- Hardcover: 456 pages
- Publisher: Pelican Publishing (January 31, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565540298
- ISBN-13: 978-1565540293
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oswald Talked: The New Evidence in the JFK Assassination Hardcover – January 31, 1996
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This is something quite new in assassination literature: a book by a husband-and-wife team who are basically TV documentary makers-and in fact aired some of their discoveries in segments on network TV-but who write with vigor, persuasiveness and (almost unique in assassination literature) some humor. If only their discoveries had been up to their presentation, this would have been a significant contribution. As it is, despite the catchpenny title (a TV legacy), the book does not offer any very startling disclosures. There are three advances the authors made by painstaking research, however: they found a man who had been jailed in a cell next to Oswald-and whose incarceration in Dallas that day the FBI had hidden for more than 30 years. The man claims that Oswald knew a jailed gunrunner, as well as Jack Ruby. They discovered that Oswald carried a Defense Department card after his release from the Marines that gave him all sorts of privileges only an active agent would normally receive. And they determined that the famous "tramps" arrested on Dealey Plaza that day really were tramps, and their arrest had indeed been recorded. Beyond that, the LaFontaines have much interesting information about the bootleg gun trade in Dallas in 1963, and about the anti-Castro underground, which they are convinced was closely involved in the assassination. This is an entertaining book, by smart people with open minds, but it doesn't take us a whole lot further.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
John Elrod is not the name that comes to mind when the Kennedy assassination is mentioned. To the general population, the names of Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, and Jack Ruby, the accused assassin's killer, are much more familiar. But what if new evidence were presented, evidence that pointed to the possibility that facts surrounding the death of John F. Kennedy were suppressed for some unknown reason? And how could the testimony of John Elrod on August 11, 1964, in a Shelby County, Tennessee, sheriff's office somehow shed light on this continuing mystery?
Ray and Mary La Fontaine find and report the evidence emerging from newly released files on the Kennedy assassination. There are probably several hundred books on the general topic of the Kennedy assassination still on the shelves, but this book differs from the others in several ways. First of all it is one of only a handful written by serious journalists. The La Fontaines have cowritten several investigative articles for respected mainstream newspapers such as the and The Washington Post.
Secondly, this book provides more new documented evidence than any book in twenty years, and does not rely on notoriously unreliable "witness" testimony unless such testimony was demonstrably made at the time of the assassination.
Thirdly, because this book has no "agenda" and was written by journalists, it does not gratuitously rehash tired theories, but takes the reader where he has never been before: to where the new evidence leads. Oswald Talked: The New Evidence in the JFK Assassination often reads like a mystery novel, yet what it delivers is what many novels (and films) neglect to present the truth. -- From the Publisher
Oswald Talked: The New Evidence In The Jfk Assassination brings to the forefront documented records that substantiate a number of conspiracy claims, refutes others, and unlocks new portions of the scenarios that have not been written about before. The authors examine overlooked clues and present evidence which supports the existence of a conspiracy and establishes the crucial link between Oswald and Ruby, the CIA, and other government agencies. For example, a Department of Defense card showing the Oswald was employed by the U. S. government after his 1959 discharge from the Marines. This is the same kind of card that was carried by known CIA agent and U2 pilot Gary Powers. Ray and Mary La Fontaine are investigative journalists and producers of PBS and other nationally broadcast programming. Researching police files, legal memoranda form the Warren Commission investigation, and numerous other documented sources, they have attacked the holes of speculation left behind from theorists and filled them in with indisputable facts on this case that has continued to hold a special fascination for many Americans. -- Midwest Book Review
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Still, it makes for interesting reading. A good additon to any collection of books about the assasination.
The only part I think the La Fontaines struck out on was The Three Tramps. At this point, I would have to go with Lois Gibson, forensic expert, on that one. She convincingly ID's, in an internet video, the tramps as Charles Harrelson(tall guy), Chauncey Holt(with hat), and Charles Rodgers. Other than that, the La Fontaines made a significant stride forward for all of us interested in cracking the JFK assassination mystery.
Some the other reviewers complain that the La Fontaines have not answered all their questions, well, all I can say is: this an open murder case still in the process of being solved...get off your high horses and lend a hand; do what you can do...