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JlfOPle who uw the tranacrlpt or nut'do no mention of Oswald's nffer
lle&rd the tape Hfore the iuualna· of Information In exeban:&e tOt' a ace
thm reeaU that Oswald wu tryln" to trip to Russia or of his to
• to Cuba and Russu1. "On CX-
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One o! them Is Dmcl .A. Phillips, a aald, "a reliable and aenaltlvo source
farmer CIA o!fieer, who 1\0W be:1d1 tn Mexico that an American
the AaaeiaUon of lletlred Intelllgence male, who Identified hlmsolf as Lee
. Olwald, contacted the Soviet Embassy
Oftleen and 11 a leading defmder 1n Mexico City Inquiring whether
I of CIA ""'"'Ueo. PhlDips "" at.: the ombuay had reeol,.d any now•
tionesS in Mt!'XIeo C:lt)' at. the Ume. concernlng a telegram which had been
The tJ'Inacrlpt NYWed, Phllllps tent to Washington."
· dlled. that Otwald told the Soviet" Tbat was strictly a routine handling
11 dbau7: •t hne' Information )'OU or the matter, and similar lo the
. woUld be tnterett.ed tn, and 1 know standard reports made to the FBI at
1 JOU ean pay my way"' to that Ume on other contacts with the
The atenographe-r who up the communists by American citizens in
tranacript and the translator. who pre- Mexico.
pared it had aimllar reeollecUonL Even afte-r Kennedy's as11assinalion,
"He uld he had aome information the CIA failed to turn ovt>r to the
. • to ten them," the typist said in an Warren Commission the full trans-
12 interview 1n Mexieo. "Hil mnin con· crlpt or the telephone intercept it
eern was getting to one of tho two made In Mexico City. Oswald's offer
eountries (Ruuia or Cuba] sud he of tn!ormaUon to the Russi11ns in ex·
wanted them to pay for 1l He said
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he had to ,neet them."
The warren Comm1uion Iater ·eon- SYLVIA DURAN
duded the Ruulull and Cubans weore • • • reealls talk with Onald
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not much tmpreued by Oawald. 'I'hls
•lew la supported by Sylvia Dunn, would take three to four months to Tbe significance of the CIA actions
a Mmean cJUzen who worked in the 1s diffieult to assess. The FBI 1n the ·
Cuban embaM)' at the Ume of 011· ]n'Oeess. of thla, Duran aald, fall of 1963 was nlready showing ln-
wald'a villt. She talltt'd to O!lwllld nn Oawold got really and red. termittent interest in Oswald nnd
27 11153 and recalll the meet.. He w:1s cestlculatlng. Duran said she might or might not have
1nC 1n •ome detall. had to eall for help from the Cuban that interest if it had been told c.!
In a joint Interview ln Mex.l Cit eonaul who cot Into a match Oswald'• conversations
co Y with Oswald and told him to get. out. ·
with this reporter and Post special Duran aaid abe never lllW him again Whether the new in!ormatJon woulcl
correspondent MarUse Simons, Durnn , · have affected' the Warren Cbmmis-
uld Oswald told her thnt he wanted HoweT"er, Duran
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story covered onlYJ. 7 &ion's 1s also· an open
to travel to Cuba and Ruasla and dla·14 the first dl\y o! Ornoald's five-day question. The commission
played doeumenta to ahow he wu stay tn Mexico Cfty. Oswald later re- the possibility of a forclgn con·
a "friend" of the Cuban revolution. ferred 1n a letter to he splracy and concluded there was no
Among thlnp. he cla.lmed to be had' in the Soviet Embassy. evidence to show Oswald acted on
a member of the Americon Commu· How · 1nteresterl the CIA was in behall of a foreign power.
rust ·party. . . Oswald'• dealings with the two em. Nevertheless. there is yet no ex-
Duran aatd 'abe informed Oswald bnssles .11 Ul'lcertain. • planation for the CIA's handling of
that in order to travel to Ruuia he The translator and typist .who ban· · Oswald's conversations. The CIA to·
would have. to obta.ln perml..sslon from died the trnnscript' of the day refuses to comment, saying it
the Soviets: Oswald went of! ond re- conversation recalled that the level · would not be appropriate in the light
turned later In ' the day to ln!orm15 of interest was high. But the CIA's o! an impending investigation by the
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CU:y aatd the CIA may ha\•e had a
rchlUonshlp with Qs\Y:Jlc1 that It
to The CIA h.11 de-
nied this.
David W. Bcltn, who wall an as- '
slstant counsel to Warren Com-
mission and later neeutlve director
or the Rocke!cller commiso;ion's probe
of the CIA, said that IC the Warren
Commission had known or Oswnld·s
1nd other new infor-
ml\tlon, It would have been lrss
that the • WAs not part.
of a foreign ronsplraey.
Sen. Richard S. Schwelker ffi·Pn.);
who Jed the Senate lnlf'lllcenct> com-
mittee's probe of the
that lnvcstii!:Jtion would
taken on an "entirely dUfercnt dl·
rectlon and perspective" if the com·
miUee bad Leen aware of Oswald's
conversations.
In lntervie'\vs with The Post, Belin.
who documented the CIA plots
Castro 1n his as exet:utl\·e
director of the Rockefeller commis·
s!on, revealed the CIA also did not
tell the Warren Commission of a
report from an alleged "itness to a
meeting 1n Mexico City bel\veen Os·
wald and Cuban agl'nts.
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nl\ted their more 1mporunt activities
with of the KGB, thr Soviet
intelUgence service.
Belln on
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Oswald and his contacts with the
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Belin, a staunch defender of the
Warren Commission's eonelusion that
Oswald was the lone 'who
killed Kenned:r, aal.d he recognizes
the CIA's concern about dlselosin&
secret and Intelligence tech·
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the truth.
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ftl:ll'Y permlss\on. Durnn uld sho , .elusion. . , slnntions.
A CIA spokesman spccUieally de·
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:1 moctinl! between Oswald and Cuban
''The :l l!eney ls aware of ""'Y
one such spt'CiCic allcg:tqon, and
-wos debWlkcd," the spokesman said.
•• · .. .), .. Aovlet and Will • The agency walled· untU Oct. 10, When nsked it they ('ould expl;lln
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a very abort period of tt..e there. Ko 1nforaat1on baa been
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in Kew Orleans at that tt.e. It ia poaaible that altheuch
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that what ahe -ant was, before he went to Mexico. Thia po1nt
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auaaia who believed that subj.ct could not have wulertaken
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Will oheok 1n41caa and aourcea 1n order to report
all available baoJcground data reg&l"di.ns IIAKY LOUIU f.AftlftSOK
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dated 2/1)/64.
JIEXICO Cl'l'Y OI'FlCE
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(2) Will furnish by letterhead memorandum results of
investigation regarding silver-colored bracelet given
subject to his wire I<IAR. INA; regardinr; postcards
depicting various scenes in

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copy of a pamphlet bearing the inscr ptlon on cover page
"Hipodromo de Lal:l Americas, s. A., Mexico, D. J!'.," to determine
if these were acquired by OSWALD at the tourist-type store of
CHARLES SJilALL, as well as investigation on note made by
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LEE HARVEY OSWALD
A confidenlial source, who has furnisrfed reliable
information in the p_ast, advised on December 6{ 1963, that
also known as BETTY !'40RA-,_was very
upset and excited over the involvement of LEE HARVEY OSWALD
as the reported assassin of President JOHN-F. KENNEDY.
MORA had made a statement indicating that the
Communist Party of Mexico was very interested in obtaining
all the information available concerning OSWALD's travel to
Mexico and particularly as to how much American authorities
knew about this.
MORA had stated also that OSWALD could be linked
"to Mexico" only through his activities before his trip to
the Soviet Union.
MORA was very interested in obtaining information
concerning the date that OSWALD departed for Russia.
MORA stated that she considered it "terribly important"
to have any press references to OSWALD's activities in New
Orleans, Louisiana, before he went to Russia. She added that
if something regarding OSWALD's activities at that time appeared
in the press that it could "blow the lid off and we could all
get fried."
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MORA stated that she could not understand why the
investigation of OSWALD as reported up to the time in the
press had not focused on New Orleans, Louisiana, instead of
Dallas, Texas.
MORA stated that OSWALD was well known in Russia
among the Americans who were there at the same time as he was
and that he was "not that much of a nut," meaning that he could
not have undertaken singly to assassinate President KENNEDY.
MORA did not divulge the source of her information
concerning the impression of OSWALD gained by Americans in
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known as MARY. LOU l'L\'r..T,EB.S..QN, who presently in the
. soviet UnfoiCa:na.·-rs attending the "Friepds.lJ.!P. §.C.h2?1." there,
knew OSWALD while he was in Russia. Source advised that MARY
LOUISE PATTERSON is allegedly an American from New York, New
York, who is now married to a Cuban, name unknown to the
source, whom MARY LOUISE PATTERSON met while living at the
Friendship House in Moscow. MARY LOUISE PATTERSON is her
maiden name and she and her husband are reportedly planning
to move from Russia to Cuba.
Source advised on January 6, 1964, that MORA was
ill and would not discuss the OSWALD case with anyone.
Source advised on January 13, 1964 that MORA had
made a statement that OSWALD "walked in cold
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Embassy in Mexico, D. F., Mexico, and that the first person he
talked to there was TERESA PROENZA, Cultural Attache of the
Cuban Embassy, Mexico;-n:--p·;;-n.tex1co. .
MORA further stated that PROENZA not speak
English and therefore turned OSWALD over to the nearest person,
not identified by MORA, but described as being of higher rank
and who spoke English. Mora stated that PROENZA ulleged;t.y made
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Embassy was to obtain a visa to go to Russia.
On February 6, 1964, source advised that on January 23,
1964, MORA continued to be ill with an extraordinary amount of
eye trouble.
Source advised on March 7J 1964
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to be ill and that MORA would not discuss with anyone the
OSWALD case any further.
Source described ELIZABETH CATLETT MORA as a naturalize<
Mexican citizen of American origin who was formerly a member
of the Communist Party, USA, who is now a member of the Partido
Comunista Mexicano (PCM) - Communist Party of Mexico and who
on occasion has acted as liaison between the PCM and the
American Communist Group in Mexico (ACGM).
The published statut·t!s of the PCM state "The
Communist Party of Mexico has as its final
objectives to construct socialism and to build
the Communist .society in Mexico.
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members of the Communist Party, USA
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LEE HARVEY OSWALD
A con dential source , uho has
information in he past, advised on December 6, 1963, that
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as the repo ted assassin of President JOHN F. KENNEDY.
MORA had made a statement indicating that the
Communist Party of Mexico was very interested in obtaining
all the information available concerning OSWALD 's trave l to
and particularly as to how much American authorities
knew about this. No has b een received from any
o ther sources concerning this a s of Apri l 1,
MORA had stated also that OSWALD could be linked
"to Mexi co" only through his activities before his trip to
the Soviet Union.
MORA was very intereste d in obtaining
concerning the date that OS\UU.D departed for Russia .
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MORA stated thn t she conside red it "terribly important"
to have a.ny press referenc es to OSWALD's a ctivities in New
Louisiana, before he went t o Russia. She added that,
il something regarding OSWALD 's activities at that time appeared
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focused on New instead of Dallas, Texas.
!10RA stated that OSWP...LD Vr.!S wel l kr..own in Russia
among the Americans \.!Ilo \te:re there at the time as he wns.
UOP_I\ said she believed he \i:!S "not tho. t ouch of a nut,"
that be could not have undcrt2ken singly to ass::tssinate
President KENNEDY.
HOM state that one MRY LOU.!§ • _ also
l:::lo"Ml as UARY_ LOU PATTERSON, uho re ides in the
Soviet Un'ion and is ·attending the "Friencl_sl'!f School" there,
kneYI os:·tALD whi he was in Russin . - Sourze advised t'ha t
LOUISE PATTERSON is allegedly an from New York,
New York, who is now rr.arried to a Cuban, name unknov.n to the
source, v.'l:o:n LOUISE PATTI:RSON met nhile living at the
Friendship House in J:loscow. ?/iARY LOUISE PATTERSON is her
maiden name and she and her husband are reportedly planning
to move from Russia to Cuba.
LOUISE nee PATTERSON, born
March )5, Illinois, is the daughter
of .l(AT'J'EP§.ON, Chairman of the New York
Stare-Communist Party (CP), and she is presently
residing in the Soviet Union with her husband
ROBERTO Although not known to have been for-
malTy ma-de a CP member, CAMACHO is apparently accepted "
as such and is being groomed for Party leadership
responsibilities in the f uture. Her participation
in CP sponsored and endorsed Marxist Youth activities,
her attendance at and participation in other CP
celebrations and activities, her attendance at the
PftTRICE LtJl-fiU1.1BA Uni vcrsi ty in I.ioscow, her unauthorized
travel to Red China, and other participation in
communist-type activities further this conclusion.
advised on January 6, 1964, that MORA was
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that in to. the
.Einbas .... y :tn D ••• , ........ · . .:..Cv, thac. the f1rst pe ... son
he talked to there 'r.'as ':'I:P.::-:S.\. · Cultural A of
the Cub::.n Embas::;y, Ucxico, D. r:'. r.:c;.;:ico .
J,iORA further ted t .1at PR03HZA did not soeak
Enr;lish and therefore turr.cc 03 ','ALD over to the
person, not identified by but cicscrib0d as of higher
rank and able to speak Enc:tish. stated that PROENZA
allegedly made the statement the purpose of OSWALD's
visit to the Cuban Embassy • ·;:; o obtain a visa to go to
Rus::;ia .
