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Thanks, Greg. I appreciate the information.

I have been interested in Botello for some time but there is virtually nothing regarding him on the Net.

Some time back I spoke to a guy you knew him, not as a close friend but enough to draw the conclusion that Botello seemed almost fanatical in ridding the U.S. of Communists of which he believed JFK was one.

Botello below.

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Greg wrote:

Not sure how else to explain how Molina not only stayed employed with them - but was promoted - despite his involvement with what the DPD at least regarded as a Communist front org.

Greg, which organization was a suspected "Communist front"?

Tim, the American GI Forum.

Here it is listed as among the groups watched (and infiltrated) in the lead-up to the Dallas motorcade:

http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/27/2705-001.gif

http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/27/2705-002.gif

It is difficult to read, but it's the one listed directly under the Walker Group. Note also the inclusion of the ACLU.

However, it was determined that the only two groups planning trouble were the Indignant White Citizen's Council and Walker's young thugs (aka The Young Peoples Republican Club). The same guys led by Schmidt in the UN Day demonstration against Stephenson. So... what happened to Walker and the Young Republicans who were going to "rub the president's dick in the dirt"?  The other group went ahead, but Walker flew off for meetings in Louisiana, and his thugs were nowhere in sight. Why doesn't that smell right? There is an answer...

I have wondered whether Oswald was an agent of US "intelligence" (taken very broadly) trying to identify potentially violent anti-JFK members of both pro- and anti-Cuban organizations.

If so, is it possible he was placed in the TSB to keep watch on this Molina fellow?

The same question has been asked by others. It's possible, but I tend not to think so - unless Oswald was working for an agency other than FBI. I say that because Molina, in my opinion, was being run by FBI informants, and it it seems to me, agencies may well have been spying on each other, as much as they were on various groups.

Getting back to Medford Evans -- it is no surprise he points the finger at what he considered moderate liberals within the establishment -- as they were the real enemy they needed to dispose - the only real threat to gaining power. The enemy they wanted to keep was the far left.

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Thanks, Greg. I appreciate the information.

I have been interested in Botello for some time but there is virtually nothing regarding him on the Net.

Some time back I spoke to a guy you knew him, not as a close friend but enough to draw the conclusion that Botello seemed almost fanatical in ridding the U.S. of Communists of which he believed JFK was one.

James, I suspect I wasn't giving you anything you didn't already know. Same with the following, however, for those who haven't seen it... (originally posted on Usernet by Jerry Shinley)

AGENCY: FBI

RECORD NUMBER: 124-10321-10034

RECORD SERIES: HQ

AGENCY FILE NUMBER: 100-439412-1

Date 10/4/1962

[...]

TO: DIRECTOR, FBI

ATTN: CRYPTANALYSIS SECTION

FROM: SAC, DALLAS (105-new)

SUBJECT: UNNAMED ORGANIZATION OF

DALLAS, TEXAS PATRIOTS

IS-X

[...]

Enclosed to the Bureau are seven copies of a letter-

heard memorandum and thirty-six Autostats of records. One copy

of letterhead memorandum being furnished to Memphis and New

Orleans, who are being furnished copies because of their interest

in the integration of the University of Mississippi matters and

former GENERAL EDWIN A. WALKER.

Dallas T-1 in the enclosed letterhead memorandum is

former DL-18-S, who furnished information orally to SAs JAMES

P. HOSTY, JR., and W. HARLAN BROWN. A seperate communication will

be directed to the Bureau concerning this former informant in

his informant file. It should be further noted that ASHLAND F.

BURCHWELL is presently in federal custody, the subject of a switch-

blade knife act violation. During interrogation of BURCHWELL

by SAs JAMES P. HOSTY, JR., and W. HARLAN BROWN prior to his

obtaining an attorney, BURCHWELL admitted having served under

former GENERAL EDWIN A. WALKER in his Psychological Warfare

Section in Germany and also serving as a civilian employee of

WALKER in Dallas.

BURCHWELL has stated that he and another friend were

definitely going to Mississippi to join GENERAL WALKER on 9/30/62,

despite urging by the former informant not to. The

enclosed Autostats are copies made of the records seized from

BURCHWELL, presently in Dallas PD custody, one copy each for the

Bureau was made of every record which had any writing. It should

be noted that the back of the membership cards are self-explanatory,

check marks being made for the equipment that the individuals apparently

had in their possession. The lower three quarters of the front

side is believed to be self-explanatory, showing initiation fees,

dues, etc. The upper left corner of each membership card

shows a pattern of two letters - three numbers - 1 number -

2 letters - 1 number. It should be noted in each instance the

letters are the telephone call letters of Dallas telephone exchanges,

such as EX for EXPress, FL for FLeetwood. There appears to be a

common pattern in most of these membership cards either ending up

with EX 1 or BL 1. It should be noted that the telephone number of

former DL-18-S is EX 1. It is felt that he could possibly be a

team captain and those ending in EX 1 would be assigned to his team.

