The Cracks of a Fake Reality
Umbrella Man, Clint Hill’s run and the Zapruder Film
By Staffan H Westerberg & Pete Engwall
The true story of the killing of John F. Kennedy is really the story of the creation of a false reality. However, to plan and create something fake of that magnitude requires huge efforts to ensure it holds together. From an outside view the case looks perhaps solid and trustworthy, but any JFK researcher who gets up close with the “facts” will at first encounter small errors and things that are out of sync. Pretty soon the amount of man-made deviations will occur in clusters all over the place.
The peculiar tale of the Umbrella Man is a good example of how a serious matter was allowed to glide between pure silliness and virtual insanity without a reaction from any authority. It starts with this unknown man who stood at attention on the pavement on Elm Street, right beside the President when he was killed. This man pumped his black umbrella ferociously up and down on a sunny day and nobody understood why – at least not until 1978 when a man called Louie Steven Witt was called to testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations, HSCA. He explained that pumping the umbrella up and down was essentially a protest aimed at JFK’s father Joseph Kennedy - who had been the U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St James - for supporting the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement to Hitler in 1938. Because Chamberlain often had carried an umbrella, that way Witt wanted to demonstrate that he (as a 15-year-old kid) had not liked what the President’s father had done some 25 years earlier. And this Witt did at a moment when someone was trying to shoot Kennedy to pieces.
Louie Steven Witt’s explanation was strangely enough not questioned by the HSCA, instead it became sort of a laughing matter amongst the committee members about whether the umbrella could have been used as a weapon or not. In November of 2011 JFK researcher Josiah “Tink” Thompson underscored the Umbrella Man’s story with this explanation:
“If you put any event under a microscope, you will find a whole dimension of completely weird incredible things going on. /… The only person under any umbrella in all of Dallas standing right at the location of where the shots came into the limousine… Can anyone come up with a non-sinister explanation for this? (Thompson smiles.) I asked the Umbrella Man to explain this, and so he did. He explained why he had opened the umbrella and was standing there that day. The open umbrella was a visual protest. It wasn’t a protest of any of John Kennedy’s policies as president. It was a protest at the appeasement policies of Joseph P. Kennedy when he was the ambassador to the Court of St James in 1938-39. It was a reference to Neville Chamberlain’s umbrella. (Thompson laughs and shakes his head) I read that, and it is wacky enough, it has to be true! And I take it to be true.”
Any knowledgeable researcher would know that Josiah Thompson left out several important facts that would undermine the image of this conclusion: Thompson said nothing about the nearly 60 witnesses that saw the limo come to a near or a complete stop just at that spot where the Umbrella Man were standing. Thompson totally forgot to mention that the man next to the Umbrella Man, the so-called Dark Complected Man, pumped his fist in the air, at the same time the Umbrella Man pumped his umbrella. A fist in the air could be interpreted as a sign for stop, which is the sign for halt in the Infantry. Neither did Thompson mention the three newly painted yellow markings on the curb.
So you had a man with an umbrella that appeared to be together with another man (that had a radio tucked inside his pants) who both pumped something in the air, something that could be taken as a signal for the driver to stop the vehicle. Subsequently the car stopped and the President was shot deadly in the head – right at that spot. You could argue that the Umbrella Man’s explanation is just a freaky and wacky thing that could happen in real life, but that doesn’t explain why so many witnesses claimed to have seen the limo come to a near or a complete stop, or why someone recently had painted these three yellow markings that could be seen as a killing zone for shooters, or why a man was giving a stop sign in the middle of the road, or why that man was carrying a radio and communicating with someone afterwards?
When you add these additional facts to Thompson’s picture then you have gone passed the possibility of a “wacky” explanation with so many miles of logic and probability that the chance of it being true is not even mathematically possible. And this is also why it is virtually impossible to create a false reality.
A normal criminal case (if there is such a thing) doesn’t have thousands upon thousands of strange anomalies, weird circumstances and unbelievable explanations that we find within and around the Kennedy assassination and the subsequent cover-up. The Kennedy case is also followed by people like Mr. Thompson, who seem to be more than willing to single out very suspicious facts with the purpose of one way or another place them in an explainable framework – and in the process leave out other facts that will contradict the end result. This is the story of the whole case, which looks to be contaminated with disinformation en masse and over populated with debaters with ill intent. One way to get passed this, is to start with the result and work backwards all the way to the intent. If someone initially wants something to be done, and that something actually happens, and you know there is so much disinformation in between the intent and the end result, then you have to root out what is false information and staged events and finally analyze what is left. Some things we know happened, and those are important to hang on to when you navigate through what seems to be a sea of disinformation.
Let’s start with a peculiar paint job. Some time during the morning hours of the 22nd of November 1963 someone had painted three broad yellow markings on the curb across Elm Street from the Stemmons Freeway sign. These markings were unusual, over 45 feet apart and with a white line to mark off the end on both sides. We know they had been painted recently since a few spectators had caught paint on their shoes. The question becomes why had someone painted these markings? What could possibly have been the reason to paint three yellow markings on a Friday morning towards the end of November? And why was it done in that particular spot, exactly where the President would meet his death only hours later?
