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BOOK REVIEW: "A Secret Order" by H.P. Albarelli, Jr.

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BOOK REVIEW: A Secret Order – Investigating the High Strangeness and Synchronicity in the JFK Assassination by H.P. Albarelli, Jr. (TrineDay) 2013

Hot on the heels of his explosive book A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, investigative reporter H.P. Albarelli, Jr. takes readers even further down the proverbial rabbit hole with his thorough examination of alleged John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of odd things about the whole case.

Who was Lee Harvey Oswald really? What of his connection to secret ops with the military? What of his time in the USSR? How did he so easily return and what was his role – truthfully – in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas’s Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963?

Albarelli does not solve this infamous crime but he certainly shines a light on “high weirdness” associated with that earth-shattering event and raises plenty of new questions in his fascinating new book A Secret Order.

In the chapter looking at the sad case of Rose Cherami, a prostitute and “victim of circumstance and coincidence” and often linked to the JFK assassination, readers are treated to an unexpected Oklahoma link to the JFK assassination in that Central State Mental Hospital (now Griffin Memorial Hospital) in Norman.

Cherami, writes Albarelli, had been injured in an accident in Louisiana and a few days prior to Kennedy’s murder on the streets of Dallas, Texas, had to an officer she was heading there with a couple of guys to “kill President Kennedy.” Indeed, a few days later, Cherami’s statement came to pass. She would later end up at Central State Hospital under unexplained circumstances.

“According to CIA documents, it turns out, most likely just by coincidence, that the Oklahoma facility where Rose was confined, Central State Mental Hospital, was being covertly used by the CIA’s Project MK-ULTRA, the agency’s behavior-modification or mind-control program, at the same time that (Cherami) was confined there.”

Albrarelli also notes that the infamous Dr. Louis Jolyon “Jolly” West (he killed Tusko the elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo in 1962 with a lethal dose of LSD, a dark chapter the zoo prefers to forget) who was a professor of psychiatry and head of OU’s psychology department “most likely also saw Rose (Cherami) while she was confined in Oklahoma …” and notes that West “did professionally visit Lee Harvey Oswald’s killer Jack Ruby on April 27, 1964 in Dallas, at the same time that Rose was confined.” Cherami would tragically die in Texas the following year after being hit by a car.

What did Rose Cherami know? Why was a CIA doc likely monitoring her at a mental institution in Norman?

Even more bizarre is about the story shared by Adele Edisen, who worked at the Tulane University of Medicine in New Orleans (a city that harbored many linked to the assassination) and worked alongside a brain researcher whose research greatly interested the CIA and other spooky agencies.

So, when Edisen shares her tale with Albarelli, about meeting a “bacteriologist” named Dr. Jose A. Rivera with a keen interest in “hemorrhagic fevers” who she met at a convention in New Jersey.

When he brings up the recent shooting at Gen. Edwin Walker (this was prior to JFK’s assassination), Rivera spookily tells Edisen: “They think Oswald did it.” Things just got weirder from there, as Albarelli effectively recounts Edisen’s shocking story that turns vast aspects of the assassination story on its head.

Other characters who get a taste of Albarelli’s literary disinfectant include trained killer and likely hired killer David Sanchez Morales, tragic character and mind-control victim Dimitre Dimitrov and “femme fatale enigma” and Ponca City, Okla. native June Cobb, who likely met with Oswald during his alleged visits to Mexico City.

And this is scratching the surface of the deep recesses of JFK assassination lore, much of which has been long-ignored, hidden or forgotten. The courageous and diligent author takes us on a journey few are likely to forget. This book will be a top addition to my sizable collection of JFK assassination books. 

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