Monday, August 15, 2011

Did D. Harold Byrd Sell out to Israelis?

Uranium exploration and Byrd Oil Corp.
It has previously been shown at this blog that a great deal of intrigue was witnessed during the 1950's (shortly following upon the acceptance of the Jewish State of Israel in 1948) within uranium mining fields. In all likelihood, this active search for uranium is what led to the ability of Israel to quickly become one of the few nations in possession of a nuclear bomb. The facts, however, are not clear and lucid--strewn haphazardly as they are among the news of the day--making them almost hidden within plain sight.

In 1952 Byrd Oil Corp. of Dallas registered 380,000 new shares of common stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission--Byrd and his wife owning 62.36 percent of the total outstanding shares, according to a prospectus from the company. Proceeds from the sale of new stock was added to the working capital of the company, used mainly to the pay drilling expenses.

The following year, Byrd acquired McConnell Drilling, which was engaged in exploration in the Rocky Mountains. He said publicly that he planned to do extensive development work during the summer in the Uintah Basin of Utah and was also quoted as saying the Clear Creek field was a "major discovery" being produced by Three States Natural Gas Co., which had recently merged with his former company, Byrd-Frost, Inc.

In 1952 he had started to phase out Byrd-Frost and focused on Three States Natural Gas Company, which he sold to the Murchisons' Delhi-Taylor Oil Corporation in 1961, several years after Three States had employed George de Mohrenschildt. When De Mohrenschildt testified at the Warren Commission in 1964, he said the company he worked for was "in Dallas." Albuquerque newspapers during the mid-1950's indicated, however, that Three States Oil and Gas, along with Delhi Oil, were unlisted New Mexico companies. Both companies may have been loosely connected to the Southern Union Gas Corp., as the following item that appeared in Lubbock, Texas in 1946, indicates with regard to Delhi:
CHICAGO, June 10, 1946 - (U.P.)—Southern Union Gas company announced today that it will dispose of all oil properties and will offer purchasing rights in the stock of the subsidiary Delhi Oil corporation to stockholders of record June 20. Delhi, an oil-producing subsidiary, took over Southern Union's Louisiana oil properties when first formed and later acquired the company's wells and leases in New Mexico.
The connections between these corporations and the individuals involved in them is too complicated in this entry and must be reserve for a later one, which will be focused on the gas pipeline which was built to take natural gas from the wellhead to its destination.

In 1956 D. Harold Byrd was recognized as president of Byrd Oil Corporation, Byrd Uranium Corporation, McConnell Drilling Corporation, and Colorado Carbonics, Inc.  Byrd Uranium Corp. went public in 1955 on the American Stock Exchange with its shares then wholly owned by Byrd Oil Corp.

Buyers of Byrd's uranium company
The men involved in the group which would make Byrd even more wealthy were primarily Canadian, which the exception of a state supreme court judge named James J. Crisona, who lived in Queens, New York. In 1967 Judge Crisona was embarrassed when his brother, Frank Crisona, former Queens Asst Dist Attorney, was arrested with others in a national swindle. Ten years later he was indicted again for offering $1,000 bribe to IRS agent for approving $40,000 deduction on his 1965 income tax return. Frank Crisona's co-defendant in the swindle, Dominick C. Lonardo, was among other things the president of Trans-American Corp., a bail-bonding agency, and in 1960 he had filed a $3-plus-million lawsuit against two competitors for libel. We can only assume they had accused him of being related to the organizers of Cleveland's first mob family.
January 1967
Clevelander charged in swindle
NEW YORK (AP) - A Cleveland restaurant owner and five other men were indicted yesterday in an alleged coast-to-coast mortgage swindle U.S. Atty. Robert M Morgenthau said they were accused of taking more than $250,000 in advance payments from mortgage applicants for commitments "in the millions of dollars" although, this money did not materialize. Those indicted included Dominick C. Lonardo, 47, of University Heights owner of the Highlander Restaurant in Cleveland, and Frank J. Crisona, 46, a brother of New York Supreme Court Justice James J Crisona. Morgenthau said the scheme was pulled off in several cities, including Cleveland. The 30-count indictment said the men operated through Columbia Resources, Ltd, New York, pretended the firm had more than $17 million in assets, listed fictitious officers and directors and induced Dun and Bradstreet to give Colombia credit ratings based on the false information. The defendants were released on bond. A hearing was scheduled for next Tuesday in Federal Court.
"According to Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin, the Highlander Restaurant and Lounge, 'is remembered as a gathering place' for people like Salvatore 'Sam' Vecchio and other members of the Cleveland Mafia. Like Jackie Presser’s Mayfield Heights, Ohio restaurant, The Forge and the Pettibone Club in Bainbridge, Ohio. Along with the Theatrical Restaurant on Short Vincent Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The Highlander became a watering hole for local organized crime figures and celebrities. Mafia and Mafia wanabees rubbed shoulders and traded stories there." --By Amy A. Kisil

