The Warren Report 50 Years Later: A Critical Examination
What we know now, that we didn’t know then.
Presented By: The JFK Historical Group
David Denton, Ed Tatro, Walt Boyes, William Boyes, Ben Boyes, Casey Quinlan
Crowne Plaza Old Town Hotel, Alexandria, VA.
Many of the leading experts on the JFK Assassination and critics of the Warren Commission findings will be meeting in Washington D.C. on this weekend, to give presentations on the various aspects of this topic.
Ed Tatro, Doug Horne, Phil Nelson, Russ Baker, Gary Powers Jr., Peter Janney, James Wagenvoord (former Life magazine editor and current whistle blower), Rick Russo, ( a key Nigel Turner consultant), and Gregory Burnham are among those who have already agreed to give presentations and we are expecting others to be added as we proceed.
Dr. Cyril Wecht will be the keynote speaker at the proposed banquet.
The conference will begin at 9 AM on Friday, September 26th, and will run through the evening (there will be a meet and greet with conference speakers that evening), and all day Saturday. On Saturday evening, we will be having a banquet dinner and our keynote speaker will be giving his presentation. The conference will conclude with presentations on Sunday morning. A more complete schedule will be released as the event gets closer. Registration and hotel accommodation details are included below:
___$115, if paid before August 1st. After August 1st, $125. Walk –up single day session fees will be $65 per day
___ Banquet Dinner and Keynote Presentation Fee of $53.
___ For Hotel Accommodations call 703-683-6000 and ask for the JFK Historical Group rate ($119 for single, $129 for double a night). For more information about Hotel Accommodations, go here.
Send your registration form and check or money order to:
David Denton, JFK Historical Group
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Bio Information on the Warren Commission Conference
Keynote Speaker Dr. Cyril H. Wecht
Dr. Cyril Harrison Wecht, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a forensic pathologist, attorney and medical-legal consultant, author and lecturer.
Dr. Wecht received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from the University of Maryland. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology, in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology, and is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Bar Association.
Dr. Wecht served as chairman of the Pathology Department and chief pathologist at St. Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburgh for 26 years. He is currently a clinical professor of pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and serves as an adjunct professor at the Duquesne University School of Law, School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Health Sciences; the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; and Albany State University in Ga.
Dr. Wecht is a fellow and former president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American College of Legal Medicine. He currently serves as chairman of the Executive Advisory Board to the American College of Forensic Examiners International and the American Board of Forensic Medicine.
Dr. Wecht is the recipient of numerous academic honors and awards including the “Distinguished Forensic Science Award,” from the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven and has been recognized for his “Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements in Forensic Science,” from the National Conference of Metropolitan Judges.
Dr. Wecht has organized and conducted postgraduate medical-legal seminars in more than 50 countries throughout the world in his capacity as Director of the Pittsburgh Institute of Legal Medicine. He has performed approximately 17,000 autopsies and has supervised, reviewed or has been consulted on approximately 30,000 additional postmortem examinations.
Dr. Wecht served as a consultant to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office on the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination and Sharon Tate/LaBianca cases.
As an expert in forensic medicine, Dr. Wecht has frequently appeared on several nationally syndicated programs discussing various medical-legal and forensic scientific issues, including medical malpractice, drug abuse, the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Elvis Presley, the O.J. Simpson case, and the JonBenet Ramsey case. Dr. Wecht has been vocal in his criticism of the Warren Commission’s findings and the single-bullet theory.
Dr. Wecht is the author of more than 550 professional publications and is also an editorial board member of more than 20 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications; editor of the five-volume set, Forensic Sciences (Matthew Bender); co-editor of the two- and three-volume sets, Handling Soft Tissue Injury Cases and Preparing and Winning, Medical Negligence Cases (both published by Michie).
His expertise has also been utilized in high-profile cases involving Mary Jo Kopechne, Sunny von Bulow, Jean Harris, Dr. Jeffrey McDonald, the Waco Branch Davidian fire and Vincent Foster. A comprehensive study of these cases are discussed from the perspective of Dr. Wecht's own professional involvement in his books, Cause of Death, Grave Secrets and Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey? (All published by Dutton/Penguin).
Sara Peterson and K.W. Zachry
Sara Peterson attended the University of La Verne in Calif., where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science and in History.
