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Crowdsourcing JFK: DiEugenio on the mysterious David Ferrie

Rick Bauer’s recollections of David Ferrie may prompt readers to ask, how does Ferrie figure in the JFK story? Jim DiEugenio explains in this video from Len Osanic’s “50 Reasons for 50 Years.”

“Many witnesses saw Oswald with Bannister or Ferrie in the summer of 1963,” DiEugenio says.

If you know who these witnesses were, send info, documents, and/or links to JFK Facts.

Celebrating Jim Garrison at UNLV

@UNLV, January 31

From Dick Russell, via News From Underground, comes word of an evening about New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, hero of the movie “JFK,” on Jan. 31 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

I doubt the evening will be “the last word,” but the event is sure to be informative, especially for those who haven’t decided whether Garrison was truly a hero, or something of a scoundrel.

And if the proceedings get too heavy for you, it sounds like comedian Richard Belzer may crack a few jokes.

My view of Jim Garrison is this:  Read more

Nov. 23 1963: The first JFK conspiracy theory, paid for by a CIA officer

On November 23, members of the Cuban Student Directorate, a CIA-funded organization based in Miami, published a special edition of their monthly magazine, Trinchera (Trenches), in which they linked the accused assassin Lee Oswald to Cuban president Fidel Castro.

This was the first JFK conspiracy scenario to reach public print.

According to declassified CIA records, it was paid for by undercover officer, George Joannides.

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Nov. 23, 1963, 10:30 am: ‘I didn’t shoot John Kennedy’

Under interrogation by Dallas police on the morning after JFK’s assassination, Lee Oswald denied shooting the president and denied owning a rifle.

Oswald said:

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Counsel for the JFK review board found ‘many things that were disturbing’

Jeremy Gunn

Jeremy Gunn, former ARRB general counsel

Amid the glut of 50th anniversary JFK coverage, NPR’s interview with Jeremy Gunn, former general counsel for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) from 1994 to 1998, stands out as one of the best recent pieces of journalism on the case of the murdered president.

Gunn is a quality witness. While largely unknown to both mainstream reporters and JFK conspiracy theorists, he was among the first people to see the vast body of JFK records made public by the ARRB in the mid-1990s.

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