Tuesday, October 29, 2019

CAPA - November in Dallas Conference

Greetings from CAPA,


CAPA PROGRAM FINALIZED – Please see timed schedule below.



Dr. Cyril Wecht, world-renowned forensic patholgist and chairman of CAPA will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

2019 Conference Schedule


8:30  to 9:30            Registration
9:30 to 9:35             Welcome – Dr. Gary Aguilar
9:35 to 9:45             Debra Conway – Book Room
9:45 to 11:45           Mock Court of Inquiry proceeding
11:45 to 1:30           Dealey Plaza Memorial/Lunch
1:30 to 2:30              Archivist Panel
                                    Mary Goolsby from Baylor
                                    Stephen Fagin, 6th Floor Museum
                                    Christine Sharbrough – Lead Archivist, Dallas Public Library
                                    John Slate – Dallas City archives
                                    Britney Crawford, Acting Director NARA JFK Collection
                                    David Knight – Coding
2:30 to  3:15            John Curington-“H.L. Hunt’s actions in the first 48 hours after
                                    the Assassination”
3:15 to 3:30             Break
3:30 to 4:15             David Denton -"The Newly Released Documents: What
                                    They Say About William Harvey's Potential Participation in
                                    the JFK Murder
4:15 to 5:00             Dr. Wecht/Dr. Aguilar – “Five Lines of Medical and Scientific
                                    Evidence Converge – A Shot from the Front”
5:00 to 5:15             David Mantik - “The JFK Assassination Survey”
5:15 to 5:30             Dan Storper – “Truth and Reconciliation Committee”
5:30 to 7:00             Dinner
7:00 to 8:00             James DiEugnenio – “FBI, JFK and Jim Garrison”
8:00 – 9:00              Russ Baker – “Strange Discoveries and Fertile Paths”
9:00 – 10:00            Bill Kelly – “Released and Withheld JFK Documents”


9:00 to 9:30             Bill Simpich (Dallas police intel role)
9:30 to 10:30           Forensic Panel (rifle and bullet fragments) - David Josephs, Cliff Spiegleman
10:30 to 11:30        James Wagenvoord (Life Magazine 1963 - backyard photos.)
11:30 to 1:00           Lunch
1:00 - 2:30                Rolf Mowatt Larsen, former CIA intelligence officer, “Marked
                                    for Assassination: Who Killed JFK?"
2:30 to 3:45             John Newman – “Turning Antonio Veciana’s Misdirection...."
3:45 to 4:00             Break
4:00 to 6:00             Judges Brandon Birmingham/Burt Griffin – “Jack Ruby
                                    Investigation and Trial”                           
6:00 to 7:30             Break before banquet
7:30  to 10:00          Banquet
                                    Remarks by Oliver Stone – Presentation of Profile in Courage
                                    Keynote speaker – Dr. Cyril Wecht “Post JFK, RFK, MLK Related
                                    Deaths – Circumstantial or Orchestrated?”


In keeping with CAPA’s ongoing efforts to pursue the truth and seek justice for the JFK assassination, CAPA will be conducting a mock Court of Inquiry at the conference. A Court of Inquiry is a unique Texas procedure used to examine allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and wrongful convictions. Members of the CAPA legal committee will argue that the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald should be expunged because of a lack of probable cause that he shot President John F. Kennedy. This would clear his name officially and leave the case technically unresolved opening the door to a real investigation. The CAPA legal committee hopes to file an actual Court of Inquiry petition in the future and will be using the mock hearing as a rehearsal or dry run to see how a state court judge will respond to the evidence. To that end, the attorneys will experiment with different arguments to see which lines of evidence would work best in an actual hearing.  Judge Jay Karahan, retired, will be the presiding judge.

MEET THE ARCHIVISTS’ PANEL - The panel will consist of archivists from the major JFK Collections who will discuss the current holdings in each of the participant's repositories, the process to access this material, and suggestions for archiving collections for researchers in the future.

Panel members:
Stephen Fagin, Curator of the 6th Floor Museum;
John Slate, Head Archivist for the City of Dallas;
Mary Goolsby, Archivist at Poague Library, Baylor University;
Britney Crawford, Acting director of the NARA JFK collection
David Knight- on coding.
John Curington, H.L. Hunt’s personal attorney and special assistant from 1957 to 1969 will speak about Hunt’s actions in the first 48 hours after the assassination.

David Denton, History Professor, Olney Central College, and Head of  the JFK Historical Group, will speak on “The Newly Released Documents: What They Say About William Harvey's Potential Participation in the JFK Murder and the Faulty Intelligence that JFK Received About Vietnam."

Dr. Cyril Wecht and Dr. Gary Aguilar - “Five Lines of Medical and Scientific Evidence Converge – A Shot from the Front ”

Dr. Cyril Wecht – CAPA Chairman
Dr. Gary Aguilar - CAPA Board Member

Dr. David Mantik – Has conducted a unique survey of JFK assassination researchers he will report on.

Dan Storper – of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee will talk briefly about his new organization founded by David Talbot, and the Ten Points of Agreement.