Someone have suggested that “yellow markings” were common in the City of Dallas and were used to signal a curve in the road, nothing sinister about it at all. However, the late Jack White didn’t believe this explanation at all, since he lived in Fort Worth and traveled frequently to Dallas and he had never seen yellow markings used in that capacity, certainly not only three, especially not that far apart. As it were, these yellow markings were conspicuous and could be seen clearly from the Dallas Textile Building, the Texas School Book Depository and the Grassy Knoll – as well as from a car passing by.
Who Were They?
Back to the Umbrella Man and the Dark Complected Man with the radio. Who were they and what significant role did they play? No one seems to be sure of the first part of the question. At least there is no proof of him really being Louie Steven Witt. So, could Witt somehow have been recruited to falsely claim he was the man in question? Possibly, because in 1963 Witt was a salesman at the Rio Grande National Insurance Company, whose biggest client was the Military Intelligence, lead by business man-politician-intelligence man Jack Crichton of the 488th Military Intelligence Detachment. Jack Crichton also a CIA asset who worked closely with George Bush (CIA) to raise funds for (and sponsor) the Cuban exile commando group Operation 40. When Louie Steven Witt went to work in Dallas, there was also a big chance he would run in to Secret Service agent Forrest Sorrels - who was the one who allegedly took care of the Zapruder film right after the murder of the President – since the Dallas Secret Service branch was located in the same building as the insurance company. This was also the building where Ruth Paine’s lawyer had an office – for whatever reason a “housewife” would need a lawyer? Louie Steven Witt certainly had connections with the intelligence close to him, at least in a geographical sense.
Many have studied photographs and films taken in Dealey Plaza that day with the intent of identifying who were present. Some researchers seem to think that the Umbrella Man was CIA man Gordon Novel, while others believe him to be rogue agent Roy Hargraves. When it comes to the Dark Complected Man he is called that because some say he is a Cuban while others say he more looks like an American black man. Over the years there are two anti Castro Cubans who have been suggested: Orlando Bosch of Operation 40 and Felipe Vidal Santiago of Interpen (Intercontinental Penetration Force).
Roy Hargraves was member of Interpen, which was an organization that was recruited by the CIA to train anti Castro Cuban exiles in Louisiana and Florida. In 1963 Hargraves lead a team of exiles in a successful raid on Cuba. The other individual believed to be the Umbrella Man was CIA agent Gordon Novel, who had association with Cuban exile Sergio Arcacha Smith and Guy Banister in New Orleans. Novel, who allegedly had been recruited to the CIA by Allen Dulles, was supposedly seen in a meeting with Jack Ruby in October of 1963.
When it comes to the Dark Complected Man, some believe that was Felipe Vidal Santiago, an ex Cuban Naval Officer who left Cuba when Castro came in to power in 1959. Santiago is also a member of the CIA cohort Interpen and worked closely with Roy Hargraves, as well as being an information conduit for General Edwin Walker, the man who Oswald allegedly tried to kill in the spring of 1963. The second choice of the man standing with the fist in the air and radio tucked inside his pants was Orlando Bosch, a member of Operation 40 who hated Kennedy after the Bay of Pigs. Alleged CIA rogue agent Chauncey Marvin Holt has claimed that he saw Orlando Bosch in Dealey Plaza prior to the shooting. According to Cuban authorities through the years Bosch has been involved in 78 terrorist attacks around the world. Bosch was pardoned in July of 1990 by non other than President George Bush.
Besides the obvious similarity in appearance, it is understandable that these four men has been suggested as the Umbrella Man and Dark Complected Man, since they all have some kind of ties to what is believed to be the forces behind the assassination. But who ever the two men were, we can all sense what power lurks in the background – and it is of course not Lee Harvey Oswald. About the amount of unexpected connections between pivotal persons in the Kennedy case, if one didn’t know any better, one would think that the USA only had a population of 5 000 - 50 of them living in Dallas.
When you align all theses strange circumstances side by side it looks convincingly suspicious: A man pumping an umbrella, a man with a fist in the air and a walkie-talkie, newly painted yellow markings on the curb - it all suggests something out of the ordinary was going on. Further more, the Dallas Police had mysteriously tried to keep people off the lawn across the street, as if they knew it would be a dangerous place for the public to be standing. Some researchers will argue that the Umbrella Man’s task was to give a signal to the shooters that Kennedy was not dead just yet. However, we fail to see the logic in that assumption, since a shooter, keeping his focus on the target through the scope, hardly could have that kind of split vision. A shooter only has a brief moment to engage a target that moves away from him, and to also keep an eye on something or someone way to the side of the target would most surely cause the shooter to loose the aim. Couldn’t a spotter take care of that? Well, if the shooters in Dealey Plaza really had spotters on their side, they too had to focus on the target. But the most important factor as to why neither a shooter nor a spotter would have had to keep an eye on the movement of a pumping umbrella in order to verify when Kennedy was deadly hit - is of course it simply wasn’t necessary. Who ever heard of the necessity of umbrella men in military sniper operations?
