November 22, 1963
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"If you shut up the truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way."
- French author Emile Zola
"Treason does never prosper.
What's the reason?
When it prospers,
None dare call it treason."
Sir John Harrington
The murder of J.D. Tippit
"The killing of Officer Tippit is the Rosetta Stone of the JFK assassination"
- Wesley J. Liebeler, Warren Commission counsel
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In 1994 James Files provided this picture of himself and an unidentified man to Bob Vernon after conducting the on camera interview, that was later released as "Confession of an Assassin" by MPI Home video. James Files provided this picture after Vernon asked him if he still had pictures of himself from 1963.
Files told him to get in touch with his aunt Kay where he kept his files. Aunt Kay then gave Vernon two contemporary pictures from his storage shed. The one above, and the other one taken by Lee Harvey Oswald in the Dallas motel prior to the JFK assassination. Vernon was pleased and expressed his appreciation. He also asked Files: Who is the other guy? Files replied that he did not want to go into that. However Vernon asked why not and pressed on a little bit. Files eventually said something like: "Off the record, that's the guy who killed Tippit."
I am not sure if Files intended Bob Vernon to publish that information on the Internet, frankly I don't think so, but since he has, the picture has been on the website www.jfkmurdersolved.com long before I came on the scene, and long before I had ever heard of James Files. But naturally the identity of this mystery man has intrigued me for years, ever since I first saw it. Also, since the picture shows James Files and a real man, I wondered why the man, or any of his relatives or friends, have never come forward to deny the allegation.
Surely there must have been people who have recognized him, if not the man himself. And if he would not be the man who killed officer Tippit, you would expect people to come forward to deny the allegation, especially if it could be easily proven that James Files wasn't telling the truth. I have always thought that this circumstance alone adds weight to the veracity of James Files.
I have cracked my brains for years on who it could be. I have compiled lists of candidates, mob guys, undercover agents, cuban exiles, etcetera, most of which I could cancel out quickly because there are known pictures of most candidates and they did not resemble the man in the picture. I have asked around, and was sent on some wild goose chases, false leads and dead end roads.
Based on the information from James Files, we are looking for a tall caucasian man that
- was born and raised in America, and died recently, according to Files.
- was from Chicago, as he was an aquaintance of James Files.
- was 25 to 35 years of age in 1963.
- has no widely known connection to the Kennedy assassination.
- was probably not called for the Warren Commision or the House Select Committee on Assassinations.
- was an undercover intelligence agent.
- worked for David Atlee Phillips (as did Lee Harvey Oswald).
- knew Lee Harvey Oswald, otherwise he could not have been sent to kill him.
- may have had a similar training as Lee Harvey Oswald
- looks to have a large reddish spot on his forehead just below the hairline.
James Files with his aunt Kay and uncle Arnold (both deceased)