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--- Abraham W Bolden wrote:

> Vince:

>

> I am sure that you are familiar with Bugliosi's

> book that was published in May. Although I have not

> read the book, I have heard and watched a video

> advertising the book at

> http://www.reclaiminghistory.com/.

>

> He is 100% behind the findings of the Warren

> Commission. What do you think of his findings. He

> claims to have proven everything that he contends in

> the book (Also, does he mention your work at all?).

>

> If you get a chance, let me know what you think

> about it. My publisher asked me the same question.

>

> Thanks

>

>

> Abraham W. Bolden, Sr.

Dear Abraham:

Yes, very familiar with Bugliosi's book; in fact, I amreading it now up to page 1112 out of 1612, not including the additional disc clocking in at 954 pages!). I will say this:

1) It is THE best Oswald-did-it book EVER, replacing

the Warren report, Posner, etc. Very well written,

witty, sometimes funny (in a good way), and very

thorough (for the most part);

2) It is the best prosecutor's brief ever (on the

case);

3) It has the best bio of Oswald ever (approx.300

pages, a book in itself);

4) It has the best summary (extremely detailed,

though) of the four dark days in November ever

(approx. 300 pages);

5) The intro. is outstanding;

6) He successfully debunks all the stupid theories and

several prominent authors/ researchers like Mark Lane,

Robert Groden, etc.;

7) At first glance, it is extremely compelling

(especially to the LAYMAN, I am sure), that Oswald

acted alone, as did Ruby;

8) HBO is going to do a 10-part mini-series on the

book;

9) Time magazine just came out with a piece on the

book;

10) It is THE longest and most incredibly researched

book ever on the case (Bugliosi states thta, at a

normal font and including the massive sourcenotes and

endnotes disc), the book would be 13 volumes!!!!;

11) Bugliosi (along with Dale Myers) does prove that

Oswald killed Tippit, that Oswald was a chronic xxxx

and wife beater, and that he couldnt hold a job to

save his life (a loser of sorts), hardly the heroic,

innocent patsy many view him as (i.e. Garrison). It

seems hard to dispute that Oswald was indeed

INVOLVED...

Now, for the "bad" news (for Bugliosi):

a) Bugliosi calmly states (and lists) many of the

Parkland and Bethesda witnesses who stated that JFK

was shot from the front and/ or that the right rear of

the head was missing and/ or the throat wound was an

exit wound, yet doesn't supply a decisive reason to

debunk the majority;

:) Bugliosi states that the majority of the Dealey

Plaza witnesses did indeed believe the shots came from

the grassy knoll, yet dismisses them all by stating

that the evidence from the 6th floor negates them (as

no gun/ bullets were found at the knoll) and that the

witnesses were caught in an echo chamber and, thus,

could not truly state with conviction where the shots

really came from---hmmm...;

c) Bugliosi deals, but not in exhaustive detail (ALL

the witnesses), with the notion of a puff of smoke by

the knoll by dismissing it as exhaust from an

overturned motorcycle...yet doesn't deal with those

who SMELLED GUNPOWDER ON/ NEAR THE KNOLL and, again,

the totality of the witnesses and the specific area(s)

on the knoll they saw the puff of smoke;

d) in a related matter, Bugliosi dismisses the

"hyperbole" of those who said hundreds of footprints

were behind the picket fence, yet Holland, Dodd, and

others ALSO said there was mud on bumper(s) of the car

(s)...and what about the TRUNKS OF THE CARS as a

hiding place????

e) Bugliosi doesn not satisfactorily dismiss the

notion that Ruby was mob connected--a good job, but

not a through,covering-all-the-bases job;

f) NO ONE in the research community is even as

impressed as I am with his book (!), already writing

rebuttals (more to follow, I am sure): SEE VERY BOTTOM

OF E-MAIL FOR REVIEWS SO FAR

Here are the instances he talks about me:

"Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President

John F.

