2016 Conference Speakers
Conway will speak on behalf of JFK Lancer, a historical research company specializing in the administration and assassination of President John F. Kennedy; founded in 1995 by Thomas A. Jones and Debra J. Conway. JFK Lancer works with the largest and most active group of President John F. Kennedy historical researchers. Our past conferences have hosted many of the eye witnesses of the assassination and the most respected of authors and researchers from around the world. JFK Lancer subscribes to the values of patriotism, excellence, integrity, and dedication to the revealing of truth surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Our goal is to make research materials concerning Kennedy's assassination easily available to everyone. Our prime concern is the accuracy of history and the true story of the turbulent 1960s.
Larry Hancock, Chairman ~ Gene Wheaton and the ARRB
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" Hancock describes his book saying that this work deals with "what happened" rather than "how could something like that happen?" 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. In 2014, Larry published "Shadow Warfare" dealing with deniable covert ops and his newest book is "Surprise Attack: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11 to Benghazi" explores sixty plus years of military and terror threats against the United States. Visit Larry's Site.
Stuart Wexler, Co-Chairman ~ Gene Wheaton and the ARRB
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.
Awarded the JFK Lancer Mary Ferrell "New Frontier" Award, 2011
Bill and Gayle Newman, Dealey Plaza witnesses
Photo credit Louis DeLuca/DMN Staff Photographer
The Newmans were at Love Field Airport in Dallas on the morning of November 22, 1963, to see the President and Mrs. Kennedy come out from Air Force One and maybe wave to the crowd. Afterwards, they rushed to downtown in time to see the motorcade wind its way past the old Texas School Book Depository. The couple and their two children were standing on the North side of Dealey Plaza less than five minutes when the gunfire erupted — just as the president’s limousine was feet from them on Elm Street.
Positioned very close to the President and First Lady, they actually heard Mrs. Kennedy cry out that her husband had been shot but were not called to testify at the Warren Commission Hearings.
Photo credit The Sixth Floor Museum
Fagin is Curator at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, grew up near the Newmans when they lived in Mesquite. His relationship with them sparked a lifelong curiosity about the JFK assassination, and will lead the interview with the Newmans. As curator of the Sixth Floor Museum, Fagin plays an integral role fulfilling the Museum’s mission to chronicle and interpret the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, providing content expertise in the development, growth, research and interpretation of the Museum’s collections, exhibits and programs, while serving as a recognized authority on the subject. Fagin also manages the Museum’s Oral History Collection, more than 1,500 personal accounts of the assassination, the 1960s, civil rights and other topics. He is the author of “Assassination and Commemoration: JFK, Dallas, and The Sixth Floor Museum.”
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht
Dr. Wecht, Chairman/President of CAPA, is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology, and is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the National Association of Medical Examiners. Dr. Wecht served as Vice Chairman of the American Board of Disaster Medicine and the American Board of Legal Medicine.
Dr. Wecht is actively involved as a forensic pathologist, and as a medical-legal and forensic science consultant, author, and lecturer. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Public Health and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University School of Law. He has also served as Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Forensic Medicine Committee of the American College of Forensic Examiners International. In October, 2010, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner facility was officially designated as the “Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science”.
Dr. Wecht is the author or co-author of more than 600 professional publications, including Forensic Sciences (Matthew Bender), and Handling Soft Tissue Injury Cases and Preparing and Winning Medical Negligence Cases (Juris Publishing Co.). He has appeared as a frequent guest on numerous national TV and radio shows, discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific subjects including medical malpractice and the assassination of President Kennedy.
J. Gary Shaw
Shaw, a first generation reseacher, co-author of the book "Cover Up, The Governmental Conspiracy to Conceal the Facts About the Public Execution of John Kennedy" (1976), is from Cleburne, Texas. He formerly acted as co-director with the late Larry N. Howard of the JFK Assassination Information Center in Dallas. Shaw also worked with Mary Ferrell to produce the Assassination Syposium on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy" (ASK) held in Dallas in the 1990's. His second book, "JFK: The Conspiracy of Silence and Trauma Room One" (2001)
with Parkland Hospital doctor, Charles Crenshaw, and D. Bradley Kizzia, became a sensation when the book contents were disputed in the Journal of American Medical (JAMA) leading to a lawsuit. Crenshaw won a hard-fought court settlement over the damage to his reputation.
