At the National Press Club on Monday, comedian, actor and author Richard Belzer offered a compelling and often hilarious case for doubting the official story behind the JFK assassination.
“There are those in positions of power who malign the pursuit of justice by intentionally associating the word ‘conspiracy’ with the delirious hallucinations of unbalanced minds. Well, they’re wrong,” Belzer said.Belzer was promoting his new book, “Hit List,” already a NYT besteller, in which he investigates the butcher’s bill in the aftermath of Kennedy’s assassination — the dozens of witnesses who died via murder, suicide or in just plain strange circumstances; from accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald himself, to his executioner Jack Ruby, to Dorothy Kilgallen (the only journalist granted a private interview with Ruby) and others like George de Mohrenschildt and Mafia/CIA go-between Johnny Rosselli.
Belzer has dared to enter this territory before, in such books as “Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country’s Most Controversial Cover-Ups,” and “UFOS, JFK and Elvis: Conspiracies you don’t have to be crazy to believe.”
Comedian and activist Dick Gregory, one of the original Warren Commission critics who was instrumental in bringing the Zapruder film to the public in the mid-70s, was at Belzer’s side throughout the Press Club presentation.
Belzer offered his opinion that the assassination was the work of an unholy alliance between the Mafia and elements of the FBI and the CIA; he also suggested that there were in fact two Oswalds.
At the outset of the program, Belzer quoted a book called “Farewell America,” written under the pseudonym James Hepburn. He said some think the book was really written by French intelligence.
“President Kennedy’s assassination was the work of magicians. It was a stage trick complete with accessories and fake mirrors, and when the curtain fell the actors and even the scenery disappeared. The plotters were correct when they guessed that their crime would be concealed by shadows and silence that would be blamed on a madman and negligence.”
Belzer said he doesn’t worry that he’ll be added to the list of those knocked off for delving into the dark secrets. He said he even inquired with a Secret Service friend, who agreed that as a semi-famous personality, he’ll just be “marginalized.”