«NOVEMBER 22, 1963 (Friday) 12:00 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Nine Secret Service agents drinking at Pat Kirkwood’s bar the “Cellar Door” in Fort Worth, ...»
This year, Dallas Deputy Sheriff Al Maddox tells researchers that a phony doctor had been assigned to Jack Ruby while he was in jail by “... whoever supplied the county at that time with doctors... And one day I went in and Ruby told me, he said, ‘Well, they injected me for a cold.’ He said it was cancer cells. That’s what he told me, Ruby did. I said you don’t believe that shit. He said, ‘I damn sure do!’ Police officer Tom Tilson also will tell researchers, “It was the opinion of a number of other Dallas police officers that Ruby had received injections of cancer while he was incarcerated in the Dallas County Jail following the shooting of LHO.” Also this year, Dr. George Burkley says that he thinks JFK was murdered as the result of a conspiracy, and he implies that he doesn’t agree with the Warren Commission’s conclusion as to the number of bullets that entered the President’s body. US Peter Gregory dies this year. Gregory was the original translator for Marina Oswald and the Secret Service. “Natural n causes.” February 11, 1982 Attorney General William French Smith exempts the CIA from its legal requirement to report on drug smuggling by any of its assets or clients. [“Reportable offenses” which the agency was still required to reveal included assault, homicide, kidnapping, illegal immigration, perjury, visa violations, possession of firearms, bribery, obstruction of justice, etc.
May 14, 1982 National Academy of Sciences issues their “Report” of the Committee on Ballistics Acoustics after a threeyear wait. The NSA admits that they did not conduct the tests of the tape [Dallas Police dictabelt recording] that they themselves recommend, and that “because its charge was only to examine the acoustical evidence, the Committee has not reached a conclusion as to whether or not there was a shot from the grassy knoll, nor has it examined or reported on the question of whether or not a single individual was involved in the assassination.” “The Committee has concluded that the acoustical analyses do not demonstrate that there was a grassy knoll shot.” Researcher Gary Mack believes there is scientific evidence of dubbing and deletion on Channel 1 in the BBN report to the HSCA and in the Warren Commission books. Mack says that the Dictabelt must be a copy of the real original, probably edited: “Somewhere alone the line someone played the real original on one machine and copied it on another running about 5% too fast. The gunshot impulses were not tampered with, but something was added and/or deleted.” HT Also, in 1982, the CIA states that it has released 1,655 documents in part and in whole, relating to JFK’s assassination. A spokesman states that 513 documents remain classified.
Each document could contain anywhere from one page to hundreds of pages, so the significance of these figures is unknown.
December 15, 1982 Dr. Michael H. L. Hecker, Ph.D. -- on of the country’s leading forensic acoustics experts -- who analyzed the gap in the Richard Nixon White House tape -- signs a statement saying he has determined that there are at least ten and possibly as many as twelve sounds of gunshots on the audio tapes made by reporters accompanying RFK through the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel on the night he was assassinated.
This Spring, JFK Jr. graduates from Brown University in Providence, R.I.
September 14, 1983 President Ronald Reagan says of the 1962 Kennedy-Khrushchev understanding: “As far as I’m concerned, that agreement has been abrogated many times by the Soviet Union and Cuba in the bringing in of what can only be considered offensive weapons.” October 9, 1983 While the President of South Korea, Chun Doo Hwan, and members of his cabinet and staff are attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martyrs Mausoleum outside Rangoon, four powerful bombs are detonated by remote control.
They have been concealed in the roof of the shrine in such a way that they had not been detected by either South Korean or Burmese security. President Chun escapes injury but the explosion kills thirteen of his top aides and four of his cabinet ministers. In a single well-planned coup, a major part of the South Korean government has been obliterated. The assassins are caught and, under interrogation, admit they are part of an elite unit of North Korean military intelligence that specialize in covert actions.
This year, Dr. George Burkley, JFK’s personal physician, reportedly tells author/researcher Henry Hurt that he feels the assassination was a conspiracy.
November 7, 1983 CBS Evening News airs the first of a three-part segment on the anniversary of the assassination.
Peter Lawford dies this year. He is sixty-one years old. Liver and kidney failure.
n This year, David Kennedy - son of RFK - dies of a drug overdose in a hotel near the family vacation home in Palm Beach, n Fla.
February, 1984 Marina Oswald is forced to go to court in an effort to retrieve the video tape made during the exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald’s body. She commissioned the video tape. The photographer refuses to turn over the tape saying that so much time has elapsed that the ownership of the tape has reverted to himself. The tape was produced by Hampton Hall, the son of a Texas state politician. (By mid-1989 the tape is still not returned.) March, 1984 Roy Kellerman dies. He was Secret Service agent in charge of JFK limousine in Dallas motorcade.
n He rode next to driver, William Greer.
In the spring of this year, James Angleton is told that he has incurable lung cancer -- and probably less than a year to live.
October 31, 1984 India’s prime minister, Indira Gandhi, is assassinated by two Sikh bodyguards.
n This year, David Ormsby Gore dies in a car crash. He is sixty-six years old. He and Jackie Kennedy had a romance for several n months - even traveling to Cambodia and Thailand together late in 1967.
July 13, 1985 For eight hours today, while he is undergoing intestinal surgery, President Ronald Reagan transfers the power of his office to Vice-President George Bush. It is the first time anyone has been designated acting president of the United States.
August, 1985 JFK Jr. makes his professional acting debut in Brian Friel’s drama ‘’Winners’’ in Manhattan.
