Interview with John Doar
QUESTION 54
INTERVIEWER:

UM, DO YOU THINK THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REACTED AS FULLY AS IT MIGHT HAVE TO THOSE DEATHS? TO THE, TO THE, TO THAT SITUATION, TO THE NEED TO INVESTIGATE AND FIND THEM?

John Doar:

I certainly do, I certainly do. The uh, the uh, I remember the uh, the uh, after the uh, the day or second day after the uh the the deaths of Burke Marshall came into my office, at uh 6, or 7 o'clock, or 10 o'clock one night and said that the President had decided to have Alan Dulles go down, the head of the CIA to make an investigation of the situation in Mississippi and give his recommendations. And Mr. Dulles came to the Justice Department the next morning and, the Attorney General had me come up and talk to him because I was more familiar with Mississippi than most anyone, probably anybody else in the department. And I went to Mississippi with Alan Dulles and out of that trip uh, the Justice Department made a recommendation that the FBI increase its force in Mississippi substantially. And Mr. Hoover opened an office in Jackson and put some very excellent FBI uh, investigators in charge of that investigation. And uh, they were not only good, but there were a lot of them and they worked all that summer and solved that murder and uh, partici—worked with us to present uh, to a grand jury and to a, a, a regular jury trial of the people responsible for those deaths. And uh, so I think that uh, the performance of the Justice Department was uh, was something that I'm proud of in that respect.