Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Was E. Howard Hunt one of JFK's killers?
On the day George Bush is set to deliver his State of the Union address, E. Howard Hunt dies in Florida at 88.
Hunt is best known for helping organize the Watergate break-in, leading to the greatest scandal in American political history and the downfall of Richard Nixon's presidency (whose moviegoing connections can be seen in the Frozen Pictures documentary, All The Presidents’ Movies, which actually might really be coming out on DVD one of these days).
The Watergate conspirator (he didn’t show up for the actual break-in) had a storied past, as World War II soldier, CIA officer, organizer of a Guatemalan coup, the botched Bay of Pigs invasion, and the office of the psychiatrist treating Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers.
But most important, and still unproven, is his connection to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Hunt was allegedly one of the “tramps” who was arrested that day in the train yards adjacent to Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Tramps who, as photographed, didn't fit the bill with their new shoes and collars that weren't frayed. And the photographs that allegedly prove it are still being debated. Hunt is said to be the third man in line. Some say the father of actor Woody Harrelson, serving a life sentence for murdering a judge in Texas, is allegedly the man in front of him. And leading the pack: another Watergate figure, Frank Sturgis.
''I was in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 22, 1963,'' Hunt wrote in a letter to Time magazine, in December 1975, while he was incarcerated at Eglin Air Force Base's prison camp. ''It is a physical law that an object can occupy only one space at one time.''
And we believe him. Don't we?
Below, the JFK Tramp in 1963, E. Howard Hunt in 1973: