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  1. Ron You have hit upon a question that has plagued philosophers for many years (i.e. must there be a cause for every effect?). Philosophers will argue that there is no way to answer the question unless we have a context to judge what is to count as a "cause" ... events that are judged to have no cause in one context, might be judged to have one in another. Causality is therefore an abstraction that indicates how the world progresses, so basic a concept that it is more apt as an explanation of other concepts of progression than as something to be explained by others more basic. They anal
  2. Thanks John ... when I read the inference that third-party cutouts are routinely used in big money real estate deals, I immediately thought of the Disney story. What I had forgotten is that one Paul Helliwell ( a CIA name that figures in the JFK story) was the project manager. If I'm not mistaken, Larry Hancock mentions him as a person of interest. Then there are the ironic actions of Walt Disney on the same day as JFK is being ambushed. Last, the mysterious note left by Walt which mentions a child actor named Mobley and a potential CIA production story (perhaps Phoenix?). You just can'
  3. When I think of someone who worked for both FBI and CIA, William Harvey comes immediately to mind.
  4. John and Robert Mysterious shareholder behavior in a large real estate purchase is how Walt Disney purchased the Florida land for his Orlando theme park. He created fake companies (e.g. M. T. Lot Real Estate) to buy the land in Orlando, in order to avoid suspicion and maintain prices low. As the story goes, the store names on Disneyland Main Street shop windows are the many names of those original (fake) companies. A December 2013 article by Derek Potter in "Theme Park Insider" describes a five-year search for a site, secret land dealings, questionable business tactics, controversial pol
  5. Thanks Rick ... excellent pictures. of all the possible locations, this one seems to be ideal for ingress/egress. And that would be a priority for any sniper or shooter team.
  6. Ron I think the ability to escape is an essential consideration ... and the South Knoll shot origin and terminal Annex parking lot are ideal in that regard. We've discussed the pros/cons of this South Knoll location before, in an October 2018 Umbrella Man EF thread. Various knowledgeable posters have previously suggested that the emphasis on Zapruder, the Grassy Knoll fence and the Bookstore Depository are red herrings. The main sniper was forward and to the left .... and escaped unnoticed. The South Knoll location invokes controversies such as the hole in the windshield, the throat
  7. Yes ... but there's some speculation that one shot may've been distant. Range/wind and other variables aside, the main point I was struck by in researching sniper tactics is that the site is chosen with egress in mind ... the shooters want to escape, and they don't go it alone. They scout or plan the shot (in advance), use well-camouflaged Plan B fallback positions, and they must know somehow that the target is on the way. I think these considerations provide clues as to where the Dealey shots originated from, and how the shooter teams were organized.
  8. Rick I had friends in Dealey Plaza two weekends ago and took similar pictures. The overall smallness of the site, and the close proximity (to the limousine in the street) with all the potential/proposed shooter locations is a strong and lasting first impression. Up high, on that 6th TSBD floor, is the least likely location. All that I've ever read - from experts/knowledgeable snipers - convinces me of that. The spotter is the unsung hero of the sniper pair. While the shooter sets elevation and windage on the gun and fires good shots, the spotter’s job is far more involved. Typically,
