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in Dallas, TX, commemorating
the 40th Anniversary of the assassination of
President John F. Kennedy
Mark Taylor at Dealey Plaza
"There are many people in the world who really don't understand or say they don't, what is the great issue between the Warren Commission apologists and the Assassination Research community LET them come to THE GRASSY KNOLL.
"There are some who say that lies are the wave of the future, LET them come to THE GRASSY KNOLL. And there are even a few who say that it is true lies are evil, but it permits us to protect our national security. LET them come to THE GRASSY KNOLL!
Mary Ferrell - JFK Lancer Awards Announced:
New Frontier Awards
Presented in appreciation for your contribution of new
evidence and futhering the study of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Bill Miller, Photographic Evidence Analysis
Sherry Gutierrez, Crime Scene Analysis
Presented in appreciation of your lifetime dedication and contributions
to the study of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Dick Russell, a long-time investigative journalist, is the author of Eye of the Whale (Simon & Schuster), which was named among the Best Books of 2001 by three major newspapers: the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Russell has published two previous widely-acclaimed books: The Man Who knew Too Much, Richard Case Nagell (1992) an 824-page book about the assassination - to be re-issued November, 2003 - and Black Genius: And the American Experience (1998). The book on Nagell was the product of some 17 years of research and led Russell to the inescapable conclusion that a conspiracy existed that went beyond the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, and his own slayer, Jack Ruby.
Notes from "November in Dallas 2003" by Larry Hancock, chairman NID 2003
Michael Cain, the half-brother of Richard Cain of Chicago, presented his personal knowledge and research into the activities of his brother a close associate of Sam Giancana, member of the Chicago police and CIA informant. Mr. Cain presented details of his brothers involvement in Cuban affairs including his personal participation in the initial Roselli-CIA Castro assassination attempt. He also described his brother as a rather poor pistol shot with no known rifle experience outside his WWII Army service.
Debra Conway presented information previously unknown from witnesses: Jim Hill of The Cellar Lounge told Conway that after the assassination the employees of the Cellar were visited by a government agent and told never to talk about the Secret Service Agents drinking on the night of November 21st. Dallas Policeman H. B. "Mac" McClain stated that the Dallas officers from the motorcade were also visited after the assassination and told to relate only the official story of what happened even if it differed from what they witnessed. (McClain attended the Awards Banquet with his wife.)
Robert Dorff, long time researcher since 1974 and organizer of several research conferences including a 1988 event with five HSCA staff members in attendance, presented new information on the Rose Cheremie incident. This included an evaluation by Dr. Wecht her cause of death, suggestive of more than a automobile accident. Mr. Dorff also presented first time information from one of the Doctors involved in her initial treatment at the time of the assassination.
Sherry Gutierrez, an expert in crime scene reconstruction and bloodstain pattern analysis and a member of the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction presented a technique for analyzing the trajectory of the fatal head shot. Combining her prior blood spatter analysis with the most current information on the President's actual head wounds, Ms. Gutierrez demonstrated the likely-hood that the fatal shot actually originated not from the so called grassy knoll, but rather from within in a range of positions covering the south edge of the overpass and the fence line on the south knoll. The key to this trajectory analysis was the combination of the wounds with and accurate positioning of the President's head at the time of the fatal shot.
Larry Hancock, awarded the JFL Lancer New Frontier award in 2000 and the Legacy Award in 2001 presented background research on Roy Hargraves as well as a set of interviews conducted with Roy Hargraves by Noel Twyman. Twyman's interview with Hargraves confirmed an initial 1964 report to the FBI of Hargraves as JFK suspect with Hargraves admitting going to Dallas as part of a team used to support the President's assassination. Hargraves admitted to holding false secret service identification and also identified Vidal Santiago as the leader for this team, stating that its orders came from individuals at CIA JM WAVE headquarters in Miami.
William Law, a researcher specializing in Bethesda Hospital witness testimony and author of an upcoming oral history of Bethesda witnesses, moderated a witness panel and also showed unique video interviews with Jim Jenkins, William Custer and a first time interview of FBI agent James Sibert. He also presented first time written information from FBI agent O'Neill. In all cases, these primary witnesses described the "Single Bullet" theory as inconsistent with their actual observations and the Doctors initial conclusions. Several also described apparent manipulation of medical evidence as compared to their first hand observations. This panel was followed by a presentation by Mr. Harold Rydberg, the U.S. Navy medical illustrator who prepared the sketch of the President's wounds which was presented to and used by the Warren Commission. Mr. Rydberg related the very unusual circumstances under which these illustrations were prepared, his exception to them and his efforts to officially express and register those objections.
