‘Spies in the Congo’: From OSS to JFK

Of interest to Americans in particular is that von Alvensleben journeyed to Dallas, Texas in late 1963 as the guest of D. Harold Byrd, owner of the Texas School Book Depository building. Byrd was reported to be at Safarilandia on the date in November 1963 on which President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, allegedly as a result of shots fired from Byrd’s Texas School Book Depository building

Source: Book Review: Spies in the Congo by Susan Williams


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The crown jewel of Mr. Morley’s work details his discovery that a retired CIA officer named George Joannides was called back to Washington to stall a re-investigation of the assassination by the House of Representatives in the late 1970s.

Morley’s latest investigationCIA and JFK: The Secret Assassination Files, available on Amazon, provides the fullest account of the role of CIA operations officers in the events leading to the death of JFK.

12 thoughts on “‘Spies in the Congo’: From OSS to JFK”

  1. Thanks for posting this Jeff. Very informative for me at least.
    I was aware Hammarskjold was head of the UN and some questioned the circumstances of his death. That was about it until a few week’s ago when Jim DiEugenio started a thread on him on the Education Forum. It was (is) quite enlightening though I’ve not visited there in well over a week. Somewhere on there it state JFK considered him the greatest Statesman of the 20th century at the time. I was not aware the UN had re-opened an investigation into his death.
    Kudos to them for doing so after 50+ years. I guess they at least consider it of Historical importance.
    Kind of makes our government look like a bunch of pussies in comparison for simply refusing to release files from the same period.
    Nor was I aware of a Freedom of Information Act case regarding Byrd.
    I wonder who is looking for what there.

    1. If I’m not mistaken, I believe the new documents referenced in the below article come out of the South African truth & reconciliation commission. This is discussed in a new book by Dr. Greg Poulgrain, “The Incubus of Intervention.” President Truman (who was likely informed by JFK re: Hammarskjold’s plane crash, as Truman & his wife were frequent weekend guests of the Kennedy White House), told the press, “They killed him, notice I said, THEY KILLED HIM!”

      “August 1, 2016 EXCLUSIVE
      U.N. to Probe Whether Iconic Secretary-General Was Assassinated
      Newly­ discovered documents revive claim that Dag Hammarskjold may have been killed by South African agents backed by the CIA.” http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/01/u-n-to-probe-whether-iconic-secretary-general-was-assassinated/

  2. CORRECTION: the LTV insider buys of stock by DH Byrd and James Ling were in early November, 1963, not 1973. Defense contract awarded by LBJ January, 1964.

    “D.H. Byrd was a total Lyndon Johnson insider who Peter Dale Scott proved in the early 1970’s that he and James Ling made illegal insider buys into LTV stock early November, 1963 in the weeks before the JFK assassination. Later in January, 1964, LTV was awarded a huge military contract that was paid for out of the non-existent 1965 budget. In other words, LBJ forced the issue on the contract to LTV/Byrd.

    1. This obituary is for another member of the von Alvensleben family, which is a rather large and storied German aristocratic family. The big game hunter’s father was also named Werner von Alvensleben and was a leader of conservatives in Germany after World War I. The father appears in William Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” on page 182 as being present with Adolf Hitler in Berlin the night in 1933 Hitler learned he was to be named Chancellor of Germany.

  3. if you read the entire review, you’ll learn that Williams identifies
    Von Alvensleben as a former Nazi assassin proficient with a 6.5mm Mannlicher-Schoneuer rifle…
    so we may have another suspect to consider…

    1. The information about Werner von Alvensleben’s background is from OSS files at the National Archives, Record Group 226, Entry 216, Box 3. One source for von Alvensleben’s proficiency with the 6.5 Mannlicher-Schoenauer follows:

      Hunting history is rife with the tales of derring-do with 6.5mm cartridges. W.D.M. Bell whacked many elephants and Werner von Alvensleben slew hundreds of buffalo with what they termed a “small-bore rifle,” namely, the 6.5×54 Mannlicher-Schönauer.

      Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/08/12/gun-test-alexander-arms-6-5-grendel-hunter/#ixzz4JO6FkcE4

    2. I’m not really ready to go there myself. That he was an assassin proficient with the apparently more accurate and reliable “sister” weapon of the one the Warren Omission says was used is intriguing if not suspicious. Add to that his visiting Byrd in particular in Dallas shortly before the assassination and it might be suspicious to some. But until something more (documented) comes up it’s speculation.
      Now if some say foreign document (validated) turns up putting him in Dealy Plaza on 11/22/63…

    3. Maybe that crazy Kerry Thornley was onto something when he claimed the missing link in the JFK assassination was the Nazi connection(?)

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