The good news for me is that I’ve just finished the third round of edits on Shadow Warfare so after a bit over two months rewriting I will have a bit of time to wrap up this series of posts on “Connecting the Dots”. My goal is to do that during the next couple of weeks prior to the Lancer conference.  Its interesting for me to try to do it with relatively short posts rather, focus being one of my personal challenges.

This post will be a bit of a segue  between Oswald in New Orleans and Oswald in Mexico City because at the point we run into parallel tracks on the development of the conspiracy.

In the previous posts we began with some serious disconnects with Oswald himself, first he arrives back in Dallas and in the same general time frame in which is interviewed by the FBI and assures them he will report any contacts by suspicious parties, in particular potential Russian agents, he begins work on a manuscript in which he expresses his great dissatisfaction with the Soviet system and his personal contempt for the Communist Party of the United States, which he pictures as having become a tool of Russian national interests.  His views in the manuscript are strong and clearly stated.

But then what do we find, but an ongoing series of letters to basically all the parties he trashes in the manuscript including not only the Russian embassy but the Socialist Workers Party and the Communist Party of the United States itself.  By the end of summer he will be asking the CPUSA if he should go underground to pursue the struggle…that would surely be an extreme dangle in counter intelligence parlance.  And as posted by researcher Stephen Roy recently on the Education Fourm there is even a letter from Lee Oswald asking to become a member of the Communist party of the USA!  This one was new to me, not sure how I missed it but I surely want to know more about it and its source.  It needs research and verification as real or a hoax.  Still, even without it the pattern of Oswald’s communication with organizations declared to be subversive and under extensive intelligence watch is clear, even without it.

Now folks, this is at the height of the Cold War when Director Hoover warns of the Communist menace every other week and the FBI has mail surveillance and inside agents with both the CPUSA and the FPCC – which we discussed last time.  And by the way, where do the copies of many of the letters we see in evidence come from, well actually from the FBI.   Now there are two things wrong with this picture.  First, the FBI should have been all over Oswald as a subversive – not taking him off their watch list as they did. But beyond that, how in the world did this obvious paper trail for Oswald as a communist asset get shunted aside after the assassination?  Where is the visibility and publicity these CPUSA contacts should have drawn.  Why was not that CPUSA/going underground letter printed on the copy of LIFE magazine?  Why no huge story of a communist conspiracy?   Yes we do know that Hoover asked Johnson if he could leave some wiggle room in the FBI report for further investigation of Cuban influence on Oswald, but where is the story on Oswald asking the CPUSA and his subversive contacts?

For that matter why does the CIA apparently not know about any of this – certainly its missing from their communications with Mexico City.  Can’t  you just picture a wire going back to MC telling them their recent visitor who called on both the Cubans and a suspected KGB agent and the Soviet embassy was a possible CPUSA member who might be operating “underground”.  Talk about a fire storm.

But back to connecting the dots.  What we find at the end of summer is Marina Oswald going back with very young child to Texas to have their second baby and Lee Oswald telling a young lady helping them pack that he is off to the northeast – after having been there for one child, Marina can handle the next on her own – to do some business, when asked to explain he can only stumble and say something about getting a gun.  We know the FBI was aware of the Washington thing, they asked Marina about it right after the assassination – pretty good proof they were monitoring his mailbox – but you really don’t see it discussed in their investigation or reports.

From this point on it would be nice to have a paper trial and some firm evidence about the conspiracy but that would be a bit much to expect. What we are going to pursue is some dots that connect to people who became aware of Lee Oswald, and his potential as a patsy, while he was engaged in his high profile FPCC activities in New Orleans.  Those people had an agenda and they seem not to have been totally  unknown to the FBI, we have evidence they were being monitored as a potential threat to the President.  They also had plans for Washington D.C. and later for Chicago and finally laid plans for Dallas.  I’ll trace that as best I can in upcoming posts.


OK, I took this question to my buddy Bill Simpich who remembers everything I ever knew and have now forgotten.  He jogged my memory about a story from several years ago that Gus Hall had received a letter from Oswald, decided not to respond to it because it was most likely from an agent trying to penetrate the group and just put it in a file.  After the assassination the name Oswald got his attention, he found it and it scared him to death and he never told anybody about it.  And certainly did not respond.




Which is exactly the story  you will find at the following link on the letter:








So it seems likely the letter is the real deal, which raises the question of exactly what Oswald had in mind in writing it.  But it also raises some questions about where exactly the other letters that Oswald wrote to the CPUSA ended up including the ones the FBI held, what Hall thought about them etc.  Why were they not in the same file, etc.




— Larry

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.

2 responses »

  1. Juan Giusti says:


    It is not posible for me to react to this issue thru Spartacus, so I decided to write directly to you instead. I have a couple of observations regarding LHO’s “letter”:

    1. The letter is undated, a very strange and curious detail.

    2. The wording seems not to be compatible to Oswald’s style and/or vocabulary.

    How do you feel about my observations?

    Looking forward to see you at Dallas,


    Juan B. Giusti

    Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:49:42 +0000 To:

    • Hi Juan, I have to admit that I have not checked all his other known correspondence for a date but it doesn’t really bother me, the address is quite consistent with the apparent timing of the letter and the letter fits in well with all his other correspondence including his follow on letters to other people at CPUSA. It appears he got names off their newspaper masthead and simply started off with Gus Hall at the top, working his way down when he got no initial reply. What is more interesting to me is that he kept writing and increasing his requests for direct involvement with CPUSA with no responses or encouragement at all over eight or nine months.

      As to the style, that certainly does change over time looking at the correspondence that I recall, that is not enough to disturb me. If this were a one of a kind letter, like the Hunt letter out of Mexico, I would be much more skeptical but since it fits tightly into a patter of letter writing and since we do have undisputed letters from him to CPUSA I find no real reason to question it.

      After giving it considerable thought, what still bothers me is the huge disconnect – I certainly can see Oswald maintaining his populist and socialist views, his overall idealistic worldview most likely did not change – however I just cannot accept his writing about the CPUSA as duplicitous tools of the Soviets and then going on to spend months appearing to idealize Gus Hall. Something is very wrong about that. Which leads me to believe that something far more complex was going on than taking that string of letters literally.

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