John F Kennedy

In another bizarre
twist to a mystery that has haunted Americans for more than
a quarter century, the son of a former Dallas police officer
plans to tell the world that his father was one of the assassins
of President John F. Kennedy. Ricky White, a 29-year-old,
unemployed oil equipment salesman in Midland, says he
"had no conception of ever, ever giving this story out" but
decided to do so after FBI agents began asking questions in
May 1988. "I\'m telling you a story that has touched me, not
only others, and I feel uncomfortable just telling it to
strangers," White said during a recent interview with the
Austin American-Statesman. Monday in Dallas, White is
scheduled to show reports material implicating his father,
Roscoe Anthony White, in the 1963 assassination. It
suggests that White, who died in 1971, was a member of an
assassination team of three shooters, that he fired two of the
three bullets that killed the president, and that he also killed
Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit during the manhunt for Lee
Harvey Oswald. Among the material: a rifle with telescopic
sight that uses the same kind of ammunition as Oswald\'s gun;
records showing that Oswald and White served together in
the Marines; three faded messages that appear to be
decoded orders to kill someone in Dallas in November
1963; and a son\'s recollections of his father\'s incriminating
diary - a document that is missing. The press conference is
being sponsored by two private groups - the JFK
Assassination Information Centre of Dallas and the
Assassination Archives and Research Centre of Washington
- and some Midland Businessmen. The possibility of Ricky
White\'s story being a hoax - a falsehood concocted either by
Ricky or his father - has not been dismissed by the people
urging him to publicly talk about the matter. During the last
27 years, many private researchers have claimed to have
found evidence of a conspiracy, only to be proved wrong or
deceitful. Bernard Fensterwald, executive director of the
Assassination Archives and Research Centre, says if there
was a conspiracy, Ricky White may have the key. "I think
it\'s our best shot," he says, "and we better take it." J. Gary
Shaw, co-director of the JFK Assassination Information
Centre, says he hopes White\'s story will result in an
investigation of the assassination by Texas authorities. Two
Washington-based probes - the Warren Commission in
1963-64 and the House Select Committee on
Assassinations in 1976-78 failed to resolve the enigma of the
Kennedy shooting, Shaw maintains. As with previous
conspiracy theories, White\'s story is tantalizing, the evidence
intriguing. Yet, as with other theories, it raises more
questions than it answers -- such as: Who issued the orders
to the so-called assassination team? Why was the
assassination ordered against Kennedy? And why is Ricky
White telling this story now? AN OSWALD
CONNECTION Using clues discovered in his father\'s
effects and relying on available government records, Ricky
White says he has determined that Roscoe White and Lee
Harvey Oswald probably met in 1957. Ricky White\'s
mother, Geneva, is gravely ill and unable to be interviewed,
family members say. According to Military records, both
White and Oswald were among a contingent of U.S.
Marines, who boarded the USS Bexar in San Diego that
year for the 22-day trip to Yokosuka, Japan. In its final
report, the Warren Commission published a photo of
Oswald with other Marines in the Philippines. All but one of
the Marines was squatting on the ground. Ricky White says
his father claimed to have been the standing Marine and
claimed to have become acquainted with Oswald in Japan
and the Philippines. Military records show that Roscoe
White took frequent unexplained trips in the Pacific, and
Ricky White says that his father\'s diary described those as
secret intelligence assignments. It has been established in
previous investigations that Oswald was discharged in 1959
and defected to the Soviet Union. He returned to the United
States in mid-1962, settling first in Fort Worth with his
Russian-born wife, then moving to Dallas a short time later.
Military records show Roscoe White was discharged in late
1962, joining his wife and two young sons in Paris, Texas.
Ricky White says that shortly thereafter, his father moved the
family to Dallas and took a job as an insurance salesman.
MAN WITH TWO NAMES Ricky White says that two
months ago he found several faded messages in a military
weapons canister in the attic of Geneva White\'s parents
home in Paris. Ricky believes the messages to be decoded
cables in which Mandarin, a name he says his father was
known by, was told his next assignment would be "to
eliminate a National Security threat to worldwide peace" in
Houston, Austin, or Dallas. Another message from