President John F. Kennedy Addressing a Crowd

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The mysterious circumstances surrounding John F. Kennedy's assassination have remained for six decades. While most have lost interest, Jeff Meek remains the sole reporter in the nation with a monthly column dedicated to the JFK assassination.

His latest work, The JFK Files: Pieces of the Assassination Puzzle, includes a collection of interviews, insights, and historical events surrounding Kennedy's presidency and untimely death.

Read More: The JFK Files: Pieces of the Assassination Puzzle

Let’s see how his book fares in the vast scheme of JFK assassination literature.

Exploring the Roots

Meek first took interest in the JFK assassination in 1975 with the iconic Geraldo Rivera program Goodnight America. Featuring Robert Groden and Dick Gregory, it aired the Zapruder film on a national platform, sparking Meek's enduring fascination with the narratives surrounding the assassination.

Interviews with HSCA Figures

Dan Hardway was a former member of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA). He emerges as a central figure in Meek's compilation.

Hardway's claims about the CIA's operational interest in Oswald and the challenges faced by the HSCA shed light on the campaign disinformation that continues to muddy the truth behind JFK assassination to this day.

Meek also includes an interview by Leslie Wizelman, another HSCA staffer, who provides a candid perspective on the limitations of conducting a homicide inquiry within a congressional framework.

Her doubts about the Warren Commission's official story and insights into the committee's constraints add depth to the challenges faced during this investigation.

Buddy Walthers and the Alpha 66 Connection

A chapter dedicated to Dallas County Detective Buddy Walthers reveals Oswald's connections to an anti-Castro organization called Alpha 66.

Details emerging from Walthers' mother-in-law challenge conventional narratives, exposing the links between Oswald and Alpha 66 officials and making him even less of a culprit behind the John F. Kennedy assassination.

Oswald in custody

Insights and Perspectives

Meek's compilation extends beyond interviews, encompassing the following:

  • Insights from White House staff members.
  • Key incidents during Kennedy's presidency.
  • Dialogues with figures featured in Oliver Stone's film JFK Revisited.

Room for Debate

While Meek's compilation is largely commendable, James DiEugenio expresses some reservations regarding interviews with figures like Ruth Paine and Secret Service agent Mike Howard.

A broader spectrum of perspectives could have added another layer to The JFK Files and invited readers to critically engage with varying viewpoints like Kennedys and King does all the time through its insightful blogs and articles regarding the political assassinations of the 1960s.

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Lee Harvey Oswald’s Mugshot

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Bart Kamp’s Prayer Man challenges the established narratives surrounding the events at the Texas School Book Depository on the day of the John F. Kennedy assassination.

As we navigate through Kamp's exploration, encountering historical figures, overlooked sketches, and clandestine meetings, we are prompted to view the "Prayer Man" not as a static element in a photograph but as a key to unlocking the best-kept secrets regarding the Kennedy assassination. 

Let's explore the key talking points explored by Kamp in his examination of the elusive Prayer Man.

The Emergence of Prayer Man

Kamp emphasizes that the suspicion surrounding the Prayer Man was not solely the result of Sean Murphy's discovery. He credits a circle of Kennedy researchers, including Richard E. Sprague, Harold Weisberg, and Howard Roffman, for their early exploration of the Altgens 6 photograph.

However, it was Richard Bernabei, a relatively unknown but pivotal figure, who first discerned the Prayer Man figure from films by Dave Wiegman. Bernabei's sketches, though overlooked for decades, become central to Kamp's analysis.

The Prayer Man as Lee Harvey Oswald

Kamp's analysis employs a process of elimination to build the case that the elusive figure is likely Lee Harvey Oswald.

By scrutinizing the Darnell and Wiegman films, Kamp narrows down the possibilities, considering the figure's characteristics. The author asserts that, based on the available evidence and the exclusion of individuals, Prayer Man is a white Caucasian—fitting the description of Oswald.

Questioning the Second-Floor Encounter

A significant portion of Kamp's exploration questions the authenticity of the second-floor encounter between Officer Marrion Baker, Roy Truly, and Lee Harvey Oswald.

 Texas Book Depository

Kamp scrutinizes Baker's movements and contends that Baker did not take the front stairs as commonly believed. This questioning extends to the credibility of the second-floor lunchroom episode, challenging the narrative of Oswald holding a Coke and being confronted by Baker and Truly.

