Fort Worth-born Jim Marrs, wrote key book on Kennedy conspiracy theory, dies at 73

Jim Marrs, a Fort Worth-born reporter best known for his books and frequent talks on the Kennedy assassination, died at the age of 73 on Aug. 2.

Marrs’ book on the Kennedy assassination, Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, became the basis for the Oliver Stone film, JFK.

Marrs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of North Texas in 1966 and attended Graduate School at Texas Tech in Lubbock for two years. He worked for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

In 2007, Marrs retired from the University of Texas at Arlington where he had taught a course on the Kennedy assassination since 1976, according to the biography on his website.

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Marrs has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CSPAN, the Discovery, Learning and History Channels, This Morning America, Geraldo, Montel Williams, Today, Tech TV and The Larry King, George Noory and Art Bell radio programs along many others, according to the website. He is a former president of the Press Club of Fort Worth and was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Marrs died in Springtown.