James P. Hosty

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James P. Hosty
BornJames Patrick Hosty
(1924-08-28)August 28, 1924
Chicago
DiedJune 10, 2011(2011-06-10) (aged 86)
Kansas City, MO
Cause of death
Prostate cancer
EthnicityIrish[1]
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
EmployerFederal Bureau of Investigation
Known forInvestigation of Lee Harvey Oswald
Notable work(s)Assignment: Oswald (memoir)
TitleSpecial Agent
Political party
Democratic
ReligionRoman Catholicism [1]
 
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James P. Hosty
BornJames Patrick Hosty
(1924-08-28)August 28, 1924
Chicago
DiedJune 10, 2011(2011-06-10) (aged 86)
Kansas City, MO
Cause of death
Prostate cancer
EthnicityIrish[1]
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
EmployerFederal Bureau of Investigation
Known forInvestigation of Lee Harvey Oswald
Notable work(s)Assignment: Oswald (memoir)
TitleSpecial Agent
Political party
Democratic
ReligionRoman Catholicism [1]

James Patrick Hosty (August 28, 1924, Chicago – June 10, 2011, Kansas City, Missouri) was an American FBI agent assigned to investigate Lee Harvey Oswald upon Oswald's June 1962 return to the US after his brief defection to the Soviet Union. After Hosty made contact with Marina Oswald (a Soviet citizen) in order to interview her about her recent entry into the United States, Oswald wrote him a letter to protest the "harassment" of his wife Marina, and had Hosty's name and phone number in his address book. After the Kennedy assassination, Hosty did not disclose Oswald's letter about Marina to the Warren Commission and destroyed Oswald's letter on his superior's order. Because of this, Hosty attracted speculation as a possible conspirator in several conspiracy theories.[2] Hosty was one of 12 agents reprimanded for investigative improprieties after the release of the Warren Report, and was transferred to the FBI's Kansas City office until his mandatory retirement in 1979. He died of prostate cancer in 2011.[1]

Hosty later wrote a memoir about Oswald's assassination of Kennedy, titled "Assignment: Oswald". He was interviewed by dozens of historians and his book has been cited in a number of history books on the assassination for its clear accounting of the events from 1963.[citation needed]

Portrayal in fiction[edit]

The 1991 Oliver Stone film JFK depicts Hosty as playing a central role in a government conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy and frame Oswald.[1]

In the 2011 Stephen King novel 11/22/63, Hosty questions the protagonist Jake Epping, a time traveler who has just narrowly prevented Oswald from killing the president. Hosty is suspicious of Epping because of what he knows about Oswald and his investigation by the FBI, but assists Epping in his efforts to quietly disappear (so that he may return to 2011).

In 2013, actor Ron Livingston portrayed Hosty in writer/director Peter Landesman's film Parkland, a movie which recounts the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day JFK was assassinated.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Paul Vitello (June 19, 2011). "James P. Hosty, Investigated Oswald, Dies at 86". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Goldman, Peter; John J. Lindsay (April 28, 1975). "Dallas: New Questions and Answers". Newsweek (New York). p. 37. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ IMDB (October 4, 2013). "Parkland". IMDB.