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Yeah....I already know, everything is connected to everything else, so why does any of this even matter. My rationale is, if you stumble upon it, pursue it until it stops giving up interesting additional leads. I apologize if these coincidences are not supposed to be linked......

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The New York Times - Mar 2, 1967 article cited below displays a description of 300 students exchanged from each of the two countries since 1958, and names just a few who are accused in Pravda of conduucting espionage missions for the CIA. Those named, including Keenan, denied any relationship, and in Keenan's case, even any contact with the CIA.:


New York Times - Mar 2, 1967

... Edward L. Keenan of Harvard University and A2ichael M. Luther of Hunter College also had been assigned by the agency to perform missions in the Soviet .(/quote)

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I had the opprtunity while a Detroit cop to have a long conversation with a descendant of a Purple Gang member. He commented that conspiracies work best when they are lean and mean AND involve blood relatives exclusively.

Do I think there was a conspiracy? Absolutely! I, however, think the operators were a very small group and most likely involved a Special Operations Team borrowed from Vietnam.

I had a partner in the Tac Unit who had been active in Phoenix-I verified his involvement with an Army Colonel I knew.

My partner indicated that Phoenix had done some "jobs" were outside of Vietnam. I thought he was talking about SE Asia, but he shook his head no and changed the subject.


Good post Evan.


Clover Todd Dulles Wed to Jens H. Jebsen In Chaped of Fifth...

New York Times - Apr 22, 1951

Miss Eleanor Lansing Thomas of New York, cousin of the bride, was maid of honor. The other bridal attendants were Mrs. Richard Bompard Veit, Miss Gregor ..



Published: December 6, 2006

....Eleanor Lansing Thomas Elliott was born in Manhattan on April 26, 1926. She graduated from Barnard in 1948 and became a writer and editor at Vogue magazine...


New York Times - Nov 1, 1946

Thomas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan Pitt Read. Miss Eleanor Lansing Thomas is his sister. Mr. Thomas is a member of Book and Snake of Yale, the Yale ...

STUART JOHNSON ! DIES AFTER FALL; -inancier Had Opened Home...

to Stalin's Daughter

New York Times - Mar 31, 1969

... House A. widower who lived alone he had dined last night atthe home of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Thomas at 7 Wood Lane, in neighboring Locust Valley

Planners Named For Horse Show At Piping Rock; Committees...

New York Times - Jul 28, 1958

... Carleton H. Palmer, Eben W. Pyne Jr., Robert E. Strawbridge Jr., James A. Thomas Jr. and F. Skiddy yon Stade. AIDING HORSE SHOW: Mrs. Robert Martin, ...


January 08, 1973 Harvard Housing: Playing the 'Numbers Game'

.......Plan 2 has been the darling of F. Skiddy Von Stade '38, dean of freshmen, for over ten years now. It involves the destruction of Hunt Hall (at the north end of the Yard) and the creation of a new freshmen dormitory capable of housing approximately 200 people. Under plan 2, all freshmen, both male and female, would live in either the Yard or Claverly--none would inhabit the Radcliffe Houses.

Von Stade's plan is supported by those who favor the concept of a separate freshman year, including Burris W. Young. assistant dean of Freshmen and Chase N. Peterson, '52, vice president for Alumni Affairs. The plan is opposed by those who favor the "Radcliffe Way" of intermixing freshmen with upperclassmen. ......

.....THE FINAL PLAN left in contention. Plan 4, represents the ultimate compromise: half of each of Plans 2 and 3. Under Plan 4, connections would be built at the Quad to house.....

.....Second, it would also help to reduce the number of people per house at the Quad from Plan 3's 450 to a more manageable 400. As a result of these advantages. Plan 4 is beginning to attract support, including that of North House Co-Masters Edward and Juan Keenan and of Dean Whitlock.....



To the Editors of The Crimson:

It really is funny the things that end up in print together. Take for example a couple of stories that appeared in last Friday's Crimson (Nov. 1).

One article told us that Harvard is sending a delegation to Iran "to explore the possibility of Harvard aiding in the development of the Iranian higher education system." It lists at least five people making the pilgrimage. Chase Peterson noted that "any action taken would have to [be] consistent with our educational purpose. Our job is to teach school and do research in Cambridge..." He states further that Harvard would pay for the trip "because we don't want to be under any obligation." By current rates for air travel that amounts to at least $7000 and possibly $10,200--for air travel alone! I think that it is wonderful that Harvard has so great an excess of resources.

On that same front page of The Crimson, there is an article about saving money. We are told that "the administration has compiled a list of possible areas for saving money...including the discontinuation of...the bells desk at Currier House." Later in the article, Joan Keenan, co-master of North House, suggests that "priorities must be set before changes are made." I must differ with Ms. Keenan--I think that it is very clear that the administration's priorities are set. H.A. Decker '76


Keenan at the GSAS: Facing the Turbulence


Published: Wednesday, September 14, 1977

.....Although Keenan has never served as an administrator at Harvard's GSAS before, he garnered some first-hand experience with the vagaries of graduate school administration through a professional commitment he keeps halfway around the world. For the past two years, Keenan has served as one of the three American members of the board of overseers of the new Iranian national graduate school being built outside Teheran, Reza Shah Kabir University (RSKU). Four times a year, Keenan makes the 16-hour plane trip to Teheran, where he confers with the other RSKU directors over a three-day weekend.

It is a commitment that has drawn severe criticism from segments of the Harvard community. Critics label RSKU as direct support for one of the world's most repressive regimes. It is reliably reported that agents of the Shah of Iran's secret police, SAVAK, are present in most college classrooms in the country, taking careful note of students who dare to criticize the conventional texts. Keenan says he believes the reports are true about SAVAK's infiltration of Iranian universities, but thinks it may be possible to avoid this lack of academic freedom at RSKU. The new university will be located in a relatively isolated area next to a national forest outside Teheran, away from the major urban foci of the spy network, Keenan maintains. And since the RSKU facility will only be utilized for Ph.D. candidates preparing their dissertaition, instruction will be given almost exclusively on a one-to-one basis, rather than in a classroom situation, he says.

"The project has merit from almost any point of view. It is trying to help a very rapidly developing country generate its own capacity to produce Ph.D.s," Keenan says. "The moral calculus is essentially a personal one. Currently I think it is a legitimate, even promising, activity."

"I have yet to encounter any political interference of what we'd call the thought control type, and if I did, I'd quit," Keenan says, but adds "It would be naive to think that RSKU is going to be more like Cambridge than it is like universities in most parts of the world."

Keenan displays a warmth and respect for Harvard that is a sterling example of institutional loyalty. There was seemingly no question but that he would accept the GSAS post when Dean Rosovsky finally chose him as his candidate for the job after a four-month-long search process. "When the dean asks me to do something, I do it," Keenan says.

A look at Keenan's career helps explain his devotion to Harvard. Except for a two-year period of study at the University of Leningrad during the early '60s, Harvard has been Keenan's home for the past 24 years. He arrived in Cambridge as a college freshman in 1953, a self-described "kid from the boon-docks" of western New York. "This place has been very important in my life. Harvard has been very good to me," Keenan says and adds after a moment's reflection, "It still is." He served as master of North House for five years during the late '60s and early '70s and spearheaded a fundraising drive as director of the Russian Research Center.

It is somewhat ironic that Keenan the academic should find himself engrossed in the trials and tribulations of the academic market. It is a market with which Keenan has never known any problems. The specialist in medieval Russian history was given the unofficial nod for a tenured appointment in 1968, at the tender age of 33, only two years after he received his Ph.D., and joined the Harvard faculty......

Hi John, Greg, Robert et al,

I think we are discussing this topic in a Mexico City thread, and I hope Joan Mellen comes back to discuss her book with us.

She livies near me, north of Trenton, New Jersey, while I am east of the capitol, and teaches at Temple in Philly, which is nearby. I would like to read her book and meet up with her sometime soon.

As for Keenan, after writing the article on the Philadelphia Quakers and the Mexico City connection a few years ago, I got an email from Greg in Australia and Stu Wexler in North Jersey. Greg had noticed that there was an Ed Keenan mentioned in the Warren Report, as being at the American embassy when Oswald was there.

A contemporary search came up with TWO Edward L. Keenans ( - who I dubbed ELKI and ELKII), one of whom was the one at the Moscow embassy when Oswald was there. That is Dr. Edward L. Keenan, Harvard Professor at Dumbarton Oaks Research Center (1703 Thirty-second St., Washington D.C.) and specialist on Muscovite social, cultural and political history to 1700.

The other Dr. Edward L. Keenan is a professor of linguistics at UCLA, who was a student in Philadelphia in the early 1960s, and worked for the State Department as an interpreter in 1963.

We (Greg, Stu and myself) contacted Tony Summers, who was busy on his Sinatra book at the time, and he was kind of "stunned" that he missed the Keenan in USSR when he was running down the Keenan in Mexico City (kiddoos to Greg).

So I exchanged emails with both ELKs and the one at Dumbarton Oaks acknowledged being in the American Embassy in Moscow when Oswald was there, but said he had never been to Mexico City.

The Prof. of linguistics responded to my email inquiry if he had ever been to Mexico City with the quisical, "Why, did something horrible happen?" or something like that. (I have it filed away).

I then talked with him on the phone and exchanged more emails with him but he at first denied being Mexico City, other than the airport.

When asked about a motorcycle or motorbike, he said, "I don't drive a motorcycle," which is a little strange, as most people would have said, 'ride' a motorcycle, and being a linguist he should have been pretty precise.

In addition, someone later came up with a list of participants at a confernce of linguists in Mexico City that included Keenan, so he either forgot about that or lied about it.

I personally think one of these Ed Keenans could be the "Steve Keenan" who rode Oswald around Mexico City on his motorcycle and worked as a double-agent for the KGB and CIA.

And if not, the Quaker Keenan from Philadelphia who was in Mexico City with Oswald should be positively identified with a little more research.

Bill Kelly

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I love topics such as these that focus on very well connected JFK murder involved individuals that are still alive and well. I honestly believe that it is a bit of both. They were truly unawares, perhaps a bit naive and complacent. Surely what many honest researchers know concerning the power elite now were not as well known by as many back then. It is very profound when you look back in hindsight nowadays...


Looking under the "rocks" uncovers even more interesting details, but the names never seem to change.


Social register, summer

1955 - Snippet view

...Nantucket Mass de Mohrenschildt M" Phyllis (Phyllis Washington) Married at 11 E 75 Clucas Mr Chas (late Lowell M) Nov 14 '54...(/quote)

The 21 November 1963 obit. of Charles Clucas contains such details, leading to a surprising number of coincidences.

As I posted on the Ben Bradlee thread, I found that the widow of Charles Clucas in Nov., 1963, Celia de Gersdorff, was the niece of Ben Bradlee's mother's mother (Josephine de Gersdorff).

