«NOVEMBER 22, 1963 (Friday) 12:00 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Nine Secret Service agents drinking at Pat Kirkwood’s bar the “Cellar Door” in Fort Worth, ...»
Near Poydrus, when the bus becomes tied up in traffic, a man gets out of the car in front of the bus, walks back to the bus and tells Whaley the President has been shot. An unknown woman and Oswald get up from their seats, ask for and obtain bus transfers from McWatters and leave the bus (CE 343). McWatters told the Warren Commission “yes, sir; I gave him one (bus transfer) about two blocks from where he got on... the reason I recall the incident, I had --- there was a lady that when I stopped in this traffic, there was a lady who had a suitcase and she said, I have got to make a 1 o’clock train at Union Station... so I gave her a transfer and opened the door and as she was going out the gentlemen I had picked up about 2 blocks asked for a transfer and got off at the same place in the middle of the block where the lady did... it was the intersection near Lamar St.” (Vol 2, pg 264, 265). Oswald’s transfer is valid for 15 minutes or until the next scheduled bus after the time of issue.
After departing McWatters bus, Oswald walks two blocks south on Lamar St. and says to William Whaley “may I have this cab?” ( Vol 2, pg 256). After Oswald leaves the bus, two policemen board the bus and inform McWatters and passengers of the assassination. They question each passenger to see if they are carrying weapons (CE 2641).
Interviewed on November 22nd, McWatters did not mention or identify the clothing worn by Oswald. Before the Warren Commission McWatters said “to me he had on just work clothes, he didn’t have on a suit of clothes, and some type of jacket. I would say a cloth jacket” (Vol 2, pg 279). When taken to the DPD that evening for a lineup, McWatters picked a man “whom he said is the only one in the lineup who resembles the man who had ridden on his bus on November 22nd, 1963. He emphasized that he cannot specifically identify him (Oswald) as being on his bus or as being the person who made the remark to the effect that the President was shot in the temple” (interview of McWatters by SA Odum and Ellington 11/23/63).
Roy Milton Jones was not interviewed until March 30, 1964. Jones said that a “blond woman and a dark haired man boarded the bus approximately six blocks before Houston Street. The man sat in the seat behind him and the woman occupied a seat further to the rear of the bus. When the bus was stopped in traffic, and prior to the appearance of the police, the woman left the bus by the rear door to catch a train at the depot (CE 343) and the man who was sitting behind him (Oswald) left the bus by the front door while the bus was in the middle of the block (CE 2641). Jones “emphasized he did not have a good view of this man at any time and could not positively identify him as being identical with Lee Harvey Oswald. He said he was inclined to think it might have been Oswald only because the bus driver told him so.” When interviewed four months later by the FBI, Jones said the man sitting behind him was wearing a “light blue jacket and gray khaki trousers.” Jones had seen this nondescript and unknown man, who sat behind him four months earlier, for a brief few seconds.
McWatters picked up a passenger “between the corner of Poydras and Elm and the corner of Commerce and Houston.” McWatters said after turning onto Houston Street, he proceeded across the Houston Street viaduct to Oak Cliff, and then turned south on Marsalis Street.
After McWatters turned south on Marsalis Street he said to a male passenger “I wonder where they shot the President. The man replied, “they shot him in the temple.” McWatters continues south on Marsalis and “picked up an old lady at the corner of Vermont and Marsalis.” McWatters, who stated “she was at least 55 or 60 years of age,” did not recall ever seeing her before. He asks her if she “had heard that the President had been shot. She tells McWatters not to joke about such a matter, and he tells her that if she does not believe him to ask the man sitting behind him. She looks at this man, who is the one who had told McWatters that the President had been shot in the temple, and says “why he’s smiling; you’re joking!” McWatters continues south on Marsalis and remembers letting the smiling man off the bus “south of Saner Avenue.” (interview of McWatters by SA Odum and Ellington 11/23/63). The smiling man, described by McWatters as a “teenager, about 5’ 8”, 155 lbs, medium build, slim faced,” is later identified as Roy Milton Jones, who regularly rides McWatters bus. In fact, McWatters said “the man rode with me the next day,” November 23rd (vol. 2 pg 280). McWatters memory of where the young man got off the bus proves correct. Jones lives one block south of Saner Avenue at 512 E Brownlee Avenue.
