Jim Garrison

Picture of Jim Garrison

Date of Birth: 11/20/1921

Age: 70

Place of birth: Denison, Iowa

Citizenship: United States


Harrison was born in Denison (Iowa), his family moved to New Orleans in a few years. During World War II he served in the National Guard and fought in France and Germany. After the war, he entered the Faculty of Law at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he graduated in 1949. Harrison for two years served in the FBI in Seattle, then returned to the National Guard, and from 1954 to 1958 he worked at the law firm Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles.

In 1958 Harrison moved to the civil service as assistant district attorney. The following year, he attempted to run for the post of judge in criminal cases, but lost the election. Then he changed his name to "Jim." In 1961, Harrison nominated for election district attorney. At its primaries of the Democratic Party, he defeated incumbent Attorney Richard Dowling, and then won the main elections.


Since taking office, Harrison began to struggle with prostitution and illegal business in the entertainment industry. He became famous by regular raids in the French Quarter (the historic district, where there are many bars, restaurants and hotels). In addition, Harrison received notoriety because of allegations of corruption, bribery and other prestupeniyah, which he put forth against various officials (judges, police officers, members of the Legislative Assembly), but never could bring to the convictions. In 1965 he was successfully re-elected.

Kennedy Assassination and the process of Clay Shaw

In 1966, Harrison began investigating the murder of John F. Kennedy. Several witnesses testified that there was a conspiracy involving a former private investigator and civil aviation pilot David Ferry and businessman Clay Shaw, who planned to kill the president and with whom knew Lee Harvey Oswald. Ferry died before the trial, was found to be from natural causes (although death shortly after the leak to the press information about the investigation and found suicide notes have created the ground for rumors of suicide or murder), so was indicted show only. According to Harrison`s murder was organized by the group, uniting right-wing activists, CIA-trained saboteurs among the Cuban exiles - opponents of the Castro regime and the former and current CIA officials. The purpose of the killing was to destabilize the situation in the country and change the course of foreign policy against the socialist camp in the more hard. Harrison denied the Warren Commission findings that the fatal shot was fired by Oswald, and believed that the murder was committed by several professionals, to shoot from different angles, and the evidence against Oswald was rigged, and then get rid of it.

Position Harrison rested largely on the testimony of the main witness, Perry Russo, whose loyalty is challenged by many researchers. As a result, Shaw was acquitted by a jury. Some information about the relationship between Oswald and Ferry was confirmed in the report of the US House of Representatives Committee on the killings, although no definite conclusions about the involvement or Shaw Ferry to Kennedy`s murder in no report.

After the trial, the press began a massive campaign against Harrison, alleging that in the groundless persecution respected man. However, in 1969, Harrison unexpectedly won the election with 53% of votes and retained the position of prosecutor. Harrison attempted to accuse Shaw of perjury before a federal judge is not required in the official decision to Harrison "stop the persecution of Show" as Garrison "had substantial financial interesv continuation of prosecution and investigation of the Kennedy assassination" (presumably meant the excitement around the recently Garrison published the book).

Subsequent events

In 1971, Harrison was accused of taking bribes from the owners of illegal machines to play pinball. Line Protection Harrison was to ensure that he was taking revenge for the Kennedy assassination investigation and particularly the participation in it of special services. Harrison was acquitted in 1973 but lost the next elections the prosecutor. In 1978 he became a judge of the Appellate District Court and remained so until his death.

After the trial Shaw Harrison has written three books about his investigation: A Heritage of Stone (1970), "The Star-Spangled contract