On November 18, 2003 I wrote:

By now I am sure many of you have seen the latest assassination revelations via The [new] Men Who Killed Kennedy. For the uninitiated the show consisted of three parts. Part 1 mostly focused on the idea that mortician John Ligget might have been called in to reconstruct the dead President's head. Part 2 was an extensive interview of Oswald's alleged New Orleans mistress and self-proclaimed cancer injector, Judyth Vary Baker. Part 3 focused on Barr McClellan's revelation that he has proof that Lyndon Johnson had a major role in the assassination.

Already the grousing has begun. Some of the participants and their associates are a bit annoyed with Nigel Turner's handling of the three segments. They complain there should have been more Fetzer, more Mantik, more Aguilar, more Tatro and less Ligget and Judyth. Walt Brown has gone so far as to "clear the air" about his participation. For those in that camp I am sorry to say you don't have a clue about Mr. Turner's methods and motives.

Fast forward to The History Channel's mea culpa of Wednesday, April 7, 2004. It wasn't that I had a crystal ball. Just a few days before the airing of The Guilty Men I had been involved in a who killed Kennedy debate on PBS' The McCuistion Show. During the event I was seated next to Mr. McClellan and listened intently to what he had to say. Prior to the show I had purchased a copy of his book Blood, Money & Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K. (New York, NY: Hannover House, 2003). I was interested in his explanation of the use of "faction" and how he intended to describe its' use to the studio audience. Faction was a term coined by Mr. McClellan in the book's introduction (page xvi):

"There are no videos or tape recordings of what [Lyndon] Johnson and [Ed] Clark did in their conspiracy before, on, and after the assassination. Only a few documents show what actually happened. Of necessity, some scenes for what happened will be the 'journalistic novel' with carefully marked use of 'faction.'"

McClellan followed the theme of his book and did claim that Johnson was responsible for Kennedy's death. He related his version of events which would lead one to reach the same conclusion. However, it was somewhat disturbing that he made no mention of his liberal use of "faction" to either the audience or the show's host, Dennis McCuistion.

Days later when I saw Nigel Turner's The Guilty Men I knew there would be trouble. It took a while but now The History Channel is on record for airing a program it itself considers irresponsible.

So now we begin to look into:

 
The Men and Women Who Incriminate Lyndon Johnson
 
Name (Alphabetical) On Screen Title
Bartlett, Phyllis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Parkland Switchboard Operator
Brown, Madeleine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LBJ's Mistress
Brown, Prof. Walt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JFK Assassination Expert
Burnham, Gregory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JFK Assassination Expert
Crenshaw, Dr. Charles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surgeon
Darby, Nathan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fingerprint Expert
McClellan, Barr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LBJ Attorney
Newman, May . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seamstress and Companion
Sample, Glen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Co-Author with M. Collom) The Men on The Sixth Floor
Tatro, Ed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JFK Assassination Expert
Turner, Nigel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Writer, Producer and Director of The Guilty Men
 

Nigel Turner is the only "documentary" film writer, producer and director I know of to receive a censure from members of British Parliament. Because of his research practices there was also an attempt to remove British Central Television's ITV franchise based upon "penalties [for] inaccurate broadcasters." This was back in October of 1988 when the first The Men Who Killed Kennedy was released embracing new assassination theories.

Turner's revelations about the three Frenchmen that he accused as assassins fell apart almost immediately. The French government provided Turner with irrefutable proof of whereabouts of the one deceased and two living "assassins." Not one was located in either the United States or for that matter anywhere in North America on November 22, 1963.

When confronted with historical data revealing the alleged assassins' locations Turner responded: "We expected this. People have had 25 years to come up with alibis."

When asked why he refused to interview one of his claimed Kennedy killers (Saveur Pironti) he professed he couldn't because he thought: "It was too dangerous."

The overview and quotes are excerpted from articles appearing in The London Daily Mail of October 27, 1988 and The London Sunday Times of November 24, 1991.

