Barry Ernest, December 2010
On November 22, 1963, a young Victoria Elizabeth Adams stood behind a fourth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. She watched as John Kennedy was murdered in the streets below. Then, with a co-worker in tow, she ran down the back stairs of the building in order to get outside and determine what had happened.
At that precise moment, her life changed forever.
Unbeknownst to her but certainly in the forefront of the government’s thinking was the fact that if Miss Adams was telling the truth, then she had descended those stairs at the same time Lee Oswald would have been on them as he made his escape from the sixth floor sniper’s nest.
Yet Miss Adams saw no one.
And even though the stairs were old, wooden, and very creaky under any weight, she heard no one on them.
Her story presented obvious problems for the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Oswald was the sole assassin. When Miss Adams was called to testify before a Commission attorney, she was quickly discredited, humiliated, and eventually branded a liar. Behind closed doors she pleaded with the government to conduct time tests of her actions if she wasn’t believed. She begged the government to question her co-workers, particularly the woman who had accompanied her down the stairs, if she was felt to have been inaccurate.
But she was ignored.
And so, knowing the truth of what she had done and now fearing for her life because of it, she went into hiding and became willing to die with that private knowledge.
Intrigued by what little was available about Miss Adams, the author went in search of her. It took him 35 years to eventually find this elusive witness. Along the way, many of the rumors and speculations surrounding the JFK assassination were finally put to rest. And in the end, the truth of what Miss Adams did was discovered.
This is an important story, unique in this mess surrounding the Kennedy assassination and buried for decades. It is an account the government did not want us to hear, and actually went to the extreme of fabricating evidence in order to prevent us from hearing it.
This is more than just another book on the JFK assassination.
Roger Levine, January 2001
Thirteen-year-old Jacob Zuckerman accompanies his grandfather, Abraham, to Dealey Plaza, Dallas, on the morning of November 22nd, 1963, to see President Kennedy’s motorcade. While the elder Zuckerman is absorbed in filming his now historic clip, Jake turns to his right and sees a man with a rifle, standing behind the picket fence atop the grassy knoll. Jake raises his camera and captures for eternity, a picture of the man as he takes the shot that explodes the President’s head.
Was it a conspiracy? You bet it was. Hatched by the New Orleans Mafia and executed by their Corsican hitmen. And, by the way, including the very real compliance of Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover, as well as the confusing entanglement of the hopeless patsy (Oswald) and the hapless accessory (Ruby).
Mark Lane, November 2011
Mark Lane tried the only U.S. court case in which the jurors concluded that the CIA plotted the murder of President Kennedy, but there was always a missing piece: How did the CIA control cops and secret service agents on the ground in Dealey Plaza? How did federal authorities prevent the House Select Committee on Assassinations from discovering the truth about the complicity of the CIA?
In Last Word, Lane includes interviews with Oliver Stone, Dallas police deputy sheriffs, Robert K. Tanenbaum, and Abraham Bolden. He explains exactly what went on the day JFK was assassinated. Lane includes sworn statements given to the Warren Commission by a police officer who confronted a man who he thought was the assassin. The officer testified that he drew his gun and pointed it at the suspect who showed Secret Service ID. Yet, the Secret Service later reported that there were no Secret Service agents on foot in Dealey Plaza.
Last Word indicates that the CIA, operating through a secret small group, prepared all credentials for Secret Service agents in Dallas for the two days that Kennedy was going to be there – conclusive evidence of the CIA’s involvement in the assassination.
Review by Vince Palamara
Attorney Mark Lane thoroughly destroys Gerald Blaine and Lisa McCubbin’s book The Kennedy Detail. On the merit of this alone, every person who purcashed or read that book needs to read this on as an antidote. Lane saves his best JFK work for last with his appropriately titled tome Last Word, a book that joins Jim Douglass JFK and the Unspeakable and Douglas Horne’s five-volume series Inside The Assassination Records Review Board in the holy troika of essential, must-read (and own) Kennedy assassination books. Lane skillfully takes apart Vincent Bugliosi’s magnum opus on the Oswald-did-it side entitled Reclaiming History and, most of all, Gerald Blaine’s fraudulent JFK-told-us-not-to book The Kennedy Detail. For or the latter, Lane used my research materials, for which I am most grateful. In addition, Lane adds further credibility to the tale of former Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden and his book The Echo From Dealey Plaza. It never ceases to amaze me how much great literature and research has come forth in the last five to ten years. Mark Lane’s book Last Word adds to his legacy greatly. Get this one as soon as possible – Bugliosi, Blaine, and the CIA have a lot to answer for! Highly recommended; fantastic!
James W. Douglass, October 2011 (2008)
With penetrating insight and unswerving integrity, Doublass probes the fundamental truths about JFK’s assassination . . . By far the most important book yet written on the subject. – Gaeton Fonzi, former Staff Investigator, US House Select Committee on Assassinations
JFK AND THE UNSPEAKABLE is an exceptional achievement. Douglass has made the strongest case so far in the JFK assassination literature as to the Who and the Why of Dallas. – Gerald McKnight, author, BREACH OF TRUST: HOW THE WARREN COMMISSION FAILED THE NATION AND WHY
Douglas presents, brilliantly, an unfamiliar yet thoroughly convincing account of a series of creditable decisions of John F. Kennedy – at odds with his initial Cold War stance – that earned him the secret distrust and hatred of hard-liners amont the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the CIA. – Daniel Ellsberg, author, SECRETS: A MEMOIR OF VIETNAM AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS
Excerpt, reprinted by permission
CHAPTER ONE – A Cold Warrior Turns
As Albert Einstein said, with the unleashing of the power of the atom, humanity reached a new age. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima marked a crossroads: either we would end war or war would end us. In her reflections on Hiroshima in the September 1945 issue of the Catholic Worker, Dorothy Day wrote: “Mr. Truman was jubilant. President Truman. True man; what a strange name, come to think of it. We refer to Jesus Christ as true God and true Man. Truman is a true man of his time in that he was jubilant.”
President Truman was aboard the cruiser Augusta, returning from the Potsdam conference, when he was informed of the United States’ incineration of Hiroshima by the atomic bomb. Truman was exultant. He declared, “This is the greatest thing in history!” He went from person to person on the ship, officers and crew alike, telling them the great news like a town crier.
Dorothy Day observed: “‘Jubilant’ the newspapers said. Jubilate Deo. We have killed 318,000 Japanese.”
Seventeen years later, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, another president, John F. Kennedy, under enormous pressure, almost committed the United States to a nuclear holocaust that would have multiplied the explosive power of the Hiroshima bomb thousands of times. Kennedy’s saving grace was that unlike Truman he recognized the evil of nuclear weapons. Kennedy resisted the Joint Chiefs of Staff and most of his civilian advisers, who pressured him for a preemptive attack on Soviet missile sites in Cuba. Thanks to the sheer grace of God, to Kennedy’s resistance to his advisers, and to Nikita Khrushchev’s willingness to retreat, humanity survived the crisis.
Kennedy, however, survived it for only a little more than a year. As we shall see, because of his continuing turn from nuclear war toward a vision of peace in the thirteen months remaining to him, he was executed by the powers that be.
Two critical questions converge at Kennedy’s assassination. The first is: Why did his assassins risk exposure and a shameful downfall by covertly murdering a beloved president? The second is: Why was John Kennedy prepared to give his life for peace, when he saw death coming?
The second question may be key to the first, because there is nothing so threatening to systemic evil as those willing to stand against it regardless of the consequences. So we will try to see this story initially through the life of John Kennedy, to understand why he became so threatening to the most powerful military-economic coalition in history that its wielders of power were willing to risk everything they had in order to kill him.
In assessing the formation of John Kennedy’s character, biographers have zeroed in on his upbringing as a rich young man in a dysfunctional marriage. Seen through that lens, Kennedy was a reckless playboy from youth to death, under the abiding influence of a domineering, womanizing father and an emotionally distant, strictly Catholic mother. These half-truths miss the mark. They do not explain the later fact of President Kennedy’s steely resistance to the pressures of a military-intelligence elite focused on waging war.
Kennedy’s life was formed, first of all, by death—the hovering angel of death reaching down for his life. He suffered long periods of illness. He saw death approach repeatedly—from scarlet fever when he was two and three years old, from a succession of childhood and teen illnesses, from a chronic blood condition in boarding school, from what doctors thought was a combination of colitis and ulcers, from intestinal ailments during his years at Harvard, from osteoporosis and crippling back problems intensified by war injuries that plagued him the rest of his life, from the adrenal insufficiency of Addison’s disease… To family and friends, Jack Kennedy always seemed to be sick and dying.
Yet he exuded an ironic joy in life. Both the weaknesses and strengths of his character drew on his deeply held belief that death would come soon. “The point is,” he told a friend during a long talk on death, “that you’ve got to live every day like it’s your last day on earth. That’s what I’m doing.” From that perspective, he could indeed be reckless, as he was in sexual escapades that after his death would become a media focus on his life. He could also be courageous to the point of heroism. Death was not to be feared. As president, he often joked about his death’s approach. The angel of death was his companion. By smiling at his own death, he was free to resist others’ deaths.
John Kennedy’s World War II experience was characterized by a willingness to give his life for his friends. Two years before the Hiroshima bombing, Kennedy was a PT boat commander in the South Pacific. On the night of August 1-2, 1943, he was at the wheel of his PT 109, patrolling Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands, a corridor of water used by Japanese destroyers. It was a moonless night. A ship suddenly broke through the black, headed for the 109. As a man forward shouted, “Ship at two o’clock!” Kennedy spun the wheel. The Japanese destroyer smashed into the 109 and cut a giant strip off its starboard side. “This is how it feels to be killed,” Kennedy thought, while being thrown through the cockpit. There was a terrific roar, as the gasoline aboard went up in flames.
The section of the boat Kennedy was on stayed afloat. He discovered four of his twelve crewmembers still on it. Two others were never seen or heard from again. Six more were scattered in the water but alive. Kennedy, who had been on the Harvard swimming team, swam through the dark to shouts, finding his badly burned engineer, McMahon. He coaxed and cajoled others not to give up, then towed McMahon a hundred yards back to the floating hulk identified by a crew member’s blinking light. All the survivors in the water reached the tilted deck and collapsed on it. They wondered how long it would take for them to be rescued by PTs from their base on Rendova Island, forty miles away.
When daylight and noon came with no rescue, the group abandoned the sinking hulk. They swam to a small, deserted island, in the midst of larger islands with Japanese soldiers. Nine of the crew held onto a two-by-six timber and kicked and paddled their way to the island. Kennedy again towed McMahon, holding a strap from McMahon’s life preserver in his teeth.
Kennedy would swim in ten-minute spurts, then pause to rest and check on McMahon. A chronicler of this episode described it from McMahon’s point of view:
“Being a sensitive person, McMahon would have found the swim unbearable if he had realized that Kennedy was hauling him through three miles or so of water with a bad back. He was miserable enough without knowing it. Floating on his back with his burned hands trailing at his sides, McMahon could see little but the sky and the flattened cone of [the volcanic island] Kolombangara. He could not see the other men, though while all of them were still together, he could hear them puffing and splashing. He could not see Kennedy but he could feel the tugs forward with each stretch of Kennedy’s shoulder muscles and could hear his labored breathing.
“McMahon tried kicking now and then but he was extremely weary. The swim seemed endless, and he doubted that it would lead to salvation. He was hungry and thirsty and fearful that they would be attacked by sharks. The awareness that he could do nothing to save himself from the currents, the sharks or the enemy oppressed him. His fate, he well knew, was at the end of a strap in Kennedy’s teeth.”4
With Kennedy and McMahon leading the way, it took the eleven men four hours to reach the little island. They staggered up the beach and ducked under trees, barely avoiding a Japanese barge that chugged by and failed to see them.
When early evening came with no sign of help, Kennedy told the crew he would swim from the island out into Ferguson Passage, a mile and a half away, where the PT boats usually patrolled after dark. He took the 109’s lantern, wrapped in a life jacket, to signal the boats. Kennedy swam for half an hour, forded a reef, then swam for another hour, reaching his intended point of interception. He treaded water, waiting in the darkness. After a while, he saw the flares of an action beyond the island of Gizo, ten miles away. The PT boats had taken a different route.
Kennedy tried to swim back to his men. He was very tired. The swift current carried him past the island, toward open water.
New Yorker writer John Hersey interviewed PT 109 crewmembers and wrote their story of survival. He described Kennedy’s hours of drifting toward almost certain death: “He thought he had never known such deep trouble, but something he did shows that unconsciously he had not given up hope. He dropped his shoes, but he held onto the heavy lantern, his symbol of contact with his fellows. He stopped trying to swim. He seemed to stop caring. His body drifted through the wet hours, and he was very cold. His mind was a jumble. A few hours before he had wanted desperately to get to the base at Rendova. Now he only wanted to get back to the little island he had left that night, but he didn’t try to get there; he just wanted to. His mind seemed to float away from his body. Darkness and time took the place of a mind in his skull. For a long time he slept, or was crazy, or floated in a chill trance.