Shaw was awared the Mary Ferrell JFK Lancer Pioneer Award in 2015
Michael Marcades ~ Rose Cherami
Dr. Marcades has been involved in choral/instrumental conducting and performance for over three decades. During that time he has served on the faculties of the Texas Tech University School of Music (as Assistant Director of Choral Activities), the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music (as Director of Choral Activities) and Southern Union State Community College (as Director of Music). Presently, he serves as Head Choir Director at Odessa High School, a 6A educational institution with over 4,000 students. In May 1999 he completed his PhD in Fine Arts (Choral Conducting) at Texas Tech University. His dissertation, Benjamin Britten’s Ad majorem Dei gloriam (AMDG): A Musico-poetic Analysis and Performance Guide for the Choral Conductor, was nominated for the 1999 Julius Herford Prize and is housed on request in the Britten-Pears Library, Aldeburgh, England. Marcades will be presenting material from his new book about his mother, "Rose Cherami: Gathering Fallen Petals," Melba Christine Youngblood, also known as Rose Cherami.
Joseph Backes ~ NARA Document Releases
Backes is an acknowledged expert on the activities of the Assassination Records Review Board. He has written reviews of documents released by the AARB, and is now compiling an inventory of documents that continue to be withheld. His website, “Justice For Kennedy: A Blog About The JFK Assassination And Other Political Crimes” is a valuable online resource for researchers and historians justiceforkennedy.blogspot.com/ He will be hosting and participating in the JFK Act Panel.
Awarded the JFK Lancer "Legacy" Award in 1998
Russ Baker ~ Research Challenges
Baker is working on his best effort to develop a comprehensive, highly readable narrative of the events leading up to, including, and following the assassination. Baker’s career has been about one thing: finding out what really happened—or the truth of what is currently unfolding—and presenting it to the public in a compelling, entertaining, thoughtful manner. In his reporting and writing he brings the best of mainstream methods (balance and rigor) to the alternative media, and the best of the alternative media (passion for the truth and the larger story) to the mainstream. He focuses on getting past the rhetoric to expose the hidden levers and machinations that shape our world. Baker’s investigative reporting, analysis pieces, features, and essays on politics, power, and perceptions have appeared in many of the world’s finest publications. His best-selling book, "FAMILY OF SECRETS: The Bush Dynasty, The Powerful Forces That Put it in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America" is published in all formats. In 2005, Baker founded a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization dedicated to producing ground-breaking, transformative, independent investigative journalism: WhoWhatWhy.com
Cochran is based in Washington State and has been an avid JFK enthusiast all of his life. An unusual turn of events put Bob in New Orleans, Louisiana during the JFK assassination and witnessed firsthand the hate for JFK prevalent in that City. Bob also lived in New Orleans in the 1970's where he attended Warren Eastin Senior High School that was the same school Lee Harvey Oswald attended. He is now a collector of JFK and conspiracy oriented items, especially first-hand items of JFK, Jack Ruby, and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Jim DiEugenio ~ JFK's Foreign Policies
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”.
Awarded the JFK Lancer Mary Ferrell "Legacy" Award, 2011
Brian Edwards ~ Dealey Plaza Photo Anomalies
Edwards served as a police officer with the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department for 22 years and worked in many divisions within the department—
Accident Investigation; instructor in the department’s police academy, firearms instructor; Lead Photographer with department’s Crime Scene Search Team and served 7 years on the department’s tactical response team as a counter-sniper. Today, Brian is as an insurance investigator with a company out of Dallas. He holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and served as an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department for 10 years. He and Casey Quinlan were adjunct instructors at several universities in Kansas, including, Wichita State University, Friends University and Johnson County College. Edwards began studying the JFK assassination in 1969 and has collected over 400 books on the subject. He has interviewed numerous eyewitnesses who were in Dealey Plaza that day, including Secret Service agents in the motorcade, Dallas police officers, doctors from Parkland and medical personnel from Bethesda. Brian and Casey Quinlan published “Beyond The Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy” in 2008, now available on Kindle. Brian is currently working on a second book about the assassination entitled, "A Tactical Analysis of the Assassination of President Kennedy" and hopes to have it completed next fall.
Visit his website.