On the day before the JFK assassination, the obituary of Charles Clucas was published. Clucas's sudden death made Celia de Gersdorff, daughter of Ben Bradlee's mother's uncle George Bruno de Gersdorff, a widow.

Charles Clucas was divorced in 1959 from Baroness Phyllis De Mohrenschildt.

Just a few key words and names here, but they are associated and intriguingly intertwined and repetitive.: Clucas - DeMohrenschildt - de Gersdorff - Thomas Hoving, Bush - Devine - Macomber - Lindsay, Cogswell - New Yorker - Truax - McCloy, Paris in the 1950's - CIA - John Train - Plimpton - McCloy, Thomas Hoving - Walter Hoving - John V. Lindsay - Met. Museum of Art - William B. Macomber, Jr. - C. Douglas Dillon - Roswell Gilpatric, Albert B. Carter, Jr. - Lowell Clucas, Jr. - Munich - Thomas J. Devine - Charles Hubbard (step-son of Henry C. Brunie, best man of John McCloy)


Cholly Knickerbocker .

Palm Beach Daily News - Feb 1, 1959

NOTEBOOK A divorce on grounds ofintolerable cruelty habitual intemperance and misconduct obtained by chemical exec Charles Clucas from Mrs Phyllis Washington Clucas in Connecticut may sound pretty final.

However, Mrs. Clucas, the former Baroness de Mohrenschildt says it is only the beginning....

(she says she has letters and other evidence) concerning Mr. Clucas's interest in a very-much married New York lady socialite...


Nov 21 1963 found in the NY Herald Tribune

Charles Clucas of Stockbridge, Mass. His wife Celia de Gersdorff Clucas & son of the late Lowel M & Frances T. Clucas of Stockbridge, Mass. Brother of Mrs Franklin Paddock - Lenox Mass, Lowell Clucas Jr of Menlo Park Ca, Thomas T.Sherwood of Lantana Fla. beloved father of Alice Graham Clucas of Greenwich Conn & Catherine Clucas of Stockbridge Mass....




Published: December 07, 1999

PADDOCK-Frances Clucas, 81, of Lenox, MA and Nevis, West Indies; active champion of environmental causes in Berkshire County; devoted wife of the late Franklin Kittredge Paddock, MD, died on December 5 in Nevis. Survived by her son Lowell Clucas Paddock of Frankfort, Germany; her daughter Christine Paddock Foster of Bedford Hills, NY; her brother Lowell Melcher Clucas of Monterey, CA; and her grandhildren Franklin Hastings Foster of New York, NY, and Charles Whitman Foster of Bedford Hills, NY. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 11, at 11 AM, at Trinity Church in Lenox, MA.(/quote)

So....from 1954, the brother-in-law of former CIA receptionist and ex-wife of George De Mohrenschildt, Phyllis (Wasserman) Washington was Lowell Melcher Clucas, Yale '39 and Skull and Bones.

The father of Charles and Lowell Melcher Clucas was also Lowell Melcher Clucas, Yale "Sheff" '05, the brother of Edward Welch Clucas, Yale '04.

Charles Clucas's uncle Edward married Bush family relation Frederica Bull, and the republican opera star is their granddaughter.:


Five year record: class of nineteen hundred and five Sheffield ... - Page 41

Yale University. Sheffield Scientific School. Class of 1905 - 1910 - 232 pages - Free Google eBook - Read

Lowell Melcher Clucas Home address — New York City. Business address — First National Bank Building, New Haven, Conn. ... and Mary Baker (Welch) Clucas, who was born in Brooklyn, NY A brother, Edward Welch Clucas, graduated at Yale in ..


Marriage Announcement 1 -- No Title

New York Times - Aug 2, 1917

\ir. and \Irs. Frederic Bull of Green Acre Farm, Peapaclc, NJ, havo announced the engagement op their daughter, Miss Frederica Bull, to Edward \\- Clucas of .(/quote)


Jenny Rebecca Elkus - Oh, the Life of the Diva : 20 years since ...

Mar 4, 1990 ... 20 years since her debut, Frederica von Stade finds herself at the ... She was named for her maternal grandmother, Frederica Clucas, ..


All the best, George Bush: my life in letters and other writings - Google Books Result

George Bush - 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 640 pages

I got a letter from F. Von Stade.* He was on a 14 day furlough at Aiken [sC] ... a family friend and uncle to the opera singer Frederica Von Stade. .


By Alan Peppard


Published 11 December 2009 02:35 AM

There must be an intimidation factor to hosting a birthday party for the grandest of Dallas grande dames, Nancy Hamon. It's hard to impress someone who once chartered the entire Sea Goddess ship for a Mediterranean cruise with her pals and who booked Louis Armstrong to entertain at one of her and her late husband, Jake's, parties.

But Monday night's 91st birthday dinner and private concert for Nancy at the Winspear Opera House met the mark.

Not only was the entertainer mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, she was accompanied by composer Jake Heggie, who wrote the role of Madeline for Frederica in his opera Last Acts.

It was also an opportunity to take Nancy's recent gift to the AT&T Performing Arts Center for a test run. The event was the first private performance held in the Winspear's Nancy B. Hamon Education and Recital Hall.

Only 150 friends were on hand for the evening hosted by Nancy's pals Margaret McDermott, Mary McDermott Cook, Barbara and Mark Lemmon, Roxanne and Gene Phillips, Caren Prothro and Marnie and Kern Wildenthal.

Among the exalted guests were philanthropists Margot and Ross Perot; SMU president Gerald Turner and his wife, Gail; Rosewood Hotels founder Caroline Rose Hunt with Fort Worth oilman Charles Simmons; Mary Noel Lamont, daughter of the late Texas icons Lupe and John Murchison, and her husband, Bill; as well as Dallas opera stalwarts Ellen and Don Winspear, son of opera house eponyms Margot and Bill Winspear; Joyce and Harvey Mitchell and Arlene and John Dayton.

After Frederica's recital, the black-tie guests retired to the Winspear's lobby for a Wolfgang Puck-catered dinner.(/quote)

(quote) Did the C.I.A. "Sheep Dip" and Orchestrate the Tale of the Patsy, Lee Harvey Oswald?

.....The connection between the Dulles family and the man who reported Stuart H. Johnson missing.

The Aiken, SC connection between Cass Canfield and family, and Aiken writer, George McMillan, who served with Canfield at the Office of War Information

Canfield and Dulles puit out the final book associated with Dulles, and probably others, I haven't looked yet.

Canfield escapes all of the scruitny his underling, Evan Thomas, attracted instead, from the media, authors, the CIA, and for example, Jim DiEugenio....(/quote)

Aiken, SC:


Population (2010) • Total 29,494


I just found the Clucas family history; it would have saved much time and effort to stumble upon this, sooner.


Charles Clucas 1848-1930 - Mary Baker Welch 1857-1930

.....Charles did not marry until he was 31 years old. He and Mary Baker Welch were married at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, New York on December 9, 1879. Mary was 22 years of age.....

Their two surviving sons, Edward and Lowell were both graduates of Yale University. It is more difficult to find schooling information about their daughter, Helen. But all three children “married well...” coming from other successful families on the East Coast, the Bull’s, the Tileston’s, and the Wood’s. The family was very involved in the New York City and Fairfield, Connecticut social scenes.

On this page http://www.deepinthe...ton-clucas.html ,

It says:

The mother of the opera singer was Sara Clucas, first cousin of Charles who was married to Phyllis Demohrenschildt, probably concurrently with Sara Clucas von Stade's employment as a secretary at the CIA, traveling to assignments, such as in Greece, according to her daughter the opera singer's autobiography. Sara married F. Skiddy von Stade's brother Charles in 1942 and he was a war fafataliity in 1945. Sara went to work for the CIA and did not remarry.

And on this page, at the very bottom, Sara's cousin, Charles and his wives, Phyllis DeMohrenschildt and Celia de Gersdorff are mentioned:


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Originally posted in a thread in the Political Conspiracies forum:

George Patton assassinated by the OSS?

From my last post, in the George DeMohrensshildt thread,


A weirder turn is discovered. F. Skiddy von Stade, Jr.'s sister-in-law remarried less than two years after the death of Skiddy's brother, Charles. First, let's recap :

Len, what I've found is that a man named F. Skiddy von Stade, Jr. has a startling number of coincidental connections.


In his biography, GHW Bush describes F. von Stade, uncle of opera singer Frederica von Stade as an old friend, writing to Bush during F. von Stade's 14 day holiday at Aiken, SC.

F. von Stade aka F. Skiddy von Stade, Jr., is as Cass Canfield and George McMillan, a man from Aiken, SC.

He graduated from Harvard in 1938 and was assistant dean, and later dean of freshman, during a 38 years long Harvard career.

von Stade knew George L. Keenan and his wife, Joan, from the 1950's to the 1970's.

von Stade served on a Locust Valley, LI equestrian committee in 1958 with James A. Thomas, Jr.

We can assume von Stade was acquainted with Stuart H. Johnson.

von Stade's late brother Charles's wife was a secretary at CIA and the mother of opera singer, Frederica von Stade.

She was also the first cousin of Charles Clucas, married in 1954 to Phyliss DeMohrenschildt, daughter of a CIA executive and a CIA employee, herself. Charles Clucas was divorced from Phyllis in 1959 and then married Celia de Gersdorff, daughter of Washington Post's Ben Bradlee's mother's uncle.

I think I've discovered how Sara Clucas von Stade got her job as a secretary at the CIA:


New York Times - Dec 7, 1946

Mrs. Sara Worthington Clucas von Stade, widow of Lieut, Charles Steel von Stade, AUS, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Welch Clucas of Whiteoakes, ..



Chapter X

"First Jed to Kill a Boche . . ."

, a plan to infiltrate 50 two-man teams into France was plagued with problems from the outset. Not only were the British resentful of OSS's new role, but U.S. Army G-2 did its level best to ensure that recruitment of S
personnel would be hamstrung. Donovan himself eventually became directly involved in the intra-American squabble.

"At a confrontation in the office of General Jake Devers, the American Theater commander in London, the Army intelligence man left no doubt that he trusted neither Donovan or his ideas. Donovan replied in a low voice without any inflection or emotion, "Unless the general apologizes at once, I shall tear him to pieces physically and throw his remains through these windows into Grosvenor Square."
The apologies were both immediate and prolix.

was an intelligence collection operation conducted jointly by OSS SI branch and British SIS. The paramilitary and sabotage aspects of clandestine warfare were assigned to OSS SO Branch and British SOE. The counterpart of S
in this respect was Operation J
. To coordinate this rising tempo of planning, a joint Anglo-American enterprise designated Special Force Headquarters was established. SFHQ would organize all underground resistance in France to support the coming invasion. Fifty J
teams were initially envisioned. Each to be composed of one American, one French, and one British officer. These would be dropped, in uniform, to rally and advise the
In Belgium and Holland, respective officers of those nations would take the place of the French officer in each team.

Milton Hall, an Elizabethan manor house about 100 miles north of London, was chosen as the J
training and assessment center.