“The currents of the Solomon Islands are queer. The tide shoves and sucks through the islands and makes the currents curl in odd patterns. It was a fateful pattern into which Jack Kennedy drifted. He drifted in it all night. His mind was blank, but his fist was tightly clenched on the kapok around the lantern. The current moved in a huge circle… Early in the morning, the sky turned from black to gray, and so did Kennedy’s mind. Light came to both at about six. Kenne3dy looked around and saw that he was exactly where he had been the night before when he saw the flares beyond Gizo.”
Kennedy swam back to the island, stumbled up on the beach, and collapsed in the arms of his crew. He said later of the experience, “I never prayed so much in my life.”
Douglas P. Horne, November 2009
Douglas Horne served on the staff of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) during the final three years of its four-year lifespan, from 1995 to 1998, and is the first U.S. government official involved with the medical evidence to allege a coverup in President Kennedy’s autopsy, and in the creation of the autopsy photographs and x-rays.
This book, the product of over 13 years of writing and research, provides the best explanation yet offered of the true nature of the medical coverup in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and does so in meticulous detail, with scrupulous use of primary source material. It incorporates the latest information – much of it new evidence not revealed elsewhere – gleaned from the ARRB’s depositions and interviews of medical witnesses, conducted from 1996 to 1998. With precise accuracy, and with a relentless focus on the massive fraud uncovered in the official records of the 35th President’s assassination, Horne presents a persuasive case that the assassination of JFK was an “inside job,” a true coup d’etat in America, that was ruthlessly and brazenly covered up by those who ‘broke the back of the American century’ in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
Morpheus (to Neo who is choosing the red pill): “Remember… all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”
In the excellent science fiction film The Matrix, Neo has a choice. He can resume living in a make believe world where something is amiss that he can’t quite put his finger on… or, he can choose to open his eyes to the Truth of the world around him, by taking a red pill, which will pull away the fiction that clouds his vision.
Douglas Horne’s excellent new five part work does exactly the job of that famous little red pill from this nifty film. The difference is, while The Matrix is a fictional tale of advanced machines sedating and ruling over all mankind, Horne’s work, Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK, is an uncovering of actual American history that has long been hidden, rewritten, and propagandized by our own supposedly free mass media.
Mr. Horne worked on the ARRB, in the unique position as Senior Analyst of Military Records. This afforded him first hand access to materials many of us will never have. He has been involved in first hand interviews with many of the actual witnesses involved in the autopsy and surrounding events. His credentials for a book on the assassination of the president are impeccable.
I’ve read most of the major works on the assassination. I am pretty well versed on both sides of the issue. The case for conspiracy, that Oswald didn’t do it alone, has always been very much stronger than the case for him acting alone. The question, really, has always been one everyone has tip-toed around. If Oswald didn’t act alone, how large a conspiracy was it, and were any American government people involved (as in a coup)?
No American likes to seriously consider that our country might have been “taken over” when the president was assassinated. I mean, it’s hard to bear contemplating the possibility that Americans legally elected a president, and that he was murdered in office by people in the governement who didn’t want him there.
But, that is where the Truth leads us.
And, that is why I heartily recommend these 5 volumes. This is one long work, not five individual titles. If you love the United States of America, if you consider yourself a patriot, and want to do what is right by Lady Liberty, you owe it to yourself to read this.
If you want to read just one book on the Assassination…this is it.
Buy a copy for your history loving dad. Suggest it for your local Library or school.
This is a serious, factual, extremely detailed look at the most important event that shook America in the 20th century.
Our newspapers and television gloss over it. Even though members of the Warren Commission itself and President Johnson himself expressed doubts about Oswald’s guilt as the lone shooter, even though over 80% of the world thinks otherwise, still, you hear the same illogical, poorly researched propaganda-like lies year in and year out, as the American media continues its assault on the Truth.
Doug Horne is a patriot, and a brave man.
He has written what is by far the very best single work on the assassination of JFK.
Americans everywhere owe their country the chance to recover from those awful days, and I feel it never has. Read this superb work, which is worthy of a Pulitzer, and spread the Truth to all who have the courage to listen.
Patrick, June 16, 2010
I could write for hours and fill many pages with what I think about Douglas Horne’s five volume set. But I can also write the same in just a few words: masterful, amazing, incredible, shocking, and a must-read. Horne’s books cover the entire gamut of the JFK assassination and lay out the evidence in clear and irrefutable terms. I have always had reservations about the theory that Lee Harvey Oswald alone killed Kennedy. I now know that Oswald took part in what was without doubt a conspiracy. A deep seated and complex conspiracy; a conspiracy that involved many players and several assassins. Please don’t take my word for this – read Horne’s masterful work and form your own conclusions. As an American, or a citizen of the world, you owe it to yourself to discover the truth; and to then figure out what to do with it… I sincerely thank Douglas Horne for writing these amazing and excellent works. They will stand the test of time many times over, and will survive multiple attacks from disbelievers, and one day in the not-to-distant-future everyone will realize that Horne got there first and nailed the truth about the murder of an American president.
H. P. Albarelli, Jr., April 2, 2010
Noel Twyman, January 2010 (1997)
Bloody Treason was first published in 1997. The author, Noel H. Twyman, received the JFK New Frontier Award for his work. The book is now out of print and considered a collector’s item selling for hundreds of dollars. It has been praised as the cornerstone book of the JFK assassination and as the best on the subject by Mary Ferrell, FBI Agent James Sibert, and numerous writers and teachers. It includes first-time interviews with critical witnesses and the most relevant documents released by the Assassination Records Review Board as authorized by Congress. It includes more than 160 photos and exhibits. The result is a major revision of history, one that will forever change our understanding of how and why John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
The author takes us deep into the labyrinth of the JFK assassination plot and reveals the shocking tradecraft of covert political assassinations practiced by the U. S. government during the 1960s. He explains how these programs tragically backfired, resulting in the assassination of President Kennedy.
Bloody Treason advances the understanding of the JFK assassination to an entirely new level. The shocking revelation of corruption and betrayal in high places is without precedent in U. S. History.
After numerous requests from students and researchers for an electronic version of Bloody Treason, the author welcomes the opportunity to reach a new and larger audience through the magic of e-books, and to correct some errors or omissions in the original edition, and to report major new work that has buttressed his original conclusions.
A new Appendix F discusses startling new evidence of involvement of CIA’s National Photo Interpretation Center with President Lyndon Johnson in the alteration of the Zapruder film. A new Appendix G discusses Douglas P. Horne’s new book Inside the Assassination Records Review Board.
I am not an assassination buff but I have bought a fair amount of books related to the subject.
I am very choosy of which book I buy because book prices are high and assassination progress is slow.
I believe Bloody Treason is a must for anybody interested in finding out new lines of enquiry and updates of old ones. Serious progress is also made in relating the enquiry into ‘the big picture’ of the assassination itself and the fact that more that one ‘cabal’ and/or groups -at many different levels- may have been actively involved.
The chapter of the forged x-rays is written in such a way that it even makes it thrilling to find out what really happened. It is detective work of a very good quality.
New theories like the forging of the Zapruder film is also painstakingly put together. In this case the subject matter is not thriller material but very important to discuss and to log.
Twyman, the author, is sincere when he cannot follow a line of enquiry for lack of time and/or when something doesn’t quite add up to much but is worth discussing and considering it for further research.
Twyman also goes out of his way to maintain an objective balance in his own research. This is an example to other assassination writers. In the past, the competive nature of some researchers make them lose perspective in their own research. Twyman is genuinely complementary of other authors such as Jim Garrison, Mark Lane, David Lifton, Gaeton Fonzi and others.
If you are new reader on the assassination of Kennedy, this book is all you need for the time being. If you know a lot about it, it is vital to relate the details to the whole. Bloody Treason encompasses the entire assassination universe. From the foot soldiers and bystanders to the potential paymasters and organisers. The presentation is such that you can almost follow the planners as they close in on the kill.
I will not critisize any theory put forward in this book becuase each reader reader will have to do that. This book – as well as others on the subject – require an active mind on the part of the reader.
My recommendation to future assassination researchers is that they should unite according to area of expertise and thoroughly research individual lines of investigation. Then they should publish together the findings. It is a pity that investigative minds like Twyman and others have to be so broad in their research. Maybe Twyman himself should be the General Director of this investigative team because he has the right mind for it (not having been an assassination ‘specialist’ before the publication of this book).
Maybe this could be Twyman’s next project. Ten inquisitive authors each researching anything that concerns the names that appear in Bloody Treason such as Gerry Patrick Hemmings, H. L. Hunt, David Sanchez Morales, William Harvey, David Atlee Phillips, E. Howard Hunt, Frank Fiorini, Jean Rene Soutre and others. Imagine what can be achieved by such team investigation. I believe the next big break will come from that line of research. The first one to try it was Gaeton Fonzi with David Sanchez Morales. In a way, to cite the same ‘by line’ for each one of the above names is not enough. There’s got to be more that can be dug out in relation directly or indirectly to the assassination. The subject is crying out for ‘biographies’ of these people in order to understand how the CIA, FBI work in covert operations. But from the point of view of the individual carrying out the orders.
I believe there is a fear among some researchers to go on a ‘wild goose chase’ if they don’t cast their net wide enough and miss out on some new nugget of information…
The devastating realisation of Twyman’s book is that for the assassination to succeed it must have involved people at the top echelons of several U. S. government institutions and businesses. The quality of the planning and the cover-up is a warning to us all to be vigilant about our civil liberties and never to give up the search for truth.
Pablo Behrens, December 28, 1998
Since Johnny Cochran coined the phrase, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” to get O. J. Simpson “off” for a brutal double murder, it seems that it has been “the theory of the crime” that has taken precedence over all else in determining the true nature and the cause of high profile crimes in the U. S. TV dramas are now all replete with this trope as their theme.
Here Noel Twyman uses with a vengeance his own “best fit theory to the data” approach. It is essentially this: All that remains as an unerring investigative tool is the sloppiness of the criminals’ plan and the missteps they took in executing them. In the wake of a slew of errors in the JFK assassination (the mismanagement of the patsy, Oswald being the most egregious), and the unintended consequences that resulted, the author lays bare and exposes the very inner-workings of the crime itself: its motives, its plans, its structural and operational imperatives, the nature of the players; and even the requirements for the cover-up: all are exposed here through data that has been trickling slowly down to us, bit-by-redacted-bit, over the better part of the last five decades.
Twyman asks and answers his own most important question about uncovering the crime: Why not use the criminals’ own mistakes against them? When those mistakes are coupled with the welter of investigative information and data to be found in the rich body of secondary sources, and then added to an inductive approach to theorizing, what tumbles out is the logic and the deep-structure of the conspiracy itself. The overarching structure of the crime itself becomes all but self-evident.
The beauty of the author’s approach, which can only be described as a last-ditch and final effort to solve the crime of the century, is that by using in a systematic way the errors and missteps in the execution of the conspiracy as the engine driving an inductive investigative process, it becomes one that closely parallels the scientific method itself. Taken together, carefully groomed logic, systematic digging, and constant tugging at the slender thread of errors exposed around the edges of the conspiracy, become a brutally robust investigative guide to hypothesizing – one that allowed the author to stepwise iterate closer and closer to the truth. So much so, that in the end, we know almost with a certainty that the true nature of the plot has been captured somewhere in Twyman’s tightly strung net. If theorizing can be imagined to be a telescope, then with each new iteration of theorizing the author gained enhanced power to look deeper and with more focus into the data, and at the full meaning of the mistakes the planners of the JFK conspiracy made. Accordingly, the final theory that best fits the unfolding data is with a high degree of certainty, probably the right one.
The Outlines of the Conspiracy
What we see revealed here by the author is a monstrously devious multilayered and complex plan, with lots of moving parts and lots of “cut-outs” and “sub-contracted” aspects. It would be an understatement to say that this was far from being a one-man job. Intellectually it was hatched well above the university level. The team that hatched the JFK assassination was not a set of novices, but seasoned experts in planning and carrying out complex criminal enterprises. And in retrospect, one can see right off, that this eliminated all but the mob and the CIA as groups with the intellectual, operational and financial capability to pull off such a job. I would also have included the FBI in that group except were it not for the fact that that organization was being run by an inept megalomaniacal leader who due to his homosexuality was already thoroughly compromised and under the thumb of the mob.
