Biographical Information on
1993 Chicago Conference Participants
- Gary Aguilar, M. D.
- Dr. Aguilar is Chairman of the Department of Surgery,
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco and Assistant Professor of
Opthalmology, Stanford U. Medical Center. Expert in the medical evidence,
autopsy materials and U.S. government investigations.
- Daniel Alcorn, J.D.
- Washington, D.C. attorney and Warren Commission
critic. Working with the Assassination Archives and Research Center, (ARRC)
Dan has been studying Lee Harvey Oswald's CIA file and other interesting
new file releases from the JFK Records Act.
- Robert R. Artwohl, M.D.
- Dr. Artwohl works in the Department of Emergency
Medicine of Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He is a researcher who
studies the JFK medical evidence and is a strong advocate of the lone
- James A. DiEugenio
- Author of the 1992 book, Destiny Betrayed: JFK,
Cuba and the Garrison Case. Destiny Betrayed is an interesting
re-examination of the late 60s New Orleans trial of Clay Shaw for the murder
- Roger Feinman, J.D.
- New York attorney and associate of the late author
Sylvia Meagher, Roger has studied the media and medical aspects of the John
F. Kennedy assassination.
- Gaeton J. Fonzi
- Author of the 1993 book The Last Investigation and
one of the few investigative reporters to focus on doubts about the
Warren Commission at an early time. Served as investigator for U.S. Senate's
Church Committee investigation of the JFK assassination and also for U.S. House
of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations.
- Jack Gordon, Ed.D.
- Jack Gordon
acted as a moderator during the 1993 Chicago Symposium.
He has taught college-level courses on Cold War political assassinations. He
has been active in advocating disclosure of government information on both the
JFK and RFK assassinations.
- Judge Burt W. Griffin
- Currently a Judge in Ohio, Burt Griffin was one of
the Warren Commission staff attorneys. He was part of the team
investigating the area of Jack Ruby and his associates and activities. Despite his belief that
Oswald was the lone assassin of JFK, Judge Griffin has been critical of U.S.
Intelligence Agencies' stonewalling during the Warren Commission
- Paul L. Hoch, Ph.D.
- Co-editor of the book The Assassinations: Dallas
and Beyond, with Richard Stetler and Peter Dale Scott. A careful
assassination researcher, Paul's cautious approach to assassination research
has earned him respect among the assassination research community. Publisher
of the assassination newsletter Echoes of Conspiracy since the late
70s and archivist of an extensive collection of documents, articles and
other information on the JFK assassination.
- John Judge
- John is a Washington-based researcher and activist.
He has been
working on many suspicious assassinations in addition to the John F. Kennedy
case. As executive secretary, John currently handles the day-to-day
administration of the Coalition On Political Assassinations. John is
co-founder, with Bill Kelly, of the Committee for an Open Archives.
- Robert Blair Kaiser
- Mr. Kaiser has written on the John F. Kennedy
assassination for the New York Times, has also contributed articles to
Time and is author of the book RFK Must Die. Although Robert feels
Sirhan fired all the shots that hit RFK, he has an open mind to other conspiratorial
- John Lattimer, M.D., Sc.D.
- Doctor Lattimer is a Urologist and Professor
Emeritus at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.
He has written extensively in journals over the years advocating the lone
assassin theory. His book, Kennedy and Lincoln: Medical and Ballistic
Comparisons of their Assassinations was published in 1980.
- James H. Lesar, J.D.
- Jim is the nation's leading Freedom of Information
Act attorney concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is president
of the Assassination Archives and Research Center in Washington, D.C. He has
worked extensively with Harold Weisberg in his struggle to obtain government
records on the JFK assassination. He also served for a time as lawyer for
James Earl Ray, the alleged assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- David S. Lifton
- Author of Best Evidence: Disguise and Deception in the
Murder of John F. Kennedy. Lifton is the originator of the body alteration
theory which involves the unlikely scenario of conspirators performing
surgery on the corpse of JFK to change and/or induce wounds that fooled
the autopsy doctors into thinking he was shot from behind instead of from
- Edwin J. Lopez, J.D.
- Ed Lopez served as an investigator for the House Select Committee on
Assassinations in the late 1970s. Ed worked on a very important area
concerning Lee Harvey Oswald's mysterious visit to Mexico City in late
September/early October 1963.
- George D. Lundberg, M.D.
- Dr. Lundberg is editor of the
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). After the Oliver Stone film was
released JAMA published a series of articles that viciously attacked Stone,
all Warren Commission critics in general and particularly one of the
physicians who tried to save JFK's life in Dallas - Dr. Charles Crenshaw.
JAMA was sued, settled out of court and was forced to print a response by
Dr. Crenshaw and the co-author of his book, Gary Shaw.
- David Mantik, M.D., Ph.D.
- David is both a physicist and a physician who
specializes in the medical evidence in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
He employs a technique known as densitometry which involves the analysis of
the light and dark areas of JFK's autopsy X rays in an effort to determine their
- Philip H. Melanson, Ph.D.
- Philip is a professor of political science who
has authored books on the assassinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK. Philip wrote
The Murkin Conspiracy: An Investigation into the Assassination of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., Spy Saga: Lee Harvey Oswald and U.S. Intelligence
and The Robert F. Kennedy Assassination: New Revelations on the Conspiracy
- Marc Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D.
