CIA translator on the missing Oswald Mexico City call

“So he was contacting one or two embassies trying to get financial aid in order to Mexico City [sic] where he was at the time … he did say he was broke.”

— CIA translator Anna Tarasoff, telling HSCA investigators about a missing phone call in which Oswald, or someone using his name, requested financial assistance from the Soviets to leave the U.S. This call was lengthy, in English, and in other ways is far different from the two transcribed calls that are extant in CIA records.

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43 comments

  1. Jonathan says:

    I doubt Oswald went to Mexico City.

    The facts for it are scant. Contra is the Sylvia Odio story, which to me is credible.

    In any event, whether one believes Odio or the Warren Commission, the events of the time period in question point toward Oswald’s being used by conspirators.

    • JSA says:

      Good point, Jonathan. Does anyone have any proof (photos or voice recording) that Oswald WAS in Mexico City in late 1963? All I’ve seen is transcripts and a photo of some balding heavy set man who was posing as Oswald but who is obviously not him.

  2. John Kirsch says:

    I’ve gotten to the point where the words “Oswald” and “riddle” are synonymous. People (myself included) speculate about him all the time because he is at the heart of the official story. But when you take the information we have received from the government about Oswald (a risky thing to do), so little of it adds up. On one hand, he was supposedly a loner and a loser who couldn’t hold down a job and whose mind was filled with a lot of Marxist mumbo-jumbo. Yet he served as a radar operator in Japan and managed to successfully defect to the Soviet Union. Once he established himself in the USSR, he found himself living under better conditions than he had ever known in the U.S. But one day he decided to return to the United States, even though he must have known that people would see him as a turncoat. Presumably, this self-avowed Marxist could have chosen to live anywhere he wanted in the U.S., but he settled in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, one of the hotbeds of extreme right wing activity at that time. (Remember the reception that Adlai Stevenson got?) The Marines considered him a lousy shot but he somehow hit a moving target with a mail order rifle. He carried out this act of immense historical significance for no clear reason. In fact, at one point he had expressed admiration for the president. He supposedly shot the president in broad daylight but part of his escape plan involved riding a bus. He supposedly believed he deserved to be a famous man. But instead of “owning the moment” and embracing his new found infamy, he looked into the news cameras and said he was just a patsy. The more you try to decipher the riddle of Oswald, the more confused you become and maybe that’s the point.

    • Jonathan says:

      And this: According to Marina, he spoke Russian like a native speaker.

      Only two explanations. Either he was a native speaker, which is central to John Armstrong’s two-Oswald thesis. Or he spent 47 weeks in what is today called the Defense Language Institute.

      Why 47 weeks? That’s how long the DLI Russian course was. How do I know? I went through DLI (East Coast), although not to study Russian.

      DLI is a terrific school. But I’m inclined to think he was a native speaker, as John Armstrong maintains. I know that Russian is difficult for a non-native speaker to speak without an accent. Furthermore, where is a 47-week hole in Oswald’s military life?

      There are no “accelerated” ways to learn a level 5.0 difficulty language like Russian. At DLI, the drill would have been six hours a day in class with a native speaker and two hours at night with tapes.

      • John Kirsch says:

        i wonder if there was or is any connection between the phone call oswald made from Dallas PD headquarters to the East Coast and language school you mention.

        • Jonathan says:

          IMO, not per se.

          DLI is not a spooky, super-secret place. Virtually all students when I attended were headed for intelligence slots, but that was just a given. It is strictly a language-training facility.

          Intelligence training is given separately and elsewhere. For example, after DLI, I went through the officer’s C.I. course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

      • Eric Hollingsworth says:

        Hi Jonathan,

        I have a couple of questions about the DLI.

        First, Oswald is on record as having failed a Russian language test. Is it possible that he was given the test to assess his suitability as a candidate for the DLI? If so, it seems probable that the assessment would have been positive.

        Second, I believe it is John Pic who describes Lee and Marina exchanging a subtle joke, in Russian, about the differences between Russian and American cultures. Would the DLI have prepared someone for this level of interaction with a native speaker? Granted, Oswald spent a lot of time in Minsk. Still, it seems like a sophisticated conversation.

