It’s been very educational for me, to have spent considerable time looking at all three major political assassinations of the 1960’s, and  I eventually came to the conclusion that many of my first assumptions (made while starting with the JFK assassination) were unfortunately a bit naive.

For example, one of the things we find in studying each of the major political assassinations  is that if you take a good luck at the  “first day” evidence (which means the material not “sanitized” in final FBI and police reports) you always encounter “the others”, other individuals reported as being connected to the primary suspect – or things going on around the primary suspect suggesting he was in contact with other individuals and certainly not the “lone nut” that the prosecution and the media will eventually present to the public.

With James Earl Ray, we have the return of a rifle and the purchase of a more expensive one, with no viable explanation other than Ray’s own statement that he received orders to do so from someone else. We have ammunition recovered which cannot be traced to the any known source and which appears to have been “belted” military ammunition, not available at the gun store where he bought the rifle. We have Ray’s restaurant receipt for two people in Atlanta, with Ray being totally mum on whom the second person might have been.

With Sirhan Sirhan, we have virtually undeniable proof of individuals associating with Sirhan prior to the shooting – the story of the mysterious Polka Dot Dress Girl is true beyond a doubt and witnesses describe contacts between Sirhan, her and other young men going on for at least two to three weeks before the attack at the Ambassador. It is also beyond doubt at this point in time that more shots were fired than could be accounted for by the bullets in Sirhan’s pistol.

And in the JFK assassination, the references to unknown parties are even more definitive, beginning with Dallas FBI agent James Hosty’s remark to a Secret Service office about Oswald having been observed meeting with “subversives” and extending to FBI Director Hoover’s informing the newly seated President Johnson about Oswald having been impersonated in Mexico City.

Yet in each and every case, either the local police or the FBI or the CIA eventually managed to either obfuscate or simply suppress “the others”. In some cases their activities involved carefully worded lab reports or in the case of the LAPD, witness manipulation using polygraph interrogations (the tape transcripts of the interrogations in question are enough to make any readers blood boil). In the JFK case we now know that very senior FBI and Agency officers simply lied about issues such as destruction of tapes – and FBI Director himself would later note on a memo that the CIA had itself liked to the FBI about Oswald in Mexico City.

When I first began involved in researching the assassination of President Kennedy, I naively assumed that if one could isolate the “cover-up” it might offer some special insight into the conspiracy – I had no idea I was simply seeing “standard operating procedure.”  In other words, “the others” always just seem to fade out of view as the official investigation wraps up, the final reports are written and in some cases the prosecution begins.


About Larry Hancock

Larry Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of November Patriots and author of the 2003 research analysis publication titled also Someone Would Have Talked. In addition, Hancock has published several document collections addressing the 112th Army Intelligence Group, John Martino, and Richard Case Nagell. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

4 responses »

  1. misfit120 says:

    Having studied the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and MLK, “the others” was always foremost in everything I ever read. It’s amazing with all of the information out there that there are still people today who refuse to accept that all three assassiinations are linked to the very same people. Piece of intrigue for you. Look up Agent Clint Hill’s testimony about the gunshots. Pay special attention to his description of the “sounds” and the way he said they sounded. Then, think “storm drain” in Dealey Plaza. Do research on a utility truck there hours prior to the shooting, then connect the dots.

    • Richard Schrader says:

      With the JFK murder, special attention always needs to be paid to the faulty procedures of the Warren Commission. Nothing went smoothly. WC was certainly lied to by the FBI and CIA (as much to cover-up the Castro plots and agency malfeasance as anything); lead attorneys simply refused to perform a proper investigation of key principles (WC lawyer Norman Redlich complained of being rushed thru the Ruby backgrounder).

      On the face of it, the Com was composed of not unbiased members, re: a former CIA Director, who had been fired by the murder victim. The lost leads of your ‘others” in the JFK case are now legendary, (the tramps, Ruth Paine, the Odio incident) but in some ways central is the mishandling of the interrogation of James Braden. Here’s a guy with a criminal record, in a suspicious place and acting suspiciously, with ties to rightists and mobsters (and possibly intelligence agencies) but there’s little follow-up. It was a rush job, manipulated for likely political intentions by major institutional players.

      • I agree, the Warren Commission did a poor job, but accomplished what some of them set out to do. They created volumes of reports for researchers to be kept busy reading and a conclusionto satisfy the public for the time being. Most of all the WC didn’t let the investigation to go past the lone shooter. Disinformation was spread by the CIA of Cuban or mafia connects, and at no time did they investigate any conclusion other than the lone gunman. Sadly we live in a country where the government is allowed to keep from the public important details of the assassination they allowed to happen,

  2. I believe JFK and RFK’s assassination were ordered by the same people and had teir pawns carry it out…RFK’s assassination was ordered in fear that if he did become president, Bobby would of uncovered the truth of his brother’s assassination which would of exposed the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Bush’s and other New World Order group that also were major stockholders of the U.S. Federal Reserve as clearly explained in “Powers Behind JFK Assassination – Expanded Edition.” As for MLK, I would not exclude the same people, but must say I haven’t researched his assassination, as I did JFK. I do believe President Reagan’s assassination attempt were by the same people as JFK’s and RFK’s assassination…What is the chance of two texas assassins within twenty years wanting to assassinate the president to give a Texan the president’s office? Well, Johnson and Reagan both got the message and helped the “New World Order” movement as best they could. I also believe the people behind MLK and John Lennon’s assassination were connected with the New World Order group that was created in the 1950s that included Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Bushs, and others.

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