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Friday, April 1, 2016

Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw

In my biography of Clay Shaw, entitled Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, I discussed Shaw's life from start to finish in broad detail. The Jim Garrison investigation is largely considered to be discredited, although it has been resurrected here and there over the years.

However, it is still quite surprising how often Clay Shaw's name still comes up in conspiracy theories. Even among those who dismiss Jim Garrison's investigation overall, there seems still to be an underlying belief that Shaw must have had some involvement, however mysterious and unresolved, either in the assassination, or in "handling" Oswald during his time back in the United States after his return from the Soviet Union. The feeling is there, if the facts are often murky or missing.

My book should give the broadest possible canvas for those researching any role Shaw may have had, as it details numerous sources never before developed or written about. It can clearly be used in both directions, and has been.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Clay Shaw and Ruth Branigan

Even with the publication of my biography of Clay Shaw, Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, there remain a few unresolved questions. Clay Shaw was the only person ever prosecuted for alleged involvement in the JFK assassination.

One involves Ruth Branigan, who in the 1960s was in the Department of Merchandising at Old Dominion College (now Old Dominion University) in Norfolk, Virginia. I believe that she might have been a faculty member, but am not certain of that.

Although I spent some time on an attempt to flesh out the relationship, as I did with all of Shaw's friends and acquaintances, I never figured out how she and Clay Shaw knew each other, when they first met, or the extent of their friendship (she was obviously supportive of him after his acquittal).

If anyone knew or knows of this Ruth Branigan, please contact me by telephone, letter, or e-mail.

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Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, had a nice 2015

Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, a biography of the only man ever prosecuted for alleged involvement in the assassination of President Kennedy, has just finished a nice 2015. It was the first full year that a print edition has been available, and had good sales, buiding on the first two years when only the e-book was available.

It garnered some notable reviews, generally split along conspiracy (or the lack thereof) theory lines of thought. Any book on the assassination is bound to have that split, with two large hostile camps already in place for decades, so this was to be expected.

And, of course, it has had to find its audience, always challenging in this day when readers are bombarded with material from all sides and in all forms. But it is steadily working its way around the horn, so to speak.

Here's to an even better 2016!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nashville: The Mood Part 3 released in all major e-reader formats

Nashville: The Mood Part 3, the third volume in a series about the city, has been released on all major e-reader formats. The continuing story of tormented preachers, soulful prostitutes, uninspiring politicians and city officials, and the inner bitterness within, moves forward gracefully. Appropriate for all ages with a mature mindset.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Man Of A Million Fragments: The True Story Of Clay Shaw, A Biography Of Clay Shaw, Doing Quite Well

Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, my full-length biography of Clay Shaw, is doing very well. It has been clawing its way up from ground zero, and March was one of its best month since the e-book first appeared in late May 2013. The print edition came out in late July, 2014, and added a new dimension to its availability.

It generated some new favorable reviews this year, and continues to generate excellent reviews from those who really know anything about Clay Shaw and his era, the city of New Orleans and the international trade effort there in the 1940s through the 1970s.

Of course, it tends to generate negative buzz from those who object to some of its contents, even tiny portions of the book, and its overall conclusions, such as they are, but that is fair as well. No one who undertakes a project dealing with Clay Shaw can ever expect to have 100% positive response. but overall, it continues to find its audience, with a minimum of publicity and a maximum of good word of mouth.

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