        • Jonathan says:

          Hi, Eric.

          I thought I read somewhere recently (maybe from something Marina said) that he did pass some sort of Russian test.

          The final exams when I was at DLI (1970-71) were oral, conversation exams conducted by a native speaker. The primary emphasis at DLI was on conversational (including idiomatic) knowledge.

          As for your second question, the answer is yes. DLI students are deeply grounded in the culture of the country whose language they study.

          Marina, BTW, told the WC the only words she had to teach Lee were “wedding ring.”

          • Eric Hollingsworth says:

            Thanks. I’ve been wondering those things for many years.

          • Butch says:

            I don’t agree with much of this. If the Marines had a written test, it probably came from DLI. Culture is covered, but not in depth, more as a topical base for language instruction. News items, vocabulary,listening comprehension, and basic oral dialog are goals. Her comment about wedding ring is clearly a stab at a relationship joke. His military test was about 50% correct, which I believe is P for Proficient, not P for Poor (as the Marines “interpreted” for us). He could have learned faster than the normal DLI rate if he were pressed, “motivated,” incentivized, etc. and immersion in the native, cultural environment for the length of time he had before meeting Marina would have made him very good. I’ve always been surprised that nobody discusses “Marina” marrying a “Marine.”

        • Jonathan says:

          One more comment: To get into DLI in 1970, one had to be a member of the military, be slotted for a language-trained slot, and achieve a satisfactory score, in my case as an army officer, on the Army Language Aptitude Test (ALAT).

          • Jean Davison says:

            Jonathan,

            Thanks for your comments about the DLI. Here’s a link to LHO’s Russian test scores from his Marine records (scroll down):

            http://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh19/html/WH_Vol19_0340b.htm

            There are no 47-week gaps in his record or anything near that to allow for formal training. When Oswald defected, evidence indicates he didn’t know Russian well. Once there, he had private lessons for a while and heard Russian spoken every day.

            He’d been living in the USSR for almost a year and a half before he met Marina. She thought he was from the Baltic region (Estonia, etc.) where Russian is NOT the native language, but he could speak it well by that time. Someone who knew him after he returned to the U.S. said that he was fluent in the language but had poor grammar and an accent.

            This issue has been discussed in detail on the alt.assassination forum, most recently last February.

            Would appreciate hearing your opinion of Oswald’s test scores, though I’m sure you took a different version.

          • Jonathan says:

            Hi, Jean Davison. Thanks for the link; I’d not seen that.

            I’ve never seen that form before. Maybe it’s peculiar to the Marines in the 1950s. A comparable army form would have had a standard army form #.

            I don’t know how language training worked before I was in the service. All I can say is the form to which you link is unlike anything I’ve seen or experienced.

            What you say about bad grammar and an accent is telling. DLI wouldn’t necessarily erase an accent, but it was very good as to grammar (i.e., naturally spoken grammar).

            The test scores: The (p) suggests passing, but his understanding score was -5(p). Don’t get it.

          • Jean Davison says:

            A spokesman for the USMC told the WC that the “P” stood for “poor”:

            QUOTE:
            >>>>
            Colonel FOLSOM – The test form was Department of the Army, Adjutant General’s Office, PRT-157. This is merely the test series designation.
            Now, under “understands” the scoring was minus 5, which means that he got five more wrong than right. The “P” in parentheses indicates “poor.” Under reading he achieved a score of 4, which is low. This, again, is shown by the “P” in parentheses for “poor.”

            Mr. ELY – This 4 means he got four more questions right than wrong?

            Colonel FOLSOM – This is correct.
            And under “writes” he achieved a score of 3, with “P” in parentheses, and this indicates he got three more right than he did wrong.
            His total score was 2, with a “P” in parentheses meaning that overall he got two more right than wrong, and his rating was poor throughout.
            >>>
            UNQUOTE
            http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/testimony/folsom.htm

            I think “poor” fits with the other evidence that Oswald learned the language while living in the Soviet Union.

