Could it be that the real author of The Declaration of Independence was not Thomas Jefferson but rather the radical Thomas Paine, author of the influential pamphlet “Common Sense”? Click here to see a persuasive argument to that effect.
The language and tone of the Declaration match Paine’s known writings but not Jefferson’s. Paine’s authorship was concealed because of his non-American background and his hostile attitude toward Christianity, as expressed in later writings such as “The Age of Reason”.
Hmm, what a strange title for this post. What am I getting at here?
After 6 years of obsessive research on the topic, there still isn’t a whole lot about the JFK assassination that I’m 100% sure of. However, I feel about 99% sure of the shot sequence and it would take an awful lot at this point for anyone to convince me I’m wrong. Hence the title of this post.
The numbers refer to frames on the Zapruder film.
How many shots total do I think were fired that day?
The first shot hit Kennedy at about frame 225 of the Zapruder film. The second shot hit Connally at frame 295 (give or take). The third hit Kennedy at frame 313.
The fourth shot was the one that missed and hit the sidewalk, causing shrapnel to hit James Tague in the cheek.
The third and fourth shots were virtually simultaneous and sounded like just one retort to most witnesses, hence the reason that the majority of witnesses in the plaza testified to hearing three shots and not four.
Notice that witness S.M. Holland, interviewed in the video above, said that shots three and four were virtually simultaneous but that the third shot sounded different from the other three – it wasn’t as loud. This is the shot from the knoll that created the puff of smoke Holland saw – the shot that blew Kennedy’s head off.
One shooter was responsible for shots one, two and four. The knoll shooter was responsible for the third shot, which was the fatal head shot. Two shooters in total.
The guy shooting shots one, two, and four was behind Kennedy – the kill shot or shots were intended to come from behind in order to blame patsy Lee Oswald in the School Book Depository. The knoll shooter was just a failsafe in case the first guy missed. Unfortunately for the conspirators, the knoll shooter was the one who ended up delivering the fatal shot. In that sense I think it went down exactly as James Files said it did in his 1994 and 2003 interviews. Not that I don’t think there are some other problems with Files’ story.
A distance of only 18 frames (295-313) between shots two and three proves that Oswald couldn’t have been the lone gunman that day, since Zapruder’s camera filmed at 18.3 frames per second and Oswald’s Mannlicher Carcano rifle required at least 2.3 seconds between shots. So Oswald couldn’t have been responsible for shots 2 and 3 since they are only 18 frames apart. Either he had help, or he and his Carcano were not involved at all. Oswald acting alone is an impossibility.
The paraffin tests on Oswald’s cheek were negative, which is hard to explain if he had actually fired a rifle. From all accounts of his time in the Marines, he was a horrible marksman. For these and other reasons I tend to think Oswald was not one of the shooters.
BTW Lee Bowers, the “Man Who Saw Too Much“, also testified to two of the shots being right on top of each other, practically simultaneous, although he only testified to hearing three separate shots in total. Like Holland, he also saw a flash of light or smoke from behind the picket fence on the knoll.
Jean Hill, secret service agent Clint Hill (no relation to Jean), George Hickey, and Elizabeth Carolyn Walton, like Holland, also testified to one of the shots “sounding” different than the others. From my research, the closer the earwitness was to the far end of the plaza and the grassy knoll, the more likely they were to testify that one of the shots sounded different, or that two of the shots were practically simultaneous. This fits with a second shooter being on the knoll with a different type of weapon than the first shooter.
The three passengers closest to this historic event in Kennedy’s limo were of course Jackie Kennedy and John and Nellie Connally. Jackie Kennedy’s testimony before the Warren Commission was perfunctory and brief out of respect for her grief, I suppose. She seems to have been in shock during the event and doesn’t give all that much detail.
John and Nellie Connally, on the other hand, not only testified in great detail but their stories matched each other perfectly and remained remarkably consistent until their respective deaths decades later. If you match up their testimony with the Zapruder film, you’ll see that it matches 225-295-313 perfectly. Despite the best efforts of weasels like Arlen Specter to confuse him, John (and Nellie) insisted his entire life that he had not been hit by the same “magic bullet” that you can see Kennedy reacting to beginning at frame 225. The Zapruder film backs him up completely. You can see Connally turning to look behind him after Kennedy is hit, just as he says. You can see him get hit at frame 295 after he had begun to turn his body the other way, just as he says. You can see him react and fall back into Nellie’s lap. When you match John and Nellie’s testimony with the Zapruder film, you get bullets hitting the two men at 225-295-313.
The magic bullet and the Oswald lone nut theory are toast. Game. Set. Match.
