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Gary Severson:

.....The likelihood of an Oswald legend building process at work in North Dakota seems more plausible than ever before. The function of this LHO legend could have been to serve as a cover leading up to an assassination attempt on JFK during his visit to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks on Wednesday morning, September 25th 1963.

In 1995 the ARRB requested the trip planning documents for the Conservation Tour of 1963. Shortly after the request was made the Secret Service had those documents destroyed.[31] On September 25,1963, upon the arrival of the JFK entourage in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for an overnight stay, the decision was made to extend the upcoming Texas trip to two days.[32] Could this decision have been a reaction to the fact that the window of opportunity for killing JFK had passed in the previous 24 hours? Were other arrangements now needed? Only the September 20 arrest in El Paso, Texas, of C.I.A. double agent Richard Case Nagell may have prevented the killing of JFK at UND, the alma mater of Life Magazine executive Edward K. Thompson. Two months later the plotters succeeded in Dallas.

31 . Palamara, Vince, email to author, Sept. 2000

32. Palamara, Vince, Texas trip plan posted on JFKresearch.com, Sept. 2000.

Three Gunshots At Life

by Gary Severson

Do three gunshots in a 1967 retirement film of a Life Magazine executive hold a clue to the J.F.K. assassination? Do these shots indicate executives at Life Magazine engaged in cover-up activities in the assassination of J.F.K. in the weeks and months following his murder? What were some of the other events in the record that would lead one to consider collusion by Life executives in the cover-up?

In previous articles dealing with the possible connection of Oswald to North Dakota, it was suggested that the possibility existed of an attempt on JFK's life during the Conservation Tour of 1963. [1] This scenario was explained by Richard Case Nagell, the double agent described in Dick Russell's book The Man Who Knew Too Much Nagell had uncovered a plot in New Orleans that included a September 24-29,1963 attempt on JFK. Nagell didn't seem to know this was the time frame for the JFK Conservation Tour which included stops in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana on the 24th and 25th of September 1963. Nagell had himself arrested on September 20, 1963 in El Paso, Texas, in a fake bank robbery. He believed this arrest would not only protect him from the conspirators, but would derail the planned September 24-29 assassination attempt. [2]

In July 2000,1 interviewed Lee Eitongon Thompson, widow and second wife of Edward K. Thompson. He was the managing editor of Life magazine from 1949 to 1961. He was promoted to editor from 1961-67 when he retired and became, as he put it, the inventor of the Smithsonian magazine. Thompson said he didn't invent Life Magazine that was Henry Luce. But he did invent the Smithsonian and the confidential W.W.II U.S. Air Force intelligence journal Impact As head of SHAEF's air force intelligence division he was in charge of Impact from 1942-44 while on leave from Life where he had been employed since 1939. During 1944-5 Thompson was reassigned to the War Department's G-2 Special Branch where he worked with the British Ultra intell unit interpreting decoded messages intercepted from the German Enigma coding machine.

Edward T. Thompson owned a dry goods business in St. Thomas, North Dakota and became the local banker in 1888. [3] Edward K. Thompson, his son, was born in St. Thomas in 1907. Acquaintances noticed the unusual ability of four-year old Edward to identify great artists and paintings in books his mother spent hours viewing with him. [4] His childhood was spent in this village 60 miles north of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The passenger train that traveled between Grand Forks and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada brought the Minneapolis and Grand Forks newspapers to this village of 300 people each day. This provided a window on the world for young Thompson. His father was also able to take the family to Europe and around the U.S., so even though this was a very isolated spot in America, Edward had experiences that were fairly exotic for someone growing up in the first two decades of the20th century. [5]

Thompson finished high school at age 15 in 1923 and moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota with his mother at 16 to begin college at the University of North Dakota. At the time, Grand Forks was a city of only about 15,000 people, but Thompson later remarked in his autobiography that he was more impressed by his first experiences in Grand Forks than when he moved on to Milwaukee and New York City. [6] During his undergraduate days at UND, he became the editor of the Dakota Student newspaper his senior year. The Student was a daily in those days. Thompson had to ride a trolley a few miles each day from the campus to downtown Grand Forks, then cross the river to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, to deliver the newspa- per copy to be printed and then catch the last nighttime trolley back to campus. [7] East Grand Forks in the 1920's was the center of area nightlife because the North Dakota side of the Red River had been under liquor prohibition since 1895 and Minnesota wasn't. EGF was considered sin city and was actually called "Little Chicago". [8]

