«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, ...»
Around this time, Mrs. Earlene Roberts gets a telephone call from a friend who tells her that the President has been shot and to turn on her TV set, which she does. WM Police dispatcher Murray Jackson contacts J. D. Tippit to make sure he has remained in Oak Cliff. Tippit responds affirmatively. This is to be J. D. Tippit’s last known radio transmission. WM Police car number 207, driven by James Valentine and carrying Sergeant Gerald L. Hill and Dallas Morning News reporter James Ewell arrives at the Texas School Book Depository. WM 12:56 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) J.D. Tippit arrives at the Gloco gas station at the south end of the Houston Street Viaduct, where Nelson has reported at 12:49 P.M. Witnesses state that Tippit sits in his car watching traffic coming out of downtown. Dispatcher Murray Jackson tries to raise Tippit during this time on his police radio. Tippit does not respond. It is assumed that Tippit has stepped away from his radio without notifying the dispatcher - a habit he has developed over the last few years. WM On the Oak Cliff side of the Houston Street viaduct is the Good Luck Oil Company service station (GLOCO). Five witnesses see J.D. Tippit arrive at the GLOCO station at 12:45 PM. He sits in his car and watches traffic cross the bridge from Dallas for about 10 minutes. There are no police dispatches ordering Tippit to this location. Tippit leaves GLOCO and speeds south on Lancaster.
12:57 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Last rites are administered to JFK in Trauma Room #1 by Father Huber. JFK’s clothes are now neatly folded and placed at one end of the room. Dr. Baxter testifies: “Mrs. Kennedy was in the room, there was a large number of people in the room by that time Secret Service Agents, the priests and so on. As soon as the President was pronounced dead, the Secret Service more or less--well, requested that we clear the room and leave them with the President’s body, which was done. Everything that the Secret Service wished was carried out.” LHO arrives at 1026 North Beckley Avenue, and hurries to his room. While he is inside, the housekeeper, Mrs. Earlene Roberts, says a police car pulls up outside the house, beeps its horn, then drives off. [An internal FBI document dated May 20, 1964, will state: “The reason for any police car honking the horn in front of this address is unknown, however, it is entirely possible this was a car in plant to determine if Oswald returned to his home.”] WM Exhaustive investigations have virtually established that the ONLY police car officially in the vicinity was that of Officer J.D. Tippit. It has also been suggested that the person who stops and sounds his car horn in front of Oswald’s rooming house is actually Assistant D. A.
William Alexander -- who is also a Right-Wing extremist. Alexander will be at The Texas Theater minutes later when Oswald is arrested there. Alexander rides in a car with Officer Gerald Hill, another Right Wing activist and friend of Jack Ruby. Hill was in command of the search that found the cartridge cases on the sixth floor of the TSBD. The discovery is actually credited in official reports to Deputy Sheriff Luke Mooney. Researchers have since become interested in the fact that Hill seems to be in quite a few important locations this day: present at TSBD and finds empty rifle cartridges; in the second squad car to arrive at scene of Tippit murder; at the Texas Theater to assist in Oswald’s arrest; and in photo of Will Fritz’s office - famous for finally proving Roger Craig’s presence. It is also suggested that J. D. Tippit and Roscoe White could have been in this police car. This particular theory holds that Tippit has been told by White that they must pick up someone important and take them to the Redbird Airport. Once Tippit stops Oswald, gets out of the squad car and begins to draw his revolver, he is shot by White. White and Oswald then flee the scene in different directions with Oswald realizing that he is being framed.
12:58 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Dallas Police Capt. Will Fritz arrives at the Texas School Book Depository and gives orders to seal the building. There has been no effective containment of the crime scene for at least 10 minutes and possibly as long as twenty-eight minutes. Gerald Hill arrives at the TSBD just behind Capt. Fritz. POTP James Powell, Special Agent with the 112th Military Intelligence Group at 4th Army Headquarters at Fort Sam Houston -- carrying a 35 mm Minolta camera enters the Texas School Book Depository and is forced to show his identification after Dallas police seal the building. Powell has been taking photographs in Dealey Plaza prior to the assassination. No meaningful investigation is made by the government to determine what intelligence agent Powell is doing in Dealey Plaza at the time of the assassination.
