Troy library program to examine JFK assassination

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 1, 2017

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TROY — Jay Hernandez first became interested in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy when he read about the Warren Commission report in an encyclopedia that was mailed to his house when he was in elementary school. 

He has pored over pages and pages of documents online and at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. He’s attended programs at JFK conferences and has spoken with other researchers — or “searchers,” as Hernandez calls them. 

“My research doesn’t jive with the Warren (Commission) report,” he said. The Warren Commission investigated the assassination, and its 888-page report concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated Kennedy and that he had acted alone.

“The more pieces you get, you see the whole picture,” Hernandez said. “I share the facts, such as how much Robert Kennedy hated the CIA. I like sharing information that is not common knowledge.” 

Hernandez will present a multimedia program for people 13 and older titled “The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, New Revelations — 2017” 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Troy Public Library and 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at First United Methodist Church, 6363 Livernois Road. 

“This month, the government is going to release thousands of previously withheld documents. It should be an interesting discussion,” said Troy Public Library Assistant Director Phillip Kwik. 

Hernandez was eagerly awaiting the release of new documents Oct. 26, as mandated by the JFK Records Act of 1992, which required redacted and withheld-in-full case documents to be fully released 25 years after passage of the act on Oct. 26, 1992. 

President Donald Trump released 2,800 documents Oct. 26 and held back 8,000, citing national security concerns, placing those unreleased documents under a six-month review. 

“I doubt one document says ‘I did it.’ Hopefully, we’ll be able to put together more pieces of the puzzle,” Hernandez said. 

“I will take people back to 1963,” Hernandez said. “I was amazed to find the amount of fear the U.S. had during the Cold War. We were building bomb shelters and sniffing out communists.” 

He will give participants handouts on places to research. 

Hernandez said the Kennedy family had planned that John F. Kennedy would hold the office of president for two terms, followed by Robert Kennedy for two terms, followed by Sen. Ted Kennedy for two terms. 

“That was the plan,” Hernandez said. “He (JFK) had a lot of enemies. He was adored in public and hated in private by people in power.” 

Hernandez, who works in public safety, said he spends several hours a week doing research. 

“JFK saved us from nuclear war,” Hernandez said. “We owe him the courtesy to get to the bottom of his murder.”

The Troy Public Library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road. Register for the program at www.troypl.org or by calling (248) 524-3534.