I first met Vince Salandria in August 1968. He was wary of others back then, as were most of the first-generation researchers. After all, many of them, in particular Salandria, were vocal in accusing elements of the US Government of being complicit in the assassination of its president. You just couldn’t be too careful, he told me.
But after a get-acquainted walk through his neighborhood, we settled into his book-lined den for the evening to discuss our mutual concerns. He asked pointed questions about my work, about those I had interviewed in Dallas, and about my pursuit of Victoria Adams. He was dogged in his own beliefs, having already concluded that there was no shortage of evidence indicating Kennedy had been the victim of a domestic conspiracy. Our discussion lasted hours and when I left, Salandria presented me with copies of all the articles he had written about this subject.
I was trying to close a few circles for “The Girl on the Stairs” when I wrote back to Salandria in September 2000. He had never left Philadelphia. He had never changed his convictions. But he had ceased further research due to several things, foremost of which was that he saw no point in it.
“I don’t think that there is any mystery in the killing of Kennedy,” he replied. “Therefore, I do not wish to participate in new efforts which purport to suggest that the Kennedy assassination has not been fully and adequately explained in all but the naming of names of the mechanics who pulled the triggers. I have no interest in these low-level mechanics.”
Included with his letter was a transcript of a lengthy speech he gave at the November 1998 COPA Conference in Dallas. The title was, “The JFK Assassination – A False Mystery Concealing State Crimes,” and he said his remarks before that group explained his reasoning.
Of more current interest, however, is a series of articles about Salandria appearing recently in Philadelphia magazine. Take a look at one of the most well-respected, thought-provoking, and significant researchers of the JFK assassination genre.
One can certainly describe him as being consistent.