Awarded the JFK Lancer Mary Ferrell "New Frontier" Award, 2011
Marie Fonzi, Ed.D ~ The HSCA Investigation
Fonzi, widow of Gaeton Fonzi, continues to pursue his passion to uncover the truth about the JFK assassination. She located and made available the famous 1966 Fonzi/Specter interview tapes and transcripts which can now be viewed on the Mary Ferrell Website. She wrote the Preface for the 2013 edition of Gaeton’s “The Last Investigation,” and most recently worked with required reading for students of the assassination which tells of our Government’s failure to conduct the full and complete investigation it promised. On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, Antonio Veciana, former leader of Alpha 66, acknowledged in a letter to Dr. Fonzi what Gaeton had long believed: that the CIA agent Veciana knew as Maurice Bishop, whom he saw in September of 1963 with Lee Harvey Oswald, was indeed David Atlee Phillips, CIA Chief of the Western Hemisphere. Dr. Fonzi, a lifetime educator, currently teaches a course on the JFK assassination.
Chris Gallop ~ Oswald's Marine Photo
Chris, a paramedic for 28 years, began researching the assassination at the young age of 17, mentored by author/researcher J. Gary Shaw who he met in 1987. Chris was introduced to 1st generation researchers such as Penn Jones, Jr., Mary Farrell, Bud Fensterwald, Larry Harris, and Larry Howard where he honed his research skills. Learning from the masters and contributing to the future, Chris is holding his 4th Annual Luncheon & Symposium, November 17th, from 11am to 4pm, at Stephen’s Garden Grill in Mansfield, TX. He is also an administrator of several Facebook forums and groups which include “JFK-The Continuing Inquiry”, “A Tribute to Roger Craig”, “John F. Kennedy-Europe”, and “LBJ and the Murder of JFK”. He is the owner of jfk.thecontinuinginquiry.com with photographs, interviews, and research links, as well as his Book and Gift Shop inventory of rare and out of print books, magazines, autographed memorabilia, and many other items of interest. ris will have a table in the JFK Lancer “November In Dallas” 2016 Conference book room again this year offering many items of interest. He is devoted to the JFK research community, lending his expertise and working closely with JFK Lancer to provide and assist with the important witnesses and research sources.
Anna Marie Kuhns-Walko
Anna Marie is an internationally award winning historian/researcher, artist, and author. She hails from Pittsburgh, PA and has traveled all over the world. She fought for the JFK ACT of 1992 and lived in Washington D.C. when files were released. She has worked with numerous authors and documentaries dealing with the subject of the Kennedys. She has been working on this subject her whole life, passing on the legacy to her two grown children and three grandsons. She holds various degrees including a bachelor's in Arts & Science and a master's in Pol Sci & Public Mgmt.
Beverly Oliver Massagee
Beverly is a wonderful performer, professional singer, ventriloquist, public speaker and lecturer, published author, and former movie actress. Beverly was one of the closest eye witnesses to the assassination of President Kennedy and was dubbed the "Babushka Lady" by Richard Sprague because of the triangular head scarf she was wearing at the time. Beverly was portrayed by actress Lolita Davidovich and was technical advisor on Oliver Stone's movie, "JFK". Beverly worked as a singer at the Colony Club, a nightclub next door to Jack Ruby's Carousel Club. She became close friends with Jack Ruby and is one of the witnesses that puts Ruby and Lee Oswald together before the murder of the President. She is married to Charles Massagee and has two daughters.
Joan Mellen ~ LBJ / Faustian Bargains
Mellen is a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is the author of more than twenty-two books, ranging from film criticism to fiction, sports, true crime, Latin American studies and biography. She is also a biographer and several of her books were “New York Times” Notable Books of the year, her “Hellman and Hammett” was also a finalist for the “Los Angeles Times” book prize. Her books, most recently “ Farewell To Justice,” "Our Man In Haiti" and "The Great Game in Cuba," explore the history of the Central Intelligence Agency and its role in the planning and cover-up of the Kennedy assassination. Ever tenacious, Joan has utilized crucial Life magazine and Naval Intelligence files and the unreacted FBI files on Mac Wallace, never before utilized by others, investigative writer Joan Mellen skillfully connects these two disparate Texas lives and lends stark credence to the dark side of Lyndon Johnson that has largely gone unsubstantiated in her latest book “Faustian Bargains, Lyndon Johnson and Mac Wallace in the Robber Baron Culture of Texas.” Visit her site.