After being told by her Political Science Department chair that she could not do her senior thesis on the Kennedy assassination, she went ahead and pursued her senior thesis on the entities planning, carrying out and covering up the Kennedy assassination. Among those, the most powerful was Lyndon B. Johnson. She has continued her research on the assassination and why the Warren Report’s “evidence” is inaccurate, incomplete and manufactured.
She is currently employed at a college in Texas as the coordinator of the Developmental Education Language Lab and Writing Center.
K.W. Zachry earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in English and Political Science from McMurry College and a Master’s of Arts Degree in English from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her interest in the Kennedy assassination began when her grandparents, who lived in Dallas on November 22, 1963, shared with her all of the local newspapers from the event. She has been reading, researching and “digging for bits and pieces” from people with first-hand information about the events surrounding the president’s murder ever since. By combining their information and sources, she and Ms. Peterson have discovered that there are still many, many people who possess details about the greatest mystery of the Twentieth Century.
Casey J. Quinlan
Casey J. Quinlan was born and raised in the greater Kansas City area and has been a high school American history and government teacher for the past 37 years. He served in the U.S. Army with the 9th Infantry as a medical corpsman during the Vietnam War. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Studies and a Master’s Degree in American History from Emporia State University in Kansas. He is the director of Project JFK, a student-oriented educational experience designed for high school, college and adults exploring the murder of President Kennedy.
Mr. Quinlan has been the featured lecturer at many universities throughout the Midwest, including; the Alf Landon Lecture Series at Kansas State University; The William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas; The Student Lecture Series at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., and Student Activities at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. He has served as a historical lecturer, on a number of occasions, for the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, Kan.
In 1991, Mr. Quinlan was a guest historian for the A & E Network and the History Channel for Oliver Stone’s blockbuster movie, JFK. He was named Outstanding Educator in 1994, 2008 and 2011 by JFK Lancer, a national research organization. From 1995 to 2010, he was an adjunct instructor at Friends University in Wichita, Kan.; Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan.; Mid America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan., and Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.
In 2007, Mr. Quinlan presented Beyond the Fence Line: The Ed Hoffman Story at the National JFK Lancer Conference in Dallas, Texas. His first publication, Beyond the Fence Line: The Eyewitness Testimony of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy, continues to be a best seller.
He has been studying the assassination of President Kennedy for more than 48 years and has read more than 1,100 books. He has been a featured lecturer at the JFK Lancer National Conference since 2007. Mr. Quinlan received the JFK Lancer 2011 and 2012 “New Frontier Award” for continued efforts to write and inform students of the truth behind the murder of JFK. His latest lecture series, The Eyes of Texas, (2011) unveils the people behind the murder of President Kennedy; Lee Oswald and the Great Coca Cola Caper (2012) explains where Lee Oswald was during the murder of President Kennedy and the Edge of Apocalypse (2013) explains who killed JFK and why.
Brian Edwards has been researching the JFK assassination since 1969 and has accumulated and read more than 300 books relating to the case. He has personally interviewed more than 40 individuals who were connected to the events on November 22, including Dallas police officers, Secret Service and FBI agents, Dealey Plaza eyewitnesses and medical personnel from both Parkland and Bethesda hospitals. In 1993, he interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald’s widow, Marina Oswald-Porter.
Mr. Edwards has given hundreds of presentations on the assassination throughout the Midwest, most notably, The University of Kansas and Washburn University Law Schools and Kansas State University. Mr. Edwards has been a regular presenter at the JFK Lancer Conference in Dallas since 2001.
He has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Edwards served as an adjunct instructor at Washburn University in the Criminal Justice Department, where he taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses. In addition, he has taught graduate-level courses on the JFK assassination at several colleges throughout the state of Kansas.
From 1978 to 1997, he served as a police officer with the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department. During his time on the department, he worked in the Special Investigations Unit as the department’s crime scene photographer. While assigned to the patrol division, he was a field training officer, accident investigator and self-defense instructor in the department’s police academy. From 1988 to 2001, Mr. Edwards was assigned to the department’s crisis response team as a counter-sniper.
Mr. Edwards’ research on the Zapruder film has been cited in several assassination books: Assassination Science (1998);Murder in Dealey Plaza (2000); The Zapruder Film (2003) and The Hoax of the Century (2004).
He is the co-author of Beyond the Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy(2008). He served as an editor for Sherry Fiester’s book, Enemy of the Truth (2012).
Francis Gary Powers Jr.
