Friday, February 24, 2012

Getting Back on Track

A little update is in order, just so you don't think the windmills that Quixotic Joust has been chasing, besides flapping their arms, are jumping around as well. There is, in fact, some method to our madness.

The phase of research now being pursued began with the intention of determining who the Morris D. Jaffe connected to LBJ really was and what he was up to. During that initial effort, QJ found that Jaffe owned a uranium company with headquarters in Dallas. While investigating that tidbit, QJ discovered that D. Harold Byrd also owned a uranium company operating in Utah, which was sold to Canadians with strong ties to Israel at a time when Israel was building its own nuclear weapon. That fact led to connections between one of the associates of the Byrd uranium company's buyers, Bryan Newkirk, and Permindex associate and Bobby Kennedy nemesis Roy Cohn.

Since Roy Cohn was mentioned significantly in the Torbitt Document, QJ then determined to learn more about its author, David Copeland, writing under the alias of Torbitt. That research was interesting but seemingly a dead end, requiring QJ to backtrack a few steps and pick up a new trail. That brings us up to date and explains the reason for this new tack.

Hopefully, that at least partially explains the reason for QJ's fascination with the fictional book by Chinle Miller shown below, recently read by this writer on Kindle. Uranium Daughter was recently featured and proved to be an excellent read, as well as providing insight into the American lands within the uranium boom of the 1950's. But more history is in order and available, thanks to Raye C. Ringholz:


Prior to World War I, radium mining dwindled but a new bonanza was identified in the tailings dumps of the mines. When it was determined that the discarded vanadium added to molten steel would greatly increase the tensile strength and elasticity of the metal, Utah's vanadium industry flourished. One of the dominant figures in the resultant boom was Howard Balsley of Moab, who sold carnotite ores to Vitro Chemical Corporation of Pittsburgh for medicaments and luminous paint.
It wasn't until twenty-five years later, as a result of the atomic age and subsequent arms race of the Cold War, that uranium, previously considered a waste product of the vanadium mines, came into demand as a key element for nuclear weaponry. In the beginning, almost 90 percent of the United States' uranium supply was imported from the Belgian Congo and Canada. But scanty amounts being filtered from abandoned radium and vanadium dumps on the Colorado Plateau gave promise of an untapped domestic source. The Manhattan Project of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, charged with development of an atom bomb to end the war, instituted a covert program to mine uranium from the vanadium dumps and sent geologists to scour the region in search of new lodes.
With the end of World War II, the Atomic Energy Commission replaced the Manhattan Project and launched the first federally-sponsored mineral rush in history. The AEC constructed roads into the back country, promised $10,000 bonuses for new lodes of high-grade ore, guaranteed minimum prices and paid up to $50 per ton on 0.3 percent ore, constructed mills, helped with haulage expenses and posted geologic data on promising areas tracked by federal geologists using airborne scinillometers and other sophisticated radiation detection instruments.
The Four Corners area, where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet, suddenly teemed with prospectors in the greatest ore search since the gold fever days of the previous century. Amateurs and experts, alike, followed AEC guidelines and used radiation detectors called Geiger counters to test promising sandstone formations for uranium deposits. Concentrating on exposed outcroppings along canyon rims, they searched primarily for the grayish Salt Wash member of the Morrison formation. When a likely claim was located, they used diamond drills to core test holes to determine if mineable ore was present.
I've begun to suspect that the author, Chinle Miller, was a pseudonym used by someone who knows more about the history than she feels free to state as fact, much as David Copeland was afraid to use his real name when talking about Division Five, the enforcement unit from the FBI which worked to control uranium products as early as the 1930's when the Tennessee Valley Authority was created. Oversight originally fell under the auspices of the Army Corps of Engineers and only after the Manhattan Project ushered in the atomic age on Japan did the Feds create the above-top-secret Atomic Energy Commission, then connected to J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. All these details led me to inquire about the beginnings of this uranium boom in the Four Corners area in the 1950s, and about Charles Augustus Steen, the Uranium King.

Steen aka Utex sells to Atlas in 1962.
 Steen did well for a time, but then the AEC turned off the spigot, and the Steen family plummeted.

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This is a lot of information to absorb at one sitting. Stay tuned for the next installment.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Update on David Copeland

After catching a brief glimpse into the life of the Torbitt Document's alleged author, David G. Copeland in a previous post, we now turn to the document itself, written under an alias as early as 1970, describing the "cabal" which worked together to kill President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

In the "About the Author" section of the Torbitt Document, Copeland told us that he prosecuted criminal cases during 1949, 1950, and part of 1951, but the only details he furnished were that this occurred:
"in the southwestern part of the United States ...  where professional Mexican assassins have been used to commit political murder. He has also participated in the trial of cases in the southwest involving gunrunning activities through Mexico to Cuba, both before Castro was successful and after Castro succeeded and became the subject of overthrow by gunrunners from the southwest."
To the above, he added:
Close relatives of the gambling syndicate members have used the legal services of Torbitt in complicated cases involving tracing of financial dealings of organized crime in Texas and their foreign connecting links."
Certain other tidbits of information we have learned without help from his book. For example, a son, Kippie, born in Waco during his first marriage, died before his third birthday in 1953. Between then and January 1960, when he married Jayne Baker, a divorce occurred.

About Copeland, however, through newspapers we learn that in 1962 as head of the campaign for liberal candidate Don H. Yarborough (no relation to the U.S. Senator, Ralph Yarborough), he organized a group called Texans for a Two-Party Texas following the primary elections, attempting to force conservative Democrats into the Republican Party. This group would unwittingly make it possible for George H.W. Bush to be elected as a Congressman in Texas.

Copeland knew, or thought he knew, facts proving that LBJ and Governor John B. Connally had been involved in the murder of President Kennedy, and he campaigned repeatedly after 1963 for their more liberal opponents, in 1968 calling LBJ's war on poverty a political gimmick.

The cogent questions, phrased in Watergate-ese, are: What did Copeland know, and how did he know it? Was he told by an insider, or did he simply make conclusions based on a combination of stories he heard and his own research?

We know from our research into his background that Copeland was married to Aline, a teacher, while living in Fort Worth (Tarrant County) in 1946, according to this page from the City Directory that year:

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He was a student, perhaps in law school at Texas Wesleyan School of Law, which was located a few blocks from their residence. Seven miles to the west was the bomber-making plant where Aline had worked during the war before obtaining her teaching position at the junior high school. Nevertheless, he says in his self-published manuscript that he had a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. The manuscript also claimed to be "an enlargement of a working paper furnished to Torbitt by two agents -- one with the Customs Department and the other with the Narcotics Bureau. This is wholly at odds with what Jim Marrs claimed in his book about who Copeland's federal sources were.

