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House Assassinations Committee / Kennedy Hearings #259521

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 11, 1978
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(Studio) House Assassinations Committee hearings on killing of John F. Kennedy, intended to support Warren Commission findings that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassination, reported to hear testimony that opens possibility that more than one gun was fired.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Tape recording evidence that possibly 4, instead of 3, shots were fired during assassination noted. [Committee chairperson Louis STOKES - cautions against anyone drawing sensational conclusions from evidence.] Testimony of Dr. James Barger, acoustics expert with Massachusetts firm that analyzed 18-min. gap on Nixon Watergate tape, reported [BARGER - states probability percentages of 2, 3, and 4 shots.] Recent reenactment of assassination in Dallas' Dealey Plaza, in order to test viability of Dallas police department tape recording indicating that perhaps 4 shots were fired, mentioned. [Representative Harold SAWYER - would hate to civilly sue, let alone prosecute, on this kind of evidence.]

(Studio) Disbelief in open police microphone in motorcade at Dealey Plaza by members of Dallas police force on duty at time of assassination reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Dallas, Texas) Details about police radio channels on day of motorcade given; dispute of officers in motorcade that one could have had radio tuned to wrong channel, despite experts' testimony, noted. [Dallas policeman Bobby Joe DALE - can't believe any officer would switch channels because of possibly missing order.] Thoughts of police dispatcher at time of assassination, Gerald Hensley, that accidental transmission came not from Dealey Plaza, but from near Trade Mart, reported Former dispatcher and present Dallas police Captain J.C. Bowles' examination of tape stated. [BOWLES - has thought that motorcycle sounds in tape came from one running in ordinary traffic.] Details about sounds on tape that possibly indicate it wasn't one of motorcade events at time of assassination given; section of tape played. [BOWLES - doesn't hear cheering crowd in tape and tape would have picked it up.] Bowles conclude that motorcycle with stuck microphone was parked or going slowly as passed by motorcade en route to hospital cited. Texas School Book Depository mentioned.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

Cronkite, Walter;
Engberg, Eric;
McManus, Jim

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