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Important Link Between JFK and MLK Assassinations and a Fateful Meeting on 11/21/1963

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COMMENT: In his 2016 book about the assassination of Martin Luther King (The Plot to Kill King), William Pepper highlights a link between the mysterious Raul (one of Patsy James Earl Ray’s handlers), Jack Ruby and the Hunt family of Texas. Former FBI agent Don Wilson came across the information while pursuing someone who fit the description of a King assassination suspect. Key details in Wilson’s story:

  • ” . . . . The person matched the photograph being circulated of the suspect. Wilson said he and his partner were inclined to apprehend the person they had spotted, and radioed the field office for permission to do so. The operator told them to hold on, went off the line for instructions, came back on and instructed them to ‘return to base.’ Surprised and disappointed, they did as they were told. To this day, Don Wilson finds it strange and unacceptable that they were not allowed to detain the suspect and yet were not given any explanation. . . .”
  • ” . . . . When the field office received a request from the Atlanta police to check out a white Mustang, which had been parked for some days at the Capitol Homes Housing Project, he went along with a senior colleague to the scene. The suspicion was that the car, with Alabama license plates, had been involved in the King assassination. Wilson said that when he opened the car door on the passenger’s side, an envelope and some papers fell out. Instinctively, he put his foot on the papers, bent over, picked them up, and put them in his pocket. . . . “
  • ” . . . . One piece came from a 1963 Dallas, Texas, telephone directory. It was part of a page that had been torn out. The telephone numbers on the page included those of the family of H.L. Hunt, but more significantly, in handwriting at the top of the page, was the name “Raul,” the letter “J” and a Dallas telephone number, of a club in Dallas which at the time was run by Jack Ruby, the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald. . . .”
  • ” . . . . The second piece of paper contained several names; alongside of each were sums of money. It appeared to be some sort of payoff list, and at the bottom was Raul’s name and date for payment. Wilson also said that he recovered a third piece of paper, on which was written the telephone number and extension of the Atlanta FBI field office. . . .”
  • “. . . . I met separately with Beverly Oliver, Chari Angel, and Madeleine Brown. Madeleine had not worked for Ruby, but was Lyndon Johnson’s mistress for years, and, in fact, had given birth to his only son; she also knew Ruby and frequented his main club—the Carousel. When I put the spread of photographs in front of each of them on separate occasions, each one independently confirmed that she had seen Ruby with the man we had identified as Raul. In fact, Beverly remembered Raul giving Ruby what appeared to be a large amount of cash in what she described as Piggly Wiggly grocery store paper bag. . . .”

Madeleine Brown, LBJ’s former mistress, presented confirmation of a meeting reported by Penn Jones in Forgive My Grief, Volume 3, and related in FTR #962.

LBJ’s mistress–Madeleine Brown–confirmed a meeting at the home of oilman Clint Murchison the night before President Kennedy’s assassination: ” . . . . She said she attended a social gathering at Clint Murchison’s home. Ostensibly, it was an event to honor J. Edgar Hoover, who was a close friend of Murchison, H.l, Hunt, and the other Texas oil giants. The guest list included John McCloy, chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank [and a future member of the Warren Commission–D.E.] ; Richard Nixon, George Brown, of the Brown and Root Construction Company; R.L. Thornton, president of the Mercantile Bank; and Dallas mayor Earle Cabell, brother of General Charles Cabell, former Deputy Director of the CIA, who was fired by President Kennedy after the Bay of Pigs.

 Madeleine told me that near the end of the party, Johnson made an appearance and the group quickly went into Murchison’s study behind closed doors. After about twenty minutes, the meeting broke up. Johnson, anxious and red-faced, came up behind her and embraced her with a quiet grating sound and whispered in her ear a message she would never forget, ‘After tomorrow, those goddamn Kennedys will never embarrass me again—that’s no threat, that’s a promise.’ . . .”

1.     The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper; Skyhorse Publishing [SC]; Copyright 2016 by William Pepper; ISBN 978-1-5107-2962-9; pp. 156-158.