The Fort Worth Bomber Plant

In attempting to discover who the two agents were, we have gone back through Copeland's life to review where he was at certain times in order to determine with whom he was in contact. For example, the plant where Aline Copeland worked while her husband was a student would become an important tool leading up to the NASA space program.
Tarrant Field Airdrome originated in 1941 and became Fort Worth Army Air Field on January 2, 1942. The site of the base was originally selected in 1941 as a Consolidated Vultee factory for the production of B-24 bombers. A separate contract was let for a landing field, Tarrant Field, to be built to support the aircraft factory. The construction of an air force base on the east side of Tarrant Field was authorized after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and Tarrant Field Airdrome was assigned to the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command in July 1942.
The base became one of the first B-24 transition schools to begin operation. After more than 4,000 students were trained in B-24s at the base, its mission was changed to B-24 transition because of the nearness to the Consolidated factory. In 1945 the mission was changed from B-24 to B-29 aircraft training. The base was assigned to the newly formed Strategic Air Command in March of 1946.
Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation was formed by a merger of Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, founded by Reuben H. Fleet in 1923 in Buffalo, New York, and Vultee Aircraft, a California airplane builder. [The timeline of corporations is set out at the Aerospace Legacy Foundation website.] In Texas it operated a mile-long facility, known locally as the Bomber Plant, built in 1942 on 563 acres on the west side of what is now Carswell Air Force Base at Fort Worth. The company used the site to fulfill contracts for planes it had no room to build at its San Diego factory and produced more than 3,000 B-24s, as well as C-87 cargo planes there.
Vultee Aircraft, based in Downey, California, had acquired the assets of Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, which had been dissolved in bankruptcy, and became Consolidated Vultee Aircraft, commonly known as Convair for short. Between 1942 and 1948 the Vultee Field division of Convair was awarded government contracts that gave it a step ahead in designing long-range missile weapons systems for the military. Project MX-774 would study a subsonic, jet engine cruise missile and a rocket-powered supersonic ballistic missile.

Vultee's engineers in California focused on the ballistic missile concept, taking data about the German V-2 rocket with plans to build a guided missile that would carry power equipment allowing it to travel outside the atmosphere of the earth--described as a "streamlined" version of the German V-2. The Downey/San Diego plant, which was designated North American Aviation by 1949, was headquarters for the Fort Worth plant, where Copeland's first wife Aline had been employed during the war years. A 1952 classified document, released in 2009, indicates that beginning in December 1948 the North American Aviation plant in Downey had been working on a project to construct a low power research reactor "to produce plutonium at low cost." In some of the reports of the file, reference was made to a thorium converter reactor, graphite-moderated reactors and the Hanford Cooperative Program. Persons in charge on various reports included G. M. Inman, T. Fahrner, E. E. Motta, R. L. Stoker, C. Malmstrom, H. P. Yockey, R.L. Carter, W.E. Parkins, C. Starr and others, many if not all part of the Manhattan Project headed by Robert Oppenheimer.

We do know that Aline Copeland returned to Waco before her second marriage and that she was apparently working at James Connally AFB, a bombardier and navigator flight training center between 1951 and 1962--the most likely place for Aline to have met and marry an Air Force officer who had been a prisoner of war in Germany during WWII.  An officer by that same name was Communications Officer for the 601st Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron at the radar work site, "Gunpost," in Rothwesten, Germany in 1959. Nothing could be found on where Aline and Campbell met, or on whether that Major Campbell was in fact married to an exceptionally attractive German woman named Erika Horn, mentioned at the 601st ACWS website.

If anyone has any other information about how all these details came together, please comment below.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

David Copeland--the Man Behind the Torbitt Mask

According to Jim Marrs, William Torbitt, writer of the underground manuscript known as the Torbitt Document, or Nomenclature of an Assassination Cabal, was an attorney in Waco, Texas, whose real name was David Copeland and who, Marrs claims, told him in an interview that the information written under the alias had been given him by two federal employees, one with the Secret Service and the other with the FBI. We have also heard that Copeland was a prosecutor of criminals and may have learned details from men he represented who were connected to organized crime or hired as assassins. But was all this cover to protect the real source of the information?

The following research into who David Copeland, alias William Torbitt, was shows us that:
B-24 Bomber made in Fort Worth, TX
  • His first wife designed B-24 bombers in Fort Worth for Convair. It was this very plant where she worked during World War II, while she was married to Copeland, where Max Clark headed the security at the time he told George De Mohrenschildt that returned defector, Lee Harvey Oswald, was a "harmless lunatic."
  • After his divorce from Wife No. 1, she married a former prisoner of war who had been held in Germany before war's end and then advanced to the rank of Lt. Col. in the Air Force during the cold war, stationed in German outposts.
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  • Wife No. 2 became a fashion designer/manufacturer for children's apparel and was often in Dallas, the center of the Texas cotton textile mart, which employed a number of "White Russians" known to have been somehow connected, if only collaterally, with the Kennedy assassination--people who were discussed in the Torbitt Document.

 The curious reader wants to know:
Who was David Copeland?

David Copeland's Family

David Goddard Copeland died in 1981. We can piece together his life from various studies and notices that appear online. His parents James P. Copeland and Sarah "Sallie" Goddard married in 1909 in Belfalls, a small farming community in Falls County, east of Temple, Texas. He  died in 1967 in Kerrville, Texas, not far from LBJ's ranch in Johnson City. Sallie had been born in 1886 in Bosque County near Waco and was the youngest daughter of Dr. Andrew Goddard, from Chattanooga, Tenn., who came to Texas after being a prisoner during the Civil war. In Alabama he married Nancy Parker and brought her to Cedar Bayou, Texas near present-day Baytown, where he taught school. Together they reared fifteen children. After two of their children died from whooping cough, the Goddards relocated to the Bosque River area west of Waco. In 1880 Dr. Goddard was elected president of the Sunday School Institute of Waco Association, and according to the 1897 history of that organization, he and his wife were 
"members of Dr. [B. H.] Carroll's church. Their residence is No. 1904 South Seventh street."  
Dr. Goddard was a medical doctor but in later years wrote an astronomy column for the newspaper in Waco. He also was county surveyor, in which he was succeeded by his son Joe Goddard. 

A Waco news article in 1955 reported on a family reunion held at the home of David Copeland's mother -- 425 University Avenue--close to the Baylor campus. David, already an attorney, and his wife Jayne then lived at 4217 Erath in Waco, some miles west of Baylor. David was a criminal defense attorney whose name sometimes appeared in the Waco paper owned by LBJ's close supporter Charles Marsh. She and the Goddard family were also the subject of a feature article written by Helen Baldwin that appeared in 1964.

Copeland was campaign manager for Democratic nominee for state attorney general, Tom Moore from Waco, who was supported by former U.S. Senator Tom Connally, also from Waco.
When Copeland ran for a place on the Texas Supreme Court in 1964, he was described as "a former Waco assistant district attorney, campaigner for Houston attorney Don Yarborough and a member of the Texas Association of Plaintiffs Attorneys." Four years later he opposed the favorite-son status of former governor John Connally, while leading the Texas campaign of anti-war candidate Eugene McCarthy.

