Mon Jan 27 13:13:14 CST 1997 Article: 5564 of alt.conspiracy.jfk.moderated
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Newsgroups: alt.conspiracy.jfk.moderated Subject: Stockwell Critique
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alt.conspiracy.jfk.moderated:5564 FROM: John R. Stockwell, 105475,2627
In short, Vernon
did NOT permit any objective, 3rd party scrutiny of Files's story (altho
he paid lip service to the concept). It never happened.
is a lie...outright. I have always allowed any legitimate investigator
or researcher, and I know many, to scrutinize Files. I have taken the
AP, Zack Shelton and several others to meet Files. I have fielded and
relayed hundreds of questions to Files given to me by the top minds
on JFK. In every instance, Files has been under intense scrutiny. Stockwell's
statement here is an outright lie.
the only one today who has had more than passing DIRECT access to Files's
story. And he eventually signed Jim Maars as the writer of the Joe West/Jimmy
Files story. Maars was a good choice, because of his history of lightweight
(his Crossfire has no references, no footnotes....in the first edition
not even an Index), noncritical, pro-conspiracy writings about the JFK
West chose Jim Marrs when she learned that Stockwell's writings were
censored by the CIA.
4 years went by.
Vernon suffered through financial disaster (he really did invest thousands
of hours and dollars into this project) and divorce. Moved to California
Joined the CompuServe
JFK Debate forum >from which he was soon banished for seemingly compulsive,
threatned to sue several of the arrogant idiots who call themselves
"researchers." That's why I was banished.
years Barry Adelman and Dick Clark returned again and again, trying
to broker a deal to publish the Files story on network television. Eventually,
in 1996, Vernon sort of gave up on his dream of developing the project
into a major production. He sold it to a Chicago company (I believe
MPI) via Dick Clark.
was on the way to Joliet to meet with the BBC when DIck Clark's office
tracked me down and pleaded with me to take the MPI deal. I negotiated
the deal from airport phones in between planes.
MPI published Files's
bare "confession" through Blockbuster. The strategy was to float a trial
balloon and hopefully to build interest that would snowball into a lucrative
venture. Mr. Walid Ali, of MPI hired veteran filmmaker Tony Potter to
produce a show for network television....
special note here is that Potter was a CIA APPROVED PRODUCER. He had
just done a documentary on the CIA with their permission. What a crock!
me to replicate my "Blue Texas" ballistics tests. I told them these
superficial tests were so-so interesting (the melons we shot jumped
the opposite direction from Alvarez's), but not substantive enough to
warrant inclusion in their show.
true again. Stockwell said he would re-do the test on video tape so
the world could see. His Blue Texas test reports are included on this
web site. Let's face it, Stockwell is either lying about his tests or
he's not telling the truth. You decide after you read the test report
WRITTEN BY STOCKWELL.
However, I offered
to give them an authoritative critique of the Jimmy Files story....
Dealing with Vernon, they seemed to be having doubts; they flew me to
Chicago. I took virtually my entire library of assassination books,
extensively tabbed. I found they were both novices to the assassination.
Potter had not read any of the substantive books. Nor had Walid. But
Potter was working fulltime on a production of the Files story more
or less at face value.
told us that Stockwell came to their office to kill the show and to
present an idea for a program that would "heal the Nation"...
I challenged them
instead to use the Jimmy Files story to do THE definitive critical work
on the Kennedy assassination, noting that I believe such a work, properly
done, could win the undying gratitude of the American people....and
probably win an Emmy. Ali seemed to be interested (and promised I would
be hired as a consultant if they pursued my approach).... Potter less
so--he expressed instead interest in doing a rehash of the assassination,
obliquely using the Files material. They did not get back to me....
I am now told they are completing a production they hope to sell and
air on network television in the spring.
did not happen. Where Stockwell got this is beyond me.
According to the
terms of the sale of the property, Vernon is now completely out of the
production.... and may be trying to jumpstart his music career.
been in the music industry for over 40 years. I don't need to jumpstart
anything. And I'm still the producer.
Next Edition: the
published essence of the Jimmy Files story.