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  1. Good points, Ron. When you read about him (I'm from Philadelphia, so there's plenty of articles) he was not a public person. Powerful and outspoken in the courtroom, but a low profile otherwise. In contrast, his contemporaries in the know - Vincent Salandria and R. E Sprague - were more vocal about the inequities of the HSCA investigation. I had a work acquaintance who was an investigator for HSCA, and he told me that it was literally impossible to get any information out of the CIA. Sprague was influential in state and city political and civic affairs, but played all sides of the fence.
  2. If a rational (and intelligent) person were to piece this all together, how can they not conclude that HSCA was sabotaged and flawed? That someone (high up) had something to hide? And that Blakey was compromised and disingenuous? What does surprise me - thinking about the next 50 years - is that Dick Sprague didn't come back at this, and expose the government. He historically took on all comers ... good/bad, big/small, popular or not. Maybe he knew it was a lose-lose proposition.
  3. Sprague remained loyal to Arlen, until his death. I don't think the Baron's passing and Sprague's exit were coincidental. In reading the R. E. Sprague - the other Sprague, a photographic specialist also from Philadelphia - account of the HSCA: The idea (in undercutting the HSCA) was to use Gonzalez to fire Sprague and the key staff members, first blocking their access to important files and witnesses. The PCG would then have been in a position to either fold up the Committee by March 31st, or to direct its efforts toward finding a Castro-did-it conspiracy in JFK’s case and no conspirac
  4. Jim What do you make of Dick Sprague remining such a close friend of Arlen Specter? While I don't doubt Sprague's sincerity in getting the HSCA rolling, he must've known that it might ultimately reflect poorly on his friend and mentor. As Sprague was not shy about being direct and controversial, I would've loved to have been a 3rd party to some of their candid discussions. In contrast, Vincent Salandria was not so kind towards Specter's legacy. Nonetheless, Specter mentored many prominent Philadelphian's, giving career starts in the legal profession to Ed Rendell and a slew of high
  5. Noguchi was set up by an Englishman named Donald Stuart, who appeared on the LA scene just after the shooting. Stuart "volunteered" to be Noguchi's deputy three weeks after RFK's murder. He was obviously inserted by the plotters to monitor the Coroner's work and eventually discredit Noguchi. Noguchi’s autopsy showed that Kennedy was hit two other times from behind, and a fourth shot fired from behind went through his suit coat without hitting him. Dr. Donald Stuart had been hired as Deputy medical examiner for Coroner Noguchi, and he later testified that Noguchi used amphetamines, th
  6. Just curious, but does anyone find it ironic that Dick Sprague's mentor was Arlen Specter, and that he was a pallbearer at Arlen's funeral? While Vince Salandria and Gaeton Fonzi (both Philly guys) opposed Specter later in life (Vince called him out as a "fraud"), Sprague was far more accommodating of their relative differences. However, I would also point out that Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love. Of course, Ruth Hyde Paine also spent time in Philadelphia after graduating from Antioch College in Ohio. She went to Philadelphia to become playground director and teacher of fo
  7. Sprague was a Philadelphia legend ... he would've gotten to the bottom of the JFK case (no doubt) and it would've taken all the CIA could bring to the table to ultimately stop him. He was - in a word - relentless, and took on all comers. I once heard him speak, and he highly respected in legal circles. Richard Aurel Sprague - the middle name is short for Aurelius, as in Marcus - Penn Law ’53, son of a Jewish mother and stepson of a Quaker father, first tasted power when he joined the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in 1958. He was an assistant to Philadelphia District Attorney Arlen
  8. I don't think Courtney Evans would be a credible source for an accurate perspective on RFK. Joan Mellen used him as an example of RFK's prodigious/illegal use of wiretapping (and the allegations that Bobby authorized the wiretaps on MLK). She also refers to Hebert J. Miller as a "Kennedy acolyte" which seems patently untrue ... Miller was CIA all the way, and feeding Garrison's information to Shaw's lawyers (see the 2013 William Davy article): By December 24, 1965, Courtney Evans had retired from the Bureau and joined the law firm of a Kennedy acolyte, Herbert J. Miller, Jr. Miller woul
  9. Paul I know you want to hear from others, but I'm not sure who (specifically) started the assertion that Sheridan was sent to Garrison's investigation by RFK. I don't belive that Garrison ever accused RFK of anything. Sheridan dances around this, and states that NBC sent him. He is alleged to have been influenced by William Gurvich, who wasn't a friend of Garrison, nor what he at first appeared to be. Sheridan later inserted himself into RFK's presidential campaign through long-standing associates. I simply don't see much activity to qualify him as a close RFK associate from 65-68
  10. Angleton and Company ... the same people who aways gave Maheu a green light. Those individuals might include Helms or maybe even Dulles, although he died in January 1969. The Garrison NBC special that Sheridan orchestrated was in June 1967 ... Bobby was killed one year later. Maheu celebrated with Donald Nixon (brother of Richard). Spirals up thru Howard Hughes.