            Would this test have been multiple choice, do you think? And could anyone sign up to take it, in your experience? Thanks again for your comments. Jean

          • Jonathan says:

            Hi, Jean.

            BTW, do you work for the CIA?

          • Jonathan says:

            Apologies, Jean. I reacted to your McAdams reference.

            The test I took was conversational. The test scores for Oswald make no sense to me.

          • Jean Davison says:

            Thanks for the apology, Jonathan. No, I have no CIA connection whatsoever, and I don’t think John McAdams does, either. I often quote from his WC testimony pages because it’s searchable –easier to find the quote I was looking for. However, here’s the same quote from the maryferrell site:
            http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?mode=searchResult&absPageId=14715

            Jean

  3. John Kirsch says:

    the only caution i would have with marina is that she seems like a rather ill-defined, even mysterious, figure herself.

  4. I do think Oswald went to Mexico City and I think it was part of the framing job place on Oswald by US intelligence. Also, he may have been trying to get into Cuba to murder Castro.

    And the fact that the CIA was trying to push phony photos of an “Oswald” and a phony phone call … probably means Oswald was pictured with someone in the surveillance tapes of the embassies; someone whose identity could not be revealed.

    Larry Hancock & Bill Simpich – 2 experts on this matter – can not give us a clear opinion on whether Oswald went to Mexico City or not. I think he did on behalf of US intelligence.

    • Jonathan says:

      Robert,

      I like your site. The info on Barry Seal is valuable; so is the Dudman article from 11/30/63.

      Re Oswald in Mexico City: Poor paper trail (visa, ticket Marina found in 1964), and not much else. Appears for sure he was impersonated in MC. But not clear he or his impostor was really trying to get to Cuba. Appears more like a shoddy set-up.

      I’ve doubts, moreover, Oswald would have been used by anyone to try to kill Castro. Oswald wasn’t a trained killer. He also was the wrong gender for the job.

      It is puzzling, however, that the CIA pushed the so obviously phony photograph of the heavy-set guy as a photo of Oswald. That reeks of incompetence. Or perhaps of Win Scott’s trying to convey a message that Oswald was set up.

      • Good – I am glad you like my site. Not many places have collected all that material on CIA drug smuggling together. Like the JFK assassination, it is a heavily suppressed topic.

        David Atlee Phillips: “- when the record comes out, we will find that there was never a photograph taken of Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City. We will find out that Lee Harvey Oswald never visited, let me put it, that is a categorical statement, there, there, we will find out there is no evidence, first of all there was no proof of that. Second there is no evidence to show that Lee Harvey Oswald visited the Soviet Embassy.” [1987 CA debate, quoted in Mark Lane’s Plausible Denial.]

        That comment by David Atlee Phillips is as good a reason as any to believe that Oswald *did* in fact go to Mexico City, the bailiwick of Phillips.

      • Jean Davison says:

        Since you mention the bus ticket, I’m guessing your source is Plausible Denial. Actually there’s a great deal of evidence that Oswald went to Mexico City — Mark Lane just left most of it out.

        Jean

  5. Eric Hollingsworth says:

    How would an average American have known that Mexico City was the place to go to get a transit visa to the USSR via Cuba? I doubt that information would show up in the Times-Picayune or the Morning News. Maybe in The Militant or The Worker?

    For that matter, how would one find out that Helsinki was the place to get a fast visa into the USSR, or even that the Albert Schweitzer College would be a good cover for traveling to Helsinki?

    Oswald’s first cousin, Marilyn Murret, was (is) a well-educated person who supported herself by teaching abroad. She also took a trip though Mexico and Central America to Panama, in July and August of 1963.

    John Pic, Oswald’s half brother, seemed to find it somewhat troubling that Ms. Murret knew that Oswald was in Europe shortly before his defection, apparently before anyone else knew. Unfortunately, Albert Jenner’s questioning of Pic displayed the frustrating lack of perspicacity that plagued the Warren Commission in general.

