JFK Readers Guide: Assassination Books, Archives, Reports & Videos
Provided below are leading books, films and records centers for materials about President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. The Justice Integrity Project is maintaining this list as part of our Readers Guide for the 50th anniversary of the killing on Nov. 22, 1963.
The inspiring story of the late Mary Ferrell, a Dallas legal secretary, shows how a dedicated individual with no stake in the outcome aside from a passion for justice helped create a major archive assisting researchers through the generations. She and her husband, Buck, shown at right, began building an archive soon after the shooting. They believed Lee Harvey Oswald's arrest just an hour after the killing was strange. They bought a copy of every local newspaper and added materials through the years.
This evolved into the Mary Ferrell Foundation, a Washington, DC-based non-profit that contains over 1.2 million pages of documents, government reports, books, essays, and hours of multimedia open to the public.
The story illustrates the passion, patriotism and organizational prowess of researchers -- and why such research should not be solely by officials and other professionals.
My new book, Presidential Puppetry, further illustrates the continuing importance of the JFK murder for reasons amplified later in this Readers Guide series.
This installment is not meant for casual reading. Instead, it is best regarded as a reference source if you are looking for something specific in terms of a book, film, or archive.
Vital collections of records are maintained at government sites, as well as those private collections listed below. The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), based in Washington, DC, is shown at left (and is located directly across the street from our Project's offices). NARA is the nation's official record keeper. JFK researchers, for example, may search the NARA online database of recently declassified and still-classified records from the Kennedy assassination investigations.
Experts have estimated that more than 1,500 books alone have been published on the JFK assassination, with more than 70 in 2013.
Therefore, our list below of books, videos, archives and organizations is necessarily selective. It seeks, however, to include leading works of whatever viewpoint that are frequently cited or regarded as important in the community of experts. Special emphasis is on newer materials and those considered classics.
The criteria is intended to encompass important books that may include only a small amount of material on the assassination if that material is unique or otherwise of important research value.
Several special markings are attached to certain books below to note if they are new as of 2013 or if the author has been included in certain listings or event indicating an unusual expert and other public interest in the research.
Any such compilation is a work in progress. Therefore, I welcome any corrections, additions or other updates. These may be sent me at Andrew [at] justice-integrity.org.
Justice Integrity Project Readers Guide To JFK Assassination
* Denotes major articles in this Readers Guide series
- Project Launches JFK Assassination Readers' Guide, Oct. 16, 2013. The Justice Integrity Project will provide a consumer's guide this fall to the many books and events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
- Project Provides JFK Readers Guide To New Books, Videos , Oct. 26, 2013. This is a list of new books and films this year.
- Project Lists JFK Assassination Books, Archives, Reports & Videos, Nov. 2, 2013. Provided below is a leading books, films and archives from the last 50 years regarding the JFK assassination in 1963. *
- Disputes Erupt Over NY Times, New Yorker, Washington Post Reviews of JFK Murder, Nov. 7, 2013. *
- Self-Censorship In JFK TV Treatments Duplicates Corporate Print Media's Apathy, Cowardice, Nov. 7, 2013.
- 'Puppetry' Hardback Launched Nov. 19 at DC Author Forum on ‘White House Mysteries & Media,’ Nov. 19, 2013.
- Major Media Stick With Oswald 'Lone Gunman' JFK Theory, Nov. 27, 2013. The past week's news coverage of President Kennedy's 1963 assassination provides a stark view of self-censorship.
- JFK Murder Scene Trapped Its Victim In Kill Zone, Nov. 30, 2013.
- JFK Murder, The CIA, and 8 Things Every American Should Know, Dec. 9, 2013. The Central Intelligence Agency implicated itself in the 1963 murder of President Kennedy and its ongoing cover-up, according to experts who have spoken out recently. *
- JFK Murder Prompts Expert Reader Reactions, Dec. 19, 2013. Expert reactions to our Dec. 9 argument against the Warren Commission's finding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing President Kennedy. *
- Have Spy Agencies Co-Opted Presidents and the Press? Dec. 23, 2013. *
- Don't Be Fooled By 'Conspiracy Theory' Smears, May 26, 2014.
Selected JFK Assassination Books
Editor's Note: Books are arranged by the main author's last name and with their most recent publisher. Parenthetical marks indicated the original publication date, for some books. Books published in 2014 are denoted with a read date.
To understand at a glance a general measure of book themes, we note with a red asterisk those authors included in a leading conference assembling primarily critics of the official Warren Commission report.* A blue asterisk *denotes authors included in a special "Kennedy Library" selection of new books by the Washington Post. The newspaper's editors heavily emphasized defenders of the Warren Commission, those with relatively minor disagreements with the commission and those who largely avoiding any controversy. Books published in 2013 are noted as follows.
* Speaker at "Passing The Torch Conference" organized by the Wecht Institute, Duquesne University, October 17-19, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA. (Dr. Cyril H. Wecht shown at right.)
* Noted by Washington Post in a "selection of titles published for that November day 50 years ago." See "A Kennedy Library," Washington Post, Outlook section, Oct. 27, 2013.
* Speaker at "Coalition on Political Assassinations Conference" November 22-24, Dallas, TX
** Speaker at "JFK Lancer 50th Anniversary Conference" November 21-24, Dallas, TX
* Older books recommended by historian John McAdams, a defender of the Warren Commission who is based at Marquette University.
## Books published or republished in 2013.
Adams, Don. A From an Office Building with a High-Powered Rifle: A Report to the Public from an FBI agent involved in the official JFK assassination investigation. TrineDay, 2012.
Albarelli, H. P., Jr. A Secret Order: Investigating the High Strangeness and Synchronicity in the JFK Assassination. TrineDay, 2013. ##
Anderson, Christopher. Those Few Precious Days: The Final Years of Jack With Jackie. Gallery, 2013.* ##
Anson, Robert Sam. “They’ve Killed the President! The Search for the Murderers of John Kennedy. Bantam, 1975.
Armstrong, John. Harvey and Lee. Quasar, 2003.
Associated Press. The Torch Is Passed: The Associated Press Story of the Death of a President. Associated Press, 1963.
Aynesworth, Hugh. November 22, 1963: Witness to History. Brown, 2013.##
Aynesworth, Hugh. JFK: Breaking the News. International Focus, 2003.
Baden, Michael. Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner. Ivy, 1989.
Baker, Judyth Vary. Me and Lee: How I Came To Know and Love Lee Harvey Oswald. TrineDay, 2010.
Baker, Judyth Vary. David Ferrie: Mafia Pilot, Participant in Anti-Castro Bioweapon Plot, Friend of Lee Harvey Oswald and Key to the JFK Assassination. TrineDay, 2014.
Barney, Mel. Four Wars. Merit, 2012 (Kindle).
Belin, David. Final Disclosure: The Full Truth About the Assassination of President Kennedy. Scribner’s 1988.
Belin, David. November 22, 1963: You Are the Jury. Quadrangle, 1973.
Belli, Melvin M. with Maurice C. Carroll. Dallas Justice: The Real Story of Jack Ruby and His Trial. David McKay, 1964.
Belzer, Richard, Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Belzer, Richard and David Wayne. Dead Wrong:Straight Facts on the Country's Most Controversial Cover-Ups. Skyhorse, 2013 (2012).##
Benson, Michael. Encyclopedia of the JFK Assassination. Checkmark, 2002.*
Benson, Michael. Who's Who in the JFK Assassination: An A to Z Encyclopedia. Citadel, 1993.*
Beschloss, Michael R. Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964. Simon & Schuster, 1997.
Beschloss, Michael R. The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963. HarperCollins, 1991.
Bethelll, Tom. The Electric Windmill: An Inadvertent Autobiography. Regnery Gateway, 1988.
Biles, Joe G. Gthe Arrogance of Ignorance: Essays on the HSCA and the Show Trial. Processed, 2000.
Bird, Kai. The Chairman. Simon & Schuster, 1992.
Bishop, George. Witness to Evil. Dell, 1971.
Bishop, Jim. The Day Kennedy Was Shot. Harper Perennial, 2013 (1968).##
Bissell, Richard. Reflections of a Cold Warrior: From Yalta to the Bay of Pigs. Yale University, 1996.
Blaine, Gerald and Lisa McCubbin. The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence. Gallery, 2010.
Blakey, G. Robert and Richard Billings. The Plot To Kill the President. Times Books, 1981.
Blakey, G. Robert and Richard Billings. Fatal Hour: The Assassination of President Kennedy by Organized Crime. Berkley Books, 1992.
Bloomgarden, Henry S. The Gun: A Biography of the Gun that Killed John F. Kennedy. Grossman, 1975.
Blum, William. Killing Hope. Common Courage, 2004.
Bolden, Abraham. Echo from Dealey Plaza: The true story of the first African-American on the Secret Service and his search for justice after the JFK assassination. Crown, 2008.*
Bradlee, Benjamin C. Conversations With Kennedy. Norton, 1975.
Brener, Milton. The Garrison Case: A Study in the Abuse of Power. Clarkson Potter, 1969.