On Februnry 6, source advised that on
23, 1964, I.!ORA continued to b e ill with an
extraorcliuary amount of eye trouble.
Source advised on 7, 19G4, that MORA continued
t o be ill and that :UORA ,..,ot<l d net discuss the OSWALD case any
further with anyone. As of 1:9ril l , 196L.J: , MORA was still
to the
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naturalized I.Iexican citizen o f J'...m.eri can origin who was
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formerly a memb er of the Corr.ur.unist Party, USA, who is now
a member of the Partido Co:wunista Eexicano (PC1I) - Communist
Party of Uexico, and who on occasion has acted as liaison between
the .PC!l and the American Communist Group in Mexico (ACGM) •
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The published statutes o:: the PCU sto..tc "Tnc
Couununi st Pe2rty cf Lcxico as its final
objectives to construct scciali::;m and to build
the Co:m.-nunist society in
The ACGll is a loose ass ociation of a pr edomi -
nantly social nature of present and/or past
members of Communist Party, USA, and their
friends and associates who share a com."Tlon
sympathy for Communism and the Soviet Union.
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Copie1 o! SUvia DURAN Signature
Action: For your information
Reference: A. DIR-4741.3
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Transm itted herewith are two samples o£ Silv1a DUR..AN'e
eignature, in accordance with referenced cable•.
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SUBJECT : LEE HARVEY OSWAU> j f!JJ./ .... (/CJ ,
IS - RUSSIA - CUBA j1))b J.ltS tT h .,
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Through liaison channels, CIA has furnished the Bureau
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when the subject visited Mexico City prior to the assassination. ·
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request through the Swiss Governaent. On 8/28/64, the Swiss Govern-
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for a :3) a=letter- dated
10 froA_the Cuban Uin.istry of to the Cuban
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were beiAC JUde available to the Bureau. In addition to :furnishing ·
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a examination of the signature on the document and the
Hotel del Comercio notation described above. Rocca explained that
it is his understanding that the Commission referred this examina-
tion to CIA because it is believed that the notation referred to
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ducted inquiries in Mexico Citf71 We previously-we-re informed--
that Duran was the Cuban·· ConsuMe employee with whom Oswald had
made contact when he called at the Consulate. For your information,
, \no evideDCe. was ever developed indicating_ that Oswald had been ' a
member of .the., Communist Party, USA We do have evidence
he manifested pro-communist views and we further know that he
with With regard to the
Fair'lilay for cuo.-Coilimittee, we do mow that he was a self-pro-
.-.her of that organization and had documents in his
possession which associated him with this particular group. If
the comments on the application are legitimate. it is suggested
that Oswald may have displayed of
and with the Play for Cuba Committee and in this way
convinced the Cuban Consulate that he was affiliated with both
orp.ni&ationa. ·
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B. MEXI 7068
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MEXI 7072
AMBASSADOR MANN ASKS THAT FOLLO\ITNG BE SENT TO SECRETARY RUSK, MR .MC CONE
AND MR. HOOVER:
"FOR SECRETARY RUSK, MR . MC CONE AND MR. HOOVER:
1. THIS MESSAGE REPRESENTS COMBINED SUGGESTIONS OF liTSELF, SCOTT
AND ANDERSON.
2. IN VIE1-l OF REPORT FROM THE NICARAGUAN (REF A) AND INFORlviATION
CONTAINED IN TAPED LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN PRESIDENT
OORTICOS OF CUBA AND CUBAN AMBASSADOR HERNANDEZ ARMAS IN MEXICO CITY (REF B)
WE SUGGEST THAT MEXICANS BE INFORMED CONCERNING (REF A) AND THAT THE NICARJ\.GUAN
BE PUT AT THE DISPOSITION OF PRESIDENT LOPEZ MATEOS ON CONDITION THAT LOPEZ
MATEOS vliLL AGREE TO ORDER REARREST AND INTERROGATE AGAIN SILVIA TIRAOO DE IJUR/l..t"'f
ALONG FOLLOvliNG LINES:
A. CDNFRONT SILVIA DURAN AGAIN VTITH NICARAGUAN AND HAVE NICARAGUAN
INFORM HER OF DETAILS OF HIS STATEMENT TO US.
B. TELL SILVIA DUMN THAT SHE IS ONLY LIVING NON-CUBAN WHO KNOHS
FULL STORY AND HENCE SHE IS IN SAME POSITION AS OSWALD WAS PRIOR TO HIS ASSASSIN-
ATION; HER ONLY CHANCE FOR SURVIVAL IS TO COME CLEJ\N HITH \oiHOLE STORY AND TO
COOPERATE COMPLETELY WITH MEXICAN GOVERNMENT IN RETURN FOR MEXICAN GOVERNHENT
PROTECTION.
C. SHE 'ULL NOT IN ANY CASE BE ALLOWED TO LEfi.VE MEXICO.
3. GIVEN APPARENT CHARACTER OF SILVIA DURAN THERE HOULD APPEAR TO BE
GOOD CHANCE OF HER CRACKING Hl!EN CONFRONTED WITH DETAILS OF REPORTED DEAL

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ALL OUT IN SEEDTG THAT SHE DOES--WE 1\ND MEXICANS WOULD HAVE NEEDED CORROBORATION
OF STATEMENT OF THE NICARAGUAN.
ALSO SUGGEST THAT WE REQUEST MEXICAN GOVERNMENT TO IDENTIFY AND ARREST
IMNEDIATELY THE UNKNOWN NEGRO- - ASSUMING HE HAS NOT ALREADY LEFI' MEXICO--\VHO
ACCORDmG TO NICARAGUAN
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PRESUMABLY OOES NOT HAVE DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY.
5. EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, SUGGEST 'HE SHOULD IMMEDIATELY REQUEST t·1EXICANS
TO ARREST SILVIA DURAN SO AS TO ELIMINATE POSSIBILITY OF HER BEING SMUGGLED
OUT OF MEXICO TO CUBA OR KILLED HERE. THIS SHOULD BE DONE D-1MEDIATELY J\ND
IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER WASHINGTON DECIDES TO AUTHORIZE US TO ACT ALONG LINES
OF OTHER FOREGOING RECOMMENDATIONS.
6. WHILE WE RECOGNIZE LACK OF ESTABLISHED RELIABILITY OF NICARAGUAN
AND DANGER OF REACHING HI\.STY CONCLUSIONS, WE SUGGEST THAT OORTI COS PREOCCUPJ\-
TION \-liTH MONEY ANGLE OF INTERROGATION OF SILVIA DURAN TENDS TO CORROEORATE TO
SOME EXTENT AUTHENTICITY OF THE NICARAGUAN
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TO BE A STRONG POSSIBILITY THAT A DOWN PAYMENT WAS MADE TO OSWALD IN THE CUBAN
EMBASSY HERE, PRESUMABLY WITH PROMISE OF A SUBSEQUENT PAYMENT AFTER ASSASSINATION.
7. REQUEST DErAILED INSTRUCTIONS AS SOON AS FEASIBLE. REQUEST D-1MEDIATE
rnsTRUCTIONS ON WHETHER WE ARE AUTHORIZED TO REQUEST LOPEZ MATEOS TO REARREST
AND TAKE SILVIA DURAN INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. DANGER OF HER DI SAPPEARANCE OR
MURDER MAY BE IMMEDIATE J\ND GREAT. MANN"
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Sylvia DURAN knew where Oswald was staying in Mexico.
Could we get this address from her?
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explained that her ALONSO BLISS, owned a
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2585 Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, i'rll.am1., Florl.da.
explained that she had become acquainted with BETTY SERRATOS
some three months earlier at the apartment of CARfiffi N PINO,
and they had exchanged visits with each other thereafter
because of their mutual liking for recorded music. She also
stated that she had met SILVIA TIRADO DE DURAN at a concert,
but had no friendship with he r.
CHARLES E. BENTLEY explained that he is 27 years
of age and was in Mexico as a tourist, having resided for
the previous three months at Pa l e rmo Street No. 9, Colonia
Hipodromo, in Mexico City; that he had been trying to obtain
employment as a salesman for the Sonora Cattle Compa ny; that
he had served in the United Jtates Marine Corps from 1954 to
1957 and had no political affili a tions or leftist ideas.
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SERRATOS some two months earlier and was visiting at Herodoto
No. 14-7 because of his friendship with the m.
The s igned statement of SILVIA TIRADO DE DURAN and
data connected the rewith, which is recorqed above, was obtaine d
and the translation thereof from dpanish prepared by T-13,
a confidential s ource abroad.
(D) Hotel Accommodations of LEE
OSWALD in Mexico City
Oo November 26, 1963, T-14, a confidential source
who has furnished reliable information in the past, advised
that, following a check of the registration records of numerous
middle and lower class hotels in the downtown area of Mexico
City, he had ascertained that on September 27, 1963, LEE HARVEY
OSUALD had reg istered at the Hotel del Comercio, locate d at
Ca lle (dtree t) Bernardino de Sahagun No. 19 a nd approximately
eight blocks from the commerci a l heart of the l\lexican capital.
The records dis close d that OSWALD was r egistere d as the
occupant o f room No. 18 until October 1, 1963, a nd was d e leted
from the hotel guest lis t on October 2, 1963 .
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
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March 25, 1964
LEE HARVEY OSWALD
SIGNED STATEMENT OF
SILVIA TIRADO DE DURAN
On March 24, 1964, Captain FERNANDO GUTIERREZ
BARRIOS, Assis tant Director of the N&xican Federal Security
Police, Mexico, D. F., made available a copy of a signed
statement which had been made by SILVIA DURAN to the Federal
Security Police on November 23, 1963. A from
Spanish of that statement is recorded bereinunder:
"At the Ci ty of Mexico, Dist r ict, at
6:00 -p.m. of November 23, 1963, the undersigned,
Captain FERNANOO GUTIERREZ BARRIOS, Assistant Director
of the Federal Security (Police), proceeding legally
with witnesses preeent, record: that with the
presentation in this office of Mrs. SILVIA TIRADO DE
DURAN for the purpose of being interrogated concerning
the matters whieh are herein set forth, this document
was prepared:
"Promptly upon the pre!lentation of the pel"S()n
who under normal conditions is called SILVIA TIRADO DE
having been warned to tell the t ruth and adv18od
o! the penalties which are incurred by those who turn1eh
false testimony, described herself as follows: that her
name is as recorded, 25 years of age, married, without
religious preference, an employee, literate, a native
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#143, Apartment #3, with respect to the matter.s under
investigation declares: that she has been legally married
to Mr. HORACIO DURAN NAVARRO sinee November 5, 1958,
and is the mother ol a child named PATRICIA, who, at the
present time, is three and one-half years of age; that
in the month of Jul¥ or Aueust of 1961 the deponent was
invited to join the Mexican-Cuban Institute t Cu t ral
Relations, whi , a a m , by ttorn9y
AGUSTIN cuB CANQJC
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it as a Coordinator, and, although she
does not recall specifically who it was that r e commended
ber, she can clarify tpr some t i me previously she
was friendl and visited with fre uency the em io ees of
PROENZ and R , as we as with the female
employees, but principally with the secretary of Consul
EUSEBIO ASCUE, Miss MARICARMEN OLAVARRI, of Spanish
nationality but a relative of ASCUE; that at the
Institute the activities were exclusively of a cultural
nature and were attended on occasions by the afore-
mentioned Cultural Attaches and some Cubans, but in a
greater number by Mexicans, always artists and
intellectuals, without any political discussions,
although she recalls that at the time of the October
Cuban crisis in connection with the threatened invasion
of Cuba and the subsequent blockade of the island by the
North American Government, they listened by shortwave
radio to the news from the 'Prensa Latina' (Latin Press),
on the basis of which they made up a bulletin which was
read of the news that they had listened to directly from
Havana, agreeing also to the effect that Cubans and
Mexicans attending said meetings discussed the political
problem of CUba on a private basis without doing so in
any official character; that the declarant was receiving
of 500 pesos ($40 u.s.) monthly in her capacity
as Coordinator at the Institute, with her work schedule
being from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. daily, and the money for
the maintenance of the Institute itself coming from a
monthly subsidy from the Cuban Embassy, the amount of
which she is not aware, but also with each one of the
members paying a quota, and also contributions were
received from persons whose names she does not recall
because usually they were made anonymously, being unable
to fix the monthly receipts, although she was the pereoo
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who personally received all of the funds received at
the Institute; that in addition to the speaker, only
Mr . FELIPE ROJAS, who worked as a secretary at the
Institute during the mornings, received any monthly
salary in the s ame amount of 500 pesos ($40 u.s.),
with the remainder of the money which was received
being used for the payment of rent and other expenses
connected with its operations. That in the month of
December of 1961, the declarant and her husband made a
a trip by air to .. 1Iavana Cpha I for their own
transportation, but afi.of their expenses of their visit
to that city and the greater number of the cities of tbo
island being paid by the Cuban Institute of FriendshiE-.
with the People and the House of Culture so-called,
America3 ' the trip having lasteA fifteen days
without their having any contact or connection during
this trip with officials of the Cuban Government. That
as the speaker has already stated, she has been a
sympathizer of socialism and Marxist doctrine for
several years, having studied philosophy and
existentialism, and particularly she has sympathized
since its inception and sympathizes with the Cuban
Revolution. That approximately three months ago she
began to occupy the position of Secretary to the Cuban
Consul in this city, Mr . EUSEBIO ASCUE, who ceased to
functi on in that capacity some five days ago on Monday,
the 18th of this month, having been substituted by Mr.
