Seven Years Ago, We Launched a Blog Called JFK Facts. These Are 29 New Facts We Found

In the fall of 2012 my friend Rex Bradford and I bought the domain name “jfkfacts.org” and launched this web site. This post is about what we have learned since then.

Jefferson Morley
Jefferson Morley

I was an underemployed journalist. He was a high-tech wage slave. I had worked for the Washington Post and sued the CIA for certain JFK files. He had created maryferrell.org, the premier online archive of the political assassinations of the 1960s.

Bradford and I shared the commonsensical conviction that people should know the real JFK story. We believed the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was a decisive turning point in the history of the United States of America. We wanted to tell people about it as best we could.

New Evidence

To tell the truth, Rex and I were feeling mordant. Looking ahead to November 2013, the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, we anticipated an explosion of JFK coverage, along with a lot of under-informed, and over-the-top commentary from mainstream pundits like Chris Matthews and Dan Rather.

We expected, correctly, that this verbiage would assure the world (and the pundits themselves) that JFK’s assassination was not a politically motivated event. It was a tragedy for which no one was responsible. Rex reminded me of the comforting cliche we were sure to hear: a little man killed a big man for no reason.

Rex Bradford, programmer
Rex Bradford, creator of Mary Ferrell web site.

We decided to create an online platform that would broaden the popular discussion of JFK’s assassination. We had the old-fashioned idea that readers were tired of the many stupid JFK theories and the propaganda that surrounds them. We thought people would gravitate to new facts–new evidence–that had been concealed or ignored by the government and the pundits, or was totally unknown.

We called the site “JFK Facts” because we had no interest in prosecuting any particular “theory” of how President Kennedy came to be killed in broad daylight in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

We preferred to let the facts speak for themselves. Quaint concept, I know.

Rex called on Amanda Otter to design the site. He set up the hosting and created the backend. I taught myself how to use Word Press, and we were in business.

Hold The Theories, Please

 Love Field
JFK and Jackie arrive at Love Field, Nov. 22, 1963

I say “we” because it wasn’t just Rex and I that made JFK Facts popular with readers and credible with mainstream news organizations. Many people from all over the country and the world came forward with comments, photos, videos, documents, memories and tips that proved significant.

  • Scott and Andy Alderton. provided a revealing video interview with CG Harvey, widow of Bill Harvey, a prime suspect in the JFK’s assassination.
  • Larry Hancock shared the story of John Martino, a Havana casino security consultant who knew in advance of a plan to ambush the president in Dallas.
  • Bill Newman, the closest bystander to JFK’s limousine on November 22, talked about his memories of that fateful day.
  • “Gail Raven” related the thinking of her wanna-be boyfriend Jack Ruby, who killed Lee Oswald, the supposed assassin.
  • Rick Bauer shared a photo of his friend and fellow pilot David Ferrie.
  • Audio expert Ed Primeau analyzed a newly-discovered tape of Air Force One communications on the afternoon of November 22, 1963

There were many more. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this crowd-sourced JFK investigation.

Fact Pattern

Seven years, 2,172 posts, and 2,034,959 page views later, I want to share what we, collectively, found.

I should say that I met my share of emotionally needy people while running JFK Facts but they were far outnumbered by intelligent, open-minded people from across the political spectrum and around the world. It was a pleasure to learn and disagree and talk and ultimately to find lots of agreement, despite our many differences.

Another quaint concept, but it actually happened.

What JFK Facts generated between 2012 and 2019 is what lawyers call a “fact pattern.” In the lexicon of criminal law, a “fact pattern” is:

“all the occurrences or circumstances of a particular case, without any discussion of their consequences under the law. “

The Role of the CIA

In my opinion, the JFK fact pattern found in the pages of JFK Facts is inconsistent with the official anti-conspiracy theory that an alienated leftist, alone and unaided, killed President Kennedy for no discernible reason.

To the contrary, the JFK fact pattern indicates to me that enemies of Kennedy’s policies in the CIA and Pentagon covertly conspired to kill the president in such a way that blame for the crime would fall on Lee Harvey Oswald, the supposed “lone gunman.” The role of certain CIA officers in this story is a central focus of JFK Facts.

