MARK LANE HAS PASSED AWAY
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Mark Lane, famed Civil Rights attorney and author of the best-selling book, “Rush to Judgment,” which detailed the facts of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died late last night at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the age of 89. Lane, who was with his wife, Trish, at the time, suffered a heart attack and collapsed in her arms. He is survived by his wife and his three daughters, Anne Marie, Christina and Vita.
I met Mark Lane in February 1992 during his PLAUSIBLE DENIAL book tour at Borders Books in Pittsburgh, PA. There were 500+ people: the case was red-hot during the halcyon days of the JFK movie (bookstores had “JFK assassination” sections- remember?). That time period from 1988-1993 (pre-Posner LOL) were amazing days.
It was an honor to be mentioned on several pages of Mark’s 2012 book THE LAST WORD. I went from a relatively unknown person when I met him as a “fan” to HIM asking ME if he could use my stuff; pretty cool.
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: Whenever I see Clint Hill popping up these days I think of your work. It gives me the creeps to see that the cover-up continues, and to such a frightful extent that he gets to spout on air all sorts of things that simply are not true and yet he goes unquestioned by the promoters who deem themselves members of the Press. It is so discouraging. I have no doubt that your catching him out some years ago was indeed the goad, his end. Every time I see him now, I think, “but that’s not what you [last] told Vince Palamara!” I’ve done no fresh research myself (well, nothing worth reporting) but have been reading the lit for 40 years, more or less dispassionately, but this latest invention of Hill as a sort of Buddha gets to me far worse than the other party-liners ever did. Power on, Vince. I respect that you prefer to think the best of these men but look, some of them are culpable of worse than lying and others of them have been covering, unto their graves. It’s so dispiriting. But then who ever admits to Treason?