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I'm looking into the pre-Castro Cuban activities of French gangster Michel Mertz. I read somewhere that he may have been related to Paul Mondolini, another drug trafficker who was tight with Santo Trafficante Jr.

Has anyone ever heard of this? Thanks.

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I'm looking into the pre-Castro Cuban activities of French gangster Michel Mertz. I read somewhere that he may have been related to Paul Mondolini, another drug trafficker who was tight with Santo Trafficante Jr.

Has anyone ever heard of this? Thanks.

Not much to go by...I wonder if this couldn't have been an error in translation.

http://somesecretsforyou.blogspot.com/2006...ou_archive.html

PHOTO GALLERY 2 FROM

DE DALLAS A MONTREAL

(Click on pictures to see bigger photos)

On October 10 1963, US Customs Agents at Laredo, Texas arrested Lucien Rivard’s courrier and make the second most important seizure of narcotics of the time. The heroin was coming from Mexico and was furnished by Paul Mondolini, a Santos Trafficante associate and a relation of French agent Michel-Victor Mertz that was expelled from Dallas the day after John F. Kennedy assassination.

Eight months later, in June 1964, after Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy gave order to start extradition process against them, Lucien Rivard and his accomplices Julien Gagnon, Raymond Jones and Charles-Emile Groleau were arrested in Canada.

This is interesting - but not related to your question - sorry. I had never seen it before.

http://www.tomifobia.com/hubbub.html

Singing for their supper

The hubbub over Quebec stars Ginette Reno and Jean-Pierre Ferland singing at the August 5 wedding reception hosted for Maurice "Mom" Boucher, head of the "elite" Nomad unit of the Hell's Angels, provided a little diversion during a particularly dreary summer, news-wise.

The incident provoked a ripple of reproving commentary on the relationship between organized crime gangs and people in law-abiding society. Certain stories resurfaced, such as aging crooner Claude Blanchard's Sinatra-like coziness with the Cotroni crime clan -- "more than just friends, they're like brothers" -- even visiting godfather Frank in prison.

Rock singer Marjo was criticized a few years back for performing at a show intended to raise money for the legal defence of Hell's Angels accused of murdering six wayward members at their Lennoxville clubhouse in 1985 and dumping the bodies in the St. Lawrence River.

As questionable as all this mixing between civilians and criminals in Quebec may be, it's still pretty tame compared to a mom of a scandal that rocked the shaky Liberal government of Lester Pearson in 1963.

Lucien Rivard was a Montreal hood who worked his way up the ranks to become a drug-ring operator for Paul Mondolini, one of the major capos in the city. At one point in his career Rivard ran a casino in Cuba for Mondolini before Castro came to power, and there are stories he ran a few guns to the island for the Cotronis.

Rivard and Mondolini, according to one account, were associated with Santos Trafficante, the powerful mobster alleged to be involved with the CIA in plotting to get rid of Castro. This also brings up the possible connection between Rivard's friends and one Lee Harvey Oswald.

Anyway, let's just say Rivard knew a lot of things that certain people would have preferred to keep secret. So, when a Montreal couple was busted in October, 1963, at the Texas border trying to smuggle heroin out of Mexico, alarm bells went off in mob circles when they fingered Rivard as their handler.

Rivard was arrested in June, 1964, in Montreal by Canadian police and parked in Bordeaux jail awaiting extradition to the U.S.

The Americans hired young lawyer Pierre Lamontagne to handle Rivard's extradition. Meantime, a Montreal crook connected to Rivard paid a visit to a small-time Liberal party operative who in turn called on a senior aide in a federal cabinet minister's office. That aide, $20,000 in hand, summoned old friend and fellow Liberal Lamontagne to Ottawa, where he asked the lawyer to take the money and get bail for Rivard.

Lamontagne brusquely refused the bribe which was smart since he really had no authority to seek bail for the mobster.

When word got out Lamontagne had rebuffed the pay-off, he began getting calls from other Liberals, including an aide to justice minister Guy Favreau, and Guy Rouleau, an MP and prime minister Pearson's parliamentary secretary.

Lamontagne, spooked by all the menacing pressure, spilled the beans to the RCMP who filed a report to Favreau. Instead of taking action immediately Favreau sat on the report and relayed a vague verbal account to Pearson while on board a flight to a first ministers' conference.

While Favreau was dithering, an explosion was brewing. Tory Opposition pit bull Erik Nielson had found out about the Rivard bribe bid, from an aide to a Tory senator - one Lowell Murray, of Mulroney and Meech Lake fame. Nielson teamed up with a journalist to flesh out the facts and indeed found a Pierre Lamontagne more than willing to tell the story, even though it would sink a lot of Liberal friends.

