In 1964, a year after the President’s assassination, she was murdered as she walked along a tow-path next to the Potomac river. Meyer’s killer, according to police reports, grabbed her from behind and in broad daylight shot the 42 year old just once under the cheekbone. Her killer escaped and Meyer died instantly.
Mary was actually shot twice. The evidence suggested she had been killed by a professional hitman. The first bullet was fired at the back of the head. She did not die straight away. A second shot was fired into the heart (from behind). The evidence suggests that in both cases, the gun was virtually touching Mary’s body when it was fired. As the FBI expert testified, the “dark haloes on the skin around both entry wounds suggested they had been fired at close-range, possibly point-blank”.
The ‘Meyer Conspiracy’ proponents, Damore and Davis, researched the story in the early 1990s. Damore said he persuaded many government officials to talk for the first time about the case and they agreed that Mary Meyer was murdered because she knew too much. They said that some very powerful people feared that Meyer knew the ‘real secret’ of the JFK assassination.
One of Damore’s sources was a retired police detective who had worked on the case in 1964. (10) He said that the murder was the work of a professional assassin and that the federal government was involved. The federal government, apparently, had put pressure on the police department to close the case quickly.
The simple facts of the case are quite different. (11) An African-American male, Raymond Crump, was spotted near the murder scene, and was arrested and charged with Meyer’s murder. The evidence against Crump was strong. Witnesses near the scene of the attempted rape or mugging heard shots; one of them, Henry Wiggins, identified Crump as the man who stood over Meyer’s body shortly after the shots had been fired. Crump had been arrested approximately ¾ of an hour after Mary Meyer had been killed. He had been hiding in some bushes near the scene of the crime. He lied to police officers and had fresh cuts and bruises on his body. However, a jury acquitted Crump in the face of overwhelming circumstantial evidence due mainly to an inept prosecutor. The case came down to a choice between believing Crump who appeared to be a quiet and reverent soul, and witness Wiggins who had been a war veteran and former military policeman. It would appear that the trial had been a precursor to O. J. Simpson’s; race had played an important part in the proceedings.
This is outrageous. Your suggestion that he only got off because he was black is deeply racist (“a precursor to O. J. Simpson’s; race had played an important part in the proceedings”). The reason Crump got off wa because he was innocent, not because he was black.
The evidence against Crump was weak not strong. The jury had no option but to find him not guilty.
The prosecution case was that they cordoned off the land where the murder took place and therefore the killer was unable to escape from the scene of the crime. As they arrested Crump by the canal it was argued that he must be the killer. There were several problems with this defence. First of all, Crump’s lawyer, Dovey Roundtree, was able to show that the police had not in fact cordoned off the canal towpath within minutes of the murder.
The second problem was the gun. If Crump had been trapped within the confines of this small area, what had he done with the gun? Despite an extensive search of the area no gun could be found. This included a two day search of the tow path by 40 police officers. The police also drained the canal near to the murder scene. Police scuba divers searched the waters away from where Mary was killed. However, no gun could be found. Nor could the prosecution find any link between Crump and any Smith and Wesson gun.
Police tests were unable to show that Crump had recently fired a gun. There were no trace of nitrates on his hands or clothes.
During the trial Wiggins was unable to positively identify Raymond Crump as the man standing over Meyer's body. (I noticed the way how you attempted to persuade your readers to your view of the killing by describing Wiggins as a "war veteran and former military policeman").
The prosecution was also handicapped by the fact that the police had been unable to provide a crediable motive for the crime. For example, what evidence have you that Crump tried to rape her? Not that pathetic prosecution claim that his flies were undone. We also know that no money was taken from the body so robbery did not appear to be a motive.
There have been contradictory accounts of how the diary was found but there is no credible evidence to support the theory that Mary Meyer had been murdered to silence her. If ‘government agents’ had indeed killed her then why would they leave a witness at the scene to identify the real culprits? Would the killers not have been afraid that the man arrested for the murder might reveal their true identities?
We now know the full details of how the diary was found. We now know that James Angleton and Ben Bradlee were desperate to get hold of this diary. Why was Angleton allowed to keep the diary? Did it not belong to Mary’s children? Why was it destroyed?
You seem to be very naive about how contract killers work. Wiggins posed no threat to this killer. He was unable to get a good view of the killer (as he admitted in court). Nor can contract killers ever be linked backed to government agencies. Even the person involved in arranging the “hit” would be a freelance without any obvious links to the CIA.
Have you read C. David Heymann’s The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club (2003). In February, 2001, the writer, Heymann, asked Cord Meyer about the death of Mary Pinchot Meyer: "My father died of a heart attack the same year Mary was killed, " he whispered. "It was a bad time." And what could he say about Mary Meyer? Who had committed such a heinous crime? "The same sons of bitches," he hissed, "that killed John F. Kennedy."