Before his editorship of the student newspaper was over, he had gotten in hot water with the local Ku Klux Klan. The Klan had won electoral control over the Grand Forks school board and city council from 1924-1928. Thompson was called on the carpet by UND's president because a writer on the Dakota Student had insulted the local Presbyterian minister, a Reverend Wesley Ambrose, the Klan leader. Of course, the Klan's bias was directed against the fairly large Catholic and Jewish communities in Grand Forks. Rev. Ambrose and the Klan were instrumental in the defeat of the the local politician and candidate for governor J.F.T. O'Conner. O'Conner went on to become Controller of the Currency under F.D.R. In any case, the young writer under Thomspon's editorship "fessed" up to the inflammatory comments in the student newspaper and got young Thompson off the hook.
[9]
Thompson graduated from UND with a degree in journalism in 1927. Thompson married Marguerite Maxam from Montana in 1928. His first of two sons, Edward T. was born that year. This son later went on to become the editor of
Reader's Digest
and was instrumental, according to author Henry Hurt, in getting
Reasonable Doubt
published in 1985. Hurt's book about the Kennedy assassination in fact is dedicated to Thompson's son, Edward T. Thompson.
[10]

Thompson and his new family moved to Milwaukee where one of his UND journalism professors had connections at the
Milwaukee Journal
Thompson worked at the Journal from 1929 to 1937 and also was a stringer for
Time Magazine
during that period. He was very ambitious and always was looking for advancement in his profession. He became the picture page editor at the Journal in 1933. He was the first journalist to start using pictures on a large scale in newspapers. Thompson came to the attention of Henry Luce at
Time Magazine
who was thinking of starting a national picture magazine, which in fact became
Life Magazine
. Thompson developed the procedure for creating seamless composite photos. He would bevel the edges of pictures with sandpaper to achieve this seamlessness.
[11]

The first issue of Life was, according to Thompson, a fairly crude example of photo journalism, and he knew he could do just what the new Life Magazine needed in the way of photo editing. Henry Luce hired this ex-North Dakotan away from the
Milwaukee Journal
for a hefty pay raise in 1937. Thompson became assistant picture editor under Wilson Hicks at Life. Coincidentally Henry Luce's father, a missionary in China, had raised the young Luce with tales of Teddy Roosevelt and his adventures on his ranch in western North Dakota around the turn of the century. Obviously, Luce would have been impressed by someone from North Dakota, especially someone who could do magic with pictures.
[12]

Thompson's boyhood fascination with photos of great artworks finally paid off. His second wife Lee Thompson told this author it was truly amazing to watch him choose just the right picture for an issue of
Life Magazine
. He personally managed the production of approximately 600 issues of Life between 1949 and 1961. Mrs. Thompson worked as his assistant in the photo section of Life according to David Cort. Most of her career was spent as a reporter with Time Magazine at one time stationed in the Paris bureau.
[13]

Thompson had divorced his first wife M. Maxam, in May of 1963, then he married Lee Fitongon. Her father had been an "international -capitalist imprisoned by the Bolsheviks in 1917. He bought his way out of a Moscow prison and emigrated to the U.S." where Lee was born in 1921.
[14]
Interestingly, David Cort, a disgruntled
Life
journalist, referred to her as a communist fellow traveler in his book The Sin of Henry R Luce
[15]
According to Thompson, Henry Luce did tolerate a communist cell within the employee group at Life Thompson said Luce didn't care what your ideology was as long as you didn't vote communist.
[16]

During Thompson's absence from Life from 1941 - 45, he worked as the head of SHAEF's air force intelligence division where General Eisenhower was presiding. At the same time C.D. Jackson, the publisher of Life under Luce, was involved in intelligence operations in the European theater. It seems likely that Jackson and Thompson would have crossed paths in Europe. They did, of course, as colleagues at Life
[17]

During my six-hour interview with Lee Thompson in July 2000, she said that the one thing she and Ed disagreed most about was the Vietnam War. "You know he worked for Dean Rusk and was a hawk", she said to me. Ed Thompson was a registered Democrat during his time as Life managing editor. One would surmise he might, in essence, have been a conservative Democrat considering his wife's reference to his hawkish ness on the question of American involvement in Vietnam.

