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11 March 2019

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Mark A. O'Blazney

"because that son of a bitch turned his head at the last second"_________ sirhan x2......... QED....... everybody gets the bobby kennedy they deserve...sigh+

Barry Ryder

Mel,

Many thanks for the review of this ridiculous book.
In addressing the ‘six myths’ of the RFK murder, you’ve pretty much negated the entirety of Pease’s nonsense.

Out of curiosity, I read through the brief ‘look inside’ sample of the book that appears on the Amazon site. I was actually moved to laughter. Pease writes of a chance meeting between two strangers; an unnamed woman and a man called John Fahey. We read that within a very short time of these two individuals meeting, the woman was confiding in Fahey of a plot to kill RFK! Pease relates,

‘The girl asked for Fahey’s name, where he worked, what he did for a living. Fahey answered and asked what she was doing at the hotel. “I don’t want to get you involved,” she said.’

But, of course, like all good conspirators on a mission, she does tell ‘Fahey’ what she ‘doing’. So we read on.

‘[Fahey’s] bigger surprise came with her next question. Could he come to the hotel tonight, to the winning reception, to watch them get Mr. Kennedy?

“What do you mean?”, Fahey asked.
“Well, they’re going to take care of Mr. Kennedy tonight.”
At this, Fahey felt uncomfortable and wanted to leave [...]’

Well, if ‘Mr. Fahey’ (if he ever even existed) felt uncomfortable it was probably because he thought that the mysterious, verbose, unnamed woman was a nut case.

Invented scenarios like this abound in the books churned out by conspiracy freaks. The above sampling might easily have been written by any number of ‘researchers’. This kind of free-form fantasizing is the stock-in-trade of writers such as Matthew Smith and Joan Mellen.

Curiously, this incredible ‘encounter’ was never included in the earliest works of Kaiser, Moldea, or Houghton. How did they miss it? ‘John Fahey’ appears nowhere in the official investigation or Sirhan trial. Where is he? He’s not in the Kranz report either. I think that we all know where Mr Fahey is. Inside the addled mind of Lisa Pease.

My thanks to you, Mel for the review. My thanks also go to Lisa - for the laugh.

Barry Ryder (London)


Barry Ryder

Hi again, Mel

Many thanks for your email and detailed correction. Clearly John Fahey did exist and he was interviewed by the FBI. I was, therefore, wrong to doubt his existence.

However, I’d been unable to find him in Houghton or Kaiser (both 1970) because he was referred to by a different name –Robert Duane. The circumstances and details of the meeting and car journey are the same for both names so it would seem that my two early sources got his name wrong but the details of his allegation right. Do you have any thoughts on how this confusion might have occurred?

In any event, the FBI’s conclusions about Fahey’s dishonesty are damning of him and his fabricated story. That being so, one has to ask, why on earth does Pease relate his "story" in support of her conspiracy contentions?

Fahey was damaged goods but, Pease is so desperate to concoct a conspiracy scenario that she uses his fable anyway. Speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

Regards

Barry Ryder (London)

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