Gary Murr ~ Thick As A Brick: The Thoracic Wounding
of John Connally
Murr has been studying and writing on the assassination of John Kennedy since 1965. He was the first Canadian to purchase a set of the original 26 volumes of testimony and exhibits published by the Warren Commission and spent his initial research years assembling various materials for Harold Weisberg. He was an early contributor to the research efforts of pioneering west coast investigators Fred Newcomb and Perry Adams and arranged numerous contacts for the authors of the major Canadian radio documentary, “Though Shalt Not Kill.” In the intervening decades since his original foray into the labyrinth that is the events of November 22, 163, he utilized what spare time he could muster from “normal life” to continue his investigative efforts. He conducted several research trips to the National Archives, College Park, Maryland, between the years 1997 and 2003, amassing a large volume of hitherto unreleased documentation, which formed the basis for his extensive three volume trilogy on the wounding of Texas Governor John Connally, “Controlling The Past.” He has spent the last eight years gathering documentation in an effort to trace and reveal the true history of the alleged assassination ammunition, 6.5mm Mannlicher Carcano ammunition manufactured by the Western Cartridge Company of East Alton, Illinois. The results of this study, which bears the title of “Forgotten,” will be available in 2016.
Carmine Savastano ~ JFK Myths and Legends
spent years studying and revealing additional primary evidence in multiple political assassination cases. He specializes in primary documents and related historical papers. Carmine is the author of "Two Princes And A King: A Concise Review of Three Political Assassinations". The Mary Ferrell Foundation has accepted multiple instances of his research findings concerning previously coded Central Intelligence Agency operations, projects, and assets. He appears regularly in the independent media on programs such as the Ochelli Effect, The Lone Gunman Podcast, and Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis. Savastano is the Editor of the Neapolis Media Group, a small independent aggregate news organization.
Mark Shaw ~ The Reporter Who Knew Too Much
For more than fifty years, the exhaustive 18-month investigation of the
JFK assassination by What's My Line? television star and revered
investigative reporter Dorothy Kilgallen has been buried due to a cover-up
by those threatened with a tell-all book she was writing for Random House.
When the famed journalist, called by the New York Post, "the most powerful
voice in America," was found dead in her Manhattan apartment in November
1965 of an alleged drug overdose, no investigation occurred despite a
staged death scene and suspicions by those closest to her that she had
been murdered. Now the full thrust of Kilgallen's search for the truth
is exposed for the first time in former USA Today and CNN legal analyst
Mark Shaw's 25th book, "The Reporter Who Knew Too Much" (Post Hill
Press/Simon and Schuster). Relying on Kilgallen's toxic columns blasting
the "Oswald Alone" theory, her flawed autopsy report and never-before-seen
videotaped interviews with Kilgallen's two hairdressers, one who found her
body, and Jack Ruby co-counsel Joe Tonahill, who befriended Kilgallen when
she covered the Ruby trial while permitting her the only interviews Ruby
gave to a reporter, Shaw solves the mystery of Kilgallen's shocking death
by presenting the most compelling evidence about the JFK assassinations
since the HSCA investigation in the 1970s. Kilgallen may have been denied
justice when she died, but through this breakthrough book, her legacy
lives on. More about the author may be learned at thereporterwhoknewtoomuch.com
Bill Simpich ~ CIA Cryptonym Revelations
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.
Awarded the JFK Lancer Mary Ferrell "New Frontier" Award, 2011
Casey Quinlan ~ The Guards of the Republic
Quinlan was 13 years old when President John F. Kennedy was murdered and has read more than 1100 books in seeking the truth. He is a retired Social Studies Instructor from the Olathe School District and has been in the classroom for 40 years. He has a Master’s Degree in American History from Emporia State University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Friends University in Wichita, Mid America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas; A Guest Lecturer For "The Landon Lecture Series" at Kansas State University; A Guest Lecturer for "The William Allen White School of Journalism" at the University of Kansas; and is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Criminal Justice Department at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and the Continuing Education Program at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. 30 years ago, Quinlan formed an educational organization entitled “Project JFK/CSI Dallas” where his students toured Dallas, Texas, visited the assassination site in historic Dealey Plaza and met actual eyewitnesses. He continues to make frequent appearances for local TV and radio programs. He served as a consultant for A & E (Arts & Entertainment) helping to establish Oliver Stone’s historical documentation of the film, “JFK”. His co-authored the book, "Beyond the Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy" is published by JFK Lancer. He has a Gaming License for Caesars Entertainment and is a Black Jack Dealer at Harrah’s in North Kansas City, Missouri. Visit his website.
Awarded the JFK Lancer Mary Ferrell "New Frontier" Award, 2011