297 Document concerning Regis Kennedy
Joseph Newbrough, Jr., another associate of Banister's, said that David Ferrie
visited Banister's office on a daily basis for several months. He recalled that Ferrie,
FBI Agent Warren DeBrueys, and FBI Agent Regis Kennedy frequently traveled to the
MDC (Movemiento Democratica Cristiano aka Christian Democratic Movement) and
the McLaney Camps (named for the owner of the land-William McLaney) on the north
shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
(John Armstrong, Harvey & Lee
Garisson also subpoenaed Regis Kennedy and Warren de Brueys, who had already been transferred
to Washington DC out of harm's way. ( … ) De Brueys was gone but Regis Kennedy remained in New
Orleans. In Washington, Regis Kennedy's reports were immediately sealed.
(Joan Mellen, A Farewell to Justice
Q: What happened to the F.B.I. agent who took possession of your film?
A: Supposedly, and I don't know the whole story so I'm repeating what researchers have told me,
that he died just a few weeks before he was to appear before the House Select Committee to give
testimony about the film.
(Beverly Oliver "The Babushka Lady" Interview
, Gary James, Mobile Alabama Harbinger, 1998)
Additional deaths during the interview period: Apart from the above listed agents, Regis Kennedy who
was a senior agent in the FBI assigned to New Orleans also died during the HSCA interview period. He
was one of two FBI agents in New Orleans assigned as contact men for Lee Harvey Oswald in his role
as FBI informer. Regis Kennedy’s death would be considered curious, not suspicious, due to the
coincidence with his HSCA interview per Jerome A. Kroth. He informed the Assassinations Committee
in 1978 that Carlos Marcello, the alleged Mafia boss in New Orleans, was not affiliated to organized
crime and was a tomato salesman. Regis Kennedy died shortly after testifying before the Committee in
1978. Kennedy is said to have confiscated a film of the assassination taken by what conspiracy
researchers call “The Babushka lady film” which was seized before anyone ever viewed it, and was
(Did Six FBI Agents die before they could testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations?
Regis suffered a heart attack the day before he was scheduled to testify before a grand jury regarding confiscated home
movies of the assassination.
The unreleased files contain an untitled communication from Justice Department files from Regis Kennedy to the special
agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans field office on May 18, 1967.
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