ALFREDO MIRAVAL Y DIAZ, clarifying at this time that from
the beginning she began to work in acity as a
temporary measure as a result of a!?IC
e , who ha
been occupy ng that posit1on, unt some person should
arrive from Cuba who would assume the same, having had
under her responsibility the administrative operation
and preparing the visas which are issued, as well as
handling the applications f or such visas which invariably
are sent to the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Government
of Cuba, for its approval, Qavinf obtained thiA position
directly from former Consul ASCU , with whom she is very
frlendlt 1 _and for WhOm the Speaker Qf;OIJIJJ Qj gafi12@Q a
-xatawel party in her home, which was attended by almost
all of the officials and employees of the Embassy and
the Consulate, except the Ambassador. That the speaker
does not belong t o any political party and never has
attended manifestations or meetings, nor bas sb&

lectures or speeches, which her husband done,
he has written several articles for the newspaper
'El Dia' (The Day) (pro-Communist Spanish language
newspaper published in Mexico City); that she has never
been arrested for any reason, not even on the occasion
of the visit to Mexico of Mr. JOHN F. KENNEDY, which
caused her a great deal of personal satisfaction because
of the benefits which it would represent to the country.
That yesterday while she was working at the Cuban
Consulate, where she is employed from 10:00 to 2:00
and from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily and where she receives
a salary of 1,500 pesos ($120 u.s.) monthly, just before
their time of departure at noon, a friend commented to
her that she had been listening to the radio and heard
a news item to the effect that President KENNEDY had
5uffered an attack in which they had fired three
at him, as a result of which she callad her husband on
the -telephone and they discussed this news, and he
advised her that he already knew about it and referred
to said attack as 'monstrous,' and they agreed that upon
meeting at their home they would discuss the matter,
which they did during their dinner hour, but in a very
brief manner since they did not know all the
of the attack and the name and description of the
presumed author of the its having been only th•t
night that they read in the extra (edition) the news
relating thereto, and subsequently on the radio at her
reeidence she heard the name of LEE HARVEY OSWALD, which
caused her to remember that this name refers to a North
American who in the last days of September or the first
days of the month of October of the present year
at the Cuban Consulate and applied for a visa to Cuba
in transit to Russia and based his application on his
presentation of his passport in which it was recorded
that he had been living in the latter country for a
period of three years, his work permit from that same
country written in the Russian language and letters in
the same language, as well as proof of his being married
to a woman of Russian nationality and being the apparent
Director in the city of New Orleans of the organization
called 'Fair Play for Cuba' with the desire that he
l!!lhould be accepted ap a 'friend' of the Cuban nG"el uti ea.,
as a result of which the speaker, in compliance with her
duties, received all of his data and filled out · the
application, and he left to return
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c a y called t e
because of her interest in f acilitating the handling of
the Russian visa for LEE HARVEY OSWALD, but from there
they answered her that the operation would require
approx1ma telJ• f lill!tr months, which annoyed the applicant,
as he affirmed he was in a gr1ntt liatiy to obtain
the visas which would permit him to travel to Russia,
insisting that e was entitled to them b e of hie
background and h s par sanship an personal act v
J:n favol of Ute eaban HIOvement, the declatant'e not being
able to SPGelly UYeatiSG srte aaes not remember whether or
not he said that he was a member of the Communist Party,
bat that his wife, of Russian nationality, was at that
time in the city of New York from where she would follow
him, although his place of origin was the afore-
mentioned city of New Orleans; that as soon as OSWALD
understood that it was not possible to give him a Cuban
visa without his previously obtaining a Russian one,
because the former was for transit, he became highly
agitated and angry, as a result of which the speaker
called Con§ul ASCUE, who, at that time, was in his
private office in company of his ultimata replacement,
MIRAVAL, :ame out and ao with
4SWAJ.Q in y ry angry manne ap ASC co clu ed h¥
15Aying to him that, 'As far as hft was conoerned, lae
'WUld not giye h!::: !f'!ia,
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and that 'P,. pA»&&B ls'il'e him,
in place of aid h
s e1ng noted that in their discussion they
ba een referring to the Russian socialist revolution
and not the Cuban, its being stated by OSWALD that he
bad two reasons to request the visa with urgency, which
were, one, that his permit to be in Mexico was expiring
and the other that he had ur ent necessit of
Russia; that in spite o e ar men e speaker handed
ft!oswALD a piece of paper similar to that which she
writes at this time in which she recorded her name,
'SILVIA DURAN,' and the telephone number of the
Consulate, which is '11-28-47,' and, at any rateA she
in ted the hand i · isa a ication by
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41ffij\YALD subsequently called her or not on the telephone
for the Consulate which she had given him; that all of
the conversation which the speaker had with OSWALD, as
well as that of Consul ASCUE with him, was in the
English l4nguage since he did not speak any Spanish,
and that upon seeing his photograph which appears in
today's newspapers, specifically in the newspaper
Dia,' she immediately recognized and identified it a3
being the same person that she has been referring to as
LEE HARVEY OSWALD. That on only one occasion the
declarant attended a reception ceremony at the Russian
Embassy which was given on the occasion of the visit of
the astronauts, GAGARIN and TERESHKOVA, on the personal
invitation which the speaker received from the Russian
Consul YACKSOV when the latter visited ASCUE and MIRAVAL
and delivered to them their respective invitations at
the Cuban Consulate. That wit h respect to her in-laws,
LIDIA and RUBEN DURAN NAVARRO, the former on various
occasions attended with the declarant t he meetings which
were being held at the Institute, whereas the latter
only did so on one or two occasions in connection with
exhibits of paintings and with respect to BETY SERRATO
AZUCAR, the wife of RUBEN, she has always remained aloof
from these activities, although all of them are of
leftist ideology but do not
activities; that BARBARA ANN BLITS ESQUlfEk'and
AGATA ROSENO GARCIA .are friena$ 0TBET an e spealcer
bas known them very little and superficially, as a result
of which she knows nothing about their activities and
ideologies, and i with the gentleman who ehe
knows is name he had never seen him
iend ARA, since
e was talking to ARA when they
were dining at the home of the deponent, being pre5ent
her husband, AGATA and LIDIA, whereas the others were
at the home of her brother-in-law, RUBEN. That she has
nothing further to declare and after reading the above.
she ratifies and signs the margins in evidence thereof.
The above document is closed authorized and witnessed.
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Signed, Assistant Director of Federal Security,
Captain FERNANDO GUTIERREZ BARRIOS.
"Nitnesses: Lie. (Atty.) FERNANOO ORTIZ DE LA PENA;
CARLOS DURAN LANz:•
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On Minister of
of a report dated Nov r , 1963, recording the r e sult s
of investig atioo by Agents of the Mexican_Federal Security
Police (Direccion Federal de Inve stigaciones- DFS), A
translation from Spanish of that report f ollows hereinunder:
"In connection wi t h the a ssassination of the Presi dent
of the United States, JOHN F . IffiNNEDY , i t was reported that
LEE HARVEY OSWALD had previously been in Me x i c o, as a
consequence of which appropriate investig ation was conducted,
the results of which are as f ollows:
LEE HARVEY OSti/ALD was in Mexico, having entered
at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas (St a t e), on September 26 last, as
a tourist, proceeding from New Orleans and departing at t he
same place on last October Jrd.
It was confirmed that he had come to Mexico to
apply for a visa at the Cuban Embassy, f or transit enroute to
Moscow.
Toward this objective , he e5tablished
with SILVIA TIRADO DE DURAN, a Mexican 'SILVIA DURAN,' whom
he interviewed on two occasions, since s he is an employee of
the Consu late, responsible f or making the arrangements
necessary for this type of visa and completing t he cards with
data concerning the applicant, an indispensable requisite
for obtaining a Cuban visa.
Through her, he made contact with the Russian
Consulate for the same purpose.
it was learned that the ·above-mentioned SILVIA
DURAN bad been one of the contacts made by LEE HARVEY OSWALD
in Mexi co, said lady a.nd her husband were arrested in order
that they might be interrogated, advising in their statements
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teaching position on t his subject in the Nat ional Schooi of
Plastic Arts, a dependency of t he U.N.A. M. (Universidad
Nacional Autonoma <1e Mexico - National Autonomous University
of Mexico), where he receives a salary of 1,400 pesos ($112
u.s.) monthly; 40 years of age, married, without religious
preference, domiciled at Constituyentes (street) #143, .
Apartment #3, in this city; that eight years of _
hia J..ife were spent in Los and s ubse-
quently he came to this capital with his parents , RUFINO. DURAN
and LIDIA NAVARRO DE and later they went to Santiago,
to live, remaining there for a period of a year and
one-half, later returning with his brother RUBEN to Mexi co,
being followed later by his sister LIDIA and his mother; that
he entered the National Agricultural School at Chapingo,
where he studied for five years f or a career as an Agronomist
and as he had learned drawing in the San Carlos Academy, he
chose to continue studying that art, which served him as a
basfs for specializing i n Industrial Designing, which he now
follows, · b teacher in that subject in the School of Fine
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son named PAUL DURAN DEJARblN, who at the present t ime is
10 years of age, and with that marriage having lasted more or
less six years, and with the breaking up of that matrimony,
on November 5, 1958, he entered into a new marriage contract
with his present wife, SILVIA TIRADO DE DURAN, with whom he
fathered a girl named PATRICIA, now 3! years of age; that when
he became acquainted with his present wife, she was working
as a Secretary in the ..£:,rot§? Gal and later she and other
persons, among them Prof: AGUSTIN CANOVAS, the Cultural
Attaches of the Cuban Embassy , and others, began to organize
the Mexican Cuban Institute of Cul t ural Relations 'Jose Marti,'
in which she served as a Coordinator, and for about the last
four months, she has been employed as a Secretary in the
Consulate General of Cuba in this city, first having worked
with the Consul, EUSEBIO AZCUE, and now with MIRABAL,
receiving a monthly salary of 1,500 pesos. He acknowledged
that his ideology is leftist and in sympathy with the Cuban
Revolution, adding that this is the reason why he permits
his wife to work and engage in her present activities. He
stated that when he discussed with his wife the assassination
of President KENNEDY, having heard the name of the presumed
perpetrator, LEE HARVEY OSWALD, she immediately told that
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part of September or early October had been in the CubAn
Consulate applying for a Cuban visa in transit to Russia;
that she had attended him herself and handled his visa
application papers, but when she notified him that he would
first need a Russian visa and that his application would
to be sent to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations, which,
of course, would require several days, OSWALD became angry
and lost his self control, as a result of which SILVIA called
the Consul AZCUE, wi t h whom the applicant had a violent
argument. He added t hat he had not seen nor had he personally
known LEE HARVEY OSWALD, and in December of 1961 he (DURAN)
made a trip to Cuba, accompanied by his wife, paying f or their
tickets
It is pointed out that at the home where the DURAN
couple was detained jJ Hspadatq #14, Apartment A, the home of
the brother-in-law of SILVIA DURAN, namtJd RUBEN DURAN NAVARRO,
the persons who were visiting at that reSidence were arrested
and their background data is recorded below:
(None of the ·individuals below as havine been
interviewed admitted lmowing OSWALD or having any information
concerning him; therefore, the data •coneerning them ie being
eummarized rather than recorded in full.)
RUBEN DURAN NAVARRO advised that he was born in
Los Angeles, California, is married to BETTY SERRATOS, is
38 years of age, a decorator by profession, and has applied
for Mexican citizenship. He related that Calle Herodoto #14,
Apartment A, is his residence.
BETTY SERRATOS DE DURAN related that she was born
in the Republic of Honduras and has resided in Mexico for the
past ten years, is 33 years of age, and has never belonged to
any political party or entertained leftist ideas. She explained
that she resides with her husband, RUBEN DURAN NAVARRO, at
Herodoto #14, Apartment A.
LIDIA DURAN NAVARRO VDA. (widow) DE FLORES advised
that ehe 35 years of age, having been born at Chihuahua,
Chihuahua; that she resides at Luz Savinon Street No. 1211,
Apartment 2, and is employed in the Tourism Department and
the Mexican Sports Federation. She denied having
affiliations or sympathies. She explained that abe is.tbe
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be subjected to every operational control possible, on
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in Northern He>: ico to secllre valid Hexican [HI SS;?Orts
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connected \d.th the Guate:rt..alan guerrillas such as the allee ect FAr..
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dated 26 J·;ay \.:as retained by this Station. sed thi s sketch t o
disc•Jss the layout of The statemznt
nade at the of paragrayh 4 of the r eport 27 is in error .
ha s t\:o telephones. i·ihat took for a third
phone in the beck of that section in reality an intercom uuit.
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Lee Harvey1 on several occa:;ions \·•he:1
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io..:tCAted in tha rcferanca. Th()se on ond Oi.':;f.P:t-1 'l::c
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A. DURAN .A.R.aESTED AT HOME WITH HUSBAND AND MEMBERS

OF FAMILY WHO HAVING PARTY. ALL TAKEN TO JAIL.
