Rose Cherami

Rose Cherami. New Orleans arrest photo.
Rose Cherami.
New Orleans arrest photo.

One of the most well-known stories of foreknowledge in the Kennedy assassination is that of Rose Cherami (often spelled "Cheramie"), whose real name was Melba Christine Marcades.

On November 20, 1963, Cherami was struck by a car on Highway 190 near Eunice, Lousiana. She told police Lt. Francis Fruge she had been traveling with two men from Florida to Dallas, as part of a drug run, but had been thrown out of the Silver Slipper Lounge after an argument, after which she had been run over. After exhibiting drug withdrawal symptoms, Fruge took her to Jackson East Louisiana State Hospital.

On the journey there, Fruge later told the HSCA, Rose Cherami told the story of her companions and the argument, and then when asked about her business in Dallas, she said she intended to "number one, pick up some money, pick up her baby, and kill Kennedy." She reportedly subsequently told hospital nurses, moments before JFK was killed, that the murder was about to happen. A few days later, she told Fruge that Oswald was a friend of Jack Ruby, for whom she said she worked as a stripper and dope runner.

Dr. Victor Weiss, who treated Cherami, told Jim Garrison's investigators in 1967 that he had heard Rose's predictions about the Kennedy assassination. In his testimony to the HSCA Dr. Weiss was clear that he had heard this before Kennedy's assassination, though the initial 1967 contact report notes that "Dr. Weiss states that he doesn't recall whether this was told to him before or after the assassination."

While working for the Garrison investigation, Lt. Francis Fruge tracked down the owner of the Silver Slipper Lounge, Mac Manual. Manual remembered the incident clearly, and picked out as Rose's companions mug shots of Cuban exile Sergio Arcacha Smith and a man Fruge remembered as "Osanta" (Emilio Santanta?).

On September 4, 1965, Rose Cherami was again a victim of a car accident. This time her skull was crushed and she was killed, near Big Sandy, Texas.



Rose Cheramie: How She Predicted the JFK Assassination, by James DiEugenio.

Rambling Rose, by Chris Mills.

Impeaching Clinton, by Dave Reitzes.

Disappearing Witnesses, by Penn Jones, Jr.

Mary Ferrell Database

Other Links

Retyped documents at JFK Online:



HSCA Report, Appendix X:

Warren Commission Hearings & Exhibits:

  • CE 1414 - Secret Service report dated December 9, 1963, at New Orleans, La., reflecting investigation of allegation that ... (discusses Sergio Arcacha Smith, CRC, and 544 Camp Street).

1967 CIA memo: Smith, Sergio Arcacha. This memo discusses New Orleans DA Garrison's charges about Sergio Arcacha Smith.

Undated CIA memo: Information on Emilio Santana. Undated memo which notes Santana's being recruited by JMWAVE in 1960 for infiltration into Cuba.

Related Starting Points

Books of Interest

    The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK, and Malcolm X
James DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, editors
Feral House, 2003
    Forgive My Grief II
Penn Jones Jr.
Midlothian Mirror, 1967
    A Farewell To Justice
Joan Mellen
Potomac Books, 2005
    Let Justice Be Done
William Davy
Jordan Publishing, 1999
    Ultimate Sacrifice
Lamar with Hartmann Waldron, Thom
Carroll & Graf, 2005
    Destiny Betrayed (1992 Edition)
James DiEugenio
Sheridan Square Press, 1992

See also: Rose Cherami: Gathering Fallen Petals, by her son Dr. Michael Marcades with Norma Kirkpatrick.

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