William Turner
1927 - 2015
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William Weyand Turner

88, of San Rafael, CA passed away on Saturday, December 26th after a long struggle with Parkinson's. He was born April 14, 1927 in Buffalo, NY. He served in the Navy during WWII and then attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY where he obtained a Chemistry degree and was their first goalie. He was drafted by the New York Rangers, but ended up working for the FBI as a Special Agent for 10 years. He "resigned" after testifying to Congress about problems at the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover. After leaving the FBI he worked as a journalist investigating the JFK assassination, then as an Investigator for Jim Garrison's inquiry into the JFK assassination. This led to his becoming an author and authority on both Kennedy assassinations. He wrote such books as Hoover's FBI, The Fish is Red, and the 10 Second Jailbreak that was made in to the movie "Breakout" with Charles Bronson. He loved tennis, golf, reading, and spending time with friends and family. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret, two children Mark and Lori, two sisters Janet and Maggie, 3 grandchildren Austin, Cassidy, and Kolton, and great grandson Michael.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Dec. 31, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.
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January 31, 2016
Only saw him a few times at John judge,s COPA he seemed a fine man and like John was a seeker of Truth RIP God bless you Sir.
January 5, 2016
A resolute patriot when those were in short supply. Thanks for everything.
Robert Charles-Dunne
January 5, 2016
only met him a couple of times at COPA and saw him speak at the Lawrence Hotel Dallas so sorry to hear this RIP
John Gill
January 5, 2016
Bill Turner was an amazing, wonderful man. His work on the assassinations of the sixties taught me so many important things. He showed he how to think about things in a different way.

On a personal level, he also encouraged and supported my research into the JFK and RFK assassinations. He was unfailingly kind and shared whatever he knew with me whenever I asked.

He will be sorely missed. There was no one like him.
Lisa Pease
January 5, 2016
Bill Turner was a great American because he had the courage to say what was true and to go up against the people in power who sometimes use any means necessary to silence their critics.His kind of courage is rare. I met him in San Francisco and he was very kind and extremely knowledgeable about the dark side of American history. We as a nation will miss William Turner.
Mark Taylor
January 4, 2016
Bill was the first JFK author to give me support and encouragement in my efforts to solve the JFK case. He was truly a gentleman and a scholar to me and a great mentor as well. His book Power on the Right came the closest to solving the JFK mystery in my opinion. Sadly missed and never to be forgotten. God speed you on your journey.
John Bevilaqua
January 4, 2016
Rest in Love, JFK Truth seeker...
Carolina Lynn
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