There is much sound and fury in the comment section over Professor McAdams’s review of Richard Belzer’s book. The purpose was to stimulate debate and 36 comments and counting shows success on that score at least.
Besides the usual fulminations of Jim Fetzer (published without editing), there were many useful links, including Ronnie Wayne’s bibliography of CTKA.net reviews of McAdams’s work. Andrew sent along this this unusually thoughtful Politico interview with Belzer, which I missed when it came out.
The best way to advance the debate here is to let Belzer speak.
Belzer is sometimes a little careless with facts. (Ninety percent of Americans do not believe in a JFK conspiracy. The true figure is more like 65-70 percent. There is an allegation that Oswald was paid $200 a month as an FBI informant but no proof. Etc)
And I don’t share his certainty that some of the deaths were homicides and related to the JFK’s assassination.
But on the larger point of whether murders of potential witnesses have to be regarded as suspicious, I think Belzer is more on the mark than Professor McAdams, whose review never mentions the most compelling examples of assassination-related homicides presented by Belzer: namely the violent deaths of mobsters Sam Giancana and Johnny Rosselli, not to mention Oswald himself.