Associates of Buyers Abernethy and Crisona
March 13, 1943 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD (Alberta, Canada)
EDMONTON, March 12, 1943.—(AP)— Charges of monopolistic control of the Vermilion oilfield, made by Elmer E. Roper (C.C.F., Edmonton) in a recent address in the legislature, was denied in a telegram received by minister of lands and mines N. E. Tanner from Bryan W. Newkirk, Toronto, member of a group operating the field. The wire, made public Thursday by Mr. Tanner, said from Mr. Newkirk's knowledge "there is no monopolistic control of the Vermilion field, and disclosed that the Canadian National Railways should have their new oil cleaning plant in operation at the Vermilion field next month.
(In a speech in the legislature Mr. Roper charged monopolistic control in the Vermilion field and criticized
the government for not taking over the oil cleaning plant when it was closed down by its operators.)

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 1951 (JTA) –Mr. Arie Ben-Tovim arrived in New York today to assume the position of Consul at the Consulate General of Israel. He has served in a similar capacity in Montreal since May, 1949. Born in Jerusalem 43 years ago, Mr.Ben-Tovim is a third Israeli generation. He was educated in the Hebrew College of Jerusalem and is a graduate of the Universities of Strasbourg and Paris.

NEW YORK, Mar. 6, 1951 (JTA) – Hanan Aynor, who served with the Western European Division in Israel's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, has arrived in Montreal, Canada, to assume his new duties as Vice Consul in the Israel Consulate, He replaces Mr. Aris Ben-Tovim who was recently transferred to New York as Consul.

May 9, 1953 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD (Alberta, Canada)
Arie Ben-Tovim returned recently to Toronto from the State of Israel where he secured licenses for oil prospecting and development for a Canadian group of oil men. This group comprises Bryan W. Newkirk, representing Marigold Oils Limited and Barclay Oil Company, Limited, T. R. Harrison, representing Trans-Era Oils Limited and Wilrich Petroleums Limited, and A. M. Abernethy, of Minerva Mining Corporation Limited. Mr. Ben-Tovim is a chemical engineer by profession, and after the establishment of the State of Israel he was appointed consul of Israel in Canada where he served m 1949-50, and then as consul in New York during 1951-52. Mr. Ben-Tovim then asked to be relieved of this position so that he could return to his professional and private occupation and to engage in this oil project.

DUCK KEY, Fla., — This is a sunny blob of coral and money 95 miles from Miami down the Overseas Highway toward Key West. The coral was here when Blackbeard sailed the Spanish Main; the money was
trucked in by Bryan W. Newkirk, the wolf of Canada's penny stock market,
who had a hand in developing Coral Gables, has one foot in Canadian gold mines and another in uranium. With his remaining hand he directs the Florida-Southern Land Corp., which has transformed this pelican roost into a flowering hideout for the over-privileged, complete with yatch harbor, fresh and salt water swimming pools, a nine-hole long-iron golf course, and a spang new hotel of simple elegance.

EDMONTON, April 14 (CP) —Hon. N. E. Tanner, mines minister, has announced the first entry of Quebec mining interests into the Alberta oil picture. Quebec mining interests are financing Marigold Oils limited, which has an interest in 10,612 acres of oil rights in the Barrhead area, about 60 miles northwest of Edmonton. The group financing Marigold includes East Sullivan Mines limited, Louvicourt Goldfields corporation, Bibis Yukon Mines limited, Eric Cradock and Bryan W. Newkirk.

 From this 1952 article that appeared in Canadian press, along with others, we learn that one of the men who bought out D.H. Byrd's interest in the oil company he created, which owned all his stock in a uranium company, was a Canadian named A.M. Abernethy of Toronto, Canada, partner of James Crisona of New York.

J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the SecretsFollowing the Abernethy financial connections shows him to have been one of several men involved in a group of Canadian oil men with ties to Arie Ben-Tovim, a Canadian who served as Israeli consul in Canada and then in New York. Another of the group was a Toronto stock broker, Eric Cradock, better known as the owner of Canadian sports teams. Still another was Bryan W. Newkirk, who developed Coral Gables and the small island in the Florida Keys, known as Duck Key, one of whose first residents was the infamous Roy Cohn, who was a member of the committee staff of Senator McCarthy at the same time as Robert F. Kennedy (later Attorney General). 

