The “59 Grassy Knoll Witnesses Conspired to Lie” Conspiracy Theory

President Lincoln’s bloody chair from Ford’s Theater.
The bullet that killed President Lincoln.

“I returned to the theater. I saw the President and party later take their seats in the box. I moved my position to a convenient space, and at the time when the way was clear and the play was well before the footlights I entered the President’s box, closed the door behind me and instantly placed my pistol so near it almost touched his head and fired the shot which killed President Lincoln and made Andrew Johnson President of the United States and myself an outcast, a wanderer, and gave me the name of an assassin. As I fired the same instant I leaped from the box to the stage, my right spur entangled in something in the drapery on the box, which caused me to miss my aim or location on the stage and threw my shin bone against the edge of the stage, which fractured my right shin bone about six or eight inches above the ankle. (At this point St. Helen, exposing his shin, called attention to what seemed to be a niched or uneven surface on the shin bone. This I did not notice closely, but casually it appeared to have been a wound or fracture.)


I entered the President’s box, closed the door behind me and instantly placed my pistol so near it almost touched his head and fired the shot which killed President Lincoln and made Andrew Johnson President of the United States and myself an outcast, a wanderer, and gave me the name of an assassin.

“From the stage I reached my horse in safety, which by arrangement was being held by David E. Herold, back of the theater and close to the door of the back entrance. With Herold’s assistance I mounted my horse and rode away with full speed without hindrance, and reached the bridge at the East Potomac river, crossing the same with my horse at full pace. When I came to the gate across the east end of the bridge there stood a Federal guard, who asked me a question easy to answer:

” ‘Where are you going?’

“I replied, using the simple letters ‘T. B.’ as I had been instructed, and the guard then asked: ” ‘Where?’

“I then replied, ‘T. B. Road,’ as I had been instructed by Mr. Johnson, and without further question the guard called for assistance to help raise the gate quickly, when I at once again urged my horse to full speed and went on to Surrattville, where I waited for Herold to overtake me, as prearranged, whom I expected to follow closely behind. After waiting a few minutes Herold caqie up and . we rode the remainder of the night until about 3 o’clock on the morning of the 15th of April 1865, when we reached the home of Dr. Mudd, where Dr. Mudd, by cutting a sfitin it, removed my riding boot from the injured right foot and leg and proceeded to dress it by bandaging it with strips of cloth and pieces of cigar boxes, and the riding boot was left at the home of Dr. Mudd, where we remained during the rest of the day, and at nightfall proceeded on our journey, my bootless right foot being covered only by the sock and the leg as bandaged and splinted by Dr. Mudd.



Malcolm Kilduff
Malcolm Kilduff, acting press secretary. Kilduff points to the fatal entry wound during the Parkland press conference, November 22, 1963.

When it comes to taking on media “bullshit” I suppose you can’t do better than Penn & Teller, right?

They have a show called “Bullshit” and it’s all they do. Most of the time, they do expose media bullshit and do so in an entertaining way. However, just because they are right about one thing, and then another, doesn’t mean they are right about everything.

In fact, in the following case in point, it will be demonstrated how they were not only wrong, but that they employed propaganda techniques to misinform the audience in a show involving the JFK assassination, specifically in regards to the Lone Nut scenario presented by the now debunked Warren Commission.

House Select Committee on Assassinations concludes JFK died as a result of a conspiracy.

And yes, it was debunked, since 1979 when the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone.

Although “Lone Gunman 56 Grassy Knoll Witnesses Conspired to Lie to the Warren Commission Conspiracy Theory” defenders still argue the jury is still out on this HSCA finding, they’re still reduced to propagandist status, because the majority of Americans and the world believe Oswald didn’t act alone or wonder if he was even involved at all.

Warren Commission member Hale Boggs and Lyndon Johnson. Boggs came to suspect Johnson in the Kennedy assassination.

It’s not just my opinion that the Lone Gunman Theory has been debunked, it is a fact you can observe for yourself. Here’s the proof: go to YouTube and look for videos defending the Warren Commission as opposed to those which ridicule it. This is the true gauge of opinion in America and the world, and bogus polls released by “respectable” institutions like the media (snicker) to conceal it are futile. It’s done. They lost the credibility battle on this and just about any issue that matters.

