“Independent researcher” Wayne Madsen posted this story on his website a little over a week ago:
http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20160407Was the father of presidential hopeful Cruz involved in the JFK assassination?
Previous questions have surfaced about the 1960s activities of Rafael Cruz, Sr., the father of GOP presidential hopeful Rafael Cruz, Jr. (Ted Cruz). Based on the presence of the elder Cruz, an anti-Castro activist, in Dallas and New Orleans before the November 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy, there is a strong reason to believe that Cruz was associated with Central Intelligence Agency's anti-Castro operations.
Rafael Bienvenido Cruz did live in Dallas, Texas in 1962, where his second daughter, Roxanne Lourdes Cruz was born, according to records that I found on Ancestry.com
A draft card from 1967 also indicates that he lived in New Orleans, although I could not find specific records of his residence prior to 1963.
Residence doesn’t establish any links to the CIA or the Kennedy assassination, so I looked at two more applicable issues.
One involved Rafael Cruz’s actual support for Castro. A 2015 New York Times story offered an important piece of information:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/10/u...athers-story-of-fighting-for-castro.html?_r=0But the family narrative that has provided such inspirational fire to Mr. Cruz’s speeches, debate performances and a recently published memoir is, his father’s Cuban contemporaries say, an embroidered one.
The elder Mr. Cruz, 76, recalls a vivid moment at a watershed 1956 battle in Santiago de Cuba, when he was with a hero of the revolution, Frank País, just hours before he was killed in combat.
In fact, Mr. País was killed seven months later and in a different place and manner.
In interviews, Rafael Cruz’s former comrades and friends disputed his description of his role in the Cuban resistance. He was a teenager who wrote on walls and marched in the streets, they said — not a rebel leader running guns or blowing up buildings.
Leonor Arestuche, 79, a student leader in the ’50s whom the Castro government later hired to verify the supposed exploits of revolutionary veterans, said a term existed for people like Mr. Cruz — “ojalateros,” or wishful thinkers. “People wishing and praying that Batista would fall,” she said, “but not doing much to act on it.”
In other words, Rafael Cruz may have been more of a wannabe rather than a hero of the revolution.
Just how invested he may or may not have been in the Cuban revolution, his alleged disillusionment with Castro, or his susceptibility to CIA manipulation are all matters of conjecture. Madsen offers absolutely no proof regarding any of these issues in his article.
Probably the one piece of evidence that seemed most applicable to debunking this conspiracy theory was something I learned on Metabunk—the shape of Rafael Cruz’s ears.
Look at the school picture featured in the New York Times article:
Now compare it to the person in the Madsen article. Notice the difference?
After all that work, I should have started with the ears.