* Between 12:25 and 12:32 PM, neither Marrion Baker, Roy Truly, nor Mrs. Reid see LHO with a jacket, yet minutes later he is seen on a city bus with a work jacket, and seen in a cab wearing a gray jacket by driver William Whaley. According to Linnie Mae Randle, LHO was wearing a gray work jacket when she saw him this morning. It is suggested that he left his jacket in the domino room when he arrived for work in the TSBD at 8 AM. Does this mean that LHO went back to the domino room to get his jacket before he exited the building? H&L In Washington, Desmond FitzGerald is at lunch at the City Tavern Club in Georgetown when a telephone call comes in for him.
His executive assistant, Sam Halpern, sees FitzGerald emerge from the call “white as a ghost.” FitzGerald says: “The President’s been shot.” “Halpern replies “I hope this has nothing to do with the Cubans.” The two men then race across the Potomac to CIA headquarters.
12:36 Police Ban (Channel 2) -- Do not move on Industrial Blvd. Keep all traffic out of that area.
ABC News (Radio): “Three shots were fired at President Kennedy’s motorcade today in downtown Dallas, Texas.” PKHBS 12:36 Police Ban (Channel 2) -- I have a witness that says that [the gunfire] came from the fifth floor of the Texas Book Depository Store. [Officer 260] 12:37 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) The telephone rings at Parkland’s emergency room nurse’s station. Head nurse Doris Nelson is advised by The Dallas Police Department that JFK has been shot and is en route to the hospital.
a) The Secret Service does not follow the now current procedure of having hospitals on alert status -- the situation literally developed “on the spot.”
b) Greer states that there is no radio communication between the limousine and Parkland Hospital --as evidenced by the fact that thereare no waiting attendants or stretchers at the ready.
c) Lawson makes no mention of this when asked by the Commission -- although he does equivocate about his knowing whether Parkland was the closest hospital. Methodist Hospital was nearer.
When Parkland Hospital receives this notification, the staff in the emergency area is alerted and trauma rooms 1 and 2 are prepared. These rooms are for the emergency treatment of acutely ill or injured patients. Although the first message mentions an injury
only to JFK, two rooms are prepared. As the President’s limousine speeds toward the hospital, 12 doctors rush to the emergency area:
surgeons, Drs. Malcolm O. Perry, Charles R. Baxter, Robert N. McClelland, Ronald C. Jones; the chief neurologist, Dr. William Kemp Clark; 4 anesthesiologists, Drs. Marion T. Jenkins, Adolph H. Gieseeke, Jr., Jackie H. Hunt, Gene C. Akin; urological surgeon, Dr. Paul C. Peters; an oral surgeon, Dr. Don T. Curtis; and a heart specialist, Dr. Fouad A. Bashour. [When, in 1979, he is shown a copy of the official autopsy photograph of the president’s head wound, Dr. Bashour will be quoted as saying, “Why do they cover it up? This is not the way it was.” ] HT Dallas police Inspector Herbert Sawyer orders two guards posted at the front door of the TSBD building and guards at the loading platform behind the building. Their orders: “No one is to enter; nobody is allowed to leave.” Without orders, Sawyer inches down through the crowds until he parks his car in front of the TSBD. (The Day Kennedy Was Shot) 12:38 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Parkland Hospital prepares to admit JFK, case “24740,” white male, suffering from “gunshot wound.” Agent Rufus Youngblood, protecting LBJ with his body, says to the vice president: “When we get where we’re going, you and me are going to move off and not tie in with other people.” Johnson replies: “O.K. O.K., partner.” ABC interrupts its radio broadcasting with news of the shooting. The flash is relayed by Don Gardiner. UPI says JFK has been wounded “perhaps fatally.” Around this time, James Underwood, assistant news director at KRLD-TV in Dallas hears Amos L. Euins, a 15-year-old boy, tell a motorcycle officer he “had seen a colored man lean out of the window upstairs and he had a rifle.” Underwood interviews Euins on the spot, asking the boy is the man he saw was “white or black.” Euins replies, “It was a colored man.” “Are you sure it was a colored man?” Underwood asks. Euins answers, “Yes sir.” Euins is taken to the Dallas Sheriff’s office, where an affidavit is prepared for him.
