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One person who is rarely mentioned in the history of the case is Lawrence Schiller. We know he works with Norman Mailer and has been mentioned in files as a chronic FBI informer. What is the full story about this man in the history of this case? Why would Schiller tell on the FBI a lot?

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One person who is rarely mentioned in the history of the case is Lawrence Schiller. We know he works with Norman Mailer and has been mentioned in files as a chronic FBI informer. What is the full story about this man in the history of this case? Why would Schiller tell on the FBI a lot?

Without having met the man, what ever side he's on, count me on the other.

BK

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I seem to recall that in the mid 1970's, Esquire Magazine was planning a publication that allegedly named a second gunman in the JFK assassination.

Schiller came out with all guns blazing trying to derail the story with information supposedly from the FBI which said this man had been interviewed and that he had an air-tight alibi.

Does anyone know anything about this story?

A piece on Schiller below.

James

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In his book A Citizen's Dissent, Mark Lane describes how he was approached by two representatives from Capitol Records, Richard Lewis and Lawrence Schiller. They told Lane that they were producing a documentary record that would "not take sides and permit the critics and defenders to present their views." They asked Lane if he would be willing to donate his portion of the royalties to the John F Kennedy Memorial Library. Lane wanted assurance that the Library would accept the offer.

Lane goes on to recount how the record, entitled "The Controversy," was nothing more than a defense brief for the Warren Report. It was adapted into a long article called simply "The Scavengers" in the World Journal Tribune. Less than three months later, Dell published The Scavengers and Critics of the Warren Report. Lane goes into detail about the inaccuracies and deficiencies of Lewis and Schiller's work and offers his take on the whole affair. He writes:

"...Schiller never disclosed the fact that he was Jack Ruby's business agent and that he had kept a substantial portion of the income derived from the sale of Ruby's final story to the press. Under the circumstances, one might have thought that the word "scavenger" might have been more sparingly employed by Schiller and Lewis."

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Anything else to add about Schiller? He sounds like a scavenger and a good old-fashioned opportunist.

Wikipedia:

Lawrence Schiller was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, and grew up outside of San Diego, California. After graduating from Pepperdine College, he went to work for Life Magazine and the Saturday Evening

Post as a photojournalist. He published his first book, LSD, in 1966. Since then he has published eleven books, including W. Eugene Smith's Minamata and Norman Mailer's Marilyn. He collaborated with

Albert Goldman on Ladies and Gentleman, Lenny Bruce and with Norman Mailer on The Executioner's Song and Oswald's Tale. He had directed seven motion pictures and miniseries for television; The

Executioner's Song and Peter the Great won five Emmys.

Mr. Schiller is a consultant to NBC news and has recently written for The New Yorker and George magazine.

From 1996 through 2002, Mr. Schiller published four books that became national bestsellers: American Tragedy, October 1996; Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, February, 1999; Into the Mirror, April 2002

and Cape May Court House, September, 2002, all made the New York Times Bestseller list. American Tragedy, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town and Into the Mirror were made into television mini-series for

CBS. Mr. Schiller produced and directed each of the motion pictures.

His previous motion pictures are: Double Jeopardy (Producer/Director); The Plot to Kill Hitler (Director); Margaret Bourke-White (Producer/Director); The Executioner's Song, 2 Emmy Awards, (Producer

Director); Peter the Great, 3 Emmy Awards, (Executive Producer/Director); Murder: By Reason of Insanity (Producer); Her Life As a Man (Producer); The Patricia Neal Story, 1 Emmy Award, (Producer);

Child Bride of Short Creek (Co-Producer); Marilyn, The Untold Story, 1 Emmy Award, (Producer/Co-Director); The Winds of Kitty Hawk (Producer); Hey, I'm Alive (Producer/Director); The Trial of Lee

Harvey Oswald (Producer); The Man Who Skied Down Everest, (USA Director).

Previous books as author or in collaboration with: Oswald's Tale, An American Mystery by Norman Mailer; I Want to Tell You by O.J. Simpson; The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer; Ladies and

Gentlemen, Lenny Bruce by Albert Goldman and Lawrence Schiller; LSD by Richard Albert, Sidney Cohen and Lawrence Schiller.

Previous books produced: Marilyn by Norman Mailer; Sunshine by Norma Klein; Minamata by W. Eugene Smith; Muhammad Ali by Wilfrid Sheed; The Faith of Graffiti by Norman Mailer; Masters of

Contemporary Photography book series.

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Actually, if anyone could pry Schiller's JFK assassination investigatory materials from him, it would probably be quite revealing. For all his anti-conspiracism, his behind-the-scenes work on the Garrison case, from what little has been revealed, apparently supported aspects of Garrison's case. He apparently did not share that information with Garrison but Schiller's FBI reports seem to substantiate, among other things, that Shaw was Bertrand.

Someone want to try and attempt to run him down?

-Stu

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Schiller was one of the earliest to shoot "reconstruction" photos of the

backyard photos. I have a copy somewhere in my files.

His participation in the OJ affair is also interesting. As I recall, he gained

OJ's confidence with false promises, then wrote a book against him. My

opinion...he is a scavenger, looking for SENSATION FOR PROFIT, not the

truth.

Jack

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Speaking of O.J., Donald Freed's Killing Time is a must-read analysis of the case.

Agreed. But William Dear's "OJ Is Guilty But Not of Murder" is likely closer to the

truth. Having followed the case in extreme detail, I believe OJ is covering for

son Jason...the only logical suspect.

I once had the opportunity to talk to Alan Dershowitz about the trial and told him

my theory. He replied, "Interesting. You know he is the only suspect without an alibi."

Jack

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They should put Schiller's photo alongside the dictionary definition of "sensationalist." From his despicable work on the "Scavengers" book, to Gary Gilmore, Jon Benet Ramsey and O.J., this parasite has managed to inject himself into most of the sensational murder cases in modern history. Imho, he's the print version of Geraldo. As was mentioned in an earlier post, it's a good rule of thumb to consider what Schiller's view is on any given issue, and then take the opposite position.

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I recall hearing that Schiller was supposedly the intellectual author of the Warren Report. Let me try to confirm where I heard this from. Also, his name rings a bell with something to do with Operation Paperclip.

Don't mean to leave you all hanging. I'll get sources.

John

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