Thompson's office was next door to Henry Luce's office from 1949-67. Lee Thompson said her husband and Luce had a very good relationship. In a memo to Luce, Thompson told Luce how much he admired him and how he believed the world should resemble Luce's vision. In 1964, although Henry Luce, along with his wife Clare Booth Luce, supported Barry Goldwater's presidential candidacy, Thompson convinced Luce to abandon support of Goldwater. In spite of separating from his wife's pro-Goldwater activity, Henry did not start supporting Thompson's man Lyndon Johnson. Even though Lee Thompson characterizes her husband as apolitical in comparison to her own political activity, he seems in fact to be quite political, i.e. a hawk on Vietnam, an outspoken supporter of Lyndon Johnson, an almost advisor to the Greek Junta, and a member of Air Force intelligence in W.W.Il.
[18] [19]

In 1958, Thompson received an honorary degree from his alma mater, the University of North Dakota. He continued to maintain contact with his home state, renting out his family's farmland around St. Thomas where he was born.
[20]
He attended North Dakota alumni reunions in New York City in the 1950's and according to correspondence in North Dakota Senator Quentin Burdick's archival papers, was invited to stop by the North Dakota congressional office any time Thompson happened to be in Washington, D.C.
[21][22]

In 1961 Thompson was promoted from managing editor of Life to editor. He considered it a demotion in actuality because he would no longer be in charge of micro-managing each weekly edition of the magazine. The fact that he was highly respected by his staff of photographers meant giving up a sort of support group in exchange for more isolated work as editor. He held this position from 1961 to 1967. His wife said he could be extremely tough on those who worked for him and if he didn't respect you, you were in trouble.
[23]

After retiring from JLife in 1967, he was given an opportunity to work for the Greek Junta but his wife convinced him he didn't belong in that role. I found it interesting that when he was writing his autobiography his wife said he did it from memory because when I asked if he had any other papers in Any archives she said his secretary at the Smithsonian Museum had thrown everything away. Lee said she was extremely upset with the secretary but that Ed didn't seem to care. She seemed to think he wasn't upset because he had a great memory and wasn't worried about not being able to complete the autobiography.
[24]

Ed Thompson's career at
Life
also included negotiating with Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Ernest Hemmingway for their memoirs. The memoirs were published in their entirety in many installments, which was unusual for a picture magazine like Life. He also became acquainted with Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy. He tells the story about the time J.F.K. was showing him around the White House and pointed out the golf shoe spike marks left on the wooden floor by Eisenhower in front of the door to the Lincoln bedroom.
[25]

In 1928 Henry Luce was writing essays indicating he was flirting with fascism. He stated that he believed the U. S. Constitution was obsolete and needed to be scrapped. Mussolini was a leader that he believed had what it took to run a country. He said he thought that the real leaders and important people politically were not the men who became congressmen, but the men who rose to the top of the various business and industrial sectors. The masses needed a strong leader since they were incapable of really making a country function without one.
[26]
In 1928 Edward K. Thompson was just finishing college, but 20 years later, just before he was promoted to managing editor he told Luce in a memo that he believed that the model Luce envisioned for the world was his model too. On occasion, Clare Luce also said that she guessed that at heart she was a fascist. She did in fact become the ambassador to Italy. It would seem that working as a managing editor and editor for Luce for 18 years he needed to be ideologically compatible with Luce and his wife to survive in his position as editor.

Dan Rather, in his 1977 book,
The Camera Never Blinks
said that security at JLife was so weak immediately after the assassination that any executive could have made his own copy of the Zapruder film. I asked, Mrs. Thompson if she happened to have any film around the house, thinking she might have a copy of the original Z-film. Apparently she didn't, but she did give me a copy of her husband's 1967 retirement film, which was made up of various segments, including interviews with people in his boyhood home in North Dakota. There is one unusual scene at about 11 minutes into the film when the narrator says that "Ed liked to hob-knob with presidents". This comment is super-imposed over a photo of Thompson walking down a street with Harry Truman. The next photo shows Thompson leaning over a light table with two colleagues examining strips of film. At this point the narrator says, "but Ed much preferred hob-nailing willing subordinates", then one hears three gunshots which are super-imposed auditorial ly over the light table photo just after the hob-nailing comment. When I asked Mrs.Thompson what the gun shot sounds were she didn't seem to have any idea and proceeded to give me a duplicate of the film. Is this a cryptic memorial to
Life Magazine's
involvement concerning knowledge of the assassination of JFK inserted into the film by Thompson's colleagues at
Life
? The three shots of course are a reference to the official number of shots fired in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22,1963.
[27]

