«NOVEMBER 22, 1963 (Friday) 12:00 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Nine Secret Service agents drinking at Pat Kirkwood’s bar the “Cellar Door” in Fort Worth, ...»
May - 1964 This month, RFK writes to J. Edgar Hoover on the occasion of his fortieth anniversary in the job, lamenting that “In the past few months I have not had the pleasure of associating with you as closely as formerly. I regret this but would not want this occasion to pass without congratulating you on this milestone and wishing you well in the future.” Privately, Hoover will announce to friends: “I didn’t speak to Bobby Kennedy that last six months he was in office.” B&JE May 5, 1964 J. Edgar Hoover leaks derogatory information on Warren Commission staff assistant Norman Redlich to the press. Hoover’s supporters immediately call for suspension of the Commission’s proceedings until all staff members can be subjected to “full security investigations” by the Bureau. The ferocity of Hoover’s attack stuns the Commission, which in turn apparently makes the decision to force J. Lee Rankin to abandon his obvious plan of confronting the Director under oath with both his April 30 denial and Bureau reports suggesting Mafia complicity in the JFK assassination. AOT May 6, 1964 A letter to the Warren commission from J. Edgar Hoover states: “Reference is made to may letter dated April 2, 1964, which enclosed copies of a memorandum revealing the results of a reinterview with Mrs. Jean Lollis Hill. Mrs.
Leon Jaworski writes letter to J. Lee Rankin. In 1976, this letter is missing from National Archives.
LBJ waives J. Edgar Hoover’s mandatory retirement as Director of the FBI and makes him Director for life. AOT May 12, 1964 J. Edgar Hoover raises the possibility to the Warren Commission that Oswald was a Soviet “sleeper” agent.
May 13, 1964 CIA Counterintelligence Chief James Jesus Angleton calls FBI Domestic Intelligence chief William C. Sullivan to suggest that the FBI, like the CIA, carefully rehearse the testimony of its top officials before the Warren Commission. Angleton says that “it would be well for both McCone and Hoover to be aware that the Commission might ask the same questions, wondering whether they would get different replies from the heads of the two agencies.” May 14, 1964 J. Edgar Hoover testifies before the Warren Commission. He has obtained public endorsement retirement waiver from LBJ. He is asked (and answers) a mere one hundred questions - and reportedly commits at least three acts of perjury.
(When the Warren Commission refused to rubber-stamp Hoover’s conclusions without at least the formality of going through with their investigation, Hoover released the five-volume FBI Report on the assassination last December - two full months before the WarrenCommission even called its first witness.) TID Assistant counsels to the Warren Commission Burt Griffin and Leon Hubert write in a memo to Rankin that “we believe that the possibility exists, based on evidence already available, that Ruby was involved in illegal dealings with Cuban elements who might have had contact with Oswald. The existence of such dealings can only be surmised since the present investigation has not focused on that area.” They express concern that “Ruby had time to engage in substantial activities in addition to the management of his Clubs” and that “Ruby has always been a person who looked for moneymaking ‘sidelines’.” They suggest that since the Fort Worth manufacturer of the famous “Twist Board” Ruby was demonstrating the night after the assassination had no known sales, and was manufactured by an oil field equipment company, that “[t]he possibility remains that the ‘twist board’ was a front for some other illegal enterprise.” But what Griffin and Hubert keep coming back to is that there is “much evidence” that Ruby “was interested in Cuban matters, citing his relationship to Louis McWillie; his attempted sale of jeeps to Castro, his reported attendance of meetings “in connection with the sale of arms to Cubans and the smuggling out of refugees”; and Ruby’s quick correction of Wade’s remark that Oswald was a member of the Free Cuba Committee, a group populated with such notables as Clare Booth Luce, Admiral Arleigh Burke, and Hal Hendrix. “Bits of evidence link Ruby to others who may have been interested in Cuban affairs.” They recommend: “We suggest that these matters cannot be left ‘hanging in the air.’ They must either be explored further or a firm decision must be made not to do so supported by stated reasons for the decision.” History has given us the commission’s decision on this, but a clue to the motivation shows up in this same memo, in regards to Seth Kantor, who claimed to have seen Ruby at Parkland hospital around the time of Kennedy’s death. “We must decide who is telling the truth, for there would be considerable significance if it would be concluded that Ruby is lying.” [emphasis added] The concern appears to be not what the truth is, but what the truth might mean if it is uncomfortably discovered. Gunrunner Ruby and the CIA by Lisa Pease May 16, 1964 Writing to LBJ about JFK and the Kennedy Library, Jacqueline Kennedy says: “It is so important to me that we build the finest memorial -- so no one will ever forget him -- and I shall always remember that you have helped the cause closest to my heart.” May 18, 1964 In a sworn statement, CIA Director McCone states that the CIA has never heard of Lee Harvey Oswald.
TID May 19, 1964 A short affidavit signed by John Rene Heindel of New Orleans (and dated with today’s date) reads: “I served in the United States Marine Corps from July 15, 1957 until July 15, 1961. I was stationed at Atsugi, Japan, with Lee Harvey Oswald...
While in the Marine Corps, I was often referred to as “Hidell” -- pronounced so as to rhyme with “Rydell.”... This was a nickname and not merely an inadvertent mispronunciation. It is possible that Oswald might have heard me being called by this name; indeed he may himself have called me “Hidell.” May 23, 1964 Rankin, Redlich and Specter go to Dallas to conduct the reconstruction of the assassination. Tomorrow morning, the sequence of events of the assassination will be meticulously reconstructed and filmed.
