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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Best
Back in the early 70s I worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide on a Senate Commitee trying to reopen the Kennedy assassination or generate support for a House investigation. This was in the post-Garrison era and the credibility of anyone challenging the Warren Commission was suspect. (We now know that many of Garrison's failings were due to sabotage, but back then...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just Another JFK conspiracy book, dopier than most
Political left winger Sylvia Meagher has spent the better part of her adult life trying to exonerate fellow left wing assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Her book follows in the footsteps of all those other fraudulent works of fiction that masquerade as "journalistic research," such as the totally discredited Rush to Judgment by fellow leftist Mark Lane. Meagher's motivations and...
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Best, July 1, 2006
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This review is from: Accessories After the Fact (Paperback)
Back in the early 70s I worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide on a Senate Commitee trying to reopen the Kennedy assassination or generate support for a House investigation. This was in the post-Garrison era and the credibility of anyone challenging the Warren Commission was suspect. (We now know that many of Garrison's failings were due to sabotage, but back then he was still radioactive to Senators, Representatives, and their staffs.)

Anyway, after all the backlash following the Clay Shaw acquittal it was still a tough sell, and the typical Congressman would give you no more than 5-10 minutes time to make your case, so we needed a one or two page list of powerful bullet points demonstrating that Oswald could not have acted alone, if he acted at all, and showing that the Warren investigation was compromised by the FBI and the CIA. These were serious allegations, so each

point had to be backed up by solid proof.

At the time, there were 5-6 serious books damning the Warren Commision Report: Inquest, by Edward J Epstein; Rush to Judgment by Mark Lane; Six Seconds in Dallas by Josiah Thompson; Whitewash by Harold Weisberg; and They've Killed the President by Robert Sam Anson.

In creating that fact sheet, no book was more carefully documented than Accessories after the Fact, and no book was more comprehensive and meticulous.

When we had to source each bullet point Meagher's book did the best job in directing us to the proof.

I left the Hill in 76--before the HSCA was created, and it has always bitter disappointment to me how its own work appears to ha ve been sabotaged, not unlike what happend to Garrison.

In the years since I have retained a keen interest in this topic, and at last count have read over 40 books. Meagher's book still remains one of the two or three best books written about JFK's death. In fact I consider it one of the best forensic investigation reports I have ever read in 25 years of practicing civil rights litigation.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She did her homework!, January 3, 2000
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After reading much of the core literature (eg, Lane, Lifton, Weisberg) in recent years, this book was recommended as an early (1960s, I think) but rigorous analysis of the Warren Report's skewed findings. You might especially enjoy Ms. Meagher's analysis of the mysterious movements of Patrolman JD Tippit just before his death. Or, revisit the fundamental facts of the case that have become so muddled in intervening years.
Three cheers to the author, as this is NOT meager research, by any means!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ( a must have research book), a reader from Dalhart, Tx, April 5, 2002
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Ms. Meagher's book is well documented, insightful and detailed. She skillfully takes the reader through discrepancies in the Warren Commission report and lays it all out for the reader. Her conclusions are based on facts that are very clearly presented, and on common sense. At no time did I get the impression that this book was attempting to influence my views on the work of the Warren Commission. Ms. Meagher spells it out for the reader step by step.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Research!, June 13, 2009
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Sylvia Meagher's work is stunning! She quotes the London Newspaper who hired an actuary to calculate the probability of JUST 15 witnesses who died within 3 and 1/2 years after the JFK assassination. That probability was 100,000 TRILLION to one!

Other facts about the frontal shot, Oswald as a poor marksman as compared to the Master Marksmen, who were hired to duplicate the "alleged" rear shots and couldn't, make this book and the other facts therein, unforgettable, irrestible!

She has done a masterful work with sufficient detail that even skeptics of the assassination would be put to shame.

I would recommend this book to all citizens of the USA as what took place in Dealey Plaza that day was conspiratorial before and, as Ms Meagher points out, conspiratorial afters, hence the name of her book, "Accessories After the Fact"!

Once read, everyone should have that righteous indignation that what took place on November 22, 1963, and the cover up by the Warren Commission, was not just a travesty of justice, it was treason, in all its hideous forms. It also pricks the conscience as to what followed in 1968, i.e., the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy! Perhaps the next great question is "what is the probability that all 3 notables were murdered within 3 years of each other"?

A keeper for posterity!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Most Thoughtful Books On The JFK Assassination, September 4, 2011
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Sylvia Meagher's "Accessories After The Fact" is one of the best conspiracy-orientated books on the Kennedy Assassination, and is thoroughly recommended reading for any student of the event. It is truly amazing that many of the points that Meagher made in this book have not been satisfactorily answered, despite evidence such as the Zapruder Film, more autopsy info (including pictures), and the accoustic evidence, having been released to the public since the time it was written.