 

Barr McClellan - McClellan is touted in The Guilty Men as "an attorney for Lyndon Johnson." No proof of this relationship is ever produced.

In his book McClellan opines that his former boss at the law firm, Ed Clark (1906-1992), is not only the person responsible for McClellan's past legal problems but the architect of the Kennedy assassination. McClellan claims Clark was one of the individuals culpable in the hiring of Oswald's alleged co-assassin, Malcolm Wallace. Wallace died in a single car accident in Pittsburgh, Texas on January 7, 1971 at age 50.

 

The publisher's biography states:

"Barr McClellan represented President Lyndon Johnson and his interests from 1966 through 1971. He served primarily through Texas power attorney Edward Clark and Johnson business attorney Don Thomas (Thomas died November 11, 1994), advising on political strategy, campaign contributions, attorney-client privilege issues, television matters and labor disputes. He was also personal attorney for Clark in seeking an assassination bonus from Big Oil interests in Dallas, an effort that resulted in two major lawsuits."

"Now residing in Gulfport, Mississippi with his wife Cecile, he has five sons and a daughter. A one-time TV narrator, he is now completing two additional books on his experiences while serving Johnson."

As a point of interest, Barr McClellan is the father of Scott McClellan, who replaced Ari Fleischer as President George Bush's press secretary in July of 2003.

By his own admission he is a lawyer who around October of 1982 was found guilty of forging a $35,000 deed of trust, was given probation, and was ordered to reimburse the $35,000 to the Travis Bank. He acknowledges that as a result of these events he was forced to cease the practice of law. (p. 292) (Emphasis mine)

His animosity toward Clark carries over from his book to The Guilty Men. During McClellan's on camera appearance he explains that Clark:

"was the secret boss of Texas. He could and did arrange for people to be killed, he arranged for money to be laundered, he had that control."

"And when I heard that - there was no question but that Clark had been behind the assassination and he had done it for Johnson. I know beyond a reasonable doubt that Johnson murdered Kennedy. He acted through Clark he saw that it was done and he did it out of a corruption of power that is unequaled in our history"

Dr. Walt Brown (Ph.D.) - Brown earned his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Notre Dame. He authored The People v. Lee Harvey Oswald (New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1992) and Treachery in Dallas (New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1995). He is a frequent contributor/editor of the Kennedy assassination newsletter, JFK / Deep Politics Quarterly. (see http://www.manuscriptservice.com/DPQ/)

Since November 1, 2003 Dr. Brown has been attempting to distance himself from his involvement in Barr McClellan's book.

"I would not have so eagerly endorsed this work had I known what the publisher's edition would look like."

"I have no reason to think that his (McClellan's) work is in any way an attempt at deceit, but at the same time, I have no answers to the 'why?' of how it went from a solid, stand-on-its-own-legs work in July to an almost fictionalized account in October." (Emphasis mine)

I for one find it hard to believe that Dr. Brown, who points out he once served as a Special Agent with the Justice Department in New York and Washington, D.C., never asked what happened to his input and fails to see the "why." Maybe it is because although he admits he has known Barr McClellan for almost six years and helped with the book - he never actually met the man!

Nathan Darby is the fingerprint expert utilized by Barr McClellan and Walt Brown. A March 9, 1998 affidavit recounts Darby's work history. His employment began with the Texas Department of Public Safety in 1938. In October of 1940 he joined the Austin Texas Police Department. He was promoted to sergeant in 1948 and lieutenant in 1953. He became supervisor of the Identification and Criminal Records Section in 1956. He was on the board of directors of the Texas Division of the International Association for Identification. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Law Enforcement and an Instructors Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He has been a member of the Texas Division of the International Association for Identification since November 1946.

