‘Please give some consideration to the sayings and actions of Mme Ngo Dinh Nhu in your search for the underlying causes of the assassination of President Kennedy.’…
Paul C. Rader, Miami, Florida Nov. 27, 1963”
Paul Rader’s letter to the Dallas FBI was one of several letters sent and telephone calls made to authorities after President Kennedy’s assassination, suggesting Madame Nhu may have been responsible.
Madame Nhu’s husband, Ngo Dinh Nhu, and his brother, Ngo Dinh Diem, the President of South Vietnam, were assassinated during a coup against their government just three weeks before the Dallas tragedy.
On the morning of November 22, a full page black bordered advertisement appeared in The Dallas Morning News citing a list of grievances. One question asked: “Why has the Foreign Policy of the United States degenerated to the point that the C.I.A. is arranging coups and having staunch Anti-Communist Allies of the U.S. bloodily exterminated”. In testimony at the Warren Commission, Bernard Weissman, said it referred to Diem’s assassination.
“Mr. WEISSMAN. I know it specifically refers to the Vietnam thing, with the overthrow of Diem, and the subsequent murder of the Diem people.” (WC V5. p 510)
At the time of the Saigon coup, Madame Nhu in Los Angeles at the end of a speaking tour of America said: “Such a cruel injustice against a faithful ally cannot go unnoticed, and those who indulge in it will have to pay for it”.
Madame Nhu travelled to Dallas before the coup and was greeted at the airport by right wing figure Robert Surrey. Surrey authored the ‘Wanted for Treason’ handbills distributed just prior to Kennedy’s arrival in Dallas. He pleaded the Fifth amendment numerous times in his testimony at the Warren Commission; the Commission didn’t exercise its’ power to compel witnesses to testify.
In a 1988 documentary “The Men Who Killed Kennedy”, journalist Steve Rivele conducted interviews in which it was alleged a contract to assassinate Kennedy was put out in June 1963 by Corsican mobster Antoine Guerini. What Rivele didn’t explore was the Corsicans’ connections with Diem. The Corsican mafia had been running opium from Saigon to heroin laboratories in Marseilles since the end of the Second World War, and according to Alfred McCoy in “The Politics of Heroin”, had connections with the Diem government. McCoy interviewed Lucien Conein in 1971, and established that Diem’s brother Nhu was a silent partner in an opium running airline, Air Laos Commerciale, managed by “Indochina’s most flamboyant Corsican gangster, Bonaventure ‘Rock’ Francisci”. McCoy says: “Not only was he (Francisci), protected by Nhu, he was allied with the all-powerful Guerini syndicate of Marseilles”. Nhu himself “seems to have dealt with the Corsicans personally”.
The Warren Report was published in September 1964, six weeks after the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed, marking the official beginning of hostilities in Vietnam, a fight deemed of pivotal importance to the battle against international communism. Therein lay the dilemma; Earl Warren could hardly throw a spanner in the works.
Failure to acknowledge the truth -and therefore the lessons about JFK’s assassination heightens risk, especially with Trump at the helm.