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Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo, John Lennon's true assassin(?)
by Salvador Astucia, Dec. 30, 2004
(last updated Jan. 4, 2005)
Newly discovered information about doorman Jose Perdomo suggests he may have been John Lennon's true assassin and Mark David Chapman was merely a patsy who confessed to the crime while under the spell of relentless mind control techniques such as hypnosis, drug abuse, shock treatment, sleep deprivation, and so on. Perdomo was tasked to provide security for Lennon at the rock star's upscale apartment complex, the Dakota, the night of the murder. Records reveal a "Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo" (aliases: "Joaquin Sanjenis" and "Sam Jenis") was an anti-Castro Cuban exile and member of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961, a failed CIA operation to overthrow Fidel Castro.
(Dec. 30, 2004) New information suggests the man tasked to protect John Lennon, on Dec. 8, 1980, may have in fact been his killer. Jose Perdomo is cited by multiple sources as the doorman on duty at Lennon's residence at the upscale Dakota apartment complex in Manhattan on the night the famous rock star was murdered. The following is a list of information I have collected about an individual named Jose Perdomo (also known as Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo) who sometimes uses the aliases, Joaquin Sanjenis and Sam Jenis:
The following are explanations of the stated eight points and their origins:
Point # 1: Jose Perdomo was the doorman when Lennon was killed. This has been revealed in multiple sources; however, my research indicates that Perdomo's name was not publicly disclosed until over six years after Lennon's murder. (NOTE: If someone knows of an article or book about the murder, published prior to 1987, which mentions Jose Perdomo by name, please feel free to contact me with that information.) Surprisingly, the first stories in the New York Times (Dec. 9 & 10, 1980) failed to mention Perdomo by name, although they mentioned the "doorman" several times. On June 22, 1981, People Magazine published an article about Chapman, written by Jim Gaines. Again, the article mentioned the doorman but failed to identify Perdomo by name. In 1983, a member of the Beatles's management team, Peter Brown, published a book—co-written by Steven Gaines—entitled, The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of The Beatles. Not only did Brown and Gaines fail to identify Perdomo by name, they actually referred to the doorman by the wrong name: Jay Hastings. Hastings was a real person who worked at the Dakota and was on duty when Lennon was killed, but Hastings was not the doorman. Hastings was the desk clerk in the lobby which is different from the doorman. As far as I know, Hastings did not witness the shooting because he was in the lobby at his desk when the shooting occurred, and Lennon was shot outside, but ran inside the lobby and collapsed. Here is Peter Brown's and Steven Gaines' description of the shooting:
Again, Brown and Gaines not only failed to identify Jose Perdomo as the doorman, they erroneously identified lobby desk clerk Jay Hastings as the doorman.
On February 23, 1987, People Magazine published another article about Chapman entitled, "The Man Who Shot Lennon," by Jim Gaines. Once again, the article mentioned the doorman but failed to identify Perdomo by name. It wasn't until March 2, 1987 that Gaines finally revealed the doorman's name as Jose Perdomo in an article for People entitled, "In the Shadows a Killer Waited." Gaines further described Perdomo as an "anti-Castro Cuban" who discussed with Chapman the Bay of Pigs Invasion and JFK's assassination before the shooting occurred. Here is an excerpt:
In 1989, two years after Gaines revealed Jose Perdomo's name to the public, Fenton Bresler published his renowned book entitled, Who Killed John Lennon?, which suggested Chapman was basically a nice guy, but the CIA had turned him into a programmed killer (aka, Manchurian Candidate) through the use of mind control. As far as I can determine, Bresler was the first person to mention Perdomo's name repeatedly in any book about Lennon's murder.
In 1992, Ray Coleman published a second edition of a biography entitled, Lennon: The Definitive Biography, which merely mentioned the doorman by his first name, Jose. (Ref. p 679)
Based on my research, the public first learned Jose Perdomo's identity from Jim Gaines' article, "In the Shadows a Killer Waited," published on March 2, 1987, in People Magazine. In other words, the public had been unaware of the identity of the mysterious doorman at the Dakota for six years and nearly three months after Lennon's murder. Whether it was done intentionally or not, Jim Gaines' article forced other writers and publishers to come clean and reveal the name of doorman Jose Perdomo to the public, something that was clearly a guarded secret.
Point # 2: Jose Perdomo was at the crime scene when the murder occurred. This was revealed immediately after Lennon's murder, but Perdomo's name was withheld from the public for over six years. The public knew about the doorman, but no one bothered to ask his name, and it was not voluntarily disclosed by the news media or the authorities for over six years.
Point # 3: Jose Perdomo asked Chapman, after Lennon had been shot, if he knew what he had just done. This is an area of considerable confusion or perhaps disinformation. The story was tossed around by several sources for years, but again, Perdomo's name was not released to the public until March 2, 1987 when Jim Gaines wrote an article about Chapman for People Magazine entitled, "In the Shadows a Killer Waited." In 1983, Peter Brown & Steven Gaines erroneously reported—in their book, The Love You Make—that it was Jay Hastings who asked the question, that Hastings was the doorman, something we now know is absolutely incorrect. (See excerpt from The Love You Make by Peter Brown et al in Point # 1.) Even so, Jim Gaines' article did not mention Perdomo asking Chapman if he knew what he had done. As far as I can determine, Fenton Bresler was the first person to specifically identify Jose Perdomo as the doorman who asked Chapman if he knew what he had done, to which Chapman replied, "I just shot John Lennon." (Ref. Bresler, p 230) Again, Perdomo had already been identified as the doorman by Jim Gaines, but it was Bresler who identified Perdomo specifically as the person who asked Chapman if he knew what he had done.