Darby did a "blind" study comparing a fingerprint found on one of the boxes in the Kennedy assassination "sniper's" nest against Malcolm Wallace's fingerprint card. He determined there was a match. However in his 1998 affidavit concerning the study he conducted I found the following:

"7. "Recently I received a photocopy of an inked print along with a photocopy of a latent print from [Texas researcher]. After careful and extended examination of the inked print photocopy and the latent print photocopy given me. I have their identifying characteristics marked and numbered. The inked print is Exhibit DAN #3, and the latent print is Exhibit DAN #4." (Emphasis mine)

Dr. Brown's assertion in The Guilty Men that the fingerprint match is a "slam dunk" belies the fact that photocopies rather than original photographs were used for the comparison.

 

Then there is Glen Sample who with Mark Collom authored The Men on the Sixth Floor, (Garden Grove, CA: Sample Graphics, 1995). He has vociferously disputed McClellan, Brown and Darby's fingerprint evidence that supposedly places Malcolm Wallace on the sixth floor with Oswald.

The Men on the Sixth Floor's web site (http://home.earthlink.net/~sixthfloor/) press release of May 27, 1998 concluded:

"The challenge is hereby issued to Walt Brown, Jay Harrison, Barr McClellen and the entire Texas research group who claim to have made a forensic match between Wallace and the sixth floor fingerprints. Provide for us proof that will stand up to the harshest scrutiny of the critics. We will be waiting - hoping, for a change, that we are wrong."

 

Since his performance on the History Channel he has removed from his web site all references to past differences and is now working steadfastly on resolving the "issues."

"Even though Mark and I were unsuccessful (through our fingerprint investigators) in finding a match, we still feel that there is a distinct possibility that Darby's work is correct. Having discussed the issues with Mr. Darby, as well as, with Barr McClellan, we are now revisiting the print issue."

Glen Sample 11/22/03

In The Guilty Men, Sample fails to spell out that his book implicating Malcolm Wallace as a shooter is based upon the "confession" of a now deceased Chickasaw Indian, Loy Factor. Factor died May 5, 1994 due to complications from diabetes. Sample's co-author Mark Collom discovered Factor in 1971 while both he and Factor were in the hospital isolation ward at the State Prison at McAlester, Oklahoma. Factor was incarcerated for the 1968-strangulation murder of his wife while Collom was serving a 16-month sentence for a drug-related conviction. (Emphasis mine)

Sample and Collom believe just about everything that Factor tells them. So what do the authors have to say concerning Factor's veracity? Factor is a man described in the book as having:

". . . a metal plate in his head as a result of a shrapnel wound, according to a brother. Factor was a veteran of World War II, and in June, 1948, the Veterans Administration said he was incompetent and entitled to receive compensation in the amount of $60 per month, but a guardian must be appointed before the monies would be released." (p. 43)

If Nigel Turner had compelled Sample to tell the whole story for the "documentary", that is that Factor's claims of involvement contradict McClellan's assertions - it might just damage the credibility of The Guilty Men.

Next we have Ed Tatro who I believe must be an expert in document mutation. In The Guilty Men he managed to convert an August 9, 1984 letter from Billie Sol Estes attorney, Douglas Caddy, to Stephen Trott of the U.S. Department of Justice into a "Justice Department document."

So nave is Mr. Tatro he feels convicted con-man Estes, who was involved in millions of dollars in loans made on nonexistent fertilizer tanks, ". . . is telling the truth and there is every reason to believe he is . . ." Tatro never reveals just why he feels the almost life long plea bargaining Estes would not attempt to deceive.

 

Madeleine Brown (no relation to Walt Brown) is the impetus behind the Harry Livingston published book Texas in the Morning (Baltimore: The Conservatory Press, 1997). This book details the purported events leading up to, as well as, the story of her alleged "long term love affair" with Lyndon Johnson.