And sink friends it did. When Nielson broke the scandal in the Commons in November, 1964, it caught the Liberals off guard, even though Nielson claims he gave Favreau a chance to act on the allegations before he blew the whistle.

In the end Favreau was shuffled out of justice but was clearly broken by the scandal, and Pearson was forced to confess he had heard about the Rivard matter but had "forgotten" Favreau's conversation with him. The government called a judicial inquiry in which Judge Frederic Dorion basically condemned all those involved in the affair, some of whom went to jail.

And Rivard, "tired of waiting for bail" as Judge Dorion quipped, escaped from Bordeaux. A jail guard had allowed him to take a hose to water the prison rink, even though it was a balmy March night. He was later caught and convicted and served nine years in the U.S. before being deported to Canada.

Kind of makes belting out My Way at a Mafia wedding seem rinky-dink, doesn't it?

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I'm looking into the pre-Castro Cuban activities of French gangster Michel Mertz. I read somewhere that he may have been related to Paul Mondolini, another drug trafficker who was tight with Santo Trafficante Jr.

Has anyone ever heard of this? Thanks.

Scott,

I remember reading in a mid 1960's 'True Magazine' that they were related but there was nothing to back it up. Interesting indeed.

James

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Scott,

I'm looking into the pre-Castro Cuban activities of French gangster Michel Mertz. I read somewhere that he may have been related to Paul Mondolini, another drug trafficker who was tight with Santo Trafficante Jr.

Has anyone ever heard of this? Thanks.

In his Blog, "I Have Some Scerets For You," Maurice Philipps writes:

I HAVE SOME SECRETS FOR YOU

By Maurice Philipps

http://somesecretsforyou.blogspot.com/

PHOTO GALLERY 2 FROM

DE DALLAS A MONTREAL

(Click on pictures to see bigger photos)

On October 10 1963, US Customs Agents at Laredo, Texas arrested Lucien Rivard’s courrier and make the second most important seizure of narcotics of the time. The heroin was coming from Mexico and was furnished by Paul Mondolini, a Santos Trafficante associate and a relation of French agent Michel-Victor Mertz that was expelled from Dallas the day after John F. Kennedy assassination.

Maurice does not provide a source for his statement that Mondolini was a "relation" of Mertz.

Steve Thomas

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Can't help you with your question, Scott but that's an interesting blog Lee and Steve have posted. Was LHO in Montreal in mid-63? The Montreal link again. Will Bloomfield's diaries be made public? Very interesting indeed.

Hey Mark - I think there is already another thread - Oswald in Montreal. If I saw that on another Forum - excuse my error - one should be opened here. I'll look around. It's an interesting topic - I know there have been posts made about it peripherally - in the Dallas arrest record, on the thread about suspicious vehicles. Speaking of which - there is an interesting bit on vehicles and Connecticut on his Blog. I am hopeful that the author will be providing an update to the names of the characters in the photo he has posted - and what the game was with respect to 'Oswald.' Still would appear on the surface that Wolcott was 'on the money' - if you'll pardon the pun.

- lee

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Can't help you with your question, Scott but that's an interesting blog Lee and Steve have posted. Was LHO in Montreal in mid-63? The Montreal link again. Will Bloomfield's diaries be made public? Very interesting indeed.

Hey Mark - I think there is already another thread - Oswald in Montreal. If I saw that on another Forum - excuse my error - one should be opened here. I'll look around. It's an interesting topic - I know there have been posts made about it peripherally - in the Dallas arrest record, on the thread about suspicious vehicles. Speaking of which - there is an interesting bit on vehicles and Connecticut on his Blog. I am hopeful that the author will be providing an update to the names of the characters in the photo he has posted - and what the game was with respect to 'Oswald.' Still would appear on the surface that Wolcott was 'on the money' - if you'll pardon the pun.

- lee

Hi Lee,

I don't think the "Ossie in Montreal" issue has been covered here on the Forum. If it has I must have missed it. Another thing I noticed was a reference to Jules Rocco Kimble, who was mentioned in Garrison's book as stating that he accompanied Ferrie and Shaw on a Cessna flight to Montreal in "late '61 or early '62", returning with an extra passenger of Cuban or Mexican appearance. I haven't read anywhere else that Kimble was CIA. There's something significant in all this but I don't know what it is, although Montreal was Bloomfield's base.

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Thanks everyone.

I saw it on that blog and one other source, but nothing but a mention. I'm not going to get too wrapped up in it.