Roy Marcus Cohn's Connection to JFK Hit?
Cohn was a flamboyant homosexual within the J. Edgar Hoover orbit of friends, as well as within the Clay Shaw, David Ferrie circle which intersected with business interests in Permindex, a Swiss corporation whose name was short for "permanent industrial exhibitions"--a wet dream first announced by Mussolini in 1942:  "Then came the war. The great olympiad of culture was forgotten while the world bled. Only a few curious German and then Allied soldiers ever wandered out to the weed-grown site to stare at the abandoned massive statue heads and slabs of marble, great foundations and debris. Italy had no time to think of the place in the difficult days after the war. But in 1952 a plan was elaborated to finish the work and turn the quarter into a permanent world exposition center, museums, government offices, and restful gardens." (Source: United Press International, April 20, 1959)

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
The above connections all seem to lead us to the network surrounding Bobby Kennedy's nemesis, Roy Cohn, a Jewish corporate attorney in league with Canadian businessmen and investors, including many named in the Torbitt Document.
Roy Cohn in Duck Key

Citizen CohnCitizen CohnAn old news article reveals that Roy Cohn of Army-McCarthy hearing fame built one of the first homes on Duck Key. He may have built 1104 Indies Drive South, the home now owned by Tom and Graham Davis....

The first homes to be constructed on the residential islands of Duck Key are located at 1104 Indies Drive South (Davis residence and and associated with Roy Cohn), 1100 Indies Drive South, 158 Indies Drive North (Copeland residence), 146 Bimini Drive (Smithwich residence), and # Schooner Drive which is owned by the Kellogg, Brown and Root....

Another image in a scrapbook in possession of Hawk's Cay shows Roy Cohn in the same lounge chair but from a different angle. A small plane is visible and no doubt had landed on the small airstrip that developer John Newkirk built on Center Island. See Elizabeth Newkirk's recollections on the Duck Key Mecca web page. 

In addition to being a director of Florida Southern Land Corp. and developing the resort area on Duck Key, Cohn who was only thirty-three at the time of the 1960 article indicated that he headed a group of investors associated with Lionel Corp., makers of toy electric trains and after being elected Chairman made the corporation profitable again. He was also reported to be a director of Fenture Sports, Inc. which at that time was promoting boxing rematch between Ingemar Johansson and Floyd Patterson. Johansson considered Duck Key as a possibility for a training camp for the Patterson fight. He chose Miami.
["Johansson toils in an equally swank setting — on the roof of the Sea Breeze Motel, 10 minutes from President John F. Kennedy's Palm Beach Winter White House. He spars with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop." By HARRY GRAYSON (NEA) Pacific Stars and Stripes, March 6, 1961]
All Aboard : The Story of Joshua Lionel Cowen & His Lionel Train Company
Lionel train corporation
Although the image above shows Roy Cohn relaxing on Duck Key, F.B.I records do not substantiate that Cohn ever owned a home on the island. How is it that the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed an interest in Cohn and Duck Key? 

Cohn was accused of tampering with a 1959 grand jury probe in order to save four stock swindlers from indictment. Investigators thought possibly money change hands in Las Vegas or during Cohn's visit to Florida in 1960 and that possible Duck Key might have been the location for this exchange of bribe money.
Portions of the F.B.I Cohn file appear below:

The case against Cohn alleged that $50,000 was paid to Cohn; two thirds of the bribe money was supposed to have been paid to an Assistant United States Attorney named Morton Robson with Cohn retaining the remaining third. The investigation tried to ascertain where the money exchange took place. Handwritten references to the side of the typed pages (b 7 c, etc.) indicate reasons for redacted parts of the communications.

The communication above shows that in 1962 the F.B.I. conducted an investigation at Duck Key to establish if Cohn owned a vacation home on the island.The record below shows that an interview was conducted with a female to try an establish if Cohn had been on Duck Key as well as an effort to inspect Indies House ( now Hawks Cay) guest records.

The record below dated 8/27/1962 reports that several parties likely including County Officials reported no record of Roy Cohn owning a home on Duck Key.

Did Cohn own a home on Duck Key as the original May 1960 UPI news article stated? The picture of Cohn reclining in a lounge is evidence that Cohn visited Duck Key. A review of old property records might shed some light on this mystery.

News reports of 1964 indicate that Roy Cohn was acquitted by a federal jury on charges of perjury and obstructing justice. If found guilty on all counts Cohn could have been sentenced to 35 years.
He is quoted as telling newsmen "Above all I thank God for the United States of America, where no matter who in high places moves against you, there is recourse to a jury of 12 Americans."  Who in "high places" was Cohn referring to? Cohn had previously contended that "a few people" in the Justice Department were out to get him. Robert F. Kennedy was U.S. Attorney General and headed the Department of Justice at this time. The animosity between Kennedy and Cohn began in 1953 during the Army-McCarthy hearings. Cohn was made Chief Counsel to the McCarthy Committee and Kennedy was Assistant Counsel. Their differences actually led to fist fight in the outer chamber of Congress and according Donald Ritchie, the U.S. Senate historian. "they became enemies for the rest of their lives."

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