According to William C. Bishop - a CIA contract agent, U.S. Army colonel, and confessed political assassin - he is awaiting JFK’s arrival at the Trade Mart. He further states that his job this day is to make sure the press at the Trade Mart have proper credentials.
He hears that shots have been fired in Dealey Plaza. He commandeers a police car and orders the driver to take him directly to Parkland Hospital. There, the SS instruct him to secure the area outside the Trauma Room and to make himself available to the First Lady or medical staff.
Bishop will assert to assassination researchers in 1990 that one of his CIA assignments was the assassination of Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1961.
12:59 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) LHO, having changed his shirt, leaves his rented room zipping up a jacket, and is seen moments later at curbside, near a northbound bus stop. WM (This is when LHO supposedly retrieves his pistol. George DeMohrenschildt will later write in his manuscript that LHO owns a Beretta.) (HT) [NOTE: In the book, WITH MALICE, the time given for LHO leaving his rooming house is 12:59:30.] The Warren Commission will conclude: “Although Oswald returned to his rooming house after the assassination and when questioned by the police, claimed to have changed his shirt, the evidence indicates that he continued wearing the same shirt which he was wearing all morning and which he was still wearing when arrested. In light of these findings the Commission evaluated the additional testimony of Paul M. Stombaugh that the fibers were caught in the crevice of the rifle’s butt plate “in the recent past.” Although Stombaugh was unable to estimate the period of time the fibers were on the rifle he said that the fibers “were clean, they had good color to them, there was no grease on them and they were not fragmented. They looked as if they had just been picked up.” The relative freshness of the fibers is strong evidence that they were caught on the rifle on the morning of the assassination or during the preceding evening. For 10 days prior to the eve of the assassination Oswald had not been present at Ruth Paine’s house in Irving, Tex., where the rifle was kept. Moreover, the Commission found no reliable evidence that Oswald used the rifle at any time between September 23, when it was transported from New Orleans, and November 22, the day of the assassination. The fact that on the morning of the assassination Oswald was wearing the shirt from which these relatively fresh fibers most probably originated, provides some evidence that they were placed on the rifle that day since there was limited, if any, opportunity for Oswald to handle the weapon during the 2 months prior to November 22. “ W.C.
Officer Marrion Baker, who had obviously gotten a good look at Oswald in the TSBD lunchroom earlier today, will testify that Oswald was indeed wearing a different shirt when arrested. Oswald will also tell his captors that he changed shirts. If this IS true, it gives the lie to the FBI, which took both the “arrested” shirt and the Mannlicher to Washington in the early morning hours of November 23 and discovered a tuft of fibers from the “arrested” shirt on the weapon. TID When LHO leaves the rooming house, he is last seen on the corner of Zang and Beckley by Earlene Roberts around 1:04 PM. During the next few minutes, LHO manages to get to the Texas Theater, over a mile away, without being seen by anyone en route. The only explanation that makes sense is that he is driven to the theater - a two-and-a-half minute ride. TA While Oswald is at the rooming house, a description has been broadcast for the suspect in the Tippit slaying: white male, 27, 5’11”, 165 pounds, black wavy hair, fair complected wearing light gray Eisenhower jacket, dark trousers, and white shirt; armed with a.32, dark finish, automatic pistol.
1:00 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Dr. Kemp Clark, Parkland’s director of neurological surgery, tells Jacqueline Kennedy:
n “Your husband has sustained a fatal wound.” She replies: “I know.” Dr. Clark pronounces JFK dead. There are approximately 19 doctors and nurses present during JFK’s final agony - plus other witnesses such as the President’s wife, Secret Service men, the Dallas Chief of Police, and Congressman Henry Gonzalez - who years from now will briefly serve as Chairman of the Assassinations committee.
