10/16/13 - Daily Mail - Was Cuban Herminio Diaz a second Kennedy assassin?
Was Cuban professional hit man Herminio Diaz a second Kennedy assassin?
* Author Anthony Summers has claimed that Cuban exile shot President
John F. Kennedy in 1963 with Lee Harvey Oswald
* Diaz was part of an anti-Castro movement that felt betrayed by Kennedy
for the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis
* He 'told a friend that he was responsible for the killing before his
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 13:07 EST, 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:22 EST, 16 October
A Cuban exile and professional hit man assassinated President John F.
Kennedy with Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963, an author has claimed.
Anthony Summers said evidence shows Herminio Diaz, who was part of the
anti-Castro movement that felt betrayed by Kennedy for the Bay of Pigs
invasion, was in the U.S. at the time of the killing.
Afterwards, Diaz reportedly revealed to friends that he had been part of
the murder and after his death in 1966, one moved to Miami and eventually
contacted officials to share the story.
The chief counsel of the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations, G.
Robert Blakey, said he believed the account and called the new details 'a
breakthrough of historical importance'.
The startling claims have been made by Summers in an update to his 1998
book on the killing, 'Not In Your Lifetime' and shared with the
While Diaz's name has been linked to the assassinations before, Summers
claims he now has the real evidence - and support from experts - to prove
the claims are true.
It further fuels beliefs that Kennedy's assassination as he drove in a
motorcade through Dallas, Texas was a conspiracy and not carried out
solely by Oswald, who was arrested for the murder.
Diaz, who had worked for Mafia boss Santo Tafficante Jr. in Cuba and
killed a Cuban police officer in the 1940s, arrived in the U.S. a few
months before the assassination on November 22, 1963, CIA documents show,
the Enquirer reported.
Before tragedy: President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie Kennedy
Onassis smile at the crowds lining their motorcade route in Dallas, Texas,
on November 22, 1963 minutes before he was shot
'Diaz was a professional hit man with a record of political
assassinations,' Summers said. 'He was in the country at the right time
and was involved in the anti-Castro movement.
'Many people in that movement thought President Kennedy had betrayed them
during the CIA-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban
Missile Crisis in 1962, and had a motive to kill him. Frankly, it all adds
Summers did not say how Oswald and Diaz would have been acquainted with
After the assassination, Diaz was traveling to Cuba for an anti-Castro
raid with a friend, Tony Cuesta, who he told about his role in the
killing, the Enquirer reported.
Diaz died in the raid and Cuesta was hurt after trying to commit suicide
to avoid capture - but he was caught and jailed at La Cabana Prison.
While being treated in the infirmary, he told another anti-Castro inmate,
Reinaldo Martinez, about Diaz's confession.
After Martinez was released from prison, he went to Miami and eventually
contacted G. Robert Blakey, chief counsel of the U.S. House Select
Committee on Assassinations, in 2007.
Blakey told the National Enquirer that Martinez thought he was going to
die so wanted to come clean.
'After speaking with him, I believe he was telling the truth,' he said.
'This is a breakthrough of historical importance.'
Summers, who also spoke to Martinez at length, and Blakey said that
Martinez had gone to the FBI with his story, but he was told the
investigation was closed.
In the famous Zapruder film of the assassination, Kennedy can be seen
being hit from behind - where Oswald was standing - and then apparently
being hit from the front, some experts have said.
Cyril H. Wecht, a medical examiner who has studied the assassination for
decades, said he agrees there was someone else involved.
'Based on the initial backward trajectory of the president's head after
being impacted by the gunshot blasts, I believe a shooter operated from
the right front of the vehicle behind the picket fence on the grassy
knoll,' he said. 'Eyewitness accounts corroborate this.'
The Warren Report into the death discounted this and instead only Oswald
was arrested for the death.
He denied any role in the assassination. Two days after his arrest, he was
shot dead by nightclub owner Jack Ruby as he was transferred from police
headquarters to jail.
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