January 27, 1996
by Martin Shackelford
Triangle of Fire by Bob Goodman
Harold Norman confirms to Goodman that he heard shells hitting the
The Dal-Tex Building:
p. 87: discussion of the tenants of the building
p. 215: man with horn-rimmed glasses (photos pp. 212-213) arrested in
Dal-Tex tells Goodman his attorney has advised him not to discuss
p. 216: Jim Braden may have visited Dallas Uranium and Oil rather than
looking for a pay phone, as he was upstairs. DU&O was located on
the west side of Dal-Tex, behind the fire-escape (the window from
which a rifle allegedly protrudes?)
pp. 216-217: There were no corporate records of Dallas Uranium & Oil;
Texas Secretary of State only listed Morty Freedman Inc.,
which shared a phone number with Dallas Uranium & Oil, and with
Marilyn Belt Mfg. (directory page, p. 243). DU&O may have been
a dummy corporation.
p. 217: Dallas area people in the uranium business were few, and included
Nelson Bunker Hunt and Morris Jaffe, the latter a close friend of
LBJ. Some believed he owned the Dal-Tex Building.
p. 218: Jaffe benefited from decisions made by the Atomic Energy
Commission under chairman John McCone, successor to Dulles as
CIA chief. Jaffe took over the bankrupt Billy Sol Estes estate.
Jaffe and H.L. Hunt worked together for LBJ in 1960 at the Los
Angeles convention. A reporter described Jaffe as the "money
man...the brains...the trouble-shooter...and smart beyond
pp. 91-92: Goodman reports that the widow of a retired Air Force
Intelligence man told him her husband had been offered a job in
1974 in Dallas writing disinformation about the JFK assassina-
tion along with a few other people. The group included a lady
from Dallas, a friend of theirs, and two others. All were civilians.
The lady worked for a Dallas law firm. Oil money paid the tab.
p. 94: The disinformation layers were: Communists/Russia, Castro/Cuba,
The C.I.A., and the Mafia.
p. 98: Goodman refers to the Dallas group as "the disinformation
society," and notes areas of research with which they won't
cooperate: Dal-Tex, H.L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, Gen. Charles
Cabell, the Del Charro Hotel, Dallas Citizens' Council. (all
neglected areas of research in the mainstream community;
the exceptions include Penn Jones and Anthony Summers).
p. 100: JFK eliminated funding for the White Russian Solidarists, many of
whom in the Dallas area were associated with the oil industry.
p. 96: Although Oswald's wallet was seized by police, Goodman notes
Oswald left his wallet and money with Marina at the Paine home
that morning. (He may have had two wallets, or have left the
money but not the wallet).
p. 121: hearing 4 shots, seeing a man leave the rear of the Depository.
p. 122: the man was about 5'7" to 5'10", 155-165 lbs., dark hair, dark
sports coat, not carrying anything.
p. 123: died in a "car-motorcycle accident" on Nov. 9, 1966; found lying
in a ditch; friends reported James' motorcycle was parked on the
kickstand, and the motor was still running when he was found.
p. 127: usually described as shy, Hoffman allegedly approached Goodman
and identified himself as an eyewitness.
p. 130: Goodman's photos give a good indication that Hoffman could have
seen what he has reported seeing from his location on Stemmons.
The Oil Industry:
pp. 138-139: notes Garrison's reports of an oil industry man who was
familiar with Guy Banister's part of the Garrison probe before
it was publicized, and offered Garrison a federal judgeship to
drop the JFK investigation. Goodman suggests the story may be
true, but that Garrison may have made a deal to simply change
the focus of the investigation from the oil industry to the CIA.
p. 155: Robert Surrey's comment (Walker aide) to the Dallas Times-Herald
on Nov. 24, 1963 that "through official sources, we had traced
that man who shot at the general to California." Walker pushed
for the assassination investigations to be all held in Dallas.
