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2014 Conference Speakers
Buell Frazier // Jim Marrs // Gayle Nix Jackson // Bill Simpich // Brian Edwards // Casey Quinlan // Sherry Fiester
Pat Speer // Stu Wexler // Debra Conway // Alan Dale // Larry Hancock // Jim DiEugenio
Buell Frazier

In September, 1963, Frazier began work at the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. The following month, Ruth Paine, a neighbour of Linnie Mae Randle, told her that Lee Harvey Oswald was going to work at the same building. The two men became friends and Frazier agreed to give Oswald a lift to work when he was staying at Paine's house in Irving. On 22nd November, 1963, Frazier gave Oswald a lift to the Texas Book Depository. He told the Warren Commission that Oswald took a package into work that day that he claimed contained curtain rods.

 

 

Jim Marrs

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Marrs has worked for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where beginning in 1968 he served as police reporter and general assignments reporter covering stories locally, in Europe and the Middle East. After a leave of absence to serve with a Fourth Army intelligence unit during the Vietnam War, he became military and aerospace writer for the newspaper and an investigative reporter. Since 1980, Marrs has been a free-lance writer, author and public relations consultant. In 2007, Marrs retired from the University of Texas at Arlington where he had taught a course on the Kennedy assassination since 1976. In 1989, his book, Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, was published and reached The New York Times Paperback Non-Fiction Best Seller list in mid-February 1992. It also became the basis for the Oliver Stone film, JFK, where Marrs served as a chief consultant for both the film's screenplay and production. An award-winning journalist, Marrs is listed both in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America. In 1993, Marrs received Freedom Magazine's Human Rights Leadership Award. Marrs has appeared many TV programs including Discovery and Larry King. Visit Jim's website.

 

 

Gayle Nix Jackson

The grand daughter of Orville O. Nix, Jr. who shot a home movie in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963 that is less well-known than the Zapruder film, but perhaps just as important. His film shows the grassy knoll area (from where he always believed shots were fired) throughout the assassination sequence. The FBI kept his film for three days and his camera for over five months. When his film was returned he felt it looked “different,” and when his camera was finally returned, it came back in pieces. The FBI had taken it apart to “study” it. He sold the copyright to UPI in 1963. It was subsequently returned to Gayle Nix Jackson and family in 1990. Only then did they discover that the original film was missing. Jackson’s book, Orville Nix: The Missing JFK Assassination Film, chronicles her continuing efforts to track down the original film for analysis and posterity. Gayle will also share her grandfather’s frustration when a CBS producer, while interviewing him for a network special on the Warren Report, insisted that Orville was mistaken when he tried to assert that the shots were fired from the grassy knoll. Visit Gayle's website.

 

Bill Simpich

Simpich is a civil rights attorney and an antiwar activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. The main areas of his law practice are government misconduct and toxic tort violations. He also writes for publications such as Truthout, Counterpunch and OpedNews. He considers the assassination cases to be a poorly understood area of civil rights violations. To preserve cold cases, he is preparing a proposed JFK Preservation of Evidence Act that would be applicable in both of these areas of the law and administered by a citizen panel similar to the ARRB. His study of the JFK case focuses on the documentary evidence, rather than firearms, acoustics, and other forensic evidence. His current focus is on Mexico City and the counterintelligence aspects of the JFK case. His 2014 NID presentation will address the FBI report issued two weeks following the assassination, and the evidence that the Warren Report itself served largely as a cover-up exercise to support the FBI report.

 

 

Brian Edwards

From 1978-1997, Edwards worked as a police officer in Kansas with the patrol division and served eight years on the police department’s tactical response team. He holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University, Kansas. From 1996 to 2005, served as an adjunct instructor for the Criminal Justice department, with Washburn University, and taught a variety of law enforcement-related courses. Edwards has lectured on the JFK assassination in universities throughout the Midwest. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Friend’s University, Ottawa University, and Washburn University. Edwards is co-director of Project JFK/CSI Dallas, a student-oriented historical experience. For the past 20 years, Edwards and Casey Quinlan have sponsored student trips to Dallas to study the assassination. Edwards is the co-Author of the book, “Beyond The Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy. Visit his website.

 

 

Casey Quinlan

Quinlan has been a high school American History and Government teacher for the past 36 years. He served in the United States Army with the 9th Infantry as a Medical Corpsman during the Vietnam War and has a Master’s Degree in American History from Emporia State University, Kansas. He is the director of "Project JFK", a student-oriented educational experience designed for high school, college and adults exploring the murder of President Kennedy. Casey has been the featured lecturer at many universities. He was named "Outstand Educator" in 1994 and in 2008 by JFK Lancer. In 1991, Quinlan was a Guest Historian for the A&E Network and the History Channel for Oliver Stone’s blockbuster movie, "JFK". In 2007, Quinlan presented "Beyond the Fence Line: The Ed Hoffman Story" (published by JFK Lancer) and this publication continues to be a best seller. He has been a featured lecturer at the JFK Lancer Conference since 2007. He and Brian Edwards received the JFK Lancer 2011 “New Frontier Award” for their continued efforts to write and inform students of the truth behind the murder of JFK. Visit his website.

