I Was A Middle-Aged JFK Lone-Nutter (Briefly) By Vince Nitwit (me)
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Yes, you read that right: for one brief, non-shining moment in 2007, I was swayed (groomed?) by Vince Bugliosi, one of my then-idols for his many non-JFK books: I am posting this (and the above modified meme) because someone recently “found out” that I had once changed my mind. Well, I still believed there were multiple conspiracies to kill Kennedy…I was swayed into thinking Oswald beat them all to the punch via Bugliosi’s book. And, when I received a personal letter from him before I was even finished reading his massive tome, I was sold. Life is all the context of the times—I was then recently divorced (since happily remarried), somewhat down on my luck (I never thought I would publish a book, let alone four), and was burned out on the case. My hero from the OJ and Manson murder books–Vincent Bugliosi–asked me for a blurb for the paperback version of his book (he told me it would be out in mid-late 2007). By the time the blurb came out, I came to my senses and denounced what I conveyed to him…but the damage was done. Too late; the blurb appeared in not only Four Days In November (May 2008). To my chagrin, it ALSO appeared in Parkland in 2013! Yikes!I know Pat Speer said he once changed his mind (I think he said as much on this forum). Deb Galentine, a pro-conspiracy researcher I also greatly respect, told me she also briefly changed her mind. I know a couple people who will never admit it, but they were swayed by POSNER’s book when they first read it (before the many scathing reviews came out). Heck, even in the movie “JFK”, Jim Garrison/ Kevin Costner says at one point “Maybe Oswald is who everyone says he is and I am just being dumb about it.”My point is this: I am very open-minded (perhaps to a fault) and, since I am in somewhat of a unique situation (my research does not stand or fall based on Oswald acting alone or not), it was easy to be star struck by one of my heroes who was requesting a blurb for his forthcoming paperback book. The stars lined up in the wrong way; the imperfect storm, so to speak.I rarely get any flack over this now, although I know Walt Brown, Charles Drago and a couple others held it against me and probably still do. Oh, well: I own my mistakes.I just wanted to vent here for the record so any stragglers out there are not in the dark. Vince Palamara
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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It’s heartening to hear you are open to changing your mind. Why do I say that? Well, I’ve been following your work for years on Black Op and bought at least one of your books. Your last appearance on December 5 black op was spectacular! I suspect you were treated with rock star status in Dallas this past November. I forwarded your December 5 interview far and wide.
BUT I was disappointed to hear you characterize the 911 truth movement as one which pollutes the JFK research community. I am just going to chalk that up to Painfully Uninformed. I am a lawyer and value evidence — the facts – as much as you do. In that regard, if you studied the forensic evidence presented by professionals on 911, you would change your tune quicker than you did on Bugliosi.
Vince, I am not asking you to divert your attention from JFK research to get a handle on the lies of the 911 official narrative (as bad, or worse than JFK). But I am requesting that until you study the matter with a modicum of depth, please don’t slur the 911 truth movement. Indeed, there are many who come to understand the JFK assassination via a path that starts at 911 truth, and, as in my case, vice-versa.
Keep up your superb and exciting work!
thanks a lot! 🙂 My conference presentation a month ago was very well received (it was definitely my best one to date). I have never been “into” 9/11 theories.
Thanks for your response. BTW, I just found out how to order the DVD of the conference which i will purchase primarily to watch your speech!!!
1) There are 911 theories and there are 911 facts. The facts are expressed by hundreds of professionals. Like JFK researchers, earnest and professional 911 researchers are likewise denied a mainstream platform — that is why you don’t know the facts surrounding 911 and are only told about crazy 911 “conspiracy theories.”
2) If you have never been “into” 911 theories, then all the more reason to refrain from opining that they pollute the JFK research community. Speak to what you know, my friend, not commenting on what you don’t know.
THANKS! I cannot wait to see it back myself!