To say that conspiracy research lacks focus is to commit a terrible understatement (OK, this is from somebody who wrote a 467 page book ,so obviously I’m not casting this stone without certain qualms).  But as we move on towards the fiftieth anniversary we need to spend some time reeling ourselves in to focus on a limited number of things that are so well documented and so mind boggling that they will raise questions among the media and those new to the subject, if not among the devoted conspiracy skeptics (their problem is not our problem).

And one of those things seems to me, without a doubt, to be the infamous 14 minute gap discovered and confirmed by our colleague Rex Bradford. If you are not familiar with this or have not thought about it for some time you really need to take a solid look at it:

The information is all there, as is Rex’s research and the final, explosive, confirmation of actual tape erasure by the Johnson Library.

Now can anybody tell me why a tape erasure pertaining to a discussion between the Director of the FBI and the new President on the morning of November 23, as to the impersonation of Lee Oswald in Mexico City and its probable implication of conspiracy- an erasure of a Presidential tape made within the White House – should not be as explosive as tape erasure’s pertaining to Watergate?  Can anybody within the media explain why not a single main stream media  investigative reporter has even broached the subject?

The matter becomes even more important when the related tape transcript is studied and found to come to a dead end with the President Johnson not even offering a single remark to the news about impersonation – especially with at least some circumstantial evidence that there was more on the tape than made it into the related transcript of the call.

In later years, researchers would discover that there were a host of not only recantations pertaining to the impersonation conversation but that government employees most specifically did lie about all the related Mexico City  tapes having been destroyed.

Now I realize that this incident may not support any individual conspiracy theory but on the face of it, it appears to prove that something began to be covered up within 24 hours of President Kennedy’s murder. And, as with Watergate, the circumstance of an equipment malfunction on precisely one tape, on precisely such an explosive subject is something that should get everyone’s attention and assume a much higher level of our energies than it appears to have up to this point.

And it certainly should be one of our lead points we use to get peoples attention at the time of the 50th anniversary.













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.

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