Chauncey Marvin Holt

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Chauncey Marvin Holt (October 23, 1921—June 28, 1997) was an American known for claiming to be one of the "three tramps" photographed in Dealey Plaza shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.[1]


Holt was born in Kentucky.[1] Holt moved to San Diego County in the 1970s and lived in La Mesa, California during the last decade of his life.[1] Holt died of cancer at the age of 75, and was survived by a daughter and granddaughter.[1]

Claims of involvement in JFK assassination[edit]

In a 1991 Newsweek article about Oliver Stone's JFK, Holt received national attention for various claims he made regarding the assassination of President Kennedy.[1][2] According to Holt, he was a CIA operative sent to Dallas to deliver phony Secret Service credentials.[1][2] He also claimed to have worked as an accountant for Meyer Lansky.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Alvord, Valerie (July 5, 1997). "Chauncey Holt; claimed inside scoop in JFK killing". The San Diego Union-Tribune (San Diego). p. B.7.1.6. 
  2. ^ a b c Gates, David (December 23, 1991). "Bottom Line: How Crazy Is It?". Newsweek 118: 52–54. 

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