Cape Cod author Robert P. Fitton graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in American Studies, with emphasis on American History. In college he added science fiction writing and American literature courses. Post college Fitton expanded his writing craft by studying with science fiction and mystery authors as well as screenwriters. Fitton developed a strong but thoughtful voice, many times humorous, buttressed by a direct style and influenced by Hitchcock’s mystery thrillers, Star Trek and the Twilight Zone. His time travel novels are spun from his love of history and sense of adventure.
Arriving in US Mail from St. Louis in the original dehaviland dh-4 biplane in ten bulky gunny sacks are the combined audio book renditions and supplemental background information as presented in podcast form by moi, me-Robert P. Fitton. Good evening one and all wherever in the galaxy you make your home.
You guessed it if you’ve listened before- I’m going to talk about one of my books, available at audible and I tunes, in Barnes and Noble. Amazon and a plethora of outlets. And maybe sell one or two. To do that I’m going to ask one of my characters from one of my books to bring the Fitton on the Air spinning wheel center stage. Will you enter and sign in please on the wall chalkboard? He’s writing with both hands at the same time. Wow! Boze—Boze Brannigan.
“Where’d ever get a name like Boze. I suppose it’s short for Bozo…“
“Watch it, Tenderfoot. You’re askin’ for it…. What it… I’m still quick with the fists, ya know.
“How old are you?”
“Old enough to whup your backside. “
“I am not going to do Bogart but I will say of all the novels in all the world… he walks into one of mine. What book of mine are you in, Boze?”
“Six feet Under, Mr. Big Shot. My boys and me have a tile business in Hamilton New Hampshire. The Patio Boys”
“Wonderful… If you would kindly spin the Fitton on the Air Podcast spinning wheel.”
“Yeah, I can spin that baby. Round and Round and Round she goes where she stops nobody knows.”
“Okay it’s slowing to a stop.”
“Time Portal Alpha? What is that an electric toilet seat?”
“Yeah, right. If you will kindly remove the spinning wheel and head back to your patio work. Time Portal Alpha is a favorite story of mine Boze.”
You need any patio work done?
Time portal alpha started out as a series, a Mission Impossible for time travel, where Mark McKenna brings his crew back in time to correct the evil deeds of Nikko Morro who wants to level the playing field by bringing down the United States. It begins in present day Southern California. When Morro effects a change in the timeline the crew assembles in space, a warp of sorts, to avoid what McKenna and his crew can readily see from Time Portal Alpha.
So, when we think of Southern California, we conjure up images of Hollywood, Disneyland, the Beach Boys, not the Patio Boys. Palm trees grow in the words of Neil Diamond… And let me add that freeways flow. Lots of Freeways. Southern California is green during the freezing snow cold winters back east. Flowers and manicured lawns. Green grass golf courses. What the common denominator?
The common denominator is not any of the above images of Southern California.
Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink, Mr. Coleridge. California’s water system would foster the economic powerhouse that affected the rest of the United States. What if over a hundred years ago there was no water brought into he Southland? Well, Mark McKenna and his crew can observe the timeline transformation firsthand and it’s not pretty. The original arid landscape is not desert- but not Beverly Hills either.
Eaton and Mulholland went on several expeditions up north to chart the water before LA became LAwe know today.
I have two distinct lines of thought about the original project to bring water to Los Angeles. It’s very easy, like any argument to latch onto a narrative, more reflective of your psychological make-up than to acknowledge concurrent or even multi current events.
There are reasons why the water was brought to Southern California. Certainly, former mayor Fred Eaton, who was aware of the Owens Valley water and Harrison Gray Otis of the LA Times were prime movers. And so was William Mulholland, chief engineer of the project and superintendent of Water and Power in Los Angeles. The Bureau of Reclamation as well as Teddy Roosevelt approved of bringing the water to LA. Some people made fortunes, yes. Mulholland did his job. Some people got screwed. Others did not. But what is evident with the 1920’s only a couple of decades away that Los Angeles and the country would be forever changed.
The aqueduct (H-2-O) spurred the economic development of Los Angeles. People poured into California partiallybecause ofpromotion not too long after the Civil War. Why all the hype you ask. Money, money, money, A cornucopia of land companies contributed to the concept called California, the land of milk and honey. And so, they came, the populace and the industry. The idea of a land with an ideal climate took hold as the crates of oranges, lemons and other farmland crops from the San Joaquin Valley arrived in a snow drifted winter back east.The water brought into Los Angeles raised the standard of living.
And then as with many historical sagas there’s another story. Yes, many landowners in the Owens Valley up north were paid for their land. But most had no idea how the men from LA were piecing it altogether to establish the aqueduct to Los Angeles. There were attacks on the aqueduct and shootouts. And many insiders made money off the San Fernando Valley land.
I’m not so naïve that I think that one side should dominate the history books more than the other. I guess people come down on either side depending on their point of view. Surely, the way the land was acquired in Owens Valley with little regard for family history, family structure and food resources is reprehensible. But that doesn’t mean that I throw out the extraordinary result of transporting water to Los Angeles. The progress and hope for a good life for millions and the contribution to Americana and the economic engine of the United States is worthy of consideration. I guess this is a concurrent view of history.
