After visiting Dallas and Dealey Plaza last December, I originally planned to return for the 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination. Instead I opted for Santa Barbara (no plane ticket required) where the Oswald Innocence Campaign held their Assassination of America event at the Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel. The campaign says it decided on Santa Barbara because it was the location of Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon, and because Dallas events would be run “tighter than a drum”.
Turns out I made the right decision. Here are some highlights.
Phil Nelson: “The Pivotal Role of LBJ in the Death of JFK”
The first thing a crime investigator should look at is motive. We’ve all heard that, right? Well, who gained the most from John F. Kennedy’s death? That one’s a no-brainer (and that person is also the same one who organized the commission looking into the assassination).
According to Nelson, LBJ was a monster of a man with an extreme lust for power who blackmailed his way onto the Democratic ticket, WITH the forethought that he would kill President Kennedy to inherit the job himself. He was on neither (short nor long) list for VP, but made a deal with Bobby that couldn’t be refused the night before Kennedy was to announce his choice (link to video)
John Hankey: “What was George H.W. Bush doing in Dealey Plaza?”
The idea of George H.W. Bush in Dealey Plaza isn’t new to me as my introduction to JFK “Truth” was from reading Russ Baker’s Family of Secrets, and listening to countless interviews with him.
Hankey makes some wild claims (the most wild of which seems to be that he can disagree with a fellow-researcher without resorting to character assassination):
- Bush was arrested in Dealey Plaza and then let go after telling the cops he was an oil man
- George W. Bush was in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963
- Hitler was a puppet working for the same bankers Prescott Bush worked for
He also put forth the theory that W. killed John F. Kennedy Jr. to gain the trust of the inner circle (Hankey claims he was sharply awakened one night to Henry Kissinger’s voice in his head saying “The father killed the father, the son should kill the son”). Hankey says that W. was M.I.A. the same weekend JFK Jr. went missing (here’s a documentary on the subject).
As their area of expertise overlaps, a member of the audience asked Hankey what he thought of Russ Baker. Hankey replied that he “doesn’t trust” Baker, and that he thinks “they” may have gotten Russ to write Family of Secrets to “steal his thunder”.
So much for researchers remaining civil to each other when they have differences of opinion (link to video).
Peter Janney: “Tying Up Loose Ends: The Murder of Mary Meyer”
The story goes that Mary Meyer was JFK’s only true love, and that after he was out of the White House he had planned to divorce Jackie and marry her. Ten months after Kennedy’s assassination, Meyer, who had begun to investigate the assassination and talk about her findings, was murdered, execution-style. The man who was framed for the killing, Raymond Crump, ended up with an excellent attorney who got him off. They never found “the real killer”.
The story is personal to Janney, who knew Meyer when he was a child. The highpoint of the presentation was when Janney talked about having tracked down an operative linked to her killing and knocking on the man’s door to confront him. Janney will soon confront this same operative in the Washington D.C. Superior Court (link to video).
Larry Rivera: “The Pervasive Role of Buell Wesley Frazier”
19 year-old Buell Wesley Frazier was Lee Harvey Oswald’s co-worker at the Texas School Book Depository, and had the misfortune of driving Lee to work on 11/22/1963.
Upon arrival, Frazier allegedly stayed behind to “charge his car battery” in the parking lot as Lee headed into the building. Researchers believe it was Frazier who brought the rifle that allegedly killed the President into the Depository building. It is also possible that he left the rifle in the car to be planted by someone else later that morning. The story of Oswald’s suspicious “long package” taken to work that morning originated with Frazier’s sister, who was likely covering for her brother.
Most of the presentation was photo analysis, which was hard to follow for me because I hadn’t done my research on the photography of Ike Altgens, the AP photographer who took the most famous photo of Dealey Plaza just as the first shot was fired (commonly referred to as “Altgens6”, which shows a man standing in the doorway of the Depository, who is likely Oswald).
Allegedly, Frazier was edited out of Altgens6. He has testified as being in various places on the steps (in the shadows) during the taking of the photo (for the Warren Commission and the Garrison trial). He did not testify for the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1977, but was interviewed on tape, and talked about moving around from step to step.
He also has led an interesting life of both terror (he has been put on the spot in many interviews as well as his testimonies) and privilege (he was drafted during Vietnam, but sent to Europe instead of Vietnam).
Rivera has written that Frazier was “the star witness who helped to ‘convict’ Lee Oswald in the public eye.” And on the question of why Frazier was edited from the photo: “The fact that Lee Oswald and Buell Wesley Frazier knew each other (albeit for only a couple of months), worked side by side filling orders, and car pooled on weekends was too clear and solid a connection. Once the legend of Oswald as a loner, communist and malcontent was established immediately after the assassination, Oswald being with Frazier at the doorway could not be permitted.” (link to video)
Ralph Cinque: “Oswald in the Doorway: The Bedrock of JFK Truth”
Due to striking similarities in features, clothing worn that day and stance, it is statistically impossible for the Man in the Doorway not to be Oswald (who is standing exactly where he told Dallas Police he was standing when the president was shot). (link to video)
James H. Fetzer: “JFK: The Assassination of America”
Fetzer’s command of the facts of the case is stunning. He spit them out with equal amounts of conviction and mastery. He claims to know who the shooters are and names names. I look forward to viewing video of this presentation because it was a lot to take in at once.
What hit me hardest about his 90 minute talk was his take on the editing of the Zapruder film, and the fact that Zapruder probably didn’t even shoot the film in the first place. What is missing from the film?
- The limo stopped for 14 seconds, not leaving until the driver was sure the president was dead
- The blood splatter has been manipulated
- Kennedy’s back-and-to-the-left head motion due to the headshot was not something ANY witnesses in Dealey Plaza that day reported
Oswald’s lover, Judyth Vary Baker says that Lee knew what was going to happen on November 22, 1963. I will always wonder if he made the decision to stand where he did with an alibi in mind, hoping a photograph, and/or eyewitness testimony, would prove where he was during the killing of the president, even if it was only so the rest of us would be able to connect the dots. The top of those stairs was the perfect spot to be in, and the photo is the key to proving his innocence (link to video).
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