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If at first you don't succeed,..... just keep lying!
on 24 December 2013
This abysmal pile of garbage represents the third attempt of J. Gary Shaw and Jens Hansen to get people read about their childish fantasies.
Originally published in 1992 as `Conspiracy Of Silence', it rode the crest of Stone's `JFK' wave for quite a while. It was given a new title in 2001 - `Trauma Room One'. It acquired a new cover, a new forward - by Oliver Stone - and contributions from D. B. Kizzia, JD, Gary Aguilar, MD and Cyril Wecht, MD, JD.
Now, in 2013, comes yet another attempt to make some more money out of the late Dr Charles Crenshaw and his twenty-year-old ramblings. (Crenshaw died in November, 2001).
This time around, the book appears as `JFK Has Been Shot'. Gone are the contributions of the previous `theorists' and, in their place, we can read the conspiracy musings of Robert Tanenbaum instead.
Incredibly, the `Crenshaw' segment which forms the core of the book retains all of the conspiracy-buff whining of the previous two editions. But, far worse, Crenshaw's two most outrageous claims, which were shown to be false within minutes of the first book being published, remain in the text! Neither of the surviving authors or the publisher has made any attempt to remove them. Chutzpah, or what?
If I were to offer my own, lengthy criticisms of this awful publication it would amount to little more than bombing just to make the rubble bounce. This book has long-since been exposed as the product of committed conspiracy disciples who have no regard for historical or legal truth.
In a nutshell, Crenshaw never saw the unaltered throat wound and he never took a call from LBJ. These two claims alone, were disproved long ago.
The WC testimony of Carrico, Perry and McCellend shows that Crenshaw entered TR-1 after the tracheostomy incision had been made through the throat wound. Crenshaw writes (p 77 paperback edition) that he and McClelland entered TR-1 together. McClelland agrees that they did. McClelland's WC testimony includes these two, key exchanges:
Mr. Specter: And who was present, if anyone, at the time of your arrival?
Dr. Mcclelland: At the time I arrived, Dr. Perry---would you like the full names of all these?
Mr. Specter: That would be fine, I would appreciate that.
Dr. Mcclelland: Dr. Malcolm Perry, Dr. Charles Baxter, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, Dr. James Carrico, Dr. Paul Peters.
Mr. Specter: Were they all present at the time you arrived?
Dr. Mcclelland: They were not present when I arrived.
Mr. Specter: What did you observe, if anything, as to the status of the neck wound when you first arrived?
Dr. Mcclelland: The neck wound, when I first arrived, was at this time converted into a tracheotomy incision. The skin incision had been made by Dr. Perry, and he told me---although I did not see that---that he had made the incision through a very small, perhaps less than one quarter inch in diameter wound in the neck.
Mr. Specter: Do you recall whether he described it any more precisely than that?
Dr. Mcclelland: He did not at that time.
Crenshaw never saw the throat-wound before it had been cut through. He lied.
He also lied about taking a call from LBJ whilst attending to Oswald.
Firstly, LBJ's location and movements for the crucial `time-window' for the call are known and provable.
On page 186 (paperback edition) we read of LBJ phoning Parkland to enquire about the condition of the dying Oswald on Sunday 24th November.
Crenshaw relates the dialogue that was exchanged between he and the new President. On page 188 (paperback edition) Crenshaw writes that when he returned to the theatre after taking LBJ's call, he told Dr Shires, "You won't believe who I just talked to". Shires says nothing so Crenshaw goes on, "President Johnson would like for us to allow that man over there [in the theatre] to get a statement from our patient". Shires is reported as saying nothing.
There are four, huge problems for Crenshaw and his scenario.
From the moment that Oswald was shot - 11:21 am - until the moment he was pronounced dead - 13:07 pm - the locations and actions of LBJ were known, monitored and recorded back in Washington. At the very time that Crenshaw claims to have spoken to LBJ, it is known and can be proved, that the President was in the midst of the ceremonies for moving JFK's casket from the White House to the Rotunda.
The new President travelled to the Rotunda by official limousine which was equipped with a radiotelephone. Any call made from the limousine would have been routed via the WH switchboard. The WH logs show no such call ever being made.
Additionally, Crenshaw claims to have told Dr Shires of the call as soon as he re-entered the theatre (p.188, paperback edition). Shires never corroborated the claim.
On page 255 of the paperback edition, Shaw offers a 1992 newspaper interview that was given by Dr P. Williams who was quoted as saying, " "I vividly remember someone said, and I can't say who it was, the White House is calling and President Johnson wants to know what the status of Oswald is."
This is no corroboration at all. Williams states that, `The White House is calling..'. He does not say that LBJ is. The `Times' article further reports that, "Dr. Williams said he had never heard that Johnson wanted to get a confession. He also said he did not know whether it was Johnson or an aide who spoke on the phone." J. Gary Shaw leaves this awkward little bit out of the book, of course.
And, finally, Shaw offers the `recollections' of Phyllis Bartlett (p. 255, paperback edition), who was a telephone switchboard operator at Parkland, as confirmation of the LBJ call.
Bartlett - along with all other Parkland staff - was required to write a full report of her activities whilst on duty at the hospital during the four day assassination period.
Her report contains no mention whatsoever of receiving a call from the President of the United States of America! She didn't mention it. Nobody else mentioned it in their reports either - not even Charles Crenshaw.
The failure of the authors to remove the key components of Crenshaw's bogus tale shows that they are reliant on the ignorance of the reader for the success of `JFK Has Been Shot', just as they were for `Conspiracy Of Silence' and `Trauma Room One'.