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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812694228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812694222
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compendium of recent thought and discovery about the Kennedy assassination, this volume makes a case for official malfeasance and against the "lone gunman" explanation. Fetzer (Assassination Science), a professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, sets the tone for an in-depth revisionist history in his prologue, in which he makes note of what he views as 16 "smoking guns" in the Warren Report and questions the veracity of the JFK autopsy photographs and tissue samples, and even the Zapruder film. Most contributors explore these topics in detail, aided by Ira Wood's precisely detailed "November 22, 1963: A Chronology." In provocative essays, Douglas Weldon explores tangled vehicle-related evidence that he concludes indicates that JFK was shot through the throat from in front of the car rather than from behind; Vincent Palamara names several Secret Service agents who he believes may have been compromised; and Fetzer discusses the little-seen "Assassination File" of former Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry. Also included is Bertrand Russell's acid 1964 assessment of what he viewed as a nascent coverup. With much discussion of alleged manipulation of forensic and photographic evidence, the book's overall focus is primarily technical, on what the contributors see as the wealth of evidence of a multiple-shooter assassination, with likely complicity of the Secret Service and other government agencies. This coolly angry dismantling of the theories of the Warren commission and lone-gunman supporters like Gerald Posner will be fodder for conspiracy theorists.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A rich and fresh collection of fascinating and darkly compelling revelations, demonstrating beyond any doubt the existence of conspiracy and cover-up behind the JFK assassination.
--Michael Parenti, author of History as Mystery

No jury would have convicted Lee Harvey Oswald in the face of the arguments set forth in this excellent volume. Murder in Dealey Plaza masterfully exposes the fallacies of the Warren Commission Report through objective, incontrovertible, medical, scientific, and investigative analyses of both old and new evidence. The conclusions are as solid as the credentials and research experience of the contributing authors. It is time that the truth in the JFK assassination be revealed and that Unites States history be rewritten.
--Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D.; Past President, American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Murder in Dealey Plaza is a deeply disturbing book which documents the deceit and deception that marked the government's handling of the evidence in the Kennedy assassination. The authors, all highly skilled professionals, describe the cover-up, from the falsification of the autopsy results to the alteration of the Zapruder film. Anyone who reads this work will be appalled by the systematic distortion of the truth-that JFK died as the result of a conspiracy-by certain officials of the U.S. government.
--Michael L. Kurtz, author of Crime of the Century

Fetzer and his team of experts uncover so many smoking guns that it's impossible not to spot the fire that the Warren Commission and Gerald Posner have tried hard to deny. A thought-provoking and disturbingly compelling sequel to Assassination Science.
--Kerry Walters, Gettysburg College

Fetzer has assembled tense, suspenseful essays on our government's perfidious efforts to conceal a conspiracy behind the assassination of President Kennedy. Two brains examined, photographs missing, X-rays altered, notes and reports burned, drawings fabricated. The account of JFK's autopsy is more shocking than the story of Jekyll and Hyde.
--Stewart Galanor, author of Cover-Up


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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Woznicki HALL OF FAME on May 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Over the past 20 years I have been reading over 35 books on the JFK assassination and the information presented has basically been the same in each book. That was until now, James Fetzer has written a book that brings to light new evidence and new ideas and this book is certainly one to have.
Over 465 page updated with the most current information available the author takes you back to that fateful day in Dallas and brings to life one of the most tragic and horrific murders in American history.
The book makes you see things differently and is very eye opening in the approach to the evidence. The author's breakdown of the day of the shooting is nothing short of amazing and his attention to the details makes the reading go very fast, I finished the book in just over 3 hours.
There is complete examination of the medical evidence and the roll of the Secrete Service and well as a comprehensive assessment of the Zapruder film, frame by frame. Also the author's inspection of photographs, medical reports and other evidence makes this one of the most complete works around.

After sifting through the entire manuscript and objectively examining what you read you may be able to put to rest the mystery once and for all. Overall one the best book on the subject I have ever read.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Vince Palamara on August 26, 2000
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I am very, very impressed with this book---easily in my top 5 of all time on this important case (along with "Bloody Treason", "Cover Up" by Galanor, "Treachery In Dallas", & "The Warren Omission"); perhaps THE best single volume to deal with the JFK assassination (ALL the hard evidence of conspiracy from the newly-released ARRB government documents & testimony, especially as it relates to the medical evidence)! Fetzer's first volume ("Assassination Science") was good but this is light years ahead of that tome. For starters, this volume appeals to the novice and the jaded expert, complete with a fantastic chronology of November 22, 1963 that succeeds in bringing everyone up to speed while providing fascinating new and/ or overlooked details of the crime. There are three MAJOR medical evidence sections of this book [by Drs. Aguilar & Mantik, as well as Horne from the ARRB]that contain the HARD evidence of conspiracy and coverup (comprehensive and amazing in every detail), as well as a very thoughtful analysis of the state of the case in the (blinded)eyes of history (and historians). Finally, there are powerful chapters dealing with the limousine and the role of the Secret Service that will truly enlighten and inform (and they make appropriate companions to the medical evidence chapters), along with a couple other surprises. Highly recommended reading: buy it asap!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on February 7, 2007
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James H. Fetzer exposes all the altered or destroyed evidence in the murder of JFK (the replacement of the windshield of the presidential limousine, the autopsy and the photographs of the body, the alteration of the Zapruder film), the silencing and strange death of witnesses and the still exceptional resistance of the government to open their secret files. As G. Orwell said: `Who controls the present, controls the past.'

For the author, the only hypothesis withstanding the impact of these new findings is that of a large-scale conspiracy, a coup d'Etat by Lyndon Johnson, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the intelligence community and the military industrial complex, because `neither the Mafia, pro- or contra Cubans, or the KGB could have extended their reach into Bethseda Naval Hospital to fabricate X-rays, substitute another brain of that of JFK, or subject the Zapruder film to extensive alteration in order to mislead and confuse further investigations and to impose a permanent falsification of history.'

He makes the hypothesis that Lee Harvey Oswald was all alone responsible for the death of JFK completely ridiculous.

He shows the baffling cowardice of the professional historians, who are afraid of research into one of the most important events in world history given its national and international consequences, and depicts the guild of journalists as the `most amateur of professions'.

All in all, J. Fetzer's book brushes a very bleak picture of a country run by its intelligence agencies, which accept democracy only if the outcome of `free' elections corresponds to their particular interests.

A must read for all those interested in the past, the present and the future of mankind.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lemoyen Apostle on September 7, 2006
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For students of the Kennedy assassination, Murder at Dealey Plaza offers a chilling chronology of personal movements and actual events leading up to, during, and directly after the murder of John F. Kennedy. The book packs an enormous amount of information into its 468 pages. Fetzer supports earlier premises, presented by Jim Garrison, Oliver Stone, and others, that Lee Harvey Oswald could not have kiled President John F. Kennedy.

Fetzer gives the reader times and locations of persons surrounding the assassination, building his case as he goes. Details abound throughout the book. Hobos, who were pictured in Jim Garrison's book, On The Trail of the Assassins, as riding a freight train into Dallas the morning before the assassination, arrested and released by Dallas police before the assassination took place, were identified by Fetzer, with a face and name. Fetzer also challenges Warren Commission findings on Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone gunman, presenting detailed information on Kennedy's autopsies, and disproving the "magic bullet" theory. Fetzer demonstrates through depositions and other documentation, that there were at least 6 shots fired in Dallas that day, 4 of which hit Kennedy. The author makes a convincing argument that Kennedy was hit twice from behind and twice from the front, and that he was killed with high velocity bullets-not the type of bullets used in Oswald's defective rifle. Fetzer presents evidence that could have made a case for Oswald's innocence, while describing how information was manipulated to the press at the time, for the purpose of assigning guilt for the assassination squarely on Lee Harvey Oswald.

Fetzer's book supports evidence of a plot to kill Kennedy.
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