Gary Revel is a film composer and owner of Jongeur Music and an investigator who has studied the assassinations of John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert F Kennedy; here is a link to his Twitter account:
Q: What made you interested in film composition?
A: My first experience with movies was in a drive-theater in Niceville, Florida. This particular drive-in had benches near the screen where you could get out of your car and go sit while watching the movie. This was circa 1957-1958. I recall BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, APRIL LOVE and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF as the ones that most affected my artistic side.
Q: How did you transition from a career in music to investigations?
A: I got involved in the investigative field when I was in the US Navy and did some work in association with Naval Intelligence. In 1977 my friend, business associate and attorney Jack Kershaw became the attorney for James Earl Ray in his quest for a trial related to the assassination Martin Luther King Jr. We then became part of the overall effort of the House Select Committee on Assassinations to investigate the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
Q: What made you interested in JFK, RFK and MLK?
A: During my first meeting with James Earl Ray behind the walls of Brushy Mountain Prison in Petros, Tennessee I heard, for the first time, his story. I came away from that meeting with a keen interest in finding the real killers of Martin Luther King Jr. My investigation of the MLK killing led me to the JFK and then the RFK killings.
Q: Why do you think their assassinations were all related?
A: I found that the three killings had the same motive and very similar methods in the execution including a continual, powerful cover-up that continues even today.
Q: If there really was a conspiracy to kill JFK why would anyone want to cover it up at this point?
A: Those who have covered it up have an enormous investment in the continuing cover up. Official records, documents, reputations, books, videos, films, historical perspectives, etc. all would suffer for them should the truth finally be clearly established that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the killer of JFK.
Q: How realistic was Oliver Stones JFK?
A: He came as close as he could to getting the truth out and still be able to live to tell about it.
Q: What is the most ridiculous theory you have heard about the Kennedy assassination?
A: I don’t really know of one single conspiracy theory that isn’t a bit ridiculous. They all miss something. I deal only in the facts that I found during my investigation and don’t join the conspiracy theory group. My findings simply point out that Lee Harvey Oswald could not have been the shooter that killed President John F. Kennedy.
Q: Why are people so fascinated by the Kennedys?
A: Much of the fascination is due to the unsolved puzzle the crime of the century represents. Until the truth is known there will always be an inordinate, remarkable and unusual interest in the killing of the President of the United States of America. This was a man that should have had the Secret Service, FBI, CIA and every police department in the country making sure such a thing did not happen and yet it did. The fact that it happened like it did was enough to make it fascinating.
Q: How did your background in show business help you in your investigations?
A: It was my 2 years in the US Navy during the Vietnam War Era that prepared me for the investigations of the assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK. However, things I learned over the years came into play as I probed the deep, dark secrets that were so much a part of the work involved. For example:
1. As a child my mother owned and ran a bar-juke joint in Northwest Florida. I became familiar with the Juke Box Operator who would come around and put records on the Juke Box. I learned a little about the Amusement Company business and that a man named Carlos Marcello had something to do with what records were allowed on our Juke Box.
2. My step-father worked on the shrimp boats that operated in the Gulf of Mexico. I learned that at times he would work for a man that owned a lot of shrimp boats, that man was Carlos Marcello.
3. While serving in the US Navy I became involved with the work of keeping illegal drugs out of the hands of sailors. One of the projects I was given turned out to have associates involved that worked for, guess who, Carlos Marcello.
4. In 1977 I was surprised to find that this same Carlos Marcello had something to do with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Q: What were some obstacles you came across in your investigation?
A: The obstacles were many. They included threats against me, my family and friends. The murders of associates and relatives were the most traumatic of the events at the time but there were more. Through it all I must thank God that I am still alive and am able to sit here and give others a little glimpse into the truth about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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