Monday, March 03, 2014

Book Review -- Who Really Killed Kennedy by Jerome R Corsi

A Frustrating Waste of Time

As the owner of dozens of assassination-related books and reader of hundreds, I can tell you that this book is full of stuff you can read elsewhere.  The subtitle talks about "stunning new revelations" but there aren't any, if you've read elsewhere in the field.

This is OK as an introduction for novices, but really provides nothing but a rehash of books such as Waldron & Hartmann’s Ultimate Sacrifice and Legacy of Secrecy; O’Leary & Seymour’s Triangle of Death; Thompson’s Six Seconds in Dallas; Edward Jay Epstein’s books; and others.

Most of this information is paraphrased or downright quoted from other researchers.  This DOES NOT constitute revelations that are “stunning” or “new.”

Even Corsi admits he comes to the end of a list of suspects by blaming “all of the above.”  But then he ties up the knot by saying that the Bush family and big oil are behind all the other conspirators, because they financed Hitler before setting up the CIA with Nazis.

In some of his summations of others’ theories, Corsi seems to not care that these are sometimes competing stories.  They can’t all be right.   For example, in Chapter Four, Corsi tells us all about his e-mail correspondence with a source who is ex-USSR/Romanian Department of Foreign Intelligence. According to him, Oswald was a KGB recruit who ws aimed at JFK, but was called off by a nervous Khrushchev.  But the darn Russkies were worried that LHO would go after JFK anyway, So, as told on page 175, the KGB decided to neutralize Oswald, making him look crazy so he would draw attention to himself and be spooked from trying to follow through on the assassination of JFK.

So, after explaining all of this about Oswald learned from the ex-Red spy, Corsi switches gears to talk about the two earlier JFK prospective hits in Chicago and Tampa in November, 1963.  Wait, what?    We just heard all about how Lee Oswald was gonna plug the Prez.  But if there were other attempts on Kennedy planned, how could Oswald, the KGB’s go-to guy, have been involved with THEM?

On page 186, Corsi tells us flatly that “a Soviet disinformation campaign was the origin of the various ‘conspiracy theories’ that have sought to explain the JFK assassination …”  How can that be?  Most of these theories are based on evidence that the KGB could not have influenced!  The KGB couldn’t have had the Secret Service replace the limo’s windshield and wash the car down; the KGB couldn’t control the autopsy that hid the forensic evidence; the KGB couldn’t have switched the X-rays and photos from the autopsy.  And so on.

Other more easily fixed mistakes included simple misspellings and boneheaded goofs.  On page 288 we are told that Bobby Kennedy wanted to act as a “deep throat” source to Life magazine in its investigation into LBJ’s seedy roots.  Umm, no!  Bobby might have provided secret info … but the term “deep throat informant” didn’t arise until many years after Bobby’s murder!  This is a sloppy use of a too-recent term.

 We have a misspelling of the Oswald alias Hidell as “Hiddel” on page 129.

In his chapter on “Oswald, Tippit, and Ruby,”  Corsi recounts an investigator’s interview with Oswald’s landlady, Mrs Earlene Roberts.  But twice in that recounting, he calls the lady “Mrs Johnson” when her last name was “Roberts.”

On pages 150-152, Corsi discusses Edward Jay Epstein’s 1978 book , Legend.  Then at least five times he gives Epstein’s last name as “Lipton”!

At the end of the book, Corsi discusses George HW Bush’s “New World Order” speech to Congress.  Page 311 tells us it took place on September 11, 1991.  Yet when Corsi refers to this speech again on page 316, it happened in 1990.

On page 314 he says that Clay Shaw was very close to cracking the JFK case when he meant to say Jim Garrison, not Clay Shaw.

It’s sloppy mistakes like this that distress folks like me.

So, you can read the information presented here ELSEWHERE .  And probably proofread better, too.

Take a last look at the cover image of a guy walking through a door “into the light.”  Well, friends, I can tell you:  on the other side of that door is a shelf full of earlier JFK books and a photocopier.

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