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While doing research for another matter, I came across this February 1986 Chicago Sun-Times article which might be of interest -- about a "confession" by Robert Easterling.

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A startling confession and how it casts doubt on the accepted version of JFK's assassination
Chicago Sun-Times  - February 9, 1986,  page 25,  by Jim Quinlan

In a 26-volume report, the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, chaired by U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren, reached the following conclusions 10 months after the death of JFK in 1963:

Lee Harvey Oswald alone killed the president.
Jack Ruby, acting alone, killed Oswald.
There was no credible evidence of any conspiracy.
Three shots were fired at the president's car. One went through his neck, then through the chest and wrist of Texas Gov. John Connally.
Another shot hit the President's head. Another shot missed.
All the shooting was from the sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository building.

Investigative reporter Henry Hurt has spent more than four years searching for a solution to one of history's greatest mysteries: Who murdered President John F. Kennedy?

In the introduction to his book, Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy (Henry Holt & Co.; $19.95), Hurt identifies himself among the 80 percent of Americans who polls say seriously doubt the Warren Commission's official explanation for Kennedy's tragic death in 1963.

"In my quest to understand the case, I was not burdened by any preconceived notion, beyond a general feeling that the official version seemed illogically simplistic, that it seemed virtually impossible that Lee Harvey Oswald had done what the government had said that he had done," Hurt said.

Reasonable Doubt is a thorough reconstruction of most of the evidence that has accumulated over the decades. It is a meticulous examination of virtually every detail of the assassination story, including a right-wing Cuban plot engineered by Fidel Castro to kill the president, the bungled JFK autopsy, the rushed Warren Commission report, the public expressions of doubt at every level, Oswald's intelligence connection, the "other" Oswald, the "magic" bullet, suppressed evidence, and dozens of other mysteries and bizarre characters connected with the case.

In the end, after countless hours re-examinIng the mountain of material, Hurt concludes, just as many governmental investigations and countless private ones before him, "a powerful case can be made that Oswald did not kill Kennedy." 

Although Reasonable Doubt agrees with the conclusion of the 1978 House Select Committee on Assassinations that John Kennedy's death was the result of a conspiracy, it stands apart from other works on the subject by offering what could be the missing pieces of the JFK murder puzzle.

In Reasonable Doubt, Hurt offers answers to the questions: "who were the conspirators?" and "how did they manage to kill the president before our eyes and escape justice?"

According to Hurt, the center of this historical storm was Robert Easterling, "a multiple felon, an ex-convict, a raging alcoholic, a diagnosed psychotic and schizophrenic" who came forward with a confession because he believed he was dying and wanted to clear his conscience.

In so doing, Easterling gained the unique distinction of being the only person to offer a "full, detailed" confession to the crime of the century, according to Hurt.

Unlike the FBI and others who chose to ignore Robert Easterling's confession, Hurt spent more than 100 hours interviewing the brutal ex convict. Where others chose to pass up any investigation of Easterling because they claimed he couldn't identify or locate the people he named as co-conspirators, Hurt listened. If Easterling's story is true, then Hurt has succeeded in explaining many of the questions that have plagued this numbing tragedy for more than two decades.

Hurt said Easterling repeatedly attempted to contact the FBI with his story. Following the 1975 attempt on the life of President Gerald  Ford, Easterling tried again, this time with the Secret Service.

Although the Secret Service was interested in Easterling as late as 1982, there is no evidence any governmental agency took him seriously, Hurt said.

That's probably because it wasn't possible to verify Easterling's story in "traditional fashion," Hurt said. In the early '60s, Easterling lived at the Windmill Trailer Court in Marrero, La., near New Orleans. An oil company worker, he frequented the Habana Bar in New Orleans. The Habana Bar was a haven for Cuban exiles at the time. Hurt identified Orest Pena, the bar's owner, as a leading member of the Cuban Revolutionary Council. He was also called an FBI and CIA source.

It was in the Habana Bar in February, 1963, that Easterling claims he was enlisted in the conspiracy to kill the president, Hurt said.  Nicknamed "Hardhat" because of the white construction hat he wore, Easterling spent the fateful night in the bar becoming reacquainted with a man named Manuel Rivera, a man he first met in 1960 when Rivera was running numbers for organized crime in New Orleans. 

Nicknamed "Hardhat" because of the white construction hat he wore, Easterling spent the fateful night in the bar becoming reacquainted with a man named Manuel Rivera, a man he first met in 1960 when Rivera was running numbers for organized crime in New Orleans. Easterling said Rivera told tales of having worked both for and against Castro, and of having been trained in Russia in sabotage and assassination techniques.

