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1.0 out of 5 stars SORRY BILL, October 15, 2012
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I was working in downtown Washington, D.C. on November 22,1963, the day John F. Kennedy was killed. A few days later, I stood at Pennsylvania Avenue in bright November sunshine and watched an unforgettable funeral procession. A team of white horses pulled a two wheeled artillery cart carrying JKF's flag-draped casket, followed by a black, saddled but riderless horse. Boots, placed reversed, were in the stirrups. An unhurried, muffled drumbeat accompanied the inexpressible sensation of grief that pervaded the cool air. There was collective anguish for the man, of course, but also grief because it seemed our country would never be the same. What I am about to write is not a political rant. Rather, it concerns the ever-lengthening shadow that continues to be cast to this day by the unthinkable events of November 22, 1963.

I still have a copy of the Life magazine that came out just a few days after the assassination. An article in Life stated that the President had turned toward the School Book Depository, which explained the entrance wound that the Parkland doctors had discovered in his throat. Later this was corrected by the FBI, and we were told the Texas doctors were wrong about the entrance wound, it was an exit wound. By December 3rd a story was "leaked" to the press stating that J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI had already determined that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. This information seemed to calm the distraught nation. Almost a year later, the Warren Commission Report was published. It was hailed by the mainstream media with virtually universal praise, although its supporting 26 volumes of evidence (with a supplementary FBI report) would not be published for another two months. I believe I am one of the very few people who ever read the 888 page Warren Commission Report.

The Warren Commission Report reassured Americans that there was no conspiracy, and that Jack Ruby, who had murdered Oswald, was also a lone assassin and in no way connected to organized crime. After reading the report, I explained to people how the first assassination bullet missed, how the second bullet hit Kennedy in the back, exited from his throat, and traveled on to wound Governor Connally, and how the third bullet inflicted the final fatal head wound.

But new books began to emerge from credible researchers who reported that much of the evidence in the Commission's 26 volumes of documentation is dramatically contrary to its own findings. Clearly the Warren Commission had gone to extreme measures to ignore Jack Ruby's organized crime connections. Even more disturbing, it was equally apparent that not one witness to the assassination testified that the event had taken place the way the Warren Commission described it. Not one. Especially not John and Nellie Connally. (Both of whom testified under oath that they were absolutely convinced that JFK was hit a moment before Governor Connally, and by a different shot. If this is true, there had to be at least two assassins.) Not Zapruder, who filmed the tragedy and testified (along with scores of witnesses) that a shot definitely came from the grassy knoll. Evidence accumulated, and there was a steady decline in the credibility of the Warren Commission Report between 1964 and 1976. Lyndon Johnson disowned it before he died. Driven by public entreaties, there was a new congressional inquiry, 1976 - 1978, called the House Select Committee on Assassinations.

The new governmental investigation managed to take a baby step toward reality. It determined that there had been a conspiracy that involved at least two shooters (one from the grassy knoll) and was probably orchestrated by organized crime. However, the government still could not tell us what happened, nor who was involved, and it still generally supported most of the incongruous conclusions of the Warren Commission Report. In 1993, the late Gaeton Fonzi, who spent three years as an investigator for the House Select Committee on Assassinations, lamented the failure in his book, The Last Investigation. Historians consider Fonzi's book among the preeminent and most scholarly of the six hundred or so that have been published on the Kennedy assassination. He wrote:

"Despite the clamor of the last few years, all the books, the films and the articles, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is being allowed to go quietly into history. We must not let that happen-not yet, not ever ... The conspiracy to kill the President of the United States was a conspiracy against the democratic system-and thus a conspiracy against each and every one of us ... The Government has failed us. It is outrageous that in a democratic society, after two official investigations, our Government still tells us it doesn't know what happened."

I looked forward to Bill O'Reilly's new book. At last someone would shift through the morass of information and distill a reasonable, no-spin presentation about what really happened on that catastrophic day in 1963. I was certain O'Reilly would dare to open the forbidden doors. However, much as I like Bill O'Reilly, his book is mostly a sad rework of timeworn material. He finally gets around to addressing the assassination by page 245. In his final 50 pages the legendary "no-spin" man embraces the most flagrant spin-job in American history, the Warren Commission Report. How could O'Reilly examine the assassination without scrutinizing the Commission's own published documentation and the FBI supplemental report? In them the autopsy drawings by Dr. James Humes and FBI agent James Sibert both illustrate the back wound of JFK as lower than the supposed throat exit wound. Or how could O'Reilly ignore information in the FBI report by agents Sibert and O'Neil (who were present at the autopsy) that stated Dr. Humes probed the back wound and determined the bullet had entered at a trajectory of "45 to 60 degrees" and had penetrated less than the length of his finger? Or the testimony of Secret Service agent Glen Bennett who saw the bullet strike Kennedy "about four inches down from the right shoulder"? Or the testimony of Secret Service agent Clinton Hill who examined Kennedy's body in the morgue and again described a back wound that could not possibly have exited from the President's throat because it was "about six inches below the neckline and to the right hand-side of the spinal column"?

O'Reilly and his coauthor played it safe and wrote a book that pretends the research and investigations between 1964 and 2012 simply never happened. Beyond this, what they did write about is rife with all the errors, assumptions, and grievously incompetent conclusions of the Warren Commission Report. If Mr. O'Reilly's book had been submitted to a publisher by a non-celebrity, it would have been tossed in five minutes. "Killing Kennedy" is a colossal disappointment. Worse, it endangers the truth by assisting its submergence into fabricated history. "Killing Kennedy" is a disservice to the "folks" Mr. O'Reilly is supposed to be looking out for. Save your money. Or invest it in one of the more acclaimed books on the Kennedy assassination, such as The Last Investigation by Gaeton Fonzi.

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Initial post: Oct 15, 2012 10:05:11 AM PDT
Ralph Yates says:
Thank you Larry. Shame on O'Reilly for using Lincoln as a human shield for his filthy cover-up propaganda. JFK was killed by a CIA coup d'etat carried-out in Dealey Plaza and covered-up by Johnson and the Allen Dulles-led Warren Commission.

May O'Reilly submit this rubbish to the public and may the public throw it back on his lap in disgust. Our new Homeland state as well.

Look at the "EZ" Americans who praise this book. Shame!

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 8:03:05 PM PDT
Thank you very much Mr. Mullins for writing your review. It is and has been very needed.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 1:43:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2012 1:44:19 PM PDT
Here are some books I find value in. If you want to get quickly "up to speed" on the JFK assassination, here is what to read:

LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination

1) LBJ: Mastermind of JFK's Assassination by Phillip Nelson
2) JFK and the Unspeakable:Why He Died and Why it Matters by James Douglass
3) Brothers: the Hidden History of the Kennedy Years by David Talbot
4) The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour Hersh
5) Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty by Russ Baker
6) Power Beyond Reason: The Mental Collapse of Lyndon Johnson by Jablow Hershman
7) Watch "The Men Who Killed Kennedy - the Guilty Men - episode 9" at YouTube - best video ever on the JFK assassination; covers well Lyndon Johnson's role
8) Google the essay "LBJ-CIA Assassination of JFK" by Robert Morrow
9) Google "National Security State and the Assassination of JFK by Andrew Gavin Marshall."
10) Google "Chip Tatum Pegasus." Intimidation of Ross Perot 1992
11) Google "Vincent Salandria False Mystery Speech." Read every book & essay Vincent Salandria ever wrote.
12) Google "Unanswered Questions as Obama Annoints HW Bush" by Russ Baker
13) Google "Did the Bushes Help to Kill JFK" by Wim Dankbaar
14) Google "The Holy Grail of the JFK story" by Jefferson Morley
15) Google "The CIA and the Media" by Carl Bernstein
16) Google "CIA Instruction to Media Assets 4/1/67"
17) Google "Limit CIA Role to Intelligence" Harry Truman on 12/22/63
18) Google "Dwight Eisenhower Farewell Address" on 1/17/61
19) Google "Jerry Policoff NY Times." Read everything Jerry Policoff ever wrote about the CIA media cover up of the JFK assassination.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 11:29:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2012 9:31:22 PM PDT
Albert Doyle says:
Look at the negative vote cowards taking a shortcut to reality with O'Reilly as their ring-master.