The film Thompson and his colleagues are seen examining consists of 24 frames in eight vertical strips of three each. They seem to be larger than 35mm., i.e.about 55 mm., according to one expert. Detail cannot be seen clearly. Of course even if these frames are not actually significant in themselves, they could be symbolic of the altering of the Z-film that may have begun the night of Nov. 22 at the
Life
offices in New York City.
[28]

What other indicators of
Life Magazine
involvement in events surrounding the assassination exist in the record? One is the testimony to Warren Commission staff by Isaac Don Levine,
Life Magazine's
representative in Dallas.
[29]
Ed Thompson and C.D. Jackson channeled $25,000 to Marina Oswald via Levine to her business manager James Herbert Martin (CD 470.24). This money was ostensibly for her life story to be done by Meredith Press, which in fact was never published. C.D. Jackson had been Eisenhower's special assistant for psychological warfare in W.W. II and had worked regularly with Isaac Don Levine on anti-Communist propaganda for Eastern Europe. Jackson was president of the CIA's Free Europe Committee in the 1950's. Levine headed the CIA Liberation Committee. He spoke Russian and spent an intensive week with Marina Oswald just prior to her first testimony before the W.C. on February 3 , 1964.
[30]
Also remember Edward K. Thompson was SHAEF's air force intelligence director in W.W.II. Obviously these three had the connections to be involved in the machinations at Life Magazine concerning the control of information in the weeks following the assassination of JFK.

The combination of the above information with the events described in three previous
Fourth Decade
articles about the possible connection of Lee Harvey Oswald to witnesses in the Stanley, North Dakota events in the 1950's seems to strengthen the original hypothesis of John D. William's and myself. The likelihood of an Oswald legend building process at work in North Dakota seems more plausible than ever before. The function of this LHO legend could have been to serve as a cover leading up to an assassination attempt on JFK during his visit to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks on Wednesday morning, September 25th 1963.

In 1995 the ARRB requested the trip planning documents for the Conservation Tour of 1963. Shortly after the request was made the Secret Service had those documents destroyed.
[31]
On September 25,1963, upon the arrival of the JFK entourage in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for an overnight stay, the decision was made to extend the upcoming Texas trip to two days.
[32]
Could this decision have been a reaction to the fact that the window of opportunity for killing JFK had passed in the previous 24 hours? Were other arrangements now needed? Only the September 20 arrest in El Paso, Texas, of C.I.A. double agent Richard Case Nagell may have prevented the killing of JFK at UND, the alma mater of Life Magazine executive Edward K. Thompson. Two months later the plotters succeeded in Dallas.

Edward K. Thompson passed away in 1996 at the age of 89.

Notes

1.
Fourth Decade
vol. 7, # 4, May, 2000, p. 3-7;
"Oswald In North Dakota - Part Ill

2. Russell, Dick,
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Carol & Graf, 1992, preface p.21

3.Thompson, Edward K., A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian Univ. of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri

4. Thompson, Edward K., retirement film 1967

5. Thompson, Edward K., A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian

6. Ibid.

7. Ibid.

8. Interview with Leonard Zimmer, Aug. 2000 East Grand Forks, Mn.

9. Thompson, Edward K.,
A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian

10. Hurt, Henry,
Reasonable Doubt
, 1985, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, p.xi

11. Thompson, Edward,
A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian

12. Ibid.

13. Thompson, Lee, interview July 2000

14. Ibid.

15. Cort, David,
The Sin of Henry R Luce
p. 444-45, Lyle Stuart Inc., Secaucus N.J.

16. Thompson, Edward K. ,
A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian

17. Scott, Peter Dale,
Crime and Cover-up the C.I.A, the Mafia and the Dallas Watergate Connection
p.35-36, Open Archive Press, 1993

18. Thompson, Lee, interview, July 2000 and Thompson, Edward K.,
A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian

