2012-01-20 01:14:56 UTC
JFK: The Second Plot (1992)
One of the outstanding examples of a witness being frustrated in his
attempt to speak out when he had something important to say is to be found
in the story of Abraham Bolden. Abraham Bolden was a member of the White
House detail of the Secret Service, and was the first negro to be
appointed to that body. Bolden had heard of a Chicago plot to kill the
President and was anxious to tell what he knew. He was also critical of
the personnel appointed to guard the President, claiming they were lax in
their duties. It was believed that an attempt on Kennedy's life had been
foiled on 1st November in Chicago, but three weeks before he was killed in
Dallas, and it would have been extremely embarrassing to the Warren
Commission, heavily involved in establishing their "lone killer - no
conspiracy" theory, to have had Bolden telling of a Chicago plot. Bolden's
superior officers blocked his request. A few months later Abraham Bolden
was charged with soliciting a huge bribe for disclosing secret information
on a counterfeiter, Joseph Spagnoli, and he was jailed for six years.
Spagnoli later confessed he had lied about Bolden, at the request of
Prosecutor Richard Sikes, he claimed. In spite of this Bolden was made to
serve his full sentence.
What is the significance of the story of Abraham Bolden in the search to
discover who was responsible for the assassination of John F. Kennedy?
Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that
shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding."
--- Proverbs 17:28 American King James Bible