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Over the years we've worked with many researchers and speakers while coordinating our yearly NID conference. We are excited to share some of our favorite JFK experts with you. These incredible individuals posess expertise in several different aspects of JFK's presidency and assassination. Whether you are looking for a historian for your event, or perhaps a ballistic or medical expert to question for your latest project, we've got someone that fits the bill. Please feel free to email them with your questions.


Debra Conway

The JFK Research Community, Intelligence Agencies, Political Assassinations, Cuba, JFK Assassination Evidence, Robert Kennedy Assassination

"The Running Woman, Dealey Plaza Witness, Toni Foster"
"The Secret Service Agent on the Knoll"
"A Fragment of Truth: Bullet Fragment Testing"
"The Don Reynold's Testimony and LBJ"
"Cuba-CIA-Mafia" Timeline Study"
"The CIA vs the State Dept.: Coup In Vietnam 1963"

Conway is the President and Co-Founder of JFK Lancer Productions & Publications. Her leadership for over 20 years has brought new levels of scholarship to the JFK assassination community with annual conferences in Dallas, "November In Dallas", the publication of articles and books by both witnesses and leading assassination scholars, and also, the JFK Lancer website. Her activism in calling for the release of government documents has lead to the finding of many leads and a better understanding of the many witnesses' statements and also the failure of government investigations. Debra is also a valiant researcher herself, finding new information, witnesses, and other contributors to a better understanding of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Larry Hancock

Intelligence Agencies, Political Assassinations, Cuba, Martin Luther King, Jr.

“November Patriots”
Someone Would Have Talked
"NEXUS: Political Assassinations and the CIA"
"Incomplete Justice"
"The Awful Grace of God"

Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious "Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award" for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the "Mary Ferrell Legacy Award. Larry has a new book "NEXUS: Political Assassinations and the CIA" that includes new information and analysis on "The CIA and Extreme Deniability", "The Culture of the Agency", and "Spy Games in Mexico City". Hancock describes his book saying in essence that this work deals with "what happened" rather than "how could something like that happen?" How can you take a position that CIA officers were involved and yet maintain that it was not an act of the Agency as a whole? The only way to respond to that question is to engage in a historical study of how political assassination evolved within the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Rollie Zavada

Zapruder Film Expert

Rollie Zavada retired as a Standards Director for Imaging Technologies from Eastman Kodak in March 1990. His background includes product engineer development responsibilities to introduce KODACHROME II films, Chairman of the Society of Motion Picture and television Engineers (SMPTE) 16&8 Standards Committee during the transition from 16 to 18 fps velocity for silent movie films and four terms as SMPTE Engineering Vice President. A Fellow of four technical societies, Mr. Zavada received many awards for his technical achievements including being elected as a Life member of the Foundation of Motion Picture Pioneers Inc. Author of the Kodak report to the Assassination Records Review Board.

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Stuart Wexler

Ballistics and Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The Awful Grace of God”

Wexler is a teacher of World History, AP Government at Hightstown High School, Hightstown, NJ. He has been a JFK assassination researcher for about fifteen years where he has focused on the issues connected to the chemical analysis of the ballistics material since 2000. Wexler has spoken on the subject at JFK Lancer’s NID twice, at the Wecht conference in 2003, and at the AARC conference in 2004, three of those times opposite Dr. Kenneth Rahn, NAA advocate, from the University of Rhode Island. Wexler has collaborated with chemist Tom Pinkston since approximately 2000 on the same subject matter. Wexler’s other Kennedy interests focus on Oswald, his background and associates leading up to November 22nd. His book, "The Awful Grace of God", co-authored with Larry Hancock, deals with the MLK assassination.

