Richard Nixon's Hitman
By Mat Wilson
April 27, 2017
Jose Sanjenis Perdomo , a man of many aliases (including Joaquin Sanjenis, Sam Jenis, Sanjenis Perdomo , Jose Joaquin and probably Luis Sanjenis), was a Chief of Police during Cuban President Carlos Prio's regime who went into exile after Fidel Castro took power. Working from CIA/Miami station, he recruited most of the members of Operation 40 (a CIA hit squad). He was working as night doorman at the Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980, when John Lennon was killed.
He was a close associate with Operation 40 member and Watergate burglar, Frank Sturgis, who claimed that Sanjenis died of natural causes in 1974. According to Sturgis, the CIA nurtured Sanjenis's anonymity.
In the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Perdomo was a member of Brigade 2506.
Jose Sanjenis Perdomo was working as night doorman and was outside the Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980, the night John Lennon was killed. He was at the crime scene when the shooting occurred and reportedly screamed "Leave! Get out of here!" before he asked Mark David Chapman immediately afterwards if he knew what he had just done. Chapman reportedly replied that he had just shot John Lennon. Perdomo was the one who identified Chapman as the assailant.
Initially Perdomo was mistakenly referred to as Jay Hastings, the bearded, burly desk clerk who worked in the lobby, and who tried to give Lennon a tourniquet.
Rolling Stone's special issue memorializing Lennon, gives the names of all the other witnesses of the assassination, but Perdomo is referred to only as "the doorman stationed outside" and "the other doorman".
Richard Nixon's Bay of Pigs linked assassins were well protected. Sturgis told the Church Committee he'd been approached by the CIA to commit assassinations on U.S. soil, and he was probably talking about the covert operations of rogue elements like Jose Perdomo.
The multiple alisase of this anti-Castro Cuban exile and member of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961, made it difficult to trace him but he was essentially a professional hitman who worked closely with Watergate burglar, Frank Sturgis. These fanatics targeted domestically after the failed CIA operation to overthrow Fidel Castro and Watergate was simply the tip of the iceburg. The routine tendency to dictate political will through illegal methods and means that included violence was never adequately exposed.
* Jose Perdomo was the doorman at the Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980, the night Lennon was killed.
* Jose Perdomo was at the crime scene when the murder occurred.
* Jose Perdomo asked accused assassin Mark David Chapman, immediately after the shooting, if he knew what he had just done. Chapman replied that he had just shot John Lennon.
* Jose Perdomo told police Chapman was Lennon's assailant. One of the arresting officers, Peter Cullen, did not believe Chapman shot Lennon. Cullen believed the shooter was a handyman at the Dakota, but Perdomo convinced Cullen it was Chapman. Cullen thought Chapman "looked like a guy who worked in a bank."
* Jose Perdomo was an anti-Castro Cuban exile. Perdomo and Chapman discussed the Bay of Pigs Invasion and JFK's assassination a few hours before Lennon was killed. This suggests Perdomo was a member of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961, a failed CIA operation to overthrow Fidel Castro.
* 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.
* Joaquin Sanjenis (one of Perdomo's aliases) worked closely with convicted Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis (deceased) for about ten years on the CIA's payroll.
* Frank Sturgis claimed Joaquin Sanjenis died of natural causes in 1974; however, this was never confirmed.
Perdomo was so invisible that he wasn't identified by name for more than six years after Lennon's murder. The case was declared closed on the night of the murder, and the police report is lacking in any substantive detail. Yet what it does say is that Chapman was carrying $2,201.76 in cash when arrested and declared himself unemployed. Needless to say, Lennon's murder was never properly investigated Mark David Chapman was clearly just another another classic patsy on autopilot.
Next: The smoking gun that exposes the complicity of Perdomo.