The affidavit states that the man Euins has seen is “a white man.” Dallas police detain a Latin man whom they have seized on Elm Street. (Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig states that this is the same man he will see driving a Rambler station wagon that picks up a man in front of the TSBD a few minutes later.) The Latin man is released when he indicates he can not speak English.
Police Ban (Channel 2) -- Report of a witness to the shooting who has been hit by a ricochet. “Has the TSBD been sealed off?” Someone asks what has happened. Curry replies that there’s been an accident. The President is involved. Report that officers are now surrounding and searching TSBD building. Six or 7 more people may have been shot.
12:40 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig meets E.R. Walthers on the south side of Elm Street where several officers and bystanders are looking at the curb on Elm St. where a nick caused by a bullet is reported to have hit. Craig hears a shrill whistle and turns to see a white male running down the hill from the Texas School Book Depository Bldg. He sees a light-colored Rambler station wagon pull over to the curb, driven by a dark-complected white male. According to Craig, the man running from the building, gets into the station wagon and the car drives away. Later in the day, Craig identifies the man fleeing the building as Lee Harvey Oswald. He makes a positive ID at police headquarters.
Across the street, four young women are watching the events. They work at a sewing room in the Dal-Tex building and know LHO. They say he speaks Spanish well and occasionally eats with them at a nearby restaurant. They also are acquainted with Jack Ruby, who they observe walking up and down the street near the Depository Building after the assassination. When LHO comes out, they see Ruby give Oswald a pistol. Even though they report this to the FBI, there seems to be no further interviews of these girls, nor does it appear the Ruby was ever questioned about this. TA A Nash Rambler station wagon is seen by Marvin Robinson. Robinson notices no passenger. The vehicle stops on Elm Street and a white male comes down the grassy incline and enters the station wagon. The car speeds away towards the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. (This is the same incident witnessed by Roger Craig and Helen Forrest.) An additional witness, Roy Cooper, also observes “a white male somewhere between 20 and 30 years of age wave at a Nash Rambler station wagon, light colored, as it pulled out and was ready to leave from Elm and Houston.” Once the man got into the car, Cooper says “They drove off at a rather fast rate of speed and went down toward the overpass toward Oak Cliff.” On May 29, 1989, researcher Richard Bartholomew locates what he believes to be the Rambler station wagon on the campus of Texas University at Austin. The Rambler is found bearing a 1964 Mexico Federal Turista window sticker and displaying at least two magazines published in 1963 on its rear seat. The car is owned by a Spanish professor who had bought it from a very close friend of Lyndon Johnson in April 1963. The used car lot’s sales manager who signed the car’s warranty died of a heart attack after feeling a sharp pain in his back while sitting in a dark movie theater. He died only seven weeks after the assassination. If this UT Rambler WAS the one used by the conspirators in the JFK assassination, then it was in Mexico in 1964, ended up back in the United States as some sort of souvenir, and stayed near a circle of friends that included Lyndon Johnson, his close adviser Walt Rostow, UT adjunct professor Jack Dulles, former UT president and chancellor Harry Ransom, Lyndon Johnson’s friend C. B. Smith, and two professors of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin.