States Supreme Court determined, in Miranda vs. Arizona, that police officers must recite Constitutional rights to anyone arrested for a criminal offense. This was done because the high court feared police coercion of suspects. The most notorious case of false confessions in modern times is the Central Park Jogger. In 1989 a woman was raped and severely beaten while jogging in Central Park. Five teenage boys, ranging from 14 to 16 years old, confessed to the crime and were subsequently imprisoned. In 2002 it was discovered that the true rapist was an older man, Matias Reyes, whose DNA matched that which was taken from the crime scene. It appears that Chapman is being treated in a similar manner as the convicted teenagers in the Central Park Jogger case.

Did Nixon order Lennon's murder?

Several writers have insinuated that President Richard M. Nixon sponsored Lennon's murder; however, I am unaware of any author who makes the charge outright. Several authors point to Nixon in a negative light, but no one makes a direct accusation. Examples include Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files, by Jon Weiner; John Lennon and the FBI Files, by Phil Strongman; and Who Killed John Lennon? by Fenton Bresler.

As previously stated, Bresler's book introduced the theory that Chapman might have been a Manchurian Candidate, although Bresler did not specifically blame Nixon for ordering the murder. Wiener's and Strongman's books focus on FBI surveillance of Lennon. They state that Nixon feared Lennon would perform at a political rally which coincided with the 1972 Republican Convention, potentially threatening Nixon's re-election. It is true that the FBI harassed Lennon, and that harassment led to immigration problems which prevented the British-born musician from establishing permanent residence in America for years. What these books generally do not tell readers is that, in a 1980 interview, Lennon flatly denied his intention to perform at an anti-Nixon rally. In the same interview, Lennon said it was Jerry Rubin who planted an erroneous story in the news media stating that he planned to participate in something of that nature (see Footnote). Neither Weiner's or Strongman's books focus on governmental conspiracy regarding Lennon's murder, but they promote the theme that Lennon was harassed by Nixon several years before the singer's death. Casual readers of these books may get the message that Nixon was behind Lennon's murder, but I have found no evidence to support such a theory.

Is there any truth at all to such a hypothesis? The short answer is No, in my opinion. My view of Nixon is closer to that of Len Colodny's and Robert Gettlin's as described in their 1991 book, Silent Coup: The Removal of a President, which argues that Nixon was set up in the Watergate Scandal because of his progressive foreign policy. If we view Nixon in this light, then he was just as much a victim of government harassment as Lennon.

But what about the Frank Sturgis connection? Didn't Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo and Sturgis work together in the CIA during the Bay of Pigs Invasion and several years afterwards? Wasn't Sturgis a convicted Watergate burglar? Doesn't that mean Nixon was involved in Lennon's murder? Again, if we accept the Colodny-Gettlin hypothesis that the Watergate burglary was a means of sabotaging Nixon's presidency, then the Sturgis connection becomes less damaging to Nixon. In other words, it looks like the assassination engineers intentionally selected an assassin—Perdomo—with a direct connection to one of the Watergate burglars—Frank Sturgis—as a way of pinning Lennon's murder on Nixon as a fallback position should the crime begin to unravel. If someone would ever figure out that the doorman was the true assassin, Nixon would become the false sponsor of the crime. But no one ever suspected the doorman, until now, that is.

Reagan, the FBI snitch

Anthony Summers mentioned another troubling point in his book, Official and Confidential, which suggests Ronald Reagan was an active participant in Lennon's murder. Contrary to popular belief that Reagan was a nice guy, Summers portrayed him as a snitch, an FBI informant in the late 1940's, feeding information to J. Edgar Hoover regarding alleged Communist activities in the Screen Actors Guild and other Hollywood organizations. The following is an excerpt from Summers' book:

FBI file 100-382196 contains the lowdown on a minor Hollywood actor—"6'1" tall, weight 175 lbs, blue eyes and brown hair"—named Ronald Reagan. The future president, who was spending as much time on union activity as on acting, was on the board of HICCASP [Hollywood Independent Citizens Committee of Arts, Sciences, and Professions], which the FBI considered a Communist front. His brother Neil, however, was spying on HICCASP meetings for the Bureau, and warned Ronald it would be wise to resign. Instead, Ronald acted as an FBI stool pigeon, too.

