2004-12-19 23:37:25 UTC
just what Rahn said that convinced Frazier "get on board"??
Welcome to the home page for Nonconspiracists United! We are a group of
like-minded people dedicated to setting the record straight on the JFK
assassination. By this, we mean that there is every evidence that one
shooter (Lee Harvey Oswald) could have done the deed alone, and in fact
did it, and that no solid evidence of conspiracy has been found in spite
of 41 long, hard years of trying by government and public alike. We feel
the need to come forward now because the unrelenting drumbeat of
conspiracy by a small, vocal band of researchers has persuaded 80% of
Americans that there was in fact a conspiracy, contrary to the absence of
evidence for it. We feel that misleading the American public in this way
has had serious consequences.
We established ourselves informally in 2003. Our first publication was
"Chance, not conspiracy, in the death of JFK," which appeared in
newspapers and Web sites in the U.S. and England in November 2003. This
short essay highlighted the role of chance in the assassinations of JFK
and Oswald, and demonstrated that chance left no room for conspiracy in
We are presently (December 2004) composed of 17 members, all with deep
backgrounds in the JFK assassination. Three of us hold the Ph.D. degree,
one the M.D., one a degree in chiropractic, and four the Master's. One of
us testified extensively before the Warren Commission, and one extensively
before the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Two of us have taught
college courses on the assassination. Five of us have published books on
the assassination, with a sixth due out in fall 2005. For further
information, see biographical sketches. We have our own E-mail discussion
group, administered by Ken Rahn.
We have just met in Toledo, Ohio, during 22-24 October 2004.
Comments from interested readers may be addressed to Kenneth A. Rahn
at ***@kenrahn.com or ***@uri.edu. We are especially interested in
hearing from individuals of similar persuasion who would like to join us
in setting the record straight about the JFK assassination.
Kenneth A. Rahn, Ph.D., is an atmospheric chemist, Professor Emeritus
at the University of Rhode Island, and lecturer in scientific writing at
Boston University. He is been interested in the JFK assassination since
1992, and taught a course on it at URI for a decade. A 30-year specialist
in neutron activation analysis (NAA), he (along with Larry Sturdivan) has
just published two peer-reviewed scientific articles on the NAA of the
bullets and fragments from the assassination, which show unequivocally
that two bullets from Oswald's rifle did everything that day. He founded
Nonconspiracists United in 2003.
Mel Ayton has a B.A. Honours degree in Politics and History and an
M.A. from Durham University. In 1988 he was a "Fulbright Teacher" in the
U.S. He has also worked in Bermuda and taught in Zambia. His first book,
Questions of Conspiracy, examined claims made by JFK conspiracy theorists.
It was updated and published in 2002 as The JFK Assassination: Dispelling
The Myths. In 2001 he published Questions of Controversy - The Kennedy
Brothers, which examined the controversial stories about John, Robert and
Edward Kennedy. In 2003 he served as historical adviser for the BBC's
television documentary The Kennedy Dynasty. He has recently completed
research on the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and is
presently researching the 1973 murder of Bermuda's Governor Sir Richard
Steve Barber is a drummer/percussionist whose work was seminal in
proving that the Dictabelt recorded by the Dallas Police Department that
allegedly contains sounds of the shots was actually recorded elsewhere. He
worked directly with a panel of the Committee on Ballistic Acoustics
(CBA), which included two Nobel prize-winning physicists, Norman F.
Ramsey, chairman of the committee, and the late Luis Alvarez, who were
hired by the Justice Department to reexamine earlier findings of the
acoustics experts hired by the House Select Committee on Assassinations,
who had concluded that the Dictabelt contained the gunshots that killed
President Kennedy. Most recently, Barber assisted several members of the
CBA panel who have regrouped for the purpose of examining a 2001 acoustics
paper published in a British Journal by Donald Thomas, who criticized the
CBA's findings. The members' report will be issued shortly.
John Cahill, Ph.D., is a freelance writer, historian, and fine-art
photographer. He collects vintage military firearms, is a competitive
shooter, and is interested in the ballistic and firearm aspects of the JFK
murder. He was trained as a historian, and holds the Ph.D. in Modern
German History from the University of Cincinnati.
Jean Davison is a free-lance writer. Her 1983 book Oswald's Game was
published by W. W. Norton and remains in the minds of many the seminal
work on Lee Harvey Oswald.
