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Blood, Money, and Power: How LBJ killed JFK, is an interesting non-fiction novel written by Barr McClellan. Barr McClellan was a lawyer who worked in President LBJ’s administration as an attorney clerk for National Labor Relations Board, and later on as a Commissioner lawyer of the Federal Power Commission. The novel uncovers the secret of a conspiracy that led to the death of President John F. Kennedy (JFK) and the progression of Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) as the President. In his novel, through his qualifications and use of evidence from the warren commission, court papers, and ...view middle of the document...
In the beginning of the book, Barr presents a clear background of Lyndon Johnson that shows him as a greedy and selfish man who has a strong need for power (McClellan, 45). McClellan declares that Lyndon Johnson, and the then managing partner of the law firm Clark, Thomas and Winters were connected to the planning, murder, and the conspiracy for the assassination of JFK. Additionally, rich oil executives such as Clint Murchison and Hunt Haroldson also financed the assassination. After financing the assassination of President Kennedy, the United States oil reduction rates were to be kept at 27.5%. Barr further supports his claim by confirming that the oil allowance was unchanged throughout Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, which enabled the United States oil industry to save over 100 million dollars McClellan(78).
According to Vincent (125), McClellan also connects Lyndon Johnson to fraud, whereby he describes earlier events in LBJ’s life where deception was used for some favors. For instance, McClellan provides information on how deceit was used on the ballot box, which enabled LBJ to win the seat of the United States senate in the year 1948. Moreover, LBJ is also connected to the death of an Inspector named Marshall who was said to have committed suicide, but later through investigations, it was discovered that Johnson’s close associate named Mac Wallace murdered Marshall. Correspondingly, Mac Wallace committed another murder and was convicted of killing, but he threatened to disgrace Johnson publically, which made Johnson manipulate the Texas legal system that sentenced Mac to five years in prison and later on his sentence was suspended McClellan (178).
On the theme of execution, McClellan involves Mac Wallace as one of the shooters together with another man named Oswald. In order to prove his allegations of Mac Wallace, Barr matches a fingerprint obtained at an earlier murder crime scene that placed Mac Wallace as one of the shooters located at the School Book Depository on the sixth floor. The author according to Bumiller also shows that Lyndon Johnson was the one who arranged for President John Kennedy to visit Texas on that day, and that he had given out a copy of the Secret Service Plans used on that day for protecting the president to the murders, which helped them to accomplish their mission and escape easily. McClellan claims that there was a third shooter on the lush background, but he does not identify him. McClellan states that the shooters wore suits and had fake Secret Service badges that they used to deceive the police and escape after they completed their mission. Barr’s statements have some credibility considering that many police officers and eyewitnesses claimed to have perceived secret service agents in the Dealey Place after the shooting. However, when investigations were carried out, it was established that no Secret Service agent was present at the...