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National Archives releases JFK assassination records; WBRZ's vault series returns with more

5 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, October 26 2017 Oct 26, 2017 October 26, 2017 6:49 PM October 26, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

HAMMOND – A Southeastern professor will be one of the millions likely clogging the internet this week when the federal government releases classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


The November 22, 1963, assassination and its numerous conspiracy theories has been the center of Dr. Michael Kurtz's long career. Most recently, Kurtz discussed the assassination in a special report when, in 2013, WBRZ discovered a long-lost interview with Jim Garrison, the New Orleans district attorney who lead discussions that theorized the federal government erred in establishing Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin.

“There were at least two shooting teams there, possibly three,” Garrison said in a 1988 interview with WBRZ marking 25 years since the shooting.

In 1967, Garrison spearheaded his own investigation that resulted in an arrest but acquittal of a businessman from New Orleans. Garrison's case was built on testimony from a Baton Rouge salesman who talked about seeing Oswald at a party where Oswald talked of plans to assassinate the president.

It's a theory Kurtz at SLU in Hammond supports.

“There was a conspiracy. There was more than one assassin and they got away with it,” Dr. Kurtz told WBRZ anchor John Pastorek in 2013.

Kurtz worried then that as time passes, so does the chance of finding out more about the assassination. But, that could change as early as Thursday in the trove of information expected to be released online by the federal government.

Saturday, President Donald Trump advised in a tweet that he would not block the October 26 release of classified documents related to the assassination. Congress previously set the deadline to release FBI and CIA case files, among other things.

The White House has maintained “the President believes that these documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise."

“There's been a cover-up from the beginning,” Kurtz at SLU has said previously.

National media outlets hypothesize the documents won't lead to any bombshell revelations but could provide more information on Oswald's trip to Mexico City ahead of the assassination.

"There's going to be no smoking gun in there," one historian told CNN recently.

“I don't think we'll ever know the whole truth,” Kurtz has said.

WBRZ will present its reports from the video vault in a series of specials over the next few days. JFK: WBRZ Vault will explore Kurtz's theories in addition to highlighting more of the 1988 interview with Jim Garrison.


WBRZ 2.2 (news cable channels 11, 1011, 2) Friday, 10/27 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

WBRZ 2.2 (news cable channels 11, 1011, 2) Saturday, 10/28 11:30 a.m. - Noon

WBRZ 2.2 (news cable channels 11, 1011, 2) Sunday, 10/29 11:30 a.m. - Noon

WBTR Sunday, 10/29 12-12:30 p.m.

Also streaming live HERE.


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