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Wed Sep 5, 2012, 10:20 AM

30. Gaeton Fonzi: Updated w/excellent NYTimes obit

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Posted by Jim DiEugenio 01 September 2012 - 02:03 AM

Gaeton was a really good guy and a very fine field investigator.

He did excellent work for the Church Committee and for the HSCA under Sprague.

IMO, he probably should have resigned after Sprague left.

But at least him staying allowed him to write his book, which is clearly one of the best ever in the field. And well written on top of that.

He was a class act all the way.

Gaeton Fonzi, like Jim Garrison, and Richard Sprague et al., did some excellent work on that case. In spite of some extraordinary lengths that some went to in an effort to derail their efforts. Fortunately these guys were able to emerge from this relatively unscathed. Others were not so lucky...

Abraham Bolden, Mort Sahl, John Barbour, and Roger Feinman were not so lucky. They were among those that lost careers for attempting to pursue the case.

Bringing it back to Fonzi, Sprague and the OP. Richard Sprague, as Jim DiEugenio alluded to above, was hounded off the job as chief investigator of the House Select Committee on Assassinations. All because Sprague had promised to do a thorough investigation. Ironically, after he left his post, Richard Sprague conceded that he never really bought into the conspiracy angle. But after being subjected to withering pressure from the controlled press to back off the investigation, he was forced to reconsider...

Update: Black Op Radio remembers Gaeton Fonzi

This week's show #594 features noted researcher Gaeton Fonzi

* In memorium of Gaeton Fonzi who passed away last week
* Oct 10th1935 - August 30th, 2012
* Discusses his work researching the JFK Assassination
* Worked on the Church Committee and the HSCA
* This is a replay of show #45

Show #594
Guest: Gaeton Fonzi
Topics: JFK Assassination Research
Original airdate: September 6th, 2012 (July 26, 2001)

Play Gaeton Fonzi (1:22:32) Real Media or MP3 download

In memorium of Gaeton Fonzi who passed away on August 30th, 2012

# Gaeton worked for Philadelphia Magazine at the time of the assassination
# He read an article by attorney Vincent Salandria critiquing the Warren Report
# A local story due to Arlen Specter's work on the report, the single bullet theory
# The report was contradicted by it's own evidence, black and white contradictions
# Gaeton knew and interviewed Arlen who hemmed and hawed over explanations
# Gaeton's article, it is difficult to believe the Warren Commission Report is the truth
# Gaeton worked on the Church Committee and the HSCA
# In 1980 Gaeton wrote an article, about misinformation and decoys
# Calls from people like Frank Sturgis and Gerry Patrick Hemming offering to help
# A report from the Key West Airport director, Oswald and Ruby early '61 or '62
# Clare Boothe Luce admitted giving false information
# HSCA/CIA liason George Joannides and the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil
# Gaeton was hired by Richard Sprague and Bob Tannenbaum to work for the HSCA
# Sprague pressed David Atlee Phillips on Mexico City and the tapes of Oswald
# Congress could control G. Robert Blakey, interested in organized crime
# Make the Mob the fall guy, not the Agency, Blakey knew his priorities
# The acoustical evidence forced a conclusion of conspiracy as the Committee ended
# The American people have been deceived twice, by the WC and the HSCA
# David Atlee Phillips, perjury before the Committee, David Morales
# The mystery of the Kennedy Assassination, we know the truth
# The length and strength of the cover up points to the seat of power
# Salandria, the assassination was barbarous and openly arrogant
# A message to the people that their government was powerless
# David Morales, "We took care of the son of a bitch, didn't we"
# Ted Shackley ran JM/WAVE, he was not forthcoming at all
# Gerry Hemming, a likeable and very intelligent guy
# Jake Esterline, we never got to him, Ed Lansdale, not in my area
# Bloody Treason (Twyman 1997), an encyclopedic presentation, some disagreement
# The Last Investigation (Fonzi 1993), Specter didn't rebut anything
# Gaeton met Jim Garrison, liaisoned with him, straightforward honesty
# The Committee's distortion of Phillips and Valenciana testimony
# Ruth Paine was never interviewed by the Committee
# There has not yet been a valid investigation of the Kennedy assassination


Fonzi, Fensterwald, Flammonde, Freddie, & Franco

Gaeton Fonzi, Investigator of Kennedy Assassination, Dies at 76 - NYTimes

NYT Gaeton Fonzi Obit: Something Different?

Gaeton Fonzi's The Last Investigation

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