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Brian Edwards

The Warren Commission and Evidence, Dallas Witnesses

Beyond The Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy

Edwards has been studying the JFK assassination since 1969 and has read over 300 books on the subject. From 1978-1997, he worked as a police officer in Kansas. He was assigned to the patrol division and served eight years on the police department’s tactical response team. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. From 1996 to 2005, served as an adjunct instructor for the Criminal Justice department, with Washburn University, and taught a variety of law enforcement-related courses. Edwards has lectured on the JFK assassination throughout the Midwest, including the University of Kansas Law School, Washburn University School of Law, Johnson County Community College, and the Alf Landon Lecture Series at Kansas State University. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Friend’s University in Wichita, Kansas; Ottawa University in Overland Park, Kansas, and Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Edwards is co-director of Project JFK/CSI Dallas, a student-oriented historical experience. For the past 20 years, Edwards and Casey Quinlan have sponsored student trips to Dallas to study the assassination. Edwards is the co-Author of the book, “Beyond The Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy.

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Casey Quinlan

Dallas Witnesses Expert

Beyond The Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President Kennedy

Quinlan was a high school American History and Government teacher for the past 36 years. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and has a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies and a Master’s Degree in American History from Emporia State University. He is the director of "Project JFK", a student-oriented educational experience designed for high school, college and adults exploring the murder of President Kennedy. Casey has been the featured lecturer at many universities throughout the Midwest, and a Historical Lecturer, on a number of occasions, for the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, Kansas. He was named "Outstand Educator" in 1994 and in 2008 by JFK Lancer. He has been studying the assassination of President Kennedy for over 45 years and has read over 1000 books. In 1991, Quinlan was a Guest Historian for the A&E Network and the History Channel for Oliver Stone’s blockbuster movie, "JFK". In 2007, Quinlan presented "Beyond the Fence Line: The Ed Hoffman Story" (published by JFK Lancer). He and Brian Edwards received the JFK Lancer 2011 “New Frontier Award” for their continued efforts to write and inform students of the truth behind the murder of JFK.

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Jim DiEugenio

CTKA (Citizens for Truth in the Kennedy Assassination, Jim Garrison investigation), murders of RFK, MLK, and Malcolm X, JFK Records Act and the Review Board

DiEugenio has piloted CTKA (Citizens for Truth in the Kennedy Assassination) and its website since was it was organized as a result of the April 1993 Chicago Midwest Symposium on Assassination. Along with articles and reviews, DiEugenio has written two books on the Kennedy assassinations. “Destiny Betrayed” (1992) was the first positive reconsideration of the Jim Garrison investigation in a generation. “The Assassinations” (2003, co-edited with Lisa Pease) analyzed the murders of RFK, MLK, and Malcolm X, but devoted most its pages to the newly released ARRB documents in the JFK case. He and Pease also edited the journal "Probe" (1993-2000) which focused on the releases of the ARRB and new developments in the King and RFK cases. DiEugenio has an MA in Contemporary American History from California State University Northridge. He was asked by Oliver Stone to do a commentary track on the expanded DVD version of his film “JFK”.

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Bill Simpich

State Secrets, FOIA and
Documents Research, CIA Crypts and Covers,
CIA and Mexico City

Simpich is a civil rights attorney and an antiwar activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. The main areas of his law practice are government misconduct and toxic tort violations. He also writes for publications such as Truthout, Counterpunch and OpedNews. He considers the assassination cases to be a poorly understood area of civil rights violations. To preserve cold cases, he is preparing a proposed JFK Preservation of Evidence Act that would be applicable in both of these areas of the law and administered by a citizen panel similar to the ARRB. His study of the JFK case focuses on the documentary evidence, rather than firearms, acoustics, and other forensic evidence.

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Gary Murr

Texas Governor John Connally Wounds and Trajectories, Carcano Ammunition

Murr has been studying and writing on the assassination of John Kennedy since 1965. He was the first Canadian to purchase a set of the original 26 volumes of testimony and exhibits published by the Warren Commission and spent his initial research years assembling various materials for Harold Weisberg. He was an early contributor to the research efforts of pioneering west coast investigators Fred Newcomb and Perry Adams and arranged numerous contacts for the authors of the major Canadian radio documentary, “Though Shalt Not Kill.”  In the intervening decades since his original foray into the labyrinth that is the events of November 22, 163, he utilized what spare time he could muster from “normal life” to continue his investigative efforts. He conducted several research trips to the National Archives, College Park, Maryland, between the years 1997 and 2003, amassing a large volume of hitherto unreleased documentation, which formed the basis for his extensive three volume trilogy on the wounding of Texas Governor John Connally, “Controlling The Past.” He has spent the last eight years gathering documentation in an effort to trace and reveal the true history of the alleged assassination ammunition, 6.5mm Mannlicher Carcano ammunition manufactured by the Western Cartridge Company of East Alton, Illinois. The results of this study, which bears the title of “Forgotten,” will be available soon.

