WARNING: The following may not be suitable for all viewing audience members, because, in addition to the coincidences documented below, it is entirely possible, given what we now know, that Jean DeMohrenschildt and or Abraham Zapruder, or their former employer, DeNardis, may have been employed and or acquainted with the late brother (Julius Drittel) of John Hurt's wife, Ana Drittel or Drittell or Drittelle !! Imagine if we lived in a small country, one where everyone was an accomplished Russian cellist, accompanied by someone fluent in Japanese?
, I just noticed your post....wow! Why didn't Oswald sneak a borrowed or planted MC rifle into the TSBD in a cello case? Was Virginia Pleasants a Russian, did her husband, Henry, speak Japanese?)
- New York Times - Feb 6, 1953
5-- Julius Drittel of 1 De Witt Road, president of Julius Drittel, Inc.,I manufacturer of women's coats here for many years, today in [ount Siani Hospital, ...
Greg and Jim, IMO this is a poster child for my increasingly strong (against my will) argument that this case will never be solved. What are the chances of all this happening coincidentally, yet here it all is.:
1.) A US, G-2 linguist, a master of the Japanese language named John Hurt marries a Russian immigrant, Ana Drittel, a performing, NY cellist.
2.) Lee H. Oswald serves in the USMC, partly in Japan, leaves the service, defects to Russia, marries a Russian woman and returns to the US. He becomes fluent in the Russian language and has some knowledge of Japanese.
3.) At the end of 1962, Oswald attends a Dallas social gathering of primarily Russian emigres with his wife. He becomes preoccupied in conversation with a young, attractive Japanese woman, a musician who is escorted by a Russian-German who is first cellist in the Dallas Symphony. Oswald's interaction seems totally out of character for him, and later it is related that Oswald's wife suspects he is involved with the Japanese womand and that she is a spy.
4.) Eleven months later, the FBI obtains a mail order record of an order for a pistol purchase, and they claim that Oswald sent this order and received the pistol via his Dallas P.O. box. The witness signature on this mailorder is signed D.E. or D.F. Drittal.
5.) A week prior to the discovery of this mail order record, there is evidence that Oswald, under arrest in Dallas for the murder of President Kennedy and of a Dallas policeman, attempts to make a collect phone call from the jail to a John Hurt
in Raleigh, NC.No person named John Hurt or Drittal is ever officially located and connected with Oswald,
despite three federal scale investigations, ending in 1964, 1978, and in 1995....
John B. Hurt, Retired Aide Of National Security Unit
- New York Times - Aug 9, 1966
Mr. Hurt is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ana Dritfell Burt, a Russian-born cellist; his mother, Mrs. Anna Hurt of Wytheville, Va.; two sisters and three ..
Obituary 1 -- No Title
$3.95 - New York Times - Feb 8, 1953
... devoted father of Saul, Mrs. Harry Rose and Mrs. Stanley Forray; dear grandfather; loving son of Mrs. Anna Drtttel. brother of Mrs. Sonla Levlne and Miss Aria Drittel of New
York City and Mrs. Jean Keeps and Maurlce Drittel of Los Angeles, 'allf
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Wytheville linguist's World War II role is finally revealed
Researchers from Virginia and Japan have documented John Hurt's contributions to breaking Japanese coded messages.
...It was in languages that Hurt's expertise stood out. His mother's brother, former U.S. Rep. Joseph Crockett Shaffer, who served as 9th District congressman for one term, got Hurt an interview in 1930 with the Signal Intelligence Service, a predecessor to the National Security Agency.
The congressman, who was the father of Edwin Shaffer, a former Wythe County commonwealth's attorney who still lives in Wytheville, had learned that the agency was looking for someone fluent in Japanese.
"But after that, he was on his own," Hoch said. "He proved himself very, very well."
Frank Rowlett was one of a handful of cryptanalysts hired by William Friedman, who was the sole professional assigned to code and cipher work for the U.S. War Department. They worked in New York under Military Intelligence, also known as G-2.
In his book, "The Story of Magic: Memoirs of an American Cryptologic Pioneer," Rowlett recalled the report from the officer who interviewed Hurt.
