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The Decline of Guy Banister

Guy Banister's behavior was noted to be violent and erratic on numerous occasions during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In fact, in 1957 he lost his job as Assistant Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department when, while drinking, he pulled a gun on a waiter in a French Quarter bar; and on March 31, 1964, he was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after allegedly brandishing a pistol at three youths on a city bus.

Here is an article from the States-Item on the assault:



When Banister's suspension ended in June 1954, he was transferred to the NOPD's Planning Department. He refused the position and was fired. He subsequently opened his private detective agency, Guy Banister Associates. His physical and mental health were deteriorating, however, and the agency was unsuccessful.


Banister was evicted from his office in June 1964 after being delinquent in his rent for nearly a year. He was in the process of moving into his mistress's home when he died of coronary thrombosis on June 6, 1964.


"The firing had a great emotional effect on Guy," his sister-in-law told researcher A. J. Weberman. "I think that was sort of the beginning of Guy's end. He started drinking pretty heavy at that time, more so than usual, and he started having family problems. He left his wife, Mary Wortham, and moved out. We didn't see much of him. It was just sort of downhill from there on. Mary had Guy put in the hospital for observation, and some tests, and the doctor called Ross and me down there -- 'cause we were about the only family he had, and showed us a brain wave test that he had done. And the doctor said Guy had had a series of small strokes."


Here is an excerpt from the HSCA deposition of Aaron Kohn, Managing Director of the Metropolitan Crime Commission of New Orleans:


Banister -- probably insane before he died . . . former assistant chief of police in New Orleans (?) . . . A violent man, heavy drinker . . . Went all the way down before he died (in either June or July 1964) . . .

The CIA had good reasons not to use Banister's detective agency back in the early 1960s.

He was a shadow of his former self - a drunk and violent man - a person who could not even pay his rent.



Previous Blog Posts on the Fake Oswald Handbill


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


An examination of where the fake handbill came from.


A look at James DiEugenio's use of the fake handbill.


Jefferson Morley is the latest researcher to use a fake Oswald handbill.


Previous Relevant Blog Posts on Guy Banister


Guy Banister's office was at 531 Lafayette and his office was not connected to the office at 544 Camp Street.


Guy Banister couldn't pay his rent in 1964 and was evicted.


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.


Garrison told the HSCA some ridiculous stories about Banister.


The film JFK explanation is not right.


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.




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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