    I have no reason to doubt that Marilyn Murret is a fine, upstanding, and patriotic person. She seemed to hold Lee Oswald in fairly high regard. But she remains somewhat of a cipher.

  6. Jonathan says:

    Re: Robert Morrow

    Robert has reported drug dealings among the Bushes and the Clintons in the 1980s.

    Robert is correct.

  7. John Kirsch says:

    I realized in re-reading some of my posts that some may have seemed to cast doubt on the notion of JFK’s death being the result of a conspiracy. Actually, as an individual who has read a little bit about the events in Dallas, I do believe that President Kennedy’s death was the result of a conspiracy. The official story is flimsy and leaves one with the distinct impression that its authors never expected anyone to believe them in the first place. Whenever I get to thinking that conspiracy is just too far out an idea, I remember that Winston Scott, the chief of the CIA station in Mexico City at the time of the assassination, believed it had been the result of a conspiracy.

    • leslie sharp says:

      JK: I realize that this calls for speculation on the part of those who are not privy to direct information about Win Scott’s death (ie. an autopsy – I don’t recall that being mentioned?), but do you think that his unpublished book touched on his suspicion? And further to that possibility, do you think that he might have died because of it?

      • leslie sharp says:

        I think that Jeff Morely concedes, albeit in a very subtle manner, to the possibility that Scott might have been murdered. At least that was my take on his description of the episode with the orange juice. Please correct me if I am wrong.

        • John Kirsch says:

          leslie, i couldn’t say whether you are right or wrong re: the question of whether scott was murdered or died of natural causes. my statement in my prvs post that scott believed there had been a conspiracy is based on jeff’s book. the point i was trying to make was that no less a figure than the chief of the cia station in mexico city (a very important station at the time) believed, if i understand correctly, that the official story was incorrect. another thing i gathered from jeff’s book was that scott was a very respected figure in the cia and that causes me to give his opinion some weight. yet another thing i gained was a suspicious feeling about james angleton, who just happened to show up in mexico city after scott died and who made off with scott’s memoirs. perhaps because i live in mexico (mazatlan, on the west coast) i am interested in this whole question of oswald’s activities in mexico city, or whether he even actually was in mexico city in the first place. it’s no secret that mexico city in those days was a hotbed of espionage activities, so if you assume for the sake of argument that oswald was an intelligence operative or “asset” of some kind, then it isn’t unreasonable to conclude, or at least suspect, that he did indeed visit mexico city not long before the assassination. but then you have to contend with all those thorny issues, such as the photo of the man purported to be oswald who clearly wasn’t, or to put it more precisely, was not the oswald we saw being paraded like a trophy around the Dallas police HQ. writing about the assassination is almost like post modernist criticism, where you have to deconstruct everything. can we take anything about the official story at face value?

          • leslie sharp says:

            JK: The possibility that he might have died of causes other than natural must have been considered at least briefly. Mexican officials who were close to him, both officially and otherwise, would certainly have asked the question even though he had been ill for a day or two. I don’t have the book in front of me, but I think Angleton and Helms knew about his memoirs which was the reason for A’s sudden trip – he didn’t simply drop by.

            The other curious character in my mind was Barron – and his reporting of Scott’s massive heart attack when in fact he did not have access to a report. (I’m drawing on memory here.) I think I looked into Barron briefly but got distracted and never determined if he was related to the Bancroft Barron’s.

            The confusion about the various Oswalds and the various sightings of Oswald(s) speaks to the success of the plot. Truly ingenious.

            How are things in Mazatlan these days? It (along with Cancun and Cozumel) was the ‘new frontier’ for Dallasites when Acapulco became passe – as you might recall?

