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Richard Popkin Writes Garrison About Richard Case Nagell

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

Richard Popkin, author of The Second Oswald, thought that Richard Case Nagell was an important witness. Here is a letter he wrote Jim Garrison (X is Nagell):


William Martin was the Assistant District Attorney was visited Nagell in prison. He really didn't get anywhere at all. Tom Bethell, a staffer in the Garrison office, answered Popkin:

As you can see, Bethell didn't think much of the Nagell lead.






The note on the bottom of the FBI memo is from J. Edgar Hoover, and it reads:

"O.K. They certainly pay a lot of attention to trivia."

"They" refers to the White House.



Previous Richard Case Nagell Blog Posts



The Importance of Richard Case Nagell to Some Conspiracy Theorists


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Richard Case Nagell and the JFK Assassination


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Nagell went to Cuba and met with Fidel Castro and even played ping-pong with the man.



Insane Conspiracy Theories about Richard Case Nagell


Richard Case Nagell said that he knew the two Oswalds - Lee Harvey and Leon. Some conspiracy theorists believe this madness.


Combine one part crazy and one part ridiculous and what do you come up with? An early attempt at a unified conspiracy theory of the JFK assassination.



Two Smoking Guns of the Richard Case Nagell Story


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Did Richard Case Nagell had an Oswald Military ID in his possession when he was arrested in September 1963?


Richard Case Nagell and Jim Garrison


Richard Case Nagell believes that he wasn't called to testify at Clay Shaw's trial because his testimony would have blown up Jim Garrison's case.


At a conference in September 1968, Garrison and his investigators discuss his face-to-face meeting with Nagell in New York City.


William Martin, an Assistant District Attorney working for Jim Garrison, tried to retrieve a tape that Nagell said contained the voices of three JFK assassination conspirators.


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


Nagell won a full disability pension in 1982 and the 60+ page court case provides complete details on his mental problems.


Richard Case Nagell told a psychiatrist why he shot up the bank in El Paso in 1963.


The FBI spoke to Nagell's ex-wife, his mother, his sister, and one of his friends. They all agreed that Nagell had significant mental health problems.


Nagell visited the American consulates in Zurich and Barcelona in 1969. He was a deeply disturbed man.


Richard Case Nagell's Evidence


None of the so-called evidence that Nagell promised would materialize on his death has shown up. Did this evidence ever exist?

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