«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, ...»
-- missing too. That to me is an inconsistent finding. I don’t understand that, unless there has been some attempt to cover up the nature of the wound.” Parkland doctor, Dr. Charles J. Carrico testifies: JFK “was an ashen, bluish, grey, cyanotic, he was making no spontaneous movements, I mean, no voluntary movements at all. We opened his shirt and coat and tie and observed a small wound in the anterior lower third of the neck, listened very briefly, heard a few cardiac beats, felt the President’s back, and detected no large or sucking chest wounds, and then proceeded to the examination of his head. The large skull and scalp wound had been previously observed and was inspected a little more closely. There seemed to be a 4-5 cm. area of avulsion of the scalp and the skull was fragmented and bleeding cerebral and cerebellar tissue. The pupils were inspected and seemed to be bilaterally dilated and fixed. No pulse was present, and at that time, because of the inadequate respirations and the apparent airway injury, a cuffed endotracheal tube was introduced, employing a larynzo scope. Through the larynzo scope there seemed to be some hematoma around the larynx and immediately below the larynx was seen the ragged tracheal injury. The endotracheal tube was inserted past this injury, the cuff inflated, and the tube was connected to a respirator to assist the inadequate respiration. At about this point the nurse reported that no blood pressure was obtained.” Dr.
Within the next hour, Dallas police sergeant D.V. Harkness, along with several other officers, rousts three “tramps” from a railroad car in the train yard just behind the Texas School Book Depository. The men have been spotted by Union Pacific Railroad dispatcher Lee Bowers and he orders the train stopped, then summons the Dallas Police. Once in the sheriff’s custody, the three “tramps” officially disappear. (The House Subcommittee on Government Information and Individual Rights discover in 1975 that Dallas police arrest records for November 22, 1963, compiled for the Warren Commission, are missing.) The arrest reports of the three tramps are finally found by Larry Howard among the Dallas police records released in early 1992. Their names, according to those records, are Harold Doyle, John Forrester Gedney, and Gus W. Abrams.
Of the three tramps escorted by the police through Dealey Plaza, one of the names used by the old man is “Albert Alexander Osborne.” He also uses “Howard Bowen,” and he has a son. The old man is thought to be the “House Mother” of a group of American assassins stabled in Mexico at the time. Albert Osborne is the name of the man who is said to have ridden on the bus with LHO to Mexico City prior to the assassination. Richard Helms will, during the Watergate hearings, mention a CIA agent by the name of Howard Osborne.
* Once at the police station, Harold Doyle is at one point across a desk from the recently arrested LHO, and someone says to the vagrants, “You boys are sure lucky. You see the guy that killed the President in person.” POTP After requesting orders, Officer J.D. Tippit is ordered by radio to proceed to the central Oak Cliff area and to stand by for any emergency. Oak Cliff is about four miles from Dealey Plaza. Officer Ronald C. Nelson is also ordered into the area.
The previous statement is based on a transcript of a Dallas Police dictabelt recording. There is some question about whether or not this particular order was dubbed onto the tape at a later date by (police) friends of J. D. Tippit. Not only is such an inexplicable instruction believed to be unique in the Dallas Police Department, it also was NOT included in the first transcript of the recording supplied to the Warren Commission. The speculation derives from the fact that, at the height of the turbulence and confusion surrounding the shooting of the President, when the police switchboard is constantly jammed with incoming and outgoing messages of utmost importance, someone still has time to order J.D. Tippit into central Oak Cliff, where at this time, there is not a single significant crime that requires police attention. AATF At CBS, while taking a momentary break, Walter Cronkite numbly answers a studio telephone. A woman complains that it is in poor taste to have Cronkite broadcasting the news of the shooting because, as she says: “... everybody knows that Cronkite spent all his time trying to get the President.” “This IS Walter Cronkite,” the anchorman replies. “And you’re a goddamned idiot.” Eugene Brading is arrested in the Dal-Tex Building across the street from the Texas School Book Depository. He is arrested for acting suspicious in the building, but is quickly released after he uses a fictitious name (James Braden), and convinces the authorities he is only making a phone call. (Brading stayed at the Cabana Motel in Dallas on the evening of November 21st. The Cabana is owned by Joe Campisi who has strong ties with Carlos Marcello.) Brading has only recently been released from prison and has a rap sheet of 35 arrests and possible links to the underworld. One theory suggests that Brading actually directed the assassination.