As for the motives for the JFK assassination, the overused cliché that it involved a “perfect storm” comes readily to mind. The Kennedy brothers had aligned against them the most formidable set of enemies ever aligned against a modern political leader. To them all, ending JFK’s life was nothing short of an existential matter. To the CIA, J. Edgar Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, the CIA, rightwing fanatics, and the mob – even the Cuban exiles; with respect to JFK, it was a zero-sum game: either kill JFK or be killed by him is the way they had perceived it. Plus the Kennedy brothers made the job infinitely easy for them by being naïve, corrupt and personally vulnerable to blackmail and extortion due to their sexual escapades and literally being in bed with the mob, too. The real enigma was not that JFK was assassinated, but that all the disparate interests aligned against him would be needed to coalesce to get the job done; and that they could indeed come together in a common cause to commit the crime of the century. What we learn here in 900 pages is that they were able to do so, and that they succeeded almost to perfection. Except that there were a few irreversible errors.
Insiders have called the JFK assassination “the perfect crime.” But was it really? Twyman proves that it only takes one loose thread to unravel the whole “well put together scheme.” And in the JFK assassination there were several such not so well put together loose threads. To wit: the mismanagement of Oswald, the patsy; the botched autopsy; the internecine treachery and backbiting within the ranks of the mob, the CIA and the FBI; the completely botched Mexico operation; the loose talk of too many players with guilty foreknowledge; trying to link the assassination to a possible invasion of Cuba; the incestuous relationships between the key players – in particular between LBJ and Hoover; the CIA and the mob; the Cuban exiles and the CIA and the FBI; between Oswald and Ferry; between the mob and its underlings like Ferry and Ruby; and between members of the Warren Commission and LBJ, the CIA, and the FBI.
Like a sieve, these all proved to be porous weak links that when patched together over time, gave up their secrets. Jim Garrison was the first to begin tugging at these loose threads, and had it not been for heroic efforts on the part of the government to squash it, his investigation alone would have cracked the conspiracy. Not enough good can be said about this fearless genuine American hero and war veteran.
The Real Tragedy for Our Nation of the Kennedy Assassination
That the elected leader of the free world, our self-proclaimed “greatest democracy in the world,” could be gunned-down at high noon in Texas is one thing. It is quite another for a public that claims to cherish its democratic ideals and way of life to do nothing about it at all but eat the weak cover story for breakfast, followed by a knee-jerk instinct to bury our heads in the proverbial sand for 50 years; and to run and hide behind our own self-made Potemkin wall of self-delusions.
But that of course is not the end of the matter. It is still quite another matter yet to have to come to the realization that our democracy is actually being run by the same dark, sinister, racist, fascist, anti-democratic forces that gunned-down JFK, RFK and MLK, and thus that as a result, our nation’s institutions are far, far less than what meets the eye. Since we have seen a trail of the fruits of the assassination in Watergate, Iran-Contra, BCCI, Mena, Arkansas, and the most recent financial melt-down just to name the more obvious ones, one must ask: is it not yet time for true American patriots to stand up on their hind legs and fight back?
As Peter Dale Scott warned us in his profoundly sobering book, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, if we do not expand the scope of our understanding of the reality of American politics (to include the mafia, the manipulation of our political process by the intelligence agencies, the distorting impact of the lobbyists, and of drug money, etc.) we will forever forfeit the right to fight for – let alone enjoy – our democracy. Peter Dale Scott was the first to show us that there is a walled-off, infinitely more corrupt, more sinister part of America that only rarely rises to the level of everyday public scrutiny. It is a layer that we know exists but which we kept pretending is not there at all, or else we keep pretending that we do not see it, when in fact we do.
Herbert L. Calhoun, February 11, 2011
The Congress of the United States actually did officially declare that John Kennedy was killed as a result of a conspiracy.
The next day a photograph was published in a Dallas newspaper showing a man picking up a bullet slug found in the grass to the rear and left of where the presidential car was at the time of the shooting. This bullet was given to a civilian, presumably an FBI agent, and has never been seen since. This evidence of shots from the front or side was compelling proof that Oswald could not have acted alone and therefore that there was a conspiracy.
However, the reader can view free the MPI version, frame-by-frame at: http://www.assassinationresearch.com/zfilm/.
A few minutes after the shooting, about a block from the School Book Depository, a Nash Rambler station wagon picked up a man who was seen in a window on the sixth floor just before the shooting, and who was then seen leaving the rear of the building just after the shooting. The same station wagon circled the block and came back to the front of the building where it picked up another man running down from the grassy knoll.
And then a young millionaire playboy president came along and threatened their very existence.
From the beginning it seemed extremely dubious, with only the slightest scrutiny, that one crazed gunman with a twenty-five-dollar World War I vintage Italian rifle, with single-bolt action and a misaligned telescopic sight, could have performed the remarkable feat of high-speed firing and marksmanship to hit a moving target 270 feet away—which would have been required for the single-gunman hypothesis to be valid. After all, expert marksmen in FBI tests were unable to duplicate the feat.
Reynolds had initially told the FBI that he would ‘hesitate’ to identify Oswald as the running man. Shortly afterwards, Reynolds had been shot in the head in the dark of a car lot basement.” After a miraculous recovery in the hospital, Reynolds had second thoughts about what he had seen and decided the running man actually was Oswald.
Add to this the testimony of over thirty doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and Secret Service personnel who saw a large exit wound in the rear of Kennedy’s head, which could only have been caused by a shot from the front, and one wonders why any more evidence isnecessary.
Few know that Nixon was in Dallas the day Kennedy was killed. Also, few know that Nixon had an extensive history that went back into the early 1950s in connections with mobsters. Nixon was reputed to have received $500,000 in cash from Carlos Marcello as campaign contributions.
Mary Meyer kept a secret diary about her affair with John Kennedy; she would be mysteriously murdered a few months after his assassination.
Peter Dale Scott, October 1993
Peter Dale Scott’s meticulously documented investigation uncovers the secrets surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Offering a wholly new perspective–that JFK’s death was not just an isolated case, but rather a symptom of hidden processes–Scott examines the deep politics of early 1960s American international and domestic policies.
Scott offers a disturbing analysis of the events surrounding Kennedy’s death, and of the “structural defects” within the American government that allowed such a crime to occur and to go unpunished. In nuanced readings of both previously examined and newly available materials, he finds ample reason to doubt the prevailing interpretations of the assassination. He questions the lone assassin theory and the investigations undertaken by the House Committee on Assassinations, and unearths new connections between Oswald, Ruby, and corporate and law enforcement forces.
Revisiting the controversy popularized in Oliver Stone’s movie JFK, Scott probes the link between Kennedy’s assassination and the escalation of the U.S. commitment in Vietnam that followed two days later. He contends that Kennedy’s plans to withdraw troops from Vietnam–offensive to a powerful anti-Kennedy military and political coalition–were secretly annulled when Johnson came to power. The split between JFK and his Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the collaboration between Army Intelligence and the Dallas Police in 1963, are two of the several missing pieces Scott adds to the puzzle of who killed Kennedy and why.
Scott presses for a new investigation of the Kennedy assassination, not as an external conspiracy but as a power shift within the subterranean world of American politics. Deep Politics and the Death of JFK shatters our notions of one of the central events of the twentieth century.
Along with Carl Oglesby’s The Yankee Cowboy War and Michael Piper Collins’ Final Judgment, this is the best book ever written on the JFK assassination. It may also be the best book ever written on the way the American political process actually works. It is certainly the most honest one.
Deep Politics should be required reading for undergraduates in all American college and university political science courses – if for no reason other than that, in the course of getting at the bottom of the assassination of JFK, Professor Scott did not hesitate to expand the context of American political life to those unacceptable areas that lay just beneath the American consciousness and at the bottom of the American political undercurrents.
Once one is guided through his process of expanding the context of understanding (or actually “over-understanding”) the machinations of the American political process (its corruption, deceptions, cover-ups, and other pretexts for explaining away its immorality), then the details of the assassination itself are almost a foregone conclusion – little more than a logical afterthought.
All three authors focus on what is most important – the big picture – leaving the details to be sorted out by those “eager beaver” researchers that seem so much to relish and are so obsessed with, the minutia such as “who was in the sixth floor window,” and with what happened to Senator’s Specter’s now infamous “Magic bullet,” and so on ad infinitum.
Oglesby eschews these nasty details and focuses on the economic war between the old money of the Northeast and the new money of the Southwest. In a reductionist socialist sort of way, he shows that the JFK assassination and Watergate were mere logical conclusions of this economic war. Collins, on the other hand, but like a radar (and like Jim Garrison before him), uses his own “crap detector” to separate the wheat from the chaff and divides the important from the inessential by forging ahead like a bulldog, even against charges of being anti-Semitic, to the only logical conclusion: that Myer Lansky was at the center of the planning of the JFK assassination. Scott, in his own inimical and professorial way, lays out a new political geography of the American political chessboard; one that is expanded to include what is both above and below the political waterline. He then shows that certain roles and circumstances when they cross the lines of morality, limit the men in them to only certain immoral squares on the chessboard.
It turns out that once we explain the links connecting “organized crime” to “disorganized crime” – the criminal minds within the acknowledged and so-called legitimate American political process – there is little else that needs explanation. The moves on the American chessboard are all then pre-determined and predictable. It is checkmate for anyone who gets in their way as JFK did, and for the American people and the democratic process – which they all claim to love so much.
By showing that these unholy connections not only exist but are in symbiotic alliance with each other, and trump the normal American political process, Scott not only exposes, but lays completely bare the underbelly of the utter hypocrisy and corruption of the American political process.
There is one example in the book, above all others, that best summarizes and punctuates the orgy of corruption that existed in the American political process at the time of the JFK assassination and that remains alive as a result of it.
It is the pre-assassination party (or final coordination meeting, or whatever one wants to call it) called to order in Dallas by J. Edgar Hoover at Clint Murchinson’s house on November 21, 1963, the eve of the assassination.
The attendees included, among others:
J. Edgar Hoover (Head of the FBI, next door neighbor of LBJ, racist and Jew hater, and friend of mobster Frank Costello), Clint Murchison (Texan oil Baron, racist and Jew hater but still a business partner of Myer Lansky, and acknowledged Kennedy hater), H. L. Hunt (financier of rabid right-wing fanatic causes, racist and Jew hater, Texas oil baron, and Kennedy hater), John J. McCloy (Washington lobbyist/fixer and later to be appointed member of the Warren Commission investigating the JFK assassination), Allen Dulles (ex-head of the CIA, fired by JFK in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and soon to be appointee to the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of JFK), John Connally (ex-Secretary of the Navy, governor of Texas and close friend and confidant of LBJ), General Charles Cabell (Deputy Director of the CIA fired by JFK after the Bay of Pigs fiasco), and his brother Earle Cabell (the Mayor of Dallas at the time of the assassination), Richard Nixon (defeated by JFK for the U. S. Presidency, and avowed Kennedy hater), LBJ (the sitting Vice President who was days away from going to jail because of a whole series of scandals, and who would be sworn-in on Air Force One minutes after the assassination as JFK’s successor).
Would someone please give me an innocent explanation for such a meeting in Dallas of all of these Kennedy haters on the eve before his assassination?
Herbert L. Calhoun, November 16, 2006
At the very real risk of putting a name with this review, I feel so strongly about this book and the ground that it covers that I will try to say something of value regarding what is now considered either ‘crackpot’, ‘paranoia’, or even treasonous. Mr. Scott has written a book of such depth and accuracy that it is hard to follow unless one is prepared by way of knowing something of real American history. That is a lot harder than one might think.
Mr. Scott proves not only that the Kennedy assassination was a desperate defense of an already badly corrupt system, but goes on to link the players involved in and around it to Watergate, Iran-Contra, and up to the present. He also takes it the other direction – making a great case that the JFK murder had its roots going far, far back. If I had to try to explain in a sentence what I felt the central point would be to take from this book, it would be that the JFK assassination could very well serve as a “Rosetta stone” for deciphering operations involving the U. S. government and its supporting “deep partners” over the course of the entire 20th Century – and now beyond.
Not only do the major scandals link, but events like Lockerbie are deeply suspect due to the U. S.’ role in drug trafficking and protection thereof by some in its intelligence agencies. Covering of prior misdeeds and scandals seem to serve as the basis for newly perpetuating ones. Scott makes a clear distinction between “conspiracy theory” and “deep political processes,” and the point is – now more than ever – very well taken. I believe this to be a must-read for anyone who loves what this country could be and is willing to take the time to consider why we should deeply question what we are.
Douglas Negley, August 27, 2003
Thomas G. Buchanan, 1965 (Out of Print)
In the first definitive book written after the assassination (May 1964), this French reporter, pulled together a series of articles from the French magazine, L’express, as well as made use of information leaked from the Warren Commission (WC) discussions to posit a theory that surprisingly has been very robust and still after nearly fifty tears has held up well. His theory roughly is that the assassination was the work of a cabal of Dallas oilmen (led by J. Edgar Hoover’s homosexual friend Clint Murchison), assisted by both the CIA and military intelligence as well as by members of the mob.