Point # 4: Jose Perdomo told police Chapman had shot Lennon. This assertion was not disclosed until about six years after Lennon's murder when Jim Gaines wrote an article about Chapman for People Magazine, on February 23, 1987, entitled, "The Man Who Shot Lennon." This article, however, did not mention Perdomo by name, it only referred to him as the doorman. It wasn't until the following month, on March 2, 1987, that Gaines finally released the identity of Jose Perdomo as the doorman. Here is an excerpt from "The Man Who Shot Lennon" (Feb. 23, 1987), by Jim Gaines, where Gaines describes how the "doorman" convinced NYPD patrolman Peter Cullen that Chapman was the assailant:
Point # 5: Jose Perdomo was an anti-Castro Cuban exile who discussed with Chapman, shortly before Lennon's murder, the Bay of Pigs Invasion and JFK's assassination. This assertion was made by Jim Gaines in the article entitled ""In the Shadows a Killer Waited," published on March 2, 1987 in People Magazine. (See Point # 1 for excerpt.)
Point # 6: "Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo" (aliases: Joaquin Sanjenis, Sam Jenis) was a member of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961. This was revealed in the Cuban Information Archives website. (See "Sources" below for webpage address.)
Point # 7: Joaquin Sanjenis had worked closely with convicted Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis for about ten years on the CIA's payroll. This was revealed in 1981 by Warren Hinckle and William Turner in a book entitled, The Fish is Red: The Story of the Secret War Against Castro. The relationship between Sanjenis and Sturgis began around 1959 or 1960, according to Hinckle and Turner, when the CIA first began planning the Bay of Pigs Invasion to overthrow Castro. Here is an excerpt from The Fish is Red by Hinckle and Turner:
Point # 8: Frank Sturgis claimed Joaquin Sanjenis died of natural causes in 1974; however, this was never confirmed. This assertion was made in 1981 by Warren Hinckle and William Turner in a book entitled, The Fish is Red: The Story of the Secret War Against Castro. Here is an excerpt:
Whether Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo actually died in 1974, as Hinckle and Turner wrote, is a point worth challenging. What evidence did they present to support this claim? On page 354 of their book, under "Notes and Sources," they gave the following source for their claim that Sanjenis died in 1974: "Authors' interview with Frank Sturgis." How much faith should we place in Frank Sturgis' word, particularly on this critical point? Set aside that Sturgis is a convicted felon (Watergate burglary), as an employee of the CIA, Sturgis had plenty of reason to lie, particularly if Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo is/was the same person who worked as a doorman at the Dakota on the night John Lennon was murdered on December 8, 1980. Hinckle's and Turner's book, The Fish is Red, was published in 1981, in the year after Lennon's murder. Consequently, it makes sense that Sturgis would want to muddy the water a bit. In addition, Hinckle and Turner revealed the importance the CIA placed on Sanjenis's anonymity when they described his alleged death. They wrote: "It is testimony to the importance his employers [the CIA] gave to his carefully nurtured anonymity that when he died, of natural causes, in 1974, his family was not notified until after the funeral." Did Sanjenis really die of natural causes in 1974? There is plenty of reason to believe this claim was disinformation generated by Sturgis at the behest of the CIA. The CIA had every reason to lie in order to continue nurturing Sanjenis's anonymity, particularly after the murder of John Lennon.
Entry wounds on left side of Lennon's body
As I have stated in previous articles, Lennon's death certificate and autopsy report reveal that all four entry wounds were located on the left side of the body; however, Chapman was reportedly standing to Lennon's right and slightly behind him. (See attachment) Who was standing on Lennon's left? None other than professional killer Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo (aliases: Joaquin Sanjenis, Sam Jenis), otherwise known as Jose Perdomo, the doorman. (See attachment) And of course the crime was helped along by using fake witness Sean Strub to lie to reporters immediately after the shooting, creating the illusion that Chapman was guilty. (See attachment)
What about Chapman's confession?
False confessions are a common phenomenon which occur for a variety of reasons. Consequently, Mark David Chapman's confession must be viewed within that context since forensic evidence indicates he is innocent. Because Chapman confessed, he was not given a trial. Instead he was given a sentencing hearing where the judge gave him twenty years to life at Attica State Prison in New York. In 1966 the United States Supreme Court determined, in Miranda vs. Arizona, that police officers must recite Constitutional rights to anyone arrested for a criminal offense. This was done because the high court feared police coercion of suspects. The most notorious case of false confessions in modern times is the Central Park Jogger. In 1989 a woman was raped and severely beaten while jogging in Central Park. Five teenage boys, ranging from 14 to 16 years old, confessed to the crime and were subsequently imprisoned. In 2002 it was discovered that the true rapist was an older man, Matias Reyes, whose DNA matched that which was taken from the crime scene. It appears that Chapman is being treated in a similar manner as the convicted teenagers in the Central Park Jogger case.
