No More Silence: An Oral History of the Assassination of President Kennedy

No More Silence: An Oral History of the Assassination of President Kennedy

No More Silence: An Oral History of the Assassination of President Kennedy

No More Silence: An Oral History of the Assassination of President Kennedy

Synopsis

No More Silence is the first oral history of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, from eyewitness accounts through the police reactions, investigations, and aftermath. Based on in-depth interviews conducted in Dallas, it features narratives of forty-nine key eyewitnesses, police officers, deputy sheriffs, and government officials. Here-in many cases for the first time-participants are allowed to speak for themselves without interpretation, editing, or rewording to fit some preconceived speculation. Unlike the testimony given in the Warren Commission volumes, the contributors openly state their opinions regarding conspiracy and cover-ups.

Of particular interest are the fascinating stories from the Dallas Police Department-few of the policemen have come forward with their stories until now. No More Silence humanizes those involved in the events in Dallas in 1963 and includes photographs of the participants around the time of the assassination and as they appear today.

Was there a conspiracy in the assassination of President Kennedy? No More Silence gives readers the best perspective yet on the subject, allowing them to sift through the evidence and draw their own conclusions.

Excerpt

Like most everyone who is old enough to remember the tragic events of November 22, 1963, I recall in vivid detail what I was doing when I heard the startling news from Dallas about the shooting at the Kennedy motorcade. I was at the local Sears store during my lunch hour from high school looking at some of the newly displayed Christmas items when I overheard one of the employees mention that the President was dead. Being naive at the time, I thought that she was referring to the president of Sears. Not concerned, I walked back in the cold dampness toward school a few blocks away when I again overheard a pedestrian mention the same thing. Curious, but unsuspecting, I said to myself, “Why are these people so concerned about the death of the president of Sears? Who knows who he is, anyway?” It was only when I reached school and saw the stunned reaction of others that I learned of the magnitude of the tragedy.

Like countless millions of others throughout the world, I spent the next three days in front of the television witnessing the details of that weekend, including the shocking murder of Lee Harvey Oswald before 61 million Americans. Having read several books on the Lincoln assassination at the time, I knew that this latest tragedy would be as momentous, if not more so, because of the added element of the massive media coverage. As a result, I didn’t want to miss anything.

But in the ensuing years, my life was absorbed in graduating from high school, attending college, finding a job, getting married, and later building a home, so the assassination remained only a passing interest to me until 1982. I had read the Warren Report and several other books about the assassination at that time, then was convinced by a friend to read the best seller Best Evidence by David Lifton in the fall of that year. From that point, I became . . .

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