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"JFK: Destiny Betrayed" Misleads Viewers on Oswald's "Hands Off Cuba!" Handbills, Part Three

The first part of this series examined the use of a fake handbill in Oliver Stone's so-called documentary series JFK: Destiny Betrayed.

The second part of this series looked at the possible origin of the fake handbill. At the end of that post I presented a PowerPoint slide from a James DiEugenio presentation:

Every statement in this slide is either false or misleading.

Banister's statement comes from an HSCA interview with Delphine Roberts:

Delphine did like to tell stories. She saw Fidel Castro and Che Guevara walking on Canal Street? Note that she says "she never saw Oswald in person."

Banister's supposed statement just doesn't make sense since his address was 531 Lafayette Street. 544 Camp Street and 531 Lafayette Street were separate entrances to the Newman Building.

If someone entered the 544 Camp Street address in 1963, they would have found the offices of the Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Workers’ Union and the Amalgamated Association of Street Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employees of America. They would not find Guy Banister.

She also told HSCA interviewers that "One day when Delphine, Banister and Ferrie were eating in an upstairs restaurant on either Camp or St. Charles, Ferrie showed them pictures of SHAW in full female drag. Banister took the photos and put them in a file that he kept on Shaw."

In fact, Delphine Roberts did not come forward in 1963-1964 with information about Oswald and Banister. She also did not volunteer any information about Oswald and Banister to the Garrison investigation, although she was interviewed. She only started talking about Oswald when interviewed by Anthony Summers in the late 1970s.

Now Roberts said that she did see Oswald in person and with Marina. Does this story make any sense? Oswald was either "working or attempting to work for Banister"? Roberts doesn't know? Marina came to visit with Lee? Why would Banister yell at Sam Newman, the owner of the building, for letting Oswald use a room, if he was part of Banister's operation?

The HSCA Final Report noted that "much of Roberts' other testimony lacked credibility." But for DiEugenio, Delphine Roberts is a good enough source.

DiEugenio is also wrong about Maynor whiting out the 544 Camp Street address. A different copy of CE 2966 is in the Warren Commission volumes with a whited-out address. Paul Hoch discovered in 1967 that someone at the GPO did that to replace a faint copy in CD 1370; a better copy from an FBI HQ file shows the absence of an address. You can see on this copy the same paper folds and markings as CE 2966 which was not stamped with 544 Camp Street:

CE 2966-A

The New Orleans Historical Society had the same flyer, not pamphlet, under glass with 544 Camp Street.

Is that a fake also ? 😉

That is where our editors got it.

BTW, that collection, which I have been at more than once, is a valuable place. John Volz told me that he questioned Bundy for Garrison. So he decided to test him. He asked what color were the flyers he saw exchanged that night. Bundy said they were yellow. This surprised Volz. But if you go to that collection you will see that one of the flyers LHO handed out that summer was yellow.

But hey, if Litwin and Roe say so, that much be fake also, right?🤮

DiEugenio is just plain wrong about his source. New Orleans Historical is a web platform. The Historic New Orleans Collection, a different organization with museum exhibits and document archives, does have a flyer, but it is a real handbill acquired from Jesse Core, the former public relations officer at the International Trade Mart, where Oswald handed them out. Here is the flyer in their collection:

New Orleans Historical, which shares stories about New Orleans, did have a story on its website about the Newman building that used the fake flyer. I emailed one of the managers and asked about the provenance of its flyer, and they have since removed the article. You can see the archived article here. I also spoke to a manager by phone. She did not have any information about where the author had found the fake flyer. It is still being investigated.

And so, James DiEugenio has taken a fake flyer and combined it with questionable testimony to create a fiction. Oliver Stone said that "conspiracy theories are now conspiracy facts." The truth is that James DiEugenio has turned fiction into conspiracy theory.

Another DiEugenio specialty is sourcing non-existent evidence:

When necessary, missing evidence can sometimes be helpful. James DiEugenio claims that the question of what evidence Jim Garrison had that Clay Shaw conspired to kill JFK, when he was arrested, cannot be answered - because the evidence is missing!

"As per what evidence Garrison had on Shaw, we will never know that as a definite sum. For the simple reason that Garrisons' files today are only a fragment of what he actually had."

Proving a conspiracy in the JFK assassination is easy for James DiEugenio. After all, he can tie fake evidence and non-existent evidence into conspiracy theories that are total fiction.

Unfortunately, his miraculous transubstantiation of fiction into fact is useful only to those who deny reality.

Previous Relevant Blog Posts on the Fake Handbill

An analysis of the handbill used in Oliver Stone's so-called documentary, JFK: Destiny Betrayed.

First-generation researcher Paul Hoch shows off the latest conspiracy tchotchke - a "Hands Off Cuba" coffee mug featuring the fake handbill.

Previous Relevant Blog Posts on Guy Banister

Some pictures of Camp and Lafayette streets.

Oliver Stone's so-called documentary, JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, makes the claim that Guy Banister gave Lee Harvey Oswald an office at 544 Camp Street in New Orleans.

Roberts was interviewed by Garrison's office in 1967 and she said nothing about seeing Oswald in Banister's office.

Mary Brengel worked for Banister for a few months, and she also did not see Oswald in the office.

Jack Martin loved to tell stories. He said nothing about Oswald being in Banister's office when he blabbing to the FBI and the Secret Service in 1963 and 1964.

Jim Garrison interviewed Jack Martin in his office on December 14, 1966. Here is a link to a tape recording of that interview and a transcript. Martin talks about seeing Oswald in Banister's office with Sergio Arcacha Smith. But there are problems with his story.

Previous Relevant Blog Posts on James DiEugenio

James DiEugenio isn't aware that a report on Oswald and the CIA is online.

Why does James DiEugenio write for one of the major agents of Russian disinformation?

Mr. DiEugenio thinks that I libeled him, but his accusations are all over the map.

Was Lee Harvey Oswald at an anti-Castro training camp in the summer of 1963?

Was David Ferrie at an anti-Castro training camp in the summer of 1963?

James DiEugenio accepts a phony story as fact.

Bill Boxley was not a CIA plant.

Clay Shaw was not Clay Bertrand.

A response to James DiEugenio about my writings.

Prouty couldn't back up any of his allegations when he was interviewed by the ARRB. You wouldn't believe the lame excuse offered up by DiEugenio.

Why does Oliver Stone support so many dictators?

DiEugenio has no understanding of Permindex/CMC

DiEugenio gets it all wrong on the Mannlicher-Carcano

The conclusion on the Mannlicher-Carcano.

Over the past ten months, I have debunked every witness cited by DiEugenio regarding Clay Shaw and David Ferrie.

Over the past several months, I have shown in multiple blog posts how Oliver Stone's documentary series, JFK Revisited and JFK: Destiny Betrayed, misleads viewers. In fact, despite months of work, there are still many more misleading segments that need to be addressed. It's no wonder that the fact checkers of Netflix nixed the airing of the films.

There is a choice between four hours of tendentious nonsense (JFK: Destiny Betrayed) and two hours (JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass). As a handy guide for viewers, here are all those posts in order of their appearance in JFK: Destiny Betrayed and JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, preceded by some general critiques.

The Viewer's Guide has now been updated to include the sources from my new book, Oliver Stone's Film-Flam: The Demagogue of Dealey Plaza.

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