Dallas Conference 2013

October 29, 2013


COPA held our 20th annual conference in Dallas which will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy and the 45th anniversaries of the murders of Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King.

Due to issues with broadband at the hotel server we had difficulty bringing in some remote speakers as well as live-casting all the speakers. We apologize for the problems, we did try to correct them during the presentations. We will post some of the key presentations at the website and our YouTube page soon. Those wanting the full DVD set for all speakers can make a donation of $50 or more to COPA, PO Box 772, Washington, DC 20044 or at this website using the Donation button and Paypal.

Among the speakers were Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, JD, MD (our founding president), Mark Lane, Peter Dale Scott, and Dr. Ernst Titovets (Oswald’s best friend). Also: Dr. Gary Aguilar, Robert Groden, Abraham Bolden, Dick Russell, Russ Baker, Joan Mellen, John Armstrong, Daniel Sheehan, David Montague, PhD (ARRB staff), Rex Bradford, Dr. Joseph Palermo, David Starks, Jack Colhoun, Bill Simpich, Andrew Kiel, Chris Pike, Greg Burnham, Joseph McBride, Stan Weeber, Wayne Smith, Ben Rogers, Bill Holiday, Mel Barney, Randy Benson, John Judge, John Potash and others.


Nov 22, Friday
12:30 pm – Moment of Silence, Market and Main Streets
2:30 pm – Moment of Silence, Grassy Knoll, Dealey Plaza


Friday, November 22

7:00 – 7:15 pm – Introductory remarks – John Judge

7:15 – 10:30 pm – KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Cyril Wecht, JD, MD, Passing the Torch

Mark Lane, Atty., The Secret Service and the Assassination of President Kennedy

Dr. Ernst Titovets, Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?

Saturday, November 23

9:00 – 10:15 am – History, Evidence, Media

Robert Groden, Absolute Proof: New Photographic Evidence

Dave Starks, 50 Years of US Media Lone Assassin Propaganda

Jack Colhoun, Jack Ruby’s Ties to the Tropicana and Gangsterismo in Cuba

20 minutes each, 15 at end for questions

10:15 – 11:30 am – Oswald, Plot, Records

Dick Russell, “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” Richard Nagell Revisited

Gary Aguilar, Junk Science in the Kennedy Case

20 minutes each, 15 at end for questions

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – LUNCH

12:30 – 1:45 pm – Plot and Suspects

Danny Sheehan, Rulers of the Realm: “The Wise Men” The Assassins of President John F. Kennedy

Bill Simpich, Working Towards the Mexico City Solution

Stan Weeber, The Denton Connection: An Update

20 minutes each, 15 at end for questions

1:45 – 3:00 pm – Evidence and Suspects

Mel Barney, Jack Ruby’s U.S. Government Connection Exposed

Gary Aguilar – The Magic Bullet – Even More Magical Than We Knew

Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the JFK Assassination

20 minutes each, 15 at end for questions

3:00 – 4:15 pm – Historical Context

Joan Mellen, Updating “A Farewell To Justice” and the Garrison Investigation

Wayne Smith, JAMA Knows Best: Unassailable Facts About the Autopsy

20 minutes each, 15 at end for questions

4:15 – 5:30 pm – Plot and Suspects

Greg Burnham, Sabotage at the Bay of Pigs: A Revolution of Mind

Russ Baker, New Clarity on George HW Bush and Dallas

Andrew Kiel, J Edgar Hoover, the FBI, the CIA and the JFK Assassination

20 minutes each, 15 at end for questions

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – DINNER

7:00 – 8:30 pm – Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X


John Judge, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy – History Repeats Itself

Joseph Palermo, Robert F. Kennedy and the Assassination of JFK: A Political Odyssey

Ryan Jones, Connections Between the Assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King

20 minutes each, 10 at end for questions

8:30 – 9:00 pm – A testimonial from a former ARRB staffer
David Montague, The importance of the research community in assisting the ARRB
20 minutes, 10 at end for questions

9:00 – 9:30 pm – Educating Youth

Bill Holiday, Teaching the JFK Assassination

20 minutes, 10 at end for questions

9:30 pm – Premiere showing of The Searchers, Randy Benson introduction

Sunday, November 24

9:00 – 10:15 am – Records and Archives

Rex Bradford, JFK Records at 50: The Takeaway. What’s in Them and What’s Not?

