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Good Day.... Having been a while since I read it, I was browsing through LIFTON's book, "Best Evidence."

The following is from a 01NOV65 telephone conversation between LIFTON and "Associated Press photographer/news photo editor/wire photo operator, JAMES "Ike" WILLIAM ALTGENS,


He was friendly on the phone and mentioned quite casually that just before the motorcade came by, a number of people suddenly appeared behind the wall on the knoll. (84) He added that he thought it was an odd place to watch the parade from since the car would speed up right there as it entered the Stemmons Freeway. This was new, exciting information, but I was worried that Altgens might be confusing this recollection with his description of people on the overpass, which was mentioned in his Warren Commission testimony. But he assured me he was talking about the wall on the grassy knoll--to the right of the stairs when one faced the knoll.

When I asked Altgens if there were any police among the "people" he saw, he replied, "I seem to remember that there were. (85)

(84) Author's memo, 11/1/65 conversation with Altgens

(85) Ibid


Don Roberdeau

U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67, "Big John" Plank Walker

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"I wasn't keeping track of the number of pops that took place, but I could vouch for number one, and I can vouch for the last shot, but I cannot tell you how many shotS were in between."

----JAMES ALTGENS, close attack witness, during his 22JUL64 warrenatti-testimony (07H517-518)

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