Ironies and Unanswered Questions

Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Kamp's work is the layering of ironies and unanswered questions. He explores the creation of the Alek J. Hidell alias on the Selective Service card, raising the possibility that the Dallas Police did not possess the card with the Hidell alias on the first day.

The book suggests that the discovery of the Klein’s order, credited by J. Edgar Hoover, turned the case around but also questioned the authenticity of the Hidell card.

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President Kennedy Shaking Hands with Nikita Khrushchev in 1961

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James Norwood is a former professor with a deep understanding of the John F. Kennedy era. Through Former People, he offers readers a distinctive lens through which to view the lives of key figures post-assassination.

While focusing on portrayals of JFK, Nikita Khrushchev, and Lee Harvey Oswald, Norwood builds a narrative that challenges conventional wisdom and sheds light on the deliberate shaping of legends over facts. Read more in James DiEugenio’s book review.

The Concept of Former People

Norwood introduces the term "Former People,” historically associated with displaced Russian aristocracy post-Bolshevik Revolution, to describe what happened to Khrushchev, Kennedy, and Oswald after their deaths.

This unique conceptual framework adds depth to the exploration of these three figures, offering readers a fresh perspective on their posthumous images.

Nikita Khrushchev's Complex Legacy

Norwood explores Khrushchev's post-Stalin era, portraying a leader who, despite his role in Stalin's earlier atrocities, sought a departure from the oppressive past.

He explores Khrushchev's triumphs and missteps, from the secret speech of 1956 to the crushing of the Hungarian Spring. Former People suggests that Khrushchev's removal after Kennedy's death marked the end of a period of reform and the beginning of economic stagnation under the Brezhnev Doctrine.

Kennedy and Khrushchev

JFK's Legacy and Diplomacy

Norwood provides a nuanced view of John F. Kennedy, highlighting his early life, political career, and literary contributions. The book commends Kennedy's cautious handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, preventing a nuclear war and drawing on his readings of historical events.

He emphasizes Kennedy's hope of easing tensions and reconciliation with the Soviet Union, tragically interrupted by his assassination and the subsequent cover-up of his achievements.

Lee Harvey Oswald: A Man of Mystery

The book tackles the enigma of Lee Harvey Oswald, focusing on his linguistic abilities and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his time in the Soviet Union. Norwood questions how and where Oswald acquired his proficiency in Russian and explores the possibility of a double-agent scenario.

He aligns with the notion of two Oswalds, as advocated by the John Armstrong theorem, shedding light on a long-incubating experiment in doubles and covert operations.

Challenge Official Narratives with Kennedys and King

Former People challenges the official narratives surrounding the JFK assassination, highlighting the role of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI in shaping the three-bullet scenario. It is part of why we believe this volume makes a valuable contribution to the literature surrounding the political assassinations of the 1960s.

Get more details in our complete review, and keep reading more articles on the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers, civil rights leaders, and the current political events relevant to these past conspiracies.

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An Image of Paul Landis During an Interview

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The release of Paul Landis’s new book, The Final Witness, has sparked considerable anticipation and debate, fueled by advanced publicity in Vanity Fair and the New York Times.

Today, we will be providing a preview of Vince Palamara’s book review, dissecting the key points of Landis’s narrative, and weighing the promises of groundbreaking revelations against the ultimate disappointment this book turned out to be.

Who is Paul Landis?

For those who don’t know, Paul Landis was a Secret Service agent during the early 1960s, so he naturally served President John F. Kennedy. He has been a figure of interest and scrutiny, especially for his claims and perspectives related to the assassination of President Kennedy.

Learn More: Will Paul Landis Finally Put the Single Bullet Theory to Rest?

However, Palamara expresses disappointment in Landis’s long-awaited perspective right from the beginning. Despite the extensive media hype preceding its release, Palamara suggests that, without this publicity, Landis’s work might have gone unnoticed, as hinted by early mixed reviews on Amazon.

Clint Hill and the Uninvited Guest

Landis’s acknowledgments section ironically includes Clint Hill, who publicly denounced the same book on NBC. Furthermore, he was excluded from a gathering of surviving Kennedy Detail Secret Service agents at Clint Hill's residence. This raises questions about the authenticity of the support Landis claims to have received from Hill.

