Episode 184 is the second in a multi-part series covering Richard Case Nagell. This episode follows our opening overview in Episode 183 and is comprehensive chronology of Nagell's life through the bank incident. Nagell was a highly decorated United States Army veteran, counterintelligence officer, and former CIA Double Agent for a brief period with ties to Russia. Nagell was arrested on September 20, 1963 after he entered the State National Bank in El Paso, Texas and fired two shots into a wall at the bank. After firing the 45 calibre pistol, Nagel allowed himself to be taken into custody at the bank. Nagell had observed and then penetrated a group that included Lee Harvey Oswald and learned that they were planning the assassination of President Kennedy. Working as a double agent, he refused to execute the orders given by his Russian handler which was to foil the assassination plot by convincing Oswald that he was being set up as a patsy or, in the event he was not successful in doing that, to kill Oswald instead. Shortly before the bank incident, Nagell sent a letter to J. Edgar Hoover exposing the plot. Not surprisingly, the letter was never acknowledged by the FBI. Nagell met twice with New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison who at the time was investigating Clay Shaw's possible complicity in the assassination. The famous character Mr. X in Oliver Stone’s movie JFK is modeled after Richard Case Nagell. Nagell, like so many other characters in the JFK story, had a fascinating life and he first crossed paths with Oswald while Oswald was stationed in Japan at Atsugi Air Force Base. He would survive two military airplane crashes but the injuries sustained in the most serious of the two crashes were later hypothesized to have possibly impacted his mental health and they were the subject of an intense examination during his criminal trial related to the bank charges. Nagell died at the age of 65 in Los Angeles, California...one day after receiving his subpoena to appear before the Assassination Records Review Board. It would have been his first ever appearance under oath to discuss what he knew about the assassination. Previously, he had not testified or given statements about it to any government arm that was officially investigating the assassination. Although he officially died of a heart attack, he had no previous history of heart problems and is included in that dubious category of mysterious deaths that occurred amongst witnesses in the aftermath of the assassination.
Richard Case Nagell may be the single most fascinating character in the JFK story, and Nagell's story is yet another moment where fact is stranger than fiction in the case of the JFK assassination. Come join us for this multi-part series covering one of the most interesting story tells contained in our podcast series.
Even as early as 1964, rumors and serious concerns over the lone gunman theory and the evidence that might contravene it, were becoming a major concern for the government and the commission. Conspiracy theories were contrary to the government's stated narrative from the very beginning. This real-life story is more fascinating than fiction. No matter whether you are a serious researcher or a casual student, you will enjoy the fact filled narrative and story as we relive one of the most shocking moments in American History. An event that changed the nation and changed the world forever.