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Pseudonym: Boxley, Bill

Definition:
Bill Wood, former CIA agent or officer and employee of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison.
Category:
alias
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
The author Harold Weisberg sent a letter to Paul Rothermel, security director for H. L. Hunt, stating that Bill Wood/Bill Boxley was assisting the "Farewell America" project. Rothermel notified Biggio about Weisberg's information. As of 1967, Biggio was a detective with the intelligence division. Jerry Hill found the poster of Khrushchev put up by the Minutemen that became the model for the poster of Kennedy. It is Commission Document 1191. It was given to Bill Biggio, who reported to Pat Gannaway commenting that DPD had "no reports of any such organization in the Dallas area". https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=11587#relPageId=6&tab=page Donnell Whittier, a known mechanic for Ruby, was arrested on 11/18/63 for burglay at the National Guard Armory, and subsequently convicted. His role for Ruby was discovered days after Biggio's testimony, but no sign he was interrogated regarding this Oswald-Ruby link. CD 847, p. 4: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=11245&search=%22donnell_whittier%22#relPageId=4&tab=page It turned out Biggio had never referred the matter to the FBI - and they got wind of it the next day, 4/3/64. He said at that point it was innocuous and indefinite - that's not what he said initially. And the eventual referral - which FBI didn't want to do - is apparently what led the FBI to Whittier. http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/FBI%20Records%20Files/44-1639/44-1639%20Volume%20038/38a.pdf John Newman has focused on this Whittier story, and at the time unreleased 14 page memo re Whittier. https://miketgriffith.com//files/oswaldruby.htm Those 14 pages were released - apparently Whittier was affiliated with the Minutemen in some way: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1WyKEuHna_3CYy8JmWzUWYSLc3PmVpNK_
Sources:

The Fourth Decade, Volume 7, Issue 3/4 - Current Section: Missing Radio Transmissions, by William Weston

"The Abundant Life Temple was a four-story brick building with an obstructed view of the intersection of Tenth and Patton. During his investigation of the Kennedy assassination, Jim Garrison suspected that the Church was a CIA front with a pivotal role in the Tippit shooting. He had experience with pseudo-churches in the New Orleans, which were used by the CIA to conduct mind control experiments, launder money, and hide arms and ammunition for the secret war against Cuba. He sent Bill Boxley to investigate, but Boxley never got to the bottom of what the Temple was all about. He did find out that the pastor, Oscar B. Graham, also known as Otis P. Graham, bought the building on April 3, 1962 and that he sold it on August 25, 1964. According to the incorporation papers, one of his associates was George Sherrill, owner of a used car lot. Sherrill was a good friend of Ray Brantley, owner of a gun shop, who in turn was a good friend of Jack Ruby. Sherrill's association with Graham must have soured in some way, for he told Boxley that 'Graham was something of a crook where money is concerned.' (Boxley memo, dated 9-15-67, HSCA 180-10112-10340)."

104-10515-10040: MEMO: GARRISON AND THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION: WILLIAM CLARENS WOOD JR., ALIAS WILLIAM BOXLEY, 201-834272

1/2/69 memo: "...Reference: CI/R&A Memorandum No. 9, Subject: Garrison and the Kennedy Assassination, 5 June 1968, paragraph 19c: Summary - William Clarens Wood Jr. was employed by CIA as a contract instructor in clandestine operations from March 1951 when he arrived in REDACTED until March 1952, when he had a nervous breakdown resulting from family problems and alcoholism. Sent back to headquarters, he served as an instructor in OTR from May 1952 to January 1953, when his resignation was requested, again because of heavy drinking. During or before July 1968 Garrison, whohttps://www.maryferrell.org/php/crypsuedit.php?type=pseudo&id=BOXLEY_BILL# knew that Wood had been a CIA employee, hired him as an investigator assigned to Garrison's 'investigation' of the Kennedy assassination." Wood is reported to have contacted Formosa intelligence in 1957 and offered to provide "things that I know" from his CIA service. In Feb. 1967 the Domestic Contact Service sought permission to use Wood, reporting he had not had a drink for nine and a half years. The following month he was dropped as a potential source as FBI reported Wood was again drinking heavily. Garrison then hired him knowing of his background as a former intelligence agent. In Dec. 1968 the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that "Boxley was fired" due to evidence that he was a current CIA operative. "Boxley said he would cooperate completely with Garrison's office in returning to it material he still has in his possession." Shortly after, Wood tried to communicate with CIA - DC/CI/R&A Donovan Pratt referred the matter to FBI.