David Copeland's First Wife, Aline

Copeland was married first to Aline Buehrer, who died in 2010:
Aline Doris Campbell August 26, 1920 - October 22, 2010 Aline Doris Campbell of Alamo, formerly of Waco, passed away Friday, October 22, 2010 at St. Catherine Center. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m, Nov. 13, at Waco Memorial Park. Aline was born August 26, 1920 in Brenham, Texas, the only child of Fred and Flora Buehrer. She graduated from Brenham High School in 1938. She attended Baylor University and graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor of Music Degree. To support the War effort, she worked in the design department of Consolidated Aircraft in Fort Worth, which produced the B-24 bombers. Following the war, she was a Registered Music Therapist at the VA Regional Medical Center in Waco and Director of Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs at James Connally AFB, Waco. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Flora Buehrer of Brenham; her beloved son, David G. (Kippie) Copeland, Jr.; her late husband, Lawson D. Campbell; and her first husband, David G. Copeland. She is survived by her first cousin, Franklin Raschke and wife, Genevieve, of San Antonio; niece, Kathy Copeland Papke of Austin; nephew, Randy Copeland of Houston; cousin, John Toland and wife, Deborah, of Tucson, AZ; cousin, Nancy Fontaine Woods of Braddford, England; and cousin, John Barrett of Austin. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Aline's grandfathers were Swiss and German, though both men married Americans.

The history of the Consolidated Aircraft plant is described as follows:
Air Force Plant 4 was opened in 1941. It was operated by the Fort Worth Division of Consolidated Aircraft Company (later Convair) for assembly of the B-24 bomber. In 1942, during World War II, Air Force Plant 4 became operational when Consolidated Aircraft began manufacturing the B-24 Liberator bomber. Over 3,000 B-24s were constructed in the first 2 years of operation. Later, the plant produced 124 B-32s, the successor to the B-24. Later, the plant began producing aircraft components, as well as delivering completed aircraft.
Many innovative aircraft were produced at AFP 4, including the first intercontinental bomber (B-361, the first supersonic bomber (B-58), and the first swing-wing aircraft (F-111). In 1953, General Dynamics took over operation of the manufacturing facility. Since then, Air Force Plant 4 has produced the B-36, B-58, F-111 and F-16 aircraft. Between 1947 and 1954, 383 B-36s were built, and afterwards the Mach-2-capable B-58. By 1966, the plant had expanded to 4.7 million square feet, and by 1968 it had expanded further to 6.5 million square feet, to accommodate production of the F-111.
B-24 Bomber plant in Fort Worth
After Aline and David Copeland divorced, she married Lawson D. Campbell, who would retire from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel and, upon his death in 2008, be buried at  Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1942 and was held as a prisoner of war in Germany beginning in 1944 for almost a year. He was an Air Force communications officer, whose photo and one of his German wife, Erika Horn, are shown at a website dedicated to the 601st-615th Aircraft Warning Battalion stationed in Germany during the 1950's:
Captain Campbell, our next Communications Officer, was also revered by many who worked for him. At the 601st reunions there are always stories told about how he handled various situations. He was humorous, but could also be very firm.  Arthur Harman wrote:
"...a snapshot taken of, then, Major Lawson D. Campbell, around 1959 or, perhaps, 1960-61. It was taken in his office at Ramstein Germany where he commanded the local communications organization and facilities." ...
Erika Horn.  Later Erika Campbell
Long-time German National employee.  Officially, a civilian clerk/typist  Unofficially, the Commander's secretary
Wrote and spoke idiomatically perfect American English with no trace of a German or British accent
Married Capt. Lawson Campbell, 610st [sic] Communications Officer, in Kassel in 1959 and went to live with him in the States.

Jayne Copeland--David's Second Wife

Copeland's second wife, Jayne Baker Copeland, would get into the news when she started her own clothing manufacturing company several years before Kennedy's assassination.

David and Jayne Copeland divorced in 1978, three years before he died. In 1981 Jayne married Milton Douglas Solomon. Both are now deceased. According to Milton's obituary, he was 
"General Manager for Barber Boats and Motors in Dallas, Texas. Following a long and successful tenure at Barber Boats, Milton retired with his wife, Jayne Baker Solomon, to the city of his birth and his circle of cherished friends." 
The obituary for Jane's mother, Lillie Baker, stated:
"She partnered with her daughter and only child Jayne in the design and manufacturing of the Jayne Copeland line of children’s wear. She later opened and operated Lillie’s Bridal and Formals on South 8th Street where customers fondly regarded her as 'Miss Lillie.' She retired at age 80 after 25 years in the bridal business to devote her time to her great-grandchildren. Lillie is survived by her daughter Jayne Solomon and son-in-law Milton Solomon, grandchildren Kevin Copeland, Michael Copeland and Kasey Frederick. She leaves four adored great-grandchildren: Jessica Steakley, David Copeland, Kristin Copeland and Max Pfeiffer-Frederick, as well as brothers Robert, Eldridge, and Charles Blain."
From this information about Lillie's surviving siblings we learn that Lillie Mae Blain had married William Judson Baker, who died in 1950. Jayne's name was listed in Texas birth records as Evelyn Jane Baker. In 1930 the Waco directory listed W. Judson Baker and wife Lillie living with his parents, two brothers and two sisters, at 1912 Franklin Avenue. Judson and Lillie worked at an ice cream stand, which sold "frozen custard." Four years later the couple lived at 1000 S. 8th Street, and his parents lived on the same street a few blocks to the east, an address now within the Baylor campus. Before his in 1950 at age 40, Jayne's father, Judson Baker, was a used car dealer in Waco who had started a Christmas "fling," in 1946 by throwing dimes off the roof of his office to the scores of children below. In 1947 he switched to pennies, throwing 40,000 off his roof.
The Jayne Copeland line of clothing continues, as does the widespread fame of William Torbitt's document.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Desperately Seeking Truth

Researching history to find the truth about what REALLY happened is not unlike looking for a specific destination when all one has is its address, while traveling on a highway littered with flashing billboards, each offering diversions and false promises pointing the way to the same destination by a different route. Billboards, like most advertising, lie. I always have to remember my modus operandi--the true route to the destination is to follow the money.

I began my most research into Morris Douglas Jaffe after reading a blog by John Delane Williams, Why is Morris Jaffe Interesting? This phase of my research required me to 
  • begin with assumptions Williams had made, compared with facts I uncovered about Jaffe's background. (The Fed Mart allegations)
  • My next blog about this research revealed what I thought may have been a significant link between the Jaffe family in San Antonio and Lyndon Johnson's close friend and attorney from the Texas hill country, "Judge Moursund." (Old San Antonio)
  • It was the next step in my research that led me to inquire into Jaffe's uranium exploration,  found in a blog post called "Other Uranium Explorers in Texas in the 1950's."
What I knew for sure at that point were the following details:
  • Lyndon Johnson's San Antonio friend, Morris Douglas Jaffe, was involved for a time in uranium exploration;
  • Another Morris D. Jaffe was a lawyer in Dallas.
My initial goal was to sort the two men out and determine which had a uranium company, what happened to it, and with whom he was connected or, perhaps, who was investing in his company. I also needed to know whether either of the two Morris Jaffes was, as  John Delane Williams alleged, the son-in-law of Sam Bloom, an advertising man who "was enlisted to handle public relations for Judge Joe Brown for the Jack Ruby trial." 