12:47 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) LHO is reportedly seen at Tidy Lady Launderette at Davis and N. Clinton, where he makes phone call. H&L Amos Euins, an African American teenager and eyewitness to the assassination, describes the shooter he saw in the window of the TSBD - “He was a colored man.” 12:48 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) (The Warren Commission says:) Oswald gets into a taxicab that is parked in front of the Greyhound bus station about five blocks away from Dealey Plaza. The cab is driven by William Whaley. Whaley’s log for November 22 records a trip for a single passenger from the Greyhound Bus Station to 500 North Beckley. It shows that the trip lasted from 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. If his time records are correct, it means that Oswald boards the cab at the exact time JFK is being shot in Dealey Plaza. The Warren Commission will later try to explain this away by saying that Whaley recorded his trips by quarter-hour intervals regardless of their actual length. But Whaley’s log proves this theory to be in error. Further, Whaley testifies that, just as he was about to drive off, an old lady who sees his passenger enter the cab, tells Whaley she wants a cab too. Whaley’s passenger opens the cab door and tells the lady that she can have Whaley’s cab. The lady then says that Whaley can easily call another cab for her. Some researchers do not think the chivalrous passenger’s behavior in this instance is exactly that of a fugitive who has just assassinated the President of the United States. If true, Oswald is the first presidential assassin to use public transportation to flee the scene of the crime. Relying solely on Whaley’s testimony, the Warren Commission will eventually conclude that Oswald was unquestionably the man driven from the Greyhound Bus Station to North Beckley on the afternoon of November 22. To reach this finding, however, it has first to disprove almost every statement initially made by Whaley.
Police Ban (Channel 2) -- Someone remarks about an “interesting seizure” that someone had in the crowd prior to the motorcade’s arrival in the Plaza. Instructions are given to check it out.
12:49 Police Ban (Channel 2) -- Was Governor Connally hit? No information. What to do at the Trade Mart?
12:51 Police Ban (Channel 2) -- Homicide Chief Will Fritz (from his post at the Trade Mart) “Can we tell the crowd at the Trade Mart anything?” “Gov. Connally and the President have been shot.” “Is President going to appear at Trade Mart?” “Very doubtful.” Request for additional help at Main & Houston. Fire Dept. and rescue equipment are being dispatched to the location. Again, a request for a report on the extent of injuries. “Was the Governor hit?” Reply is that Governor Connally was hit. Injuries to JFK unknown.
Dallas police radio now indicates that the suspect is still believed to be in the TSBD and armed. “He is thought to be in this Texas School Book Depository here on the northwest corner Elm and Houston.” It is often suggested that LHO attracts the attention of police because he is the only employee who is absent when a check of TSBD personnel is made. Roy Truly says it is he who first notices that Oswald is absent and draws that to the attention of the police. However, LHO is not the only employee who does not return to the TSBD after the shooting.
Jack Charles Cason - President of School Book Depositary - left the building at 12:10 p.m. and went home. (VOL:22:P 640) Gloria Jean Holt - clerk at TSBD - did not return after shooting. (VOL:19:P.526) (VOL:22:P.652) Sharon Simmons Nelson, Secretary, (VOL:19:P.256;VOL: 22-P.665) did not return.
Bonnie Richey, Secretary, (VOL22:P.671) did not return.
Carolyn Arnold (VOL:22:P.635) did not return.
Mrs. Donald Baker, Clerk, did not return (VOL:22:P.635) Judy Marie Johnson (VOL22:P.256) did not return.
Mrs. Stella Mae Jacob (VOL:22:P.665) did not return.
Charles Givens did not come back.
