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David Lifton's Memo on Jim Garrison and Kerry Thornley

David Lifton started working with Jim Garrison in September of 1967 and met with him in October. He had become friends with Kerry Thornley and felt that they could help Garrison's investigation. It didn't take long for the tables to reverse and Thornley became a target of Garrison's probe.

Lifton wrote about his experiences for the Los Angeles newspaper, Open City. Kerry Thornley also wrote about his experience with Garrison.

Here is a David Lifton memo "Thoughts and Comments about DA Garrison and Kerry Thornley" that was circulated to many Warren Commission critics in 1968.

The following documents are mentioned in his memo, and are reproduced below. These include:

  1. Thornley statement on his Warren Commission deposition.

  2. Thornley statement on Russian lessons.

  3. Thornley statement on the U-2 planes at Atsugi.

  4. Lifton statement on Heindel.

  5. Lifton statement on Garrison.

Money quote is one page 2: his story about the phone number that supposedly connected Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby.

thornley statement on warren commission deposition
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Coming Up

Harold Weisberg wrote two letters in response to Open City, Kerry Thornley replied, and David Lifton wrote a memo regarding the correspondence.

Previous Relevant Blog Posts on Kerry Thornley

My obituary for David Lifton includes a letter that he wrote to Mark Lane about Kerry Thornley.

A link to a tape recording of a phone call between Kerry Thornley and Andrew Sciambra.

James DiEugenio includes a clearly false story about Thornley in his book.

Garrison was obsessed about Oswald's height.

Garrison tells the HSCA all sorts of stories about Kerry Thornley.

Garrison tells the HSCA that Kerry Thornley might be the body in the backyard photographs.

Why was Kerry Thornley arrested in 1962?

The first writings from Thornley on November 27, 1963, about Oswald.

Jim Garrison was convinced that Thornley was the only Marine to describe Oswald's left-wing politics.

Sylvia Meagher was a big supporter of Kerry Thornley and here is some of their correspondence.

Garrison writes a memo to the HSCA alleging that Thornley was the second Oswald.

An interview with another prisoner is more evidence to Jim Garrison that Thornley is the second Oswald.

Was Kerry Thornley gay?


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