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Did Richard Case Nagell Warn Fidel Castro about the Assassination?

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

Dick Russell claims that Richard Case Nagell went to Cuba in 1963. He wasn't sure when, but it was before September. Here is what he wrote: (page 429 in the first edition of The Man Who Knew Too Much)

"It appears that Nagell then made a journey from Mexico to Cuba. Except to admit having made what he calls an "unauthorized trip," Nagell has said only that it took place before September 1963. Ricard von Kleist's correspondence with attorney Fensterwald told of Nagell having traveled to Cuba from Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, in the fishing boat partially owned by the Hotel Luma's bartender, Franz Waehuf. "This is and was known by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI," von Kleist reported.
Nagell indicated to me that he met personally with Fidel Castro, apparently to inform the Cuban premier of what was transpiring -- a "domestic-inspired, domestic-formulated, and domestic-sponsored" plot to assassinate Kennedy, where the intent was to make it look like Castro had engineered it. "Cuban authorities had been informed of his [Oswald's] association with anti-Castro elements (posing as pro-Castro agents) in the USA before September 1963," Nagell has written. During one interview, when I asked him whether Castro ever knew what was going on, Nagell replied: "That's a loaded question."

In a footnote on page 773 Russell noted:

"RCN on Castro: At our May 19, 1978, interview, RCN mentioned that should I ever go to Cuba, Castro was an excellent Ping-Pong player -- "and he'll play you, too." He added that I ought to brush up on my game."

I don't know whether Dick Russell took Richard Nagell's advise to "brush up" his game.

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Richard Popkin, author of "The Second Oswald," writes Jim Garrison about Richard Case Nagell. Garrison staffer Tom Bethell thought the Nagell lead was useless.

Richard Case Nagell's Mental Health

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Richard Case Nagell's Evidence

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