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  1. Joseph McBride

    The myth of Jackie's red roses

    acqueline Kennedy told Theodore White in her "Camelot" interview on November 29, 1963 (according to White's notes), "Every time we got off the plane that day, three times they gave me the yellow roses of Texas. But in Dallas they gave me red roses. I thought how funny, red roses -- so all the seat was full of blood and red roses." (The person who presented her with a bouquet of red roses at Love Field on November was Elizabeth [Dearie] Cabell, the wife of CIA-connected Dallas mayor Earle Cabell. Jacqueline Kennedy's reference to "that day" must mean she conflated in her mind the airport landings of Nov. 21 and 22. On Nov. 21 they landed in San Antonio and Houston. On Nov. 22 they landed in Dallas.)
  2. If you compare Witt's HSCA testimony to the Umbrella Man's actions in the Zapruder film, you will see Witt is a fake. It's as simple as that.
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    I understand why people hate conspiracies

    Back in the nineties, establishment historian Michael Beschloss (who has done some good work here and there) announced he was doing a book on the Lincoln assassination. In my research on John Ford at the Portland, Maine, public library, I found a lengthy, highly detailed eyewitness account of the assassination in an obituary of a local man from around the turn of the century. I was not familiar with that account so thought it might be rare. I sent a copy of the obit to Beschloss with a note saying, "I hope you don't write the Warren Report of the Lincoln assassination." That was somewhat impolitic, I admit, and I did not hear back, but he has not come out with that book.
  4. Vince Palamara deserves great respect because he has advanced our understanding of the case in a crucial way. He staked out territory that had been seriously neglected -- the role of the Secret Service -- and dug into it as much as humanly possible. He came up with a wealth of fresh information, much of it revealing and incriminating, and he's still at it. He exemplifies Penn Jones's advice (given to me and other researchers), to take a neglected area of the case "and research the hell out of it." I am surprised that anyone could question Palamara's dedication and contribution. But as has long been said, you know a man by the enemies he makes -- in Vince's case, both inside and outside the Secret Service.
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    OUR HIDDEN HISTORY podcast on JFK and Tippit murders

    When I told a Dallas researcher that Morris Brumley had claimed he "infiltrated" the Klan for the Dallas police, he laughed and said a majority of the Dallas KKK were DPD members. You'd be hard pressed to find membership lists of a criminal organization, though perhaps it's possible there is one somewhere.
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    OUR HIDDEN HISTORY podcast on JFK and Tippit murders

    David, I read your question a couple of times but can't follow it, so please rephrase it.
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    OUR HIDDEN HISTORY podcast on JFK and Tippit murders

    I doubt there is a list of DPD officers who were Klan members. Morris Brumley surprised me by bringing up his KKK membership in our interview, with a tape recorder going on the table in front of him, and boasting about his involvement, showing me his membership card and talking about the crimes he helped commit. It was a stunning moment. Brumley had known Tippit from their youth.
  8. Good work, Vince. Your digging into the Secret Service and its role in the assassination has been central to enlarging and sharpening our understanding. Keep up the valuable research!
  9. Joseph McBride

    JFK FIRST MAN trailer

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=109&v=TVowQ4LgwLk Inspiring, though I miss his wry question, "Why does Rice play Texas?" That touch of Kennedyesque humor always moves me as a key part of his rousing speech.
  10. Joseph McBride

    Skull and Bones and the Assassination of JFK

    Bonesman John Kerry is actually related to Michael Paine. As Casey Stengel used to say, "You could look it up."
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    JFK Secret Service Agent: hole in windshield of limo!

    I am enjoying reading Vince's new book, WHO'S WHO IN THE SECRET SERVICE: HISTORY'S MOST RENOWNED AGENTS. There is a lot of new material on agents we know about and much fresh information on some who are less familiar. The material is often surprising and arcane, which I always hope to find in books related to the JFK assassination. The book does not cover only that assassination but also deals with agents from other eras. Throughout it all runs Vince's vast and deep knowledge of the subject matter, his indefatigable research, and his ability to connect dots hardly anyone knew existed until he started writing his books.
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    Skull and Bones and the Assassination of JFK

    We sure don't need that again.
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    Skull and Bones and the Assassination of JFK

    Kerry caved in quickly on the morning after the 2004 election that W stole, even though his running mate, John Edwards, argued for contesting it. I always thought it compromised Kerry to be a Bonesman running against another Bonesman. Part of the essence of that secret club is that they all have blackmail material on each other.
  14. From my book INTO THE NIGHTMARE: One of the most tantalizing incidents in the relationship between Ruby and the Dallas police was his encounter in the early morning of November 23 with a policeman named Harry N. Olsen, who told the Warren Commission that they spoke for two or three hours. Olsen and his girlfriend and future wife, Ruby stripper Kay Coleman (“Kathy Kay”), met with Ruby in Olsen’s car in a downtown Dallas parking garage and may have helped work Ruby up into a vengeful state against Oswald. Ruby testified to the commission that the two “kept me from leaving. They were constantly talking and were in a pretty dramatic mood. They were crying and carrying on.” According to Ruby, Olsen (whom he supposedly misidentified as “Harry Carlson”) said of Oswald that “they should cut this guy inch by inch into ribbons, and so on,” and Coleman, who was from England, said, “Well, if he was in England, they would drag him through the streets and would have hung him.” Thanks to this broad tip from Ruby, researchers have long suspected that Olsen could have been the police/underworld conduit who passed along to Ruby the order to kill Oswald. Joe Tonahill, one of Ruby’s lawyers, told Seth Kantor, “It wouldn’t have been any problem to reach in and get Ruby to do something like this, through the power of suggestion, through innuendo, without Ruby even realizing it. The conversation with Olsen and Kay could have been the beginning of it. It could have been a lot stronger. We don’t know who all he talked with.” Although Olsen denied to the FBI that he had encouraged Ruby to kill Oswald, Olsen abruptly left the police department (at the request, he said, of Chief Curry) and the city of Dallas the following month, moving to California with Coleman.
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