Almost everyone with any interest in the assassination of President Kennedy is aware of the fact that the initial investigation of that crime as well as a series of follow-on inquires has created an immense body of government documents.   Some people feel that the government actually determined the true nature of a conspiracy in the assassination and that information is withheld in documents – or at least documents suggestive of a conspiracy are still being withheld.

Concerns over “withheld” government documents are so great that as recently as the 1990’s a special body, the Assassination Records Review Board was created, with the expressed purpose of locating records that might be missing, obtaining them and making them available through the National Archives. It’s fair to say that tens of thousands of documents have been made available to researchers over the past decade and there is much anticipation of a “final” release of JFK records by the National Archives in 2017.

Exactly what that release is going to consist of has actually been announced and researchers are already digging into that listing, even though the documents themselves are not yet available.  However those eager for access to additional information have to deal with the fact that agencies can still withhold documents on the basis of national security and can also designate documents at the National Archives to be either redacted (meaning that portions of the document are blacked out) or withheld in full.

In anticipation of the 2017 release, JFK Lancer is holding its 20th research conference in Dallas this November   The conference will be devoted to preparing attendees to deal with the body of data that is already available as well as the information that will be forthcoming in 2017.  Both experienced researchers and newcomers to the events of November 22, 1963 have to deal with an almost overwhelming amount of information available though many sources, many of which are credible and some of which most certainly are not.

The 2016 conference will focus on research techniques that have been proven to work, offering attendees the personal experiences of a group of long time researchers, as well as those recently entering the quest to understand the murder of President Kennedy.  My own presentation will deal with the difficulties in assessing purported “insider” sources – and the type of work that is necessary to separate reality from fiction in historical research.

For those interested in the subject or wish to register for the conference, you can find further details at the link below, I’m happy to respond to questions here or, as usual, you can email me.



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.

5 responses »

  1. Paul Nixon says:

    Hi Larry,

    I attended the 2015 Conference which I really enjoyed. I plan on attending this year hence could you let me know as soon as you are able both the location and the dates.

    All the best,

    Paul Nixon

    ( Essex, England )

    • Hi Paul, I’ll remind Debra to put up the 2017 dates but I know she does have the Adolphus booked already. The conference is routinely the weekend before the anniversary of the assassination so this year that would make it the Nov 17-19. Given the records releases coming up this year as well as new books from several well known authors I think it will be very interesting. For those who don’t know, I’m on the Mary Ferrell Foundation Board (as is Debra) and we are actively planning to get into the new releases and to get as much of it online and available for discussion as quickly as possible. That is a real challenge from a time and resources perspective but hopefully we will have folks at the conference who have already dug deeply into those releases – even with only a few weeks to do so. We are already building a list of target documents which seem to have some of the most interesting prospects for new information.

      I’m very glad you enjoyed 2015 and look forward to seeing you in Dallas this fall.

      • Paul Nixon says:

        Hi Larry,

        Many thanks for your reply and I will certainly be there and ( possibly ) with my wife.

        Am I correct in saying that amongst the records release this year will be Oswald’s CIA ones ?

        All the best,


      • I wish we could say that Paul but basically this is supposed to be the final release of all the records collected on JFK which were previously held back or redacted by the originating agencies. If they deem them still a security matter they can still appeal release or opening of the redaction.

        Certainly there are some CIA documents related to Oswald in this material but as to actual Agency documents showing some direct relationship with Oswald even on the order of an interview after his return to the US. hard to see that coming out unless somebody misses something. Check the Mary Ferrell site for an article by Rex Bradford on what to expect with this falls release.

      • Paul Nixon says:

        Many thanks for this Larry and will certainly check the Mary Ferrell site. I should have known better than to think records would be released showing that he was a sometime – agent ( if indeed he was ). I seem to recall Bob Groden showing an alleged CIA internal memo stating that the Warren Commission be told nothing about this relationship. Whether this document is genuine or not I obviously don’t know.

        All the best,


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