The crazies began cracking in on the case in the late 60s. There are still folks (most of them now decidedly older) advocating all manner of individuals in on the purported hit in Dealey Plaza now. Some researchers treated these allegations with varying levels of interest in the pre-ARRB era; indeed, some useful authors like Henry Hurt explored some potential button men. For the most part; however, serious investigators never pinned their belief in a conspiracy on the personal identification of an individual on the knoll.
Today, many commentators for and against conspiracy seem to agree on one thing. Were a plot enacted the shooters had to have been highly professional, and drilled. Moreover, any hint of a conscience or loose mouth and their lives would have been forfeited before and after the event.
They also consider identifying button men in Dealey Plaza as being akin to chasing ghosts. The very thing professional killers train to become. Those conspiracists state that authorities identified some dubious ancillary figures in Dealey Plaza that day, and there may or may not be some photo identifications. (1)
Files: A Party Over Before it Began
Hence, a vast majority of respected conspiracy believers (surprisingly even cranks like Fetzer) do not believe the wild tales of a one James E. Sutton aka Jimmy Files. For my part, I have always found the background tale of how Files’ story came about more fascinating than allegations of his involvement.
He certainly was not a “ghost” in the classical assassin mold. For starters, it appears he never spent the necessary hours training to become a Presidential level marksman. Were anybody to read Files’ story, given to Bob Vernon in 1994, he’d feel underwhelmed with fear.
He was only about 20-21 years old. Furthermore, it appears the mob assassins were still undecided concerning how the hit would unfold in Dallas by 10:30 am that day. Moreover, how Files was initially hired as a driver was essentially the last minute edition to the hit squad. It all seems a little too sloppy for me. (2)
Therefore, I advise the reader to look up Shackelford, McDonald, Eaglesham, and Prouty for further comment on the Files saga. If one looks at the backgrounds of these other men, you can’t help but feel the Files story was possibly deliberate disinformation via the FBI. (3) (4) (5)
For all of the above problems there are some wholly decent people on the “JFK Murder Solved” site advocating for Files. Some of the forum members and Files’ supporters have contributed some okay stuff to the JFK record outside of Files. Pre “Alien Agenda,” Jim Marrs and Dealey Plaza campaigner Bob Groden (whom we shall see more of) Jesse Ventura (when with Dick Scott he is good, but abjectly awful without) are perhaps the most notable (6)
Another Nutty Professor
There are other Files supporters; however, who have contributed little to the case and Professor Jerry Kroth is one of them. However, before we hit his disastrous advocacy of Files, let us briefly examine his other embarrassing conspiracy claims. Due to the amount of crud Kroth talks, I advise the reader to check out the corresponding sources/footnotes I have linked that debunk his many claims.
Kroth has a curious writing style conspiracists of the con artist variety employ. Termed the “false balance” technique, it sells an illusion to the unwitting. Kroth; nevertheless, is as subtle as a brick in the testicles.
In 2003, Kroth got in on the JFK buzz, his book “Conspiracy in Camelot: A Complete History of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Assassination” is stock standard bad JFK research. Despite the revelations of the ARRB,, and good work done by groups like CTKA, COPA, Lancer, and Gaeton Fonzi (for example) Kroth ignored them.
Instead, he effectively used “JFK” the film as an outline and gave an updated breakdown of Jim Marrs “Crossfire” and Bob Grodens “High Treason”. The problem is how can anyone present a complete history of the JFK case using outdated sources? Moreover, when did using compromised information concerning JFK’s sex life make for a balanced look at any conspiracy? Moreover, how does the use of liars like Judyth Baker, Madeleine Brown, and Barr McClellan, ever prove one? (9) (10) (11) (12) (13)(14)
Orbiting Planet Kroth
Yet it does not end on terra; Kroth has a hard on for space and those darlings on “Ancient Aliens”.
As the readers have seen in my article concerning Fetzer and Dick Dolan, when the conspirahypocrite idiot brigade start buying into the MJ-12 bull spread by UFO kooks, they invariably worship at the altar of Jim Marrs.
Unsurprisingly, Kroth received inspiration from Marrs ill-advised 1995 travesty “Alien Agenda” for his lame 2010 book “Aliens and Man: A synopsis of Facts and Beliefs”. Marrs one redeeming feature is a “take it or leave it” approach to his work. He does not jam his views down one’s throat.
However, his pox-ridden material since JFK and his refusal to criticize the cranks who champion the worst of his writings like Dolan, and Kroth (amongst many others) has undermined any credibility he once had. (15) (16)
A classic example of Kroth’s “false balance” is his naming the works of Zechariah Sitchin, and Klas Von Danikan “unscholarly” or “sensationalist”. Nonetheless, in the course of a few pages, he endorses the perspectives of their idiot spawn Dave Hatcher Childress and Giorgio Tsoukalos. Therefore, could it be Kroth was cashing in on or ripping off what he saw on the “Ancient Aliens” pilot in 2009? (17)
Four of his seven chapters “Archeological Intimations of Ancient Visitations”, “Mythological Visitors”, “Paranormal Evidence for Extraterrestrial Contact: Crop Circles” and “Biological Evidence for Extraterrestrial Contact” certainly indicate this is the case. Which leads to another point… No serious ufologist believes this bull, nor do credible JFK researchers to whom Kroth is obviously a sad joke.
Kroth Spoiling the Broth, and Defiling Files
Kroth is an arrogant, dishonest, incompetent, opportunist hack down there with the very worst pond scum like Fetzer. He does not present any real evaluation of beliefs, evidence, and opinion to his conspiracy work. He just pushes badly discredited agendas.
Thus, let us return to Kroth and Jim Files. Last year was the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s death. Kroth, ever the snake oil opportunist, bought out his book “Coup d’etat: The assassination of President John F. Kennedy” a revamp of his bogus foray ten years earlier.
Kroth’s star assassin was still Files; nevertheless, Files supporters are not impressed.
When one champions the cause of an individual or event, one has to understand the grass roots of the case.
Recently, I explored the opinions of McCann critical groups across the Internet. It was thanks to their work that I was able to find the best sources.
I then felt obliged to pay these folks back by presenting their viewpoints in the best possible light. They appreciated the effort, and I am humbled it became a successful article. Let us look at how Kroth repaid the toilers at Murder Solved, in so doing taking a big dump in his own nest.
On one 2013 presentation, he completely butchered his analysis of Files and his alleged accomplice Nicoletti (an important individual for those who believe Files’ scenario). (18)
For two, he claimed meeting with Files in prison. Yet Files best friend also has close ties to the MS forum and has the power of attorney over every one of Files communications. He acknowledges Kroth exchanged some letters with Files, but he stated this was years ago; furthermore, Kroth never, ever, met with Files in the clink.
For his part, Files himself has requested Kroth stop speaking on his behalf. Of all the hits to Kroth’s credibility this has to be the king hit – cya Jerry!
Therefore, I say a heartfelt thanks to the Murder Solved forum for smashing Kroth, and ironically Jimmy Files. (19)
References & Image Credits:
(1) JFK Lancer
(2) JFK Murder Solved
(3) Book of Life
(5) Manuscript Service
(8) TSW: Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory
(10) CTKA: Dead Men Update
(11) W Week
(12) Political Assassinations
(13) Oswald’s Mother
(14) CTKA: Coogan Jones
(15) TSW: Craziest Conspiracy Theorists You Never Want to Meet
(16) TSW: Giorgio Tsoukalos and Why Ancient Aliens Needs to be Taken Off the Air
(18) JFK Murder Solved
(19) JFK Murder Solved: Kroth
(21) Wikipedia: Assassination of JFK