Always on the move and having yet met a conspiracy he didn’t like, former Fort Worth Star-Telegram staffer Jim Marrs [See Biography ] stopped by to say a quick hello and inform me that after witnessing the loss of conventional journalism, he left the newspaper business some time ago to devote himself full-time to writing books.
Though he has traveled down a different path, the Texan says he’s continued his ``role as a professional journalist’’, only today, Marrs said, `` I try to tell truth through book publishing rather than newspapers. ’'
Since he interviewed so many of the characters involved in the John F. Kennedy assassination over the years, including Marguerite and Marina Oswald and having taught a course on the assassination at the University of Texas at Arlington for 30 years, Marrs decided to write about the subject he knew best, which resulted in ``Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy’’ .
To his surprise and good fortune, the book became the basis for the Oliver Stone’s 1991 film "JFK’’ starring Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones. Marrs tells me ``Crossfire’’ has been updated, which will be published in time for the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.
Marrs has now authored a total of 11 books , four of which have become New York Times Best Sellers and another one will be published in 2013.
A familiar theme running through his books has been developing in great detail conspiracy theories and the hidden truths largely ignored by mainstream news organizations. In addition to his conspiracy theory with the Kennedy assassination, Marrs has written about UFOs and Extraterrestrial Aliens, suggesting UFOs are real, while offering evidence of government cover-ups, and proof that Earth has been visited by alien life forms.
Similarly, in ``Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History that Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids’’, Marrs traces the history of secret societies, connecting them to events ranging from wars, stock markets, class distinctions and censoring news by advancing theories that key world calamities were manipulated by the financial dynasties, such as the Rockefellers, Morgans, and Rothschilds.
More recently, in ``Inside Job: Unmasking the 9-11 Conspiracies’’ Marrs describes the hidden role of the George Bush White House in perpetrating the 9/11 attacks and in government agencies destroying key evidence after the attacks.
A native of Fort Worth Texas, Marrs graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas located in Denton, a city located on the northern edge of the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area. He soon landed a job at the Denton Record Chronicle where he worked as a reporter and editor.
By the late 1960’s, Marrs moved to Lubbock, Texas and began working as a reporter, editor and photographer for the Lubbock Avalanche Journal; and soon after that he became editor of a weekly publication, the Lubbock Sentinel.
Marrs eventually returned to his native soil in Fort Worth and started working for the Fort Worth Star- Telegram in 1968, where he stayed for a dozen years as a police, general assignment reporter and feature writer covering everything from Europe to the unrest in the Middle East.
After taking a leave of absence to serve with a Fourth Army intelligence unit during the Vietnam War, Marrs became military and aerospace writer for the newspaper as well as an investigative reporter.
While at the Star- Telegram, he received a number of writing awards from the Associated Press. He’s also been the recipient of the Aviation/Aerospace Writer’s Association’s National Writing Award and Newsmaker of the Year Award from the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 1993, Marrs was presented with Freedom Magazine’s Human Rights Leadership Award.
In the early 1980's, he published a rural weekly newspaper entitled, "The Springtown Current" as well as a monthly tourist tabloid for the North Side of Fort Worth entitled, "Cowtown Trails."
Like so many other newspaper alums disheartened by the state of the newspaper industry, Marrs said ``with blogs and social networking taking the place of ever-diminishing newspaper sales, the print media still haven't figured out what is wrong nor what to do about it. Sad.’’
Married for 44 years, he lives in North Texas with his wife. They have two grown daughters and a grandchild.
August 22, 2012