In researching this book, it was as if I were there on the aqueduct. Maybe I lived back in that time in California at the beginning if the Twentieth Century. Or maybe I’ve gotten too much inside my characters’ heads. Or more likely is I’ve just gone cuckoo.
I said at the beginning of this blog that the book didn’t adhere to my original outline. McKenna and his people were to have confronted Nikko Morro in subsequent books to rectify changes in time. Again, a Mission Impossible team for time travel. Except McKenna’s team in this book is confronted with deadly consequences. And I didn’t count on McKenna, while working on the Los Angeles aqueduct, meeting, and falling in love with Aubrey, a former Harvey Girl who works the food concession along the aqueduct. The book balanced so much better with the villain Nikko, McKenna’s relationship with Aubrey, and with the history of the aqueduct.
Am I favoring Mulholland because I admire the guy? Of course, I am.From drifter to ditch digger to superintendent for the Water and Power to worldwide recognition Mulhollandrepresents the American dream in the early Twentieth Century. Not bad. With regard to the horrible St. Francis Dam disaster-Current geological studies indicate Mulholland had no way in the 1920’s to evaluate what he could not see. In this ‘pass the buck’ world of today who would take responsibility for the death and destruction regardless of the consequences? They would be ‘lawyered-up‘
November 5, 1913: The water flows from up north to Los Angeles. Mulholland briefly spoke to the crowd and the ceremony is in Time Portal Alpha and the event is reenacted in the audio version.Yes, I understand that the workers were important because they executed the dream. But without understanding the entire complexity of history we areleft as narrow-minded purveyors of the past.
Time Portal Alpha is available at Audible, iTunes and Barnes and noble and Amazon for the paperback and kindle.
Arriving in US Mail from St. Louis in the originaldehaviland dh-4 biplane in ten bulky gunny sacksare the combined audiobook renditionsand supplemental background information as presented in podcast form by moi, me-Robert P. Fitton. Good evening one and all wherever in the galaxy you make your home.In this broadcast episodefrom the 46 foot high broadcast tower at Storybook JunctionIhave an announcement: I want to talk about my books.
Hey, hey, hey I know. In the past I’ve carpet bombed this podcast with snippets and driblets of my audiobooks. That’s really wonderful Bob…. Right… Right That hogs up the hard drive… It does… too much material for a meager podcast. Now look… I have over fifty books… and I probably should talk about them…Ya think?
Let’s bring in the Fitton on the air spinning wheel out here… Hanna will haul it out here.Let’s spin and we’ll stop at the book at random. Unless I don’t like it of course. But I like all my books… Even the free ones… from way back… I don’t have Vanna White but I do have Miss Hanna Blight. Hanna, would you spin the Fitton on the air spinning wheel?
HOW ABOUT PLEASE!
Oh yeah- please—pretty please with horse radish on it. Hanna is of course a cousin to Nurse Mildred Ratched. Hanna can bench press six hundred pounds of cheese puffs in a single bound.
And here we go go… round and round over all them thar books. All those years and years of stories. Written on the east coast… Written on the west coast… In long hand shorthand in pencil and pen, flair and marker… with manual and electric typewriters and IMB XT’s, CompuServe and HP and Dell….
ARE YOU DONE?
Yeah, I’m done. Where did it land?
THE BOOK IS I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE. YOU CHANGED THE TITLE FROM 1939. I LIKE 1939 BETTER.
OKAY thank you Hanna you can go back to wherever it is you came from…Get out of here… come on. Sorry about that.
Okay 1939/ I have seen the Future:
I am going to follow the humanity viewpoint here. I could talk about straight technology and perhaps will at another time. When I say humanity, I’m talking about how we treat each other… better called the dignity of man. The future postulated in the book is horrible basically because humans are not in charge. It is the Seraph who dominate several versions later of the internet and thus everyone on the planet. Control and domination of groups of people is nothing new in the history of planet earth so I don’t think I’m stretching the speculation with this storyline.
There is a look into the distant future too and it’s not pretty with human retreating across the solar system from the Seraph.
Andy Reese. Andy Reese is not goody two shoes. Andy Reese is not some genius who figures it all out- that is what has happened to the human race. It is this a natural evolution from the technology revolution as posited at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. It can go either way boys and girls…I’m just sending up warning flairs to what could be. The evolution of artificial intelligence to become more powerful than humans would not happen spontaneously. And that’s true of any evolving technology. I would ask what technology today has evolved where there is an element of control in our everyday lives. Just television is an example of luring humans into the virtual two-dimensional world. Which is fine as long as the viewer is able to bounce back into his/ her human-real world.
And what about the Metaverse? Don’t even think about it or maybe you should thinking about it. Think about what it would be like to be in that total world. It may sound good.
