News Archive - May 2007
New Book: Reclaiming History by Vincent Bugliosi
May 29, 2007: Vincent Bugliosi, the famed prosecutor of Charles Manson, is on tour promoting his new book, Reclaiming History. Weighing in at over 1600 pages not including endnotes on a cd-rom, the massive book purports to answer every conspiracy question and re-affirms the Warren Commission's conclusion that Kennedy was killed by a lone nut named Lee Harvey Oswald. The book has received some rave reviews in The New York Times and other mainstream publications. Others are far less impressed - the book is being challenged by many JFK assassination experts, some of them writing on a new blog entitled "Reclaiming History? Or Re-Framing Oswald?" at www.reclaiminghistory.org (Rex Bradford of the Mary Ferrell Foundation is a co-creator and participant in the blog).
More Scientists Question JFK NAA Analysis
May 17, 2007: The Washington Post today published an article entitled Scientists Cast Doubt on Kennedy Bullet Analysis, by John Solomon. The piece cites a new Annals of Applied Statistics article by a former FBI lab metallurgist William Tobin and two Texas A&M researchers, which concludes that the NAA analysis used by the HSCA to uphold the single bullet theory "is fundamentally flawed." This article follows similar analysis done by scientists named Erik Randich and Pat Grant.
New Book: The Tangled Web
May 15, 2007: Michael Cain (pictured at left) has written a book about his half-brother entitled The Tangled Web: The Life and Death of Richard Cain - Chicago Cop and Mafia Hitman. Published by Skyhorse Publishing, the book is part family memoir and part investigation into a man whom FBI Special Agent Bill Roemer once called "possibly the most corrupt police official in the history of Chicago." Richard Cain, working out of the Cook County Sheriff's Department, was involved with anti-Castro activities in Chicago and was on the payroll of Mafia boss Sam Giancana (see writeup on Richard Cain in HSCA Volume X).
John K. Lattimer Dies at 92
May 14, 2007: John Lattimer, a urologist who was the first nongovernmental expert allowed to examine JFK autopsy evidence, died on May 10 at the age of 92. See his obituary in the New York Times and Associated Press. Author of Kennedy and Lincoln, Lattimer's theories of the shooting - tumbling bullet to corroborate the single bullet theory, Thornburn position to explain JFK's raised arms, jet effect to explain his backward lurch - were influential among the investigations of the 1970s but mocked by many independent researchers. For more information, see these resources: John Lattimer's testimony to the Rockefeller Commission, Dr. Lattimer and the Great Thornburn Hoax by Wallace Milam, and Trajectory of a Lie, Part III - Big Lie About a Small Wound in Connally's Back by Milicent Cranor.
Howard Hunt Confesses to JFK Plot
May 4, 2007: Howard Hunt, in handwritten notes and an audiotape mailed to his son in January 2004, has named names in the plot to murder President Kennedy. See Confession of Howard Hunt for more details and links to news stories and a portion of the audiotape played on Coast to Coast Live the evening of May 1. Those fingered by Hunt include soldier-of-fortune and Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis, CIA's JM/WAVE Chief of Operations David Morales, CIA propaganda specialist David Phillips, Cuban exile and Alpha 66 leader Antonio Veciana, CIA's Task Force W assassination squad's head William Harvey, CIA officer Cord Meyer, and Vice-President Lyndon Johnson. Hunt says he declined active participation but served in a "benchwarmer" role. Hunt's recently-published final book, American Spy, outlined the same plot in a "what if it happened this way" style. See the January 2007 News Archive for more details. Hunt died on January 23 of this year.