Twenty-three days before the assassination of JFK in Dallas, Lee Harvey Oswald walked into the FBI offices in Dallas and delivered a handwritten note for agent James Hosty. After JFK’s murder, Hosty was ordered to destroy this note and it took many years to uncover what that note might have said and why it had to be destroyed immediately after the assassination. The official story given by Hosty was it contained “some sort of threat,” but that later changed to the more ludicrous: “stay away from my wife.”
In fact, the note most likely claimed that a four-man assassination team had assembled in Chicago for the purpose of assassinating JFK on his way to Soldier Field for the annual Army-Air Force football game, an assassination scheduled to take place on November 2. We only know all this because a Chicago-based secret service agent named Abraham Bolden was asked to investigate the allegation and two men were placed under surveillance and soon picked up later that day and brought to the Secret Service offices in Chicago, and then mysteriously released without being conclusively identified for the record. These two suspects may have been John Roselli and Bill Harvey, or maybe those were the guys not picked up, but it’s clear the two suspects were spooks just from the way the investigation unfolded without arrest or noticeable investigative paperwork. Bolden only knew that the tip had come from an FBI informant named “Lee.” And he later turned whistleblower and paid the price. More on that later.
By strange coincidence, another chance encounter had put the assassination mission in jeopardy, as the patsy had inadvertently prematurely come under investigation. And that patsy bore an amazing resemblance to Lee Harvey Oswald. His name was Thomas Arthur Vallee and he’d been overheard making threats against JFK at a diner, where he was confronted by an undercover officer who reported the incident to Chicago Secret Service.
Two Chicago police officers were sent to investigate Vallee, and they both ended up rising rapidly through the ranks: Daniel Groth and Peter Schurla. Right around the time JFK cancelled his Chicago trip (just an hour before he was due to take off), Groth and Schurla went to see Vallee.
He told them he’d been assigned to a U2 base in Japan (just like Oswald) and had a small arsenal and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. He was a devoted member of the John Birch Society, which means he likely believed JFK was a communist agent bent on destruction of the United States.
Photos of his vehicle revealed that Vallee had a license plate that was protected by national security. He was also a certified mental patient with a metal plate in his head and a history of emotional breakdowns.
Since there was also another plot based in Miami one wonders if an ex-Marine from a U2 base in Japan was also being moved into a tall office building overlooking a parade route because that’s what happened to both Oswald and Vallee during the month of November. More likely, however, the Miami plot would have involved a Cuban patsy and there were so many to choose from. But the locations of Chicago, Miami and Dallas are telling because that’s where Dulles and Angelton felt they had the most control over the situation.
And what about Bolden? Well, he tried to testify before the Warren Commission. But before that happened, he was set up on a bribery and attempted murder charge. Bolden served 39 months in jail and two and a half years probation. Afterwards he would write a book asserting the assassination was a conspiracy and the Secret Service was a racist and corrupt organization that overlooked boozing and broads on duty for the elite insiders. And it also later emerged the key figure in setting Bolden up to prevent his Warren Commission testimony was none other than John Roselli, one of the three assassins of JFK. Roselli’s stool pigeon, who testified against Bolden, later recanted and claimed all accusations had been coerced in exchange for a lenient sentence on an unrelated gambling charge.
Some day Bolden’s name will be added to the rolls of great African-American patriots who suffered greatly in the name of righteousness.