JFK assassination expert to visit SRU Oct. 28


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Oct. 16, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The theories, photographs, information and disinformation are legendary when conversations turn to who "really" assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

Douglas Horne, the former chief analyst for Military Records on the Assassination Records Review Board and a published author on the assassination, has some pretty strong evidence backing up his position. He will bring his "insider's view" to Slippery Rock University when he talks about the medical evidence at 7 p.m., Oct. 28, in 111 Spotts World Culture Building.

His presentation is titled, "The JFK Medical Evidence: Inadmissible at Trial?"

Tom Pearcy, an SRU professor of history who teaches a class on the assassination, knows Horne and arranged for the guest lecture.

"Douglas Horne is vitally important among scholars researching and writing about the Kennedy assassination," Pearcy said. "He worked with the sources - from documents to participants - perhaps more than anyone alive today."

Kennedy was assassinated during a motorcade in Dallas Nov. 22, 1963. The U.S. government's Warren Commission report concluded Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone. Many people, including Pearcy, disagree.

Following his service on the Assassination Records Review Board, Horne spent 13 years researching and writing about the experience. He authored several books, including "JFK's War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy was Assassinated" and "Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government's Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK."

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Pearcy said he has been reading everything he can get his hands on regarding the assassination since age eight and believes there is a logical explanation why many Americans are unsatisfied with the official explanation.

Beginning shortly after the Warren Commission issued its report in 1964, the first books appeared challenging the Warren Commission lone-gunman claims. New books publish annually, raising questions, although some recent book such as "Case Closed" and "Reclaiming History: the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy" conclude there is no credible evidence for a conspiracy.

"The topic still interests people for two basic reasons. First: television has kept the investigation alive, legitimately I believe, by suggesting holes in the official conclusions," he said. "This angers people, who then demand another investigation.

"Second, the nature of the crime resonates: it's the proverbial 'crime of the century' because it was so visible, involved a president and was never solved to the satisfaction of the public largely because of government cover-ups and incompetence," Pearcy said.

In the early 1990s Oliver Stone's movie "JFK" had an effect on the nation similar to the first viewing of the Zapruder film on national television in 1975.

"In both instances public outcry demanded a new investigation in response to the show," Pearcy said. "In the 1970s the result was the HSCA, and in the 1990s the government established the Assassination Records Review Board. This is the commission where Douglas Horne served."

Pearcy, who joined SRU in 1998 and teaches a class on the assassination, has recruited SRU students to conduct research for JFK Lancer, a research company founded in 1995 to make assassination research materials open to the public. Pearcy has been honored with Special Educator Recognition for his involvement.

In 2008-09, Pearcy worked as a joint historian for the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department.

SRU's departments of history, criminology and criminal justice, political science and the Honors Program are sponsoring the event.

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