In 1988, Dr. McClelland will say: “Somebody is concealing the whole plot. There was somebody on the grassy knoll who shot at the President and blew his head off.” Conspiracy Four physicians who are present in Trauma Room #1 - Dr. Charles Crenshaw, Dr. Robert Grossman, Dr. Donald Seldin, and Dr.
William Zedelitz - will not be called to testify before the Warren Commission. It is known that, if deposed, their testimony will not support the single bullet theory and will, of necessity, be included in the official record. Fifteen other medical personnel present in Trauma Room #1 will be called to testify.
Parkland nurse, Diana Bowron testifies: “When we came back after all the work had been done on him [JFK]---so that Mrs.
Kennedy could have a look before he was, you know, really moved into the coffin. We wrapped some extra sheets around his head so it wouldn’t look so bad and there were some sheets on the floor so that nobody would step ino the blood. Those were put down during all the work that was going on so the doctors wouldn’t slip.” Parkland nurse Doris Mae Nelson testifies: “One of the nurses, Miss Hutton, came out and said that the President was having extensive bleeding from the head and they had wrapped four sheets around it but it was still oozing through, so I sent her to the second floor to obtain a mattress cover, a plastic mattress cover, to put in the casket prior to putting his body in the casket, so the mattress cover was placed in the casket and I did not see this happen, but this is how it was explained to me by the nurse, and the plastic was placed on the mattress cover and the cover was around the mattress.” Police officers are filmed by Ernest Charles Mentesana removing a rifle from the roof of the TSBD. The rifle has no sling, no scope and protrudes at least 7-8 inches past the stock. In the film, two police officers are standing on a fire escape at the seventh floor of the Depository gesturing to the roof. In the next sequence, the rifle is being examined. When Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Thayer Waldo questions a secretary who is privy to the officers’ conversations, she tells Waldo that police officers found the rifle on the “roof of the School Book Depository.” There is no official record of this rifle. Frank Ellsworth, an agent of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agency, assists in the TSBD search. He will testify that the “gun was not found on the same floor as the cartridges, but on a lower floor by a couple of city detectives... I think the rifle was found on the fourth floor.” Henry Gonzales, in the halls of Parkland Hospital, overhears a man talking on the telephone saying: “Yes, yes, yes, I saw him.
It’s all over with, I tell you, I saw the body! It’s over!” All of the doctors and nurses who see JFK’s body at Parkland hospital in Dallas describe a large exit wound at the back of JFK’s head. They also describe a small entry wound in the front of the throat. Neither of these wounds appear to be present at the Bethesda autopsy. (It is generally accepted that the neck entry wound was partially obscured by the tracheotomy performed in Parkland.) But nothing accounts for the drastic changes in the appearance of the President’s head wounds from Dallas to Maryland. As an example of the contradictory evidence researchers have had to contend with, a piece of the President’s occipital bone is discovered in Dealey Plaza and is subsequently examined and photographed in Dallas about the same time it is also being seen in X-rays of JFK’s skull taken at Bethesda Hospital.
In Washington, J. Edgar Hoover places a second call to RFK. His terse words are “The President is dead.” He hangs up. RFK notes that the Director’s voice appears very calm, as if he is reporting some minor incident. From this moment on, Hoover rarely speaks to the attorney general while he is in office. According to another source, it is RFK who tells Hoover that JFK is dead. According to this source, Hoover is still talking about critical wounds. RFK snaps: “You may be interested to know that my brother is dead.” (Official and Confidential / The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover) RFK rushes upstairs in his home and immediately tries to call Kenny O’Donnell in Dallas. Not locating O’Donnell at Parkland Hospital, RFK speaks instead to Secret Service Agent Clint Hill. Edwin Guthman is on his way to RFK’s home. When Guthman arrives, RFK tells him: “I thought they would get me, instead of the president.” Guthman distinctly remembers RFK saying “they.” Brothers Note that RFK choses to use the word “they” in referring to possible assassins.
By 1:00 PM, Dallas time, according to a University of Chicago study, 68 percent of all adults in the United States -- over 75 million people -- know about the shooting in Dallas.