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Charles Rogers (murder suspect)

Charles (Chuck) Rogers, born (December 30, 1921) was a United States geologist, pilot, and murder suspect.

Born and raised in Texas, Rogers served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and studied nuclear physics at the University of Houston. He became a petroleum geologist as well as a licensed pilot. Known as a brilliant recluse, Charles lived with his parents, Fred and Edwina, in their modest house at 1815 Driscoll Street in Houston, Texas. On June 23, 1965, Fred and Edwina Rogers were found murdered in their home. Their bodies had been cut up and stored in the family's refrigerator. Charles Rogers was nowhere to be found, and has not been seen since. He remains the prime suspect in what Houstonians refer to as "The Icebox Murders."

In 1992, a book entitled The Man On The Grassy Knoll claimed that Rogers was a contract agent for the CIA, working with white supremacists and Cuban exiles in various nefarious operations. The book also alleges that Chuck Rogers was the infamous grassy knoll gunman in the John F. Kennedy assassination, and that Rogers was one of the three mystery tramps photographed while in police custody just after the shooting, specifically the lead, or "Frenchy", tramp. According to the 1992 book, the murders came about when Chuck's parents discovered his journal in his room, which allegedly detailed the JFK operation, and Rogers killed them to close their mouths.

Despite these claims, there is no hard evidence to link Charles Rogers to the murder of the President. He remains missing to this day.

Chuck Rogers is also a minor character in two James Ellroy novels; American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand.

References

  • The Man On The Grassy Knoll, John R. Craig and Philip A. Rogers, Avon Books, 1992.

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