On Thursday, November 21, 1963, a wealthy Dallas businessman was throwing a party. His name was Clint Murchison and he was big in the oil business, with additional interests in banking and publishing. His influential guest list included Richard Nixon, in Dallas on business for his clients the Coca Cola Company. Oil billionaire HL Hunt was also present along with Senator John Tower, Chase Manhattan banker John McCloy and Murchison’s particular friend, FBI director J Edgar Hoover. Into the gathering strode Vice President Lyndon B Johnson, accompanied by his Dallas mistress Madeleine Brown. He had left President Kennedy and those
Comments: The above isn´t a book review, per se, it seems like more of a teaser for Who Killed The President? The Definitive Account of Fifty Years of Conspiracy by Matthew Smith. Living in New Orleans in the late sixties, I actually met Jim Garrison at a political event and Clay Shaw at a French Quarter party. It was a strange and fascinating few years until the Garrison investigation faded.
I have always thought that, when taking everything into consideration, LBJ was by far the worst thing that ever happened to the USA. My opinion is subject to change...given the escapades of the current occupant. Carter was nothing compared to these guys.
I had heard thru the years that it was Carlos Marcello the mob boss of New Orleans that ordered the hit because he was unhappy about being dumped in Guatemala. The story goes that when he got back into the country someone suggested that he wack Bobby Kennedy. His supposed reply was that would be cutting the tail off of the dog. In any event the smartest thing Johnson did was putting Earl Warren in charge. If anyone would come up with the wrong conclusion it was Earl.
John Kennedy was murdered by a loner who had been rejected by almost everyone in his life, including his wife the day of the assassination. The alternate theories will never die, however, especially when there is yet another book to sell.
I agree with 1. Between Johnson thinking himself a general and running the war from DC and the Great Society, Johnson was a disaster for us. Whether he could have or would have ordered an assassination is another matter. That he was capable of it, I have no doubt but would he take the chance? I doubt it.
My father was an oil company executive and this ´rumor´ was so common among the executive wives that my mother, who firmly believed it, began to talk about it openly.
I was a small child at the time, but I remember waking in thte night to go to their bedroom door because of an argument (very rare in our house because they usually got along very well).
My mother was saying, "I can´t believe you! Why are you letting this go on. That man!! The president!" That man was always LBJ, who she despised.
My dad said, "Honey, we can´t do a thing. It´s done. What do you think will happen if you keep talking about this and people start believing you? There would be riots. Do you think they´ll put up with that? And if the Russians think we can´t respond, do you think they´ll hesitate? If you don´t stop talking about this, we won´t have a family, and maybe not a country."
I didn´t understand till years later, after my dad had passed on, what they were talking about, that night.
So many years later, we now have a better idea of the man and his family and realize he and his family were so bad they had an entire arena of people and groups that could have killed him, it would be hard pressed to pick one.
Listening to and watching videos of LBJ´s mistress certainly could have one easily convinced the narrative that Oswald was a full blown "patsy". Her´s was a very believable scenario. Much was withheld from the public by the Warren Commission and facts fabricated.
#18, Lyndon Johnson didn´t have a mistress, he had scores, multitudes, legions of them over the years. I sincerely doubt any of them were privy to inside info about the happenings around the events on November 22, 1963.
I know it was some sort of frame up, so did lots of people. My father, no wearer of tin foil hats saw Oswald shot and just stood saying over and over, "Now, that´s not right."
But just a true story: I had a good friend who watched another friend approached by a man who said (in front of her and several other witnesses -they were in a nightclub) that he "Needed help" (This was maybe two months after the assassination) and that when asked who he was, he showed ID and said "Up until this morning, I worked for the FBI." When he was asked (by the friend´s friend) why he should be helped, the man said "Because in this briefcase is information that will blow the lid off the Kennedy assassination." Why haven´t you heard about it?
Long story short -the next day the man was found a few hundred feet away, in a parking lot dead. The paper described his murder as "execution style."
My fried´s friend ran. She never saw him again. (There´s much more to that, none of it pretty.)
Last thing; I met one of the other people who was also present when this occurred. I asked him about it. I thought he was going to literally hurt me. He was furious, almost to the point of tears and screamed at the mutual friend: "You told! You told about that! Are you crazy!!"
So, #3, do I NOT believe that Oswald was anything BUT a patsy. I never will.
BTW, my friend made me and others swear we would never tell their names. And meant it. Truly meant it.
Any article that says Kennedy tried, or was cutting the advisers in Vietnam should take a look at the facts. Kennedy escalated the number of armed forces there, from 900 in 1960 to 3205(1961), 11,300(1962) to 16,300 by 1963. If the article is that far wrong on facts, I wouldn´t believe any of the rest. I stand with #3!
The family of Ngo Dinh Diem had JFK killed as payback for the CIA assassination perpetrated only three weeks earlier. The murdered Vietnamese president´s family used Communist ties to recruit Oswald, who had approached the Cubans and Russians in Mexico City offering his services.
I remember seeing a documentary on the 68 election and LBJ was asked in a press conference what he thought of Bobby, someone in his cabinet running against him, and his response was ´that is not going to be a problem much longer´ - within a short time Bobby was assassinated. Never have seen the program again and his comment chilled me at the time. LBJ was a slug, from falsifying and inflating his ´war record´ to his crooked politics to just plain incompetence, like most dim presidents we´ve had.