Brennan, Howard L. and J. Edward Cherryholes. Eyewitness to History: As Seen by Howard Brennan. Texian, 1987.
Bringuier, Carlos. Red Friday: November 22nd, 1963. Chas. Hallberg, 1969.
Brinkley, Alan. John F. Kennedy. Times Books, 2012.
Brown, Joe E. Sr. and Diane Holloway, eds. Dallas and the Jack Ruby Trial. Author’s Choice, 2001.
Brown, Madeleine. Texas in the Morning: The Love Story of Madeleine Brown and President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Conservatory, 1997.
Brown, Walt. Master Chronology of JFK Assassination. Vigiliano, 2014.
Brown, Walt. The Guns of Texas Are Upon You. Last Hurrah, 2005.
Brown, Walt. The Warren Omission: A Micro-study of the Methods and Failures of the Warren Commission. Delmax, 1996.
Brown, Walt. Referenced Index Guide to the Warren Commission. Delmax, 1995.
Brown, Walt. Treachery In Dallas. Carroll and Graf, 1995.
Buchanan, Thomas G. Who Killed Kennedy? Putnam, 1964 and McFadden, 1965.
Bugliosi, Vincent. Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Norton, 2013 (2007).**
Bugliosi, Vincent. Four Days In November. Norton, 2007.**
Burleigh, Nina. A Very Private Woman: The Life and Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer. Bantam, 1998.
Calder, Michael. JFK vs. CIA: The Central Intelligence Agency's Assassination of the President. West LA, 1998.
Caro, Robert. Passage of Power. Knopf, 2012.
Caro, Robert. Master of the Senate. Knopf, 2002.
Chambers, G. Paul. Head Shot: The Science Behind the JFK Assassination. Prometheus, 2012.
Childs, Allen. We Were There: Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963. Skyhorse, 2013.* ##
Clarke, Thurston. JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President. Penguin, 2013.* ##
Colby, William and Peter Forbath. Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA. Simon & Schuster, 1978.
Compston, Christine. Earl Warren: Justice for All. Oxford University, 2011.
Connally, John and Mickey Herskowitz. In History’s Shadow: An American Odyssey. Hyperion, 1993.
Connally, Nellie and Mickey Herskowitz. From Love Field: Our Final Hours with President John F. Kennedy. Rugged Land, 2003.
Corsi, Jerome R. Who Really Killed JFK: 50 Years Later. WND Books, 2013.##
Cook, Fred J. Maverick: 50 Years As An Investigative Reporter. Putnam's, 1984.
Colhoun, Jack. Gangsterismo: The United States, Cuba, and the Mafia 1933-1966. OR Books, 2013.*
Collom, Mark and Glen Sample. The Men on the Sixth Floor. Sample Graphics, 1997.
Corn, David. Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA's Crusade. Simon & Schuster, 1994.
Corsi, Jerome R. Who Really Killed JFK: 50 Years Later. WND Books, 2013.##
Cray, Edward. Chief Justice: A biography of Earl Warren. Simon & Schuster, 1994.
Crenshaw, Charles A., Jens Hansen and J. Gary Shaw. JFK Has Been Shot. Pinnacle, 2013.##
Crenshaw, Charles A. with J. Gary Shaw, D. Bradley Kizzia, Gary Aguilar, Cyril H. Wecht. Trauma Room One. Paraview, 2001.
Curry, Jesse E. Retired Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry Reveals His Personal JFK Assassination File. Self-published, 1969.
Cutlar, Rob and W.R. Morris. Alias Oswald. GKG Partners, 1985.
Cutler, Robert B. The Umbrella Man: Evidence of Conspiracy. Cutler Designs, 1975.
Dallek, Robert. Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House. Harper, 2013.* ##
Dallek, Robert. Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President. Oxford University, 2004.
Dallek, Robert. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy. Norton, 1983.
Dankbaar, Wim. Files on JFK: Interviews with Confessed Assassin James E. Files, and More New Evidence of the Conspiracy That Killed JFK. TrineDay, 2008.
D'Arc, Joan. Conspiracy Reader: From the Deaths of JFK and John Lennon to Government-Sponsored Alien Cover-Ups. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Davis, John H. Kennedy Contract: The Mafia Plot to Assassinate the President. Harpercollins, 2013.##
Davis, John H. Mafia Kingfish: Carlos Marcello and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Signet, 1989.
Davison, Jean. Oswald’s Game. Norton, 1983.
Davy, William. Through the Looking Glass: The Mysterious World of Clay Shaw.CTKA, 1995.
Davy, William. Let Justice Be Done. Jordan, 1999.
de Morhrenshildt, George (edited by Michael A. Rinella). Lee Harvey Oswald as I Knew Him. CreateSpace, 2013. (Edited from draft manuscript, "I Am A Patsy! I Am a Patsy.")##
DiEugenio, James. Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case. Skyhorse, 2013 (Originally 1992).** ##*
DiEugenio, James. Reclaiming Parkland: Tom Hanks, Vincent Bugliosi, and the JFK Assassination in the New Hollywood. Skyhorse, 2013.**** ##
DiEugenio, James F. and Lisa Pease (ed.). The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X. Feral House, 2012 (originally 2003).* **
Doty, Mark and John H. Slate. John F. Kennedy Sites in Dallas-Fort Worth. Archive, 2013.##
Douglass, James, W. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. Touchstone, 2008.**
Duffy, James R. Who Killed JFK?: The Kennedy Assassination Cover-Up. Shalpolsky, 1989.
Earnest, Barry. The Girl On the Stairs: The Search for the Missing Witness to the JFK Assassination. Pelican, 2013 (2011).**
Eddowes, Michael. The Oswald File. Clarkson N. Potter, 1977.
Edwards, Brian. Beyond the Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy.**
Evica, George Michael. A Certain Arrogance, TrineDay, 2006 (Originally 1978).
Evica, George Michael. And We Are All Mortal: New Evidence and Analysis in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. University of Hartford, 1978.
Epstein, Edward Jay. The Assassination Chronicles: Inquest, Counterplot, and Legend. Carroll & Graf, 1992.*
Epstein, Edward Jay. Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth. Viking, 1966.
Executive Intelligence Review Editors. Dope, Inc. Executive Intelligence Review, 1992 (1978).
Fagin, Stephen, Edward T. Linenthal and Conover Hunt. Assassination and Commemoration: JFK, Dallas, and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.##
Farrell, Joseph P. LBJ and the Conspiracy to Kill Kennedy: A Coalescence of Interests. Adventures Unlimited, 2011.
Fairchild, Wayne. Innocence of Oswald and the JFK Assassins. Research Publications, 1998.
Farris, Scott. Kennedy and Reagan: Why Their Legacies Endure. Lyons, 2013.* ##
Fenster, Mark. Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power In American Culture. University of Minnesota, 1999.
Fensterwald, Bernard J. and Michael Ewing. Coincidence or Conspiracy? Kensington, 1977.
Fiester, Sherry. Enemy of the Truth. JFK Lancer, 2012.**
Fetzer, James H. The Great Zapruder Film Hoax: Deceit and Deception in the Death of JFK. Catfeet, 2003
Fetzer, James H. Editor. Murder In Dealey Plaza. Catfeet, 2000.
Fetzer, James H. Editor. Assassination Science: Experts Speak Out on the Death of JFK. Catfeet, 1998.
Flammonde, Paris. The Kennedy Coups d'Etat. Scanscryption, 2007. (Three volumes)
Flammonde, Paris. An Uncommissioned Report on the Jim Garrison Investigation. Meredith, 1969.
Fonzi, Gaeton. The Last Investigation: A Former Federal Investigator Reveals the Conspiracy to Kill JFK. Skyhorse, 2013 (1993).##
Fox, Sylvan. The Unanswered Questions About President Kennedy's Assassination. Award, 1965.
Frewin, Anthony. The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: An Annotated Film, TV and Videography 1963-1992. Greenwood, 1993.
Furhman, Mark. A Simple Act of Murder. William Morrow, 1966.
Furshenkso, Aleksandr and Timothy Naftale. One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro & Kennedy, 1958-1964. Norton, 1997.
Galanor, Stewart. Cover-Up. Kestrel, 1998.*
Garrison, Jim. The Star Spangled Contract. McGraw-Hill, 1976.
Garrison, Jim. A Heritage of Stone. Putnam's, 1970.
Garrison, Jim. On the Trail of the Assassins: One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy. Skyhorse, 2013 (1988).##
Giancana, Antoinette, John R. Hughes, Thomas H. Jobe. JFK and Sam: The Connection Between the Giancana and Kennedy Assassinations. Cumberland House, 2005.
Gibson, Donald. The Kennedy Assassination Cover-up. Kroshka, 2000.
Gilbridge, Richard. Matrix for Assassination The JFK Conspiracy. Trafford Publishing, 2009.
Gilon, Steven M. The Kennedy Assassination -- 24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson's Pivotal First Day as President, Basic Books, 2009.
Goodman, Bob. Triangle of Fire. Laquerian Publishing, 1993.