. B • . SINCE SHE HAD TOLD NOT ONLY HUSBAND BUT OTHER
ME1.1BERS OF FAMILY ABOUT OSWALD VISITS AFTER SHE READ NAME
AND SA Vi TV PICTURE. SHE A:I:TRIBUTED ARREST TO DENUNCIATION BY
COUSIN 'WHOM DOES NOT LIKE. THUS SOURCE GOM KNOWLEDGE NOT
REV.E;ALED TO HER.
C. DOES NOT KNOW WHERE OSWLAD STAYED IN MEXl.
D. PASSPORT OSWALD SHOWED HER WAS STILL VALID FOR
USSR. HE TOLD HER WISHED RETURN THERE WITH WIFE.
E. DURAN HAD IMPRESSION OSW:A!..D OR BELIEVED HE
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Name: Lea Harvey Oswald
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"Investigation of Assassination of President John F. Kennedy_ Novez:nb e r
22, 1963'! to if the questioned signature on the Cuban Visa
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Are the y the Novo brothers .
I think so, yeab. From Union City, New Jersey
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Gifford Pinchot-Irwin Charles Carten- blew himself to daxxs death on
Easter Sunday-shot in mouth
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77C- Hemming- Oswald's visit to Cuban Consulate.
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"Whe n I 'm l e aving Cuba to keep my Harum straight a:i:R on my fucking head
my cover is I 'm working with these Nicaraguans. So one of the things that
got me out of Cuba , got me outta the fuckin slam wa s the fact that I had a
l etter from Che to a woman who worked with Sylvia Duran that had a safehouse
in Mexico City . So I KWH went through all the contacts, did all the business
in Mexico City with the Sandista pee ple- Revolutionary Front people. I was
debriefed by CIA and they got all of that shit , all the addresses, all the
phone humbers. Like I dent pay attention exa to t::i: it and a normal person
would forget all that shit. 9 Now when the Garri son investigation
came about here are all these fame fucking people Id been dealing with.
Step by step by step. And there not :i:MID important people. are bigger
fucking fish than Sylvia Duran. There are are the odds t:at:
that everyone of my contacts would have been seen my Oswald? You know?
Give me the odds against that shit . Bill ArsA Stuckey does a n article about
me in the New Orleans States Item and then interviews Oswald in New Orleans.
Oswald had dealt with Stuckey long before the interview . • He knew him iaxm
:fll!l:z: from before.
HL .Hunt-Hunt peopl e came down here with money in 1962 . We infroduced them
at: to Tony Questa and the rest of the guys. Bosch was never int t oduced to
HL HUnt s people . Bosch wasnt doing anyting unt il 1 963
Bern ard Barker- Helms disclosed Barker fi fed by CIA for involvement w;
organized crime.
"He apologized for that and retracted it so. It was published R in the Miami
He rald. Test. •• k•i:IIXHF held up one )CHXR year- apology came s oon after that.
Has ltr from CIA apap apologizing.
Raymound Thomas-wrong dude
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Marita- Al Chestone-retired FBI man
journalist stole Maritas stuff = held it for a ransom-had to pay 5 Gs to get
it ax back •• illegal alien-who lives on 82nd St.
Picture-Oswald,Patrick, Frank & me - i n the ever glades i n Miami . The picture
was a% among this bunch of stu ff this Germa n broad took away and then
she she van ished for months in Germany. Got the sxx:f stuff back after
paying ransom then taking He writer down to Police station and picture was
missing. Then about three weeks ago the Bx:i:siaRaxx R:z::i:s British overseas press
called me they said that this KATRINI VON HUTTON was in frankfurt for the
book fair and had tried to sell my ae stor y anyway with the k picture and was
abduct ed from her hotel room in Frankfurt by 2 American officals . And as hasnt
been seen since . BRITISH DAILY EXPRESS. Last time Marita saw herR was on
Sept 7, (19777) Refer ed to her by MICHEAL ZEZU- a lawyer
wrote best seller i n Germany. Pictures were taken by Alex Rorke . Exp-husband
say them. Case officer saw them. Turned over to FBI 3 or 4th week after
Watergate-broke. Ali of us standing in rebel uniforms with weapons afcross
out shoulders, Frank with a bush hat , Ozziex with a hat . It was ad dated too.
Diaz Lanz i s in photo too.
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Sylvia Duran
"When I'm leaving Cuba to keep my Harurn straight IBIXR on my fucking head
my cover is I'm working with these So one of the things that
got me out of Cuba, got me outta the fuckin slam was the fact that I had a
letter from Che to a woman who worked with Sylvia Duran that had a safehouse
in Mexico City. So I KKK went through all the contacts, did all the business
in Mexico City with the Sandista peaple- Revolutionary Front people. I was
debriefed by CIA and they got all of that shit, all the addresses, all the
phone hurnbers. Like I dont pay attention exm to xi it and a normal person
would forget all that shit. Now when the Garrison investigation
came about here are all these same fucking people Id been dealing with.
Step by step by step. And there not XRIBI important people. are bigger
fucking fish than Sylvia Duran. There are •• what are the odds xax
that everyone of my contacts would have been seen my Oswald? You know?
Give me the odds against that shit. Bill Stuckey does an article about
me in the New Orleans States Item and then interviews Oswald in New Orleans.
Oswald had dealt with Stuckey long before the interview .• He knew him xsxrn
:fmx from before.
HL.Hunt-Hunt people came down here with money in 1962. We infroduced them
mx to Tony Questa and the rest of the guys. Bosch was never inttoduced to
HL HUnts people. Bosch wasnt doing anyting until 1963
Bernard Barker- Helms disclosed Barker fifed by CIA for involvement w/
organized crime.
"He apologized for that and retracted it so. It was published R in the Miami
Herald. Test. Be held up one ¥KXB year- apology carne soon after that.
Has ltr from CIA apologizing.
Thomas-wrong dude
blank may 1978
777D
Marita- Al Chestone-retired FBI man
journalist stole Maritas stuff = held it for a ransom-had to pay 5 Gs to get
it MX back •• illegal alien-who lives on 82nd St.
Picture-Oswald,Patrick, Frank & me- in the everglades in Miarni.The picture
was among this BHER bunch of stuff this German broad took away and then
she she vanished for months in Germany. Got the sxxf stuff back after
paying ransom then taking He writer down to Police station and picture was
missing. Then about three weeks ago the British overseas press
called me they said that this KATRINA VON HUTTON was in frankfurt for the
book fair and had tried to sell my se story anyway with the picture and was
abducted from her hotel room in Frankfurt by 2 Arnetican officals. And xs hasnt
been seen since. BRITISH DAILY EXPRESS. Last time Marita saw here was on
Sept 7, (1977?) Refered to her by MICHEAL ZEZU- a lawyer
wrote best seller in Germany. Pictures were taken by Alex Rorke .
say them. Case officer saw them. Turned over to FBI 3 or 4th week after
Watergate-broke. of us standing in rebel uniforms with weapons afcross
out shoulders, Frank with a bush hat, OzzieH with a hat. It was BH dated too.
Diaz Lanz is in photo too.
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General Counsel
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President's Com.mi.asion on the
Assassinati011 of .Presi.d:eat Ke:medy
CSW A.!D D ocu:ments Supplied by_
the Cuban Gcwe%n.ment ,
This to your letter oi September 1, which enclos-ed
two items o£ documentation rec:•ntly received from the Cuban
Govermnent. In responae to paragraph 3 oi your six
copies each of the photagrapbs are atta..ched !or the Commission•s-
use.
Vie have begun to undertake the ha.odwriting analytJi.s.
The results will be conm:mnkated promptly.
We have also .forwarded ?hotographic r.Qples of the
d0<:'1:lment.ation to the FBI.
for FOIA REW1ew on
JUH 1976
Attachlnanta
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{2) !":H.: P.ot.e '.. an1 :-to-eel Yetropolc vere both unier se.m-e
'.. ra ant: r.:-e closely \n:.ttched by the KGB.
c.n-l Ot'fic:e" w-hich Ri.I::!!na Shirakova told Lee l!.J.:..:::vey·
'::.>.,."<:.'!.,.i h.u.J no :.i.::'ied of h ls -.:o be..;cme a cit.!.z.cn o.t: 'the
:./.: l]'l.i.C'n, is. p:-cbc.bly the Vi se. e.!'!d Registr:uion Depar1:men:. o:f
tLc: t"..:!.;!iS try vf.' In t.er:J.al Affairs.
( I'Lcr-e •,•!:: aJ.::ega 'tior.s that Sylvia Du..-a.n e...t.:.d hc:r- huzband ,'
· :·c.c ·; Dur2..:: !·iP.'V"e.:-:-o, are mer:·oers of t.."le Coll!:I:Uni.s:. Party.
( 5) 'r'h.e :Jo·Ji.e t procedure is :o send de fee tors 'Jho have car.:-ied
.. rit l.iC:1 in to scc:e place in the Soviet. Union
l·! sc--:: w- :-ea5or..ably soon e.fter i-.; has been detc.I1:1ined "..o
:!<'.P t the (In e:3tablishln.g ho·" lcms lee P'..arvey Os·"-a::Ld
!l!"•)Uab"• y be accept.ed by 't.he Soviet Union :for rcsiden-:;e
1-1'-\.! Cot!l!llission would like to have au'tho:-ity .for rcl.yifib
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JUL 1976
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ke Rankin
Ccoera.l Counsel
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MEMORANDUM F01
SUBJECT:
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27 August 1964
Section of Commission Report on
Possible Foreign Conspiracy
1. On 2.6 August, Mr./ and I read the section of the
Commission report relating to possible foreign involvement in
the a:s sas sination of President Kennedy. We reported our reactions
to you the same afternoon. However, I give below certain sentences
copied from the report which you may w·ish to consider in detail:
(Page 3) "The CIA has made an especially valuable
contribution by supplying the Commission with information
originating with defectors from the Soviet intelligence
services and bearing on secret practices and procedures
which would be applicable in the Soviet Union to a case
like that of Oswald's during his stay there . "
(Page 3)
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Nevertheles s, because it believes that the
fullest possible disclosure of all the facts relating to the
assassination of President Kennedy is of the highest
importance, the C ommis sian has included in this report
all the information furnished by these agencies which it
considered in coming to its conclusions, whether such
information tended to confirm or contradict those
conclusions , and, in addition, all the information which
would have contradicted tfiose conclusions if it had been
considered, even though the Commission did not regard
it as sufficiently reliable to be cor. side red.
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information designated as rumors and speculation, the report
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that the public could decide for itself the correctness of the
conclusions in this report, by testing them against
evidence which tends to contradict them."
(Page 3 a) According to the report, the only relevant
not included is that of "highly confidential
nature fand} derived from sources the reliability of which
is so so uncertain that the Commission was not
able to rely upon it in coming to its conclusions" .
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and to "or" which seems to be more in keeping with the meaning to
be conveyed.
(Page 3a) "Secret sources of information, as contrasted
with the information itself, have in many instances been
withheld'. The continued use of such sources and, where
,· secret informants are involved, the very lives of such
informants would be placed in jeopardy if names p positions
or other identifying characteristics were to be disclosed."
Comment: This somewhat awkward sentence might be · construed
to point up technical as distinguished from agent sources. We asked
that it be revised.
(Page 4} "Between September 26 and October 3, 196·3,
he (Comment: Oswald is meant) travelled to Mexico City and
there made several visits and telephone calls to the Cuban
Consulate.
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(Page 12} A statement is made that the Durans deny
Commwrist Party memberships, but there have been allegations
that both are members .1
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confidential source that Duran and the other individuals
at the Cuban Consulate were genuinely upset at the news
of the President's 3.Ssassination. Comment: Given here
for your review .
(Page 12} Silvia Duran' s statements are presented,
f ollowed by t he statement : "Most importantly, confidential
sources availab le t o the United Stat es , I
· c onfirm the truth of her statements.
C omment : I
(Pages 13 a - 16) The Alvarado story is given in detail
(be is termed Mr . A .). We asked that he be identified as a
"Latin American secret agent rat her than "South American
, · sec ret agent". /
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report s t ates, "The most significant evidence relied on by
the Commission is the information obtained from!
I reliable sources which corroborates the statements
of Silvia Tirada de Duran."
Z. We believe that Mr .\ should read those portions
of the report relating tq Mexico City and Cuba .
3 . Mr .f attention is drawn to discussion of Cswald
having been recruited by the Soviets (conclusion in the negativ e),
contained in Pages 25a - 26.
4 . References t o CI A in the Soviet portion of the foreign
conspiracy sect i on have b een reported by Mr. {
hence will not be repeat ed here .
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SUBJECT: ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT
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JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDr
NOVE}tBER 22, 1963
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Division, dated 9/12/69, captioned as above, a cop7
of which was furnished you with instructions. You were
requested in rolet to furnish your observations on the material
which bad been received from State Department and which was
enclosed for you.
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Cif_ Nathan Ferrli?wherein he pointed out that some of the
handwriting on &tate Department material was
ltf: Ferris was advised an eTfort would be made to
bettor copies from the State Department. ··• ·
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more legible copy have been unproductive. The State Depart- ..