  11. The September 2013 article by William Davy in Kennedy's and King is an excellent read on Sheridan's background. Its difficult to paint an innocent or Here are some excerpts: The newly released CIA files present an interesting biography of "reporter" Sheridan. In 1955 Sheridan was security approved as an investigator for the CIA. A month later this was cancelled because Sheridan accepted a position at the ultra-secret National Security Agency. In 1956 he was security approved once again by the CIA so that he could attend their "Basic Orientation Course". After leaving the NSA, Sheridan we
  12. Paul: I don't know that it is (but its on the record). The Oral History interview was transcribed in June 1970. Its difficult to find out much about Sheridan (interestingly, he has a son who resides in my town of Lansdale PA). He wasn't a lawyer, although he attended Fordham University. Served time in the Navy, then a few years with FBI and NSA, before he becomes RFK's lead for the "Get Hoffa" project run out of the Justice Department. The Kennedy Library interviews aren't too informative or interesting ... his answers seem vague, and he hems/haws about his interactions with RFK
  13. It sure seems that way. But the troubling part is that he also pulled the wool over RFK's eyes. He is portrayed as the faithful family loyalist ... but he betrayed the Kennedys. In a 1981 article entitled "Introducing NBC's dirty-tricks chief of " by Richard McGraw, In February 1967 Walter Sheridan went to work for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC-TV) as an investigative reporter for their "White Paper" documentary series. His assignment was to discredit Garrison, who was probing the role of Permindex and its board member businessman Clay Shaw, in the assassination . On July 7,
  14. Paul One last thought. I had never been able to find much about Sheridan previously. At the surface, he comes across as a nice Catholic guy, a Fordham graduate, and faithful Kennedy family loyalist. However, there is also something not quite right about him (imho) and it came to me when I read a 1970 interview in the Kennedy Library (Walter Sheridan Oral History Interview—RFK#6, 6/12/1970 Administrative Information Interviewer: Roberta Greene, June 12, 1970). Sheridan is being asked about the Garrison investigation, and he was quite sure that Garrison was "full of baloney" (based on
  15. Paul: I struggle with what to make of Walter Sheridan. He seemed loyal and close to all of the Kennedy's. It would be difficult and painful to conclude that he betrayed them. Many vilify Sheridan, especially his wiretapping of Otepka, the Hoffa/Partin prosecution, and finally Jim Garrison. As David Talbot once put it, Garrison and Sheridan were both "motivated by a deep and genuine desire to crack the case, but were both doomed to clash, considering their polar-opposite personalities and agendas". Much is made of Sheridan's 4 years with the FBI, and his 3-4 years with NSA (not a par
  16. I sense the hand of Angleton here ... a letter to Edward Epstein? Smearing and incriminating Bobby Kennedy. Otepka's biographer married to a former Abwehr spy. Operation Paperclip, implications. Otto wasn't just a maligned whistleblower ... he was aligned with all of JFK's enemies. The very people who had him assassinated.
