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GAETON FONZI

Gaeton Fonzi was raised in West New York, New Jersey, and was graduated with journalism honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Infantry and a Civil Affairs Reserve Company. He worked briefly as a reporter with the Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times and as an associate editor with the Chilton Company.

In 1959, Fonzi joined "Philadelphia" magazine and was later senior editor. Fonzi won the magazine's first national journalism award and wrote more than 100 major feature articles.

In 1972, Fonzi became editor of "Miami" magazine and senior editor of its sister publication, "Gold Coast" in Fort Lauderdale. In 1975, on the basis of articles he had written on the subject while at Philadelphia magazine, Fonzi was asked by U.S. Senator Richard Schweiker, then a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, to become a staff investigator probing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1977, Fonzi was invited to join the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations as a staff investigator. Later, as a special team director, he wrote and edited a major appendix, Volume X, of the Committee's Final Report. Subsequently, his article for "Washingtonian" magazine, detailing the political limitations of the Committee's investigation, received national media coverage and earned the magazine record readership. Fonzi has been a contributing editor of "Gold Coast" and "South Florida" magazine, a feature writer for New York's "Avenue" magazine and contributed to "Penthouse," "Esquire" and "The New York Times Magazine." He has worked on special investigative projects for the "New York Daily News" and the "Chicago Tribune" involving the FBI's use of criminal informants in political investigations.

In addition he has been a consultant to "60 Minutes," "NBC Nightly News," and "Inside Edition."
Among the awards given Fonzi's articles are the Philadelphia Business Club Award, the Philadelphia Bar Association Award, two local Sigma Delta Chi Awards, a National Sigma Delta Chi Award, four Florida Magazine Association Awards, a City Regional Magazine Association Award, a Florida-Atlantic University Enterprise Reporting Special Award and a Washington Monthly Award. Fonzi has been a finalist in Columbia's National Magazine Awards and has received the William Allen White Investigative Journalism Award from the University of Kansas. He has been a guest lecturer in journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.

Fonzi is the co-author of an article TIME magazine honored in 1970 as one of the ten most significant press stories of the decade. That article appeared in the book, "The Best Magazine Articles of 1968."

He is the author of "Annenberg: A Biography of Power," published in 1970 by Weybright & Talley in New York and by Anthony Blond in London, and of "The Last Investigation," published by Thunder's Mouth Press in 1993 and, in trade paperback, in 1994.

In 1995 he was one of a select few to attend an International Conference on President Kennedy's assassination IN Rio de Janeiro and later attended the meeting of historians with Cuban State Security in Nassau on matters pertaining to the assassination.

Because of his government investigative experience on the Kennedy assassination, he is recognized as an authority on those aspects of the assassination involving anti-Castro Cubans and the Intelligence agencies. He is often consulted by other authors and researchers for advise, documentation and firsthand knowledge of his investigations into the subject.

He is a member of the South Florida Researcher's Group and a participant in the Researcher Directory.

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DOUG HORNE, SENIOR STAFF MEMBER OF THE ARRB

Prior to his duties at the Review Board, he was a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy for 10 years; and that was followed by 10 more years working for the Department of the Navy as a Federal civil servant.

Horne was stationed on three warships homeported out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During his naval service, he spent time overseas in Saudi Arabia (in Jubail, on the Persian Gulf).

Doug is widely read and has an avid interest in history and has a B.A. in History from Ohio State ('74). He has been reading books about the Kennedy assassination since 1966. He also attended three assassination symposia: ASK 93, in Dallas; and COPA 94 and 95 in Washington. In the fall of 1994, Doug attended the first public ARRB hearing in Washington, at which time he met David Marwell---then the newly-appointed ARRB Director---and expressed an interest in working for the ARRB staff full time. Shortly thereafter, Doug sent in his application, which was subsequently accepted.

In mid-1995, Doug resigned from his permanent "Federal civilian" position with the Department of the Navy in Hawaii and took a position with the Review Board staff as a Senior Analyst on the Military Records Team. He worked with the Review Board for over three years rising to a Supervisory Analyst position and becoming Chief Analyst for Military Records. He had responsibilities in a number of key areas:

Medical Evidence: Doug was present at all 10 depositions of autopsy participants---including the three autopsy doctors (Humes, Boswell, and Finck)---and in fact was the research assistant for the preparation of those 10 depositions. He also made a trip to Dallas in connection with interviewing some of the Dallas medical personnel. Doug has seen the Bethesda autopsy photographs and X-rays at the National Archives on about 15 occasions.

Records re US foreign policy: As Chief Analyst for military records, Doug was deeply involved in formulating the search criteria for and then implementing the acquisition and release of military records on the formulation of US foreign policy re Cuba and Vietnam. The former pertain to the various plans for the ouster of Castro; the latter, to the escalation of the Vietnam War.

Zapruder film: Doug worked with Kodak in preparation of a technical report on the Z film; and on the digitization of the autopsy photographs. In carrying out those duties, Doug went to Rochester and worked with various Kodak employees when that work was done. He also had extensive liaison responsibilities with the LMH company; and is one of the few individuals to see the original Zapruder film as it was taken from archival storage and photographed by the LMH company in preparation for its release this past summer.

IRS. Doug had primary responsibility in the area of working with the IRS and the Social Security Administration with regard to the examination of Oswald's tax, earnings, and employment history; and addressing various questions raised by those records.

Other: Doug wrote a variety of memos and analyses relating to the chain of possession of the autopsy photographs, the planning of the trip to Texas, and the Zapruder film.

He has a comprehensive "insider's view" as to how the ARRB operated in its relationships with various government agencies as well as with the Kennedy assassination research community.

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Lawrence Teeter, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who began his law practice in 1978, has represented Sirhan Sirhan since 1994. Teeter has submitted a lengthy Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus seeking an evidentiary hearing and a new trial for Sirhan. The Petition is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. It contains an elaborate demonstration of the prosecution of evidence and its methodical interference with Sirhan's right to effective assistance of counsel. It also demonstrates that Sirhan could not possibly have shot Robert Kennedy. The Petition sets forth and is based upon the research discoveries of Rose Lynn Mangan, Sirhan's researcher.

One of the country's leading psychiatric experts on hypnosis, Herbert Spiegel, M.D., has submitted a declaration opinion that Sirhan was probably unconscious as a result of hypnotic programming at the time of the assassination. Sirhan is himself a victim of a plot leading to an assassination that changed the course of modern world history.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Lawrence Teeter conducted research on the Martin Luther King, Jr. and the John F. Kennedy assassinations. Teeter later co-counseled a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act designed to compel the FBI to release the names of its agents in the RFK case and participated in the campaign to compel the LAPD to release its RFK files.

Teeter also currently represents Judith Exner, JFK's girlfriend, whose account of Kennedy's involvement in the CIA's plot to murder Fidel Castro provides powerful evidence of a CIA motive to assassinate the president in wake of his withdrawal from the plot and his attempt to block the CIA's continued campaign to overthrow the Cuban government.

In addition to his work as a criminal defense attorney, Teeter represents plaintiffs in civil rights and environmental causes.

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