This remarkable journal is a detailed account of the author's role in the assassination of President John Kennedy.
In 1963, John D____ was a senior varsity baseball player at an eastern university. An accomplished marksman, John was also fluent in Spanish. In the spring, he was contacted by an individual identifying himself as Edward Smith, who claimed to work for an intelligence branch of the United States government and had, it seemed, supporting credentials. An effective talker with a commanding presence, Smith recruited the young man on a mission ostensibly aimed at eliminating Fidel Castro. He offered the author $60,000 for a few months work after graduation and appealed to his sense of patriotism, highlighting the threat presented by the Cuban Communist regime.
With no job offers and a sense of adventure, John eventually signed on and was trained at a desert facility using Soviet sniper rifles, presumably for insertion into Cuba. An effective cover story was provided so that his family and friends had no inkling of the young man's real activity.
In early fall, Smith met with the author and attempted to change targets to President John Kennedy. Smith was well prepared with documentation and material to convince his recruit that Kennedy was leading the country on a course of nuclear destruction. He had details on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, the nuclear missiles under Cuban control aimed at the landing beaches, the deceptive and incomplete missile withdrawal from Cuba, faulty Jupiter ICBMs, and other matters. The remuneration was upped to $150,000. Perhaps in a manner similar to Pattie Hearst or even the Manson family, Smith was eventually successful in turning his charge. The young man, alone with no other resources or compatriots, became convinced the entire U.S. intelligence community was behind his efforts. The author and Smith traveled to Dallas in early November, linking up with Lee Harvey Oswald, also recruited by Smith.
The journal has now been reviewed in detail by Sixty Minutes, a number of Kennedy assassination experts, from a noted "dream team" attorney to forensic pathologists, autopsy experts and others who appeared before the Warren Commission. No flaw has been found in the work, which presents, in the view of most experts, a more acceptable version of the actual assassination than the Warren Commission. There is an appendix of exhibits supporting the manuscript, including an airplane ticket, Soviet weapon with serial number, passport identification, license tags and other material.
Perhaps as telling as the detailed information and photographs furnished, as provoking as the scrutiny of assassination experts, the journal is an understated, poignant account, a haunting memoir by an anonymous author with no wish to surface. It is as spellbinding as Day of the Jackal.
|Publisher:||Grey Knight Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
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Very interesting. Having lived through the period, a lot of the historic info seems correct. Do I believe this was written by the person on the Grassy Knoll.....possibly, but not convinced.
I have verified his info and it all checkef out. He killed him. It is an amazing book. A must read for any JFK fan like me. The CIA was involved. I also believe J edgar hoover was involved. Read the book.
I dont know...i think it's bullsh*t. I mean, how can he remember all those details...the serial # on Oswald's gun, all the conversations with "Mr. Smith" - word for word. This guy has to be around 70-71 today and he writes the book with such detail that you'd think the assassination happened yesterday. I always believed there was another shooter. But if you look at the Zapruder film, the head shot makes his head go forward at first, and then it recoils back. Not the way he describes it at the end of the book. I read the whole thing, cover to cover, and was fascinated...gotta admit that. But many times throughout, I found myself saying "oh, common..." outloud at all the very specific things he recalled and wondered how that could possibly be. I mean, he had the wherewithall to document all this stuff as it was happening? Do the pictures at the end of the book make him more, or less credible? i don't know...and I just can't believe the part about him just missing RFK at the end...that just went over the top for me. I mean, I was actually pissed off when he was going along with Mr. Smith for the RFK hit. Why the hell didn't he just say I'm out up front? I don't know...i guess the whole thing left me feeling...manipulated. 50 years later, still don't know what to believe. There's the sad truth...the real gunman could step forward and admit it tomorrow and nobody would believe him. He does build an interesting case though for why internal types wanted him dead. And how the f*ck did Mr. Smith find him in the end to mail him that letter in '75? He took the identity of a deceased 1-month old child! Again, over the top. I don't know...manipulated? Someone's making a mint off of this. How the hell does the publisher and/or the lawfirm in Florida not know the identity? I bet they know where to send the royalty checks to though...
Came from the first result.