Me (left) and Rolf discuss the assassination in St. Gallen.
Basically, from what I could glean while we were discussing it in St. Gallen, at least two Kennedy assassins made their way into Switzerland: one the notorious “Oswald Double” and the other the hired assassin Jean Souetre aka “Michael Mertz”, the “badge man” assassin who fired from behind the stockade fence of the grassy knoll. Like the Germans I referenced from a visit to
"Leon" (Rolf's name for him), left side - and the actual Oswald, showing dissimilarities.
Rolf was also familiar with the background history of “
Vinson’s official account included a diversion to Dallas and the Trinity River area - where two men boarded just after 3:30 p.m. central time: one a "Latino", 6' or 6'1" weighing 180-190 lbs. and wearing a mustache, the other 5'7" to 5'9" and Caucasian, 150-160 lbs. Only later, i.e. when press photos materialized did Vinson realize the latter guy was the spitting image of Lee Harvey Oswald.
None of this astonished Rolf who also knew the SD (and its affiliate Projekt 26) readily exploited what they called “doppelgangers” for assorted tasks. He theorized other clandestine services also did this and a “doppelganger” might have played a role in the April, 18, 1990 assassination of Herbert Alboth. (He even half-joked that an aged “
Could Mertz have made the kill shot from a building? I asked Rolf (right). Yes, he replied, but he would have demanded the sure kill shot, i.e. from the knoll.
How long were these assassins in
? Rolf opined that “ Switzerland ”
hid in plain sight in St. Gallen “for many years” albeit using a false identity. The Swiss left
him alone to preserve neutral relations with the Leon (they knew of the CIA Staff D assassinations project and the pair's
involvement under William Harvey and the NSA). Also they had no idea whether “ U.S. ” was one
of the actual killers or only played the role of a double to divert attention
and implicate Oswald. The SD leaned to the latter. As for Mertz, they were
prepared to grab him from a hotel in Lugano on Nov. 29th but by then
he’d fled the country. Rolf suspects he went to Leon Croatia
Rolf added that it was “well known” that
Jean Souetre was a stone killer and the Swiss had no use for keeping such OAS
trash within their borders. Albania
Did Mertz- Souetre make the kill shot from a tall building? Rolf assessed it and shook his head: “Nein”. Instead he’d have wanted the sure shot with highest percentage of success: the kill shot – from the knoll. Not that he couldn’t have done it, Rolf assured me, it’s just that Souetre was more “a lone wolf” and would have preferred to operate by himself. Rolf accepts Souetre likely made the kill shot while wearing a Dallas PD uniform – to “make the getaway much easier”.
Why would any of the assassins or mechanics want to stay in a place like
St. Gallen? Rolf laughed: “A city!
Easy to hide, to conceal oneself – also everyone coming here generally goes to the mountains, you
Did he believe any of the assassins were still alive or living in
“Not likely. To close the wound after this many years it is better that all the remaining ones are killed – you know, permanent silence. And they’d be running out of money and that spells problems for those needing to preserve silence.” Who’d take care of such a job? Rolf smiled and replied: “Can’t you guess?”
After this heavy discussion, deliberately done on the streets of St. Gallen and in English, we began our sojourn to the Abbey of St. Gallen Library and its hidden medieval treasures. The JFK assassination was now in the “rear view mirror” to use Rolf’s apt term. He added: “If and when you write about this in your blog, please kindly no last names – or close in facial photos!”