Born June 5, 1965, in Burbank, Calif., he is the son of Francis Gary and Claudia E. “Sue” Powers. Mr. Powers holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Certification in Non-profit Management from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Mr. Powers is the founder and chairman emeritus of the Cold War Museum, a 501 © (3) charity, which he founded in 1996 to honor Cold War veterans and preserve Cold War history. In this capacity, he created mobile exhibits on the Cold War and U-2 Incident which have been exhibited at museums worldwide, coordinated donation activities totaling more than $3 million in financial, artifact and in-kind donations and negotiated building space at Vint Hill Farms, the former Cold War-era Army communication base, located 40 miles from Washington, D.C. He is currently chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Theme Study and is working with the National Park Service and leading Cold War experts to identify historic Cold War sites for commemorating, interpreting and preservation.
As President for the Vienna Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce between 2001 and 2005, Mr. Powers helped to strengthen the business and professional community and created educational and business partnerships in Tysons Corner and the surrounding area.
Because of his efforts to establish The Cold War Museum, the Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans for 2002. Mr. Powers lectures internationally and appears regularly on the History, Discover and A&E channels. He is married and has one son.
Richard Bartholomew is an editorial cartoonist. His talent, education, training and professional experience have been primarily in the visual arts. His historiography and criminal investigations of the JFK assassination were initially motivated by a civic duty to report a suspicious automobile fitting the description of a getaway car seen by several witnesses leaving Dealey Plaza in his hometown of Dallas. Mr. Bartholomew’s investigative work has been more in the tradition of a self-taught Sherlock Holmes than a professional Inspector Lestrade.
His research of the JFK assassination includes his discovery of a 1959 Rambler station wagon possibly used in the conspiracy; a study co-authored with Walter G. Graf involving a rifle clip that contaminates the ballistic evidence; a chronological reconstruction and placement of missing movements edited out of the Zapruder film; and in-depth interview of Erwin Schwartz, with author Noel Twyman, regarding Mr. Schwartz’s and Mr. Zapruder’s early chain of possession of Zapruder’s film; and work for author Barr McClellan resulting in Mr. Bartholomew’s monograph establishing the methods by which the FBI and the Warren Commission concealed and obfuscated latent fingerprints from the alleged sniper’s nest
Mr. Bartholomew’s research has been presented at scholarly conferences and published in books and journals on the JFK assassination. In two decades, his findings have had no serious, negative criticism in a field rife with such.
Peter Janney grew up in Washington, D.C. during the Cold War era of the 1950s and 1960s. His father, Walter Janney, was a senior career CIA official. The Janney family was intimately involved with many of Washington’s social and political elite, which included the family of Mary and Cord Meyer, as well as other high-ranking CIA officials such as Richard Helms, Jim Angleton, Tracy Barnes, Desmond FitzGerald and William Colby.
A graduate of Princeton, Mr. Janney completed a doctoral degree in psychology at Boston University in 1981. He has been a practicing psychologist and consultant for more than 30 years. In 2002, he earned an MBA degree at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Mary’s Mosaic is his first book. He currently resides by the sea in Beverly, Mass.
Gayle Nix Jackson
Gayle Nix Jackson is the granddaughter of Orville O. Nix Jr. who shot a home movie in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, that is less well-known than the Zapruder film, but perhaps just as important. His film shows the grassy knoll, area (from where he always believed shots were fired) throughout the assassination sequence beginning with the motorcade turning right onto Houston Street from Main Street. The FBI kept his film for three days and his camera for more than five months. When his film was returned, he felt it looked “different” and when his camera was finally returned, it came back in pieces. The FBI had taken it apart to “study” it. He sold the copyright to UPI in 1963. It was subsequently returned to Gayle Nix Jackson and family in 1990. Only then did they discover that the original film was missing. Jackson’s recently published book, Orville Nix: The Missing JFK Assassination Film, chronicles her continuing efforts to track down the original film for analysis and posterity. Ms. Nix Jackson will also share her grandfather’s frustration when a CBS producer, while interviewing him for a network special on the Warren Report, insisted that Orville was mistaken when he tried to assert that the shots were fired from the grassy knoll. “Why do they keep trying to make me think I’m insane?” he said to her on the drive home.
Douglas P. Horne
Douglas P. Horne served on the staff of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) for the final three years of its four-year lifespan, from August 1995 to September 1998. Initially hired as a Senior Analyst on the ARRB’s Military Records Team, he was promoted halfway through his three-year tour to the position of “Chief Analyst for Military Records” (Team Leader of the Military Records Team, and a member of the Senior Staff).