Easterling said that standing at the bar with Rivera was David W. Ferrie, a pilot who had just flown him to New Orleans from Cuba, and a man identified as Clay Shaw.

Ferrie, a violent anti-communist, religious zealot and "New Orleans styled mad genius," was thought to be a CIA contact in the Cuban community. In February, 1967, when New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison announced he had solved the Kennedy assassination, the name of Ferrie surfaced as one of the suspects. During the course of Garrison's investigation, six witnesses claimed Ferrie, Oswald and Shaw, a prominent New Orleans businessman, met together in Clinton, La., a small town 150 m iles from New Orleans. Five days after Garrison's announcement, Ferrie was found dead. Despite a suicide note, the coroner said he died of a brain hemorrhage.

Easterling told Hurt that during the bar meeting they examined a rifle that was there when he arrived. The rifle was later identified by Rivera as a Czech-made 7-mm. automatic rifle with a special design. It had a box on the side to catch used cartridges.

After the others left, Rivera and Easterling continued their talk. It was during this conversation that Rivera told Easterling of the plan to kill  the president. Easterling said Rivera asked him to help, with the promise of good pay.

Hurt said he talked with Pena, who confirmed that Ferrie and Shaw were customers. Although Shaw had an office near the bar, Pena said he may have confused Shaw with a man named Guy Bannister.

Bannister, a former FBI agent, was once head of the Chicago office. An avid anti-communist and John Birch Society member, he supervised a small group of right- wing radicals who carried out various missions for U.S. intelligence from an office in New Orleans. Bannister died of a heart attack in June, 1964.

Easterling said Rivera stored the Czech rifle in his car along with another rifle he described as a Mannlicher-Carcano, the same model that Oswald allegedly used to kill Kennedy.

Rivera then asked Easterling to help him find a barrel of water and a place to fire the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle. Easterling said Rivera wanted both the spent slugs and their shell casings intact.

Easterling accommodated Rivera the following day, taking him to the field behind his trailer where the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle was fired and the slugs and casings were retrieved.

Easterling said Rivera held up one of the slugs afterward and told him it would someday be famous.  Weeks later, Easterling said, he was in the bar again with Rivera discussing the assassination plan when he was told a photo was going to be taken of him and the others involved. Easterling said he was blindfolded and driven with two other men to a place where the picture was taken. He said Rivera told them it was necessary to keep such a record for historical purposes.

It was at this time that Easterling was shown a rectangular, wooden box with a false bottom. The secret compartment was to be the hiding place for the Czech rifle, Easterling said.

When they returned to the bar, Easterling said, he was told details of the assassination plan. The box with the Czech rifle hidden inside would be placed where the assassination would take place. Someone else would have the other rifle, the Mannlicher-Carcano. The president would be killed with the Czech rifle, using cartridges that would disintegrate upon contact. The gun would then be smuggled out. Three shell casings from the Mannlicher-Carcano (presumably the ones fired into the water barrel) would be left at the scene (the book depository) and a slug from it (one of those fired into the water barrel) would be left (at Parkland Hospital) where the police could find it. The man with the Mannlicher-Carcano was to be set up to take the blame.

Since only three spent cartridges were found by the window in the Texas School Book Depository where the commission claims Oswald fired at the president, it was their official conclusion that only three shots were fired.

In its report, the commission said one shot shattered the president's head, a second shot missed and the third, referred to as the "magic" bullet, hit the president's back and exited through his neck. The bullet then struck Texas Gov. John Connally, who was seated in front of the president, at the rear of his right armpit. Before it exited Connally's chest it "pulverized" his fifth rib. Finally, the bullet, according to the Warren Commission, struck the governor's right wrist and entered his left thigh.

A bullet that would be ballistic ally connected to the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle was later discovered in "nearly perfect condition" in a Parkland Hospital corridor after the assassination. There was no visible blood or tissue on it. It was following this amazing account of its destructive path that critics dubbed it "magic."

Easterling described for Hurt the first time he saw Lee Harvey Oswald. It was in the Habana Bar in 1963, he said. Oswald came in with a young Cuban. It was memorable because Oswald ordered lemonade. After getting his drink, Oswald complained about the price and then threw up all over the table where the two men were sitting.

Hurt said the incident was remembered by those present that night and the description given of the man with Oswald fits the description Easterling gave of Rivera.

Later, Rivera told Easterling that Oswald was to be the dupe in the assassination and would later himself be killed. Since Easterling was supposed to pick up Oswald following the assassination and drive him to Mexico, he began to fear for his own life. Easterling believed he, too, was marked for death.

