For the first time ever, New York Times bestselling authors Jesse Ventura and Dick Russell have teamed up with some of the most respected and influential assassination researchers to put together the ultimate compendium that covers every angle—from the plot to the murder—of JFK. They Killed Our President will not only discuss the most famous of theories, but will also bring to light new and recently discovered information, which together shows that the United States government not only was behind this egregious plot, but took every step to make sure that the truth would not come out.
With 2013 marking the fiftieth anniversary of JFK’s assassination, this is the perfect time for They Killed Our President to be available to readers. The research and information in this book are unprecedented, and there’s nobody better to bring this to everyone’s attention than the former governor of Minnesota and US Navy SEAL, Jesse Ventura.
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About the Author
Dick Russell has written for such varied publications as Time, Sports Illustrated, and the Village Voice.His books include The Man Who Knew Too Much, Black Genius, and On the Trail of the JFK Assassins. He is also the coauthor of several New York Times bestsellers, including American Conspiracies, 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read, and They Killed Our President.
David Wayne is the author of five bestselling books, including Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country's Most Controversial Cover-ups and Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination (both written with Richard Belzer). He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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THEY KILLED OUR PRESIDENT
63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK
By Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell, DAVID WAYNE
Skyhorse PublishingCopyright © 2013 Jesse Ventura with Dick Russell and David Wayne
All rights reserved.
The forensic evidence is the crucial part of any crime scene investigation, as you've no doubt witnessed firsthand on TV shows like Law & Order and CSI. Forensic evidence is not about people's opinions or anybody's freaking theories. It's about logical and scientific explanations of what actually happened—and you do that by examining the primary facts of evidence. So let's look at the medical determinations; the blood spatter evidence and the photographic testimony.
President Kennedy was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas immediately after the shooting, and his body was taken on a stretcher from the limousine into the emergency room where a group of surgeons were ready and waiting to do whatever was humanly possible to save his life. It should be noted that Parkland was not just an emergency room, but an actual trauma center, where the doctors were experienced in the treatment of gunshot wounds.
In Trauma Room One, Dr. Malcolm Perry immediately performed an emergency tracheotomy, which is a standard trauma procedure to ensure that the victim can get air into their lungs. That procedure is accomplished by making a small incision in the lower front portion of the victim's throat and then inserting a breathing tube.
Now let me just stop here for a second and ask you this: If you were a physician and you were entrusted with the trauma care of the President of the United States who had just been shot, don't you think that you would vividly recall the exact specifics of precisely what took place? Well, so did they.
Dr. Malcolm Perry noted that there was already a smooth "wound of entrance" on the lower front area of President Kennedy's throat. The Warren Commission, in their usual manner of obfuscation, managed to later get that same doctor to say things from which other inferences could then be drawn by that room of Washington lawyers. But if you look back at the actual words of Dr. Malcolm Perry—taken directly from the Parkland Press Conference on the afternoon of the President's death—Dr. Perry clearly describes that hole he observed in the throat as "a wound of entrance"; then again as "an entrance wound"; and also states that "the bullet was coming at him." Anyone experienced with woundsmand Dr. Perry was very experienced—can differentiate an entry wound from an exit wound. A wound of entry is small, like the circumference of the bullet, and has what could be termed a smooth appearance, while an exit wound is much larger, caused by the "blowout" damage of the bullet before it exits the body, and its exit after causing its damage then leaves a wound that is rough and jagged. So, in precisely detailing his exact actions on that memorable day, Dr. Perry noted that the bullet hole in the front of President Kennedy's throat was a smooth wound of entry, and hence, because of what could be called the entry wound's convenient location in the correct portion of the throat, he enlarged that already existing wound slightly with his scalpel in order to make an incision sufficient for placement of the breathing tube. In addition to the entry wound he observed in the front of President Kennedy's throat, Dr. Perry also noted a massive blowout exit wound at the right rear of the President's skull.
Other doctors also observed the huge exit wound at the back of the head. And they too observed that since it was the President of the United States whose wounds they were observing, they weren't about to make a mistake about that or to forget it anytime soon.
Secret Service Agent Clint Hill—who later "changed his mind"—seemed exceedingly clear about the matter when he originally testified. At the time, testifying right after the assassination when one would think his memory would be vividly fresh, he described to the Warren Commission:
The right rear portion of his head was missing. It was lying in the rear seat of the car. His brain was exposed. There was blood and bits of brain all over the entire rear portion of the car. Mrs. Kennedy was completely covered with blood. There was so much blood you could not tell if there had been any other wound or not, except for the one large gaping wound in the right rear portion of the head.
