Richard Belzer and David Wayne are back to set the record straight after Dead Wrong; this time they're going to uncover the truth about the many witness deaths tied to the JFK assassination.
For decades, government pundits have dismissed these "coincidental" deaths, even regarding them as "myths" as "urban legends." Like most people, Richard and David were initially unsure about what to make of these 'coincidences'. After all, events don't "consult the odds" prior to happening; they simply happen. Then someone comes along later and figures out what the odds of it happening were. Some of the deaths seemed purely coincidental; heart attacks, hunting accidents. Others clearly seemed noteworthy; witnesses who did seem to know something and did seem to die mysteriously.
Hit List is a fair examination of the evidence of each case, leading to (necessarily) different conclusions. The findings were absolutely staggering; as some cases were clearly linked to a "clean-up operation" after the murder of President Kennedy, while others were the result of 'other forces'. The impeccable research and writing of Richard Belzer and David Wayne show that if the government is trying to hide anything, they're the duo who will uncover it.
©2013 Richard Belzer and David Wayne (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Excellent book. I've always wondered how such seemingly desperate groups and people could have come together to pull of the seemingly impossible. After reading this book I'm now much more enlightened. Certainly plausible.
Good grief this is a repetitive book. At times I felt the Audible app was stuck in some sort of rewind mode.
I had to return it because although the content might be interesting I just could not get past the constant verbatim repetitions.
Alan Jenkins "Designer"
Superb book, well worth listening to!
Compelling information sometimes difficult to accept on merit, but once the details are explained in each case, the Kennedy assassination becomes a lot clearer. Whichever your opinion on the matter, this book highlights many of the oddities or unexplained circumstances surrounding the JFK murder; and why so many individuals connected (or interwoven may be a better word) to the events of Dallas were "eliminated" in suspicious ways, and in some cases not only together but almost at the same time!
"Awesome book. Filled with interesting knowledge"
All the people LBJ had killed
He did great job
Can't believe all the people killed over JFK. Way to many
One of Mssr’s Belzer & Wayne’s chief sources for this book was a man named Tosh Plumlee. He has muddied the waters for JFK assassination researchers with his claims that he flew an Abort Team, starring Johnny Roselli, to Dallas on that fateful day.
Plumlee has claimed a mountainous paper/electronic trail for his bonafides, and the only problem with those bonafides is that, beyond his own word, there’s not a single, solitary document that indicates that he’s ever been involved in any covert activity. He often points to his numerous interviews – “debriefings” – by the FBI as proof of his involvement with the covert world. But every one of those reports was initiated by him. Yes, that’s right. In every instance he contacted the FBI, explained that he has information about this or that, is interviewed, and then the FBI files a report. When that report is routinely declassified, he points to it and says, “See? I was involved.”
But the truth is he was never involved in anything having to do with the assassination.
William Robert “Tosh” Plumlee joined the military when he was 15 years old, in March, 1953. He was processed for discharge for being underage four months later, returning to Dallas, Texas – his home – in July 1953. That is the extent of his military service.
He attended North Dallas High School that same year, 1953, as a sophomore, using the name of Billy Bob Morgan. His stepfather’s name was Morgan.
He returned to North Dallas High School in 1954. There are three photos of him in the 1954 North Dallas High School yearbook and yet another one in the 1955 yearbook. On page 145 of the 1956 yearbook there is a very nice head shot of Bill Morgan that looks very much like the young photo of Tosh Plumlee with slicked back hair.
In a subsequent FBI interview he claimed that his first pilot gig was with Riddle Airlines in Miami, FL from July 1954 to July 1955, then with Delta Airlines from July 1955 to July 1956.
Other places on the internet, he has claimed that he joined the military in April 1954. This is impossible mainly because he was a high school student then, and also because he didn’t reach 17 years of age until November 1954. According to his FBI file he was born 11/25/37. Seventeen is the earliest you can join the military, and even then it requires parental approval.
So, he was either a student, or a commercial/covert pilot, or he joined the military. I vote high school student.
He subsequently has claimed (in yet another FBI interview) that he flew a P-52 Mustang fighter for our side at the Bay of Pigs. The only problem is, there were no P-52 Mustangs in the Exile Air Force. They didn’t have the range necessary to fly from Guatemala to Cuba. In all of the combat reports, CIA reports, narratives, interviews, articles, etc. about the Bay of Pigs operation, the only claim of a P-52 Mustang in the skies over Cuba then is Tosh Plumlee’s.
Just check the record. It constantly amazes me that people are so anxious to believe this guy that they don’t even read the bonafides he points to as credentials. Just read them. You’ll see they don’t stand the light of day.
None. Pure Hooey.
Mr. Belzer ought to do better research. Just because he's famous doesn't mean he's automatically right.
"Incredibly in-depth and powerful"
This book exposes one of the areas that had always seemed very dubious to me. How could so many people with a tie to the JFK assassination have died suspiciously. The answer - suspicious isn't the word. The word is strategic.
"Extremely enjoyable to listen to - brought back my questioning youth"
I am 62 and lived through these times . I always had questions and was curious even at my young age at the time - that things just didn't seem right. This audiobook entertained me - had me thinking - and brought back youthful memories - I sure part of the reason why I became a history buff .
"Extensive but skimming account of JFK rel. deaths"
liked the effort and the light shed on suspicious deaths related to JFK. But accounts were somewhat vague as to how exactly they connect to JFK death.
"Great listening for JFK assassination buffs"
Don't have the print version
None that so relate directly to individual assassinations of so many witnesses
J. D. Tippitt
Describing the "plastic surgery" that was done on JFK post assassination
Credit given for going so in depth into so many of those witnesses who "died" post JFK assassination. The clarity of the conclusions was also appreciated.
I thought it would be more in story format but it's more like listening to someone reading to you.
Very long book which I normally choose on purpose but the majority of it is repeating the same thing over and over.
I am actually quite interested in what the authors dug up about the deaths of all these witnesses, but I found the writing insufferably bad. They frequently repeat vague assertions instead of backing them up with details, and fail to create a coherent narrative beyond the idea that "this is all way too fishy to be coincidence". I stalled out partway through chapter 1. Which is too bad, because it sounds like a whole lot of people died in odd circumstances and with suspicious timing, and I'd like to know more about that.
So much research went to this book! How can you not trust it! Held my attention!
"Was this Edited at All?"
Somebody with a very short attention span
anything by any other author
the narrator wasn't the problem.
Another reviewer mentioned repetitiveness . That is a major, MAJOR understatement. I got 10 chapters in before I had to quit - the same paragraph kept repeating almost at the end of every chapter. I get it - there were an overwhelming number of deaths of people "related to" the JFK assignation. Either that or promises of more explanation to come in later chapters. Where's the meat? The substance? I think the author may have tried to cover too much territory and should have just concentrated on a few specific, clearly related instances and let the readers go from there. I feel like listening to this was like getting hit over the head with a hammer. I got it, I got it, stop already!
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