“How A Conspiracy Uncovered Came to Be”
by Lindsay Downs
I’m old enough, barely, not only to know but to recall where I was and what I was doing on November 22, 1963. For me the time was a little after 1:30 p.m., since I was living in Connecticut. Back up an hour and you’ll have the time in Dallas, Texas when the 35th President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated.
I, along with the rest of the junior-varsity soccer team, was practicing when our coach blew his whistle and called us to midfield. He informed us about what happened.
Over the next fifty-plus years, ignoring the REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT’S COMMISSION ON THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY, commonly referred to as the Warren Commission Report, many conspiracy theories have been postulated. Were these hypotheses right or wrong? From what I’ve heard and/or read, none of them made any sense whatsoever.
If there was a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy, then everything from start to finish had to have been planned out in minute detail. I’m talking finding the perfect shooter, preferably a sniper, along with his assistants. Then you have the trainers and a secret location in which to train. How did the men get to Dallas? What did they do before 22 November? Where did they go afterward? To accomplish all of the above would take a great deal of money, not to mention political connections. You would need a secret international organization, one with the wherewithal to make the assassination appear to be the work of one individual.
On occasion over the years, that fateful day in November would slip into my mind. Finally I started digging into all the questions and discrepancies I mentioned in the previous paragraph.
Slowly and methodically over the past three years, I started putting the different pieces of the puzzle together. On occasion I turned to the Warren Commission Report, but only as a guide. Finally, I had everything in place, so I sat down with my notes and interview tapes and wrote the book A Conspiracy Uncovered. Well, actually I’m writing what I was “told” by Professor Richard Dean, Jr. and Walter Johnson.
Twenty years after November 22, 1963, Professor Richard Dean, Jr. was in receipt of a package sent by Walter Johnson. Inside was a shirt matching the same one Oswald had worn. While searching out the truth, Richard, Jr. and his wife find out that the assassination was a conspiracy instigated by an international secretive society. Even though there were several naysayers, the attempts on Richard Jr.’s and others’ lives helped convince the cynics what Walter Johnson was saying was the truth. Richard Jr. learns Walter has a twin and the question is raised, is he here to help or kill his brother?
Take away what you wish, and leave what you wish.
Lindsay Downs–I’ve been an avid reader ever since I was old enough to hold a red-leather bound, first edition copy of Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake in my lap. My breakthrough came about in the mid 1970’s, when I read a historical romance by Sergeanne Golon, Angelique, which opened my eyes to the real world of fiction: stories about romance, beautiful damsels, handsome heroes, and plots which kept me hooked. With this new found appreciation of the written word, I took up other books and devoured them as a starving person would a plate of food. I then attempted to write again but still wasn’t satisfied, so I put it aside as other events entered my life. In the early years of the new millennium, I tried again to write but only met with limited success until 2006. A life-changing event brought me back to my love: I took a job as a security officer, allowing me plenty of time to read different genres. My favorites are regency and murder mystery. As I poured through everyone I could get my hands on, I knew this could be something I wanted to attempt. I’ve been published since 2008.
Since 2012 I’ve lived in central Texas. I’m also a member of Romance Writers of America.
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