          • John Kirsch says:

            we’re just about to hit the hot season here in mazatlan. semana santa ended last week, thank god, and the annual motorcyclist convention is winding down so mazatlan will soon return to normal. i’ve only been here a couple years and haven’t run into any dallasites. most of the gringos i’ve run into are from seattle or the midwest or canada. re: oswald, i’m reminded of a novel about the assassination, “corruption of blood” by robert tannenbaum. at one point the stymied investigators speculate about whether entire aspects of the plot were not deliberately designed to mislead them. over the years i’ve found works of fiction to offer better, more plausible explanations of 11/22 than purportedly factual reports. as norman mailer said, “the facts, sir, are nothing without their nuances.” i would recommend “american tabloid” by james ellroy. pure fiction but more believable than the fact-based books i’ve read, with a few exceptions. there’s an old police saying: don’t look for the facts; look for the glue that holds the facts together.

  8. Note: the very fact that Oswald was tested at all by the military for Russian proficiency speaks volumes. I think they were grooming him to be a fake defector, whether his Russian language skills were good or not.

  9. leslie sharp says:

    JK: And I meant to say: IF Scott suspected a conspiracy, and IF Scott was murdered, THEN it is possible that he was murdered because he intended to publish those suspicions.

  10. leslie sharp says:

    JK: I was wondering if you are experiencing any of the dangers as reported in mainstream media, or is the violence occurring further north, or is it all pure propaganda?

    I tend to agree with you about fiction as a vehicle, except when it appears in the mainstream prematurely, or attracts an uninformed following, or is used as a tool of disinformation.

    • John Kirsch says:

      re: your last point, like the warren report. there’s violence here. but people are so used to it they don’t talk about it. mazatlan is in sinaloa state, as in the sinaloa cartel. the sierra madre mountains are due east and that is a lawless region, as numerous writers have noted. mexico is a curious mixture of apparent freedom and repression. on paper it’s a democracy; in reality it’s an oligarchy, like the united states.

  11. Photon says:

    I like the way John Kirsch claimed the Marines called Oswald a lousy shot. NOBODY who completes USMC boot camp is a lousy shot, PERIOD. He made Sharpshooter, which is a hell of a lot better than a ” lousy shot”.
    His best scores were from a sitting position, the same position he took to shoot JFK. Winston Scott had absolutely nothing to do with JFK, Dallas,Lee Oswald or anything else to do with the assassination. So he died of an MI- cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US. The fact is that no conspiracy buff can come up with a plausible reason for Lee Oswald being the ONLY TSBD employee to run out of the building when nobody who worked there even knew JFK was SHOT at the time! NOBODY- except the assassin who was on the sixth floor who saw the hit through a 4X scope. Look at the original reports- it was minutes before anybody reported Kennedy was hit. Unlike the grassy knoll shot, a near -impossible left to right shot requiring adequate lead and constant transverse movement of the weapon, the sixth floor shot required absolutely no movement of the weapon; the target was centered and merely became smaller with time,an effect made negligible with the scope. There was no conspiracy, there was no other shooter. After 50 years there has been nothing to suggest otherwise. Oswald murdered a Dallas police officer in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses. WHY? Why did he pull the trigger on another police officer while being arrested- unless he knew that a police officer had been killed?

    • John Kirsch says:

      Photon: I assume we’re talking about the same Lee Harvey Oswald who was court-martialed after accidentally shooting himself in the elbow with a handgun and who fired at and missed Gen. Walker as Walker sat in his study?

    • leslie sharp says:

      Photon: There is no suggestion in this post that Win Scott was involved in the assassination. The post simply identified that he suspected a conspiracy. If you have studied the report of events leading to his death, it is not implausible that there was foul play, nor is there any proof that there was. My question was and is, did anyone pursue the possibility at the time.

  12. George Simmons says:

    Photon, I certainly believe it entirely possible that LHO had prior knowledge of what was going to happen that day, and that this knowledge made him believe he was in danger.
    Photon, you write – “There was no conspiracy, there was no other shooter. After 50 years, there has been nothing to suggest otherwise”
    That’s quite a statement to make when you consider the following:

    Dr Robert Mclelland, one of the Parkland Doctors always maintained that the wound to the rear of JFKs head was a wound of exit.
    Multiple witnesses at the assassination scene stated they heard gunshots coming from the grassy knoll area.
    Governor Connolly always maintaned that the bullett which struck him was NOT the same bullet which struck JFK, which would disprove the magic bullett theory.
    The Zapruder film, highly suggestive of a head shot to the front.
    The George Joannides story, which shows how the CIA deliberately misled both the Warren Commission and the HSCA, thereby making sure that an open and honest investigation of the assassination did not take place.
    Therefore, Photon, I would suggest that there is plenty of evidence out there which casts huge doubt on the official version of events.

