Ian Griggs passed this week, he was a British Police Officer, a long time JFK researcher, a stalwart in the DPUK group, a regular presenter at the JFK Lancer “November in Dallas Conference”, a scholar, the author of an exceptional book on the Kennedy assassination – and my good friend for years.

Ian devoted a good deal of his JFK research to Dallas, to the Dallas Police Department and to Jack Ruby, Ruby’s club and performers. He interviewed dozens of people associated with the DPD, with Ruby personally and with the club. Ian spent years compiling a study of the DPD personnel who were working at the time of the assassination, published many articles on them, and wrote a book which we all hope to see in print eventually.

His book “No Case to Answer” has been in print for some time and is something I would highly recommend.  Ian approached the JFK assassination and Lee Oswald as the purported assassin based on his career experience in British law enforcement. The title of the book comes from his conclusion that there simply was no case against Oswald that would have been sustained in court, nor for that matter sufficient to have brought the charge to court in the first place.


No Case to Answer explores a number of issues that support that view – including Oswald’s rifle, the mysterious (and missing in crime scene photos paper sack), the mysterious and missing Oswald line up (missing what was supposed to be a key witness to Oswald as the shooter), and a variety of other points of evidence which Ian deconstructs patiently and in great detail.

Perhaps the most dramatic deconstructions is something Ian liked to demonstrate in his conference presentations – the purported assembly of Oswald’s rifle inside the Texas School Depository after the rifle was supposedly carried to work and into the building in two pieces in a paper sack.

Ian would present the rifle parts (he actually purchased a Carcano in the US and flew home with it to London early on in his studies).  He would point out the very small machine screw required to reattach the rifle parts…and then note that the Warren Commission could find no such small screwdriver in Oswald’s possessions – or in the Texas School Depository – so it concluded that Oswald had used a coin as a tool to lock in the screw and secure the rifle parts.

Given that the screw has to go all the way in and is flush with a metal plate, he would demonstrate and note that it was impossible to do the work using a coin without scratching the finish on the plate.

And then he would project a photo of the Oswald rifle officially held in evidence – with no scratches on the metal plate.  Thereby demonstrating a level of police investigative work which clearly was missing from a great deal of the Warren Commission inquiry.

I first met Ian in London (in a pub), even before joining him as a regular in the Lancer conferences in Dallas.  Later he recruited me to do my first conference presentation (all fifteen minutes of it) and ultimately hosted myself and my wife on a visit to England, including my presentation at the annual DPUK conference.  It was always a treat being with Ian. On that particular trip we were with him when London police responded to a bomb threat at our hotel, and also in a similar situation on the London tube system. He understood their protocols and easily chatted with some of the officers we met, reducing our stress level a good bit.

In Dallas, Ian routinely helped organize diner during the conference for several of us – with a visit to Campisi’s, where we could sit in Jack Ruby’s favorite booth (hey, its not all crime scene evidence and documents – you need a little flavor to make it real).


In that regard I would also have to admit some of my best time at the conferences was spent with Ian and our friends, whether it was in a pub in London or Canterbury (or at the Sherlock Holmes pub/restaurant in London) or in the conference hotel bar in Dallas.

Here’s to Ian, I’ll miss you my friend.

7 responses »

  1. D Conway says:


    This is beautiful. I’m sending a constant contact out tomorrow, can I include your tribute in the email?

    Hope you and yours doing well,


  2. larryjoe2 says:

    Absolutely, I’d be happy for everyone who knew Ian to see it…

  3. Donald Roberdeau says:

    Rest in Peace, Ian. Thank you for your murders detective experienced dedication + Outstanding, detailed, logical research + strong, top notch contributions.

    Thank you Larry for a wonderful tribute for Ian. I am sure there will be many more.

    I never met Ian in person, but we did exchange several private contacts during Our early internet years + during + after the active years for the Outstanding “Lancer” forum.

    In 2002 Ian asked for my permission to include in his truly Excellent 2003 book, “No Case to Answer,” that Larry mentioned my information graphic (still available online) detailing the 6.5mm Mannlicher Carcano rifle, assembled + disassembled, precisely scaled to a Communist Russia-captured photo of a standing Lee Oswald, and scaled to the paper bag, supposedly, found in the warrenatti-apologists “lone-nut” “snipers lair.” It was an honor to help provide that.

    Among many fond memories + his important contributions, I will always remember Ian for his following….

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter, BARRY SCHLACHTER, conversation with long time experienced murder detective and JFK assassination researcher IAN GRIGGS in Dealey Plaza 11-22-94….

    SCHLACHTER: What is the most outlandish theory you have ever heard about the assassination?

    GRIGGS: The one put forward by the Warren Commission in 1964.

    SCHLACHTER: I’m trying to ask you a serious question!

    GRIGGS: Yes, and I’m trying to give you a serious answer!

    We will miss you, Ian. My sincere condolences + best wishes for his Loved Ones. Rest easy My Friend. We’ve got the watch.

    Very Respectfully, Donald Roberdeau

  4. Barry Keane says:

    Great tribute to Ian Larry. I well remember your visit to Canterbury in 2005. That was a significant year for DPUK. We were able, as you will remember, to give Ian a special tribute in the form of a scrapbook of memories and anecdotes to mark his retirement as secretary to DPUK. You were one of 78 contributors to this book, for which I thank you again. Ian was a remarkable man who touched the lives of many with his sense of honour and integrity. My thanks again to you for continuing to be a true friend of DPUK, Ian would be pleased. May he RIP.

    • larryjoe2 says:

      Thanks Barry, I remember the trip and the presentation quite well; it was a wonderful experience for both my wife and I. Please share my tribute to Ian with the DPUK when you have the opportunity.

  5. Wasn’t aware of any uk organisation dedicated to the JFK assassination. Do you have any details?

  6. larryjoe2 says:

    The organization is Dealey Plaza UK and they hold monthly meetings as well as an annual multiple day conference with a variety of presenters. They also publish a very high quality journal, perhaps the only JFK research print publication still in existence. You can find out more about them and get contacts here: http://jfkassassinationuk.com/

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