Like books that came along much later (ones that in fact became a brisk cottage industry), Buchanan also demolishes the Commission’s theories about Oswald’s sanity, the number of shooters, the autopsy, the magic bullet, etc. But what really sets this version of the assassination apart from others is that its analysis is based mostly on logic and common sense, rather than on splitting hairs and parsing assassination minutia.
Buchanan dissects the “big picture,” breaking it down into easily digestible pieces. As but one example, the author asks a simple question about the “lone Communist nut theory” commonly advanced as the leading theory of the assassination: Why would a “so-called” Communist inspired assassin take a picture of himself holding the very rifle he would be using for the assassination, along with a copy of the Communist newspaper “The Worker?” To imagine that an assassin would do so is delusional and defies common sense. Only a radical right wing conspiracy planner would do something as stupid as that and expect a gullible public to buy it.
Another important an interesting aspect of the book is that it covers in some detail the assassinations of the other three U.S. Presidents. The point here being to demonstrate that the accepted notion that all assassinations of U.S. presidents have been “isolated lone nuts cases” is a myth. The plot that killed Lincoln, for instance, was a well-planned top-down affair that ranged from the “mechanics” operating beneath and under John Wilkes Booth’s instructions, up through planners like the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis himself. In fact, Davis was later caught fleeing (embarrassingly dressed as a woman) in the Western territory and was subsequently brought to trial much after the assassination had been long forgotten.
Another aspect of this book readers will find refreshing is that since the Europeans did not drink the right wing Communist scare Kool Aid that was routinely force-fed to us Americans during the 1960s, their fresh perspective makes the right wing “cock and bull” story about Oswald as the “lone nut assassin” (a la Gerald Posner’s Case Closed for example), as well as the “magic bullet theory” look down right silly. A lot to chew on here and well written.
Herbert L. Calhoun, February 8, 2012
Gaeton Fonzi, November 1993
Fonzi was a federal investigator for the congressional committees that issued reports in the 1970s questioning some aspects of the Warren Commission Report. While he doesn’t know the names of the people responsible for JFK’s murder, he believes that Lee Harvey Oswald worked secretly for the CIA and that there was a conspiracy involving the intelligence agency. In detailed and lively prose, he describes his far-flung investigation into the possibility that Oswald met with CIA agents before the assassination, especially David Atlee Phillips, a fervent anti-Castro agent who later became head of the CIA’s Western Hemisphere Division. Like other conspiracy proponents, Fonzi also argues that the “single bullet” theory is refuted by medical evidence. He accuses the congressional committees for which he worked of backing off from the evidence they uncovered that implicated the CIA in a political murder. Amidst the hundreds of conspiracy books published in the last 30 years, this is one of the most believable, although it only offers circumstantial evidence and educated speculation. See also Harrison Edward Livingstone’s Killing the Truth.
I cannot do much better than other reviewers of Fonzi’s book. But I can add a few things – perhaps even the last word. In passing, I must say I find it strange that there are so few reviews for this book. And yet, maybe it is not so strange.
Fonzi inherited the frustration of Jim Garrison (On the Trail of Assassins) for discovering the ultimate lead to the mystery of Dealey Plaza. Both authors had conducted separate and independent investigations: Garrison in 1968 New Orleans, and Fonzi – working for the House Select Committee on Assassinations between 1976 and 1978. Both investigations pointed ultimately toward a rogue faction within the CIA, but Fonzi, in pursuing events surrounding Oswald’s appearance on Sylvia Odio’s porch in September, 1963, went farther down that trail than anyone.
The other reviews do well to summarize Fonzi’s book, so I leave the reader to explore those reviews. Instead, let’s take a look at the history surrounding Fonzi’s book itself. He had been constrained by a non-disclosure agreement with CIA from the time they began to suppress the HSCA’s activities. This was also coincident with the landmark censorship court case over Vincent Marchetti’s The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence. It was not until after the passage of the 1992 JFK Records Collection Act and its implementation by William Jefferson Clinton that Fonzi was able to publish Last Investigation.
Another author, investigating completely different events in history, supported Fonzi’s findings, and that author was free of the constraints that bound Fonzi. Donald Freed published Death in Washington: The Murder of Orlando Letelier in 1980 on the heels of the infamous Sheridan Circle/Washington, DC car-bombing of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt. And what is most frightening is this: David Atlee Phillips, CIA case officer and handler of Lee Harvey Oswald, left a trail of blood and carnage throughout the Western Hemisphere in the wake of his involvement in the Kennedy assassination. As a master of propaganda science, he had purchased print and broadcast media in Chile, conducting a massive propaganda campaign which brought the Allende regime crashing down. Phillips’ colleagues in the States were later arrested in the Watergate scandal, and they had previously burglarized the offices of Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier, providing a list of Allende supporters to the Nixon administration who passed it along through Phillips to the Pinochet regime. Everyone on that list was summarily “disappeared” in the infamous Santiago soccer stadium. Phillips later attempted to cover up the work of his next protege’ after Oswald – Michael Townley – in the 1976 Letelier bombing.
All post-war history orbits around Dealey Plaza. All serious JFK research intent on getting at the Truth revolves around Fonzi’s ground-breaking findings. And a significant part of assassination books after Last Investigation appear crafted to obscure the trail Fonzi uncovered.
Looking at the 1990s and the ARRB declassifications under Clinton, the average citizen has been exposed to TV documentaries such as Nigel Turner’s Men Who Killed Kennedy and a series narrated by Roger Moore entitled The KGB JFK Assassination Files. None of these, or any other video documentaries mention Fonzi or his key suspect who planned the coverup and sheepdipping of Oswald in every detail. While Turner’s series points in the right direction, it still explores many false trails, and leaves too much to the viewer’s discretionary conclusion.
Phillips, the Watergate boys and Maj. Gen. Ed Lansdale had all been involved in “Operation Zapata” — the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Lansdale’s focus (see Prouty, JFK: The CIA, Vietnam and the Assassination of JFK) had been psychological warfare; Phillips had been a propaganda specialist. One field of study and application is the subset of the other, and the involvement of these two men at the center of the plot – between the yet-to-be-proven high-level participants and the triggermen – should indicate to those interested at getting to the heart of the matter just how horrendously insidious and Evil the events surrounding Dealey Plaza really were.
The fact that the extensive TV documentaries steer clear of both Phillips and Lansdale can only indicate one thing: the coverup continues; its purpose is to deceive the American people; and the deceit is necessary because three major industries that had circled their wagons of interest and influence around CIA and Pentagon before 1963 have maintained their status quo all this time. Those industries are strategic minerals (oil), defense-aerospace, and the media itself. The involvement of the third leg of this industrial complex explains why Fonzi’s book has been obscured; why the HSCA findings and their suppressed files only released in 1997 have received little notice in the media; and why so many books and films attempt to lead the reader in other directions: there is the “Diem-Nhu-Corsican Mob” theory, the “Mafia” Theory, the “Castro” and “KGB” theories, and of course, the “lone-nut” theory. It is in the interest of the powers-that-be that the American people ignore the Fonzi book and continue to search in all directions of the conspiracy compass – into perpetuity.
Books after Fonzi’s – such as Gus Russo’s Live By the Sword – are still spinning theories and resurrecting old cover stories that have been disproved by declassified documents. At the same time, the declassification of Oswald’s CIA “201” file now validates and confirms every fact, assertion and premise of Fonzi’s own book, and especially, the connection between James McCord (Watergate), David Atlee Phillips, and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Fonzi’s book is an exciting and spell-binding reading experience. It is earnest research and reaches sound conclusions. It is the most important book to acquire for anyone seriously interested in the Truth about Dealey Plaza.
Buy it. Read it. Pursue its investigative leads. Tell every American and world citizen you know. And as you do so, Last Investigation will arm you with enough facts to convince yourself and everyone – this is no theory. This is the light at the end of the tunnel.
Jrbednorz, Decemer 3, 2001
America owes a debt of gratitude to Gaeton Fonzi, former House Select Commitee on Assassinations investigator.
The HSCA was formed to give we the people the truth about the Asassination Conspiracy of President John F Kennedy, but instead, tons of HSCA documents are sealed away for decades to come!
What the HSCA didnt want to make too public, and what the media has totally hidden, is that the HSCA investigation proves once and for all that Lee Oswald was being framed for the assassination MONTHS before it happened!
Gaeton Fonzi is one of the few investigators for the HSCA who has gone against the grain, and who has come out to tell the American People the truth. He did so by writing this book.
One of the main points of Fonzi’s book, is that CIA man “Maurice Bishop”, was an alias used by David Atlee Phillips, former head of the CIA’s Western Hemisphere division!
The identity of “Bishop” has long kept JFK assassination researchers interested because “Bishop” was seen with Lee Oswald in Dallas not long before the assassination, proving that the CIA had a link with Oswald, even though they said they didnt.
Couple this with the fact that Philips (“Bishop”) did work for the CIA in Mexico City where an Oswald impersonator framed him (Oswald) before the assassination, and the JFK murder mystery becomes much clearer.
Matthew DeLuca, August 13, 2003
H. P. Albarelli, Jr., April 2012
Reporting new and never-before-published information about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this investigation dives straight into the deep end, and seeks to prove the CIA’s involvement in one of the most controversial topics in American history. Featuring intelligence gathered from CIA agents who reported their involvement in the assassination, the case is broken wide open while covering unexplored ground. Gritty details about the assassination are interlaced throughout, while primary and secondary players to the murder are revealed in the in-depth analysis. Although a tremendous amount has been written in the nearly five decades since the assassination, there has never been, until now, a publication to explore the aspects of the case that seemed to defy explanation or logic.
Phillip F. Nelson, November 22, 2011
LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination aims to expose Vice President Johnson’s active role in the assassination of President Kennedy and how he began planning his takeover of the U. S. presidency even before being named the vice presidential nominee in 1960. Lyndon B. Johnson’s flawed personality and character traits were formed when he was a child and grew unchecked for the rest of his life as he suffered severe bouts of manic depression and bipolar disorder, which were never treated until after he left the White House. He successfully hid this disorder from the public as he bartered, stole, and finessed his way through the corridors of power on Capitol Hill – though it is now known that some of his aides knew of his mental illness but felt helpless to take any action which would inevitably cause him to take retribution against them.
The book starts by looking back into Johnson’s past, from the time he was a boy in Texas. It then follows the development of his character traits throughout his school days, through college and as a young congressional apprentice in Washington.
The essential themes of the book include:
· Johnson’s mental issues (paranoia, bi-polar disorder and sociopathic personality) and criminal associations drove him higher and higher up the ladder.
· Desperate to achieve his lifelong obsession of becoming president of the United States, he began planning in 1958-59 to force himself onto the ticket as vice president in 1960, because of his fear of losing as a presidential candidate.
· During his time as vice-president, Johnson hated being in that office and continued his criminal actions and associations with Billie Sol Estes and Bobby Baker (and through Baker, with many other Mafia-connected lobbyists like Fred Black, Irving Davidson, Mickey Weiner, oilmen like Clint Murchison and H. L. Hunt and gangsters like Johnny Roselli, Cliff Jones, Ed Levinson and Ben Seigelbaum, who were directly tied to Mob-boss Carlos Marcello and Sam Giancana, who were at war with the Kennedys). All during his vice presidency, Johnson continued fighting Kennedy on every foreign and domestic initiative he tried to advance – from Berlin to Cuba to Vietnam – and did everything in his power to impede passage of the Civil Rights Act, keeping it bottled up in congress during the entire period.
· As JFK continued making peace overtures to the cold war enemies (his “Peace Speech,” the nuclear test ban, his reversal of policy towards Vietnam, his negotiated settlement on the Cuban missile crisis) a number of men holding very high offices in the military and intelligence agencies became very upset and decided, with Johnson’s backing and provocations, to effect an “Executive Action” to remove JFK.
There are many loose strings which connect all of this together and reveal the existence of a widely based conspiracy, with connections to the Mafia, the military and CIA networks.
Phillip F. Nelson, after years of researching Johnson and the JFK assassination, concludes that the reason Johnson undermined Kennedy’s domestic and foreign policy initiatives was for the purpose of cunningly saving them for his own legacy. His involvement with JFK’s assassination is conclusively drawn with both text and photographic evidence showing Johnson’s knowledge of when and where the assassination would take place. Nelson’s careful and meticulous research has led him to uncover secrets from one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in our country’s history.
. . . a well written book, easy to read, and exhaustive in its summations of the scores of other writers on this profoundly disturbing time in history. I strongly recommend this book.