James DiEugenio, author of “Destiny Betrayed,” will speak on “The FBI, JFK and Jim Garrison”

Russ Baker –Longtime investigative reporter, author of the bestseller “Family of Secrets,” and editor in chief of the news site WhoWhatWhy, discusses some of the more interesting findings in the course of his 10 year research for his next book, a comprehensive forensic investigation of the JFK assassination, “Strange Discoveries and Fertile Paths.”

Bill Kelly – JFK researcher and blogger will speak about “Released and Withheld JFK Documents”


Bill Simpich will discuss the intelligence unit of the Dallas Police Department and its role in the investigation/coverup of the JFK assassination.

FORENSICS PANEL - Using modern analytical tools, a panel will review some of the forensic evidence regarding the rifle and bullet fragments used by the Warren Commission and HSCA to support the conclusions of their reports.

Cliff Spiegelman, Senior Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Editor Emeritus for Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, Statistics Advisor to the Texas Forensic Science Commission

David Josephs, a long-time researcher who has written extensively on the JFK assassination

 James Wagenvoord - Former Life Magazine executive will reveal the inside story of the Zapruder film, the alteration of certain photos associated with the assassination, and the “backyard” Oswald photos

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center. Prior to joining the Belfer Center, he served for 23 years as a CIA intelligence officer in various domestic and international posts. He is a recipient of the CIA Director's Award, the George W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, Secretary of Defense Civilian Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Intelligence Superior Performance Medal. The title of Mr. Larssen’s presentation  is “Marked for Assassination: Who Killed JFK?." Drawing on his 23 years as a CIA clandestine services officer recruiting spies and hunting moles, as well as his access to classified CIA files, he will offer the perspective of a CIA case officer who understands how the agency plans and carries out operations. He will be laying out an outline or template through which researchers can perhaps reassess the facts and/or modify the analytical basis for finding a breakthrough that might establish what really happened, and who did it

John Newman - author of many books on the JFK assassination, will speak about research for his new book volume which will demonstrate how Antonio Veciana’s years of deception about his case officers (laid out in Volume III, “Into the Storm”) reveals a roadmap of new leads he will be pursuing in his upcoming Volume IV—“Armageddon.”

Judge Brandon Birmingham - Ruby Trial Judge 
Burt Griffin, former Warren Commission attorney who assisted in the investigation of Jack Ruby, along with Judge Brandon Birmingham, will speak about the Ruby trial. Judge Birmingham arranged for original, nonpublic documents and artifacts possessed by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office relating to the Jack Ruby trial to be made public.



The conference will be held 22 and 23 November 2019 at the new Marriott Courtyard hotel at 310 South Houston Street in the Dallas Downtown/Reunion district which is just two short blocks from Dealey Plaza.


The Marriott Courtyard rooms are sold out.

Two other hotels have agreed to block 20 rooms each. The sister hotel to the Marriott will block 20 rooms at the same rate as the Marriott ($139 plus taxes). It is three miles from Dealey Plaza but they have a shuttle that will transport people to and from. HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON DALLAS MARKET CENTER - Phone number  (214) 819-9700 – here is the link to register online

The other hotel is La Quinta next door to the Marriott near Dealey Plaza. They have blocked 20 rooms at the rate of $146/night plus taxes. They will hold the rooms until Nov. 7th or they sell out whichever occurs first. Reservations can be made only by phone -  800-753-3757.

Please mention you are with CAPA to ensure you get the discounted rate at both hotels.
November is a busy time in Dallas and the hotels fill up quickly.

JFK Lancer President Debra Conway will continue to operate the book and collectibles store at the conference. If you have JFK related materials such as collectibles, photos or campaign materials that you would like to sell at the 2019 CAPA NID conference, please contact debraconway@jfklancer.com for more information.

Please note that CAPA is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which means that your payment to CAPA is considered a donation and can be deducted as a charitable expense on your income tax return. As you can see on the CAPA website, annual dues to be a member of CAPA can be as little as $50.

PLEASE NOTE:  The prices listed below will be in effect until November 8, after which the prices will go up and attending the banquet will not be an option as we must give notice to the hotel the number of people attending the banquet. After November 8th, the prices for the conference will go up as follows:

Non-member conference only – from $110 to $125
Member conference only – from $90 to $105
Conference Only
Conference Only/CAPA Member – $95
Conference Only/ Non CAPA Member – $110
One Day Admission without Banquet Dinner – $90
Conference with Dinner
Conference with Dinner/CAPA Member – $150
Conference with Dinner/Non CAPA Member -$175
One Day Admission including Banquet Dinner – $140
Spouse admission (including Banquet Dinner): $95 
Banquet Dinner only – $75

To register for the conference, please go to our website https://capa-us.org/ and click on the orange link “CAPA November in Dallas Conference.”

Thank you all for your support of CAPA and its  worthy cause - Pursue the release of withheld records -  Find the Truth -  Seek Justice.

Best regards
Glenda de Vaney
Chair, Membership Committee

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