Less well known is the reality that she was convicted of forging a relative's will on September 2, 1988. In 1992 at age 63 she was sentenced to "confinement in the Texas Department of Corrections for 10 years and a fine of $500 dollars." The sentence was immediately reduced to 10 years probation and was later overturned on appeal based upon a legal technicality. (Emphasis mine)

See Cause No. 07-93-0230-CR, styled Madeleine Brown V. The State of Texas.

 

Brown, who died on June 22, 2002, maintained: 1) She was Lyndon Johnson's mistress. She was never able to produce real proof. 2) Her son Steven was the result of her affair with LBJ. This is another allegation she was never able to document.* And in relation to The Guilty Men 3) She attended a party the night before the assassination and learned that Johnson planned to have Kennedy killed the next day.

* Contrary to popular belief it was Steven rather than Madeleine who filed a $10.5 million suit against Lady Bird Johnson on June 18, 1987. The suit claimed Lady Bird "conspired to deny him part of the Johnson inheritance." The suit was dismissed two years later when Steven failed to appear in court to present his case. Steven Brown died October 2, 1990 of lymphatic cancer. (Emphasis mine)

"I knew Lyndon had arrived back in Texas before the President. He attended the Pepsi-Cola convention in Dallas where Richard Nixon was a guest speaker." (p. 165)

"On Thursday night, November 21, 1963, the last evening prior to Camelot's demise, I attended a social at Clint Murchison's home. It was my understanding that the event was scheduled as a tribute honoring his life long friend, J. Edgar Hoover, whom Murchison had met decades earlier through President William Howard Taft, and Hoover's companion and assistant, Clyde Tolson." (p. 166)

"The impressive guest list included John McCloy, Richard Nixon, George Brown, R.L. Thornton, H.L. Hunt, and a host of others from the 8F group." (p. 166)

After the party Johnson approaches Madeleine and whispers:

"After tomorrow those goddamm Kennedys will never embarrass me again - that's no threat - that's a promise." (p. 166)

In my view, Madeleine Brown's claims about the location of this party along with the corroboration supplied by May Newman (see below) are part of a deception played with the various homes owned by the Murchison family.

For the record three sons were born to Clint and Anne Morris Murchison:

John Dabney, born September 5, 1921, and died June 14, 1979; Clinton Williams Murchison, Jr., born September 12, 1923, and died March 30, 1987; and Burk Murchison, born January 26, 1925, and died April 15, 1936.

Madeleine Brown locked herself into the Clint Sr.'s home scenario when she referenced Murchison's introduction "decades before" to J. Edgar Hoover through President William Howard Taft. J. Edgar Hoover became Director of the FBI on May 10, 1924. Taft who was President from 1909 to 1913, died March 8, 1930. Clint Jr. was born on September 12, 1923 and would have been 8 years old when Taft died.

Clint Murchison Sr., born on April 11, 1895 and died June 19, 1969, would have been physically unable to host any party. In 1958 he suffered a stroke and gave his Dallas home, bounded by what is now the Dallas North Tollway, Preston Road, and Keller Springs Road to his son John. By 1959, four years prior to the assassination, Clint Sr. had moved to his Glad Oaks Ranch between Athens and Palestine, Texas. I have verified this through Clint Murchison Sr.'s housekeeper, Eula May Tilley, who resides in Jacksonville, Texas.

See also "Family's history in estate" (Alan Peppard, The Dallas Morning News, 09/20/2002) and my complete investigation into Brown's claims. My report entitled Texas in the Imagination appears on my web site at http://dperry1943.com/browns.html

May Newman is identified as a Seamstress and Companion to Virginia Murchison. The Guilty Men's narrator intones "She lived and worked in another Murchison house in Dallas for Virginia, Clint Sr.s' second wife. She speaks here for the first time."

Newman reports:

"I started working for Virginia Murchison in 1962 until her death in 1997, approximately 36 years."

As Newman speaks a single story brick ranch style house with a circular drive and the street number 9785 is shown in the background. The actual address is 9785 Audubon Place located within Dallas' Sunnybrook Estates.

