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Pseudonym: Hidell, Alek James

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Name or a variant of it used used by the person who ordered the Mannlicher from Klein's sporting goods, in purchasing a revolver, and in manufacturing a draft card that included Oswald's photo. Lee Oswald was accused of placing these orders and manufacturing this draft card. He denied it.


Re Jan-April 1963: "(Marina Oswald) said she was confused when she advised that Oswald was cleaning his rifle at the Neely Street address in January, 1963. She said she first saw the rifle on a shelf in Oswald's room in Neely Street and she would estimate the time she first saw it to be the end of March, 1963. About seven or ten days after first seeing the rifle, she took the picture of Oswald with the rifle, the pistol and the newspapers. Mrs. Oswald said she recalled taking the picture on a Sunday. Following this, she recalled seeing Oswald cleaning the rifle four or five times before the General Walker incident and on about one occasion after the incident and prior to their move to New Orleans..."2/19/64 letter from FBI agent John C. Stokes to J. Lee Rankin of the Warren Commission:

Dealey Plaza Echo, Volume 6, Issue 2 Current Section: The Mystery of the Wallets, by John J. Johnson

"The Mystery of the Wallets", John J. Johnson, Dealey Plaza Echo, July 2002: In Jim Hosty's book Assignment: Oswald (p. 62), he recounts a story told to him by Dallas FBI agent Robert Barrett: "When the report came over the radio that 'an officer was down' in the Oak Cliff neighborhood, Barrett had sped to the scene. When he got there, the ambulance crew had already removed Tippit's body. Near the puddle of blood where Tippit's body had lain, Westbrook had found a man's leather wallet. In it, he discovered identification for Lee Oswald, as well as other identification for Alek J. Hidell. Westbrook asked Barrett if the FBI knew anything about Oswald or Hidell. Barrett shook his head. Westbrook took the wallet into his custody so that it could be placed into police custody later. Barrett told me that if I had been at the scene with Westbrook, I would have immediately known who Oswald was. Although official police reports would later state that Oswald's wallet and identification were found on Oswald's person when he was arrested in the movie theater, Barrett insisted that Westbrook found them near where Tippit was slain. I have to speculate that at the theater, Westbrook had handed the wallet to a lower-ranking officer, and in the confusion it was assumed the wallet had been retrieved from Oswald's person. The FBI decided to go with the official police version, even though Barrett's version was further proof that Oswald had in fact gunned Officer Tippit down."

Bill Simpich, State Secret, Chapter 6:https://www.maryferrell.org/pages/State_Secret_Chapter6.html

"In a multiple hearsay story that is worthy of consideration, Tippit’s father told author Joseph McBride that he learned from Tippit’s widow that an officer told her that Tippit and another officer had been assigned by the police to hunt down Oswald in Oak Cliff. The other officer was involved in an accident and never made it to the scene, but “J.D. made it”.[ 10 ] Tippit’s widow has never made a statement for the record. When you have a witness that has offered limited interviews but no sworn testimony, that’s when a hearsay account may provide the reason why the witness is reluctant to talk. Tippit’s story is backed by none other than Johnny Roselli’s associate John Martino – both of these men admitted their involvement in JFK’s murder. Martino said that Oswald “was to meet his contact at the Texas Theater” in his Oak Cliff neighborhood.[ 11 ] What makes this all even more intriguing is that even by the time of Tippit’s death at about 1:09, Oswald has not yet been identified as an assassination suspect because the shells were not found until 1:12. Even after the rifle was found a little later, no one was able to tie the gun or shells to Oswald until early the next morning after visiting Klein’s Sporting Goods in Chicago, where “Alek Hidell” had mail-ordered the Mannlicher-Carcano found on the sixth floor. Nor was Oswald noticed as missing from the Depository until well into the afternoon."

Bill Simpich, State Secret, Chapter 6:https://www.maryferrell.org/pages/State_Secret_Chapter6.html

"The two sets of identification for Oswald and Hidell being found in one wallet was particularly damaging to Oswald, as Oswald denied during the afternoon of November 22 that he was the owner of the rifle. It was worldwide news by 11/23/63 that the rifle that was left at the scene was purchased by mail order with a postal money order used by “A. Hidell” and listing Oswald’s PO Box as the place for pick-up. It did not make the news that this postal money order had no stamp indicating that it was ever used or ever deposited.[ 16 ] Nor did it make the news that postal inspector Harry Holmes admitted that anyone who had access to Oswald’s PO box could have picked up the rifle without even showing identification. Nor did it make the news that post offices were required by law to retain “delivery receipts for firearms” for four years, something not done in this case. A. J. Hidell was all over Oswald’s phony FPCC literature as the fictional chairman of his fictional New Orleans branch. Oswald and Hidell were now tied together by the rifle and the wallet." A second unknown man said the suspect handed something to Tippit through the open passenger window: "FBI agent Barrett claims to this day that an unknown witness told him that Tippit pulled over and the gunman handed something through the open passenger window to Tippit inside the car. Barrett believes that Tippit saw the two IDs for Oswald and Hidell, got out of the car to question Oswald, and was shot. Barrett admits that he doesn’t know who the witness was, and can’t verify it, but the wallet was “there”. Who would hand their entire wallet to a police officer when asked for identification when not under arrest? Nor would any police officer make such a request – no officer wants to be responsible for its contents unless necessary. No one else recalls Barrett’s version about the wallet."

Oswald 201 File, Vol 16, CD 205, Part 1

12/19/63 FBI memo by FBI agent Arnold Brown: Discussion of Marguerite's employment at Cox's Department Store in Fort Worth during the 1950s. Compare to 12/19/63 FBI memo by FBI agent Earl Haley, https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=95672#relPageId=198&search=%22cox%22_and%20%22department%20store%22 - no record of Lee Harvey Oswald working at Cox's. See Lamar Waldron, et al., Ultimate Sacrifice, p. 734: Theater patron Jack Davis stated that Oswald sat next to him and then another patron before going out to the lobby. According to author Lamar Waldron, Oswald was armed with half a box top saying “Cox’s, Fort Worth”. If Waldron is correct, Oswald was apparently trying to meet someone who had the other box top half. Also see CE 1148 - documents that Oswald was carrying a Cox's Department Store box top in his pocket at the time of his arrest - see https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=1317#relPageId=208

Bill Simpich

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