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  1. This is some information I posted several years ago about Oswald's travel to Helsinki and entrance into the Soviet Union..... Posted November 27, 2004 (edited) “…those with even the smallest speck of cynicism in their hearts will be wondering why the cruel fates lured them into this quagmire of syrup.” Tor Thorsen, REEL.COM, review of the movie Serendipity 2001 Questions need answers. The questions that surrounded the assassination of John F. Kennedy needed, in order to calm a shocked nation, to be answ
  2. William Friedman's original team. John Hurt is third from left on the top row.
  3. Tom Between July 2, 1935 and Aug. 21, 1935 (Walker became a First Lt. on Aug. 1, 1935) Walker was on Detached Service at Ft. Monnouth, New Jersey.
  4. Hello Michael What I find most interesting about Oswald's attempts to contact Jonathon Abt is the verity of ways he tried to connect with Abt. Apparently there was a number of attempts to contact Abt by phone (at various numbers) as well as making request to individuals who visited Oswald while he was in custody. I do find the fact that Abt had argued the Smith Act before the Supreme Court of interest, mostly because Oswald seems to have been familiar with the man based on the arguments he made and perhaps the relationship to Oswald's own pending case. More importantly to me is the
  5. Tom I have the information that you want at a different location but it centers around the first training of military personnel to intercept encrypted radio intelligence. This early training was conducted by William Friedman's group of Crytologist (a John Hurt was an original member of Friedman's team) at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. I believe I was the first researcher to identify a John Hurt who played an important part in the organization that became the National Security Agency. Hope to provide you with additional information in the next week. Jim Root
  6. Jason My research suggests that Walker "goes off the rails" at exactly the same time Oswald begins his attempts to return to the USA from the Soviet Union. Until that time, Maj. General Walker was a highly respected military officer that ran the Greek desk during the Greek Civil War, was put in command during the First Straits of Taiwan Crisis, was sent to Little Rock, Arkansas during the integration of schools there, he led the transfer of POW's at the end of the Korean conflict, played a role in the Army Missile Program, etc. During WWII he led a combat mission that captured the most so
  7. For a little over two months in 1934, three years after he graduated from West Point, the future Maj. General Walker would be sent to the small Army garrison on Governors Island. The Cullum Record of Edwin Walker shows that he was xxxigned to Governors Island on DS (Detached Service) which is a reference to work outside of your normal duty (In Walkers case as an Artillery Officer). During this time "...soldiers on Governors Island were showing signs of lethargy produced by the smoking of mariajuana (sp),"."An investigation started by the Army Intelligence Division disclosed that marijuana ci
  8. Jason asked: "Yes, Ruby is stalking Oswald, from what you posted, and he's nervous about admitting it. Is there something else here?" What I find so interesting is that Ruby spends time at the Temple then heads over to the PD. Somewhere along the way he picks up two men who accompany him that are identified as "Israeli Press." Ruby is identified with these two men by a reporter (Rutledge) and a detective (Eberhart) who know Ruby so I tend to believe the sworn statements of Rutledge and Eberhart to be true. Many years ago I had the opportunity to discuss this with Gary Mack
  9. I am suggesting that the election of Kennedy allowed McCloy to continue in his quest for a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. I also suggest that McCloy did not want the Paris Summit to happen. I will also say that McCloy quit as Kennedy's Chief Arms negotiator, refusing to negotiate a Limited test Ban Treaty in 1963 only to be reappointed by Johnson to a position as an arms negotiator after the assassination and McCloy was also appointed to the Warren Commission. I will also say McCloy is a very interesting fellow! As Asst. Sec. of War under Stimson, McCloy had a strange portfolio
  10. Jason You have hit upon another of the troubling questions for my research......why would Ruby kill Oswald? This is from a post I wrote back in 2004.....perhaps you will find it of interest. A few weeks ago I began a Topic about the two "reporters" with Jack Ruby at the DPD the night of the assassination. As of this time I have had no response but thought I would provide this additional information. What are your thoughts about these portions of the Warren Report. I heard a great deal of the newsreel tape was distroyed but I have never seen the two men with "bad
  11. Typo Paul, 1956. Oswald's letter to the Socialist party was written 21 days before he enlisted in the Marines on the 24 of October 1956. Jim Root
  12. I see Oswald as a young Socialist that had a troubled life and was attempting to find his way in his world. I see Walker as a soldier that would follow orders without question. There is a story that when, in the first minutes after Walker arrived to his assignment with the First Special Services Force (just before they were to deploy for their mission in the Aleutian Islands) Walker was told that he would have to be "jump qualified" before he could actually be a member of "The Force." As the story is told Walker went from the vehicle he arrived in to a plane and ordered the jump instructor
  13. Hey Paul just a few thoughts: On Oct. 3, 1959 LHO writes to the Socialist Party of America . For several years before this the CIA and the Postal Dept. were in discussion about beginning a full scale mail opening project in several cities including New York. They started slowly in about January of 1959 but it was a "fullscale operation" by November. The major person pushing this for the CIA was Richard Helms would would be following Oswald prior to the assassination of JFK. I suggest that Oswald would have been put on a "watch list" at that time as is suggested in John Newman's book O
  14. Jason your second suggestion is, I believe, spot on. More importantly I believe that Kennedy's failure to push for a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty in the months preceding his death is what put in motion the events that allowed Oswald to put Kennedy within his sights in Dallas. McCloy quit as Kennedy's chief arms negotiator in the months prior to the assassination. After the assassination McCloy would once again become America's chief arms negotiator. If Oswald were to live or not the one person that could put the pieces of who Oswald was would have been Walker. During
  15. Walker was considered a political enemy of Kennedy who lived in Dallas. I believe that upon hearing that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas Walker wanted to prove that he was not in Dallas. Simple as that. After that though Walker, just as every American, saw the image of Lee Harvey Oswald painted on every TV screen in America. It is my belief it was then that Walker recognized Oswald from Walkers involvement in helping Oswald enter the Soviet Union. Within hours Walker is doing an interview with a German publication which prints a story that says Oswald tried to kill Walker. My suggestion i
  16. For me this is rather simple......Oswald's own quotes suggest that Lee Harvey Oswald believed Walker did not want peace. My suggestion is that if Walker was the person who provided Oswald with the information necessary to easily enter the Soviet Union and if, as Oswald said he was going to do, Oswald provided information that could have been used to down the U-2 spy plane on October 1, 1960, which then led to the failure of the Paris Summit, Oswald could have seen himself as a patsy that was set up with the help of Walker and was duped into playing a part in the failure of the Paris Summit.
  17. Hello Jason I will attempt to give you my thoughts on your questions: Oswald's travel from London to Helsinki is one of several questions that bugged me for years. At first it was for no other reason than the passenger list were not made public in the Warren Commission Report. As I focused in on Edwin Walker I found that it was possible that Walker was traveling in Europe at approximately the same time as Oswald but the two would have been heading in two different directions, Oswald toward Helsinki (North), Walker toward Augsburg, Germany (South). The Swedish government suggested
  18. Very good collection of materials here dealing with the Walker shooting. I apologize for my infrequent visits but would just like to pipe in a small bit while admitting that I do not have my own research notes handy . I believe that Edwin Walker was involved with Oswald's defection to Russia and in my conversations with Gerry Patrick Hemming, he said I was exactly correct in this conclusion. In my research dealing with Oswald's defection I have also shown how both Walker and Oswald could have been on the same airplane while Oswald traveled to Helsinki which would perhaps explain the rea
  19. On June 22, 1960 Whitney Shepardson (who was in charge of Secrete Intelligence, SI during WWII) wrote the following in a letter to a source that will, for now, remain un-named: "When I got back to New York last week after seeing many of our wartime colleagues in England and in France, I found your letter of May 4--which is a long, long time ago. With respect to your letter from "Ti", I think that when you told A.W. D. (Dulles) about this you did not only the right thing, of course, but the only thing. Schluss! We have recently had rough going under the tilt of the U-2
  20. I Paul,

