Vince Palamara- author of "Survivor's Guilt" and "JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda"

Vince Palamara- author of "Survivor's Guilt" and "JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda"
Vince Palamara- author of "Survivor's Guilt" and "JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda"

Vince Palamara: author of two books

Vince Palamara: author of two books
Vince Palamara- author of two books


“The Kennedy Detail” repeats constantly an alleged Kennedy quote about "Ivy League charlatans" that the author tries to convince (brainwash?) the reader into taking what was simply an off-hand quote/joke by JFK and turn it into a proclamation of strict procedure protocol-an astute comment from a reader



President Kennedy's Secret Service White House Detail +

President Kennedy's Secret Service White House Detail +
President Kennedy's Secret Service White House Detail + various other important/ temp/ PRS agents, as compiled from the massive collection of the leading authority on the Secret Service, especially during the JFK era: Vince Palamara

Secret Service JFK

Secret Service JFK
Various JFK era agents

Secret Service JFK

Secret Service, JFK, President Kennedy, James Rowley, Gerald Behn, Floyd Boring, Roy Kellerman, John Campion, William Greer, Forest Sorrels, Clint Hill, Winston Lawson, Emory Roberts, Sam Kinney, Paul Landis, John "Jack" Ready, William "Tim" McIntyre, Glenn Bennett, George Hickey, Rufus Youngblood, Warren "Woody" Taylor, Jerry Kivett, Lem Johns, John "Muggsy" O'Leary, Sam Sulliman, Ernest Olsson, Robert Steuart, Richard Johnsen, Stewart "Stu" Stout, Roger Warner, Henry "Hank" Rybka, Donald Lawton, Dennis Halterman, Walt Coughlin, Andy Berger, Ron Pontius, Bert de Freese, Jim Goodenough, Bill Duncan, Ned Hall II, Mike Howard, Art Godfrey, Gerald Blaine, Ken Giannoules, Paul Burns, Gerald O'Rourke, Robert Faison, David Grant, John Joe Howlett, Bill Payne, Robert Burke, Frank Yeager, Donald Bendickson, Gerald Bechtle, Howard Norton, Hamilton Brown, Toby Chandler, Chuck Zboril, Joe Paolella, Wade Rodham, Bob Foster, Lynn Meredith, Rad Jones, Thomas Wells, Charlie Kunkel, Stu Knight, Paul Rundle, Glen Weaver, Arnie Lau, Forrest Guthrie, Eve Dempsher, Bob Lilley, Ken Wiesman, Mike Mastrovito, Tony Sherman, Larry Newman, Morgan Gies, Tom Shipman, Ed Tucker, Harvey Henderson, Abe Bolden, Robert Kollar, Ed Mougin, Mac Sweazey, Horace "Harry" Gibbs, Tom Behl, Jim Cantrell, Bill Straughn, Tom Fridley, Mike Kelly, Joe Noonan, Gayle Dobish, Earl Moore, Arthur Blake, John Lardner, Milt Wilhite, Bill Skiles, Louis Mayo, Thomas Wooge, Milt Scheuerman, Talmadge Bailey, Bob Lapham, Bob Newbrand, Bernie Mullady, Jerry Dolan, Vince Mroz, William Bacherman, Howard Anderson, U.E. Baughman, Walt Blaschak, Robert Bouck, George Chaney, William Davis, Paul Doster, Dick Flohr, Jack Fox, John Giuffre, Jim Griffith, Jack Holtzhauer, Andy Hutch, Jim Jeffries, John Paul Jones, Kent Jordan, Dale Keaner, Brooks Keller, Thomas Kelley, Clarence Knetsch, Jackson Krill, Elmer Lawrence, Bill Livingood, J. Leroy Lewis, Dick Metzinger, Jerry McCann, John McCarthy, Ed Morey, Chester Miller, Roy "Gene" Nunn, Jack Parker, Paul Paterni, Burrill Peterson, Max Phillips, Walter Pine, Michael Shannon, Frank Stoner, Cecil Taylor, Charles Taylor, Bob Taylor, Elliot Thacker, Ken Thompson, Mike Torina, Jack Walsh, Jack Warner, Thomas White, Ed Wildy, Carroll Winslow, Dale Wunderlich, Walter Young, Winston Gintz, Bill Carter, C. Douglas Dillon, James Johnson, Larry Hess, Frank Farnsworth, Jim Giovanneti,Bob Gaugh,Don Brett, Jack Gleason, Bob Jamison, Gary Seale, Bill Sherlock, Bob Till, Doc Walters...

