LETTER #3 - FROM JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. These last two
letters were released for the first time on April 20, 1998


Sept. 13, 1984

U. S. Department of Justice
Stephen S. Trott
Criminal Division

Douglas Caddy, Esquire
Attorney at Law
General Homes Building
7322 Southwest Freeway
Suite 610
Houston, Texas 77074

Re: Billie Sol Estes

Dear Mr. Caddy:

I have received your letter setting forth the specific allegations of Mr. Estes concerning the possible commission of criminal offenses in Texas in the 1960's. While no opinions or conclusions can be drawn at this time concerning the credibility of Mr. Estes' allegations, it is apparent that a detailed debriefing of Mr. Estes concerning these allegations is warranted. Therefore, if Mr. Estes still desires to provide information and evidence supporting his allegations, it is necessary for him to agree to a detailed interview by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He must further agree to the following:

1) To submit to the interview under such circumstances as the government deems appropriate, including the use of a polygraph, in order for the FBI to be able to evaluate the credibility of Mr. Estes' allegations;

2) to provide any and all information he has and any and all evidence in his possession or of which he has knowledge concerning the matters set forth in your letter of August 9, 1984, and not to withhold any information or evidence concerning such matters;

3) to provide any and all information he has and any and all evidence in his possession or which he has knowledge concerning any other alleged criminal conduct which the FBI may consider to be relevant in assessing the credibility of the information which is at the core of this process;

4) to provide all such information completely and truthfully and to act with total honesty and candor at all times, omitting nothing of which he has knowledge that is relevant in this inquiry.

You have represented that with regard to the alleged murders, Mr. Estes represents that he never participated in any of the killings. If this representation is true and if Mr. Estes fully meets each of the requirements above, nothing said or revealed by Mr. Estes in the course of this interview will be used against him in a court of law. If the representation is not true, the government will be free to use this information against him as well as any leads derived therefrom.

Mr Estes has asked for other specific consideration in return for the information which he says that he possesses. Whether additional consideration will be extended to Mr. Estes and the nature and extent of any such consideration will be reviewed, considered and decided by the government after (after underlined) Mr. Estes has been interviewed. This decision will be made based upon our evaluation of the completeness and truthfulness of Mr. Estes' cooperation and the value and credibility of the information and evidence he provides. At the present time, Mr. Estes will submit to the proposed interview with no promises of any consideration whatsoever other than that nothing he says will be used against him in a court of law if he reveals the complete truth about what he knows.

I must imphasize that if Mr. Estes agrees to the conditions set forth in this letter, his obligation is to do nothing other than to candidly reveal the whole truth about the alleged criminal conduct. At all times, he shall tell the truth and nothing but the truth. Should any of his statements be false, misleading or materrially incomplete or should he knowingly fail to act with total honesty and candor, the promise not to use any statements against Mr. Estes will be null and void and the government will not be bound by any other representations or agreements it makes. Furthermore, any knowing or reckless untruthful statement itself may be the predicate for criminal charges against Mr. Estes if it appears that he has provided false information which implicates an innocent person in the commission of a crime or perjures himself while under oath or makes false statements to the FBI or otherwise violates any statute in knowingly making such untrue statements.

One final comment is in order. The government is aware that general public discussion of allegations of criminal conduct can have an adverse affect upon not only the investigation of the allegations but also the reputations of those implicated. This is particularly true whith respect to the present matter given the nature of the allegations and the fact that they concern persons who are not able to respond to them. Therefore, we believe it is particularly important in this matter, as in any other criminal matter, to maintain the utmost confidentiality concerning these allegations.

No additional promises, agreements and conditions have been entered into other that these set forth in this letter and none will be entered into unless in writing and signed by all parties.

Sincerely,

Stephen S. Trott
Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Division

Agreed and consented to:

________________________
BILLIE SOL ESTES

APPROVED

__________________________________
ATTORNEY FOR BILLIE SOL ESTES

LETTER #4 - FINAL LETTER FROM JUSTICE DEPARTMENT:

Nov.1, 1984

U. S. Department of Justice
Stephen S. Trott
Criminal Division

Douglas Caddy, Esquire
Attorney at Law
General Homes Building
7322 Southwest Freeway
Suite 610
Houston, Texas 77074

Re: Billie Sol Estes

Dear Mr. Caddy:

I have been informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation -- which undertook to interview Mr. Estes at my request based upon your offer of proof and representa- tion that Mr. Estes desired to cooperate under the terms set forth in my September 13, 1984, letter to you -- that Mr. Estes refused to be interviewed by two agents who spent numerous hours reviewing Bureau files and who travelled to Abilene, Texas, from Washington for the sole purpose of interviewing Mr. Estes. Inasmuch as Mr Estes is unable or unwilling to agree to completely and truthfully reveal to us the information he has -- which was the only condition required of him under my letter of September 13 -- we have closed the priliminary investigation of the allegations of Mr. Estes We are compelled to close this matter not only because there simply is no credible evidence (no credible evidence is underlined) of any federal criminal offense, but also because of our promise to you in my letter of May 29, 1984, that we would not use your offer of proof except to make a decision as to whether we should interview Mr. Estes.

It must be evident to you and Mr. Estes that we do not take lightly allegations such as he made. The preliminary investigation of his allegations necessitated a substantial re-direction of resources of both the FBI and the Department from other serious matters. While we have promised not to make any use of the information revealed in your offer of proof, it would be wise for Mr. Estes to remember that he is on parole, and if he continues to make allegations which he is unwilling or unable to support, it is a matter which we will report to his probation officer.

Very truly yours,

Stephen S. Trott
Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Division

This information corroborates exactly with the confession of Loy Factor, who claimed he was recruited by Malcolm Wallace to participate in the assassination of JFK. Estes also indicated (as did Factor) that Wallace recruited Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald. Factor's story is contained in the 1996 book: "THE MEN ON THE SIXTH FLOOR," by researchers Glen Sample and Mark Collom.

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