A bunch of Saudis and other foreign nationals with terror ties are given visas by C.I.A. operatives working as U.S. State Department employees in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. They are trained at American military bases and bear all the hallmarks of being “controlled” by U.S. Intelligence. They loudly call attention to themselves in public stunts designed to make themselves remembered as terrorists and troublemakers. In many cases, there seem to be multiple people claiming to be the same person, as in the case of Mohammed Atta. After being rendered conveniently dead, they all end up as named suspects in the biggest terror attack ever on U.S. soil on 9/11/2001.
In 1959 U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald attempts to “defect” to the Soviet Union. He visits the American embassy in Moscow and tells the American diplomat in charge that he wants to give military secrets to the Russians. This is no idle threat since he had been a radar operator assigned to Atsugi, Japan, and had knowledge of America’s secret U2 flights over the Soviet Union. For his acts of treason, he is given $435 by the U.S. State Department so he can return to the States in 1962 where he faces no punishment and no court martial. As he calls attention to himself in numerous public stunts announcing himself to be a committed “Communist” controlled by Cuba and the Soviet Union, he bears all the hallmarks of being a puppet of American Intelligence. He becomes the accused assassin of President Kennedy in Dallas on 11/22/1963 and is soon rendered conveniently dead.
As you investigate recent American history certain ugly patterns begin to emerge. For my part, this documentary reminded me of some of the striking similarities between 9/11 and the JFK assassination. But even if you’re not a “truther” and you think I’m a kook you might want to give this video a try. It will raise some doubts in your mind about 9/11 even if you’re inclined to believe the official story.
I’ve been watching the Files interview posted below and I found some more stuff that was bugging me. He claims that there were two guys in business suits on the steps, apparently posing as secret service, who turned away a motorcycle cop as he came up the knoll after the assassination. Files also claimed that Frank Sturgis was hanging out minutes before the motorcade arrived wearing a WWII bomber jacket and that he was situated to Files’ left at the top of the knoll (Files was behind the fence about 8 to 10 feet to the left of the “L” as you’re facing the knoll).
In my bloody-minded search for some kind of corroboration for these claims I went looking for evidence of Frank Sturgis and the two fake secret service guys. I couldn’t find any evidence of these people. Show me a photograph or a film of anyone resembling Sturgis where Files says he was – it doesn’t exist. Show me the fake secret service guys where Files says they were – ditto.
I’m sorry but this is more evidence of Files embellishing and making shit up as he goes along. He also claims a whole bunch of other people were hanging out in the Plaza that day. Most of them aren’t showing up in any photographs either.
And check out the Muchmore film embedded above. Who do you see on the steps of the knoll halfway between the fence and the street? I see three guys standing in a place that you would think would be directly in the line of fire of anyone shooting from where Files says he was. Unfortunately for Files’ story none of them looks like a fake secret service agent or Frank Sturgis in a bomber jacket.
And it occurred to me that I have no idea who these three guys are even though they had a perfect, unobstructed and close-up view of Kennedy getting his head blown off. I mean, seriously, who the fuck are these guys? What are their names? Were they ever interviewed? How come I’ve heard of Jean Hill and Mary Moorman (shown above in the film), Charles Brehm, Bill and Gayle Newman, and the Babushka lady (who was probably not Beverly Oliver), but I have no idea who these three guys are even though they were standing right on the knoll and had a birds’ eye view of the whole event?
If a shot came from the top of the knoll behind the fence, wouldn’t these guys be hugely relevant witnesses? They would seem to be right in the line of fire. A grassy knoll shooter would have had to have practically shot right through them. A bullet would have whizzed right by at least one of them, either to the right, to the left, or directly above.
Their behavior in the Muchmore film might even be taken as a refutation of any claim by Files or anyone else that the fatal shot came from the knoll. How come none of them ducked or fell to the ground? How come none of them looked behind to the fence?
I’ve decided to call them the Three Stooges. The one in front makes a kind of umpire gesture (“safe!”) right after the fatal shot. The one to the right makes an obvious start to run away to his left. The one in the middle just stands there like a statue. Their slapstick antics are the only clues as to how they felt about what they witnessed.
With all the ridiculous attention paid to the “Three Tramps” photos, how about a little attention for my Stooges? Three bums were picked up by the Dallas cops in a railroad car an hour and a half after the assassination and everyone thinks they know who those guys “really were”, even though there is absolutely zero evidence that they were anything but three harmless hobos.