Later in that summer of 1963, Easterling recalled doing a favor for a wealthy businessman. Although the favor was a small one, he came in contact once again with two men, one of whom he identified as Clay Shaw, whom Hurt believed was Guy Bannister. The other was Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Both men were doing favors for organized crime in the area.

Easterling said the businessman told him Shaw and Ruby were involved in a plot to kill the Kennedys. Hurt said he confirmed the association but would not name the businessman.

Jack Ruby gunned down Oswald before a live television audience two days following JFK's death. With the killing by Ruby, the chance to discover firsthand whether Oswald was guilty or not, a conspirator or not, was lost forever.

The Warren Commission concluded Ruby acted alone and out of grief over the death of Kennedy. Ruby died of cancer in prison. In September, 1963, two months before the assassination, Easterling was notified he was to assist in removing Oswald, who Rivera believed was being watched by the FBI, from New Orleans. Oswald had been involved in at least two street brawls that had been reported to New Orleans police. He was also active in a Fair Play for Cuba Committee, a pro-Castro group federal officials were watching. To cover Oswald's departure from New Orleans, Easterling said, a diversionary fire was set the day Oswald was to be driven to Houston. Hurt said he followed up Easterling's account by checking times and places with official New Orleans Fire Department records. Hurt said the records all but confirmed Easterling's memory of the fire and its location, a building the FBI said Oswald had frequented in the past. The last time Oswald was seen in New Orleans was Sept. 23, just as Easterling said.

After Rivera, Oswald and Easterling reached Houston they made contact with another man, one who looked "strikingly" like Oswald, Easterling said. The man, who Easterling believed spoke little English, was identified only as "Carlo." Carlo would later figure prominently in the assassination plot.

In an effort to evaluate Easterling's confession, Hurt said he tracked down as many of the principals as possible. Orest Pena, owner of the Habana Bar, told Hurt he heard people in his bar talking about killing the president but said he heard no one plot a conspiracy. He confirmed that David Ferrie and Clay Shaw were patrons of the bar.

Hurt said Ruby visited New Orleans in June, 1963. Although he denied any connection to a conspiracy, the wealthy businessman named by Easterling as doing business with Ruby admitted to knowing Easterling, Hurt said.

As the days grew closer to Kennedy's arrival in Dallas, Easterling said he became more frightened. He was certain he would die like Rivera said Oswald would. Rivera told him his job was to come to Dallas after the assassination, pick up Oswald, then drive to Mexico. Hurt said Easterling made a desperate attempt to warn the FBI of the assassination plan. Hurt said the FBI denied it had any relationship with Easter ling. According to an official bureau statement, there is "nothing in FBI files to substantiate Mr. Easter ling's claim that he called the FBI on the night of Nov. 21, 1963," one day before the assassination.

Hurt said that in spite of the FBI's denial, most of what happened next to Easterling can be verified. Easterling said that as a means of covering for himself and avoiding any possible connection to the assassination, he planned to commit a burglary on Nov. 22. Early in the morning of the assassination day, he broke into store in Baton Rouge and after encountering the watchman escaped in his car. He had no intention of going to Dallas and picking up the doomed Oswald.

After a narrow escape from the police, Easterling went to Jackson, Miss., where he heard the first news accounts of the assassination. He watched the television coverage and the murder of Oswald by Ruby the following morning.

Easterling assumed a new identity and financed the next few months with a series of burglaries. By early 1964, Easterling was picked up by the FBI on a fugitive warrant and returned to Baton Rouge, where he was charged with the break-in on Nov. 22, 1963. He was sentenced to five years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. He served three years.

It was not until 1974 and a chance encounter with Francisco Rivera, the younger brother of Manuel, that Easterling learned what the alleged conspirators say really happened in Dallas the day Kennedy was killed. Francisco told him in detail. Hurt writes:

"Shortly before the motorcade was due to arrive in Dealey Plaza, Rivera took advantage of the gathering crowd to slip into the Book Depository. Presumably it was not his first visit. He made his way to the sixth floor, overlooking the spacious plaza area below. He located his special box, even though there were dozens of other boxes of varying descriptions in the cavernous, warehouselike room.

"Carlo, the Oswald look-alike, was already in the building. Numerous people saw him and later remembered him. Like the real Oswald, he kept to himself and said little. Since mid-morning, the real Lee Harvey Oswald had been at the bus station a few blocks away, waiting to be picked up by Robert Easterling.

"During the minutes before the arrival of the motorcade, Rivera and Carlo made their preparations. They made sure the Mannlicher-Carcano - the Oswald rifle - was stashed between some boxes at the other end of the {book depository} room. Francisco claimed that they then took three empty cartridge shells that had been fired earlier from the Oswald rifle and placed them on the floor beside the assassin's window. Rivera removed the Czech rifle from the special box and checked it over. All was ready.

