Fred Crisman

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Fred Lee Crisman (July 22, 1919 - Washington December 10, 1975) was a writer, educator, broadcaster and self-described "disruption agent" from Tacoma, Washington known for claims of paranormal events and 20th century conspiracies.

Crisman was the only child of Fred Crisman and his wife Eva Pitchers, both from Iowa. His father was a salesman.

In the mid-1940s, he wrote to Amazing Stories magazine, claiming to have encountered the beings while fighting as a commando in Burma during World War II, and wrote that he sustained injuries from a futuristic laser weapon.[1][non-primary source needed]

Crisman was involved in the Maury Island incident, an early UFO hoax.

In the late 1960s, he hosted a radio talk show under the pseudonym "Jon Gold," and wrote a book, The Murder of a City, Tacoma which he published in 1970 through Transistor Publishing Company.

Crisman was subpoenaed by Jim Garrison to testify in the case against Clay Shaw in the John F. Kennedy assassination.[2][non-primary source needed] When Shaw was arrested, apparently Crisman was the first person Shaw called.[3][unreliable source?] Various conspiracy theories place Crisman on the grassy knoll, possibly as a radio operator, or as one of the "three tramps" taken into custody near Dealey Plaza. The origin of this repeated claim appears to be the Torbitt Document. "William Torbitt" is the pseudonym for a 1969 Texas lawyer-author-Kennedy Assassination-researcher who spells Crisman "Chrismon". However, a log from Rainier High School where Crisman taught shows no substitute was required for Crisman on the day of the assassination, thus supporting Crisman's claim that Crisman was teaching at the time of the assassination.[4][Unreliable fringe source?] Crisman's Grand Jury testimony is now public; and in Murder of a City, Tacoma, Crisman claimed no knowledge of a conspiracy, nor was he called as a witness in the Clay Shaw trial.

Michael Riconosciuto, a witness who testified before the House Judiciary Committee investigating the Inslaw Affair, has been described as a young electronics whiz from Tacoma who was a close acquaintance of Crisman's,[5][Unreliable fringe source?] and who helped Crisman sweep (and possibly plant) electronic eavesdropping devices during the years Crisman wrote Murder Of A City, Tacoma.

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  1. ^ Amazing Stories, June 1946, Letters from Our Readers
  2. ^ Crisman, F. Lee; pages 1-32 Special Investigation, Orleans Parish Grand Jury, 21 November 1968
  3. ^ Marrs, Jim. Alien Agenda. p. 128. ISBN 0-06-109686-5. 
  4. ^ Kenn Thomas, Maury Island UFO: The Crisman Conspiracy
  5. ^ *Thomas, Kenn; Keith, Jim (1996). "Appendix Three: Prison interview with Michael Riconosciuto". The Octopus: The Secret Government and Death of Danny Casolaro. Feral House. ISBN 0-922915-39-3. 

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