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Mike Farrell, of M*A*S*H fame, and Sylvia Meagher

Updated: May 24

One of the many interesting documents I found in the Sylvia Meagher archives was a series of letters between Mike Farrell and Sylvia Meagher. This was many years before he became famous as the star of the TV show M*A*S*H. Meagher took great exception to his comments on Jim Garrison.

Here is his first letter to Sylvia Meagher:

Here is her reply:

Here is his next letter:

Here is Meagher's reply:

Meagher writes that she has a "determination to have no association of any kind whatever with any committee or group which is so misguided or so unprincipled as to endorse or embrace the New Orleans "investigation" under the pretense of seeking the truth about the assassination."

Mike Farrell's replies that he "cannot make any determination as to the completeness, the validity or the folly of his case" and that he is "willing to wait until the trial to see this and on the basis of that evidence I will make up my judgment."

Here is Meagher's reply:

Meagher references her letter to the New York Review of Books.

She also writes:

If Garrison had done and said nothing after having booked Shaw for allegedly conspiring to assassinate President Kennedy, the benefit of doubt and the presumption of innocence would still be due Shaw, as a matter of right and law, until such time as he was pronounced guilty by due process. But Garrison has been anything but silent. He has peppered us with a stream of escalating pronouncements and accusations with constantly altered and elaborated versions of what happened at Dealey Plaza, which have no internal consistency or coherence, which are either totally unsupported by factual evidence or accompanied by "evidence" (e.g., the "code" P. O. Box 19106) which a ten-year-old child would find unconvincing and a twelve-year-old would recognize as the crudest form of fabrication. If anyone argues that Garrison has license to broadcast an unending stream of unsupported or insupportable charges, but that his critics have no right to repudiate or denounce his gross violations of fact and logic, it would be difficult to consider it merely "misguided."

You can read all about Garrison's skills as a cryptologist here.

The next day, Meagher wrote another letter:


Paul Hoch has sent me some links about Mike Farrell and the JFK assassination.

Farrell wrote about the JFK assassination in his 2007 book, Just Call Me Mike.

Here are some of his thoughts from 2018:

Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H): I was getting in my car after auditing an English class at Orange Coast College and heard the news on the radio. JFK was the first president I was old enough to vote for and he meant a great deal to me for lots of reasons. It was difficult to take it all in. I sat in front of the television stupefied, as many people were. I watched Jack Ruby shoot down Oswald in the Dallas police department garage and then tried to figure out what the hell was going on. I felt betrayed when the news media, which used to characterize Lyndon Johnson as a local yokel from Texas, was suddenly calling him the savior of the country. I began to think something is terribly wrong here. I think we’ve never been told the truth about Kennedy’s death, his brother’s or Martin Luther King’s. And the country is a lot worse because of the result.

Farrell took exception to a History Channel documentary about the JFK assassination.

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Sylvia Meagher's Letter to Look Magazine

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Sylvia Meagher and Jim Garrison, Part One

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Sylvia Meagher and Jim Garrison, Part Two

An unpublished Meagher memo on the trial of Clay Shaw.

Sylvia Meagher and Jim Garrison, Part Three - a never before published article by Meagher

Another unpublished Meagher memo on the Garrison investigation and Warren Report critics.

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Sylvia Meagher's letter to the Editor regarding Garrison's interview in Playboy Magazine.

Sylvia Meagher's Reaction to the Verdict in the Shaw Trial

Meagher writes Harold Weisberg with her comments on the verdict.

Two Letters to Jim Garrison about "A Heritage of Stone"

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An exchange of letters between Thornley and Meagher.

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Meagher writes Thornley about Lane's comment on RFK.

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Meagher writes Thornley with an opinion.

M. S. Arnoni and Sylvia Meagher Take On Jim Garrison...

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Meagher writes Weisberg about the damage Garrison is doing to critics of the Warren Report.

James Phelan Writes to Richard Popkin

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Sylvia Meagher Replies to Richard Popkin

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