21 Years After


Ricky Don White (left) speaks at the August 6, 1990 press conference

while Bud Fensterwald (center) and J. Gary Shaw (right) look on.

Copyright © 2000 by David B. Perry All rights reserved


On August 6th 1990 the JFK Assassination Information Center located in the West End of Dallas, Texas held a press conference. At that conference it was revealed that deceased former Dallas police officer Roscoe Anthony White was a member of a three man hit team. Roscoe's son, Ricky Don White, announced that his father, using the code name Mandarin, was the "grassy knoll assassin." Additionally, he claimed his mother had worked for Jack Ruby and his father was forced to shoot fellow police officer and friend, J.D. Tippit. What follows are quotes made by various press conference participants along with the position of the Texas Attorney General, Dan Morales.

After ten years which have stood the test of time and which ring hollow?

"We've gone out and verified as much of his story as private citizens can. . .The information is quite important and we think it's true. . .We think the story is complete, we think it is correct. If it is a hoax, it is one of the most elaborate and senseless hoaxes that's ever been perpetrated. We don't think it is, but we certainly leave open that possibility."

Bernard "Bud" Fensterwald (1924 - 1991)

President, Assassination Archives and Research Center

Co-Founder, JFK Assassination Information Center

"What if this is some elaborate hoax perpetrated by some other individual. . .it could be something like that. . .and if this is a hoax, at least we're trusting it to the American people to make that decision. . .When Ricky White came, I was very skeptical. I believed Ricky White was telling me the truth about what he had seen and heard and knew. I hope you realize that that's what he's doing."

J. Gary Shaw

Co-Director, JFK Assassination Information Center

"The fact is, Roscoe White was a professional assassin."

Larry Ray Harris (1951 - 1996)

Archives & Research Director, JFK Assassination Information Center

"Seventeen months of searching for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The evidence that I've gathered concludes beyond any reasonable doubt that there was a firing squad in Dealey Plaza on November the 22nd, 1963. Beyond a reasonable doubt that Roscoe Anthony White was one of the members of that firing squad."

Joe West (1927 - 1993)

Private Investigator, Matsu Corporation

"He spilled his guts that night, he told her (Geneva White) everything. There are a lot of other events that I'm very privy to, I have many hours of tapes that are locked in a vault and are safe, I've got affidavits, and I'm here to tell you that there's a lot of stuff that'd blow your mind."

Rev. Jack Shaw

Claimed to be the White family minister

Larry Howard appeared but made no statement.

Larry Howard (1941 - 1994)

Co-Director, JFK Assassination Information Center

"I think the greatest significance of what we've found here is the fact that if all of this checks out, if we have scientific analysis of all the documents and every element of the story, we've checked it as far as we possibly can, and it checks so far to us or we wouldn't be here today."

John Stockwell

Former CIA agent

"I believe that I'm just as honest as any person sitting in this room. I would not be standing here telling you a story that has all the corroboration to it and all the incidences to it. If I was standing up here telling you a story and I didn't have anything, you could doubt me."

Ricky White

Son of the alleged assassin

"So far, everything we have looked at has not given any credibility to anything these people have been trying to say about the documents and that whole affair."

Ron Dusek

Spokesperson for Texas Attorney General Dan Morales

Austin American-Statesman, February 2, 1991

The quote below may be the most relevant of all.

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

Attributed to Abraham Lincoln

Possibly from a statement made to Thurlow Weed on March 14, 1865

In the following weeks I intend to review other activities by the parties at interest to this "story."

Some examples:

September 1 & 2, 1990 ~ The JFK Assassination Information Center's private conference

September 4, 1990 ~ Ricky White appears before Jim Marr's Kennedy advanced study group.

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