ROUTE 7 REVIEW (Dixie State University, St. George, Utah), Vol. 2, 2014 (June)


I have three people to thank for turning me to a career as a writer: my mother, Casey Stengel, and John F. Kennedy. An odd assortment indeed. . . .

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In an event that helps demonstrate how the assassination and its continuing consequences for our democratic system are of great concern outside the “assassination community,” the Progressive Democrats of America, San Francisco, invited Joseph McBride to address them on the subject. McBride discussed his work as a volunteer for John F. Kennedy in his 1960 Wisconsin presidential primary campaign and the disillusioning impact of Kennedy’s murder on his own hopes to pursue a political career and on his faith in American democratic system. McBride said, “The two major political parties in this country don’t talk enough about that event and its impact on our country. So I am grateful that you want to hear my views on the subject. When asked what party I belong to, I quote Will Rogers, who said, ‘I don’t belong to an organized political party — I’m a Democrat.’”

After discussing in detail how the facts of the assassination case prove that the Warren Commission’s lone-gunman theory is a myth, McBride told the group that genuine political change in our country depends on our willingness to recognize that the events in Dallas were a coup and that our government has been illegitimate since then. Facing those facts is a first step toward restoring faith in democracy and enabling us to take genuinely constructive action. 

McBride told the group, “So what are we going to do about it? Some people say the assassination doesn’t matter anymore — it was more than fifty years ago, and it’s time to move on. And I hear from many people, ‘We’ll never know the truth. The case can never be solved.’ That is not only an admission of defeat but just not true. We know a lot about it, if not everything. . . . Much of the American public has never bought the Big Lie. Polls from the first week have consistently shown that about three-fourths of the public does not believe the official story that a lone gunman, Oswald, shot Kennedy. But the public’s inaction in pursuing the case, despite their skepticism, has been one of the most troubling aspects of this whole tragic history. 

 “Perhaps the best explanation of the widespread cognitive dissonance surrounding the assassination was offered by Dr. E. Martin Schotz, the author of History Will Not Absolve Us and a psychiatrist from Kennedy’s hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts, who wrote in the early 1990s, ‘It is so important to understand that one of the primary means of immobilizing the American people politically today is to hold them in a state of confusion in which anything can be believed but nothing can be known, nothing of significance that is. And the American people are more than willing to be held in this state because to KNOW the truth — as opposed to only BELIEVE the truth — is to face an awful terror and to be no longer able to evade responsibility. It is precisely in moving from belief to knowledge that the citizen moves from irresponsibility to responsibility, from helplessness and hopelessness to action, with the ultimate aim of being empowered and confident in one’s rational powers.’

“So that’s the challenge for all of us.”

McBride was gratified by the highly positive response to his talk and by the audience’s serious questioning of the official version of the assassination. At the start of his talk, he asked how many believe the lone-gunman theory, and not one person raised a hand. The wideranging discussion and deep interest shown in the subject by the Progressive Democrats are a further sign that more outreach by assassination experts to “mainstream” political activists would be welcome and important.




Dale K. Myers wrote what I have described as “in effect, the Warren Report of the Tippit case.” Myers’s 1998 book, revised for the publication of a second edition in October 2013, gives away its agenda in its title, With Malice: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Murder of Officer J. D. Tippit. Like the Warren Commission, Myers begins by assuming Oswald’s guilt and then works backward to deploy a misleading array of what the accused man called “so-called evidence,” rather than investigating the case empirically to reach conclusions that are not preordained. During part of the thirty-one years I was working on my own investigation of the Tippit murder for my book Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit, published in June 2013 by Hightower Press, I sometimes found Myers’s work a useful foil and a source of documents and other data, much as researchers mine the commission’s twenty-six volumes for nuggets that contradict the report itself.

But like material emanating from the commission, With Malice must be used with caution because of Myers’s bias and his flawed methodology, which tends to load opposing evidence into his lengthy end notes, there to be summarily dismissed and/or belittled rather than seriously examined. Anything Myers puts forth in his Oswald-did-it Tippit hagiography must be carefully checked against all other available information, a method serious researchers have learned to follow with any assertions and documents in these two murder cases. (Myers’s more widely seen work as a computer animator creating speciously constructed models that purport to show the bullet paths in Dealey Plaza displays his willingness to promote the commission’s single-bullet theory in pseudo-scientific mainstream documentaries.)

Since Into the Nightmare was published, Myers has taken it upon himself to joust against a few of my arguments . . .

