A faithful reader asks an interesting question about the 1971 burglary of the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, which made the news recently when the perpetrators came forward for the first time.
The crime had been unsolved for 43 years.
The reader recalls hearing former Warren Commission staffer Burt Griffin testify to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1978. Griffin said:
“The select committee, I would suggest in those regards, should consider the possible reality that under the American system of civil liberties and the requirement of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, that it is virtually impossible to prosecute or uncover a well-conceived and well-executed conspiracy.” [emphasis added.]
The reader asks: “Does the Media case tend to validate Griffin’s analysis?”
“Of course, the situation is quite different,” the reader adds. “Tthe FBI knew that conspirators were at large, but they were still unable to track them down.”
In the context of the JFK case, author Larry Hancock has disputed the assumption that “somebody would have talked,” by saying the some people did talk and they were ignored.
I think the Media Pa. case shows that a small group of ideologically cohesive group of conspirators can keep a secret about a relatively simple crime for a long time.
JFK’s murder was not a simple crime but but if a relatively small group was responsible, they could have kept it secret all these years, especially as if they enjoyed (as the Media Pa, burglars did not) powers of official secrecy to keep their actions out of the public record.
What do you think?
An excerpt from Betty Medsger’s book, “The Burglary”