19. Ibid.

20. Ibid.

21.
Alumni Review
, Univ. of North Dakota, Jan./Feb. 2000, p.6-7

22. Burdick, Quentin, Senator, papers, Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N. Dak.

23. Thompson, Edward K.,
A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian

24. Thompson, Lee, interview July 2000

25. Thompson, Edward K.,
A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian

26. Swanberg, W.A.,
Luce and His Empire
Scribner & Sons, 1972

27. Thompson, Edward K., retirement film, 1967

28. Ibid.

29. Scott, Peter Dale,
Crime & Cover-up
p.36, Open Archive Press,1993

30. Jerry D. Rose,
"Plain Talk About Isaac Don Levine,"
The Fourth Decade
2, #2 Jan. 95, pp. 35-41

31 . Palamara, Vince, email to author, Sept. 2000

32. Palamara, Vince,
Texas trip plan
posted on JFKresearch.com, Sept. 2000

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The following appears in the October 31, 1963 issue of THE WANDERER, p. 6. THE WANDERER had a fairly small audience of right-wingers. The Taylor Caldwell that wrote the following letter is the well-known author and Bircher. TC is replying to Sheldon Emry's letter dated Oct 17 commenting on the extensive protection that JFK had around him on his trip to Duluth in early October.

President Kennedy in Danger?

Taylor Caldwell

I was deeply interested in Sheldon Emrey's [sic] account [Wanderer Forum, October 17th] of Air Force men, soldiers with rifles at the ready, Highway Patrol officers, helicopters, guards, etc., being out in full force day and night when President Kennedy visited Duluth. This account is most extraordinary-- but even more alarming, and not for the reasons Mr. Emery [sic] gives:

"Mr. Kennedy is now showing a visible power in the soldiers that he had not openly displayed before."

Personally, and for many other reasons, I do not think Mr.

Kennedy "is now showing a visible power...." Only a few months ago Mr. Kennedy mingled affably with crowds, shaking hands, moving among them, shrugging off Secret Service men and leaving them behind. Why, then, this sudden change?

In the first place, the world is becoming more and more turbulent daily, even hourly. This fact appears only in small items in the newspapers; apparently the press is being cautious about the terrible situation, and this is alarming in itself. Despite that test-ban treaty it is most obvious that Mr. Kennedy is quite aware that peace is not at hand and that, on the contrary, the international situation with respect to Communism is growing increasingly ominous. I receive hundreds of letters a year from behind the Iron Curtain, from fans of mine. Lately the letters are full of disquiet, a sense of disaster near at hand. Letters from my relatives in England and Ireland express great uneasiness.

It is as if free men everywhere now "feel" a monster threat, even though a few months ago they were somewhat amused, as they wrote me, at America's "attitude towards Russia." Human besngs have instincts as well as lower animals, and it is obvious, to me at least, that human instinct is stirring in fear everywhere. We all know that there is not a spot on earth which is not now in a state of suppressed chaos or open danger or marching with soldiers or war or intense uneasiness.

The enemies of freedom and God are everywhere in every country of the West. It is possible that Mr. Kennedy is in personal jeopardy from them, a matter which is not being mentioned in the newpapers. Indeed, it is very probable. Presidents have been murdered before in our history, and in less dreadful times.

Among our enemies there are many madmen. I receive quite a number of pro-Communist and "liberal" periodicals, and some are quite inflammatory against Mr. Kennedy. The tone of the "liberal" periodicals--some of our big monthly magazines for instance--are wrathful against our President. It seems that they had expected him to overthrow the Constitution and set-up a sort of crypto-Communist dictatorship. (They call it "progress.") He has disappointed them, and there is no canard too mean for them to print and no sneer too ugly for some of their pages.

His parents, his wife, his children, his brothers and sisters, are held to ridicule in a lot of the "liberal" and pro-Communist press. This may come as a surprise to many of my Conservative brothers and sisters. As that part of our national press is influenced from Moscow it is easy to see the temper of many of them. And that temper can easly inflame madmen. The very fact that Mr. Kennedy is apparently now being so closely guarded should alarm all of us very deeply, whether or not we agree with the President on political matters. The mere though of Mr. Kennedy being assassinated should make all of us shudder for the reprecussions in America would be most terrible and disorder would result at the very least.

Then there are the "agents provocateur" who would just love such an "incident." I know. I read some of their literature.

It would delight them--and serve their evil purpose--if harm came to Mr. Kennedy. I have already sent a sample to the Department of Justice; it actually suggested that the President be lynched!

Rather than being alarmed, perhaps we should feel relief that our President is being guarded as Mr. Emrey relates, whether we are Democrats or Republicans. I, for one, am relieved.