- Dr. Micozzi is director of the National Museum
of Health and Medicine at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in
Washington, D.C. He has studied both the Lincoln and John F. Kennedy
assassinations. Dr. Micozzi believes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in
the assassination of JFK.
- Wallace Milam
- Wallace is a Tennessee-based researcher who specializes in
the medical and ballistic issues in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
- Robert Morrow
- Morrow claims to have participated in the assassination of
John F. Kennedy. He has written two books describing his time as a CIA
operative and how that supposedly led him to become involved in the plot.
He also authored a book on the assassination of RFK.
- John M. Newman, Ph.D.
- John has over 20 years experience as an analyst for
U.S. military intelligence. He also is an Assistant Professor at the
University of Maryland and author of JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue
and the Struggle for Power and Oswald and the CIA.
- Carl Oglesby
- Carl was, at one time, president of Students for a Democratic
Society. He is the author of several books including The Yankee and Cowboy War:
Conspiracies from Dallas to Watergate and The JFK Assassination: The
Facts and the Theories.
- Michael Parenti, Ph.D.
- Dr. Parenti is a prolific author of many books
relating to political science. He has written and lectured extensively on
governmental political corruption in America and assassinations and
conspiracies in particular.
- Jerry Policoff
- An expert on how the American news media has dealt with
the subject of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He has written articles
in The Village Voice, New Times and Rolling Stone.
- Jerry Rose, Ph.D.
- Professor Rose has written many articles over the years
on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He also publishes a scholarly
journal on the assassination entitled The Fourth Decade.
- Jane Rusconi
- Jane acted as research
coordinator for Oliver Stone's film JFK. Some of her work can be seen in the source notes of the
screenplay printed in JFK: The Book of the Film.
- Dick Russell
- Dick is one of very few professional journalists who have
looked deeply into the JFK assassination. He has written for TV Guide,
Sports Illustrated, Harpers Weekly and The Village Voice. He is author of
the book The Man Who Knew Too Much, about a mysterious intelligence
agent named Richard Case Nagell and Nagell's alleged involvement with Lee
- Gus Russo
- Gus worked as a consultant
for Oliver Stone's film JFK.
He was responsible for the credits at the end of the film describing the
secret sealed files on the case. This resulted in a public outrage that
forced Congress to pass a law to require the opening of the files.
- David E. Scheim, Ph.D.
- David received his doctorate in mathematics from
MIT. He has done extensive research into possible Mafia involvement in the
assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is the author of Contract on
America: The Mafia Murder of President John F. Kennedy.
- Peter Dale Scott, Ph.D.
- Peter is a professor of English at the University
of California, Berkeley, a former Canadian diplomat and has written many
articles and books. His 1993 book, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK
is a serious, scholarly look at the powerful individuals, organizations and
institutions that could have been responsible for the assassination and the
cover-up that followed.
- Wayne S. Smith, Ph.D.
- Dr. Smith is an author, a Professor of Latin
American Studies and served 25 years in the Department of State. At the
State Department he was recognized as the Department's leading expert on
- Dee D. Smith-Simmons
- Dee D. is an expert on civil rights abuses relating
to African-Americans, including assassinations. She is associated with the
Global Committee Commemorating King Days of Respect.
- Eugene Sturges, J.D.
- Eugene is an attorney and long-time advocate of the
search for truth in the assassination of JFK. As an activist in the 70s he
helped in the effort to convince people to become involved and demand that
the government re-open the investigation into the murder of JFK.
- Anthony Summers
- Mr. Summers is an internationally known author of books
and articles on history and politics. His 1980 book Conspiracy is one
of the more reasonable works on the assassination of JFK. In 1993, he
authored Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover
- Robert Tannenbaum, J.D.
- Mr. Tannenbaum was an Assistant District Attorney
in New York City and later became Deputy Chief Counsel for the House Select
Committee on Assassinations. He is the author of several books including
Badge of the Assassin. He also served, for a time, as mayor of
Beverly Hills, California.
- Josiah Thompson, Ph.D.
- Josiah "Tink" Thompson has been a marine, a
professor of Philosophy, a writer for Life Magazine, a private investigator,
and an author of books. His 1967 book, Six Seconds in Dallas: A
Micro-Study of the Kennedy Assassination Proving that Three Gunmen Murdered
the President, is still one of the best works on the assassination.
- William Turner
- Bill Turner was an FBI agent for 10 years. He has written
many articles and books relating to the U.S. intelligence community and 60s
political assassinations. His book, co-authored with Warren Hinckle entitled
Deadly Secrets: The CIA-Mafia War Against Castro and the Assassination of
JFK is one of the better recent books on the subject of JFK's murder.
- Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D.
- Cyril is one of the leading forensic pathologists
in America. He is president of the Coalition on Political Assassinations and
has been involved in the JFK case for three decades. He has been involved in
many other highly publicized cases. Before the autopsy of Robert Kennedy he
provided advice to the coroner who performed the procedure and then reviewed
the results. Dr. Wecht is author of the 1993 book Cause of Death.
- Michael West, D.D.S.
- Michael West could be described as a forensic
dentist. He has studied the medical evidence and the Zapruder film and
concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
- Leslie Wizelman, J.D.
- Leslie is an attorney and a member of the staff of
the House Select Committee on Assassinations that looked into the
assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She worked
for the committee as a researcher and her area of responsibility was Jack
- Mark Zaid, J.D.
- Mark is a freedom of information attorney who has
worked on both the John F. Kennedy assassination and also the assassination
of Abraham Lincoln.