It would appear others in this group are assigned to a captain

living in the BLackburn exchange. It should be further noted that

BURCHWELL at the time of his arrest had an address book in his

pocket bearing the following names:

AMERICAN BOOK STORE, EM 3-5497

VANCE BORDREAUX, BL 4-0181 & BL 5-4259

FELIX BOTELLO, EX 1-6133

[...]

MRS. EDMONDSON, TA 7-7062 & WE 7-1979

DR. MEDFORD EVANS, 207 Pine Street, Natihitoches [sic], La

[...]

JOE GRINNAN, FLeetwood 1-5424 & RIverside 7-9209

[...]

JOHNSTON PRINTING CO., TA 3-6191

BOB SURRAY, LA 6-7741

[...]

Radio Station KPCN, EM 3-3173 and ANdrews 4-2250

LA CABANIA CLUB, LA 6-7464

[...]

RAY'S HARDWARE, RI 7-7916

[...]

DAN SMOOT, TA 1-2303 & DA 7-6744

[...]

DALLAS THEATER CENTER, LA 6-0107, Ticket Office LA 6-8857

[...]

DELBERT RAY, MR 1-0560

[...]

To further assist the Bureau it should be noted the

membership cards show ANN MUNCHRATH signed a receipt for code name

FE-722-2-EX 1. MRS. MUNCHRATH, wife of D. W. MUNCHRATH of 3026

June Drive, Dallas, Texas, has telephone number FE 1-0557.

The following information is known about the above

individuals:

The AMERICAN BOOK STORE is a known distributor of

right wing literature in the Dallas area.

VANCE BORDREAUX is the employer of ASHLAND F. BURCHWELL

and is reported to have attended the meeting of this group on

9/30/62, and is therefore a member.

MRS. EDMONDSON is former GENERAL WALKER'S secretary.

JOE GRINNAN is a known organizer for the JOHN BIRCH

SOCIETY and has been reported to keep arms in his automobile.

BOB SURRAY is a known dedicated follower of former

GENERAL WALKER and he reportedly did go to Mississippi.

Radio Station KPCN is noted for its extreme right wing

editorial philosophy.

RAY'S HARDWARE is where BURCHWELL purchased much of his

ammunition and several of his pistols.

DAN SMOOT is a former Bureau agent who had been connected

with many right wing organizations.

An individual, first name DEL, was reportedly at the

meeting on 9/30/62. This could be identical with DELBERT RAY.

An individual named DAN was also reported to have

attended this meeting. This may have been VAN for VANCE BORDREAUX,

who was reported from another source to have been at the meeting,

or it could conceivably be DAN SMOOT.

BUREAU is requested through the CRYPTANALYSIS SECTION

to attempt to identify as many members of possible with the data

furnished by the Dallas office.

DALLAS will attempt through available sources to identify

as many members as possible. The individuals listed above will not

be interviewed by the Dallas Office at this time until more

information on this organization is known, as it appears this may

be a group of fanatics.

LYNUM

[LHM follows:]

Dallas, Texas

October 4, 1962

UNNAMED ORGANZATION OF

DALLAS, TEXAS PATRIOTS

On October 1, 1962, Lieutenant E. L. CUNNINGHAM,

Forgery, Dallas Police Department, Dallas, Texas, advised

SA JAMES P. HOSTY, JR., that at 6:32 A.M. on September 30,

1962, ASHLAND F. BURCHWELL, 1527 Annex, Dallas, Texas, was

arrested for speeding by Dallas Police Officers CHARLES R.

GALYOU and MERLE J. LAWSON. At the time BURCHWELL was arrested

Officer GALYOU noticed a .357 Smith & Wesson magnum pistol, No.

185221, in a holster under the driver's seat. A switchblade

knife was removed from the pocket of BURCHWELL and when they

opened the trunk of the car driven by BURCHWELL they found a

.303 Enfield Rifle loaded and three .22 caliber Strum-Ruger

automatic pistols. There were 2000 rounds of 30.06 rifle

ammunition, 1000 rounds of .22 caliber cartridges and twenty

rounds of .303 rifle ammunition. There was an army pack con-

taining blankets and a change of clothes. BURCHWELL told the

arresting officers he was going to Mississippi to stand beside

former Army General EDWIN A. WALKER and try to prevent federal

encroachment upon the states rights of Mississippi. Also found

in the automobile when BURCHWELL was arrested was a pasteboard

box about one foot square which contained possibly 200 or 300

cards bearing data on the front and back. It appeared to be some

type of a record with places to show months of the year and the

years 1963 through 1970, and a place for initiation fee, dues and

assessments. One the reverse side appeared a mimeographed list

of such items as a person in the army might carry on active duty.