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The following appears in the October 31, 1963 issue of THE WANDERER, p. 6. THE WANDERER had a fairly small audience of right-wingers. The Taylor Caldwell that wrote the following letter is the well-known author and Bircher. TC is replying to Sheldon Emry's letter dated Oct 17 commenting on the extensive protection that JFK had around him on his trip to Duluth in early October.

President Kennedy in Danger?

Taylor Caldwell

I was deeply interested in Sheldon Emrey's [sic] account [Wanderer Forum, October 17th] of Air Force men, soldiers with rifles at the ready, Highway Patrol officers, helicopters, guards, etc., being out in full force day and night when President Kennedy visited Duluth. This account is most extraordinary-- but even more alarming, and not for the reasons Mr. Emery [sic] gives:

"Mr. Kennedy is now showing a visible power in the soldiers that he had not openly displayed before."

Personally, and for many other reasons, I do not think Mr.

Kennedy "is now showing a visible power...." Only a few months ago Mr. Kennedy mingled affably with crowds, shaking hands, moving among them, shrugging off Secret Service men and leaving them behind. Why, then, this sudden change?

In the first place, the world is becoming more and more turbulent daily, even hourly. This fact appears only in small items in the newspapers; apparently the press is being cautious about the terrible situation, and this is alarming in itself. Despite that test-ban treaty it is most obvious that Mr. Kennedy is quite aware that peace is not at hand and that, on the contrary, the international situation with respect to Communism is growing increasingly ominous. I receive hundreds of letters a year from behind the Iron Curtain, from fans of mine. Lately the letters are full of disquiet, a sense of disaster near at hand. Letters from my relatives in England and Ireland express great uneasiness.

It is as if free men everywhere now "feel" a monster threat, even though a few months ago they were somewhat amused, as they wrote me, at America's "attitude towards Russia." Human besngs have instincts as well as lower animals, and it is obvious, to me at least, that human instinct is stirring in fear everywhere. We all know that there is not a spot on earth which is not now in a state of suppressed chaos or open danger or marching with soldiers or war or intense uneasiness.

The enemies of freedom and God are everywhere in every country of the West. It is possible that Mr. Kennedy is in personal jeopardy from them, a matter which is not being mentioned in the newpapers. Indeed, it is very probable. Presidents have been murdered before in our history, and in less dreadful times.

Among our enemies there are many madmen. I receive quite a number of pro-Communist and "liberal" periodicals, and some are quite inflammatory against Mr. Kennedy. The tone of the "liberal" periodicals--some of our big monthly magazines for instance--are wrathful against our President. It seems that they had expected him to overthrow the Constitution and set-up a sort of crypto-Communist dictatorship. (They call it "progress.") He has disappointed them, and there is no canard too mean for them to print and no sneer too ugly for some of their pages.

His parents, his wife, his children, his brothers and sisters, are held to ridicule in a lot of the "liberal" and pro-Communist press. This may come as a surprise to many of my Conservative brothers and sisters. As that part of our national press is influenced from Moscow it is easy to see the temper of many of them. And that temper can easly inflame madmen. The very fact that Mr. Kennedy is apparently now being so closely guarded should alarm all of us very deeply, whether or not we agree with the President on political matters. The mere though of Mr. Kennedy being assassinated should make all of us shudder for the reprecussions in America would be most terrible and disorder would result at the very least.

Then there are the "agents provocateur" who would just love such an "incident." I know. I read some of their literature.

It would delight them--and serve their evil purpose--if harm came to Mr. Kennedy. I have already sent a sample to the Department of Justice; it actually suggested that the President be lynched!

Rather than being alarmed, perhaps we should feel relief that our President is being guarded as Mr. Emrey relates, whether we are Democrats or Republicans. I, for one, am relieved.

I am afraid you have your TAYLOR CALDWELLs mixed up. The late Ms. Caldwell was British and

definitely not a "Bircher". She was one of my wife's favorite novelists.

Jack

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"Mr. Kennedy is now showing a visible power in the soldiers that he had not openly displayed before."

Compounding the issue is the sentence itself, not only is it gramatically incorrect, but it is not really obvious to at least myself, what the person who wrote it even means......Mr. Kennedy is showing a visible power in the soldiers...what the devil is that supposed to mean? It sounds like the author, whoever it was, didn't have a very good grasp of basic sentence structure......