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Agents of Shield: Our overbearing Secret Service

Agents of Shield: Our overbearing Secret Service


WASHINGTON, October 3, 2015 — Former Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine claimed in 2010 that actress Marilyn Monroe was in President Kennedy’s company only twice, and briefly.
In his memoir, “The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break their Silence,” he wrote that “These were the only … times that I or any of the agents I have discussed this with remember Marilyn Monroe being in proximity to the president.”
That same year, Ronald Kessler’s book, “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect” hit the bookstores.
“According to Secret Service agents, Kennedy had sex with Marilyn Monroe at New York hotels and in a loft above the Justice Department office of then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the president’s brother,” wrote Kessler.
Agent Blaine either lied or was well outside the protective ring established by his fellow presidential bodyguards, those agents dedicated to preserving the mystique of Camelot by covering up JFK’s many infidelities.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

My new book JFK: FROM PARKLAND TO BETHESDA comes out next month!

My new book JFK: FROM PARKLAND TO BETHESDA comes out next month!

An all-in-one resource containing more than 15 years of research on the JFK assassination

A map through the jungle of statements, testimony, allegations, and theories relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this compendium gives readers an all-in-one resource for facts from this intriguing slice of history. The book, which took more than 15 years to research and write, includes details on all of the most important aspects of the case, including old and new medical evidence from primary and secondary sources. JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda tackles the hard evidence of conspiracy and cover-up and presents a mass of sources and materials, making it an invaluable reference for anyone with interest in the President Kennedy and his assassination in 1963.

Editorial Reviews


"Very good! Quite a useful tool---I'll refer to it often." - Dr. Gary Aguilar, author

"This is a great reference work!" - Author Robert Groden

"An encyclopedia of the medical evidence"- Author William Matson Law

"Vince Palamara is a Secret Service expert"- The History Channel, November 2003

“[Vincent Palamara is], unquestionably, the main authority on the Secret Service with regard to the assassination [of John F. Kennedy].” —Vincent Bugliosi, New York Times-bestselling author, Helter Skelter

“The facts as outlined would sustain a charge of gross negligence without the possibility of refutation from any source . . . a great book.”Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden on Survivor's Guilt

“The most accurate, detailed, and factual report on the John F. Kennedy assassination ever.” Secret Service Agent John Carman on Survivor’s Guilt

From the Author

This book tackles every possible angle of the medical evidence in the Kennedy murder mystery and does not merely "cherry pick" only certain handfuls of sources as other books have a tendency to do. This book is all-encompassing and exhaustive in its detailed look at the most important evidence in the JFK assassination. The reader will take away three important factors when reading this book: 1. They will learn many fascinating specific details regarding the JFK assassination medical evidence.
2. Evidence of conspiracy and cover-up in the Kennedy murder case will leap out from the many entries from primary witnesses who were there, not merely "theorists" or authors with an agenda.
3. They will have a unique, all-in-one-place study guide/ road map/ GPS through the massive mountain of sources regarding the biggest crime of the 20th century.

For all intents and purposes, nearly every prior book on the Kennedy case, either for or against the notion of conspiracy and cover-up, has always come from either a primary witness or an author with an agenda or "theory". This massive work takes a neutral look at the case by providing a much-needed "everything-but-the-kitchen-sink", "no-stone-unturned", all inclusive look at the most important avenue of the crime: the medical evidence. In the process, the author has uncovered much new and overlooked materials, based on years of research and contacting many primary witnesses, as the author did with his first book, as well. Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy is the ultimate book on the Secret Service. JFK-From Parkland to Bethesda: The Ultimate Kennedy Assassination Compendium is the ultimate book on the medical evidence.

From the Inside Flap

I first began working on this book in July 1998, shortly after a fire at my home, as a means to distract myself in a pleasant way as the fire restoration workers completed their tasks. The project soon took on a life of its own as what was once just a passionate hobby became an obsession, with the goal of compiling every known (and unknown/ overlooked) medical evidence related bit of testimony, statements, and excerpts I could find.
Starting merely with a wish to make sense of the disjointed 26 volumes of the Warren Commission I owned at the time (rare books I later sold and which are now available, scanned and free to the world, online), I soon began to have a dream of clarifying and compiling the work of the HSCA, the then just-ended work of the ARRB, all the countless books written on the case, etc.
In short order, the book became a labor of love and, although somewhat secondary to my pet project of Secret Service studies, evolved into an important work on its own terms.

