an exercise in miscellany

Kerry Wendell Thornley

In people on May 28, 2011 at 6:58 am

Kerry Wendell Thornley (April 17, 1938–November 28, 1998) is known as the co-founder (along with childhood friend Greg Hill) of Discordianism. In 1961, while living in New Orleans  he began to write about his experiences as a peacetime Marine in a book which used Lee Harvey Oswald as the template for its main character, Johnny Shellburn. In February 1962 , Thornley completed The Idle Warriors , which has the historical distinction of being the only book written about Lee Harvey Oswald before Kennedy‘s assassination. Due to the serendipitous nature of Thornley’s choice of literary subject matter, he was called to testify before the Warren Commission in Washington DC on May 18, 1964.  The Commission subpoenaed a copy of the book and stored it in the National Archives. In 1965, Thornley published another book titled Oswald, generally defending the “Oswald-as-lone-assassin” conclusion of the Warren Commission, which met with dismal sales. In his later years, Thornley became convinced that Oswald had in truth been a CIA asset whose purpose was to ferret out suspected Communist sympathizers serving in the Corps. Thornley came to believe that he had been a subject of the CIA‘s LSD experiments in MK-ULTRA.

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