– Noel Twyman, author of Bloody Treason
I am very impressed with this fine book. . . Mr. Nelson is to be commended on some fine writing, research, and arguments. . . Buy this asap!
– Vince Palamara, author of Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect the President
Nelson reviews a massive amount of secondary sources to support his own hypothesis that the mastermind behind the assassination was then-VP Lyndon Johnson. – Publishers Weekly Review
Nelson’s boundless enthusiasm, not to mention his (mostly) consistent theory of how it all was arranged and then covered up, should sell the book. . . the book is a fascinating read, full of some very clever, creative thinking. – Booklist Review
Before you conclude from the title there is no way LBJ could have masterminded the JFK assassination, read the facts in this book. This account brings all the last pieces together of what connected the CIA, FBI, Mob and Oswald and what could have pushed all these elements and players over the line into the horrible, an assault on the entire nation. They did not just happen to all act alone at the same time. I’ve read a good many of the books investigating the facts of the case and the cover up.
What remains a concern for me is how to get the government to release all the remaining FBI and CIA documents that were to be released 20 years ago, as this author points out. As one who can remember the assassination, I believe that the nation and the effects this catastrophic event had on it needs the healing of the truth of what happened.
This new edition of the author’s work eliminates the redundancies and streamlines the narrative of the first edition. The total number of pages has been reduced by 10%, even with a considerable amount of new material added to support the many assertions of Lyndon Johnson’s complicity in a number of criminal acts leading to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Deidre B. Sheldon, November 2, 2011
I am truly impressed with Phillip Nelson’s outstanding book LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination, now in an expanded and updated format from the very same publishing house as major best-selling authors Mark Lane and Jesse Ventura! While there are quite a few “honorable mentions”, I feel strongly, based on reading hundreds of books and decades of research, that Nelson’s book – along with Mark Lane’s Last Word, Doug Horne’s Inside the ARRB (5 volumes), Jim Douglass’s JFK and the Unspeakable, and Barry Ernest’s The Girl On The Stairs – is among the very best books written on the JFK murder to date. Nelson finishes the work started by such authors as Craig Zirbel and Barr McClellan, yet greatly expands and improves on what came before. Nelson, Lane, Horne, Douglass, and Ernest: their works are absolutely essential to all students and scholars on the case.
Vince Palamara, October 29, 2011
I remember reading the Life magazine articles on the weekend of JFK’s assassination, about Lyndon Johnson’s connections with Bobby Baker, and the latter’s extensive involvement with a number of shady characters. And I began wondering about just who this guy was. The more I read, the more I came to distrust this fellow who liked to portray himself as a glad-handing, back-slapping, “regular guy.” And I came to find out he was anything but those caricatures. His amoral character traits had been formed when he was a child, leading him to develop criminal associations throughout his career, which continued growing until finally culminating in several murders of people who got in his way, the last of whom was John F. Kennedy.
As a result of the failure of the Fourth Estate to perform its constitutional function, Lyndon Johnson is now ranked generally number 9 – 12 in the pantheon of “greatest presidents” by academics and historians. There are a number of contemporary books by his biographers and “historians” (a misnomer, as it applies to those who have consciously avoided the truth about Johnson) who laud him for his efforts in the area of Civil Rights, while ignoring the facts about his true persona and motivations as revealed in my book.
An interview with the author by John Valeri of the Hartford Examiner, November 17, 2010:
1). You were a college student when Lyndon Johnson assumed the presidency. Can you tell us how your initial reservations about his character resulted in the research and publication of LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK’s Assassination nearly fifty years later? Was there one particular moment that solidified your suspicions or was it an overall consideration of facts?
I have very vivid memories of 1962-63, mostly about my own experiences as a recent high school graduate in Indiana just beginning to shake off my adolescent ways and become a little more cognizant of things larger than myself. One of those was my newly found political awareness, which led me to read the weekly magazines that happened to be reporting on such things as the breaking Billie Sol Estes scandal; it was his hazy connections to Vice President Lyndon Johnson which caught my eye initially, though back then I didn’t have any reason to suspect that the depth of his criminal activities was quite as great as we’ve learned since then. Then, in 1963, the Bobby Baker scandals started being reported in the late summer, leading into autumn. Life magazine published a major front cover expose, ironically under the date of November 22, 1963, which contained many allusions to his association with Johnson. No one knew then, as we do now, that Bobby Kennedy was behind the release of much of the dirt on Lyndon Johnson in order to force him off the 1964 ticket.
All during that horrible but memorable weekend, I remember reading Life magazine between breaks while watching the live television coverage. Naturally, in the process of reading about the latest scandal involving this person who had just assumed the highest office in the nation, I began wondering whether he was a man to be trusted. But I still had not given a passing thought as to the possibility of his involvement in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At that time, a possible coup was simply an “unthinkable thought,” too abhorrent to even try to contemplate (which, I submit, is the same phenomenon that causes many people to continue denying, to this day, the truth of what happened).
That didn’t really start until a year or two later. By then, questions had started to mount about not only the mysteries related to the assassination (e.g., the incredible “magic bullet”), but about the character and veracity of the new president. The rationale for heavy military build-up in Vietnam and the growing casualties began to make less and less sense; his growing “credibility gap” on this folly caused my suspicions about his character to grow. I don’t know that there was ever one specific moment at which the idea first sprang forth in my mind; it was more of a decades-long epiphany which developed incrementally the more I studied the matter; it has obviously become the only possible explanation that makes any sense to me, given the complexities of the real story.
2). How do you see LBJ’s culpability as fitting in with other conspiracy theories that have been put forth? Who do you believe were his accomplices? And how has the truth remained shrouded in mystery for nearly five decades?
My theories closely parallel those of several notable authors who were referenced extensively in the book. The “main plot-line” includes reference to body, photo and film alterations advanced by David Lifton, Douglas Horne and Noel Twyman. Along with the suborning of witness testimony, or the ignoring of credible witnesses whose stories were not congruent with the “official line,” and the fabricated, lost or destroyed evidence, there is a mountain of irrefutable facts which render the official verdict to be the “official lie.”
His accomplices included men at the highest levels of the CIA, men such as James Jesus Angleton, William K. (Bill) Harvey, David Atlee Phillips, David Sanchez Morales. There were participants from the Mafia (Carlos Marcello, Johnny Rosseli), the Texas oilmen (H. L. Hunt, Clint Murchison) and, I believe, even J. Edgar Hoover, who was at the very least clearly involved in the post-assassination cover-up.
The reason I devoted so much of the book (nearly half of it) to setting the context – the domestic political situation, the cold-war international antagonisms, the rabid anti-Communist agenda shared by both left and right-wing zealots, were all part of the mix – was because it is necessary to understand how this background related to the assassination. To comprehend why the truth has been “shrouded in mystery for nearly five decades,” one must first understand all of that, which is explained in the first 300 pages of the book. But the last two chapters return to that point as well, because they detail just how Lyndon Johnson was able, as president, to obtain the ultimate “benefit of the doubt” by becoming president. He used the automatic deference accorded all presidents to remake his image from a conniving, narcissistic megalomaniac–someone not above the use of criminal conduct to achieve his goals, as he had done throughout his political career–to that of a consensus-seeking “good ol’ boy” and magnanimous liberal politician.
The coupe de grace was his successful management of the Warren Commission in reaching a “verdict” that even he later acknowledged was not correct. But it took the matter off the table for at least a dozen years, which was helped by his edict that all evidence be locked away for 75 years. It wasn’t until 1975 that the public even saw a purloined copy of the Zapruder film, two years after Johnson died. He calculated that proof of his complicity would automatically die with him and the matter would never really be solved after that, which is why he apparently willed his own early death, as explained in the book.
Lyndon Johnson was a genius at leading, and misleading, people. One simple example of this from the book came from a man who worked for Johnson’s radio station KTBC, when he said that “he learned more about the art of deception from Lyndon than he had ever learned from anyone, including his own father, a magician known as “the Great Blackstone.” He said, “I worked quite some time for Lyndon Johnson as broadcast personnel, and I think I learned more about the art of deception from him than I did from my father . . . he was a man who understood the art of misdirection – of making the eye watch ‘A’ when the dirty work was going on at ‘B.'”
His ability to ingratiate himself with the right people – in this case, a number of credulous journalists or future historians like Doris Kearns, Merle Miller, Ronnie Dugger, and sycophants like Jack Valenti and Bill Moyers – enabled him to remake his image and therefore his historical record. He isn’t remembered, for example, for stalling and impeding civil rights legislation for over twenty five years (even supporting such things as the “poll tax” used in Southern states to inhibit minority voting) and continuing to block Kennedy’s agenda on this; instead, he is given credit for its eventual passage in the aftermath of the assassination (though the New York Times gave the lion’s share of the credit for its passage to Republican Everett Dirksen, the minority leader). I believe his real accomplishment was purposely stalling it all during Kennedy’s presidency; he did it for the purpose of saving it for his own legacy and to use it to win the support of a lot of people for his 1964 election.
3) What do you hope that your book contributes to the historical record? What lessons can be learned for future generations?
More than anything else, I think that a cleansing of the national consciousness, one that finally acknowledges real history, and not the fiction that was presented in 1964, is essential. It has always amazed me that over 75% of the population, according to polls, do not believe the Warren Report; in fact, “we” still don’t know what to believe about this watershed event.
It is time that the truth of the assassination and the truth of Lyndon Johnson’s lifetime of crimes leading to his involvement in the “Crime of the Century” is revealed. There are still many secrets buried by our own federal government – and they acknowledge it, and they vow to keep them secret, as noted in the book – and until such time as they are revealed and the matter dealt with honestly, we as a nation cannot fully recover from the trauma which has caused us unquantifiable harm.
The real Lyndon Johnson continues to be revered by the very historians who should know better. History is supposed to be about true and actual events and people, not contrived and deceitful stories meant to sugar-coat the facts; it seems to me that most “historians” have been asleep at the switch for nearly fifty years.. Edward Albee, despite his brilliance in the “Theater of the Absurd,” couldn’t have made this up.
4) There is a true literary lexicon devoted to this case. What books would you recommend as essential reading for serious students of the assassination?
Other than my own, of course, I recommend the following books:
I. General Subject:
JFK and the Unspeakable – James Douglass
Bloody Treason – Noel Tywman
Murder in Dealey Plaza – James Fetzer, Ed.
Someone Would Have Talked – Larry Hancock
Crossfire – Jim Marrs
II. Truths about Lyndon Johnson:
The Years of Lyndon B. Johnson – Three part biographies by Robert Caro
Power Beyond Reason: The Mental Collapse of Lyndon Johnson –
D. Jablow Hershman
A Texan Looks at Lyndon – J. Evetts Haley
III. Post Assassination Cover-up
Inside the ARRB – Doug Horne
Best Evidence – David Lifton
Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation – Gerald McKnight
5). How do you think the course of history would have been altered had JFK lived to serve out his presidency?
Without question, the United States’ involvement in Vietnam would have been wound down in 1964 and over by 1965; JFK had already decided that, as detailed in my book and many others. The CIA, which had grown out of control under Presidents Truman and Eisenhower, would have been dismantled and the intelligence function would have been assigned to the newly formed and more tightly managed DIA. Probably one of the things JFK did to seal his fate was his promise to “Tear the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.” It wasn’t hard for Johnson to find willing accomplices in the CIA through his “back channel” to them and to renegade high level military officers to carry out the assassination.
Without Vietnam, there would have not been the thunderous backlash which resulted from it. The nation would have been spared the eventual double catharsis which resulted from JFK’s assassination and the ensuing war purposely designed and run by Johnson, who thought of himself as an omnipotent deity and above the hand-wringing and second-guessing of those who questioned the merits of his war. It is unlikely that the 1960’s counter-revolution would have occurred in mid-decade and the violent aspects of it – the Weathermen, the Chicago Seven and all the others – would have not had their “fifteen minutes of fame.” Doesn’t it follow that everything else that occurred due to the 1960’s cultural revolution either would not have happened, or would have at least turned out differently?
The misallocation of precious resources to Vietnam was a tremendous waste of national treasure. It did make many people very wealthy, not the least of whom was Lyndon B. Johnson (though his rapid accumulation of wealth, despite having started out with virtually no net worth, is given virtually no scrutiny by most of his biographers and apologists). Another man who profited from the war was the Chicago financier and mob-connected Henry Crown, who was a major stockholder in General Dynamics, the nearly bankrupt Texas-based company at the heart of the TFX scandal. Johnson went to great lengths to help save this company from bankruptcy in 1961-62 and it is yet another example of his corruption. Crown’s wealth grew even more because of the additional number of fighter jets required for Johnson’s war (unfortunately for his heir, his son Lester, the family lost $1 Billion during the 2008-09 economic crash; their net worth now stands at only $4 Billion (Forbes magazine: The Forbes 400, October 19, 2009 p. 124).