BTW- if you are interested in Montreal underworld activities from the 50s through the 70s, I highly reccomned THE CANADIAN CONNECTION by Jean-Pierre Charbonneau (Optimum Books, 1976). You can find used copies around. It's not a breezy read, but a treasure trove of information on drug trafficking and French-Canadian/Sicilian/American gangsters.

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Thanks everyone.

I saw it on that blog and one other source, but nothing but a mention. I'm not going to get too wrapped up in it.

BTW- if you are interested in Montreal underworld activities from the 50s through the 70s, I highly reccomned THE CANADIAN CONNECTION by Jean-Pierre Charbonneau (Optimum Books, 1976). You can find used copies around. It's not a breezy read, but a treasure trove of information on drug trafficking and French-Canadian/Sicilian/American gangsters.

Hi,

I have briefly gave this information in a post in another topics. But the Mertz-Mondolini connection is indeed from Jean-Pierre Charbonneau's book. Both Mertz and Mondolini were named, with others, as the head of an heroin smuggling ring after 17 pounds of heroin were found in the rapatriate fridge of an Army major, coming back from France to Columbus. Georgia, in the beginning of 1965. See Charbonneau's La Filière canadienne, 1975, pp 278 and 295.

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Another interesting part of The Canadian Conspiracy, concerns a drug bust described in Chapter Nine, page 199

....The Rivard Affair......It was nearly 8:00 in the morning of October 10, 1963, as Michel Caron, 33 and his 30 year old wife Marie-Ida -- both Montrealers -- arrived at the Texas border post of Laredo. They told the three customs officers there that they had come from Monterey, in Mexico and had nothing to declare but their personal effects and a few souvenirs...........When the Caron’s drove up to the barrier in their Chevrolet Impala with Quebec liscense plates they were therfore asked to pull up besides an inspection table and unload their luggage”.......To cut to the chase, what the customs officers found under the seat of the Caron’s car was 34.5 kilos of pure heroin........, according to Carbonnay, [who reportedly had several attempts on his life made after publication of said book] It was the second biggest bust ever at the United States at that time [see page 200]

Someone once said the key to solving the assassination centered on Oswald and Mexico City, I would qualify that by making an addendum of sorts, that the key to solving the assassination [taking into consideration the additional information that has been developed since that quote was made] centers on 3 areas.....

1.Tying together the last remaining uncharted areas of the pre-assassination machinations in Dallas.

2. Tying together the last remaining uncharted areas regarding people in high places

And the part that relates to this thread topic

3. It is not just Mexico City that need to be fully resolved, but activities in the area of Mexico itself, ie the country.....to be more specific Merida and Progresso, Mexico.......

Border crossings by other individuals in the same time frame as Oswald........

Activities never fully resolved regarding Albert Osborne/John Bowen...[Ron Ecker is practically the only individual who has explored this area in detail, although there may be others]

The codenames KNIGHT/BISHOP/LAREDO

All of the activities of the following individuals regarding activities in Mexico.........George DeMohrenschildt, Tito/Conchita Harper, Albert Osborne, Richard Case Nagell, Nadine Bestougeff, John Thomas Masen, Robert Clayton Buick, Alexander Rorke, Geoffrey Sullivan, Edward Voebel, the Lee Harvey Oswald impersonator in Mexico and in Alice, Texas, [the Alice, Texas sighting is definitely not the real Lee Harvey Oswald, and is fairly easy to ascertain, IMO] .......I would also study closely any individuals who were flying aircraft in this time frame, as were Alexander Rorke and David Ferrie, Ferrie's plane was unusable but that does not mean it was the only aircraft in the world, lol......I believe it is very possible Rorke [like others] did not die when he was alleged to have died, one of his last stops was in Merida, Mexico where they picked up a Cuban named Molina Of particular interest are the activities of a man who was found in a hotel a couple of day's after the JFK Assassinhation in a quote "drunken stupor" unquote according to the bellboy, Joe Falcon. This person, had arrived at the Eagle Pass Hotel on November 19, 1963 in a 1957 Red and White Mercury with 1963 plates, which were PA 5958 . His name was Victor Stokes, as a result of his excursion to Eagle Pass, his sister, a B.T. Cotton had to wire him $ 125.00 so the poor lad could come home.

See http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...wRec.do?id=2722

Final Quote........from WCH 9/213 Testimony of George DeMohrenschildt

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...absPageId=19021

George DeMohrenschildt:..........."because I believe in physical activity for your mental problems . And my wife also, fortunately loves the outdoors, and agreed with me that this is something we should do. We gave up our apartment, I gave up my office and we set out from the ranch from the border of the United States and Mexico.

Mr. Jenner: What ranch?