Greenfield, Jeff. If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy, An Alternate History. Putnam, 2013.*##
Griggs, Ian. No Case To Answer. JFK Lancer, 2005.**
Groden, Robert F. and Harrison Edward Livingston. High Treason: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, What Really Happened. Conservatory, 1989.***
Groden, Robert F. The Search for Lee Harvey Oswald: A Comprehensive Photographic Record. Penguin Studio, 1995.***
Guyénot, Laurent. JFK-9/11: 50 Years of Deep State. Progressive Press, 2013.
Haley, J. Evetts. A Texan Looks at Lyndon. Duro, 1964.
Hamburg, Eric. JFK, Nixon, Oliver Stone and Me: An Idealist's Journey from Capitol Hill to Hollywood Hell. Public Affairs, 2002.
Hancock, Larry. Nexus: Political Assassinations and the CIA. JFK Lancer, 2013.**
Hancock, Larry. Someone Would Have Talked. JFK Lancer, 2003.** ##
Hansen, Jodie Elliott and Laura Hansen. November 22, 1963: Ordinary and Extraordinary People Recall Their Reactions When They Heard the News. Thomas Dunne / St. Martin's, 2013.*##
Haslam, Edward T. Dr. Mary's Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans, and Cancer-causing Monkey Viruses are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics. TrineDay, 2007 (1995).
Hepburn, James. Farewell America. Frontiers, 1968.
Helms, Richard. A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency. Random House, 2003.
Hersh, Burton. The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIA. Scribner, 1992.
Hersh, Seymour. The Dark Side of Camelot. Little, Brown, 1997.
Hill, Clint with Lisa McCubbin. Five Days in November. Gallery, 2013.* ##
Hill, Clint with Lisa McCubbin. Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Gallery, 2012
Hinckle, Warren and William Turner. Deadly Secrets: The CIA-Mafia War Against Castro. Thunder's Mouth, 1992.
Holland, Brent. JFK Assassination from the Oval Office to Dealey Plaza. JFK Lancer, 2013.
Holland, Max. The Kennedy Assassination Tapes:The White House Conversations of Lyndon B. Johnson Regarding the Assassination, the Warren Commission, and the Aftermath. Knopf, 2004.
Holmes, Robert. A Spy Like No Other: The Cuban Missile Crisis, the KGB and the Kennedy Assassination. Biteback, 2013.*##
Holt, Chauncey. Self-Portrait of a Scoundrel. TrineDay, 2013.
Holz, Denice, ed. Conspiracy in Dallas. Fairchild, 1981.
Horne, Douglas. Inside the ARRB. Five volumes, self-published, 2009.
Hosty, James P. and Thomas Hosty. Assignment: Oswald: From the FBI Agent Assigned To Investigate Lee Harvey Oswald Before the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013 (1995).##
Hughes-Wilson, John. JFK: An American Coup D'etat: The Truth Behind the Kennedy. John Blake, 2014.##
Hurlburt, Charles. Time For the Truth! The JFK Cover-up: The REAL Crime of the Century. Amazon Digital, 2012.
Hurt, Henry. Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1986.
Hunt, Saint John. Bond of Secrecy: My Life with CIA Spy and Watergate Conspirator E. Howard Hunt. TrineDay, 2012.
Janney, Peter. Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot, and Their Vision for World Peace. Skyhorse, 2013 (2012).##
Jenkins, Tricia. The CIA In Hollywood. University of Texas, 2012.
Joesten, Joachim. Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy. Marsani/Munsell, 1964.
Joesten, Joachim. Marina Oswald. Peter Dawney, 1967.
Joesten, Joachim. Oswald: The Truth. Peter Dawney, 1967.
Joesten, Joachim. The Dark Side of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Iconoclastic Books, 2013 (First published in 1968).##
Johnson, Lyndon Baines. Vantage Point: Perspectives on the Presidency, 1963-1969. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1971.
Jones, Penn, Jr. Forgive My Grief. Midlothian Mirror, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1974 (Four volumes).
Judge, John. Judge For Yourself. Hurrah Books, 1988.**
Kaiser, David. The Road to Dallas. Harvard University, 2008.
Kantor, Seth. The Ruby Cover-Up. Zebra, 1978.
Kearns, Doris. Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Signet, 1971.
Kelin, John. Praise from a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report. Wings, 2008.
Kelley, Kitty. Jackie Oh! Lyle Stuart, 1978.
Kelley, Kitty. The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Family. Random House, 2004.
Kelley, Kitty. Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys. Thomas Dunne, 2012.
Kennedy, Jacqueline (in conversation with Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.). Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. HarperCollins, 2011.
Kiel, Andrew. J. Edgar Hoover: The Father of the Cold War.*
Kirkwood, James. American Grotesque: An Account of the Clay Shaw-Jim Garrison-Kennedy Assassination Trial in New Orleans. Simon & Schuster, 1970.
Knight, Peter. The Kennedy Assassination. Edinburgh University/University Press of Mississippi, 2007.
Kroth, Jerome A. Conspiracy in Camelot: The Complete History of the Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Algora, 2003.
Krusch, Barry. Impossible: The Case Against Lee Harvey Oswald (Volume Three). ICI Press, 2012.
Kurtz, Michael L. The JFK Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman Versus Conspiracy. University Press of Kansas, 2006.
Kurtz, Michael L. The Crime of the Century. University of Tennessee, 1993.
LaFontaine, Ray and Mary LaFontaine. Oswald Talked: The New Evidence in the JFK Assassination. Pelican, 1996.
Lambert, Patricia. False Witness: The Real Story of Jim Garrison's Investigation and Oliver Stone's Film, 'JFK.' M. Evans, 1999.*
Lane, Mark. Rush To Judgment. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966.**
Lane, Mark. Citizen Lane? Lawrence Hill, 2012.**
Lane, Mark. Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK? Skyhorse, 2013 (Originally in 1967).** ##
Law, William Matson with Allan Eaglesham. In the Eye of History: Disclosures in the JFK Assassination Medical Evidence. JFK Lancer, 2010 (2004).**
Lehrer, Jim. Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination. (Fiction) Random House, 2013.* ##
Levingston, Steven. The Kennedy Baby: The Loss That Transformed JFK. Persion E-books, 2013.*##
Lewis, Richard Warren and Lawrence Schiller. The Scavengers and Critics of the Warren Report. Dell, 1967.
Lewis, Ron. Flashback: The Untold Story of Lee Harvey Oswald. Lewcom, 1993.
Life Magazine Staff. The Day Kennedy Died: 50 Years Later, Life Remembers the Man and the Moment. Life, 2013.*##
Lifton, David S. Best Evidence: Disguise and Deception In the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Macmillan, 1980.
Lisagor, Nancy and Frank Lipsius. A Law Unto Itself. Paragon House, 1989.
Livingstone, Harrison Edward and Robert J. Groden. High Treason: The Assassination of JFK & the Case for Conspiracy. Carroll & Graf, 2013 (1995).##*
Logevall, Fredrik. Choosing War. University of California, 1999.
Lorenz, Marita with Ted Schwarz. Marita: One Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Love and Espionage from Castro to Kennedy. Thunder's Mouth, 1993.
Mailer, Norman. Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery. Random House/Ballantine, 1995.
Mallon, Thomas. Mrs. Paine's Garage and the Murder of John F. Kennedy. Pantheon, 2002.
Manchester, William. The Death of A President: November 20-November 25, 1963. Harper & Row, 1989 (originally 1967).*
Manchester, William. Portrait of A President:. Little, Brown, 1962.*
Mangold, Tom. Cold Warrior: James Jesus Angleton, The CIA's Master Spy Hunter. Simon and Schuster, 1991.
Marcus, Raymond. Addendum B: Addendum to the HSCA, the Zapruder Film, and the Single Bullet Theory. 1995.
Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy. Carroll & Graf, 1989.* **
Martin, David C. Wilderness of Mirrors. Lyons, 1980.
Martin, Orlando. JFK, The Analysis of a Shooting: The Ultimate Ballistics Test. Dog Ear, 2010.*
Martin, Ralph G. A Hero for Our Times: An Intimate Story of the Kennedy Years. Scribner, 1983.
May, Ernest R. and Philip D. Zelikow, eds. The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis. Belknap/Harvard University, 1997.
Mathews, Chris. Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Mathis, Tegan. Sins of the Vicar. CreateSpace, 2013.##
McAdams, John. JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think about Claims of Conspiracy. Potomac, 2011.*
McBride, Joseph. Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit. Hightower, 2013. * ##
McClellan, Barr. Who Murdered JFK and Why They Murdered. Hannover House, 2013.##
McClellan, Barr. Blood, Money, & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK. Skyhorse, 2013 (2003).##
McFarlane, Ian. Proof of Conspiracy in the Assassination of President Kennedy. Book Distributors, 1975.
McKnight, Gerald D. The Last Crusade: Martin Luther King Jr., the FBI and the Poor People’s Campaign. Basic Books, 1998.
McKnight, Gerald. Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why. University of Kansas, 2005.
McDonald, Hugh C. LBJ and the JFK Conspiracy. Condor, 1978.