Still, common sense tell us that there had to have been someone who was informing the shooters the moment when the mission was accomplished and they could stop firing. In this instance we would speculate that the conveyor of that information could have been Secret Service group leader Emory Roberts who perhaps gave the cease-fire to someone who coordinated the shooting (possibly via the white laundry truck up the street) what was also overheard by Roy Kellerman. We believe both of these men were involved because they seemed to be glued to a radio during the entire shooting.
So if pumping an umbrella and a fist in the air had nothing to do whether Kennedy was dead or not, what other meaning could it have had? We can imagine his role could have been getting the limo to stop. And here are some major points as to why that could be the case: Number one; according to nearly 60 witnesses the limo slowed down to a near or a complete stop just before Kennedy was hit deadly in the head. Number two; according to the Zapruder film the back of Kennedy’s head blew out before the car passed the second yellow marking, which would indicate the limo stopped between two of the three yellow markings. Number three; the evidence supporting an altered film, or perhaps even more likely a totally fabricated film, is overwhelming, see Doug Horne and John Costella’s work. Number four; Clint Hill’s description of his actions doesn’t correlate with what can be seen in the Zapruder film. Number five; neither Secret Service driver Bill Greer’s recollection of what he did, and when he did it, is neither supported with what the Zapruder film shows. Number six; the fact that the Dark Complected Man pumped a fist in the air, which is a sign of stop in the Infantry, and the fact that the limo actually stopped at that spot, simply cannot be a coincidence, in our opinion.
About the 60 witnesses that claimed to have seen the limousine come to a near or a complete stop on Elm Street; the ones who saw the limo come to a “full stop” we believe are more likely to be right than the ones who saw the limo come to a “near stop” - the reason being the ones who saw the stop simply saw more and it is easier to distinguish between a car in motion and a car standing still than a car driving five miles per hour or one mile per hour. It is more likely that the witnesses that only saw the car slow down to a near stop didn’t have a complete picture of what actually took place. Therefore the witnesses that saw the limo come to a full stop are likely to be more in the right than the ones who saw the car on the way to a stop. Either way, the ones who saw a near stop supports the ones who saw the car come to a full stop, because a full stop was the natural consequence of a slowing down. If over twenty people saw the car stand still on the street, we believe their perception triumph all the rest, because they are too many to be mistaken.
Another plausible theory is that Umbrella Man was there mainly to steal the attention from the Dark Complected Man. It all became about the Umbrella Man and not about the Dark Complected Man, who perhaps was the one we all should point our searchlights at. You don’t see “Tink” Thompson and others of his ilk talk about the Dark Complected Man, all focus seem to be on the man with the umbrella. Consequently most of us are glued to this awkward story. And when you think about it, what would witnesses in Dealey Plaza remember – a guy holding a fist in the air, or what looked like a crazy person pumping un umbrella? Perhaps the Umbrella Man had a similar role as Seizure Man, Jerry Belknap – a clever diversion?
Still, one aspect doesn’t rule out the other, we believe that the role of both the Umbrella Man and Dark Complected Man was to stop the limo in the exact spot between the yellow markings where shooters had zeroed in their weapons. Further more, we suspect that Bill Greer had order to look for an umbrella in order to see where the man stood with the fist in the air. The umbrella was perhaps just a precaution so that Greer wouldn’t miss the Dark Complected Man’s sign among the many spectators. Then when he saw these two fellows he would look to his left to hone in on the yellow markings where he would stop the car.
There is much to gain from analyzing footage taken in Dealey Plaza that day, either it be films or photographs. AP press photographer James Altgens took one of the most famous photographs called “Altgens 6”. In this photo we can see that Kennedy is reacting to something, presumably a shot or two. We can also see Clint Hill standing on the left side of the Secret Service car called Queen Mary. But what is he looking at? This is what Clint Hill told the Warren Commission:
“I heard a noise from my right rear, which seemed to be a firecracker. I immediately looked to my right and, in so doing, my eyes had to cross the Presidential limousine and I saw President Kennedy grab at himself and lurch forward and to the left.”
Representative Hale Boggs: “This was the first shot?”
Clint Hill: “This is the first shot I heard; yes, sir. I jumped from the car, realizing that something was wrong, ran to the Presidential limousine. Just about as I reached it, there was another sound…”
While Clint Hill attempted to explain his actions with a nebulous and very short time span in the form of shot-danger-run-sequence, it is easy to see why this is wrong and perhaps a case of a created false reality not holding together. Some researchers have said that Clint Hill tells the truth while the Zapruder film is not. We say that is right and wrong; actually both Hill and the film are lying. Here is why we believe that:
Mr. SPECTER. Now, what is your best estimate on the time-span between the first firecracker-type noise you heard and the second shot which you have described?
