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Was Guy Banister's Office at 544 Camp Street?

Just where was Guy Banister's detective agency located?


Here is his letterhead:

His address is pretty clear - 531 Lafayette Street, not 544 Camp Street.


In addition, here is an excerpt from one of his newsletters - hardly the stuff of a crack detective agency:


People going to 544 Camp Street in 1963 would have not have found Guy Banister's detective agency. In fact, while 544 Camp Street and 531 Lafayette Street were entrances to the Newman building, they were not connected. Here is an excerpt from a PBS Frontline interview with Joe Newbrough, who worked for Banister:



Just to illustrate - here is a picture of the two entrances:

On the left (A) is 544 Camp Street; on the right (B) is 531 Lafayette Street - the entrance for Banister's office; and (C) on the second floor, Room 6, was Sergio Arcacha Smith's office.


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 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.


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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