Vincent Palamara Archive on JFK Place
Oswald archetype(s): incredible November 1963 threats
By Vince Palamara
Threats On Kennedy Made Here
©Tampa Tribune, November 23, 1963
Tampa police and Secret Service agents scanned crowds for a
man who had vowed to assassinate the President here last Monday,
Chief of Police J. P. Mullins said yesterday.
In issuing notice to all participating security police prior
to the President's motorcade tour in Tampa, Mullins had said:
"I would like to advise all officers that threats against
the President have been made from this area in the last few days."
A memo from the White House Secret Service dated Nov. 8 reported:
"Subject made statement of a plan to assassinate the President
in October 1963: Subject stated he will use a gun, and if he couldn't
get closer he would find another way. Subject
is described as: White, male, 20. slender in build,"etc.
Mullins said the Secret Service had been advised of three persons
in the area who reportedly had made threats on
the President's life. One of the three was--and still is--in jail
here under heavy bond. Mullins said he did not know if the other
two men have followed the Presidential caravan to Dallas.
Sarasota County Sheriff Ross E. Boyer also said yesterday that
officers who protected Kennedy in Tampa Monday were warned about
"a young man" who had threatened to kill the President
during that trip.
New York Times 12/20/63 Pg 19
Kennedy Threat is Laid to Texan
Dallas Machinist Held -- Remarks Made Nov. 21
By Donald Janson
Special to the New York Times
Dallas Dec 19 -- A 21-year-old Dallas Machinist was arrested by the
Secret Service today on charges of threating to kill President Kennedy.
The machinist, Russell W. McLarry, said the threat had been made in jest
Nov. 21, the day before Mr.Kennedy was assassinated here.
Two women to whom Mr. McLarry allegedly made the statement reported it
to the police in Arlington,about 15 miles west of here, soon after they
heard of the assassination.
At a preliminary hearing in Fort Worth today, the Secret Service agent
who apprehended Mr. McLarry testified that the machinist had said he was
"proud -- no glad" that the President had been killed.
Mr. McLarry attends night classes at the Arlington State College in
Arlington as a freshman. The alleged threat was made on the campus to two
Mr. McLarry was alleged to have told the women that he would be working
near the Trade Mart the next day and would be waiting with a gun to "get"
Works Near Trade Mart
Charles E. Kunkel, of the Dallas office of the Secret Service testified
that he had confronted Mr. McLarry with this report and that, in
substance, the student had admitted it.
Mr. McLarry works at the Dahlgren Manufacturing Company, which makes
lithographic printing equipment in a plant three blocks north of the
Trade Mart. President Kennedy was driving to the mart to make a luncheon
speech when he was killed, apparently by rifle shots from a sixth-floor
window of a downtown Dallas building in the other
direction from the mart.
United States Attorney Barefoot Sanders said here today that he had no
evidence of any connection between Mr. McLarry and Lee H. Oswald, the
In Fort Worth, United States Commissioner Bill Atkins set bond at
$2,500. Mr. McLarry could not raise it and was remanded to the Tarrant
Jury Meets in January
He was arraigned earlier today in Fort Worth rather than Dallas because
the alleged threat was made in Tarrant County, of which Fort Worth is the
Mr. Sanders said the case would be presented to the next Federal grand
jury to be convened in the Northern District of Texas. This jury will
convene in Amarillo the week of Jan. 6.
Mr. McLarry, who is single lives in an apartment house in the Oak Cliff
section of Dallas, a sprawling area where Oswald lived. Former fellow
employees at another plant here described Mr. McLarry as unusually
If Mr. McLarry had a gun it has not been found.
At Arlington, it was said that Mr. McLarry was taking courses in
American History and algebra.
The authorities said they had found no connection between Mr. McLarry
and anti-Kennedy leaflets that appeared on the Arlington campus the day
before the assassination. The leaflets bore the heading:"Wanted for Treason."
Mr. McLarry was interviewed by the Secret Service Tuesday night and was
arrested this morning. The agency indicated that the case had not been
pursued immediately after the assassination because there had been more
pressing things to do.
Could Get Five Years
Mr. McLarry was charged under a Federal statue that prohibits threats of
bodily harm or death to a President, Vice President or President-elect.
Conviction could carry a fine of up to $8,000 or five years in prison.