Jim Olivier, a student of the assassination since 1967 has conducted interviews with individuals ranging from Jim Garrison to Jack Anderson. His primary focus has been events in New Orleans and the Garrison investigation. Mr. Olivier presented new interviews with individuals not formerly on record which confirm the presence of Lee Oswald in Clinton La. with Clay Shaw and David Ferrie as well as information confirming the pre-assassination remarks of Rose Cherimie as to a conspiracy to kill the President.
Tom Pinkston, a chemist specializing in the analysis of geological and semiconductor materials including lead in both solids is experienced in the use of compounds by mass spectrometry. Mr. Pinkston presented an study and analysis of Neutron Analysis as used by the FBI to support the Single Bullet theory. Using new information and calling upon the latest research into bullet lead Mr. Pinkston demonstrated that the chemical tests performed on the ballistics material in the Kennedy assassination are completely unreliable at their most relevant and significant point: the ability to tell the difference between 2 bullets and 3 bullets. If two bullets and only two bullets wounded both limo occupants, this would be strong support for the lone assassin theory; if, on the other hand, an extra bullet was involved, it would almost invariably require another shooter to have fired it and hence we would have a conspiracy. Warren Commission supporters cited these chemical tests (performed in the late 1970s) as the strongest pillar in the argument that two and only two bullets were involved. No other class of evidence-- not medical, not photographic, and not trajectory-- could make the same case as clearly and as strongly: that two and only two bullets can be formed (chemically) from the bullet fragments allegedly recovered at the crime scene. In reality, bullet chemistry in general, and these bullets in particular, cannot be used to make this kind of argument at all. The bullet lead chemistry cannot tell us if there were two or three bullets associated with the alleged crime scene fragments. The chemical tests performed in 1978 are probatively
useless, and we are left to debate conspiracy and non-conspiracy in its absence.
Immediately following the conference, Mr. Pinkston's work was further corroborated by a new release on challenges to FBI Forensic Technique in this area: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2241039
Dick Russell, long time investigative reporter and author of The Man Who Knew Too Much dealing with Richard Case Nagell and his contact with Lee Oswald and a Cuban n exile inspired conspiracy presented an update on new information further corroborating Nagell's story. Russell presented evidence relating to Mexico City and Oswald's as well as Nagell's own connections to the CIA. In addition, he elaborated on the process by which the ARRB determined to interview Nagell and Nagell's death coincident with being informed of this; Russell also related details of the disappearance of material which had been secreted by Nagell for his protection and to validate his story.
Larry Sells, with a degree in Physics and a JD in Law, specializes in the collection and investigation of photographs related to the assassination. Mr. Sells presented two sets of photographs never before seen. The first dealt with Dean Andrews and was supported with testimony connecting Andrews with Clay Shaw. The second consisted of a series of photographs of Alan Dulles at the Johnson Ranch. These photographs are of special interest given the fact that neither the Johnson Library nor the library holding the Dulles papers has any records indicating a visit by Dulles to Johnson's ranch. The visit apparently occurred not long before the assassination in 1963 and is denied by the Johnson library even in the face of the photographs.
Matthew Smith, British researcher and author of a number of books including The Second Plot and Say Good Bye to America, introduced new information identifying the owner of an aircraft present at Red Bird field the week of November 22, 1963. This aircraft was in the process of being sold to a known CIA associated company and the Cuban exile pilot of the DC-3 revealed prior knowledge of the President's assassination to Ray January, the owner of the plane. Mr. Smith also released the actual number of the aircraft as well as additional information on its transfer and ownership.
Dr. William Zedlitz, a Parkland staff member in 1963, addressed the conferences on his personal experiences in the trauma room during the earliest examination of the President. He also described his personal efforts in feeling and exploring the President's head wound, a first ever description of the exact size, location and nature of this wound. His experience constitutes possibly the best description ever registered as to the nature of this wound prior to the President's body leaving Parkland hospital.
Chaired by Larry Hancock,
Co-chaired by Debra Conway and Mary Ferrell
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