Too bad Specter, who died last year, isn’t here to defend himself. He didn’t take JFK conspiracies lightly. I recall how very angry he was over Oliver Stone’s movie JFK. Specter thought he’d been defamed by the director and considered filing a lawsuit.
So passionate was Specter for the truth about the Warren Commission that he told me he intended to maintain an active speaking schedule during the 50th anniversary in order to defend his conclusion of many years ago. And I’ll never forget once scheduling a radio interview with Specter back-to-back with pathologist Cyril Wecht, a Warren Commission skeptic.
Wecht went first, and Specter insisted on sitting on hold so he could hear his sparring partner. He then responded to all of Wecht’s assertions. For example, he said: “When Dr. Wecht talks about the direction of the bullet, many people have challenged the direction because the hole in President Kennedy’s shirt was way down, and they said: ‘Well, if the bullet entered there, it had to go up.’ But the issue is not where the hole is on the shirt, but where it is on the body, and President Kennedy’s shirt rode up.”
On the 40th anniversary, Specter told me this:
“I wrote it all down because hardly a week goes by that I’m not asked about it, at high schools and colleges, and I thought the guy who came up with it ought to write it all down because people will be interested in this for a long time.”
About that last statement, there is no debate.
Michael Smerconish writes for The Philadelphia Inquirer.