Not much articulation from them except shilling that avoids the evidence O-Reilly ignores.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 6:00:10 PM PDT
Connie says:
Mr. Mullins is right on. This is more fiction...very sad, Mr. O'Reilly. Don't waste your money.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 6:22:09 AM PDT
David Root says:
Do any of you conspiracy theorists know how many people had to be involved if this was a cover up? CIA, FBI, doctors, secret service, policemen, politicians . . . . this is an endless list. Our government isn't capable of masterminding such a coverup plot of this magnitude. They couldn't coverup Watergate, arms for hostages, or even oral sex in the Oval Office. All you ever raise are questions, never ever any answers or evidence. The movie JFK was a movie, not a documentary. One man, one shooter, one dead president.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012 7:15:34 AM PDT
Whistle Pig says:
Amen! Thanks for calling out the conspiracy wannabes. Larry writes well, but I'm afraid he's determined to allow his obvious fascination and consequent fixation on this event and its precedents drives his determination to write his own mini-fiction response. A bright fellow whose mind is closed like a steel trap, convinced we're all being lied to here. Can't wait until he gets his brain working on our current conspirator in the WH. Now THAT might be a god-send for Mr. M.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012 7:17:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 18, 2012 7:31:46 AM PDT
"Do any of you conspiracy theorists know how many people had to be involved if this was a cover up? CIA, FBI, doctors, secret service, policemen, politicians "

All you need is a handful of extremely powerful men at the top to be corrupted: LBJ, Hoover, the richest men in American the Texas oil billionaires, CIA Allen Dulles, Gen. Curtlis LeMay. All these men hated the Kennedys with a blood passion.

The rest below are easy to manipulate because they are "following the orders of the murderers." That would apply to FBI men, Secret Service agents, pathologists at Bethesda and many others.

I have always thought there was a lot of truth in this passage.

From Defrauding America, Rodney Stich, 3rd edition 1998 p. 638-639]:

"The Role of deep-cover CIA officer, Trenton Parker, has been described in earlier pages, and his function in the CIA's counter-intelligence unit, Pegasus. Parker had stated to me earlier that a CIA faction was responsible for the murder of JFK ... During an August 21, 1993, conversation, in response to my questions, Parker said that his Pegasus group had tape recordings of plans to assassinate Kennedy. I asked him, "What group were these tapes identifying?" Parker replied: "Rockefeller, Allen Dulles, Johnson of Texas, George Bush, and J. Edgar Hoover." I asked, "What was the nature of the conversation on these tapes?"

I don't have the tapes now, because all the tape recordings were turned over to [Congressman] Larry McDonald. But I listened to the tape recordings and there were conversations between Rockefeller, [J. Edgar] Hoover, where [Nelson] Rockefeller asks, "Are we going to have any problems?" And he said, "No, we aren't going to have any problems. I checked with Dulles. If they do their job we'll do our job." There are a whole bunch of tapes, because Hoover didn't realize that his phone has been tapped. [Defrauding America, Rodney Stich, 3rd edition p. 638-639

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 7:24:24 AM PDT
Whistle Pig says:
Interesting for sure. Delusional w/o a doubt. Larry's is a vivid and informed imagination well shrouded in colorful recollections and interpretation for his fixation on what he's determined must be a lie, even if it's true. Which "historians" consider Fonzi's epistle to be scholarly and definitive? Not defending O'Reilly's book. Nor am I buying Mullins' fanciful contention of conspiracy. Sorry Larry. Substance always trumps style, especially when style's all there is.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 12:16:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 18, 2012 12:17:39 PM PDT
Ralph Yates says:
That "somebody would have talked" canard has been disproven by the lengthy information already given in multiple books. The only people who still use it are people who present the "somebody would have talked" excuse and ignore everything else.

There's a lot of people who talked. One of them was FBI agent Sibert who protested the intact brain shown in Commission evidence could not possibly be the same one he saw removed from president Kennedy's head at Bethesda. Both Sibert and Bethesda orderly O'Connor protested that the brain remnants they saw removed from Kennedy's skull were only big enough to fit in your hand. The problem here is all information was fed through the Allen Dulles-led Warren Commission. They controlled all information regarding the assassination, including that of Kennedy's brain.

Kennedy's brain is all the proof you need because the intact brain shown in Commission evidence could not possibly be the same one that splattered brains all over the limo occupants and witnesses. It's physcially impossible for the nearly intact brain shown in evidence to be the same one that lost so much material as witnessed. They had to lose this bogus brain because it would have been shown that it wasn't Kennedy's which therefore proves a conspiracy. But the simple fact of the brain splatter proves it anyway and Lone Nutters don't have any excuse for it.

It's kind of evil to point to a criminally covered-up investigation and claim there's no evidence there. But that doesn't seem to bother O'Reilly or his FOX shills.

" Sorry Larry. Substance always trumps style, especially when style's all there is. "

- Talk about balls...
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