Newman makes a puzzling statement. She maintains:

"I remember well the night before the assassination. I worked with a man called Jule Feifer (phonetic), black man, which was Virginia Murchison's chauffeur. He got a call from her stepson John at the big house. They were having a big party for a very special guest that was coming from Washington to go to the party, by the name of Bulldog, which I found out later was J. Edgar Hoover. And he said he was very excited about doing this going on this trip to the airport to take this very special guest to a very special party, big party. And I asked him when he came back if he got a good tip. And he said no and he was very, very upset. He had to go back that night to take J. Edgar Hoover to the airport to go back to Washington and he still didn't get a tip."

Newman also claims she had a conversation with Buella May Holeman (phonetic) who she identifies as John and Lupe Murchison's cook. Holeman indicates they are expecting a very important guest by the name of J. Edgar Hoover. Newman should come over and help prepare the principal meal of quail so she could meet him. Newman refused saying she might have gone if he was a movie star but at the time she didn't know who he was.

Newman also contends she was the only person in the Virginia Murchison household who felt remorse over Kennedy's death.

"The mood in the Murchison family home was very joyous and happy. For a whole week after like champagne and caviar flowed, every day of the week. But I was the only one in that household at that time that uh felt any grief for his assassination."

With all the claims and counterclaims concerning this party, let me explain.

Madeleine Brown, the only person professing attendance, indicated the party was held at Clint Sr.'s home "as a tribute honoring his life long friend, J. Edgar Hoover." It was a rather large affair as the guest list included John McCloy, Richard Nixon, George Brown, R.L. Thornton and H.L. Hunt. This scenario is impossible because Clint Sr. had retreated to his Glad Oaks Ranch in 1959 after suffering a stroke in 1958.

In McClellan's book the party was held at Clint Jr.s' home. One can surmise where this revelation came from.

By the late-1980's Madeleine Brown had learned, through the research efforts of Gary Mack, of the inconsistencies in her original story. She made an appearance on the television show A Current Affair and described the party as being at Clint Jr.'s home. This also is impossible, as Clint Jr. was not an occupant of Newman's referenced "big house", and would have no reason, as I explained above, to have "a tribute honoring his life long friend, J. Edgar Hoover."

Newman correctly attests that the occupant of the "big house" was John Murchison. Once John took custody of the home his wife, Lupe, turned the 22,000 square foot house into what has been described as "a showcase for the eye-popping contemporary art" collected by the couple.

Next Newman introduces another home, that of Virginia who is Clint Sr.s' second wife. She, as well as, Virginia's chauffeur are asked to assist with a party now being held at the Murchison mansion occupied by John and Lupe! John has absolutely no relationship with J. Edgar Hoover and therefore no interest in any party. There are lots of the claims and counterclaims but since the whole scenario is fabricated there can be no corroboration. The entire story of the party is a fraud created by one person only - Madeleine Brown.

Martin Shackelford made a valid point on April 8, 2004 when he mentioned in the alt.assassination.jfk newsgroup that:

"Oddly, Dave attributes the Murchison party as simply an invention of Madeleine Brown, despite the fact that another source (reportedly a chauffeur who had driven someone to the party) had reported the party to Penn Jones Jr. many years before Madeleine went public with her account."

Martin and others in the research community are entitled to an answer. My response appears at the end of this report.

Dr. Charles Crenshaw, along with longtime Kennedy assassination conspiracy devotee J. Gary Shaw, co-authored the paperback JFK Conspiracy of Silence (New York, NY: Signet, 1992). Crenshaw died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas on November 15, 2001

Crenshaw reveals on page 186 that:

"As I was turning around, a nurse tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I would take a telephone call in the supervisor's office. She had chosen me to take the call because I was the head of Surgical 'B,' the team that began the operation (on Oswald). I agreed to answer the call and left the operating room. When I entered the office, the receiver was lying on the desk."

