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Pseudonym: Extrano, El

Jesus Gonzalez Cartas. A gangster and narcotics smuggler, one of Tony Varona's bodyguards.

124-90102-10153: No Title

1948-1955: Max Lesnick said when he was a university student from 1948-1955 he came to know Gonzalez Cartas, describing him as also known as "El Extrano", due to widespread publicity in combating communism in labor unions and driving out labor leaders who were communists. Lesnick currently does a tape for a radio show "El Caribe' that broadcast every day at a 10 am slot from the Dominican Republic. (12/12/62 memo)

124-90041-10096: No Title

September 1960: Both Jesus Gonzalez Cartas aka El Extrano ("The Strange One") and Humberto Rodriguez Diaz were leaders of the organization La Cruz (The Cross). Both men are capable of terrorist acts in the US or Cuba. Gonzalez has a reputation for having committed twenty murders and Rodriguez recently was the subject of an attempted extradition by the Cuban government for murder.


3/23/61, from REDACTED, WH/4/OPS/SPT at BELL to JMWAVE: "Numerous (FBI) reports indicate Jesus Gonzalez Cartas alias El Extrano as gangster murderer smuggler and drug addict who identical with trainee 4882. Subject not repeat not to be used." Marginalia adds: "Reported he is one of Varona's two bodyguards. The other is equally bad."

HSCA Report, Volume III Current Section: Testimony of James J. Rowley, p. 429

The bomb that was found on Miro Cardona's fender went off one hour after he left his car - neither this nor the NY bombs of the November 1962 would-be saboteurs were of common manufacture. The Secret Service informant 1-15-49 - involved in the investigation of Antonio Jones and Quintin Pino Machado - was tilted toward the "pro-Castro" forces as being the culprits in the Cardona bombing and said he would look for more background evidence.


12/4/62 questioning by FBI of Rolando Masferrer Rojas for the 11/20/62 bombing of the vehicle of Miro Cardona. Masferrer stated that the most likely suspects were Jesus Gonzalez Cartas and Humberto Rodriguez Diaz. The two men were publishing a Miami newspaper called 'Denuncia'. It was well-known that they were funded by Tony Varona/AMHAWK. Masferrer stated it was reported that Gonzalez had gone to Cardona's office and asked for a donation. When he was refused, Gonzalez Cartas and Rodriguez became angry and planted the bomb. At p. 10: Cardona's allies believed the bombing was done to scare him - if there was an intent to kill, the bomb would have been planted in the car before Cardona went to the airport. See 1994.06.24.14:27:01:220005 - page 77 - this 10/22/62 memo says Gonzalez Cartas was greeted by Cardona with "abrazos" (embraces) when Denuncia was published.  Gonzalez and Humberto Rodriguez Diaz are described as notorious gangsters and in the narcotics trade. See 104-10236-10243: 10/31/62 memo describes Gonzalez Cartas as "a notorious gangster" in Cuba, going back to the Prio era, and director of Denuncia. Pedro Leyva, an editor, was mentioned as probable source of outing of Macho Becquer/Bernard Barker/AMCLATTER-1 and Sanjenis/AMOT-2 as "CIA agents". Memo went to C/PW and Campanong/Evvy Vidal. See 124-90102-10153, p. 28: By 1/63, neither Gonzalez or Rodriguez could get work in Miami due to their notorious reputations.


11/15/62, Memorandum from Henry P. Rebholtz to Chief, PW: Subject: Suggested Indirect Action Against Denuncia: "1. The attached reports from AMCLATTER/1 indicate that Pedro Leyva, allegedly a paid employee of AMBUD, is the brains behind an anti-Batista publication named Denuncia, and that AMBUD/1 took the trouble to state to AMCLATTER/1 that he, AMBUD/1, had nothing to do with the paper. 2. AMBUD/1's concern on the matter may have stemmed from the fact that on page 8 of the 17 October issue of Denuncia there was an article which exposed Macho Barquer/Bernard Barker/AMCLATTER-1 and Joaquin Sanjenis/AMOT-2 as agents of the CIA. 3. Concerned case officers in PW and FI Sections, as well as Chief PM, who is perturbed about the mention in the same paragraph of Manuel Villafana, feel that if it can be ascertained that an employee of AMBUD is connected with Denuncia, his pay should be terminated summarily as an example to anyone else who might decide that such activity will be countenanced by ODYOKE (U.S. Government). 4. It is suggested, therefore, that the matter be taken up with AMBUD/1 soonest, and that a thorough examination be made by AMBUD of the alleged extra-circular activities of Leyva, and if results confirm suspicions, his services be terminated." (Handwritten note underneath last sentence: "being done 19 Nov 62"). - - - Page 6: Handwritten note at bottom of the page: "1) Trouchard (Note: William M. Kent). 2) Caponong (Note: Probably Evalena S. Vidal). 2. Retain or destroy; I have copy. HR." - - - 01/15/63, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: Henry P. Rebholtz PW. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=47627&search=#relPageId=10&tab=page

124-10210-10276: No Title

11/18/64 FBI memo re an attempt to extort money from Julio Cesar Iglesias for anti-Castro revolutionary purposes: Jesus Gonzalez Cartas as well as FNU Fayat, aka El Turquito, are involved in extortion rackets in the Miami area. Others include Herminio Diaz, Humberto Nunez Webster, Hector Duarte, Angel Esteves, Raul Esteves, Eduardo Silva.

124-90130-10027: No Title

"Turquito" Fayat (see 124-10206-10180, pp 36-37, aka Jose Ramon Fayat aka Maceria; ) gave Tamayo an OESA (Secret Anti-Communist Army Organization) card in 1962 and that he thereafter recruited four friends to fill out his cell. By 1964 Tamayo took his friends to another group and considered OESA a dead organization.

124-10206-10180 [No Title]

10/30/62 report stated that Carlos de Torres - brother of Bernardo de Torres - claimed "Maceria" was one of the killers of Albert Anastasia. Other killers he named were Santos Trafficante, Jr., Roman Oliverea (the "set-up" man), and Cisco (Anastasia's bodyguard). de Torres' source was Cisco. Detective Graff identified Cisco as "Cisco Bob", whose true name was Ubaldo Santacroce. Santacroch admitted he made the statements, and that Maceria's true name was Jose Ramon Fayat, owner of the Ideal Restaurant, 755 West Flagler Street, Miami. However, Santacroch stated he could not verify these statements. Graff's information was that Santacroch was considered a 'bum' and unreliable, and he closed the case based on unreliable information.

Bill Simpich

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