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The Last Investigation: A Former Federal Investigator Reveals the Man Behind the Conspiracy to Kill JFK Hardcover – November, 1993

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Fonzi, an investigative journalist who acted as an investigator for the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1977-1979, casts two significant lights on the continuing mystery of the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath. The first is a wealth of inside information about the workings of the committee, and how at almost every turn it was frustrated by political infighting, budget constraints and a determination not to upset "national security" by questioning the CIA too closely about its knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald. The second is his detailed account of the story told him by anti-Castro underground leader Antonio Veciana: that he once saw Oswald together with Veciana's own CIA "control," a mysterious figure called Maurice Bishop. Fonzi remains convinced that Bishop was an alias for David Atlee Phillips, a career CIA officer--now five years dead--who at the time of the assassination was a key figure at the Mexico City CIA post and therefore responsible for the continued obfuscation of Oswald's alleged visit there. The book is too long for its content, and is occasionally naive in its dramatization of Fonzi's personal sense of outrage at the apathy that seems to have developed over the responsibility for the assassination. But he is a lively and convincing writer, and much of the book, with its confrontations and dramatic (and sometimes even farcical) twists, has the tension of a good spy novel. Photos not seen by PW.
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Fonzi was a federal investigator for the congressional committees that issued reports in the 1970s questioning some aspects of the Warren Commission Report. While he doesn't know the names of the people responsible for JFK's murder, he believes that Lee Harvey Oswald worked secretly for the CIA and that there was a conspiracy involving the intelligence agency. In detailed and lively prose, he describes his far-flung investigation into the possibility that Oswald met with CIA agents before the assassination, especially David Atlee Phillips, a fervent anti-Castro agent who later became head of the CIA's Western Hemisphere Division. Like other conspiracy proponents, Fonzi also argues that the "single bullet" theory is refuted by medical evidence. He accuses the congressional committees for which he worked of backing off from the evidence they uncovered that implicated the CIA in a political murder. Amidst the hundreds of conspiracy books published in the last 30 years, this is one of the most believable, although it only offers circumstantial evidence and educated speculation. See also Harrison Edward Livingstone's Killing the Truth , reviewed below.
- Jack Forman, Mesa Coll. Lib., San Diego
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press; 1st edition (November 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560250526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560250524
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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176 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I cannot do much better than other reviewers of Fonzi's book. But I can add a few things -- perhaps even the last word. In passing, I must say I find it strange that there are so few reviews for this book. And yet, maybe it is not so strange.
Fonzi inherited the frustration of Jim Garrison ("On the Trail of Assassins") for discovering the ultimate lead to the mystery of Dealey Plaza. Both authors had conducted separate and independent investigations: Garrison in 1968 New Orleans, and Fonzi -- working for the House Select Committee on Assassinations between 1976 and 1978. Both investigations pointed ultimately toward a rogue faction within the CIA, but Fonzi, in pursuing events surrounding Oswald's appearance on Sylvia Odio's porch in September, 1963, went farther down that trail than anyone.
The other reviews do well to summarize Fonzi's book, so I leave the reader to explore those reviews. Instead, let's take a look at the history surrounding Fonzi's book itself. He had been constrained by a non-disclosure agreement with CIA from the time they began to suppress the HSCA's activities. This was also coincident with the landmark censorship court case over Vincent Marchetti's "The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence". It was not until after the passage of the 1992 JFK Records Collection Act and its implementation by William Jefferson Clinton that Fonzi was able to publish "Last Investigation".
Another author, investigating completely different events in history, supported Fonzi's findings, and that author was free of the constraints that bound Fonzi.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Theodore M. Herlich on September 21, 1999
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Gaeton Fonzi, an investigator with the Senate and the House Select Committee on Assassinations, reveals the fruit of his extraordinary investigative efforts in addition to providing a penetrating critique of the conduct of the House investigation. His most significant work involves Cuban exiles Sylvia Odio and Antonio Veciana. Ms. Odio was visited in her Dallas home by two anti- Castro activists and Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of JFK. They approached her to solicit funds for their anti-Castro activities. Ms. Odio is certain that it was Lee Harvey Oswald who was present at that time. Antonio Veciana was the leader of the extremely militant anti-Castro organization known as Alpha-66. Mr. Veciana's CIA handler was "Maurice Bishop" who the author demonstrates was none other than David Atlee Phillips. When Mr. Veciana travelled to Dallas prior to the assassination of JFK to meet his CIA handler, he found Mr. Phillips in conversation with Lee Harvey Oswald, thereby demonstrating Oswald's link to U.S. intelligence. Mr. Fonzi also reveals another CIA handler of anti-Castro Cuban organizations and their operations inside Cuba, Mr. David Sanchez Morales. {Miami's CIA station handling the anti-Castro operations was run by David Sanchez Morales, Theodore Shackley, E. Howard Hunt and David Atlee Phillips}. Mr. Morales admitted to a life-long friend that "We [CIA] took care of that ... Kennedy", suggesting U.S. intelligence participation in the "hit" on JFK. Mr. Fonzi's personal interactions with Sylvia Odio, Antonio Veciana, David Atlee Phillips and others provides a human dimension to the information he reveals which sets his work apart from most other assassination literature. Mr. Fonzi's work provides readers with important, new information based upon his own personal investigative work in the field and is invaluable in its contribution toward uncovering the truth of the assassination of JFK.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Matthew DeLuca on August 13, 2003
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America owes a debt of gratitude to Gaeton Fonzi, former House Select Commitee on Assassinations investigator.
The HSCA was formed to give we the people the truth about the Asassination Conspiracy of President John F Kennedy, but instead, tons of HSCA documents are sealed away for decades to come!
What the HSCA didnt want to make too public, and what the media has totally hidden, is that the HSCA investigation proves once and for all that Lee Oswald was being framed for the assassination MONTHS before it happened!
Gaeton Fonzi is one of the few investigators for the HSCA who has gone against the grain, and who has come out to tell the American People the truth. He did so by writing this book.
One of the main points of Fonzi's book, is that CIA man "Maurice Bishop", was an alias used by David Atlee Phillips, former head of the CIA's Western Hemisphere division!
The identity of "Bishop" has long kept JFK assassination researchers interested because "Bishop" was seen with Lee Oswald in Dallas not long before the assassination, proving that the CIA had a link with Oswald, even though they said they didnt.
Couple this with the fact that Philips ("Bishop") did work for the CIA in Mexico City WHERE AN OSWALD IMPERSONATOR FRAMED HIM (Oswald) BEFORE THE ASSASSINATION, and the JFK murder mystery becomes much clearer.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2002
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Along with Dick Russell's The Man Who Knew Too Much and Garrison's On the Trail of the Assassins, Gaeton Fonzi's book The Last Investigation actually provides information that enables the reader to move a bit closer to understanding the truth about the conspiracy that killed JFK. The book contains noteworthy information about key suspects such as David Phillips and Orlando Bosch. On behalf of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, Gaeton Fonzi interviewed Bosch and was involved in assessing the possible role of Phillips as "Maurice Bishop" who was alleged to have met with Oswald prior to the assassination. The information in this book is a must for any objective reader to assess the liklihood that a conspiracy took place. One almost certainly did take place, and the information Fonzi covers is important to understand what actually happened.
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