The Conspiracy That Links A New Orleans Mafia Boss To The JFK Assassination

According to reporting by The Washington Post, as the Kennedy administration’s attorney general, Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) quickly set his sights on organized crime. In doing so, he established an organized crime section in the criminal division of the Department of Justice. Among others that fell under RFK’s scrutiny was Carlos Marcello, an undocumented immigrant living in New Orleans. Marcello was born in Tunisia to Italian parents and brought to the U.S. as a young child. He never became a U.S. citizen. As an adult, Marcello was one of New Orleans’ most powerful crime bosses, and he racked up a lengthy criminal record.

Throughout this period, Marcello evaded law enforcement, though he was the target of federal officials even before JFK’s time in office. In the spring of 1961, RFK’s team representing the Department of Justice had Marcello deported, but by November of that year, Marcello was back in the country, and reportedly angrier than ever over the federal interference. In possible collusion with two other mobsters, Santos Trafficante and Jimmy Hoffa, Marcello allegedly said (via The Washington Post), “Don’t worry about that little Bobby,” referring to Robert Kennedy. “He’s going to be taken care of.” That and other evidence led the HSCA in 1979 to diverge from the findings of the Warren Commission: Their conclusion was that Oswald had not acted alone.

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