Who was the man on the grassy knoll the day President Kennedy was assassinated?
Meet him if you dare.
John Crawley is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to penning his numerous novels, he built a thirty-year career in advertising, specializing in TV and Radio and helped build dozens of national brands. He has taught creative writing and advertising at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce), TCU, as well as guest lectured at North Texas University, SMU and LaVerne University in California. John is an award-winning photographer, an avid cook, a devoted husband and a guitar and mandolin picker. He occasionally finds time to fly fish and to ride his motorcycles. John is married with three children, a dog and two cats.
Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy came riding into Dallas, waving to throngs of well wishers, in addition to hecklers and detractors. But for the most part on Friday, November 22, 1963, Kennedy’s motorcade was met with enthusiastic crowds of people. Fans, if you will. People who pressed together to get a glimpse of the young President and his beautiful wife dressed in her subtle, but fashionable pink suit.
Then shots rang out at Dealey Plaza, just below the Texas Schoolbook Depository Building. A President had been shot. He was in a black Lincoln limousine and he was headed not for lunch at the World Trade Mart, but rather was racing toward Parkland Hospital — and he was dying. Mrs. Kennedy was trying to crawl out of the back of the racing car. A Secret Service officer caught her and pushed back down to safety. The images are burned into our collective memories.
But who pulled the trigger? The Warren Commission would tell us that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone: the only gunman involved in the day’s drama. But evidence grows yearly to indicate that perhaps there is more to this story than the simple one-shooter theory.
And one of the leading theories has been (and still is) a shooter atop the grassy knoll just at the railroad overpass on Elm Street. Beneath the shade trees and along a picket fence, people pointed to a shadowy figure moments after the shots echoed into the peaceful Texas air. They pointed in the direction of the grassy knoll. Under the post-oak trees was a man. A gun. A puff of smoke. Who was he? Where did he go? Who sent him?
Had Oswald acted alone? Did the pristine bullet found in the floorboard of the limo that supposedly when through Kennedy, Texas Governor Connelly and then back into the rear seats — did that bullet, as fresh as if it were found at a ammunition store, did it kill the President? Was there a conspiracy? Was there a man on the grassy knoll also shooting at Jack Kennedy? And if he was there, who placed him there. Who sponsored Oswald and the stranger? Who planned the day’s events?
Who was behind this assassination and why?
The Man on the Grassy Knoll is the collection of transcribed notes from the interview with the second shooter in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza. Re-released by Caleb and Linda Pirtle, this breathtaking novel takes a look not only at that fateful Friday in November 1963, but also a look into the dark and nefarious underbelly of American foreign policy. Sometimes those we recruit, train and deploy to carry out our dark wishes abroad, turn against us at home
Over the next few weeks, you will have unfolded in front of you a second story about that fateful day in Dallas in 1963. It is time you met Raul Salazar, the man on the Grassy Knoll.
Sometimes this novel is so real, it is hard to remember it is fiction.