Silencing the Lone Assassin: The Murders of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald

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The assassination of John F. Kennedy has received more attention and analysis, perhaps, than any other single event, much less murder, in American history. While, officially, according to the Warren Commission, Lee Harvey Oswald alone assassinated JFK, other investigators, researchers, and authors have pointed fingers at the CIA, FBI, Mafia, Anti-Castro Cuban exiles, Pro-Castro Cubans, military industrial complex, ultra right wing activists, and, yes, even President Johnson! In fact, if every shooter from even ...

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Overview

The assassination of John F. Kennedy has received more attention and analysis, perhaps, than any other single event, much less murder, in American history. While, officially, according to the Warren Commission, Lee Harvey Oswald alone assassinated JFK, other investigators, researchers, and authors have pointed fingers at the CIA, FBI, Mafia, Anti-Castro Cuban exiles, Pro-Castro Cubans, military industrial complex, ultra right wing activists, and, yes, even President Johnson! In fact, if every shooter from even half of all the conspiracy books were actually present in Dealey Plaza when JFK’s motorcade passed through, there would have been more lead flying around than there was at Gettysburg! Kennedy’s limo would have had more bullet holes than Bonnie and Clyde’s Ford when deputies gunned them down. Consequently, many, if not most Americans don’t know what to believe about the assassination of President Kennedy.

History has been begging the arrival of a definitive book that leaves no doubt whatsoever as to what happened on that dark day in Dallas 36 years ago. Silencing the Lone Assassin is that book!

The author presents in a logical, easy-to-read format, key evidence in the case and includes important new information regarding the bullet fragments removed from the President’s head, a late [and fatal] change in the motorcade route, and the Mob’s “silencing” of Oswald. In addition, he solves a mystery that has for much too long, perplexed other authors and researchers, about a “library card,” reportedly borrowed by the alleged assassin from Mob emissary and soldier of fortune, David Ferrie.

Indeed, Silencing the Lone Assassin finally “closes the case” on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557787828
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 708,796
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Excellent!

    John Canal has written a very well thought out, and very informative book. He includes everything you need to know about the events that took place on that fateful day. This is a definite must-read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2001

    A daughter's salute

    I believe this book had alot of time and dedication to it. He has spent 2-3 years doing restless researching to put together this best-seller. He deserves the upmost respect for this. I salute you SRMSGT.Canal. I love you, DAD!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2000

    Compelling!

    Canal has written a very readable book in which he methodically covers the key aspects of the JFK assassination without getting sidetracked into the minutiae of less significant side-issues. Speaking of getting side-tracked, I noticed some of the reviewers (obviously conspiracy minded) focused on what I think are relatively insignificant parts of the award-winning JAMA article (Canal's Appendix IV). For me, the fact that Dr. Humes may have lied about burning the first draft of the autopsy report and that Dr. Crenshaw won a law suit against JAMA for defaming him in Part II of the article, wasn't nearly as important as reading what the autopsists had to say (in Part I)-after all, besides Dr. Finck, they were the only pathologists that had a good opportunity to 'closely' examine JFK's wounds. One of the other reviewers also criticizes Canal for praising the work of Gerald Posner ('Case Closed'). In doing so, he nit-picks at one of the all time best-selling books on the assassination; does he really think tens of thousands of readers would buy it if it was labeled to be as flawed as he says it is? Instead, he applauds the work of Peter Dale Scott, who, if I'm not mistaken, once said there were seven guns in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, as part of an assassination conspiracy. I thought Canal's presentation (in his Chapters III & IV) of 16 points of evidence made it clear, beyond any doubt (alledged impersonator tape recording considered), that the real Lee Harvey Oswald did travel to Mexico Ciy in late September, '63. The overview of FAA's 1992 Mock Trial of LHO (seven jurrors voted to convict Oswald and five to acquit), and their use of high-tech methods to study the evidence, was fascinating. In my opinion, this is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    Silencing the Lone Assassin: The Murders of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald

    For me, this book brings closure to the debate over whether or not there was a conspiracy to assassinate JFK. The presentation of the evidence was methodical, and it flowed very nicely. The author leaves no doubt Oswald, alone, assassinated President Kennedy. Interesting twist, though, in his Part II. He concludes, and presents facts to back it up, that the Mob hired Ruby to 'hit' Oswald...for reasons not connected with the actual assassination. I should add that the appendices were extremely interesting, including the information about the spectrographic tests and Nuclear Activation Analysis on the bullet evidence, Failure Analysis Associates, and transcripts of the interviews JAMA conducted with the doctors, who tried to save JFK's life at Parkland Hospital, and the pathologists who performed the autopsy at Bethesda, MD. In a word, 'outstanding.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2000