Williams also stated in the same post that 
"Mort Freedman was a brother-in-law to Sam Bloom and the owner operator of Morty Freedman Inc. at 2135 Lamar in Dallas. More importantly, he shared the telephone number with the Dallas Uranium and Oil Company on the third floor of the Dal-Tex Building."
Continuing with my metaphor, I knew what I wanted to know, but I had to follow money maps to reach my destination, while ignoring all the billboards (statements Williams made as truths), attempting to divert me from a successful completion of my journey. It took many twists and turns, and for that reason, I am pinpointing for readers the stops made along the way, intersections as it were with other money trails, that eventually led to the correct path to the discovery of the role uranium played in the plot to kill the Kennedy brothers.
  1. In September I decided to look into the background of a Waco attorney named David Copeland, the man behind the mask of William Torbitt and the "Torbitt Document," as well as a major source of information secretly supplied to Penn Jones, Jr., an early researcher in the JFK assassination. Copeland's wife, Jayne Copeland -- daughter and partner of Mrs. Lillie Mae Blain Baker -- was a children's clothing maker who traveled within circles of the fashion and textile industry in Dallas, New Orleans and New York. This was the same industry engaged in by many of the backstage characters in the Kennedy assassination--people like Abraham Zapruder and Jeanne LeGon De Mohrenschildt. Did Copeland learn what he knew through his wife's contacts or from other sources?
  2. The Torbitt Document took me back to research I had begun years before but never completed--a fascinating look at a trial of two Mexican assassins arrested by Alice District Attorney Sam Burris in the mistaken killing of the son of a lawyer from south Texas named Jake Floyd
  3. Researching the background of Sam Burris was a step necessary in determining how close he may have been to a relative named Howard Burris, lurking inside the excellent research of Richard Bartholomew's treasure, Possible Discovery of an Automobile Used In the JFK Conspiracy
  4. Within Bartholomew's manuscript was revealed a connection between Howard Burris and the notorious Edward G. Lansdale, an Air Force Major General at the time of his retirement on November 1, 1963, who headed Operation Mongoose during the Kennedy years.

Only recently did I discover that Jack Ruby was aware of the book written by J. Evetts Haley before his death of a fast-growing cancer in 1967. Ruby wrote a letter, addressed only to "John," which can be seen at page 104 of a book written by William P. Litynski and uploaded to Scribd:
While Ruby is in jail, he writes this letter:  [image of note] It reads:
"you must believe me that I know what is taking place, so please with all my heart, you must believe me, because I am counting on you to save this country a lot of blood-shed. As soon as you get out you must read Texan looks at Lyndon [A Texan Looks at Lyndon by J. Evetts Haley], and it may open your eyes to a lot of things. This man is a Nazi in the worst order."
Further on in this letter Ruby writes:
... isn't it strange that Oswald who hasn't worked a lick most of his life, should be fortunate enough to get a job at the Book Building two weeks before the president himself didn't know as to when he was to visit Dallas, now where would a jerk like Oswald get the information that the president was coming to Dallas? Only one person could have had that information, and that man was Johnson who knew weeks in advance as to what was going to happen, because he is the one who was going to arrange the trip for the president, this had been planned long before the president himself knew about, so you can figure that one out. The only one who gained by the shooting of the president was Johnson, and he was in a car in the rear and safe when the shooting took place. What would the Russians, Castro or anyone else have to gain by eliminating the president? If Johnson was so heartbroken over Kennedy, why didn't he do something for Robert Kennedy? All he did was snub him.
This letter and Ruby's remarks to the press, suggest that Ruby became only later convinced that Johnson was a power behind the scenes. During his Warren testimony he shows no inkling of this conviction.
Upon investigation, we learn that the above letter was printed in an issue of Ramparts magazine with the following lead-in:
The letter which follows is one of two unsigned letters handwritten in pencil on slips from a memo pad confiscated by one of Ruby's guards and subsequently smuggled from the jail. They were sold at auction in the Astor Gallery in New York on January 31 1966 by Charles Hamilton, a reputable autograph dealer who vouched for their authenticity. The purchaser of this one was Texas editor Penn Jones Jr., author of the book Forgive My Grief. He paid $950. Ruby's younger brother Sam immediately contacted Jones and confirmed that Ruby had admitted writing the letter.
With Jones' permission we are publishing most of the letter (33 pages in its original handwritten form) This is its exclusive publication and it is presented as Ruby wrote it without correcting his errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation, without attempting to clarify its ambiguities, contradictions, and evident factual errors. It will be remembered that Ruby never went beyond the eighth grade in school.---by David Welsh
The letter can be read as it appeared in Ramparts by looking at the file on Jack Ruby at the Mary Ferrell website. The complete file is 204 pages long. I will be glad to email a pdf of the file to anyone requesting same.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Jim Norman on Mossad Role in Inslaw Theft

Danny Casolaro
Quixotic Joust decided to reprise the Jim Norman interview after reading Cheri Seymour's recently published updated printed version (by TrineDay) of The Last Circle

Cheri posted her original investigative report online under the pseudonym Carol Marshall to protect herself from being "suicided" like Danny Casolaro, who had kept the results of his own findings secret. Those extensive materials he had accumulated and analyzed were forever lost when he died. 

It was Cheri's intent to retrace Danny's steps until she could put a face (or faces) on the OCTOPUS. It must be our purpose to continue their work. Only by knowing the components of that many-tentacled metaphorical beast, can we ever hope to prevent the head of the national security state from secretly reaching into the slimy depth of lucrative criminal enterprise to feed the vile creature it has become. 

Radio Interview of James Norman by Jim Quinn, DJ of WRRK 96.9 FM in Pittsburgh

The following is a Radio Interview between James Norman, a former Senior Editor of Forbes Magazine and now with Media  Bypass Magazine and Jim Quinn, DJ of WRRK 96.9 FM in Pittsburgh. In this interview from December 7th, they discuss issues of national importance and STUNNING IMPACT. Essentially they give out the reason for Vincent Foster's Death, and the fact that the "resignations" of the Congress-persons are NOT for policy reasons but because they have been caught with millions in corrupt funds in Swiss Banks. Read this to learn what the "mainstream media" doesn't ever tell you...

Jim Quinn's Interview with Jim Norman

QUINN: Jim Norman, former Senior Editor at Forbes Magazine, and currently writing for Media Bypass Magazine after having  uncovered Caspar Weinberger's Swiss bank account (we do get punished for some of the truths we uncover, do we not?). Jim is on the phone with us this morning. Good Morning, Jim.

NORMAN: Hi, how are you?

QUINN: Pretty good. I want to give people a chance to get an idea of what it is we are going to launch into after 8 o'clock, and I want to give some background into this. Is it fair to say that since Iran-Contra that the government has sort of been involved in the drug business?

NORMAN: Yes, it goes way back before then, actually. It goes back even to the Vietnam War days -- remember the Golden Triangle, Laos, Cambodia and all that, Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it was always on a much smaller scale. What apparently happened was that in the 80s we got into it in a big way, basically nationalizing the wholesale importation of drugs from Central and South America. The idea was that we control it somehow that way; instead, it has just become the tail wagging the dog, I think.
(from left to right) Secretary of State Alexander Haig, National Security Adviser Richard Allen, President Reagan, Deputy Secretary of State William Clark, Chief of Staff James Baker III and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. 5/28/81. photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Arms and Drugs -- Government's Funding Source for Covert Ops?