There are zero pictures in the book, and it was written at the time of the Garrison investigation, although it is distinctly not related - in fact, Meagher points out that some of the negative press in regards to the Garrison case has her doubting the merits of the investigation.

Ken Rahn has an online critique of Sylvia Meagher, most of which is a bunch of bunk to me - Rahn bangs on about her being a leftist (so to him, conspiracy theory or sole assassin believers are split on political grounds ???), and how because she has an interest in UFOs, she is clearly some kind of kook. He also picks out a small handful of points that he claims have been debunked in the many years since her book was published, and claims she ignored evidence that conflicted (presumably, Posner/Bugliosi would never do that) and wasn't a true investigator. Yet, I watched Rahn's presentation at the 40th JFK Symposium on the excellent DVD "Into Evidence", and I thought he got absolutely chopped up when he tried to defend the lone assassin theory, and was ducking for cover during the Q & A session !

This is the same guy who believes Ruby acted on impulse - quote - because he left his dog, Sheba, in the car when he went and shot Oswald, and then he banged on about the merits of NAA......yeah right, I'll take the UFO chick over the "Sheba defense" canard, and if NAA was in the kind of strife it is now, Rahn probably would have dumped it from his "airtight reasons" list (believing in NAA and UFOs has it's similarities these days).

Anyway, ignoring Rahn & even Bugliosi's swipe in Reclaiming History, Meagher raises interesting questions. My favourite chapter in the book is the condition of the "LHO" Mannlicher-Carcano. It has a veritable damage-report of what was wrong with it that Meagher chronicles very strongly. I used to own an example of this rifle myself back in the 1990s, and I thought mine was pretty average when compared to the quality of a Mauser or Lee Enfield (which I also owned), yet mine was near-mint. I've hears some people even talk nonsense about just using the iron sights from the TSBD, but I can assure you that the iron sights were set to 300yds & could not be adjusted, and were very poor in comparison. Admittedly I was using old Italian WWII ammo that had many duds in each batch, but with the rounds that did work, the muzzle blast emitted a flame nearly two feet long (NB - not saying you cannot kill anyone with a Carcano, just saying it's not a great weapon compared to other WWII-era bolt acton rifles).

In the "LHO" example, everyone knows about the scope misalignment, but Meagher also points out the double-pull trigger mechanism that baffled a few of the NRA experts that used it in testing later, the stiff bolt, and the damaged firing pin. Another interesting little fact - the rifle was described as well-oiled, yet in LHO's possessions, there is a lack of a cleaning kit, which kind of begs the question.

(Very relevant points in my opinion - hardly dismissed by labelling someone a kook)

Another point that I personally found interesting is the time in which LHO is placed on the 6th floor. She refers to the time in which Bonnie Ray Williams allegedly ate his chicken lunch, and points out the relatively small amount of time LHO would have had to reassemble the rifle & build the sniper's nest out of book cartons, and also appear at the window apparently waiting for the motorcade when witnesses claim to have seen at least one man in the window with a rifle (not taking into account that the motorcade was behind schedule).

Without going too much into all the many points she makes, another I find of interest is LHO's funding of his trip to the Soviet Union - Meagher points out his bank balance (he had a couple of hundred bucks saved) and his annual income from the USMC prior to leaving. The ticket was about half a year's salary for LHO, so he would have needed to scrape most of his income together to afford the ticket, not including ongoing living costs when LHO had reached his destination. Furthermore, Meagher goes through LHO's entire Soviet Union sojourn very well, and raises many very interesting questions.

To summarize, "Accessories After The Fact" touches on the assassination events in Dealey Plaza, using the WC testimonies to point out that many witnesses are at odds with the conclusion, as well as the police investigation, the Tippit shooting, the rifle - from the purchasing (no fingerprints on the money order) to the FBI tests of the rifle, the Hidell ID (presumably made at Jaggers-Chiles-Stovall, yet LHO wasn't carrying the ID on him when arrested in New Orleans), LHO (USMC, Soviet Union, Dallas, New Orleans, and Mexico), the Sylvia Odio incident, debunking much of the bogus testimoney of Marina Oswald, the Walker shooting, the Paines & de Mohrenschildt, sightings of LHO that were dismissed by the WC, and the whole Ruby incident (the cleaning lady phone call on the morning he shot LHO is quite interesting).

One truly fascinating point is Ruby's attempts to walk into the interrogation room on the evening of the assassination - something that the WC vehemently denied, but Bugiosi admits in "Reclaiming History", but tries to paint it as though Ruby was a misguided patriot who couldn't get a grip, and just innocently tried to walk into Capt Fritz's interrogation room with sandwiches (and a loaded Colt Cobra revolver tucked in his jacket). Yet the fact that Meagher therefore has been vindicated on this point, which was denied by the WC at the time.

