Was Lyndon Baines Johnson the main conspirator in the plot to murder John F. Kennedy? In my book review of The Man Who Killed Kennedy, The Case Against LBJ by Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro, the answer may be yes! I wrote about this new book two weeks ago and thanks to Skyhorse Publishing, I had a chance to read it. With the 50th Anniversary of the JFL assassination tomorrow on Friday, it seems like a good time to render my verdict. Of the some 2,000 books written on the subject since that fateful day in Dallas, Texas, I′ve probably read at least 30 or so and this book by Stone is one of the better ones. Roger Stone was a political junkie from his teenage years, working on Republican campaigns. His access to men of power, from learning politics at the knees of Richard Nixon to being a soldier in the Ronald Reagan revolution, gives him a unique pedigree. So is he right about LBJ being behind the JFK assassination?

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To buy the Warren Commission Report, that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone-nut gunman, you have to buy a great deal of luck and coincidences. Aside from the Magic Bullet theory, there are many points where Oswald would have had to been psychic, or just plain lucky, to have pulled it off by himself. One example is the fact that Oswald spent the night of November 21, 1963, in Irving, TX, where his wife and child lived. According to the Warren Report, Oswald commuted to work the next morning with the rifle, wrapped in paper, and his pistol, as both weapons were stored in Irving. The problem with this is that the final motorcade route was not decided upon until four days before, and was not made public until published in the Dallas Times Herald newspaper the very morning. Since the paper is not circulated in Irving, the only way Oswald would know that Kennedy would be driving by the Texas School Book Depository Building is that somebody tipped him off.

Solving crimes involves establishing the means, motive and opportunity of the criminal to commit the crime. Lyndon Johnson had all three and in spades. Johnson knew everybody who was anybody. J. Edgar Hoover was his neighbor in Washington. Johnson′s ties to the CIA were rock solid. Johnson′s ties to the Mob were well defined. LBJ knew all the players in Texas, from oilmen to defense contractors. D. H. Byrd was both and was a long time friend and business partner with Johnson. Byrd also owned the building that housed the Book Depository. He hated Kennedy so much that after the assassination, Byrd had the window from the 6th Floor removed and placed in his living room as a trophy!

For motives, there were plenty. Johnson faced scandal from two old election fraud cases that were about to explode and made public. It was common knowledge that Kennedy would dump him as Vice President by those inside the Beltway. There never was any love between LBJ and the Kennedys. Facing political obscurity and even a prison sentence, Johnson had few options left. All of his friends hated the Kennedys. Oilmen were mad that Kennedy was going to repeal the oil depreciation tax exemption. Defense contractors were mad about canceling programs. Hoover was facing being forced to retire from the FBI. The Kennedys vowed to shatter the CIA into a million pieces. The Mob hated Bobby for his crusade against them.

For opportunity, Johnson had it all. Dallas was HIS town! The mayor was an old pal whose brother had been fired from the CIA by Kennedy. The chief of police was a ′Johnson man′. As mentioned, the very building the crime allegedly occurred from was owned by a good friend. The whole trip to Texas was Johnson′s idea. Kennedy′s people balked at Jack going to Dallas, a city that was literally considered ′enemy territory′. Lyndon was tight with the Secret Service and had a lot of pull in the planning of the details.

Roger Stone puts together a very convincing argument in his case against LBJ. Especially quoting from many biographers and researchers about Johnson the man. One described him as a ″functional lunatic″! Johnson would hold meetings while having a bowel movement in his toilet. LBJ would walk around naked, proud to show off his manly penis. He was a pathological liar, narcissist, vile, contemptible sort. Stone also goes into a good deal of background concerning several other murders that Johnson may have ordered. His personal hitman, Malcolm ′Mac′ Wallace, was a bold killer. Oddly enough, while police found only two smudged fingerprints that may have been Oswald′s on the 6th Floor of the Book Depository, the police did find one which matched Wallace perfectly. So what was Wallace doing there?

With the 50th Anniversary of the JFK assassination tomorrow, I am happy to write a book review of The Man Who Killed Kennedy, The Case Against LBJ. Published by Skyhorse Publishing, Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro have put together one of the better books of the subject of who killed John F. Kennedy and why. Lyndon Baines Johnson fits the bill to a tee as somebody who could have organized and pulled off the crime of the century. I give this book four stars and an ear.