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  • Writer's pictureFred Litwin

Mark Lane: The Left's Leading Hearse-Chaser

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

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Lane was not one to be fastidious with data. The glaring errors and extravagances in some of his statements cast unfortunate doubt on the rest of them. He tantalized the Warren Commission with a story about a meeting a week before the assassination between Ruby, the slain police officer J. D. Tippit (killed shortly after Kennedy) and the man who printed up "Wanted for Treason" posters with JFK's picture on them [sic: it was an ad in the Dallas Morning News]. But the affidavits were never forthcoming. In a press conference to call for a new investigation, Lane disclosed that Robert Kennedy had revealed his sympathy for such efforts in a letter to British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, a supporter of Lane's. Kennedy, Lane said, urged the historian to "keep up the good work." Trevor-Roper vigorously denied the existence of the letter and ultimately denounced Lane. "Lane has never seen a lily without wanting to gild it," complains rival conspiracy researcher Harold Weisberg. "I only wish he were content to steal from others, but he has this urge to invent his own stuff."


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Previous Relevant Blog Posts

A profile from Esquire Magazine.

An Anthony Lewis column on Mark Lane from 1978.

Howard Roffman finds that Mark Lane's scholarship is lacking.

A profile of Mark Lane in Newsweek.

For $25,000 Mark Lane offers to introduce Jim Garrison to a witness that would tie Jack Ruby with Clay Shaw.

This post has a good case study of how Mark Lane exploited a redaction in a document.


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