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Pamela Brown

Presidential Limo Expert

Pamela Brown is generally acknowledged to be the foremost authority on the JFK Assassination Presidential Limousine SS-100-X. JFK Lancer is pleased to announce she will presenting new research at the November in Dallas 2013 Conference. Brown has given several presentations on the famous limousine, written journal articles in the US and abroad, and has been in numerous television programs. In 2004, the SPEED Channel aired an exciting hour-long documentary devoted entirely to the JFK Presidential Limousine. Her essay SS-100-X" from CAR CRASH CULTURE (Palgrave/2002) was used as the basis for the assassination section. She was hired by Discovery as a consultant for the 2008 Discovery Channel program Inside the Target Car special. Her research was used in the program, and her expertise as the limo researcher was acknowledged in the show's credits.

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Joseph Backes

Why JFK went to Texas

Justice for Kennedy

Joe Backes, the JFK assassination researcher who brought you the latest news from the JFK Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), now hopes to bring you the latest JFK, MLK, and RFK news as the research continues. Many of the JFK Act document releases were published in JFK Lancer's Kennedy Assassination Chronicles magazines and on the website. Backes maintains a blog "Justice For Kennedy: A Blog About The JFK Assassination And Other Political Crimes."

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Dr. Toni Glover

Dealey Plaza Witness

She is known as the "Girl in Blue". Standing on a concrete pedestal at the corner of Houston and Elm Streets in Dealey Plaza, eleven-year-old Toni Glover watched the Presidential motorcade standing on a pedestal from the moment the limo turned onto Houston Street, to the second it went under the Triple Underpass making her a very young witness the Kennedy assassination. She is currently working on researching people's emotional reaction and how it effected them throughout their lives. She is the Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Program at the University of Scranton. She received both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in English and Theatre from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Jeff Morley

Washington Journalist

JFK Facts Website

Jeff Morley is editor of the JFK Facts blog. He has written about the JFK story for many national publications including the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Readers Digest, New York Review of Books, Slate, and  Salon. He is the lead plaintiff, Morley v, CIA,  a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for JFK assassination records that revealed the role of undercover CIA officer George Joannides in the events leading up to November 22 and the cover-ups that followed. He was awarded the 2009 PEN/Oakland Censorship Award for his JFK reporting. He is author of "Our Man in Mexico; Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA" (University Press of Kansas, 2008). His ebook, "CIA & JFK The Secret Assassination Files", was published in 2016 by the Future of Freedom Foundation. His next book, "The Counterspy, James Jesus Angleton, Ghost of the CIA" will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2017. 

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Chris Gallop

Dallas Witnesses, Warren Commission, Dealey Plaza

Chris Gallop, a paramedic for 28 years, began researching the assassination at the young age of 17, mentored by author/researcher J. Gary Shaw who he met in 1987. Chris was introduced to 1st generation researchers such as Penn Jones, Jr., Mary Farrell, Bud Fensterwald, Larry Harris, and Larry Howard where he honed his research skills. Learning from the masters and contributing to the future, Chris is holding his 4th Annual Luncheon & Symposium, November 17th, from 11am to 4pm, at Stephen’s Garden Grill in Mansfield, TX. He is also an administrator of several Facebook forums and groups which include “JFK-The Continuing Inquiry”, “A Tribute to Roger Craig”, “John F. Kennedy-Europe”, and “LBJ and the Murder of JFK”. He is the owner of jfk.thecontinuinginquiry.com with photographs, interviews, and research links, as well as his Book and Gift Shop inventory of rare and out of print books, magazines, autographed memorabilia, and many other items of interest.

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