But don’t take my word for it. Read some or all of the 29 of the best stories published on JFK Facts over the last seven years. Decide for yourself who was responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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TAKE ME TO JFK STORY #1: In which a top CIA counterintelligence officer opens a file on Lee Harvey Oswald in 1959.

(coming soon) JFK FACT PATTERN: 29 TRUE STORIES

BUY CIA & JFK, BY JEFFERSON MORLEY

CIA & JFK

6 comments

  1. Clarence Carlson says:

    Thanks for the synopsis. I’m just old enough to have watched the whole story unfold in real time beginning 11/23/63. The information you share here was not known to the American people in the aftermath of Kennedy’s death. The fact that Oswald was actively monitored by the intelligence establishment (let alone all the other data points listed) would, I think, have been enough to have caused the public to demand a more thorough, transparent and complete investigation.

    It’s a telling observation that what we did learn from “The Establishment” from the first hours seemed carefully and meticulously crafted to lead us away from what we know today.

  2. Bogman says:

    I’ve been reading Mel Hyman’s new book “Burying the Lead” and did my own review of the broadcast coverage in the 48 hours after the assassination.

    It’s clear the “lone nut” fix was in early. While LHO’s televised murder by Ruby visibly shook on-camera newsmen like Harry Reasoner, they fell in line, never once asking the question if this could mean conspiracy.

    Mel does a good job of describing how the compliant media of the early 1960s got that way. If the authorities didn’t report it, neither did they.

    I assume everyone was still trying to be the good soldier and not alarm the American public. But at some point NOT raising alarm bells is also dangerous, and the media’s decision to not investigate the assassination beyond the WC’s conclusions (which was formed to validate the decision made by Hoover and LBJ the day LHO was killed to abandon any real investigation), was a huge disservice to the country.

    Just the fact that CIA asset Hal Hendrix of the Miami News was apparently the first to break the story that LHO belonged to the Fair Play for Cuba Committee should tell you everything about the game that was being played.

  3. Lance Payette says:

    The basic faulty syllogism of the entire conspiracy community is:
    1. Lots of powerful people and organizations despised JFK.
    2. Lots of powerful people and organizations stood to benefit from JFK’s death.
    3. Lots of powerful people and organizations had the means to carry out a sophisticated assassination conspiracy.
    4. It is unlikely and psychologically unsatisfying that a small-time nobody with a clunky rifle could have assassinated the leader of the free world in broad daylight.
    Ergo, the assassination involved a conspiracy of powerful people and organizations.
    Alas, the “ergo” doesn’t follow at all. Alas, the evidence of who Lee Harvey Oswald was and what took place in Dealey Plaza points to the conclusion that a small-time nobody with a clunky rifle did indeed assassinate the leader of the free world.
    It is the simplest exercise in the world to weave a plausible conspiracy theory, which is why there are 15, 25 or 50 such theories of varying degrees of plausibility. The stumbling blocks for all of them are (1) Lee Harvey Oswald and (2) Dealey Plaza.
    Sometimes – often – truth is stranger than fiction.

  4. George Simmons says:

    Mr Morley, I would like to thank you and everyone else involved with creating such a brilliant site, JFKFACTS.
    Approx 5 years ago I was surfing the net, reading up on the JFK assassination, but was dismayed by the lack of quality and the wild theories and the disrespectful way people on opposite sides of the fence would speak to each other.
    Then I came across JFK facts and I have never looked back. I have learned so much from your site and I like the way you take a common sense approach and treat everyone fairly.
    Particularly, I have learned about George Joannides and your brave battle with the CIA to get his records released.
    Many hours I have spent reading your posts and the books that you have recommended and I am now much better informed.
    I am from England, so you can rest assured that JFK Facts has a world wide influence!!
    Thanks once again, and please never give up searching for the truth

  5. robert e williamson jr says:

    Ok so why did CIA lie about what they clearly knew at the time. If Oswald did it and CIA knew it why not just release everything?

    Lance if you intend to dance at this party you need a much stronger dancing legs. In this case siding with a very large group of known liars and killers will not get you much of anything in return.

    Keep up the great work Jeff.

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