Each time I see a reference to FBI agent James Hosty and the burned Lee Harvey Oswald memo, I really feel this twinge someplace within the neighborhood of my pockets. I assume I’ll go to my grave considering I ought to have made at the least a couple of bucks off that one.
Hosty died in 2011. In 1962, a yr earlier than Oswald murdered President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Hosty drew the black bean and needed to ask Oswald’s new Russian spouse, Marina, how she obtained into the nation. The reply was that she had include Oswald, her new American husband.
I noticed Hosty’s identify once more final week in a narrative concerning the current mass doc dump from the Kennedy assassination information. Hosty was a determine in a number of of the chintzier conspiracy theories as a result of he admitted he burned a word from Oswald. I feel I do know why he burned the notice, and I additionally assume I ought to be amassing royalties on it, which I’m not.
However I’m greater than that. It’s not nearly these little royalties. For me, it’s about the entire nation and the position of the Kennedy assassination within the nationwide tradition. So I must be amassing massive royalties.
Quickly after Hosty interviewed Marina Oswald, Lee Harvey Oswald started bitching at him for persecuting his spouse and despatched him a observe accusing him of harassment. Hosty is portrayed as a suspicious observe burner in a number of movies and books, together with the Stephen King novel, eleven/22/sixty three, which I attempted for months to learn on my Kindle however erased once I visited the house of an individual who had acquired the hardcover copy for Christmas. Once I noticed it and realized how thick it was, I advised myself, “Perhaps I’ll learn it once more in one other life if I ever discover ways to velocity-learn gobbledygook.”
Within the early Nineteen Nineties, I attempted to put in writing a e-book with Udo “Woody” Specht, who had just lately retired from an extended, distinguished profession as an FBI agent, primarily within the Dallas subject workplace. Specht is an lawyer in his late 70s with an unstained lifelong fame for honesty. Towards the top of his profession, he turned a municipal decide in Addison. This yr, in recognition of his retirement from the bench, the city of Addison formally declared February 28, 2017, as “U.H. (Woody) Specht Day.” He’s that sort of man.
Within the interval simply after the assassination and earlier than the convening of the President’s Fee on the Assassination of President Kennedy, higher often known as the Warren Fee, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover despatched orders to the Dallas FBI subject workplace to gather each scrap, shred and morsel of proof and ship all of it to Washington. When Hoover turned it throughout to the Warren Fee, he needed to have the ability to say it had every little thing.
Specht had the job of getting all of it collectively. He informed me the tradition of the FBI on the time was clear and emphatic on something to do with Hoover. Should you have been engaged on an…