McMillan, Priscilla Johnson. Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession Behind Lee Harvey Oswald's Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Harper & Row, 1977.
Meagher, Sylvia. Preface, Sen. Richard S. Schweiker and Introduction, Peter Dale Scott. Accessories After the Fact: The Warren Commission, the Authorities & the Report. Skyhorse, 2013 (1967).##
Melanson, Philip. Spy Saga: Lee Harvey Oswald and U.S. Intelligence. Praeger, 1990.
Mellen, Joan. The Great Game In Cuba: How the CIA Sabotaged Its Own Plot to Unseat Fidel Castro. TrineDay, 2013.** ** ##
Mellen, Joan. A Farewell To Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, And the Case that Should Have Changed History. Skyhorse, 2013.** **## At left, the late New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison.
Mellen, Joan. Our Man In Haiti: George de Mohrenshildt and the CIA In the Nightmare Republic. TrineDay, 2012.***
Menninger, Bonar. Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK. St. Martin's, 1992.
Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis. Dallas 1963. Twelve Books, 2013.* ##
Moldea, Dan E. The Hoffa Wars: Teamsters, Rebels, Politicians, and the Mob. Paddington, 1978.
Moore, Lance. Killing JFK: 50 Years, 50 Lies: From the Warren Commission to Bill O'Reilly, A History of Deceit in the Kennedy Assassination. CreateSpace, 2103.##
Morley, Jefferson. Our Man In Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA. University of Kansas Press, 2008.***
Morrow, Robert D. First Hand Knowledge: How I Participated in the CIA-Mafia Murder of President Kennedy. S.P.I., 1992.##
Morrow, Robert D. Betrayal. Regnery, 1976.##
Mosley, Leonard. Dulles. Dial, 1978.
Murdoch, Robert J. Ambush in Dealey Plaza: Killing President Kennedy and Officer Tippit. Lookback, 2014.
Myers, Dale K. With Malice: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Murder of Officer J.D. Tippett. Oak Cliff, 1998.*
Nechiporenko, Oleg M. Passport to Assassination: The Never-Before Told Story of Lee Harvey Oswald by the KGB Colonel Who Knew Him. Carroll & Graf, 1993.
Nelson, Phillip F. LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013 (originally 2011).##
Newman, Albert H. The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: The Reasons Why. Clarkson Potter, 1970.
Newman, John M. Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK. Skyhorse, 2008 (1995).##
Newman, John M. JFK and Vietnam. Warner, 1992.
Nix, Gayle Jackson. Orville Nix and the Missing JFK Assassination Film. 2013.
Nolan, Patrick. Introduction by Henry C. Lee. CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys: How and Why US Agents Conspired to Assassinate JFK and RFK. Skyhorse, 2013.##
North, Mark. Act of Treason: The Role of J. Edgar Hoover in the Assassination of President Kennedy. Skyhorse, 2013.##
North, Mark. Betrayal in Dallas: LBJ, the Pearl Street Mafia, and the Murder of President Kennedy. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Oglesby, Carl. The JFK Assassination: The Facts and Theories. Signet, 1992.
O'Reilly, Bill and Martin Dugard. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot. Henry Holt, 2012.
O'Toole, George. The Assassination Tapes. Penthouse, 1975.
Oswald, Marguerite. Aftermath of an Execution. Challenge, 1965.
Oswald, Robert. Lee: A Portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald. Coward-McCann, 1967.,
Owen, Dean R. November 22, 1963 Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Pacepa, Ian Mihai. Programmed to Kill. Ivan R. Dee, 2007.
Palamara, Vincent Michael. Survivor's Guilt.: The Secret Service and the Failure To Protect President Kennedy. TrineDay, 2013.##
Parker, Brad. First on the Scene: Interviews with Parkland Doctors. JFK Lancer, 2005.
Pike, Christopher. Penn Jones: His Life and Times.
Plumlee, David. Deep Cover, Shallow Graves. TrineDay, 2013.##
Polmar, Norman. Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage. Random House, 1998.
Popkin, Richard H. The Second Oswald. Boson, 2008 (1966).
Posner, Gerald. Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK. Random House, 1993.*
Prados. John. The Family Jewels: The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power (Discovering America). University of Texas Press, 2013.##
Prouty, L. Fletcher. The Secret Team. Prentice Hall, 1973.
Prouty, L. Fletcher. JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy. Skyhorse, 2013 (Citadel, 1992). ##
Quinlan, Casey J. and Brian K. Edwards. Beyond the Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President John F. Kennedy. JFK Lancer, 2008.
Ratcliffe, David T. Understanding Special Operations And Their Impact on The Vietnam War Era; 1989 Interview with L. Fletcher Prouty, USAF (Ret.). Rat Haus Reality, 1999.
Ray Pamela J. and James E. Files. Interview with History: The JFK Assassination. Author House, 2007.
Read, Jonathan. JFK's Final Hours in Texas: An Eyewitness Remembers the Tragedy and Its Aftermath. Briscoe Center for American History, 2013.*##
Reich, Scott D. The Power of Citizenship: Why the John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation. Ben Bella, 2013.* ##
Remington, Roger. Biting the Elephant. Trafford, 2009.
Reston, James Jr. The Accidental Victim: JFK, Oswald, and the Real Target in Dallas. Zola E-Book, 2013.* ##
Roberts, Craig. Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza. Consolidated, 1994.
Rubin, Gretchen. 40 Ways To Look at Kennedy. Ballantine, 2005.
Russell, Dick. The Man Who Knew Too Much. Carroll & Graf, 1992.* **
Russell, Dick. On the Trail of the JFK Assassins: A Groundbreaking Look at America's Most Infamous Conspiracy. Skyhorse, 2013 (2008).* ** ##
Russo, Gus. Live By The Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK. Bancroft, 1998.
Russo, Gus and Harry Moses. Where Were You?: America Remembers the JFK Assassination. Lyons Press, 2013.* *##
Russo, Gus and Stephen Molton. Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, The Castros and the Politics of Murder. Bloomsbury, 2008.
Sabato, Larry J. (left). The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy, Bloomsbury, 2013.** ##
Sachs, Jeffrey D. To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace. Random House, 2013.* ##
Sandler, Martin W. The Letters of John F. Kennedy. Bloomsbury, 2013.* ##
Sanders, Ed. The Family. Da Capo, 2002.
Savage, Gary. JFK: First Day Evidence. Shoppe, 1993.
Savage, James Andrew. Jim Garrison's Bourbon Street Brawl: The Making of a First Amendment Milestone. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2010.
Savodnik, Peter. The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union. Basic Books, 2013.*##
Sawa, James P. and Glenn A. Vasbinder. A Compilation of Books Relating to the Life and Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. JFK Lancer, 1997.
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. A Thousand Days. Houghton Mifflin, 1965.
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. Robert Kennedy and His Times. Houghton Mifflin, 1978.
Scheim, David E. Contract on America: The Mafia Murder of President John F. Kennedy. Sure Sellers, 1992.
Schorr, Daniel. Clearing the Air. Houghton Mifflin, 1977.
Scott, Peter Dale. Crime and Cover-up: The CIA, the Mafia, and the Dallas-Watergate Connection. Open Archives, 1977.* * ##
Scott, Peter Dale. Deep Politics and the Death of JFK. University of California, 1996.
Scott, Peter Dale. Deep Politics on Oswald, Mexico, and Cuba: New Revelations on the Man Framed for the Assassination of JFK. Skyhorse, 2013.* * ##
Scott, Peter Dale. The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War. Skyhorse, 2013.* * ##
Scott, Peter Dale. Oswald, Mexico, and Deep Politics: Revelations from CIA Records on the Assassination of JFK. Skyhorse, 2013.* * ##
Scott, William E., and Cyril H. Wecht. November 22, 1963: A Reference Guide to the JFK Assassination. University Press of America, 1999.##
Shaw, John T. JFK In the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency. Palgrave, 2013.* ##
Shaw, Mark. The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK. Skyhorse, 2013.** ##
Shenon, Philip. A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination. Henry Holt, 2013.* ##
Simkin, John. The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Spartacus Educational, 2012 (EBook).
Sloan, Bill with Jean Hill. JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness. Pelican, 1992.
Smearingen, M. Wesley. To Kill a President: Finally an Ex-FBI Agent Rips Aside the Veil of Secrecy That Killed JFK.
Smith, Brendan Powell. Assassination! The Brick Chronicle on the Lives of Twelve US Presidents. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Smith, Matthew. JFK: The Second Plot. Mainstream Publishing, 1992.
Smith, Brendan Powell. Assassination! The Brick Chronicle on the Lives of Twelve US Presidents. Skyhorse, 2013.
Smith, Matthew. JFK: The Second Plot. Mainstream, 2002.
Smith, Wayne S. The Russians Aren’t Coming: New Soviet Policy in Latin America. 1992.
Smith, Wayne S. Portrait of Cuba. Turner, 1991.
Smith, Wayne S. The Closest of Enemies: Personal and Diplomatic Account of United States-Cuban Relations Since 1957. W.W. Norton, 1988.
