Let me start out by saying that Oliver Stone is only slightly more credible than Hillary Clinton and that I don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories. I do confess that years ago when his wife became president, I did believe there had to be a second gunman on that grassy knoll. Someone is now writing a biography of Stone, with Stone’s help and approval. Stone has told him that a man who was dying confessed to being part of the Kennedy assassination plot. This person, known only as “Ron” allegedly told Stone that Kennedy’s assassination was an inside job.
Here is the Zapruder film slowed down and enhanced:
After making his acclaimed film JFK – which was sympathetic to conspiracy theories about the murder – Stone was contacted by a man claiming to have been a former member of the presidential security team.
Dying of cancer, the man wanted to share a secret that he had until then only told his son – that ‘somebody from his own team… had fired on the President’.
Lee Harvey Oswald was accused of shooting the president from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, only to be shot dead himself two days later by a local nightclub owner with connections to the criminal underworld.
Since then there have been question marks over whether Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots or – if he did it – who was he working for?
There have also been suggestions that at least one of the fatal shots was fired from a nearby grassy knoll.
Stone, 69, said his doubts about ‘Ron’ were dispelled. As a former marine in Vietnam, the film-maker was convinced by the ‘military jargon’ and intricate details within an account that he describes as ‘plausible’ and ‘very authentic’.
He decided to reveal the man’s confession for the first time to Matt Zoller Seitz, who is the author of a forthcoming book on Stone, the Oscar–winning screenwriter and director whose classics include Platoon, about the trauma of the Vietnam War.
Asked why Stone waited until now, Seitz says: ‘I think it was because he trusted me, and also because both the father and the son have been dead for a while.