What about phones? Wow. And I’m checking my mail, skipping over to what I might want to watch or listen to through the portal of my phone. So what’s wrong with that Fitton, you ask? Nothing unless the technology has diminished my so-called humanity. Right? Then what about face time? That’s a good choice because you’re checking in and making contact. If I was constantly in the middle of perpetual video games, some of them involving killing other humans-it would not be a good thing!
So, who am I pontificating? Again, I’m just sending up flares. ‘Nachdanken.’ Think. Aside from all my technological castigation. Look-in the end letting technology totally control your life is self-destructive despite the lure.
But here what to keep in mind when Andy is back in time and at the World’s Fair in New York. Look at all the futuristic pavilions, inventions, and dazzling presentations-all geared toward the future. The freeways constructed in the General Motors Futurama—Electro the robot—RCA and Television broadcasting FDR. Everything, after enduring Great Depression, geared toward progress! Progress is good but the character Dr. Herman Geiger is the primary force of caution and Lucy Apel, the young woman, exceedingly bright, encounters reality.
I won’t get into the aliens in this book, but I will say they are like the old Microsoft DOS, unforgiving and only capable of their programming and limitations.
I’ll end this podcast before I fly out of here by just saying that one word: Nachdanken. Just think. I’m Robert P. Fitton climbing aboard the pane and flying back to reality!
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Baker Finch in American Injustice I and II is a competent CIA agent on the rise in his career. Finch was recruited by the agency by Thomas ‘Chub’ Poirier from Yale in 1959.
The young agent has an undisclosed role near the School Depository Building on November 22, 1963.
Baker Finch first encounters Natalie Tompkins and Patch Kincaid in a violent shootout outside the Audubon Zoo in New Orléans, where he directs the operation. Then he begins a dogged pursuit of Patch that brings him to Vietnam. Yet the leader of the Milky Way Network, code name Denali, sends Patch and Ray Meinkewitz overseas. Behind the scenes Finch is in pursuit.
Only savvy, quick thinking by Patch prevents an all-out-assault from murdering them as they sleep. We never see Finch upset because he respects Patch. But he stays on Patch and Meinkewitz’s trail and confronts them directly.
Finch professionally demands Patch surrender the contents of a classified readout inside a sealed envelope.Both Meinkewitzand Patch act with great alacrity. Finch chases them in a crazy race culminating with a vicious attack by wild animals.
Injured, he recovers from infection and returns to the United States where he breaks the CIA 1947 charter and illegally spies on the 1968 spring primaries in the United States. He is spotted at major events, and a television audience.
It’s clear that Finch is deeply involved with events in Los Angeles in 1968. (Probably mind control) We are unaware what his role was in Memphis. And in the end as Patch retreives the Rosetta Stone of the JFK assassination, Finch’s and Patch’s survival depend on the final outcome of their finalbattle.
Baker Finch is not real. That being said- Finch represents the all-pervasive involvement by the CIA and intel agencies in domestic activity and overseas illegalities. That is how he should be viewed in American Injustice I and II.
In my book “I Have Seen the Future” a marvelous invention that will change the world is on diplay. In what pavilion is this marvel located? Describe the invention and why the heck would no one immediately use this thing in 1939?
Flying to war-torn Vietnam Patch Kincaid and Ray Meinkewitz are part of a secret plan, Operation Bluebird Rescue, to extricate Commander Phineas Beauregard from an American prison near Saigon and question Winkamp, an important player in the death of President Kennedy. An extensive riot ensues as Patch’s flying skills are challenged as Patch, Phinney and Meinkewitz attempt to flee the country and top CIA operative Baker Finch.
In the next phase throughout Europe Patch searches for the elusive report that specifies how and why President Kennedy was killed. Finding that reports leads to deadly consequences.LBJ drops out of the presidential race after Senator Robert F. Kennedy from New York announces a run for the presidency. Kennedy’s extraordinary campaign is recorded primary by primary and speech by speech.
Patch faces Baker Finch at Gibraltar and more intelligence officers at a Christmas gala at a castle in England. He again meets Natalie Tomkins. The torch is lit in their relationship and in the race to find the de Gaulle report on the assassination of President Kennedy.
This is 1968, a horrendous year of assassinations and further bloodshed in Vietnam. The deaths of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy are detailed with the truth-how they were killed as threats to the existing order. Justice is denied to those who dared to seek it and for those citizens left to absorb the deluge. Once again, an inconsequential event. This one involving Jim Morrison and The Doors changes history.
Patch Kincaid finds himself in late 1966 and he contacts his friend Johnny Roselli in California to help find Ray Meinkewitz. In doing so Patch becomes part of an ultra-stealth group of individuals called the Milky Way Network. Led by a high-level American politician the network’s goal is to aid Jim Garrison’s investigation in New Orleans.
Within this network is Ray Meinkewitz, Commander of Hughes Air Force Base Phineas Beauregard, and the attractive Lieutenant Natalie Tompkins. Detailed documents and actions of the powers to be are unveiled as attempts are made to forward the new knowledge to Jim Garrison. Being in the Milky Way Network is not without risk as an operative from the Kennedy Assassination takes Patch head on.
