JFK FILES – J. Edgar Hoover: “Need To Convince Public That Oswald Is Real Assassin”

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Amid the thousands of new files released yesterday – though less than expected – were two intriguing memos to, and from, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover on November 24th, 1963 – the day that Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald as the gunman was being transported to the Dallas County Jail after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

In a memo issued by Hoover, he appeared to be particularly concerned that the public would have to be compelled to believe that Oswald was a lone actor – not part of a larger conspiracy.

“There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead.”

In the 1964 Warren Report on Kennedy’s assassination, NBC notes, Hoover was firm in stating that he hadn’t seen “any scintilla of evidence” suggesting a conspiracy – a sentiment he expressed in other public forums, as well, but not in words as blunt as those he used the day Oswald was killed.

Referring to Nicholas Katzenbach, the deputy attorney general at the time, Hoover dictated:

“The thing I am concerned about, and so is Mr. Katzenbach, is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin.”

It’s not clear from the memo whether Hoover thought there might have been a conspiracy but didn’t want it to be known or whether he sincerely believed Oswald acted alone and hoped to head off public fear and confusion. Hoover also indicated that his concern may have been influenced, in part, by diplomacy, dictating that there could be serious international complications if the public thought Oswald might have been part of a larger plot. Katzenbach is known from previously released documents to have shared Hoover’s concern, writing in a memo the next day, on Nov. 25, 1963, that:

“the public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates who are still at large; and that evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial.”

Interstingly, Hoover was angry at Oswald’s murder (especially after the police had been warned by The FBI that Osawld’s life was in danger)…

“Oswald having been killed today after our warnings to the Dallas Police Department was inexcusable,”Hoover dictated.


“It will allow, I am afraid, a lot of civil rights people to raise a lot of hell because he was handcuffed and had no weapon.


There are bound to be some elements of our society who will holler their heads off that his civil rights were violated — which they were.”

Though hard to read, here is Hoover’s full memo…

Of course, we suspect there are plenty more interesting revelations within the files that were released and perhaps the ones that have not been released… Julian Assange’s Wikileaks has offered a $100,000 reward for any evidence of wrongdoing…

3 comments on “JFK FILES – J. Edgar Hoover: “Need To Convince Public That Oswald Is Real Assassin”
  1. 27Oct62: eve of destruction FF 27Oct17 eve of social implosion and NWO. JFK would not have recognized his own children and young relatives’ political beliefs in the years and decades of his date with immortality. In the hearts and minds of freedom loving americans,” He died with his boots on,”,,,but his spirit lives on!

  2. Watch –I hope that enough info comes out that will lead us back to the CIA. ——-Just like the LV crap. Which you have noticed still hasn’t been solved and I doubt that it will. And tell me what does a helicopter on the scene with flashed that appear to be gun fire mean. And that poor sheriff sweating bullets that looked scared to try an answer the media——–with that FBI guy standing there. and someone saying in the background don’t go there.????

  3. 28Oct62,,,,the cuban missile crisis was over. friends, please youtube JFK”S finest speech, given at american university known as the PEACE SPEECH, that many call his finest. when you honor his memory,,,JFK’s spirit will never die.

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