CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 01, 1977
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(Studio) Dutch journalist tells Assassination Committee what he was told by deceased man with regard to Kennedy murder.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Willem Oltmans testifies to committee in secret, then tells story to reporters [OLTMANS - says George de Mohrenschildt, friend of Lee Harvey Oswald's, told him of conspiracy involving Oswald with regard to Kennedy murder, in Dallas in February] Oltmans says he's named 1 Cuban, anti-Castro American Loran Hall and Texas oil-man Lester Logue as parties in conspiracy, according to what de Mohrenschildt told him. [OLTMANS - cites some details re: conspiracy.] [Representative Richardson PREYER - says testimony will be worked with.] Oltmans also implicated H.L. Hunt as involved; both Hunt family and Logue deny complicity. (1968 film of Oltmans interview with de Mohrenschildt shown.) Journalist asks if de Mohrenschildt believes Texas oil money paid for Kennedy assassination. [de MOHRENSCHILDT - says no.] de Mohrenschildt's attorney Pat Russell says he was in Dallas when Oltmans got interview. (Interview by Eric Engberg) [RUSSELL - says Oltmans tried to persuade de Mohrenschildt of lucrative value of such knowledge. Says de Mohrenschildt felt statements basically untrue and he wouldn't make them. In Europe reporter Bob Simon asks Dutch television newsman to characterize Oltmans. [News editor Cees DRONGELEN - talks of Oltmans' character and pursuit of stories he feels need to be brought out.] de Mohrenschildt, born in USSR , and wife, were friends of Marina and Lee Harvey Oswald; moved to Haiti in 1963 and were there when Kennedy killed. Warren Commission found no link between them and Kennedy assassination. Oltmans admits he's trying to sell story.
REPORTER: Jim McManus
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