Patch, torn by not being able to return to his family at Apex Junction, rebuffs the advances of Natalie Tompkins. When she leaves the safe house Patch remains confused but realizes he did like Natalie.
The government, using their minions in the press both written and on the TV networks begin a full-fledged attack on Garrison. As witnesses are eliminated one by one Garrison is characterized as a buffoon by NBC news, a Kennedy insider Walter Sheridan and Newsweek and The Saturday Evening post provide hit pieces written by Hugh Aynesworth and James Phelan. Witnesses are intimidated and bribed while Garrison is mocked. An entire task force is set up inside the CIA to thwart Garrison’s attempts at justice.
At the end of 1967 there are hints that Robert F. Kennedy might have some political capital to run for president-but not unless LBJ is out of the race. And the numerous speeches of Martin Luther King are highlighted as Dr. King merges the peace movement with the civil rights struggle. And Patch Kincaid faces the dark clouded future of 1968.
FROM: . William R. Martin, Assistant District Attorney
SUBJECT: Richard Case Nagell
Federal Prisoner No. PMB-A-16606-H Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Springfield, Mo.
On Monday morning April 10, 1967, at 7:30 A.M. I departed New Orleans for Springfield, Missouri on board Delta Flight 836. The purpose of this trip was to interview the subject identified above who had offered himself as an informant to this office. Upon arrival in Springfield at 11:17 A.M. I retained yellow cab number 9 and was driven directly to the Federal Center. There I was advised by the guard at the main entrance to the building that he would have to obtain the permission of the classification and parole officer assigned to the subject before I would be allowed visiting privileges. The guard requested that I fill out a “visitors form” and he then took my completed form and the subject’s record jacket elsewhere in the building out of my sight and returned at about ten or fifteen minutes and stated that I would be allowed to visit the subject during regular visiting hours from 1 to 3:00 P.M. By this time, it was 12:20 P.M. so I elected to have yellow cab number 9 wait for me. At five minutes to one P.M. I was ushered, along with several other visitors, into-a—very large and informal waiting room where we were asked to await the arrival of the person whom we had come to visit.
NOTE: Contrary to what I had been told to expect, I was not personally searched nor was my briefcase searched prior to being allowed in to visit ‘the ‘subject. For future reference it should also be noted that the inmates or prisoners of this 1 Federal Medical Center are not allowed in any manner or without the prior consent of their classification officer. All material written or signed by the inmate is censored by the prison. Officials and there exists no privileged communication between lawyer and client at this institution unless special arrangements have been made for a private interview by the inmate himself. The visitor is free to write his own notes during the visit with the inmate and may hand the notes and other documents or papers to the inmate for the inmate to read and this is done without supervision or Censorship but, in no case may the prisoner write or sign his name or deliver a document to the visitor without the aforementioned prior approval.
The following interview with the subject, Richard Case Nagell, took place over a two-day period and a total of four hour of standard visiting hours. The interviews with the subject were made without taking notes since the presence of a note pad and a pencil seem to make the subject nervous and reluctant to speak freely.
The subject was brought into the visiting room promptly at 1:00 P.M. on April 10, 1967, and was brought to my area of the room by the guard supervising the general visiting area.
This visiting area is a large room arranged in an informal manner with many individual clusters of chairs each drawn up to a low table in the center of the cluster of chairs. The visitors face the inmate from their chairs which are drawn up on the opposite side of the small table from the inmate and, I observed that in no case were the visitors allowed to sit side by side with the inmate.
After shaking hands with the subject, we both took seats on opposite sides of the table and the subject opened the conversation immediately by saying that he was sorry that he had caused me to make this long trip from New Orleans for no purpose at He stated that he had given ‘the matter much thought and that he had decided that it was useless and in his own best interests for him to turn over any material or evidence to us. He stated that he was worried about recent events and was at this point afraid to confide in anyone. He elaborated that he had become very suspicious of just about everyone and, was extremely upset by the way “things were being handled”. Further prompted, the subject stated that he had asked his sister to contact Mr. Garrison personally and had given her explicit instructions as to how he had wanted this contact to be established. He said that his sister had gone about things in exactly the wrong way and that she and her husband were trying to play “amateur detective” and that all they were going to succeed in doing would be to get him in even deeper than he was and to stir up more pressure and more trouble. He stated that recently his brother-in-law had visited him in Springfield and had attempted to “interrogate” him very closely about this case and other matter in his past but that he (the subject) had decided to trust absolutely no one and that he would simply let his case and everything pertaining to it remain in the status quo.—-
At this point it seemed patently unwise to question the subject or to push him in any manner and our conversation was permitted to drift into other unimportant and miscellaneous channels.