Mr. HILL. Approximately 5 seconds.
Mr. SPECTER. Now, did the impact on the President's head occur simultaneously, before, or after the second noise, which you have described?
Mr. HILL. Almost simultaneously.
Representative FORD. Did you see the President put his hands to his throat and chest while you were still on the follow-up car, or after you had left it?
Mr. HILL. As I was leaving. And that is one of the reasons I jumped, because I saw him grab himself and pitch forward and to the left. I knew something was wrong.
Representative FORD. It was 5 seconds from the firecracker noise that you think you got to the automobile?
Mr. HILL. Until I reached the handhold, had placed my foot on the left rear step.
Mr. SPECTER. How far back of the President's automobile was the Presidential follow-up car when the President's follow-up car had just straightened out on Elm Street?
Mr. HILL. Approximately 5 feet.
As you can see, in these two statements Clint Hill says that after hearing the first noise he looked back attempting to locate where it came from. In doing so he saw Kennedy grab something at his throat. This would mean that some time elapsed between the “noise” (shot or bomb) and the actual time when he leaped off the Queen Mary - and not as he says: “as I was leaving”.
Next Hill claimed it took him five seconds to run from the Secret Service car to Kennedy’s car. And a little later in his testimony he says the distance between the two cars were only five feet. Illuminating this scenario with some kind of logic it would mean that Clint Hill started his run approximately one second after the first shot, only to reach the President’s limo some five (actually 6) seconds later, “almost simultaneously” as the fatal head shot occurred. Now, if the Secret Service car was trailing Kennedy’s car by only five feet, as Hill told the Commission, then it would mean that it took him between five and six seconds to run five feet.
Hill’s claim of at what moment he arrived to the limo is neither correct. If you watch the Zapruder film you can see that Hill arrives 1,6 seconds after the fatal head shot. In Marie Muchmore’s film we can actually see the entire run, which takes approximately 0,5 seconds. This could mean that Clint Hill didn’t start running until he had seen that Kennedy was deadly wounded, right after the “third shot” (which in reality could have been the 9th, 10th or 11th shot).
According to the Warren Commissions version and the Zapruder film, the shooting went on for six seconds while the Presidential limousine was going at an alleged speed of 12-15 miles per hour. The Zapruder film actually shows that the average speed of the limo down on Elm Street was five miles per hour, which if it was true were insanely slow. The Muchmore film also suggests that Clint Hill arrived to a limo that stood still, simply because when he jumped up on to the car, the force of his own speed made his upper body continue forward.
If we then listen to the Secret Service driver Bill Greer, who told the Commission that he floored the gas pedal right after the second shot or close to the third shot. That also has to be a wrongful statement if the films are supposed to be believed. Based on what can be seen in the Zapruder film as well as in the Nix and Muchmore films, neither Clint Hill nor Bill Greer were telling the truth. Another question is why did Clint Hill run to the limo at all? Did he run with the intention of protecting the President or to protect the First Lady? If the limo stood still, then Clint Hill’s time of reaction becomes even more questionable, perhaps beyond what can be acceptable. As it seems, Hill didn’t start to run until after the so-called third shot, when the shooting had stopped and the President was dead. And let’s not kid ourselves - it was not like the Secret Service agents behind in the Queen Mary were unsure of the outcome after the fatal head shot, since a large part in the back of Kennedy’s head blasted out with skull pieces, brain matter and blood that sprayed all over the motorcycle cops and landed everywhere. It is not likely they had not taken notice of that when it happened right in front of their eyes.
To sum it up: Hill told the Warren Commission that he ran right after the first shot and it took him five seconds to reach the limo. The Zapruder film shows he didn’t reach the car until more than one second after the third shot, which indicates his run took him six seconds. What Clint Hill really says is that he jogged on the spot for six seconds. Secondly, Bill Greer couldn’t have floored the gas pedal after the second shot or before the third, since Hill didn’t get on to the car until one second after the third shot. Instead it looks like Bill Greer waited for Clint Hill to get on to the car before he floored the pedal. It is just another case of cracks in a created false reality.
Consequences of a Limo Stop
Again, let us focus on the Umbrella Man and Dark Complected Man. If they had the task of stopping the vehicle, then that in it self would have other consequences. First and foremost, they were likely part of a plan. In the other end of the spectrum we have the Zapruder film; the likelihood of the film not being planned in advance would be very slim, in our opinion. John Costella, among other experts, has proven that the Zapruder film is not only a fake film, his research also make us sense that a large effort must have gone into the plot, which leads us to believe that the film cannot have been a last-minute-idea and a hastily-put-together-operation going on only that weekend. It is inconceivable that all the strange actions surrounding the film only were the result of a coincident and not part of a plan. There is simply too much evidence pointing to a planned limo stop - and who can believe that the coup-planners would send several shooters to firing positions around Dealey Plaza without comprehend the ramifications of such a decision? They knew Kennedy would be hit from different directions and a film would most probably show that. Both the planning of several shooters and a planned limo stop are therefore very strong suggestions that the Zapruder film was no coincident – common sense tell us that it had to have been planned in advance.
