I've just started reading this book. It contains information relating to the "three tramps" of conspiracy lore (it turns out that they were just tramps), as well as information about John Elrod, who may have been Oswald's cellmate during the beginning of his incarceration (before Oswald was suspected of killing the president -- remember Oswald was arrested for killing Police Officer J.D. Tippit). Elrod claims that Oswald knew Jack Ruby, the man who would later kill Oswald. And there is a 1964 FBI report that shows that this isn't a recent claim. Although its position is necessarily pro-conspiracy, it's written in a very even-handed (IMO) style that never attempts to speak definitively (unlike Posner).
Contrary to police reports in the Warren findings that Oswald was kept isolated while in confinement, phone documents show that he was placed just one cell apart from Douglas, the Tennessee car theif snagged by police when he arrived at the station in the midst of the Kennedy turmoil. Oswald occupied cell F-2, and Douglas, an adjoining cell. [...] In an interview in July 1993, Elrod accurately described Douglas as a "kid from Tennessee who had stolen a car in Memphis." The Douglas arrest record describes him as nineteen years of age, from Memphis, and a confessed car thief. What Elrod was calling a "cellmate" may have been that -- the cells were filling up quickly that day -- or he may have been an inmate in an adjacent cell, with whom Elrod, in F-3 perhaps, could talk through the bars.
Posner's highly-publicized book claims to be the most authoritative word on
the JFK assassination.
Certainly Posner takes on a gigantic task in tackling the major pro-conspiracy
arguments, and he also rightfully attacks a lot of mistaken accounts of the JFK
assassinations, but the book is not without considerable criticism.
Although I'm not quite sure I agree with its conclusions, I did enjoy reading it.
Good's entire thesis is that whether or not UFOs are real, whether or not they come from outer space, or what have you, the governments of the world are very interested in UFO phenomenon, even though, officially, they claim to have very little interest. A fascinatingly diverse collection of sources.
A really gripping read, although dense with places, events and names. This book covers a wide variety of enigmas: the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau, the Cathar treasure of Montségur in the Languedoc, the Knights Templar and the Merovingian Dynasty. Is the holy grail a real chalice, or could it be the blood heir of Jesus? Did Joseph of Arimethea take a pregnant Mary Magdelene to France?
"Et in Arcadia Ego..."
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