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26 July, 2010

Greylodge Occult Review

Brand new interview with Greylodge Occult Review

John Wisniewski Interviews Joan d’Arc and Al Hidell of PARANOIA

John: When and how did Paranoia Magazine begin?

Joan: PARANOIA Magazine was born in 1992 out of the ‘Providence Conspiracy League’, a group of co-conspirators who met in my now defunct Providence bookstore, Newspeak. It was the only bookstore in the area back then that sold conspiracy books. Now conspiracy books are ubiquitous. One night, Al Hidell came into a Conspiracy League meeting with the idea to put some of the material in our three-ring binders into a magazine called PARANOIA. We never expected the magazine to get off the block, but some magazine distributors expressed interest and we started doing a quarterly. At first the Conspiracy Leaguers did the writing, but after the magazine got out there a bit we started getting articles from other authors; among them, Alan Cantwell, John Judge, George Andrews, R.B. Cutler, and other JFK assassination researchers.

If you look at the first four issues of PARANOIA (posted as PDFs on our website,, you’ll see the early tabloid style black and white covers. In fact, this style, along with the curious title, made people wonder whether we were serious or tongue-in-cheek. We like to say we were protecting ourselves from lawsuits under the “parody” clause of the Constitution. Wink. Back then we raised some eyebrows and everyone thought we were pretty much nuts, until George “Dubya” Bush put us on the map during his nightmare twice-stolen presidency. From then on, we were vindicated, unfortunately.

In 2009, after 18 years of publishing and after the 51st issue of PARANOIA, we decided to switch from magazine format to book series. The combined reasons were the magazine ‘consignment’ paradigm and the new internet economy. More than half the magazines we were paying to print were being destroyed by the chain stores. The only answer was print on demand. The new book contains content similar to the old magazine format and comes out approximately once a year. The book is a 192-page square back compendium containing 24 authors and interviewees, available either at or, if you prefer, at (

Al: One day, I brought a red binder into Joan’s Newspeak store, and I’d pasted a big picture of Lee Harvey Oswald on the front. That became a repository for various conspiracy clippings and material, and it quickly evolved into a magazine once the binder couldn’t hold any more. Joan and I invested a small amount of money to have it printed, and we took it door-to-door to various independent bookstores in the Providence area. Soon, we managed to convince a few magazine distributors to carry us, and we were on our way.

John: Can we talk about some of the conspiracies that the magazine has written about over the years Probably the most covered conspiracy in print is the Kennedy assassination. Looking back, do we really know who is responsible?

Joan: Paranoia has published numerous articles on the JFK assassination over 51 issues of the magazine, which incidentally are now held in the Poage Political archive at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In our most recent publication, PARANOIA The Conspiracy Reader (our new book series, I discussed the JFK assassination with a man named Roderick A. MacKenzie III, who claims to have been associated with the mob in Dallas in 1963. In this exclusive interview, MacKenzie claims that he knew Lyndon Johnson’s personal so-called hitman, Mac Wallace. He further claims that Mac told him, while in a drunken stupor the day after the hit, the names of the persons on four hit teams situated in Dealey Plaza that day. Included on his list of the hit teams was Mac Wallace himself, who admitted to being posted on the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD).

In fact, recent research affirms this claim. A fingerprint lifted from a carton in the “sniper’s nest” (6th floor window), labeled “unknown” in the National Archives, was definitively identified in 1998 as belonging to Mac Wallace. The website states: “On March 9, 1998, A. Nathan Darby, A.L.C.E., a Certified Latent Fingerprint Examiner, and a member of the International Association for Identification, signed a sworn affidavit stating that he found a positive match between the “Unknown” print from Carton “A” and the 1951 print of Mac Wallace.” This information puts Lyndon Johnson right in the driver’s seat of the Kennedy assassination, although it doesn’t argue against Pentagon, CIA and Mafia involvement.

There have been a few people named for the position behind the picket fence in an area known as the “grassy knoll.” According to eyewitnesses and photographs there were at least two shooters stationed in this area. One of them was dressed like a policeman, and he shows up in a picture known as the “Badgeman” photo, which shows a dark blurry figure seemingly in uniform, with an outline of a “badge” and a puff of smoke coming over the picket fence.

The documentary, The Men Who Killed Kennedy by Nigel Turner, features an interview with imprisoned French mobster, Christian David, who claims three French hitmen from the Corsican Mafia were hired to do the job ( According to David, one hitman was situated on the 6th floor of the TSBD and another on a lower floor of the Dal-Tex building. (Rod MacKenzie claims this team was supposed to be on the roof, but encountered some sort of problems.) David claims a third hitman, by the name of Lucien Sarti, was positioned on “the little hill with the wooden fence.” Sarti was dressed in some sort of uniform and took only one shot with “an explosive bullet.”

Another hit man MacKenzie mentions is a French Corsican mobster named Michael Victor Mertz. MacKenzie claims this man was just one of many Corsican mobsters who stayed in the “safe house” MacKenzie ran for the mob in Dallas. Mertz was especially difficult to please, requiring special wines and white shirts. MacKenzie claims Mac Wallace told him that Mertz was situated on the roof of the County Records Building. According to Christian David’s claim, the three Corsican hit men returned to a “safe house” and remained for about ten days, and were flown to Montreal. (Highlights of the MacKenzie interview can be found on the PARANOIA website:

Jack Ruby was seen by many witnesses in the crowd in Dealey Plaza before and after the assassination. MacKenzie claims Jack Ruby was a shooter on the 2nd floor of the TSBD. It’s pretty certain that Mac Wallace and a Chickasaw Indian named Loy Factor were shooters from the 6th floor. Frank Sturgis, Eugene Hale Braden/Brading and Chi Chi Quintero were supposed to be on top of the Dal-Tex Building but due to some problem they were located on a lower floor. According to Marita Lorenz, Sturgis was one of the gunmen who fired on JFK. If MacKenzie is right, it was from a lower floor of the Dal-Tex Building. This means Sturgis may have been responsible for the first low shot of Kennedy’s back, or if not Sturgis, Braden/Brading is another possible shooter.

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