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  • Writer's pictureFred Litwin

A Letter from Bill Baxley about Oliver Stone

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

Bill Baxley is an American hero.

In 1963, four members of the KKK blew up a church in Birmingham, Alabama, and killed four girls and injured several others. No one was charged. In 1970, while Attorney General of Alabama, Baxley decided to reopen the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. In 1976, he received an obscene threatening letter of protest from white supremacist Edward R. Fields.

Here is Mr. Baxley's famous reply:

Bill Baxley eventually convicted three people for the bombing.

I have been in touch with Bill Baxley for several weeks and he is incensed over the way Oliver Stone's JFK: Destiny Betrayed treats Dr. George Burkley and his family. Here is a letter that I just received this week:

Dear Fred,

Thank you so much for all you are doing in an effort to correct a slander of a good, honorable man who has been deceased for over 30 years. Dr. George Burkley was a career Naval officer who rose to the rank of vice admiral. He served as the White House physician to three of our presidents, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. One of Admiral Burkley's four children, Dick, is married to my wife's sister Jo Ann. They will have been married for 57 years this October and have raised five wonderful children. By the time I became acquainted with the family in the late 1980s, Dr. Burkley was no longer in good health as his memory had been fading for quite a few years. Throughout his life, he was totally nonpolitical. His admiration and respect for JFK as a person was well-known to everybody who knew him. What Oliver Stone has recently been implying about Dr. Burkley is below disgraceful. Stone is defaming the memory of a loyal American who nobly and honorably served his country for his entire adult life. I have been aware of Stone's falsehoods and reckless accusations in other matters for a long time. The mere mention or thought of Oliver Stone is akin to describing the south end of a northbound mule. I do not believe anybody in America has caused more harm to as many people as has Oliver Stone. He is well aware that he is spreading and, indeed, marketing falsehoods that damage totally innocent people. He feels that he has the right to invent made up plots and present them as truth as well as falsely attributing words and actions to other human beings, both living and dead. Stone is so fortunate to live in a country like the USA, where freedom of speech is so basic that he can get away with such outrageous and harmful conduct. Yet, he seems to hate his country and his actions appear geared to undermining competence and respect for our government and its leaders. Sincerely, Bill Baxley

The Six-Part Series on Dr. Burkley:

Oliver Stone's so-called documentary series, JFK: Destiny Betrayed, makes several outrageous allegations about Admiral George Burkley, JFK's personal physician as well as a slanderous accusation.

Oliver Stone's so-called documentary, JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, misleads viewers into believing that JFK's doctor, Admiral George Burkley, said that there were multiple gunmen.

Oliver Stone's so-called documentary, JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, misleads viewers on the context of discussions between Burkley's family and the ARRB regarding supposed papers in the possession of his lawyer.

Reckless charges are made against George Burkley with no evidence.

Oliver Stone's so-called documentary, JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, greatly misleads viewers on Admiral George Burkley and his interactions with the HSCA.

Oliver Stone's so-called documentary puts words in Burkley's mouth.


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