 

 

Sherry Fiester

In 1999 Fiester, a Certified Senior Crime Scene Investigator and Court recognized expert, begin to apply her professional expertise to the Kennedy assassination. By using the same Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and Trajectory Analysis techniques she’s used in court for over 20 years, Fiester answers basic questions concerning the fatal headshot, while including blood spatter and trajectory analysis from previous presentations. Fiester has testified as an expert in crime scene reconstruction and bloodstain pattern analysis in over 30 judicial districts. Her publications include "Bloodstain Pattern Identification and Documentation: a Workbook for Analyst," 1990, "Blood Evidence; What Does the Blood Tell Us?" JFK Lancer Publications, 1997; and "Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and the Kennedy Assassination” The Echo, England, 2002. Her newest book is titled, "Enemy of the Truth: Myths, Forensics, and the Kennedy Assassination”. In 2003, Fiester was presented with the "Mary Ferrell - JFK Lancer New Frontier Award" in appreciation for her contributions of new evidence and furthering the study of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Visit her website.

 

 

Pat Speer

Patrick Speer began his studies on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 2003. In 2007, The Mysterious Death of Number 35, a 4-part video series written by and featuring Speer, debuted on Youtube. Speer demonstrated that Dr. Michael Baden, the spokesman for the House Select Committee on Assassinations' Forensic Pathology Panel (the last government panel to study the Kennedy assassination medical evidence), was confused by the evidence and testified with a key autopsy photo upside down. It is Speer's contention that Baden was confused because the medical evidence, as interpreted by his panel, made little sense, and was at odds with articles and textbooks written by the very members of his panel. On his website, patspeer.com, Speer discusses the eyewitness evidence, the paraffin cast of Oswald's cheek, and the paper bag purportedly used by Oswald to transport his rifle into the building. Speer made an appearance at the 2009 COPA Conference in Dallas, and was the recipient of the JFK Lancer--Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award in 2012.

 

Stu Wexler

Wexler is a teacher of World History, AP Government at Hightstown High School, Hightstown, NJ. He has been a JFK assassination researcher for about fifteen years where he has focused on the issues connected to the chemical analysis of the ballistics material since 2000. Wexler has spoken on the subject at JFK Lancer’s NID twice, at the Wecht conference in 2003, and at the AARC conference in 2004, three of those times opposite Dr. Kenneth Rahn, NAA advocate, from the University of Rhode Island. Wexler has collaborated with chemist Tom Pinkston since approximately 2000 on the same subject matter. Wexler’s other Kennedy interests focus on Oswald, his background and associates leading up to November 22nd. His book, The Awful Grace of God, co-authored with Larry Hancock, on the MLK assassination was published in 2011.

 

 

Debra Conway

Debra Conway, president of JFK Lancer, is a historical researcher who specializes in documents released under the Assassination Records Collection Act, particularly concerning Cuba and the CIA and Mafia plots against Fidel Castro. Since 1996, Conway has gathered experts from around the world for Lancer's November In Dallas Conference. Her goal is to make JFK research materials easily available to everyone, while focusing on accuracy in the continued investigation of the turbulent 1960s. JFK Lancer has published several books on the topic, including: JFK Assassination by Brent Holland, In The Eye of History by William Matson Law, Someone Would Have Talked by Larry Hancock, Beyond the Fence Line by Casey Quinlan & Brian Edwards, and many more.

 

 

 

 

Alan Dale

Alan Dale will be our moderator for the conference. He is the host of JFK Lancer: Conversations, an on-line interview program featuring in-depth discussions with prominent authors, historical researchers, and notable personalities associated with the study of President Kennedy’s assassination. He is a full-time professional jazz musician and band leader, a lifetime student of American history whose parents were active as supporters and volunteers in the political campaigns of John and Robert Kennedy. He is the administrator of jfkessentials.com.

 

 

 

 

Larry Hancock

In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious "Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award" for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the "Mary Ferrell Legacy Award". He co-authored, with Connie Kritzberg, “November Patriots” and is author of the acclaimed “Someone Would Have Talked”, now in its third edition. His book "NEXUS: Political Assassinations and the CIA" includes new information and analysis on "The CIA and Extreme Deniability", "The Culture of the Agency", and "Spy Games in Mexico City". Hancock describes his book saying that this work deals with "what happened" rather than "how could something like that happen?" He engages in a historical study of how political assassination evolved within the Central Intelligence Agency. Hancock has also published a study of the RFK assassination, “Incomplete Justice” and along with Stuart Wexler, co-authored the publication of their work on the MLK assassination "The Awful Grace of God" in the spring of 2011. His latest book is "Shadow Warfare" dealing with deniable covert ops. Visit Larry's Site.

 

Jim DiEugenio

DiEugenio has piloted CTKA (Citizens for Truth in the Kennedy Assassination) and its website since was it was organized as a result of the April 1993 Chicago Midwest Symposium on Assassination. Along with articles and reviews, DiEugenio has written two books on the Kennedy assassinations. “Destiny Betrayed” (1992) was the first positive reconsideration of the Jim Garrison investigation in a generation. “The Assassinations” (2003, co-edited with Lisa Pease) analyzed the murders of RFK, MLK, and Malcolm X, but devoted most its pages to the newly released ARRB documents in the JFK case. He and Pease also edited the journal "Probe" (1993-2000) which focused on the releases of the ARRB and new developments in the King and RFK cases. DiEugenio has an MA in Contemporary American History from California State University Northridge. He was asked by Oliver Stone to do a commentary track on the expanded DVD version of his film “JFK”.

 

 

 

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