In the Dec. 23 article in the Sun Journal spotlighting the 30th anniversary of “JFK,” Oliver Stone’s film about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Stone is quoted as insisting that “it had to be powerful people” who killed him.

I’ve never seen the movie, nor do I intend to, ever.  The year of its release, political commentator and author George Will, a man deeply versed in America’s history, dubbed it “cartoon history,” a “three-hour lie” and its creator “an intellectual sociopath,” arguably.

I would no more contemplate watching JFK than I would a documentary pushing flat-earthism or one extolling former President Trump as God’s anointed.

Stone was inspired by the book, “On the Trail of the Assassins,” by the late Jim Garrison, virtual spearhead of the Kennedy conspiracy movement who served as New Orleans District Attorney from 1962 to 1973. JFK’s protagonist is Garrison himself.

Chief among the cockamamie claims Garrison made, in real life, regarding the assassination is that merely four months subsequent to it, he and his staff had solved the case: “I wouldn’t say this if I didn’t have evidence beyond the shadow of a doubt.  We know the key individuals … and how it was done.”

On that score the late, great prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, author of a 1,600-page book on the assassination partly intended to dismantle the conspiracy theories, declared that that statement “alone, by definition, would be enough to prove beyond all doubt that Garrison had no personal credibility with respect to this case.”

William LaRochelle, Lewiston


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