"I've never met an American who is as proficient in Japanese as that young man," the officer said. "It is unbelievable. If you don't employ him, you will be making a great mistake. He is remarkably fluent in conversational Japanese, he can read both forms of written Japanese, and his vocabulary is fabulous. He knows Japanese much better than I or, for that matter, anyone else in G-2."
Hurt had mastered that language, among others, without ever having visited Japan. He also spoke French and did not visit France -- although he did marry a French concert cellist named Ana.
"He'd had so many close friends in college who were Japanese," Hoch said....
...at which LEE HARVEY and MARINA OSWALD were also in attendance, Mrs .
PERUTZ stated she did not find this unusual as Miss OKUl frequently
attended Russian gatherings in the company of Mr . LEV ARONSON, a
noted Dallas cellist and music teacher who she believes to be of
Russian origin and who has many Russian-speaking friends in this ar~a .
Mrs . PERUTZ advised she is of the opinion Miss OKUI would have had no
social relationship with either LEE HARVEY or MARINA OSWALD other
than through mutual attendance at one of these Russian gatherings and
knows that Miss ONUI has never mentioned the OSWALDs to her at any
time either before or after the assassination of President KENNEDY .
Mrs . PEBUTZ stated further that she feels positivefthere could be
no social relationship between Miss YAEKO OKUl and'LEE HARVEY OSWALD
inasmuch as their obvious cultural and educational levels are so
I Am A Patsy! I Am A Patsy!
by George De Mohrenschildt
edited by David Reitzes
That Christmas Eve both Marina and Lee were well dressed and looked very
elegant. Lee didn't always have to be a nondescript individual; he had
sometimes a very pleasant appearance and could dress well.
The self-appointed baby-sitter, Anita, liked June and took care of her
in a typical warm, Italian manner, and the Oswalds and the two of us,
chatting pleasantly, went to Ford's attractive house in North Dallas. It
was a clear, cold night and a slight layer of snow -- unusual for Texas
-- cheered all of us and gave the city a Christmas-like appearance.
Most of the guests had already consumed lots of drinks and they were
chattering excitedly in a dozen languages. The loveliest girl of the
crowd was a Japanese musician, Yaeko Okui, staying in Dallas for a short
time with her friends from Tokyo. She was a delicate, elegant,
sophisticated girl, restrained and dignified, a little lost in our
Dallas society of noisy, self-assertive, aggressive females.
Marina did not look too well, she seemed to be afraid of the crowds. She
looked to operate with men one-to-one, and appeared bashful, like a
country girl. Lee, on the other hand, blossomed, and was the hit of the
party. Naturally a good conversationalist -- if he wanted to be -- both
in English and Russian, he was outgoing and friendly. Possibly because
the people were more liberal than usual, his behavior was exemplary.
Serious, attentive and polite, he answered questions intelligently, if
the person who asked the question was serious. He reacted well to the
Somebody played Russian tunes on the piano and some good voices could be
heard. Marina unfortunately was not musical and Lee was engrossed in
conversations. I stayed around him and noticed that several women
flirted with him and displayed their charms. Some were quite attractive.
But Lee's greatest conquest was this Japanese girl, Yaeko, I had
mentioned before, and who I also found the most interesting woman of
all. He noticed her also and angled towards her, or possibly it was
vice-versa. Anyway, soon they were engrossed in a conversation.
Of course, Lee had served in Japan, and there he had learned a lot about
the country and the people. He had told me that he met there some
interesting leftist youngsters.
Maybe Yaeko had met GIs, whatever it was, but they were engrossed in
each other and I left them alone. Marina stayed around, but not being
able to understand. she fretted and did not know what to do with
herself. As far as I was concerned, I was delighted. How many times I'd
heard her call Lee a bore, a fool, a bookworm; how many times she
degraded his masculinity. And here the loveliest girl of all was in a
trance. Now Marina became just a jealous woman. She even forgot to smoke...
Who's who in the JFK assassination: an A-to-Z encyclopedia - Google Books Result
Michael Benson - 1993 - Social Science - 511 pages
Marina later told journalist Priscilla Johnson McMillan that she thought Okui might be a spy. Marina said she feared Lee and Okui were having an affair, ...
Edited by Tom Scully, 21 February 2010 - 12:32 PM.