Soon he was phoning his brother at midnight from a pay phone at the Nutburger stand on Sunset Boulevard, to pass on information about the latest HICCASP meeting. As the Bureau's Confidential Informant, code number T-10, Reagan took to calling FBI agents to his house under cover of darkness, to tell of "cliques" in the Screen Actors Guild that "follow the Communist Party line." He reeled off the names of the actors and actresses in question and, in an appearance arranged at Edgar's personal suggestion, did so again during a secret appearance before the Un-American Activities Committee.

(Anthony Summers, Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, 1993, p 162)

Keep in mind that Lennon was killed one month after Reagan had been elected for his first term as president. With Reagan's rise to power, America had taken a dramatic turn to right-wing politics with the defeat of Democratic President Jimmy Carter. Reagan would eventually push the largest peacetime defense build-up in US history: the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), more commonly known as "Star Wars," named by its critics after the popular science-fiction movie. SDI/Star Wars proposed building a massive space-based defensive system to protect America against potential nuclear attacks from the Soviet Union. The most prominent advocate of SDI/Star wars was the late Edward Teller, one of the leading physicists who helped develop the atomic bomb, was a primary architect of the Hydrogen bomb, and continued to be an ardent promoter of nuclear weapons in general. When the Soviet Union existed, Teller was an ultra-right-wing Cold Warrior who opposed JFK's 1963 Test Ban Treaty. Teller was also an ardent Zionist.

Lennon was likely unaware of SDI/Star Wars because it wasn't publicly announced until 1983, but it is a safe bet he would have publicly protested the moment he learned of it, just as he successfully led the effort—as a major rock star—to turn public opinion against US involvement in Vietnam War in the late Sixties and early Seventies. So the best thing for the Star Wars crowd was a preemptive strike, kill Lennon before he had a chance to object. (See attachment) By using Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo as Lennon's assassin, a man linked to Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis, seeds had been planted to pin the crime on Nixon if the public ever learned Chapman was a patsy.

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FOOTNOTE:

Lennon described his Immigration problems to David Sheff (Playboy Magazine) in a 1980 interview. Ironically, John placed more blame on leftists like Jerry Rubin than right-wing forces within the United States Government. The following is John's explanation, to David Sheff, of his Immigration problems:

SHEFF: Then what happened with Immigration?

LENNON: Jerry [Rubin] couldn't keep his damn mouth shut, as usual. He was already on the press, blabbing off. Jerry told Rolling Stone there was going to be a San Diego concert with John and Yoko and their friends. Even though we had no plan of going to San Diego, the Right must have been looking and said, "Anyone who seems to be powerful enough to be used by these crazy radicals is dangerous, so therefore, why have them here? They are foreigners. We don't need any more freaks. We got enough of our own."

I understand their feeling precisely. I don't agree with them, but I understand where they are coming from. So anyway, we learned a big lesson from the Left and the Middle and the Right during that period. That was our education in politics.

(David Sheff interview with John & Yoko; All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview With John Lennon and Yoko Ono, pp. 116-117)

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SOURCES:

• Cuban Information Archives reveal a "Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo" (aliases: Joaquin Sanjenis, Sam Jenis) was a member of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961. See the following webpage:

http://cuban-exile.com/doc_026-050/doc0035.html

Cached at:

http://www.jfkmontreal.com/john_lennon/Usenet/Brig2506.pdf

• All other sources are indicated in text.

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Pat had written in the other thread:

I believe Sturgis was reporting to both Barker and a Sanjenis. Same guy? Remember, Sturgis told the Church Committee he'd been approached by the CIA to commit assassinations on U.S. soil. I'd assumed this was Barker. Maybe there's something to this Sanjenis...

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