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  1. The Mary Ferrell Foundation has put Gaeton Fonzi's The Last Investigation back in print, available for $29.95 directly from the Foundation (http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/MFF_Store), or from amazon.com who takes all the money for their troubles. :-) The book is updated with a new Epilogue by Fonzi as well as a new Preface by his colleague Bernard McCormick. For those who don't need a 2nd copy or have spent all their money on gas (Bill Maher: "If Colonel Sanders was president, and the price of chicken tripled, wouldn't we be a little suspicious?"), the MFF site has a page of abundant resources related to the book, including audio of a 1993 Third Decade keynote address by Fonzi. Follow the link below: http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/...t_Investigation Rex
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    MLK and RFK Assassination Document Collections

    John, Very good question, which I will throw back at you. I know less than I should about the organization of RFK documents; on the FBI LAFO docs Jim Lesar just handed me 4 boxes full of volumes. I haven't finished processing and uploading them yet (they should all be online by tomorrow), but there are no volumes 7-10 in them. Do you know what is up with that? (I am planning to talk to Jim Lesar about it too) Rex
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    MLK and RFK Assassination Document Collections

    Bill, Thanks very much for the history behind the Lantern Spike report, which I wasn't aware of (yet another book to add to the in-pile!). Do you know what happened to the documents received by the Memphis Commercial Appeal? Rex
  4. I wanted to alert forum members to a set of new document collections on the Mary Ferrell site (http://www.maryferrell.org). These come courtesy of the AARC: MLK Assassination - http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/...ation_Documents * HSCA appendix volumes on MLK * FBI MURKIN Files (partial collection) * Army Lantern Spike after action report RFK Assassination - http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/...ation_Documents * Sirhan Sirhan trial transcript * Appeal documents * FBI Los Angeles Field Office Files (coming online over the next few days) Still to come are the voluminous LAPD Special Unit Senator files (about 50,000 pages), plus misc. other docs such as the late Larry Teeter's Writ of Habeas Corpus, which summarizes much of the RFK case in asking for a new trial (courtesy of Janet Clark). As always, these are all free for browsing, emailing links, etc. The search system now allows a few search click-throughs per session, before we beg for a few dollars. I hope people find these useful, that they stimulate informed discussion of the 1968 murders, and that new information emerges from having them online. If you know of other documents related to these assassinations, please let me know at info@maryferrell.org. Rex
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    Trafficante Testimony Released

    Interesting, I had missed that. Rex
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    Trafficante Testimony Released

    To all MFF users, The bad behavior should be fixed now; apologies again. The new behavior of the site is now somewhat more open than before: 1. Browsing, as always when we aren't breaking things, is completely free, as is following email links, etc. 2. Searching, from within the site, and from outside (Google, Yahoo, etc.) allows a few clickthroughs to the site before the big bad message demanding payment shows up. This is to allow more people to see what the site has to offer. Obviously if you are doing active research using the search engine, a paid membership would still be necessary. I remain happy to explain the policy if it's not clear, thanks. Rex
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    Trafficante Testimony Released

    PETER. I WILL PAY YOUR FEES. ALTHOUGH I DO NOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH YOU RESEARCH AND CONCLUTIONS. HOWEVER, I RESPECT YOUR DEDICATION AND TIME ON THIS SUBJECT IN SEARCH FOR TRUTH. PERHAPS REX CAN MAKE THE ARRANGEMENTS VIA EMAIL TO ME AND WE WILL GET YOU A MEMBERSHIP. To all, My apologies and forebearance is requested. We just yesterday implemented an opening of the archive which backfired. The pre-yesterday behavior was that all searches were limited to members, and browsing free to all. The intended behavior as of today is to allow a limited number of searches for non-members, and keep browsing free. A programming bug has caused browsing to be limited as well. This will be fixed asap. Please be patient while this is resolved. When the bug is fixed, hopefully later today, this will be the behavior of the MFF site: 1. All browsing (i.e., following links on the site, email links, etc.) remains free and open to all, whether member or anonymous visitor or whatever. 2. Searches from within the site or from outside (i.e., google) will allow a few "free pass" clickthroughs, before a message appears requiring membership to continue using search access to the site. The intent is to make the site even more open than previously, not the other way around. Rex
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    Trafficante Testimony Released

    One never knows, but my personal view is that Trafficante was a very smart man who knew how to handle congressional committees. His public testimony is similar to this previously-withheld testimony in his smooth deflection of questions and his obvious lack of candor and general closed-mouthedness. Rex
  9. On a trip to NARA last year, I noticed that 5 documents in the HSCA Immunized Testimony boxes remained withheld in full. Most prominent were Santos Trafficante's immunized testimony of 14 Nov 1977, and a lengthy memo written later in preparation for his public testimony. I made inquiries, and all 5 documents are now open in full, and last week I went to College Park and scanned them. See the page below for links to all of them, as well as other HSCA testimony I got while there (Priscilla Johnson McMillan and William Walter). http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/...timony_Released Trafficante's testimony contained no bombshells that I could see - he did name Tony Varona as being hired into the anti-Castro plots, which I don't believe came out as such in his public testimony. But mostly Trafficante played dumb, pretending that the only reason he was brought into the plots was as an interpreter. Presumably no one else in Florida could be found who spoke both English and Spanish. Trafficante did himself bring up the British reporter in jail (Hudson, though not by name), but denied that Ruby visited him there. I don't know why this and other testimony was withheld in full - I was told they simply "fell through the cracks." Maybe someone else will find a tidbit that I missed. Rex
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    Marry Ferrell Foundation.