Mr. Horne was instrumental in helping to locate and to declassify key Kennedy administration records on Cuba and Vietnam policy from 1961 to 1964. However, his most important work on the ARRB staff was the assistance he provided to the General Counsel in conducting all 10 sworn depositions of key personnel who conducted, or witnessed, President Kennedy’s military autopsy at Bethesda Naval Hospital on November 22, 1963. Those 10 deposition transcripts, as well as numerous summary reports of additional, unsworn medical witness interviews, reside today in the National Archives as part of the JFK Records Collection.
In 2009, Mr. Horne published his magnum opus, the five-volume encyclopedic work Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK — a frank and extremely detailed discussion of the overwhelming evidence of the U.S. government’s cover-up, in 1963 and 1964, of the medical evidence surrounding JFK’s assassination — incorporating for the first time, a comprehensive overview of the post-ARRB state of the JFK medical evidence (including evidence gathered by the Warren Commission, HSCA, ARRB, and members of the independent JFK research community).
Mr. Horne graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University in 1974 with a B.A. in History. After serving as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy for almost 10 years, and as a Navy civil servant for 10 additional years, he joined the ARRB staff. Following his service to the Review Board, Mr. Horne briefly joined the staff of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for more than two years; and since 2002, has been an employee of the U.S. State Department. He currently has logged more than 37 years of U.S. government service.
Edgar F. Tatro
Edgar F. Tatro holds a B.A. Degree in English from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Boston State College and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration from Boston State College.
He taught high school English for 38 years, specializing in science fiction, mystery and horror, satire and comedy, creative writing, media and propaganda, and the origin, history and poetry of rock music. He also taught college and adult education courses for 30 years, specializing in the JFK assassination, subliminal messages in advertising, the influence of rock music on drug abuse, backward messages in music, and plagiarism in music.
Mr. Tatro is the author of more than 30 mystery and horror short stories, literary essays and poems published in many magazines across the country. He also is the author of many research articles pertaining to the JFK assassination conspiracy, published in Jerry Rose’s The Third Decade, Penn Jones’ The Continuing Inquiry, and Ireland’s The JFK Assassination Forum.
His work has been acknowledged or footnoted in many JFK assassination books, including Crossfire by Jim Marrs,Reasonable Doubt by Henry Hurt, Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover by Anthony Summers,Destiny Betrayed by Jim DiEugenio, The Assassinations (Probe Magazine) by Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, The Kennedys: Dynasty and Disaster by John H. Davis, Killing Kennedy by Harrison Livingstone, JFK: The Book of the Film by Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar, Doug Weldon’s essay in Murder in Dealey Plaza and JFK and the Unspeakable by Jim Douglass.
Mr. Tatro is the original editor of Texas in the Morning, the memoirs of LBJ’s mistress, Madeleine Duncan Brown, and editor of the Bugliosi chapter in Biting the Elephant by Dr. Rodger Remington.
He contributed research to Senator Sam Ervin’s Watergate investigative committee, the House Select Committee on Assassinations and the National Academy of Sciences (JFK acoustical analysis project). He attended Clay Shaw’s trial for one week in New Orleans, in February 1969, and was given access to the court exhibits by Judge Edward Haggerty.
Mr. Tatro served as a minor consultant to Oliver Stone’s film, JFK. He testified before the Assassination Records Review Board in March 1995, in Boston, Mass. He was responsible, via the ARRB, for the release of the unidentified print found on a box in the alleged sniper’s nest in the Texas School Book Depository, and, via the LBJ Library, for the release of the rough drafts of the rough draft of NSAM #273, which he shared with L. Fletcher Prouty, who shared them with Oliver Stone for JFK.
Mr. Tatro was a consultant to Nigel Turner’s The Truth Shall Set You Free, and The Smoking Guns, parts six and seven of The Men Who Killed Kennedy series. He was a primary recruiter and participant in Turner’s The Guilty Men, part nine of the same series.
Philip F. Nelson
Phillip F. Nelson’s interest in the darker character traits of Lyndon B. Johnson began well before John F. Kennedy’s assassination. While still in high school, in 1961-62, he was intrigued by articles about Johnson, which had appeared in a number of news magazines in the period of Johnson’s vice presidency.