Subsequently, if the film was a planned event, it couldn’t have been left to chance that Abraham Zapruder had to drive home to get his camera. This also means that we do not trust Marilyn Sitzman’s testimony.
But why would they want a film of the event? For one thing, a car stop would definitely throw suspicion on the Secret Service. Another thing is of course that shots from different directions revealed there was a conspiracy. Because of this, a film would triumph over what any witness would claim to have seen. No matter where you enter this circle of logic, it will bring you to the realization that the film must have been planned in advance. Just like the autopsy. Actually, the Z-film and the autopsy are the best evidence – and they were both pre-planned falsifications.
Alteration Or Fabrication
Today there are many researchers that believe all films taken in Dealey Plaza were tampered with – altered - one way or another. Orville Nix film as well as and Maria Muchmore’s film should most likely have shown motorcycle policeman James Chaney passing the Presidential car on the far side of the limousine and MC patrolman, Douglas Jackson, driving up the grassy slope towards the picket fence, but it doesn’t. Neither does the film expose the limo standing still and nor can we see the Grassy Knoll shooter. There is also a suspicious circumstance that Maria Muchmore started and stopped filming when she allegedly did: This short and strange film sequence simply cannot be a fluke of destiny because it misses too many important key moments in the beginning as well as in the end with only fractions of a second; besides the obvious limo stop someone must have cut the film to prevent the possibility to compare with the movements in the Nix film as well as the Zapruder film. The mere fact that Abraham Zapruder’s alleged film were developed in Dallas and thereafter sent to Hawkeye Works in New York and NPIC in Washington makes very little sense – unless of course someone were going to work the film over in some way. However, there are still those within the research community that believe these three films are genuine and have not been tampered with, which is a very hard conclusion to comprehend, considering all obvious evidence of multiple fraud. Then there are those within the community that seem to think the film was altered that same weekend in November of 1963 and others that are convinced it was a fabrication planned weeks or months before.
When former ARRB Military Records Archivist Douglas Horne believe the Zapruder film was altered as the result of a rush job during the weekend after the assassination and already a “done deal” the day Kennedy was buried, Australian researcher and PhD John Costella seems to hold another view. Costella’s research has led him to believe that the film must have been fabricated and made up of perhaps several films and footage, and thus planned well before the event. As we have touched on already, the so-called Plan of Operations must have included several shooters that would target Kennedy from different directions, as well as a planned limo stop. Most JFK researchers agree that this was a coup d’état, an assassination of a president in a military style ambush, in a town square, at noon and in front of 400 spectators. Practically all researchers with an honest intent believe this is a correct description of what happened in Dallas. However, like everyone else, we can only speculate how big the plan was to kill and cover up the murder of John F. Kennedy. Besides the Umbrella Man and Dark Complected Man, apparent secret radio communications and the yellow markings as well as the Seizure Man, what other signs of a big plan do we have? Well, among many indications of foul play we have the apparent lack of Secret Service protection along the motorcade route and on the Presidential limousine, as Vince Palamara’s more than adequate research shows. Another fact is the strange formation of the eight motorcycle patrolmen as well as the critical and super-slow detour around Dealey Plaza. The order of the cars in the motorcade were also very unusual, where the Presidential limousine came first (after the pilot car and lead car) and the Press Bus was canceled and men from the Press could hitch a ride way in the back of the motorcade with no opportunity to take photographs of the President on his reelection campaign. Besides Costella and Horne’s important contribution to unfold a big scale operation, the mere fact that people shooting from different directions would turn into one man shooting from behind is of course also a sign of a rather large operation. Or the surveillance job to keep control over all films and photographs taken by the public. Then of course, “the stealing of the body” from Parkland Hospital is no small matter either. Not to mention all the effort that had gone into framing Oswald most of the year (1963) and make sure he would look guilty in the eyes of the world. Also, all the effort and energy they put into changing many witness testimonies and pressuring witnesses after the fact.
It had to have been one helluva big plan.
For those reasons (there are many more) we believe that the film had to have been a planned event. We know Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty and General Victor Krulak identified Air Force General Ed Lansdale (CIA) as the man who walked by the “three tramps” in front of the Book Depository some time after Kennedy was killed. Why was he there? Some researchers seem to think that Lansdale had something to do with the sniping teams on site, that he somehow was the man in charge. We fail to see that this could have been the case. For that Edward Lansdale had the wrong background. He came from advertising and would after World War II become an expert in creating covert scenarios - The Expert. We doubt that he knew much of setting up ambushes and leading mechanics. If there were any people like that present at all in Dealey Plaza, they would probably more have a profile similar to perhaps Bill Harvey, or better yet David Sanches Morales.
