I just received a letter from my friend, John Armstrong, who, incidentally, happens to be the greatest JFK researcher of all time.
There have been plenty of good ones and plenty of brave ones, but if only one can be at the summit, it's John Armstrong.
And what he felt like talking about tonight were some of the deaths associated with the HSCA. I had told him that I am reading Joan Mellon's book on George DeMohrenschildt, which I am greatly enjoying. It is a fabulously written book, although not the least bit admiring of its subject.
But, John brought attention to another HSCA-related death, another supposed suicide: Carlos Prio Socarras. He was the former President of Cuba. He was the President before Batista; so Batista overthrew him. And he was a very wealthy man. John said he was worth at least $50 million. And remember: that's $50 million then, not $50 million now. And yet, he committed suicide. I guess it only goes to show that money can't buy happiness. Who knew? He also died by self-inflicted gunshot wound while waiting to testify before the HSCA.
What did the HSCA think about all these witnesses suddenly dropping dead, and many of them, supposedly, by suicide? Did it occur to them that maybe these witnesses were killed in order to silence them? And if it occurred to them, did they care? I don't think they cared. All they cared about was getting through the investigation without disturbing the official story too much. They were willing to tweak it a little- just to throw the CT community a bone. But, the important thing was to retain all the fundamentals, including keeping Oswald as the lone assassin (in effect). They just used the dictabelt recording to tweak the story a little so that the populace would go back to sleep. That's all. The whole thing was just a dog and pony show.
Then there was William Pawley. Now, there's a guy who lived an interesting life. Jet-setter, international deal-maker, close friend of Eisenhower, Dulles, the other Dulles, and plenty more. He also supposedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound right before he was to testify before the HSCA (January 1977). A family spokesman said that he killed himself because he suffered greatly from shingles. Ah! But, that wasn't said at the time. It was said years later by his great nephew who wasn't even born until 1970.
I checked with Richard Charnin, and he considers William Pawley a suspicious death. So do I.