"It was one of those enormous private houses which dot the English countryside and put American millionaires to shame. Almost without effort, Milton Hall swallowed the 240 men of the J
Operation, together with what the British called the "permanent party," the instructors, batmen, cooks, and drivers, who had been collected together to run the operation and to serve it."
There amid Cromwellian armor and oak-beamed hallways, the J
s learned the fine points of the sabotage trade.

Paratrooper boots thudded from a training harness into neat lawns and men practiced silent killing in the sunken gardens. From the croquet pitch came the crackle of small arms. . . . and the acrid smell of burnt powder blended with the traditional odor of boxwood and roses.

JEDBURGH field training was conducted at several other locations and it was from one of these, the royal burgh on Scotland's Jed River, that the operational name was derived. "Each man was to be hand-picked both for his high intelligence, his skills as a partisan, his personal courage, his ability to command respect, and his fairness--for a "Jed," as they were known for short, was expected to be captain, judge, confessor, and quartermaster--to say nothing of demolitions expert, gunsmith, linguist, marksman, poacher, and doctor."5

SUSSEX and JEDBURGH were part of a vast Allied plan to deceive Hitler as to the location and timing of the main assault against France. Codenamed BODYGUARD, this operation extended to virtually every theater of the war, and was the greatest deception ever attempted.

JEDBURGH's major goal was to tie down potential enemy reinforcements by employing guerilla warfare and sabotage. Since Brittany


contained sizeable numbers of German troops which could strike at the flank of the actual O
landing area, it was given special attention by the Special Forces Headquarters.

Troop concentrations in the south of France were also considered. O
's small brother--Operation A
--was an integral part of the strategic offensive. But shipping, air support, and other logistical considerations precluded launching A
until at least 8 weeks after the Normandy attack. Consequently, it was determined that resistance forces of the FFI would bear the burden of creating havoc there until the Mediterranean landings took place, and thereafter supporting the drive northward.

To coordinate Special Force operations in the south, a Special Operations Center (SPOC) was established in Algiers, and both J
and OG teams were staged there. One of these was J
Team B
, commanded by Major Horace W. Fuller, USMCR, codename F
. With him were French Army Captain Guy de la Roche, British Major Hiram Crosby and French Lieutenant Marcel Guillemont. B
's target was Tarbes, the "adopted ancestral home" of the de la Roche family.


SOE had been active in the Tarbes area since January 1943, when Maurice Southgate (codename H
) had been parachuted into the area along with a courier, Jacqueline Nearne. H
's mission had been to determine the status of resistance forces in the Pyrenees foothills and along the Spanish border. These proved to be sound; "they numbered nearly a hundred and all had passed the same stiff initial test: escape from a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany. Some serious immediate sabotage was attempted in Tarbes arsenal at midsummer but only a day's delay was caused . . "

As D-Day approached, SOE stepped up its own activities in the Haute Pyrenees and at was to be resistance forces of the British W
circuit that B
was specifically directed.

A year later his love for adventure led him to secure a commercial pilot's license and a job with East Coast Aircraft Corporation, a small company based at Boston Airport. By that time America was in the depths of the Great Depression. In 1932, East Coast Air folded and Fuller was out of a job.

Rather than returning to Harvard, Fuller instead wangled a position as engineer on the 85' diesel auxiliary yacht
Within weeks, he was off on a round-the-world cruise during which he worked not only on the main engine, but also taught himself to handle


all of the electrical and refrigeration work.
voyage lasted 23 months.

IN 1934, his wanderlust partially slaked, Fuller went to work as an engineer at the Bethlehem Steel plant in Quincy. Eventually he became head of the department which tested diesel and gasoline engine designs. Fuller was at the Fore River factory when Germany attacked Poland . . . but not for long.

As soon as the Nazis attacked, I joined a group of Americans and went to France to volunteer my services. I was attached to the 19th Transport Regiment, 10th Division, 10th French Army Corps and served at the Front all through the battles for Flanders and on the Somme. When the Armistice came I was demobilized, a hearbreaking experience since I had just received an appointment for the next officer's course and a posting to the Foreign Legion.

Soon after returning to the United States, Fuller wrote to Marine Corps headquarters, requesting an application for training and commissioning as a Motor Transport Officer. His interests and motivation toward service as a Marine had by then already been well demonstrated, since he had served as a volunteer reserve enlisted man during his Harvard days and was carried on the inactive roles as a Corporal until 1935.10

After several months of teaching, Fuller wrote the Major General Commandant seeking a place at the formal Reserve Officer's Refresher Course. In it he pointed out that:


Having served from January until July 1940, in the line of the French Army with the 19th Regiment, 10th Division, commanded by General Georges, as a driver and small unit leader of tanks, armored cars, and ambulances, and have been engaged with the enemy covering the withdrawal of French units from Dunkirk through Flanders (where I received the Croix de Guerre on 8 June 1940), it is my desire to better fit myself with current Marine Corps methods. I hope to serve in Marine Corps armored units in the line.

Fuller got his school and a set of orders to one of the Marine Corp's newest units: the First Amphibian Tractor Battalion at Dunedin, Florida. There, Fuller was given command of Company "C" and directed to inspect the new LCTs as they came off the Food Machinery Company's Lakeland assembly lines. Following several months of training, Company "C" entrained with its vehicles and moved to the 1st Marine Division's base camp at New River, North Caroline.

By Mary 1942, Fuller had been promoted to Captain and was holding down the post of Battalion Executive Officer. He still had the job when the 1st Division sailed for New Zealand on 10 June. In Wellington, new officers and equipment reached the battalion and Fuller was given another COmpany to command. When the Marines landed at Guadalcanal on 7 August 1942, Hod Fuller's LVTs were among the first to hit the beach.

During the following weeks, the Division engaged in a series of operations which relegated the LVTs to a largely logistical role. But that did not spare Captain Fuller. On 3 October, he was inside a bunker which suffered a direct hit during a Japanese air attack. A collapsing timber smashed his leg and proved to be a ticket home.

At first, the leg seemed to heal well, but by FEbruary 1943, Fuller had developed a noticeable limp and was in constant pain.


Detached from his temporary job as Assistant G-2 of Amphibious Force Pacific, he was promoted to Major and shipped Est to the Naval Hospital at Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Five weeks later, an operation having repaired his battle damage, Fuller left Chelsea for Quantico. There he was assigned to the tactics section of the Reserve Officer Training School. But despite being elevated to Battalion Commander, Fuller was not content with watching the war go by from the shores of the Potomac. He had, in fact, already laid the ground work for a transfer to Europe. In a letter to Major Andrew Wylie, Fuller pointed out:

While sailing on various small yachts and making voyages on French and Italian sailing vessels in the Mediterranean, I have spent considerable time on the southern coast of France as well as in Sardinia, Corsica, Crete, Sicily, and Elba.

Wylie was in a position to help. Scion of a wealthy Washington family, he was head of ONI's East European desk and had direct contacts with OSS. On 1 September 1943, Hod Fuller received orders to report to Donovan.

New Year's Day 1944 found Fuller in England and awaiting assignment to the OSS Parachute Training Unit, then commanded by another Marine, Major Bruce B. Cheever, USMC.13 Shortly thereafter, he was tapped for duty as a "Jed."

Team BUGATTI left Blida, near Algiers, early in the evening of 28 June 1944. A single black B-24 flew the mission., After an unremarkable five hour flight, the drop zone was spotted, and Fuller, Crosby, de la Roche, and Guillemont "hit the silk."


On the ground, things worked equally smoothly. A resistance reception committee was on hand to great the Jedburghs and gather their equipment. By 0200 on the 29th, B
was safely stashed in a farmhouse some 6 kilometers from the small town of Montrejeau. The next day, Fuller left early for a rendezvous with George R. Starr (codename: H
), one of SOE's most daring organizers in the south of France and architect of W
Accompanying him was Anne Marie Waters (codename: C
), Starr's courier.

Since the area was swarming with Germans, Fuller travelled in civilian clothes. This was not accepted practice for "Jeds" because capture would automatically result in execution as a spy. But C
convinced the members of B
that there was little chance of avoiding Germans and that uniforms would result in instant combat The wisdom of her rationale became immediately apparent. Soon after Fuller departed, a company of SS troops was spotted moving toward the farmhouse. Only a quick exit from the second story saved detection.

We were then taken at night to the maquis camp near Arbon. Here all attempts to reach Algiers were most unsatisfactory as our B-2 (radio) set had been damaged in the drop. Although I brought another B-2 back from H
's headquarters, our first messages were always reported as indecipherable. The maquis consisted of about 100 men, all of whom were poorly armed, but with their remaining store of plastique, we immediately blew up four pylons on the 15,000 kilowatt power line through the Armon Valley. This supplied power to the aircraft factory in Toulouse,


After a fortnight of frustration caused by faulty radios, B
finally managed to raise Algiers. Then began a series of pleas for arms and ammunition:

Guns and ammo needed urgently. . . . send petrol and generator as soon as possible. . . . Area unsafe for free movement. Bren guns needed quickly.

No arms and Boche everywhere. Am sabotaging power and rail lines continually. Need supplies.

Daylight dropping impossible. Boche patrols make movement dangerous. All vehicles forbidden to move and shot at on sight. Immediate strength at least 3,000
but no arms.

By 10 July, still without supplies, Fuller decided on a risky move. A new radio and some previously delivered weapons were cached in the village of Lannemezan. Unfortunately, the two was garrisoned by 1,200 German soldiers. Captain de la Roche and a four man team volunteered to try to retrieve these desperately needed items.Moving at night in a purloined truck, they succeeded not only in getting the equipment, but also returning with it to the Arbon hideout. With the new radio, BUGATTI was finally able to regain contact with the SPOC and on the night of 16 July, a lone plane dropped containers to the maquis. Though many of these broke open before reaching the ground, the resupply proved a godsend for the next day, 600 Germans began to systematically invest the farm area.

Fuller pulled his men back to an open hillside with a wooded area protecting the flanks. De la Roche and a special contingent armed themselves with British Gammon grenades in case the enemy brought up tanks.


At about 1730, the Germans began slowly advancing toward the
positions. Taken under fire, they brought mortars and heavy machine guns into play. Eventually, the
withdrew into the forest leaving 16 dead Germans on the field and having suffered no casualties themselves.

Fuller immediately shifted his headquarters deeper into the Pyrenees, this time to the vicinity of St. Bertrand des Comminges about 16 miles to the west. While on the move, he learned that the Arbon farm had been compromised by an Italian who lived in Montrejeau. Fuller ordered the resistance to deal with him.

Several days later one of our patrols shot him in Montrejeau and he was taken to hospital wounded. We then sent a visitor to the hospital who slit his throat during the night.

BUGATTI's main camp now contained about 35 men,all of whom were well armed, but had little ammunition and few explosives. Another maquis unit at Arbas was better equipped and they began a systematic campaign of sabotage directed at railway lines and power stations. Fuller radioed a report of the fighting which ended with the sanguine phrase, "Hope I'm first Jed to kill a Boche."17

On 20 July, Fuller determined that the situation could best be handled by splitting his team into two separate parts. Captain de la Roche was directed to take charge on the Tarbes area while Fuller directed the maquis in the valleys of Nistos, Luchron, and as far east as Saint Gaudens.

Both of these groups were busy. On one occasion, de la Roche was ambushed while riding a motorcycle. He lay in a ditch while the Germans unsuccessfully searched all around him and had the traumatic


experience of watching his companion captured,tortured, and executed on the spot.

In addition to the enemy, Fuller and de la Roche were also forced to address the ticklish problem of internal rivalries in the resistance. Their position in this regard was decidedly hampered by a continuing inability to produce either weapons or money. During the entire course of B
's operation, only a single supply drop was received. The air of suspicion and mutual antagonism which surrounded the Communist FTP,
the MUR,
and the
Franc Pommies
was never fully overcome, but de la Roche, in particular, succeeded in bringing about an uneasy accommodation. The open internecine warfare which characterized all of the East European guerilla movements was thereby avoided.

By 20 July, B
had hit all its designated targets and was busy blowing railroads faster than the Germans could repair them. One of the biggest successes was complete interdiction of the line which ran south into Spain. This blocked 50,000 tons of iron ore at the frontier.

had also been ordered to destroy the oil refinery at Peyrouzet. Fuller was loath to undertake this mission because of the potential impact on the area's power economy. Happily, M. la Chaux, the manager, was a confirmed patriot of the resistance and had participated in several stiff firefights as a
commander. La Chaux proposed a simple but effective plan for eliminating production without sabotaging the equipment.
Francs Tireurs et Partisans

Mouvement Unis de Resistance



BUGATTI's headquarters now became the Hôtel Moderne, but Fuller and de la Roche did not spend much time there. For the next three weeks, both were involved in a series of actions which culminated in an organized maquis force of nearly 5,000 men. While the bulk of these forces drove northward toward Bordeaux, a series of ambushes was strung out along the Franco-Spanish frontier. Patrols in this sector captured more than 400 Germans, bringing BUGATTI's haul to approximately 1,000.

Operations were now going so successfully that Fuller was no longer content to wait in vain for request air support from Algiers. Having overrun several airfields and being a pilot, he simply organized his own airforce. Although hampered by lack of fuses for the German bombs, the planes did pay dividends in reconnaissance and liaison roles. The SPOC, while praising this innovation, firmly refused Fuller's request to send a flight back to North Africa.



(Photo courtesy Captain François de la Roche, USMCR)

As the enemy was driven from French soil, the enmity of the various factions within the

We saw the whole situation was becoming one of politics with the different groups within the FFI starting to fight among themselves for power and, as the mission which had been given us was a military one, we carefully avoided anything to do with politics. . . . We therefore began demobilizing our men. All weapons were taken and stored in a caserne at Tarbes and all military affairs in our region handed over to the FFI.
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For their work in France, Fuller and de la Roche were awarded the Silver Star and Crois de Guerre. Fuller was also mentioned in despatches by SOE and mae a Knight of the Legion of Honor by France. He finished the war with a Chinese commando battalion having been promoted to lieutenant Colonel while in the Pyrenees. Demobilized in December 1945, he worked for a succession of airlines both in the United States and abroad. Fuller was later promoted to Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and retired as a Brigadier General in 1957. He died in 1971.20


OSS Society Newsletter - Fall 2004

www.osssociety.org/pdfs/oss_fall_04.pdf (page 15)

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I AM WRITING A PAPER on the Danish Jedburgh Mis-

sion in 1945, and would appreciate any information on

Major Riis OSS and Major Verschoor OSS who

were mentioned in the SOE files on the mission.

Original Milton Hall-trained Jeds who were involved

were LTC Hod Fuller USMC, Capt Doug Bazata,

and Capt Bill Pietsch. The files also mention OSS

W/T operators, but cannot identify them by name;

possibly Poitras, Larosse, and Litallan. Only one

team was deployed under the British Lt. Col. An-

drew Croft and this was to observe the German

surrender. Training of the Danish Jeds was carried out

at Hatherop Castle STS 45 near Fairford in

Gloucestershire. Steven Kippax -


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November 1944, “Accomplishments of OSS, 15654, copy in CIA Records ...... invaded along the Riviera, Fuller's team led an uprising of 5000 maquis, ambushing ...... Captain Douglas (“Doug”) DeWitt Bazata, head of Team Cedric in eastern


Douglas DeWitt Bazata, Artist And O.S.S. Officer, Dies at 88


Published: August 22, 1999

Douglas DeWitt Bazata, who served with the United States Office of Strategic Services behind enemy lines in France in World War II and later became an artist, died on July 14 in his home in Chevy Chase, Md. He was 88.

The death of Mr. Bazata was belatedly reported to The New York Times.

He was described as ''a red-haired soldier of fortune who called all colonels 'Sugar' '' in a 1978 book, ''Honorable Men,'' by William E. Colby, a former Director of Central Intelligence, and Peter Forbath.

Mr. Bazata had already served in the Marines and was a skilled boxer and marksman when he became an Army officer in 1942 and also joined the O.S.S., the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.

He went on to be one of a daring group of about 50 American parachute officers who volunteered for what Mr. Colby described as ''a highly hazardous mission'' in Nazi-occupied France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Other members of the group included Stewart Alsop, later a noted journalist, and Mr. Colby....


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The Maquis, along with Captain Bazata and Emile, harried the German troops and, it is said, drew attention away from a sector of France's strategically important Mediterranean coast.

Mr. Bazata, a major by the time he left the Army in 1947, was recalled admiringly by Emile in a volume of memoirs, ''Maquis,'' which came out in 1947. Emile, whose real name was George Millar, wrote that ''walking with the tempestuous Bazata toward the German lines was like riding a horse with a mouth of iron.'' Once Emile and Captain Bazata escaped the attention of nearby Germans by pretending to be innocent Frenchmen gathering mushrooms....

I see that the discussion has moved on and maybe my original post would have been better placed elsewhere, but here is a little more info on Mr Douglas Bazata who claimed to have made a failed assassination attempt on Gen Patton.

His description of the device that he maintains to have used in the attempt was that it worked on a spring and compressed air mechanism and could fire almost anything, even a tea cup. They found that the best projectile was a small cube shaped missile. I mention it to show that 18 years before Dallas a weapon of this type may have been available.

"Bazata's confident claims that a special weapon made in Czechoslovakia was used to strike Patton in the head. The weapon was designed to propel seemingly innocuous objects like metal or rocks at terrific force. This weapon, fired at about 10 yards away, allegedly caused the severe head wound and broke Patton's neck."

Douglas Bazata from http://www.associate...g4.html?cat=37:

One of the most intriguing theories that Patton was the target of a plot comes from an ex-U.S. intelligence agent who claimed he was paid to kill Patton. Douglas Bazata started his espionage career in 1926 and continued it for over 50 years in the Marine Corps and OSS. Bazata told 450 guests at the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. on September 25, 1979, that he was solicited by OSS head Bill Donovan to kill Patton for money.

Bazata told the Hilton Hotel audience, "For diverse political reasons, many extremely high-ranking persons hated Patton. I know who killed him. Because I am the one who was hired to do it. Ten thousand dollars. General William Donovan himself, director of the O.S.S, entrusted me with the mission. I set up the accident. Since he didn't die in the accident, he was kept in isolation in the hospital, where he was killed with an injection."[ii]

The story was reported in the Washington Star and The Spotlight magazine.[iii] Bazata claimed he was commissioned to kill Patton in a series of eight meetings with Donovan. The Washington Star reported that Bazata's interview was analyzed by a Psychological Stress Evaluator (PSE), a polygraph machine that measures stress in the voice, and reported that Bazata is telling the truth. Bazata said he was paid a total of $10,800 on two occasions by Donovan. He accepted the money and told Donovan that he would kill Patton, but in reality had no intention of trying. He said he worked with Donovan on the surface only because he feared for his life if he didn't. Soon after he was paid, Bazata was confronted by a confident and told that he too had been contracted to kill Patton. Who had hired the other man, Bazata never knew. Why Donovan wanted Patton dead was unclear to Bazata. Donovan could have been the only instigator, or been the mouthpiece for another individual or group"






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H. W. Fuller, 81, Dies; Decorated Ex-Marine

Published: August 18, 1989

Horace W. Fuller, a retired United States Marine Reserve brigadier general who served at Guadalcanal and with the French Resistance in World War II, died of cancer Wednesday in a clinic on the Greek island of Spetsai. He was 81 years old and lived on Spetsai.

He spent five years on active duty with the Marines during and after World War II, rising to lieutenant colonel and earning French and American decorations. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a brigadier general in 1954.

Horace Williams Fuller was born in Brookline, Mass., and earned an B.S. degree from Harvard College in 1930.

Over the years, General Fuller had homes in New England and in Greece, where he was active in shipping and other businesses, retiring in 1970.

His 1947 marriage to Sarah Clucas von Stade ended in divorce in 1951. He married Dosia Karaiskakis of Spetsai in 1952. She died in 1981.


  • Deceased's name: Robert Gorham Fuller
  • Age: 99
  • Date: November 10, 2010
  • Hometown: Westwood, formerly of Dover
  • Survived by: Sons, Robert G., Jr. of Winthrop, Maine and his wife Moira and her four children and seven grandchildren, son, Randolph J. Fuller of Boston and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Fuller was predeceased by his wife, Constance, three brothers, Horace Williams Fuller, Brigadier General (Retired), U.S. Marine Corps Reserve of Spetsai, Greece, Henry Morrill Fuller, of York, Main, Benjamin Apthorp Gould Fuller, II of Waltham and a sister, Anne Hutchinson Fuller, also of Greece.

Mr. Fuller was born on May 31, 1911 in Brookline to Robert G. Fuller and Genevieve (Morrill) Fuller. While he was still of tender years, the family removed to Dover, where he spent the great part of his life. He attended Charles River School in Dover and a few years after completing his secondary education and marrying Constance W. Bader of Dover, volunteered for and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed in British Guiana and ferried multi-engine aircraft between there and Dakar, Africa.......

In 1954, Sara Clucas von Stade Fuller's first cousin, Charles Clucas, married Phyliss Washington DeMohrenschildt. :


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According to Oltmans (HSCA Tesimony) who heard it from De Mohrenschildt, the money originated from H.L. Hunt and made its way down to Oswald. Rothermel to Martino to ?

According to Hall, it was in Lester Logue's office that he was offered $50,000 to kill JFK. Logue was friends with De Mohrenschildt and was also a source of funds for Hemming and Hall. Logue also knew Surrey.

The thing about Oltman's testimony, David, is that the HSCA ultimately rejected it. He was a publisher trying to capitalize on George De Mohrenschildt's suicide, according to the HSCA.

