Recipient of the 2011 Mary Ferrell Pioneer Award, presented in appreciation for a lifetime of searching for the truth
in the assassination of President
John F. Kennedy ----
|A NEW LOOK FOR "THE GIRL..."
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Live, From Dealey Plaza
11:26 pm est
In Dealey Plaza this afternoon, two men argue.
"Oswald did it and he did it by himself," the first one yells,
loud enough to attract attention. The other is ready for
him. "Yea, I believed it too. But look at that video on
YouTube. Once you see that, it can't be that way." To which the first
counters, "You're an idiot!"
And so it goes here two days before this killing ground is closed to the
general public and opened for a selected few to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of JFK's death. The Kennedy family didn’t want this celebration;
Dallas is doing it anyway, even if the predicted bad weather becomes an
Local television cameras are everywhere now and have been much of the week,
filming visitors from far-off places, asking what they are doing here
and why they came to this hallowed ground. A camera man is pressing the
button as one news personality tests the knowledge of passers-by with a series
of timely questions -- a sort of impromptu history exam of sorts -- such as how
old was Kennedy at the moment of impact, how old was Oswald, and what was the
name of the other person he shot that day. One respondent quipped, "I
didn't know he shot anybody that day."
Strangely, that comment within his interview
was cut from the 6 o'clock.
Then there are the hucksters, perpetual, confronting
the timid and uninitiated with their $5 tabloids guaranteed to reveal the
"truths" behind this controversy. The same station that
performed the editing job mentioned above did a 30-second spot on them, informing
viewers how "conspiracy theories" are "told and sold" in
In attendance too are the ironies of this moment, like the strategic
placement of a media tent. Where? On the
grassy knoll in the very spot the HSCA determined years ago that a second-shooter
was hiding. No doubt its location was chosen because it offered an inconspicuous
yet ideal spot to observe the proceedings below.
The stage is being set, literally, for Friday's invitation-only event. Almost
as numerous as those workers stapling up bunting are members of a road crew
laying down asphalt on portions of Elm Street as it winds its way toward the Triple
Underpass. As a result, the "X" in the middle of the street once marking
Zapruder 313 is gone, prompting one book author to post online that it was stripped
away so visitors didn’t have the visual effect of seeing how far and difficult a shot
was from the supposed sniper's nest.
(A crew member told me the "X" would return tomorrow when
improvements are expected to be completed.)
Some things never change in Dealey Plaza.
Friday, November 8, 2013
2:39 pm est
Many have been writing to ask my thoughts about the Travel Channel program "America Declassified - JFK" which, among other
things, featured the first television interview with Sandra Styles, the woman who accompanied Vicki Adams down the stairs.
Indigo Films, producers of this program, approached me last February seeking information about my book. I mentioned at that
time that they needed to put Sandra Styles on camera, for she had never been interviewed before. Her appearance was
thus highlighted, and rightfully so, as a
"first-time television interview" in the promos. It was, of course, historic and important to see, as was the unique Lee Bower's
Indigo actually sent me a clip of Sandra's interview in advance for my review. They featured Sandra's side for a simple
producer's reason: Vicki was no longer a live "visual"; Sandra was. Readers should keep in mind, however, that had it not
been for Vicki's urging, Sandra would never had gone down the stairs. But putting Vicki on camera any more than what was done
was simply not possible. Of course I would have liked to see more emphasis placed on Vicki's story but, in the end,
I was grateful her name was mentioned even as little as it was. After all, it wasn't so long ago that the name Victoria
Adams was associated only with the lead singer of the Spice Girls.
important here is that this other Victoria Adams is now getting some recognition. And equally important, what Sandra
said in her TV interview confirms Vicki regarding the trip down the stairs and the fact they saw and heard no one on those
stairs. It was that kind of corroboration the Warren Commission did not want in 1964 when it refused Vicki's request
to have Sandra questioned. Discrediting one witness was one thing; two presented problems.
