Laying Old Ghosts to Rest

Preface Part One Part Two


Kent Heiner, January 2015

I am but one of the many people who have devoted a significant amount of their lives to trying to get at the facts behind the Kennedy assassination. As I will discuss, one of my particular areas of focus has been the death of LCDR William B. Pitzer, which some have argued was a consequence of the assassination. One of the people to make this argument was Lt. Col. Dan Marvin, who I came to know and who convinced me to write a book about the Pitzer case.

For most of the past ten years since the publication of that book, Without Smoking Gun, I have kept all things related to Marvin, Pitzer, and JFK at arm's length. It had been a taxing emotional space to live in, and once I found my way out of it, I was not at all keen to go back. But from time to time, I would find myself reliving old memories of shocking revelations, some of which I kept to myself due to incomplete information. I called these my "ghosts," because I was haunted by them. I often asked myself, "Did I really see what I think I saw?" I am reminded of the TV series, "The X-Files". Its run coincided with the most active years of my research, and Dan Marvin was even quoted in its episode that touched on the Kennedy assassination. The TV series wove tales of conspiracy together with the supernatural, which I find poetic. It is not without cause that we use terms like "haunting" and "ghosts" to talk about the legacy of events like Dallas, troubling phenomena which we can vaguely see but not reach out and touch. Belief and science are both so much about seeing patterns and finding meaning in them; indeed, that is a quintessentially human thing to do. But so often we see things that are not there, illusions which cause us to see form where there is no substance. In the film A Beautiful Mind, John Nash is obsessed with finding sinister patterns in mundane magazines. He sees things that are not there, including a government agent who makes his life difficult. How often do we likewise make our lives more difficult by reaching false conclusions based on faulty perceptions and/or over-active imagination?

In the past year or two, the time came for me to start talking about my ghosts. I believe that in doing so, I have found the way to lay them to rest. It is time to set the record straight by coming forward with the things that I thought I saw, and with the reasons I believe I was mistaken. In this multi part series, I will talk about the aspects of Lt. Col. Marvin's story (Part One) and of the Pitzer death (Part Two) that have haunted me most. If, by the time I have finished parts one and two, I still feel motivated to do so, I will write Part Three, which will discuss the more general subject of the Kennedy assassination.

A common theme throughout this series will be that sometimes extraordinary coincidences tempt us to draw inappropriate connections or conclusions. After I had finished the first draft for parts one and two, I was struck by a realization which may help illustrate this point. As part of my work focusing on high-level conspiracy, I started Mem Research ( in 1999. The name "Mem" comes from the Hebrew letter of the same name, for reasons we needn't go into here. "Mem" happens to rhyme with the French "mÍme," meaning "the same." This French word for "the same" also happens to have similar meaning and spelling as the English "meme," though the English term derives not from the French, but from the Greek "mimema," meaning "imitated." Now, in 2015, after having developed an interest in memetics (as will be further explained in Part Two), I find that Mem Research has in some sense been focused on memes all along ("Mem/mÍme/meme research"). The point of all this is that these coincidences, though sufficiently numerous and intertwined to be quite entertaining, possibly even intriguing, have no real meaning. As in this case, we must take care not to imbue other intriguing coincidences with false meaning.