Kennedy" (2007) by Vincent Bugliosi:

Six pages (inc. the Bibliography) in Talbot's fine

book and (book #42-- in) in Bugliosi's new massive

tome (at 14 pages, inc. the Bibliography). Vince was

suprisingly pretty nice to me---oh, don't get me

wrong: he DOES criticize me, but he was far kinder

than I could have ever imagined (esp. compared to

Groden et al); only Aguilar and Tink seem to have

fared better in the

"conspiracy crowd," so to speak. I guess because the

bottom line is this: OSWALD OR NO OSWALD, CONSPIRACY

OR NO

CONSPIRACY, THE SECRET SERVICE FAILED AND JFK WAS

KILLED...which is why ***my*** work holds up, either

way. But, like I said, despite my troubled feelings, I

am still on your side and I haven't converted!!!

pages XV [page 3, endnotes disc] "One should not

confuse the literally thousands of conspiracy

buffs---who, it must be said, here and there have come

up with worthwhile information overlooked by the

authorities, but who desperately want there to be a

conspiracy and are allergic to anthing that points

away from one---with the much smaller number of

assassination researchers, serious students of the

assassination whose primary agenda (though many are

fervently hoping to find a conspiracy) is to ferret

out the truth." Among names such as Paul Hoch, Josiah

Thompson, Drs. Aguilar & Mantik, and Walt Brown: Vince

Palamara.

page146 [source notes disc]: 3 references, including

my work in "Murder In Dealey Plaza", my book, and my

Sept 1997 "Fourth Decade" article

page 403 footnote: credits my letter to Dr. Donald

Seldin (see also the index, page 1599)

page 404: nicely credits my original research on Dr.

William Zedelitz (see also the final page in his book,

page 1612 index)

page 408: credits my letter to Dr. Ronald Coy Jones

page 711 [endnotes disc] "no index or even page

numbers: In 2005, Vincent Palamara put out a revised

edition of his book with page numbers and changed the

title to Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the

Failure to Protect the President."

page 998 footnote: I am one of the select few noted as

one of the "new wave" of researchers and, when

speaking of Fetzer, Bugliosi states that he "wisely

gathered the best technical minds of the conspiracy

community to write scholarly essays in the books that

he edits"...and, as we know, I have TWO chapters in

MIDP [plus favorable mentions in several of the other

essays](and several sentences, here and there, in his

other two books).

pages 1242-1243: mentions my work--- "Only one book I

am aware of, Vince Palamara's "Third Alternative-

Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The JFK

Murder", is devoted solely to the Secret Service's

role in the case. From his EXHAUSTIVE

INVESTIGATION [my emphasis], Palamara ENDS UP FINDING

THE SECRET SERVICE GUILTY OF INCOMPETENCE [my

emphasis], not complicity in the murder. Although

Palamara SEEMS HONEST AND INTELLIGENT [my emphasis---

thanks, Vince

also-of-Italian-heritage-who-has-8-letters-

in-his-last name lol], and his 1993 book IS REASONABLY

WELL RESEACHED [my

emphasis---thanks, again; high praise,

indeed]..."Vince B. goes on to say that my book was

difficult to read and had no page

numbers [again, he recieved a 'special' 1998 'deluxe'

edition, largely a compilation of articles

(shoe-string budget and sacrificed

form for content)...still better than the even-slimmer

1993 version: yuk! (see page 711, above) ]. He lists

some of my areas of contention and ends with "and so

on"...all his criticisms are addressed and refuted, in

detail, in my ***2005*** book. Also, among several

former Secret Service agents who AGREE with my take on

the bubbletop, another can now be added to the list:

William Carter ["I assume your theory on the bubbletop

was that had it been on the car it was not bullet

proof. True, however, I contend at the angle of the

shot it would have altered the course of the bullet...

I did the advance with Win Lawson in Little Rock 6

weeks prior to Dallas and I had complete confidence in

him and considered him one of our best

agents."---4/6/07 e-mail from Carter to Palamara]

Vince B. then writes: "Palamara, moving almost

exclusively in the world of conspiracy

theorists...PROCEEDED REASONALY WELL IN HIS

ASSASSINATION RESEARCH [my emphasis; again, thanks,

Vince; I am a saint compared to what he thinks of

Groden, Horne, Lifton et al LOL]..." then mentions

SAIC of the Miami office John Marshall [former WHD

agent, friend of Floyd Boring since PA State Trooper

days!] STATEMENT TO THE HSCA THAT, FOR ALL HE KNEW,

SOMEONE IN THE SECRET SERVICE COULD HAVE BEEN INVOLVED

[AS I DULY NOTE IN MY WORK]!!!! Vince B.'s

conclusion????---

"Could have, schmood have."---?!?!?!