George DeMohrenschildt: This was, that is the ranch that belongs to a friend of ours. It is called the, it is Piedras Negras. It is on the Mexican border. On the American side you have a little town called Eagle Pass. On the Mexican side you have Piedras Negras.".........

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Another interesting part of The Canadian Conspiracy, concerns a drug bust described in Chapter Nine, page 199

....The Rivard Affair......It was nearly 8:00 in the morning of October 10, 1963, as Michel Caron, 33 and his 30 year old wife Marie-Ida -- both Montrealers -- arrived at the Texas border post of Laredo. They told the three customs officers there that they had come from Monterey, in Mexico and had nothing to declare but their personal effects and a few souvenirs...........When the Caron’s drove up to the barrier in their Chevrolet Impala with Quebec liscense plates they were therfore asked to pull up besides an inspection table and unload their luggage”.......To cut to the chase, what the customs officers found under the seat of the Caron’s car was 34.5 kilos of pure heroin........, according to Carbonnay, [who reportedly had several attempts on his life made after publication of said book] It was the second biggest bust ever at the United States at that time [see page 200]

Someone once said the key to solving the assassination centered on Oswald and Mexico City, I would qualify that by making an addendum of sorts, that the key to solving the assassination [taking into consideration the additional information that has been developed since that quote was made] centers on 3 areas.....

1.Tying together the last remaining uncharted areas of the pre-assassination machinations in Dallas.

2. Tying together the last remaining uncharted areas regarding people in high places

And the part that relates to this thread topic

3. It is not just Mexico City that need to be fully resolved, but activities in the area of Mexico itself, ie the country.....to be more specific Merida and Progresso, Mexico.......

Border crossings by other individuals in the same time frame as Oswald........

Activities never fully resolved regarding Albert Osborne/John Bowen...[Ron Ecker is practically the only individual who has explored this area in detail, although there may be others]

The codenames KNIGHT/BISHOP/LAREDO

All of the activities of the following individuals regarding activities in Mexico.........George DeMohrenschildt, Tito/Conchita Harper, Albert Osborne, Richard Case Nagell, Nadine Bestougeff, John Thomas Masen, Robert Clayton Buick, Alexander Rorke, Geoffrey Sullivan, Edward Voebel, the Lee Harvey Oswald impersonator in Mexico and in Alice, Texas, [the Alice, Texas sighting is definitely not the real Lee Harvey Oswald, and is fairly easy to ascertain, IMO] .......I would also study closely any individuals who were flying aircraft in this time frame, as were Alexander Rorke and David Ferrie, Ferrie's plane was unusable but that does not mean it was the only aircraft in the world, lol......I believe it is very possible Rorke [like others] did not die when he was alleged to have died, one of his last stops was in Merida, Mexico where they picked up a Cuban named Molina Of particular interest are the activities of a man who was found in a hotel a couple of day's after the JFK Assassinhation in a quote "drunken stupor" unquote according to the bellboy, Joe Falcon. This person, had arrived at the Eagle Pass Hotel on November 19, 1963 in a 1957 Red and White Mercury with 1963 plates, which were PA 5958 . His name was Victor Stokes, as a result of his excursion to Eagle Pass, his sister, a B.T. Cotton had to wire him $ 125.00 so the poor lad could come home.

See http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...wRec.do?id=2722

Final Quote........from WCH 9/213 Testimony of George DeMohrenschildt

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...absPageId=19021

George DeMohrenschildt:..........."because I believe in physical activity for your mental problems . And my wife also, fortunately loves the outdoors, and agreed with me that this is something we should do. We gave up our apartment, I gave up my office and we set out from the ranch from the border of the United States and Mexico.

Mr. Jenner: What ranch?

George DeMohrenschildt: This was, that is the ranch that belongs to a friend of ours. It is called the, it is Piedras Negras. It is on the Mexican border. On the American side you have a little town called Eagle Pass. On the Mexican side you have Piedras Negras.".........

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Lamar Waldron posted 24 parallels between CIA assassin recruiter QJWIN and Michel Victor Mertz as an endnote supplement to Legacy of Secrecy.

See http://www.legacyofsecrecy.com/documents.html

Similar or the same information was published in Waldron and Hartmann's Ultimate Sacrifice in chapter 43, note 40.

It's worth a look but best understood in the context of the books.

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Me too. I'd also like to know why these threads died so early when they are possibly so significant. Harvey, QJWIN, OAS, Traficante, Corsicans, Mertz, etc. Why does Helms so often get a free pass? 