p. 155-6: Walker's associate Billy James Hargis (Feb. 1963 nationwide
p. 158: Carlos Bringuier spoke in a lecture series sponsored by Hargis.
p. 167: Hunt:"Everything I do, I do for a profit." Organizing support for
LBJ in 1960."Patriotism is always profitable."
p. 168: mailed out 102,000 of an anti-Catholic sermon by W.A. Criswell,
pastor of his church, during the 1960 campaign. Hunt proposed another
member of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Billy Graham, as a 1964
presidential candidate, but Graham declined the idea.
p. 169: DPD Lt. George Butler sponsored a talk by Hunt to the Dallas
Police Association at the Baker Hotel, shortly before the Bay of
Pigs invasion. Butler also provided police security for Hunt. Butler
offered a local newspaper editor a printing job for the KKK, to
which he said half the Dallas Police belonged.
p. 170: Walker aide Robert Surrey had the financial backing of Hunt's
p. 171: Hunt hated black people and the civil rights movement.
p. 172: Hunt stated JFK was a traitor and should be shot. Craig Zirbel
reports Hunt admitting prior knowledge of a conspiracy to
assassinate JFK. The Hyatt Regency at Reunion, where the first three
ASK conferences were held, was owned by the Hunt family.
p. 173: Hunt blamed the assassinations of JFK & MLK on communist plots.
p. 185: In 1951, Murchison and H.L. Hunt organized the pro-MacArthur
campaign in Texas, bringing the general to Texas for a speaking
tour. The three were photographed together in front of the Alamo.
p. 186: D.H. Byrd, owner of the Texas School Book Depository, was one of
the Del Charro crowd who regularly stayed at Murchison's exclu-
sive La Jolla, California hotel. Oilman Byrd was a co-founder of
the Civil Air Patrol. Bobby Baker received money from a Murchison
company, the Haitian American Company. [Note DeMohrenschildt's
Texas and Haitian connections]. Baker associate Thomas D. Webb Jr.
represented the Murchison interests in Washington.
pp. 186-187: Also implicated in the Baker scandal were an admiral, a general,
and a NASA executive, and the representative of a major Texas
defense contractor, unnamed by LIFE.
p. 187: Murchison-owned publisher Holt, RInehart and Winston (publisher
of Rush to Judgement, whose index doesn't include Murchison,
Judge Joe B. Brown or DeMohrenschildt) offered Judge Joe B. Brown
a lucrative book contract and an all-expenses paid trip to Del
during the Jack Ruby trial (July 21, 1964). He received a $10,000
advance for a book that was never published. The trip was paid
for directly by the Murchisons. The publisher paid for his trip to
New York City. This gave Murchison access to the manuscript.
p. 188: Murchison and Thomas Webb knew Ruby; DeMohrenschildt knew Murch-
ison and worked for one of his companies. The Vito Genovese Mafia
family owned 20% of the Murchison Oil Lease Company in the early
1950's. From 1955-1965, Murchison's business were the subject
of Federal probes.
pp. 188-189: Murchison owned the Del Mar race track, which employed
Sirhan Sirhan, and where J. Edgar Hoover often attended.
p. 189: Hoover recommended that Murchison hire Thomas D. Webb Jr.,
a 17 year FBI veteran and one of Hoover's administrative
assistants. Murchison:"Money is like manure. If you spread it
around, it does a lot of good." Murchison tried to drive Ross
Perot's computer company out of business.
p. 190: Perot's wealth wasn't based in oil, he was an equal opportunity
employer, and he never applied to join the Dallas Citizens Council.
p. 199: Murchison funded the anti-Semitic press, and Lincoln Rockwell's
p. 201: Goodman talked with people who heard, but didn't see, the
assassination. Shots sounded like a string of loud firecrackers;
or "Baboom...boom-ba-boom....boom-ba-boom-boom"; more than
3 shots. One witness thought he was hearing a shootout, with
Secret Service firing back.