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Homer Echevarria - Taking Care of Kennedy

Secret Service Report on Echevarria
Secret Service Report on Echevarria, located in Commission Document 87.

On November 21, 1963, a government informant named Thomas Mosley was negotiating the sale of machine guns to a Cuban exile named Echevarria. In the course of the transaction, Echevarria said that "we now have plenty of money - our new backers are Jews" and would close the arms deal "as soon as we [or they] take care of Kennedy." The next day, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

Mosley, an ATF informant, reported his conversation to the Secret Service, and that agency quickly began investigating what it termed "a group in the Chicago area who may have a connection with the JFK assassination." Echevarria was a member of the 30th November group, associated with the DRE with whom Oswald had dealings the previous summer. Mosley said the arms deal was being financed through Paulino Sierra Martinez and his J.G.C.E.--Sierra interestingly was connected to Bobby Kennedy's effort to unite various exile groups, through Harry Ruiz Williams.

The Secret Service investigation was soon taken over by the FBI. The FBI quickly dropped the case, leaving this explosive statement unresolved. The Warren Commission received the Secret Service reports but did not direct the FBI to take any action in the matter.

Worth noting is that in 1995, the Secret Service destroyed presidential protection survey reports for some of Kennedy's trips during the fall of 1963, including the cancelled Chicago trip planned for the beginning of November.



A Rough Guide to Oswald Lookalikes, by Mark Bridger (see esp. pp.23-24).

The Conclusions and Research of the House Select Committee on Assassinations: Whose Side Do They Support?, by Michael T. Griffith.

FBI document raises new JFK assassination issue, in Kennedy Assassination Chronicles, Volume 1, Issue 4.

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HSCA Final Report:

  • Section I.C.3.b.1, p.133 - "3. The Committee believes, ..., that anti-Castro Cuban groups, as groups were not involved... - Homer S. Echevarria"
  • Section I.D.1.b, p.236 - "The responsibility of the Secret Service to investigate the assassination terminated when the FBI assumed primary investigative responsibility"

HSCA Report, Appendix III:

Warren Commission Documents:

  • CD 87, p. 363 - Secret Service report of 08 Jan 1964 re: Oswald
  • CD 498 - SS Rowley Memorandum of 13 Mar 1964 Forwarding Reports

ARRB Final Report:

30 Nov 1963 FBI memo from SAC, Chicago to Director. This memo discusses the initial FBI investigation based on information supplied by the Secret Service.

Letter from Secret Service to Archivist Rhoads of 23 Dec 1970. Includes attachments of original Secret Service reports on Echevarria matter.

Related Starting Points

Books of Interest

    Someone Would Have Talked
Larry Hancock
JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, 2003
    Reasonable Doubt
Henry Hurt
Holt, Reinhart and Winston, 1985
    Fatal Hour: The Assassination of President Kennedy by Organized Crime
G. Robert Blakey and Richard N. Billings
Berkley Books, 1981
    The Web: Kennedy Assassination Cover-Up
James R. Duffy
Shapolsky Publishers, 1988

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