The United States would have probably grown and prospered even more than was the case with Kennedy’s successors, starting with Johnson. Imagine if none of those 60 thousand soldiers, sailors and airmen had been killed there and their lives had instead been devoted to the positive and productive things they wanted to accomplish, rather than the quite meaningless war which Johnson committed them to. Yes, life would have turned out much different for them, of that we can be certain; the rest of us would have, at the very least, been spared the insanity of those times. I cannot begin to list all of the repercussions that these traumas have inflicted on us as a nation.
Vincent Palamara, 2005
Survivor’s Guilt discusses these topics:
1) The primary, first-hand accounts of over 70 former Secret Service agents, White House aides, and family members, many of whom have never spoken publicly before. No other author or government investigative body has successfully interviewed and contacted as many of these men as has author Palamara. No other book has ever examined the conduct of the Secret Service in such voluminous and authoritative detail.
2) The long-standing and wide-reaching myth that President Kennedy was difficult to protect and somehow, directly or indirectly, made his own tragic death easier for an assassin or assassins is exploded for the first time in devastating and authoritative detail.
3) The fraudulent notion that JFK had ordered the agents off the rear of his limousine in Dallas is conclusively debunked. Agents on or near the rear of JFK’s car would have thwarted his death.
4) The popular and widespread myth that President Kennedy personally ordered the bubbletop off his limousine in Dallas is likewise shown to be a convenient exaggeration. An impossible multiplicity of responsibility is painstakingly demonstrated, as are multiple options involving the bubbletop that were not used in Dallas.
5) The premature approval of Kennedy’s speech site in Dallas by members of the Secret Service, over other options, which determined the type of security used for the site, the choice of the route used to get to the destination, and even the speed of JFK’s limousine, is detailed in full.
6) Despite the rabid, right-wing environment in Dallas, it is shown that there were allegedly no threats found by the agency in this troubled city, a seeming impossibility. Like the choice of speech site, this situation likewise determined the level of security – or lack thereof – used for JFK’s mortal trip to the Big D.
7) For the first time ever, an exhaustive account of all the recent prior threats to Kennedy’s life just before the President’s journey to Texas is revealed.
8) Another major discovery by the author is the covert monitor of mortal threats to JFK’s life for the New York, Florida, and Texas trips – the last three major Presidential forays – by two members of the Secret Service’s Protective Research Section. Also, a little-known military intelligence presence is shown to have existed in Dallas on November 22, 1963, yet another probable covert monitor of mortal threats to the President that was covered up after the assassination. Finally, the presence of a CIA agent at the hospital the dying President was taken to is revealed.
9) The presence of unauthorized Secret Service agents in Dealey Plaza, the site of the assassination, is exhaustively documented in devastating detail. Likewise, the media’s reporting of the death of a Secret Service agent the day of the assassination is painstakingly examined. Finally, the untimely death of a Secret Service agent shortly before the Texas trip is revealed in context.
10) The alarming and shocking behavior of perhaps the most important agent connected to the Dallas trip, JFK’s driver, is explored in unprecedented detail.
11) The lack of proper local police and military involvement will be shown to be Secret Service responsibilities and, ultimately, failures. In addition, the strange omission of key members of the Secret Service is duly noted.
12) It is shown that overpasses, buildings, windows, and rooftops were not properly monitored, due to Secret Service negligence (or worse). In addition, the strange conduct of local police and the agents themselves is also noted, along with the ramifications of this behavior. An unprecedented agent-by-agent examination is scrupulously documented with disturbing results.
13) Evidence that the fateful motorcade route Kennedy rode in Dallas was changed at the eleventh hour by the Secret Service is detailed in full. Also, like the speech site, it is conclusively documented that other options—and alternate routes—were available and not used that fatal day in Dallas.
14) The Dallas police plan to use many flanking motorcycles, used to shield the President during the motorcade, was changed shortly before the assassination by the Secret Service. Also, the press and photographers, Kennedy’s personal physician, military aides, and several important vehicles were moved from their normal positions close to JFK at the last minute, again by the Secret Service.
15) It is amply demonstrated by the author that President Kennedy was actually very personable and friendly with the Secret Service and did not interfere with their actions at all. In addition, JFK’s oft-noted obsession with death will be shown to be a byproduct of his knowledge of threats to his life just before Dallas.
16) Evidence of covert security tests and studies, as well as the destruction and altering of crucial documents, evidence, and testimony, is revealed. Also, disturbing FBI-Secret Service feuding is noted in context.
17) A mountain of lies and bureaucratic cover-up is duly noted, along with the ramifications of these falsehoods for the subsequent investigations into the assassination, the conduct of the Secret Service itself, and, ultimately, the writing of accurate history.
18) Disturbing sentiments regarding President Kennedy on the part of several key Secret Service agents is revealed, as well as the justifiable feelings of guilt and responsibility for the President’s death by others. In addition, the suprising conspiratorial beliefs of several former agents are chronicled.
19) Gross negligence and, in some instances, seeming culpability on the part of members of the Secret Service, sworn to protect the life of John F. Kennedy, is detailed with many disturbing ramifications revealed.
20) Whether one views the assassination as the work of a lone unaided assassin—Lee Harvey Oswald—OR the work of a deadly secret cabal, the powerful information in “Survivor’s Guilt” holds up in any case. In fact, it is conclusively demonstrated that, regardless of who or what was ultimately behind the assassination, it was the agents of the Secret Service who bear the heavy burden for President Kennedy’s tragic and untimely murder.
Charles A. Crenshaw, November 22, 2001
David S. Lifton, November 1, 1992
I found Lifton’s book both fascinating and enlightening. Never before have I found such dedicated and in-depth study of the actual documented evidence without hint of hysteria or paranoia. The trouble with films like ‘JFK’ based on the work of theorists life Grodin, is that, for all it’s grassy-knoll witnesses and government sources, it simply is too lazy or credulous to look at the medical evidence. In one of his books, Grodin dimisses the pre-autopsy surgery theory out of hand. He would rather think that the autopsy doctors were all in on the conspiracy, so he doesn’t have to explain certain discrepancies in his theory. Like the back wound. And the missing brain. Such “Dealey Plaza-based” reconstructions soon fall apart after investigation and bring ridicule on conspiracy believers. Not so Lifton’s work. Every statement is backed up by substantiated and credible evidence. His clear, analytical thinking is one thing rare in many similar books which recycle old theories with their circular logic. Lifton’s lifelong commitment to this subject shows through his exhaustive research.
Caroline Guerin, January 11, 2000
Larry Hancock, November 1, 2010
Someone Would Have Talked, in a new third edition by historian Larry Hancock, goes beyond proving a conspiracy to murder JFK. Over 14,000 documents, White House diaries, telephone logs and executive tape recordings detail how the new president, Lyndon Johnson, managed a cover-up which changed the future of our country: a second conspiracy designed to mislead the nation, the world, indeed, history itself.
From the Publisher
Forty years after John Kennedy’s murder in Dallas, the event remains a part of the American conscious. Polls show the majority of the public still believes there was some sort of conspiracy involved in his assassination. Those that deny the conspiracy question scoff at all this, stating that no conspiracy could have been good enough that somebody would not have talked after all this time. After all we all know even successful criminals feel compelled to tell someone, sometime.
Someone Would Have Talked tackles that objection head on, examining a number of examples of individuals who talked. Some talked before the assassination and some afterwards. These are not the people who sold their stories or whose names you would see in the tabloids. These are real people, many of them involved in the secret war against Castro and the U.S. Government project intended to assassinate him. You find their remarks in reports made to Police, the FBI and Secret Service – reports which were never addressed in any coordinated or proactive criminal investigation.
I am happy to recommend Larry’s book to all those who continue to search for the truth. — Mary Ferrell, JFK Lancer Online April 2003
The last word on the tragedy of November 22, 1963, read Hancock’s book! — Dick Russell, JFK Lancer Online July 2003
Larry Hancock’s latest book is a must-buy for anyone looking for a credible guide to the new primary source material only recently available. After searching for a used copy of the first edition of this excellent book (out of print for several years), I finally gave up. The CD provided with the initial book was a hugh bonus, because it contained a trove of hard to find primary source material that I did not have the time or resource to locate. Well, the book is now released in its second edition, and is updated with more recent material. It is impossible for most of us to read and absorb the volume of material made available. Larry Hancock has done a masterful job of sifting through this material for us, working with many of the most credible, often unsung, researchers.
Even those who have read virtually everything about the Kennedy assassination over the years will find that they have been looking at individual fragments of a complex shattered mosaic that has resisted most efforts to fit all the pieces together in a rational way. The welcome release of a blizzard of paper over the past few years has made it even more difficult for those of us who try to stay current and separate rumor from fact. In this book, Larry Hancock displays a fluency with the sources that is remarkable. He has done a remarkable job of synthesis; connecting fragments of the multitude of assassination theories and characters into a credible web of intersecting agendas and characters. This book has the flavor of James Ellroy’s LA Quartet with a cast of real characters that rival LeCarre’s George Smiley (Harvey and Angleton, to name just two). Fans of espionage fact and fiction, true crime, and dark noir will love this book, regardless of your interest in the assassination itself. Certainly a great gift for those ‘hard to buy for’ crime or history buffs.
For those of us looking for a credible weighing of new aspects of the case that have resulted from the AARB and other newly released documents, Larry does not disappoint. His chapters re-examining the little known story of John Martino in detail, the strange life and death of Richard Case Nagell, and the tragic case of Rose Cheramie are updated with much new material that will be valuable in setting the record straight. His tracing of the CIA characters intersecting careers in several excellent appendices is compelling. this book’s focus on John Martino sets it apart from the rest of the canon. If you think you are well informed about the case already, this book is one of the few that holds some genuine surprises. An in-depth update of the latest twists and turns in the case we just can’t forget.
Well written, literate, credible…this isn’t a sensational book about “explosive new evidence”, it is like having a knowledgeable guide to a strange landscape who can point out the pitfalls and challenges, give us a new map, and challenge us to follow paths that few have trod. Buy this book and watch Larry shine a light on some very dark places.
John H. Macdonald, November 15, 2006
An avid reader of much relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I recently discovered and greedily read Larry Hancock’s “Someone Would Have Talked.” It provides a wealth of information, photographic material I have never before seen, and a CD filled with documentation.
The basic premise of the book is fascinating. One frequently heard objection to the concept of a ‘conspiracy’ is that ‘someone would have talked.’ Hancock documents the fact that ‘someone’ did in fact talk – many ‘someones’ – and it’s significant to note who it was, what was said, and in what context.
The majority of the information contained was very new to me, as Hancock takes us down a labyrinth of complex military operations, introducing character after character, their personal level of involvement, and potential roles in the events that took place on 11/22/63.
I personally found that Hancock’s conclusions in regards to the conspiracy, assassination and cover-up were the most logical I have ever seen. The puzzle pieces begin to fit at last.
Furthermore, for anyone who has ever wondered as to the real depth of Lee Harvey Oswald’s involvement – look no more.
I unreservedly recommend this book – to anyone who wants to have a better understanding as to the ‘who, what and why’ behind Kennedy’s assassination; whether it be from a first time interest, or a more serious pursuit.
Aitay Lee, May 25, 2004
As an experienced author and researcher myself who has “seen it all” (so to speak), I have become somewhat jaded in terms of dealing with new books on the subject of the JFK assassination, as many promise more than they deliver or, quite frnakly, have little in the way of anything truly new and exciting to offer. To compound the matter, a number of these books are not very readable (Oswald and the CIA” comes painfully to mind).
Then, like a breath of fresh air, comes a truly remarkable and tenacious researcher, Larry Hancock, with Someone Would Have Talked. Tremendous documentation, organization, and, above all, readability will greet the reader in welcome fashion. Perhaps most important of all, much of the information in the book is new or, at the very least, will be new to 99% of the average citizens out there. In addition, there are many great and obscure photographs in the book, adding to the rich narrative. And, to top it all off, there is an amazing CD packed with information included.
Larry Hancock has truly hit a home run here. While I have sung the praises of a few other deserving titles in recent years, out of a mountain of prose, no other book carries the detailed perspective on the nuts and bolts of the actual conspiracy itself – apart from issues of forensics, etc. – like Someone Would Have Talked. I am very impressed – and, at this late juncture, that is getting exceedingly hard to do. Buy it!