But three guys are right in the line of fire on the knoll and nobody can tell me who they were? Did anyone interview them? Did any of them think that the fatal shot came from a few feet directly behind where they were standing? I find it bizarre that apparently they weren’t interviewed, they never came forward to tell their stories, and no one can tell me who any of them were.
If anyone knows anything about these three gentlemen, please enlighten me in the comments section.
For some reason, Wim Dankbaar has posted the full 2003 interview with confessed “grassy knoll shooter” James Files on his YouTube channel. In poring over both the 2003 interview and the portion of Files’ videotaped 1994 interview which I’ve posted earlier, as well as through reading the entire transcript of both Files interviews in Dankbaar’s book, “Files on JFK”, I managed to find some inconsistencies between Files’ 1994 and 2003 confessions which would seem to require an explanation.
Basically, the discrepancies center around one major theme – the involvement of the CIA and more specifically agent David Atlee Phillips. In the 2003 confession, Files stated that, upon arriving at a motel in Mesquite, TX, roughly one week before the assassination, he made two calls – one to Charles Nicoletti and one to Phillips, who he claims was his “controller”. In the 1994 confession, Files states that he made only one call to Nicoletti and never mentions a second call to Phillips.
In both the 1994 and 2003 interviews, Files stated that, on the morning of November 22nd, Nicoletti asked him to be his backup shooter. In the 1994 version Files accepted the offer while merely stating to Nicoletti how honored he would be to back him up. However, in the 2003 version, an entirely new dimension was added to the story. The latter version has Files exclaiming “What about Johnny?[Roselli – also in Dallas that day, according to Files]”, after which Nicoletti explains to him that Roselli had been instructed by the CIA to abort the assassination and was therefore reluctant to be a shooter.
In both 1994 and 2003 Files claims that another party other than himself or Oswald was responsible for killing police officer J.D. Tippit, and that this party was actually trying to kill Oswald when Tippit stopped him. However, in the 2003 version, he claims that it was he, Files, who was responsible for the man having been sent to kill Oswald in the first place.
In 1994, Files claimed that Nicoletti had sent Oswald to Files’ motel in Mesquite to show him the area and to give him any general assistance he might need. In 2003, on the other hand, Files claimed Nicoletti had no idea who Oswald was, and that it was Phillips who had sent Oswald to Files’ motel after Files made that second phone call to Phillips on the night he arrived in Dallas. Files claimed in the later interview that he had to explain to Nicoletti on November 22nd who Oswald was, and that the fact that Oswald was a link back to Files who was a link back to Nicoletti made Oswald a serious problem for both of them. It was after that conversation that Files claims Nicoletti in all probability contacted Sam Giancana, who probably contacted David Phillips, who sent the third party to kill Oswald. The third party then ended up “burning a cop” (J.D. Tippit) after he “missed” getting Oswald.
So why was all of this detailed in the latter confession but not in the 1994 confession? Is Files embellishing his story as time goes on? One huge difference I noticed between the two confessions is the demeanor of Files himself. In 1994, he is nervous, defensive, reticent. In 2003, he’s relaxed and at peace. Could it merely be that in 1994 Files was more inclined to minimize evidence of the CIA’s direct involvement in the assassination just to save his own skin? By 2003 he seemed to have figured out that if someone was going to ice him for what he was revealing, they would have done it already. Maybe that’s why he opened up with more specific details relating to David Phillips, the CIA, and their involvement in the hit on JFK.
It’s really up to each individual viewer to decide for himself whether Files is adding embellishments over the years to a tall tale or whether the differences in the two accounts is attributable to Files being less fearful of revealing secrets as time goes by. If you examine the more mundane details of his confessions, you’ll find that they are remarkably consistent, down to the 1963 burgundy Chevrolet he drove down to Dallas and the pancake house he had breakfast in. I haven’t seen any explanation from Dankbaar or from Files himself of the discrepancies I’ve pointed out in Files’ accounts. Perhaps someone can comment with relevant information.
More confirmation of the close relationship between Chicago mobster Johnny Roselli and the CIA is seen in this “60 Minutes” piece from 1981. Mob informer Jimmy “the Weasel” Fratianno confirmed to Mike Wallace that Roselli was contracted by the CIA to assassinate Fidel Castro. In an earlier post I pointed out the close, almost brotherly bond between Roselli and CIA legend “Wild Bill” Harvey, as confirmed by Harvey’s widow.
Fires don’t collapse steel-framed skyscrapers unless said skyscrapers are owned by Larry Silverstein and the date is 9/11/2001. Here’s the proof. Good thing no one in the Silverstein family managed to show up to work that day. I hope Larry had a statue made of his dermatologist and that he prays to it daily.