No, we believe Lansdale had another reason to be there. We know he had used films for propaganda purposes as part of his Psy-Ops in the Philippines as well as in Vietnam in the 1950s. For example, on the way to install Magsaysay as the Pilipino President Lansdale created a faked scenario with a dressed up rebel force that raided a small village in the countryside, trailed by Ramon Magsaysay’s friendly force, which rushed to the villagers rescue. All this was filmed and later shown as propaganda in every small village around the Philippines. Subsequently, faked films were one important aspect of how Lansdale made the CIA puppet Magsaysay popular among the population. And if propaganda films was a winning concept for the old CIA spook, is it then a crazy stretch of our imagination to think that a film of the event in Dallas could have been part of a plan to counter what any witness would have to say? A fake film could definitely help cover up anything beyond the three-shots-from-behind-scenario. A film could also be created so that it would not show that the Secret Service stopped the car in the middle of the street and consequently implicated JFK’s own bodyguards of having a role in the murder.
Could Ed Lansdale’s presence in Dealey Plaza have had something to do with an alleged rogue film crew on site? Was he simply the architect and coordinator of this part of the operation? Maybe a true Nix or Muchmore film would have shown individuals with film cameras on the embankment below the picket fence, before they were edited out just like motorcycle patrolmen Chaney and Jackson?
Even if Doug Horne’s opinion has a lot of weight and credibility, it is not clear why he seems to believe that the Plotters would make such an intricate and overwhelming plan in every other aspect of the case but “the film”, which instead was something that they only would come to think of as the event unfolded? Could altering Abraham Zapruder’s film really have been something they decided upon that same afternoon? Considering the vast amount of indicators pointing to a well-planned event, this thought is not easy to digest – especially when it mean they also had to deal with other films in a similar manner.
Instead, we believe almost everything points to “the film” being made up of lots of film footage and/or still photographs. If the grass on the other side of Elm Street is from another film than the part of the Presidential limousine, then that is most likely a sign of a fabricated film. If the spectators didn’t wave or move, or showed any kind of reaction at the time when the President and Mrs. Kennedy passed by - and the shooting was going on at the same time - if they showed no reaction when there was chaos around them, then we have to suspect that the film is a fabrication, just as John Costella advocates. As we have pointed out in this article: “they” tried to create a false reality by presenting falsified testimonies and altered statements, by creating fabricated films and doctored photographs. The problem is – while they managed to come off as vague, non specific and general in all oral statements and testimonies, the films and photographs have the uncomfortable habit of locking their new reality in an exact position – which is where we all can see the cracks. In the Altgens 6 photo Clint Hill shouldn’t be standing and only watching the President get hit with bullets, by now he should already had ran to protect Kennedy with his body. But we don’t see that happening in this picture, nor do we see it in the Zapruder film.
John Costella has proven that some physical parts of the Zapruder film are impossible and shows severe manipulation: The Sign Mistake; when scientists removed the pincushion effect from the film, the Stemmons Freeway sign gave them a surprise: it bent and twisted as it traveled across the bottom of the film. When the pincushion effect is removed, a real sign would just sit there, and line up with the background. The Blur Mistake; Zapruder frame 232 is sharp in the foreground as well as in the background, which means that it probably was created by cutting and pasting together real photographs and film frames of the assassination. The Fast Forward Mistake; all four people in front of the Kennedy’s lurch forward when the car is speeding up, which would be physical impossible. These three examples show that the extant film is not genuine.
Doug Horne on the other hand has proven that the chain of custody and the chain of events concerning the film are based on lies. His research show without a doubt that the Secret Service brought the original film to Hawkeye Works in Rochester, New York, followed by NPIC in Washington, where they worked on producing two sets of briefing boards. Horne has also conducted interviews with people closely connected to the film that crucial weekend, people that could have seen the camera original and would report that it was not compatible with the extant film.
Either way you look at it, together both Costella and Horne’s masterful work has proven that the extant film most definitely is a fraud and would not be admissible in a U.S. Court of Law.
No Question is Off Limits
Now, if a fabricated film really was planned, then we have to wrap our minds around a whole other way of thinking, because now all of a sudden everything is believable and nothing is knowable. The only thing we can trust from the extant film is perhaps that is was filmed on the day Kennedy was killed, that it truly was Kennedy’s limousine that was attacked and that the sun was shining that day. Beyond that (and what witnesses have told the world afterwards), it’s anybody’s guess. We also have to dare ask the hard questions such as what made Jacqueline Kennedy climb back on the trunk of the car? Not many witnesses, if any, ever said they saw her on the back of the trunk. Why is that?