    Charles, The answers I give below may be inadequate because of my desire to respect privacy concerns of a benefactor of the MFF. Here goes: 1. Where are the Ferrell archives? I understand that security and related matters may legitimately preclude you from being specific. Perhaps not. I and others are concerned that, while your intentions clearly are noble, parties who could benefit from the culling of Mary's immense collection are abroad in the land. I do not want to be specific on this one, sorry. I have visited the collection on several occasions. It is under padlock and I do not believe accessible by untrustworthy people. Obviously no private collection can be completely secure in the fullest sense - the AARC for most of its tenure was pretty insecure. But I'm personally satisfied, for what it's worth. 2. Are the archives safe from the ravages of climate and insect/rodent infestation? Yes, the collection is protected from the elements, though subject to the normal paper degradation process. 3. Will the archives ever be directly accessible to credentialed researchers? The MFF has offices in Ipswich, Mass, and certainly if someone has a legitimate need for access to some particular portion of Mary's archive, I can arrange to make it accessible there. The full collection is not currently available for browsing. 4. What motivated Mr. Curme to go to the considerable expense to buy the archives, care for Mary, and make the MFF a reality? My considered belief is that this was truly done for altruistic reasons based on a longstanding interest in the case and the larger issues of government deceit, accountability, etc. I base this on many personal interactions. Ultimately, I think the best answer to this question is the quality and contents of the website, which continues to grow and become more complete and useful. As far as Jack White's comments regarding copyright, my understanding of copyright law is that it does not afford nearly so comprehensive a blanket protection for those involved in education. If there is a copyright lawyer in the house who would like to weigh in on this issue, I'm very interested. Google could argue that they are involved in education with their project of scanning books and making them searchable online (in a much fuller search engine than ours). But they are the defendant in a billion-dollar lawsuit brought by the publishers. Rex
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    Marry Ferrell Foundation.

