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A well-respected scholar on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will speak Sept. 27 [MONDAY] at East Central University.

Author Larry Hancock will discuss "Into the Abyss: The Murder of JFK: What We Know and What We Don't" at 6:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The free presentation is sponsored by ECU's History and Native American Studies Department.

Photo of Larry Hancock"In essence," said Dr. Tom Cowger, chair of the department, "he will present much of the material from his book 'Someone Would Have Talked.' The third edition of the book, to which he has added a lot of new material, will soon be forthcoming."

At the end of his presentation Hancock will talk about his theories on who killed the president.

"He has spent years researching the assassination and has left few stones unturned," Cowger said. "He is a well respected scholar on the assassination."

Hancock will have books for sale after the presentation and has agreed to hold a book signing.

He also will discuss his forthcoming book at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 [MONDAY] in Room 242 of the Horace Mann Building.

"He will speak about his book that will be released next spring on the Martin Luther King assassination and much we do not know about the civil rights movement. It promises to force us to rethink everything we know, or thought we knew, about that time period and assassination," Cowger said. "Everyone is welcome to attend that as well."

Hancock, a native of Oklahoma, attended Oklahoma State University and the University of New Mexico. After receiving a bachelor's degree in history/anthropology/education, he served four years in the United States Air Force, specializing in computerized telecommunication equipment. That led to a 20-year involvement in the telecommunications industry, mainly in the technical training aspects. For the last 12 years before his retirement, he was involved with the marketing and advertising of personal computers and communication equipment.

He is co-author of "November Patriots," a docufiction novel. His "Someone Would Have Talked," a factual analysis of both the conspiracy and cover-up of the Kennedy assassination, was first published in November 2003.

Hancock also has researched and published several document collections dealing with the 112th Military Intelligence Group, Richard Case Nagell and his intelligence connections and the CIA segregated files. He has been a contributor to the JFK Lancer Chronicles and to the journal of the research group Dealey Plaza UK.

He also published a study of the RFK assassination, "Incomplete Justice," in conjunction with the Mary Ferrell Foundation.

In 2000 he received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for contributing new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001 he received the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

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