  13. Photon says:

    Is Robert McClelland a pathologist? Did he ever see the brain? Did he see any X-rays of the skull? If not, how could he have made any accurate statement about the head wound ballistics?
    Exactly what percentage of witnesses heard a shot from the grassy knoll? Have you ever been there? I have-it is scarcely bigger than a boulevard strip.
    The Zapruder film shows Connolly’s lapel jumping up within frame of JFK reacting to his first shot-evidence that no matter what Connolly’s perceptions were he and JFK were hit essentially simultaneously.
    The Zapruder film is not an autopsy- it cannot confirm the direction of a shot, only the location of a wound- and only the head wound,as no other wound is seen on the film. Was Joannides anywhere near Dealy Plaza at the time of the assassination? What difference did a CIA report make when all of the real police work was done by the FBI and the Secret Service.?

    • George Simmons says:

      Dr Robert Mclelland was a doctor of medicine who, at the time of the assassination, had observed in excess of 200 gunshot wounds. He was present in the trauma room with the president. He tells us he observed a large gaping wound in the rear of the presidents head, which he considered to be an exit wound. Compelling evidence.
      As for the number of witnesses who heard shots coming from the grassy knoll, even John Mcadams on his website puts the number at 33. That’s 33 eyewitnesses to account for.
      The point about George Joannides is that it shows how the CIA deliberately misled both the Warren Commission and the HSCA, preventing an open and honest investigation. We need to ask why they did this.

  14. Robert Howard says:

    After release of the updated Destiny Betrayed, and the updated chapter in John Newman’s Oswald and the CIA, there is enough information IMO, not, to know everything about the Mexico City caper, but enough to dot the I and cross the T, regarding what was going on with Oswald’s file amongst the various governmental agencies to demystify the impersonation and ramifications thereof. There is only one other aspect to all of it, that I would like to know besides a indisputable ID of the impersonator, and that is the issue mentioned in a Government Doc., that “Oswald’s brother was in MC before 11/22/63.
    I have a library of books about the JFK assassination, but with
    Robert Oswald’s book all I have is the 4 chapter summary that was in Look Magazine Oct 1967. Did Robert ever bring that up in his bio?
    [Notwithstanding there is still John Pic's potentiality, my own gut feeling is that the person was actually Anthony Osswald who was in Mexico City
    before the assassination see Oswald 201 File Vol 3, for more info]
    but would like to know which end is up.

  15. Larry says:

    Cuban embassy officials identified Oswald. So I’m hearing there may have even been a passport or some other official photo they had. Can’t see the Cubans as conspiring in this.

