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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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  • At June 3, 2016 at 8:05 PM , Blogger Steve M. Galbraith said...

    Mr. Carpenter: Congrats on the Shaw book which I just finished up reading this weekend.

    Two questions if I may about Shaw and his relationship with the CIA. There's conflicting reports as to whether he was compensated for his information that he provided the CIA (Hunter Leake and the DCS) and over how extensive this relationship was.

    One report here,, says he was "a highly paid CIA contract source." Another, here: says he received on remuneration. Were you able to settle this?

    Second: Do you know where he passed a security clearance and whether his homosexuality led to the CIA cutting off any relationship? It's curious to me that things apparently completely ended in 1956.

    Thanks for your help and congrats again on the book.


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