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On the Trail of the Assassins: One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy Paperback – October 16, 2012
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Jim Garrison was the district attorney of Orleans County who rose to prominence during his investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He passed away in October 1992.
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Books about the JFK assassination talk about secret CIA army bases within the United States where paramilitary forces were being trained for a planned invasion of Cuba. The New Orleans area was the location of one of these clandestine bases which violated the Neutrality Act. JFK's efforts to shut down these illegal bases was another nail in his coffin.
There are many, many sinister revelations in this book about evidence that was destroyed, concealed, and misrepresented in very blatant ways. I found out things in this book that I have wondered about for a long time.
Witnesses including deputy sheriff Roger Craig saw Lee Oswald and several other individuals leave the Texas School Book Depository building in a car that belonged to Ruth Paine, another suspicious figure in all this. One of those individuals sounds like Malcom Wallace who was Lyndon Johnson's personal hit man and executioner. Deputy sheriff Buddy Walthers investigated and confirmed that yes this vehicle did in fact belong to Ruth Paine. Both Walthers and Roger Craig died violently and suspiciously.
Dallas homicide chief Captain Will Fritz denied that Roger Craig was even at police headquarters to make those statements. But photographs discovered later show that Fritz was lying.
It sounds like at least three separate rifles were seen and removed from the TSBD building on the day of the assassination. Roger Craig saw the word 'Mauser' on the rifle that was initially discovered in the sniper's nest. Oswald's alleged murder weapon, a surplus Italian World War II rifle that couldn't shoot straight, was found with no clip which would imply the bullets had to be loaded manually (impossible for the time frame Oswald allegedly would have had to shoot JFK).
Jim Garrison tells how Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit was shot by two separate guns which is something I hadn't heard before in so much detail. The Keystone Cops at Dallas tried to trick the FBI about this but they still inadvertently sent the FBI all the bullets taken from Tippit's body. The FBI told them that at least two guns were used. I think there were people in the FBI who were scheduled to testify about the Tippit ballistic evidence at the HSCA hearings. They died though.
The JFK assassination is a story of betrayal with Judases hiding in every dark corner. Lee Oswald was manipulated and deceived by people he thought were his friends like Clay Shaw, Guy Bannister, and Jack Ruby. Lunatic David Ferrie was another of Oswald's close companions. Ferrie was a walking lie factory and nothing he said could be taken at face value. Ironically their close association with Oswald put those people on the wrong side of the conspiracy in this highly dangerous and deadly situation.
Garrison calls the official version of events about the assassination as presented by the Warren Commission an absurd fairy tale. He explains the true motivations for the assassination and reveals the only group who could have carried it out and also covered everything up. That type of power started at the very highest levels of the American government.
Garrison wasn't able to convict Clay Shaw for being a conspirator in the assassination. But by even having a trial he preserved precious information about the assassination that is now a matter of public record.
During Shaw's trial testimony came out about the so called autopsy on JFK's body that was performed at the Bethesda army hospital where the military had complete control of everything. The army doctor actually filled out a form indicating he had found a bullet inside of JFK's body. This bullet evidence completely destroys the idea that Oswald fired three shots into the limousine.
This army doctor did not even bother to determine the path of a bullet that struck JFK in the front of the throat. He says the military brass that was there in the autopsy room told him not to investigate the throat wound because "the Kennedy family doesn't want anyone to investigate this wound".
After 50 years I guess for us today the JFK assassination is quickly becoming a sad footnote to history. Garrison felt that on the day JFK was killed the United States Of America became a fascist state. Nazi Germany had Hitler and Goebbels. We had Lyndon Johnson and Allan Dulles. However after World War II the Nazis were rounded up and tried for war crimes. No such justice was ever meted out for the architects of the Vietnam War.
Vietnam was just unlucky as far as being chosen for this unjust and completely meaningless war. It could have happened in a thousand other places where the CIA was trying to export American aggression to get the war machine cash register ringing.
I'm sure this book must be considered a true classic in the realm of JFK literature. Oliver Stone used this book and I think Jim Marrs' 'Crossfire' as the basis for his JFK movie. After reading this book I can see why.
I haven't watched Oliver Stone's movie but I have it here. It will be interesting for me to watch it now that I've done some reading about the assassination.
JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy
The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ
David Ferrie: Mafia Pilot, Participant in Anti-Castro Bioweapon Plot, Friend of Lee Harvey Oswald and Key to the JFK Assassination
Dr. Mary's Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses Are Linked to Lee Harvey ... Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics
Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination
Top Secret/Majic: Operation Majestic-12 and the United States Government's UFO Cover-up
Watch this documentary series on the internet. The hypocrites have pulled it off the market. As I recall Jim Garrison appears in this series somewhere:
The Men Who Killed Kennedy [VHS]
The Men Who Killed Kennedy DVD Series - Episode List
1. "The Coup D'Etat" (25 October 1988)
2. "The Forces Of Darkness" (25 October 1988)
3. "The Cover-Up" (20 November 1991)
4. "The Patsy" (21 November 1991)
5. "The Witnesses" (21 November 1991)
6. "The Truth Shall Set You Free" (1995)
The Final Chapter episodes (internet only):
7. "The Smoking Guns" (2003)
8. "The Love Affair" (2003)
9. "The Guilty Men" (2003)