2011-12-25 04:57:06 UTC
FBI Document #62-109060-57RIF#124-10012-10168.
At 5:15 PM on 11-22-63, FBI Director Hoover received a telephone call from
Ass't Attorney General Norbert A Schlei requesting information as to what
kind of people murdered the President. Among some of the things Hoover
"...I told Mr. Schlei that Oswald was working in the building from
which the shots were fired; that we have the rifle and 3 empty shells
found in the building in which the man was employed. I said Oswald
apparently left this building and a block or two away two police officers
moved toward him, and for no good reason he opened fire on them and killed
one...I stated he was born an American but tried unsuccessfully to lose
his American citizenship; came back to this country in 1962; made several
trips to Cuba; upon his return each time we questioned him about what he
went to Cuba for and he answered that it was none of our business...I said
that much depends upon the evidence to be obtained; that the rifle has
been handled by dozens of people probably-the building was filled with
people watching the parade; by the time they got to the fifth floor, the
rifle had been dropped and thrown over into a corner; there was indication
he was eating fried chicken sandwiches this afternoon; we have to check
this out and find where he obtained the chicken.
Mr. Schlei stated I had been very helpful and he appreciated it very
much. I told him , if we can be of any further help, to call on me."
I don't think Schlei called again, thank God. One such lot of bad
information was enough for one day. Can you imagine what a defense
attorney would have done with this memorandum if Lee had lived and went to
FBI Document #62-109060-57RIF#124-10012-10168. Can be found in the
National Archives: a memorandum from the FBI Director.
I know it was early in the event, but Hoover sure was quick to prosecute
a man that very little was known about at the time. It seems unreasonable
that Hoover would spend so much time, that early, focussing on a suspect
that only worked in the building where the shots had come from .
He never went to Cuba officially or unofficially. He just never went.