I shot JFK from the grassy knoll: Mafia hitman claims to be missing piece in assassination

Sunday, November 8, 2015
By Paul Martin

A Mafia hitman who claims to have fired the bullet that assassinated US President John F Kennedy is due to be freed from prison after 36 years next spring.

By James Murray
Sun, Nov 8, 2015

James Files, 72, has been moved from a high-security jail to a less secure one in Illinois in preparation for his release.

His extraordinary claims in a filmed prison interview have become an internet sensation since being put on the web by Dutch film-maker Wim Dankbaar.

Now the CIA and other US secret agencies are bracing themselves for a fresh wave of conspiracy theories as Files identifies himself as the missing piece of the jigsaw in the Kennedy plot.

Controversially, he says there was collusion between the Mafia and the CIA to kill 46-year-old Kennedy, claims which could lead to him being called to give testimony on oath in Washington.

The Vietnam war veteran was part of the CIA team that trained a militia for the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba in 1961, which turned many in the agency against Kennedy when he called a sudden halt to the clandestine operation.

After being kicked out of the military, Files joined the “outfit” in Chicago, becoming a right-hand man to Mafia chief Charles “Chuckie” Nicoletti, a hitman for Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana.

Files said he also had a now-dead CIA handler.

Files, who is serving time for being an accessory to a mob murder, claims that CIA men felt betrayed over the Bay of Pigs fiasco and feared Kennedy was going to shut the agency down because it was out of control.

They called in mobsters to carry out the killing in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, which is 52 years ago next month.

Files claims ex-marine misfit Lee Harvey Oswald, 24, teamed up with him in Dallas where they fired weapons together and checked out positions at the Dealey Plaza, where Oswald worked in the Texas School Book Depository building.

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