The House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), who reinvestigated President Kennedy’s murder in the late 70s, was unable to find any serious fault with what the Warren Commission did. In a last ditch effort to justify all the time and money they wasted on a case that had long been solve, they latched on to a “new” piece of evidence that the Warren Commission did not have access to.
A dictabelt recording made on the day of the assassination at Dallas Police Headquarters had four impulses on it that some believed were four gunshots. The working theory was that a motorcycle cop accidentally left his mic open during the shooting and it was preserved on this long forgotten media. The officer in question was certain that his mic was not on that day and the recording could not have come from him but the HSCA found some audio experts who claimed exactly what many on the committee wanted to hear. The four sounds were gunshots and one came from the so-called, “grassy knoll.”
Based on this evidence alone, the HSCA said there must have been a second gunman and therefore a, “probable conspiracy.” Even if you take this at face value, the HSCA agreed that Oswald fired three times and that Oswald alone fired the bullets that hit President Kennedy and Governor Connally, so that means that the alleged grassy knoll shooter fired only once, missed completely, and then got away without anyone ever seeing him or identifying him in anyway. Since the HSCA also agreed that all the usual suspects (from the Soviets to the Mob to the CIA) were not involved, the “conspiracy” that they allegedly found isn’t anything like the wild stories that conspiracy theorists love to tell.
But it gets worse for the conspiracy believers. First, a drummer and audiophile named Steve Barber, found something on the recording that the HSCA’s experts had missed. In the background, behind all the hissing and pops, you can hear Dallas Police Sheriff J.E. “Bill” Decker directing men to search the trainyard behind the knoll. This did not happen until after the President’s limo had left Dealey Plaza, which means the recording was not from the time of the assassination.
Second, no other audio experts have been able to scientifically reproduced what the HSCA’s experts allegedly found. No one can say definitively what those four popping sounds are, nor can they prove where any of them came from. This is why the Justice Department refused to reopen the case and why you should dismiss anyone who tells you that the HSCA proved there was a conspiracy.
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