So, needless to say, I am delighted with my

treatment.(IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

page 1276: (rightly) criticizes my lack of specific

source for walkie- talkie statement, a hazard of the

original, inferior 1993

Kinko's self- published Cliff Notes version (although

Bugliosi had a SLIGHTLY better "deluxe"--for the time

[1998]---version to work with, which he called Andy

and purchased by request, much to my bemused delight

back then lol)...THE SOURCE IS "CROSSFIRE", PAGE 250,

since noted from 2000 onward [bugliosi DOES note, on

page 711 of his source note disc, that I came out with

a page-numbered [!!!], updated version of my book--

with different title---in 2005];

page 1529 (Bibliography): lists my book

page1592 (index)-me

page 1603 (index)---one title of my book

page 1604 (index)---other title of my book

Also:

page 59 note: while buying the 'official' notion that

JFK ordered the agents off the car [!], Bugliosi notes

"the agent standing on the

RIGHT REAR [his emphasis] step would have blocked

Oswald's sight on Kennedy's head," once again proving

my point

His small Secret Service chapter (pages 1239-1247)---

page 1241:

offers the caveat "even if it could be shown that the

Secret Service WAS [my emphasis] responsible for

selection of

luncheon site and motorcade route," what would be

their motive?---see my work

vince palamara

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Palamara

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--- Abraham W Bolden wrote:

> Vince:

>

> I am sure that you are familiar with Bugliosi's

> book that was published in May. Although I have not

> read the book, I have heard and watched a video

> advertising the book at

> http://www.reclaiminghistory.com/.

>

> He is 100% behind the findings of the Warren

> Commission. What do you think of his findings. He

> claims to have proven everything that he contends in

> the book (Also, does he mention your work at all?).

>

> If you get a chance, let me know what you think

> about it. My publisher asked me the same question.

>

> Thanks

>

>

> Abraham W. Bolden, Sr.

Dear Abraham:

Yes, very familiar with Bugliosi's book; in fact, I amreading it now up to page 1112 out of 1612, not including the additional disc clocking in at 954 pages!). I will say this:

1) It is THE best Oswald-did-it book EVER, replacing

the Warren report, Posner, etc. Very well written,

witty, sometimes funny (in a good way), and very

thorough (for the most part);

2) It is the best prosecutor's brief ever (on the

case);

3) It has the best bio of Oswald ever (approx.300

pages, a book in itself);

4) It has the best summary (extremely detailed,

though) of the four dark days in November ever

(approx. 300 pages);

5) The intro. is outstanding;

6) He successfully debunks all the stupid theories and

several prominent authors/ researchers like Mark Lane,

Robert Groden, etc.;

7) At first glance, it is extremely compelling

(especially to the LAYMAN, I am sure), that Oswald

acted alone, as did Ruby;

8) HBO is going to do a 10-part mini-series on the

book;

9) Time magazine just came out with a piece on the

book;

10) It is THE longest and most incredibly researched

book ever on the case (Bugliosi states thta, at a

normal font and including the massive sourcenotes and

endnotes disc), the book would be 13 volumes!!!!;

11) Bugliosi (along with Dale Myers) does prove that

Oswald killed Tippit, that Oswald was a chronic xxxx

and wife beater, and that he couldnt hold a job to

save his life (a loser of sorts), hardly the heroic,

innocent patsy many view him as (i.e. Garrison). It

seems hard to dispute that Oswald was indeed

INVOLVED...