"This is Dr. Crenshaw, may I help you?"

"This is the President Lyndon B. Johnson", the voice thundered. "Dr. Crenshaw, how is the accused assassin?"

"I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The very first thought that I had was, how did he know when to call?"

"'Mr. President he's holding his own at the moment,' I reported."

There are many problems with this scenario.

I have created a timeline comparing Crenshaw's claims of the lifesaving efforts applied to Oswald [Central Time] versus the actions of Lyndon Johnson [Eastern Time]. All times are Eastern Standard Time

 
12:32 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oswald arrives at the Parkland Hospital emergency room. (TSJM, 01/64)
12:35 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Johnson's arrive at the north portico of the White House by car. *
12:42 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oswald arrives at the operating room. (TSJM, 01/64)
12:44 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crenshaw timeline opens (Conspiracy of Silence, p. 184)
12:45 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnson calls Dean Rusk.
12:55 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Kennedy family meets with the Johnson family in the Blue room.
01:05 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Johnson's enter the second car in the funeral procession.
01:08 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The caisson leaves the White House.
01:09 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The procession heads toward the Capitol.
01:10 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oswald's blood pressure is 90/60. (TSJM, 01/64)
01:15 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By this time Oswald had received 3000 ml. of blood. (TSJM, 01/64)
01:30 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By this time Oswald had received 6000 ml. of blood. (TSJM, 01/64)
01:37 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crenshaw time line closes (Conspiracy of Silence, p. 188)
01:46 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Johnson's arrive by car at the Capitol steps.
 
* TSJM - Texas State Journal of Medicine * Information provided by Claudia Anderson, LBJ Library, Austin, Texas
 

It is obvious that if such a call was made it had to come from the Johnson car and not, as some researchers have claimed, from the White House or the Capitol. All mobile calls would have to pass through the White House switchboard. The logs do not show any such call.

On April 14, 1993 I conducted a telephone interview of C. Jack Price. Price resided in Odessa, Florida. He was the Parkland Hospital Administrator at the time of the assassination.

Price mentioned that Crenshaw called him sometime in February of 1992 and told him he was writing a book. Crenshaw promised to send Price a copy, but failed to do so. Price later obtained a copy from his daughter who I gathered still lived in the Dallas area.

Price felt: "Crenshaw did not have as great a role in events" as the book portrays. He also believed the Lyndon Johnson phone call did not take place and told Crenshaw so when they discussed it in February of 1992. Price was, in essence, an operations director. The switchboard staff reported to him. He felt there is no way a switchboard operator would get a call from the President of the United States and not tell everyone about it. Also, Price thought it inconceivable that a call would be forwarded to a "junior resident" (Crenshaw) without somebody finding out about it. Price couldn't figure out how the call got switched to the office near the operating room. Price believed that everyone would be called before some investigative body at some point in the future. He asked for and obtained written reports from employees and department heads.

Price was aware that Dr. Shires (Shires was standing beside Crenshaw and working on Oswald.) would not verify the call. He thinks the reason for lack of conformation is because the event never happened.

Phyllis Bartlett makes a brief appearance in an effort to verify the purported telephone call Dr. Crenshaw received from President Johnson. Bartlett asserts:

"The call came in and said 'Hold the line for the President.' And for a second I couldn't you know I was still thinking Kennedy. And I didn't I was kind of taken back for a minute and then in a few seconds it was just a matter of a second and he came on in a loud voice. He said 'This is Lyndon Johnson connect me to the accused assassin's doctor.' It sounded the same as it had been on newscasts when I would hear him speak."

In the video she indicates she came forward when the media began to question Dr. Crenshaw's veracity.

"I knew I had put a call to the operating room. So I contacted Dr. Crenshaw and I told him I said that I knew that he did get the call and that I was sorry that the people had in the newspaper and on the TV had tried to discredit him and that was when I spoke out."