This is what defines being debunked: when the majority of Americans don’t believe anything you say anymore because your initial arguments were proven such an insidious wall of deception people simply stopped listening.

Dallas Morning News, November 22, 1963. Johnson knew he’d be fired. This article was published on the day of President Kennedy’s assassination. In a television interview with A Current Affair, the mistress of Lyndon Johnson, Madeleine Brown, described the meeting of 21st November, 1963, when she was at the home of Clint Murchison. Others at the meeting included Harold L. Hunt, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, Clyde Tolson, John J. McCloy and Richard Nixon. At the end of the evening Lyndon B. Johnson arrived…
“Tension filled the room upon his arrival. The group immediately went behind closed doors. A short time later Lyndon, anxious and red-faced, reappeared… Squeezing my hand so hard, it felt crushed from the pressure, he spoke with a grating whisper, a quiet growl, into my ear, not a love message, but one I’ll always remember: “After tomorrow those goddamn Kennedys will never embarrass me again – that’s no threat – that’s a promise.”

So what do desperate propagandists do when people stop listening? They use assets outside the media, like scientific institutions they fund and elite “debunker” personalities that invent bogus experiments like the melon comparison or computer simulations to replicate the impossible. Vincent Bugliosi, if people even remember him or know who he is, attempted to defend the Warren Commission in a pedantic tome that was essentially a dusty fart in the wind. That was the best they could do. The man is basically senile and what he was known for, prosecuting Charles Manson’s conspiracies about 45 years ago, that’s just something no one gives a shit about because he didn’t assume the presidency under suspicious circumstances.

Jim Garrison, another prosecutor and the one that shattered the credibility of the Warren Commission, would have destroyed his mediocre ass. Garrison ultimately forced President Lyndon Johnson, who appointed the commission, from seeking re-election in 1968. Johnson’s attempt to scuttle Garrison’s case in the Clay Shaw trial backfired. Shaw was acquitted in the charges he was involved in the conspiracy to kill President Kennedy, but the damage was done. By the time Garrison started to present his case, Hale Boggs, a member of the Warren Commission appointed by Johnson himself, suspected President Johnson was personally involved in the assassination as an accessory after the fact, as it was clear the FBI and CIA immediately began destroying evidence and withholding it from the Warren Commission itself from day one.

AUDIO: 1967. Ramsey Clarke and Johnson discuss the Jim Garrison case, i.e. Warren Commission member Hale Boggs noting that “Johnson could be found in it some place” in regards to the Kennedy assassination.

Johnson had been following the Garrison case from the very beginning. Above is a conversation he had with Attorney General Ramsey Clark regarding the trial, the media’s “jaundiced eye”, and Hale Boggs’ belief that not only was the assassination a conspiracy, but that “Johnson could be found in it some place…”

At that point Johnson asked “Is uh, who did Hale tell this to? …Did Hale tell the district attorney down there that I could be found in it some place?”

Ramsey gives him a name, but it is very difficult to discern due to the poor quality of the tape. As was the case with the constant surveillance of Jim Garrison and any public figure who questioned the lone assassin theory or the integrity of the Magic Bullet Theory, he added that the “FBI had lots of eyes and ears with a fellow like Hale Boggs.”

Madeline Brown Interview Regarding Night Before Assassination “If the assassination had not taken place that day Johnson would have gone to prison.”

Hoover, Johnson and the ’64 Election

Johnson winks to a Texas insider after the assassination.

You are listening to some of the air traffic conversations which took place throughout the afternoon of November 22, 1963. The White House Situation Room, code-named Crown, is providing updated information from the press ticker to the president’s air crew in Dallas and to the crew of the plane carrying Secretary of State Dean Rusk. (Rusk’s plane here is called “Wayside.”) The code name “Volunteer” belongs to Lyndon Johnson.

It was the night of November 21st,in the Hotel Texas, Fort Worth. Inside room 850, President Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon Johnson would become engaged in a heated debate over the seating arrangement for the motorcade the next day. It was an argument so fierce the First Lady heard it from outside the presidential suite. Johnson insisted that his good friend Texas Gov. John Connally ride with him in the rear vehicle rather than in the President’s lead car. When Kennedy refused, Johnson stormed out of the room, prompting Kennedy to give his last dictated words to his secretary Evelyn Lincoln: “Johnson will not be on the ticket.” Sure enough, Connally was shot in the wrist and rib the next day.