I understand the importance of Mr Thompson, but what I don't quite understand is whether Thompson is supposed to be linked to the whole issue of the Tippit family in that region who were "distant relatives of the Tippit's in Dallas," and whether he fits into that whole situation......If I am missing something, I am sure it is worth clarifying for the record......

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The following appears in the October 31, 1963 issue of THE WANDERER, p. 6. THE WANDERER had a fairly small audience of right-wingers. The Taylor Caldwell that wrote the following letter is the well-known author and Bircher. TC is replying to Sheldon Emry's letter dated Oct 17 commenting on the extensive protection that JFK had around him on his trip to Duluth in early October.

President Kennedy in Danger?

Taylor Caldwell

I was deeply interested in Sheldon Emrey's [sic] account [Wanderer Forum, October 17th] of Air Force men, soldiers with rifles at the ready, Highway Patrol officers, helicopters, guards, etc., being out in full force day and night when President Kennedy visited Duluth. This account is most extraordinary-- but even more alarming, and not for the reasons Mr. Emery [sic] gives:

"Mr. Kennedy is now showing a visible power in the soldiers that he had not openly displayed before."

Personally, and for many other reasons, I do not think Mr.

Kennedy "is now showing a visible power...." Only a few months ago Mr. Kennedy mingled affably with crowds, shaking hands, moving among them, shrugging off Secret Service men and leaving them behind. Why, then, this sudden change?

In the first place, the world is becoming more and more turbulent daily, even hourly. This fact appears only in small items in the newspapers; apparently the press is being cautious about the terrible situation, and this is alarming in itself. Despite that test-ban treaty it is most obvious that Mr. Kennedy is quite aware that peace is not at hand and that, on the contrary, the international situation with respect to Communism is growing increasingly ominous. I receive hundreds of letters a year from behind the Iron Curtain, from fans of mine. Lately the letters are full of disquiet, a sense of disaster near at hand. Letters from my relatives in England and Ireland express great uneasiness.

It is as if free men everywhere now "feel" a monster threat, even though a few months ago they were somewhat amused, as they wrote me, at America's "attitude towards Russia." Human besngs have instincts as well as lower animals, and it is obvious, to me at least, that human instinct is stirring in fear everywhere. We all know that there is not a spot on earth which is not now in a state of suppressed chaos or open danger or marching with soldiers or war or intense uneasiness.

The enemies of freedom and God are everywhere in every country of the West. It is possible that Mr. Kennedy is in personal jeopardy from them, a matter which is not being mentioned in the newpapers. Indeed, it is very probable. Presidents have been murdered before in our history, and in less dreadful times.

Among our enemies there are many madmen. I receive quite a number of pro-Communist and "liberal" periodicals, and some are quite inflammatory against Mr. Kennedy. The tone of the "liberal" periodicals--some of our big monthly magazines for instance--are wrathful against our President. It seems that they had expected him to overthrow the Constitution and set-up a sort of crypto-Communist dictatorship. (They call it "progress.") He has disappointed them, and there is no canard too mean for them to print and no sneer too ugly for some of their pages.

His parents, his wife, his children, his brothers and sisters, are held to ridicule in a lot of the "liberal" and pro-Communist press. This may come as a surprise to many of my Conservative brothers and sisters. As that part of our national press is influenced from Moscow it is easy to see the temper of many of them. And that temper can easly inflame madmen. The very fact that Mr. Kennedy is apparently now being so closely guarded should alarm all of us very deeply, whether or not we agree with the President on political matters. The mere though of Mr. Kennedy being assassinated should make all of us shudder for the reprecussions in America would be most terrible and disorder would result at the very least.

Then there are the "agents provocateur" who would just love such an "incident." I know. I read some of their literature.

It would delight them--and serve their evil purpose--if harm came to Mr. Kennedy. I have already sent a sample to the Department of Justice; it actually suggested that the President be lynched!

Rather than being alarmed, perhaps we should feel relief that our President is being guarded as Mr. Emrey relates, whether we are Democrats or Republicans. I, for one, am relieved.

I am afraid you have your TAYLOR CALDWELLs mixed up. The late Ms. Caldwell was British and

definitely not a "Bircher". She was one of my wife's favorite novelists.

Jack

And your wife just wouldn't read a book by a Bircher?

I'm afraid you have your wives mixed up.

Taylor Caldwell was born in Britain but lived in the US from a very early age. And she definitely was a Bircher.

