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Please read FBI 62-109090 Warren Commission HQ File, Section 2 pp. 248-249.



This is memo from L.J. Gauthier to Mr. Callahan of the FBI concerning a meeting of Commission lawyers, Secret Service personnel and Shaneyfelt of the FBI on January 27, 1964. They were trying to reconcile the Nix film with the Zapruder film. The meeting lasted 8 and 1/2 hours.

Please read the top paragraph on p. 249. Am I reading this right?

Is Secret Service Inspector Thomas Kelley saying the single bullet theory is bogus?


Steve Thomas

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Hi Steve:

I go into this memorandum and other's relating to various Commission staff meetings and members of the FBI as they viewed, on several occasions, the film of Abraham Zapruder [and others] in my unpublished manuscript on the wounding of John Connally. As far as I can ascertain this was the first such meeting of these particular "minds" and it is also the actual genesis of the SBT. I have always argued, against general consensus thinking, that Arlen Specter was not the "father" of the SBT and he was not. Based upon memorandum I possess from the J. Lee Rankin files the actual initiator of the SBT, the "one staff member" left unidentified by name in this Gauthier memorandum you have highlighted, was actually Norman Redlich. That is not to say that Specter and David Belin, who was also present at this meeting, would not become the most vocal proponents of the "truth" of the SBT because they were. But I reiterate - Arlen Specter was not the father/inventor of the SBT



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You are saying that Redlich originated the SBT?

Two questions:  1.) What is the specific date it happened, not the date of the memo?  2.) What are the circumstances?

Pat Speer made a case that it was actually Ball and Belin.


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Just as an aside, I had to smile. It looks like Hoover didn't much like the idea of trying to reconcile the Nix and Zapruder films.

See Hoover's handwritten notes on page 247 in this group: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=61489#relPageId=247&tab=page

"It (unintelligible) like a lot of poppy to me."

and page 252 https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=61489#relPageId=252&tab=page

"OK, but it looks to me as if they are "playing games"."

He wasn't thrilled.


Steve Thomas


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