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Response from the Hunt Estate

Posted on 04/05/2007 8:31:38 PM PDT by The Hunt Estate

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There is no such thing as E. Howard Hunt’s “Last Confession,” contrary to claims currently being circulated by Mr. Hunt’s two elder sons, Howard St. John and David Hunt in recent articles published in the Los Angeles Times and in Rolling Stone magazine following Mr. Hunt’s death. Motivated by an apparent need for notoriety and financial gains, these theories regarding Mr. Hunt’s alleged knowledge of a JFK assassination conspiracy involving the late President Johnson and now dead CIA agents have no basis in fact and are not credible. There is nothing inherently newsworthy in the sad tale of rogue relatives sewing seeds of dissension after the death of a well-known public figure. What is true is that in his lifetime, E. Howard Hunt’s two elder sons were a deep disappointment to their father and family. If these theories rest on the credibility of the two elder sons, then their own backgrounds and reliability are well worth investigation. St. John Hunt has actually revealed his decades of drug use, abuse and drug dealing in the Rolling Stone article. Considering their source, reputable journalists should dismiss these claims as entirely lacking in credibility. The theories advanced by his two elder sons after his death are totally inconsistent with Mr. Hunt’s tireless efforts to fight any and all conspiracy allegations during his lifetime. The Warren Commission report investigating the Kennedy assassination is a matter of public record. Unhappy with its findings that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, a veritable conspiracy industry has arisen, and because of Mr. Hunt’s CIA background, some theorists have speculated that Mr. Hunt was connected in some way. Allegations caused Congress to act and the JFK investigation was renewed in the early 1970’s. In 1974, Mr. Hunt repudiated and rejected these absurd theories as part of a 90-page sealed deposition before the Senate investigative committee. In that recently declassified and released transcript, which is available online, Mr. Hunt detailed each and every CIA assignment and every contact during his 21-year CIA career. During Mr. Hunt’s deposition, each bizarre conspiracy theory involving President Kennedy was detailed exhaustively, and Mr. Hunt testified that he had absolutely no knowledge of anything pertaining to the assassination. In addition, Mr. Hunt engaged in protracted litigation against Liberty Lobby, a political newspaper that had published conspiracy allegations concerning him. Although he won at trial the verdict was overturned on appeal. Mr. Hunt continued to fight against defamatory accusations, and specifically repudiated each one in detail in a chapter included in his final memoirs. Mr. Hunt also resisted several Hollywood “big money” offers to “cash in” on assassination speculations by lending credibility to CIA-connected JFK assassination scenarios. It is curious indeed, and perhaps sinister, that his elder sons would wait until after their father’s death to propagate conspiracy theories in an alleged “last confession” when Mr. Hunt is no longer able to personally repudiate them. All of Mr. Hunt’s knowledge concerning LBJ and any CIA agents is dealt with extensively by him in his new book American Spy (Wiley, 2007). Mr. Hunt had also always firmly rejected any and all conspiracy theories involving the death of his first wife. The National Transportation Board and Federal Aviation Administration exhaustively investigated her accidental death on board a United Airlines passenger plane in 1972. Should there have been a conspiracy to murder her, the opportunities were many, and it is ludicrous to believe that the most effective method was to cause an airliner to crash, killing more than a hundred others. The verdict of the inquiry into the causes of the crash was that it was pilot error combined with extremely poor weather conditions, a verdict on which rational persons agree. In 2005, Mr. Hunt’s two elder sons proposed a book project in conjunction with an individual with film industry connections. Unfortunately, as things developed, it was clear that the project was not about the interesting details of Mr. Hunt’s life. Rather, it was a vehicle to promote further conspiracy-fueled speculations involving rogue CIA agents and LBJ in the Kennedy assassination. Mr. Hunt definitively rejected that project, and he specifically rejected the theories it contained, both to his attorney, William A. Snyder, Jr. and to his youngest son, Austin, who was living at home and finishing his college courses. When that project did not proceed because of the bizarre conspiracy theories initially promoted, the elder brothers’ opportunities for financial gain faded. Their resulting reaction has been to continue to exploit Mr. Hunt, to create conflict and division within the family, to threaten their siblings and worst of all, to further a very selfish and greedy personal agenda. In the interests of truth and fairness, Mr. Snyder and Mr. Austin Hunt should be consulted as the family’s spokespersons on this issue as their first-hand accounts are critical to emphatically contradict these spurious claims on behalf of Mr. Hunt, his widow and his remaining four children.

Sincerely,

The Hunt Estate and the Hunt Family

1 posted on 04/05/2007 8:31:39 PM PDT by The Hunt Estate
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To: The Hunt Estate

Since when does an estate publicly slander said estate’s heirs?


2 posted on 04/05/2007 8:34:52 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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The only thing missing is a pair of graphs.


3 posted on 04/05/2007 8:34:58 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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Are you Mike Hunt?

IBTZ.....


4 posted on 04/05/2007 8:35:40 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Fight Crime. Shoot Back.)
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Well there you have it. This should put the JFK assassination to bed.

< /s>

5 posted on 04/05/2007 8:35:58 PM PDT by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Bloody Stump by Rusty Zipper.


6 posted on 04/05/2007 8:36:51 PM PDT by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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Yikes! IBTZ.


7 posted on 04/05/2007 8:38:01 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Current tagline is banned under hate speech laws.)
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To: zarf

;-)


8 posted on 04/05/2007 8:38:06 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Fight Crime. Shoot Back.)
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You’re the entire estate? wow


9 posted on 04/05/2007 8:40:19 PM PDT by Jrabbit ('scuse me??)
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A moose once bit my sister....


10 posted on 04/05/2007 8:42:06 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: The Hunt Estate; darkwing104

whiskey tango foxtrot?

over


11 posted on 04/05/2007 8:44:30 PM PDT by SmithL (si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: The Hunt Estate

IBTZ


12 posted on 04/05/2007 8:48:02 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I didn't see it in my rear view mirror.)
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To: The Hunt Estate

IB4TZ


13 posted on 04/05/2007 8:49:20 PM PDT by Pistolshot (Thompson '08)
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To: The Hunt Estate
boy, talk about not filling in the blanks.

you forget to tell us that Marchetti had been found not guilty of libel in the retrial.

you also forgot to mention that Howard Hunt tried to deflect inquiries about his role, if any, in the JFK assassination, by pointing at LBJ.

What a prince of guy.

14 posted on 04/05/2007 9:00:43 PM PDT by stylin19a (If you are living on the edge...MOVE OVER ! Some of us are ready to jump !)
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This post was obviously sent from the Dallas Book Depository, which everyone knows is rather small and so there is not room enough for separate paragraphs.


15 posted on 04/05/2007 9:06:57 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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Mister Paragraph is your friend...


16 posted on 04/05/2007 9:40:48 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (What's the difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic? The Free Clinic knows how to stop leaks.)
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I tried to read it. I swear! Without paragraphs, I went crosseyed. Dang! Now I have to sue the Hunt estate!


17 posted on 04/05/2007 10:09:15 PM PDT by passionfruit
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“Sincerely,

The Hunt Estate and the Hunt Family”

Wouldn’t “the Hunt family” include the two sons, Howard St. John and David?

Zot-O-Rooski...


18 posted on 04/05/2007 10:12:32 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Vote Republican. It's a matter of life and death this time.)
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19 posted on 04/05/2007 11:11:52 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("By the way... who is Ben Dayho?" --60Gunner)
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To: The Hunt Estate; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...



20 posted on 04/05/2007 11:13:22 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("By the way... who is Ben Dayho?" --60Gunner)
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