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A journey to America

United States Lines’ SS American Banker left London, England, on March 10, 1939, with 20 foreign passengers on board, according to a manifest provided to US immigration authorities. Among them was Heinrich Gustav Adolf Detlev Heckscher, who would later be known as Henry Hecksher, the CIA officer at the center of this project. The 28 … Continue reading A journey to America

Immigration record shows our protagonist’s prior name

On September 8, 1939, Henry Hecksher walked into the US District Court at Trenton, New Jersey, and declared his intention to become a US citizen. But he was not yet Henry Hecksher — at least not officially. He even spelled his surname differently than we know it now. Through this document, we learn our protagonist’s … Continue reading Immigration record shows our protagonist’s prior name

Before the beginning: How a botched kidnapping of a general led me to this project

Before I became interested in the CIA officer at the center of this project, I had planned to tell the story of another man whose life intersected with that of our protagonist. That other man was General Rene Schneider, the commander-in-chief of Chile’s military at the time that Salvador Allende won a plurality in that … Continue reading Before the beginning: How a botched kidnapping of a general led me to this project


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