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Conspiracy Who Killed President Kennedy? Mass Market Paperback – 1980
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Anthony Summers has written other books. This 1980 book has 640 pages for its 24 chapters, ‘Contents’, ‘Sources and Notes’, ‘Bibliography’, and ‘Index’. The ‘Acknowledgment’ says this book began as a television documentary for the BBC. He thanks the many whose investigations provided the facts for this book. The ‘Preface’ summarizes the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Warren Commission said it was a “lone gunman”. The House Select Committee investigated and concluded there was a second gunman shooting from the front. [In time we learned that Oswald was in the second floor lunchroom when the shots were fired (“JFK and the Unspeakable”).] The Chief Counsel Robert Blakey said it was done by organized crime. Private citizens investigated the assassination and wrote many books with varying quality about their findings. The ‘Cast of Main Characters’ lists the many people who are involved in some way with Oswald or the assassination.
Chapter 1 tells about JFK’s visit to Dallas and the Ambush that killed him. “Yet thinking people remain uncertain who killed the President.” There are problems with the autopsy (Chapter 2). Evidence disappeared. [In 1991 the doctors from Parkland said the X-rays did not match their recollection.] Analysis of a tape recording revealed new evidence in 1978. Two gunmen were involved, one firing from the front. One shot came from the Grassy Knoll (Chapter 3). Witnesses saw two men at the sixth floor window (Chapter 4). That Carcano rifle had problems (p.77). Who were those men by the Grassy Knoll (Chapter 5)? Oswald was known as “A. J. Hidell” (p.91). This left a paper trail (p.93). Where did Oswald get his ammunition (p.103)? Oswald was seen in the second floor lunchroom at 12:15 pm (p.108). Chapter 6 tells about the shooting of officer J. D. Tippit. There are unresolved questions here (pp.118-120). Did those four shells have a rim? The killer of Tippit was walking towards Oswald’s rooming house not away from it (p.124).
What was Oswald’s motive (Chapter 7)? Those who knew Oswald said he liked JFK (p.129). Chapters 8 and 9 discuss the background of Oswald. Was he an undercover agent who was prepared to act as a defector? Oswald had no problems in returning to the US (Chapter 11). This is remarkable! Part III discusses the connections with Cuba in this case. Actions against Castro would fail as long as Fidel was popular. JFK ended most support for the anti-Castro rebels, and this was resented. Organized crime wanted to get rid of JFK (p.281). The true role of Oswald from 1958 to 1963 may be as an agent American intelligence (Chapter 16). Oswald had family connections to organized crime (pp.340-341). In September 1963 Oswald traveled to Mexico (Chapter 19). There are discrepancies from the witnesses.
After the assassination there were reports of “The Second Oswald” in Dallas (Chapter 20). Some were mistaken identity, others had witnesses. [Isn’t Osvaldo a common first name in South America?] Fidel Castro hoped for an accommodation with the US (Chapter 21). There were threats in Chicago and Miami, both motorcades were cancelled. The Warren Commission said no foreign governments were involved in the assassination (Chapter 22). Yet some had doubts. Chapter 23 discusses the history of Jack Ruby. He had a long association with organized crime. Eugene Brading was seen at the Daltex building (p.476). The actions of Jack Ruby are described for that weekend. Ruby had links to the Mafia and Cuban activities (p.492). The ‘Aftermath’ tells what happened to too many important witnesses. It is wrong to read too much into their deaths says Summers. Others disagreed. The rest of Chapter 24 discusses the possibilities of low-level agents who acted on their own.
Did the CIA and FBI lie to the Warren Commission (p.517)? The Corporate Media derided the HSCA report (p.518). Few professional journalist did original work on the JFK assassination. [Control by the Corporate Media?] It was mostly amateurs who investigated and published their findings. Did the assassination of JFK result in growing disrespect for established institutions (p.521)? Professor Robert Blakey later wrote his book to provide a solution to the assassination (p.522). Summers recommends a comprehensive judicial inquiry to investigate potential suspects in the conspiracy (p.523). But this has not been done and can never be done decades later. Books are still published in the 21st century about the JFK assassination. Some support the Warren Report, others disagree with it. One book that revealed the hidden background of JFK is “The Dark Side of Camelot” by Seymour M. Hersh.