A prominent author’s take on the death of Thomas Shipman

A prominent author’s take on the death of Thomas Shipman

“Very broadly speaking, there are 3 possibilities:
1. Shipman was completely innocent, and—for some reason—“stood in the way”
2. Shipman became aware, either because of A or B
2A:  Shipman was “pitched” and turn down some kind of offer; and so that’s how he became aware that something was afoot.\\
2B: Somehow Shipman learned that something was afoot. (But we don’t know how)
3. Shipman was “dirty” and was causing a problem (demanding more money, etc.)
Based  on your own interviewing (and that 3rd party researcher, “G” something), I tend to reject 3. Shipman was not dirty.
I doubt #1, because then there would be no need to murder Shipman.
So that leaves #2 (2A or 2B).
I believe that it was from Tyler Newcomb that I learned that the Washington Post published a small article on Shipman’s death in the Washington Post of 10/14 or 10/16. (Similar to item  in Frederick Maryland newspaper).  In fact, I was actually sent that article.
But Vince, here’s what you did not say, and that is focusing on a circumstance that is utterly incongruous (to me, anyway;
(a) This was a motorcade assassination;  and so. . :
(b) How was it possible for the Washington Post to publish an article on the death of a Secret Service driver, and not have that brought to the attention of the Warren Commission by the FBI?
I find that absurdly improbable.  So. . IMHO, the “fix” was in, with regard to suppressing that piece of news, the publication of which was surely considered a serious blooper by those involved.
Regarding “those involved”:  it his highly unlikely thither could be a “motorcade assassination” without the following 3 top level officials being complicit:
(a) The Secret Service Chief
(b) The head of the White House Detail
(c ) One or more of the two ASAICs—which, in this case, would mean Kellerman and/or Boring.
Almost certainly, a key person involved was Kellerman.
I have more to say on all this, but, another time.
IMHO: The death of Shipman —and the suppression of that published news item from any mention in the FBI’s Summary Report –are indicators that this was a radioactive situation.
The fact that the death occurred at Camp David, and the fact that Sam Kinney discovered the body is another indication.
So is the evidence that was adduced that a quick burial was urged.
The fact that Shipman indicated he would “pull out of line” if anything happened is another indication of his exposure to some kind of “foreknowledge”.
Shipman’s body should have had the whole array of standard toxicology tests.  But none of that took place.
Thanks again for providing the link. This is definitely a radio-active loose end, and I have thought so for years.
Many thanks.

DSL [David Lifton, author of Best Evidence and the upcoming Final Charade]
P.S. Re CD 3  (and most importantly, CD3/Appendix A): this was one of the very earliest documents that I ever ordered from the National Archives —circa 1967.
A wonderful source of very important information —especially, Appendix A, which details the decision making which led to the Trade Mart as the luncheon site.
Also keep in mind: if the SS wagon the up-and-up, the death of Shipman would definitely have been reported in CD 3.
Again: many thanks.”

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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2 Responses to A prominent author’s take on the death of Thomas Shipman

  1. John Thomas says:

    My grandfather, Thomas Shipman was a good and honorable man. I was always told how proud he was that he protected the President of the United States and that he would have sacrificed his life to save the President. If John Kennedy’s assassination was planned by anyone within the Secret Service I cannot imagine that he would have ignored it, I believe that he would have taken active steps to prevent it. However, I am probably not an objective commenter on this matter.

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