"Rivera stood back from the window as he watched the presidential motorcade approaching his position. He could see the tanned and smiling face of John F. Kennedy, the president of the United States, as he waved to the cheering crowds. As the president's limousine made the turn from Houston onto Elm Street, just below him, Rivera stepped to the window and crouched.

"The head of President Kennedy filled the rifle scope. Rivera took a deep breath, expelled it slowly, then squeezed the trigger. With stunning speed and accuracy, he fired three times in 5.6 seconds to strike his moving target. His firing time had been been better on the coconuts, but this got the job done. Rivera waited a fraction of a second after the last shot to see if another was needed. But he could see that it was not necessary. He had blown apart the president's head.

"Moving quickly, Rivera returned the Czech rifle {that fired the exploding bullets} to its hiding place beneath the false bottom of the special box. At that moment, Carlo was dawdling about at the soda machine four floors below. {It appeared Carlo's role was to be seen in the building and mistaken for Oswald so there would be no doubt that the real Oswald had been in the building at the time of the shooting.} Carlo was challenged by a police officer who was rushing past him to reach the uppe r floors of the building. But Carlo remained calm and said nothing. A man who worked in the building told the policeman that Carlo - whom he believed to be Oswald - also worked there. Carlo then slowly made his way out of the building and melted into the hysterical crowds.

"Within minutes, Manuel Rivera had left the building. At the parking lot, he and Carlo got into a car and were on their way home. At some point, a little later, the nearly perfect bullet that had been fired from the Oswald rifle into a water barrel was placed on an unattended stretcher in a public corridor at Parkland Hospital, where the dying president had been taken."

Hurt points out some of the "enduring oddities" of evidence other investigators have pondered for years. The three cartridge shells linked to Oswald's rifle. Shells which were not scattered about in a normal fashion.

"Another curious point is the failure by investigators to find a single Mannlicher-Carcano cartridge other than those, including a live round still in the rifle,  discovered at the scene," Hurt said. "No extra cartridge was ever found on Oswald or in his possessions. No evidence was found that he ever purchased ammunition at all. If he was the assassin, his only ammunition was at the scene - the cartridge shells lined up as evidence in the assassin's lair. There is no official explanation as to where Oswald supposedly got his four cartridges."

Hurt called the alleged assassination weapon, the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle, one of the "worst possible" selections for such shooting. Oswald was a marginal marksman in the Marines. "Yet he is credited with a combination of shooting skills on Nov. 22 that has never been  matched in repeated government tests by the most proficient riflemen in the United States," Hurt said.

"Moreover, there is no evidence that the Mannlicher-Carcano was even fired on the day of the assassination." Hurt takes aim at the investigation conducted immediately following the assassination. Although the alleged murder weapon was discovered less than an hour after the shooting, he said, there is no evidence of any further search of the building or its contents. According to the Warren Report, Oswald's clipboard was found 10 days later on the sixth floor. "His jacket was not found until late November."

The litany of clues, claims and coincidences will perhaps haunt the Kennedy assassination story forever. In his conclusion to Easterling's "confession," Hurt returns to much of what has puzzled others before him.

"The case against Lee Harvey Oswald has always been circumstantial at best. No reliable witness ever placed him in the assassin's lair," he said. There were no fingerprints on the rifle and "only the most tenuous evidence" to indicate Oswald took the Mannlicher-Carcano into the building. There is also no known motive, Hurt said. "During his interrogation, Oswald stoutly denied his guilt. `I didn't shoot anyone,' he stated in a corridor encounter with the press. 

"What, then, was Oswald's role?

"He was silenced, of course, before he could give his version of events. However, in one of his last statements on record, Oswald shouted to reporters:

" `I'm just a patsy! I'm just a patsy!' "

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Henry Hurt padded story by Robert Easterling to sell books.   His work is tangential to genuine JFK CT research.

Factually, in 1974 Robert Easterling was committed to a mental institution.  In 1975 he called the FBI to tell them everything he knew about the JFK Assassination.   He was interviewed by the FBI and the Secret Service, and they regarded him as a mental case. 

So, allegedly, Easterling deliberately sought out Henry Hurt in 1981, to tell his story.

His story was that some guy named Manuel Rivera offered Easterling money to drive Lee Harvey Oswald from Dallas after JFK was murdered.   The men named by Jim Garrison in 1968 were the same men that Easterling named in the JFK plot.  Also, some rich oil guys in Dallas were in on it, he said, but he didn't know their names. 