December 12, 1985 256 US servicemen returning from their duty as part of a “peacekeeping force” in the n Middle East die in the worst aviation disaster in US military history when their plane crashes in Gander, Newfoundland. [White House spokesman Larry Speakes said it was an “accident” caused by ice on the wings; there was no investigation of the crash. However, the Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group, claimed responsibility. Investigator Joe Conason believes the Islamic Jihad sabotaged the plane with a bomb as the result of the Reagan administration having welshed on an arms deal with Iran. On November 25th the CIA airline, St. Lucia Airways, had delivered a shipment of missiles different from the ones ordered. Iranian Prime Minister Rafsanjani wrote to Reagan that Iran had been cheated and demanded restitution. Oliver North, according to the Iran-Contra documents, warned about the likelihood of reprisals for “leading them on”. But on December 10th Reagan and his National Security Council decided to abandon all dealings with Iran. The plane that crashed belonged to the CIA company, Air Arrow, which also was flying weapons to the contras in Nicaragua.
Responsible investigation of this crash would likely have revealed the covert sale of arms to Iran nearly a year before the scandal was finally revealed.] Jerry B. Belknap dies this year. He is the man who had the epileptic seizure prior to JFK’s motorcade entering Dealey Plaza.
n Jesse Curry dies this year. Heart attack.
n Also this year, Patrick Kennedy - Ted Kennedy’s teenage son - seeks treatment for cocaine addiction.
The owner of the Texas School Book Depository, Colonel D. Harold Byrd, dies this year. Byrd reportedly had the Sniper’s Nest n window removed six weeks after the assassination. Byrd has exhibited it like a trophy in the banquet room of his Vassar Street mansion until his death this year. In 1994, son Caruth will loan the window to the Sixth Floor Museum where it will be displayed behind protective glass from then on. However there is some controversy that Byrd had the wrong window removed, and that the original sniper’s nest windows were removed by one-time owner Aubrey Mayhew, who calls it “the ultimate piece of Kennedy memorabilia.” July -- 1986 Kevin Walsh, a former Assassinations Committee staffer now working as a private detective in Washington D.C. has several conversations with David Atlee Phillips. During one of these conversations Phillips comments: “My private opinion is that JFK was done in by a conspiracy, likely including rogue American intelligence people.” Walsh makes precise notes of these conversations. Phillips never admits to Walsh that he was “Maurice Bishop.” This fall, JFK Jr. enrolls at New York University Law School.
July 19, 1986 Caroline Kennedy marries Edwin Schlossberg. Caroline is twenty-eight years old.
August 4, 1986 Vice President George Bush in a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak asks him to pass on military advice to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein:--- he should use his Air Force more aggressively. [This was a ploy thought up by CIA Director William Casey who reasoned that if Saddam could be persuaded to be less cautious with his well-equipped Air Force, then Iran would be forced to ask the US for more missiles. The US could then demand the release of more hostages. Casey briefed Bush before his July 25th departure for the Middle East, enjoining him to pass messages to Saddam by both Mubarak and King Hussein of Jordan. The advice was taken within a few days and for several weeks Iraqi planes bombed oil refineries and other installations deep within Iran. About this time CIA officials in Iraq gave Saddam equipment that would receive intelligence information from satellites to help him assess the effects of his bombing runs.] October 5, 1986 C-123 Contra resupply cargo plane is shot down over Nicaragua. Pilot Eugene Hasenfus survives to tell his story, which eventually leads to the discovery of the Iran-Contra network. Members of the Cuban exile community who played a role in the Contra resupply scheme include Felix I. Rodriquez - who had volunteered to assassinate Castro in 1961 -- and Operation 40 member Luis Posada Carriles.
December 15, 1986 CIA Director William Casey is stricken during a routine medical examination at his office at CIA headquarters and rushed to Georgetown University Hospital. [There he underwent surgery for a brain tumor which left him incapacitated and unable to speak or communicate. He had been scheduled to testify to Congress on the Iran-Contra scandal the following day. Few people knew that he was being treated for prostate cancer.] This year, John Rademacher digs up two.222-caliber cartridge cases from the north side of Dealey Plaza. One is located about 10 ft east of the picket fence close to the pergola, and the other is some 60 ft to the northeast. Subsequently, Mr. Rademacher is introduced to Kennedy-assassination eyewitness Malcolm Summers by investigator Joe West. From photographs provided by Rademacher of weapons that fire.222 rounds, Mr. Summers identifies a Remington XP-100 Fireball pistol as similar to what he saw in the possession of a man on the north side of Elm Street shortly before the assassination.
In 1992, Joe West is given a lead on the Kennedy assassination by FBI agent Zechariah (Zack) Shelton that will eventually lead West to James Files, serving a 30-year sentence in Statesville Prison, Joliet, IL, for attempted murder of two policemen in 1991. In August 1992, West visits Joliet and hears a partial confession from Files. Joe West dies six months later, and the investigation is then assumed by Bob Vernon. Mr. Vernon meets with Files in Statesville in May of 1993, and is told that he (Files) assassinated the president with an XP-100 Fireball, modified to fire.222 cartridges (rather than.221). Furthermore, Vernon is told that if the cartridge case from the round fired by Files is ever found, it will have teeth-marks on it because Files had bitten down on it (and left it on the picket fence). Vernon then contacts and visits Rademacher in Texas, and discovers that the cartridge case found near the picket fence is, indeed, dented as Files had predicted.
March 30, 1987 Clint Murchison dies today in Texas. He is sixty-three years old.
n May 5, 1987 The joint congressional committee on Iran/Contra opens its televised hearings with most of the senators and representatives wearing telegenic red ties. The first witness, retired General Richard V. Secord, testifies that he was asked by Lieut. Col.