On the Trail of the JFK Assassins
Luis Castillo, Programmed Killer?
Aware of this insidious CIA plot, Russell learned about the curious case of Luis Castillo, who seemed to have a mysterious connection to JFK's assassination, a connection of which Castillo himself seemed only dimly aware.
In February 1967, using a passport bearing the name of Antonio Eloriaga, Castillo was deported to the Philippines from New Mexico, allegedly for overstaying an American visit and stealing a car. One month later, having made suspicious contact with members of the left-wing Huk guerrilla movement, he was brought to Manila for interrogation by the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation. Administering truth serum, the authorities discovered Castillo's real name and began to observe a peculiarity in certain of his behavioral reactions. So [Victor] Arcega, a businessman whose brother was a high official in Philippine intelligence, was called in to exert his skills with hypnosis.
On April 6, Arcega was using a calming method of induction that describes a scene of windows and trees when, inadvertently, he triggered something about "a tunnel" and "a man shot in the head." Castillo remembered nothing of the time, place or victim's name—but this was the tale he related while in deep trance:
He had met four or five men at an airport and been driven to a building in a black car. Covered by a "Spanish" guy on his left and an American behind, he had walked to a room on the second story. There the American produced a rifle from a black suitcase, assembled it and set the scope at 500 yards, and handed it to Castillo. His instructions were to shoot at a man seated beside a lady in the back seat of an open car, in the middle of a "caravan."
Someone would flash a small mirror from a building across the street to let him know when the car was approaching. Two flashes would signal that he should start firing. He was then left alone in the room until, after a time, the American returned and said: "They got him already. Let's get out of here." Castillo remembered getting into a car with two other men, sitting in the back, and someone giving him a shot. When he woke up, he was in a hotel room with a woman he knew well. Later that evening, he was taken to a "college or resort area," where three doctors made him "feel good." Then he was in a car again, riding past a wooded area along a highway.
Beyond this point in the trance, Castillo would begin suffering a terrible pain in his stomach, his head would spin, and he would begin muttering the word "blue."