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Pseudonym: Evans, Mark

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Thomas Edward Beckham.


1961-1967: "Beckham, with whom Crisman was connected, was a courier for the anti-Castro groups and acquainted with David Ferrie...(p. 94) Beckham is linked to Ferrie through the Apostolic Orthodox Old Catholic Church...(p. 109)

Joan Mellen, A Farewell to Justice (2006), p. 239

1963-1968: An anonymous letter in May 1967 directed Jim Garrison to Omaha, where he might find Thomas Edward Beckham. An 'army' of men had been collecting money for a new invasion of Cuba, among them Sergio Arcacha Smith, Fred. L. Crisman, Martin Grassi and 'Lucian Rabel' (note: aka Luis Rabel of the New Orleans CRC)...a second anonymous letter, from the same source, dated 1/9/68, informs 'Mr. G' that Fred L. Crisman 'a Washington man', had been advising 'Mark Evans' (Beckham), an Omaha man, to hide out in Iowa. Beckham had delivered $200,000 in Cuban money. 'Is it not odd that Crisman is a friend of Clay's as well as Beckham?' the letter says. 'It is not strange that he knew Tippit?' His source knew David Ferrie and Lee Harvey Oswald personally. The writer was Beckham's sometime manager Bob Lavender, a former Treasury agent. 'Keep digging, Jim," Lavender adds. Thomas Edward Beckham reports that everything in Lavender's letters was true. Crisman flew to New Orleans 11 times in 1964, 17 in 1965 and 24 in 1967. Crisman was indeed the first person Clay Shaw telephoned when he was in trouble. Beckham himself called Crisman right after the assassination."


1963-1968: Lavender was living in Seattle...another tenant was Wolfgang Jost whose telephone number is EA 3-6718. Meeting held at Jack Tar Hotel with Lavendar and his San Francisco attorney - arrests followed shortly after of several Seattle Minutemen. Lavender displayed Universal Life cards with Beckham's name on them. Beckham told him Ferrie would die about two weeks before he did; similar with a reporter with an unrecalled name who died in GA or AL in late 1965 or 1966. Beckham said he had set up a fundraising office in New Orleans with Arcacha and Rabel. "Crisman told Lavender he would kill Beckham if he was subpoenaed. Crisman described himself as a sexual sadist (note: same persuasion as Clay Shaw), many flights into New Orleans and Dallas; many meetings with Beckham at Roosevelt Hotel in NO. Crisman very right-wing and wrote many anti-JFK articles. Lavender saw Crisman 1-2 week during 1967. Crisman told him about a half a million dollars was raised, with Beckham as custodian. Story goes that "Arcacha and Rabel decided that the money would be used to assassinate President Kennedy. However, to throw the authorities off, Beckham was instructed to land at the Miami airport in possession of about $30K of the total amount...arrangements were made to have the FBI and CIA arrest Arcacha and Rabel and Beckham at the Miami airport and confiscate the 30K...I got the distinctive feeling that Lavender was on stage reiterating a story which he was encouraged to tell us." (Garrison writes in marginalia that it appears Boxley was an agent - now the original Crisman file is missing.) From 2/19/68 memo from William Boxley to DA Jim Garrison re interview with Bob Lavender.

Orleans Parish Grand Jury Testimony of F. Lee Crisman, 21 Nov 1968

1966-1968: Crisman testified he worked for the Riconosciuto advertising agency (Michael Riconosciuto was at the center of the Inslaw scandal). Crisman testified that he did not know Clay Shaw, that his stepfather was W. D. White (a colonel in the infantry) and that his first visit to New Orleans was in late 1966: "I came here with a young man, Tom Beckham, he has a show name of Mark Evans. It was in the vain home that we could promote a record that he was getting ready to cut...I went ahead and financed the trip and it turned out to be nothing...Do you remember the person who introduced you to Beckham? Yes, his name was Harold Dahl...(he owns) a large second-hand store of machinery, all types of books, just plain junk." He met another local citizen named "Roswell Thompson". He remembered the name "Sergio Arcacha" but not meeting him..."I don't travel much." He claims he was embarrassed by becoming a Bishop in the Universal Life Church. He said he was essentially an English teacher who wound up inside Riconosciuto's advertising agency.


1980-1991: (A) theory developed around the (PROMIS/Inslaw) case, with allegations that "back doors" had been inserted into the software so that whomever the Justice Department had sold it to could be spied upon. The major source...was Michael Riconosciuto, described by Rosenbaum as a "rogue scientist/weapons designer/platinum miner/alleged crystal-meth manufacturer... ." Riconoscuito had been introduced to a friend of Casolaro's by Jeff Steinberg, a longtime top aide in the LaRouche organization. Riconosciuto (stated) that he and Earl Brian, a director of Hadron, Inc., a government consulting firm, had paid $40 million to Iranian officials in 1980 to persuade them not to release the American hostages before the conclusion of the presidential election that saw Ronald Reagan elected president of the United States; this is the claim now known as the "October Surprise". In exchange for his helping the Reagan administration, Brian was allegedly allowed to profit from the illegal distribution of the PROMIS system, according to Riconoscuito... Riconosciuto also claimed in a (3/21/91 affidavit) submitted to the court in the Inslaw case that he had modified Inslaw's software at the Justice Department's behest so that it could be sold to dozens of foreign governments with a secret "back door," which allowed outsiders to access computer systems using PROMIS. These modifications allegedly took place at the Cabazon Indian Reservation near Indio, California. Because the reservation was sovereign territory where enforcement of U.S. law was sometimes problematic, Riconosciuto further claimed that he had worked on weapons programs there for the Wackenhut Corporation, such as a powerful "fuel air (On 3/29/91), eight days after submitting the affidavit, Riconosciuto was arrested for, and later convicted of, distributing methamphetamine and methadone", charges that he said were a set-up to keep him from telling his story."

Joan Mellen • Bill Simpich

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