From the Back Cover

NO OTHER BOOK has ever compiled virtually every known statement or revelation related to the JFK assassination medical evidence.
After 50-plus years, there CAN be fresh revelations and discoveries in the JFK assassination murder mystery and this book is the ultimate place to start!


Vince Palamara is the leading civilian Secret Service authority. His first book, "Survivor's Guilt- The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy" (2013), took over 20 years to research and write and has garnered much favorable reaction. His second book, "JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda: The Ultimate JFK Assassination Compendium" (2015), took over 15 years to research and write and has also garnered much favorable reaction. Palamara has appeared in over 100 other author's books, radio, television/DVDs, newspapers, at national conferences, and many online resources. Watch for Vince's appearances in four major forthcoming documentaries and DVDs in 2015 and beyond!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Oswald did it...and JFK helped, too? MY 2010 AMAZON REVIEW OF "THE KENNEDY DETAIL"

Oswald did it...and JFK helped, too?

As the leading civilian authority on the Secret Service, especially regarding the JFK/ LBJ era, and as someone who interviewed and/ or corresponded with close to 80 former agents between 1990-2006 (roughly double the number of former agents interviewed for this book), I was, needless to say, very much interested in what former agent and author Gerald Blaine (a nice gentleman I spoke to twice and corresponded with several times via e-mail), along with co-author Lisa McCubbin and fellow former agent Clint Hill (a very close friend of Blaine's to whom I had sent a 22-page letter to and spoke to very briefly and who also wrote the Foreword), had to say about President Kennedy and the tragic events of November 22, 1963, when the Secret Service failed in the worst way, costing the nation the life of our President. As a total stranger and an outsider, my contacts with the former agents were very much in the "cross examination" mode (often eliciting begrudging, not-too-friendly responses), while, as a trusted insider, it is fair to say that Blaine's contacts would be of the "direct/ friendly examination" variety. This dichotomy will become important for a number of reasons.

I am as certain as a human being can be that it was my lengthy letter to Clint Hill that led to the genesis of this book----I sent it in June of 2005 and received a very cantankerous "non-reply" when I phoned the gentleman this same time period. Also, during this very same time period, as Blaine admitted to the Daily Sentinel's Bob Silbernagel for his 5/23/10 article, Blaine began contacting as many living former agents who served President Kennedy for his book as he could (it is important to note that I also made contacts with Mr. Blaine during this time period, as well). Why am I so certain that my letter was a catalyst? As an ardent critic of the Secret Service's performance in Dallas (going much further than the two government "investigations", the Warren Commission and the HSCA), I sent Mr. Hill, in effect, a "Cliff Notes" version of my research for my own book ("Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect The President"), spelling out why I came to be certain that fellow former agents Floyd Boring (the number two agent on the Kennedy Detail and the Secret Service planner of the Texas trip), Shift Leader Emory Roberts (the commander of the agents in the follow-up car in Dallas), and William Greer (the driver of JFK's limousine on 11/22/63) were grossly negligent before, during, and after JFK was assassinated. Judging by Mr. Hill's "response" (or lack thereof), my attempt to address my concerns did not go over very well, to put it mildly.