    I'd like to try a second time to describe the state of affairs with Mary Ferrell's collection and the Foundation. As many people may know, I started the History Matters website (www.history-matters.com) and am also Vice-President of the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC - www.aarclibrary.org), which Jim Lesar heads. I have for the nearly 3 years now been devoting considerable attention to building the Mary Ferrell Foundation's website, which a few weeks ago passed 750,000 pages of JFK-related documents, along with photos, audio, video, and various special projects. I of course encourage everyone to check it out if you haven't already. All documents and other materials are free for browsing by anyone with an internet connection. We do have $39.95 paid memberships for those doing active research - these memberships are required to do full-text searches, plus other specialized searches, of the archive. But the materials are also well organized and accessible by point-and-click browsing by anyone. The materials on the site include documents, books, and other materials from Mary Ferrell's collection, which is in the possession of the Foundation and kept intact. However, much more of what we have comes from the AARC. I am the person who chooses what collections to put online and, given very limited resources, in what order. My priority is to put up what I think will be of the greatest use for those studying the JFK case and related topics. The website was never meant to be an archive of Mary's materials only. It is true that only a portion of Mary's materials have been put online. What we have put online includes hundreds of books (with limited "fair use" search excerpting), several thousand pages of documents, Mary's full Database and her Chronologies, and miscellaneous other materials. What we have not put online are: * Thousands upon thousands of books. Given that our "fair use limited search" is really limited, it just hasn't been worth the trouble to scan books on early Soviet history and the many other topics Mary had tons of books on. We scanned over 300 of her books, mostly JFK-related, along with about 100 other books she didn't have. * Dozens of boxes full of newspaper clippings and magazine articles. She was a prolific clipper. Our problem is copyright. While most news sources probably don't care anymore, we haven't been willing to take the chance on this. * Documents. We have not put up all of Mary's document collection. In some cases, like the Warren Commission Documents, Mary's collection was incomplete and in some disrepair - many missing pages, etc. So we got a microfilm collection and used that instead, and then I went to the National Archives and scanned what was missing from the 1986-era microfilm. Similarly Mary's FBI and CIA files were not very voluminous and massively superceded by the AARC's much larger and more recently acquired collection. I did put up Mary's 1980-era FBI Mexico City file, though I've started a project of getting from the National Archives a much-less-redacted set. I also found a transcript from an HSCA critic's conference and put that online. * AudioVideo. Mary did have several boxes with audiotapes and videotapes of various kinds. Some of these clearly suffer from the same copyright issues, but not all. It continues to be a goal of mine to go through these and make some available. There are also some folders of slides with the same issues. * Miscellaneous. There is a stack of phone books from 1963 and other years of that era, which may or may not be of use to anyone at this point, and miscellanous items like that. Mary also received several manuscripts from various people - books that never made it into print. In general, there is more from Mary's collection that I intend to make available online, though prioritized with other materials from the AARC, National Archives, and other sources. For example, I am going to NARA very shortly to get a copy of Santos Trafficante's HSCA Immunized Testimony, which I discovered last year was withheld in full (after making some inquiries and complaints, I am told that it has now just been released). In contrast, what I've been able to get from the AARC includes several hundred thousand pages of FBI and CIA documents processed in the late 1990s (read: fewer redactions), Church Committee reports and transcripts of all Church Committee depositions, and much more. I have also obtained a few thousand pages of JCS files directly from the National Archives, as well as cherry-picked documents from the voluminous HSCA Numbered Files, and other misc. collections such as the papers of Capt. Will Fritz, Rockefeller Commission files, and more. We will soon begin processing some new AARC document collections and I'll post here when that begins. I would not dream of sanitizing materials taken from Mary's collection. I do not own any "black highlighters." I hope the above overlong response clarifies things a bit. I am always open to input on what materials related to the case would be of most use to people, as the website is intended as a public service. In this contentious matter, I expect criticism on the tone of the writing I do on the website, topics chosen, etc. I would hope that people would recognize the seriousness with which I take my role, however. Again, www.maryferrell.org is meant to be a useful resource for people who use this forum and others out there. If there are suggestions people have for particular document collections or other resources that you think we should add, please email me at info@maryferrell.org. If you got this far, thanks for your patience in reading this. Rex Bradford
  12. I posted this at the end of a long discussion but then decided it merited a new topic, so here goes: The Mary Ferrell Foundation just today published Morley and Talbot's piece on the RFK-Ambassador story, entitled "The BBC's Flawed RFK Story." As the title implies, after 6 weeks of interviewing dozens of people, they conclude that the photo identifications don't hold up, though the Joannides one is the most mixed. They also verified that Gordon Campbell died in 1962. The piece is accompanied by new photos of Morales and the first-ever published photos of Joannides (assuming you discount the Ambassador one). I did a phone interview with Jeff Morley and David Talbot yesterday, and the audio and transcript of that interview is up on the site as well, along with links to the original BBC story and related resources. The home page at www.maryferrell.org currently features the story - for those coming across this post after the home page changes, here are some direct links: The BBC's Flawed RFK Story: http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/...lawed_RFK_Story "Unredacted" Interview with Morley and Talbot : http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/...ted_-_Episode_8 Let the commentary begin..... Rex
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    David Morales

    So now we are awaiting on Shane to complete this and find an outlet in USA and for Jeff Morley and David Talbot to give their new photos of Morales and update on inquiry to Rex and MFF? BK Bill et al, The Mary Ferrell Foundation just today published Morley and Talbot's piece on the RFK-Ambassador story, entitled "The BBC's Flawed RFK Story." As the title implies, after 6 weeks of interviewing dozens of people, they conclude that the photo identifications don't hold up, though the Joannides one is the most mixed. They also verified that Gordon Campbell died in 1962. The piece is accompanied by new photos of Morales and the first-ever published photos of Joannides (assuming you discount the Ambassador one). I did a phone interview with Jeff Morley and David Talbot yesterday, and the audio and transcript of that interview is up on the site as well, along with links to the original BBC story and related resources. The home page at www.maryferrell.org currently features the story - for those coming across this post after the home page changes, here are some direct links: The BBC's Flawed RFK Story: http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/...lawed_RFK_Story "Unredacted" Interview with Morley and Talbot : http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/...ted_-_Episode_8 Let the commentary begin..... Rex
  14. It would cost about $5000 to replicate the Mac setup I have, including all new programs, scanner, printer, etc. Not worth it. My present setup does 95% of what I need. Expensive conversation piece. Jack Jack, Very sorry to hear you can't access the MFF site - I'll see if we can do a little more testing. Do you have trouble with many websites, or just this one? If your problems are more general, an alternative to a $5000 replacement might be to get a 2nd inexpensive notebook computer just for web use or other things that don't work on your Mac. I got one at Staples for about $600 (PC, from Averatec), Mac laptops cost a little more. Rex
  15. Don Thomas has written a new essay, not on acoustics this time. It discusses the issue of Oswald and the 6th floor "sniper's nest", particularly focused on the testimony of black TSBD employees including Charles Givens and Bonnie Ray Williams. Entitled "Rewriting History: Bugliosi Parses the Testimony," it dissects Vincent Bugliosi's handling of this matter in addition to that of the Warren Commission. This essay is published on the Mary Ferrell site. Lots of pictures, and many reference links for the obsessive among us. http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/...s_the_Testimony Rex
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