Joe Durnavich is a computer programmer and amateur photographer. He
has been active in debunking those who claim that the Zapruder film is a
Robert A. Frazier is a firearms specialist and a former career FBI
agent. He worked from June 1941 to April 1973 in the Firearms and
Toolmarks unit of the FBI Laboratory, primarily matching bullets and
cartridge cases with the firearms from which they were fired, plus
matching toolmarks with the tools that made them. The last two years, he
was promoted from Chief of the Firearms and Toolmarks Unit to Chief of the
Physics Branch of the FBI Laboratory, a supervisory position. He retired
in 1975, and worked in same fields at the Northern Virginia Crime Lab
until 1990, while self-employed as a consultant, mostly in civil cases
involving firearms. He has a B.S. in forestry from the University of
Idaho, 1940, and an M.S. in forensic science from George Washington
University, 1970. He is best known to JFK people as the FBI's lead agent
in the ballistics examinations and in the reconstruction of the shooting.
Joel Grant is a computer programmer. He has been interested in the JFK
assassination for nearly 30 years.
Robert Grossman, M. D., is chairman of neurosurgery at Baylor College
of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He was one of the physicians to treat
President Kennedy in the emergency room at Parkland Hospital, and has
recently come forward to share his recollections of the small entry wound
in the rear of the president's head. Along with three colleagues, he is
publishing a three-part neuroforensic analysis of the wounds in the
medical journal Neurosurgery, to try to clear up the confusion and
misimpressions on the injuries suffered by the president.
Max Holland has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for more
than twenty years. In 2001, he won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress
award for a forthcoming narrative history of the Warren Commission. He is
a contributing editor at The Nation and The Wilson Quarterly, and his
articles have also appeared in The Atlantic, American Heritage, the
Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. From 1998 to
2003 he was a research fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller
Center of Public Affairs. His work has also been supported by fellowships
from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities,
and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.
Martin Kelly, Ph.D., is a retired professor of psychology from the
Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upper New York State. His specialty
Patricia Lambert is a writer/editor. Her 1998 book False Witness: The
Real Story of Jim Garrison's Investigation and Oliver Stone's Film JFK is
widely regarded as the definitive work on both subjects.
Dale K. Myers is a 29-year veteran of radio and television who now
specializes in computer animation. In September 2004 he won a national
Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for
his computer-animated re-creation of the JFK assassination that was
featured in ABC-TV's 40th anniversary special Peter Jennings Reporting:
The Kennedy Assassination-Beyond Conspiracy. The animation also refutes
the conspiracy theories that have thrived for decades. In 1994, Dale won
three Emmys from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy, for his
computer creation Robo Jr., a six-minute short subject that he created,
produced, and directed. Dale has also written the critically acclaimed
book With Malice: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Murder of Officer J.D. Tippit.
Dave Reitzes is a free-lance writer. He received a B.A. in liberal
arts from the New School for Social Research in New York. A former
conspiracist, he now believes strongly in the lone-assassin explanation.
He has a Web site on the assassination, JFK Online, at
Rob Spencer has a B.A. in History from St. John Fisher College,
Rochester, NY, where he minored in Political Science and completed
extended concentrations in American, European, and strategic, military,
and diplomatic studies. He is presently using the sounds of two-wheeler
and three-wheeler motorcycles to document that the Dictabelt that
purportedly contains sounds from the assassination was actually recorded
by a three-wheeler, and so could not have come from Dealey Plaza. Rob is
currently a systems engineer in Rochester, NY.
Larry M. Sturdivan has a B.S. in physics from Oklahoma State
University and an M.S. in statistics from the University of Delaware. He
worked at the Ballistics Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground,
Maryland, from 1964 to 1972, and then at the Edgewood Research,
Development & and Engineering Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland,
from 1972 through 1995. He held levels of responsibility from bench-level
research to management, including Associate Technical Director for
Technology at the Research, Development & Engineering Center. He wrote the
majority of the casualty criteria for bullets, fragments, etc. used by the
U.S. and NATO, and has had contracts to update them. He consulted and
testified on ballistics to the House Select Committee on Assassination in
1978. He is currently a consultant in mathematical and statistical
modeling for LMS Scientific Applications. He has written an book entitled
The JFK Myths: A Scientific Investigation of the Kennedy Assassination,
which will be published by Paragon House Publishers, St. Paul, MN, in
early fall 2005.
Chad M. Zimmerman is a chiropractor from the Minneapolis area with a
strong interest in the JFK case. He presently also serves as one of the
three moderators on the newsgroup alt.assassination.jfk. He is interested
in firearms aspects of the shooting, and was recently part of the
Discovery Channel special program that investigated the "magic bullet." In
September 2004 he visited the National Archives viewed the original
autopsy photos and X-rays along with Larry Sturdivan. He has a Web site,