255544 Years After JFK's Death, New Assassination Plot Revealed
- Nov 23, 2007http://www.abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=3902495&page=1
44 Years After JFK's Death, New Assassination Plot
Just Three Weeks Before Dallas, Feds Uncovered Plot to
Kill JFK in Chicago, Says Ex-Secret Service Agent
By CHUCK GOUDIE, WLS-TV
Nov. 22, 2007
A former Secret Service agent has told WLS-TV there
was a plot to kill President Kennedy in Chicago three
weeks before he was assassinated in Dallas.
Kennedy was murdered on Nov. 22, 1963. Today is the
44th anniversary of JFK's assassination.
Lee Harvey Oswald would never have had the chance to
kill Kennedy in Dallas, had an assassination plot in
Chicago succeeded three weeks earlier, a plot that has
been mentioned over the years.
Kennedy was due to arrive in Chicago the morning of
Nov. 2 to attend the Army-Air Force football game at
Soldier Field and ride in a parade. Newspapers had
even printed JFK's detailed travel plan from O'Hare
airport to the Loop.
Although police were preparing to line the motorcade
route, Secret Service officials in Chicago were deeply
troubled about the visit because of two secret
Right-wing radical and Kennedy denouncer Thomas Vallee
had arranged to be off work for JFK's visit; Vallee,
an expert marksman, was arrested with an M1 rifle, a
handgun and 3,000 rounds of ammo. But then there was
the phone call to federal agents from a motel manager
concerning what she'd seen in a room rented by two
"Had seen lying on the bed several automatic rifles
with telescopic sights, with an outline of the route
that President Kennedy was supposed to take in Chicago
that would bring him past that building," said former
Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden.
Bolden, 72, of Chicago, was a young agent in 1963.
After a few years as an Illinois state trooper, Bolden
joined he Secret Service and was invited by Kennedy
onto the prestigious White House detail. He was the
first black agent assigned to protect a president.
Bolden recalled how agents bungled surveillance of
those two suspected Cuban hit men. They disappeared
and were never identified.
"No one was sent to the room to fingerprint it or get
an ID. The case was lost and that was the end of it,"
On Nov. 2, the president was about to leave the White
House for Chicago and Bolden says a Cuban murder squad
here was unaccounted for.
"The morning of the game, the special agent in charge
of the Chicago office called the White House and
recommended the president cancel his trip to Chicago,"
News reports stated that Kennedy didn't show because
he was ill or because of a diplomatic crisis. Official
investigations of JFK never determined why the
president canceled Chicago Nov. 2. But in his first
interview in 44 years, Bolden said JFK stayed away
because of an imminent threat.
Bolden said the president didn't come to Chicago
because he was basically waved off by the Secret
Service, and it wasn't because he had a cold.
Information about Vallee, his similarity in appearance
and background to Oswald and details of the Cuban hit
squad in Chicago were never given to federal agents in
Bolden said the information was not known to have been
passed on to Dallas.
In a book that Bolden wrote with his wife, due out in
the spring, he will cite another contributing factor
in the JFK murder: on-duty drunkenness by Secret
"I told the chief of the Secret Service this, that if
anything happens, an emergency situation develops with
President Kennedy, that their reflexes are going to be
in a condition that they won't be in a condition to
respond, and Dallas, Texas, proved I was right," he
said. "The president's life was in grave danger
because of the inefficiency of security around him,
too many weaknesses."
"When that bullet struck the head of the president, it
struck me too because I saw it coming," Bolden said.
When the Warren Commission began investigating JFK's
assassination, Bolden says, he attempted to inform
members about the Chicago plot and misconduct by his
During that time Bolden was arrested and prosecuted
for soliciting a bribe from a counterfeiter and served
a six-year sentence. He says it was a setup to silence
him. The main witness has since recanted, and Bolden
hopes now to clear his name.
A spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington said
that officials "would not have any comment whatsoever
about Mr. Bolden's statements."
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