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City. Tho State Department representative sueges ted that
lf the original was not in tho files of the Embassy in ltcxico
City, the only remaining alternative would be to interview

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fact which I did , -:.C'-'llb' are of until my curre nt review
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I tell him that the case closed". I v.·ould not
have considered it to be of concern to him whether the c a se was
closed or not. I did tell him in res ponse to his inquiry, that
it would not be fQ! him to pursue this matter any
further .. :;:::-· J since wenad heard her story be fore and
it had been checked out without being subs tantiated and I
therefore considered her s to be a closed issue. · · · · ·
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This office has no information indicating such to
be a fact or that either given the story to such
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He was one of various officers assigned to the Political Section
and although he was ostensibly friendly, his assignment had
little in common with the work of this office and therefore our
relations, both official and personal, were closer with other
officers in the Political Section. The only official contact
I had with him was in connection with instant matter. Although
at that time he exhibited somewhat of a "detective in
desiring to probe into the story recounted he at
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vicmbre. (liPI>.- El minis- meti da a un violento y coac-
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Raul Roa, entreg6 hoy a! de Ia solicitud del presunto
embajador de :VIexico, Gil· asesino del pre:;idente Ken-
berto Basques, una nota de neely, Lee Harvey Oswald,
protesta del gobierno cuba· de •isaclo cubano de transi·
no por Ia "groscra, ilegal e to.
injusti!icable" detencl6n por El documento, publicado
la pollcia de aquel pais de por los diariCJ:> cubanos de
la empleada mcxicana del Ia manana, afladc que los he·
consulado de Cuba en su ca· cho.s clenunciados "constitu·
pita!, Silvia Duran, y s u es- yen actos cncmistosos hacia
poso el pasado sabado. Cuba··. .
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de los reacclonarios en
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para pr omover una polltica
de represi6n y guerra, urdi·
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agentes policiacos no puede
pasarla por alto el gobierno
de Cuba, que considera este
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de obra por agenres de Ia
pollcia federal dt> ese pais,
como consecuen.!ia de lo
cuat presenta hematomas en
los brazos".
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m•s IS UNI::VALUAlEO INFORMATION. SOURCE CRAOINCS ARE OEFI NITIVt:. APPRAISAL OF CO:'lTCNT 15 •
·1. Fidel o was highly of the note which Uaul
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J.n Hab:2.na protesting the arres·t by tlcxic:l.i:l police of a Cuban
· Consulate er.1ployee in Mexico) Despite the that the
employee, Silvia Duran, was a Lle=dcan citizen, Fidel
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of Agrarian neform), but would leave his p_rcsent and
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Eec&lse of the i.Jtportence or <!ocmtent 5, and itn ab3ence the July 2.3
note_, I wished 'to inquire· es to tThether the=e clzht have so:;:e cisuclcr-·
stending on r:ry Fe.rt. of the Foreiga Secretary's tel.e?l:ona to ce., or .
whether there bed 'been some subsequent change on the part of the Mc.:d.cen
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return at tb..e note to hii:l so that the page coul.d. b.3 \'d tb. the
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1. LIC. LUIS INFORMED COS AT 1800 HRS MEXICO TIME
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THAT SYLVIA DURAN AND HER HUSBAND HAD ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED.
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Silvia DURAN, the girl who put OSWALD in touch with the Soviet
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she can be questioned on the matter.
She lives at Bahia de Morlaco #74.
Her mother lives at Ebr-o #12.
Her brother lives at Herodoto #14.
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Home phone is 45 - 06 - 96.
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INCOMMUN!CADO SHE GIVES
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Adi&""S4or Sa Vcd.oo an4 vbo arrivecl belle When abe wu u
CoordicatGr 1n the In&Ututo ot Cultul'al. n&l&t1on.e. Sbe
trlen4l.y v1 tb ih.U po.rso:l bolt ISba novv d14 any P4treonal von
tor h1a. 8&14 tbat th1a Aabuaador ca. to hca houM to
ber on tllc or a vbicb abo hel4. Sb.e conaidan hill aa
a Msn4 and abe MV h1a tibo aaid that he CDD to be .
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2. UpoA bebg ulal4 U aha Jmev Carlo. 1 'lbCCII L. JU.81
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&n8\lnc4 tbat nra11f.he!r di4 abe 1mOu tb8a aor bad abo bGard t3pee.k ot
the::l excopt tor the laat ooe, vb.oa abe ctoea not 'but d#es know or
hit: Gn4 actinU..to vhicb be 1a 4ed1cauxt. Neither doea tbe
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Inotitute, u4 betON u a oec:retar7 in tha Ccmavlate ebe wnt
to the Cuban !Qbluy to hel» PimBZA. 'Ibe bolp she reudere4
tbcro conG1atod ot tho tolsph.one• and 4o1nt. .. tu.ka.
'!be CultUl"Ql Att.uba P'6CDZA IWf'Or ue1..';D.ed ber azr.f work oat"14e . ;
iMJo.Gey. nb.e &aid that .abe had lmoW betoro allc ha4 been coor-
dinator for the In.Rituio o:LDee 5be vas a &ood triGnd o.t Raul
tbll buaba.o4 at I'lliWi'a si.ateJ"-in-lav, who di.ed about th.reo
e.n4 a bal.t 7CU"1 qo. It waa tl:u'olleb. J'LOF£3 that DURlll net ProtrtlA.
GQ.id that tb8 1n-1Av to VaD a teaQber &Dd a vr1ter.
lt. Sba ri&ted that abe hu ba4 bG.r proMD.t 14eol.Oi(Y tor
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hU book ent.1tla4 I!M4lau a1n Cabesa)
in vb1oh be triM to pro.,. the 1natataaoe ot the Mcdcan Cantnlat
.Party (lal"t14o CQ81n1a't& Meaxic:ano, laC) vhile it 1a obV10u tbat tb1t;
pe.rf:r d.oo3 1ndae4 oxiat# altboagh it 1a A.id tlnt she
bail not belon.JI(l to t.Ua but that abo 1G triendly v1th ita
lee&lro Ja.e Bm.EL'WJ a:o4 tbe tvo LI7..Al..IBS.
6. Uaclaimed 1n tbe !QI
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tried to Join lt because aha vu 1n with it except tw 1t:.

7 • DU1WI Wilt OD to ..;r t.bat bar aalary 1n 'tho COD.aW.•
ate vu $1,500 (Attdaan JP08) -,.r aontb, an4 abe conttzmn to receive
tb..U ataOW'Jt. Sba G&14 abo baa DO other 1nccne nw does abe receive
acy ovarti:o ,a;y a:r otJI'rlaGioDs becra»M in Cuba thlA u cal.lAd voluntarr
Wl't G.cd 1s not Wboo. 8be uplainod bo.r pt'Obl.et to tbe
ArlbuGGdor-tbat abe bad beer1 eJTHtc4-he !Ddtcoted to boor t.bat bo
c11d aot bGlieTe U.t it voul4 be Deeeeaary tar h1D to intervont but
ha tolA her tba\ lie .w.4 a proteat. 8&14 vben ebcJ vas
arrested, Corwn'•te nnv bel' arrr other k1lld or help
nor 414 they ottv to ht:Lft her co to CW. or becCXIe c1t1r.en
beeanae it been wU that ate and bar
aro lUtcana and tbo1 tave not vanted t.o v0 to cw.. On ono OCCU1on
vhan 1t 1188 lear:led that her bWJblu:Ml wu a c14a1:;ner
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and e.ketched an
ror tbe eomtruct1cn ot o school 1n Cube, tboy aakcd him to 4o
1t or 1t. no cU.d not a.ccopt becGnDe he 1a first and a

e. • 1&14 tb&t tbe ewu IDR1tute or lri.erWtlip v1th l'eo}alu
(wt1tuto c!e AD1ata4 aca 1oe IQablAM, IW) a a
1ns't1tutiorl vbaftin are CODQOnta'ted tho 1nv1tat1oos ..S. by 41verae
. ';l'OUpO vbo a;penoea ot the e;uutr- thJ'ouuh ICAP. '1bo8e 1uvited to·
Cuba by lCU aro not nco:.a&arily p&oille. Sbe ia it'tctul to
that 1n8t1 tut1.co bec:lw.ce abe reoe1 vec1 ,;ood tr.tamrt o.nd ,.. vary
vhen aha went to CUba. E>be bas not kopt 1n touch v1th tho
1nat1't.Ut1cm DOl' doc. abo m.ve u:1 zr.cre to do vith. it. She C&nCDt
tae1Utat.o tlrawl tor otber ponons aa £he l.acka eoutact v1tb thct
Culla.zuJ. ('lbe ZIJ&Q1o.; at th1a pbrue iG o.ot at. ill clear.) 'Ihct vioaa
11bich a1'e ftqQUted by ICU ce procoaMd d1l'OC tl.y by the imlmB•y as u
dono v1tb tbotle 1DY1te4 to Cuba. 'lb1a type or courtca;y ar
Gpocial V18a cb. · not U0 th:roa&b tho 'nle Caoaulato
Ua1ta4 to v1th pa14 viau. Sbe hu no contact Vitb 1n
tbo SOviot 31Jl:uay alld 1-.a boen there onl)' tvico J mx:e tor tho

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recapUon tor 'lmi.'SIOJA an4 c.t.OABDI aDd tQr lut &:UUwnary
cf tbo NYOlation ot tbo OR. latter occuton abe vent
tba Ccmaul 414 cot bave a car aDd bo ukad ber to ,;o vi th
hie. :!be OQly 20
9· »>.BAA ad4ec1 tba't abe aoea 1mcN Hlria Doloroa 4o La ai)Sl
Wo mut be a1aOut 27 014 8D4 1a & DIVOJIDPR vaaaA. Ot. Dat
her eut.a llab.u;y oo. the nocafon tbe October cr1a1a# and
aho has onJ,y aeon ber two or thnte tau atnco. DUP.Arl 4cRl"1bed
Lc J.n!A aa veey nice u4 a penon with vbma obe Dtzouct \\P a
Attroction troa the JIIGICUlt tbey mot. 6be aav bar once 1n tbo lie:xico-
Cuta lnllt.1tut. all4 laaD vith bar DUNJI baa not been
to • hoaGe ncr bu ab.e beeu to lXJBA.fl'a, but the,- bave aeon one
anatb&Jl'> in the CCWJulate. DUIWI JmcN'I that. l.a )X>FA bol.onsa to an
Qrilitocratic tarl1Q'
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1a r.ot nectionary, an4 tb&t ahe doea not ti.O
to tb8 Ezabwiiay veey wch. At l.eut, DUlWI bu nat Men her thol-e.
Aceord11lJ to DUlW1, abe 11 pretty.
10. l)UJWI ata'tecl the.t k1xln CA1JBB01
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tbo MCntG.ey
to tho Delet,at1on 1n tbe cut..n lzlbu.t;y vho ,.. al.reatly
wrkin.t; tbcre vhe.n DUlWI bot*l to vo.rk 1n tbe Conaulo.ta. c:AJ.J.l£00M
1e uomarried and I>U1Wf eouUera bar a b-iend al tbey uao CX38
anotber 15 a vhite peraon, about 22 or 23 yoara old,
an4 DtmAl'J 4oea nat kllOU exaat)J vbat bor work involves. Bl:le may be
or t.tbll"'4 8ecrotar:/ ot tba COIZIItt'Cial ..
btl:i bMn to 001Wi•a boac• aDd abe vu tbOre ou DUIWI' s b1rtbday.
Sbe llvetG with ber mtller. 1\ro voeka ago ehe vent to CUba because
her tatber vcua w.. DtDWI alld Luisa wnt to the liOVioo once.
In anawr to .,.csat queaUooa, &614 an4
t ho Ccmaul ce 1n the Ccuul•te. Sbe -.14 that tho t1r•t tilae that Lee
Hano7 05\lAW wa 1A tbe eon-.a1ato 1n tlle to l'OqlJie\ 1ntonJa·
UOn about t-:ctting abe 414 not obMne b1a 'V'OrY wll. In
t he Gf'tarnocm, llovevor, vbtm ho b&c1 tho vit.h tbQ ConaW., sb.d
did hill elOf'IOl¥ and 1D aura that be vu nat .. laDRo.
12. 'l'hDre 1.B no ro4..hadod DOtiJ'O or t!lat deGCr1pt1on 1n the
Lato]J-• 110 nav paraoD bu lt.1Tive4 at tbe Fobaaay.
13. Sbe hu baA DO f'UI'thao coatMta vith CQrl()(S LiCROOA bt mail.,
bt tole or CUJ1 thU'd peraon.
JA. When Dho qeD vitb tba abQlt bazt &rreGt., no
\nGinatloat aa4e to be tbat abo be t&kan to and &ho
:":'Oiteratoo that abo lmov1 DO one tram tbe Savat Enb&aay.
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15· 8bD lid4 the tollw1ng l'OJ&l"'41DJ ber t.ri.p to cw. 1llaeN abe
qent two .... v1tb be hUlu4.
a. tbe lut "-7a ot 1961, I wnt W11Dv1te4
to Cub& aDil PL14 Jq Oft eqenaee.
b. f1»oc arri.Yina 011 Cuhue Aii'UJ•• 1n Bebena, I nut to ttca
Hotel Ticto11a w.. I 11814 fQzo rq 011 t.be aeeac4 4q ot
my otq 1D Jklwl-
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SaJll!ll' lllZOLA, t.be Directar ot ICAP, tar
vbozl a latter of b"CII Aabu..S.ar
l'OR'IWliDO. In tbe latter be rec:01io1118nded 'q buabud and - 1n
order tbat w t.vo an 1nv1tat1on to •UIJ at the Ilat.na
Riviera not.l, whidl 1a tbo hotel ror the ot tbe ICAP, arA
vbere w tack a l'OCXI.
o. .eu. M1ll after 111 arr1:val, rq bubcd anivlld in
lla'-•• We bad to ..,uatal1 tor tear ot aaae
aar1al -=141nxt, in vb1ch cue caa fmli11 woul4 aot be left
belplesa.
