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Ian Griggs

DPUK Canterbury Seminar

Next weekend on April 23rd and 24th there will be another seminar run by Dealey Plaza UK, yours truly shall be there and will give 2 one hour talks.

I shall be extensively reporting about this after the event on this website. 

                                                          Programme                                             

 

Saturday 23rd April

09.45m – 10.00am            Introduction to the Seminar  by  Stuart Galloway

10.00am – 11.00am          Confusion over the Rifle by  Alaric Rosman

11.00am – 11.15am         BREAK                

11.15am – 12.15pm          Prayer Man & Texas School Book Depository by Bart Kamp

12.15pm – 1.45pm            LUNCH

 1.45pm – 2.45pm              2nd Floor Lunch Room Encounter and Oswald’s Interrogation by Bart Kamp

 2.45pm – 3.45pm              National Security Response on Nov 22nd v other major events    Larry Hancock (telephone)        

3.45pm – 4.00pm              BREAK:  

 4.00pm – 4.45pm              Fingerprints of Intelligence Part 2 – Back in the US of A by Paul Brown

 4.45pm – 5.30pm              The Cuban Underground by Jean Shields                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

Sunday 24th April

09.30am – 09.45am         Address in Memory of JFK by Barry Keane

09.45am – 11.00am          The DPUK Auction by Mike Dworetsky 

 11.00am – 11.10am           BREAK 

11.10am – 12.00pm            CIA and Oswald  – Question & Answer Session  with Malcolm Blunt & Bart Kamp

12.00am – 12.45pm           Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cold War (film or possibly a Q & A session)  with  Greg Parker

12.45pm – 1.45pm              LUNCH 

 1.45pm – 2.45pm               Presidential Assassinations  by  Bill Beadle

 2.45pm – 3.30pm               The Dallas Police Force by Ian Griggs           
3:30pm – 3.45pm                     Closure of the Seminar

A chat with Ian Griggs


Yesterday I met up with Ian Griggs, author of No Case To Answer.

He has been researching this case for decades and he has visited Dallas many many times (he has lost count). A former police officer himself he has dug into the Dallas Police Department more than anyone else. In the DPD section I show a brief summary of how the DPD was organised. This is all thanks to him and his  tenacious efforts in compiling this.

Obviously we discussed mostly Dallas Police related matters, and we went down his memory lane while he showed me around in his house of which one room was a mini museum with his collection, of which I post a few shots down below. I hope to do a proper interview in the near future.

Ian has interviewed quite a few people such as Beverly Oliver, James Tague, Jim Leavelle, Warren Caster to name a few, but his specialty lies with the DPD, of which he is writing another book which hopefully will be published later this year.

Some of our discussions:

  • After his article on Postal Inspector Harry Dean Holmes called The Four Faces Of Harry Dean Holmes, he was contacted by family members of Holmes and they were less than pleased with his assessment. Well they better not look at my page then ;)
  • He has been acquainted with Marina Oswald-Porter on a talk panel and she even bought him a massive plaque  of JFK. He said she asked him if he wanted some thing from an antique shop to which he replied your country is not old enough to have an antiques shop (which is a joke in case you missed it, although it has some truth to it). She went into the shop and bought it for him for about $ 25.00. Some researchers’burned’ Marina Porter, not much later and now she will not talk to anyone, which is a real shame as I and a few other scholars would love to talk to her.

JFK Plaque gifted by Marina Oswald-Porter to Ian Griggs. Pic: Barto.

  • He has tried to contact Harry Olson’s former missus Kay Coleman a few years back, but was warned not to pursue this any further. Kay Coleman remarried and lives in Ca.

Kay Coleman on the right with Jack Ruby.

  • Will Fritz bred horses.
  • The so called recording room right opposite Will Fritz’s Homicide and Robbery Division office, was not wired for sound.

Dallas Police Department Floor plan. Courtesy of No Case To Answer by Ian Griggs

 

  • Ian Griggs had a decommissioned Mannlicher-Carcano rifle. I had no measuring tape so could not say how long it was, but the rifle was broken apart, so I just held the wooden part of it and I can tell you now that there is no way that rifle could be inside the paper bag since this piece is way too long. I could not cup this underneath my shoulder and inside the palm of my hand.

Holding a Mannlicher-Carcano, which is way too long for cupping it. Pic: Barto

 

Colony Club flyer signed by Beverly Oliver

Colony Club flyer signed by Beverly Oliver. Pic: Barto

 

Dallas Police Buckle. Pic. Barto

Dallas Police Buckle. Pic. Barto

 

Jim Leavelle and RC Graves autographed phoptograph of Ruby shooting Oswald

Jim Leavelle and R.C. Graves autographed photograph of Ruby shooting Oswald.

 

  • Ian also had a nice collection of newspapers from that period, I produce two here with some interesting bits related to ‘our’ case, I hope to be able to reproduce more in the future.

Kingsport Times Nov 22nd 1963. Pic: Barto

 

Kingsport News Nov 23rd 1963. Pic Barto

 

  • Last but not least a time sheet of some major Dallas Police Department Officers from Nov 1963.
Dallas Police Department Time Sheet Nov 1963

Dallas Police Department Time Sheet Nov 1963

I hope to see Ian again at the Dealey Plaza UK Canterbury conference on April 23rd/24th where I will present a Prayer Man talk and also will be doing a Q&A with Malcolm Blunt.

I have also been notified that my chat with Rob Clark of the Lone Gunman Podcast has become the highest listened to show so far, not bad indeed! Thank you Robbo!!!