  9. Recall that Carl McNabb (former CIA JM/WAVE) stated that McCord had the nickname “Zap Man” and that he had allegedly killed Hoover. There exists a released JM/WAVE file with the notation "Zap Man" ... when asked what that meant, McNabb said that an officer told him this was the term given to Richard Helm's private assassin. Annville is a pretty little rural Pennsylvania town (population 5,000) in Mennonite farm country, not far from Hershey and Harrisburg, and is home to Lebanon Valley College. The NCAA Division III school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is nicknamed "
  10. Jim/Andrew I think there are links to Harold Meltzer (Cohen's enforcer) and drug running in Mexico and Cuba. I'm no expert on the mob, but it seems those connections have been established. There is a September EF thread about Ruby in which Chris Newton offers the following opinion: I think Jack "Sparky" Rubenstein was Mickey Cohen's guy in Dallas. That may be partially born out by his interest in Mickey Cohen's girl, Candy Barr. In 1963 Mickey was just starting his 2nd year at Alcatraz and Candy had just gotten out on parole. Mickey had previously worked for Capone in Chicago and i
  11. Candy Barr was an exotic dancer whose hardscrabble life became Texas legend as she befriended Jack Ruby, dated a mobster, shot her husband went to prison for drug possession, and starred - unwillingly, she insisted - in a famous stag film. Abe Weinstein's Colony Club in downtown Dallas, a few blocks from City Hall, was the scene of Miss Barr's nightly triumphs. Outfitted in her trademark Texas costume -- 10-gallon hat and cowboy boots, pasties and "scanty panties" -- and waving cap-gun six-shooters, she gave them a show they wouldn't soon forget. She became a Texas folk hero. A friend of Dall
  12. Not sure how accurate the comment is about jack Ruby ... but its in "Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster" by Brad Lewis. Ruby is under-researched and deserving of a serious study. The subjects of Nixon and Maheu surface regularly, when you dig into Bobby Kennedy's murder. I'm of a mind (and generation) that Richard Nixon burns in a special place in Hell
  13. John I thought that was where I read it, but when I went back I couldn't find reference to it. This makes sense, since the Ambassador was a hangout for the iconic mobster Mickey Cohen in the late 1940's and 1950's, who infamously ran a gambling operation (a high-stakes crap game) in the hotel. The Ambassador was owned by Myer Schine, an associate of Cohen, who also owned the Gulf Stream Hotel on Miami Beach where Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson spent their annual Christmas holiday ... on the house (see attached picture). Schine's grandson - James Schine Crown - was President of defense c
  14. Jim Much of what I learn about the case derives from your reviews. The casual reader might otherwise be fooled by the amount of spin and disinformation that exists with the JFK story. Much of it its written in a devious and skillful manner, so as to have the ring of authenticity ... particularly the work of critics like Gus Russo, Phillip Shenon and Max Holland, and mainstream authors like Edward Epstein and Anthony Summers. Then there are the more blatant sources like Dave Perry, Dale Meyers, Patricia Lambert and Gerald Posner. Although I'm inclined to like and believe in certain aut
  15. Ron Somewhere (can't find it now) I read that Harold Meltzer had an office in and worked out of the Ambassador Hotel at one time. His involvement in LA organized crime is legendary, and goes back to the 1940's and 1950's, as Mickey Cohen's enforcer (see picture below). He was involved in importing heroin from Mexico and Cuba (see D. Valentine's "Strength of the Wolf") and was mentioned as a 'CIA assassin' in December 1960 (see FBN book "The Mafia"). He also was involved with Johnny Rosselli, and some of the gangsters who ultimately betrayed Rosselli by fingering him as an illegal alien.