Now, for the "bad" news (for Bugliosi):

a) Bugliosi calmly states (and lists) many of the

Parkland and Bethesda witnesses who stated that JFK

was shot from the front and/ or that the right rear of

the head was missing and/ or the throat wound was an

exit wound, yet doesn't supply a decisive reason to

debunk the majority;

:) Bugliosi states that the majority of the Dealey

Plaza witnesses did indeed believe the shots came from

the grassy knoll, yet dismisses them all by stating

that the evidence from the 6th floor negates them (as

no gun/ bullets were found at the knoll) and that the

witnesses were caught in an echo chamber and, thus,

could not truly state with conviction where the shots

really came from---hmmm...;

c) Bugliosi deals, but not in exhaustive detail (ALL

the witnesses), with the notion of a puff of smoke by

the knoll by dismissing it as exhaust from an

overturned motorcycle...yet doesn't deal with those

who SMELLED GUNPOWDER ON/ NEAR THE KNOLL and, again,

the totality of the witnesses and the specific area(s)

on the knoll they saw the puff of smoke;

d) in a related matter, Bugliosi dismisses the

"hyperbole" of those who said hundreds of footprints

were behind the picket fence, yet Holland, Dodd, and

others ALSO said there was mud on bumper(s) of the car

(s)...and what about the TRUNKS OF THE CARS as a

hiding place????

e) Bugliosi doesn not satisfactorily dismiss the

notion that Ruby was mob connected--a good job, but

not a through,covering-all-the-bases job;

f) NO ONE in the research community is even as

impressed as I am with his book (!), already writing

rebuttals (more to follow, I am sure): SEE VERY BOTTOM

OF E-MAIL FOR REVIEWS SO FAR

Here are the instances he talks about me:

"Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President

John F.

Kennedy" (2007) by Vincent Bugliosi:

Six pages (inc. the Bibliography) in Talbot's fine

book and (book #42-- in) in Bugliosi's new massive

tome (at 14 pages, inc. the Bibliography). Vince was

suprisingly pretty nice to me---oh, don't get me

wrong: he DOES criticize me, but he was far kinder

than I could have ever imagined (esp. compared to

Groden et al); only Aguilar and Tink seem to have

fared better in the

"conspiracy crowd," so to speak. I guess because the

bottom line is this: OSWALD OR NO OSWALD, CONSPIRACY

OR NO

CONSPIRACY, THE SECRET SERVICE FAILED AND JFK WAS

KILLED...which is why ***my*** work holds up, either

way. But, like I said, despite my troubled feelings, I

am still on your side and I haven't converted!!!

pages XV [page 3, endnotes disc] "One should not

confuse the literally thousands of conspiracy

buffs---who, it must be said, here and there have come

up with worthwhile information overlooked by the

authorities, but who desperately want there to be a

conspiracy and are allergic to anthing that points

away from one---with the much smaller number of

assassination researchers, serious students of the

assassination whose primary agenda (though many are

fervently hoping to find a conspiracy) is to ferret

out the truth." Among names such as Paul Hoch, Josiah

Thompson, Drs. Aguilar & Mantik, and Walt Brown: Vince

Palamara.

page146 [source notes disc]: 3 references, including

my work in "Murder In Dealey Plaza", my book, and my

Sept 1997 "Fourth Decade" article

page 403 footnote: credits my letter to Dr. Donald

Seldin (see also the index, page 1599)

page 404: nicely credits my original research on Dr.

William Zedelitz (see also the final page in his book,

page 1612 index)

page 408: credits my letter to Dr. Ronald Coy Jones

page 711 [endnotes disc] "no index or even page

numbers: In 2005, Vincent Palamara put out a revised

edition of his book with page numbers and changed the

title to Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the

Failure to Protect the President."

page 998 footnote: I am one of the select few noted as

one of the "new wave" of researchers and, when

speaking of Fetzer, Bugliosi states that he "wisely

gathered the best technical minds of the conspiracy

community to write scholarly essays in the books that

he edits"...and, as we know, I have TWO chapters in

MIDP [plus favorable mentions in several of the other

essays](and several sentences, here and there, in his

other two books).