Crenshaw admitted that he was surprised when he heard Lyndon Johnson on the other end of the line. For this to be true Bartlett would have to have failed to inform the nurse that the President of the United States was on the phone! Remember when Crenshaw entered the office "the receiver was lying on the desk." This contradicts Bartlett's claim that "I knew I had put a call to the operating room."

The following further damages Bartlett's credibility: C. Jack Price asked for and obtained written reports from employees and department heads. I happen to have a copy of the report submitted by Phyllis Bartlett for the period November 22 to 24, 1963. She lists herself as a P.B.X. Supervisor. In the entire four-page report no mention is made of either her on any of her subordinates receiving a call from the new President. The closest her report comes to any similar incident reads:

"Sunday, Nov. 24, 1963 Another woman calling wanted (long distance) to talk to surgery nurse, administrators office or Oswald's Dr.s., we cannot connect her so she wants to talk to the operator, so we finally listen just to get her off the line - she wants to suggest that we put Oswald under hypnosis and get the truth out of him, then let him die ------"

The FBI interviewed Dr. Crenshaw on July 22, 1992. At that time it was reported:

"Recently, Doctor CRENSHAW has received a statement from a Mrs. PHYLLIS BARTLETT (phonetic) who indicated that she was the operator who transferred the call from the person identifying himself as President JOHNSON to the Operating Room. In the statement provided to Doctor CRENSHAW, Mrs. BARTLETT stated that she never made note of the call because she believed it may have been a prank, and that she did not think it was anything unusual. BARTLETT indicated that after initially transferring the call to the operating room, she then directed it to a specially designated section of the hospital setup for handling incoming calls regarding the assassination."

89A-DL-60165 p. 6

In her log Bartlett enters detailed notes and refuses to transfer a call from an unknown woman who wants Oswald hypnotized. Twenty nine years later she remembers she did transfer a call she considered a "prank." She transfers the call directly to the very operating room where Crenshaw is located and then to "a specially designated section of the hospital setup for handling incoming calls regarding the assassination."

Her statements do not match Dr. Crenshaw's recollections.

Gregory Burnham plays a subordinate role in The Guilty Men.

He has acted a moderator for Rich DellaRosa's "JFK Research forum" and was a guest speaker at the JFK Lancer's 2000 November in Dallas - Kennedy assassination symposium. (See http://jfklancer.com/)

The program states he:

"is a long time JFK assassination researcher, resides in San Carlos (a suburb of San Diego, California) and is currently writing two books. Both are related to the events of November 22, 1963. Burnham's 'day job' is a 'Police Escort Motor Officer' Motorcade Detail. Burnham's father was a special aid to both Presidents Truman and Eisenhower before leaving that post in 1960. Much of Mr. Burnham's interest in these subjects, he says: 'Is inherited--it runs in the family.' At six years old, Greg was living 15 minutes from the White House and attended the funeral services with his family."

TOPICS: Intelligence Connections and the Chauncey Holt - Panel

Additionally at the same conference there was:

"A symposium concerning Chauncey Holt, who has been identified as the third of 'three tramps' who were photographed being escorted through Dealey Plaza after the killing and who has said he prepared 15 sets of forged Secret Service IDs in his role as a contract agent for the CIA, was presented by his wife, Mary Holt, his daughter, Karyn Harcourt, and friends and acquaintances, David Mollering and Gregory Burnham. Their presentations included many photographs and documents that substantiated Chauncey's role."

In January of 1992 the City of Dallas released the closed police files concerning the assassination. Shortly thereafter Mary LaFontaine (Oswald Talked - The New Evidence in the JFK Assassination (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, 1996) discovered the true arrest sheets for the almost mythical three tramps. (pp. 25-29) They were Gus W. Abrams, Harold Doyle, and John Forrester Gedney. No matter the reality there are still those that believe in Holt's assertion that he was one of the "tramps." Holt died on June 28, 1997.