  16. David There is a previous December 2015 thread started by Don Jeffries about teaching a course on the JFK assassination, with some good ideas. I am an adjunct at a local university, and have thought about how I would structure a one-semester overview course. There have also been separate EF threads that address the question "what is the one single compelling fact of this case that sticks out and convinces you of conspiracy?" That answer (or list) is different for many readers, but there are a finite number of things that certainly stick out. In developing a syllabus and course outline,
  17. Gary Your excellent work on Tippit inspired me to dig further into the anomalies associated with his murder. The Tippit story is for me the true Rosetta Stone (but not in the sense that Wesley Liebeler meant) which points clearly/brightly to treachery by a larger group in the President's death. I know there are many other subplots, loose ends, and things that don't fit together ... but the Tippit story is one that I simply can't turn away from. I'm sure your work on Connally meets the same standard for excellence. Volume notwithstanding, one aspect that I believe keeps many from diggi
  18. Micah I don't know much about Ms. Molina, but she is a respected Los Angeles politician, who was forced out in 2014 by term limits. She was the first Latina elected to the legislature in 1982, and a legend amongst the Hispanic community. She was described as "taking on the old boys network" and was later elected to the Los Angeles City Council. A Mexican-American who was a hero and role model for a generation of Latino political activists, Molina was also a feminist champion embraced by NOW (and Gloria Steinem). I'm not sure what happened with the bookkeeping irregularities charged aga
  19. What is more appalling (insult to injury) is that the "authorities" let this travesty go unchallenged ... and even today, there's little interest in following through with it. I'm guessing that no DA in their right mind would want to resurface any of this - then or now - as there's too much to overcome, and too much to lose. Too much power controlling the legal system, investigatory bodies, and media. No wonder that Sandra Serrano doesn't want to give interviews anymore. In 1990, Serrano-Sewell was charged with embezzling $9,800 from a councilwoman’s campaign funds. An AP story state
  20. Manuel Pena has connections to both the JFK and RFK murders. It was Pena who traced Oswald's telescopic sight to a California gun shop. After the assassination, Senator Dodd helped a Senate Internal Security Subcommittee publish a story that Oswald bad been trained at a KGB assassination school in Minsk. Two mail-order houses were the center points from which Oswald ordered his Smith and Wesson .38 revolver (Seaport Traders of Los Angeles) and his Mannlicher-Carcano rifle (Klein's of Chicago). Oswald ordered his pistol two days before Senator Christopher Dodd's subcommittee began hearings in
  21. Adrian I once had a very wise boss who said "its not the answers we get wrong, its the questions that we ask". There are a handful of specific stories or subplots to the assassination that are particularly insightful and worth digging into (imho) - questions, if you will. All of these topics have a wealth of information available (and some obvious disinformation too, which is itself telling) from a wealth excellent research in the last 50 years. From these topics, you will get a very good sense of what the right questions are to ask: What happened in Mexico City at the end of Sept
  22. Further comment on Lisa's book, specifically the polka dot girl mystery: Lisa does a good job establishing that there were many operatives at play, as well as elaborating upon the mind control aspect of Sirhan's manipulation. There were at least 4-5 people observed with "polka dots" ... on ties, scarves, and most famously dresses. This is suggested as both a trigger mechanism for Sirhan's controlled state, and an identification signal amongst the operatives. There are several candidates for the Polka Dot girl - it seems there was more than just one at play - and there were many wit
  23. If you read Lisa's book closely (including the preface), she describes the entire operation as a magic act ... classic deception by a large team of operatives. The entire "show" was rigged - ACE Security, Hotel Security (Gardner, Murphy), LAPD (Pena, Hernandez, et al), the District Attorney and prosecutors (read Evelle Younger's biography, to understand how the autopsy photos ended up in Angleton's safe), the Crime Lab (Wolfer), Sirhan's so-called "defense" team (Cooper, Kaiser, et al), the US Attorney (William Byrne, Jr., later proposed as FBI Director and nominated to the federal bench by Pr
  24. Marshall Houts was interesting in his own right. He was an FBI agent, OSS operative, lawyer, judge, professor and author of 44 books, including "Where Death Delights," on which the "Quincy, M.E." television series was based. He created Trauma magazine in 1959, a medical journal for emergency room physicians, which he edited until his death. Houts became an undercover FBI agent in Brazil and Cuba, then quit the FBI to join the OSS in the middle of World War II because "things were getting pretty quiet." During his OSS service, he parachuted into the Japanese-held island of Macao (near Hong Kon
  25. Ron: thanks for your compliment. My summary is simply a collection of past work by many excellent researchers, whose shoulders we ride upon. I simply organized a set of key points. David: I'm not well versed in film production, so the importance of edge markings was a bit lost on me. They seem akin to fingerprints, which can be traced back to the original film production or the processing lab. I presume the 0183 identification refers to the initial processing in Dallas. Later in Zavada's report, there are sections identified without that ID number (and some with an ID of 0184) which
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