    I will be in Austin in early/mid June....hoping to dig deeper into the Walker papers.  Perhaps we can get together for lunch.

    Jim Root


    1. Paul Trejo

      Paul Trejo


      I'd be delighted.   If it's on a workday, I work at the UT Austin campus (in ITS) and there are some nice places near campus -- and a few near the Briscoe Center for American History, where the Walker papers are cataloged.

      You may already know that there are 90 boxes, and most of them are kept in local storage, and they appreciate 48 hours notice to deliver a few boxes.

      The biggest problem is that the Briscoe Center has very poor cataloging of the 90 boxes.

      To solve that problem, I had to rush like mad to see all 90  for myself -- over about 20 visits at 4 to 5 boxes each time.   It took me two full semesters to do that, but I did it.   I took over 1,000 photographs, but that's a tiny fraction of what they have. 

      Gary Mack got all my photos, somehow -- I guess he had some great hackers.

      All best,

    2. Jim Root

      Jim Root

      Hi Paul

      I plan on having at least a week to dedicate to the Walker Papers.....So, since you are on campus, we will have to coordinate a get together.  I do not totally agree on your conclusions but admit you do have the advantage over me on Walker's papers.  

      Jim Root

    3. Paul Trejo

      Paul Trejo


      Gary Mack somehow downloaded all my 1,200 pages of Walker papers.  Do you also have them? 

      They are now on his 6th floor website..   Let me know.  Also, please message me instead of using this status, because this is public, imho..

      All best,


  21. From a post I did back in 2005: "Very interesting topic. In the past I have had contact with several of the persons who have signed this letter in regards to this subject. Both Joannides and Karamessines are of unique interest to this case because in the months proceeding the assassination they were following the movements of Oswald. But their past is also of interest. In 1948 the British, because of financial reasons, requested that the US take over operations surrounding the Greek Civil War. Joannides and Karamessines were, I understand, two of the 44 members of a US team oper
  22. Re Helms monitoring Oswald: In the article titled, What Jane Roman Said by Jefferson Morely, we find that FBI agents monitoring Oswald's moves prior to the assassination of JFK had copies of their messages sent directly to the staff of Richard Helms. A problem with that is that a third note written by Agent Hosty (identifying exactly where Lee Harvey Oswald was working prior to the assassination) never became an official part of the Warren Commission report and has seemingly disappeared from the records. But that is a different subject. Paul, I will differ with you as to Helms' OSS Stati
  23. Can I get any new observations on information I posted here? Jim Root
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