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Secret Service Agent to Receive Lifetime of Civic Leadership Award After Harrowing Account with JFK’s Assassination

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although Clint Hill was one of the closest witnesses to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the former Secret Service agent said he would never divulge the harrowing account publicly, especially not in a book, the Marin Independent Journal reports.

Hill, who is now 82 and lives in Tiburon, Calif., said he changed his mind after all of these years when he was assured any book he worked on would not include gossip.

After all, he had quite a compelling story to tell: As Jackie Kennedy’s guard, he is widely known for climbing into the president’s car just after the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination.

Hill, who has written two New York Times best-sellers with co-author Lisa McCubbin, is to receive a Lifetime of Civic Leadership award from the Concord-based JFK University’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership on Friday.

Their most recent book, “Five Days in November,” hit book stores in November.

“I’m glad we did (the books), because it provides information to people that is quite persuasive about what happened that day,” Hill said.

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Dec. 8, 1963: A Look Back at Infamous Kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Just days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a group of amateur criminals plotted to kidnap Frank Sinatra Jr. in hopes of landing a big ransom, the FBI posted.

Two 23-year-old former high school classmates from Los Angels kidnapped the son of the world’s most famous singer at the time. Sinatra Jr. was taken from a dressing room, blindfolded and taken to a car waiting outside.

On Dec. 11, the singer gave up $240,000 in ransom.

But one of the conspirators got nervous and let Sinatra go, leading to the arrest of the three men.

Former FBI Agent Convinced JFK Assassination Was CIA Plot

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

William Turner isn’t just any conspiracy theorist.

An FBI agent from 1951 to 1961, Turner was working as a journalist when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He was a trained investigator and wanted to learn more about the breakdown in security that November day in 1963, CBS 13 reports.

During his investigation, Turner believed there were two shooters and eventually would conclude that the CIA choreographed JFK’s murder.

“I believe the mafia was allied with the CIA in assassinating Kennedy, and I think we’ve proven that and should go ahead with closure — designating it a conspiracy and not a single man’s work,” Turner told CBS 13.

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JFK’s Assassination Transformed Secret Service into Heavy-Weight Agency

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When JFK was assassinated, the Secret Service was in store for major changes.

The Warren Commission, which was formed to investigate the Nov. 22 shooting, found what it called “certain shortcomings and lapses from high standards which the Commission believes should prevail in the field of Presidential protection.”

The ill-prepared Secret Service, which neglected to check buildings along the motorcade route, transformed the small agency into a $1.6 billion service that has counter-sniper units and assault teams, NPR reports.

“Not criticizing what happened in 1963, but I think it’s fair to say that protections changed quite a bit, and how we do things on a day-to-day basis,” says Special Agent Brian Leary, who serves as a spokesman for the agency.

FBI, CIA Could Have Prevented Assassination of JFK Had They Heeded Warnings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI and CIA missed opportunities to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by not taking seriously enough threats from Lee Harvey Oswald, according to Philip Shenon’s new book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act,” reports the Orland Sentinel.

Days before the assassination, the president’s administration found a threatening note addressed to JFK.

The existence of the letter was never investigated by the Warren Commission because it had been destroyed.

The commission also didn’t know about a memo from former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who said Oswald even announced he was going to kill JFK, the Sentinel reports.

“There’s tremendous amount of material, much of it has only been released in recent years, that shows that both the FBI and the CIA were very aware of the threat that Lee Harvey Oswald posed,” Shenon said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

FBI and Secret Service Reports on JFK Assassination Available

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For those who still have fascination about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this is for you.

PaperlessArchives.com has announced that it’s publishing FBI and Secret Service reports on the assassination of JFK, according to the Webwire.

The reports were provided to the Warren Commission and held at the National Archives and Records Administration.

The earliest, dated July 3, 1961, nearly 2 1/2 years before the assassination, includes info on FBI interviews with Oswald.

The website has posted a sampling, but is charging $12.95 for the complete collection on a CD-Rom.