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Protective Research Section

Current Active Threats 1963

1. Stanley Berman professional gate crasher.

2. Carl Brookman on record with FBI subversive activities in the Nazi Part and possible association with the Communist Part. Possesses firearm.

3. William Robert Bennett disabled veteran.

4. John Francis Donovan letter and telegram writer. Considered a nuisance.

5. Johnnie Mae Hackworth letter writer, religious fanatic who made threats against the president, arrested in 1955 and 1960.

6. Josef Molt Mroz picketer and "Polish freedom fighter."

7. Barney Grant Powell threatened Truman, extreme temper, violent man with assault background, carries firearms.

8. Peppi Duran Flores threatened Vice President Johnson. Says he is a communist and pro-Castro.

9. Wayne L. Gainery claimed the KKK authorized him to kill the President in 1963. Teenager.

10. John William Warrington mental; wrote five letters threatening JFK for his association with Martin Luther King, Jr.; says he will by lying in ambush in Florida.

P. 63. The Kennedy Detail. (Blaine, J. Hill, C. Gallery, S&S, 2010).

Document #180-10118-10032 also includes two additional names

11. …arvin Langdon Parker mental; pretensions of being a JFK staff member.

12. Joseph Jesse Gilliam WH visitor; friendly; mental.

From Joe Backes The Tenth Batch Part Two

http://www.acorn.net...rrb_tenth2.html

Document # 180-10118-10041 is a six page Secret Service report on John William Warrington. It is written by SA Arnold K. Peppers of the Tampa, Florida office. It covers the period of October 18-23, 1963. It's status is pending.

Synopsis- This file covers investigation of five threatening letters addressed to the President, postmarked Oct. 15, 16 and 17, at Tampa, Florida and as signed, "R. L. Scates". John William Warrington has been identified as the author of these letters and was arrested October 18, 1963, at Tampa, Fla., for mailing an extortion letter to a local bank president. Subject is currently under $50,000 bond and confined to the Tampa City Jail on the extortion charge. Subject claims a recent on "trial visit" from the VA hospital, Gulfport, Miss., and the Jackson office is requested to review his file for background information.

Mr. Warrington wrote a letter to Postal Inspector C. M. Griffith on October 17, 1963 that stated that the Postmaster was in danger of having a dynamite accident unless he purchased protection against such an accident for $1,000. The letter instructed Griffith to send ten $100 bills to Room No. 5, Albany Hotel, 1104 1/2 Franklin St. Tampa, Florida, and not to notify the FBI. While reviewing that letter another letter arrived dated October 18, 1963 nearly identical to the first.

Handwritten analysis of those two letters with the five sent to the president showed they were of common authorship.

On the evening of October 18, 1963 Secret Service agent Arnold K. Peppers received word from FBI agent Neil Welch, ASAIC, in the Tampa office that Warrington was arrested and in custody for sending yet another extortion letter to the President of the First National Bank of Tampa, Florida. Warrington told the FBI that the money raised in these extortion schemes was to be used to assassinate the President.

All extortion letters and the letters to the President had the same return address Room 5 of the Albany Hotel.

Warrington stated that he wanted to write five extortion letters to five bank presidents, that the money raised would be used to assassinate President Kennedy on his November 1963 Tampa visit. Warrington hated President Kennedy because he went to Harvard and all Harvard men are Communists.

SA Lee Ballinger of the FBI advised that Warrington had papers that indicated that he was recently released from the Veterans Hospital of Gulfport, Mississippi, and that in June of 1961 Warrington was sentenced to 20 years for similar extortion letters in Jacksonville, Florida. It is unkown if he escaped from Gulfport, Missippi.

On October 23, 1963 Warrington was interviewed in the jail. He is described as an American white male, 53 years, 170 pounds, 5 feet 9 1/2 inches, medium build, ruddy complexion, blue eyes, thin greying hair, slightly stooped.

The subject appeared rational. He admitted to being in and out of mental hospitals for the last 15 years. He has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, paranoid type.

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Protective Research Section

Current Active Threats 1963

1. Stanley Berman professional gate crasher.

2. Carl Brookman on record with FBI subversive activities in the Nazi Part and possible association with the Communist Part. Possesses firearm.

3. William Robert Bennett disabled veteran.

4. John Francis Donovan letter and telegram writer. Considered a nuisance.

5. Johnnie Mae Hackworth letter writer, religious fanatic who made threats against the president, arrested in 1955 and 1960.

6. Josef Molt Mroz picketer and "Polish freedom fighter."

7. Barney Grant Powell threatened Truman, extreme temper, violent man with assault background, carries firearms.

8. Peppi Duran Flores threatened Vice President Johnson. Says he is a communist and pro-Castro.

9. Wayne L. Gainery claimed the KKK authorized him to kill the President in 1963. Teenager.

10. John William Warrington mental; wrote five letters threatening JFK for his association with Martin Luther King, Jr.; says he will by lying in ambush in Florida.