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In The Captains and the Kings (1976) Caldwell takes on the global power brokers. In this book we find, running through the story line, a description of the way the international financiers and industrialists (all private consortiums owned by an elite of the world's richest families and persons) hijack governments around the globe; instigating wars and gaining control over the warring countries through manipulation of the enormous debts incurred during a war. Mentioned too is the Council on Foreign Relations; and while a disclaimer states that all persons portrayed in the book are fictional, it is clear that the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as another major organization of the globalists are both very real organizations. Also described is the idea that political systems everywhere, and certainly in the US, are almost totally dominated by the ruling elite; and that no one even gets into the running for a major political office unless the elite believes the person is under their control. It is explained that this can be direct control; e.g., the candidate takes a solemn oath to be true to that organization above all others; or indirect control: the candidate is known to have done something illegal or scandalous. The threat of public exposure can then be used to bend the person to the will of the elite. Politicians can also be compromised through a "set-up". When necessary the elite will play that hand (conform or be ruined by the controlled media). It is further explained that there have been a few who were not under the control of the elite (back in the 40s and 50s) and who had some success on their own. These individuals were not corruptible and in such cases very dirty tricks were employed against them. There is a figure in the book obviously symbolising JFK, who went along with the elitists, (his father's cronies) but who once in power went his own way - resulting in his assassination.

Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England, into a family of Scottish background. Her family descended from the Scottish clan of MacGregor of which the Taylors are a subsidiary clan. In 1907 she emigrated to the United States with her parents and younger brother. Her father died shortly after the move, and the family struggled. At the age of eight she started to write stories, and in fact wrote her first novel, The Romance of Atlantis, at the age of twelve[1] (although it was to remain unpublished until 1975). In 1919 she married William F. Combs, had "Peggy" and divorced in 1931. Between the years 1918 and 1919 she served in the United States Navy Reserve. From 1923 to 1924 she was a court reporter in New York State Department of Labor in Buffalo, New York and from 1924 to 1931 a member of the Board of Special Inquiry at the Department of Justice in Buffalo.

In 1931 she graduated from the University at Buffalo. In collaboration with her second husband, Marcus Reback, she wrote several bestsellers, the first of which was Dynasty of Death. Caldwell had started to write the story in 1934. It begins from the year 1837 and focuses on the entangled relationships of two families, who control a huge munitions trust. Joseph Barbour is a servant, who becomes a successful businessman and arms manufacturer. His son Martin is not interested in money, he is an idealist and altruist. Ernest, the elder son, is an egoist and believes that money is the greatest power in the world. Ernest loves Amy Drumhill, the niece of Gregory Sessions, owner of a steel factory. However, she marries Martin, who establishes a hospital, and dies in the American Civil War. Ernest's hardness ruins Joseph, and he is cursed by his mother. Dynasty of Death attracted wide attention when it was revealed that behind the male pseudonym was a woman. The story was continued in The Eagles Gather (1940) and The Final Hour (1944).

In The Captains and the Kings (1976) Caldwell takes on the global power brokers. In this book we find, running through the story line, a description of the way the international financiers and industrialists (all private consortiums owned by an elite of the world's richest families and persons) hijack governments around the globe; instigating wars and gaining control over the warring countries through manipulation of the enormous debts incurred during a war. Mentioned too is the Council on Foreign Relations; and while a disclaimer states that all persons portrayed in the book are fictional, it is clear that the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as another major organization of the globalists are both very real organizations. Also described is the idea that political systems everywhere, and certainly in the US, are almost totally dominated by the ruling elite; and that no one even gets into the running for a major political office unless the elite believes the person is under their control. It is explained that this can be direct control; e.g., the candidate takes a solemn oath to be true to that organization above all others; or indirect control: the candidate is known to have done something illegal or scandalous. The threat of public exposure can then be used to bend the person to the will of the elite. Politicians can also be compromised through a "set-up". When necessary the elite will play that hand (conform or be ruined by the controlled media). It is further explained that there have been a few who were not under the control of the elite (back in the 40s and 50s) and who had some success on their own. These individuals were not corruptible and in such cases very dirty tricks were employed against them. There is a figure in the book obviously symbolising JFK, who went along with the elitists, (his father's cronies) but who once in power went his own way - resulting in his assassination.

The Captains and the Kings was made into a TV mini-series - which avoided all the serious implications of the book and concentrated on being a predictable sex and drama story.

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