From "The (Washington) Evening Star", 12/19/63
[this newspaper article photocopy was found in DNC advance man Jerry
Bruno's JFK Library Texas trip files]
"TEXAS STUDENT CHARGED IN THREAT ON KENNEDY"
FORT WORTH, Tex., Dec. 19 (AP)---Russell Wence McLarry, 21, a night
student at Arlington State College, was arrested today and charged with
threatening the life of the late President Kennedy.
Mr. McLarry worked in the daytime in a building across from the
Trade Mart in Dallas where Mr. Kennedy was scheduled to speak November 22.
Mr. Kennedy was assaassinated in a motorcade in Dallas en route to the
Mr. McLarry was arraigned before United States Commissioner Bill
Atkins today. He was to be given a preliminary hearing later.
Secret Service agents and Assistant United States Attorney William
Hughes interrogated Mr. McLarry before he was charged. When the complaint was
issue Deputy United States Marshal Joe Parker took McLarry into custody. The
Complaint was signed by Charles E. Kunkel, special agent for the Secret
The complaint alleged that "on November 21 he (Mr. McLarry) made certain
threats to take the life of and to inflict bodliy harm upon John F. Kennedy,
then the President of the United States, by stating in substance that he
would be working near the Trade Mart in Dallas, Tex., where the President was
suppposed to speak, and that he would be waiting with a gun to get the
These remarks, the complaint alleged, were made in the presence of
Mr. McLarry gave his occupation as a machinist. He was sullen during
the arraignment and said little.
When asked if he wanted a preliminary hearing, he nodded his head
affirmatively. Mr. Atkins advised him that he could have witnesses and
an attorney at the hearing.
"I want to call my sister and get my business straightened up," Mr.
Mr. Atkins asked him if anyone knew he was being charged.
"There is a probability of it," Mr. McLarry replied.
HSCA document180- 10074-10394, an interview with Miami agent Robert J.
Jamison states that "the threat of November 18, 1963 was posed by a mobile,
unidentified rifleman with a high-powered rifle fitted with a scope."
In addition, HSCA document 180-10083-10419, an interview with White House
Detail and Miami advance agent Lubert F. deFreese, states that "a threat did
surface in connection with the Miami trip...there was an active threat
against the President of which the Secret Service was aware in November
1963 in the period immediately prior to JFK's trip to Miami made by a
"group of people"
In addition to this threat information, and separate from the Joseph
Milteer threat of 11/9/63, a CO2 PRS file, released to the HSCA on
5/3/78 and available to all of us only now is the specific name of
another individual who made a threat against JFK on 11/18/63: John
Warrington (Sam Kinney ALSO told the author of an unspecified "organized
crime" threat pertaining to this same trip).
And, as we know, Agent Lawson confirmed that a big, fat ZERO came
out of the Dallas check of potential threats to President Kennedy. This
is simply impossible, as the rabid right-wing environment, the "Wanted
for Treason" mug shots, and the October 24, 1963 attack on U.N. Ambassador
Adlai Stevenson make abundantly clear by themselves. When we also couple the
11/2/63 Chicago threats and the 1/9-11/18/63 Miami threats known to the
Secret Service before Dallas, we have to ask ourselves: was PRS SA Glen
Bennett riding in the follow-up car on 11/22/63 actively searching for these
ANATOMY OF A THREAT
Tampa, FL 11/18/63
WHD agents on trip: Blaine (advance agent), Yeager, Boring, Greer,
Rybka, Kinney, Stout, Roberts, Sulliman, Ready, Berger, Zboril, Morey,
Lawton, Kollar, Jones, McIntyre
Tampa office: Peppers
1964 White Lincoln Continental used for McDill Air Force Base
SS-100-X (JFK’s limo) and SS-678-X (1956 “Queen Mary” Cadillac follow-up
car) used for downtown/ suburban motorcade
Salinger, underpasses controlled by police and military units, Sheriff’s
office secured the roofs of major buildings in the downtown and suburban
areas, agents on limo,
Salinger with Kilduff, close press/ photographers (inc. Stoughton in
follow-up car), McHugh in between SS agents in front seat of limo
it is noted that “the follw-up car will carry a considerable burden on
SA Cecil Taylor of PRS: 2 subjects found
Miami, FL 11/18/63
Inter-American Press Association
WHD agents on trip: DeFreese (advance agent), Boring, Greer, Coughlin,
Blaine, McIntyre, Bennett (PRS), Kollar, Roberts, Lawton, Jones, Zboril,
Rybka, Sulliman, Berger, Morey, O’Leary;
Miami office agents: Marshall, Aragon, Bailey, Curry, Jamison, Howell
CIA’s Ted Shackley and William Finch helped Secret Service on this trip
[see upcoming article in the next KAC]
PRS: six pages worth! Subjects inc. Orlando Bosch, Pedro Diaz
Lanz,Enrique Llaca, Jr., Rohinski, and Derber;
lead car inc. Dr. Burkley (!); Salinger with Kilduff (a motorcade from
the Heliport to the Hotel
17 H 566:
THE SOURCE FOR FBI MAN WILLIAM WALTHER'S TELETYPE?
