Ochelli Effect 4-19-2018 Carmine Savastano and Larry Hancock House Select Committee on Assassination

Ochelli Effect 4-19-2018 Carmine Savastano and Larry Hancock
House Select Committee on Assassinations

House Select Committee on Assassinations
Part 1 in the HSCA sub-section of The JFK 101 series dealing with the HSCA
In our continuing efforts to educate people about the bedrock of information on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, The Ochelli Effect turns to The United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA). Established in 1976 to investigate the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. The HSCA completed its investigation in 1978 and issued the final report in 1979 concluding that Kennedy was likely assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.

The HCSA investigated the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many Catalysts contributed to the formation of the HSCA. Previous public investigations had revealed a diverse line of issues with the official proclamation of the 1964 Warren commission findings that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone. The Hart-Schweiker and Church Committee hearings revealed CIA ties to other assassinations and deadly intrigues.
September 1976, the United States House of Representatives voted 280-65 to establish the HSCA The first chairman, Thomas N. Downing of Virginia retired in January 1977 and was replaced by Henry B. Gonzalez on February 2, 1977. Chief Counsel Richard A. Sprague resigned, in part to increase the chances of Congress voting to reconstitute the HSCA for the new two-year congressional term. Sprague’s like-minded deputy Robert K. Tanenbaum also resigned shortly after that. Louis Stokes replaced Gonzalez as chairman, and G. Robert Blakey was appointed as Chief Counsel and Staff Director to replace Sprague.
This turbulence was only the beginning of what many researchers most often site as the best and the worst of what seems history will enshrine as the last official investigation into the events of and surrounding November 22, 1963. In the boneyard of history, this epitaph will stand unless something more is demanded. Authors Larry Hancock and Carmine Savastanoalong with Chuck Ochelli present part 1 of the HSCA portion of JFK 101 on the Ochelli Effect. The foundation of the landmark investigation and the context of the divided figures involved are explored.
House Select Committee on Assassinations

House Select Committee on Assassinations Members :

Thomas N. Downing, (Virginia) First Chairman
Henry B. Gonzalez, (Texas), Second Chairman
Louis Stokes, (Ohio), Third Chairman
L. Richardson Preyer, (North Carolina)
Walter E. Fauntroy, (District of Columbia)
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, (California)
Christopher Dodd, (Connecticut)
Harold Ford, Sr., (Tennessee)
Floyd Fithian, (Indiana)
Robert W. Edgar, (Pennsylvania)
Samuel L. Devine, (Ohio)
Stewart McKinney, (Connecticut)
Charles Thone, (Nebraska)
Harold S. Sawyer, (Michigan)

House Select Committee on Assassinations Basic REFERENCE :

Reference 1: House Select Committee on Assassinations, History of the Committee, p. 9-11
Reference 2: House Select Committee on Assassinations, Seg. CIA file, DCI Letter to HSCA Chairman Thomas Downing asserting that pertinent re, Box 11, November 23, 1976
Reference 3: HSCA, Seg. CIA file, Request from Richard Sprague, Counsel to the HSCA, For information concerning Santos Trafficante, March 15, 1977, pp. 1-2
Reference 4: HSCA, Seg. CIA file, House Select Committee on Assassinations, October 5, 1976
Reference 5: HSCA, Seg. CIA file, HSCA – Various Memoranda of Understanding (23 Nov 76 – 5 Jan 79), Note to Director, (n.d), p. 3
Reference 6: HSCA, Numbered Files, Executive Session – Hearings, p. 380
Reference 7: Ibid, p. 394-395, 401, 405-410, 413, 417-418, 421-422
Reference 8: HSCA, Executive Session, March 17, 1977, pp. 12-25, 55, 67
Reference 9: Jeremiah O’Leary and Ron Sarro, (March 30th, 1077), Sprague Quits as Counsel To Assassinations Panel, Washington Star

House Select Committee on Assassinations
Larry Hancock

House Select Committee on Assassinations

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