David: Is there any original reporting in the book or is it derivative or based on existing evidence/information?
There's not a whole lot of "new" stuff in the book. But there are a few things in there that I don't think
have been printed in book form before. In a Q&A that Mel Ayton prepared for a radio interview, Mel answered the question this way.....QUESTION: Does the book include any evidence which is new?
MEL AYTON: Beyond Reasonable Doubt includes an appendix by JFK assassination researcher Michael O’Dell, who provides scientific evidence that the acoustics evidence in the JFK case, ‘proving’ a second gunman fired from the Grassy Knoll, is flawed.
The book also includes excellent rebuttals of numerous claims made by conspiracists regarding the numerous myths surrounding the assassination, particularly the following:
Was CE399 a planted bullet?
Was JFK's motorcade route changed at the last minute?
The so-called “Mysterious Deaths”.
The “Secret Service Standdown” myth.
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A related comment about something that has bothered me since the book came out (and I am partly to blame for not catching this before the book was released)....
The blurb on the back cover of the book, where it says a "clear motive"
for Oswald's actions is provided in "Beyond Reasonable Doubt"
, is grossly overstated. And I wish like heck that that boastful blurb could have been changed before the book was printed.
I say "overstated" because Lee Oswald's motive can only be GUESSED AT
by authors. No definitive or absolute
motive has ever been established or proved to explain why Oswald shot President Kennedy. We can really only take educated guesses
. So any book that claims Oswald's motive was "clear" is probably overstating the situation. So that's why I wish I had been able to change that word ("clear") to "probable" on the back cover of BRD
. My apologies to any readers who find that blurb to be an exaggeration....because I agree....I think it's an exaggeration too. But, rest assured, I wasn't the person who wrote that word in that blurb that appears on the book's As a guest, you are not allowed to view links.
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Along related lines, I was
able to get a similar piece of wild exaggeration on the back cover changed and reworded so that it conforms with reality a little better. That one originally claimed that Mel and I "challenge each and every allegation"
relating to a possible cover-up in the assassination. I was able to get the ridiculously overstated "each and every" claim reduced to "important allegations". Because all readers will easily be able to tell that a 471-page JFK book could not possibly "challenge each and every allegation" that conspiracy theorists have offered up since 1963.
Why do publishers have to exaggerate in their blurbs so much? Obviously, the publisher wants to paint the book they're releasing in the best possible light, and they will only say good things about the contents of the book. But why do they feel the need to exaggerate to the point of absurdity (which is what I think our publisher did with respect to those two blurbs I just discussed)?
Did you, for example, interview a Slawson or Coleman or any other still living WC staffer?
Thanks, good luck with the book.
, Steve. NOTE / EDIT ---
Sales are way up today. BRD
is ranked #77,589 at Amazon as of this minute (11:55 AM EDT on March 9, 2015). That's the best ranking for the book that I've seen thus far at the As a guest, you are not allowed to view links.
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site. Maybe Duncan's forum can work miracles after all. :)