50 Reasons for 50 Years: Where To Start JFK Research
One thing of which I’m extremely proud is the fact that my film, The Searchers, serves as a bit of a safe entry point for the layperson to the world of JFK assassination research. It shouldn’t be surprising that the first question I get is “Who did it?”. If there’s a second question, however, it’s almost always, “Is there a book or site or video I should check out?”.
My serious interest in the JFK case began at the same place for most of the current generation of researchers: Oliver Stone’s JFK. Consequently, my serious research began with one of the books on which Stone based the movie: Crossfire by Jim Marrs. I felt it was a great primer for the major points in the case, and, as someone who actually reads book indices and references, Crossfire pointed me to the work of many respected researchers.
As I collected interviews, I got in the habit of asking every researcher what information source they’d recommend to someone just starting out. Almost to a person, the best researchers in the case said, without hesitation, Sylvia Meagher’s excellent Accessories After The Fact. In recent years, I’ve directed people to JFK and the Unspeakable by Jim Douglass, which is one of the best books on any subject I’ve ever read. Other books such as Mark Lane’s Rush To Judgement, Vincent Salandria’s False Mystery and the entire 26 volume’s of the Warren Report are also highly recommended. However, no book is perfect, and the best way to truly learn about any subject is to seek out as many sources and authors as possible.
This is what makes Black Op Radio’s 50 Reasons for 50 Years video series, produced and hosted by Black Op’s Len Osanic, my number one source for any person interested in the case. The series consists of fifty short videos – not counting the excellent Episode 1 Introduction, each covering a specific topic, fully referenced, and presented by the foremost research expert on that topic. What makes this series so important and effective is the brilliant simplicity of each video. By allowing a viewer to focus on one specific topic for just five minutes at a time, the overall case becomes less intimidating and recalcitrant. Instead, the series quickly reveals to the viewer that the assassination of our president can be solved by simply asking questions and searching for answers. In other words, to quote the late researcher John Judge, “it’s an empirical question, and by focusing on the facts, we can answer each question”.
Whether you’re a newbie, a seasoned researcher, a history buff, or one of our first generation researchers still fighting the good fight, watch these videos, ask questions and join the search for the answers.