Jim Hosty was a good husband and father of nine, and thats mostly how hell be remembered.
But its by his full name and title former FBI special agent James P. Hosty that he will always be connected to one of the most infamous events of the 20th century, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Oswald gets arrested and my dad got thrust into history at that point, said son Tom Hosty.
Jim Hosty, who died June 10 of cancer at age 86, was the agent assigned to monitor Lee Harvey Oswald and his wife before that day in Dallas.
When President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered an investigation into the assassination, Hosty had a lead role in examining Oswalds background, Tom Hosty said.
He always carried it with him, his son said. He was ready and willing to talk to anybody about the assassination.
But he wasnt always able to be so open about his involvement with the Oswald case. While working for the bureau, Hosty who was transferred to Kansas City within a year of the assassination had to keep quiet even when he was frustrated by FBI leadership, his son said.
J. Edgar Hoover was willing to deflect any negative publicity on the agents, Tom Hosty said. My dad wished he had stood by him, but he didnt.
And there was no shortage of negative publicity. The assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, rocked America, and people had questions and criticism for the FBI. Speculation and conspiracy theories have lingered.
Hosty was proud of his fellow agents and the bureau.
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