Jerry P. Shinley Archive:
Tenuous Kerry Thornley-Richard Case Nagell Connection



Subject: Tenuous Thornley-Nagell Connection
Date: 30 Mar 2000 00:00:00 GMT
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Dick Russell. The Man Who Knew Too Much. p. 356

       While Oswald established his own one-man FPCC chapter in New Orleans, much of Nagell's investigative work was focusing on the "leftist" community around L.A. His notebook from the period is filled with their names: [...] Reverend Stephen Fritchman of the First Unitarian Church [...].

11 H 110 Testimony of Kerry Thornley

       [... A]t the time I was talking to Oswald, and knew Oswald, I had been going to the First Unitarian Church in Los Angeles. This is a group of quite far to the left people politically[. ... An FBI agent] asked what Oswald's connection with the First Unitarian Church was and I explained to him that there was none.

10 H 54 Testimony of Francis Martello

[text from a Secret Service report]

       I asked how he [LHO] had became affiliated with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee and he stated he became interested in that committee in Los Angeles, California in 1958 while in the U.S. Marine Corps.

[end of excerpts]

       The FPCC didn't exist in 1958-59 when LHO was stationed at El Toro, but it's not inconceivable that he could have met some of the people who later became involved in the L.A. chapter. I don't know of any evidence for this, though. In his article, "LHO on Campus," in the March, 1997, issue of the Fourth Decade, Dennis Batholomew says that the Unitarian Church "had been the primary sponsor" of Albert Schweitzer College, to which LHO applied in 1959.

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