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COPA [The Coalition on Political Assassinations] is currently planning our 20th annual conference in Dallas which will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy and the 45th anniversaries of the murders of Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King.

Our theme is: “50 Years is Enough! Free the Files – Find the Truth” and we will hold our events from November 22-24, 2013 in Dallas. We will have the leading researchers, authors, ballistics, forensic and medical experts who have worked on these cases over the last five decades and the best documentary films. We plan to hold our Moment of Silence on the Grassy Knoll at 12:30 pm on November 22 as we have for the past 49 years.

Over 200 people have already registered, so please make plans to join us and register now to get a discount room rate at the Aloft before they run out. It promises to be one of our best conferences ever.

Among the confirmed speakers are Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, JD, MD (our founding president), Mark Lane, Peter Dale Scott, Richard Belzer and Jesse Ventura.

Also, Dr. Gary Aguilar, Robert Groden, Abraham Bolden, William Turner, David Talbot, Dick Russell, Russ Baker, Joan Mellen, Dr. Ernst Titovets (Oswald’s best friend), Jefferson Morley, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, David Montague, PhD (ARRB staff), Rex Bradford, John Armstrong, Doug Valentine, Dr. Joseph Palermo, David Starks, Ed Tatro, Baba Zak Kondo, Jack Colhoun, Bill Kelly, Bill Simpich, Andrew Kiel, Chris Pike, Joseph McBride, Kenn Thomas, Stan Weeber, Wayne Smith, Ben Rogers, Edward Curtin, Michael Calder, Bill Holiday, Mel Barney, John Judge and many others. Please plan to join us for our most important conference to date.

The conference will run from Friday, November 22, 2:00 pm to 1:00 pm Sunday afternoon November 24.  . . . The conference will take place at the Aloft Hotel near Dealey Plaza, at 1033 Young Street, Dallas. 


At the Belmont Public Library, Belmont, California, 7 p.m., October 29, 2013. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Joseph McBride, The Future of Freedom Foundation (September 12, 2013)

The following is an excerpt from Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit by Joseph McBride (Hightower Press, Berkeley, California, 2013). Copyright © 2013 Joseph McBride. All rights reserved.

I laughed when I heard that President Kennedy was shot. But when I saw the look on the face of the boy who told me, I realized he wasn’t joking.

I spun around, breaking from the cafeteria line at my Milwaukee high school and rushing past my classmates for whom this was still just a normal day….

The initial live news reports I heard on the radio that Friday afternoon [at a drugstore near my school] said that Kennedy had been shot from the front, from a railroad bridge. That first impression of shots from the front was repeatedly underscored for the next twenty minutes of the radio coverage. Then, around 1 p.m., the reports started changing…. All the shots were now said to have come from behind the president’s limousine, from the building that seemed oddly named the Texas School Book Depository….

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Joseph McBride (August 20, 2013)

I just returned from two days of filming in Dallas after having filmed a long interview in San Diego for DALLAS IN WONDERLAND: THE DOCUMENTARY, which is scheduled to come out around the time of the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination this November. Among places where we filmed were in Oak Cliff at the J. D. Tippit murder site, Lee Harvey Oswald’s rooming house, and the Texas Theatre where Oswald was captured, as well as in Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. I gave the audience a literal overview (from the railroad bridge on the Triple Underpass) of the geography of the plaza, the locations of the shooters, and the trajectories of the shots.

DALLAS IN WONDERLAND: THE DOCUMENTARY will be followed by a feature film, also entitled DALLAS IN WONDERLAND, about a documentary filmmaker who is hired by a TV network to make a film about the assassination and gets embroiled in some PARALLAX VIEWish/THREE DAYS OF THE CONDORish danger in the best tradition of those bold 1970s thrillers that drew from our nightmarish reality. 

I am one of the historians and other experts on the assassination and the related events who are in the DALLAS IN WONDERLAND documentary, parts of which will be seen in the feature film as well. The filmmakers really know their subject matter — including director/producer/co-writer Ryan Page and documentary cowriters and coproducers Joseph Green and James Page. They’ve assembled a solid list of interviewees and want the film(s) to be right up to date in terms of research discoveries about the case, including those in my new book INTO THE NIGHTMARE: MY SEARCH FOR THE KILLERS OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY AND OFFICER J. D. TIPPIT. Others interviewed so far for DALLAS IN WONDERLAND include Richard Belzer, Jim DiEugenio, Dick Russell, and Dr. David Mantik, with more to follow soon.