QUINN: It's become the funding source for just about anything that the government covertly wants to do, and for the moneys that various elements of the government don't want to ask the Congress for, nor do they want Congress to know about.

NORMAN: Right. And it's an arms business, too. They are kind of all tied up together.

QUINN: So it's arms and drugs?

NORMAN: Right.

What did Gary Cartwright and 'Mad Dog' Know in 1963?

Notes on Mad Dogs: On Being Young, Talented, and Slightly Insane in Old Austin

Originally published in The Austin Chronicle

Anyone who has tried to write about Mad Dog, a bizarre moment of this state's literary history, can lay claim to the same feelings Susan Sontag experienced when she wrote "Notes on 'Camp'" in 1964. "It's embarrassing to be solemn and treatise-like about Camp," she declared right off the bat, and proceeded to sketch the sensibility of camp in the form of descriptive notes because "to snare a sensibility in words, especially one that is alive and powerful, one must be tentative and nimble." The essay form is too definite, too knowing, perhaps, to snare a sensibility. Mad Dog is not a sensibility that is alive and powerful, but it was at one time. But the rules are the same for snaring lost or living sensibilities, and in the case of Mad Dog, for which there is not an abundance of recorded history, the effort of resuscitating its lost sensibility can be addressed most effectively by making notes about it. 

These notes are for Bud Shrake
"There were people who refused to join Mad Dog. ... I think they thought it was too elitist. So we decided it was: It was too elitist for them."
-- Bud Shrake being interviewed, Jan. 13, 2001

Defining "Mad Dog"

1. An attempt at definition: Mad Dog is the chosen name of a band of rebellious artists -- mainly writers and journalists but also musicians and painters -- who lived in Texas, mostly in Austin, in the late Sixties and early Seventies who partied and wrote in an identifiably Texan, outlaw manner. Members include  
  • Texas Monthly senior editor Gary Cartwright and his wife Phyllis; 
  • novelist and screenwriter Bud Shrake (Shrake and Cartwright were the founders); 
  • Dennis Hopper, who starred in Kid Blue (1973), a movie that Shrake wrote; 
  • Marvin Schwarz, who produced the movie; 
  • actors Peter Boyle and Warren Oates, also in Kid Blue
  • Willie Nelson; 
  • Jerry Jeff Walker (and later, his wife Susan); 
  • Peter and Jody Gent (Peter Gent is the author of the classic football satire North Dallas Forty and a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver); 
  • Bill Brammer, author of The Gay Place
  • painter and sculptor Fletcher Boone; 
  • labor lawyer David Richards and his wife Ann, who would become the governor of Texas; 
  • Larry L. King; and 
  • Threadgill's proprietor Eddie Wilson, among others. 

Once a Mad Dog always a Mad Dog, but the hotbed of Mad Dog activity has long since passed. The unofficial anthem of Mad Dog is said to be "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother," by Ray Wylie Hubbard, but the Jerry Jeff Walker version. 
Holding a booksigning at Scholz Garten (in this case, for Larry L. King's  <i>… and other dirty stories</i> in 1968) is the epitome of Mad Dog style:  a little beer with your books. The man smoking behind King (seated)  is artist Fletcher Boone, and behind him, Bill Brammer.
<p>(Larry L. King Archives, Southwestern Writers Collection, Southwest Texas State University)
Holding a book-signing at Scholz Garten (in this case, for Larry L. King's … and other dirty stories in 1968) is the epitome of Mad Dog style: a little beer with your books. The man smoking behind King (seated) is artist Fletcher Boone, and behind him, Bill Brammer. (Larry L. King Archives)

Trying to define the sensibility of Mad Dog in one statement would betray the spirit of the group, since harboring anything as sophisticated as a "sensibility" is not what Mad Dogs were after. There was no purpose to Mad Dog (more on this later); its motto was "Doing Indefinable Services to Mankind" and its credo was "Everything that is not a mystery is guesswork.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Canadian Radium and Uranium Role in American Conspiracy and Crime

It seems helpful to review the history of oil, radium and uranium production in Canada before proceeding with research into what was going on in southern Florida in 1959 and later. All history is a study of what people DO, not just what they admit to doing. The best way to figure out what they actually did is to intersect dots showing who they make connections with and then explore how those connections fit into an historical timetable.

Below are excerpts extracted from a paper called "Grandfather and the Bear," presented by H. J. M. Spence at the Fourteenth International Symposium held by the Uranium Institute in London, September 1989. 

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Gilbert Labine, a partner with his brother and others in a relatively flush but young and momentarily mineless mining firm called Eldorado Gold Mines Limited, spotted the site of what was to become Canada's first uranium mine from the air in 1929. Following up on a tip from a fur trapper and other rumours, characteristic of the times, he was looking mainly for silver, and was attracted by cobalt bloom and other coloured stains, which were easily visible from the aircraft while overflying the Great Bear area....
Gilbert Labine at Great Bear Lake mine

Labine discovered pitchblende, as well as the silver he was seeking, at what was to become Port Radium on Labine Point....

Initial confirmation of what Labine had found - ore containing up to 53 per cent uranium oxide - came by radio in August following analysis in Toronto of hand-picked samples flown out from the site by a rival firm. The message was in code, which was common in the mining industry of the day, but which could not disguise the word 'uranium'....

The prize, of course, was radium, a gram of which was then valued at more than 50 times the average Canadian's annual income. This miracle substance had captured the fancy of the world for its proven use in the battle against cancer. We shudder today in the knowledge that it was also touted for use in treating such things as birthmarks, eczema, ringworm, psoriasis, acne, warts and neuralgia, and was even claimed 'to cause the menopause to be prompt and not distressing'....

In any case, it was the demand for uranium for weapons development that revived the Port Radium mine in 1942. The project was given government priority for men and materials, and it took just four months to recommission the workings. The immediate, urgent requirement for uranium was met by collecting the bagged ore and concentrates which had been abandoned at the mine and various points along its access waterway in 1940.

After a year and a half of intrigue and manoeuvering, on 28 January 1944 the government announced in the House of Commons that Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited, and its Port Radium mine, had been nationalized 'in the interests of military secrecy', which must have caused distress amongst the Allies' security and intelligence communities. It is well known that, at the urging of the United States, security surrounding the uranium bomb project was extraordinary. As a consequence, mistrust strained the relations between friendly nations, and those involved with the work were kept on a short leash - to the extent that one of the small band of US Army scientific experts with the Manhattan project was followed on a visit to his Canadian fianc?by what could only have been a security agent.

The activities at Great Bear Lake retreated into shadow for some three years, while the world sorted out the good guys from the bad....Following the war, uranium mining in Canada was characterized by a boom-bust-boom cycle reflecting the effects of politics and technological developments on the world marketplace. Amateur prospecting really took off in 1948 when the government lifted a partial ban on private involvement in uranium exploration and replaced it with a guaranteed minimum price for acceptable uranium ores. The advent of the Cold War meant there was a market for as much uranium as Canada could produce. There were many promising uranium discoveries in the decade after the war, one of the most significant being that at Beaverlodge on the north shore of Saskatchewan's Lake Athabasca

Occurrences first reported in 1934 were pursued in 1944, and underground development began in 1949. The discovery of uranium deposits in northern Saskatchewan was the beginning of a major expansion of the uranium mining industry in Canada, including the establishment of the first open-pit and the first private enterprise uranium mine in the post war period, the Gunnar mine, which was discovered in July 1952. The Bancroft area occurrences first picked over by grandfather Spence in 1922 were tapped for development beginning in 1949....
[Note: see Mr. Spence's references at above link.]