4. We vue 1nv1te4 to tba oneute ll'ov1nce
v1th a Dlu11San J..aq lJaOC1 Al'roli.IA., tba vUe ot tbe painter
Blbio OOWIIl) J aDd an itr1can vhDie naDMJ I c1o not bow. 1h1a trip
va.o b)' tbe cUrect 1uvitat1on ot 1ertlaD4o r4 tbe
In P1mr dal ItS.o w vent v1th h1a to Ti.tit hio
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•· · In iM "BouN ot u. A.er1cu• (Cu& c1a lu Aaricu) ve
wore att.uda4 b¥ Mra. IIana J..I'"!DCl and Senar D)DR'tOUD,
a paintor, after w ba4 traveled traa ._,_,. to 4e em.
by car ani v1a1ted tbo po1nte. 'We also visited
.WUzan1llo and the flchool Ceut.r, •Camilo Cient'uasoe", lifhich Uu
at tba 1'oot ot t.t.e Si.cn'a l:Mst.ra. We wre 1n vbero,.
v1a1 tec1 tbll )eOPla • a t&l'QIJ, aDil wo ret\aDed to vhere ve ·
baezode4 a p1aoe tor la1wna.
t. ID tba CQttal
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we Yiaite4 a'"'Gt all f4 the acbool.a tar
art aD4 w were atteuda4 by pcraooDal or the Baue
ar tbe vbo bave been MntioDe4.
'1he vUe or tM writer, AleJo CARN.I'liiB (carnct -..l.U.rl6
1a c:ABNittl&B), at our repat, took aa tar a ccmrto.,- v1a1t to
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A!NJIDO ren:udft. lu P1Jlar del B1o, at the Jt1Du ot Mat.al:la'bl-.
(5Unas a. •tabll'lare) ve 1lOft 1n a cup or Uteracy teachero
vlth fornaa4tl BSnmL'DB.
1. llellade tbe trip IMIJU'&to}¥. lwa'-nd lett
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APAmVED FOR l99l ,
CiA REYif.W PROGRAM
Re : LEE HARVEY Oti't/ALD
SILVIA TTR!DO DE DURAN
Source:
Date: 26 Nov., inst .
Ref : Station request of 25 Nov, last .
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Attached is the report prepared by source for ·
Source personally interviewed SLLVIA DURAN, as well as
DURAN NAVARRO? DURAN NAVARRO; BETTY SERRATOS
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DE DURAN, LIDIA DURAN NAV A..:.t:tRO Vda. de FL9RES; AGATA ROSENO GA..ttCIA,
BARBARA ANN BLISS and CHAHLES E. BENTLEY, and the attached report
sets forth the r esults obtained. Also attached are bvo photos each
of SLLVIA TIRADO DE DURAN and IIORACIO DURAN NAVARRO.
Source advised that he ipterroga ted SILVIA DURAN on t\vO
and, on both she denie<;l kno
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,rledge .9f 9SvlA:&D' s residence,
wher8abouts. contacts in D.F. except as set -forth in the
attached report .
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Con motive del de l Prcsl(ente de los
John F. .ennody, s e tuvo c r, noc i :IJ r nLo de que Lee Ilarv cy vsunld hf.
cs r:.cio en ttc.xlco antcriormcnte , pol' lo quo st: 1H'vccdi6 <::.. efc.£
Luur· 1:-· investignci6n c or1 nando como lo
1. - Lee .Enrvey OsHn ld s i es Luvo en enirando por
'uevo Jarec . ,

e: l 26 de S!: pticmbr c pasado, como turista, -
p1·oce:dcnLe: '• l'eH r;nlic ndo por cse misr:-o lu ar el d ie. 3-
de octllbrc pasado.
? .- Se confi1m6 que L<.!bf t:, v enido a M(xico pnl'<...: solici--
t: ·r vir:;: u 1:. :::mbt.jnc:'a CurK, n<•, en t r ans i to rumbo n !lto:·cu.
3.-·.:u con es t(. n•otjv.: , tom6 contac to con SILVIfl Til ADO
:., ... m<::::icun<.:. DUI-.!1; ·" , c on l R qu e se entrC'visi6 en --
L.O.S ocasio ncs, Y'-t que (. llo es crr.·, l ea.da del Consulado, cncnrgu.d<.. -
hr..ccr lo!; trC:miics nt.ces.ri ·.JS para esLn clasc <'ie fonnu
l<Jl ' t;...J c o n dLl ··olic:i cente, r cquisito incisp nsa-
·-r .- o:t· cm:cucLo c.lc ello , tuvo c ontac to con cl Consula-
. o u con c l ,J.i!:mo f ·j n .
/·. 1 tenel se CC'Inoc lrr:icn to de quE l a ci tuda SILVIA DUT AI, -
l:::bi:; :ic o uno de J o.: cor; '. ac'Co; que t uvo en Mexi co Lee ---
s r :,:rocecl'io u dctonc:r· ::. lc c it<H1a y a su e!:poso, -
l Cl . Cl l rr) · · , con olJ jete de s er ini.errogados, los cua l cs
en su dccl uraci6n l o
r. t1V/'.1hD : l1cxic c. no po1· nncjrr.j cnto, l1ijo-
<.t p1 drc cl.i l cno y madr e: mc·x jcana . Di,io que su c.t c tividad Gr- la-
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tuyentcs 11.1-3 , 3 de es ta c i u dnC.: ; que los pri mer-es echo a!ios
cis su v1da lcs vi vi6 en los Ang eles , Cal i for ni a y poster-i.ormente-
s c v: !".o :t es I a cu;J:i tnl sus padres f.lJFI110 DUJ·.P.N y A t;AV!t- -
11: i. Uf;\. :' y .,..:is t[lrce sc il.l G!·on n vivjr a fantiago de Chi l e: en
d cJr. LG .::c nr.anccieron por espaclo de ; :.o y meciio: v olviendose .:1 g6-
:· . el d<?cL· ran to con hermnno l.U:3i .!·:, v i ni endose despucs su - -
Lcrrr.ana LIJJl A con su rr.adrc; q u e inrrc s6 a l a Escu el a T·lncional de-
:". , .r lcul -cur a c E CLu.pingo, en oonde cu1·s 6 ') a nos de l a carr e:.ra do -
J n · cniero y c owo cl dibujo en la Acade-
d e fun Cerlos, opt6 por cont:inu·.l r este arte, que -
l · sirvi6 de base para como I: i seiiador Industr i al, -
<:.horc s i cnuo maestro de tal as i r;r.atur a en l o. Escue-
l a de · lfts-cic<J.f. de U. ·· .fi . 1: ., dedic nndo su ticmpo libre .:1
t rn h·. ;jos pu' t; cnlr1rc.s cc mo ir por l o cual obticne un in- -
r · s o c.pro:dni.!oo de : 5 , 00·..: . 00 qu e en 195'0 c ontrajo rna
trlrnonio con lo. franc esa LUCil.LF: L·:·,JAl·CH! , c on l a que procre6 un-
h i j o de norr. bre Pf,UL f. Ur !d·: IJF.Jii'!.Dir , C"JU; en a 1<' f ce"ha cuon ta cor! -
, ._, : o· cc e;.dnd, : ourL..co cr.te r::atr imon j o poc o rr.ds o r:enos
i. s y a la diBol uc: 0n o cl mo , cl 5 do novicmbrc d r: 1 ?58,
nuevo mat r lmoni •· c on su ncLu al es po sa SILVIA 'l' lFADO DE _
con l n que h0 procrendo unu nina de nombre PA1RICIA, de--
t. r ·;. y rr.oc:io <:.. O !"" de ednu; qur· cu c n<io conoci6 n su n c tuul es •) osa,
r oteo y dcspu es co-
a en uni6n de personas , e n t r r cllas el Prof .
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de hnce alredeclor· de cuat ro mcscs, pr cs":a sur: r.:ervic i o,.. :-;e--
cretaria del Consulado General de Cuba. en esta ciudad , t:abicndo -
trab<• jado primcro con e l C6nsul EUSEf3I ) y o.horu con i ..T i·AD:\L,
percibi.endo un so. lar.:o de ·' 1, 5oo. o .. .: . T.econoc16 que su -
i · oo1oe ia es de izquic rda y de lu }'evr-l uc
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6n Cubana ,
aduci cndo G€r 6st G el rnoLivo por el qu e lc pcJ mitE:· c.. su csposti --
Lro.bft.jur :. a lo.s ncti·Jidndt:s r!u< desur:.collu. ::u:·,:!.fcsto
qu a l comento.r con su csposa el asesinato del ·enncdy,
yfl. c cndo cl nombr ( del pr e sun to au tor, Lee !.urvcy Osv!Clld, l r.
de inmedia l..o di,i o qur. l c puJ"ecit:. qnc s e tra o.ba G.cl :rtsrno -
.: ndtviduo que en los til ti mos des r-t:cnbr c c pri mGJO!.. de oc-
hab io en el Consule.do Cubono soJ ici L;,1noo nne visa pa
ra C ba en trans ito ho. cia i usia; qu e ell<.:. sonc.lr:wntc. lo a ten--
d 6 J le di6 cur so a sur.
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. a jJ I l r: :> de sol i ci Lucl de v j sa , po o al in
dic31le que ern nEcesari a la visu previa del ConsulQdo usa, asi -
como rcmi tir su sol tci tud al I : ni s L erio de i clt c ioncs d u Cube.. lo
qu e esc a luego tard.ari.:, nos d :(as , Osv1al c s e enc j6 y co:ncnz6-
a al t erarsc , por lo que C:LVJ!\ ll.:nn6 o. l C6nsul cor; qu ·en-
tuvo un fuert e di sgusto ol J\.r,rce6 que 61 nune o. via-
nj ccj>noci6 per sonalmentc u Lee Eu1-vey Os\,rala que. ·c.; cn.bre -
de 1961 hizo un vi nje a de ru csposa, !.abiendo
pagaf o sus pasajes .
I SILVI A rihALu DE DUhAi. manif f se1· n:cxj • pol nnct-
mi e: nto, d e 26 afios do o(i ad , easada, sin rcliei6n, cmpl cauC!, con -
dom1f ilio en el Depar t amento 3 de l o casn Ho . l !.t-3 de l <::s c nlles -
de de e s a ciudad; qu e c s . d canudc con : ;i CI ; Dll -
fJT\ NJ..Vil£ hO desde el 5 de novi mbre de 1n53, con ol que h.::
crcubo unn j u de nombrc PA''TtiCIA qn c a la foehn cuontn con t r es
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a ingresar al Insti tut o Me:xicano Cubano de f\elacioncs Cul turales,'
que entonces presidia el Lie. AGUSTIN CUE CANOVAS, como Coordina-
dora ; que desde bacia tiempo tenia relacionos y visitaba con fre-
cuencia a los de l a Embajada Cubana, teniendo perso-
nal amistad con el Embajador PORTUONDO, asi como con los Agrega--
do::. Culturales TERESA PROENZA y LUIS ALVm,u, asi como c n las em-
pleadas, perc principnlmente con la Secretaria dol C6nsul EUSEBI O
AZCUE, OLAVARhi, de nacionalidad espanola y pariente -
de AZCUE ; que por este trabajo percibf.a r.; 5'00.00 mcnsuales; que -
en diciembre de 1961, la declarante y su esposo hicicron un viaje
en av16n a La Habana, cubriendo sus r ospectivos pasajcs , pero to-
des l os demas gastos en su visita a toda la Isla, fueron costea--
dos por el Institute Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (I.C. A. P. )
y la Casa de Culturn: que no sabe cuanto eana su mo.rido, porque -
sus entradas son muy irregulnres , siendo su unico ingreso f' el
de la escuela, 1, 200. 0 ) cadn rnes ; que tanto com0
ride, tienen autom6vil; que simpatiza con el Movimiento Cubano, -
desde su inicio; que fue Coordinadora del Institute Mexlcano
no de Relaciones Culturales, desdo julio o agosto de 1961; que --
curs6 la correra de Secretaria en l a Escuela
ria; domina el ingl6s y sabe algo de frnnces; que tiene estudios-
de Filosoff.a; es de ideologia de izquierda, de convicci6n; csta -
de acuerdo con el comunismo , pero no pertenece a ningun organismo
politico ni ha participado en mitines o aetas de esta naturaleza;
que en su ca.sa han estado fu.ncionar i.os de la Embo.jada Cubana, in-
clusive el C6nsul; que en Me:xico conoc e a casi todos los pr·ncipa
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Uni oos. Que respecto al atentado al Pr esident e !·:ennody, cuando -
supo la not i cia la deprim16 y pens6 que er a cl au tor rnanj, _
tico o loco y cuando supo que s e tratabo de un elomcnto del "Tra-
t o Jus to para Cuba", nolo crey6 al pri ncipia; que durante l a vi-
si t a del Prest dente Kennedy a no as isti6 a ninguno de l os
ae tas que se verifica ron en su honor y no tuvn ninguna i nterven--
c i 6n. En cuanto a su as es inato , nl conoc erl o, coment6 c on su es-
poso que pudiera haber sido por cues t i oncs r ac ial cs y cuando se -
ent er6 de que se trataba de Lee Harvey Oswa ld, l o rcconoc i 6 como-
la misma persona que hacfa dos moses sc habfc pr esentndo en-
el Consulado Cubano a s olici tar una visa de t r ansite para Pus;a, -
grabado su nombr c por l as car act cri sticas espociales
qu e prcs cntaba: estaba casa do con rus a y di jo pe:- t Enece, al " ':' ra-
t o Justo para CUba"; que chequo6 r. us datos en cl a r chive del Con-
sulado y entonc es sf estuvo s cgura de que s c trataba del mismo in
divi duo, que c.s rubio, v cs tido no elEgante el rostra s e -
l e pon!a rojo cuando di8cutia ; que se le ncg6 lo viso , porque el-
Consul l e di. j o quo para obtcncrla , era pr ecise que prcviamcntc tll
vicra la vi sn del Consulado de l a U. h . S. S., y como este -
dilata como cuatro meses y al le ur e f a sulir de Maxi-
co, s e alter6, por lo que l o decla r a nte t uvo que llamar al C6nsul
con ol que el mismo tuvo un alt ercado ; que l a ayuda que pudo dar-
l e cons ist16 en que l e a cons e j6 que fuer a ul Consulado ruso , par a
lo cual habl6 con el encargado de esa oficina, por tel efono y fUe
informada de que ol cus o t end ria que c onsul tars e o par l o-
que el tram1te demorari a unos mes es ; quo en l a tarde del-
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do Ruso, dendole en un papel, los datos de su nombre SI LVIA DDP.AN
con el de su oficina, pero que por ningdn motive l c di6-
a conocer su direcci6n, pues no tenia por que ders cla a conocer;-
que dentro de sus atribuciones, no estd la de llarnar por
al Consulado ·de la U. R. s .s. y si lo hizo en forma oficiosa, fue -
para ayudar a Lee Oswald, por su de servir 1 por el celo-
en su funci6n; que si le dio a conocer su telefono, fuc para que-
le preguntara posteriormente si ya se habia obtcnido cl visado, -
pero que james volv16 a llamar .