As it bears directly on "The Kennedy Detail" , just what specifically are my concerns? Simply put: many of these former agents (and several White House aides), including several who passed away years before this book was even a thought, such as the number one agent on the Kennedy Detail, Gerald Behn; one of the three Shift Leaders, Arthur Godfrey; the number two agent on LBJ's detail (who ALSO had protected JFK), Rufus Youngblood; Sam Kinney, the driver of the follow-up car in Dallas; Robert Bouck, the Special-Agent-In-Charge of the Protective Research Section; Frank Stoner of the Protective Research Section; Maurice Martineau, the Acting-Special- Agent- In- Charge of the Chicago Office who protected JFK from '61-'63 whenever he came to the area; John Norris of the Uniformed Division; Dave Powers, the former curator of the JFK Library who rode in the follow-up car many times, including on 11/22/63; author Helen O'Donnell, daughter of the late Ken O'Donnell, JFK's Chief of Staff (based on her memory and her father's many audio tapes); and many others, told me, in no uncertain terms, that President Kennedy was a very nice man, NEVER interfered with the actions of the Secret Service, and, most importantly, DID NOT ORDER THE AGENTS OFF HIS CAR (nor did O'Donnell, as verified by the aforementioned Helen O'Donnell, Art Godfrey, and Sam Kinney and, by extension, Dave Powers)! With regard to the Tampa, FL trip of 11/18/63, not only do many existing films and photos all along the long motorcade route depict agents on the rear of JFK's car, Congressman Sam Gibbons, who RODE IN THE CAR WITH JFK, told me that he heard no such order from JFK for the agents to be removed in the first place AND that the agents rode the rear bumper all the way. Surprisingly, the number two agent, Floyd Boring (who passed away 2/1/08 and to whom I spoke to twice and corresponded with once), told me the same thing: namely, that the "Get-The-Ivy-League-Charlatans-Off-The-Limo" tale (first told by the late author William Manchester, who had interviewed Gerald Blaine, Clint Hill, and Emory Roberts, but not Boring) is false---Boring never said that to him, never spoke to Manchester in any case, the tale is not true, and that, once again, JFK was a very nice man, very cooperative with the Secret Service, and never interfered with their actions at all! Agents of the Kennedy Detail who conveyed similar knowledge to myself---that JFK never interfered with their actions--- were Walt Coughlin, Winston Lawson (the lead advance agent for Dallas), Don Lawton (who rode on the rear of the car 11/18/63), Abe Bolden, Robert Lilley, Frank Yeager, Gerald O'Rourke, Sam Sulliman, Vince Mroz (now deceased), Larry Newman, and, quite surprisingly, Gerald Blaine himself, a little over a year before he began writing his book!

Although very well written, along with some nice photographs, as well, "The Kennedy Detail" is really a thinly veiled attempt to rewrite history (a la Gerald Posner and Vince Bugliosi, who believe 11/22/63 was the act of a single lone man) and absolve the agents of their collective survivor's guilt (and to counter the prolific writings of a certain reviewer). In the eyes of those from "The Kennedy Detail", the assassination was the act of TWO "lone men": Oswald, who pulled the trigger, and JFK, who set himself up as the target. Simply put: President Kennedy WAS indeed a very nice man, did not interfere with the actions of the Secret Service, did not order the agents off his limousine (in Tampa, in Dallas, or elsewhere), and did not have his staff convey any anti-security sentiments, either. The sheer force and power of what these men all told me, a complete stranger, in correspondence and on the phone, is all the more strong because, not only did they have a vested interest to protect themselves, the vast majority believe that Oswald acted alone and that all official "stories" are correct. Floyd Boring, as agency planner of the fateful trip, in spite of what he forcefully stated to me, did indeed convey the exaggerated---some would say false--notion that JFK had asked that the agents remove themselves from the car 4 short days before Dallas, taking it upon himself to tell several Dallas agents, depending on who you choose to believe, either as an "anecdote" of alleged presidential kindness and consideration in not wanting to have the agents "over exert" themselves (what Boring told the ARRB's Doug Horne in 1996) or a strict "presidential admonition" to stay off the car (as Clint Hill conveyed to the Warren Commission's Arlen Specter, under oath, in 1964). In addition, the motorcycle escort was reduced to (as the HSCA put it) a "uniquely insecure" smaller formation for Dallas, allegedly because, as Boring told the ARRB (and as Win Lawson, assigned to the Dallas trip by Boring [and who would have been merely following orders], told the Warren Commission under oath), JFK allegedly didn't like alot of noise from motorcycles, although he had no problem in countless prior motorcades, including that very same morning in Fort Worth and the day before in San Antonio and Houston. Emory Roberts ordered an agent back from JFK's limo at Love Field (as this reviewer discovered back in 1991 and had popularized for the first time back in 1995 and, again, in 2003 on The History Channel, long before this clip became something of an internet sensation), recalled an agent during the shooting and, as Sam Kinney told me, ordered the men on the follow-up car not to move! For his part, Bill Greer slowed the President's car down during the shooting, twice looked back at JFK, and disobeyed Roy Kellerman's order to get out line (and denied all of this to the Warren Commission). Coupled with several---many?---of the agent's stated anger about JFK's private life (as stated to author Seymour Hersh, among others), these actions, inactions, and feelings are cause for concern.

That said, the vast majority of these men (Blaine included) are honorable former government employees that were merely following orders on that fateful day in Dallas. In light of the work of this reviewer, future pensions, professional and personal reputations, and so forth, "The Kennedy Detail" makes perfect sense. After the reviewer's letter to Clint Hill, it truly WAS "a book that HAD to be written".