Everybody and his brother thought the money came from H.L. Hunt by 2pm on 22 November 1963. The right wing was immediately targeted by the Press and the Public. But the flaws in Oltman's testimony were that: (1) Oltman was not an eye-witness; (2) De Mohrenschildt was not an eye-witness. They played on rumors and gossip.

We clearly have lots of evidence (at least in hearsay) that money to kill JFK flowed like water. Every rightist ultra-conservative with money to burn probably donated money to some rightist paramilitary group or other. Gerry Hemming said he was regularly offered money to kill JFK.

We know that Carlos Marcello made a huge contract to kill JFK. We have ample evidence that Santos Trafficante also put up a lot of money to kill JFK. The same was said about Sam Giancana and Johnny Rosselli. Mark Lane said that E. Howard Hunt paid off the party of Marita Lorenz and Frank Sturgis for the guns for the operation, so the CIA is also said to have paid money in.

Where the money came from is -- strangely enough -- a secondary consideration, because so much money came in from so many sources that we simply can't give the credit to everybody! There were probably dozens of plots to kill JFK. Yet only one of them was successful -- the one that made Lee Harvey Oswald into a patsy.

The only eye-witness that I know about today is Harry Dean, who said he personally saw Congressman John Rousselot give a massive amount of money to war hero Guy Gabaldon, who had two henchman by his side -- Loran Hall and Larry Howard. Their mission, according to Dean's eye-witness affirmation, was to make Lee Harvey Oswald into a patsy. They got to work in New Orleans and Mexico. Mission accomplished.

I repeat: the only solid evidence that we have to insinuate George De Mohrenschildt, the opportunist, into the JFK assassination, is that he failed to report Lee Harvey Oswald to the police when he and Jeanne had ample reason to suspect Oswald of trying to assassinate General Edwin Walker on 10 April 1963. That's his claim to infamy, as I see it, and everything else is just rumor.

Best regards,

--Paul Trejo

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Here's a different spin on George De Mohrenschildt (George DM). Perhaps the major reason that George DM committed suicide in 1977 was over the problem of Oswald's shooting at General Walker on 10 April 1963.

Yes, yes, I know that George DM had many personal problems as well. But they all seemed to stem, ultimately, from the stigma that attached to him when Lee Harvey Oswald became infamous as the assassin of JFK. George DM arguably lost his lucrative Haiti oil contract because of the international scandal due to his close association with Oswald.

Yet, if we accept George DM's testimony given to the Warren Commission, all this could have been avoided if only George DM had told the police his reasonable suspicion that Oswald was Walker's shooter back in April, 1963.

My evidence for this suspicion comes from George DM's well-known written testimony to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1977, namely, his booklet, I'm a Patsy! I'm a Patsy! which is a sort of confession that he began when the HSCA sent him a fresh subpoena.

In his booklet, George DM once again recounts the events of April, 1963, yet he once again fails to take responsibility, and face his moral duty, namely, that if he had a reasonable cause to suspect Lee Harvey Oswald as General Walker's shooter, he should have gone immediately to the police. But he didn't.

Instead, in his booklet, he stubbornly holds a grudge against General Walker himself. Walker was a "big showoff," said George DM, for his role in the race riots at Ole Miss University on the night of September 30, 1962. That may be true, but it didn't release George DM's duty to tell the police what he knew about Walker's attempted assassination.

Other people who knew more about Walker's assassination (as might be deciphered from their Warren Commission testimony) might include Jeanne De Mohrenschildt, Marina Oswald, Ruth Paine, Michael Paine, Everett Glover and perhaps others.

I say this because in his HSCA booklet, George DM recalls Volkmar Schmidt -- but not by name. Instead, he pretends to forget Volkmar's name, and wonders if he might be Jewish. Jewish! (Why all this secrecy after fourteen years?) Actually, George DM had remained in contact with Volkmar over the years, and even asked to move in with him, when the going got rough. (Volkmar declined).

The party in which the Oswalds met the Paines was set up by Volkmar Schmidt. His purpose was to show George DM and others that he could transform Oswald from somebody who accepted and repeated the standard US Marine line (that JFK could not be forgiven for the Bay of Pigs), into a more liberal person who transferred his hatred to General Edwin Walker -- as most (if not all) of those at the party hated Walker.

Evidently Volkmar was successful. Soon afterwards Lee Oswald bought weapons over the mail, and asked Marina to take the famous 'backyard' photographs. Oswald began taking pictures of Walker's house and alleyway. His attitude at work (Jaggers-Chiles-Stoval) deterioriated as he brought weapons and Commie newspapers to work, and used company resources to make fake ID's and photographs with his weapons.

Lee didn't tell Marina he lost his job, but he stepped up his efforts to document his prey and his strategy. According to Dick Russell, on the night of the Walker shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald linked up with Larrie Schmidt and his brother Bob, and drove their cars, and possibly used their rifles to try to kill Walker.

Three days later, George and Jeanne DM visisted the Oswalds late at night, already suspicious, and confirmed their suspicions by finding Oswald's rifle with a scope attached. BUT THEY FAILED TO TAKE THIS INFORMATION TO THE POLICE. Instead, they never saw the Oswalds again, and quickly left Dallas for Haiti -- never to return until the Warren Commission sent them both subpoenas.

This was the beginning of the end for George DM. The end came when, fourteen years later, the HSCA again sent a subpoena to George DM, who by this time was penniless and desperate. Yet in his HSCA booklet, as in his Warren Commision testimony, George DM refused to confess his accessory role (after the fact) in the shooting at General Edwin Walker on 10 April 1963. George DM was guilty because of his moral failure to call the police.

I believe this, more than all his other problems, tore at his soul and prompted his suicide in 1977.

Best regards,

--Paul Trejo

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During their talks De Mohrenschildt admitted that in 1962 he had been contacted by J. Walton Moore, who was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency in Dallas. De Mohrenschildt was asked by Moore to find out about Oswald's time in the Soviet Union. In return he was given help with an oil deal he was negotiating with Papa Doc Duvalier, the Haitian dictator. In March 1963, De Mohrenschildt got the contract from the Haitian government. He had assumed that this was because of the help he had given to the CIA.

Have any CIA documents been released that shed any light on J. Walton Moore and the information DeM provided him?

good question - anyone know ?

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JFKCountercoup2: Profile - George DeMohrenschildt



Volume XII, Section 111 of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) Reports is labeled “George DeMohrenschildt.” It is divided into a forward, six sections on his background, a chronology of important dates in his life and a 246 page manuscript DeMohrenschildt wrote detailing his association with Lee Harvey Oswald. The manuscript –called “I’m a Patsy! I’m a Patsy!” maintains Oswald was innocent of the assassination and framed as the fall guy, just as he claimed.

The published report on DeMohrenschildt, submitted by Staff Counsel Ms. Surell Brady is incomplete (p. 47-63), seemingly prepared from published material rather than research, field investigations or government files.

One significant item from intelligence files, indicates DeMohrenschildt met with US Army intelligence officer Sam Kail while visiting Washington DC. Kail had been stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Havana at the time Castro took power. He was contacted by Antonio Veciana Blanche at the request of his case officer “Maurice Bishop.” DeMohrenschildt’s own visit to Cuba not mentioned except in his manuscript.

The report by Ms. Brady ends with DeMohrenschildt and Oswald visiting Admiral Chester Bruton, the significance of which is not elaborated on and Bruton’s job with Collins Radio is not mentioned in Brady’s report.

Nor is there any mention in the HSCA reports as to whether the committee found or tried to locate DeMohrenschildt’s government report on his 1961 walking tour of Central America, or the accompanying log book and film of that expedition, which arrived at the Guatemala camp where Cubans bound for the Bay of Pigs were being trained.

John Mecom is mentioned in the chronology and his manuscript as one of DeMohrenschildt’s employers, but he is not mentioned again. From what I understand, Mecom, whose son owned the New Orleans Saints NFL football team, was on the board of directors of a New Orleans bank with Leon Trujaque, who employed a teenage Lee Harvey Oswald as an import agent and delivery boy on the docks. I find it interesting that years before they were to meet, in 1957, both Oswald and DeMohrenschildt worked for men who sat on the board of the same bank.

In the course of the HSCA public hearings Jacqueline Hess, a committee researcher, asked about the “Strange Deaths Study,” told the committee that DeMohrenschildt’s death was the subject of a “great investigative effort,” but there is no mention of this great investigative effort among the published reports of the committee.


George DeMohrenschildt was described as a self-centered, arrogant, but highly polished professional as well as an intelligent and individualistic person with varied interest.

He is best remembered as a close friend and mentor to Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

Born in Mozyr, Byelorussia in 1911, George was the son of Sergi Alexander Von Mohrenschildt, the Minsk Province representative of the landowners to the Tsar. Byelo means “white” and the people from this area of the Ukraine are known as “White Russians,” many of them related to the nobility of Russia and Europe. The term “White Russians” was also used to identify those who fought the communist “Red Army” during the civil war that followed the revolution of 1917.

Mozyr, Byelorussia is approximately 240 miles east of Brest, Poland and about 220 miles south of Minsk, the capitol of Byelorussia. Minsk, where Lee Harvey Oswald lived in the Soviet Union, is about 150 miles from the Polish border and about 450 miles west of Moscow.

Besides being the Minsk Province representative to the Tsar, Sergi Von Mohrenschildt held the title of “Marshall of Mobility of Minsk Province,” and was a descendant of Russian royalty and was said to be of Prussian, Polish, Swedish and Austrian royal blood. He was probably related to Prince DeMohrny, heir of Nepoleon and related to Nicholas. George named his daughter Alexandra, after the daughter of the Tsar.

As a youth, George lived in Minsk, Moscow and St. Petersburg (Leningrad), where the Bolshevik Revolution began and eventually resulted in the assassination of the Tsar and his family and the imprisonment of his ministers. George’s uncle Ferdinand Von Mohrenschildt was a first secretary under the Tsar and served as an officer in the White Russian Army.

George’s father Sergi Von Mohrenschildt, besides his official titles, was director of the rich Nobel oil fields in Baku, Azerbaydzhan, on the Caspian sea, 100 miles north of Iran and 300 miles east of Turkey.

According to the Encyclopedia Britantica, “The independent republic of Azerbaydzhan was formed in May 1918, it’s capitol being at Gandyha until Baku, which had been under the control of the communist council, was captured with the help of the Turkish army in 1918….In April 1920 Axerbaydzhan was invaded by the Red Army and the government surrendered to the communists and made part of the Soviet Union the same month. The oil fields were appropriated by the Soviets and the economy of the republic greatly developed…”

The Russians, Byelorussians and Ukranians make up only 10% of the population of the province and they are primarily located at Baku because of the oil fields. George’s father Sergi worked for Michael Breitman, who fled to the French colony of Haiti, while Sergi was imprisoned by the communists but then released and in an amazing turn of events, was made the director of the Soviet department of agriculture for Minsk Province.