Vince Palamara, November 12, 2004
Enough time had elapsed since I read the earlier edition of this book and November Patriots to make Larry Hancock’s revised work a must read. Mr. Hancock’s relentless research and attention to detail has resulted in a virtual masterpiece. Just when you think there is little left that can shed more light on this frustrating and tantalizing puzzle, Hancock re-introduces you into the seamy world of fanatical intelligence agents inciting anti-Castro Cubans, training for unapproved missions in the face of rapprochement between JFK emissary William Attwood and Castro’s Carlos Lechuga. The deliberate disclosure of this poorly kept secret to violent warriors learning all about assassination and creating patsies was incendiary. There are always gaps that need to be filled but many of the key players are separated from mere suspects and startling revelations are discussed. While virtually everyone believes Ruby was involved, few viewed him as Hancock does, as an additional patsy.
One area that I was hoping for more involves LBJ’s possible role. LBJ’s most probable known intersection with the conspiracy occurs during his conversation with Hoover the next morning. Once Hoover informs LBJ of the “blame Castro” impersonation of Oswald in Mexico, and we observe LBJ’s post-assassination cover-up response, it makes no sense for the new president to shut down a true investigation of conspiracy unless LBJ was involved. Why use the nonsensical threat of nuclear war with prospective Warren Commissioners to stop investigating conspiracy when you already know that someone went to great lengths to try to make people believe it was Castro? The “blame Castro” impersonation itself cries out “anti-Castro” and “domestic”.
That said, Larry Hancock sets forth what is credible to draw your own conclusion and in doing so, has created an important source that advances us closer to the truth.
Michael H. Bereston, March 5, 2012
Many books have been written about the JFK assassination; most of which are worthless from a historical perspective. However there are actually a handful of well written, well researched books worth owning. Someone Would Have Talked is at the top of the list of books worth reading and worth buying.
SWHT deals with the people who fought in the Secret War against Cuba, their relationships, private remarks they made over the years, and a mountain of government documents. Larry has spent over a decade researching people and disseminating the documents to get a clear picture of what was really happening in the United States in 1963.
The conspiracy to assassinate the President was relatively small; the book shows how officers of the CIA – working completely compartmentalized from the rest of the Agency – used their assets: anti-Castro Cuban exiles, American members of anti-Communist groups, and a member of organized crime (John Roselli) to remove John F. Kennedy from office. Essentially the plan was to kill JFK and make it look as if a Castro-connected conspiracy was responsible to provoke an attack on Cuba and oust Fidel Castro.
In addition, Larry has made available all his references and exhibits on a website, larry-hancock.com, through Debra Conway and JFK Lancer. It contains many newspaper articles, photos, and government documents that are used throughout the book.
Simply put, Larry’s book is the best work to date on the Assassination of JFK.
Zach Robertson, May 15, 2011
Josiah Thompson, January 1967
Jim Marrs, January 22, 1993
Rush to Judgment
Warren Commission Report
On the Trail of the Assassins
High Treason: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: What Really Happened
Robert J. Grodin, March 1989
The Killing of a President: The Complete Photographic Record of the Assassination, the Conspiracy, and the Cover-Up
Robert J. Grodin, September 1, 1994
A Secret Order: Investigating the High Strangeness and Synchronicity in the JFK Assassination
H. P. Albarelli Jr.,
And see these other authors listed on the Amazon page for this book:
- Dick Russell
- Barr McClellan
- Judyth Vary Baker
- Harrison Edward…
- Abraham Bolden
- Harold Weisberg
- Gerald Posner
- Vincent Bugliosi
- Donald T. Phillips
- G. Paul Chambers
- Orlando Martin
- M. Wesley Swearingen
- Gerald Blaine
Jack Kennedy’s Untold Story (Notes and Experimental)
Alright, I am going to put that story right here. The title is Jack Kennedy’s Untold Story. I’m going to put it right here, and I’m going to revise it. That’s not so hard, Steve, that’s not so hard!
First of all, is Clem going to be talking to someone? Does he have an interlocutor? He’s not talking to himself, is he? Is his name Clem? This is not going to be a Carlo and Dio dialog! That is confusing for everybody!
I think Clem is a good name. It’s short for Clemenceau. He’s Cajun. He’s a ragin’ Cajun! What do you want to name his interlocutor? Joe is good. Clem is going to do most of the talking. Joe interjects here and there, asks a question here and there, makes an observation here and there. You don’t need to identify the speakers at the beginning of each speech. They can easily identify themselves within the conversation. For starters, Joe doesn’t speak Cajun. He’s from Iowa.
In the introduction, just give their names and where they’re from. That’s enough. Clem is from down on the bayou. You don’t have to reproduce the way people actually talk on the bayou. Besides, everyone speaks a little differently anyway. Just make him Ragin’ Cajun like James Carswell. He’s better than Carswell. He’s profane. He spits. He scratches his crotch. He can be lewd. He doesn’t like people much. You can’t really tell if he likes Kennedy or not. Sometimes he calls him a son of a bitch, sometimes he’s sorry the guy didn’t get a fair shake. He admires him in spite of himself.
So Clem, weren’t we talking about JFK the other day? That’s Joe talking.
Damn straight. Lookee here. That shooter just blew his brain out. I mean it. He jus’ blew his brains all over the back of that limo-zeen. Hiz head sprayed all the way back to the motorcycle cops riding off the left rear of the car.
Well good God man, what more evidence and investigation do we need? Why we still talking ‘bout where the shooters were? Do you think a shooter in the school book depository, sixth floor, is going to spray his brains over the back of the car?
That rifle they found – what was it? A Carcano – ain’t worth shit. It’s a twenty-fi’ dollah piece of shit. The only reason they tagged it as the murder weapon is that’s what they got in that backyard photograph they made up of Oswald. What a collage! Once you have Oswald holding the Carcano in that photograph, you have to make it the murder weapon. Otherwise people say, how many guns did Oswald have, anyway? He’s not a collector. So he just has the Carcano.
Problem is, the Carcano can’t shoot. Really, it’s a primitive weapon. No assassin would use it. It’s one step up from a popgun. Okay, it’s got some power and a little range, but it’s not accurate and you have to cock it between each shot. No assassin who wanted to hit a moving target at long range would use that gun.
But aside from that, we know Kennedy was hit from fairly short range with a real rifle. We’ll never know what kind it was. The shooter was at about two o’clock. The shot just snapped his head back and blew his brains all over the back of the car. When Jackie climbed out onto the trunk to retrieve his brain tissue, she didn’t know how important that simple act would be. She told Mrs. Connally in the car, “I have a piece of his brain here in my hands.” She said that several times.
You put that together with what we see in the film, and it’s obvious the head shot comes from about two o’clock. Some people think he was hit twice within a split second. Two times in the head right at the end of the attack. We’ll never know. The Parkland doctors wanted to do a proper analysis of his wounds, but the feds wouldn’t let them. The feds took Jack’s body to Bethesda and they fucked it up good. I mean fucked it. The autopsy they did there was the worst piece of work ever. And this was the president. Who had just been shot. Can you believe they fucked up the autopsy?
“Hey look, maybe they wanted to screw it up,” Joe says.
All they needed was a lone shooter. It didn’t matter that much where the shooter was located.
“Sure it mattered! They had the Oswald story all made up ahead of time.”
That’s correct. Oswald with the Carcano in the TBSD. You have to have all your clues lined up. Thus you can’t have any shots coming in from the front or the side. Only from the rear.
“What I don’t get is why they shut down the Parkland analysis. They could have let them have a look.”
Yeah, but they knew the findings at Bethesda wouldn’t agree. You don’t want two sets of findings.
“Who’s they, anyway?”
That’s the interesting thing, buddy. People follow orders. They don’t have to be in on the plans. If you sell the Secret Service people that the body’s going to Bethesda for an autopsy, you don’t have to say anymore. Parkland can screw it. The guys with wires in their ears are going to take that body away, no questions asked. They don’t need to know why the Parkland doctors can’t have a longer look.
“But the Parkland observations did get out, didn’t they?”
Sure they did. And who do you trust: the doctors on the scene, or the military doctors working in the middle of the night? Nobody trusts the Bethesda autopsy. Nobody. It would have been better not even to do it. Say you don’t want to do it for the sake of the family. I mean, an autopsy is a kind of body desecration. They could say they don’t want to desecrate the president’s body more than it already is.
“Don’t you think people would object to burying the body without figuring out the exact cause of death?”
The feds could say he was shot in the head. They could use fancy language to describe the wound, too, just like they did in the actual autopsy report. They didn’t have to do a real analysis to come up with the bullshit they came up with.
“You have to appear to do real analysis, though, or people won’t believe what you say.”
No one believes them anyway! A dog sent in to lick the president’s wounds would have done a better job than those doctors did. If I’d been asked to produce an autopsy report like the one they did, I would have resigned on the spot.
“People don’t do that with their careers.”
“Your career is your life. It was back then.”
Anyway, they signed off on a piece of bullshit – a falsified report – and the Warren Commission said we have what we need right here. The Commission didn’t question it.
“So what do we do now?”
We go for a run before we fall asleep in front of the computer!
Jack Kennedy’s Untold Story
Let me tell you ’bout a man named Jack Kennedy. He was a handsome feller, most smart and humorous and serious all at t’ same time. He had all those qualities that help you become pres’dint of the United States – beautiful wife, too. Sho’ ’nuff, he did become pres’dint, by a whisker in th’ election of 1960. He whipped that sonofabitch Nixon, he did – whipped him by a margin ’bout as wide as my pinkie finger here. Dick Nixon warn’t so happy ’bout that. He din’t know that three years later, sump’m would happen would make him pres’dint after all. What that sump’m was is the story I want to tell you ’bout.
Y’see, Jack Kennedy was ‘sassinated by his own people in ’63. That’s right, his own people turned on ‘im and said, “Man, we got to fire you.” Only way to fire a pres’dint is to kill ‘im. So that’s what they did – jus’ like Jules Caesar. They din’t trust ‘im.
You gonna say, “C’mon, that don’t happen nowadays. Least ways it don’t happen in the dem’cratic ‘public of these United States. It only happen in countries like Veet Nam and South Asia and those African places. Can’t happen here.”
You don’t think so. Listen to my story, then you tell me ’bout po-litical ‘sassinations. They can happen ‘most anywhere. When they do happen, watch out.
“What do you mean, watch out?”
I’ll tell you ’bout that later. Listen to the story of the ‘sassination itself. It’s enough to curlup yo’ toes.
The story starts with the Bay of Pigs. Do you know ’bout that bay? No? It’s in Cuba – big island south of Florida run by a feller named Castro. Feedel Castro. We hated that guy. We were all set in Havana – gambling, women, wine and booze – we could go there an’ do all the things we go to Las Vegas for now – ‘cept it was cheaper an’ the Latin women were better. Then Feedel comes along like some sort of righteous Jesus character and whips all th’ ‘mericans out of his temple. Honest. He thought he was better’n us. Just come in out of the hills and took over the place. Said he wasn’t gonna tol’rate all that sin in his Cuba – gonna clean the place up. That’s what he did. Anybody didn’t like it – he threw ‘em in jail. And we hated him for it.
That all happened in ’59. Rev’lution started on New Year’s, that’s a fact. Just drove those rats right outta the temple. Right away the CIA starts to figure how they can get ridda th’ guy. You know – subversive ops – the gamut. They want to kill ‘im or get somebody else to kill ‘im, or start a revolution or do anything to get ridda the guy. I mean, not only did he kick us out, he was a Commie. That’s right – a low-down Commie bastard. He would kow tow to those Commie bastards in Mos-coe, and the next thing you know, we got missiles pointing right at us. That’s right – nucular missiles poionted right at Miami and ever other city right up the east coast. Think ’bout that for a minnit. That’s why we had to get rid of him.
But it turned out tobe harder than we thought. We wanted to get rid of him, but make it look like someone else did it. We din’t want to get knicked for that one. No way. So we couldn’t send in the Special Ops guys and shoot the place up. I mean, what are we, cowboys or sumthin’? We gotta be a little discreet ’bout this, an’ you know ‘mericans ain’t so good ’bout bein’ discreet. They do better jus’ go in an’ shoot the place up.
So what happens? We plan this Bay of Pigs thing. We get these unhappy Cubans to plan their own invasion – train them up, give hem weapons all kinds of logistical support. We tell ‘em, look, you go in there and people will back you. They don’t like Castro any more’n we do. They gonna back you up, and you cannot fail.
Yessirree, you gonna take that couintry back from Feedel, jus’ like he took it fum you, and we gonna help you. That’s right – it’ll be a real counter-rev’lutionary move.
Well no shit, that’s what we said to ‘em. Got ‘m rilied up so’s they actually make a landing at the Bay of Pigs, right where the CIA planned to put ‘em. Put ‘em in harms way, they did. ‘Cus you know what happened? Feedel’s rev’lutionary army, they jus’ cut them to pieces. That’s right. Trapped ‘em in the marshy parts, with all the skeeters ‘n gaters ‘n stuff, an’ jus’ cut them to pieces. Caught ‘em all and kilt th’ rest. It was pitiful. Took ‘em jus’ three days. Three days an’ the whole op’ration was over.
