"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!
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
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