Coverage-50 years to the day-of events leading to the assassination of President Kennedy

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Lee Harvey Oswald, still trying to get a visa to return to the Soviet Union, mails his letter to the Soviet Embassy.


Dallas FBI agent Jim Hosty

It’s probable that Oswald also visited the FBI office on Commerce Street in downtown Dallas on Nov. 12. He asks for Agent Jim Hosty. Told Hosty was at lunch, he dropped off an envelope (misspelled with the name “Hasty”) for him.


When "Hasty" returns, FBI receptionist Nanny Fenner says “Some nut left this for you.” She tells Hosty that the visitor looked “awfully fidgety” and had “a wild look in his eye.”*


The note, which was unsigned, said “If you have anything you want to learn about me, come talk to me directly. If you don’t cease bothering my wife, I will take appropriate action and report this to the proper authorities.”**


Hosty assumes the unsigned letter is from either Oswald or from another person he was investigating, whose wife he had also spoken to. 



Hosty, who had recently learned Oswald was back in Dallas, had recently interviewed Oswald's wife Marina, infuriating Lee when he found out. To make it harder for the FBI to find him, Lee lived at his rooming house on North Beckley St. under the name O.H. Lee – his initials in reverse. 


Why did Oswald live under a phony name? He was paranoid about the FBI and blamed it for the fact that he had been fired from three jobs in the past year. In fact he had been fired from all three, his former employers say, for poor performance. 


It is not known whether Oswald made any threat about President Kennedy. On November 12th, the motorcade route President Kennedy would be taking through Dallas had not even been finalized - let alone made public. 


*In 1975, the allegation surfaced that Hosty destroyed Oswald's note on November 24, 1963 on the orders of Gordon Shanklin, head of the Dallas FBI office. Hosty told the House Select Committee on Assassinations that Shanklin ordered him to do so, though Shanklin denied even hearing of the note until 1975. The Committee reviewed the incident and did not find Shanklin's denial credible.


**Senate Intelligence Committee, “Performance of Intelligence Agencies,” appendix B; Hearings on FBI Oversight before House Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights, Serial 2 Pt. 3, Oct. 21 and Dec. 11-12, 1975.



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