A Rose by Many Other Names: Rose Cherami & the JFK Assassination
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Shifting the focus away from the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, to 48 hours prior in Eunice, Louisiana, this book explores the prediction made by Melba Marcades, aka Rose Cherami, that the president would be assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963 in Dallas. Discounting clairvoyance, the book investigates the possibility that Rose had inside information about the assassination. However, Rose Cherami was not a credible witness: she was a prostitute, a one-time performer in Jack Ruby's Carousel Club, an admitted drug trafficker, a drug addict, and a car thief. But the author’s research reveals glaring omissions in her FBI files, questionable admissions regarding her criminal history, and the dubious details of her untimely demise. This book sheds new light on a relatively unknown footnote of the JFK conspiracy theory.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #429062 in Books
- Published on: 2013-09-19
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .28" h x 5.59" w x 8.50" l, .22 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 98 pages
About the Author
Todd C. Elliott is a former AM talk radio host and a freelance writer and journalist whose work has been featured in the Abbeville Meridian, American Press, the Crowley Post-Signal, the Daily Advertiser, the Eunice News, the Jambalaya News, Lagniappe Magazine, and the Public News. He lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
A Rose, or the Rosetta Stone of the JFK Assassination?
By Herbert L Calhoun
Among the many partially confirmable legends associated with the JFK assassination is the one about Melba Christine Marcades, AKA Rose Cherami, of Houston Texas.
The legend surrounding her, immortalized in the opening scenes of Oliver Stone's movie, JFK, is that she was one of a number of people who had foreknowledge of the JFK assassination and announced it publicly prior to the assassination. She is alleged to have hysterically warned both Louisiana Highway Patrolman, Lt Francis Fruge -- who found her on the side of Eunice La. highway 190 at 2am, where she claims to have been thrown out of a car by two Italian looking men who were enroute to Dallas to kill the President - and to Drs. Don E. Bowers and Seymour Weiss, both working the night shift at a nearby hospital in Jackson, La, where she was eventually taken after being booked at the Eunice police station.
According to this book, the rumor circulating in and around Eunice, La. (a well known part of the fiefdom of Mob Boss, Carlos Marcello) at the time of the JFK assassination was that Rose had made her frantic appeals on Wednesday November 20, the night she was arrested, that an impending assassination attempt would take place at high noon in Dallas on Friday November 22, 1963. However, because of her reputation in the area (she was a prostitute, a liar, and had a rap sheet 55 arrest long), no one took her prediction seriously: until that is, she narrated exactly as it was happening -- in a blow-by-blow fashion as if she was a ESPN Sports announcer in front of the TV and the hospital staff.
The problem with this legend is that in 1967 when Jim Garrison investigated these rumors -- either because they were only unverifiable rumors, or because out of pure fear of both the US government and Carlos Marcello, everyone who knew about it caught a bad case of the "I can't remember" flu and went mute as a result, claiming absolutely no knowledge of Cherami or the rumors that she had predicted about the assassination?
Here Todd Elliot, working against the severest of odds, does a credible job of producing what hard data that remains, and trying to pry open the mouths of the situationally deaf and dumb mutes to fill in the blanks -- both about Rose's life and what actually occurred that Wednesday night in November 1963. Too bad most of the courageous people in the area are already dead and those who remained alive and were willing to talk, had little first-hand knowledge to pass on. Despite this, the background on Rose's life -- especially that of her Doctor of Divinity son - was done with heart-felt passion and alone is a worthy contribution to the JFK assassination literature. Three Stars.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
Good Read....Kept me interested to the end....
So here is an interesting twist to whatever you may believe about the JFK mystery. This book is loaded with information about the life of Rose Cheramie; a hard living, hard working girl from a sleepy little Louisiana town, who apparently had a front row seat to history in the making! This book captivated me from page 1 and left me wanting more when it ended. The author takes you through the days before the tragedy in Dallas from Rose's point of view...or rather, I should say, through Rose's actions or reactions to the events in her life! It contains many old photos of people and places from the era, which adds a really nice touch. The book is just the right length for a week-end or rainy day read. The mystery of the Dallas murder will never be fully solved. This book throws another curve into the mix. I highly recommend it, will read it again.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
ANOTHER CONSPIRACY THEORY? OR...
By Online Book Reviews
Well, this is another book on the JFK assassination, one of the many that is being published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the 35th president of the United States of America. But this is no ordinary "assassination" stuff. It is more than that! There are many who believed the assassination could have been averted if the words of Melba Christine Marcades, aka Rose Cherami, of Houston, Texas, were taken seriously.
A Rose by Many Other Names: Rose Cherami & the JFK Assassination by Todd C. Elliott is an absorbing exploration of the prediction made by Rose Cherami on Wednesday, November 20, 1963, that the president would be assassinated two days later on Friday, November 22, 1963. But how could have anyone known that a prostitute's prediction would come true? Did she have inside information? Or was it just off-the-cuff remark of a hysterical woman? Was she really thrown out of a moving car by would-be assassins?
We may never know the real truth but this book is worth reading as it shift focus from the assassination to some other grey areas in the whole episode. The book is readable, and truly fascinating. And perhaps, Rose might have really spoken the truth if one is to go by the dubious details of her untimely demise. Or is it just grist in the windmill? Or is truth really stranger than fiction?
This book is a must read if you have read other books on the JFK assassination.