P. 63. The Kennedy Detail. (Blaine, J. Hill, C. Gallery, S&S, 2010).

Document #180-10118-10032 also includes two additional names

11. …arvin Langdon Parker mental; pretensions of being a JFK staff member.

12. Joseph Jesse Gilliam WH visitor; friendly; mental.

From Joe Backes The Tenth Batch Part Two

http://www.acorn.net...rrb_tenth2.html

Document # 180-10118-10041 is a six page Secret Service report on John William Warrington. It is written by SA Arnold K. Peppers of the Tampa, Florida office. It covers the period of October 18-23, 1963. It's status is pending.

Synopsis- This file covers investigation of five threatening letters addressed to the President, postmarked Oct. 15, 16 and 17, at Tampa, Florida and as signed, "R. L. Scates". John William Warrington has been identified as the author of these letters and was arrested October 18, 1963, at Tampa, Fla., for mailing an extortion letter to a local bank president. Subject is currently under $50,000 bond and confined to the Tampa City Jail on the extortion charge. Subject claims a recent on "trial visit" from the VA hospital, Gulfport, Miss., and the Jackson office is requested to review his file for background information.

Mr. Warrington wrote a letter to Postal Inspector C. M. Griffith on October 17, 1963 that stated that the Postmaster was in danger of having a dynamite accident unless he purchased protection against such an accident for $1,000. The letter instructed Griffith to send ten $100 bills to Room No. 5, Albany Hotel, 1104 1/2 Franklin St. Tampa, Florida, and not to notify the FBI. While reviewing that letter another letter arrived dated October 18, 1963 nearly identical to the first.

Handwritten analysis of those two letters with the five sent to the president showed they were of common authorship.

On the evening of October 18, 1963 Secret Service agent Arnold K. Peppers received word from FBI agent Neil Welch, ASAIC, in the Tampa office that Warrington was arrested and in custody for sending yet another extortion letter to the President of the First National Bank of Tampa, Florida. Warrington told the FBI that the money raised in these extortion schemes was to be used to assassinate the President.

All extortion letters and the letters to the President had the same return address Room 5 of the Albany Hotel.

Warrington stated that he wanted to write five extortion letters to five bank presidents, that the money raised would be used to assassinate President Kennedy on his November 1963 Tampa visit. Warrington hated President Kennedy because he went to Harvard and all Harvard men are Communists.

SA Lee Ballinger of the FBI advised that Warrington had papers that indicated that he was recently released from the Veterans Hospital of Gulfport, Mississippi, and that in June of 1961 Warrington was sentenced to 20 years for similar extortion letters in Jacksonville, Florida. It is unkown if he escaped from Gulfport, Missippi.

On October 23, 1963 Warrington was interviewed in the jail. He is described as an American white male, 53 years, 170 pounds, 5 feet 9 1/2 inches, medium build, ruddy complexion, blue eyes, thin greying hair, slightly stooped.

The subject appeared rational. He admitted to being in and out of mental hospitals for the last 15 years. He has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, paranoid type.

p. 195 The Kennedy Detail

Lawson made one final call to the Protective Research Section to make sure no new threats had come in overnight. PRS hadn't received any new name; there were just the regulars; the ones the agents all carried on index cards in their jacket pockets.

Official Secret Service Report on Dallas

Protective Research

http://www.aarclibra...WH17_CE_768.pdf

Notice of the proposed Presidential trip to Dallas was furnished to the Protective Research Section on November 8, 1963. The indices were searched, and no active subjects were of record. No subsequent information was received from the Protective Research Section of any subject requiring attention.

Informants of the Right Wing Movement were interviewed by SA Howlett. Dallas Office, to identify any possible trouble makers. Motion-picture films of the assault on Ambassador Stevenson which occurred in Dallas were viewed with members of the Criminal Intelligence Division of the Dallas Police Department at Station KLRD TV-Radio. Still photographs were obtained of persons involved in this incident. SA Howlett was on duty at check point entrance at the Trade Mart with copies of these photographs and were screening for these individuals. A number of individuals who resembled those in these photographs were placed under surveillance at the Trade Mart.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. November 22, 1963, President Kennedy and Governor Connally of Texas were struck by gunfire while riding in SS-100-X during the motorcade to the Trade Mart. The President died at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Texas, at 1:00 p.m. CST, November 22, 1963.

http://www.aarclibra...WH17_CE_768.pdf

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This list is reprinted in The Kennedy Detail p. 63, though they stop at #10 and don't include them all. Is there a reason for this?

Protective Research Section

Current Active Threats – 1963

1. Stanley Berman – professional gate crasher.

2. Carl Brookman – on record with FBI subversive activities in the Nazi Part and possible association with the Communist Part. Possesses firearm.

3. William Robert Bennett – disabled veteran.

4. John Francis Donovan – letter and telegram writer. Considered a nuisance.

5. Johnnie Mae Hackworth – letter writer, religious fanatic who made threats against the president, arrested in 1955 and 1960.