Easterling said that Rivera was the JFK head shooter, and that a Manilicher Carcano was planted in the TSBD to blame Lee Harvey Oswald.  The story is virtually the same as painted by Jim Garrison more than a decade earlier -- with some Latino guy as the protagonist.

Yeah, right.   In fact, it also resembles the story sold by Loran Hall to the National Enquirer in 1967, with the addition of the brand new name of "Manuel Rivera."

Easterling claims he took no money, but instead fled to Jackson, Mississippi, and tried to warn the FBI of the plot .   He also claims the FBI replied: "We know all about it....You're in too deep. You're going to get killed."

These are the predicable words of a somebody who spent some time in a mental ward and read a lot of Jim Garrison literature in the 1960's and 1970's. 

Henry Hurt then padded this story to make some MONEY.   Pitiful, just pitiful.

Sincerely,
--Paul Trejo

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1 hour ago, Paul Trejo said:

Henry Hurt padded story by Robert Easterling to sell books.   His work is tangential to genuine JFK CT research.

Factually, in 1974 Robert Easterling was committed to a mental institution.  In 1975 he called the FBI to tell them everything he knew about the JFK Assassination.   He was interviewed by the FBI and the Secret Service, and they regarded him as a mental case. 

So, allegedly, Easterling deliberately sought out Henry Hurt in 1981, to tell his story.

His story was that some guy named Manuel Rivera offered Easterling money to drive Lee Harvey Oswald from Dallas after JFK was murdered.   The men named by Jim Garrison in 1968 were the same men that Easterling named in the JFK plot.  Also, some rich oil guys in Dallas were in on it, he said, but he didn't know their names. 

Easterling said that Rivera was the JFK head shooter, and that a Manilicher Carcano was planted in the TSBD to blame Lee Harvey Oswald.  The story is virtually the same as painted by Jim Garrison more than a decade earlier -- with some Latino guy as the protagonist.

Yeah, right.   In fact, it also resembles the story sold by Loran Hall to the National Enquirer in 1967, with the addition of the brand new name of "Manuel Rivera."

Easterling claims he took no money, but instead fled to Jackson, Mississippi, and tried to warn the FBI of the plot .   He also claims the FBI replied: "We know all about it....You're in too deep. You're going to get killed."

These are the predicable words of a somebody who spent some time in a mental ward and read a lot of Jim Garrison literature in the 1960's and 1970's. 

Henry Hurt then padded this story to make some MONEY.   Pitiful, just pitiful.

Sincerely,
--Paul Trejo

Why do you mention Easterling being committed to a mental institution AND being considered "a mental case by the FBI" --- as some sort of disqualifying aspect regarding what he has "confessed"?  Harry Dean had the exact same problem!!!   AND  YOUR previously stated position has been that the FBI deliberately falsifies evidence to make people look mentally-incompetent and the FBI "persecutes" them.  

Harry Dean's ENTIRE ADULT LIFE since the 1960's has been an attempt to generate publicity for his narrative.  He repeatedly tried to get publicity in order to "make money" off his story and achieve fame.   Geez!

 

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...Harry Dean's ENTIRE ADULT LIFE since the 1960's has been an attempt to generate publicity for his narrative.  He repeatedly tried to get publicity in order to "make money" off his story and achieve fame.   Geez!

That is simply untrue.   Harry Dean has been motivated by quest to reveal the Truth that he saw with his own eyes, involving Loran Hall, Larry Howard, Gabby Gabaldon and Ex-General Walker.

Harry Dean has made NO MONEY TO SPEAK OF in all the 53 years of his personal outreach to get the TRUTH to the American public.

Harry Dean started in 1965 with his original observations.

Robert Easterling started in 1981, having already read and imitated the writings of Jim Garrison.

If you can't see the Grand Canyon distance between these two, then you're willfully biased.   

I remain completely convinced that the 30,000+ pages of the latest FOIA releases of FBI material will completely vindicate Harry Dean's account of the JFK Assassination.   

Yet foolish JFK researchers are looking EVERYWHERE EXCEPT DALLAS, the home of Ex-General Edwin Walker, where Loran Hall and Larry Howard roamed on 11/22/1963.   

Again I note here that Jeff Caufield's "New Book" (2015) is willing to take an objective look at Harry Dean -- but ignores Robert Easterling who is obviously an imitator of Jim Garrison.

Harry Dean is a genius compared with most JFK researchers with their many degrees though Harry never entered high school.  His intellect and his American spirit of adventure and love of life and family will be recognized as monuments to American History -- very soon.   Mark my words.

Sincerely,
--Paul Trejo

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1 hour ago, Paul Trejo said:

That is simply untrue.   Harry Dean has been motivated by quest to reveal the Truth that he saw with his own eyes, involving Loran Hall, Larry Howard, Gabby Gabaldon and Ex-General Walker.

Harry Dean has made NO MONEY TO SPEAK OF in all the 53 years of his personal outreach to get the TRUTH to the American public.

Harry Dean started in 1965 with his original observations.

Robert Easterling started in 1981, having already read and imitated the writings of Jim Garrison.

If you can't see the Grand Canyon distance between these two, then you're willfully biased.   

I remain completely convinced that the 30,000+ pages of the latest FOIA releases of FBI material will completely vindicate Harry Dean's account of the JFK Assassination.   

Yet foolish JFK researchers are looking EVERYWHERE EXCEPT DALLAS, the home of Ex-General Edwin Walker, where Loran Hall and Larry Howard roamed on 11/22/1963.   

Again I note here that Jeff Caufield's "New Book" (2015) is willing to take an objective look at Harry Dean -- but ignores Robert Easterling who is obviously an imitator of Jim Garrison.

Harry Dean is a genius compared with most JFK researchers with their many degrees and though Harry never entered high school.  His intellect and his American spirit of adventure and love of life and family will be recognized as monuments to American History -- very soon.   Mark my words.

Sincerely,
--Paul Trejo

Although it may be accurate to write that Harry was not very successful at "making money" off his story, it is certainly not because he didn't try to do so.  See his FBI-Los Angeles file for all the times he tried to interest parties in publishing something -- not to mention the period when he was selling subscriptions to his own n newsletter.  ALL of his publicity-seeking efforts were designed to inflate his credentials so that he would be interviewed on radio, TV, or by the media.  Furthermore, he sold his self-published memoir "Crosstrails" AND there is other evidence concerning his attempts to generate money from his story.

I'm sorry Paul but you are BLINDED by your obsequious and reflexive defense of Harry because you see him as your "ally" -- instead of approaching his story in a neutral manner and trying to ascertain its actual purpose.

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Ernie,

All your hostility against Harry Dean cannot hide the historical factors that support his account of the JFK Assassination.

Fidel Castro, the Chicago FPCC, the SoCal JBS and Minutemen, Loran Hall, Larry Howard... General Walker...

All these known factors in Harry's biography just leave you JEALOUS, don't they?  

I see no other reason for a college man to spend years of his life persecuting an old, Coast Guard veteran of World War Two.

Regards,

--Paul Trejo

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2 hours ago, Paul Trejo said:

Ernie,

All your hostility against Harry Dean cannot hide the historical factors that support his account of the JFK Assassination.

Fidel Castro, the Chicago FPCC, the SoCal JBS and Minutemen, Loran Hall, Larry Howard... General Walker...

All these known factors in Harry's biography just leave you JEALOUS, don't they?  

I see no other reason for a college man to spend years of his life persecuting an old, Coast Guard veteran of World War Two.

Regards,

--Paul Trejo

Paul, I am not "hostile" toward Harry.  I just don't understand why he has never EVER written a definitive (short) statement which corresponds to what YOU claim he has told you AND why he refuses to answer basic and obvious questions --- as Larry Hancock and others have told you are standard questions which are ALWAYS asked when somebody claims to be an "eyewitness".

The fundamental problem is this:  You are NOT a genuine researcher.  You are merely a shill for Harry and you accept virtually everything that comes out of his mouth without obtaining verifiable evidence or corroboration.

With respect to FPCC:  All we know for absolutely certain is that Harry was a member of the Chicago chapter for some period of time.  We know absolutely NOTHING regarding what he did during his time as a member when he supposedly functioned as "Secretary".   It is very clear from his FBI files that the FBI in Chicago had NO interest in Harry -- other than accepting his unsolicited information.  And FBI Agents in Los Angeles told Harry that he was not even on their radar -- when Harry repeatedly asked for some sort of "FBI clearance".

With respect to SoCal JBS and Minutemen:   We DO NOT have even ONE single corroborating document to confirm ANYTHING which Harry claims about himself.  There are no FBI documents which discuss Harry and the JBS or Harry and Minutemen.  EVERYTHING which is publicly available is based EXCLUSIVELY upon Harry's own words.  I don't even know what name Harry used when he claims he joined the JBS and MM -- nor has Harry ever identified what JBS chapter number or name he belonged to -- nor did he ever identify his chapter leader's name, his section leader's name, or his JBS Coordinator name.  Nor has Harry ever provided any significant details concerning how many chapter meetings he attended (if any).

Only your extreme bias and gullibility make you believe Harry's narrative.