The items listed were rifles, pistols and various items of camping

equipment. Several cards had writing on them which appeared to be

a code of some type.

On September 30, 1962, Dallas Confidential Informant T-1,

who has furnished reliable information in the past, advised that

BURCHWELL had attended a meeting in a private home in the Pleasant

Grove area of Dallas, which began around midnight, September 30,

1962. There were seven persons present, including BURCHWELL,

who left the meeting at around 6:30 A.M. The purpose of the meeting

was to convince various members that they should not

go to Mississippi to assist former GENERAL WALKER. Dallas T-1

advised that it was understood that when BURCHWELL left this

meeting he was not going to Mississippi.

On October 3, 1962, Dallas Confidential Informant T-1

identified one of the membership type cards found in possession of

BURCHWELL as the membership cards of an organization in Dallas,

Texas. According to Dallas T-1, this organization has no name.

It at one time had a name but it was decided that if the organization

had no name it could not be cited, and its members if asked if they

belonged to an organization, they could deny membership in the

organization since it had no name and, therefore, could not be

identified as such. Dallas T-1 stated this was strictly a Dallas

organization and was not connected with the MINUTEMEN or any

similar type organization, although this Dallas organization did

have contact with persons in similar type groups in other cities.

Dallas T-1 further stated that the members referred to each other

as "PATRIOTS" in much the same manner that Communist Party members

used to refer to each other as "COMRADE." Dallas T-1 would not

state the number or names of persons affiliated with the organization

other than ASHLAND F. BURCHWELL. This organization was formed in

Dallas over two years ago. Its aims and purposes are to prepare

for the day that the communists occupy the United States. Dallas T-1

noted that all of the members are convinced that the United States

will either surrender directly to the communists or through the

United Nations and permit communist nations to occupy this country.

The members of this organization are then prepared to commence

guerilla resistance to such communist occupation. The organization

is divided into groups with a captain heading each group and the

captain makes the decisions for the area covered by his group. The

various group captains then form a board which directs the overall

activities of the unnamed organization.

Dallas T-1 stated that the members of this unnamed

organization are all to obtain the equipment noted on the reverse

of the membership cards and are to retain arms and ammunition in

their possession. They participate in firearms training, and

other methods of guerilla warfare, and they have base camps for

such training. Dallas T-1 stated that all members of the

organization are sworn to secrecy and that there would be a death

sentence to anyone in the organization who violated this.

According to Dallas T-1, most of the members of the organization

are opposed to most American politicians and they don't feel that

we have had a good president since CALVIN COOLIDGE. All of these

persons are strongly opposed to PRESIDENT KENNEDY and his brother,

ATTORNEY GENERAL ROBERT F. KENNEDY, but for that matter they are

also strongly opposed to former PRESIDENT EISENHOWER and his

brother, DR. MILTON EISENHOWER. Dallas T-1 denied that there was

any connection by this group and former Army Major General EDWIN A.

WALKER, and denied that H. L. HUNT is a member, although stated he

is a good patriot. Dallas T-1 stated this organization is not

connected with the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY, but noted that most of its

members are present or former members of the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY.

Dallas T-1 futher stated that all members of the organization must

be Christians and there is no racial aspect to the organziation.

Dallas T-1 noted that MAJOR H. C. KNICKERBOCKER, JR., of the Texas

Air National Guard, the individual who caused the formation of the

NATIONAL INDIGNATION COMMITTEE over the training of Yugoslav pilots

in the United States, was proposed for membership but he was turned

down when it was learned that he was an atheist. Dallas T-1

futher advised that one-third of the membership of that organi-

zation are instructed to join "liberal" organizations, such as the

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, and establish a reputation as

"liberals," and thus be in a position to remain behind when and if

the communists take over and pose as friends of the communists and

thus be able to assist the other two-thirds of the members who

join guerilla bands.

Dallas T-1 declined to identify any members or give the

number of members in Dallas.

So... Botello was an FBI informant. That makes at least two who helped form the supposedly communist front Dallas chapter of the GI Forum.

Note on the list is Ray's Hardware. Ruby purchased four Colt Cobras for McWillie from the owner, Ray Brantley.

Thanks for posting the pic.

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Thanks, Greg. I appreciate the information.

I have been interested in Botello for some time but there is virtually nothing regarding him on the Net.

Some time back I spoke to a guy you knew him, not as a close friend but enough to draw the conclusion that Botello seemed almost fanatical in ridding the U.S. of Communists of which he believed JFK was one.

James, I suspect I wasn't giving you anything you didn't already know. Same with the following, however, for those who haven't seen it... (originally posted on Usernet by Jerry Shinley)

AGENCY: FBI

RECORD NUMBER: 124-10321-10034

RECORD SERIES: HQ

AGENCY FILE NUMBER: 100-439412-1

Date 10/4/1962

[...]

