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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VINCE PALAMARA, I am a 1965 grad of Duquese, and would like to pass along the following. I do not believe there was a plot, or other shooter besides Owald. To think there was, requires Mrs. Kennedy and the Attorney General, JFK’s brother to be involved, because they were responsible for bringing JFK’s body to WDC, and the autopsies that have been used as evidence to create the “conspiracy” have used the botched autopsies. As Attorney General, RFK was the boss of the FBI, and as a Cabinent Member, with a brother in the Senate, they had ample opportunity and power to discover and prosecute a plot, if one existed. I happened to work on the 1979 House of Representatives investigation into JFK’s death, which was in my opinion, a political stunt that was partly the result of several authors seeking to help their book sales. Mark Lane comes to mind.
As an FBI agent for 23 years, and one who worked at the White House as a liason agent for 20 years, I was aware of the animosity of the Secret Service towards Kennedy. I was also aware of the racism, and bigotry in the FBI. However, none of that, including Mr. Bolden’s innocence or guilt, has any bearing on JFK’s death. As a Duquese Grad in History, I would like to remind you that Lincoln was killed by a well known actor, in view of the audience. Despite that fact, many books have been written over more than a century, that Booth was not the killer, or that someone else killed, or particpated. Yes, there were others who took part in the plot to kill other members of the cabinent. Later evence has come to light that Mrs Surratt, a Roman Catholic, was convicted and sentenced to death because her son, who was a Confederate Agent, was in Canada at the time of the plot and subsequent assasination.
I do not discount that Bolden was possible framed. I consider myself a whistle blower too, when I was dismissed and also had to undergo pyshiatric testing. But I filled a Civil Rights case against the FBI and won a settlementwhen the FBI finally admited they had broken the law regarding false testimony given against me. So I can belive Bolden may have been “framed”. But once again, that has nothing to do with the facts around JFK. Despite the racism and bigotry of some agents, many men were honest and disturbed by JFK’s personal life. I thing that should be understood. I would also state that despite what some in SS felt about JFK should have been left at home because it was their sworn duty to protect him.
One last mention. With the experience I had in close contact with SS, I was aware of a constant tension betwen SS and the Advance Office who jointly plan political and other trips. SS wants the most security possible, and the political types want maximum exposure. During JFK’s tenure, the Presidential detail was much smaller, but the demands by the political staff have not changed. And my conclusion of the facts as I know them, are that SS was over burdened.
In my years as an agent, I came to realize that “eye witness reports” are valuable, but not infallible. Most events, such as JFK’s death happened in a matter of seconds, in a confused state. Too many people loved JFK, my Father was in politics at the time and was a supporter of him, and he swore LBJ was behind the plot. He had me convinced he was, until I became an agent and heard first hand accounts from retired SS service Agents.
If I have made speeling errors, I apologize. I am sight handicapped now, and must use a magnifying glass.
thanks for your thoughtful comment 🙂