«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, ...»
An elderly man named T. F. White works at an auto repair garage located at 110 W. Seventh Street - near the southwest corner of Seventh and Beckley. From the front of the garage, one can see the El Chico Parking Lot. White steps out of the garage to see what’s going on. He sees a red 1961 Ford Falcon in the parking lot, but not parked in the normal fashion as other cars in the lot. The red Ford is situated at an unusual angle next to a ground-level billboard sign. Inside the car is a man sitting in the driver’s seat. It appears that he has parked the car behind the sign in such a way that it is less visible to the traffic on Beckley Avenue. White decides to move in closer to get a better look. As he approaches the car, he is coming from behind at a 45 degree angle to the driver’s side. When he gets about ten to twelve yards from the car, the man inside turns his head suddenly to look behind. The movement gives White a clear view of his face. He can also see that the man is wearing a T-shirt. Upon seeing White, the man turns on the ignition and drives out of the parking lot at top speed. He is last seen turning left on Davis Street, heading west. Later today, while watching television at home, White sees a picture of the same man -- Lee Harvey Oswald. The red Falcon bears the license plate number PP4537. The license plate is registered to Carl Mather who lives in Garland, Texas. The Mather family happens to be close friends of the Tippit family.
Jack Ruby leaves the Dallas Morning News building. H&L
Also during the day, Dallas police receive reports of a man seen with a rifle near Cobb Stadium, located on the Stemmons Freeway route from downtown to the Trade Mart. Nothing comes of this report. Some researches have put forth the theory that a second squad of shooters are at Cobb Stadium and are to fire at the president’s limo if given orders to do so because the Dealey Plaza shooters conclude that the President is still alive after the shots in the Plaza.
1:10 PM Police Ban (Channel 2) -- Report that Secret Service are coming downtown. Request made for K9 squad to help search TSBD.
Barely an hour after the news from Dallas breaks, RFK is called by Haynes Johnson of the Washington Evening Star, who is on leave from the paper to write a book on the Bay of Pigs invasion. Johnson is in Harry William’s room at the Ebbitt Hotel in Washington, the CIA’s lodging of choice for visiting operatives because it is so nondescript. Williams, who has just arrived from his penultimate meeting with CIA officials on “the problem of Cuba,” is Johnson’s prime source among the Bay of Pigs veterans. He is also RFK’s best-and-brightest choice to lead a renewed effort to get rid of Castro. As Bobby well knows, the CIA agenda has included assassination.
“One of your guys did it,” RFK tells Johnson in a flat, unemotional voice.
1:12 PM Police Ban (Channel 2) -- Rifle hulls found in TSBD on sixth floor. Obvious that “the man” had obviously been there for some time. A drunk has been spotted wandering on the railroad tracks. Ordered to be taken to #9 at Elm & Houston. Someone questions whether we should hold all men presently on duty. The answer is “yes.” In Hollywood, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. are preparing to shoot a scene for their latest movie, Robin And The Seven Hoods. The cast of The Andy Griffith Show has gathered around a table to read a script for an upcoming episode. The Assistant Director suddenly bursts in and gives everyone the news of the assassination. Andy Griffith softly says: “Those damn Southerners.” In Atlanta, Georga - Dr. Martin Luther King has been watching television in his upstairs bedroom. Upon hearing the news of JFK’s death, he tells his wife, Coretta Scott King: “That’s what’s going to happen to me. This is such a sick society.” From Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, ABC correspondent Larry Newman reports that state and local police have sealed off the area of Hyannis Port where the Kennedys live. No one is permitted to approach the area. PKHBS In Dallas, a police inspector reports that empty shells have been found on the fifth floor of the TSBD, as well as evidence indicating that a man had been there for some time. A number of people come to the same inspector to tell him they saw a rifle or part of a rifle projecting from a window which the inspector thinks is the fifth floor. No one sees the homemade paper bag which is reportedly lying near the three shells. Sergeant Gerald Hill remembers seeing a lunchbag (used by Bonnie Ray Williams) but not the long paper bag LHO reportedly smuggled the rifle in. J. B. Hicks of the police crime laboratory will testify that he does not see a long paper sack among the items taken from the TSBD. The bag is not photographed. L. D. Montgomery reportedly has picked the bag up to examine it - which may explain why it does not appear in crime scene photographs. Despite this fact, his fingerprints will not appear on the bag in later tests.
Dallas Police Lieutenant Carl Day takes a photograph which appears to show only two empty cartridges and one round of live ammunition laying on the floor. H&L At this point, there are no photographs or any mention that an ammunition clip has been found in or near the sniper’s nest.
Only when the Warren Report is issued in September 1964 will the public learn that “when the rifle was found in the Texas School Book Depository Building it contained a clip.” This assertion is unsupported by direct evidence and testimony. No fingerprints will be found on the clip - which holds six shells. One additional shell can also be loaded in the chamber of the rifle. Three spent shells are found on the sixth floor of the TSBD. One live shell will be ejected from the rifle now. This indicates that the clip was not fully loaded at the time of the assassination - which means that LHO set out to murder the President with only four shells - his last and only shells at that. No other rifle ammunition is ever found.