TO: DIRECTOR, FBI

ATTN: CRYPTANALYSIS SECTION

FROM: SAC, DALLAS (105-new)

SUBJECT: UNNAMED ORGANIZATION OF

DALLAS, TEXAS PATRIOTS

IS-X

[...]

Enclosed to the Bureau are seven copies of a letter-

heard memorandum and thirty-six Autostats of records. One copy

of letterhead memorandum being furnished to Memphis and New

Orleans, who are being furnished copies because of their interest

in the integration of the University of Mississippi matters and

former GENERAL EDWIN A. WALKER.

Dallas T-1 in the enclosed letterhead memorandum is

former DL-18-S, who furnished information orally to SAs JAMES

P. HOSTY, JR., and W. HARLAN BROWN. A seperate communication will

be directed to the Bureau concerning this former informant in

his informant file. It should be further noted that ASHLAND F.

BURCHWELL is presently in federal custody, the subject of a switch-

blade knife act violation. During interrogation of BURCHWELL

by SAs JAMES P. HOSTY, JR., and W. HARLAN BROWN prior to his

obtaining an attorney, BURCHWELL admitted having served under

former GENERAL EDWIN A. WALKER in his Psychological Warfare

Section in Germany and also serving as a civilian employee of

WALKER in Dallas.

BURCHWELL has stated that he and another friend were

definitely going to Mississippi to join GENERAL WALKER on 9/30/62,

despite urging by the former informant not to. The

enclosed Autostats are copies made of the records seized from

BURCHWELL, presently in Dallas PD custody, one copy each for the

Bureau was made of every record which had any writing. It should

be noted that the back of the membership cards are self-explanatory,

check marks being made for the equipment that the individuals apparently

had in their possession. The lower three quarters of the front

side is believed to be self-explanatory, showing initiation fees,

dues, etc. The upper left corner of each membership card

shows a pattern of two letters - three numbers - 1 number -

2 letters - 1 number. It should be noted in each instance the

letters are the telephone call letters of Dallas telephone exchanges,

such as EX for EXPress, FL for FLeetwood. There appears to be a

common pattern in most of these membership cards either ending up

with EX 1 or BL 1. It should be noted that the telephone number of

former DL-18-S is EX 1. It is felt that he could possibly be a

team captain and those ending in EX 1 would be assigned to his team.

It would appear others in this group are assigned to a captain

living in the BLackburn exchange. It should be further noted that

BURCHWELL at the time of his arrest had an address book in his

pocket bearing the following names:

AMERICAN BOOK STORE, EM 3-5497

VANCE BORDREAUX, BL 4-0181 & BL 5-4259

FELIX BOTELLO, EX 1-6133

[...]

MRS. EDMONDSON, TA 7-7062 & WE 7-1979

DR. MEDFORD EVANS, 207 Pine Street, Natihitoches [sic], La

[...]

JOE GRINNAN, FLeetwood 1-5424 & RIverside 7-9209

[...]

JOHNSTON PRINTING CO., TA 3-6191

BOB SURRAY, LA 6-7741

[...]

Radio Station KPCN, EM 3-3173 and ANdrews 4-2250

LA CABANIA CLUB, LA 6-7464

[...]

RAY'S HARDWARE, RI 7-7916

[...]

DAN SMOOT, TA 1-2303 & DA 7-6744

[...]

DALLAS THEATER CENTER, LA 6-0107, Ticket Office LA 6-8857

[...]

DELBERT RAY, MR 1-0560

[...]

To further assist the Bureau it should be noted the

membership cards show ANN MUNCHRATH signed a receipt for code name

FE-722-2-EX 1. MRS. MUNCHRATH, wife of D. W. MUNCHRATH of 3026

June Drive, Dallas, Texas, has telephone number FE 1-0557.

The following information is known about the above

individuals:

The AMERICAN BOOK STORE is a known distributor of

right wing literature in the Dallas area.

VANCE BORDREAUX is the employer of ASHLAND F. BURCHWELL

and is reported to have attended the meeting of this group on

9/30/62, and is therefore a member.

MRS. EDMONDSON is former GENERAL WALKER'S secretary.

JOE GRINNAN is a known organizer for the JOHN BIRCH

SOCIETY and has been reported to keep arms in his automobile.

BOB SURRAY is a known dedicated follower of former

GENERAL WALKER and he reportedly did go to Mississippi.

Radio Station KPCN is noted for its extreme right wing

editorial philosophy.

RAY'S HARDWARE is where BURCHWELL purchased much of his

ammunition and several of his pistols.

DAN SMOOT is a former Bureau agent who had been connected

with many right wing organizations.

An individual, first name DEL, was reportedly at the

meeting on 9/30/62. This could be identical with DELBERT RAY.