It should be noted here that Bryan W. Newkirk made a huge discovery of uranium at Bancroft in November 1954 through his company, Faraday Uranium. In 1943 it had been reported in the press that monopolistic control of the Vermilion oilfield, had been alleged by Elmer E. Roper, a Canadian representative from Edmonton in an address in the legislature. The charge had been denied in a telegram from Bryan W. Newkirk, Toronto, member of a group operating the field, stating: "there is no monopolistic control of the Vermilion field." 

Newkirk had also been involved with companies named Marigold Oils Limited and Barclay Oil Company, Limited, reputedly licensed by an Israeli man named Arie Ben-Tovim, a chemical engineer by profession, who, after the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 had been appointed consul of Israel in Canada during 1949-50, and then as consul in New York during 1951-52, when Ben-Tovim returned to his professional and private occupation and to engage in a joint oil project with Newkirk, with T. R. Harrison (of Trans-Era Oils Limited and Wilrich Petroleums Limited), and with  A. M. Abernethy (of Minerva Mining Corporation Limited). Abernethy was in business with James Crisona of New York, with whom he had purchased controlling interest in the uranium company owned by D. Harold Byrd of Dallas, Texas, in 1956. 

A few years after the Israel venture, Newkirk would also be connected with stock promoter /hockey player Eric Cradock in Marigold Oils Limited, while another Canadian representative made allegations in the legislature that stocks were being rabidly promoted by gangsters who were associated by Cradock and others in sports clubs. These gangster/ gamblers had invaded Canada following a crackdown on organized crime by the United States following Robert F. Kennedy's participation with Roy Cohn on the Senate Committee staff chaired by Senator Joseph McCarthy, and then his appointment to the position of Attorney General under his brother, President John F. Kennedy in January 1961. 

Robert Kennedy had resigned from McCarthy's committee and became Lead Council in the Senate Subcommittee Hearings on Racketeering and Corruption in the Teamsters Union. As Gordonskene reported at Crooks and Liars newstalgia website:
During a panel interview on Meet The Press from 1959, Kennedy is asked by Lawrence Spivak if he was worried regarding Hoffa's threat to sue, from some remarks Kennedy made during a recent Jack Paar Show appearance.
Robert F. Kennedy: “I feel that in our investigation that we have shown that Mr. Hoffa has made collusive deals with employers, that he’s betrayed the Union membership, that he sold out the Union membership, that he’s put gangsters and racketeers in important positions of power within the Teamsters Union, that he’s misused Union funds. I say that and I will say it again. If Mr. Hoffa wishes to sue me I think we can take that to a court and allow it to be decided by a jury. ...That if he loses that case, that he should resign as President of the Teamsters. Because if he is guilty of any one of these things he is not worthy to be International President of that Union.”
Needless to say, the news didn't get any better for Hoffa when Kennedy became Attorney General a little over a year later.

The crackdown against organized crime by Bobby Kennedy led first to the flight of the criminals into Canada and later to Bobby Kennedy's enforced impotence cause by the murder of his brother, the President. Did Bobby's old nemesis Roy Cohn have a hand in that? Was he assisted in any way by his friend and associate Bryan Newkirk,  who developed the island resort of Duck Key south of the most southern tip of mainland Florida, one of the closest points to Cuba, where Roy Cohn was often in residence? Were Newkirk and Cohn connected by their relationship with other Canadian and Israeli members of organized crime who were incidentally out to regain control of Cuban gambling by Meyer Lansky? These questions are yet to be answered.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Canadian Organized Crime and Florida Land Development

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.
So, who were those guys?

Mr. Wintermeyer: —Mr. McNamara was a defence witness, so to speak, at closed hearings on February 11, 1960, and on February 17, 1960, before the Deputy Provincial Secretary to show cause why the Centre Road club's provincial charter should not be cancelled on the ground that it was being used for illegal gambling.

Perhaps the hon. Provincial Secretary will remember the fantastic story Mr. McNamara told at those hearings about how the president of the army, navy and air force veterans association had conducted an investigation into allegations against the club and had given it a clear bill of health and how he took his position in the club to keep an eye on things because it had been more or less forced on him as the decent thing to do. And perhaps the hon. Provincial Secretary can explain why no cancellation was ordered for months and that, in fact, the charter was not dissolved until June 14, 1960, after Robert Wright was arrested and everybody knew the jig was up.

Perhaps Mr. McNamara can explain how the vice-presidency of the gamblers' mining company was forced on him in February of 1961, several months after it was known that everything had not been so decent at the Centre Road club after all.

Mr. Speaker, one of the characteristics of organized crime demonstrated by the New York crime commission was the use of violence. The commission said that beatings and even murder were the consequences of the presence of organized crime in a community. There has been evidence in Ontario that physical violence and murder are associated with the activities of gamblers. I will cite several cases:

On March 21, 1961, Max Bluestein, a convicted gambler, was savagely beaten by a number of men in the Town Tavern in downtown Toronto. He was beaten with brass knuckles, iron bars and fists. He was knocked down and kicked and a broken bottle was ground into his mouth and face. According to reports, Mr. Bluestein was beaten by a group of men acting for rivals who wanted to share the enormous profits of Bluestein's illegal gambling enterprises in Toronto.

Mr. Speaker, let me outline a little of Mr. Bluestein's background. In December of 1960 he was convicted along with Sam Binder of operating a common gaming house in the Lakeview club on Bathurst Street near Eglinton Avenue. Magistrate Addison in passing sentence of a fine of $15,000, or four months in jail estimated Mr. Bluestein's Lakeview club did an annual volume of gambling in excess of $13 million with a profit to Mr. Bluestein of more than $1 million. Mr. Bluestein obviously could pay the fine but it was reported in the press that he chose to go to the Ontario Reformatory at Mimico because paying the fine would cause him an income tax problem. While at Mimico a trusted lieutenant told him that rivals wished to take over four large floating crap games which Mr. Bluestein controlled in Toronto hotels. At this point Mr. Bluestein decided to pay his fine in order to gain his freedom and the opportunity to meet the challenge to his gambling empire. It was curious that when Mr. Bluestein came to pay his fine, it was discovered that a clerical error in the court record made him liable only for a fine of $4,000 and not $5,000.

It was reported in the press at the time of Mr. Bluestein's beating at the Town Tavern that almost half of the hundred people present had been invited to witness what subsequently took place. This was a public demonstration to the gambling fraternity of Toronto that violence would be used to capture and control illegal betting here. Despite the fact that a hundred persons were in the tavern no one came forward to give evidence to the police. The tavern's hat check girl and doorman, as well as the customers were thoroughly intimidated.