In closing, even if you are a lone nutter, then I suggest anyone interested in the assassination should at least read this book, even if you dismiss it and support the WC wholeheartedly. It is one thing to hear Rahn & Bugliosi pan Meagher book (I recall Bugliosi rather belligerently dismissing Meagher's work as inane ramblings, or words to that effect, to which I'm sure the lone-nutters all gave a hearty laugh), but I find this a bit of smoke & mirrors exercise, as the fact is that forty-five years on, most of the points in her book are still very hotly debated between the opposing sides is quite an achievement, and makes this book an important inclusion into any Kennedy assassination collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARREN REPORT-A SHAM!!-OSWALD INNOCENT, July 11, 2006
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this book smashes the Warren report into a million peices in an unbiased way based upon facts logic and evidence.Mrs.Meagher proves that Oswald was innocent and that the warren report was a sham!she examines and dismantles every so called evidence the report had on oswald!!Oswald was innocent we the people are his defense counsel!this book has to be reprinted get it out there!!highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Early Research is the Best....1967...Buy this Book, July 6, 2013
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Ok, Mark Lane was the Best Accessory After the Fact: He Gave the Warren Commission the
What'-up face to face...In the moment of the Great Lie...He was there calling the Liars.

- This Book has the contempt of a writer who has the FACTS down...Smoothly presented.
Time tested too. 50+ Years after the Deed...and the content still reads fresh...

This Well Written, Hard to get a 1st Edition Book, by Sylvia Meagher:
Exposes the Fraud of the Warren Report, way back in 1966, by using the
Commissions' Own 26 Volumes of Published Evidence.

-And thanks to Other Field Investigators research of that early time.

It's good to have read, Rush to Judgment and Six Seconds in Dallas or/then this
Encyclopedia of the FACTS vs. the Warren Commission.

These Brave Writers, whom were the real investigators, researchers of the Hidden-Truth.
Mark Lane especially Got the Fact finding inquiry started, While most of the witnesses were
still alive and willing to refute the false testimony written in the Warren Report.

Accessories After The Fact, is an Historic 1st, of 'Facts from the Record' researched with
common sense comparison to 'Facts from the Record' equaled Facts NOT in the Record.

What the 'Facts from the Record' contained in the 26 volumes is NOT what the Warren Report stated.

My copy is a Good library Hardcover Edition with all that History stamp throughout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars accessories after the fact, January 22, 2011
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This book is well written and enjoyed it! It will go into my library as reference material as to what a few members can do to sway public opinions/ways that go without critical review!It is uncomfortable to be skeptical but damming to subscribe to a crowd mentality!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An early classic on the JFK assassination, July 27, 2013
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Sylvia Meagher (1921-1989) was a research analyst at the UN's World Health Organization in New York. As documented in John Kelin's 'Praise From a Future Generation," she was one of the few researchers to be skeptical of Jim Garrison's investigation and the quality of his evidence against Clay Shaw.

Meagher recalled that she was in her New York office on 11/22/1963, and when it was announced on the radio that JFK was dead, one of her coworkers cursed the right-wing extremists. "'Don't worry,' I said derisively, 'you'll see, it was a Communist who did it.'...The police charges that Oswald, a Marxist, had committed the assassination caused public misgivings, for it was a most strange denouement to the widespread assumption immediately after the President's death that he had been killed by the same right-wing fanatics who had abused Adlai Stevenson. The public's anxieties were compounded by the murder of Oswald in the police basement by Ruby, a known police buff...Not even the authoritative weight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation sufficed in this instance to make the police version of the assassination credible to the American public or to observers abroad..."

"What is noteworthy about the advocates of the Report is that they defend their position largely by rhetoric, asking how anyone can possibly question the probity of Chief Justice Warren...They do not argue on evidence, because frequently they are uninformed...As a general rule, partisans of the Report have not read it, much less the 26 volumes...It has been said jokingly that the Dallas police are not so bad - look how quickly they caught Jack Ruby. Not so bad? They are brilliant. In some 48 hours they solved three murders of unparalleled complexity and mystery with the same conclusions as those reached a year later [by the Warren Commission]...The difficulty is that the editorial writers and partisans of the Report rushed into a chorus of superlatives before they could read the 888-page Report...and long before the supporting documents and testimony were made available...The records show repeated instances of 'dry runs' in which [WC] counsel questioned the witness in advance of his formal testimony."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book thats great for the novice, January 17, 2013
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This book does a fantastic job at uncovering a considerable amount of reasonable doubts associated with the evidences against oswald.
its one of the few books a would recommend to the beginner in understand the case for a cover up/incompetence of the warren commission.
a commission built with extremely biased people whose careers where ruined by Kennedy and others who simply had no business deciding the last word on the assassination.
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