So don't look now, but there seems to be a very large elephant in the room, folks. If our government can take a very clear statement like that and try to spin it a different way in a lame attempt to prove that it isn't true, then that's a serious indication that something is really rotten in Denmark and that, for some reason, dark forces are at work here.
The entry wound that caused all that massive damage at the back of the President's head was also clearly observed by the doctors:
Multiple witnesses, who were medically and otherwise credible, confirmed that they clearly saw an entry wound in the FRONT of President Kennedy's head, in his upper right forehead at the hairline.
Now let's look at the blood evidence. Experts can look at blood spatter and determine from that what took place.
Sherry Fiester was a Certified Senior Crime Scene Investigator and Court-Recognized Expert in Crime Scene Reconstruction and Blood Spatter Analysis. She conducted an extremely detailed and professional reconstruction of the crime scene and here is the point-blank conclusion of that study:
The head injury to President Kennedy was the result of a single gunshot fired from the front of the President.
That sure sounds pretty damn solid to me. She did say "front," didn't she? Additional blood spatter evidence is further indicative of a shot from the front. There were two Dallas motorcycle officers riding flank-left-rear to the President's car, meaning that the placement of the outriders were slightly behind the rear wheels of the limousine on the left hand side of the car. The officers were Bobby Hargis and B. J. Martin, and their windshields were sprayed with the blood and brain matter of President Kennedy. It has been established that the limo had slowed considerably after the first shots—some said almost to a complete stop—so the dramatic spatter backwards and to the left of the car was not the result of the forward motion of the vehicle, but the result of directional gravity from the source of the shot, which would place the gunshot as coming from the right-front of the car. Bobby Hargis was riding closest to the car, behind it on the left side, and this is how he described what happened:
When President Kennedy straightened back up in the car the bullet hit him in the head, the one that killed him and it seemed like his head exploded, and I was splattered with blood and brain, and kind of a bloody water ... well, at the time it sounded like the shots were right next to me.
Officer B. J. Martin, who was riding even farther to President Kennedy's left, in tandem with Officer Hargis, was also sprayed with blood and brain matter immediately after the head shot to the President.
So the blood spatter evidence also shows us that shots came from the front; all proving through forensic findings that President Kennedy was actually struck by at least two bullets from the front—one in the right side of his forehead and one in the throat. And, since we know that shots also came from the rear of the motorcade, any shot from the front is proof of a conspiracy, as shots from both the front and rear necessitate that there were multiple shooters. Case closed. But hang on, because we've still got 62 more.
The Warren Commission tried to explain away that blood spatter and backward movement of the President's body with some medical semantics, which I'll get into on the next entry. They had to come up with something, because it turned out that there was a home movie made of it that day that vividly depicted the violent backward motion and the backward spray of blood and brain matter.
When there is a film of a crime, it's a prime piece of evidence known as photographic testimony. In fact, in the case of the JFK assassination, the photographic testimony is what's known as prima facie evidence, vividly testifying about what actually happened without ever uttering a word.
A film was taken of the assassination of President Kennedy as the shots were fired. It was a home movie made by a man named Abraham Zapruder and has since become known simply as the Zapruder Film. The footage graphically confirms the fatal head shot and the fact that this came from the front of the limousine.
In this video, you can see that President Kennedy's entire body is driven sharply backward and to his left, as the result of taking a high-velocity round directly through his head. It appears to enter his head in direct conformity with the medical testimony in Dallas which recorded a small entry wound in the President's upper right side of his forehead, near the hairline.
The footage is very graphic, but if you think you can handle it, it can and should be viewed. It's currently available online at youtube.com/ watch?v=jWHdEeHNbXY. (Remember that you can also go to my website at facebook.com/OfficialJesseVentura to view all the videos from the book.) The clips seem to get taken down from the Internet every once in a while but then are put back up by other assassination researchers. So if that link is invalid when you go to check, just Google "Zapruder film enhanced" and you'll find it. You'll see President Kennedy first reacting with shock to the bullet that hits him in the throat, and then—just as his wife and First Lady Jackie Kennedy is looking directly at him to see what is wrong—the kill-shot hits him high in the right side of his forehead and rips off a large portion of his head, rapidly driving his entire body backward and to his left. But be forewarned, this is something you'll never forget after you've seen it.
That footage by Abraham Zapruder so clearly depicted what happened that it was "shielded" from the public's view for many years. Media mogul C. D. Jackson, the power behind Time-Life, Inc., purchased the rights to that film for a large sum of money and basically kept it under wraps. It was finally shown to an American television audience by author Robert Groden in 1975; and the audience literally gasps at the dramatic evidence of a head shot from the front. You can watch that one online, too, and you will undoubtedly share the shock of that audience: youtube.com/watch?v=4DwKK4rkeEM.