Sergi’s other son, George’s brother Dimitri, was described as a “ferocious anti-communist” and was imprisoned as a spy, allegedly as an agent of Poland. Using his political muscle, Sergi arranged for him to be exchanged for another prisoner, much like the spy swap that returned Francis Gary Powers, the CIA’s U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union.

In July 1918, White Army Admiral A.V. Kolchak had established a counter-revolutionary government in Omsk, Siberia, on the Trans-Siberian rail line. The Russian royal family had unsuccessfully prepared to escape by way of the railroad, which was controlled by the White Russians. Jean LeGron DeMohrenschildt, George’s fourth and last wife, was born in Harbin, China, the last stop on the Trans-Siberian railroad, which her father was the director of, and responsible for the transport of over 100,000 White Russian refugees who fled the revolution.

Peter Gregory, the first member of the White Russian community in Dallas to meet Lee Harvey Oswald upon is return from the Soviet Union, was born in Siberia where the provincial White Russian government was established.

In 1919, the US State Department sent Gen. William “Wild Bill” Donovan to Siberia to report on the situation there. William Stevenson, in “A Man Called Intrepid” wrote, “Bill Donovan, who believed that a free society could only survive with an efficient intelligence service, had been sent to Siberia in 1919 to assess the beleaguered White Russians. He applied a rule of good intelligence: his report was free from personal prejudice, he reported from revolution-torn Russia to the state department that anti-communist forces were corrupt and divided. ‘We can prevent a shooting war,’ he wrote, ‘only if we take the initiative to win the subversive war.’”

Donovan was sent to Europe in 1920 on a private fact finding mission financed by the Rockefeller Foundation.

In the early 1920s, Sergi Von Mohrenschildt was imprisoned again, this time for opposing the communist campaign against religion.

According to one report, “The Russian Orthodox Church, which had a privileged status under the old regime, was extremely hostile to the Bolshevik revolution….issued a call to organize in defense of the church, for ‘the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.’”

In the early 1920s Sergi Von Mohrenschildt was arrested a second time for opposing the campaign against religion, which occurred at the same time the Soviet Union was at war with Poland. As the Soviets began to confiscate church property and wealth, Sergi escaped from jail and fled with his family to Poland. At the age of ten in Poland, young George was enrolled in an exclusive military academy founded by Napoleon where he learned to ride and play polo as well as command a cavalry regiment.

The hero of the exiled White Russians at this time was Boris Sovinkov, “the mad bomber,” who started the Social Revolutionary Terrorist Center, which specialized in assassination and sabotage against the communists.

Many White Russians remained behind however, and using what was left of the Russian Orthodox Church as an intelligence network, they infiltrated high into the Soviet bureaucratic structure, including the military, especially the navy. By 1924 the organized resistance broke down and the communists took over complete control.

That same year in the United States, J. Edgar Hover formed the General Intelligence Division of the Justice Department, which used the Tzarist Russians in tracing the Bolshevicks during the Red Scare and “Palmer Raids” of that era. (See: The FBI Nobody Knows). The General Intelligence Division and their files would later be reorganized as Division Five of the FBI.

At the same time in Poland, Sergi Von Mohrenschildt “made deals for land and money that permitted the family to live in the style to which they were accustomed.”

George served as an officer in the Polish cavalry and attended a Belgium business school and learned the French language at a private school where he also studied “consular science” for the diplomatic service. At the University of Liege, Netherlands, he received a Phd in international commerce in 1928, doing his thesis on U.S. economic interest in Latin America.

In 1930 the National Alliance of Solidarist (NTS) was founded by a group of émigrés from Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Through an underground network of White Russian and East-European anti-communists, including the Russian Orthodox Church and the NTS, a quietly efficient network was formed called “Nightingale,” which had succeeded in planting and recruiting agents within the USSR, particularly in the military and state security. The Nazis later accepted the Solidarists because of their ideological proximity to fascism.

The White Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia was an extension of the Russian Orthodox Church inside Russia, which was a tool of the Tsar until suppressed by the Soviets, and used to recruit anti-Communist spies inside the state, and later received a subsidy from the CIA.

George DeMohrenschildt’s fourth wife, Jean LeGron, was born in Harbon, China, in Manchuria, near the Russian border, and after dancing in nightclubs in Shanghai, emigrated to New York city, where she danced under the name “Fomenko” at the historic Rainbow Room. Her two brothers also came to America around the same time, one an employee of Howard Hughes and the other ostensibly for the CIA.

The same year George and Dimitri Von Mohrenschildt came to New York, probably from Belgium, with $10,000 in cash. They rented a house on Long Island and Dimitri got a job as a translator and foreign language examiner with the Bureau of Censorship. George acted as an importer of women’s sportswear and apparel, and probably met Jean, his future wife, who besides being a dancer was also a designer of women’s sportswear.

The garment district of New York city was also the birthplace of the relationship between Mafia dons Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, who tied up the military uniform contracts shortly before the outbreak of World War II.

Before the war began George started working as a sales agent for a French perfume company (Chevalier-Guarde) and actively worked with Pierre Fraiss, who worked for the Vichy French Nazi collaborationists. Vichy is a French resort town famous for its spas used by Caesar as well as Napoleon.

George DeMohrenschildt later admitted that he worked for French Intelligence during the war through Pierre Fraiss, chief of export for a French company that handled the purchase of oil for “French interests,” which ostensibly included Nazi Germany. Fraiss frequently traveled to Algeria and Morocco as well as the French Caribbean islands, arranging for oil to be purchased from U.S. owned companies (Standard Oil of NJ) in Venezuela and Mexico.

[bK Notes: Alan Dulles was criticized by Arthur Goldberg (OSS) for benefiting financially by the rise of the Nazis in Germany -]

In New York in 1939 George began to sell insurance for one of John MacArthur’s – (brother to the general) companies. The president of another John MacArthur’s companies later helped finance one of Jack Ruby’s nightclubs in Dallas.

Both Oswald’s brother Robert, and his mother Margrette, sold insurance in New Orleans and New York, while Ruth Paine’s father was a chief officer of a major insurance conglamorate.

While selling insurance in New York Barron George Von Mohrenschildt, as he was known at the time, met Mrs. Janet Lee (Bouvier) Auchincloss, mother of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onasis, a acquaintance that would last over the years. They met in the summer of 1931 and probably spent time at Hammersmith Farm, which the Auchincloss family recently sold to a group that plans to make an historical museum. Jackie’s older sister, (Lee Radzwill?) married an exiled Polish nobleman who knew DeMohrenschildt and they may have attended school together.

After the assassination George DeMohrenschildt wrote Janet:

Poty-au-Prince, Haiti

Dec. 12, 1963

c/o American Embassy

Dear Janet:

….May I ask you to express my deepest sympathy to your daughter and tell her that both my brother and I will always remember her as a charming little girl from East Hampton. So many sorrows have been ruining her young life.

Since we lived in Dallas permanently last year and before, we had the misfortune to have met Oswald and especially his wife Marina sometime last fall. Both my wife and I tried to help poor Marina who could not speak any English, was mistreated by her husband; she and the baby were malnourished (sic) and sickly. We took them to the hospital.

Sometime last fall we heard that Oswald had beaten his wife cruelly, so we drove to their miserable place and forcibly took Marina and the child away from the character. Then he threatened me and my wife, but I did not take him seriously. Marina stayed with the family of a childless Russian refugees for a while, keeping her baby, but finally decided to return to her husband. Somehow then we lost interest in the Oswalds. It is really a shame that such crimes occur in our times and in our country. But there is so much jealousy for success – and the late president was successful in so many domains – and there is so much desire for publicity on the part of all shady characters that assassinations are bound to occur. Better precautions should have been taken.

Remember our discussion one day on the plane from Dallas to Washington? We spoke of criminal children and of the terrible problem of delinquency in the South. Oswald is just an expression (of) that cancer which is eating American youth.

You will excuse this rambling letter but I was just sitting in my office thinking of the strange fate which made me know Jackie when she was a little girl – and which made me also know the assassin (or presumable assassin) his wife and child. And your daughter has been of such help to the Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation – which we had started in Texas several years ago. She was an honorary chairman of the Foundation.

I hope that Marina and her children (I understand she has two now) will not suffer too badly throughout their lives and that the stigma will not inflect the innocent children. Somehow, I still have a lingering dobut nothwithstanding all the evidence of Oswald’s guilt.

I have just received a letter from my bother (Dimitri) and he also recalls of our friendship with you and extends his deepest sympathy to you and your daughter….

Please accept my feelings of respect and consideration.


G. deMohrenschildt


Dimitri, who at the time George met Janet Auchencloss, got a job with the War Department and worked under John J. McCloy.

George traveled south for a period in 1939 and lived in New Orleans, getting a job in the oil industry. A letter from George Reyer, chief of Police, New Orleans, La. Dated July 29, 1939 advised “Von Mohrenschildt has been residing in the city since March 1, 1939.’ He was enroute to Columbia and Venezuela. In Mexico, DeMohrenschildt was taken into custody with Rodrick MacAuthor and accused of being a spy.

Also see:

JFKCountercoup2: Joan Mellen’s “Our Man in Haiti” - Notes

JFKCountercoup2: Robert C. Buick

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Here's a different spin on George De Mohrenschildt (George DM). Perhaps the major reason that George DM committed suicide in 1977 was over the problem of Oswald's shooting at General Walker on 10 April 1963.

Yes, yes, I know that George DM had many personal problems as well. But they all seemed to stem, ultimately, from the stigma that attached to him when Lee Harvey Oswald became infamous as the assassin of JFK. George DM arguably lost his lucrative Haiti oil contract because of the international scandal due to his close association with Oswald.

Yet, if we accept George DM's testimony given to the Warren Commission, all this could have been avoided if only George DM had told the police his reasonable suspicion that Oswald was Walker's shooter back in April, 1963.

My evidence for this suspicion comes from George DM's well-known written testimony to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1977, namely, his booklet, I'm a Patsy! I'm a Patsy! which is a sort of confession that he began when the HSCA sent him a fresh subpoena.

In his booklet, George DM once again recounts the events of April, 1963, yet he once again fails to take responsibility, and face his moral duty, namely, that if he had a reasonable cause to suspect Lee Harvey Oswald as General Walker's shooter, he should have gone immediately to the police. But he didn't.

Instead, in his booklet, he stubbornly holds a grudge against General Walker himself. Walker was a "big showoff," said George DM, for his role in the race riots at Ole Miss University on the night of September 30, 1962. That may be true, but it didn't release George DM's duty to tell the police what he knew about Walker's attempted assassination.

Other people who knew more about Walker's assassination (as might be deciphered from their Warren Commission testimony) might include Jeanne De Mohrenschildt, Marina Oswald, Ruth Paine, Michael Paine, Everett Glover and perhaps others.