Obviously there were a lot of other details that could have been included in this segment of the show and those were all discussed
at length with Indigo. But again the absence of those details was the end result of time constraints.
I think the fact Sandra was shown on national TV corroborating Vicki's "no one was on the stairs" observation
was significant. Hopefully it will spark further interest in the story.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
"The Girl..." On National TV
3:20 pm est
DVRs folks: “The Girl on the Stairs” will be featured in
a segment of “America Declassified” premiering on November 3 on the Travel
Channel. The show, filmed by the award-winning production company Indigo Films
out of Los Angeles, is scheduled to air at 10 PM EST, but check your local
ago little was known about Victoria
Adams. When her name was mentioned at all in assassination literature, it was
usually disparagingly. For instance, Vincent Bugliosi actually wrote in “Reclaiming
History” that she may have been one of the assassins. “Why not?” he asked, halfway
1600-page tome. “Women can pull triggers
too, you know.”
suppose he thought that was funny.
Adams simply did what we are all
taught to do: she told the truth. And then she was discredited and minimized for
doing so. I’m honored to have started the ball rolling toward getting more
people to recognize that truth. The only
shame is that it was not done back when it should have been.
JFK segment of “America Declassified”
is more than just Vicki Adams, however.
Exciting also will be a rare appearance on camera by Sandra Styles, the
woman who accompanied Miss Adams down the stairs that day. And there’s more.
Lee Bowers, Jr.? He was the one in the unique position of
being in a railroad tower atop the infamous grassy knoll when the shots were
fired. He told the Warren Commission he
observed some unusual vehicular activity in the adjacent parking area during
the hour before the assassination. He
also described seeing two men standing behind the picket fence just before the
shots were fired, coincidentally at a spot where the House Select Committee
would conclude in 1979 that a fourth shot had originated.
filmed and taped interview with Mark Lane in 1966, Bowers said his attention
was drawn to those men during the shooting because of “…a flash of light or
smoke or something….”
or smoke? Could that have been an
part of this upcoming program, Indigo
Films has commissioned a test to answer that very question.
read Mark Lane’s ‘Rush to Judgment’
back in the 1960s, and was stunned by the many problems he found with the
Warren Commission Report,” says Joshua Alper, Indigo Films’ producer for the
JFK special. “I remember being
especially struck by Lee Bowers’ account. I had the same reaction when I saw
him interviewed in Lane’s film. I’ve always felt that Bowers was a critical
witness, but one who was somewhat overlooked.”
that sound familiar?
had some input during the planning of
our JFK production, and suggested Bowers be a key element,” Alper
continued. “My colleagues agreed, and
they did a superb job in creating a field test based on Bowers’
observations. In a very real sense, it
was a notion kicked off by Mark Lane more than 40 years ago, and finally
brought to fruition by Indigo Films and the Travel Channel.”
your DVRs folks. This will be a good one.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Howard P. Willens Writes ...
4:10 pm est
the summer of 1964, assistant counsel Howard P. Willens was one of several responsible
for putting the finishing touches on the Warren Report. As part of that editing
process, he is
credited with writing in an August 8 internal memo the following line
concerning how the Report might handle Lee Oswald’s escape from the sixth-floor
such a discussion the Commission could rely on some witnesses and reject the testimony
of others, such as
Victoria Adams.” (Emphasis mine.)
we soon may be able to discover why Miss Adams was singled out.
has entered the fray this year by introducing his latest bit of penmanship in a
volume titled, “History Will Prove Us Right.” Who “us” refers to shouldn’t be
hard to figure
out. The book is currently available for
pre-order (at $23.95) at Amazon.com. It
is scheduled for release on Halloween day.
you’ve just got to love the irony in this subject, don’t you?
naturally, the book is an endorsement of the Warren Report’s findings and
appears reminiscent of fellow Commission staffer David W. Belin’s attempt at
doing the same in his 1973 offering of “November 22, 1963: You Are The Jury.” Belin continued along that line with “Final
Disclosure: The Full Truth About the Assassination of President Kennedy” in
as well is the website recently established by Willens (http://howardwillens.com/news/welcome-to-my-blog/), where one will
find an on-going blog, plus more about the author, his book, and his take on various
aspects of the Warren Commission’s evidence and ultimate conclusions.
