Oct 21st 2013

And Just Where Were You November 22, 1963?

by Gerald Nachman

Gerald Nachman has had six books published, two of them humor collections from columns in the New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle and various magazines. For 14 years was a critic and columnist at The Chronicle.

Following on the heels of a new book by Jesse Ventura that maintains Lee Harvey Oswald was not John Kennedy’s lone assassin, plus a movie just out about the event, entitled “Parkland,” several books are about to be released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s murder. Here are just a few:

   -- In “Zap!,” author Lionel H. Grist presents a detailed case that the real Kennedy assassin was Abraham Zapruder, who took the famous home movie of the Kennedy motorcade in Dallas on that fateful November day 50 years ago. Zapruder, claims Grist, masked his villainous deed by shooting the film as he took careful aim at the president. “He became an ‘innocent bystander,’ and was never questioned by police or FBI as to why he wanted to film the motorcade and, more critically, how a crucial frame was blocked by a stop sign. Zapruder had an ideal opportunity to shoot the President and used the movie as a decoy to throw authorities off the trail,” writes Grist in his compelling narrative that throws disturbing new light on the tragic event.

   -- In “DOA? – Yeah, Right,” assistant Dallas coroner Hubert H. Phlem is named as the likely Kennedy assassin, according to investigative reporter Clarence Dinglatt of the Peru, Indiana, Citizen Examiner. “Phlem was in the hospital room when the president was brought in and later pronounced dead on arrival – but was he?,” asks Dingblatt, who makes a convincing case that the president’s life could have been spared had Phlemm not smothered him with a hospital gown – accidentally, he claims. Phlem, a rightwing Republican, had a longstanding grudge against Kennedy, dating back to JFK’s vote for a 1960 farm parity bill that Phlem violently opposed – nobody at the time had any idea just how violently.

Especially engrossing is Phlem’s chapter on the Warren Report, in which he displays evidence that Chief Justice Earl Warren may have had a hand in Kennedy’s assassination and shrewdly used the Report to divert attention. Phlem reveals, for the first time, that Warren had once met Clay Shaw in an elevator just two years earlier. “Coincidence?” asks the author. “I think not. Shaw was known to be afraid of elevators.”       

   -- “Secret Disservice,” a new book about JFK’s murder, assassination buff Mildred Wallaby insists that Rufus Youngblood, the Secret Service agent assigned to the presidential limousine, was in fact the man responsible for Kennedy’s death. Wallaby, now 97, has devoted her life to fingering the real assassin, and has decided that the only  person who could have done it was Youngblood. “Rufus was in a perfect position to shoot the president and then cover his tracks by leaping into the limo and shielding Mrs. Kennedy. “It’s obvious Youngblood was the man who could have carried out the crime. He had the opportunity, the weapon and the motive – an intense dislike of motorcades.”

   -- “Mother of All Murders” tells the true story of Lee Harvey Oswald’s supposedly loopy mother, Marguerite, whom author Arnold Trolly maintains was the real assassin, not her son, who was merely an unwitting accomplice: “Lee had no idea his mother planned to kill the president when he gave her an Italian rifle for Christmas.” After Mrs. Oswald hatched the assassination scheme, she got her son a job at the book depository, made sure his fingerprints were on the murder weapon, and then instructed him to duck into a movie theater to mislead the police, where he was later nabbed. Mrs. Oswald was never questioned in connection with the actual shooting and ingeniously hid her crime by pretending to be an eccentric old lady when in fact she was a master criminal who may also have been implicated in the attempt on President Truman’s life in Blair House.  

     -- In “All the President’s Women,” former FBI agent Horace C. Dulwitch lays out a detailed and distinct possibility that the likely leader of the JFK assassination was none other than Mrs. Kennedy, who was fed up with her husband’s philandering and masterminded a complex plot to get rid of him. Dulwitch says Jackie persuaded Kennedy to make the trip to Dallas and purposely had him turn towards her to talk, creating a better target for the gunman when the fateful bullet found him. The rifleman on the grassy knoll, claims the author, was presidential speech writer Ted Sorenson, with whom Mrs. Kennedy was having an affair, as Dulwitch adds in a footnote. He writes that Mrs. Kennedy decided to kill her husband to get even for his fling with Angie Dickinson.

     -- “The Monroe Doctrine,” a new book by presidential historian Gordon W. Crackers, a distinguished conspiracy theorist and author of “Honest Abe, My Foot!,” solves two deaths at once when the author reveals that Marilyn Monroe had a hand in Kennedy’s assassination, aided by Yves Montand, with whom she was also having an affair as well as one-night stands with Ted Kennedy, Sargent Shriver and Pierre Salinger.

    “Clearly there was something fishy going on,” writes Crackers. “It took time to unravel it all but after 48 years I think I know beyond a shadow of a doubt how Kennedy was killed, and it’s not pretty. I’ll spare you the grim details, but suffice to say that Marilyn was not the innocent child-like sex goddesss she’s been painted.” Crackers goes on, “That was just a cover for her true motive, which was to get Kennedy to leave Jackie and marry her in his second term. When he balked, she pleaded with Montand, who found a French hit man to pull the trigger.” Crackers adds, “It may sound crazy, but the facts do not lie.”

In a coming 2014 sequel to “The Monroe Doctrine,” Crackers reveals that Jack Ruby did not shoot Lee Harvey Oswald on TV, seemingly before millions of viewers, but that the murder was staged by the CBS reporter on the scene, Texas-born Dan Rather, as an attention-grabbing stunt. Crackers claims that Ruby, who allegedly died in jail, was played by actor Ed Begley, who managed to escape. Oswald, now 74, faked his death and remains under house arrest in San Antonio for several unpaid moving violations.

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