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James Carothers Garrison (born Earling Carothers Garrison; November 20, 1921 – October 21, 1992) was the District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, from 1962 to 1973. A member of the Democratic Party, he is best known for his investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the trial of Clay Shaw which implicated Shaw in a conspiracy with Lee Harvey Oswald, David Ferrie, and Guy Banister. Garrison even envisioned a wider conspiracy involving oilman Clint Murchison Sr., Earle Cabell, mayor of Dallas at the time of the assassination, and his brother Charles Cabell, former Deputy Director of the CIA who was forced to resign after the Bay of Pigs fiasco. The Cabell brothers are descended from Pocahontas.
The Warren Commission investigated the assassination and found no evidence of a conspiracy. It was re-investigated by the House Select committee on Assassinations (1976-78) who found evidence of a wider conspiracy. The assassination was also touched on by the Church Committee hearings (1975) where Frank Church and James Jesus Angleton tangled over CIA abuses. Ironically, Church and Angleton are buried in the same cemetery in Boise, Idaho. Mobster Sam Giancana was involved in CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro and he got whacked just before he was supposed to testify before the Church committee. Johnny Roselli was also involved with those CIA plots and he got whacked after testifying about it to the Church committee. The committee wanted to re-interview Roselli but it turned out he had a previous engagement with a 55 gallon drum in Miami.
At the time of her death, Dorothy Kilgallen was writing an exposee on the Warren Commision's findings about President Kennedy's assassination. Conspiracy theories suggest that her death was directly linked to her investigation into the President's death. Vincent Bugliosi described Kilgallen's death as "perhaps the most prominent mysterious death" cited by assassination researchers.
Mae Brussell and her protege ("Brussel sprout") John Judge continued assassination research for years until their non-mysterious deaths. Strangely enough though, Mae Brussell was the great grand-daughter of Isaac Magnin, who founded the I. Magnin store along with his wife.
Hale Boggs was a member of the Warren Commission and publicly expressed doubts about its findings. He and Alaska congressman Nick Begich were flying on a small plane in Alaska when they disappeared and presumably died in a plane crash in 1972. Their bodies were never found.
Arlen Specter was an attorney for the Warren Commission and he came up with the "magic bullet" theory that was essential for their premature conclusion that Oswald was the lone gunman.
Garrison was portrayed by Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone's JFK.
"Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V4DT-1D9 : 11 March 2018), Earling Carothers Garrison, 20 Nov 1921; citing Denison City, Crawford, Iowa, United States; county district courts, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,514,205.
Deep Politics and the Death of JFK by Peter Dale Scott (1993 University of California Press)
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