I say this because in his HSCA booklet, George DM recalls Volkmar Schmidt -- but not by name. Instead, he pretends to forget Volkmar's name, and wonders if he might be Jewish. Jewish! (Why all this secrecy after fourteen years?) Actually, George DM had remained in contact with Volkmar over the years, and even asked to move in with him, when the going got rough. (Volkmar declined).

The party in which the Oswalds met the Paines was set up by Volkmar Schmidt. His purpose was to show George DM and others that he could transform Oswald from somebody who accepted and repeated the standard US Marine line (that JFK could not be forgiven for the Bay of Pigs), into a more liberal person who transferred his hatred to General Edwin Walker -- as most (if not all) of those at the party hated Walker.

Evidently Volkmar was successful. Soon afterwards Lee Oswald bought weapons over the mail, and asked Marina to take the famous 'backyard' photographs. Oswald began taking pictures of Walker's house and alleyway. His attitude at work (Jaggers-Chiles-Stoval) deterioriated as he brought weapons and Commie newspapers to work, and used company resources to make fake ID's and photographs with his weapons.

Lee didn't tell Marina he lost his job, but he stepped up his efforts to document his prey and his strategy. According to Dick Russell, on the night of the Walker shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald linked up with Larrie Schmidt and his brother Bob, and drove their cars, and possibly used their rifles to try to kill Walker.

Three days later, George and Jeanne DM visisted the Oswalds late at night, already suspicious, and confirmed their suspicions by finding Oswald's rifle with a scope attached. BUT THEY FAILED TO TAKE THIS INFORMATION TO THE POLICE. Instead, they never saw the Oswalds again, and quickly left Dallas for Haiti -- never to return until the Warren Commission sent them both subpoenas.

This was the beginning of the end for George DM. The end came when, fourteen years later, the HSCA again sent a subpoena to George DM, who by this time was penniless and desperate. Yet in his HSCA booklet, as in his Warren Commision testimony, George DM refused to confess his accessory role (after the fact) in the shooting at General Edwin Walker on 10 April 1963. George DM was guilty because of his moral failure to call the police.

I believe this, more than all his other problems, tore at his soul and prompted his suicide in 1977.

Best regards,

--Paul Trejo

Whatever role he may have played in the assassination it doesn't make much sense to draw conclusions based what he wrote when he was obviously mentally ill.

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Whatever role he may have played in the assassination it doesn't make much sense to draw conclusions based what he wrote when he was obviously mentally ill.

I agree with you, Len, however, the conclusions that George DM wrote when he was down and out (i.e. "Lee Oswald was a patsy") were the same conclusions that George DM wrote when he was happy and healthy. He even told the Warren Commission that he doubted that Lee Oswald was the killer of JFK, way back in 1964. So, he never changed his opinion on this topic -- even though he did change his fortunes dramatically.

If somebody who was plugged into the social network of the wealthy folks of Dallas and Texas as George DM continued to insist that Lee Harvey Oswald was a patsy in the killing of JFK, then I think it is a fair to suppose that he had some idea about who the actual responsible parties were.

George DM suffered a moral failure (not a mental failure) when he chose to withhold evidence from the Dallas police that Lee Harvey Oswald was at least one of the shooters at ex-General Edwin Walker on 10 April 1963. It also seems to me that George DM suffered a second moral failure in failing to divulge Volkmar Schmidt's name in his booklet, I'm a Patsy! I'm a Patsy!

Finally, it remains entirely possible that George DM suffered a third moral failure by withholding his speculations about who the real JFK plotters actually were. He was protecting (I will guess here) the Texas right-wing movers and shakers. Or perhaps he was afraid of them -- we may never know.

Best regards,

--Paul Trejo

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I added this to the end of the first part of the blog entry and am working on Part 3.

Glad you liked it Monk, and thank you Paul for correcting Len.

It isn't a question of whether George de Mohrenschildt was crazy, or if that would invalidate his every word, it is a question of whether Oswald was crazy or not.

If he was crazy, then he would stand out as like a sore thumb, his wife, deMohrenschildt, co-workers and Ruth and Michael Paine would have recognized his psychosis, and he would be studied by psychologists and psychoanalysists today, but he isn't. Instead, he fits the criminal profile of a covert operator, and all of the rest of the big picture confirms the operation at Dealey Plaza was that conducted by a very sophisticated domestic anti-communist intelligence network.


JFKCountercoup2: Profile - George DeMohrenschildt

In 1939, while on a cross continental trek, George Von Mohrenschildt and Rodrick MacArthur were taken into custody by Mexican authorities, suspected of being spies because of their interest in uranium resources and evicted from the country after protests from the American embassy.

From Mexico, DeMohrenschildt went to Venezuela where Jean DeMinel had taken up residence to take care of the Schullemberger Company business there.. DeMinel had escaped Russia shortly after the revolution and went to France where he married into the wealthy Schulmberger company, which manufactured machinery used in the oil industry. DeMohrenschildt became a salesman for the company.

In 1939 Venezuelan oil (one third of which was controlled by Standard Oil of NJ) was being routed thru Mexico to German U-boats in the Caribbean.

When DeMohrenschildt worked for his uncle, Austrian baron Constnace Meydel in New York City, Meydel passed himself off as a flagerant playboy and documentary film producer who was also an agent of the Abwehr, the Nazi German foreign intelligence service. (See; The Game of the Foxs, Bantam, 1971). The films Meydel produced and distributed from his New York City storefront – “Facts on Film” included Nazi propaganda films.

Meydel became a German agent through an Austrian relative (Lawrussen), an assistant to Admiral Canaris, chief of the Abwehr, who directed the Naxi blitzrige of Poland. A specialist in sabotage, not unlike his British counterpart Col. Colin Grubbens, Lawrussen trained IRA terrorists to sabotage American shipping to Britain before the ONI hired the American Italian Mafia to secure the New York-New Jersey docks. An explosion at a New Jersey power facility that resulted in the deaths of 50 people was credited to this network.

In October 1939 Colin Grubins escaped from Poland, overrun by both the Nazis and Soviets, and traveled through the Balkins to the Mideast, bringing with him “the nucleus of a Polish Secret Army” (A Man Called Intrepid, p. 59), as well as a German cipher machine.

The Nazi Blitzrig – lightning warfare – was directed by coded orders sent to the field marshals on unique “Enigma” cipher machines. Grubins had met a Polish engineer who helped construct the Enigma machines in their factory on the Polish-Czech border, and built one for the Allies.

Grubbins, credited with inventing the “Molotov Cocktail,” wrote “The Art of Guerilla Warfare,” “The Partisan Leader’s Guide” and “The Housewife’s ABCs of Home Made Explosives.”

Grubbins, in August 1939, with the assistance of the Polish underground and the anti-Communist Nightingale network, obtained a German Enigma Cipher machine, which permitted the Allied leaders and commanders to read the Nazi German orders as they were sent, a secret that was maintained for decades after the war and only revealed in The Ultra Secret (Winterbottom) in the 1970s.

In April of 1941 DeMohrenschildt obtained letters of introduction from Rockefeller and $1250 line of credit from Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan bank, as well as more credit from Houston’s Texas First National Bank.

After the United States entered the war, George Von Mohrenschildet (and apparently his brother) changed their names to de Mohrenschildt, so they would not be viewed as German.

George also applied for a job with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), headed by William Donovan and supported by the British Security Coordination (BSC), the American arm of the British Secret Intelligence Service in the United States. Previously headed by William Wiseman, the BSC in the USA was headed by Canadian Sir. William Stephenson, whose New York City offices were provided by Nelson Rockefeller at Rockefeller Center.

The biography of Stephenson (A Man Called Intrepid) notes: “Some old guard civil servants whispered that Hugh Dalton of the Ministry of Economic Warfare would run an ‘ministry of ungentlemanly warfare,’….one recruit was Eric Maschwitz, who composed the wartime song, ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkely Square.’ The Ministry of Economic Warfare was headquartered in Berkely Square and quietly sucked in poets and professors, sportsmen and journalists and others not already equipped with a cloak and dagger. Those who really occupied Berkely Square adopted the Maschwitz song as their theme.”

The Nightingale is singing

It’s small mouth


Chinese Haiku by Buson (1715-1783)

Nightingale was also the code name given to the anti-Communist spy network set up in Russia following the Bolshovik revolution in 1917, which by 1941, was one of the oldest, intricate, disciplined and largest espionage networks ever devised by man. Initially established by supporters of the last of Europe’s functioning monarchs among the old Russian Orthodox Church, it spread among the laymen, many of whom were ordained and initiated into the spy network as an informant, agent or courier. Although many of those who stayed infiltrated high into the echelons of the Soviet state, those who fled traded off information to anti-communist governments who gave them refuge, including Nazi Germany.

While working in New York for his uncle Meydel and the Abwher, George deMohrenschildt collected, catalogued and analyzed documentary films, especially those that were concerned with the German/Polish/Russian situation. George and his brother Dimitri, with their family, had fled the Communist revolution in Russia and were educated in Poland before emigrating to America.

Jack Ruby was a second generation Polish emigrant from the “White Russian” area of Poland (Eastern Ukaraine) whose brother Hymen Rubenstine was born in Poland and whose business financer Ralph Paul was born in Kiev, Russia. During World War II Jack Ruby occasionally attended “Russian” meetings at the union hall above the Jaffe Jewelry store in Muncie, Indiana. Ruby continued to visit Jafe after the war.

On April 6, 1941 the German Army invaded Yugoslavia. In 1943, American OSS officer Major Linn Farrish, attached to the British Mission, parachuted into Yugoslavia with three other high ranking officers with orders to locate, contact and protect Josip Bray, the Croatian communist and leader of the anti-German forces in the mountains. Farrish was an Olympic athlete at Stanford University and like DeMohrenschildt, an oil geologist by profession.

Bray, who later became known as “Tito,” was persuaded by Farrish “to keep the direction of commerce towards Vienna and Trieste,” rather than towards the Soviet block. In 1952 a new constitution was developed and in 1954 the Balkin alliance was formed between Great Britain, Turkey and Yugoslavia. In 1955 John Foster Dulles visited Tito, and in 1957 Tito recognized the Oden-Neisse line as the frontier border between Poland and Germany, a subject George DeMohrenschilt studied during the war.

A Soviet trade boycott of Yugoslavia forced Tito to do business with the United States, just as the US trade embargo forced Cuba to do business with the Soviet Union. As a result much of the total deficit in Yugoslavia was covered mainly by US aide.

George DeMohresnschildt apparently went to Yugoslavia twice, once for the International Cooperation Administration (ICA), a US federal government agency, and then on behalf of John Mecom, a New Orleans oil man.

Mecom was reportedly on the board of directors of a New Orleans bank (Possibly the Bank of the Southwest) with Leon Trujaque, who a teenage Lee Harvey Oswald worked for around the same time.

Upon his first return from Yugoslavia, DeMohresnchildt was interviewed and debriefed by J. Walton Moore, who would become his chief CIA contact and case officer.

As a representative of the Lehman Trading company of New York DeMohrenschildt traveled to Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, San Salvador, Hondoras, Nigeria and Togo, Ghana, where he claimed to be a philatelist (stamp collector).

