The Big Issue : Edition 550
20 THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 17 NOV–3 DEC 2017 THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES STARTED THE MOMENT JFK DIED... THEPRESIDENTWITHHISWIFE,JACKIE,JUSTBEFORETHEFATALSHOTS.PHOTOSBYGETTY THE WAY BARR McClellan tells it, he was first told who masterminded the assassination of John Kennedy over a beer at Scholz Biergarten in downtown Austin, Texas. It was late 1966, or early 1967. Fellow Texan Lyndon Baines Johnson was president. McClellan was a lawyer at an Austin law firm. He was socialising after work with a partner in the firm. “There, over mugs of beer served under the scattered patterns of a late afternoon sun reaching through the trees and across the outdoor tables, John casually remarked, ‘If the truth be told, Clark arranged the assassination of Kennedy’.” Clark was Ed Clark, head of the law firm, who had been by LBJ’s side since the 1930s, as his mentor, his financier, his bag man, his fixer, his lawyer. And now Clark was his Ambassador – to Australia. An ambassador with whom the President kept in close contact. Seven years later, as McClellan tells it in his book Blood, Money & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK, he was told the same thing again, by another partner in IT HAS BEEN 54 YEARS THIS MONTH SINCE JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED. AFTER MORE THAN FIVE DECADES OF THEORIES ABOUT WHO KILLED JFK, POLLING IN 2013 SHOWED THAT 60 PER CENT OF AMERICANS DON’T BELIEVE THAT LEE HARVEY OSWALD WAS THE SOLE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDER. AND AS REPORTERS, GOVERNMENTS AND CONSPIRACY LOVERS ALIKE TRAWL THROUGH THE NEW STACK OF DECLASSIFIED JFK DOCUMENTS, MICHAEL EPIS TAKES A LOOK AT ONE THEORY THAT TIES THE ASSASSINATION TO AUSTRALIA.