An individual named DAN was also reported to have

attended this meeting. This may have been VAN for VANCE BORDREAUX,

who was reported from another source to have been at the meeting,

or it could conceivably be DAN SMOOT.

BUREAU is requested through the CRYPTANALYSIS SECTION

to attempt to identify as many members of possible with the data

furnished by the Dallas office.

DALLAS will attempt through available sources to identify

as many members as possible. The individuals listed above will not

be interviewed by the Dallas Office at this time until more

information on this organization is known, as it appears this may

be a group of fanatics.

LYNUM

[LHM follows:]

Dallas, Texas

October 4, 1962

UNNAMED ORGANZATION OF

DALLAS, TEXAS PATRIOTS

On October 1, 1962, Lieutenant E. L. CUNNINGHAM,

Forgery, Dallas Police Department, Dallas, Texas, advised

SA JAMES P. HOSTY, JR., that at 6:32 A.M. on September 30,

1962, ASHLAND F. BURCHWELL, 1527 Annex, Dallas, Texas, was

arrested for speeding by Dallas Police Officers CHARLES R.

GALYOU and MERLE J. LAWSON. At the time BURCHWELL was arrested

Officer GALYOU noticed a .357 Smith & Wesson magnum pistol, No.

185221, in a holster under the driver's seat. A switchblade

knife was removed from the pocket of BURCHWELL and when they

opened the trunk of the car driven by BURCHWELL they found a

.303 Enfield Rifle loaded and three .22 caliber Strum-Ruger

automatic pistols. There were 2000 rounds of 30.06 rifle

ammunition, 1000 rounds of .22 caliber cartridges and twenty

rounds of .303 rifle ammunition. There was an army pack con-

taining blankets and a change of clothes. BURCHWELL told the

arresting officers he was going to Mississippi to stand beside

former Army General EDWIN A. WALKER and try to prevent federal

encroachment upon the states rights of Mississippi. Also found

in the automobile when BURCHWELL was arrested was a pasteboard

box about one foot square which contained possibly 200 or 300

cards bearing data on the front and back. It appeared to be some

type of a record with places to show months of the year and the

years 1963 through 1970, and a place for initiation fee, dues and

assessments. One the reverse side appeared a mimeographed list

of such items as a person in the army might carry on active duty.

The items listed were rifles, pistols and various items of camping

equipment. Several cards had writing on them which appeared to be

a code of some type.

On September 30, 1962, Dallas Confidential Informant T-1,

who has furnished reliable information in the past, advised that

BURCHWELL had attended a meeting in a private home in the Pleasant

Grove area of Dallas, which began around midnight, September 30,

1962. There were seven persons present, including BURCHWELL,

who left the meeting at around 6:30 A.M. The purpose of the meeting

was to convince various members that they should not

go to Mississippi to assist former GENERAL WALKER. Dallas T-1

advised that it was understood that when BURCHWELL left this

meeting he was not going to Mississippi.

On October 3, 1962, Dallas Confidential Informant T-1

identified one of the membership type cards found in possession of

BURCHWELL as the membership cards of an organization in Dallas,

Texas. According to Dallas T-1, this organization has no name.

It at one time had a name but it was decided that if the organization

had no name it could not be cited, and its members if asked if they

belonged to an organization, they could deny membership in the

organization since it had no name and, therefore, could not be

identified as such. Dallas T-1 stated this was strictly a Dallas

organization and was not connected with the MINUTEMEN or any

similar type organization, although this Dallas organization did

have contact with persons in similar type groups in other cities.

Dallas T-1 further stated that the members referred to each other

as "PATRIOTS" in much the same manner that Communist Party members

used to refer to each other as "COMRADE." Dallas T-1 would not

state the number or names of persons affiliated with the organization

other than ASHLAND F. BURCHWELL. This organization was formed in

Dallas over two years ago. Its aims and purposes are to prepare

for the day that the communists occupy the United States. Dallas T-1

noted that all of the members are convinced that the United States

will either surrender directly to the communists or through the

United Nations and permit communist nations to occupy this country.

The members of this organization are then prepared to commence

guerilla resistance to such communist occupation. The organization

is divided into groups with a captain heading each group and the

captain makes the decisions for the area covered by his group. The

various group captains then form a board which directs the overall

activities of the unnamed organization.

Dallas T-1 stated that the members of this unnamed

organization are all to obtain the equipment noted on the reverse

of the membership cards and are to retain arms and ammunition in

their possession. They participate in firearms training, and

other methods of guerilla warfare, and they have base camps for

such training. Dallas T-1 stated that all members of the

organization are sworn to secrecy and that there would be a death

sentence to anyone in the organization who violated this.