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On ‎22‎.‎06‎.‎2007 at 10:23 PM, Robert Howard said:

Another interesting part of The Canadian Conspiracy, concerns a drug bust described in Chapter Nine, page 199

....The Rivard Affair......It was nearly 8:00 in the morning of October 10, 1963, as Michel Caron, 33 and his 30 year old wife Marie-Ida -- both Montrealers -- arrived at the Texas border post of Laredo. They told the three customs officers there that they had come from Monterey, in Mexico and had nothing to declare but their personal effects and a few souvenirs...........When the Caron’s drove up to the barrier in their Chevrolet Impala with Quebec liscense plates they were therfore asked to pull up besides an inspection table and unload their luggage”.......To cut to the chase, what the customs officers found under the seat of the Caron’s car was 34.5 kilos of pure heroin........, according to Carbonnay, [who reportedly had several attempts on his life made after publication of said book] It was the second biggest bust ever at the United States at that time [see page 200]

Someone once said the key to solving the assassination centered on Oswald and Mexico City, I would qualify that by making an addendum of sorts, that the key to solving the assassination [taking into consideration the additional information that has been developed since that quote was made] centers on 3 areas.....

1.Tying together the last remaining uncharted areas of the pre-assassination machinations in Dallas.

2. Tying together the last remaining uncharted areas regarding people in high places

And the part that relates to this thread topic

3. It is not just Mexico City that need to be fully resolved, but activities in the area of Mexico itself, ie the country.....to be more specific Merida and Progresso, Mexico.......

Border crossings by other individuals in the same time frame as Oswald........

Activities never fully resolved regarding Albert Osborne/John Bowen...[Ron Ecker is practically the only individual who has explored this area in detail, although there may be others]

The codenames KNIGHT/BISHOP/LAREDO

All of the activities of the following individuals regarding activities in Mexico.........George DeMohrenschildt, Tito/Conchita Harper, Albert Osborne, Richard Case Nagell, Nadine Bestougeff, John Thomas Masen, Robert Clayton Buick, Alexander Rorke, Geoffrey Sullivan, Edward Voebel, the Lee Harvey Oswald impersonator in Mexico and in Alice, Texas, [the Alice, Texas sighting is definitely not the real Lee Harvey Oswald, and is fairly easy to ascertain, IMO] .......I would also study closely any individuals who were flying aircraft in this time frame, as were Alexander Rorke and David Ferrie, Ferrie's plane was unusable but that does not mean it was the only aircraft in the world, lol......I believe it is very possible Rorke [like others] did not die when he was alleged to have died, one of his last stops was in Merida, Mexico where they picked up a Cuban named Molina Of particular interest are the activities of a man who was found in a hotel a couple of day's after the JFK Assassinhation in a quote "drunken stupor" unquote according to the bellboy, Joe Falcon. This person, had arrived at the Eagle Pass Hotel on November 19, 1963 in a 1957 Red and White Mercury with 1963 plates, which were PA 5958 . His name was Victor Stokes, as a result of his excursion to Eagle Pass, his sister, a B.T. Cotton had to wire him $ 125.00 so the poor lad could come home.

See http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...wRec.do?id=2722

Final Quote........from WCH 9/213 Testimony of George DeMohrenschildt

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...absPageId=19021

George DeMohrenschildt:..........."because I believe in physical activity for your mental problems . And my wife also, fortunately loves the outdoors, and agreed with me that this is something we should do. We gave up our apartment, I gave up my office and we set out from the ranch from the border of the United States and Mexico.

Mr. Jenner: What ranch?

George DeMohrenschildt: This was, that is the ranch that belongs to a friend of ours. It is called the, it is Piedras Negras. It is on the Mexican border. On the American side you have a little town called Eagle Pass. On the Mexican side you have Piedras Negras.".........

 

Gilberto Lopez also traveled to Mexico in the fall of 1963. He even took the same border crossing as Oswald. (page 306, Ultimate Sarcrifice)

 

 

On ‎18‎.‎03‎.‎2009 at 9:48 PM, Steve Rosen said:

Lamar Waldron posted 24 parallels between CIA assassin recruiter QJWIN and Michel Victor Mertz as an endnote supplement to Legacy of Secrecy.

See http://www.legacyofsecrecy.com/documents.html

Similar or the same information was published in Waldron and Hartmann's Ultimate Sacrifice in chapter 43, note 40.

It's worth a look but best understood in the context of the books.

 

Some other interesting information: QJWIN helped Thomas Elie Davis get out of prison in Algeria, after he'd been arrested for running guns to terrorists who tried to assassinate Charles de Gaulle. Davis had been involved with Jack Ruby in gun-running to Cuba and training anti-Castro Cubans in Florida (The Ruby Cover-Up, pages 42 to 45).

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