The subject was quite interested and willing to reveal to me certain things about himself and about the depth and complexity of his own case and of his past personal life. He stated to me that he had been “a very bad boy for a very long time and that no one knew of this since he had never discussed his – personal beliefs or his personal activities with anyone and had always concealed his activities with a good cover or front. He stated that he had been involved in certain activities which could get him in a tremendous amount of trouble if the activities became known and that he would probably wind up spending the rest of his life in prison if anyone ever discovered exactly, and could prove exactly, what he had been up to. He stated to me that he had been a Marxist-Leninist for many years and – that he had no particular —-or loyalty to the United States and was not interested in helping the United States or any Of our Government functions, nor was he interested in helping this office with our investigation, for any reason, or out of any motive whatsoever except insofar as he thought it might be a’ benefit to him personally and that if he ever did decide to help this office in any manner it would only be because he decided that it would help “this number one boy” (at this point the subject pointed to himself).
The subject became intensely curious about our investigation and, as our conversation progressed, he stated that he was pleased to see that I was willing to bring him up to date on our Investigation insofar as the non-confidential aspects were concerned and he stated that he was certain that, at this stage of the game, we too had our hands full with amateur sleuths who were coming out of the woodwork. Our discussion continued along this general pattern until I mentioned to the subject that he really too should not be/disturbed or upset by the conduct or amateurish approach of his sister and brother-in-law since, after all, as the best that could be expected of anyone who was not accustomed to this sort of thing and that they certainly could not be expected to behave as professionals.
At this point the subject stated that this was precisely the professionalism he was looking for when he had asked that he be contacted by Mr. Garrison. He stated that he had kept account of our progress as best he could through his limited access to newspapers and that, he admired Mr. Garrison for his willingness to undertake this investigation and expose the truth regardless of where it may lead. The subject stated that he had seen Mr. Garrison on television, or had perhaps read a newspaper, Mr. Garrison’s statement that “let justice be done though the heavens crumble” and that he (the subject) had been very much impressed with this statement and had hoped to be able to assist Mr. Garrison and, in so doing, ultimately assist himself and benefit his own position.
‘At this point. I assured the subject that any information or material he released to Mr. Garrison’s office would be handled with the strictest confidence and that it would receive the most competent and professional treatment that the office could make available. Although no further encouragement the subject began to discuss the Kennedy assassination and his own relationship to it.
He stated that there had actually been three separate plots to assassinate President Kennedy. The first was a plan to kill President Kennedy by bombing (a concealed bomb in the speaker’s platform or the speaker’s podium) on the occasion of December or January of 1962 when the President traveled to Miami, Florida to address the group of Cuban prisoners who had taken part in the Bay of Pigs invasion and who had just been released and returned to the States. A second and similar plan to kill the President was to have taken place in June of 1963 when the President had traveled to Los Angeles for an important speaking engagement. The subject stated that the first and second plots (above mentioned) had never really become serious and that the plans never did reach more than just the talking stage. The third and final plot, which did in fact end with the assassination of President Kennedy, was an offshoot of the other two plans and was planned and put into effect by the same group of people.
The subject stated that these plots to kill President Kennedy had each involved several men, some of them Cubans, and that all three plots had been based along the same thinking and logic.
At this point the subject asked me if I was aware of the fact that the Cuban refugees in the United States had formed and organized a great number of movements, organizations, groups, and societies all, of which were, in one way or another, dedicated to the overthrow of Fidel Castro. Most of these organizations, of Cubans are either formal or semi-formal organizations with elected- Presidents and officers and under a variety of names, such as ——————-
The subject made it expressly clear at that time, that none of these organizations, acting as organizations, planned to assassinate, or in fact assassinated, President Kennedy. Rather, he Stated, that the Cubans who took an active part in the assassination acted as individuals and that they did not all belong to one organization or even two organizations, even though they had all come together and become known to each other because of these organizations.
At this point the subject became ‘rather nervous and seem to be reluctant to continue his description of what had taken place in connection with the Kennedy assassination. He asked a variety of questions concerning the theories on which Mr. Garrison had been working and whether or not we had received or had been offered any cooperation by the Central Intelligence Agency or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I assured the subject that insofar as the Kennedy assassination was concerned, that this office was working entirely independently of any other organization and that we did not believe that the FBI or the CIA could be inclined to offer us any assistance. This statement seemed to relax the ‘subject a bit because, as he said, the information he was about to give me, or could give me, was not such that it would enhance the public image of either the FBI or the CIA.
At this time the guard in the visitors’ room at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners announced that visiting hours were over and the subject and I were forced to take very rapid leave of each other. Prior to departing the subject asked me if I could possibly stay in town and return during the next visiting hours and I assured him that I had no intention of leaving town until after he had told me everything he had to say. This concluded my first interview with the subject, Richard Case Nagell at 3:00 P.M. on April 10, 1967.
Upon leaving the visiting area of the Medical Center I asked to speak to the prison social director, Matthews and to the classification and parole officer in charge of the subject’s case. Neither of these gentlemen were available to speak to me and I was asked to return later in the afternoon to see them and “was also asked to leave a message as to the nature of the business I had with them. I left word that I wished to make arrangements for a privileged attorney-client interview with the subject since I had not been satisfied with our meeting in a public meeting room. For the rest of the day and during the morning of the next day both of these men successfully avoided and evaded my attempts to see them in their offices.
