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Richmond researcher discovers 'truth' behind JFK
Psychic researcher Walter Rae had already uncovered secrets surrounding some cold case files when he saw a photograph of John F. Kennedy being shot.
Despite three bullets fired at the American president, top Secret Service agents in proximity hadn't moved.
"The lead people in the car haven't even flinched. I looked at that and said, something's wrong about this picture," he said in an interview with The Richmond Review.
Now, in 2013—the 50th anniversary of a murder that changed America and spawned endless debate and theories—Rae says he's discovered the truth. The Richmond resident is the author of Inquest of Truth, an unpublished body of research resulting from a probe of 18 books, along with films and footage, on the subject.
"Some people like doing sudoku, some people like going fishing," said the 59-year-old. "I look at things and it makes me stop and wonder."
Rae, who runs tugs and pilot boats in local waterways, had a 32-year career as a port authority police constable, a job that included the grim task of pulling dead bodies from the water. Investigating circumstances surrounding the deaths, however, wasn't part of the job. Now the passionate researcher can't help but find answers to cold cases he comes across.
In the case of late president Kennedy, fatally shot Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, Tex. while travelling in a presidential motorcade, an official investigation pointed the finger at Lee Harvey Oswald and concluded he acted alone. Investigators also found Jack Ruby acted alone when he murdered Oswald two days later.
Rae was just nine years old and living in Vancouver when Kennedy was shot.
"We all remember vividly the report on TV, and seeing our parents freak out," he said of his generation. "We as Canadians were absolutely shocked out of our tree, because nothing in our childhood up to that point had happened like that."
What Rae found through his research was similar to some prominent theories—that the assassination was a well-planned event by government forces. But Rae brought a uniquely Canadian perspective to his research that avoided a simple discussion of other theories.
Inquest of Truth, he said, offers new information on the shooting pattern that killed the president. He also discovered the close ties all those involved that fateful day had with Jack Ruby. What's more, Rae believes Ruby, who died in custody three years after the assassination, set up much of the operation.
Rae believes Oswald's position that day made it impossible for him to fire the shots. And, he said, there had to be a reason for top Central Intelligence Agency agents to be on site that morning. Kennedy, said Rae, had made many enemies in the government and military, prompting the CIA to plan the assassination.
Despite his findings, Rae doesn't believe the official word on the assassination will change. But he hopes his research will nonetheless prompt others to take a second look and even write a new Canadian account.
"There was such a need to bury the truth," he said. "As a Canadian, this is the truth as I know it.