KALAMAZOO GAZETTE (Saturday, 18 November 2000),p. A10. News Plus/Books 
& Authors.  [NOTE: This story was accompanied by a photo of the book cover.]


By Katherine Doud
Kalamazoo Gazette

Attorney Doug Weldon was 10 years old when President John F. Kennedy was
assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

The assassination troubled him then.  And it continues to haunt him.

Weldon, an attorney referee for the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court,
firmly believes "the American public was lied to" about the Kennedy
assassination.  As a result, he has spent nearly a decade interviewing 
surviving witnesses and struggling to discover what really happened 
in Dallas 37 years ago.

Weldon has been tenacious in his research, conducting a handful of 
interviews with Marina Oswald, the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald, who 
was charged with Kennedy's murder.  He has also interviewed many of 
the Dallas policemen who witnessed the assassination, and Madeleine 
Brown, long-time mistress of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Weldon has funneled his research into an essay entitled, "The Kenney 
Limousine:  Dallas 1963", which appears in a new book called "MURDER 
IN DEALEY PLAZA:  What We Know Now That We Didn't Know Then About the 
Death of JFK"(Catfeet Press, $19.95), edited by Kennedy assassination 
scholar James H. Fetzer.  Weldon will sign copies of the book at 
6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 6134 S. Westnedge.

In his essay, Weldon offers some extraordinary testimony that the 
Lincoln Continental which carried Kennedy in the Dallas parade was 
tampered with after the assassination by both the federal government 
and employees of the Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn.  Consequently, he 
believes a chief piece of evidence in the investigation of Kennedy's 
murder was lost.

Although the widnshield was a prime piece of evidence, Weldon believes 
the Secret Service may have ordered up to 29 duplicate windshields in 
order to obfuscate the truth.  He also inverviewed a former Ford Motor 
Company employee who distinctly remembers being ordered to break up and 
scrap the original windshield when the car mysteriously arrived at the 
Dearborn plant shortly after the assassination.

Weldon, who is currently expanding his essay into a book on the Kennedy
assassination, sadly came to the conclusion that "the evidence shows
overwhelmingly--beyond a reasonable doubt--that there was a conspiracy
involved in the killing of JFK.

The Warren Commission, created to investigate the Kennedy assassination,
wanted the American public to believe Lee Harvey Oswald single-handedly
killed the president with a shot from behind.  But "the evidence clearly
shows that there were shots fired from more than one direction", says 
Weldon, and that "a shot came through the windshield from the front of the
car", indicating there was more than one assassin involved.

MURDER IN DEALEY PLAZA offers substantial new information regarding the
Kennedhy assassination that also points to a conspiracy.  Much of the
information in the book was uncovered by the Assassination Records Re-
view Board, a five-member team created by Congress after Oliver Stone's
1991 movie "JFK" rekindled interest in the case.

Some 60,000 documens and records were released by this board, and they
indicate what Fetzer calls "a massive cover-up" in most every aspect of
the Kennedy investigation.  Essays in the book detail a bungled autopsy,
tampering with the now-famous Zapruder film of the assassination, and 
even duplicity on the part of the revered Journal of the American Medical
Association, which published extensive interviews with the doctors who 
treated JFK immediately after the shooting.

Weldon says he is invariably asked why he continues to pursue JFK's as-

"You tend to criticize those things that you care about.  And Americans
who care about this country should be concerned about what happened in
1963", he explains.  "If you study history you can see that the Kennedy
assassination . . . has had tremendous ripple effects on what has hap-
pened to our government."

Weldon also believes "that there are people alive today who were involved 
and who know the truth" of what really happened in Dallas, and the "window 
of time" in reaching those aging survivors is closing.

"Do I believe we can know the truth?  Yes", he concludes.  "But, mean-
while, we can acknowledge--if nothing else--that the American public 
has been lied to since 1963 . . . and we can demand, 'Why?'"



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