Don's Blog: Clay Shaw and Oliver Stone

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Clay Shaw and Oliver Stone

 In my book Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, I discuss in great detail the case against Clay Shaw in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as well as provide the most complete account of Clay Shaw's life ever produced.

After laying dormant for almost 23 years after Shaw's acquittal in 1969, Oliver Stone's film JFK in 1991 re-ignited intense interest in Clay Shaw and his possible involvement in JFK's assassination.

Now, three decades later, Oliver Stone has again produced a film, this time a documentary, that apparently make some of the same assertions. I haven't seen it yet, and based upon the reviews I have read, I am not rushing to see it. However, I am a fan of Oliver Stone's moviemaking abilities, and I do intend to see it eventually.

Based upon repeated viewings of JFK, and upon my own research, I have long doubted that Oliver Stone truly believes that Clay Shaw had any role in the JFK assassination. His movie JFK has, if one watches and listens closely, many scenes and statements that give away, so to speak, the great weaknesses in the case against Clay Shaw. Those included highly suggestible witnesses and prosecutorial shenanigans, as well as contradictory accounts by the major witnesses.

But Oliver may be in too deep to publicly change his position. I thought at one time there was a chance of that, but I'm no longer sure-far from it. I do urge openminded individuals to see the documentary and make up their own minds. Perhaps, over time, Oliver will come around. I couldn't think of a more talented filmmaker suitable for correcting the record.


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