Edited by board administrator April 10, 2013, 6:38 pm
I have been wanting for months to tell you about an explosive new development and now I can: There is a new book out called "Hit List." It is co-authored by Richard Belzer (who stars on the hit TV crime drama "Law and Order") and David Wayne. Their last book made The New York Times Bestseller list.
In their book, the authors examine the deaths of 50 people in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. An entire chapter is devoted to Jim Reeves, and this is chapter 49, immediately preceding the one on Robert F. Kennedy, so it is a certainty the chapter on Jim will get A LOT of visibility.
The authors explore the fact that Jim Reeves was in Dallas, Texas on the day the President was murdered, and as I revealed in my 672-page book, "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story," recognized Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin when Oswald's picture was flashed on TV that night, telling friends that "I could never forget that face." Jim had seen Oswald at his shows, including at Dewey Groom's Longhorn club which Reeves and the Blue Boys had just played. The fact that Jack Ruby -- who later killed Oswald -- had a financial interest in the Longhorn was brought out in my book. Yet the Warren Commission claimed that Ruby and Oswald did not know each other -- an assertion that is contradicted by a mountain of other evidence.
Belzer and Wayne then go on to explore in depth Jim Reeves' plane crash, and the fact that it supposedly took two days to locate the wreckage, despite the airport giving searchers the precise coordinates of where the plane went down, based on the last radar sighting.
The chapter in "Hit List" dealing with this crash was based on my book on Jim, which I'm proud to say the authors describe in print as "excellent." I am also quoted extensively.
What will be of interest to fans is that "Hit List" goes further than I did in describing some of the suspicious details of what happened in the aftermath of Jim's crash. (I didn't tell all I know in my book nor the pressure that was applied to me NOT to probe too deeply into the Reeves crash. But the authors spell some of this out, and there are some startling revelations in store for you).
I am very pleased with how "Hit List" outlines the mysteries surrounding the Reeves crash and the disappearance of federal agency files on the case. I think you will find this riveting.
Ironically, the book also contains information from our daughter, Sara Jordan, who wrote an article for our magazine a few years ago entitled "Who Killed Dorothy Kilgallen." This article has attracted national attention for its groundbreaking reporting, including with witnesses who were never interviewed by the police at the time of Dorothy's death from an overdose of drugs. It's a gripping story and Sara's article is recommended by the authors.
You can find "Hit List" on Amazon but they have not yet enabled the "Look Inside the Book" feature for the print edition. So the only way you can read it right now is if you download it as an eBook. However, soon you will be able to peruse at least a portion of it online.
This is a very significant development. I have felt all along that there were major deficiencies in the way the Reeves plane crash was investigated and it defies plausibility that ground searchers assembled yet Friday afternoon at the intersection not far from the woods where Reeves' plane went down. Yet it supposedly took searchers two days to locate it! As I noted in my book (and Mr. Belzer and Wayne also report), at least two key players in the Jim Reeves plane crash saga had worked for U.S. military intelligence. The frantic search for Jim's briefcase is also stressed.
Based on what Bill Larson -- Jim's charter pilot (who had flown the Beech Debonair just the day before) -- told me for my book, plus other information I have assembled, it is clear that searchers were MISdirected to look in a different area than where the airport officials had told them the plane went down. I also came up with an eyewitness in the neighborhood who SAW Jim's plane crash, and his precise description of the plane's behavior prior to impact is consistent with forensic evidence (that was only known to a few people). He further confirms that motorists from nearby Franklin road stopped their cars and ran across his lawn to the crash site -- even knocking down his fence -- that Friday night so they absolutely DID know where the plane was. But that's not what the Nashville media reported to the public at the time.
They inexplicably also failed to interview neighbors who were home when the plane went down, and did not correctly identify the owner of the woods into which the plane actually crashed. The lack of follow-up reporting by the Nashville press was egregious, the FAA failed to properly secure the crash site and allowed over 100 people to mill around, even moving wreckage before the investigation was complete. Federal agency files have been sanitized on this accident, including on orders of a Washington judge after I filed an FOIA request. I was informed in writing that certain files on Jim Reeves were still grouped with Kennedy assassination records and thus remain sealed.
Nashville media and law enforcement officials in that era made strange bedfellows and retired police officers have told me stories that would make your hair stand on end about how news was managed and the corruption that was pervasive.
There were also strange events involving Jim Reeves in the months leading up to his death (which I report in my book and which the authors of "Hit List" amplify).
There is a lot of intrigue surrounding this matter and both my book (which you can order below) and the new "Hit List," go into more detail. I encourage you to go to Amazon and look up "Hit List" to read more about it. It's well worth buying!
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