So the government had some explaining to do and they knew it. They came up with an elaborate medical explanation about a bullet having severed the neck vertebrae of the President and because he was held upright by a brace he wore to support his back, it created a "jet force" that blew the matter from his head backwards, even though he was shot from the rear. Nice try. But that dog can't hunt, people. Military veteran and former combat sniper, Craig Roberts, exhaustively researched the issue and determined that the government version was just what it sounds like—a bunch of bunk.
With his extensive combat experience, Roberts is scathing about the mysterious 'jet force' that supposedly blows Kennedy's head backwards, towards Oswald, in the famous Zapruder home movie of the assassination. 'In that film,' says Roberts, 'we see Kennedy take a shot from the front.'
Roberts further determined that the shot also had to be from an exploding bullet—what's known as a "frangible" round—due to the technical behavior of the impact. So now, instead of the crap from the Warren Commission, listen to somebody who actually knows what he's talking about:
Some of the supporters of the Warren Commission ... stated that the bullet came from the rear because the eruption of brain matter and blood came out of the front of the president's skull.
I saw something else. In a head shot, the exit wound, due to the buildup of hydrostatic pressure, explodes in a conical formation in the down-range direction of the bullet. Yet in the Zapruder film, I could plainly see that the eruption was not a conical shape to the front of the limo, but instead was an explosion that cast fragments both up and down in a vertical plane, and side to side in a horizontal plane. There was only one explanation for this: an exploding or 'frangible' bullet. Such a round explodes on impact—in exactly the manner depicted in the film.
U.S. Secret Service Agents
It may come as a shock to learn that many of the Secret Service special agents who were right at the scene of the shooting felt certain that shots which hit President Kennedy came from the front. What's even more shocking is that it has been so little publicized that most people are completely unaware of their conclusions. But that's actually what they thought—in fact, they stated this with certainty. But don't take my word for it. Let's look at exactly who they were and exactly what they said.
Forrest Sorrels was the Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Dallas district for the Secret Service. Special Agent Sorrels was one of the higher ranking Secret Service agents in Dallas that day and was riding in the lead car of the President's motorcade, just a bit ahead of the limousine carrying President Kennedy. SAIC Sorrels was in the back seat of the lead car on the right side. At the time of the gunshots, he was looking out the right rear passenger window. Here's what he said about it:
I looked towards the top of the terrace to my right as the sound of the shots seemed to come from that direction.
That sounds pretty clear to me, don't you agree? By the way, that terrace area that Special Agent Sorrels is describing as where the shots had come from is precisely the area that the government and their stooges mockingly refer to as the grassy knoll, as in "grassy knoll conspiracy kooks." Funny, it doesn't sound so kooky when it's an experienced high-ranking Secret Service agent who was right on top of the murder scene telling us where he thought the shots came from. Notice that he doesn't say that they came from behind him, where Oswald was located; he says that the shots—plural—came from the right side, and he was ahead of the President's car at that moment.
But wait, there's more! Here's another Secret Service agent who was in a different position from which to gauge the shots. Lem Johns was Shift Leader of the Secret Service Vice Presidential Detail. He was in the car with Vice-President Johnson which was two cars behind Kennedy. What Lem Johns remembered was in accord with Special Agent Sorrels:
The first two [shots] sounded like they were on the side of me towards the grassy knoll.
Here's another one. Special Agent Paul Landis, part of the White House Detail, was riding right in the Secret Service Follow-Up car which was immediately behind President Kennedy. So remember that he was immediately behind President Kennedy—the agents in the Follow-Up car had a bird's eye view of President Kennedy in the backseat of the car right in front of them and are trained to be alert to any possible danger arising around them. Here's what he said:
My reaction at this time was that the shot came from somewhere towards the front.
Well, gee whiz folks, none of that lines up with the official version, does it? I thought our government told us that the shots came from the rear? But here are three Secret Service agents who were right there in the best locations, and they're telling us something completely different. What's the deal? Who are we supposed to trust, highly professional Secret Service agents expertly trained in gunfire, or a bunch of Washington lawyers in white shirts who write long books in legalese? I think I'll go with the Secret Service agents on that one.
That's a matter of great importance. The first focus of those Secret Service agents was on the area that had been in front of the limousine because—in their professional opinions—that's where they thought the shots came from. And it wasn't just the Secret Service who thought that either, as the next fact proves.