Virginia H. Brnum - McGraw-Hill employee does not return (VOL:22:P.636) Vida Lee Whatley, Clerk, does not return.(VOL:22:P.680) Warren Caster (VOL;22:P.641;VOL 26:P.738) eating lunch in Denton.
Spauldin “Pud” Jones (VOL:22:P.658) eating lunch at Blue Front with Herbert Junker (another McMillan employee) (22:659) Mrs. Helen Palmer, clerk, (VOL:22:P.666) not present was at Love Field.
Franklin Kaiser - was absent from work on 11/22.(VOL:6:P.342), (VOL:23:P.751) Vicki Davis, employee, was absent.
Dottie Lovelady, employee, was absent.
Mrs. Rudell Parsons, employee, was absent.
Joe Bergen, Scott Foresman, absent.
Maury Brown, McGraw-Hill, absent.
John Langston, absent.
12:49 (Nov. 22, 1963) Captain Talbert is giving orders to seal the TSBD: “have that cut off on the back side, will you? Make sure nobody leaves there.” 12:50 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Dallas Police Sergeant S. Q. Bellah requests rope for erecting barricade lines in Dealey Plaza, as a large crowd of spectators is now inundating the area. POTP 12:52 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) An emergency telephone call is made from a Riverside 8 exchange in Dallas to a Pablo Brenner or Bruner in Mexico City. The caller states, “He’s dead, he’s dead.” The news of the President’s death has not yet been publicly announced.
12:54 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Police dispatcher Jackson contacts J.D. Tippit, who reports in from Lancaster and Eighth in central Oak Cliff. Jackson tells him to “be at large for any emergency that comes in.” Officer Tippit, Car #10, radios that he has moved as directed and will be available for any emergency. By this time the police radio has broadcast several messages alerting the police to the suspect described by Howard Brennan at the scene of the assassination -- a slender white male, about 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches and weighing about 165 pounds. WM FBI agent Robert M. Barrett arrives at the Texas School Book Depository. WM In response to S. Q. Bellah’s request, a Dallas Police dispatcher relates that they are sending a fire department rescue unit equipped with a large supply of rope to Dealey Plaza. POTP 12:55 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) For almost twenty minutes the emergency room crew in Parkland Hospital’s Trauma Room #1 has been working to revive JFK. Drs. James “Red” Duke and David Mebane are stabilizing Governor John Connally in Trauma Room #2 by inserting a chest tube and starting intravenous infusion of Ringer’s lactate before taking him to x-ray and surgery.
Under heavy guard, Lyndon Johnson remains hidden behind a curtain in the minor medicine room just across the hall from JFK in Trauma Room #1. Present in the room with LBJ are Mrs. Johnson, Congressman Homer Thornberry, ASAIC Youngblood, and most of the time, Congressman Jack Brooks and Special Agents Jerry Kivett and Warren Taylor. SS agent Roy Kellerman discusses JFK’s condition with LBJ. LBJ requests coffee for himself and Mrs. Johnson. SS agent Youngblood tells Kivett to contact Austin and Washington and have agents assigned to the Vice President’s daughters. Youngblood tells SS agent Thomas L. Johns (at the request of LBJ) to ask Kellerman for a report on the condition of JFK.
Jacqueline Kennedy is now just outside of Trauma Room #1. In shock, she sits down in a chair and asks a passing aide for a cigarette.
SS Agent Roberts tells LBJ: “The President won’t make it. Let’s get out of here.” Youngblood concurs: “We don’t know know the scope of this thing. We should get away from here immediately. We don’t know what type of conspiracy this is, or who else is marked. The only place we can be sure you are safe is Washington.” Ken O’Donnell to Marty Underwood (advance man for JFK): “Marty, we don’t know whether this is a plot -- maybe they’re after Johnson, maybe they’re not. We don’t know. Get the vice president, and get them back to the plane.” T. F. Bowley picks up his daughter at the R.L. Thornton School in Singing Hills. He then leaves the school to pick up his wife at the telephone company at Ninth Street and Zangs. He drives west on Tenth Street.