FROM THE UNSOLVED MYSTERIES CASE FILE
ARMY CID MAJOR'S "SUICIDE" NOT CONNECTED
TO WAR CRIMES INVESTIGATION - DEATH
RESULT OF "APPARENTLY" SELF-INFLICTED
SHOTGUN BLAST TO THE HEAD, PENTAGON SAYS
"An Army investigator examining charges that a major general and another officer covered up alleged American atrocities in Vietnam has died from what the Pentagon called an apparently self-inflicted gun shot," United Press International reported on April 17, 1971.
"Col. Henry Tufts, commander of the Army's Criminal Investigation Division, said today that the death last Thursday of Maj. Carl E. Hensley, 36 years old, has "absolutely no connection" with his work on the case.
"An official police report in suburban Prince Georges County, Md., said that Maj. Hensley "had been depressed" and Dr. William E. Legat, an Army psychiatrist at Fort Myer, Va. said he had been treating the major since April 5.
"The police said that the dead officer's wife, Dolores, told them her husband walked into the bedroom of their Clinton, Md. home about 8 A.M. and closed the door. A few minues later, she said, she heard a shot and found him lying on the bed with a shotgun at his feet and blood streaming from a head wound. No note was found.
"Maj. Hensley was one of the Army investigators looking into charges by Lieut. Col. Anthony B. Herbert [author of the book SOLDIER] against Maj. Gen. John Barnes and Col. J. Ross Franklin, two of his superior officers while all three were in Vietnam."
[EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a particularly tough one from our "cold case files." There's always the possibility this was as the Pentagon claims, a "suicide." Like a broken clock that gives the correct time twice a day, the brass sometimes tells the truth. But not always when a lie of half-truth will do.
Why didn't Maj. Hensley leave a note or hint at some sort of explanation for his particularly bloody exit from this life? His wife didn't elaborate if they had been having marital problems. So we don't know exactly what caused the officer's alleged "depression." We've seen that boiler plate phrase "commited suicide because (he/she) was depressed" many times in the past. Could it have been the "medication" Hensley was likely taking that caused him to become self-destructive?
Any readers out there want to venture a guess as to what was the real reason for this strange death nearly forty years ago? Google has only one fleeting mention of Hensley. The case still remains a mystery. Input or opinions can be sent to us at email@example.com. Thank you.]