A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, Jfk's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2005 - History - 547 pages
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Working with thousands of previously unreleased documents and drawing on more than one thousand interviews, with many witnesses speaking out for the first time, Joan Mellen revisits the investigation of New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, the only public official to have indicted, in 1969, a suspect in President John F. Kennedy’s murder. Garrison began by exposing the contradictions in the Warren Report, which concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was an unstable pro-Castro Marxist who acted alone in killing Kennedy. A Farewell to Justice reveals that Oswald, no Marxist, was in fact working with both the FBI and the CIA, as well as with U.S. Customs, and that the attempts to sabotage Garrison’s investigation reached the highest levels of the U.S. government. Garrison interviewed various individuals involved in the assassination, ranging from Clay Shaw and CIA contract employee David Ferrie to a Marine cohort of Oswald named Kerry Thornley, who at the very least was a Defense Intelligence Agency asset. Garrison’s suspects included CIA-sponsored soldiers of fortune enlisted in assassination attempts against Fidel Castro, an anti-Castro Cuban asset, and a young runner for the conspirators, interviewed here for the first time by the author. Building upon Garrison’s effort, Mellen uncovers decisive new evidence and clearly establishes the intelligence agencies’ roles in both a president’s assassination and its cover-up, set in motion well before the actual events of November 22, 1963.
 

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In her account of Orleans Parish District Attorney Jim Garrison's investigation of and obsession with the JFK assassination, Mellen brings an astonishing amount of information to light, but even those ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PREFACE
CAST OF CHARACTERS
1 AN ARTICLE IN ESQUIRE MAGAZINE
2 THE MAFIA SACRED COWS THE CUPID DOLL AND A SPY LEFT OUT IN THE COLD
3 CLAY SHAW COSIGNS A LOAN
4 OSWALD AND CUSTOMS
5 THE BANISTER MENAGERIE
14 AN UNSUNG HERO AND THE DONOTFILE FILE
15 A TALE OF TWO KINGS AND SOME SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE
16 WITNESSES AND ROUSTABOUTS
17 JACKALS FOR THE CIA
18 UPHEAVAL
19 STATE OF LOUISIANA V CLAY SHAW
20 JUST ANOTHER DAY AT TULANE AND BROAD
21 POTOMAC TWOSTEP

6 MORE EVIDENCE DENIED TO JIM GARRISON
7 TIGER BY THE TAIL
8 A WITNESS COMES FORWARD AND INTRIGUE AT THE VIP ROOM
9 AN OPERATIVE IN ACTION
10 A SKITTISH WITNESS
11 JOHN F KENNEDY JIM GARRISON AND THE CIA
12 WHITE PAPER
13 SMOKING GUNS IN A RURAL PARISH
VALE
23 RABBI
NOTES
14
ANNOTATED AND SELECT JIM GARRISON BIBLIOGRAPHY
354
INDEX
371
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
351
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Joan Mellen is the bestselling author of twenty books, including A Farewell to Justice, her biographical study of Jim Garrison s New Orleans investigation of the Kennedy assassination. She has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Baltimore Sun. Mellen is a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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