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
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
As we research the life of former CIA officer Henry Hecksher, I’ll continue updating this timeline. The sections here correspond with the categories used in this blog.
Here at the starting point, we’re going to try to establish some basic information about Henry Hecksher. The United States Social Security Death Index tells us a few things: Hecksher lived in Mercer County, New Jersey, at the time of his death, in zip code 08452. He was born on September 21, 1910. I accessed … Continue reading Death record provides a birthday
Our central character, Henry D. Hecksher, died on March 28, 1990, in a hospital in Princeton, New Jersey, as a result of complications from Parkinson’s disease. The New York Times covered his death in a three-paragraph obituary the next day, giving us a very brief sketch of his life that nonetheless hints at a peripatetic … Continue reading A story told briefly at death
As this project develops, here’s where I’m keeping track of all sources used to tell the story of The Station Chief.
I decided to focus this project on the life of CIA officer Henry Hecksher after I noticed that Wikipedia only offered five paragraphs on him. He had been the agency’s chief of station in Santiago at the time of efforts to block Socialist Salvador Allende from becoming president of Chile in 1970, an event that … Continue reading The beginning: A life in five paragraphs
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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