One month later, after the police held in camera hearings with 12 witnesses, warrants were issued for men— for four men— on a charge of assault causing bodily harm. These men were Jack Weaver, Frank Marchildon, Fred Gabourie and John Papalia. The first three, arrested April 23, 1961, have already been identified as convicted gamblers and members of various social clubs convicted or suspected of being gaming houses. The fourth man, Johnny Papalia of Hamilton, gave himself up to police on May 12, 1961, 48 days after the Bluestein beating and at a time when the New York State police had a warrant for his arrest in connection with the largest narcotic ring ever uncovered in the United States.

Mr. Papalia was a member of the veterans club, he was convicted of beating Max Bluestein and is now serving a sentence of 13 months in an Ontario reformatory.

Mr. Speaker, the New York crime commission pointed out that the three principal fonts of revenue for organized crime were illegal gambling, trafficking in narcotics and labour racketeering. In Johnny Papalia we have a direct link between the gamblers and the dope pedlars. The New York District Attorney charged 20 men, four of them Canadians, as being part of the conspiracy which smuggled drugs worth $150 million on the black market into the United States in the course of the past several years.

Of the 20 charged several left the United States forfeiting bail of $20,000 to $50,000 each. One man was murdered in Brooklyn, New York, last summer, another tried to commit suicide, a third was declared insane, and unfit for trial. A fourth was Alberto Agueci of Toronto, whose beaten, strangled and burned body was found last week near Rochester, New York. Some of the men charged in New York have been identified by federal narcotics authorities in the United States as members of the Mafia.

Another characteristic of organized crime as revealed by the New York State commission was that of extortion. Do we have examples of extortion in Ontario, Mr. Speaker? Last April, Toronto Daily Star columnist Pierre Berton published stories about gangland beatings of Toronto stockbrokers who refused to pay protection money. Beatings have been reported in Hamilton. Gwyn Thomas in the Toronto Daily Star on April 10, 1961, reported that beatings and shakedowns had been going on in Toronto for the preceding two years. Attempts to corrupt law enforcement authorities is another characteristic of organized crime.

I have already related the extent to which gamblers corrupted the Ontario Provincial Police anti-gambling squad. Gamblers have also attempted to corrupt magistrates in the Toronto area. It has been widely reported, Mr. Speaker, that Magistrate Fred Thompson was threatened some few years ago on the day before he was to hear a case against a well-known gambler. Magistrate Thompson reported this to the hon. Attorney-General. It would be interesting to know what the hon. Attorney-General did about it.

It has been reported that an attempt to bribe Magistrate Addison with $50,000 was made prior to the trial of another well-known gambler. It would be interesting, Mr. Speaker, to know what steps, if any, the hon. Attorney-General took in this matter.

I have cited the murder of Earl Atwood in connection with the Roseland club, and no doubt the hon. Attorney-General is familiar with that case. I wonder if he is familiar with the case of Peter "Scrit" Mitchell, one of the gang in the old Ramsey club. According to evidence in court Mitchell held his position in the organization by reason of his alleged ability to provide the club with political protection. According to evidence his position became somewhat tenuous and he is said to have talked too much. It is no secret, Mr. Speaker, that Scrit Mitchell disappeared suddenly and has not been seen for a long time. I wonder if the hon. Attorney-General would know where Mitchell is.

Mr. Speaker, physical violence, extortion, intimidation, bribery and attempted bribery, drug trafficking, and even murder, have all accompanied the growth of illegal gambling in Ontario. They are the inevitable corollary of organized crime. In recent years, however, a new and equally frightening aspect has appeared to this relationship between professional gambling and other illegal activity. It is the use of illegal gambling revenues to promote fraudulent stock deals. I will not weary the House with the complicated details of any particular case. Instead I would simply cite some cases of record in which evidence of syndicate money has been found.

There was the case some two years ago of Shoreland Mines Limited, a dormant Toronto firm. There was the case of Manor Securities Limited in the Maritimes. There was the investigation and report of the acting administrator of The Securities Fraud Prevention Act in New Brunswick last year into the activities of Canam Investments Limited, and of a number of related companies and individuals. This investigation found links with racketeers in Toronto and New York.

If time permitted I could show the House an association between some of these racketeers and some of the professional gamblers I have named earlier in my remarks. I have cited the shakedown and attempted shakedown of certain stockbrokers. It is no great secret, Mr. Speaker, that the culprit here, certainly one of the culprits, was Johnny Papalia. It is no great secret that the stockbrokers concerned were really so-called stockateers, the high pressure brokers and dealers who live on the fringes of securities law. At least two of the men coerced by Papalia were frequent visitors at the Centre Road veterans club.

I had occasion to mention Eric Cradock and J. B. Ryan [Joseph Bernard Ryan], the operators of the James Bay goose club. They are associated in Cradock Holdings Limited, Toronto, and both have poor records, to say the least, with the Ontario securities commission. Cradock offices were once used by Jack Weaver and Fred Gabourie for a big backend booking operation.

I can cite the case of Jaylac Mines Limited, a stock promotion which resulted this month in the cancellation by the Ontario securities commission of the registration of two Toronto stock dealers. The commission identified one Ivan Gordon as a representative of Jaylac interests who disappeared in 1960 following the removal and probable disappearance of all Jaylac's liquidated assets. Here again a detailed examination would reveal an association with ventures in which professional gamblers were and may still be involved.

If for no other reason, Mr. Speaker, a Royal commission is necessary to discover and expose the use of illegal gambling revenues in the participation of professional gamblers and their associates in fraudulent stock promotions.

I now come, Mr. Speaker, to the fifth and final question. The New York crime commission found that one of the characteristics of organized crime is its penetration into legitimate business. What evidence is there that this has happened in Ontario? I could give the House a number of references but I will detail only one because it is a classic example of what has happened and what can happen.

Rent-a-Plane Service 

On June 27, this year the chief of police of Metropolitan Toronto told a meeting of law enforcement officers in Buffalo that a questionable group of men were operating an airline service from Toronto to the United States and the Caribbean area. Mr. Mackey said that although no criminal activity had been discovered the airline would be watched closely because of the ease with which private aircraft can cross international borders and evade customs inspections and regulations.

Mr. Speaker, the name of that airline is Airgo Limited and it was run for a considerable period of time by Vincent Feeley and Joseph McDermott. Airgo Limited was incorporated by federal charter on August 11, 1958. The original owners were a Toronto lawyer and his brother-in-law who allegedly were interested in operating a rent-a-plane service at Toronto Island airport.

On July 3, 1959, the Air Transport Board issued a licence authorizing Airgo Limited to operate a flying training school and a commercial passenger and freight service in Canada. This licence became effective when the federal Department of Transport issued an operating certificate on August 21, 1959. On September 15, 1959, the Air Transport Board issued another licence to Airgo Limited authorizing it to make flights to and from the United States. This became effective when the federal transport department issued an operating certificate on October 13, 1959. Mr. Speaker, on October 19, 1959, six days after Airgo Limited was in business to make flights to the United States, the owners sold the airline to two Toronto lawyers who said they were acting for undisclosed principals. Those lawyers were David Humphrey and Hugh Locke of the firm of Humphrey and Locke. The deal was consummated in the lobby of a downtown Toronto bank when Mr. Locke handed over a large sum of cash money to one of the original owners.

