Kelly Jr.


William E. Kelly, Jr. was born in 1951, the son of Camden Police Detective William E. Kelly. He followed the news reports and read the articles and books on the assassination of President Kennedy and majored in history at the University of Dayton, Ohio, School of Education, where he did his thesis on the Bay of Pigs. After graduation he taught history and became a freelance journalist and author of regional history books "300 Years at the Point" and "Birth of the Birdie," a history of golf.

Kelly became personally involved in original JFK assassination research in 1977 after publication of Peter Noyes' book "Legacy of Doubt," which reported on the activities of Jim Braden, a suspect taken into custody at the scene of the crime.

Reading that Braden had been arrested in mob related activities in Camden, N.J. in 1948, but the Camden PD refused to released the arrest record, he obtained the file and shared it with other researchers and investigators, including former Philadelphia prosecutor and then chief counsel of the House Select Committe on Assassination Richard Sprague.

When the HSCA records were locked away, Kelly formed the Committee for an Open Archives (COA) with his college associate John Judge, lobbying extensively for the JFK Assassination Records Act, which was passed in 1992. With Judge, Peter Dale Scott, John Newman, Jim Lesar, Bill Turner, Jerry Rose, Jim DiEugenio and others, he was an original founder of the Coaliton on Political Assassinations (COPA), and made presentations at COPA conferences on the Collins Radio Connections, the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA) and the NORAD stand down on 9/11. With Judge, he also assisted the 9/11 Citizen's Watch, which monitored the work of the 9/11 Commission.

As of 2005 Mr. Kelly was attempting to petition federal prosecutors in Texas, Louisiana and DC to convene a special federal grand jury to review the evidence and determine if any individuals can be indicted for crimes related to the assassination of President Kennedy.

Besides the abovementioned books, William E. Kelly has written many articles for newspapers, regional and national magazines, and has a wonderful website, KellysCafe.

Works by William E. Kelly
A Cold Case Heats Up
Inside The Mind of A Spree Killer