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Jim Garrison's Dangerous Fairy Tale

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Jim Garrison

When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963, people around the country quickly rejected their government's conclusion that a sole assassin committed the crime. A slew of conspiracy theories took hold, but only one conspiracy theorist transferred his theories into actual arrests. Jim Garrison, District Attorney of New Orleans, was media savvy, and skillfully attracted TV cameras, reporters, and supporters with his giant claims. In 1967, the world watched Garrison insist that he had “solved the assassination.” But who was at fault?

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Supposedly a ring of homosexuals in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Namely, Clay Shaw, a retired businessman, preservationist and playwright who was not publicly out. He was arrested for conspiracy to murder the president. Did he do it? Was there evidence to support Garrison? Listen to find out what happened when a city DA abused his power to remain in the spotlight, by any means necessary.

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Listen to Episode 4 of Sticky Wicket about former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.

Read Alecia Long's article on Jim Garrison featured in the LEH's 64 Parishes Magazine. 

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Sticky Wicket is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities thanks The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership. This radio series and podcast runs in tandem with four articles written in the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ 64 Parishes magazine, and is also in partnership with Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Communication.