Numerous scandals sporadically appeared in newspapers and these intriguing stories about Johnson, despite his attempts to contain them, continued after JFK’s assassination. Mr. Nelson first realized something was amiss with the “official government findings” shortly after the Warren Commission Report was issued. It had to do with the fact that the reams of evidence collected were being locked away for 75 years due to “national security” concerns. The country was being told, simultaneously, that the perpetrator was a “lone assassin”— a mixed-up young man who was a self-declared “Marxist” without any connections to foreign or domestic collaborators. Mr. Nelson felt this was a major “disconnect” that made no sense; within a few years, the first books by the early researchers would all contribute (probably quite unwittingly) to his growing suspicion that the new president was somehow involved in the assassination.
It wasn’t until Mr. Nelson retired that he started reading Robert Caro’s books and finally saw that there were some honest historians. The cause of this reawakening in 2003 was the History Channel’s broadcast of three new episodes of its previous six-part series, The Men Who Killed Kennedy. The last of this trio, The Guilty Men, was the most stunning video he had ever seen, and the researchers shown in that video, especially Ed Tatro, were revealing the truths about Johnson as none had ever done before.
Mr. Nelson began conducting more research into Johnson’s rise in politics and the increasingly bold and brazen criminal actions that defined his career. Following another three or four years of part-time research, the idea for the book began being formed in his mind in the 2006-2007 period and for the next three years he busied himself compiling the notes he had made while reading the dozens of books already written on Johnson.
After completing the first manuscript of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination and having it rejected by one publisher, Mr. Nelson decided to publish it himself. That proved unnecessary, thanks to Tony Lyons of Skyhorse Publishing, who contacted Mr. Nelson in October 2010, offering to take the book. The newest (paperback) edition of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination was released in 2013.
A “sequel” has now been written and published, LBJ: From Mastermind to The Colossus — The Lies, Treachery and Treasons Continue. The new book will validate and vindicate with new evidence many of the assertions made in LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination. The new book includes original materials, which have never been published before.
Rick Russo served as a key consultant to The Men Who Killed Kennedy documentary series. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy.
In 1963, James Wagenvoord was the assistant to LIFE magazine’s executive editor. It was in that role that he became deeply involved in the purchase and publication of the Zapruder film. In the years since, he has added important information citing Lyndon B. Johnson’s ties to corrupt practices in his rise to power.
Mr. Wagenvoord is the author of 48 books, including Hanging Out, City Lives, Flying Kites, the Doubleday Wine Companion, Personal Style and Men: A Book for Women. A noted photographer he has had one-man shows in New York, Chicago and Boston. He has worked as Chief of Time-Life Editorial Services, Editorial Director of Field Publishing and Executive Editor of Reader’s Digest Books. He lives in Yardley, Pa., with his wife and their daughter.
Judyth Vary Baker
Judyth Vary Baker was once a promising science student who dreamed of finding a cure for cancer, but strayed from a path of mainstream scholarship at the University of Florida to a life of espionage in New Orleans with Lee Harvey Oswald.
Her work in cancer research as a teen and young adult led to later involvement in a biological warfare project aimed to eliminate Cuba’s Fidel Castro. In 1963, her decision to protest the use of unwitting prisoners for a dangerous cancer experiment destroyed her cancer research career. Ms. Baker’s intimate relationship with accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, whom Ms. Baker and others say was involved in the anti-Castro effort, and was framed in a cover-up, has become the subject of documentaries, plays and books since she first spoke out to 60 Minutes in 1999. Her book Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (2010), which includes a foreward by Edward T. Haslam, argues the innocence of Oswald, providing witnesses to Ms. Baker’s affair with Oswald and documentation of their relationship, which began in New Orleans in April 1963 and continued until Oswald’s last call only two days before the assassination of President Kennedy.
In her memoir, Ms. Baker offers extensive documentation of how she came to be involved with cancer research at such a young age, the personalities who recruited her to move to New Orleans in 1963, how she was hired there – along with Lee Oswald – by Reily Coffee Co. and fired the same afternoon Lee was arrested for disturbing the peace on Canal Street. It also explores how she became a participant in the development of a biological weapon that Oswald was to smuggle into Cuba to eliminate Fidel Castro. Her relationship with Oswald is chronicled in The Love Affair episode eight in The Men Who Killed Kennedy series.
Judyth shows the evidence and relates – from her first-hand experience – all she knows about the Kennedy assassination, her love affair with Lee Oswald over the summer of '63, her conversations with him as late as two days before JFK's death, his role as a deep-cover intelligence agent who was framed for an assassination he was actually trying to prevent, and how he was silenced by his old friend Jack Ruby.