Lee Harvey Oswald
is among the most misunderstood figures in modern history while the crimes of which he was accused are among the most appallingly muddled mysteries of all time. It was not amateur sleuths who muddied the waters in the first instance. It was the law enforcement agencies who mishandled evidence, coerced witnesses and continued to "find" evidence whenever new evidence was needed to support an ever-changing official narrative.
The author started with the premise that working outward from Oswald was the best method of finding those who framed him - rather than the usual method of looking at individuals and groups who had motive, picking your favorite bad guys and building a case against them.
To that end, the three volumes of this work will largely represent a biography of Oswald. Within that, the author dispels a great number of myths while identifying the people who had greatest influenced him. In doing so, the author believes he has uncovered a number of facts stranger than any fiction - and the names of key figures in the plot. Means, motive and opportunity will all be covered with each dot meticulously connected along the way.
Interspersed throughout the volumes will be relevant/related investigations into other areas of the Cold War - including a look at similar assassinations (including the accused assassins in those cases) and the Korean War.
It is a fascinating ride of discovery and you will never think the same way about the Cold war, or the assassinations which resulted from it!
Sullivan & Cromwell
Returning in the early months of 1928 from study in Europe, Gaitán was brimming with confidence and inspiration. It showed out most in his populist oratory – more than enough in fact to win him a seat in parliament on a dissident liberal ticket. What he needed was something he could use to awaken the masses from their slumber and the banana zone strike and ensuing slaughter aimed at protecting US imperial interests gave him just that. Gaitán attacked the government relentlessly throughout 1929, describing the situation as a state of siege in the affected areas of Magdalena, and the more he attacked, the greater his popular support grew.
But it also gave him a very powerful enemy: The United Fruit Company backed by all the resources of the US State Department (and when needed, the US Navy). From 1940, that would include the Special Intelligence Service of the FBI, which in turn was replaced by the CIA in 1947.
Following a Freedom of Information Act filing in 2001 by Paul Wolf against the FBI and CIA for all documents held on Gaitán, it was found that the FBI had destroyed most of its files on the slain Colombian politician in 1972. Additionally, the CIA claimed that to even admit the existence of such files would endanger national security.
Sullivan and Cromwell was founded as an international law firm in New York in 1879, and represented United Fruit from the infancy of the fruit company’s operations.
In 1911 the company employed future Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles. In 1915, newly named Secretary of State, Robert Lansing recruited Dulles (who happened to be Lansing’s nephew) to provide intelligence on Latin America, before broadening the role to one of an unofficial emissary using Dulles’ employment with the law firm as cover. In 1917, Dulles travelled to at least three Latin American countries on the pretext of business, while actually garnering support from such dictators as Federico Tinoco in Costa Rica for the coming US war effort. This usually meant some form of bribery or blackmail was utilized…or as more reverential biographers would have it, “skilled negotiation.”
Dulles was now entrenched in the often murky world of international diplomacy.
According to the official story, Ekdahl was a love-struck man of means in poor health, whose affections were accepted, but then spurned by the twice married, once divorced and once widowed Marguerite Oswald. Apparently the twice bitten Marguerite had shied from tying the knot a third time.
What changed her mind was a visit from Ekdahl’s sister Elvira who came down from Boston with the apparent aim of meeting Marguerite and talking her into marriage.
By January, 1944, Marguerite had changed her mind. Lee was withdrawn from the orphanage and was taken to start a new life in Dallas. The wedding would be later in the year to allow the older boys to complete the school year at the home.
The move to Dallas however saw another backflip from Marguerite and she used some of the proceeds from the sale of a home on Alvar St, New Orleans left to her by Robert Oswald Sr. to purchase a house on Victor St. Then in June, in the same spirit of reversals, she brought the two older boys home. Meanwhile Edwin Ekdahl had become a regular weekend house guest and by the start of 1945, the wedding was back on. As it happened, Marguerite’s third wedding day would be somewhat overshadowed by events in Europe. It was Monday, May 7–and while she was surrendering herself unconditionally to her wedding vows, Germany was signing a total and unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces.
After a short honeymoon, the couple returned to settle into their new life on Victor St.
Ekdahl was still employed by Ebasco (the research arm of the Electric Bond and Share Company) and had his office at 408 West Seventh St., Fort Worth, which was the Tesco building. Tesco (Texas Electric Service Company) was formed by Ebasco in 1929 when Ebasco was building, operating and financing struggling new electric systems, mainly in the south, acquiring all the electric services in some major cities such as New Orleans, Memphis and Little Rock.
Ekdahl’s employment was not the only thing continuing in Fort Worth. So was his proximity to people of interest. His office was just across the road from 411 West Seventh St – the address of the Neil P. Anderson building where Fred Korth had his law practice.
We have already explored Ekdahl’s likely interest in the cooperative movement. To add to that, Korth’s older brother Romeo was heavily involved in the Rural Electrification program and was President of the South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. from at least 1940. Given all the circumstances outlined here, it seems safe to assume that Edwin Ekdahl and Fred Korth were acquainted well before Korth represented Ekdahl during divorce proceedings in 1948.
Marguerite and Lee moved to 1455 Sheridan Ave. sometime in September, 1952. On September 30, with his 13th birthday looming on October 18, Lee Oswald was enrolled at his local school, PS 117. In the 64 school days he was enrolled, he attended 15 full days and 2 half days and uncharacteristically failed most of his courses. If the 15 days of attendance were mostly in that first couple of weeks (a not unreasonable assumption), then Oswald’s truancy coincided with his reaching his teens. Today, that is the minimum age in a number of jurisdictions for juvenile informants to operate.