BOTTOM-LINE:

1.  You can leave me out of this equation altogether -- i.e. just pretend I do not even exist.

2.  The INDISPUTABLE FACT remains that no serious JFK scholar or JFK website believes Harry's story which is why NOBODY even mentions Harry.  When you and I started this debate I contacted numerous JFK websites and asked for their evaluation of Harry.  Most of them did not even know who he was.  The rest dismissed his story as NON-credible --- just like Larry Hancock has done -- along with many other serious researchers and interested parties on this website.

3.  So -- you can pretend (aka delude yourself) that only my "jealousy" is involved here -- but the plain fact of the matter is that Harry is NOT credible because he cannot prove one damn thing about his story -- and much of it can easily be DISPROVEN by cursory research.

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Ernie,

The INDISPUTABLE FACT is that Dr. Jeffrey Caufield mentions Harry Dean in his "new book," General Walker and the Murder of President Kennedy: the Extensive New Evidence of a Radical Right Conspiracy (2015).

In fact, Dr. Jeffrey Caufield devotes a whole section of this 900 page book to Harry Dean.    I guess you missed that.

With utmost sincerity,
--Paul Edward Trejo, MA
California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1989

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2 hours ago, Paul Trejo said:

Ernie,

The INDISPUTABLE FACT is that Dr. Jeffrey Caufield mentions Harry Dean in his "new book," General Walker and the Murder of President Kennedy: the Extensive New Evidence of a Radical Right Conspiracy (2015).

In fact, Dr. Jeffrey Caufield devotes a whole section of this 900 page book to Harry Dean.    I guess you missed that.

With utmost sincerity,
--Paul Edward Trejo, MA
California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1989

Of course he "mentions" Harry -- so what?

1.  Caufield is NOT an historian

2.  Caufield's book is NOT cited by any historian, political scientist or journalist

3.  Is this really the standard which you use to discern truth and reality -- i.e. a "mention" is equivalent to PROOF?

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3 hours ago, Ernie Lazar said:

Of course he "mentions" Harry -- so what?

1.  Caufield is NOT an historian

2.  Caufield's book is NOT cited by any historian, political scientist or journalist

3.  Is this really the standard which you use to discern truth and reality -- i.e. a "mention" is equivalent to PROOF?

Ernie,

1. Historians are not yet agreed on the topic of the JFK Assassination, so it is pointless to point to Historians as if there was any consensus.

2.  Caufield's book is innovative and essentially new in the world.   In the meantime, the CIA-did-it CT nonsense gets plenty of University time.

3.  Nor did I say that Dr. Jeff Caufield's mention of Harry Dean was equivalent to proof.   I only pointed out that your statement was a plain falsehood, i.e. when you wrote,

"The INDISPUTABLE FACT remains that no serious JFK scholar or JFK website believes Harry's story which is why NOBODY even mentions Harry. "

That happens to be a lie.

Sincerely,
--Paul Trejo

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4 hours ago, Paul Trejo said:

Ernie,

1. Historians are not yet agreed on the topic of the JFK Assassination, so it is pointless to point to Historians as if there was any consensus.

2.  Caufield's book is innovative and essentially new in the world.   In the meantime, the CIA-did-it CT nonsense gets plenty of University time.

3.  Nor did I say that Dr. Jeff Caufield's mention of Harry Dean was equivalent to proof.   I only pointed out that your statement was a plain falsehood, i.e. when you wrote,

"The INDISPUTABLE FACT remains that no serious JFK scholar or JFK website believes Harry's story which is why NOBODY even mentions Harry. "

That happens to be a lie.

Sincerely,
--Paul Trejo

1.  It is NOT relevant if historians AGREE upon one conclusion.  All that matters is the point you don't understand, namely, that historians and political scientists and journalists DON'T EVEN DISCUSS Harry Dean (or Caufield) as a relevant or credible narrative

2.  ALL works of FICTION are"innovative"

3.   With respect to:  "THAT HAPPENS TO BE A LIE"

Nothing you have presented contradicts what I originally wrote. 

(A)  Caufield is NOT a "serious JFK scholar".   

(B)   Caufield is a medical doctor who wrote something which NO serious person or publication has even bothered to review and it contains numerous factual errors.  Plus MANY of Caufield's footnotes are not even checkable because Caufield does NOT use standard bibliographic methods.  That is another reason why NO serious scholar or researcher bothers to consider it relevant.

(C)  Similarly, NOBODY even bothered to review your Ebook because it also was NOT a serious or even a well-documented publication

(D)  Serious historical narratives are always discussed in academic publications or at academic conferences or in other pertinent venues.  Their conclusions do NOT have to be "proven" BUT they must present something new which is widely recognized as a worthwhile contribution to the ongoing conversation about whatever matter is under scrutiny.  Caufield's book cannot even meet that lowest-standard of what constitutes something relevant.

