Havana 8

“Edward Grady Partin was a big, rugged guy who could charm a snake off a rock.”1

Jimmy Hoffa, 1975
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Havana 7

“The Committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The Committee is unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy.”

“The Warren Commission was, in fact, incorrect in concluding that Oswald and Ruby had no significant associations, and therefore its finding of no conspiracy was not reliable.”

“The committee found that Hoffa and at least one of his Teamster lieutenants, Edward Partin, apparently did, in fact, discuss the planning of an assassination conspiracy against President Kennedy’s brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, in July or August of 1962. Hoffa’s discussion about such an assassination plan first became known to the Federal Government in September 1962, when Partin informed authorities that he had recently participated in such a discussion with the Teamsters president.”

Extracts from the U.S. Congressional Committee on Assassinations JFK and Martin Luther King Junior Assassination Report, 1979 (classified until 1992)1
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Havana 3

“Partin was a big tough-looking man with an extensive criminal record as a youth. Hoffa misjudged the man and thought that because he was big and tough and had a criminal record and was out on bail and was from Louisiana, the home states of Carlos Marcello, the man must have been a guy who paints houses.”1

Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran in “I Heard You Paint Houses,” 2014
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Havana 6

“The defense then tried to get into the record some reference to Partin’s friendliness with Fidel Castro. It sought to introduce a letter from a Cuban general thanking Partin for help in training Castro’s militia. It tried to show that Partin had been trying to lease freighters to run arms into Cuba. But, needless to say, Prosecutor Neal’s objections blocked every effort.

Jimmy Hoffa in “Hoffa: The Real Story,” 1970
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Havana 5

“These [Baton Rouge Teamster] hoodlums make Marcello and the Mafia look pretty good.”

“I won’t let Edward Partin and his gangster Teamsters run this state!”

“[We’re going to arrest Partin] as soon as we get the evidence against him.”

“Walter, get him out of my state. Now listen to what I am saying to you. Just get him out of my state. I’ll help you do it and I’ll give him immunity. You write it up and I’ll sign it. Just please get him across that state line.”

Louisiana governor John McKeithen in a progressive series of 1968 news statements and ending with personal correspondence between him and Walter Sheridan, documented in Walter’s 1972 “The Fall and Rise of Jimmy Hoffa.”
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Havana 4ish

“These [Baton Rouge Teamster] hoodlums make Marcello and the Mafia look pretty good.”

“I won’t let Edward Partin and his gangster Teamsters run this state!”

“[We’re going to arrest Partin] as soon as we get the evidence against him.”

“Walter, get him out of my state. Now listen to what I am saying to you. Just get him out of my state. I’ll help you do it and I’ll give him immunity. You write it up and I’ll sign it. Just please get him across that state line.”

Louisiana governor John McKeithen in a series of 1968 news statements, quoted from Walter Sheridan’s “The Fall and Rise of Jimmy Hoffa,” 1972, including personal correspondence with Walter; for decades, he was the FBI’s director of the Get Hoffa Task Force, and he had taken sabbaticals to work for President Kennedy’s successful campaign and Bobby Kennedy’s campaign that that abruptly ended when Bobby was shot and killed in 1968.
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Havana 4

“[Jimmy Hoffa’s] mention of legal problems in New Orleans translated into his insistence that Carlos Marcello arrange another meeting with Partin, despite my warning that dealing with Partin was fruitless and dangerous.”

“He wanted me to get cracking on the interview with Partin. In June, Carlos sent word that a meeting with Partin was imminent and I should come to New Orleans. As [my wife] watched me pack in the bedroom of our Coral Gables home, she began crying, imploring me not to see Partin. She feared that it was a trap and that I would be murdered or arrested.”

Frank Ragano, J.D., attorney for Jimmy Hoffa, Carlos Marcello, and Santos Trafacante Jr., in “Lawyer for the Mob,” 1994
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Havana 2

“We can report that Edward G. Partin has been under investigation by the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office in connection with the Kennedy Assassination investigation… based on an exclusive interview with an Assistant District Attorney in Jim Garrison’s office. We can report that Partin’s activities have been under scrutiny. In his words: “We know that Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald were here in New Orleans several times… there was a third man driving them and we are checking the possibility it was Partin.1

WJBO radio, New Orleans, June 23rd, 1964
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Havana: 01 March 2019

“Edward Grady Partin was a big, rugged man who could charm a snake off a rock.1

Jimmy Hoffa, the opening lines of Chapter 10 – The Chatanooga Choo Choo – in “Hoffa on Hoffa,” published by Stein and Day just after Hoffa vanished in 1975

Who can wait in stillness while the mud settles? Who can rest until the moment of action?

Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching, Chapter 15
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