Henry Marshall

Some two years earlier, on June 3, 1961, Federal Agricultural Agent Henry Marshall was found shot to death on his farm in Franklin, Texas. A local Justice of the Peace declared Marshall had committed suicide, but found next to Agent Marshall was a single action rifle which local authorities claimed he had miraculously loaded, shot, reloaded and shot into his head five times.

At the time of his death, Agent Marshall was on the trail of a multi-million dollar swindle of the federal government’s agricultural division. The gruesome murder became known as the Billy Sol Estes Affair. Johnson’s own personal legal counsel showed up as Estes’ principal attorney. According to later grand jury testimony, Estes tesified that he was a member of a four-member group, headed by Lyndon Johnson, “which committed criminal acts in Texas in the 1960’s.” The other two, besides Mr. Estes and LBJ, were Cliff Carter and Mac Wallace. Mr. Estes disclosed that LBJ ordered the Marshall killing, and that he transmitted his orders through Cliff Carter to Mac Wallace, who executed the murder.

Mac Wallace’s fingerprint was found on a box in the Book Depository. He was a close associate of Lyndon Johnson.
Mac Wallace

In November of 1963, other scandals surrounding Johnson were coming to a head. There was the TFX scandal with Fred Korth, who had to resign a month before the assassination. There was the Bobby Baker scandal, there was the Billy Sol Estes scandal, and there was Johnson’s ties with Jack Halfen, a mafia man working for New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello.

As the scandals grew and Johnson’s Mafia ties became more and more pronounced in the media, Kennedy realized his administration’s survival was imperiled, and plans were underway to drop Johnson from the ’64 ticket. Kennedy’s plan to drop him from the ticket was a very real threat to both Johnson and his ally, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who were both heavily compromised by the same Mafia ties at a time when Attorney General Robert Kennedy was cracking down on organized crime. Once out of office, Johnson and Hoover would lose immunity from prosecution.

From pre assassination correspondence between Gov. Connally and Lee Harvey Oswald to proof that Oswald was on the FBI payroll; compelling evidence was later uncovered in an investigation by the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which concluded in 1979 that the assassination was indeed the result of at least two shooters, and thereby, a conspiracy.

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According to witness Madeline Brown, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hunt, Clyde Tolson, Lyndon Baines Johnson, John McCloy and Richard Nixon were present at a meeting regarding the assassination of President Kennedy at the home of Clint Murchison the night prior to the killing. By 1967, it had been revealed that Lee Harvey Oswald had been in the employ of the FBI for months prior to the assassination, as an undercover agent tasked with infiltrating a Cuban plot to kill Kennedy. This made him the perfect patsy since he now had a pro-Castro “legend” against him complete with at least one television appearance. Oswald’s FBI number was 179, he was paid $200 a month from September 1962 up to the time of the assassination. This meant that Hoover, who also hated the Kennedys and was about to lose his job for his ties to Mafia figures like Meyer Lanksy and Sam Giancana, took a direct role in the planning of the assassination as both the key cover-up agency and the person who provided the patsy.

Nixon was, with John McCloy, Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover, also present at the Murchinson ranch. Image from “Killing of a President” by Robert Groden

That the FBI would be investigating a member of the Warren Commission which was tasked with discovering the truth about the assassination was telling in and of itself. The most insidious element of the Warren Commission was the fact that one of the alleged conspirators, John McCloy, was on that commission. When Nixon later quipped that this commission was the greatest hoax perpetrated on Americans, he wasn’t kidding.


Hale Boggs, incidentally, died in a plane crash under suspicious circumstances. Suspecting Johnson seemed to bring a lot of bad luck to many, many people, including Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

Only Johnson could directly control both intelligence agencies and Johnson had a motive. Consider the following:


AUDIO: On November 25th, 1963, three days after the assassination Johnson was calling Joseph Alsop of the Washington Post vehemently arguing against calls for an independent investigative committee in the Kennedy assassination, one called for by President Kennedy’s brother, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

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