The upper area from the road on Dealey Plaza known as the grassy knoll in particular was the area that a great majority of witnesses to the shooting were immediately fixated on. Dozens of them went rushing up the hill because they thought that was the location that was the source of the gunfire, The Warren Commission tried to minimize that fact by focusing the majority of testimony they placed on the historical record on select witnesses who did not think shots came from that location. So—although it was very misleading—the Warren Commission did not conclude that the grassy knoll was the beehive of activity that it actually was.
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Table of Contents
Katzenbach Memo ix
Section 1 The Evidence 1
1 Frontal Gunshots 5
2 Zapruder Film 11
3 U.S. Secret Service Agents 14
4 Grassy Knoll 17
5 Previous Plots against President Kennedy 21
6 Last-Minute Change of Motorcycle Formation 26
7 Secret Service Agents Ordered Off Limousine 31
8 Motorcade Route Changed 33
9 Too Many Bullets 37
10 Acoustic Evidence at Dealey Plaza 40
11 Three Rifle Shots in Six Seconds 43
12 Shots That Were Too Close Together With a Rifle that Was Not Even "Sighted In" 47
13 Oswald Couldn't Have Carried in the Murder Weapon 51
14 No Eyewitnesses 52
15 Logistically Impossible That Oswald Fired Shot 55
16 Mauser Rifle Was Found 61
17 No Fingerprints 66
18 Oswald Was a U.S. Intelligence Operative 68
19 Oswald Had a Look-Alike Intelligence Double 75
20 Oswald Had No Motive for Murder 89
21 Paper Trail on the Rifle Was Intentional 98
22 The "Backyard Photo" Of Oswald Was Deemed a Forgery 104
23 Oswald Denied Shooting the President and Modern Voice Technologies Determined He Was Telling the Truth 112
24 "Umbrella Man" and "Radio Man" in Dealey Plaza Appeared To Be Acting Operationally 115
25 The "Three Tramps" Photographed in Dealey Plaza After the Assassination Were Not Actually Tramps 123
26 Oswald Could Not Have Murdered Officer Tippit 129
27 The Murder of Oswald Was Obvious Witness-Silencing 136
28 Jack Ruby Knew Lee Harvey Oswald 142
Section 2 The Cover - Up 149
29 The Smoking Gun of the Cover-Up 153
30 The Presidential Limousine Was Crucial Crime Scene Evidence 155
31 The Illegal Removal of the President's Body 157
32 Hoover and the FBI Assisted the Cover-Up 159
33 The X-rays Showed That the Bullet Particles Were From Exploding Ammunition 166
34 The Official Autopsy Photos and X-Rays Were Altered 169
35 Another Key Witness Conveniently Silenced: Navy Lieutenant Commander William Bruce Pitzer 176
36 The Zapruder Film Was Apparently Altered 181
37 The "Magic Bullet" Theory Has Been Proven False 185
38 The U.S. Government Subverted the Investigation of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison 189
39 Another Key Witness Conveniently Silenced: David Ferrie 200
40 Another Key Witness Conveniently Silenced: Dorothy Kilgallen 203
41 Another Key Witness Conveniently Silenced: Lee Bowers 207
42 Another Key Witness Conveniently Silenced: Mary Pinchot Meyer 210
43 Another Key Witness Conveniently Silenced: Sam Giancana 212
44 Another Key Witness Conveniently Silenced: Johnny Roselli 215
45 Another Key Witness Conveniently Silenced: George de Mohrenschildt 217
46 The Warren Commission Structured The Evidence To Fit Its Pre-Formed Conclusions 220
47 The CIA Also Participated in the Cover-Up 228
48 Mainstream Media Reinforced the False Conclusions of the Warren Commission 233
Section 3 The Witnesses 249
49 A Special Team From Military Intelligence Was Sent to Dallas 253
50 Conclusions of U.S. Intelligence Agents 257
51 Testimony and Wiretapped Conversations of Mobsters 265
52 Other Witnesses 270
53 Fabian Escalante and Conclusions of Cuban Intelligence Study 275
Section 4 The Why, Who, and How 279
54 The "Military-Industrial Complex," JFK's Foreign Policy & the Joint Chiefs of Staff 281
55 The Kennedy Administration's War on Organized Crime & Big Oil 284
56 Complicity of the CIA 288
57 Complicity of Military-Industrial Complex 294
58 Complicity of the Mafia 305
59 Complicity of Anti-Castro Cubans 307
60 Complicity of Lyndon Johnson 313
61 Complicity of H.L. Hunt and "Texas Oil" 318
62 A CIA Plot Against Castro was Apparently "Hijacked" and Used Against JFK, which Explains the Perceived Need for a National Security Cover-Up 322
63 The True Facts Concerning the Conspiracy and Cover-Up Have Still Not Been Revealed to the American Public 329