The who-killed-JFK story seemingly continues to unfold, no matter how many times various authors try to lay it to rest. I enjoyed reading Chuck and Sam Giancana's "Double Cross: The Explosive, Inside Story of the Mobster Who Controlled America," and felt that was a more visceral discussion of events leading up to the JFK murder; however, the two earlier Giancanas finger mobster Johnny Roselli as JFK's assassin. Antoinette Giancana, on the other hand, insists the trigger man was James Files, who fired a shot from a Remington Fireball XP-100 from the grassy knoll. Files was set to be interviewed on an NBC documentary, but when they asked a professional to vet File's story, the investigator reported: "In brief, NBC retained me as a consultant for their planned story on Files. I hired the detective firm of Jules Kroll. JK established from telephone records Files was in Chicago, not Dallas, on November 22, 1963. We then placed a call to Files from Dick Clark's office (DC was producer), and I interviewed Files about Kroll findings. He said he had a twin brother, who no one knew about, and whom he met shortly before November 22, and who he murdered after November 22. He said it was his twin brother in hospital with his wife, not him. His wife, however, said there was no twin, and Kroll confirmed there was no twin. My view then and now is that Files invented the story for the money it would earn him."
A twin brother? Pleeeeeeeassse!
So we have three Giancanas, two stories. Which to believe?
I still lean towards Johnny Roselli. Rosselli began to brag that he was the trigger man some years later and ended up dismembered in an oil drum in the Atlantic. Files, at least at the time of the printing of "JFK and Sam," is still alive and is serving time in an Illinois prison. That he's still alive belies the notion that he's the killer.
The lack of details in this book is the weak link. It's boring and bland and not particularly well written, and it also has holes that an aircraft carrier could sail through. She claims that in 1987, a fellow by the name of John C. Rademacher found the shell casing used by Files in some dirt along a fenceline in Dealey Plaza. Files said he bit the shell casing and, lo, this casing had a bite mark in it!
This is too much.
Antoinette is loyal to her father -- perhaps too loyal. She talks about the CIA murdering her father as if he was the head of some Fortune 500 corporation, instead of a crime syndicate, and lamenting it. I strongly believe the bullet that took JFK's life came from the front, not the back. Other than that, one needs to pick and choose who to believe. So far, I'm more inclined towards Sam and Chuck's book, which is exceptionally well written, loaded with details and juicy tidbits. Any information regarding Rosselli v. Files can probably be found on the Internet; I'd still go with Sam and Chuck's book because it's a far better book. Regardless of who shot Kennedy, we now know at least who killed him.