Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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March 21, 2014

Local historian to discuss JFK assassination on Sunday

Shaw speaking at Layland Museum

Cleburne resident Gary Shaw, author and John F. Kennedy assassination historian, will discuss that historic Nov. 22, 1963, day and its aftermath at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Cleburne’s Layland Museum, 201 N. Caddo St.

The free event will be held in the museum’s upstairs theater. Museum officials note that there is no elevator to the upstairs area.

Shaw began researching Kennedy’s assassination shortly after the Warren Report was released in 1964. That report, which concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, didn’t ring true to Shaw and many others, he said.

Shaw wrote several books on the subject, including last year’s “JFK Has Been Shot,” which he co-authored with the late Dr. Walter Crenshaw and Jens Hansen. That book is a reissue — with new material added — of a 1992 book titled “JFK Conspiracy of Silence,” which topped the New York Times best seller list. 

Crenshaw was one of the doctors at Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital who worked on Kennedy on Nov. 22 and who also questioned the subsequent “official version” of Kennedy’s assassination.

Shaw has taught courses on and spoke on JFK’s assassination numerous times through the years, garnering both criticism and praise for his work on the subject.

Shaw said his interest in JFK’s assassination lies in presenting facts and truth, not pushing an agenda.

“I wouldn’t trade for the experience,” Shaw said. “I’d do it again. I can’t not do it. It is important because the American people can stand the truth.”

Shaw, whose research into the assassination was featured in a Nov. 22 Times-Review story, said on Thursday that, while he’s enjoyed researching the assassination all these years, he rather hopes Sunday will be his last hurrah with JFK.

“This appearance is really more than the last time,” Shaw said. “I’m hoping this is the last go around. But, the book’s republished and it’s been doing well and the [50th anniversary] of the Warren Commission is September so I may get some more requests, but I’m ready to wind down on it.”

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