104-10515-10139: I AM ENCLOSING A COPY OF A LETTER AND CHART SENT TO ME BY MR. HAROLD WEISBERG

1/6/69 letter from H. L. Hunt security chief Paul Rothermel to former DPD Special Service Bureau officer Bill Biggio: "I am enclosing a letter and chart sent to me by Mr. Harold Weisberg. Mr. Weisberg tells me that Bill Wood, alias Bill Boxley, former CIA agent and former employee of Jim Garrison, is assisting a person named Rene Lamaree (note: Rene Lamarre, allegedly related to Herve Lamarre), who is the author of a soon to be published book entitled 'Farewell America'. This chart supposedly will appear in the book and will be the culmination of the first three portions of the book in which they will tend to show that H. L. Hunt masterminded the Kennedy assassination...I am sending this to you for your information and ask that you not contact Mr. Weisberg in regard to this matter as it would indicate to him that I have not kept this matter confidential as he asked me. I feel you are entitled to know about it, but do ask that you do respect my confidence in furnishing it to you." See 104-10515-10140 - a copy of this letter was sent to Dallas FBI chief Gordon Shanklin. See CD 950, p. 116: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=11346&search=%22bob_hardy%22#relPageId=117&tab=page - Biggio was tipped off about a mechanic who claimed LHO had been driving Ruby's car for two months. After four months of a very sporadic investigation, Biggio went to follow it up only to find the witness William Chesher had died two days earlier. Biggio testified that very day on it to the Warren Commission: Volume 15, p. 48. See the original 12/11/63 Biggio prepared, re "Lee Harold Oswald", and stated that "source was considered reliable": See 8 of 16 in - http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/D%20Disk/Dallas%20Police%20Department/Dallas%20Police%20Department%20Records%2002/Item%2001.pdf

104-10515-10138: I ASK THOSE OF YOU TO WHOM I SEND THIS MEMORANDUM TO PLEASE KEEP IT ENTIRELY TO YOURSELVES, UNLESS, SEPARATELY

1/9/69 letter from Harold Weisberg re: "James Hepburn, Herve Lamarre, Phillippe; Topaz: "At a time when French policy is not genial to that of the United States...we have French intelligence agents operating openly...with no official interference...I conclude that either those declaring themselves French intelligence are not or they were engaged in activities not unwelcome to US intelligence...if we take the doctrine and the propaganda of the book (note: Farewell America) and the movie at face value, they are in violent opposition to the official and resolutely held position of the US government. I do not for one minute believe this is the purpose, for I do believe the operation may well be CIA...one of those credited in the book is Phillippe, identified by some of you who have met him as the former head of French intelligence in the United States...he may have been in actuality or in spirit a double agent, officially that of France but spiritually that of the 'liberal' part of CIA. One candidate comes immediately to mind: The central character of Topaz, the Leon Uris misrepresentation of the Cuban Missile Crisis."

http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/A%20Disk/Army%20Intelligence%20Domestic%20Spying%20Part%201/Item%2070.pdf

“However, (Bill) Biggio, who was directing police intelligence communications at the Fair Park office the day of the assassination...,” Former Dallas police Capt. W. P. Gannaway, who commanded the special service bureau in which Biggio worked, said if Army intelligence in San Antonio or Dallas "had any information pertaining to Oswald, we didn't know about it." Don Stringfellow, a fellow police intelligence officer working with Biggio at the Fair Park office, was named as the source of information in a secret cable the night of Nov. 22 from Army intelligence in Texas to the U.S. Strike Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. The cable said that information "obtained from Oswald revealed that he had defected to Cuba in 1959 and is a card-carrying member of the Communist Party." This cable, containing false information, was sent to an Army-Air Force operation set up three years earlier to provide a quick-reacting strike force in case of enemy attack. Stringfellow and Biggio were working police intelligence communications for the Special Services Bureau at the Fairgrounds on 11/22/63. Earl Golz, 3/19/78, "Army Apparently Didn't Tell Commission of Oswald's Alias". Also see: https://washingtonbabylon.com/bunker-command-center-jfk-assassination-merely-worlds-interesting-basement/ - The Fairgrounds was also the location for the Dallas Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center.

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