So what’s all this gotta do with Jack Kennedy? The planning for this whole Bay of Pigs thing goes on before Jack even takes the oath of office. Fact, the planning starts before he’s even elected. Those CIA guys, they don’t care who’d pres’dint. They got their own plans an’ they gofer it.
Problem is, if the plan succeeds, nobody cares we’re behind it. Ev’body happy, ‘cept Feedel, an’ he’s prob’ly dead. But if the plan fails, ev’body knows we’re behind it, an’ we look awful bad. Awful bad. But the CIA, it don’t think nothin’ ’bout failure. No it don’t. Cuba’s our backyard, after all. You don’t thing ’bout failure in y’own backyard. I mean, what can go wrong so close to home?
Here’s the key thing. Those CIA guys ‘spected the pres’dint to back up those Cubans with planes an’ shit. That’s right – you go in there with close air s’port – ‘copters an’ machine guns an’ shit – an’ you jus’ cut them to pieces. You jus’ turn them rev’lutionaries into little pieces of doo-doo right ‘fore yore gunsights, an’ you don’ worry ’bout a thing. ‘Cus you know why? Th’ain’t no rev’lutionaries left! They all gone, an’ our Cubans jus’ march right into Havana, the Feedel did sixteen months before!
So why did Jack ‘low such a hare brained plan to go ‘head? He’s a smart guy, right? So what’s he doin’ with a scheme that’s got more holes an’ weak spots than some kinda old cobweb or sumthin’? I mean, march into Havana? It’s not real.
Well that shows the power of no thinkin’. Jack’s a busy man. Pres’dint has a lot goin’ on in his new job – takes a while to get ‘quainted with ev’thing. The gen’rals and the CIA guys come to him with this plan, an’ they talk like it’s a done deal – all set to go.
You trust ‘em an’ you say – alright, if you say so. Looks okay, s’long as it works. You guys sure it’s gonna work?
The gen’rals an’ CIA guys say we looked at this one backwards an’ forwards, up an’ down, leftways an’ rightways. It’s gonna work. by gum. We know it is.
Jack says, “One thing: we ain’t goin’ in there with our own troops. You understand that?”
“Yes chief, got it.”
“That means air support, too. No air support units go in.”
“And no ships. We have ships for logistical support, and that’s it.”
“Right up an’ down the line. No combat units, no way whatsoever. The Cubans gonna do it all.”
“I’m not gonna change my mind about that.”
“Yes, indeed. Rock solid, man.”
So that’s how they left it. No combat s’port fum th’ ‘mericans. But you know what? They gen’rals an’ the CIA guys figgered they had the pres’dint on this one. They knew that if it came to it, he’d let them send in some airborne units. We were talkin’ ’bout takin’ out Commies in Cuba, for God’s sake! No pres’dint would bgack off with that shit coming down.
So those Cubans get bogged down in the swamps, some fifteen hun’ret beggars with M-16s and CIA radios to keep them company. The gen’rals an’ CIA guys go to Jack an’ they say, “Mr. Pres’dint. Things not lookin’ so good out there. Those Cubans – they gettin’ cut to pieces in them swamps. We gotta send in some planes an’ ‘copters to help get them up to dry land. They gonna die in there.”
Jack says, “Did you hear me, or what? I said no way in fricking hell was I gonna do that. Now you’re asking me to do that?”
“Mr. Pres’dint. This is nuts. You can’t let this whole operation fail. You gotta help those guys.”
Jack gets so mad he loses it. “Get the fuck outta here,” he tells them. “Don’t ever think I’m gonna say something an’ not mean it.”
So the gen’rals an’ the CIA guys, they can’t believe what they jus’ heard. They knew Jack was young an’ green, they knew he might need some persuasion, but they din’t know he was a fuckin’ sissy. My God – he jus’ let those guys get shot, right in front of us! He has no balls, that’s what. YOu can’t be pres’dint if you haven’t gotta pair. Man – he is a fucking sissy – lace curtain Irish and a pampered mackerel snapper on top of it. Look at that haircut and the way he talks. He couldn’t stand up to a goddamn seal.
Jack, meantime, realizes he can’t trust the gen’rals and the CIA guys. He can’t trust them to come up with plans that work. He can’t trust them to take him at his word. Worst off, he can’t trust them, period. More he thinks about it, the more he sees the gen’rals an’ CIA guys set him up. THey kjnew all along they would need air support, knew all along they would have to ask him for it. They didn’t ask for it ahead of time ‘cus they knew he’d say no. So they asked him when they figured he’d be forced to say yes. And he fucking didn’t see what they were up to – didn’t figure out their game ahead of time. Too busy, too distracted, too ready to think his staff was loyal and honest. How could they? I’m about as shrewd as they come, he thought, and they fucked me over. God dammit! I can’t ever trust those guys again! What’s worse, I know they don’t trust me now. And we can’t start over.
So he calls in his brother Bobby and asks him to keep an eye on the CIA for him. And he tries to show his staff that he’s not a total pushover when it comes to Feedel. He even has Bobby oversee more plots to undermine Feedel. He goes back an’ forth with the Cuba shit. Get rid of the guy, no, make peace an’ try to draw him away from the Soviets. Support the Cuban exiles, but don’t let them get carried away with any more wild-ass plans. Jack tried to play both sides, and you know what happens when a politician does that? He gets fucked over. Nobody trusts you and you get fucked over.
So Jack got off to a bad start with the Bay of Pigs, and nothing he did could save him after that. Don’t mistake my meaning – the gen’rals and CIA guys weren’t thinking ’bout firing him – not yet. But the seed was there. They hated him jus’ as much as Jack distrusted them. They feared him. Jack had heart, courage, a brain and power – charisma too. He had his brother Bobby by his side. And he opposed them with all his formidable resources.
Honestly, this was a big breach, an’ ev’thing that came afterward jus’ made it worse. By mid ’63, jus’ two years later, they’re figuring out how they can get the guy. You know why? ‘Cus of the Cuban missile crisis in ’62. That’s right. Jus’ eighteen months after the Bay of Pigs, Feedel fucked us again, big time. He brought in the Soviets, an’ the pres’dint backed down again! The pres’dint jus’ was not gonna go to war with the Commies, no matter how many chances they gave him! Fuck that Kennedy! We could blast those Russians with our nukes before they knew what hit ‘em. They couldn’t kill more’n twenty million ‘mericans, max. Small price to pay. Really. The gen’rals couldn’t believe Jack would pass on this chance. We would never have a better one, not ever!
Then after the crisis, Kennedy starts to talk about peace! That’s right. He tries to get the Soviets to see things our way, an’ we try to see things theirs. Did you ever? We outnumber their warheads ten to one, and he’s talking to them! Our submarines alone could take them out. We don’t even need our ICBMs. We jus’ lay them to waste. What does Kennedy do? He gives a speech at American University where he says we have to cozy up to the fucking Communists! That’s right. It’s like saying we have to see things from Osama bin Laden’s point of view. That’s the only way we can live in harmony! You can’t live in harmony with people who want to destroy you! You have to destroy them first! That’s the only way!
But Jack’s got a different idea. He thinks no way you can start shooting nuclear missiles at each other. You can’t kill millions of people in each other’s cities. No victory is worth that. So that’s what he says. He says we gotta live with the Soviets, one way or the other. No wars. An’ he drives the gen’rals nuts, ‘cus that’s what they live an’ die for – war against the Soviets. Victory.
The last straw is Veetnam. Jack wants to get out of Veetnam. We spend almost ten years getting into that place, an’ he wants to get us out. He didn’t say he wanted to pull us out, but they could tell he was gonna go soft. He wouldn’t commit. He always asked for more information. Given the right chance, they could tell he would reverse their plans. Let him get reelected, and he will really screw us. We have to take him out before the reelection campaign starts.
That’s what happens with politicians when your people don’t trust you. They take you out. They don’t trust you to do what’s best for the republic. They don’t trust you to do what’s best for them. So they remove you. Only one way to remove a sitting ruler. Actually, two ways – ‘sassination in private and ‘sassination in public. ‘Sassination in private does the job, but ‘sassination in public is better ‘cus it sends the right message. Everyone who counts knows what jus’ happened, even if no one wants to think about it.
You know who counts? Future pres’dints an’ their lackeys! You want those guys to know what happens when they go off the reservation. They don’t come back. They get what’s coming. That’s right. You can do a lot as pres’dint, but you don’t go ‘gainst the gen’rals an’ the CIA guys. You can fire one gen’ral, but you can’t betray the whole country. You do that, an’ you’re gonna take a bullit. They’re gonna put a bullit right in your head.
End of Jack Kennedy’s Untold Story
Here’s more material from Conversations with Dio. (That’s all the material you have to work with, so go for it – you do not need to assemble more, because it is all here in this document!)
“Geez, how long have you been away, mate? Really – how long’s it been?”
“Why don’t you resume your story where you left off?”
“I don’t know where I left off! I was just gettin’ underway, wasn’t I?”
“Ten pages worth.”
Okay, so Jack is saying goodbye to his daughter Caroline at the White House. He knows he might not come back, you see, and he tells her:
“Dear, I”m not sure when I’ll see you again.”
Caroline says, “Daddy, aren’t you coming back on Sunday?”
“Well sure, honey, I expect I’ll be home then.”
“Then why did you say you weren’t sure when you would see me again?”
“I’ve just been feeling a little down, dear, that’s why I said it.”
“I’ll miss you, Daddy.”
“When you’re in Texas!”
“It’s only going to be a few days.”
“Why do you have to go?”
“Lyndon says the Democrats in Texas are beating each other up. He asked me to go out there to settle things down.”
“Why can’t he settle things down?”
“I asked him the same thing. Why can’t you take care of that? You know the state.”
“What did he say?”
“He said some jobs need the president. This is one of them.”
“Daddy, what do you think?”
“Lyndon’s the biggest damn – sorry, the biggest darn liar in the state of Texas – that’s saying something.”
“So why are you going, Dad?”
“I just feel like I have to. It’s my destiny.”
So Jack goes to Texas. He leaves Washington on Thursday and flies to San Antonio. He’s scheduled for five cities in two days: San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas, and Austin. He flew from Fort Worth to Dallas on the morning of November 22. The conversation with Lyndon about the motorcade the next day took place in JFK’s Fort Worth hotel room.
So Jack gives a breakfast speech in Fort Worth on November 22. It’s not a barn-burner – not over scrambled eggs and coffee – but it’s powerful good – good the way Texans like it. That’s a problem, cuz a lot of Texans just hate Jack Kennedy. He can give a speech, and they gave him their state’s electoral votes in the 1960 election, but they hate him nevertheless. Not clear why. Jack didn’t go out of his way to pick a fight with them, the way Bobby did with the mob. Jack didn’t take away the oil depletion allowance or anything like that. Partly they hate him cuz he seems like a sissy – a powerful, prettified sissy. That Camelot stuff? Texans think that’s a lot of horseshit. They look at Jack and see a rich pretty boy who’s too big for his Harvard yacht club britches. They especially don’t like the way he talks. They just hate ‘im. They hate Bobby, too. The whole family. Horseshit.
The next scene is the one where Lyndon comes to Jack’s hotel room on Thursday night to persuade him to move John Connally to his car. [Who would have taken John Connally’s place?] You will want to insert some lead-in to this scene – some transition from whatever comes immediately before it.
What book laid out Kennedy’s itinerary in Texas, from the time he arrived until the time he was shot? Was that Douglass?
Jack receives a room-to-room call on the phone.
“Hi, Mr. President. It’s Lyndon.”
“Fuck it, I need to talk with you.”
“I’ll be right down.”
Jack answers Lyndon’s knock and let’s him into the suite.”
Lyndon and Jackie say hi, and Lyndon goes to work.
“I want John in my car tomorrow.”
“John Connally? Why?”
“He’s the governor of the state!”
“That’s right. That’s why he’s riding in my car.”
And that’s the end of that! You want to guide the conversation toward Jackie’s concluding comment after Lyndon has left the room: “I don’t trust that man.”
I’m afraid this piece will require some work. You need to read it over to decide the next steps.
How much time do you want to put into it? How much time is it worth?
Do you want to include the piece in Kennedy’s Assassins? If so, can you get it ready for that book in a reasonable amount of time?
Worry: you could decide to include it in the book. Then it turns out that you need or want to put a lot of time into making it good. That delays publication of the book.
When do you want to publish the book?
Do you want to make the book much more than what you have on the PC? That is, do you want to make it much more than an Amazonian annotated bibliography? You can answer that question as you work on the book!
Can you publish the book before you go to Vermont? That would be an interesting goal!