Notes on/ review of “Get Carter” by former Secret Service Agent Bill Carter

Notes on/ review of “Get Carter” by former Secret Service Agent Bill Carter

“Get Carter” copyright 2006 Bill Carter

[NOTE: ITEMS IN BOLD DEBUNK BLAINE’S “THE KENNEDY DETAIL”, four years before publication, by a fellow JFK/ LBJ agent!]

(includes an excerpt from correspondence I had WITH Bill Carter)
Bill Carter was a Secret Service Agent who, like Blaine, protected JFK & LBJ. Unlike Blaine, Carter also was sent to Dallas shortly after the assassination via Inspector Thomas Kelley re: the investigation. Unlike Blaine, Carter interviewed important TSBD witnesses and guarded the Oswald family, as well as accompanying Marina Oswald to her WC testimony. Finally, unlike Blaine, Carter interviewed both Jack Ruby & Earline Roberts…so, needless to say, he was infinitely more important to the Service—and the study of the JFK assassination—than Blaine ever was

(pages 9, 10, 20, 21, 32, 33, etc: Agent Roy Leteer)


(page 24: SAIC Gerald Behn)

page 25 Agent Dick Keiser “one of my best friends in the Secret Service” (see also page 52)

(page 25: Agent Clint Hill)

also page 25: first mentions the “friendship” issue (between the agents and the president) as an alleged matter of importance regarding JFK’s security

(page 27: Agent Jim Plichta)

(page 28: Agents Jim Plichta, John Gorman, and Carroll Hamilton)

(page 32: Agent Win Lawson)

(page 33: Agents Lawson, Olsson, Grant, Ed Morey re: Little Rock trip with JFK October 1963)



page 36: Win Lawson became a good friend

page 40: the bubbletop “would have shattered or disrupted the trajectory of the bullet“—“I assume your theory on the bubbletop was that had it been on the car it was not bullet proof. True, however, I contend at the angle of the shot it would have altered the course of the bullet… I did the advance with Win Lawson in Little Rock 6 weeks prior to Dallas and I had complete confidence in him and considered him one of our best agents.”—4/6/07 e-mail from Carter to Palamara [also: page 74- the bubbletop ” would have been sufficient to alter the course of the bullets”]

page 41: “recommended Secret Service procedure, which stated that two agents from the follow-up car would ride on running boards on each side and to the rear of the presidential limo.”

page 43: interviewed several important TSBD witnesses

[pages 273-274: memo from Behn to Rowley dated 12/9/63—after-the-fact, not signed or on Treasury Department stationary, but appears to be an extended (the ending) version of Behn’s April 1964 report]

page 45: (from Clint Hill’s report) “If the crowd is very heavy, but the automobile is running at a rather rapid speed, the agent rides on the left rear of the presidential automobile on a step specifically designed for that purpose” [see also page 281]

page 46: “I believe it was [JFK’s] destiny to die that day in Dallas“—gee, that’s good to hear from an agent-NOT!

page 47: believes no agents on/ near the rear of the limo played a major role in JFK’s death!

page 53: “worked for the Warren Commission” in Dallas (!)

pages 53-54: accompanied Marina Oswald to her WC testimony+security of Oswald family [see also picture on page 104]

page 54: “…not only did I know about the supposed brainwashing [of Oswald’s family], but I was one of the people responsible for it. You hear about alleged conspiracy theories, and it’s odd to realize you were a part of the conspiracy.”–!!!!

page 54: “the raw footage of the film shot by Abraham Zapruder”; when film show years later, “the portion that was so graphic had been cut out“–!!

(page 54: agents Charlie Kunkel and Mike Howard)

(page 55: agents Kunkel, Howard+ Art Blake, Gary Seale, and Leon Gopadze re: Oswalds)

(page 56: agents James Leckey, Anthony Sherman, Lawrence Hess, and Talmadge Bailey re: investigation)

(page 61: agents Maurice Miller, Jerry Parr, Robert Jamison, and Ed Moore- also re: investigation)

page 61: interviewed Jack Ruby

page 70: interviewed Earline Roberts, Oswald’s landlady- mentions the police car horn incident but doesn’t note it’s tremendous significance!

page 74: Carter does erroneously state, with no direct evidence (examples: claiming he heard it directly or in writing before the fact), the JFK-ordered-the-agents-off-the-limo-crap…Carter wasn’t on the Dallas trip or, for that matter, the Tampa trip four days before and, if that wasn’t enough, on the very same page, he erroneously states that BILL GREER drove President Nixon later–uhhh, Bill: Mr. Greer retired in 1966!

page 84: Win Lawson held in high esteem; both Hill & Lawson suffered enormously due to the assassination

page 85: “Senior agents were frequently in a position to know what was being discussed [re: JFK & White House policy]”

pages 87-88+94: Agent Bob Taylor, SAIC of Memphis office; later, SAIC of LBJ and Nixon

page 103: captions the Altgen’s photo on Elm Street as allegedly depicting the agents in the follow-up car looking upward towards the TSBD as the source of the shots, but Paul Landis stated that at least one shot came from the front (and both himself and Ready appear to be looking sideways, perhaps to the rear, but NOT up, while agent Bennett stated he saw a bullet strike the president several inches down on the BACK. In addition, Agent Sam Kinney told me he believed there was a conspiracy, all three shots made their mark on JFK, and the right rear of JFK’s head was blasted, thus ALSO confirming Agent Hill’s WC testimong and report on the head shot matter [Hill also corroborates Bennett re: the placement of the BACK wound]. Finally, aides Dave Powers and Ken O’Donnell believed at least one shot came from the front, while ATSAIC Emory Roberts stated in his report that “no one seemed to know” WHERE the shots came from!!!)

[many chapters of NON-JFK material]

page 240: former agents Win Lawson and Toby Chandler were both on Dr. Billy Graham’s security detail for many years (approx 1980’s-early 2000’s, perhaps longer]!

About vincepalamara

Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and subpoena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy. Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works. Vince has appeared on the History Channel's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), PCN, BPTV, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library. Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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