Whodunit: SFSU Professor Joseph McBride Finds New Angle on the JFK Assassination, by Casey Burchby

SF Weekly, August 28, 2013


Noted film historian, critic, and journalist Joseph McBride has quietly
maintained a parallel career for decades. While he was writing acclaimed
biographies of Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, John Ford, and Frank Capra, while he worked as a columnist and critic for Daily Variety, and while he taught in the Department of Cinema at San Francisco State University, McBride dedicated a separate track of his life to researching the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Last month, McBride released the product of his decades-long effort, Into the Nightmare. The book documents his investigation and focuses on a little-understood piece of the assassination’s puzzle: the murder of Dallas police Officer J. D. Tippit, who was purportedly (according to the Warren Commission) killed by Lee Harvey Oswald 46 minutes after Oswald shot the president. McBride’s research has led him to believe that Oswald could not have shot Tippit, which by extension would tend to cast doubt upon the validity of the Warren Report’s other conclusions.

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2013 JFK Conspiracy Rewind, by Jeffrey Wells

Hollywood Elsewhere, August 4, 2013


JFK assassination conspiracy mania peaked with the 1979 conclusion by the House Select Committee that President Kennedy was “probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.” But the tide began to turn in the wake of Oliver Stone‘s fascinating but much-assailed JFK (’91) and the subsequent publishing of Gerald Posner‘s “Case Closed” (’93), which argued that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I not only feel that JFK is one of Stone’s finest films, but that it’s close to absurd to completely dismiss the scores of hints and indications that Oswald wasn’t the only shooter that day in Dealey Plaza. I’ll admit that it’s theoretically possible that Oswald acted alone, but this has always seemed highly unlikely to me. There is simply too much smoke. Nonetheless Posner’s and Vincent Bugliosi‘s book “Reclaiming History” (’07) have made viewpoints like mine seem a bit dated and outre.

This background makes the recent publishing of Joseph McBride‘s “Into The Nightmare: My Search For The Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit” — an unregenerate, balls-against-the- wall JFK conspiracy book that thoroughly and painstakingly dismisses the lone-gunman theory — seem extra-nervy. Especially considering that the 50th anniversary of JFK’s murder on 11.22.63 is less than four months off, and the fact that two films that embrace the Posner-Bugliosi scenario are opening this fall — Peter Landesman‘s Parkland (Open Road, 9.20) and the National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy, which will air sometime in November.

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An Interview with Joseph McBride on his new JFK book Into The Nightmare, Part 2 by Joseph Green (San Antonio, Texas), July 30, 2013


This is a continuation of my interview with Joseph McBride regarding Into The Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and J. D. Tippit, so it is best to begin there first. As you will see shortly, there were so many fascinating twists and turns that it proved impossible to get to them all, and unfortunately the talk had to come to an end. For more details, please see McBride’s superb book.

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Joe McBride Goes Public with Private Obsession about Kennedy Assassination by Doug Moe

The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin), July 22, 2013


I have spoken to McBride several times, mostly about film, and occasionally about newspapers and Madison lore. It was always enjoyable. Not once did he mention John F. Kennedy, the president assassinated in Dallas 50 years ago this November. That seems worth noting since it turns out that while film may be McBride’s passion, the Kennedy assassination is his obsession. He was quiet about it for a long time.

“You risk a certain amount of ridicule and abuse,” McBride said last week by phone from California. Some people are always going to roll their eyes at the suggestion anyone besides Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed Kennedy, and McBride most certainly believes it wasn’t Oswald.

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An interview with Joseph McBride on his new JFK book Into The Nightmare, Part 1 by Joseph E. Green (San Antonio, Texas), July 21, 2013


Joseph McBride has been researching the Kennedy assassination for most of his life. As a twelve-year-old in 1960, he handed out flyers for John F. Kennedy’s presidential run and was only sixteen when Kennedy was murdered in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. He grew up to be a journalist, having published in well-known entities such as The Nation and The New York Review of Books, but also producing many books – including biographies of Hollywood greats like Orson Welles, Frank Capra, John Ford, and Steven Spielberg. His newest work is entitled Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit.

For the uninitiated, that subtitle might be surprising. Who is Officer J. D. Tippit? That has been one of the enduring mysteries in the JFK assassination, and McBride breaks much new ground in piecing the story together. Tippit was allegedly murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald later in the afternoon after Oswald had already allegedly killed the President. In fact, Oswald was never arraigned for killing the President, only Tippit. However, the idea that he shot either man is extremely dubious and fifty years of controversy have resulted. McBride enters this fray with a remarkable new work that is part memoir, part critical analysis, and part investigative journalism. He kindly agreed to participate in an interview.

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“Into the Nightmare” probes John F. Kennedy assassination by Ray Kelly

The Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), July 18, 2013


A myriad of books examining President John F. Kennedy’s life, death and legacy are due as the 50th anniversary of his assassination nears on Nov. 22.

Since that fateful day in Dallas, there have been those who believe JFK was the victim of a government conspiracy. They reject the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman.

One of most exhaustive looks at an assassination conspiracy is now out – “Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit” by Joseph McBride. (Hightower Press, 675 pages).

McBride, a professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University, is a renowned film historian and biographer. A former newspaper reporter, he also wrote about George H. W. Bush’s early CIA connections for The Nation in 1988. “Into the Nightmare” is the product of McBride’s lifelong interest in JFK and 30 years of investigation into the president’s murder.

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Joseph McBride Discusses the Life and Death of Dallas Police Officer J. D. Tippit


Episode 45 — Joseph McBride: The Commentary Track interview by Frank Thompson, August 18, 2013

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Black Op Radio Interviews by Len Osanic

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Newstalk Radio Ireland Interview by Sean Montcrieff

July 18, 2013

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