J. Gary Shaw


Mr. J. Gary Shaw  is a first-generation researcher and the nation’s leading authority on the JFK assassination. A retired architect from Cleburne, Texas began studying the case the day after it happened.

While in still in high school, Gary and some of his classmates formed a "doo-wop" group calling themselves, “The Matadors.” After attending school during the day, the young group made the circuit of Dallas clubs during the night, including the Texas Theater.  It was at one of these performances the group was introduced to Jack Ruby who had come backstage after the show and asked them to join the artist’s guild in Dallas.

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After Ruby shot Lee Oswald in the basement of police headquarters, Gary realized something was wrong with the Warren Commission's conclusions and began collecting every newspaper, magazine and book he could find.

Gary met Penn Jones, Jr after reading Forgive My Grief self-published by Jones in Midlothian, Texas. Penn sold Gary two complete sets of the 26 volumes and Gary was hooked. He began a close relationship with Penn and eventually began writing articles for Penn’s newspaper, The Midlothian Mirror, and was convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt the true story of the assassination was not being told by the government.

Decades before the invention of the Internet, Gary has traveled thousands of miles across America interviewing individuals directly connected to the case. Some include, Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig; Lawrence Howard, William Seymour Gerry Patrick Hemming and Loran Hall who were members of INTERPEN (Intercontinental Penetration Fund). These men were involved in training anti-Castro groups to be used in the overthrow of Cuba.

In 1976, along with co-author Larry Ray Harris (1952-1996) published,
Cover Up: The Governmental Conspiracy to Conceal the Facts About the Public Execution of John Kennedy. Gary was co-director with Larry Howard (1940 -1993) of the JFK Assassination Information Center in Dallas.  In 1992, Gary co-wrote "JFK: The Conspiracy of Silence with Dr. Charles Crenshaw. Immediately after publication, the book was the number one seller on the New York Times list for paperbacks.

Mr. Shaw has graciously provided ProjectJFK access to his vast collection of photographs and color slides. Included in this series are slides from Phil Willis, Wilma Bond, James Reed and Tina Towner.  Each slide was scanned at 16-bit, 3200 dpi format, taken directly from the original slide.

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