Sa hace menc16n de quo en el domicilio en que fUeron --
detenidos los esposos DURAN, en Ilerodoto No . 14, Depto. "A" casa
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dol cufiado de SI'VIA DUEAN, de nombre RUDEN DU'RAN NAVARRO, se de-
tuvieron a las personas que es t aban de visita en ese domicilio, -
cuyos antecedentes se transcriben a continuaci6n:
BUBEN DURAN NAVARBO expr es6 s er originario de Los Ange-
l es, Calif., casado con BETTY tener 38 afios de edad, en
contrandose en tramit c su solicitud de nacionalidad mexicana. Su-
oficio es decorador y es t& empleado con su hermo.no l.ORACI O DUf' tAN-
NAVAJRO en un despacho que este dltimo ticne en las calles de Ve-
racruz No. 42 de esta ciudad, con telefono 14-10-31.
En 1960, de paso para Miami , vis1t6 Cuba , en donde per-
maneci6 dos dias y posteriormente, se dirigi6 a Pot esburgo, Fla.-
E.U.A., donde realiz6 un trabajo de decorac16n.
F.ace aproximadamente un afio, v1sit6 una expos1ci6n de -
pinturas en las callas de Tokio t\o. 63 de esta Capital.
Lleva amistad con el Gral . DE J LSUS FLOR.SS , -
a quien le ha hecho trabajos de decorac16n en Tijuana, B. C. y a-
quien acompafi6 en su viaje que hizo a Rusia cl aflo pas ado , perma-

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entr e los S 5,ooo. o y los 6, ooo. oo.
Respecto a su presencia en las calles de Eerodoto
Depto . 7, indic6 que es ta obedeci6 a que vive en ese luear, junto
con su esposa ,
Acer ca de ln presencia de SILVIA TIRADO DE DUEAN y de -
HCRACIO DURAH NAVARRO en su domicilio , rnnnifest6 que su esposa --
tiene amistad con esas personas , y el d1a de hoy s e encontraban -
de visita en ese lu -· ar .
r"anifest6 no conocer a Harvey I.ee Oswald, presunt o ase-
sino del Pr esidents ue los Estados Unidos de Hort camerica.
BETTY SERpATOS Df. DlffiAN.- Expres6 ser origina ria de la-
Repliblica de Honduras y encont r arse en deocc hace diez
anos, teniendo a la fecha l a cal idad de emigra.nte f amiliar. Agr..::.
e6 tener 33 anos de ednd y habe1· estudiado un curse de Secretaria
do en Kentucky, E. n.A. Que no pertenece a ningun part i do politi--
co ni tener i deas de izquierda.
F.especto a su presencia en las Calles de Lerodoto No .
manif est6 que &s to obedeci6 a que vive en esc luear en uni6n de
esposo J1tJBEN DURAN NAVP.RHO.
Por ul t 1 mr) , di jo desconocer por complete a Earvey Lee
Oswald, presunto asesino del Presidente de los Estndos Unidos dE
Norteamerica.
LIDIA DUPAN NAVARRO VDA . DE FLORES .- Expuso s cr
riD de Chihuahua, Ch1h., de 35 anos de edad, con domicilio en 1
calles de Luz Savifi6n No . 1211-2 , y trabc j ar en el Dapartamcnto
de Turismo y en l n Confederaci6n Ceportiva l1e.:xicann.
Indic6 no militar en ningun par tido poli t ico ni tene:
determinada ideoloc ia.
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14-7, declar6 que esta s e debi o a que se encontraba visitnndo a -
su hermano y a su cunada, RUBEN DUTIAN N/IVARRO y Bl'.'TTY SEI RATOS, --
qui enes habitan ese Dcpartarr. r nto.
AGATA 1\0f>ENO GARCIJ\.- l•lanif est6 scr orlgj naria de es ta-
Capi tal, con domicilio en l as calles de Rivera No . 63, Coloni a --
Lns Aguilas, de esta ciudad, con telefono 4-8- 53-53; que estudt 6 -
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Arte con Sl· KI SANO, LUIS DEL LLANO y J\NDHES SOLER y di-
jo haber desempenado papeles secundarios en el Cine y fungido co-
mo Directora del Teatro Infantil.
As!mismo e:xpres6 no haber militado nunca en partidos P.Q
liticos ni tener ideologia de izquierda.
Respecto a su presencia en l as calles de Ii erodot o No. -
11+-7, declar6 qu e esta se debi6 a que tiene amistad con nUBEN DO-
RAN NAVARRO y su esposa BETTY SERRATOS y los visite con fr ecuen--
cia, tal como ocurrif en esta f echa.
Di jo des cqnoc er por a Harvey Oswald, pre--
sunto asesino del Presidente de los Estados Unidos de Nort eamdri-
ca.
BAEBARA ANN BLISS.- Dljo ser turista des ne hace echo ---
afios , habiendo r enovado su hace cinco mes as; t ener-
su domicilio en Bahia de Magdal ena No . 125, con telefono !._5-13-41,
por el que paga {p 1, 50J . OJ mensuales de r cnt.a . Es divorciada y -
r ecibe ochocientos d6lares mensuales de una Empress de Wa shington
que administrn los bi cnes su pa ore, de los cunles ella t i ene -
accior..es . Agreg6 habcr casada con JUAN ESQUIVE:L, Cos tarri--
cense, cuya madre era mexicana y quien actua lmente radica en los-
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s o en via j e a Miami, Fla. Expr es6 que sostiene corrospondencia -
con un cubano que l e envia i nformac16n, la cual a su vez trasmite
a su padre.
Tiespecto a su padre, dijo que desde hace dos s cmanas
tuvo en Mexico, hospedado en ol Hotel Parl< Ville., S . A., ubicndo -
on las calles de G6mez Pedraza No . 62 de esta ciudad , en ol que -
permaneci6 diez dia s . Ti enc su domicilio on f outh Bashore Drive-
No . 2585, Cocanout Gr ove , Miami Fl a . ; no pertcncce u nJnguna agr_!!
paci6n ni r elaciones con cubunos .
Por l o qu e hace a su pr esencia en las ca lles de J:erodo-
to No. 14-7, indic6 que 6s ta obcdeci6 a que dcsle tres
s cs, en el domicilio de CARMEN conoc j 6 a BE1'IY
con la cual t i ene amistad y l a hu visituuo en esa. co.sa en cuatro-
ocasiones, aunque la propi a BETTY la visito a ella con mayor fre-
cuencia porque ambas son o escuchur mus ica Indi
c6 que a SILVIA TIRADO DE mmAN l a conoc16 en un concior-
t o pero no tiene ninguna amistad con ell a .
Por ult tmo, dijo desconocer por compl ete a Iiarvey Lee -
Oswal d, presunto asesino del Presidente de los Estados Unidos de-

CHARLES E, BENTLEY.- l-1anifest6 ser turista, de 27 anos-
de edad, con t res meses r esi dencia en nuestro pais y con domi-
cilio en las callas de Palermo No . 9, Colonia Hip6dromo de esta -
Ciudad y que so encuentra tramito.ndo un empleo como vendedor con-
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En l os Estados Unidos trabaj6 en Minneapolis como asis-
tente de un Gerente de negocios y de 1954 a 1957, sirvi6 en la t1a_
rino del propio pais.
I ndic6 no pertenecer a ningUn parti do politico ni profe
sar idean de izquier da.
As ever6 no conocer a Ilarvey Lee om.,ald, presunto asesi-
no del Presidente de los Estados Unidos de Norteamerica y que se-
enter6 del deceso de es te Ill to Func1.onar1.o, por los peri6dicos .
r eclar6 no toner nexos con cubanos e indic6 que de no--
obtener ernpl eo en Mexico, cl pais , pues el
dinero que tiene y quo ahorr6 en Minneapolis , se J. e esta ter minan
do.
Rospecto a ::.:u pres r ncia en l as callcs de Ilerodoto Ho. -
ll+-7, indic6 que obedeci6 a que- tinne amistad con BAHBAf,A --
BLISS y con BETTY .? ERH!i.TOS , la cual inici6 hae c dos meses en-
cl Res taurant s Rigus, a trav6s del bat erista TINO tRSRAD y que
por l o tanto hoy se encontrabn visitnndo a estas personas .
Se adjuntan fotogr aff as y fichas de los declarant es y -
copia fotostatica de la f orma FM-8 , con lo. que entr6 Lee !:arvcy -
Oswald a Mdxico el 26 de septicmbre de 1963, drclarando scr de 23
de edad, casado, fot6grafo.
Nexico , D. F. , 2 5 de nov i cmbre de 1963 .
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It is lmmm from a trust,vorthy source that Silv-io. DURAN was a lover of Carlos
.:.ECillJGA III"!via LECHUGA was the Castro Ambo.ssador in Nexico to the point that
t' c- •-::Lfe of the Ambar:sador xxx made arran ements for a divorde .
'!'o help in a 1y interro :ation of DURAN, the quections u:c.y help develop
useful and information:
l. :·r c'1d::-!d.p or contact • one , Carol J. SOLESY Details?
Merico.n, resident of Corpus Cristi, Texas, ovmer of the 1962 Fiat,
"'i th 1963 plates from Texas KU 91+- 95; Silvia vras with SOLES in this car in
January 1963 and it is believed that they hacl i ntimate relations.
2 . Friendship or contact vlith one 'I'hornas L . ROSS?
(Test question - fictitious
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3. Friendship or contact with one Richa.rcl J . ARANDA?
1963
Ar:ler:icnn, resident of Texas; ow•1er of 1950 8ad.illac >lith/Texas
plates JF 96-75. Silvia >ra.s with ARANDA in th!t s car in Ja.1uo.ry 1963 an<l
it is believed that they ball. intirnete relations.
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American, .lresiC.ent of £an Antonio, Texas j ovmer of 1959 Chev!'olet
N:i:i-11 :rarked in front of the house of Silvia' c brother in
January 1963.
5. Contact vTith Ramon DANZOS Palomino? Details?
6. Contact •..1ith Larry FISTER?
Te::;t question, fictitious name .
7. W1e:1 the first time that Silvia knew of the plot to assassinate
President Kennedy? Details?
8. Other persons i'lVOlved in the plot?
, . What role did DURAN have in the plot?
10. HovT much llaG the assassin paid?
ll. Bcr.ideG DUAAH, with ,.,horn else in the Cuban Embassy did OcMALD have :1ny
contact?
1?. HolT "nuch did receive for her role in the plot?
13. Hhy C.id DURAN want to ..:;o to Cuba?
14. tJho DURAN l'er instructions for her trip to Cuba?
15 . HOi·T l!onc; had DURAN 'wrked idtl:-. Cuban G-2? Details about the job? \vbo was
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vlhen ivas her last contact i·tith the Soviet Embassy? \-lhy? vli th whom
she deal there?
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Hm-r rnuch does DURAN receive as a salary at her job in the Cuban Embassy?
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vlhen did she join the Communist Party?
- 20. In ,.,.ho.t bank are DURAN/s funds deposited?
21. In vThat name are DURAN' s 1ic.nd.s deposited?
22. Vlho is Patricio NORillGA? (Test question - fictitious nrune)
23. l.·!ho promised DURAN asylum in Cuba.?
24 . \·Tho indicated to DURAN that she ivOuld receive Cuban citizenship?
:?5. Contact i-Tith Teresa PROENZA? Details?
26. clid DURAN join tJ1e Leninist Sparticus Lea,?;ue Leninista Espartica)?
27. Ti1e last time DURAN traveled to Cuba? Itinerary?
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20. . Con!lection Details?
