Edgar Eugene Bradley - Another Garrison Victim
Updated: Oct 11, 2021
Clay Shaw wasn't the only person that Garrison charged with conspiracy to assassinate JFK. He also claimed that Edgar Eugene Bradley, a promoter for a right-wing Christian radio show, conspired as well. For a while, Garrison also believed he was one of the three tramps.
Original caption: (January 4, 1968)
"The photo shows Edgar Eugene Bradley, who was accused by District Attorney Jim Garrison of New Orleans of being part of the conspiracy to assassinate the late President Kennedy, as he holds a press conference to report the findings of a private lie detector test he had taken to prove his innocence in the case. Posing here only to show the equipment is Bradley. Behind him at left is his attorney, George Jensen, and at right, polygraph expert Major Chris Dugas."
Here is the press releasing announcing the charges against Bradley:
The Los Angeles Times thought it was all part of the Garrison 'Circus':
Los Angeles Times, December 28, 1967
Needless to say, Bradley wasn't too keen on being extradited to New Orleans:
Los Angeles Times, January 24, 1968
At the hearing for his extradition, Bradley produced an iron-clad alibi:
Capital Times [Madison}, June 28, 1968
There's another part of this article that ran in the Los Angeles Times of June 27, 1968:
In November 1968, Governor Ronald Reagan turned down Garrison's extradition request. Garrison had presented no evidence to support his allegations:
Los Angeles Times, November 9, 1968
The whole Edgar Eugene Bradley affair was an embarrassment. Why did Garrison charge Bradley with conspiracy? The conspiracy books blame staff members William Turner and Bill Boxley. Here is what James DiEugenio says in his book Destiny Betrayed: (page 283)
"The triple disasters of Perrin-Bradley-Lamarr made 1968 a bad year for Garrison. Toward the end of it, after the Perrin-Bradley false accusations, Garrison had confided in fellow Warren Commission critic Vince Salandria. He told him that he felt like his office was the object of some intricately designed counterintelligence operation."
The other two disasters that he mentions are Garrison's attempt to indict Robert Perrin as a grassy knoll assassin despite the fact that he had committed suicide in 1962; and Lamarr was the person who was involved in the Farewell America hoax.
Joan Mellen writes in her book A Farewell to Justice that: (page 266)
"In retrospect, this unfortunate event seems part of a general sabotage from within the Garrison investigation."
And what does Jim Garrison say about Edgar Eugene Bradley? Well, there's not one word about him in On the Trail of the Assassins.
In fact, the blame for the Bradley indictment lies solely with Jim Garrison. His staff was against it, but he was insistent. In future blog posts, I will include the memos that led to Garrison ordering Bradley's arrest.
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