. . . . In early 1997, Don Wilson contacted the King family and me, providing us with some extraordinary new information. At first, we communicated through his son, who was a lawyer in a Chicago law firm. When we eventually met, it was on April 18 in the lounge of the Admirals Club at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. He recounted two incidents. He said that shortly after the assassination, he and another agent were riding in the Peachtree area of Atlanta, and  they spotted a person who, they were certain, was the man wanted for the murder of Dr. King. The person matched the photograph being circulated of the suspect. Wilson said he and his partner were inclined to apprehend the person they had spotted, and radioed the field office for permission to do so. The operator told them to hold on, went off the line for instructions, came back on and instructed them to  “return to base.” Surprised and disappointed, they did as they were told. To this day, Don Wilson finds it strange and unacceptable that they were not allowed to detain the suspect and yet were not given any explanation.

What he told me next was more significant. When the field office received a request from the Atlanta police to check out a white Mustang, which had been parked for some days at the Capitol Homes Housing Project, he went along with a senior colleague to the scene. The suspicion was that the car, with Alabama license plates, had been involved in the King assassination. Wilson said that when he opened the car door on the passenger’s side, an envelope and some papers fell out. Instinctively, he put his foot on the papers, bent over, picked them up, and put them in his pocket. The young agent was nervous, thinking that he might have disturbed the evidence at the crime scene. Later, when he had an opportunity to examine the individual sheets of paper, he was shocked and realized that if he turned them over to his superiors, they would never see the light of day.

He kept them hidden for twenty-nine years.

One piece came from a 1963 Dallas, Texas, telephone directory. It was part of a page that had been torn out. The telephone numbers on the page included those of the family of H.L. Hunt, but more significantly, in handwriting at the top of the page, was the name “Raul,” the letter “J” and a Dallas telephone number, of a club in Dallas which at the time was run by Jack Ruby, the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald.

The second piece of paper contained several names; alongside of each were sums of money. It appeared to be some sort of payoff list, and at the bottom was Raul’s name and date for payment. Wilson also said that he recovered a third piece of paper, on which was written the telephone number and extension of the Atlanta FBI field office. . . .

. . . . I met separately with Beverly Oliver, Chari Angel, and Madeleine Brown. Madeleine had not worked for Ruby, but was Lyndon Johnson’s mistress for years, and, in fact, had given birth to his only son; she also knew Ruby and frequented his main club—the Carousel.

When I put the spread of photographs in front of each of them on separate occasions, each one independently confirmed that she had seen Ruby with the man we had identified as Raul. In fact, Beverly remembered Raul giving Ruby what appeared to be a large amount of cash in what she described as Piggly Wiggly grocery store paper bag.

There was no doubt that each of these women corroborated Glenda Grabow’s information that Jack Ruby and Raul knew each other. Don Wilson’s materials appeared to fortify that fact. . . .

2.    The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper; Skyhorse Publishing [SC]; Copyright 2016 by William Pepper; ISBN 978-1-5107-2962-9; p. 203.

 . . . . I had Madeleine, Beverly, and Chari lined up to travel to Memphis, but then did not call them.  It was a temptation, which had to be resisted. It was not easy because I believed these courageous women, Madeleine Brown for example, were very credible. Some aspects of Madeleine’s recollections of her life and genuine love for Johnson were compelling. In fact, as I have mentioned previously, she gave birth to his only son. I obtained a copy of Johnson’s commitment (through his local lawyer Jerome Ragsdale) to provide support for Steven, which continued even after the president’s death. That she was able to provide such detail about their relationship was impressive. Of particular note (though a digression) was her recollection of the Kennedy assassination. She said she attended a social gathering at Clint Murchison’s home. Ostensibly, it was an event to honor J. Edgar Hoover, who was a close friend of Murchison, H.l, Hunt, and the other Texas oil giants. The guest list included John McCloy, chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank; Richard Nixon, George Brown, of the Brown and Root Construction Company; R.L. Thornton, president of the Mercantile Bank; and Dallas mayor Earle Cabell, brother of General Charles Cabell, former Deputy Director of the CIA, who was fired by President Kennedy after the Bay of Pigs.

 Madeleine told me that near the end of the party, Johnson made an appearance and the group quickly went into Murchison’s study behind closed doors. After about twenty minutes, the meeting broke up. Johnson, anxious and red-faced, came up behind her and embraced her with a quiet grating sound and whispered in her ear a message she would never forget, “After tomorrow, those goddamn Kennedys will never embarrass me again—that’s no threat, that’s a promise.” She was stunned, but the net day she realized what he meant. . . . it [her story] was corroborated by employees of Murchison’s household including the man who picked up Hoover at the airport. . . .

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