Selective Reading and Participation

Landis admits to actively avoiding books about the events of November 22, 1963, despite his involvement in The Kennedy Detail, the book and its documentary. This selective reading raises eyebrows, especially considering the gravity of the subject matter. It suggests Landis's reluctance to engage with alternative perspectives on the JFK assassination.

The Journey Through Landis’s Secret Service Years

The bulk of Landis’s book is about his Secret Service career, offering insights into his relationships with fellow agents and his experiences on various details, such as the Kennedy Kiddie Detail and the First Lady Detail. While interesting for Kennedy enthusiasts and Secret Service buffs, Palamara suggests that these portions may lack broader appeal.

 JFK motorcade

The Texas Trip and Glaring Omissions

Landis's account of the Texas trip is marked by the omission of critical events. The infamous drinking incident involving agents at the Fort Worth Press Club and The Cellar is conveniently downplayed.

Landis also fails to mention the death of Secret Service agent Tom Shipman at Camp David, raising questions about the thoroughness of his narrative.

Contradictions and Curious Observations

Landis's observations during the assassination of John F. Kennedy, particularly regarding the number of shots fired and the location of the head wound, are contradictory, to say the least.

His failure to explicitly detail the significance of an alleged intact bullet found in the limousine adds to the confusion, leaving readers wondering about the authenticity of this claim.

Should You Read Paul Landis’s New Book?

Palamara accuses Landis’s book of being a "bait and switch" scenario, with the focus on the bullet Landis claims to have found overshadowing the actual content. The lack of in-depth exploration of the alleged find, and its implications for debunking official history raises suspicions about the book's intentions and Landis's motivations.

You are better off reading similar reviews on the book than the book itself, which adds little to the ongoing conversation surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination. Check out our blogs and articles for a more in-depth analysis of one of American history’s most controversial and misunderstood subjects, and add your voice to the mix.

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A Pile of Shredded Documents, Symbolizing the Destruction of JFK Evidence

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Decades of investigations, theories, and revelations have shaped our understanding of the John F. Kennedy assassination. However, much like our articles, recent claims suggest that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) might have been hiding a dark secret regarding the destruction of crucial JFK assassination evidence.

Today, we will explore the disturbing possibility that more evidence related to the Kennedy assassination may have been lost than previously believed.

The Vanishing Documents

The unauthorized possession, loss, or destruction of government files is not a new phenomenon. In recent times, we have seen headlines about missing government documents and the withholding of information from the public.

The JFK assassination has garnered substantial attention over the years. The National Archivist boasts thousands of pages of relevant JFK documents, shedding light on that fateful day.

However, it is crucial to consider that thousands of documents, either intentionally or due to negligence, have been lost or destroyed. This leaves us with two unsettling possibilities: Foul play or sheer ignorance.

 President John F. Kennedy Standing with a Foreign Ally a Year Before His Assassination

The DIA's Disappearing Act

The DIA was established in the early 1960s. It was tasked with unifying various military intelligence functions. Over time, it became a significant entity within the US intelligence and military structure.

However, recent revelations suggest that the DIA might have hidden a more significant secret than previously acknowledged. DIA official Roger Denk informed congressional officials that the agency had destroyed all its files related to the JFK assassination. This startling admission shatters the historical record and might as well be an admission of destroying crucial JFK evidence.

Getting Into the Nitty-Gritty of It

The precise timeline of this document purge, the number of files destroyed, and the motivations behind this action remain elusive. The DIA's decision to obliterate such a vital part of the historical record without higher approval and without providing any justifiable explanation is deeply concerning.

While other intelligence agencies like the CIA and FBI have faced criticism for concealing potential connections and important JFK evidence, the DIA's actions appear even more audacious. They are enough to render anyone who’s dedicated their entire life to this unsolved case equally speechless and outraged.

Spread the Word to Prevent More Elimination of JFK Evidence

The only way to stop the DIA and other intelligence agencies in their tracks is to keep doing what Kennedys and Kinghave done since the turn of the century: Advocate for the truth behind JFK assassination.

See how we’ve come in our efforts by sifting through our archives. Raise your voice by using your platform or directing more people to our platform.

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