    Intriguing and Entertaining

    John Canal takes yet another look at the evidence supporting the lone assassin premise and shares with us his theory that Jack Ruby murdered Lee Harvey Oswald for the Mob. From the Preface through the Epilogue there are a mere 120 pages of text and photos in this tome. Do not let this deceive you, though, because there is an abundance of ¿goodies¿ waiting within. The first section is comprised of six chapters of evidence that again establishes Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin in Dealey Plaza. Conspiracy buffs should have a heyday with this one. As I wove my way through Part I (Chapter 5 in particular), I was constantly bombarded with the proclamation of ¿no conspiracy!¿ after each revelation. Mr. Canal avoids long, drawn out explanations (thankfully) and presents the material in no nonsense, ¿let¿s get through this quickly¿ style. The author makes frequent reference to the work of Gerald Posner and, in fact, much of Part I gives the pretense of being a synopsis of the national bestseller that conspiracy buffs love to hate. Part I of this offering is an excellent primer for newcomers to the wonderful world of ¿Who killed JFK?¿ Serious students and researchers of the assassination will not find anything new here. The second section is comprised of a ¿disclaimer¿, and five chapters that detail the author¿s theory that Oswald was silenced by the Mob. Mr. Canal states up front that the case he presents is speculation and that is a refreshing twist. Most authors (particularly the conspiracy folks) state their case as if it were ¿the gospel according to me.¿ The author makes a good argument, but I have difficulty believing Oswald was involved with the Mob. Remember, our boy was a loner and didn¿t have enough money to even pay attention. One might think that if he were in cahoots with organized crime that he would at least have access to cash and maybe even a decent job arranged through Mob connections. Now it sounds like I¿m speculating. The most interesting item in Part II is the photograph of David Ferrie and Lee Harvey Oswald together at a Civil Air Patrol camp in 1955. The author uses this photo as part of the evidence that they had a relationship. As Mr. Canal states, many non-conspiracy theorists refute a Ferrie-Oswald connection (particularly Gerald Posner). I had only heard about this photo and I want to publicly thank Mr. Canal for sharing it in SILENCING THE LONE ASSASSIN. I have trouble believing that Ferrie and Oswald were longtime associates or friends as the author speculates. There is just too much gray area between 1955 and 1963. These two characters were not even in the same country much of the time and documented evidence of their association just isn¿t there. According to Mr. Canal, Lee Harvey Oswald was ¿the man who knew too much¿. He had deceived Ferrie and infiltrated the anti-Castro Cuban exiles; he had dealings with Guy Banister; he knew about the gunrunning (of which Jack Ruby was affiliated); and local Mob leaders were worried that he would ¿talk¿ after his arrest about their involvement in the Castro assassination attempts. This is where Jack Ruby enters the scene. He is the man selected to make the ¿hit¿ because he needed money; he could be trusted to keep his mouth shut; he had connections in the Dallas Police Department; and he was afraid he too could be implemented as a player in the gunrunning business if Oswald talked. This theory is feasible, but it reads like a dime store novel. There is no doubt in my mind that Ruby was capable of murdering someone for the Mob, but not in a room full of policemen. It¿s obvious that he was mentally unstable, but I don¿t think he was completely bonkers (yet). I still believe that Ruby killed Oswald because he was distraught and the opportunity presented itself. Nonetheless, Mr. Canal has given us a new look at an old subject that is both intriguing and entertaining. That¿s not a bad combination. Mr. Canal spends three and a h

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    Silencing the Lone Assassin: The Murders of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald

    Finally, a book on the Kennedy assassination that addresses all conspiracy theory 'loose ends' and ties them up in a nice, neat package. John Canal methodically picks apart each one of the so-called mysteries surrounding the killing of JFK and backs his assertions with ironclad logic and facts in a very readable and interesting fashion. It's an impressive piece which thoroughly covers the entire gamut of the people, places, and events associated with JFK's assassination and I highly recommend it to anyone who's interested in finding out the real story behind one of the most important events of the 20th century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    Silencing the Lone Assassin: The Murders of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald

    I've read dozens of books on the assassination, but was still undecided as to whether or not there was a conspiracy. Now that I've read Canal's book I don't plan on reading any more...for me, this case is closed! I might add that the way the book was set up made it easy to read and comprehend. I think I read the entire book in about four hours. Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    Silencing the Lone Assassin: The Murders of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald

    The author leaves no doubt in your mind as to how and why President Kennedy was killed. This was one of the most reader-friendly books I've ever read. I don't know how Canal did it without being callous, but somehow he managed to merge a bit of refreshing humor into his account of this dreadfully sad and tragic event...the assassination of JFK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    Silencing the Lone Assassin: The Murders of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald

    After I read this book, I wondered how I'd been duped for so long into thinking there had been a conspiracy to assassinate JFK. It was riveting, well-researched, and so easy to read I read the whole book in one sitting.

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