First and foremost, one has to question whether the closest witnesses to the Presidential car really had the nerve to focus on anything else but where the shots were coming from. When the shots occurred and the pandemonium broke out, the closest witnesses field of vision presumably narrowed down. It was only at the moment when the first shots occurred that they could be considered good witnesses. But when they realized what was going on, they must have become totally consumed with their own safety and tried to get cover for themselves and their loved ones. At that point they also stopped noticing what was happening in and around the Presidential car. In addition, several witnesses noticed that Secret Service agents got out of the Queen Mary with weapons drawn; automatic rifles and/or submachine guns. Nothing of this Secret Service action can be seen in the Zapruder film. Could it be that witnesses never saw Jackie climbing back on the car because there were several agents crowding the view – if they ever had the courage to look that way?
Again Clint Hill. Did he act spontaneous when he ran towards the limo, or did he react to a sudden order - or did he act on a planned script? The three films would show absolutely no action whatsoever from Secret Service agents - had Clint Hill not ran. That fact alone would be suspicious of Secret Service complicity, in our opinion. So let us speculate that Hill knew beforehand that he had to run to the limo with the purpose of covering up the otherwise non-actions of the President’s team of bodyguards, which would be seen in the Zapruder film. We know we are way out on a limb here, but just for arguments sake let us massage the idea a bit. What would that mean? Well, it would have several ramifications, one being whether Hill and the other agents really were out boozing the night before? Could the Party Story have been a diversion, sort of a backwards alibi? If Hill knew about his role the day before, would he really go out drinking all night, risking not being alert the next day, not to mention risking his life? If “the Zapruder film” was a planned operation, why wouldn’t Hill’s role be equally planned beforehand?
We know agents like Clint Hill, John Ready and others allegedly went out drinking at the nightclub the Cellar Door in Fort Worth until the wee hours in the morning; some of them stayed out until after 5am. It is also “known” that the Secret Service knew the threats were piling up against JFK, they also knew they were going to visit perhaps the most dangerous city in the whole country, which meant there was definitely a risk of someone taking a shot at JFK, since he had received several death threats from Dallas. A motorcade through Dallas also meant that the President’s bodyguards were equally at risk. Further more, agents of the White House Detail didn’t usually go out and boozing the night before they had to be on alert. This whole thing seems staged in some weird way. We know they – allegedly - went out, and we know that their boss James Rowley pardoned them afterwards, even if he should have fired them all, which was common practice. We also know the Warren Commission almost gave them a 10+ (on a scale from one to ten) considering the protection work they did that day. It all seems very upside-down and clearly propaganda.
Did the Secret Service agents go out drinking on purpose, just to get an alibi for poor reaction the next day, or what? It is a valid question. Was this whole thing just to create some sort of a “human blunder” that they could blame on after the fact?
“The President is dead, they were out drinking and it is all very shameful, they all feel bad about it, perhaps they could have reacted faster had they not gone out drinking, but don’t blame them, they are only human, they feel bad enough as it is…”
If Clint Hill knew what was about to happen the day after, he would most likely never go out and get drunk - unless of course if he was ordered out and it was part of a plan that he and the other agents were engaged in a make-believe operation?
If Clint Hill were kept in the dark about the event, would he still go out and drinking the day before the President and the First Lady would go through a hostile town like Dallas?
Also, if Clint Hill didn’t know what was about to take place in Dealey Plaza the next day, wouldn’t he act faster and run much earlier than until after Kennedy’s head were blasted out?
If Clint Hill was not part of the plot to kill President Kennedy, why would he lie about the running, the limo stop and why would he first say the hole was in the back of JFK’s head and then later on say it was on the side, like he did for Swedish TV in 2014?
We believe that most of the so-called party at the Cellar Door never happened the way the story has been told. We don’t believe any of Kennedy’s guards got even remotely drunk the night before. Perhaps the party story was created just as a precaution to have something to fall back on, sort of a safety valve, in case the Secret Service as an organization would receive large amounts of criticism after the murder of the President? In that case the blame could be placed upon those that had attended the party. There is a big difference between getting fired from the job and put to death in the electric chair.
Returning to Mrs. Kennedy’s actions. Motorcycle patrolman Bobby Hargis told a reporter in the early 1970s that the Presidential limousine was at a stand still on Elm Street and it looked to him as Jackie Kennedy tried to get away from the bullets. Hargis also felt that that’s why Clint Hill ran to the limo – to keep her from getting off!
The vast majority of the research community seems to believe that she climbed back there to retrieve a piece of her husband’s skull. This “fact” has become one of those sacred cows. But if the car had stopped cold on the street and bullet after bullet hit her husband, wouldn’t the most logical scenario be that her instinct told her to get out? When asked by the Warren Commission she didn’t remember ever being on the trunk of the car, let alone why she had climbed up there. Perhaps, she first tried to get out of the passenger door but the jump seat was in the way?
If the limo stood still this scenario is of course very plausible; who wouldn’t want to avoid getting killed? Had the limo really gone at the speed the Zapruder film will have you believe it did, then it is less likely Mrs. Kennedy would have thought about getting off. Subsequently, if the film had been planned in advance, what would it mean if the First Lady suddenly got out of the car and started wandering around in the street? That, we think would be hard to cover up and conceal no matter how many films they had to work with. Maybe Clint Hill received an order from Emory Roberts not to move, but when Jackie decided to get out Hill was given the order to stop her? Maybe Hill’s run to the SS100X just was something lucky they could use in the film as “Secret Service action”?
