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John Dolva

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This odd note was sent anonymously to the chief of police in Dallas in october 1965. Who is this David Campbell?

There is a Campbell who a few years after this note was sent that confirmed a Bannister-Oswald meeting. Does the 'resident of Dallas' refer to the Campbel or to the person who sent the note from Dubuque Iowa? Ring any bells for anyone?

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For those who can't see the note it reads

(Crossed out:)


Hedley Donovan

Time Magazine

New York N.Y.

(Replaced with:)

Chief of Police

Dallas Texas


The death of the deceased

former President Kennedy

now fore told of years

prior to the -assa- occurrence

Tx Places, people involved,

appopimate time were known.

For a more accurate

account, I suggest you

contact David Campbell


a resident of Dallas, Texas.

A peculiar way of putting things: "The death of the deceased".

Reminds me of how Ruby would talk of his victim Lee as "the deceased". This person also balks at writing assassination. Instead crosses it out and writes occurrence. A bit dissociative. Spooky even.

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I'll just bump this once more in case anyone who has a lead on any 'David Campbell'.

I'm surprised that the potential importance is lost on people who may be more aware of the subject.

This letter/note may be proof that the DPD were made aware of facts that didn't surface in the research community until some years later during/after the Garrison matter. IOW it may be a confirmation of a set of events that are generally regarded as suspect, namely the statements of a Al and Daniel and posibly David Campbell confirming matters concerning Guy Banister.


A separate matter is touched on in the observations regarding the text itself.

Forensic Psychology, Criminal Profiling:


"The fantasy's emphasis on power has an interesting side-effect in many killers. As adolescents, and especially as adults, they become obsessed with police work and police procedure (Geberth, 1990). Alex Henriquez, for example, became so enamored with the police investigation that it came to be his undoing (Dubner, 1993). Police detectives were surprised at how helpful Henriquez was, commenting that he "clearly got a thrill"(Dubner, 1993, p.84) from police work. Before his apprehension, Henriquez often masqueraded as a DEA agent or an undercover police officer, carrying a small handgun and badge (Dubner, 1993). The fascination with the police is simply an extension of the serial killer's pathological need for dominance, and the impersonation of law enforcement officials is another extension of the killer's fantasy world into reality."

"The role of fantasy continues to be reflected in the murder, especially in the case of victim type. Most serial killers have a recognizable victim type (US Congress, 1984). Ted Bundy's preferred victims were women in the early- to mid-twenties, with long dark hair parted in the middle (Holmes & De Burger, 1985). Earl Nelson preferred murdering his landladies, and Posteal Laskey stalked elderly women (Holmes & De Burger, 1985). The close kinship of the serial killer to the sexual addict is seen in the fact that many sexual addicts developed preferred partners (Orford, 1985). For serial killers, the victim is often symbolic of someone in the killer's history (FBI, 1985). The pattern of victims evident in the behavior of most serial killers is representative of the planning and fantasy involved in the murder."

(IMO:) This short missive has two significant aspects. It is fanciful. It speaks of 'fore telling'. Another way of understanding this is as fantasy and planning combined.

Then the fruition of the planning is discussed in a typical dissociative manner where the victim is no longer a person, but rather a label "The former President". However, the former president wasn't 'assassinated', rather 'the death of the deceased 'occurred'.' Why would a person write like this unless the person had a sense of guilt or a remorse indicated by the writing and sending of the letter, first by intent to the media, then upon reflection to the Chief of Police, yet can only do so by compartmentalising the event into something de-personalised?

The above is my own non-professional speculation. I wonder what a Forensic Psychologist specialising in document and handwriting analysis would make of it?

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Interesting, Ashton, good point (the good ole' FWIW department does have its uses). I had noticed that airport, but in looking for a person never thought it may be a reference to a place. Perhaps a suggestion by the writer that the Police check at that airport? It could be so.

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