  17. The Otepka story is not what it seems ... the entire thing is "off" and smells of a smear strategy against RFK. I agree with previous assessments that Joan Mellen may have been taken-in by Otepka when she interviewed him, and that he is not as innocent or aggrieved as it appears. Mellen argues that Oswald was on RFK’s radar from early on because he was part of an RFK/JFK plan to eventually take out Castro ... with all that we now know, this is very difficult to believe. There is however speculation that Otepka caught on to the process of rinsing poopoo’s into White Russians, and that the CIA
  18. Here is how his wife and colleagues described Bethell's stay in New Orleans: “He made it to New Orleans on holidays and eventually moved there ... in New Orleans, Bethell had friends but he was kind of a lone wolf who stayed to himself when he was working ... I think he was something of a real night owl.” (Feb. 19, 2021 article by John Pope in New Orleans Times-Picayune) The Times-Picayune article states that Bethell came to New Orleans in the mid-1960s to (ostensibly) write about jazz, stayed for almost a decade, then moved to Washington, where he worked for a series of magazines. A
  19. Jim Tom Bethell is an interesting character. I've been reading everything I can about him (since your article) and his CV smell to high heaven. He strikes me as a snake and an imposter ... an interloper, and a source of blatant disinformation. He was obviously out to sabotage Garrison, and counter his investigation. Even his Catholicism (which I would otherwise relate to) seems 'off'. I don't know where to start, but I'm collecting my thoughts in a paper, to gather some common threads: First off, as a degreed physicist, I find his his challenge/writing on Relativity theory to
  20. Larry Great work, as usual. It has the ring of "real" (i.e. not speculative, not sensational, not premised on a belief of some unprovable aspect or rebuttable presumption). I always feel better informed when I read your work. Gene
  21. I have the 2nd edition (Jim had recommended this a year ago to me) and it is great ... even though many of us have assimilated considerable information by now on this infamous case, it adds fresh insight and several thought-provoking back stories (e.g. Freeport Sulphur). Also, I now have a new word in my lexicon: the French idiom "Bête Noire (meaning "black beast") An anathema; someone or something which is particularly disliked or avoided; an object of aversion, the bane of one's existence.
  22. Thanks for the response Jim. Not sure why any objective person - who does their due diligence - would continue to defame Garrison, or defend Thornley. I suppose that I'm preaching at the saved here, but strong opinions/emotions still prevail. I can understand putting some stock/faith in Thornley's persona (and skepticism about Jim Garrison) in the mid-to-late 60's ... but not today, after all the released AARB records. It seems that informed readers are correct in thinking that Garrison should've aimed his prosecution at Thornley instead of Shaw (and for sound reason). But I remain curiou
  23. Jim I just finished reading your two-part series on Kerry Thornley. Its wonderfully laid out, and convincing. Its difficult to see how anyone would portray this character as an innocent libertarian. Thornley's life is full of numerous "remarkable coincidences" (as Garrison once stated) which crop up in his purported association with Oswald. I agree with your conclusion that - along with the Paines - Thornley's testimony and so-called 'books' were intended as an incriminating character assassination of Oswald (and clearly disinformation). His inexplicable move to New Orleans in Februa
  24. Elmer Moore's comments (and confession) to University of Washington graduate student James Gochenaur in May of 1970 have always given me pause. In this complex assassination story - with so many twists/turns, uncertainties and misdirection - his simple statement that "JFK was a Commie sympathizer" sums the whole thing up. It reflects motive, validates that the autopsy and wounds were misrepresented, HSCA and AARB knew who/where the true plotters were, FBI and SS complicity, and even Oswald's limited role. That conversation with Moore is a Rosetta Stone for the entire affair.
  25. I don't recognize too many names in this list of celebrity supporters that I would hold on a pedestal or personally admire ... no one here to brag about (imho): Roseanne Barr, Gary Busey, Mike Tyson, Kid Rock, Dennis Rodman, Dana White, Tia Tequila, Chumlee from Pawn Stars, Willie Robertson, Jerry Falwell Jr., Charlie Sheen, Tom Brady, Stephen Baldwin, Kirstie Alley, Sarah Palin. Jack Nicholas surprises and disappoints me, but Golf Week published an article that explains Nicklaus being a vocal Republican and no wallflower when it comes to election campaigns.
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