"It turned out
that I was the only person in this group who kept a personal journal of my experiences during the nine months I worked with
the commission," Willens recently wrote. "I have used this journal and my personal files from the commission in writing
my book. I intend to provide all these materials online when my book is published."
visitors to his blog will get a sense of his leanings with an article titled
“Debunking Oliver Stone: Part 1.” Space
is also provided for submission of comments by readers, although none appear as
are no doubt many who will object to examining another treatise that is
contributing support for what they consider to be a myth. To be objective, however,
you should read
books like this. After all, Willens is
one of the few surviving members of that exclusive behind-the-scenes club
called the Warren Commission, and his observations and insights may very well reveal
more than what you can imagine.
too that it’s been nearly 50 years since Willens applied polish to the
grammatical assurances offered by the Warren panel, so overlook the editing
problems you may now find on his internet pages. For example, in one entry
titled “2 Great Reviews of My Book,” he
refers to the title of his work as “History Will Probe [sic] Us Right.”
you’ve just got to love the irony in this subject, don’t you?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The Last 100 Days
11:00 am est
On August 17, The Washington Post reported that now five decades after the JFK assassination, thousands of pages
of documents regarding the case still remain classified and outside public view. Many of those pages involve the
CIA, not surprisingly, and what this intelligence agency knew about Lee Oswald prior to November 1963.
Why the holdup?
To add salt to that wound, it was then reported that the CIA will be closing the
very department within its doors that is responsible for releasing those and other declassified documents
to the public. Budget cuts were blamed.
news, final plans are now taking place in Dallas and elsewhere for various and special conferences focused
on JFK's death. A slew of new books both good and bad are emerging with whispers (dare I say, warnings) of
even more bad and a few good ones on the near horizon.
Online JFK discussion groups are all a flutter with renewed speculations and ideas as to who did it, why and how. Interest
in the real truth behind Victoria Adams is rising too, as a click on the "Author's Agenda" tab above will attest.
And yet today, less than 100 days before the
memorial event that shouldn't even have to be a memorial event, I still haven't heard about my request for a ticket to gain
access to Dealey Plaza where this event will occur.
Why the holdup?
Click on either of the two pictures of a young Vicki Adams shown above and you will be able to read her complete Warren Commission
testimony as printed in Volume VI of the Hearings. The center photo shows the
Depository window behind which Miss Adams stood as the presidential motorcade turned and passed beneath her on Elm Street.
NOW ON THE NIGHTSTAND
Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy" by Vincent Michael Palamara (Trine Day,
Survivors guilt or syndrome: a mental condition that occurs when a person
perceives himself or herself to have done wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not.
It doesn’t take long. By page 3 of this
much-anticipated book, the author is showing in print the passion he has
displayed in other venues regarding his extensive research into the role played
by the Secret Service in JFK’s death.
Did the president
have those “Ivy League
charlatans” removed from the car? Were
there or were there not prior death threats in Dallas? Who ordered removal of
the bubble top? Was
the motorcade route changed? Were those charged with protecting the president, protecting
the president? Could this
awfulness have been prevented? What about Kellerman, Kivett and Kinney; Hill,
Hickey and Howlett; Landis, Lawton and Lawson; Bennett, Blaine and Boring;
Roberts, Rowley and Ready.
all here, their backgrounds and
actions fastidiously examined. Even Agent Frank Horrigan, aka Clint Eastwood. Yes,
that Clint Eastwood. (You’ll have to read the book.)
With more than
1700 citations within 433
pages of text (plus 27 additional pages of supporting photographs and
documents), this soft-cover book is a meticulous project. It’s one you need to
read. In fact, let’s go further and say it’s one you’ll need to closely study in
order to fully absorb all of the Kennedy details.
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