About 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 eighty former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and supboena 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 is five major books that have sold surprisingly well: Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy (2013). Vince is also the author of JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda (2015) ,The Not-So-Secret Service (2017), Who’s Who in the Secret Service (2018) and “HONEST ANSWERS ABOUT THE MURDER OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY: A NEW LOOK AT THE JFK ASSASSINATION” (2021). All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 148 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 2003 (+ DVD/VHS) and Newsmax TV 2019-2020 (+ DVD) for THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (PART 7), C-SPAN 2010-2012 (+ DVDs), the DVD/ BLU RAY  of A COUP IN CAMELOT (2016), the DVD of KING KILL ’63 (2013/2014), the DVD of THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (2016), PCN (+ DVD), National Geographic 2013/2020 (+ DVD), local cable access television (2002-2007 + 2010-2011), YouTube (2007 to the present), 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 and by actor Peter Coyote in 2016) “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 me a Secret Service expert in his new book~ tags: John F Kennedy Secret Service Agents, JFK Secret Service Staff; The Kennedy Detail, JFK Conspiracy, JFK Assassination Story; Gerald Blaine, Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin

DOCUMENTARY OUTTAKE 2013- the director wanted me to do an unrehearsed book pitch for my book “Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy”

39 Responses to About Vince Palamara

  1. Sandra Cohen says:

    On your recommendation I was just finishing “Mrs. Kennedy and Me” and I have not started reading “Within Arm’s Length”. Is there any way I could get a copy of your book other reading or printing it on the computer.

  2. Debbie Elliott says:

    Hi Mr. Palamara,, I am wondering if u have a picture of Lane Bertram. I have looked everywhere and can’t find one.

  3. Debbie Elliott says:

    I have searched online and can’t fine the actual 1991 AFAUSSS book.. It keeps directing me to your page….. Can you help me please? Give me any ideas on how to find it.
    My mother was a wild character back in the late 50″s and early 60’s and she was involved in some counterfeiting. She ended up helping Bertram catch a couple fellas. Anyway, I was born in Houston in 1957 and was named after him. Debbie Lane Bethune. I have been curious since I found a baby booklet with his first and last name written by my mother saying that was the man I was named after. Thanks.

    • Very interesting, indeed. I know he is mentioned for a fact (with no photo) in “The Secret Service Story” by Michael Dorman and “Murder From Within” by Fred Newcomb & Perry Adams (both on Amazon). Some people think HE was the “Clay Betrand” that Lee Harvey Oswald was refering to! I looked and could find no photo–save yourself the big money for that 1991 book I was refering to: he’s not in there

  4. I DID, just now, type in “Lane Betram Secret Service”, into “News” (custom range, 1940-1990) on Google and came up with this (no photo):

  5. Debbie Elliott says:

    Thanks so much…….

  6. Debbie Elliott says:

    awesome……. I look forward to hearing from you..

    • GREAT news! My gut instinct WAS right: that 1991 AFAUSSS book “Looking Back and Seeing The Future” has two group photos containing LANE BERTRAM in them…so, I took high-quality digital pics of them (inc blowups because they are relatively small) and I will direct you to them after work today (I will post them on my one specialty blog). I saved you money, too: the book goes for 165 dollars on Amazon!! 🙂 Vince

  7. Debbie Elliott says:

    That is great! Thank you so much…..I can’t wait.

  8. Debbie Elliott says:

    wow, I can’t thank you enough….do you know if there is a way I could check out old cases or would I need to hire someone? Like I said, my mother was a wild woman, (a prostitute by trade) I sure hope these emails are private!! Anyway, I have wondered about the case and her relationship with Lane (since I was named after him…) Just let me know and I will quit bothering you…..

  9. Debbie Elliott says:

    oh yea, again, thanks for saving me the money! I probably wouldn’t have been able to get the pics at this time…

  10. my pleasure! I would see if Lane’s wife Edna is still alive. They lived in the Houston area once

  11. You would need to hire someone, I am thinking

  12. Those articles links above, those pics, and all my written work you Googled is now everything I have on Lane Bertram

  13. Debbie Elliott says:

    ok, thanks a lot….

  14. Craig Frank says:

    I have a project you might be interested in:

    If you like it I was hoping you would write about it on your jfkblog.
    If you need anymore info, please let me know.
    Thank you for your time.

    Craig Frank

  15. Tom Rubendall says:

    Hi Vince!

    I was wondering if you had any images of Forrest Sorrels – can’t find them anywhere!
    Let me know if you can help.

    Thank you!

  16. Tom Rubendall says:

    Thanks Vince!!!

  17. Michele Harmon says:

    Vince, I’m glad I visited your website because I learned I could order your book thru Wal-Mart with free shipping. Question: I’m getting ready to read Abraham Bolden’s book, The Echo from Dealey Plaza, and heard somewhere that he uses substitute names for real people to avoid lawsuits. Do you know who these people/secret service agents would be and what is the substituted name?

    • I have no idea. It appears he used real names. People like Gerald Blaine and Clint Hill can be criticized in print- they are public figures now (best-selling books, Emmy nominated documentary). The party is over for Blaine when my book comes out 10/22/13: he has zero credibility and the whole world will know now. Remember: Al Franken had a huge #1 best-seller with “Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot”. Why didn’t Limbaugh sue? Well, unless you say something truly heinous, a public figure can be attacked in print

  18. ernie1241 says:

    Vince: Do you have any reason to believe the story of Harry Dean who claims that he was an FBI undercover operative who provided information to the FBI from 1960-1965 and that in 9/63 he told FBI Special Agent Wesley Grapp in Los Angeles about a “John Birch Society plot” to murder JFK and blame Oswald for the murder? Dean claims he was an “eyewitness” to the planning and financing of the “plot” which involved several prominent JBS members including former Cong. John Rousselot and Maj. Gen. Edwin A Walker.

  19. Frank says:

    Hello Vincent Palamara

    I am the producer of The Week In Conspiracy and would like to talk to you through email about an interview. Thanks Frank

  20. Bruce says:

    Without immersing myself in your material, do you think it was “friendly fired” that killed JFK, or multiple shooters, or perhaps the mob?

    I’m friends with the son of a secret service agent that was in the trailing car on that fateful day.

    • Thanks for writing. That theory is 100 percent false- there was no friendly fire. Neither Hickey nor Greer shot JFK (both agents are now deceased). Who is the agent you refer to? I spoke to Clint Hill, Sam Kinney (now deceased), Jack Ready (now deceased) and Tim McIntyre, while I contacted Paul Landis but he never got back to me. Glen Bennett and Emory Roberts are deceased.

  21. Mike says:

    Hi Vince my name is Mike and I was wondering if you could email me photos of agents Kinney, Jeffries, Flohr, Krill, Rybka, Gies, Campion, DeFreese, Knight, and Godfrey. I am a military researcher with the Military Wiki and I did some research finding out that the agents i mentioned served in the military before joining the secret service to serve JFK. I would like photographs of them for articles i am about to make on the Military Wiki. There is other photos of them with JFK at events on the Presidential Library & Museum website but I think I need better photos of them. To prove to you this is not a scam, here is my user page.

  22. timsmith752 says:

    Hey Vince,

    I was wondering if I could get your email. I have some questions that are too lengthy to be posted here.


    Tim Smith

    Send me an email and I will respond with my inquiries.

    Thanks. Just finished Honest Answers. Great book…I read it in two sittings. Good stuff!

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