Sneed, Larry. No More Silence. Three Forks, 1998.
Sorensen, Theodore C. Kennedy. Bantam, 1966.
Sorensen, Theodore C. The Kennedy Legacy. Macmillan, 1969.
Sprague, Richard E., Thomas G. Whittle, and Kay Skinner. The Ultimate Cover-up: The CIA and the Killing of John f. Kennedy, Part II. Mimeographed manuscript available at the National Archives.
Sproesser, Louis, ed. The Garrison Investigation: November 1966 to February 1968. Southern New England Research, 1999.
Stokes, Louis. "Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives." United States Government Printing Office, 1979.
Stoll, Ira. JFK. Conservative. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.*##
Stone, Oliver. The Hidden History of the United States. BluRay, 2013.##*
Stone, Oliver and Zachary Sklar, JFK: The Book of the Film. Applause, 2000.*
Stone, Roger with Mike Colapietro. The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Sturdivan, Larry M. The JFK Myths: A Scientific Investigation of the Kennedy Assassination. Paragon House, 2005.
Summers, Anthony. Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the J.F.K. Assassination. Open Road Media, 2013 (originally 1998).* * ##
Summers, Anthony. Official and Confidential. Putnam, 1993. * * ##
Summers, Anthony. Conspiracy. Paragon House, 1989 (1980). * * ##
Summers, Anthony and Robbyn Swann. The Arrogance of Power. Penguin, 2001. * * ##
Swanson, James L. End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. William Morrow, 2013.*##
Tague, James. LBJ and the Kennedy Killing. TrineDay, 2013.##
Talbot, David. Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years. Free Press, 2007.*
Thomas, Donald Byron. Hear No Evil: Politics, Science & the Forensic Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013 (2010).*** ##
Thomas, D.M. Flying Into Love: A Novel. Carroll & Graf, 1992.
Thomas, Evan. Robert Kennedy: His Life. Simon & Schuster, 2000.
Thomas, Ken, ed. The Tippit Connection. Book Tree, 2000.
Thompson, Josiah. Six Seconds in Dallas: A Micro-Study of the Kennedy Assassination. Bernard Geis Associates, 1967.***
Thornley, Kerry W. The Idle Warriors. Illuminet, 1991.
Titovets, Ernst. Oswald: Russian Episode. TrineDay, 2013 (Monlitera, 2007).*
Toplin, Robert Brent. History by Hollywood JFK: Fact, Fiction, and Supposition, University of Illinois Press, 1996.
Trask, Richard B. National Nightmare on Six Feet of Film Yeoman, 2005.*
Trask, Richard B. That Day In Dallas. Yeoman, 1998.*
Trask, Richard B. Pictures of the Pain: Photography and the Assassination of President Kennedy. Yeoman, 1994.*
Trost, Cathy and Susan Bennett. President Kennedy Has Been Shot: The Inside Story of the Murder of a President. Sourcebooks, 2003.
Turner, William. Rearview Mirror: Looking Back at the FBI, the CIA and other Tails. Penmarin, 2001.
Turner, William and John Christian. The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Random House, 1978.
Twyman, Noel. Bloody Treason: On Solving History's Greatest Murder Mystery, The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Laurel, 1997.
United Press International and American Heritage Magazine. Four Days: The Historical Record of the Death of President Kennedy. American Heritage, 1964.
Vaccara, Stefano and Robert Miller (Translator). Carlos Marcello: The Man Behind the JFK Assassination. Enigma, 2013. ##
Ventura, Jesse and Dick Russell and David Wayne. They Killed Our President: 63 Facts That Prove a Conspiracy to Kill JFK. Skyhorse, 2013.* ##
Ventura, Jesse, Russell, Dick. American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies that the Government Tells Us. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Ventura, Jesse and Dick Russell. American Conspiracies: The Card Set. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Ventura, Jesse. 63 Documents That the Government Doesn't Want You To See. Skyhorse, 2012.
Ventura, Jesse. Lies, Lies and More Lies That the Government Tells Us. Skyhorse, 2010.
Waldon, Lamar and Thomas Hartmann. Legacy of Secrecy. The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination. Counterpoint Press, 2008.
Waldon, Lamar and Thomas Hartmann. Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK. Carroll & Graf, 2005.
Waldon, Lamar. Watergate: The Hidden History. Counterpoint, 2012.
Waldron, Lamar. The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination. Counterpoint, 2013.##
Walton, Richard J. Cold War and Counterrevolution: The Foreign Policy of John F. Kennedy. Viking, 1972.
Warren Commission Report, Government Printing Office, 1964 and St. Martin's Press, 1992.*
Wecht, Cyril H. (Author or co-author of 46 books in total), Mark Curriden, and Benjamin Wecht. Cause of Death. Onix, 1996.**
Weisberg, Harold. Never Again! The Government Conspiracy in the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Weisberg, Harold. Oswald in New Orleans:A Case for Conspiracy with the CIA. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Weisberg, Harold. Post Mortem: The Classic Investigation of the JFK Assassination Medical and Ballistics Evidence and Cover-Up. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Weisberg, Harold. Whitewash I: The Report on the Warren Report. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Weisberg, Harold. Whitewash II: The FBI–Secret Service Cover-Up in the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Weisberg, Harold. Whitewash III: The Photographic Whitewash of the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Weisberg, Harold. Whitewash IV: The Top Secret Warren Commission Transcript of the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.##
Weisberg, Harold. Oswald In New Orleans. Canyon, 1967.
Willens, Howard P. History Will Prove Us Right. Overlook, 2013.* ##
Williams, Joe. The Grassy Knoll Report. Amazon.com Digital Services, 2013.
Wills, Garry and Ovid Demaris. Jack Ruby. Da Capo, 1994.*
Wise, Dan and Marietta Maxfield Wise. The Day Kennedy Died. Naylor, 1964.
Wolfenstein, Marth and Kliman Gilbert, eds. Children and the Death of a President: Multi-Disciplinary Studies. Doubleday, 1965.
Wrone, David R. The Freedom of Information Act and Political Assassination. Foundation Press, University of Wisconsin, 1978.
Wrone, David R. The Zapruder Film: Reframing JFK's Assassination. University Press of Kansas, 2003.
Zelizer, Barbie. Covering the Body: The Kennedy Assassination, the Media and the Shaping of Collective Memory. University of Chicago, 1992.
Zirbel, Craig I. The Texas Connection: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Wright, 1991.
* Speaker at "Passing The Torch Conference" organized by the Wecht Institute, Duquesne University, October 17-19, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA. (Dr. Cyril H. Wecht shown at right.)
* Noted by Washington Post in a "selection of titles published for that November day 50 years ago." See "A Kennedy Library," Washington Post, Outlook section, Oct. 27, 2013.
* Speaker at "Coalition on Political Assassinations Conference" November 22-24, Dallas, TX
** Speaker at "JFK Lancer 50th Anniversary Conference" November 21-24, Dallas, TX
* Older books recommended by historian John McAdams, a defender of the Warren Commission who is based at Marquette University.
## Books published or republished in 2013.
Major Official Reports
Assassination Records Review Board, Final Report and Records Index. Available here via National Archives and Records Center.
Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City [aka "Lopez Report"], House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), written in 1978 by Dan Hardway and Ed Lopez. Declassified in 1993 and more fully in 1996. Available here via the Mary Ferrell Foundation.
Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Final Report and Appendix to Hearings Before the Select Committee To Study Government Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, 95th Congress, Volumes I-XII. House Report No. 95-1828.U.S. Government Printing Office, 1979, with accompanying 12 volumes on the JFK portion of the probe. The Final Report of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) presents the HSCA's findings in the murders of both President John F. Kennedy and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. The report is available here via the History Matters archive, which provides this summary: "The HSCA found a "probable conspiracy" in the JFK assassination, but was unable to determine its nature or participants (other than that Oswald was still deemed to have fired all the successful shots). In the King case, the HSCA similarly found that James Earl Ray assassinated Reverend King, but that there might have been a small-scale conspiracy involved."
Final Report: Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Performance of the Intelligence Agencies, Select Committee To Study Government Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, 94th Congress, 2nd Session, United States Senate ("Church Committee). Senate Report No. 94-755. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1976.
Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders: An Interim Report of the Select Committee To Study Governmental Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, United States Senate ("Church Committee), Senate Report No. 94-465. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.
Report to the President by the Commission on CIA Activities Within the United States ("Rockefeller Commission). Manor Books, 1975.
Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy [aka "Warren Commission Report"] and 26 volumes of hearings and exhibits, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964, available here via the Mary Ferrell Foundation.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, center in the photo at left, and individually at right, led the seven-member commission. Warren, a former governor of California, is shown at left presenting their report in 1964 to President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Kennedy's successor.
Selected JFK Assassination-Related Archives, Websites, Advocacy Groups
Selected JFK Assassination Archives, Websites
American Presidency Project, Santa Barbara, CA. The project was established in 1999 as a collaboration between John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Archives contain 104,108 documents related to the study of the Presidency. The index of those documents related to President Kennedy is here.