  16. Butch says:

    Let’s put ourselves in LHO’s shoes. Let’s imagine we’re carrying out Operation A (let’s say a fake assassination attempt by Alek Hidell and the Cubans, or whatever), and don’t know anything about Operation B (let’s say a few fired right-wing CIA and military generals and their TX relatives and mayor to get rid of Kennedy in Texas and have him replaced by a Texan “patriot” that trusts the CIA with the assistance of some “eager to free Cub ” mobsters, wrapping it up with a dead patsy). We aren’t real smart, but we know who all we’ve dealt with, what we’ve seen, where we’ve been, what we’ve done, how it would look. We’re having a sandwich on the second floor and hear a series of shots from multiple locations–or, less plausibly, maybe even we’re dropping a few shells into the hood or trunk and are surprised to hear other shots and see the POTUS go down. How would we react? Who could we trust? What would we do? How would we protect ourselves? I don’t know about you, but the first thing I’d do is bug out of there quickly. Then I’d get on a bus going home, because everything I have is there, and I need my gun–I’m not going to die for my country like THIS. But I’d be worried, scared, mistrustful. I might feel I’m being followed, or “telegraphing my pass.” I’d probably hop off the bus at a crowded station, unexpectedly, try to duck behind someone or in a store real quick. He’ll, there was a cop car at the gas station, was he looking for me? Then I’d hop a cab. I wouldn’t have taken a direct route, I’d stop short or even better, go beyond my stop and double back. Who can I trust? Previous allies are now potential if not probable foes. They’re honking for me out front, is it safe to go out and meet them? No way. I’ll take the bus and get out of here. Am I being followed? I won’t get on the bus, I’ll double back and walk to a different stop on a different line, away from town. Officer Tippit is driving around frantically looking for me, he knows what I look like (even before it’s announced on the radio), he’s on a mission. He stops one car and looks in the back, maybe due to that call about a car with a riffle in the back. I’ve made it a few blocks, but I can’t beat a cop car traversing the area. Looking over my shoulder at a racing car sound I see the cop car, and double back to walk past him. He stops, noticing me, recognizing me, and backs up crooked on Tenth. This doesn’t feel right, I don’t know him, how can I trust him? “Hey, there you are,” says Officer Tippit. “Hop in, I have an extra uniform for you. What went wrong? Everybody’s shitting bricks. I’ll get you to an airport. Hurry, it’s risky to be out on the street!” Nah, this doesn’t feel right, I’ll just tell him I’ll make it on my own, but he sees my hand in my pocket, he can’t make any overt grab for his gun in the car, against an ex-Marine. And he can’t just shoot me, people will gather quickly and there will be questions about the extra uniform and how he recognized an average looking “perp.” Stick to the plan, get the patsy in the car. As I’m backing away, he tries to calm me and gets out of the car to reassure me. He even starts to go for his gun to nudge me to get in and stick with the team’s plan. No way, I’m not going down like this. Shame, but if it’s you or me, dude, you lose. One of the witnesses hears me cursing the dumb cop as I hastily scoot through the back streets. I didn’t want to do that, but I’m probably already being framed well for the POTUS assassination, so I’m all in now. Soon sirens are all over the place. I have to get somewhere and hide. I was calm earlier, I hadn’t done anything, but now I’ve just killed a man, a cop at that, probably with a wife and kids. He was probably in on it, based on the tack he was taking, but it still sucks, maybe he was just a pawn like me, taking me to someone else that would pull the trigger. The radio calls are going out, I can’t stop those, citizens are looking for me, following me, and sirens everywhere. Should I go inside the theater? Am I safer inside or out? Has someone been following me the whole time? By foot, in a car? I’ve reloaded, but I need to get off the street, fast, give me time to think… Here they are, this is it! I can’t roll over on the CIA. Like it says on my ring, Semper Fidelis. But I deny everything about the President, not taking the fall for that. And I’m not admitting shooting the dumb cop, or I’ll be hung or beaten to death in my cell. I give some glib remarks about why I got my gun and why I left, why I went to the theater, what vehicles I was in. Where my stuff is. my history. Those don’t hurt me. I better shut up though, they’re using some of the things I’m telling them to doctor up pictures to match what I’m saying. Make sure the public knows I’m a patsy, even if I’m not in a position to tell them everything. Be careful, Marina, these guys are playing for keeps! A good lawyer will get me out of this, when I tell them what I know under lawyer-client privilege. If some “friend of the cops (and Mafia)” isn’t encouraged and crazy enough to shoot me first. Sure doesn’t help that Tippit’s partner was chosen to keep out shooters… How many people did it need to plan, plot, and pull the Marionette strins? A half dozen, from Dulles to the Cabells, a trusty conservative cop or two, a CIA operative or two. How many bit players? Who cares? Mission accomplished. The CIA covers their ass and gathers as much dope as they can on the FBI and Secret Service. Vice versa the others, nobody trusts anybody, and everybody better stick to the official story if they know what’s good for them. Do you really want to mess with zealots that are willing to so easily take out a President in revenge for the Bay of Pigs and the fallout it caused? And oh, by the way, we still owe RFK one…

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