A Super Long Limo Stop
Listening to Doug Horne in a recent radio interview, he talked about the three autopsy reports as the possible result of a three-way scenario of which any one of the three reports could be used depending upon which scenario was finally decided on. Even if that wild idea shouldn’t surprise any of us – because we have gotten used to the fact that the whole case is full of unexpected revelations - it has a chilling effect on other aspects of the case that we all think we know something about. Following Larry Rivera’s research on JFK’s MC protection, called “JFK Horsemen”, there is a possibility that the limo stop could have lasted as long as 10 seconds – perhaps even up to 30 seconds! If witnesses that claimed that several Secret Service Agents in the Queen Mary jumped off with their weapons drawn it had to have consumed time. One would assume the agents formed a sort of a defense position around the car or panned out to the sides, just as Walter Cronkite reported minutes after the assassination. In the process of rushing out amongst the spectators one of the agents took a piece of Kennedy’s skull that a boy (perhaps Charles Brehm’s son) had picked up from the street. The agent “threw” it into the backseat of Kennedy’s car. According to motorcycle patrolman Douglas Jackson “the Secret Service men ‘passed’ the President’s limousine” after having jumped into the street. This whole episode had to have taken a number of seconds. And then motorcycle cop James Chaney reported that officer Bobby Hargis “parked his motorcycle in the left lane on Elm Street and then ran between the SS100X and the Queen Mary”. All this allegedly happened after the final headshot and had to have taken more than ten seconds, perhaps twenty or more. Witness Beverly Oliver remembered the scene after the shots as “frozen”.
If this is all true, then all the people that has seen “another film” of the event, a film that shows a limo stop that takes 2-4 seconds, cannot have seen a film that showed the true event of what happened. What if – like in the case of the autopsy reports – there were several films with different content of the event? What if there was one version with a sequence with a limo stop that lasted ten seconds or more – a Trophy Film - and another version with the car only at a stand still for two to four seconds and then the extant film where the car drives in five miles per hour through Dealey Plaza? What if they had several films with different scenarios? As long as there are “several truths” this case will surely never ever go anywhere – which seems to be a known pattern in every aspect of the case. Maybe “Zapruder” and Altgens sole task were to record a particular angle of events that would remove any trace of conspiracy?
The Stage is Ready
Everywhere in the JFK case one can see where forced realities are crammed into the same space. For instance: It was a long drive from Love Field to Dealey Plaza - is it not peculiar that the majority of film footage and still photography’s were taken at the very spot where the president would be killed? An assassination in any other intersection along the motorcade route – would there even had been ONE photo? Granted, some footage from the motorcade route has surfaced in the 51 years that has passed, but it is not even close to the vast amount of film taken at the murder scene. That is really a strange circumstance. Another thing is that the Dallas Police and the Dallas Sheriffs Department were not involved in any security functions as the president passed through Dallas that day. However, they had orders to keep people off the grass between Main and Elm Street - precisely the spot where the assassination would take place. That cannot be easily explained. Also, why weren’t people like Gordon Arnold allowed to film the president from the Grassy Knoll? Are there any valid reasons? We know the Press bus was canceled – something almost unique - and reporters and photographers had to travel way behind the president where they would be totally in the dark of the unfolding event. Still, alleged press photographer James Altgens had curiously enough chosen the ultimate spot to photograph the president as he was being killed. Of all places to pick from, why was Mr. Altgens standing in front of the limousine as Kennedy was being hit with bullet after bullet? Coincidence? Were there equally many other “press photographers” stationed along the parade route through Dallas? We don’t believe so – at least we haven’t seen any evidence of that. Somehow, one cannot help feeling that they were all assembled in Dealey Plaza, sort of like a Coliseum where the president’s limousine had to pass through, an arena that would turn into a horrifying killing zone. What are the odds of that? Anyone who started filming up on Houston Street, only to keep filming from the lawn, people like Maria Muchmore and Orville Nix, were most likely not part of an assassination plot. Zapruder, on the other hand, was stationary at a spot, on top of a pedestal, that seemed off limits to other members of the public – not for a second do we believe he was just another spectator with a camera. In the Zapruder film it is also clear that someone had decided how far down on Elm Street people were allowed to stand and observe the president; the line was just after the Stemmons Freeway sign, it seems. Is it not strange that there were so many amateur photographs taken from the murder scene, footage that immediately came under the control of the authorities, but hardly any photos from professional photographers (besides Altgens)? Consequently, the films, and photos that were returned showed damage at just about the same time and place. Stains, creases and damage all occurred with precision and certainly not in a random pattern. In the end, the fake reality they tried to create wouldn’t manage to hide the traces of a well-planned Coup d’état.