Beginning in September of 1999 Burnham offered photographic "proof" via his web site that the fatal shot that struck Kennedy came from the Elm Street storm drain. See http://www.rense.com/politics4/drain.htm

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Martin Shackelford is correct. Years before Madeleine told her story Penn Jones did mention a party but the story involving an unnamed chauffeur is more allusion than reality. Jones' brief version of the event appears in Forgive My Grief (pp. 84-86). Jones first discussed a party that did take place on or about October 18, 1969 at "Number One Main Place Plaza" in Dallas. You haven't misread the date of 1969. Jones references a party that took place almost six years after the assassination. Then in a classic case of historical fraud he comments:

"An earlier unreported Murchison party was much more important than those of recent years. This party was held on the night of November 21, 1963 at the Murchison home (notice he doesn't mention which home), and we think, was the cover for an important conference of the assassination staff." (Emphasis mine)

Jones originally thought the party took place in Sikes, Lousiana but for reasons known only to him changed it to the Murchison home. Jones then divines that two of the guests at his unreported party were Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover. He actually gives Hoover the appellation "Task Force Commander." Lyndon Johnson's name appears nowhere in the article.

At the end of his "report" he states, "Admittedly our information about Hoover's presence was learned second hand, but it is reliable. We will never tell how we got the information."

Can you imagine the outcry if the government used the same deceitful techniques Jones uses to support his questionable claim?

I tried to find the source of the allegation that "a chauffeur had driven someone to the party" but was never able to find it in print, and as shown above Jones was reticent about revealing his source. I believe he operated in this fashion so serious researchers would find it difficult to discover the true depth of the deception he used in his "investigations."

It turned out that the chauffeur story originated with Roger Craig. Here is what Jones omitted from Craig's recounting 1 - the chauffeur was black and 2 - the chauffeur was in the employ of Clint Murchison, SR.

With that history I merely had to determine who the chauffeur was. It turned out to be Warren Tilley, husband of Eula Tilley who I interviewed for the first time on August 21, 2002. Warren has throat cancer and is unable to speak but Eula did. Sometime between 1959 - 1960 Clint Murchison, Sr. moved to his Glad Oaks Ranch near Palestine, Texas after suffering a stroke. That is at least THREE YEARS before the assassination. On the day of and at the time of the assassination he was having lunch with his neighbor Woffard Cain. Earlier in the morning Warren had given him a ride in the car. Murchison and the Tilly's were nowhere near Dallas for months prior to or well after the assassination. Interested parties may want to pull out a map to see just where Palestine is located with respect to Dallas.
Roger Craig

Since Jones never mentioned what Murchison home was involved it was Madeleine and Madeleine alone that invented the FINAL SCENARIO of the "lavish party" at Clint Murchison, Sr's home. As her story unraveled she was forced to embellish and lie. She pleaded with Val Imm (Society Editor of The Dallas Times Herald) to find her story about the party because Madeleine had spent hours in an unsuccessful search at the public library. Imm couldn't because there was no party to write about. Back in 1969 Jones had already asserted the party was unreported.

Madeleine not only had problems with Val Imm but the actual time of the party itself. She kept moving the start time up. She had to. To her chagrin she found out that, shortly after his arrival at Carswell Air Force Base northwest of Fort Worth, Lyndon Johnson was photographed at 11:07 PM Thursday night. Then she discovered Richard Nixon was with movie actress Joan Crawford at the Empire Room of the Statler Hilton in Dallas as late as 10:45 PM. Both Tony Zoppi (Entertainment Editor of The Dallas Morning News) and Don Safran (Entertainment Editor of The Dallas Times Herald) saw the two of them there at Robert Cleary's show. Cleary is known for his role as Corporal Louis Lebeau in the 1960s to 1970s television series Hogan's Heroes.

Dave Perry April 9, 2004