Did Nixon order Lennon's murder?
Several writers have insinuated that President Richard M. Nixon sponsored Lennon's murder; however, I am unaware of any author who makes the charge outright. Several authors point to Nixon in a negative light, but no one makes a direct accusation. Examples include Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files, by Jon Weiner; John Lennon and the FBI Files, by Phil Strongman; and Who Killed John Lennon? by Fenton Bresler.
As previously stated, Bresler's book introduced the theory that Chapman might have been a Manchurian Candidate, although Bresler did not specifically blame Nixon for ordering the murder. Wiener's and Strongman's books focus on FBI surveillance of Lennon. They state that Nixon feared Lennon would perform at a political rally which coincided with the 1972 Republican Convention, potentially threatening Nixon's re-election. It is true that the FBI harassed Lennon, and that harassment led to immigration problems which prevented the British-born musician from establishing permanent residence in America for years. What these books generally do not tell readers is that, in a 1980 interview, Lennon flatly denied his intention to perform at an anti-Nixon rally. In the same interview, Lennon said it was Jerry Rubin who planted an erroneous story in the news media stating that he planned to participate in something of that nature (see Footnote). Neither Weiner's or Strongman's books focus on governmental conspiracy regarding Lennon's murder, but they promote the theme that Lennon was harassed by Nixon several years before the singer's death. Casual readers of these books may get the message that Nixon was behind Lennon's murder, but I have found no evidence to support such a theory.
Is there any truth at all to such a hypothesis? The short answer is No, in my opinion. My view of Nixon is closer to that of Len Colodny's and Robert Gettlin's as described in their 1991 book, Silent Coup: The Removal of a President, which argues that Nixon was set up in the Watergate Scandal because of his progressive foreign policy. If we view Nixon in this light, then he was just as much a victim of government harassment as Lennon.
But what about the Frank Sturgis connection? Didn't Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo and Sturgis work together in the CIA during the Bay of Pigs Invasion and several years afterwards? Wasn't Sturgis a convicted Watergate burglar? Doesn't that mean Nixon was involved in Lennon's murder? Again, if we accept the Colodny-Gettlin hypothesis that the Watergate burglary was a means of sabotaging Nixon's presidency, then the Sturgis connection becomes less damaging to Nixon. In other words, it looks like the assassination engineers intentionally selected an assassin—Perdomo—with a direct connection to one of the Watergate burglars—Frank Sturgis—as a way of pinning Lennon's murder on Nixon as a fallback position should the crime begin to unravel. If someone would ever figure out that the doorman was the true assassin, Nixon would become the false sponsor of the crime. But no one ever suspected the doorman, until now, that is.
Reagan, the FBI snitch
Anthony Summers mentioned another troubling point in his book, Official and Confidential, which suggests Ronald Reagan was an active participant in Lennon's murder. Contrary to popular belief that Reagan was a nice guy, Summers portrayed him as a snitch, an FBI informant in the late 1940's, feeding information to J. Edgar Hoover regarding alleged Communist activities in the Screen Actors Guild and other Hollywood organizations. The following is an excerpt from Summers' book:
Keep in mind that Lennon was
killed one month after Reagan had been elected for his first term as president.
With Reagan's rise to power, America had taken a dramatic turn to right-wing politics with the defeat of
Democratic President Jimmy Carter. Reagan would eventually push the
largest peacetime defense build-up in US history: the Strategic Defense
Initiative (SDI), more commonly known as "Star Wars," named by its
critics after the
popular science-fiction movie. SDI/Star Wars proposed building a massive
space-based defensive system to protect America against potential nuclear
attacks from the Soviet Union. The most prominent advocate of SDI/Star wars
was the late Edward Teller, one of the leading
physicists who helped develop the atomic bomb, was a primary architect of
the Hydrogen bomb, and continued to be an
Lennon was likely unaware of SDI/Star Wars because it wasn't publicly announced until 1983, but it is a safe bet he would have publicly protested the moment he learned of it, just as he successfully led the effort—as a major rock star—to turn public opinion against US involvement in Vietnam War in the late Sixties and early Seventies. So the best thing for the Star Wars crowd was a preemptive strike, kill Lennon before he had a chance to object. (See attachment) By using Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo as Lennon's assassin, a man linked to Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis, seeds had been planted to pin the crime on Nixon if the public ever learned Chapman was a patsy.
Lennon described his Immigration problems to David Sheff (Playboy Magazine)
in a 1980 interview. Ironically, John placed more blame on leftists like
Jerry Rubin than right-wing forces within the United States Government. The
following is John's explanation, to David Sheff, of his Immigration
• Cuban Information Archives reveal a "Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo" (aliases: Joaquin Sanjenis, Sam Jenis) was a member of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961. See the following webpage:
• All other sources are indicated in text.
Follow-up: Photos of Perdomo
Posted January 16, 2006
Cuban Information Archives website