Vincent Salandria, researcher who ignited JFK assassination debate, dies at 92

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Vincent Salandria, a Philadelphia native and pioneering researcher on the JFK assasination, died last week at the age of 92.

In 1964, Salandria was a civil rights attorney, high school history teacher and early skeptic of the government's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was JFK's lone killer. His long time friend, Dr. E. Martin Schotz, said when the Warren Commission issued its voluminous report, Salandria dove in, noting that, "In one weekend, he went through 26 volumes."

And extracted damning boomerang evidence.

"He wrote two major articles on the Warren Commission," said Schotz. "One was on the report, which took the physical evidence of the report and showed that based upon the physical evidence, the government proved there was a conspiracy."

His controversial findings helped ignite a national debate that raged for decades. In a 2017 interview with KYW Newsradio, Salandria said he always looked at the case as a false mystery that could be solved by simply reading the Warren report.

"What I did was, not lay out my brilliant research. I took what they gave us. I submit to you that any first year law student with an open mind would use the data provided by the Warren Commission and would prevail in a debate."

Salandria never wavered from his initial conclusion, that JFK was the victim of a military-security state coup d'etat. Schotz says his friend leaves a lasting legacy.

"If historical truth has any value, he made a major contribution to displaying the nature of the state in the United States of America."