(Photo: George and Jeanne De Mohrenschildt ca. 1970)
The House Select Committee on Assassinations (hereafter HSCA) re-opened the case of the assassination of President Kennedy (hereafter JFK) from 1976 to 1979. The HSCA recalled many Warren Commission (hereafter WC) witnesses and added several others during that period. However, though the WC volumes mention the resigned General Walker more than 500 times in the testimony of dozens of witnesses, the HCSA itself did not subpoena Walker and showed no further interest in him.
At the end of its investigation, the HSCA published its, Findings of the Select Committee on Assassinations in the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, 22 November 1963. Although the HSCA concluded that there were four shots fired at JFK, yet its findings were unsatisfactory because they failed to identify the other shooter. Here’s the famous excerpt from its final paragraphs:
President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee is unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy… The Soviet Government was not involved…the Cuban Government was not involved.
Anti-Castro Cuban groups, as groups, were not involved; but that does not preclude the possibility that individual members may have been involved.
The national syndicate of organized crime, as a group, was not involved; but that does not preclude the possibility that individual members may have been involved.
…The Secret Service, FBI, and CIA were not involved. (HSCA, 1979, Conclusion)
Although the HSCA flatly reversed the WC conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald (hereafter LHO) was the Lone Shooter at JFK, the HCSA failed to identify any other conspirators. Also, the HSCA said almost nothing about General Walker. Here’s a brief overview of the disappointing results of the HSCA:
Although Loran Hall was called to testify before the HSCA on 5 October 1977, we ended with more mysteries than before. This time the HSCA subpoenaed Larry Howard and William Seymour, who both denied meeting Sylvia Odio or even being with Loran Hall in Dallas in September 1963. They provided convincing alibis. Then Loran Hall retracted his WC testimony and claimed that he visited a different woman on that day, and that he never met Sylvia Odio at any time in his life.
Although Sylvia Odio was interviewed by Gaeton Fonzi on behalf of the HSCA, she didn’t significantly increase our knowledge beyond her 1964 WC testimony.
Although Marina Oswald was interviewed by the HSCA, she didn’t significantly increase our knowledge beyond her 1964 WC testimony.