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Death Threat Draws More Security for President Kennedy

Dec. 7, 1961 - Additional security measures were taken to protect President Kennedy on his two-day visit to New York this week because of a reported threat by a pro-Castro Cuban to shoot the President. According to NYPD sources, a man who spoke English with a Spanish accent telephoned a Federal agency and reported that he had overheard a supporter of Premier Fidel Castro say he intended to shoot President Kennedy. The caller, it was reported, gave the name of the man, which was forwarded to the Secret Service. Additional protection for the President was immediately ordered, while a search was started for the man. It was said that his photograph was found in the files of the Bureau of Criminal Identification. Copies of the photograph were distributed to detectives in New York and to Secret Service agents who guarded President Kennedy.


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