If Boudreaux van Winkle awakened after 20 years and heard that the New Orleans Saints had won the Super Bowl, it would be easy to see how he wouldn't believe it. If a history buff is convinced that the conspiracy theorists are correct and is presented with the evidence in this movie, it's easy to see how he wouldn't believe it — at first. What a tangled web is woven by writer/producer/director John Hankey. With layer upon layer of documented facts, circumstantial evidence, "reliable information," rumors, and thought-provoking questions he leads viewers through a labyrinth of deeds and misdeeds committed by the famous, infamous, well known and unknown players in a passion play of political intrigue that all adds up to one unmistakable conclusion.
Drawing upon the logic of Gary Allen's (author of None Dare Call It Conspiracy) reason to believe in conspiracy theories, Hankey seems to say, "Suspend you disbelief for 73 minutes and I'll tell you a story you won't forget!" Allen says there are really only two theories of history: conspiracy (everything is planned) or accidental (neither planned nor caused). He says, "If you believe it is all an accident or the result of mysterious and unexplainable tides of history, you will be regarded as an 'intellectual' who understands that we live in a complex world. If you believe that something like 32,496 consecutive coincidences over the past 40 years stretches the law of averages a bit, you are a kook." So, let's be kookie for a few minutes and not say "no" until we've heard the whole story.
In part one, Hankey takes a cue from Napoleon's quote that "History is written by the winners," and says, "Killers write the history — the victims are the ones that get written about." This segment focuses on a pawn surgeon performing a scripted autopsy (his first ever), lost brains, notes lost to fire, and dissent from the emergency room doctors at Parkland Hospital back in Dallas. This movie is full of questions and mysteries — like Laura Palmer was in Twin Peaks.
Part two opens with another question: "What does it look like when real power kills?" and begins to implicate a long list of suspects and co-conspirators by their own actions and comments. We are presented with questions that beg for answers; some we know are only rhetorical. Why two different caskets? Were caskets changed in the flight from Dallas to Washington? Why was Texas state law broken and evidence of a murder removed from the state? Why didn't experienced doctors perform the autopsy in Texas? What happened to the body in flight? Where did the President's brain get off to? Hmmm…
Part three begins to dig into the answer to its title, "Who Had the Power?" The narrator (uncredited and unnamed) tells us in a smooth, friendly, conversational tone that President Eisenhower had warned us that the greatest threat to American security was "…the military industrial complex." This section draws attention to a defamation suit brought against The Spotlight weekly newspaper by E. Howard Hunt (CIA). The newspaper was exonerated. So, does that mean their claims that Hunt was personally involved in JFK's murder were true? Now where was it that I've heard Hunt's name before — oh! Watergate! Nixon! Didn't Nixon order the FBI to stop investigating Hunt? Hoover got fired over that deal. Wow, the dots are starting to connect. Who was Nixon's vice president?
Now we are shown hard evidence that all three were in Dallas on November 22, 1963. What in the world would Nixon be doing in Dallas?
Remember the advice that "Deep Throat" gave Woodward and Bernstein in All the President's Men? In the next chapter, Hankey begins to connect the people with the money beginning with Prescott Bush's service on the board of directors of the Union Bank in New York, in 1942. That's the bank that J. Edgar Hoover shut down for laundering Nazi money. Nazis? The 41st President's father? All the names read like a Who's Who of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderbergers! The lines connecting all these people become so numerous, suddenly there's no negative space between them on the chart. Can you believe this?
My brother-in-law once met Michael Jackson. I'm a pharmacist. Did I have anything to do with MJ's death? Nah, I was in Dallas that day.
Go back to sleep Boudreaux, the Indianapolis Colts won.
Would I buy Dark Legacy: George Bush and the Murder of John F. Kennedy? Of course! I love conspiracy theories!