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Understanding Hollywood-Style Presidential Propaganda From JFK To Trump

The portrayal of Secret Service officer George Hickey as killing Kennedy stemmed originally from 1970s research by Howard Donahue, a former high school friend of future Secret Service crew chief Emory Roberts.
Roberts, as it turned out, made many unexplained and indeed suspicious decisions in advance of JFK's killing. Roberts ordered removal of the agents standing on the presidential limo rear platform as part of  the standard protection against snipers during a motorcade.
Also, the Roberts detail's seven members including four who had been binge drinking the evening before the motorcade, some until the wee hours of Nov. 22. That drinking grossly violated rules requiring sobriety on such an assignment, especially in guarding the president in a city that included ultra-right haters of the president. Indeed, Kennedy had forced the resignation of the CIA's three top leaders, including Gen. Charles Cabell, the brother of Dallas mayor Earle Cabell.
Thus Roberts and his superiors extending up to the new president, Lyndon Johnson, and their institutional successors all had a motive to put in motion disinformation that would scapegoat the hapless retired agent George Hickey, especially after congressional committees began in the 1970s to reexamine the truth of the Warren Commission report and cover-up.

Secret Service Agents Tell Their Tales

This next section comes from Vincent M. Palamara, who interviewed more than 70 of the Secret Service's 300 or so agents during the JFK era for his authoritative 2013 book Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy. Palamara reported:
Special agent Sam Kinney decided to forego use of a protective "bubble top" in Dallas, not the President Kennedy or his staff as widely claimed by Secret Service defenders seeking to blame the president for his own death. Nonetheless, Palamara portrays Kinney as one of the "good guys" performing his job as best he could under the circumstances.
However, supervisory Emory Roberts forced agent Donald Lawton and "more than likely" agent Henry Rybka at Love Field in Dallas to step off their customary post riding a rear platform of the presidential limousine to use their bodies for protection.
A video widely seen on YouTube of that order has puzzled many viewers through the decades. Roberts can be seen standing up from a front seat perch in the limo following the president and issuing an order.  Lawson, at the lower right, is obviously puzzled and frustrated regarding why he was not being permitted to protect the president. Just one version of that three-minute YouTube clip has attracted five million viewers as of this writing. Its first frame is fuzzy but the rest is reasonably clear, given the technology of the era:

Friday, August 21, 2015

UPDATE: Speechless- U.S. Treasury release of CD3/ JFK assassination report on Amazon

UPDATE: Speechless- U.S. Treasury release of CD3/ JFK assassination report on Amazon
UPDATE 8/21/15: Just as the JFK Library removed the "Floyd Boring" identifications from the Love Field photos once I called attention to them, now Amazon added this very recently:
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Speechless- U.S. Treasury release of CD3/ JFK assassination report on Amazon
As an author, I am much aware that the product information near the top of the Amazon listing can only be edited and placed by the publisher. With this in mind, this is the official product information for the U.S. Treasury release Report of the US. Secret Service on the Assassination of President Kennedy [kindle only; released 6/30/15; note: when you click on "U.S. Treasury", other official publications come up]:
"Historical report on the JFK assassination. Never before seen evidence of Secret Service blunders that would ultimately transform the agency into one of the nations' elitist law enforcement entitites [SIC]."

Here is my Amazon review:
MORE WHITEWASH that is free online; do not waste your money! By Vince Palamara on August 4, 2015
The Kennedy Detail Secret Service agents should be ashamed of themselves- they put out books for massive profits while peddling the blatant lie that President Kennedy ordered them off the limousine, with the direct connotation that this false order was the reason they failed miserably in Dallas (never mind the fact that they limited the motorcycle formation, did not guard building rooftops like they did 11/18/63 and for years before the assassination [FDR-JFK], took the bubbletop off the limo, failed to properly advance such a dangerous location as Dealey Plaza certainly was, etc.).
This is Commission Document Number 3 [CD3] and is free online. The product information is priceless: "Historical report on the JFK assassination. Never before seen evidence of Secret Service blunders that would ultimately transform the agency into one of the nations' elitist law enforcement entitites."
Vince Palamara
Here is the free online link [I am much aware of this report and deal with it accordingly in my book]:

Monday, August 17, 2015

DO NOT sign assassination photos, Blaine and Hill- that is disgusting and creepy!

Finally- THIS is how you do it! If you are a former Secret Service agent under President Kennedy, sign THIS kind of photograph, not 11/22/63 photos (I'll even forgive the fact that this is going for 100 dollars on Ebay). Modern fenceline security- agents Ron Pontius and Paul Burns