The JFK assassination: was it a conspiracy? What happened? My thoughts.
There was a conspiracy- two shooters (not three or more or any of that silliness), one from the front and one in Oswald’s window using Oswald’s rifle BUT IT WAS NOT OSWALD- this is how he was framed! Same type ammunition, possibly using a sabot, to ensure ballistics would match THE (one) rifle. A SMALL element (half a handful) of (former) CIA employees- Allen Dulles, David Atlee Philips and Cord Meyer (NOT including those who knew or suspected something was “in the breeze” and chose not to say anything [Hoover, LBJ]) or the actual assassins [silly and pointless parlor game to speculate on WHO they were…54 years later, we will never know THAT]. JFK was killed because it was perceived, right or wrong, that he was going to end our involvement in Vietnam and seek peace with Castro’s Cuba (after both the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, those in the secret corridors of power were enraged by JFK’s Peace Speech at American University). To a lesser extent, those involved were angered at President Kennedy’s private life (a few Secret Service agents who chose to let a few precious seconds go by to ensure a new President: agent Roberts was VERY close to LBJ) and his views on Civil Rights (although, ironically, LBJ pushed the Civil Rights Bill thru in tribute to JFK and, a la Trump, to boost his ego and popularity).
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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Firstly, sabot rounds through a suppressor is a highly unlikely proposition. Surely it more than likely would result in a baffle strike or worse. I’m convinced the “firecrackers sound” that many ear witnesses speak of is exactly that. I’m hands on familiar with Mitch WerBell’s handiwork.
Secondly, the only true expert who ever viewed the original film was Homer McMahon who stated and I quote to the ARRB and Doug Horne, “According to Homer McMahon, Bill Smith came to NPIC in Washington, D.C., having already examined the home movie, expressing the opinion that only three (3) shots had been fired at the occupants of President Kennedy’s limousine on Elm Street, and that they had all been fired from the Texas School Book Depository by Lee Harvey Oswald. Homer McMahon, who had been a trick-shot artist as a child, and a champion in NRA shooting competitions as a teenager, felt otherwise, and told Jeremy Gunn and me during our interview of him, on July 14th, 1997, that he believed 6 to 8 shots had hit President Kennedy, and that they had been fired from at least three directions. But he could not change Bill Smith’s mind; for as McMahon said to me, Oh yes, I expressed my opinion — but you know, it, it, it was pre-conceived. That’s the way I felt about it — it was pre-conceived, so you don’t fight City Hall. I wasn’t there to fight em, I was there to do the work. In truth, Bill Smith did not want Homer McMahon or Ben Hunter to do any analysis whatsoever; he only wanted them to make internegatives and blowup prints, or enlargements, for the frames he selected during his visit to NPIC. (https://www.lewrockwell.com/2012/05/douglas-p-horne/the-two-npic-zapruder-film-events-signposts-pointing-to-the-filmsalteration/)
I too was an NRA rated shooter as a teenager and shot the highest in the Army in all basic training units in the US in 1970. I fully agree with Mr. McMahons statement.