Lucien Sarti

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Lucien Sarti (circa 1931[1] – April 28, 1972 [2]) was a French drug trafficker.[3]

Drug smuggling[edit]

On April 19, 1968, Sarti was arrested along with fellow Corsicans Auguste Joseph Ricord and Francois Chiappe for questioning regarding the robbery of a branch of the National Bank of Argentina.[4] The three were released due to lack of evidence.[4] In April 1972, Sarti was shot to death in Mexico City during a raid of a drug trafficking ring by the Mexican federal police.[3][4][5] A detective in Rio de Janeiro was later suspended from the police force after being accused of accepting a bribe to free Sarti and Helena Ferreira, his girlfriend, from jail earlier in 1972.[6] In January 1975, four French citizens alleged to have supplied heroin to Sarti were among a group of 19 indicted by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn.[5]

Allegations of involvement in the assassination of John F. Kennedy[edit]

The Murderers of John F. Kennedy and The Men Who Killed Kennedy[edit]

In November 1988, Steve J. Rivele's French-published book The Murderers of John F. Kennedy named Sarti as one of three French gangsters involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.[7] Rivele claimed Sarti fired the fatal shot from Dealey Plaza's "grassy knoll".[7] According to Rivele, Sarti, Roger Bocagnani, and Sauveur Pironti were contracted by organized crime in the United States to protect their drug interests.[7][8] The British two-hour television special The Men Who Killed Kennedy was based on Rivele's book, but preceded its release airing on October 25, 1988.[7][8] In the French newspaper Le Provençal published the day following the special, Pironti denied the allegation stating he believed at the time of the assassination that Sarti was held in Marseille's Baumettes Prison and that Bocagnani was in Bordeaux's Fort du Hâ.[8] He also showed the paper military records showing that he was serving on a minesweeper from October 1962 to April 1964.[8] The French Ministry of Justice stated that Bocagnani was in prison on the day of Kennedy's assassination and officials for the French Navy confirmed Pironti's military service.[8]

E. Howard Hunt[edit]

After the death of E. Howard Hunt in 2007, Howard St. John Hunt and David Hunt stated that their father had recorded several claims about himself and others being involved in a conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy.[9][10] In the April 5, 2007 issue of Rolling Stone, Howard St. John Hunt detailed a number of individuals purported to be implicated by his father including Sarti, as well as Lyndon B. Johnson, Cord Meyer, David Phillips, Frank Sturgis, David Morales, and William Harvey.[10][11] The two sons alleged that their father cut the information from his memoirs, "American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate and Beyond", to avoid possible perjury charges.[9] According to Hunt's widow and other children, the two sons took advantage of Hunt's loss of lucidity by coaching and exploiting him for financial gain.[9] The Los Angeles Times said they examined the materials offered by the sons to support the story and found them to be "inconclusive".[9]

Further reading[edit]

  • Davis, John H. Mafia Kingfish: Carlos Marcello and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. New York: Signet, 1989. ISBN 0-451-16418-0
  • Kruger, Henrik. The Great Heroin Coup: Drugs, Intelligence, and International Fascism. Boston: South End Press, 1980. ISBN 0-89608-031-5
  • Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1990. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  • Mills, James. The Underground Empire: Where Crime and Governments Embrace. Garden City NY: Doubleday, 1986. ISBN 0-385-17535-3
  • Scott, Peter Dale and Marshall, Jonathan. Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991. ISBN 0-520-07312-6
  • Sterling, Claire. Octopus: The Long Reach of the International Sicilian Mafia. New York: Simon & Schuster (Touchstone Edition), 1991. ISBN 0-671-73402-4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clark, Evert and Nicholas Horrock (1973). Contrabandista! Praeger, ASIN B0006C4TXQ. The authors state Sarti was 41 at time of death.
  2. ^ Menéndez, Jorge Fernández (November 22, 2013). "Kennedy: Oswald, Sarti, México". Excélsior. Mexico City. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "The dice turn sour for a pair of high rollers". The Gazette. Montreal. February 8, 1975. p. 12. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Hall, Isabelle (September 22, 1972). "Heroin, Smuggling Case May Uncover Mystery". Ludington Daily News. Ludington, Michigan. UPI. p. 8. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "19 indicted in dope smuggling". Chicago Tribune. 128 (30) (Final ed.). January 30, 1975. Section 1, page 6. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Jail Escape Plot, Rio Cop Linked". The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. UPI. November 15, 1972. p. 36. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d Kozlol, Ronald (November 9, 1988). "Book resurrects mob-JFK theory". Chicago Tribune. 142 (314) (Final ed.). Section 1A, page 26. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "French accused of killing JFK". Observer-Reporter. Washington, PA. AP. October 27, 1988. p. A-8. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d Williams, Carol J. (March 20, 2007). "Watergate plotter may have a last tale". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Hedegaard, Erik (April 5, 2007). "The Last Confessions of E. Howard Hunt". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 18, 2008. 
  11. ^ McAdams, John (2011). "Too Much Evidence of Conspiracy". JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think About Claims of Conspiracy. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books. p. 189. ISBN 9781597974899. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 

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