According to Dallas T-1, most of the members of the organization

are opposed to most American politicians and they don't feel that

we have had a good president since CALVIN COOLIDGE. All of these

persons are strongly opposed to PRESIDENT KENNEDY and his brother,

ATTORNEY GENERAL ROBERT F. KENNEDY, but for that matter they are

also strongly opposed to former PRESIDENT EISENHOWER and his

brother, DR. MILTON EISENHOWER. Dallas T-1 denied that there was

any connection by this group and former Army Major General EDWIN A.

WALKER, and denied that H. L. HUNT is a member, although stated he

is a good patriot. Dallas T-1 stated this organization is not

connected with the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY, but noted that most of its

members are present or former members of the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY.

Dallas T-1 futher stated that all members of the organization must

be Christians and there is no racial aspect to the organziation.

Dallas T-1 noted that MAJOR H. C. KNICKERBOCKER, JR., of the Texas

Air National Guard, the individual who caused the formation of the

NATIONAL INDIGNATION COMMITTEE over the training of Yugoslav pilots

in the United States, was proposed for membership but he was turned

down when it was learned that he was an atheist. Dallas T-1

futher advised that one-third of the membership of that organi-

zation are instructed to join "liberal" organizations, such as the

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, and establish a reputation as

"liberals," and thus be in a position to remain behind when and if

the communists take over and pose as friends of the communists and

thus be able to assist the other two-thirds of the members who

join guerilla bands.

Dallas T-1 declined to identify any members or give the

number of members in Dallas.

So... Botello was an FBI informant. That makes at least two who helped form the supposedly communist front Dallas chapter of the GI Forum.

Note on the list is Ray's Hardware. Ruby purchased four Colt Cobras for McWillie from the owner, Ray Brantley.

Thanks for posting the pic.

Greg & James

As a member of The California Minutemen we had the 'exact' detailed philosophy mentioned above.

Re; the Walker 'unnamed' group also mentioned, it is likely you will find that it

was {as known to me} "The Friends Of General Walker" organization.

Harry

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Thanks, Greg. I appreciate the information.

I have been interested in Botello for some time but there is virtually nothing regarding him on the Net.

Some time back I spoke to a guy you knew him, not as a close friend but enough to draw the conclusion that Botello seemed almost fanatical in ridding the U.S. of Communists of which he believed JFK was one.

James, I suspect I wasn't giving you anything you didn't already know. Same with the following, however, for those who haven't seen it... (originally posted on Usernet by Jerry Shinley)

AGENCY: FBI

RECORD NUMBER: 124-10321-10034

RECORD SERIES: HQ

AGENCY FILE NUMBER: 100-439412-1

Date 10/4/1962

[...]

TO: DIRECTOR, FBI

ATTN: CRYPTANALYSIS SECTION

FROM: SAC, DALLAS (105-new)

SUBJECT: UNNAMED ORGANIZATION OF

DALLAS, TEXAS PATRIOTS

IS-X

[...]

Enclosed to the Bureau are seven copies of a letter-

heard memorandum and thirty-six Autostats of records. One copy

of letterhead memorandum being furnished to Memphis and New

Orleans, who are being furnished copies because of their interest

in the integration of the University of Mississippi matters and

former GENERAL EDWIN A. WALKER.

Dallas T-1 in the enclosed letterhead memorandum is

former DL-18-S, who furnished information orally to SAs JAMES

P. HOSTY, JR., and W. HARLAN BROWN. A seperate communication will

be directed to the Bureau concerning this former informant in

his informant file. It should be further noted that ASHLAND F.

BURCHWELL is presently in federal custody, the subject of a switch-

blade knife act violation. During interrogation of BURCHWELL

by SAs JAMES P. HOSTY, JR., and W. HARLAN BROWN prior to his

obtaining an attorney, BURCHWELL admitted having served under

former GENERAL EDWIN A. WALKER in his Psychological Warfare

Section in Germany and also serving as a civilian employee of

WALKER in Dallas.

BURCHWELL has stated that he and another friend were

definitely going to Mississippi to join GENERAL WALKER on 9/30/62,

despite urging by the former informant not to. The

enclosed Autostats are copies made of the records seized from

BURCHWELL, presently in Dallas PD custody, one copy each for the

Bureau was made of every record which had any writing. It should

be noted that the back of the membership cards are self-explanatory,

check marks being made for the equipment that the individuals apparently

had in their possession. The lower three quarters of the front

side is believed to be self-explanatory, showing initiation fees,

dues, etc. The upper left corner of each membership card

shows a pattern of two letters - three numbers - 1 number -

2 letters - 1 number. It should be noted in each instance the

letters are the telephone call letters of Dallas telephone exchanges,

such as EX for EXPress, FL for FLeetwood. There appears to be a

common pattern in most of these membership cards either ending up

with EX 1 or BL 1. It should be noted that the telephone number of

former DL-18-S is EX 1. It is felt that he could possibly be a

team captain and those ending in EX 1 would be assigned to his team.

