“Conspiracies are proven bit by bit, speck by speck, brick by brick, until all of a sudden you have a mosaic. They are proven by circumstantial evidence. Conspiracies are conceived in shadowy recesses.”

— Vincent Bugliosi, as stated in court during his arguement for conspiracy in the murder of Robert Kennedy

You wonder if he remembers he ever said that?

While I’ve been posting specific and well documented points which establish that a fully open inquiry into conspiracy in the murder of President Kennedy was suppressed, at the highest Executive level,  I’m going to let that lie for a bit and go the other direction.  And that direction is to list certain incidents that should really get anyone’s attention during the 50th, and make them shake their heads wondering about a conspiracy….

Ralph Yates worked as a refrigeration serviceman for the Texas Butcher Supply Company.  On either November 20 or the 21, most likely the 20th, he was driving his pickup on the Thornton Expressway and noticed a man hitchhiking at the Buckley street entrance to the expressway (that might ring bells about Lee Oswald for some of you).  It being 1963 and a better era than today, Mr. Yates stopped and picked up the young male hitchhiker – who was carrying a package a bit longer than four feet, wrapped in brown paper. The young man said it contained curtain rods and brought it into the truck cab.

In conversation, the young man talked about President Kennedy’s upcoming visit and asked Yates if he thought he might be in danger, whether someone might try to shoot him, perhaps from a high window.  He even brought out a picture of a man with a gun and asked if Yates thought a gun like that could be used to kill Kennedy.  And in further conversation he asked Yates if he had ever been to the Carousel Club?

The young man indicated he was going to Houston Street and Yates, being a good guy, actually got off and dropped him at the intersection of Houston and Elm, he watched him cross over Elm.  The young man had mentioned something about the triple underpass but later Yates could not recall the specifics.

……the whole conversation seemed a bit wierd to Mr. Yates, so much so that he talked about it when he got to work – later his co-worker Dempsey Jones would confirm that to the FBI.  Yates was given a polygraph and confirmed that Yates had talked to him before the assassination, had talked about the package , the remarks about shooting the President and seemed to be concerned. He was thinking of calling someone.

But Yates did not call anyone and only reacted after seeing Oswald on TV and seeing a great resemblance to the young man he had given a ride.  It would be after the assassination that he went to the FBI, with his lawyer, to make a statement. The statement was convincing, so was his polygraph……and you all see the implications.

The rest of the story is detailed in SWHT, Chapter 13 if you have a copy.

— brick by brick,  and all of a sudden you have something – but not unless you stack all the bricks together.













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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