Mr. Speaker, in the course of their investigation of Feeley and McDermott on other matters the police executed a search warrant for the law offices of Humphrey and Locke, and it is no great secret that among the other documents seized was a record of meetings in those offices concerning Airgo business. This record shows that those present at the meeting were Hugh Locke and his accountant, Charles Philips, the operations manager of the airline and Vincent Feeley. The Aviation Directory of Canada, a private publication which compiled its listings on the basis of information supplied by the airlines themselves, also listed David Humphrey as vice-president and Hugh Locke as secretary of Airgo Limited for 1960 and 1961.

Nor is it any great secret, Mr. Speaker, that police seized a document in the law offices of Humphrey & Locke drawn up in May of 1960. This document is a conditional sales document whereby David Humphrey, Hugh Locke, Joseph McDermott and Peter Fielding agreed to sell Airgo Limited to Robert S. Wong, subject to the approval of the Air Transport Board and other conditions. Peter Fielding is an alias used by Vincent Feeley and Robert S. Wong is a manager at Toronto Island airport. The deal apparently fell through but the document is at least indicative of the substantial financial interest in Airgo Limited by Vincent Feeley and Joseph McDermott.

I can also tell the House that Feeley and McDermott were frequently seen about Airgo's offices at Toronto Island airport, and that they identified themselves to the employees as the owners and operators of Airgo Limited. Further I can say that George Reid, the trusted lieutenant of Feeley and McDermott in gambling club operations, was placed on the Airgo payroll after the Centre Road veterans club closed down.

Joseph McDermott took a chattel mortgage for $20,000 on certain aircraft when Airgo Limited was sold to the present owners some time last winter. Yet despite all this evidence of participation by Feeley and McDermott in the ownership and control of Airgo Limited for a period of over one year there is no record with either the Air Transport Board or the federal Department of Transport of the sale of the airline from the original owners in October of 1959.

In August of 1960, and I point out, Mr. Speaker, that this would be shortly after Robert Wright was arrested and the gamblers had discovered the police had had an undercover agent in their midst, the Air Transport Board did receive a vague letter from Humphrey and Locke indicating there had been a transfer of ownership, not to Feeley and McDermott, but to the current owners.

Clearly, Mr. Speaker, a serious evasion of law occurred in this case. Federal regulations provide that the air transport board must be informed of any sale or transfer of stock exceeding five per cent of the total stock, and must approve such sale or transfer. Failure to do so can mean cancellation of the airline's licence and legal prosecution. Clearly, the regulations were violated in this case and there can be little doubt the law was evaded in order to conceal Feeley and McDermott's participation in Airgo Limited.

I shall say nothing, Mr. Speaker, about why they wanted to run an airline, nor shall I say anything about the present ownership of Airgo Limited. Chief Mackey's statement can speak for itself. But I do suggest most strongly, Mr. Speaker, that here again is the type of illegal activity requiring investigation by a Royal commission.

Mr. Speaker, this speech has been long and full of detail. The material is complex and technical. For those reasons it presents a special difficulty for the hon. members of the House to grasp all its meaning readily and easily. I am also aware that much of the material is sensitive in nature. However, I want to emphasize, Mr. Speaker, that I have made no charges of culpable wrongdoing against any person. I have not made and I do not now make any judgment about the legal or moral guilt of any man. What I have done is to present in this House a number of facts which I am convinced demonstrates that organized crime exists in Ontario and requires investigation.

I believe that the only satisfactory investigation can be that of a Royal commission.

The characteristics of organized crime which were demonstrated by the New York State crime commission are all manifest in Ontario. I think it is obvious that an investigation of organized crime by the department of the hon. Attorney-General would be in the nature of an internal house cleaning.

That is needed, but it is not sufficient. I think it is obvious that a Royal commission, independent of government, is the only adequate device for investigating organized crime.

Mr. Speaker, I believe that this Royal commission should be headed by a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario. He should be aided by a counsel who will be empowered and directed to investigate all aspects of the problem of organized crime. The commission's terms of reference should require investigation into the extent of organized crime in Ontario; the link between professional gamblers and their counterparts and associates in the United States; the records of the department of the hon. Provincial Secretary in its handling of social club charters; the failure of the department of the hon. Attorney-General to carry out government policy and to enforce the laws relating to gambling; the link between illegal gambling and other criminal activity; especially links with trafficking in narcotics; the penetration of legitimate business by professional gamblers; the contamination of our processes of law enforcement by attempts to influence courts and their operation; and finally the use of legal fronts for illegal activities.

The commissioner and chief counsel should be assisted by adequate staff of trained investigators. The commissioner should have the power to subpoena witnesses and to hear their testimony under oath and if necessary at times in camera. The commission should also be empowered to hold public hearings if deemed advisable as a means of bringing home to the general public the nature and scope of the menace which organized crime presents. The commission should be required to prepare a report of its findings for presentation to this House.

Mr. Speaker, I and my party will not be satisfied with anything less than the type of commission and inquiry which I have outlined. I appeal directly to the hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Robarts), to appoint such a commission and to give it terms of reference that encompass the matters I have enumerated. I wish to assure him and all the hon. members of the House that if the present government does not undertake to appoint such a commission and to direct it to undertake such an inquiry, the next Liberal government will do so at the earliest opportunity.



Lethbridge Herald - 12-1-1961
Challenges Political Leader
TORONTO (CP) — Joseph Ryan, general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos football club,
Thursday challenged Ontario Liberal Leader John Wintermeyer to come outside the legislature and repeat remarks he made about Mr. Ryan and stockbroker Eric Cradock.
Mr. Wintermeyer in a speech on gambling to the legislature Wednesday said Joseph McDermott of Port Credit, whom he identified as a notorious gambler, was host to a group of Detroit men at a Moosonee-area hunting club owned by Mr. Cradock and Mr. Ryan.

Mr. Wintermeyer also said that Mr. Ryan and Mr. Cradock were associated in the firm of Cradock Holdings Limited, Toronto, "and both have poor records, to say the least, with the Ontario Securities Commission."

Winnipeg Free Press - June 10, 1961
Ont. Men Face U.S. Drug Trial

TORONTO (CP)— Three Toronto men Friday were ordered extradited to the United States
to face trial on charges that they were involved in a ring that smuggled millions of dollars
worth of heroin into the country from Italy.

Judge Robert Forsyth directed that Alberto Agueci, 59, his brother, Vito, 41, and Rocco
Scopolletti, 26, be sent to jail for at least 15 days pending possible application before the
Supreme Court of Ontario to decide the merits of the case. A lawyer representing the
U.S. justice department told the court the drug smuggling operation, which involved 110 pounds of heroin valued at between $14,000,000 and 822,000,000, began in 1958.

Part of FBI Report

An Italian baker from Brooklyn, N.Y., in a sworn statement read in court, told how heroin
was sewn into quilted blankets and brought from Italy on boats which he met in New York.
Some of the drugs were hidden in false trunk bottoms. The baker was described as the man
who named the Agueci brothers and Scopoletti as being part of the operation.

Ed Reid wrote about these cases in The Green Felt Jungle and in this issue of the weekend supplement:

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