More Mexico Mysteries

Rex Bradford
May 2002


I. Introduction - Mexico City: The Rosetta Stone
II. The Third Tape
III. Telephone Taps and Human Informants
IV. The Enigma of Pedro Gutierrez Valencia
V. Publishing the Mystery Man Photograph
VI. Conclusion


The truth of what happened in Mexico City several weeks prior to the assassination of President Kennedy remains elusive. New revelations "from the files" deepen the mystery rather than clarify it in many cases. Once-secret HSCA depositions and documents in the HSCA's "Segregated Collection," particularly the so-called Russ Holmes Work File, contain an abundance of fascinating and disturbing details. This essay will not try to paint the larger picture or present some overarching new thesis. Rather, it is an interim vehicle for discussing some important new findings and revelations; adding bricks to the edifice whose ultimate form remains obscure.


One of the several photos of the so-called "Mystery Man," taken outside the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico City in the fall of 1963. One or more of these photos was rushed to Dallas late in the evening of November 22, 1963, apparently mistaken for accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Accompanying tapes of tapped phone calls placed by a "Lee Oswald" to the Soviet embassy turned out to be fakes—the FBI determined in the wee hours of November 23 that the voice on the tapes didn't match that of the captured Oswald in Dallas. FBI Director Hoover informed the new President Johnson on the morning of November 23 that there was an imposter, a secret tightly held for decades. Was this "mystery man" the caller who set up Oswald to appear to be a Soviet agent, precipitating a National Security coverup of the Kennedy assassination? The person depicted in these photographs has never been identified.

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