The threads of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination theories stretch far and wide with one connecting Midlothian, Cleburne and former Times-Review reporter Pete Kendall, who passed away in July.
“Almost 18 years after revealing to the Times-Review that Karen “Little Lynn” Carlin was alive, Gary Shaw has officially pronounced her dead,” Kendall wrote in 2011, a follow up to one of Kendall’s earlier Times-Review articles from 1993.
Carlin, a minor character in the events during Kennedy’s Nov. 22, 1963, assassination, is probably long forgotten by most if she was ever remembered at all. Cleburne resident Shaw is one of the premiere JFK assassination researchers, having authored or co-authored several books on the subjects. His latest book on the subject, “JFK Has Been Shot: A Parkland Hospital Surgeon Speaks Out,” which Shaw co-authored with Dr. Charles A. Crenshaw and Jens Hansen, updates, adding new material to the trio’s earlier book, “JFK Conspiracy of Silence,” which topped the New York Times Bestseller List.
Two years after Kendall’s 2011 article, Shaw said that Carlin, so far as he knows, is still dead and gave new information about his failed 1992 attempt to meet with her in Detroit.
Karen Lynn Bennett Carlin, aka “Little Lynn” worked for a time as a stripper at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club on Commerce Street in Dallas. She later willingly or unwittingly served as Ruby’s alibi after he shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the man suspected in Kennedy’s assassination and charged for the murder of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit later that same day.
“[Little Lynn] was a pretty girl, and she was arm candy for Ruby and made a lot of trips with him,” Shaw said.
Trips that allegedly included meetings between Ruby and mobsters Santos Trafficante Jr., Carlos Marcello and other, as Kendall put it, “goon elements.”