On Tuesday morning at 8:30 A.M. I returned to the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners and continued my interview with the subject, Richard Case Nagell. Without preliminaries Mr. Nagell continued our conversation exactly where it had been interrupted the day before by asking me what theory Mr. Garrison was working on as regards the assassination of President Kennedy. The subject apologized to me for having to ask me to explain our theory or theories and explained himself by saying that he was very much concerned lest we involve him by accident in more trouble with the FBI or the CIA. The subject said that he could not afford, at this point, more trouble with either of these organizations and that he had to make absolutely certain that our approach to the investigation of the assassination was not such that, with the information that he could give us, would lead him, in his own words, into more hot water.
At this time -I presented-to-the subject the following possibility:
That early in the Castro regime in Cuba, various efforts were made by patriotic and anti-communist Cubans, to overthrow and/or to assassinate Fidel Castro. That these efforts included small guerrilla raids from the Florida Keys, small attempts to land weapons and————anti-Castro Cubans and efforts on the part of many refugee Cubans in the United States to form large organizations to collect money and weapons and to train forces for an invasion of Cuba to overthrow and/or assassinate Fidel Castro. That much of this anti-Castro work was encouraged, sponsored, and financed by the Central Intelligence Agency and that for all practical purposes these miscellaneous s efforts on the part of the Cubans and the CIA had been totally useless. Adding insult to injury, the Bay of Pigs invasion, an acknowledged CIA-operation, was a total disaster when the Kennedy administration decided at the last minute that they could not afford, publicly, to lend our support to the Bay of Pigs Invasion in the form of Air Support and invading troops which had been promised to the Cuban invaders. That during the long imprisonment of the Cuban troops of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the entire invasion operation-CIA involvement was publicly investigated and openly criticized, and that the Kennedy administration had stated as their final excuse, that world opinion and the opinion, of the American public was insufficiently aroused to justify an armed invasion by the United States of the Island of Cuba. That this rationale so ‘inflamed many of the Cuban refugees that a group of individual Cubans along with a few United States citizens decided to take matters- into their own hands and to perform an act so violent and outlandish in itself, that it would instantly arouse United States and world opinion to such an extreme pitch that an armed invasion by the United States, with United States military forces, would be then justified on the Island of Cuba. This single act, designed to inflame world opinion; was the assassination of President Kennedy: That this assassination was planned originally in such a manner that the assassins and/or their fall guy would be able to take immediate refuge in Cuba and hat this, in addition to other evidence, which was intended to come to light, would make the assassination look as though it had been designed, planned and executed under the orders of the Fidel Castro regime in’ Cuba. This, the involvement of Fidel Castro in the assassination of President Kennedy, would then justify an immediate invasion of Cuba by the United States military forces.
Throughout my explanation of the above possibility the subject had followed my words with extreme interest and had nodded his head vigorously on occasion. He now stated, “that is absolutely right’, as a general picture, but of course there are some fine points here and there that you have not covered”. He went on to say that we were obviously aware of many of these fine points, or we would not know as much as we already obviously did. He also stated that the evidence which he wanted to give to Mr. Garrison was of such a nature as to “wrap up and put a seal on” the entire investigation.
In discussing the evidence that he wished to turn over to Mr. Garrison the subject went into some minor detail as to how he came to possess the evidence. The subject stated that for a long time he, as a Marxist-Leninist, had worked for the other side” and had worked under the specific control of the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City. In this connection, the subject stated that he had done a variety of work assigned to him out of the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City and that he had been briefed by a member of that Embassy as to the Miami and Los Angeles plots to assassinate President Kennedy. As to the assassination in Dallas the subject stated that his only connection was to function as a watchdog for the Soviet Embassy and to inform them of exactly what was taking place and of what progress was being made on a day-to-day basis. The subject was able, in some manner which he did not disclose, to infiltrate the assassination plot and, for a reason of his own which he did not disclose, the subject was able to make a tape recording of four voices in conversation concerning the plot which ended in the assassination of President Kennedy. It is precisely this tape recording which the subject has decided to turn over to Mr. Garrison as soon as he possibly can.
Concerning the Content of the tape recording in question the subject stated that it was a tape recording made by a conversation of four individuals and that-the tape was primarily in Spanish although on certain occasions in the tape certain of the participants lapsed into English. When questioned as to the identity of the persons speaking on the tape the-subject stated openly that one of them as “Arcacha” and another individual whom the subject would only identify only as “ Q “ The subject did not wish to go into more detail concerning the tape at that time since he, all during our previous conversations, had indicated that our conversation could possibly be bugged.