Assassination Archives Research Center (AARC), Silver Spring, MD -- Washington, DC. President James Lesar and Executive Director Jerry Policoff. The AARC's holdings comprise the most extensive collection of records on the JFK assassination in private hands. It has approximately 1,500 books on assassinations, organized crime, covert activities, and a wide variety of other subjects relevant to the study of assassinations and related topics. Its “main files” consist of newspaper and magazine articles, unpublished manuscripts, trial transcripts, photographs, tapes, notes, letters and other materials which fill some 36 four-drawer file cabinets. AARC’s events include The Warren Report and the JFK Assassination: A Half Century of Significant Disclosures, a three-day conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland, September 26 through September 28, 2014 featuring, among others: Russ Baker; Prof. G. Robert Blakey; James D’Eugenio; Marie Fonzi; Robert Groden; Dan Hardway; Dr. David Kaiser; Dr. Joan Mellen; Jefferson Morley; Dr. John Newman; Dr. Randolph Robertson; Dr. Peter Dale Scott; Dr. Wayne Smith; Anthony Summers; Dr. Donald Thomas; Dr. Ernst Titovets; Lamar Waldron; Dr. Cyril H. Wecht; and many others. A complete list of confirmed speakers and more details is at the AARC’s website, www.aarclibrary.org.Washington, DC.
Baylor University, JFK Materials Collection, Waco, TX. Ben Rogers, Director, W.R. Poage Legislative Library, Baylor University. The JFK Materials collection began in 2004 with the acquisition of the papers of Penn Jones, Jr. from his friend, Bob Platt. These papers included correspondence, manuscripts, cassette tapes, video tapes, magazines, photographs and various publications. Additional materials were given by Penn Jones' sons including a large group of materials related to Penn's service with the 36th Infantry Division in WWII. The new web site for the Penn Jones Collection is www.baylor.edu/lib/poage/jones/. Since then, it has partnered with Jack White and Gary Shaw to duplicate JFK materials from their personal collections. According to library staff: As of 2008, we had added 40+ JFK assassination research newsletter titles with over 800 individual issues, 420 magazine articles, 200+ videos, 100+ cassettes, HSCOA videos and cassettes, and correspondence from hundreds of individuals. We have also added general magazines, newspapers and videos documenting the life and death of President Kennedy. Background: Jones's liberal, confrontational and controversial opinions in the Mirror led to a firebombing of the paper in 1962. The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors awarded him the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism on July 14, 1963. Upon retiring from the National Guard in 1963, then Texas Governor John Connally promoted Jones to the rank of Brevet Brigadier General in the Texas National Guard. Jones was covering President Kennedy's visit to Dallas on November 22, 1963, and was awaiting the president's arrival at the Dallas Trade Mart when Kennedy was assassinated. The Mirror's post-assassination headline, in the largest hot-type size possible, read "The Shame of Dallas." His local access to witnesses and others with assassination-related knowledge, led him to identify "strange deaths" and disappearing witnesses connected with President Kennedy's murder. Eventually he published four volumes of "Forgive My Grief," a compilation of Mirror editorials.
Citizens for Truth About the Kennedy Assassination (CTKA), Long Beach, CA. Director, James DiEugenio. CTKA is an activist group lobbying for full disclosure of all records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was organized as a result of the April 1993 Chicago Midwest Symposium on Assassinations. At the end of that conference, it was generally decided that the time had come to create a political action group, which would urge the executive branch of our government to re-open the unsolved assassinations of the 1960s-i.e., the murders of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King. CTKA endeavors to ensure that the Review Board fulfill its mandate to release all the remaining records pertaining to the JFK assassination; to amend the current Freedom of Information Act to render future covert actions more difficult to hide; and to urge the American people to discover the truth about their history.
Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA), Washington, DC. Contact: Joseph Green, board member. Founded in 1994 and led by the late John Judge, the Coalition on Political Assassinations originally included the Committee for an Open Archives, the Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination, and the Assassination Archives and Research Center. The organization is a network of researchers into the murders of John and Robert Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other political figures. COPA was instrumental in overseeing implementation of the JFK Assassination Records Act, passed in 1992, which has led to the release of over 6.5 million pages of records to date, the second largest release of classified documents in US history. Our network of researchers includes medical and ballistic experts, academics, authors, researchers and concerned citizens. Between 1994 and 2013, COPA held national and regional meetings to present the most recent credible research into these unsolved political assassinations. John Judge died in 2014, with his extensive personal collection bequethed to his partner, Museum of Hidden History Director Marilyn Tenenoff.
Dallas Municipal Archives, Dallas TX. Beginning in 1989, the Dallas Police Department transferred to the Dallas Municipal Archives, police records relating to the assassination. The collection is reported to contain nearly 12,000 documents and photographs. These include homicide reports, affidavits, witness statements, newspaper clippings and correspondence. The collection is also available on microfilm. The Municipal Archives possesses the original files, except those that have been transferred to the federal government permanently.
Harold Weisberg Archive, Hood College, Frederick, MD. Co-Directors are Gerald D. McKnight and Clayton Ogilvie. Hood College maintains a large, accessible private collection of government documents and public records relating to President Kennedy's assassination. Much of it comes from the labors of Harold Weisberg (1913-2002). He used the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIAPA) to obtain about 250,000 pages of documents, largely from the Warren Commission, FBI, Secret Service, Justice Department, and CIA. Also, the collection includes about 85,000 pages of FBI documents regarding the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Government records are available also about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
History Matters: The JFK Assassination. History Matters, based in Ipswich, MA, is a venture operated by Rex Bradford, a computer game designer and avid historian of the Cold War. Rex has published articles in JFK assassination journals and speaks regularly at conferences on this topic. Besides operating a website, History Matters produces a series of CD-ROM titles containing source materials and essays on the topics presented on this site. The goal of this website is to serve as a repository and focal point for education and research on the subject of the JFK assassination and related topics in Cold War history. History Matters is devoted to the idea that history does matter. Much of the history that we learn is biased and distorted. This is particularly true of the "official" history of our darker national episodes. History Matters has no agenda, however, other than service to the truth. By delivering document collections in an accessible manner, we hope to inform and enlighten.
JFK Assassination Information Center, Toronto and Milwaukee. Co-Modertors Peter Fokes and John McAdams. The primary purpose of this website is to make as much of the primary information concerning President Kennedy's assassination available to the general public as possible in a manner that is user-friendly and unbiased. A secondary goal is to allow a forum for authors on all sides of the issue to present their views. Peter Fokes has worn many hats during his 49 years, including business journalist, communications media specialist, freelance writer and stock trader. He has a conspiracy orientation but believes the truth has remained a mystery for so long because there were "few" in the know but many helping to shut the door to a proper investigation. John McAdams is Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Among the courses he teaches at Marquette is one on the assassination. He runs The Kennedy Assassination Home Page. McAdams believes that Oswald alone was responsible for killing Kennedy.
JFK Countercoup.com, Somers Point, NJ. Led by William Kelly, Jr.
JFK Essentials. Administrator Alan Dale is the host of “JFK Lancer: Conversations,” an on-line interview program featuring in-depth discussions with prominent authors, historical researchers, and notable personalities associated with the study of President Kennedy’s assassination. Dale is a lifetime student of American history whose parents were active as supporters and volunteers in the political campaigns of John and Robert Kennedy. JFK Essentials is dedicated to civil discussion of the meaning, facts, and circumstances of President Kennedy’s assassination. As of mid-2014 JFK Essentials includes select interview transcriptions among nearly one thousand posts on more than 220 topics by 36 members.
JFK Facts, Washington, DC. Led by author and former Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley, JFK Facts seeks to become the premier web destination for hiqh-quality information about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. "We will fact-check news stories, blogs, YouTube videos, books, and movies about the JFK assassination with the goal of dispelling confusion and establishing an accurate historical record. We answer questions for high school and college students, as well as the general public."
JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, Dallas, TX. JFK Lancer (named for the JFK's Secret Service code name "Lancer") is a historical research company specializing in the administration and assassination of President John F. Kennedy; founded in 1995 by Thomas A. Jones and Debra J. Conway. Larry Hancock is the Chairman, and Stuart Wexler the Co-Chairman. It was joined by Sherry P. Fiester in 2006, Nicola Mediteraneo in 2010, and Julianne Carson in 2013. Its description: "JFK Lancer works with the largest and most active group of President John F. Kennedy historical researchers. Our past conferences have hosted many of the eyewitnesses of the assassination and the most respected of authors and researchers from around the world. We subscribe to the values of patriotism, excellence, integrity and dedication to the revealing of truth surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Our goal is to make research materials concerning Kennedy's assassination easily available to everyone. Our prime concern is the accuracy of history and the true story of the turbulent 1960s."
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA. Under Director Thomas J. Putnam, the facility is dedicated to the memory of the nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. "Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy." As director, Putnam has responsibility for preserving and providing access to the Library’s collections and using them as the basis of exhibits and educational programming. During his tenure, the Library has increased the size of its collections, built a 30,000 square foot addition, launched the nation’s first digital presidential archives, strengthened the Library’s Forum series, and experienced an unprecedented increase in its core revenue streams.