pages 1242-1243: mentions my work--- "Only one book I

am aware of, Vince Palamara's "Third Alternative-

Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The JFK

Murder", is devoted solely to the Secret Service's

role in the case. From his EXHAUSTIVE

INVESTIGATION [my emphasis], Palamara ENDS UP FINDING

THE SECRET SERVICE GUILTY OF INCOMPETENCE [my

emphasis], not complicity in the murder. Although

Palamara SEEMS HONEST AND INTELLIGENT [my emphasis---

thanks, Vince

also-of-Italian-heritage-who-has-8-letters-

in-his-last name lol], and his 1993 book IS REASONABLY

WELL RESEACHED [my

emphasis---thanks, again; high praise,

indeed]..."Vince B. goes on to say that my book was

difficult to read and had no page

numbers [again, he recieved a 'special' 1998 'deluxe'

edition, largely a compilation of articles

(shoe-string budget and sacrificed

form for content)...still better than the even-slimmer

1993 version: yuk! (see page 711, above) ]. He lists

some of my areas of contention and ends with "and so

on"...all his criticisms are addressed and refuted, in

detail, in my ***2005*** book. Also, among several

former Secret Service agents who AGREE with my take on

the bubbletop, another can now be added to the list:

William Carter ["I assume your theory on the bubbletop

was that had it been on the car it was not bullet

proof. True, however, I contend at the angle of the

shot it would have altered the course of the bullet...

I did the advance with Win Lawson in Little Rock 6

weeks prior to Dallas and I had complete confidence in

him and considered him one of our best

agents."---4/6/07 e-mail from Carter to Palamara]

Vince B. then writes: "Palamara, moving almost

exclusively in the world of conspiracy

theorists...PROCEEDED REASONALY WELL IN HIS

ASSASSINATION RESEARCH [my emphasis; again, thanks,

Vince; I am a saint compared to what he thinks of

Groden, Horne, Lifton et al LOL]..." then mentions

SAIC of the Miami office John Marshall [former WHD

agent, friend of Floyd Boring since PA State Trooper

days!] STATEMENT TO THE HSCA THAT, FOR ALL HE KNEW,

SOMEONE IN THE SECRET SERVICE COULD HAVE BEEN INVOLVED

[AS I DULY NOTE IN MY WORK]!!!! Vince B.'s

conclusion????---

"Could have, schmood have."---?!?!?!

So, needless to say, I am delighted with my

treatment.(IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

page 1276: (rightly) criticizes my lack of specific

source for walkie- talkie statement, a hazard of the

original, inferior 1993

Kinko's self- published Cliff Notes version (although

Bugliosi had a SLIGHTLY better "deluxe"--for the time

[1998]---version to work with, which he called Andy

and purchased by request, much to my bemused delight

back then lol)...THE SOURCE IS "CROSSFIRE", PAGE 250,

since noted from 2000 onward [bugliosi DOES note, on

page 711 of his source note disc, that I came out with

a page-numbered [!!!], updated version of my book--

with different title---in 2005];

page 1529 (Bibliography): lists my book

page1592 (index)-me

page 1603 (index)---one title of my book

page 1604 (index)---other title of my book

Also:

page 59 note: while buying the 'official' notion that

JFK ordered the agents off the car [!], Bugliosi notes

"the agent standing on the

RIGHT REAR [his emphasis] step would have blocked

Oswald's sight on Kennedy's head," once again proving

my point

His small Secret Service chapter (pages 1239-1247)---

page 1241:

offers the caveat "even if it could be shown that the

Secret Service WAS [my emphasis] responsible for

selection of

luncheon site and motorcade route," what would be

their motive?---see my work

vince palamara

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Palamara

Vince, As an active researcher it would be illogical for me to read Bugliosi's tome, I will save that very important job, [no sarcasm intended] to those who have the expertise to do so.....

But.....taking a look at the big picture, The Achilles Heel in any "Oswald did it" scenario, is that nobody can place Lee Oswald on the sixth floor when the shots were fired; Howard Brennan was eventually exposed as not being able to factually ID Ozzie as he described the all too important "sequence of events", and there is also the inconvenient truth that even if he had been, he [Oswald] would have had to pass Victoria Adams and Sandra Styles going down the stairs, in the very critical "sequence of events" in the immediate seconds after the shots were fired.

If that can't be established beyond a shadow of a doubt, the whole packaged story is built on quicksand, is it not? Unless of course, Oswald was beamed down before Baker and Truly saw him.

Posner and Fuhrman make the alleged FACT that Oswald was indeed at the window, the very warp and woof of their hack job's.

So, no doubt Bugliosi did too, isn't that, what's the word I'm looking for a WEAKNESS.. in the 3 tome's of their respective Verdict's of History..?

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