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BPR, eh?

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Remarks on Nagell's often humorous code.


Some have questioned the value of Nagell's knowledge on grounds of mental stability, or on grounds of credibility. How much of an insider was he? We direct the reader to the acronym "BPR" which appears on page 5, column 2. This is part of Nagell's sometimes mysterious and often humorous code. Yet it goes to the heart of this issue. In 1966, the New York Times did a five part series on the Agency which the CIA tried to suppress and was partly successful in doing so. The "BPR" shorthand is illuminated by this excerpt from the 4/26/66 installment:

While the whitish-gray building is undoubtedly as secure as fences, guards, safes and elaborate electronic devices can make it, the location is hardly a secret. A large sign on the George Washington Parkway pointing to "Central Intelligence Agency" has been removed, but thousands of people know you can still get to the same building by turning off on the same road, now marked by the sign "BPR"-Bureau of Public Roads.

Most of the 'code' Nagell uses is readily apparent to any who know this case. The Young Regent of Yanquis Land is obviously John F. Kennedy, President of the United States. Isle of Cuber is of course Cuba; Big Mother Busher is Castro. You've got to hand it to Nagell-he had a keen sense of humor. Cochina Bay is the Bay of Pigs, and Bravo is Alpha 66. Our favorite pseudonym of all time, however, has to be the one he chose for David Ferrie: "Hairy De Fairy." Runner-up: "Dirty Dick" for Richard Helms. But the big question that remains is important:

Who is Abe Greenbaum?


Editor's note: in the following issue, we revealed that "Bravo" was actually code for Manuel Artime's MRR group. Artime himself closely connects to E. Howard Hunt. In addition, the name of the actual correspondent to whom Nagell is writing is not the playful Arturo Verdestein, but a person named Arthur Greenstein.

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James DiEugenio

One of the most respected researchers and writers on the political assassinations of the 1960s, Jim DiEugenio is the author of two books, Destiny Betrayed (1992/2012) and Reclaiming Parkland (2013/2016), co-author of The Assassinations, and co-edited Probe Magazine (1993-2000).   See "About Us" for a fuller bio.

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