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Bugliosi's Book on JFK Assassination is Assinine

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I saw Vincent Bugliosi speak at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco this week. He was in town to talk about his new book that claims Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

For the last eight years, Bugliosi has worked on the book, entitled "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy." 

In his book, Bugliosi laughs at all of the conspiracy theories associated with the JFK assassination. "Pure moonshine," he calls them.

Mr. Bugliosi, 72, the former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney who won a conviction of Charles Manson in 1970 and then wrote the best seller "Helter Skelter," says he's written the definitive account of Dallas' darkest day.

Over the span of more than 1,600 pages, he works with a prosecutor's skill to disassemble every conceivable theory and has allegedly proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald alone killed the president.

But many of us, including myself, aren't convinced. The most recent Gallup Poll, taken in 2003 on the 40th anniversary of the president's death, found that 75 percent of Americans believe in a conspiracy. Only 19 percent believe the Warren Commission, which, in my opinion, was a kangaroo court of the highest magnitude. Is the public completely deluded or is there something to this conspiracy thing?

Mr. Bugliosi says his book "settles all questions about the assassination once and for all."

"No reasonable, rational person , and let's italicize those words, can possibly read this book and not be satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt that Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone,  Bugliosi writes.  So, the vast majority of reasonable conspiracy theorists are going to be swayed by this book. But those on the jagged margins of the conspiracy community are allergic to the truth, and they will not agree with this book."

I think Bugliosi must not be thinking clearly. For him to completely discount all of the conspiracy theories just isn't logical. There is more proof now than ever before that someone fired shots from the grassy knoll; that Oswald was a patsy; that Ruby had mob connections; that the autopsy was tampered with and that more than one type of bullet was fired at JFK.

Bugliosi reminds me of someone who gets rolling in one direction and works so hard to come up with a particular conclusion that he becomes blind to all of the other credible evidence that exists.

As forensics become more sophisticated and people delve even more deeply into this mystery, I truly believe that we'll eventually know who killed John F. Kennedy on that tragic day in Dallas. And we'll be able to use Bugliosi's book for something useful - like a big paperweight or a door jam.



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2 comments on Bugliosi's Book on JFK Assassination is Assinine

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By TomL on July 17, 2007 at 06:04 pm
I find it interesting that one of Mr. Buglisi's comments was something to the effect that "if the mob was involved, would they have used such a cheap rifle for the assassination? They would have used the best weapons to do the job". I forgot the exact comment but it was on this order. Well Mr. Bugliosi, you are in effect saying that Oswald's gun was so inaccurate that even professional killers wouldn't have used it. So how could someone like Oswald, who barely qualifed on the range while in the Marines, do such accurate shooting? Did he secretly go to the range and practice for years and years to get good? No evidence of that. You have in effect said that a Manlicher-Carcano is a cheap, inaccurate weapon, yet you say it was responsible for all the damage that terrible day. You are way off...I just hope not too many people waste money buying your book...you slant everything one way and ignore the obvious!
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By NotARavingLunatic on June 18, 2008 at 10:40 am

To the person who said that we should check Bugiosi's Bush ties . . . He wrote an article in The Nation slamming the Supreme Court for essentially appointing George W. Bush to the presidency.

I would say that makes his Bush ties pretty damn weak.

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