It would appear others in this group are assigned to a captain

living in the BLackburn exchange. It should be further noted that

BURCHWELL at the time of his arrest had an address book in his

pocket bearing the following names:

AMERICAN BOOK STORE, EM 3-5497

VANCE BORDREAUX, BL 4-0181 & BL 5-4259

FELIX BOTELLO, EX 1-6133

[...]

MRS. EDMONDSON, TA 7-7062 & WE 7-1979

DR. MEDFORD EVANS, 207 Pine Street, Natihitoches [sic], La

[...]

JOE GRINNAN, FLeetwood 1-5424 & RIverside 7-9209

[...]

JOHNSTON PRINTING CO., TA 3-6191

BOB SURRAY, LA 6-7741

[...]

Radio Station KPCN, EM 3-3173 and ANdrews 4-2250

LA CABANIA CLUB, LA 6-7464

[...]

RAY'S HARDWARE, RI 7-7916

[...]

DAN SMOOT, TA 1-2303 & DA 7-6744

[...]

DALLAS THEATER CENTER, LA 6-0107, Ticket Office LA 6-8857

[...]

DELBERT RAY, MR 1-0560

[...]

To further assist the Bureau it should be noted the

membership cards show ANN MUNCHRATH signed a receipt for code name

FE-722-2-EX 1. MRS. MUNCHRATH, wife of D. W. MUNCHRATH of 3026

June Drive, Dallas, Texas, has telephone number FE 1-0557.

The following information is known about the above

individuals:

The AMERICAN BOOK STORE is a known distributor of

right wing literature in the Dallas area.

VANCE BORDREAUX is the employer of ASHLAND F. BURCHWELL

and is reported to have attended the meeting of this group on

9/30/62, and is therefore a member.

MRS. EDMONDSON is former GENERAL WALKER'S secretary.

JOE GRINNAN is a known organizer for the JOHN BIRCH

SOCIETY and has been reported to keep arms in his automobile.

BOB SURRAY is a known dedicated follower of former

GENERAL WALKER and he reportedly did go to Mississippi.

Radio Station KPCN is noted for its extreme right wing

editorial philosophy.

RAY'S HARDWARE is where BURCHWELL purchased much of his

ammunition and several of his pistols.

DAN SMOOT is a former Bureau agent who had been connected

with many right wing organizations.

An individual, first name DEL, was reportedly at the

meeting on 9/30/62. This could be identical with DELBERT RAY.

An individual named DAN was also reported to have

attended this meeting. This may have been VAN for VANCE BORDREAUX,

who was reported from another source to have been at the meeting,

or it could conceivably be DAN SMOOT.

BUREAU is requested through the CRYPTANALYSIS SECTION

to attempt to identify as many members of possible with the data

furnished by the Dallas office.

DALLAS will attempt through available sources to identify

as many members as possible. The individuals listed above will not

be interviewed by the Dallas Office at this time until more

information on this organization is known, as it appears this may

be a group of fanatics.

LYNUM

[LHM follows:]

Dallas, Texas

October 4, 1962

UNNAMED ORGANZATION OF

DALLAS, TEXAS PATRIOTS

On October 1, 1962, Lieutenant E. L. CUNNINGHAM,

Forgery, Dallas Police Department, Dallas, Texas, advised

SA JAMES P. HOSTY, JR., that at 6:32 A.M. on September 30,

1962, ASHLAND F. BURCHWELL, 1527 Annex, Dallas, Texas, was

arrested for speeding by Dallas Police Officers CHARLES R.

GALYOU and MERLE J. LAWSON. At the time BURCHWELL was arrested

Officer GALYOU noticed a .357 Smith & Wesson magnum pistol, No.

185221, in a holster under the driver's seat. A switchblade

knife was removed from the pocket of BURCHWELL and when they

opened the trunk of the car driven by BURCHWELL they found a

.303 Enfield Rifle loaded and three .22 caliber Strum-Ruger

automatic pistols. There were 2000 rounds of 30.06 rifle

ammunition, 1000 rounds of .22 caliber cartridges and twenty

rounds of .303 rifle ammunition. There was an army pack con-

taining blankets and a change of clothes. BURCHWELL told the

arresting officers he was going to Mississippi to stand beside

former Army General EDWIN A. WALKER and try to prevent federal

encroachment upon the states rights of Mississippi. Also found

in the automobile when BURCHWELL was arrested was a pasteboard

box about one foot square which contained possibly 200 or 300

cards bearing data on the front and back. It appeared to be some

type of a record with places to show months of the year and the

years 1963 through 1970, and a place for initiation fee, dues and

assessments. One the reverse side appeared a mimeographed list

of such items as a person in the army might carry on active duty.

