JFK Files Describe Mysterious Call 25 Minutes Before Assassination - Page 2

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By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2017 3:42 AM CDT
Updated Oct 27, 2017 6:28 AM CDT

  • Oswald death threat. A document from two days after the assassination states that the FBI received a death threat to Lee Harvey Oswald before he was shot, CNN reports. "There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead," said FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. He said "a man talking in a calm voice" had called the FBI's Dallas office saying he was part of a committee that planned to kill Oswald. Hoover said the chief of police had been notified and had promised to provide adequate protection, but "this was not done."
  • Early conspiracy worries. In the same memo, Hoover said he was already worried about conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination. "The thing I am concerned about ... is having something issued so that we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin," he wrote.
  • A "neurotic maniac." A Dec. 1, 1963, memo from Hoover said Soviet leaders believed there was a conspiracy behind the shooting, possibly under the direction of right-wingers looking to take over or Lyndon Johnson. Oswald was thought by the Soviets to be a "neurotic maniac who was disloyal to his own country and everything else," the Guardian reports. The memo said the Soviets feared that without effective American leadership, an "irresponsible general" might launch a missile at the Soviet Union.

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