Two lawmen on the sixth floor at this time -- deputy sheriffs Roger Craig and Luke Mooney -- tell researchers they see three hulls lying side by side only inches apart under the window, all pointing in the same direction. This position would be impossible if the shells had been normally ejected from a rifle. A rifle is also found and initially identified as a ‘7.65’ Mauser. It also seems incredible that the assassin in the Depository would go to the trouble of trying to hide the rifle behind boxes on the opposite side of the sixth floor from the southeast window and then leave incriminating shells lying on the floor in full view -- unless, of course, the hulls are deliberately left behind to incriminate Oswald. Officer Gerald Hill is in command of the search that finds the cartridge cases. Hill is a friend of Jack Ruby and a right Wing activist. (HT) Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig remembers: “The three of them [the cartridge cases] were no more than one inch apart and all were facing in the same direction, a feat very difficult to achieve with a bolt action rifle--or any rifle for that matter. One cartridge drew our particular attention. It was crimped on the end which would have held the slug. It had not been stepped on but merely crimped over on one small portion of the rim. The rest of that end was perfectly round.” Marina Oswald will later initially testify on December 16, 1963, that “Oswald did not have any ammunition for the rifle to her knowledge in either Dallas or New Orleans, and he did not speak of buying ammunition.” However, Marina’s story will change when she is questioned by the Commission on February 3, 1964. At that time, whe will remember seeing ammunition in a box “in New Orleans and on Neely Street.” AATF After many searches of LHO’s property and possessions by local officers and federal agents, no rifle-cleaning equipment is ever found. According to the Warren Commission, LHO made active and frequent use of the rifle, even burying it in the ground for a few days. The rifle is well oiled when it is found in the TSBD. AATF Regarding the empty cartridges, Deputy Sheriff Luke Mooney recalls: “... he [Captain Fritz] was the first officer that picked them up, as far as I know, because I stood there and watched him go over and pick them up and look at them. As far as I could tell, I couldn’t even tell what caliber they were, because I didn’t get down that close to them. “They were brass cartridges, brass shells.” BT The unfired cartridge represented as Item-6 of Exhibit CE-738 more closely resembles an L.B.C.936, 6.5x52mm MC Italian GI cartridge, than it does an American made WCC 6.5x52mm MC Cartridge. Virtually all American bullets are jacketed with Gilders Metal which is an alloy of copper and zinc, with a distinct brassy appearance. The color photos of the unfired cartridge shows a bullet that is distinctly silver in color consistent with the cupra-nickle alloy used by European bullet makers.
The MC Cartridge possesses a shoulder width of.160” and a shoulder bevel of 25 degrees. This is an extremely critical point as measurement of the spent cases show a shoulder width of.186” and a shoulder bevel of 24 degrees, for a difference of.026” in shoulder width and 1 degree of angle in the bevel.
The spent cases more closely resemble a 6.5x54 mm Mannlicher-Schoenauer (MS) Cartridge then they do a 6.5x52mm MC cartridge.
The distinction made in the above conclusion, if it holds up, is an important one as the Austrian designed MS rifle is prized for its smooth action, magazine efficiency, chambering characteristics and accuracy as opposed to the dismal performance of the MC rifle.
An evidence envelope, containing photographs, is signed by FBI special agent J. Doyle Williams today. The photographs in this envelope consist of eight prints, all showing only two empty cartridges and one round of live ammunition. Gary Shaw, in his book CoverUp, also reveals a document showing that only two spent 6.5mm rounds were recorded in the original evidence sheet. BT Tomorrow, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover will sign a report that is sent to DPD Chief Jesse Curry which will identify two cartridge casings and one live cartridge that have been turned over to SA Vince Drain. The cartridges will be tested for latent fingerprints with negative results. Five days from now Captain Fritz will produce a third empty shell that he allegedly found on the sixth floor. This will conveniently back up the “official” story of three shots. The question is why Capt. Fritz picked up an empty casing on the sixth floor and failed to follow police procedure by immediately turning it over to the identification bureau. Additionally, the third empty casing has the initials “GD” scratched on it when it was allegedly picked up by Captain Fritz. “GD” would have most probably represented Captain George Doughty. However, Captain Doughty will not remember handling the third empty cartridge. H&L
Additional Bullets found:
1) The Barbee Specimen: This intact bullet is found embedded in the roof of a building located at 1615 Stemmons Freeway by William Barbee in the summer of 1966. The building, which was located about a 1/4 mile from the TSBD, happened to be in the line of fire from where Oswald allegedly shot. Mr. Barbee turned the bullet over to the FBI for analysis in December, 1967, when current publicity about the assassination caused him to wonder if this bullet might be relevant evidence. The FBI lab determined the bullet to be a.30 caliber full metal jacketed military bullet. Its rifling pattern of 4 grooves, right hand twist was the same as that produced by the U.S. government.30 carbine. The FBI took little interest in this bullet once having determined that it came from a weapon other than Oswald’s rifle. Apparently, the thought of a second gunmen was never entertained. Yet this bullet is consistent with that which could be shot from the CIA’s silenced M-1.30 caliber carbine. One can speculate that this bullet was shot out in the suburbs by a hunter engaged in target practice. Consider, however, that M-1.30 caliber carbines were not prevalent amongst the civilian population as they had only been released by the government for civilian use in mid-1963. Furthermore, it was and continues to be illegal to use full metal jacketed military ammunition for hunting purposes.