With Apologies to David Letterman
The Top Ten Reasons
The Jim Files' Story Needs Help
1. Files claims he was involved with the mob as part of "The Chicago Family" (by timelines after September 1960). He indicated the mob was headed by Tony Accardo and that "(Sam) Giancana was an underling to Accardo."
Tony Accardo turned control of the Chicago mob over to Sam "Mooney" Gianciana in the summer of 1955.
2. Files claims he served in Laos with the 82nd Airborne conducting training of that countries' soldiers in "mechanical ambushes."
Because of the jungle's "triple tree canopy" airborne operations were futile. Helicopter gun ships were used instead. Additionally, he mispronounces the name given the people of Laos as Latoatians. Something which would give great offense to these proud people.
3. Files claims he was recruited for CIA operations in April 1961 by David Atlee Phillips.
In 1961Phillips was Chief of Covert Action in Mexico City and additionally ran the CIA's "propaganda shop." He had nothing to do with CIA recruitment.
4. Files claims responsibility for training some of the Bay of Pigs soldiers at the behest of the CIA and David Atlee Phillips. He describes the training as taking place in the Everglades.
The preparation of invasion forces for the Bay of Pigs took place in Guatemala.
5. Files indicates training for the Bay of Pigs incursion took place at No Name Key in the Everglades.
No Name Key is located about 25 miles east of Key West and about 50 air miles across Florida Bay from the Everglades. This is a distinction that would surely be known to someone actually involved in those covert operations.
6. On the morning of November 22, 1963 Files sits at a counter stool in a "pancake house just off the major highway." He observes a meeting between Jack Ruby and John Roselli during which Ruby passes a "5X9 manila envelope" to Roselli. Later Files discovers the envelope contains "Secret Service identification and a map of the motorcade route." Roselli quips "They only made one change." Files reveals the alteration was the "little zig zag onto Elm they never should have made."
Stories of last minute changes in the motorcade route are pure fabrications. The actual route was approved on Monday, November 18, 1963 and published in both The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Times Herald on November 19, 1963 three full days before the alleged meeting between Ruby and Roselli.
7. Files claimed he hit Kennedy by firing one shot into Kennedy's left (that's correct left) temple.
The alleged "grassy Knoll" shot struck Kennedy in the right side of the head. Files claimed he fired a .222 bullet from his pistol - a Remington XP-100. Experts who own this pistol claim it's not a good weapon in this situation. "It kicks like a mule and sounds like a cannon." Ballistics tests, as well as, ear witnesses would certainly be able to identify the distinctive sound.
8. Files claims he fired only one shot, bit the bullet and left it on the picket fence as "a sort of a calling card."
Not one but two shell casings were discovered in Dealey Plaza. One approximately 60 feet ENE of the one Files claims he left.
Additionally, a Houston, Texas Orthodontist claimed the bullet did have teeth marks on it. The Orthodontist has recanted claiming the question was not asked properly. It could be incisor tooth marks but of either animal or human origin or it could simply be a dent in the casing.
9. Assassination witness Malcolm Summers claims he saw someone fitting Files description carrying a strange weapon.
By Files own version he returned the weapon to its' case immediately after the shooting and as he fled the assassination scene he took a route that was not within Summers field of view.
10. In Summers' voluntary statement of 11/23/63 he indicated he returned to his truck "15 to 20 minutes" after the assassination. He then walked to his truck parked on Houston Street and left. Near the Houston Street viaduct he saw three slender men who appeared excited in a maroon 1961 or 1962 Chevrolet sedan. They drove over the Houston Street Viaduct and turned onto Marsalis Avenue.
Files claims he returned to a parking lot next to the DalTex building where he met his passengers, Roselli and Nicoletti. Files drove off making a right turn on Houston Street and then proceeded "5 to 6 blocks to a major street, took a left went a few more blocks by the expressway . . ." First, if Files did make a right turn from the parking lot ( it appears the described parking lot did not actually exist) onto Houston he would be going in the opposite direction from that of Summers. Summers would have never seen the vehicle driven by Files.
Secondly, if Files made a left turn and proceeded "5 to 6 blocks to a major street, took a left went a few more blocks by the expressway . . ." he would still have made a turn short of the Houston Viaduct.
Either way the Files/Summers descriptions of this event do not match!
The Dallas Times Hearld of December 4, 1963
contains a photograph that contradicts two of Files' claims!
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