Mon Jan 27 13:12:41 CST 1997 Article: 5562 of alt.conspiracy.jfk.moderated
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Newsgroups: alt.conspiracy.jfk.moderated Subject: Stockwell Critique
of Files Story - 3 Date: 23 Jan 1997 21:16:04 -0700 Organization: PrimeNet
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alt.conspiracy.jfk.moderated:5562 FROM: John R. Stockwell, 105475,2627
Over the next few
months Joe West cultivated the relationship with Jimmy Files. Apparently,
a significant element in Files's personality was intense commitment
to a "father" or "big brother" figure. He allegedly had worshiped the
ground Charles Nicoletti worked on.... He seemed to affix similar respect
to Joe West. Gradually, according to Joe, in subsequent visits and via
phone calls and letters, Files opened up on the subject of the JFK assassination.
At first he had only admitted to knowing what really happened. Then
he said he had been in Dealey Plaza. Joe sent him a map of Dealey Plaza....
he sent it back with an X marked on it, but said that was not where
he really had been standing. He allegedly held out for immunity before
he would talk. Joe pressed judges and district attorneys in Houston
and Dallas, trying to get the "case" before a grand jury.
Joe achieved his goal....almost. The Feds agreed to the immunity for
Files and then Joe had a series of heart attacks and died.
The FBI interviewed
Files in prison and concluded that there was no apparent substance in
agent Shelton speaks of this incident in his radio interview on this
site. Mr. Shelton's words speak for themselves. What Stockwell says
here is not true at all. The two agents went around Shelton and criminal
attorney Don Ervin and attempted to do a "hatchet job" on
Files. They failed. I personally spoke with one of the two agents after
he retired. He told me that he felt like he had "been used."
The agent told Mr. Shelton the same thing. Listen to Mr. Shelton's radio
Joe West died of
a "hospital infection" following heart surgery in Houston. Bob Vernon
took over the Jimmy Files investigation ("project") on behalf of Joe's
heirs. His strategy was energetic promotion of the story, hopefully
into a multi-million $, multi-faceted entertainment production. He,
too, managed to bond with Files. A lifetime criminal, repeatedly in
jail and prison, serving a "de facto life sentence" for conspiracy to
kill a police officer, Files wrote songs and played a guitar. Vernon
was a song writer and music producer. Files further rationalized that
he would like to help develop the story commercially for the benefit
of his pal Joe West's heirs. By phone, letter, and visiting Files in
prison, Vernon continued to develop Files's "confession" of the JFK
assassination and to promote the story vigorously for commercial exploitation.
He did repeatedly generate substantial commercial interest; inevitably
the deals fell apart, one after the other. The essential problem in
most cases may have been credibility. Joe West's. Jimmy Files's. Vernon's.
problem was that everywhere we showed up, the CIA disino boys soon followed.
Joe West's heirs
gave me a letter reassuring me that I would be the writer of the eventual
book. My perception of the best approach is explained in the first part
of this critique (12/28/96). I urged all parties to "roll the dice"
by putting the story to the acid test. I urged that we put together
a team (myself and David Scheim and/or maybe Gary Shaw and/or maybe
David Perry,) that would go into the prison, interview Files at length,
and scrutinize his claims. I was quite sure we could question him in
sufficient detail, measure his answers against hard facts, and emerge
reasonably sure of his veracity. Perry was an insurance claims investigator.
Scheim and MIT professor. Shaw had pursued the assassination for a couple
of decades. If Files passed this test, we could proceed to publish the
solution of the "crime of the century." If not, we would be poorer,
and history would be burdened with one less assassination scam.
pulled this out of the air. Stockwell never once suggested this "team"
as he calls it. I know David Scheim and I like him a lot. I would welcome
him to come to Joliet and meet Files. Gary Shaw, too. This incident
did NOT happen.