Intrigue in Mexico City

My friend Bill Simpich is my guru when it comes to ongoing study of the spy games which went on in Mexico City in the early 60’s.  Bill’s work illustrates how much can still be done with diligent study of the records available online.  It takes real slogging to piece it together, but when things jell, you start learning things shed a whole new light on what was going on when Lee Oswald arrived in Mexico.   Bill has been good enough to share some of the subjects he’s researching at the moment and providing document links to go with them. If you see something that interests you, feel free to join in the work….


September 26:  A blond American entered the Cuban Consulate, before the next-day visits by the man
calling himself Oswald.


A blond American  was "sent to the Cuban Consulate (apparently by the CIA) and the following note is 
from September 26, 1963 – at 1:30 pm.

The HSCA circulated his photo for comment and was struck by the CIA transcriber’s remark that the 
man had been “sent to the Consulate.”  This raises the possibility that the blond man’s visit may 
have been a preliminary to Lee Oswald’s appearance the following day.
After years of inquiry, a number of researchers have concluded that this blond man may have been an
apparent CIA asset named Claude Capehart.


Capehart is portrayed as an employee for private business contractors on
government classified projects.

Curiously, an 11/20/63 bio data entry and a name check were requested on Capehart, who was at the
time working for Reynolds Electrical Engineering company.

Then, a CIA  name check was requested on Capehart on 11/26/63!


Judge David Minier brought an FOIA suit to the Ninth Circuit as a private
 citizen to try to resolve the Capehart mystery, after Capehart died a few
 hours before his scheduled interview with Minier.


Gerry Hemming claimed that Capehart was also known as George Damon, but there is no corroboration 
of that…

Capehart is described as 6'1", 220 pounds, born  in

Damon is described as 6' 1, 185 pounds, born in New

Curiously, "Damon" had quite a reputation as an impersonator; Capehart worked for an 
engineering company while Damon reportedly worked in the dredging business.
When Whitten (initially assigned as the CIA’s lead man in the JFK assassination) reported that 
the "Oswald" at the Cuban Consulate was described as a blond, florid and short man, he lost the 
assignment – he was replaced by James Angleton.


On Friday, September 27, 1963 a man calling himself Oswald visited
 secretary Sylvia Duran on three separate occasions.  He insisted that he
 needed a visa to get to Cuba by Monday, September 30, before his 15-day
 visa expired.  In fact, there is no rush.  Such a visa would not expire
 until 15 days after one's entry into Mexico. The man called Oswald entered
 Mexico on September 26.  There was no rush, no crisis.  
After Oswald showed Duran that he was a card-carrying member of both the FPCC and the CPUSA,
 Duran couldn't understand why he hadn't made prior arrangements with the
 CPUSA - that was the way it was done.  The consul Eusebio Azcue had never
 seen a card from the CPUSA at all.  And this one was brand new.

Duran and Azcue both described Oswald as blond, florid, and
short.  Oscar Contreras, a student at the nearby university, gave a similar
description of Oswald.
 From then on, the CIA concentrated on how to massage that information and
 render it harmless.
Someone wanted to make sure that Oswald was tied tightly to
the Cubans, and felt more secure doing the job themselves.  The use of an
impersonator would make it possible to use that information as a bit of
extortion to chill the Agency from investigating its own actions in a
direction where they did not know where it would lead.

About Larry Hancock

Larry Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of November Patriots and author of the 2003 research analysis publication titled also Someone Would Have Talked. In addition, Hancock has published several document collections addressing the 112th Army Intelligence Group, John Martino, and Richard Case Nagell. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

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