Ten days before the assassination of President Kennedy 1, LHO walked into the Dallas office of the FBI, and left a note for agent James Hosty.  Two days after the assassination, and just hours after Oswald’s own death, Hosty then tore-up this note, and flushed it down a toilet.  Since then, he’s offered an explanation for this, but it doesn’t really make much sense.

According to Hosty, the note said, “If you want to talk to me, you should talk to me to my face.  Stop harassing my wife and stop trying to ask her about me.  You have no right to harass her2.  Which indeed, Hosty had been out to see Marina not once, but twice, that November 3.

However, if this is what this note actually said, one has to wonder why his boss was so adamant about getting rid of it.

J. Gordon Shanklin was both his boss, and head of the Dallas FBI.  When he told Hosty to get rid of it, and Hosty began to tear it up in his office, Shanklin came unglued!  He told him, “No!  Not here!  I told you, I don’t want to see them again.  Now get them out of here4.  Hence, the reason why Hosty said he tore up the letter, along with a memo he wrote about it, and flushed it down a toilet 5.

The problem with accepting this story, and of course, not finding anything suspicious about it, is that why would Shanklin be so upset, and be so willing to order the destruction of an innocent note from Oswald, if indeed it was so innocent?

Hosty says it was to keep Hoover from second-guessing them, after the fact 6, but that sounds pretty weak for such an innocent note.  I know Hosty comes off as a nice, sincere person, but it’s not likely that Hoover would have ordered the arrest of Oswald, just because he complained about Hosty harassing his wife!  Of course, if Oswald had threatened to blow up the Dallas FBI, or the Dallas Police Department, that would have been different, and that’s exactly what Nannie Fenner claimed it said.

Fenner had been the receptionist for the Dallas FBI in November 1963.  Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, she said that the note was a threat to blow up the Dallas Office of the FBI, as well as the Dallas Police Department 7.

Hosty, of course, denies this, but it sure makes a lot more sense.  What makes better sense, however, is that the note may have been a warning about the impending assassination.

Passed off as a wild idea, it makes better sense now, now that we know that Oswald couldn’t have shot Kennedy, and then encountered Baker within a minute and a half (of the assassination).  It makes better sense now, now that we know that Oswald didn’t shoot Tippit either, because Tippit had already been pronounced dead, at a hospital, over a mile away, at the time that he supposedly did

it 8!

So while a threat, to blow up the FBI, would have been motivation for Shanklin to get rid of the note. Ignoring a forewarning, of the assassination, would have been a no-brainer.  Otherwise, an innocent note would have gone where it should have gone (into Oswald’s file, not a toilet).

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