Kennedy Half Century. This is the title of a 2013 book by University of Virginia Professor Larry J. Sabato, left, who is created an unusually innovative collection of new and old research materials. "John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago—yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato—himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency—explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and especially on each of his nine presidential successors."
Mary Ferrell Foundation (MFF), Ipswich, MA. Rex Bradford, President. The Mary Ferrell Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) group engaged in an ongoing effort to bring accessible and interactive history to a new generation of critical thinkers. With a wide topic base including the assassinations of the 1960s, the Watergate scandal, and post-Watergate intelligence abuse investigations, the MFF’s vast digital archive at www.maryferrell.org contains over 1.3 million pages of documents, government reports, books, essays, and hours of multimedia. This site is open to all for browsing. Memberships are available that unlock the site's powerful search engine and allow access to PDF copies of documents. Institutional memberships are also available. Find out more about membership in the MFF here.
The late Mary Ferrell, a legal secretary in Dallas who immediately suspected after the JFK shooting that archives would be vital to public understanding, is shown at left and at right with her late husband, Buck.
McAdams Museum, Milwaukee, WI. Prof. John McAdams, a professor at Marquette University and a defender of the Warren Commission, created an archive of materials, including a recommended list of readings of primarily older books with conventional views of the assassination and its impact. McAdams authored The Kennedy Assassination.
Museum of Hidden History, Washington, DC. Executive Director Marilyn Tenenoff. Founder, the late John Judge.
National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), Washington, DC. National Archivist David S. Ferriero, shown at right, is the head of the agency, appointed by the President of the United States. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept forever. In 1992, Congress enacted the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act. The Act mandated that all assassination-related material be housed in a single collection in the NARA. The collection consists of more than 5 million pages of assassination-related records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings and artifacts (approximately 2,000 cubic feet of records). Most of the records are open for research. JFK researchers may search the NARA online database of recently declassified and still-classified records from the Kennedy assassination investigations. The site provides a Kennedy Assassination Collection Simple Search Form. Some names appear in various forms. For example, records pertaining to Clay Shaw are sometimes coded "CS" while others show up under the search term "Clay Shaw."
Oswald Innocence Campaign, Santa Barbara, CA. Administrator Ralph Cinque. "We are an organization of JFK researchers committed to spreading the truth that -- in spite of ingenious efforts to conceal it -- Lee Harvey Oswald was the "Man in the Doorway" in the famous Altgens photo, which thereby exonerates him of any and all guilt in the murder of President Kennedy. It is the smoking gun of the JFK assassination. The Pacific Coast Blues Band has recorded our anthem for JFK truth. The video is on Youtube: "He Didn't Do It." The truth about Lee Harvey Oswald can clearly be seen where he is standing in the doorway of the Texas School Book Depository during the assassination. Lee was watching the passing motorcade, and it proves that he could not have been up on the 6th floor firing at President Kennedy. Senior members of the Oswald Innocence Campaign are listed.
PatSpeer.com, Los Angeles, CA. Editor Patrick Speer, an entertainment industry veteran, has researched President Kennedy’s assassination full-time for three years beginning in 2003 and in part-time writing since then. He has published thousands of commentaries and presented his findings at leading events in the field. One of his major topics has been to review mainstream documentaries featured in 2013 regarding the 50th anniversary of the death. Also, he produced a four-part documentary in 2007, The Mysterious Death of Number 35, attacking medical conclusions of the Warren Commission. He publishes also in the JFK Assassination section of The Education Forum, where he serves as moderator.
Prouty.org. Len Olsanic, Director. This is a website devoted to the life and commentaries of the late L. Fletcher Prouty, left, an Air Force colonel who held high-level positions in the Eisenhower and Kennedy administration's Department of Defense. This website is curated by Black Ops Radio host Len Olsanic. It provides materials on the liaison between the Air Force and CIA during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. Prouty served as the chief of special operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Kennedy years. A retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force, he ran the global system designed to provide military support for the clandestine activities of the CIA from 1955 to 1964. He was the author of JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy. Skyhorse, 2013 (1996), and The Secret Team. Prentice Hall, 1973.
Real History Archives. Lisa Pease, co-editor of Probe and former webmaster for CTKA, directs this site. It says of its founding: This site exists because we are not being told the truth about our history. Are you under the impression that Oswald killed Kennedy? That the media is independent? That the CIA never operates without presidential authority? If so, you need to peruse these archives and find out what you've been missing. This site is designed to provide researchers links and leads to finding solid information about our real history, as opposed to the convenient -- if somewhat fake -- history the "mainstream" corporate press feeds us. This site has been in existence since 1993, and will continue to evolve.
Spartacus Educational, United Kingdom. This is a web-based educational maintained by John Simkin, right, an educator. Its index of key figures and topics in the JFK assassination is here. The material is hot-linked to extensive bios and photos. There are approximately 500 names listed in Simkin's database of important figures, witnesses and possible conspirators. Sixty are listed among the 120 suspicious deaths in a spreadsheet of deaths from 1964-78 maintained separately by researcher Richard Charnin, who calculates that 45 of the 60 were homicides. The web-based Spartacus archive contains many topics beyond United States history and the JFK murder.
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, TX. Gary Mack is the liaison for donations, and the film and photo library. The museum chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.
Wikipedia, Assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Selected JFK Television Films (October-November 2013) (Washington Post Analysis and Listing)
Washington Post, JFK anniversary on TV: Stale shows and a nation stuck in a freeze frame, Hank Stuever, Nov. 7, 2013. Hank Stuever is The Washington Post’s TV critic and author of two books, “Tinsel” and “Off Ramp.” Why do we keep reliving Nov. 22, 1963, in an onslaught of stale 50th-anniversary shows?
Washington Post, Where to start with all this JFK stuff on TV? Here, Hank Stuever, Nov. 7, 2013. A guide to some (most?) of the JFK-related shows on TV this month — with critic’s recommendations. Here’s a quick viewing guide to some of the Kennedy-related TV documentaries and specials airing this month, with Post TV critic Hank Stuever’s recommendations denoted by a “★.”
★ JFK: The Final Hours, Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m., National Geographic Channel. Narrated by Bill Paxton, an intriguing replay of Jack and Jackie’s trip to Texas, featuring several interviews with people who met them and also a lot of memories from Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the first lady.
Fox News Reporting: 50 Years of Questions — The JFK Assassination. Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m., Fox News Channel. Discussion hosted by Bill Hemmer.
Killing Kennedy. Sunday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., National Geographic Channel. Dull and clunky. Saved by Will Rothhaar’s nervy performance as Lee Harvey Oswald — a poor man’s Ryan Gosling!
★ American Experience: JFK. In two parts — Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 11 and 12 at 9 p.m., WETA and MPT. Producer and Director Susan Bellows. The big kahuna of this year’s Kennedy documentaries — a full biography and examination of his presidency. Lots of footage you’ve seen before; some you haven’t. A good start for those born after 1980 or so; a reverent review for those who remember it all vividly.
Capturing Oswald. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 10 p.m., Military Channel. Looks at the fast scramble by Dallas police officers and feds to find the Kennedy assassin (and cop-killer). Interviews, recollections and the whole tick-tock account.
★ Nova: Cold Case JFK. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9 p.m., WETA and MPT. Father-son ballistics experts run experiments in the desert to see whether the Warren Commission’s findings pass their plausibility tests.
★ JFK: One P.M. Central Standard Time. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10 p.m., WETA and MPT. News junkies will dig this “Secrets of the Dead” episode, narrated by George Clooney, about how the news from Dealey Plaza and Parkland Hospital was broken and confirmed by reporters in Dallas and New York — up to and including CBS anchor Walter Cronkite’s live announcement that Kennedy had died.
★Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered. Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m., CBS Sports Network. Recounts the somber but healing football game — postponed after Kennedy’s assassination — that helped coax a nation back to normalcy.
JFK: A President Betrayed. On-demand beginning Nov. 14, DirecTV. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, a look at Kennedy’s efforts to avoid armed conflict and reign in the nuclear-arms race, while fending off the hawks around him who wanted to drop bombs. This one’s for those with DirecTV who can never hear enough about the Cold War.
Kennedy’s Suicide Bomber. Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., Smithsonian Channel. Here’s a weird one most everyone forgot: A man drove to Palm Beach hoping to kill president-elect Kennedy in December 1960 with a car bomb.
The Day Kennedy Died. Sunday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m., Smithsonian Channel. A thorough examination of routes, schedules, trajectories, eerie details and Zapruder close-ups.
★ Letters to Jackie. Sunday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m., TLC. Tenderly examines a handful of the 800,000 condolence letters the first lady received in the days after the assassination, read aloud by celebrities.
The Lost JFK Tapes. Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Discovery. Features some new audio recordings and testimonies from those who saw it happen in Dallas.
JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide. Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., History. Whodunit? (Besides Oswald.) A roundup and breakdown of all the theories and unsolved mysteries of what happened at Dealey Plaza and then, two days later, when Jack Ruby shot Oswald. A survey reveals what Americans today think most likely happened, based on their, uh, vast expertise.
Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live. Friday, Nov. 22 at 10 p.m., History. We still don’t know what made Oswald do it, but we sure know a lot about his last two days alive.
Other Fall 2013 TV and Cable Treatments
JFK: The Smoking Gun. Reelz, 2013. This is based on Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, a 1992 non-fiction book by Bonar Menninger reporting a theory by sharpshooter, gunsmith and ballistics expert Howard Donahue that a Secret Service agent accidentally fired the shot that actually killed President John F. Kennedy.
Fox News, The Kennedy Assassination: Conspiracy or Murder? Geraldo Rivera, Nov. 9, 2013. Author Mark Lane: "I don't believe Oswald was involved at all." Who, then? "The Central Intelligence Agency. I don't have the names of the guys."
USA Today, TV specials remember Kennedy's assassination, Lorena Blas, Nov. 7, 2013. A list of programs that mark the 50th anniversary of the president's shooting.
Nov. 10: National Geographic Channel's movie Killing Kennedy, based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and starring Rob Lowe, airs Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. But it's not the only special marking the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination. Here are more programs to check out:
Nov. 7: JFK: A President Betrayed (DirecTV's Audience Network, 8 p.m. ET/PT; DirecTV on Demand, Nov. 14) Morgan Freeman narrates this film, featuring interviews with historians, journalists, advisers, officials and staff to Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, including journalist and author Evan Thomas; former RFK special counsel ambassador William Vanden Heuvel; and Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet leader.
Nov. 8: JFK: The Smoking Gun (Reelz Channel, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and midnight ET/ 9 p.m. PT) A re-broadcast of a documentary, inspired by the book from veteran police detective Colin McLaren, who spent 4½ years on the forensic cold-case investigation of JFK's assassination and believes he has found the smoking gun that killed the president.
Nov. 11-12: American Experience: JFK (PBS, 9 p.m. ET/PT) Two-part documentary from the PBS franchise examines the different facets of Kennedy's life and his evolution as a politician.
Nov. 12:Capturing Oswald (The Military Channel, 10 p.m. ET/PT) Documentary focuses on the accounts of Dallas Police Department homicide detectives and officers who were involved in the case of the presidential assassination.
Nov. 13: Nova: Cold Case JFK (PBS, 9 p.m. ET/PT, times may vary) The PBS science series looks at what modern science and technology might reveal about the shooting in Dallas and the investigations.
Nov. 16:As It Happened: John F. Kennedy 50 Years (CBS, 9 p.m. ET/PT) Anchored by CBS news veteran Bob Schieffer and produced by the team at 48 Hours, the special focuses on the four days that changed America and gives a portrait of the Kennedy presidency and family.
Nov. 17: The Day Kennedy Died (Smithsonian Channel, 9 p.m. ET/PT) Kevin Spacey narrates a minute-by-minute account of the death of a president in this special that draws from rarely seen film, photos and eyewitness accounts of that day in Dallas. Preceded at 8 ET/PT by Kennedy's Suicide Bomber, which puts the chilling story of Richard Pavlick in the spotlight. He tried to kill President-elect Kennedy in Florida in December 1960.
Nov. 20: Costas Tonight Special — No Day for Games: The Cowboys and JFK (NBCSN, 11 p.m. ET) A look at the assassination through the eyes of the 1963 Dallas Cowboys and 1963 U.S. Naval Academy quarterback Roger Staubach.
Nov. 21: JFK: The Lost Tapes (Discovery, 7 p.m. ET/PT) Tapes from Air Force One and testimonies from those on the ground that day, including Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent responsible for protecting Jackie Kennedy, offer a insight into what happened.
Nov. 22: JFK Assassination the Definitive Guide (History, 8 p.m. ET/PT) This program takes a look at the more than 300 conspiracy theories about the killing of JFK, collectively pointing to 42 groups, 82 assassins and 214 people who may have played a role.
Nov. 22: Tom Brokaw Special: Where Were You? (NBC, 9 ET/PT) Hear from people who were in Dallas and how the tragedy changed our sense of vulnerability.
Selected JFK Films, Past TV Documentaries, and Independent Documentaries and Videos
Evidence of Revision. Terrence Redmond. Etymon Productions, 2011.
Executive Action. Starring Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan, written by Dalton Trumbo, Donald Freed and Mark Lane, and directed by David Miller. 1973. As described in Wikipedia: The film opened to a storm of controversy over the depiction of the assassination: in some places in the U.S., the film ran only 1 to 2 weeks in movie theaters or got pulled from them altogether. The movie was part fiction, but it would contest other reports of the assassination, including the controversial Warren Commission report of 1964, which led to attacks against the film. The trailers for the film never ran on certain television stations, including WNBC-TV in New York City. The criticism of the film and its suggestion of a Military-industrial complex conspiracy led to the film being removed totally from the movie theaters by early December 1973 and getting no TV/Video runs until the 1980s and mid-1990s, when it got legal release and distribution for TV and video. The film was originally released on November 7, 1973, almost two weeks before the tenth anniversary of the JFK Assassination. Donald Sutherland has been credited as having the idea for the film and for hiring Freed and Lane to write the screenplay.
JFK, Producer and Director Oliver Stone, starring Kevin Costner, 1991. The movie's popularity led to the passage of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
JFK Homicide: Forensic Reconstructions. Fiester, Sherry. JFK Lancer (DVD), 2010.
Jim Garrison Tapes, The. John Barbour, Blue Ridge/Film Trust, 1992.
I Shot JFK: The Shocking Truth, 2013. Convicted felon James E Files, speaking from prison, admits he pulled the trigger from the grassy knoll, and that organized crime figures Sam Giancana, Johnny Roselli and Chuckie Nicoletti were behind the hit. This is one of trilogy of Shocking Truth documentaries from producer Wim Dankbaar that includes Confessions from the Grassy Knoll: The Shocking Truth and Spooks, Hoods and JFK: The Shocking Truth.
Into Evidence, Forensic Sciences and Law Education Group, Duquesne University, a Corton Production, 2004.
Killing Oswald, E2 Films, 2014. (120 mins.) Directed by Shane O'Sullivan. Killing Oswald, From the director of RFK Must Die, Killing Oswald explores the mystery of how and why John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald were assassinated in 1963, tracing Oswald's strange transformation from U.S. Marine radar operator in Japan, monitoring U2 spy planes over Russia; to 20-year-old Marxist defector, decamping to Moscow threatening to share military secrets with the KGB; to pro-Castro activist in New Orleans and self-proclaimed patsy in Dallas. The film features interviews with authors John Newman, Dick Russell, David Kaiser and Joan Mellen, Cuban exile Antonio Veciana and Watergate burglar Eugenio Martinez; alongside rare archive film and audiotapes of Oswald and his alleged CIA handlers George De Mohrenschildt and David Atlee Phillips. The Guardian: "Killing Oswald sifts through the [secret files] made public after Oliver Stone's JFK and raises compelling new questions about the whole affair." The Independent: "This excellent documentary from Shane O'Sullivan benefits from the richness of the archive material it has unearthed and from some intriguing testimony by well-informed 'experts.'" Cine Vue: "A mesmerising and intricate tale."
Men Who Killed Kennedy, The. Actors: Hilary Minster and Robert J. Groden. History Channel, 1988.
Mysterious Death of Number 35, The. Directed by Braddon Mendelson. Noisevision Productions, 2008.
Parkland is a 2013 American historical drama film that recounts the chaotic events that occurred following John F. Kennedy's assassination. From Wikipedia description: The film is written and directed by Peter Landesman, produced by Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and Bill Paxton with Exclusive Media’s Nigel Sinclair and Matt Sinclair. The film is based on the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, by Vincent Bugliosi. Parkland weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas’s chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most famous home movie in history; the FBI agents who were visited by Lee Harvey Oswald before the shooting; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK’s security team, witnesses to both the president’s death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s rise to power. Peter Landesman had an ambitious task with his film Parkland -- finding a fresh look at the thoroughly examined assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The screenwriter and first-time director focused on the smaller players with vital but overlooked roles in the chaotic drama which played out on Nov. 22, 1963.
Untold History of the United States, The. Director: Oliver Stone. Producers: Oliver Stone, Tara Tremaine, Rob Wilson, Carlos Guillermo, Chris Hanley. Writers: Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick, Matt Graham.
Corbett Report, JFK: A Conspiracy Theory, James Corbett, Nov. 22, 2013 (4:16 min.). Everything you wanted to know about the JFK assassination in under five minutes via the Corbett Report. Transcripts and sources.
CIA Operation 40 and JFK, RFK, John Lennon assassinations, Watergate, 9/11, Sept. 3, 2013. Alfred Lambremont Webre interviews Ole Dammegard, author of the book Coup d’État in Slow Motion, “a deep investigation into the assassination of Olof Palme that also reveals the astounding links to major events like the killing of JFK, RFK and John Lennon.”