Oliver Stone, a Vietnam War veteran, and filmmaker claimed that a former member of John F. Kennedy’s presidential security detail revealed on his deathbed that the 1963 assassination was an inside job.
A man who claimed to have been a former member of the presidential security team contacted Stone after he had made the film. The man was dying of cancer and wanted to share a secret that he had until then only told his son. “Somebody from his own team had fired on the President,” the man, who only gave his code name ‘Ron’ said.
According to reports, Stone was initially given the messages in a series of secret notes before the two men met in a hotel in Rochester, New York.
Stone’s 1991 film “JFK” looked at the events leading up to the assassination and the investigation of New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, played by Kevin Costner.
The director and screenwriter said he was extremely skeptical about the dying man’s claims, but after meeting with him believed he was telling the truth.
Stone said he was convinced by the “military jargon” and details within the account, which he has described as “plausible” and “very authentic.”
Stone revealed his conversation with Ron to Matt Zoller Seitz, who has written a book on the Oscar-winner.
When asked why Stone kept the confession a secret for so long Seitz said:
“I think it was because he trusted me, and also because both the father and the son have been dead for a while.”
“Nobody has ever heard this story. I’m the first person.”
Here’s an excerpt from the book laid out the meeting between the director and the Kennedy insider:
The scenario he laid out was very practical. It’s the way I would do it, if [I] were going to do something like that. You kill the president, and your cover is security, and if the sniper or snipers who kill the president are hidden in with the guys who are supposed to protect him, guys who have no knowledge of this plot … It makes a lot of sense. And his memory of it was so technical, filled with military jargon, details about radio communications right after the shots.
According to ‘Opposing Views’, many folks who read the story agreed with the theory that Kennedy’s death was an inside job.
“I have always said LBJ had it done. The Kennedys hated him. LBJ couldn’t take his oath quick enough. He was afraid something would happen to prevent him from being president. He was a snake,” one reader commented on Facebook.
“It would play! I remember watching this a long time ago !I felt lyndon b Johnson had him killed! JFK was the last good an honest president that gave a dam about the people ! An country from their up corruption unbelievable, trump is honest for the people an america finaly a awsome president!” another added.
“It was a inside job. I read about the party the night before to celebrate. They even had a picture of the Bushes. Johnsons mistress wrote a book before she passed about the party when all the shooters were inplace. I do not know the name of the book,” another wrote.
Stone detailing the moment he first met with Ron, said:
“He said he didn’t want money or recognition. He said something like, ‘I want you to know this is from my conscience’.
“The scenario he laid out was very practical. It’s the way I would do it, if [I] were going to do something like that.
“You kill the President, and your cover is security, and if the sniper or snipers who kill the President are hidden in with the guys who are supposed to protect him, guys who have no knowledge of this plot… It makes a lot of sense.
“And his memory of it was so technical, filled with military jargon, details about radio communications right after the shots.”