Spotlight on the JFK Assassination

This photo provided by courtesy of Open Road Films shows, Rachel McAdams, from left, as Sacha Pfeiffer, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes and Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll, in a scene from the film, "Spotlight." McAdams was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, for her role in the film. The 88th annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP)

This photo provided by courtesy of Open Road Films shows, Rachel McAdams, from left, as Sacha Pfeiffer, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes and Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll, in a scene from the film, “Spotlight.” McAdams was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, for her role in the film. The 88th annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP) The film won for Best Picture.

With Spotlight winning the Best Picture Oscar this year, I thought it relevant to the JFK Assassination and my personal hope that there is a renewed interest in great investigative reporting.  There was a time that investigative reporters were revered.  Think Carl Bernstein.  Think Bob Woodward.  Their story of the Watergate Burglary was also a Best Picture Winner:  All the President’s Men.  This is the movie that let those of us who are studying, investigating and trying to find the truth know what the world did not know—that Frank Sturgis (Fiorini) Bernard Baker and E. Howard Hunt were familiar names in another great crime—the JFK Assassination.

Spotlight focuses on the skeletons in the closet pedophilia of the Catholic Church and its leaders.  The investigative team portrayed by Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Brian dArcy James run the gamut of disbelief, to fear to outrage…the same emotions we feel as we investigate the JFK Assassination. They found patterns.  They found code words.  They found cover-ups and protection by a powerful entity.

SPOTLIGHT was written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, who also directed it.

“As journalists, our job is to find the truth following the path to her wherever it may lead and deliver to our readers and audience whatever her form may be– even when she is ugly or painful,” they both said.

How many of the federally funded investigators felt these same emotions?  I would submit that Richard Sprague did.  I also believe Gaeton Fonzi,  Doug Horne, and even to some extent, Robert Blakey did as well.

There are investigative reporters presently who write about the JFK Assassination.  Think Peter Dale Scott.  Think Jefferson Morley.  Think Henry Hurt. Think David Mantik.  All of these writers used official evidence, interviews and verifiable witness testimony to uncover lies, questions and unheard stories.

So why isn’t there more media attention to this travesty?  If Bernstein and Woodward could reveal the Nixon administration’s unlawfulness  and The Boston Globe team could reveal the sins of the Catholic Church why can we not make present and future generations aware of the lies we’ve been told in regards to the JFK Assassination?

I hope my new book, JFK: The Untold Stories will help in this endeavor while adding new names to the JFK investigative research community as well as more appreciation for names we presently respect:  James Wagenvoord, Bill Simpich, Chris Scally, Trish Fleming, Zachary Jendro, Steve Roe, Doug Campbell and Matthew Scheufele   We are all investigative writers who have spent long hours, tenacious fact-checking and tireless research trying to find the truth and then sharing that truth with you.   Our spotlight is on the stories of the JFK Assassination that you may not know.

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