Ben Rogers, What’s New in the Poage Library JFK Archives?

20 minutes each, 15 at end for questions

10:15 – 11:30 am – Other Suspects

Abraham Bolden, Moving Forward – JFK and the Secret Service

Joseph McBride, The Murder of Officer J. D. Tippit

John Armstrong, Tippit Shooting, Harvey and Lee (Dawn Meredith)

20 minutes each, 15 at end for questions

11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Penn Jones

Chris Pike, Penn Jones vs National Media: Amend the First Amendment?

20 minutes, 10 at end for questions

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – John Judge – Why It Matters and What Must Be Done

8 Responses to Dallas Conference 2013

  1. R. Truitt
    November 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I hate to be a dummy about it. But how do I watch for instance, Barry Ernest’s discussion of The Girl on the Stairs from I believe last years COPA conference from this website, please? Thank you.

  2. admin
    November 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    COPA’s 2012 Conference was videotaped. A donation of $50 or more to COPA PO Box 772, Washington, DC 20044 or onine here using the donate button will get a full set of last year’s DVDs.

  3. Alice O'conner
    November 24, 2013 at 10:17 am

    This is extremely disappointing! I really wanted to watch the conference.

    Why advertise that you’re having this 50th year anniversary conference and then

    have such lousy tech support? Many people are interested in this topic especially

    with such educated writer’s, people who were THERE at the time of the JFK

    assassination, one of the world’s best Medical Examiners, and a whole host of

    interesting people who were involved or knew people who were involved. To say

    I’m disappointed is a major understatement! I really hope you can fix what

    you’ve recorded and allow people to watch the conference in it’s entirety

    without having to pay a minimum of fifty dollars. I’d be happy to pay if I

    had the money. COPA is a worthy cause. I thank you all for the work you’ve

    done over the years.

  4. Felipe Hemming
    November 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

    The line up of speakers and topics are the best by far, the inability to get this stream up and running is a huge disappointment, I can only hope that the conference was documented as to share all these folks research as well as personal knowledge that you can only get from the source.

  5. David Farrington
    November 29, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I attended this year’s conference in Dallas, Texas at the Aloft Hotel, from November 22-24, 2013.This year’s conference marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The major political assassinations of the 60’s remain as unsolved cold cases and continue to haunt the national conscience. History, justice and any hope for real change demand that these cases be reopened for a fair and impartial judicial review. COPA continues to present the latest and best scientific, documentary, legal and historic evidence .

  6. Randy Benson
    December 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I was one of the free tech volunteers at this year’s conference. I’m ultimately responsible for the failure of the live stream. I did videotape the entire conference and I’m working as fast as possible to get the DVDs made and delivered to John. Not like an explanation will suffice, however, in the past we used the same streaming service (U Stream) to bring the remote speakers to the conference as well as to stream the conference live for free to COPA supporters. While this worked well for the live stream, it didn’t work well for in-house conference audience. I decided to use a software (Zoom.us) that I use to teach film classes to students around the world. It’s stable, easy for the speaker to use, it allows the speaker to see and hear the audience and allows for a true Q&A. The live stream unexpectedly wouldn’t work with the Zoom feed so we cobbled together a fix for the live stream, which was wholly below expectations for such a professional research organization. I promised John that all of his tech needs would be covered and I let him and you down. My sincere apologies for the frustrations experienced by the COPA supporters who couldn’t make it to Dallas. I’m working to make it up to John as quickly as possible.

  7. Isaac Holze
    December 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    That’s okay Randy. I appreciate your efforts. There was a small time when I was able to watch some stream, and I am grateful for that. I hope you enjoyed the conference, and thanks for posting to the discussion. Technology is difficult and we will await a chance to see what media is available.

  8. David Farrington
    March 27, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    The information that was distributed over the course of the 2013 Conference gave me the inspiration to re-enter the field….. for the truth must be found. Ome day the truth must be found. What happened on Nov. 22, 1963. And in April and June of 1968. All we want is the truth….