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This review is from: ZR Rifle: Plot to Kill Kennedy and Castro (Paperback)
This 1994 book comes across as little more than a belated and unnecessary attempt by the author to distance Castro and Cuba from Lee Oswald - JFK and Tippit's murderer.
Furiati has rather 'over-egged-the-pudding' here. She doesn't simply take the opportunity to show that Oswald wasn't encouraged by Havana (which is not in dispute), she cannot resist the moment to allege that Oswald was a 'patsy' set up by the CIA. Hardly an earth-shattering allegation in '94, was it?
My alarm bells were ringing by the end of the second sentence of the introduction. Furiati writes, "..I stood perplexed in the doorway of the Roxy Cinema. I had just seen the movie `JFK'.."
Perplexed, Claudia? I'll bet you were.
Furiati spends plenty of time discussing the characters and projects that were tasked with killing Castro. For the most part, her writing is accurate. Most folks have known and accepted the CIA's role in seeking to 'remove' Castro at the behest of various presidents from Eisenhower onwards since Drew Pearson blew-the-gaffe in '75.
So what evidence does the author offer to support her contention that the ZR-rifle programme was used to kill JFK? None.
This book simply throws names and allegations about like so much mud in the hope that some will stick.
At the end of the book, Furiati reproduces a Q&A that she conducted with Fabian Escalante. He, of course, is a former head of Cuban State Security. Escalante has always had much to say about Oswald and the assassination of JFK. Unsurprisingly, he thinks - or rather, he wants the reader to think - that The CIA were behind the assassination.
Unfortunately, Escalante places great store by people such as Oliver Stone, Mark Lane, Roger Craig and Jim Garrison.