The article fails to provide context for statements it attributes to Johnson. Kennedy was in Dallas because of annoying political infighting in the local Democrat party. He expected Johnson to deal with it. Johnson had forced a difficult compromise between the two factions, enabling the President´s visit to Dallas to be a success. It was a political accomplishment that Johnson felt would prove his value to the Kennedy´s, thus they wouldn´t be laughing "after tomorrow."
Give the book, "Mortal Error"´ a read. It takes the available forensics and provides an explanation of the multiple shooter theory found no where else. Even the liberal Baltimore Sun editorial page wrote that this theory need a hard look. I think the evidence provided in the book is difficult to dismiss. In essence it says Oswald alone would have been guilty with attempted murder. The fatal shot was accidental. Far fetched. Read the book you may change your mind.
I´m with #3 and #14 (and those who agree with them). Many people just can´t get it through their heads that only rarely does a noble Brutus kill a Caesar. Almost always it´s a miserable nonentity like Oswald who knew he´d never amount to anything unless he committed some monstrous crime such as a presidential assassination. The shots from the Texas Book Depository (250 feet) were simple for a Marine sharpshooter, especially with a scoped rifle. The shots have been repeated numerous times in tests with the exact same rifle, even by elderly shooters. The "magic bullet" evidence is hogwash, based as it is on a misunderstanding about where Gov. Connolly´s jump seat was located. (It was positioned left of where Kennedy was sitting, and was lower. The bullet travelled in a straight line.)
Marina Oswald was a Soviet citizen, and after moving to the USSR Oswald wanted to stay there. The Soviets, who quickly pegged him as an unstable character, wouldn´t have anything to do with him. LBJ and JFK were allies of political convenience, and likely had little use for each other personally, but it´s simply not believable that Johnson would have been involved in the Kennedy assassination. There was no conspiracy here--just one determined individual. And that´s all it takes.
I have few doubts that LHO was the lone shooter, but there have always been a number of intriguing competing theories out there. Read the latest Bob Lee Swagger book by Stephen Hunter for just one plausible alternative.
Now my dad, who was Texan all the way down to his toenails, firmly and unshakeably believed that LBJ had a hand in doing away with JFK until the day he died twenty years after.
It is also important to keep in mind how comparatively lax the security was in 1963. An open air motorcade, stopping to shake hands with people along the street - inconceivable today, but that was a different era. Modern presidents live in bubbles with carefully pre-screened audiences. It is hard to imagine any would-be malfactor getting a clear shot at a president in the 21st century.
I happen to believe, and have believed since the day of the assassination that #23 is somewhere close to the truth. If you go back and examine Mme Diem´s itinerary on and around the date, and if you know first hand vicious some Asian women can be when they feel they have been wronged, you might know what I´m talking about. Oswald may have been the lone shooter, but he had some encouragement.
#34, Jack Ruby had his own reasons for shooting Lee Oswald. They did not know each other and had no common acquaintances. Jack Ruby was as mentally misguided as Oswald, believing if he killed Oswald, Jackie Kennedy would be spared the circus of a trial. Ruby was a true underworld character, with all kinds of mob connections and trails of corruption and sleaze, but his story is separate from Oswald´s.
And then everyone who knew of, or participated in the assassination or was killed or never heard from again, but no one ever noticed. /s
It´s FAR more likely that JFK was gunned down in a Covert Op involving the KGB and Cuban hit men over all the attempts JFK and RFK made on Fidel´s life. If you believe in the saying, "What goes around, comes around," then you´ll see that´s not a far-fetched theory. It also took better marksmanship than what was possible from Oswald. I believe he was a "patsy." It also makes sense if you notice the change in the Dem Party attitude toward Cuba and Communism in general after Kennedy was murdered. Today you have to look hard to find a better friend to the Castro brothers than the Democrats.
#38, it is certainly true that JFK´s murder and LBJ´s ascension to power and subsequent blundering opened the doors for the radical left. But that has nothing to do with Oswald himself and the psychopathology within him which led him to kill the president.
Let´s see, who had motive, means and method? 1. Republicans: for stealing the ´60 election 2. Johnson: for stealing the ´60 nomination 3. The mob: for turning on them after they helped steal the election. 4. The Cuban freedom fighters: for abandoning them at the Bay of Pigs 5. Castro: for CIA attempts to assassinate him 6. Kruschev: for embarrassing him in the Cuban missile crisis 7. Jackie: for screwing everything that walks. (Friend Arie had the means) 8. Mrs. Diem: for having her husband whacked three weeks earlier 9. Defense contractors: for cutting defense spending Who am I missing??? Take a number. It´s amazing it took them that long to get him.
A memorial that pays tribute to the tens of thousands of brave men who lost their lives in bombing raids over wartime Germany has again been ranked by Trip Advisor as London´s top landmark in the run up to Christmas. The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park has beaten the likes of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace to the number one spot on the travel review site. Visitors from all over the world come to pay their respects to the 55,573 young Bomber Command crews who lost their lives during the Second World War.
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