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Get it right, Ernie.

You deliberately wrote:   "NOBODY even mentions Harry".

Yet I showed that Dr. Jeff Caufield mentioned Harry Dean in his "new book," which is the subject of this thread, namely, General Walker and the Murder of President Kennedy; the Extensive New Evidence of a Radical Right Conspiracy (2015, 900 pages).    Not only is Harry Dean mentioned, there is an entire section on Harry Dean in Caufield's "new book."

So, ipso facto, your statement was a lie.   Obviously.

Sincerely,
--Paul Trejo

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5 hours ago, Paul Trejo said:

Get it right, Ernie.

You deliberately wrote:   "NOBODY even mentions Harry".

Yet I showed that Dr. Jeff Caufield mentioned Harry Dean in his "new book," which is the subject of this thread, namely, General Walker and the Murder of President Kennedy; the Extensive New Evidence of a Radical Right Conspiracy (2015, 900 pages).    Not only is Harry Dean mentioned, there is an entire section on Harry Dean in Caufield's "new book."

So, ipso facto, your statement was a lie.   Obviously.

Sincerely,
--Paul Trejo

OK, Paul --- you know the actual CONTEXT in which I made that statement but like a child you think you are making some relevant point by your literalism. 

By "NOBODY" (as I have repeatedly said before), I refer to all the usual suspects whom are typically part of all serious JFK debate.  NOBODY heard of Dr. Caufield before his book was published and NOBODY has heard of him since.   NOBODY refers to his book or debates its content.  He is NOT part of any informed discussion -- as proven by review of JFK websites or by a review of scores of books and articles which have been published since 2015 when Caufield's book was published.  The current Amazon ranking of Caufield's book is #1,129,944 in total sales.  Nor is his book discussed in academic journals or conferences.  What OTHER metric is applicable?

I REPEAT MY ORIGINAL COMMENT --- which you cannot refute:

1.  It is NOT relevant if historians AGREE upon one conclusion.  All that matters is the point you don't understand, namely, that historians and political scientists and journalists DON'T EVEN DISCUSS Harry Dean (or Caufield) as a relevant or credible narrative

2.  ALL works of FICTION are"innovative"

3.   With respect to:  "THAT HAPPENS TO BE A LIE"

Nothing you have presented contradicts what I originally wrote. 

(A)  Caufield is NOT a "serious JFK scholar".   

(B)   Caufield is a medical doctor who wrote something which NO serious person or publication has even bothered to review and it contains numerous factual errors.  Plus MANY of Caufield's footnotes are not even checkable because Caufield does NOT use standard bibliographic methods.  That is another reason why NO serious scholar or researcher bothers to consider it relevant.

(C)  Similarly, NOBODY even bothered to review your Ebook because it also was NOT a serious or even a well-documented publication

(D)  Serious historical narratives are always discussed in academic publications or at academic conferences or in other pertinent venues.  Their conclusions do NOT have to be "proven" BUT they must present something new which is widely recognized as a worthwhile contribution to the ongoing conversation about whatever matter is under scrutiny.  Caufield's book cannot even meet that lowest-standard of what constitutes something relevant.

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You know I caught you in a lie, Ernie, why not just admit it?" 

Your logic is flawed, and after 6 years of failures in your mysterious obsession to discredit Harry Dean, you are now driven to mere insults on this thread.   Pitiful.   Just pitiful.

Sincerely,
--Paul Trejo

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5 hours ago, Paul Trejo said:

You know I caught you in a lie, Ernie, why not just admit it?" 

Your logic is flawed, and after 6 years of failures in your mysterious obsession to discredit Harry Dean, you are now driven to mere insults on this thread.   Pitiful.   Just pitiful.

Sincerely,
--Paul Trejo

Paul, you don't even know the definition of a lie.  A lie is when you say or write something which is not true and you know it.  I clearly told you the CONTEXT for my statement which you don't want to acknowledge.  Consequently, your statement that I lied is, in itself, a deliberate lie because you saw the context, you understood the context, and you deliberately chose to ignore the context.

IF you wanted to "prove" that I was not correct then you would have produced EVIDENCE to show that serious scholars and JFK websites routinely discuss or refer to Harry Dean's narrative OR that Dr. Caufield's book IS actually CURRENTLY discussed and referenced in online debates, in academic journals, in recent conferences devoted to discussing JFK assassination -- BUT YOU CAN'T DO THAT, CAN YOU?

Now you know why NOBODY believes anything you write and why NOBODY thinks you are a serious person.

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