The items listed were rifles, pistols and various items of camping

equipment. Several cards had writing on them which appeared to be

a code of some type.

On September 30, 1962, Dallas Confidential Informant T-1,

who has furnished reliable information in the past, advised that

BURCHWELL had attended a meeting in a private home in the Pleasant

Grove area of Dallas, which began around midnight, September 30,

1962. There were seven persons present, including BURCHWELL,

who left the meeting at around 6:30 A.M. The purpose of the meeting

was to convince various members that they should not

go to Mississippi to assist former GENERAL WALKER. Dallas T-1

advised that it was understood that when BURCHWELL left this

meeting he was not going to Mississippi.

On October 3, 1962, Dallas Confidential Informant T-1

identified one of the membership type cards found in possession of

BURCHWELL as the membership cards of an organization in Dallas,

Texas. According to Dallas T-1, this organization has no name.

It at one time had a name but it was decided that if the organization

had no name it could not be cited, and its members if asked if they

belonged to an organization, they could deny membership in the

organization since it had no name and, therefore, could not be

identified as such. Dallas T-1 stated this was strictly a Dallas

organization and was not connected with the MINUTEMEN or any

similar type organization, although this Dallas organization did

have contact with persons in similar type groups in other cities.

Dallas T-1 further stated that the members referred to each other

as "PATRIOTS" in much the same manner that Communist Party members

used to refer to each other as "COMRADE." Dallas T-1 would not

state the number or names of persons affiliated with the organization

other than ASHLAND F. BURCHWELL. This organization was formed in

Dallas over two years ago. Its aims and purposes are to prepare

for the day that the communists occupy the United States. Dallas T-1

noted that all of the members are convinced that the United States

will either surrender directly to the communists or through the

United Nations and permit communist nations to occupy this country.

The members of this organization are then prepared to commence

guerilla resistance to such communist occupation. The organization

is divided into groups with a captain heading each group and the

captain makes the decisions for the area covered by his group. The

various group captains then form a board which directs the overall

activities of the unnamed organization.

Dallas T-1 stated that the members of this unnamed

organization are all to obtain the equipment noted on the reverse

of the membership cards and are to retain arms and ammunition in

their possession. They participate in firearms training, and

other methods of guerilla warfare, and they have base camps for

such training. Dallas T-1 stated that all members of the

organization are sworn to secrecy and that there would be a death

sentence to anyone in the organization who violated this.

According to Dallas T-1, most of the members of the organization

are opposed to most American politicians and they don't feel that

we have had a good president since CALVIN COOLIDGE. All of these

persons are strongly opposed to PRESIDENT KENNEDY and his brother,

ATTORNEY GENERAL ROBERT F. KENNEDY, but for that matter they are

also strongly opposed to former PRESIDENT EISENHOWER and his

brother, DR. MILTON EISENHOWER. Dallas T-1 denied that there was

any connection by this group and former Army Major General EDWIN A.

WALKER, and denied that H. L. HUNT is a member, although stated he

is a good patriot. Dallas T-1 stated this organization is not

connected with the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY, but noted that most of its

members are present or former members of the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY.

Dallas T-1 futher stated that all members of the organization must

be Christians and there is no racial aspect to the organziation.

Dallas T-1 noted that MAJOR H. C. KNICKERBOCKER, JR., of the Texas

Air National Guard, the individual who caused the formation of the

NATIONAL INDIGNATION COMMITTEE over the training of Yugoslav pilots

in the United States, was proposed for membership but he was turned

down when it was learned that he was an atheist. Dallas T-1

futher advised that one-third of the membership of that organi-

zation are instructed to join "liberal" organizations, such as the

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, and establish a reputation as

"liberals," and thus be in a position to remain behind when and if

the communists take over and pose as friends of the communists and

thus be able to assist the other two-thirds of the members who

join guerilla bands.

Dallas T-1 declined to identify any members or give the

number of members in Dallas.

So... Botello was an FBI informant. That makes at least two who helped form the supposedly communist front Dallas chapter of the GI Forum.

Note on the list is Ray's Hardware. Ruby purchased four Colt Cobras for McWillie from the owner, Ray Brantley.

Thanks for posting the pic.

Greg & James

As a member of The California Minutemen we had the 'exact' detailed philosophy mentioned above.

Re; the Walker 'unnamed' group also mentioned, it is likely you will find that it

was {as known to me} "The Friends Of General Walker" organization.

Harry

INFO.

The Ergiaga{sp} Arms Company, in the El Monte/South El Monte,California

was federally licenced to build silencers and etc;. It was brought down/busted

by the Feds mainly because of it's careless association with California Minutemen

in converting semi-auto weapons to full automatic. The not so-secret information

sent to MM members advised us to deal with Ergiaga Arms for such assistance.

Harry

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