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FBI agent kept tabs on Lee Harvey Oswald

By Billy Cox

Published: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 5:08 p.m.

Last Modified: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 5:08 p.m.

Less than two weeks before President Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, an

agitated Lee Harvey Oswald entered the FBI's office in Dallas and delivered an ultimatum

to agent James P. Hosty. The visit led to a government cover-up that further complicated

one of the darkest chapters in American history.

Hosty, who retired in Punta Gorda and subsequently fought for decades to salvage his

reputation, passed away Friday at age 86 in Kansas City, Mo., following a brief bout with


In his 1996 memoir "Assignment: Oswald," the counter-espionage agent attempted to

set the record straight by taking aim at former FBI director-for-life J. Edgar Hoover: "I ...

came to understand that one of our jobs was to protect the Bureau's image at all costs,

even if it ran roughshod over individuals or principals."

Working at the FBI station in Dallas, in October 1963 Hosty was directed to keep tabs on

Oswald, the former Marine who defected to Russia, only to return in 1962. Hosty began

making queries and focused largely on Oswald's Russian-born wife, Marina.

On Nov. 12, 1963, Oswald visited the FBI office and left a terse handwritten note to

Hosty, who was in the field at the time. It reportedly stated: "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."

James Hosty's son, Tom, who helped his father write his memoirs, said his dad was

juggling 40 cases at the time. Tom Hosty said his father's top priority was to assess

Oswald's potential as a broader national security threat.

But following the sniper assassination at Dealey Plaza, the FBI was thrown into turmoil.

James Hosty had his first and only meeting with Oswald during Oswald's initial

interrogation by members of the Dallas Police Department. Hosty's two pages of

handwritten notes are believed to be the only surviving records from Oswald's brief

incarceration. Oswald was shot dead by Jack Ruby on Nov. 24, 1963.

Hosty's name and number were discovered in Oswald's address book. Looking to

assuage Hoover's fears that Oswald might have been an FBI informant, Hosty's

supervisor, Gordon Shanklin, ordered Hosty to destroy the note Oswald left him.

Hosty was temporarily suspended from duty when the truth came out during

congressional hearings about his having misled the Warren Commission. But Hosty

remained with the FBI until he reached mandatory retirement age in 1979.

Tom Hosty said he and his father decided to tell his story in a book following Oliver

Stone's "JFK" docu-drama in 1991. Stone portrayed Hosty as Oswald's handler in a

conspiracy frame-up.

"Dad laid it all out there," said Tom Hosty from Indianapolis. "He was determined to get

the truth out. It was a very positive thing; he felt he could rest at peace."

A World War II veteran and 1948 graduate of Notre Dame, the Chicago native was with

the U.S. Army as it liberated the emaciated survivors of the Nazi concentration camp at

Dachau. In 1990, he and his late wife Janet moved to Punta Gorda, where he was an avid

consumer of history books and CNN newscasts in retirement.

He lived in Florida until February, when his family brought him back to Kansas for hospice

care. Hosty's funeral will be in Roeland Park, Kan., on Saturday. Hosty had nine children,

22 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.


Best Regards in Research,


Donald Roberdeau

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From www.kansascity.com

Funeral Today for Former FBI agent Who Monitored Oswald

By Kathleen Pointer

The Kansas City Star

June 17, 2011


“Oswald gets arrested and my dad got thrust into history at that point,” said son Tom Hosty.

“.....He always carried it with him,” his son said. “He was ready and willing to talk to anybody about the assassination.”

In 1991, Oliver Stone’s film “JFK” painted an image of his father that Tom Hosty thought was inaccurate.

“I approached my dad and said, ‘We have to write your book. We have to set the record straight,’ ” he said.

Jim Hosty had kept “boxes and boxes” of documents related to the assassination and investigation. They went through the records, with Tom interviewing his father.

“Assignment: Oswald” came out in January 1996. After its publication, Jim Hosty was approached about his notes from the Oswald investigation. The notes were donated to the National Archives in the 1990s.

“He was a man on a mission,” Tom Hosty said. “He was determined to get the entire story out there to the American public — to set the record straight.”


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