May 24, 1964 The FBI reenacts the assassination in Dealey Plaza for the purposes of establishing measurements and timing of events in comparison to the Zapruder film. They fail, however, to conduct any measurements between frames 255 and 313.
After measuring in small increments by Zapruder frames down Elm Street, they jump 58 frames from 255 to 313. This is precisely the sequence where, when viewing the Zapruder film, the limousine reduced its speed significantly. At this point in the motorcade, it might be expected that the limo would have speeded up. The overall average speed is calculated, however, to be only 11.2 miles per hour. After making a slow turn onto Elm Street one suspect that the limo would have naturally picked up speed well beyond the average of 11.2 miles per hour. After all, the motorcade was essentially over, the crowds had thinned out, the freeway access was straight ahead, and the heavy vehicle was going down a three degree decline on Elm Street. It is important to also note that FBI agent Lyndal Shaneyfelt provides the Warren Commission with the limo’s average speed as calculated only between frames 161 through 313. He will not provide any further information about speed between other frames. Measurements between frames 255 and 313 would have also included landmarks such as the street light by which comparisons could have been made for more accurate speed calculations. Also, the groundskeeper for Dealey Plaza, Emmett Hudson, testifies to the Warren Commission that “they have moved some of those signs” after the assassination. If the Stemmons freeway sign was moved, the question remains as to whether or not it was accurately repositioned before this date’s reenactment by the FBI. The Secret Service vehicle, dubbed the Queen Mary, is used in all subsequent reenactments due to its continuous bench style seat that allows a wide latitude for the Connally stand-in to be positioned. The jump seats in the Presidential limousine were not bench style seats and would make the Connally positioning more difficult. This reenactment is later used as source material for the Warren Commission to make several critical determinations: 1) when JFK as well as Governor Connally were hit by bullets, 2) the exact location of the limousine when the occupants were struck, 3) the trajectories from the sixth floor window,
4) the Zapruder frames in which the oak tree obstructed the view of the motorcade from the sixth floor window, and 5) the speed of the limousine as it traveled down Elm Street. This reenactment is orchestrated by Arlen Specter to insure his single bullet theory will not be contradicted. It is important to remember that when the first Secret Service survey was made on December 5, 1963, the Warren Commission was meeting for their first time. As of that date Arlen Specter, the Commission lawyer handling this area of the investigation, had not yet developed the “single bullet theory” necessary for any lone gunman explanation. The introduction of this May 1964 survey plat comes wrapped and sealed in a container -- one which is never opened and to date has never been released to the public. It is Commission Counsel Arlen Specter who asks Chairman Earl Warren that the seal not be broken and the plat not be taken out of its container.
Mr. Specter instead introduces what is represented as a cardboard reproduction of Mr. Robert West’s survey as CE 883. Mr. West has since expressed astonishment that his May 1964 survey plat was introduced in a sealed container and commented on the altered data block that “whoever changed my numbers didn’t even use a Leroy pen (a lettering guide) but did it freehand.” May 25, 1964 Maggie Daly, a columnist for the Chicago American asks in an article published today: “Isn’t it odd that J.
W. Altgens, a veteran Associated Press photographer in Dallas, who took a picture of the Kennedy Assassination - one of the witnesses close enough to see the President shot and able to describe second-by-second what happened - has been questioned neither by the FBI nor the Warren Commission?” POTP June 1, 1964 The New York Times runs a Page One exclusive, “Panel to Reject Theories of Plot in Kennedy’s Death,” which amounts to an extensive preview of the Warren Report nearly four months prior to its official release. “Warren Inquiry Is Expected to Dispel Doubts in Europe That Oswald Acted Alone.” This banner described a report composed by Anthony Lewis, the Times’ specialist in the processes of federal justice. “The commission’s report,” Lewis writes, “is expected, in short, to support the original belief of law enforcement authorities in this country that the President was killed by one man acting alone, Lee H. Oswald.” The commission, he goes on, is troubled by those speculations, general in Europe if infrequent here, that Oswald could not have acted alone and that Mr. Kennedy was the victim and Oswald the pawn of a conspiracy. “A spokesman for the commission said that none of these critical works, foreign or domestic, had come up with any new factual information. He said the commission had found ‘just a rehash of the same material. The same questions and each man’s conclusions’. “The commission spokesman expressed the conviction that its report, when issued, would completely explode the theories published [abroad]. He said that not even the authors of these theories would stand by them. “ ‘We’ll knock them out of those positions’, he said.”
June 2, 1964 Three people are executed in Cuba as spies for the CIA.n
The alleged “magic bullet” - CE-399 - is sent from Washington to Dallas in order for it to be identified by those who handled it on Nov. 22, 1963. Darrell Tomlinson, the Parkland Hospital orderly who originally found the bullet cannot identify it. The bullet is returned to Washington on June 22.
June 4, 1964 The federal agents who participated in the assassination reconstruction in Dallas testify before the Warren Commission. FBI Agent Lyndal Shaneyfelt testifies to the W.C. that the limo in which JFK was assassinated was traveling on Elm Street at an overall average speed of 11.2 miles per hour. This determination is based upon the May 24th reenactment conducted by the FBI that measured how far the limo traveled between frames of the Zapruder film. It was calculated the vehicle traveled a distance of 136.1 feet between frames 161 and 313. The Zapruder camera operated at 18.3 frames per second.
William Manchester, who is writing his book The Death Of A President, interviews J. Edgar Hoover in Hoover’s FBI office.
June 5, 1964 The Cuban Revolutionary Council, which launched the abortive Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961, disbands today and passes the torch of anti-Castro leadership to a new, referendum-backed group -- the Cuban Representation in Exile (RCE), led by a five man board.