6. Josef Molt Mroz – picketer and "Polish freedom fighter."

7. Barney Grant Powell – threatened Truman, extreme temper, violent man with assault background, carries firearms.

8. Peppi Duran Flores – threatened Vice President Johnson. Says he is a communist and pro-Castro.

9. Wayne L. Gainery – claimed the KKK authorized him to kill the President in 1963. Teenager.

10. John William Warrington – mental; wrote five letters threatening JFK for his association with Martin Luther King, Jr.; says he will by lying in ambush in Florida.

P. 63. The Kennedy Detail. (Blaine, J. Hill, C. Gallery, S&S, 2010).

Document #180-10118-10032 also includes two additional names

11. …arvin Langdon Parker – mental; pretensions of being a JFK staff member.

12. Joseph Jesse Gilliam – WH visitor; friendly; mental.

From Joe Backes – The Tenth Batch Part Two

http://www.acorn.net...rrb_tenth2.html

Document # 180-10118-10041 is a six page Secret Service report on John William Warrington. It is written by SA Arnold K. Peppers of the Tampa, Florida office. It covers the period of October 18-23, 1963. It's status is pending.

Synopsis- This file covers investigation of five threatening letters addressed to the President, postmarked Oct. 15, 16 and 17, at Tampa, Florida and as signed, "R. L. Scates". John William Warrington has been identified as the author of these letters and was arrested October 18, 1963, at Tampa, Fla., for mailing an extortion letter to a local bank president. Subject is currently under $50,000 bond and confined to the Tampa City Jail on the extortion charge. Subject claims a recent on "trial visit" from the VA hospital, Gulfport, Miss., and the Jackson office is requested to review his file for background information.

Mr. Warrington wrote a letter to Postal Inspector C. M. Griffith on October 17, 1963 that stated that the Postmaster was in danger of having a dynamite accident unless he purchased protection against such an accident for $1,000. The letter instructed Griffith to send ten $100 bills to Room No. 5, Albany Hotel, 1104 1/2 Franklin St. Tampa, Florida, and not to notify the FBI. While reviewing that letter another letter arrived dated October 18, 1963 nearly identical to the first.

Handwritten analysis of those two letters with the five sent to the president showed they were of common authorship.

On the evening of October 18, 1963 Secret Service agent Arnold K. Peppers received word from FBI agent Neil Welch, ASAIC, in the Tampa office that Warrington was arrested and in custody for sending yet another extortion letter to the President of the First National Bank of Tampa, Florida. Warrington told the FBI that the money raised in these extortion schemes was to be used to assassinate the President.

All extortion letters and the letters to the President had the same return address Room 5 of the Albany Hotel.

Warrington stated that he wanted to write five extortion letters to five bank presidents, that the money raised would be used to assassinate President Kennedy on his November 1963 Tampa visit. Warrington hated President Kennedy because he went to Harvard and all Harvard men are Communists.

SA Lee Ballinger of the FBI advised that Warrington had papers that indicated that he was recently released from the Veterans Hospital of Gulfport, Mississippi, and that in June of 1961 Warrington was sentenced to 20 years for similar extortion letters in Jacksonville, Florida. It is unkown if he escaped from Gulfport, Missippi.

On October 23, 1963 Warrington was interviewed in the jail. He is described as an American white male, 53 years, 170 pounds, 5 feet 9 1/2 inches, medium build, ruddy complexion, blue eyes, thin greying hair, slightly stooped.

The subject appeared rational. He admitted to being in and out of mental hospitals for the last 15 years. He has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, paranoid type.

p. 195 The Kennedy Detail

Lawson made one final call to the Protective Research Section to make sure no new threats had come in overnight. PRS hadn't received any new name; there were just the regulars; the ones the agents all carried on index cards in their jacket pockets.

Official Secret Service Report on Dallas

Protective Research

http://www.aarclibra...WH17_CE_768.pdf

Notice of the proposed Presidential trip to Dallas was furnished to the Protective Research Section on November 8, 1963. The indices were searched, and no active subjects were of record. No subsequent information was received from the Protective Research Section of any subject requiring attention.

Informants of the Right Wing Movement were interviewed by SA Howlett. Dallas Office, to identify any possible trouble makers. Motion-picture films of the assault on Ambassador Stevenson which occurred in Dallas were viewed with members of the Criminal Intelligence Division of the Dallas Police Department at Station KLRD TV-Radio. Still photographs were obtained of persons involved in this incident. SA Howlett was on duty at check point entrance at the Trade Mart with copies of these photographs and were screening for these individuals. A number of individuals who resembled those in these photographs were placed under surveillance at the Trade Mart.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. November 22, 1963, President Kennedy and Governor Connally of Texas were struck by gunfire while riding in SS-100-X during the motorcade to the Trade Mart. The President died at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Texas, at 1:00 p.m. CST, November 22, 1963.

http://www.aarclibra...WH17_CE_768.pdf

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