As to the method of our obtaining the tape recording, the subject advised as follows:
The tape in question, along with a variety of other tape recordings, papers, and other items highly incriminating to the subject, are in a box or small trunk which the subject left in safekeeping and care of an intimate and trusted friend. An arrangement was made between the subject and this friend that under no circumstances was this box or trunk or any of its contents to be release to any person whatsoever, other than the subject, unless the friend were to be approached by a person bearing a handwritten letter in the handwriting of the subject, which letter would have to be signed by the subject in a certain secret manner. If anyone were to approach the friend and attempt to obtain the box or any of its contents without first having obtained this letter signed in a secret manner, then, in that case, the friend had instructions to destroy anything and everything that had been left in his safekeeping by the subject.
Mr. Nagell then indicated to me that he was willing to whisper to me the name, address and telephone number of the friend with whom he ‘had left this evidence but prior to doing so the subject asked to pledge my word that the name, address and, telephone number would not be written down in this report, or copies of this report, could conceivably leave this office and fall into the hands of the FBI or the CIA. The subject indicated that if this should happen,’ he was sure that the FBI would charge in on his friend, kick in his front door, and harass him into turning over all of the aforementioned material. He stated that this material is my whole future” and indicated that he had to be particularly careful of how it was handled. This being the case, the name, address, and telephone number of the subject’s friend does not appear in this report but has been turned over to Mr. Garrison for use at his discretion.
The subject and I then entered into a lengthy discussion as to how the letter in question directed to his friend could be placed into my hands; bearing in mind the fact that the subject was not able to deliver to me anything in writing and that all of his outgoing written material was very closely censored. It was resolved that there were two possibilities:
1. That the subject would immediately request of the prison officials at the Medical Center that he be granted privileged attorney-client interviews with me and that if this request were granted, he would then be able to smuggle this letter to me.
2. The subject stated that he was scheduled to be sent back to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary within a few days and since privileged communications at Leavenworth were much easier to come by than in the Medical Center, he would be able to hand me the letter in question if I were to visit him at Leavenworth.
The subject asked that I return to Springfield within a few days to attempt to see him under privileged circumstances since in his own words, “time is of the essence”. If this effort is unsuccessful then a second effort will be made when the subject is transferred to Leavenworth.
IMPRESSIONS AND OPINIONS: The subject, Richard Case Nagell, is an extremely articulate and well-spoken individual who seems to have full command of his senses and total recall of his activities and constantly mention dates and places that pertain to matters concerning this investigation. He is of the opinion that he will be forced to complete his full ten-year prison sentence, of which six years remain, unless he offers to cooperate with the FBI. It is his impression that this cooperation would mean the release to the FBI of all of the material incidental to his association with the Soviet Embassy in Moscow and he is not willing to do this. Mr. Nagell stated to me that in six years from now (when he is released from prison), he will then be forced /to make a final decision of either leaving this country (United States) forever or remaining in this country in good standing forever. It is his opinion that everything will depend on how the aforementioned box or trunk containing his possessions is handled. I received the impression that Mr. Nagell does not really care, one way or the other, whether he leaves this country or not in six years since he feels that it is possible for him to live in peace either in the United States or in the Soviet Union depending on the circumstances at that time. Although Mr. Nagell stated to me that he felt no particular loyalty to the United States and had worked with the Soviet Union as a matter of principle and personal convictions, he also stated to me that the release of his tape recording to Mr. Garrison was his first step in seeing what he could do to “square himself” with this country.
At this point the guard in the visiting area announced the end of visiting hours and the subject and I parted with my promise to return to Springfield within a few days to attempt to see him under privileged visiting conditions.
At approximately 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday April 11, 1967, I returned to my room in the Candlelight Motel in Springfield and made arrangements to travel to Kansas City for the purpose of meeting with Mr. Lawrence Loftus, an attorney practicing in the e of Kansas with Offices in the Hedrick Land Title Bld. in Olathe, Kansas.
Pioneer Air Taxi Service from Springfield to Kansas City, Kansas departed Springfield Airport at 3:30 P.M. that date and arrived in Kansas City, Kansas at 4:30 P.M. I boarded this flight and was met at the Kansas City Airport by Mr. Loftus.
Throughout the following day, Wednesday. April 12, 1967, law remained with Mr. Loftus in his law offices reviewing the procedural aspects of the handling of prisoners in both Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary and the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield. Mr. Loftus, who has had a good deal of experience with inmates at Leavenworth is of the opinion that there will be no difficulty in obtaining privileged communications with the subject once he is transferred to Leavenworth. He also stated that privileged communications should be able to be obtained in Springfield Medical Center but only at the request of the prisoner. This was basically the same information which had been obtained in Springfield and was confirmed by my research of this date. At 8:15 P.M. I departed Kansas City on 12th of April 1967 to return to New Orleans on Braniff Flight 241.
Every effort will be exerted to obtain the letter in •• question from the subject and, subsequently, to obtain the tape recording referred to by Mr. Nagell.
Before I get into the heart of this novel of the old west, let me say that my time in California allowed me to visit Death Valley and portions of Nevada. This experience brought forth this novel.
