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House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA)


Law Professor G. Robert Blakey, former Chief Counsel to the HSCA.

The House Select Committee on Assassinations was the second major investigation of the JFK assassination, following the Warren Commission by nearly a decade and a half. The revelations of the Church Committee were profound in the 1970s, and efforts to re-investigate the assassinations of the 1960s picked up steam. The airing of the Zapruder film on television in 1975, showing Kennedy reacting “the wrong way” to a bullet from the rear, was a defining event which helped push the momentum over the top.

Congress authorized an investigation into the murders of John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chief Counsel Richard Sprague ran into early troubles, butting heads with the CIA over secrecy oaths among other matters. He was eventually forced to resign, and the investigation was taken over by G. Robert Blakey.

After a few years of work, the House Committee issued a Final Assassinations Report, along with 12 appendix volumes on each of the murders. In the JFK case, the HSCA found that "Kennedy was probably killed as a result of a conspiracy," based in large part on acoustics evidence which captured the sound impulses of gunfire from more than one location in Dealey Plaza. In the MLK case, the HSCA’s verdict endorsed a lone-gunman conclusion but "there is a likelihood that James Earl Ray assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King as a result of a conspiracy."

With the declassification of the HSCA’s files in the 1990s, researchers know much more about that body’s internal workings. In the areas of the medical evidence and Oswald’s trip to Mexico City, two areas the Committee focused heavily on, it is clear that the HSCA did not tell all that it discovered.

Based on new evidence indicating CIA withholding of key information, HSCA Chief Counsel Robert Blakey in 2003 wrote a scathing letter about CIA obstruction of the HSCA inquiry: "I now no longer believe anything the Agency told the committee any further than I can obtain substantial corroboration for it from outside the Agency for its veracity." more

RESOURCES:

Essays


Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? - Interview: G. Robert Blakey, by PBS.

The Sins of Robert Blakey, by James DiEugenio.

The HSCA's Acoustical Evidence: Proof of a Second Gunman?, by Michael T. Griffith.

The Assignment of Dr. G. Robert Blakey, by Richard E. Sprague.

"Blakey's Linchpin": Dr. Guinn, Neutron Activation Analysis, and the Single Bullet Theory, by Wallace Milam.

The HSCA and JFK's Skull Wound, by Dr. Gary Aguilar.

If At First You Don't Succeed: Robert Blakey, the HSCA, and the Return of the Single Bullet Theory, by Joe Biles.

 
Documents


HSCA Final Report - Final Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations.

HSCA Report Appendix Volumes - Five volumes of hearings transcripts followed by seven volumes of reports on various topics.

Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City - The so-called "Lopez Report" on the mysterious events in Mexico City prior to the assassination. Declassified in the mid-1990s though still with many blacked-out sections.

Security Classified HSCA Testimony - Formerly-secret transcripts of interviews with CIA personnel and others.


Other Links

Martin Luther King, Jr. on wikipedia.

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    Books of Interest

        Final Assassinations Report
    House Select Committee on Assassinations
    Mary Ferrell Foundation Press, 1979, 2007
     
        The Last Investigation
    Gaeton Fonzi
    Thunder's Mouth Press, 1993
     
        Fatal Hour: The Assassination of President Kennedy by Organized Crime
    G. Robert Blakey and Richard N. Billings
    Berkeley Books, 1981
     
        Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City: The Lopez Hardway Report
    Dan Hardway and Edwin Lopez
    Mary Ferrell Foundation Press, 2006
     
        The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK, and Malcolm X
    James DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, ed.
    Feral House, 2003
     
        Real Answers
    Gary Cornwell
    Paleface Press, 1998
     
        Master Index to the J.F.K. Assassination Investigations
    Sylvia Meagher and Gary Owens
    The Scarecrow Press, 1980

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