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D.W, Ferrie, JFK Assassination Conspirator's Personal Cigarette Lighter

Modern Lite Cigarette Lighter, made in Japan, 1.5" x 2". "Standard" Art. No. 1005. Owned by David William Ferrie, whose initials are engraved along the side of the lighter. Near fine with light use and scratches. From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist. Fine condition.

David William Ferrie (March 28, 1918 – February 22, 1967) an American pilot was alleged by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison to have been involved in a conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. Garrison also alleged that Ferrie knew Lee Harvey Oswald. Ferrie denied any involvement in a conspiracy and said he never knew Oswald. Decades later, photos emerged establishing that Ferrie had been in the same Civil Air Patrol unit as Oswald in the 1950s but critics have argued this does not prove that neither Ferrie nor Oswald were involved in an assassination plot.

Ferrie, who was an avowed anti-Communist, became involved with anti-Castro organizations in New Orleans in the early 1960s. He also started working for Guy Banister, a private investigator who had been an FBI agent and assistant superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department. The two worked with the lawyer of Banister's office frequently in 1963, according to Anthony Summers' book, "Not in Your Lifetime." However, the House Select Committee on Assassinations termed her statements unreliable.

Garrison was convinced that New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw was a leader of the assassination plot. In an application for a warrant to search Shaw's French Quarter home, Ferrie was listed as a guest at meetings there, along with Oswald, to plan the conspiracy. Shaw denied that such meetings occurred. But because of Ferrie's connection with Banister and the anti-Castro community, Garrison became convinced that Kennedy's assassination was the work of a vast right-wing conspiracy. 

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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