It was a time when liars were heroes and killers walked free. Jake McBride is a San Francisco assistant district attorney who watches the killer Johnny Rheingold go free on a technicality. Rheingold laughs at Jake in the courtroom and so does his wild girlfriend Pam Grayson. Jake retreats to the rest room and splashes cold water over his face. He can’t believe Rheingold’s lawyers have wiggled out of drug and murder charges.
When Jake turns, a corridor has opened in the tiles and a man in a vested suit, carrying a cane approaches him from inside the mysterious corridor. He is Mr. Melbourne, and he offers Jake a chance to obtain the justice that was denied in the courtroom. He refuses and thinks he has gone mad.
Jake plays hand ball with his best friend Jim Coltraine and doesn’t respond until Rheingold goes on a killing spree.
Again, Melbourne pitches his ability to provide justice.
Finally, an exasperated Jake walks on down the corridor in the wall and is told he must remember that if he dies in this new existence he will indeed as the novel’s title infers, be dead.
He emerges in a western saloon as Marshal Jake McBride from Brinson, Nevada.
Here’s where the novel Segways into a realistic western story. Jake has no recollection of Melbourne or his revenge against Rheingold.
Silver on the way to the US mint in Carson City disappears from Overland Train 924 outside Brinson.
Rheingold, also a part of the 1882 cast of characters arrives in town on the evening stage and the quest for justice begins. Rheingold is the outlaw/cowboy Johnny Ringo. There are no reports of Johnny Ringo in the time period from March until June of 1882 which gives me a little more umph to using poetic license.
Remember like the characters in the wizard of Oz movie people in McBride’s San Francisco life are part of the plot, including Jim Coltraine who own’s the town’s hotel.
Jake tries to make sense of the 924 flipped over in the desert outside of town- all the silver and people missing. And now Johnny Rheingold is in Brinson and the US Army has arrived.
In this book you’ll read about wide areas of Death Valley and isolated stretches of Nevada that I still find fascinating.
The wagon ruts lead south toward Arizona Territory, but Jake is diverted by the seductive
Pam Grayson through the night at the Coltraine Hotel.
Jake senses something duplicitous about Rheingold before he leaves with Soaring bird, a Shoshone toward Arizona territory to the south. Ubehebe crater, a volcanic remnant in Death Valley is featured in this story. I have hiked into that crater and thus it plays a part in the saga of the missing silver.
Jake believes that someone is tracking them, and it his friend Soaring Bird who saves his life.
The silver has been stolen and it is the comradery of Jake and the townspeople that combines to track down the people responsible for the heist.
I will tease the reader and say there is a great scene involving a runaway railroad train.
Also, the historic figures of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday, under assumed names in Tombstone Arizona aka Rhyolite City are a part of this novel along with the mining camps outside Tombstone, Arizona.
The last portion of this book involves Johnny Ringo and written within the history of 1882.
When human emotions reach a crescendo it’s difficult to separate vengeance and justice. Justice in the old west required honesty, integrity, fortitude, and a moral compass, some Jake McBride was denied in the bureaucratic, politically correct world where bad people are not brought to justice.
When you’re Dead you’re Dead is available on Amazon in kindle and paperback and the audiobook sold on Audible.com.
Let me ask you: Have you ever been alone in an isolated house in the middle of the night? If you have you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t been alone in a faraway house, then you’re about to experience the pitfalls of such a venture.
Welcome to the Chesapeake along the Maryland shore. As summer beckons Mary Ellen brings her children on the boat to Sabines Island. As she vacations with her children her husband Tony bounces between work and spending time at their Beach House.
Through binoculars, Mary Ellen is stunned to see the orange Mustang in her beach house driveway. Her husband Tony is alone painting the house and the car belongs to a twenty-three-year-old provocative woman, Su Lee. Why would she be visiting Tony?
Later she confronts Tony who is shocked that Mary Ellen knew that Su Lee was at the Beach house. Tony denies there was anything going on and he saw he gave her some software after a conversation in the bar where she works as a bartender.
Mary Ellen tells her concern to Kel, a retired police officer from Philadelphia. Kel helps her investigate the mischievous, Su Lee. Kel, who was unjustly fired, is looking to redeem himself. He slowly uncovers circumstantial evidence around Su Lee that is incredibly frightening.
Mary Ellen confronts Su Lee who tries to intimidate her. Then she begins calling the woman when there is evidence of Su Lee being inside the Beach house. But she never talks to Su Lee on the phone. Rather a message plays back threatening her and telling Mary Ellen she will be dead.
Confronting Su Lee unleashes catastrophic runaway events for Mary Ellen and Kel. She brings her children away from the Chesapeake and back to her main house in Pennsylvania. What happens next is the unthinkable. And Mary Ellen ends up alone in the Beach House and fights for her life.
Hitchcock used the technique of knowing something horrendous will happen. The suspense to the impending event becomes unbearable. That is what I have emphasized in the House Series and specifically to Mary Ellen along the Chesapeake. And Hitchcock utilized the visual. Mary Ellen seeing Su Lee’s car at the Beach house is akin to Jimmy Stewart in rear window who sees more than he had bargained for…
And in the end, some survive, and others do not.
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