In 1958 DeMohrenschildt began to work for the International Cooperation Administration (ICA), which officially comes under the Agency for International Development, but many believe to be a front for the CIA.

According to the pseudonamous “James Hepburn” in the book “Fairwell America,” (published in Liechtenstein where there are no libel laws), “…Under the Eisenhower administration, financial agreements, particularly in the domain of oil were under discussion between American firms and the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic,” which had been in turmoil since the first coup in 1954.”

Among those involved in the “discussions” were Pierre Fras, DeMohrenschildt’s old business associate and French Intelligence agent, Jacques Soustelle, a Frenchman who received money from PERMINDEX, and Jean DeMinel, DeMohrenschildt’s friend and former business partner.

On April 22, 1961 four French generals in Algeria began a coup and revolted, but the uprising collapsed on April 25, when President De Gau assumed extraordinary powers. The French Generals’ revolt was overshadowed by the CIA’s Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba on April 17.

At the same time – April 1961, Carlos Marcello, the New Orleans mafia boss, was deported to Guatemala by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Pilot David Ferrie reportedly flew Marcello back into the country. Ferrie had also reportedly trained some of the Cuban pilots for the Bay of Pigs.

The link between the two events – the revolt of the French Generals in Algeria and the Bay of Pigs - was a cache of arms and munitions that were stored in an unused former blimp base and explosives bunker owned by Jean DeMenil’s Schlumberger Wells Service Company of Houston, Texas. The arms and munitions in the Huma, Louisiana bunker were said to be used by the French General’s in their coup, but after that failed they were to be transferred to the anti-Castro Cubans.

Although branded a theft, ostensibly for insurance purposes, the key to the bunker was given to Gordon Novel by New Orleans oil geologist William Dolzell, and Novel led a number of trips to the bunker to remove the cache. Novel owned a bar in the French Quarter and operated an electronics factory that primarily produced bugging equipment.

Implicated in the New Orleans investigation into the assassination by District Attorney Jim Garrison, Novel fled Louisiana to avoid a subpoena to testify before the grand jury, but when he left his apartment at 336 Exchange Place, he left behind a letter found by the next residents – two college girls, under a rubber sink mat. The letter was addressed to a “Mr. Weiss,” Novel’s CIA case officer, and read in part: “….I have been questioned extensively by local FBI recently as to whether or not I was involved with Double-Check’s parent holding company during that time. My replies on five queries were negative. Bureau unaware of Double-Check association in this matter.”

In the book “The Invisible Governemnt,” Thomas Ross and David Wise expose Double-Check corporation, based in Miami, as the CIA front company that recruited pilots and commandos for the invasion of Cuba, and paid off the families of the American pilots from the Alabama Air National Guard who were killed during the Bay of Pigs.

In late 1960 Novel created cryptic radio commercials from his Evergreen Advertising Agency for artificial Christmas trees that were said to contain the supposedly secret date of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and $70,000 in CIA money was used to pay radio stations to carry the commercials.

George DeMohrenschildt, after marrying and divorcing two rich party girls, married Dr. De De Sharples, whose father owned a Colorado oil company that DeMohrenschildt worked for. When their child was born disabled, they formed the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which included DeMohrenschildt’s friend Jackie Bouvier as an honorary chair person. Dr. Sharples, who lived in Philadelphia, was a Trustee of Temple University.

After divorcing Sharples, DeMohrenschldt married his fourth wife, Jean (Fromenco), who he had known since they both worked in the garment industry in New York City in 1938. In early April 1961 George and Jean began a cross continental walking tour from Mexico through Central America.

On a similar walk about Texas and Mexico in 1945, DeMohrenschlt came to the attention of the authorities for sketching coast guard and military instillations, and was also once evicted from Yogoslavia for suspect activities.

While walking through Guatemala in 1961 DeMohrenschildt and his wife came across the camps where anti-Castro Cubans were training for the ill fated Bay of Pigs invasion. Once they got to Guatemala City the DeMohrenschildts stayed at the home of a friend who was away at the time, and quite surprised when they showed up to find the DeMohrenschildts entertaining guests.

On returning home, DeMohrenschildt wrote a report on the trip supplied to a US government agency, that has never surfaced, and a manuscript, that he asked Sen. John F. Kennedy, the physical fitness buff, to write an introduction. He also made a documentary home movie of the expedition that he often showed to friends at Texas dinner parties.

It was at one such dinner party where DeMohrenschildt’s CIA case officer J. Walton Moore saw the film.

In 1962, shortly after Lee Harvey Oswald, former US Marine Corps defector to the Soviet Union returned with his Russian wife, George DeMohrenschildt went knocking on Oswald’s door, hoping to obtain some new information about his old childhood stomping grounds, Minks, where Oswald had lived and met his wife Marina.

DeMohrenschildt wasn’t alone when he first visited Oswald, but was accompanied by a Col. Orlov, who may have been a White Russian Colonel.

DeMohrenschildt eventually developed a close relationship with the young Oswald, and became something of a mentor to the troubled and sometimes confused husband and father. DeMohrenschildt’s daughter, Alexandra, married Gary Taylor, who testified about the close relationship between Oswald and his father-in-law. Oswald used Taylor’s address to take out a post office box where the rifle said to be used by Oswald to kill Kennedy was sent, as well as the pistol reported to have been used to kill Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit.

DeMohrenschldt claimed that he checked with both J. Walton Moore, his CIA contact, and Max Clark, who maintained a close relationship with the FBI, about Oswald, and both said he was “okay.”

DeMohresnschildt arranged for Marina and the baby to live with some friends when Oswald lived at the YMCA, and he also got Oswald a job a Jaggers/Chiles/Stoval, a photo graphic arts firm that did map work for the US military, including the posting of arrows and captions on U2 photos taken over the Soviet Union and Cuba.

Part 3 - To Be Continued.

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Bill, the plethora of detail about the life of George De Mohrenschildt (DM) bears some interest. Perhaps nobody has delved more into the life and connections of Geroge DM than Bruce Adams, a well-known JFK researcher. Many of us have purchased his CD set about George DM and spent hours and days reviewing its contents.

We can fairly well establish, IMHO, that George DM was an opportunist. If he could have retrieved his Russian land inheritance by supporting the Nazi SS he would have done so. If he could have improved his fortunes by an oil exploration contract in Haiti, he would have done so.

By my reading George DM supported CIA activities against Cuba by taking photographs of Communist installations. He probably did this on his well-known walking trip from Texas to Guatamala. So we can fairly well establish, IMHO, that George DM made his contacts with the clandestine Anticommunists of his day.

He liked Lee Harvey Oswald, so he said. His own children had little interest in politics, but Oswald loved to offer his opinion about politics to somebody who was well-read. Oswald also owned an expensive spy camera among his effects according to the Warren Commision -- yet he was quite poor, so where did he get it the money for it? It is possible he got it from George DM.

IMHO, however, George DM plays a minor role in the JFK assassination -- his main job was to babysit Lee Harvey Oswald, in exchange for a Haiti oil contract (as I see it). Yet George DM botched his baby-sitting job. He could not keep his hands to himself; he had to interfere.

Lee Harvey Oswald, a die-hard Marine like his brother, held the opinion that JFK betrayed the Cuban Exiles (and the free world) at the Bay of Pigs, and if the Cuban Exiles had any guts they would have killed JFK themselves. We know this from testimony from George DM and also from your own interview of Volkmar Schmidt in 1995. (BTW, Volkmar Schmidt died this year, on May 13th.)

George DM and Volkmar Schmidt toyed with the mind of Lee Harvey Oswald, as carefully described by Schmidt himself in your 1995 interview. Schmidt's intent was to transfer Oswald's anger against JFK into anger against ex-General Edwin Walker. He used an advanced psychiatric technique that he learned as a child (because his parents were professional psychologists, I understand).

Anyway, it apparently worked, and Lee Oswald purchased guns after that psychological session, and began to take photographs of Walker's house. Oswald had Marina take one photograph of him with his guns (to the best of her recollection) and Oswald then used the advanced photographic resources at Jagger-Chiles-Stovall in Dallas to make "Foto-shop" style variations on that one photograph, for plausible deniability (IMHO). One of these photographs he gave to George DM, and on the back was written in Russian, "Lee Oswald, Hunter of Fascists, ha ha".

After Lee Harvey Oswald (and at least one other person with a car) took a pot-shot at Walker and missed on 10 April 1963, George DM and his wife Jeanne were disturbed, and they suspected Oswald. This was a major breach of George DM's agreement with the CIA to babysit Oswld. Three days later they visited Oswald and Marina at 10PM, and found the gun with the scope, and then promptly left, never to see the Oswalds again. On the next day, Easter Sunday 14 April 1963, George DM told his friends Mr. and Mrs. Igor Voshinin about his suspicions but he did not tell the Dallas police. Then George and Jeane DM flew to Haiti and that was the end of their participation in the JFK assassination, IMHO.

Mrs. Igor Voshinin told the FBI that very day, she testified. The FBI would have no choice, IMHO, than to inform ex-General Edwin Walker to beware of Lee Harvey Oswald, due to this report. If that is the case - then the patsification of Lee Harvey Oswald begins on this date, Easter Sunday, 1963.

There are a few connections between Walker and Lee Harvey Oswald, the selected patsy, between April 1963 and September 1963, but they are controversial and not yet confirmed. Then, in mid-September 1963, Harry Dean witnessed as ex-General Edwin Walker told a gathering of John Birch Society members, Minutemen and Cuban Exiles that the patsy has been made ready - and his name was Lee Harvey Oswald.

Best regards,

--Paul Trejo

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Just like to pop in and say....please consider that George De Mohrenschildt's brother was Demitri De Mohrerschildt......close associate of Whitney Shepardson (together they started Radio Free Europe).....Whitney Shepardson was one of two heads of Secrete Intelligence and is a person closely associated with John J. McCloy.

Just prior to Lee Harvey Oswald's defection to the Soviet Union Whitney Shepardson was meeting with Richard Helms and many others to gather information about OSS and SI WWII activities in Sweden and Finland. In correspondence from these meeting information surrounding the Venona Project was discussed.....John Hurt.....(a name that would later pops up associated with Lee Harvey Oswald) was a key player in the early development of the Venona Project and operation Stella Polaris (which relocated many members of intelligence service of Finland into Allied control.)

One of the people involved in these discussions was former OSS Station Chief Wilho Tikander whom, in his correspondence just weeks prior to Oswald traveling to Helsinki, suggests that he has heard that there is about to be a mission, officially outside of the CIA, that will involve Helsinki in the near future.

Is it a coincidence that Whitney Shepardson and Richard Helms, both SI men, would be, according to Wilho, involved in a covert mission via Helsinki at the same time Oswald is applying for a visa to travel to, among other places, Helsinki? Is it a coincidence that Richard Helms would be the CIA liaison to the Warren Commission?

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