David Ferrie and Earl
EARL ANGLIN JAMES: 1967
JAMES: MAY 30 1956
JAMES: DATE UNKNOWN
In 1962-1963 David Ferrie made
seven long distance phone calls from New Orleans to an unlisted number in
the (416) area code: Toronto Canada.
In a local press interview in November 1967, the schismatic bishop Earl Anglin James vehemently insisted he only received one call in his entire life from New Orleans "in March 1965 and it was from Mr. J. S. Martin. It was personal."
Earl James characterized the allegations of his links to David Ferrie and the JFK assassination as a smear campaign by factions within his controversial church. James insisted that he had never been in the State of Louisiana.
The 1967 Metro Toronto Police / New Orleans DA communications are classified, but senior Toronto inspectors kept filing Earl James - JFK related reports into an informal historic correspondence file as "memos for letter files."
The last item in the file was a routine 1970 report on a stolen wallet recovered and returned by Toronto Police to Earl Anglin James. But prior to releasing the billfold to James, the police officer photocopied the troubling contents in the wallet and sent them to a senior Toronto Police homicide inspector, who subsequently deposited the copies into the "letter files." While ostensibly James was a Canadian residing in Toronto, the items in his wallet suggest his presence in New Orleans in the early 1960's, where presumably he met David Ferrie. Most curious are the Louisiana Department of Justice identification cards which James had in his billfold and his smuggling activities--of both, material and human beings.
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had been worked with individuals frequenting the same
Camp Street/Lafayette Street office block, the address of which was rubber stamped
on leaflets Oswald distributed in New Orleans summer of 1963, three months before the assassination
of President Kennedy. Ferrie was a disgraced former commercial
airline pilot, CIA operative, gun runner, alleged Bay of Pigs
operation participant, and a figure in the New Orleans right wing homosexual
community. [ More on David Ferrie ]
[ More on 544 Camp Street ]
Within days of the assassination, an informant had identified Ferrie as an alleged getaway pilot for the assassin(s), but the reports mostly slipped through the cracks and were not extensively investigated. It was only in 1967 that Ferrie became subject to more intense investigation when New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison launched his unfortunate case against local businessman Clay Shaw. Ferrie's death in his apartment on the night of February 21, 1967, remains controversial. [ More on Ferrie's Death ]
Reports that Oswald and Ferrie were seen together at Camp Street and other locations in 1963 have never been adequately substantiated. There were also allegations that Oswald was linked to Ferrie eight years earlier, prior to Oswald's service in the US Marine Corps. Ferrie was a volunteer trainer with Moisant Airport squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in June-August 1955. Lee Harvey Oswald became a member of the Moisant squadron on July 27, 1955 and served the summer with it. For thirty years it was argued that there was no conclusive evidence that Oswald actually met Ferrie in CAP, until PBS's Frontline in 1993 broadcast photographs taken by a cadet named John Ciravolo showing Ferrie at a CAP bivouac in early August 1955 with a small group of CAP cadets--amongst whom young Lee Harvey Oswald is very visible. [ Photo of Ferrie and Oswald ]
Ferrie was alleged to be highly eccentric--it was said, for example, that he kept white mice on which he experimented in his own search for a cancer cure; that his personal appearance was bizzare due to a medical disorder resulting in his hair loss. There were reports that Ferrie was also an ordained priest (alternatively reported as a "defroked priest") in a shadowy heretical sect: the Orthodox Old Catholic Church of North America -- also known as the Old Roman Catholic Church, Old Rite Orthodox Catholic Church, and Orthodox Catholic Church, among many other similar names. [ Old Roman Catholic Church of North America Website ]
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