29. Complete name of DURAN?
30. Do.te and r>lace of birth?
31. Hm1 lon;; had DURAN been involved. in the i-Tork of cettint;; false !4exican pJ.scpor
for trips by students of another nationality to Cuba? Hi th lThOl:l did she ,.,.ork i n
thic project?
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33. Nature of her contact \lith Luisa CALDERON? Details?
34. vlho i-Ta. S DURAN' s chief in the SoYiet Ern bas sy in June 1963?
35. Recently arrived officials at the Cuban Embassy since l September 1963--
their responsibilities--details?
36. Iuentity of Cuban officials sent especially in connection with the plot
to o.sso.ssino.te President Kennedy?
37. vlho of the recently arrived officials ha9, contact with OSWALD?
38. Has OSHALD weerins ..:.lasses durin0 his cont acts with D U R ~ ?
39. Identify of the red- headed neuro "'i th a scar on the ri. ,ht side of his
chin, who ri>1IDf. a short t i me S.6 0 was visitin_j the Cuban Embac;sy frequently?
Does he vrork there? Details?
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prepared (_ J oo tha activitie:l of C.. .J .Jot.cl 9,
13, 22, 23, 25, 26 aod 27 twy l9G7. Por\arued •• AttAcl\cent alMo
undor aapftrate cover
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ara of curra:Jpoodance bat·.:aao
C. .J 1A lkxico City and Paz .i>I!.>P't.JO in llaveua. l'or, ·ert\o.l u Attaeh-
CDOnt Three h.trll\.ith, is • pulphlot 'Jbta in ad byL ::J \1hich conta ina
the te:tt of the mou ugo allogoJly aont thll 'Ir J.-Cont iocnt.sJ.
b1 Erncato "Ch,.u GUEVARA.
:z. l1ten h ' little queHion C- .::J nu·.,t oftoo uk
juat \lhera aaaocution 'loith C.. ..J taking hl,. and IIIUDt epacul.te
about juat \.tlat C. ::J h a!tor . Thora are ouvioualy tima.a ,,:,.n, laft
to cunjecture:J an<l C.. ...:J 111u:.t f<'gl ll':lo ''quittinll•"
lot, the duvdopod by L .....:J ovu [. .:I hu .
. the pof.4t l4hUo C.. ::J h UOilJ.lllnll tO 1}0 uaei. tO t.ho urab,
unt.nt..reating lifa he livod b\lfort o ... •tlna t:.... ..:) The roault oL C.. ::J
"acc:ond thuul&ht•" hoa up to no·.1 boun • dodr.a, 1n tha o11J, t •l collaborate
ayon liOU cloaoly \o•it.hC:... _'J \ ' Op\Jrt oat ad' lJ tL'l)'
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C.. .:J Jc:ri!Jrla attnchud t\J thnt rcpott., siv.i 1o iodt.-
cation of the c.on!u•t.on ,.ht.ch oxillta in c.._. .:J lllin..l na a caault of
c.ontac:te he malntain1 ot C... ::J .... l£in11 ''ith t.:1a Cubona, Cuatomo\lao
• end vad.ouo ohadaa of t:exican ""ol C•ntral AC'\Orlcun ;..,tt.Leta,
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giving(._ ..:::JonJ • q\JJ\lru '"'·'"K "'<>nay ..:JCor
\:hot he considers to be i-e11ult L _J. 1mrolvin!S elf
deeper eud deerer in activlt.Lcs of intorll:Jt l•l C. ..J
3. The above dooa not mean that. C: Rctlvitio• not
be •••bjectod t.o every control 1'''"1 thl" • on tho contrnry.
C.. ;:J 1tory concern1ns DIOnnor in 'hl,•h hirth can
be obteina:t ln tlorthern l1ox1co to 'ecure \'11\1,1 tlellicnn pn:111porta continuea,
for example, to be auapect. lt no" • un tho othor •. thnt
C. J of the Cuotomdon FAR cxi:Jta (. .:J to hi.,) and that
h11 dou oot waotC... ::Jto COI'lo8 in COl\tftct '-lth Hcxico reoillt:nta
connected \lith tho Cuatom.1lan ISUetrilh• aud• ru tho alloee.J rAn propac;a:1da
ropuaentative at tho UtiAK Unt.vor•lty, C.. .::}ia convinced he can lay
on a .. \lith C. _::; 1n odvonce •o thot(_ Jean hovo a look ot
C:... . _) 111 •pita of(_ ...J Cl'utlullllluo, eucha lllllating hu
to tak-e placa aooner or htor. The Station 111 t·oody. It aloo

• •• yet unclear, Hoxicon • ouch ao Sorgio ALDEZ,
JAul and othen era uak.ing (__ ..] nnd "Vpear to "'ant thing
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4e [CC§Ot O((orta tO dgyglpg c:_ ilnotPnticl
opd it•a off t1hoq..(" :J._,.,,. in" '"·hen
one of tho .. cretariua ln C.. ...7"ioct 11.11\ hod to rot urn home temporarily
OQ a1c:k leave. It altoaJy appaora that C:.... .::), 11n •xporhnc:ed hood i.Q -
C. J overt buaioue • \llll ba aiven quito o bit of roaponoibllity i.Q ·
that office. It 1• hoped thnt by bacomina • indioponaablo(. :1\1111
b• aak.ad to reNin at C. ..J .lftor th• · retliL' n or the poraon for uhon
h •uut.na ln." c_ _J "hila very_ ea.ac:h i11 love \lith [_ J h 14- !\
a ..tnd (_ ":l • sreat. llklns for (.... _) accord.:ns C. :::J
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an iotoTiiauce 111.1ch euoar lor to hit • f.a aluo £iftad \lith
type patience. With L .:J knuvlnd"e, /: ..::) ho" etarted
to Mka 1111oo1ll to(_ :Jio provf,lo ICIIIDrnta !J.n.oncial incontive
eod ha.p (. .)pay for furniture and other itoNat..] purchuad oa credit
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dated 26 Hay \:U retdnad by thh Station. L_ ....) u11d th lo akatch to
clhcuu uith (. _)the layout of L J .. etlan. The •tato-nt
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r . J llctlon hu t\10 hhyhonu. Wh"t L ::; took Cor • third
pt\oae tA the bac:k room of thot ..,etlan 1e J.n \'o11lJ.ty an 11olt,
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tutercouru with lA• Wa\LD on uvurnl ooculone '•han the latter
Ul ln y..,doo City ia .,robauly but 1111.la littl• to the o:l\JAU> c:ua.
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htlCinehlp to thi1 Stltlon.
7. 'fh• teoult of DtaUon f1h ohoolu on VAID!:Z and I·IOillNO \lira
ted ln tho rohroooa. Thou on Hllroo&la • la OLOUlll Ira
beina fot\lltcled in a dinpat.oh cuvertng L _:J act1vi..L.lea, Thoro
n• M trecoc on Ju l!ll'lJO. nUvit lJUMN llllol Tn ... Ita "•11
to Haaclcauarteu, Yollpa noJM K.Jule, h an •mvloyu of the Medco
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l.. [. _) with l .:Jat the !rom 1800 until about 1930
on 25 May, 1967. [_ .:J reported that as yet bad not beard rro10 c_ :::J
and would stand b;r tor the next two· days in the hope re-
appear at hie home. L ..J asreod to invite [_ ...J onco ho did appear,
to co!'!ee or lunch at a restaurant on 29 or 30 Hay eo that c;:_ ..:Jcould get
a look at him. L :::Jalso reported thc.t · t_ .Jhcd been working part-
time, in. the mornings,t_ '"'Jand tha.t'[_ .Jrnpport with tbe local
: wp.a improving.\_ ...J suggested tha.t it might be the right tit'le to givo
[. __) 'Somo compensation !or 1, .J o!'!'orta .[ ] agreed and promised to
uk (. J to 'be at the oarehouse at 1000 on 27 May, oo that C.. :J oouid
again talk privately vitl{ J and give C. Jthe money (_ Juggeated 500
peac;,a, and [_ J . . __ ..
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[_ J roportod that t_ J resumption or contact had begun to
ott better thau bo bad tbougbt possible. Ho explained J had !oucd an
'· · opportuni.t;r on tho atter"loon or .23 May. to .chat with Abelardo Curbeibo and had
. returned bome with some ·interesting information concerr:ine; the Cuban nttitude
· '. tovard C... ::;; bimsel! • .Acoordins to said tb.at Curbelo
told \... iTie vas happy that C.. .:l bad rinc.i come back in cloao contact vi t:
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provocations" and that many peroona on tbe outside, such as L ..)have be-
come innocent viotima or organizations ouob net:_ _) that aru conatnntly
aending provooationo aga1not the revolution, Curbelo etroenod that ho did not
te.el tba.t L _)tell into that catogory, but L. _J 111Ust underoto.nd tho
preoautiono that ho.vo to be to.ken by tho revolution, He concludod that be '
boped [.. .J would not tc.ke of.!onae · (tomc..rlo_. '!. !'lal) and would. !eel !roe . to
3. C,_ ::J tbon atated that he wau·· doine; hio boot to keop aoti.vo oortain
oontaot1 be bad bo.d in the paat. thc.t were on tho periphery ot the ot!ioio.l
Ouba.n oirole. Uo mentioned the oaoe. or Silvia nnd Horo.oio
tho.t then explained o! bio rola.tionehip with thom, Uo relilted
Silvia na reooptioniot at the Conoulate in 196)-64 nnd waa
on duty wbon too llarvey Oswald oppliod tor a vioa, She had. been
to tho Ouban• by Froenza, tho rreoa Attaob6 !rom 1959 until
[. _:) 'hro"n o.: .... • ed -nuout 52, c. LoJbia.!l,
and .. D\tll\bu• or tho l'n . ., ft"9l"'t! a _ _2Urrontly in ja.il in .
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( :J recalled that during bia last visit to Ho.vona
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informed him of Tcre:1o. Proenz.a'e present oituation
and adviood C... _::) in tho evont he wae aekod, don;- tho.t he ho.l1 known
!rereoa Proenza or ho.d bad o ..n;rthing to do with her. L .::J continued tho.t
the other Silvio. bo.d telephoned him to aa,. bello and that be
had vioited her at ber bome to renew acquo.!ntanco. ( C.. J SAH-26(10.8)
revoalo that at about 1245 on 22 tla,.,1967, (_ _J 't;Glepboned 15-78-11 and
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[_ _) 'J.a.d oo.lled to eay bello. .BA.U-26 (11.0) rovea.le an inoo111ing call l. · :.
Bilvia. DurAn in wbiob aho aeks bow be obtained bor number. no
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•At tho Cuban lnetitute". She etatee abo ia etud1ing at . eo111o echool arid;
at tho moment 1a tree to tal:.C to L ..:J The latter roplioa that be 'ttouid '
so b1 to viait 143
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L . J continued Silvia informed him that ahe had tirat met ,
Oewald bo applied tor a Tiaa · an'd bad gone out with him eoverlll ti111ea einot
abe liked him trom tho etart. She ebe bad eoxual relations
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him but ineieted that bo.d no idoa ot his plana. Vbcn the newa or the aa-
ea.seination broke abo at.atad that eho wo.e i1!11llodio.toly te.kon into ountod,7 b;;r
... , ... tho Mexican police .and thoroue:;hl1 and beo.ton \u!'til abe o.d.JDitted
.. lbe bad bnd an o.!tair \llitb Oowaid. 3he addod thnt evor oince then abe .baa
cut ott all contnot 'ttith tho Cubana
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Vbo bo.dly ohakon b7 tho whole orrairz, wont int.o a. ro.go and
b&a forbidden bor to •o• them. Uhe o.ddod that abo !elt cortain that her tele-
phone waa by tbe Moxionn police, or, moro . probo.bly by c:_ •
waa m.n expendv• propoaition o.nd tho tloxioo.ne \lloul.dn't be able to at .. ,
tord tor eo lons a . . \ \ ··· .. ·. :: .. ·
\.. J countseled (_ J D(Sainet o.ny turth'.lr oontaot Dur&na. ce. · '
the tround it put bim undor oort o! auapioion eithor in tbe
of the r.exloan polioo or the Oubnna. He out thnt little or notbina
• to be sainod trom auob a oontaot. I
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and _) in the he was asked, he deny that he had knO\vn
Teresa Proen{za. or he.d had anything to do \'lith her. L -, that
just the other d ay Silvia Duran h a d telephoned him to say bello and that he
bad visited her at :·her home to renew his acquaintance. K: . •
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asked for sra. Silvia. When (oaid) him she not be asked for sr.
Horacia . \•iben negative r3ply given , he asked that ·they be advised that
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by to visit her (Constituyentes 143, apt 3) in a few minutes .)
[ .j that Silvia him that she had first met
st-r•ald \·!hen be applied for a vi sa and had\ 'g'dne out with him several times sin
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li-:1! but insisted that bad no idea plans. ;;/hen the news of the as-
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;he Nexican n0li':e and inte;..rocated thoroughly ··and beaten ur1tll she admitted.·
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off all contact '•li th the Cubans , particularly since her husband Horacia,
·.·las badly .sl':9..ken by the •t!hole affair3, ·.·len·t into a rage and
1as forbidden he::- to see them. She added that she felt certain th:;.t her tele-
)hone Has tapped. by the 1-lexican police , or, more .probably by L. .J since
:;apping Has an -s:·:pensi ve ;>royosi tio.n and the t·iexicans wouldn ' t be able to af-·
it for so a period .
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;he t.hat it rni 3ilt pui:; hl.!il under cort suspicion Gither in. the
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