The JFK 100

The prediction of Rose Cherami

Sally Kirkland portrays alleged eyewitness Rose Cherami
(or "Rose Cheramie," as she's known in conspiracy literature)

One of the sequences that opens Oliver Stone's JFK concerns a woman named Rose Cherami, who is depicted as trying to sound the alarm about the forthcoming assassination. It is strongly implied that Cherami (whose surname is commonly misspelled "Cheramie" in JFK conspiracy literature) possesses inside knowledge of an assassination conspiracy, and details some of this information before the President is killed.

Did Rose Cherami predict the JFK assassination? Who was Rose Cherami? Here are the facts.
Rose Cherami was a 41-year-old drug addict and prostitute who was picked up on Highway 190 near Eunice, Louisiana, on November 20, 1963 -- two days before the Kennedy assassination -- by Lt. Francis Frugé of the Louisiana State Police.(1) Cherami allegedly told Frugé that John F. Kennedy would shortly be killed.(2)
When Cherami began acting violent, it was determined she was suffering from narcotics withdrawal. She was taken to the East Louisiana State Hospital, a mental hospital, in nearby Jackson, where she was confined for several days.(3)

The woman known to assassination
researchers as "Rose Cheramie" [sic]

During her confinement, and prior to the time JFK was shot in Dallas, Cherami supposedly spoke of the impending assassination.(4) After Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, Cherami reportedly claimed that she had worked for Ruby as a stripper, that she knew both Ruby and Oswald, and that the two men were "bed partners" who "had been shacking up for years."(5)
According to Lt. Frugé, Cherami declined to repeat her story to the FBI.(6) She was killed when struck by a car on September 4, 1965, apparently while hitchhiking, near Gladewater, Texas.(7)
Among conspiracy theorists, the story has been considered quite credible since 1979, when an account by investigator Patricia Orr was published by the House Select Committee reviewing the JFK assassination (HSCA). This account was based primarily on the HSCA depositions of Francis Frugé and Victor Weiss, a doctor at the Jackson hospital.
The problem is that in accounts given by Frugé and Weiss to the New Orleans District Attorney's Office over a decade earlier, in 1967, there is no mention whatsoever of Cherami having made any statements about the assassination prior to the time it occurred.
On the contrary, several 1967 accounts by Frugé state only that, following Cherami's November 26 release from the Jackson hospital, Cherami informed Frugé that she had worked for Ruby, that Ruby and Oswald had been in Ruby's club together, and that the two were "good friends" and "bed partners."(8)
In 1967, Dr. Victor Weiss recalled speaking to Cherami in 1963, but stated he couldn't remember whether she had spoken of the assassination before or after it occurred.(9)
New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison's office conducted numerous interviews with East State Louisiana Hospital personnel, but couldn't come up with a single first-hand witness who heard Rose Cherami predict the assassination.(10)
Would Cherami have made a credible witness in the first place? It was never verified that she had ever worked for Jack Ruby, or that she was acquainted with either Ruby or Lee Harvey Oswald. She claimed that she had been one of Ruby's strippers, but she was 41 years old and quite haggard. (See her 1964 mug shot, above.) And her claim that Ruby and Oswald were "bed partners" who "had been shacking up for years" hardly speaks well for her credibility.
It also should be noted that in her short life, Rose Cherami was arrested over fifty times in ten different states for charges including larceny, auto theft, possession of narcotics, driving under the influence of narcotics, driving while intoxicated, prostitution, arson, vagrancy, drunk and disorderly behavior, and still other charges. She committed at least one documented suicide attempt, in 1947, was "believed to be insane" at that time, and was ruled "criminally insane" in 1961. She was institutionalized several times, with "psychotic" and "psychopathic" behavior noted. On several occasions she attempted to become a criminal informant, she was turned away because her information turned out to be false.(11)
Yet this is the "witness" with which Oliver Stone leads off his movie about the John F. Kennedy assassination.