17 H 574:
a bomb threat in El Paso, TX on 6/5/63---JFK, Connally, and LBJ
were there (although LBJ was not in the motorcade) to start the
planning of the upcoming Texas trip for NOVEMBER 21-23, 1963
The “Nashville Banner” from 1/23/92 carried a report that a mortal
threat to President Kennedy’s life was hushed up by the Secret Service
when JFK visited Nashville, TN, on 5/18/63. The information came from
Rep. Bob Clement, the son of former Governor Frank Clement, JFK’s host
during his 1963 visit to the state (both Clements met JFK on this trip
[inc. is a photo from the trip depicting both the elder Clement and his
son]). At Overton High School, a man approached the president with a gun
underneath a sack---he was grabbed by the Secret Service and the
incident itself was kept quiet in order to keep from encouraging similar
scares [think of all the copycat school shootings there are today
because of media hype!]. Bob Clement said: “Back in those days, privacy
was easier to accomplish”. The paper interviewed the widow of Paul
Doster, the former SAIC of the Nashville office who died in 1987)---
although Paul did not mention the incident to her, she said:
“But, you’ve got to remember, he was pretty secretive, even to me.” For
his part, Agent Doster told the “Nashville Banner” back on 5/18/63 that
“a complete check of the entire motorcade route” was done (also, “other
[police] officers were assigned atop the municipal terminal and other
buildings along the route. These men took their posts at 8 a.m. and
remained at their rooftop stations until the president and his party
passed”. In addition, a helicopter was used, similar to its use on
11/21/63 in San Antonio, TX).
Houston SAIC Lane Betram:
"We knew there was always the possibility that some mentally deranged
person would make an attempt on the President's life. We were worried
about the irrational [rather] than hired assassins.
["Houston Chronicle", 11/22/63]
ASAIC Roy Kellerman, to FBI agents' Sibert & O'Neil on the night of the
"the advanced security arrangements made for this specific trip were the
most stringent and thorough ever employed by the Secret Service for the
visit of a President to an American city" [[FBI RIF#124-10012-10239;
Kellerman would go on to deny ever saying such a thing: 18 H 707-708]
JFK, to San Antonio Congressman Henry Gonzalez on 11/21/63:
"The Secret Service told me that they had taken care of everything -
there's nothing to worry about." ["High Treason", page 127]
President Kennedy, to a concerned* advance man, Marty Underwood on
11/21/63: "Marty, You worry about me too much" [Evening Magazine" video
11/22/88; interview with Marty Underwood 10/9/92]
DPD Chief Curry, "Dallas Morning News", 10/26/63 [22 H 626]:
"LARGE POLICE GUARD PLANNED FOR KENNEDY-Signs Friday pointed to the
greatest concentration of Dallas police ever for the protection of a
high-ranking dignitary when President Kennedy visits Dallas next month
…The [[xx]] out with the U.S. Secret Service."
*Marty's concern: "we were getting all sorts of rumors [on 11/21/63]
that the President was going to be assassinated in Dallas. There were no
if's, and's, or but's about it."
10/24/97 JFK Plot Leads Neglected by Michael Dorman
In his testimony before the House Select Committee on Assassinations in
1978, James Rowley, Secret Service Chief in 1963, stated several
leads to conspiracies to assassinate President Kennedy may not have
been checked out. He stated the Secret Service had begun looking into
several assassination plots, but stopped when President Johnson ordered
the FBI to take over the investigation of the president's murder.
The Secret Service was ordered to turn over all relevant information to
the FBI. Rowley stated the FBI Never informed the Secret Service of
any of the leads it turned over. One lead was the Miami Secret Service
Report on Joseph Milteer. Milteer, a right wing activist, was taped by
The Secret Service saying Kennedy would be assassinated with a rifle
from a window in a downtown business district. Rowley was asked why
Milteer was not put on constant surveillance. A reply to this was made
by another Secret Service aid, Thomas Kelley. He replied that they
didn't have enough manpower.