«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, ...»
2) The Haythorne Specimen: A bullet found in 1967 on top of the Massey building by Rich Haythorne, a roofer doing work on the building. The Massey Building was located about 8 blocks away from the TSBD in the 1200 block of Elm Street. It has since been torn down. The bullet remained in the possession of Haythorne’s attorney, until it was delivered to the HSCA for examination. The HSCA utilized the services of the Washington, D.C. police department, where it was determined that the bullet was a jacketed, soft-point.30 caliber bullet, weighing 149 grains which was consistent with the.30 caliber ammunition produced by Remington-Peters. Such ammunition was a popular hunting load and many gun manufacturers chambered their rifles to accommodate this ammunition. The 6 groove, right hand twist rifling marks on the bullet indicated that the bullet was not shot from Oswald’s Mannlicher-Carcano.
3) The Lester Specimen: A bullet fragment found in Dealey Plaza by Richard Lester in 1974. Its precise location was reported to be 500 yards from the TSBD and 61 paces east of the triple overpass abutment. Mr. Lester turned the fragment over to the FBI for analysis in December, 1976. The FBI reported its findings in July, 1977, and concluded that the fragment, which consisted of the base portion of a bullet and weighed 52.7 grains, was consistent with the diameter of a 6.5 mm bullet. It was also determined that the fragment came from a metal jacketed soft point or hollow point sporting bullet. The rifling characteristics did not match those of a Mannlicher-Carcano. Even though the bullet exhibited the same 4 grooves, right hand twist pattern as Oswald’s Mannlicher-Carcano, the lands between the grooves were spaced further apart than his Carcano. Once again, no one ventured to suggest that the fragment might represent the work of a second gunman.
4) The Dal-Tex Specimen: A rusted shell casing found on the rooftop of the Dal-Tex Building in 1977 by an air-conditioning repair man. The Dal-Tex Building is just east of the TSBD, across Houston Street. Assassination researchers have long speculated that a second gunman was positioned at that building. Judging by the rusted condition of the shell case, it had been there for quite some time. What was unique about this case was the crimped edges along the neck suggesting that either the shell had been hand loaded or had been used in conjunction with a sabot. Specimens 1), 2) and 3) could conceivably have been shot from locations other than Dealey Plaza by some careless hunter. However, this shell casing meant that the rifle was shot where the shell was expended and it is unlikely that deer hunters ever had occasion to position themselves on a rooftop in downtown Dallas. Carol Hewett Also, at least three Warren Commission photographs of the sixth floor “sniper’s nest” -- Commission Exhibits 509, 724, and 733 -- show three different versions of the boxes stacked near the sixth-floor window. Sylvia Meagher also asks why the sniper’s nest was discovered by chance during a floor-by-floor search AFTER witnesses had reported that they had seen a rifle or an object like a rifle, or a man, or a man with a rifle, in the sixth-floor window. She also notes that “it seems inconceivable that Oswald could have lifted and positioned those 24 cartons or more without leaving his prints. Yet neither the Report nor the Hearings and Exhibits suggest that any inquiry was made about the number and identification of prints on those cartons - an incomprehensible omission to which Leo Sauvage first called attention in a magazine article.” Testimony about the discovery of paper bag LHO supposedly used to smuggle the rifle into the TSBD is vague and contradictory. Luke Mooney, who stumbles on the “sniper’s nest” first and might have been expected to see the long paper bag in his inventory of the scene, does not see it. The bag is not photographed. R. L. Studebaker says that he sees the bag in the southwest corner of the building - folded. He thinks he sees some sort of finger print on the bag and puts a piece of one-inch tape over it. (There is NO tape on the bag when it arrives in Washington and is examined by FBI fingerprint expert Sebastian Latona. He will testify that when he receives the bag, there is “nothing visible in the way of any latent prints”; or, needless to say, of the tape placed on the bag by Studebaker.) The bag is supposedly first picked up from the floor of the TSBD by L.D. Montgomery - yet his fingerprints are not found on the bag when it is delivered to Washington. Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig remembers a small paper lunch bag but not the long paper bag. Sergeant Gerald Hill remembers a lunch bag but says, “that was the only sack I saw.... If it [the long paper bag] was found up there on the sixth floor, if it was there, I didn’t see it.” J. B. Hicks of the police crime laboratory testifies that he does not see a long paper sack among the items taken from the Book Depository. Further, there are reportedly no oil stains on the bag - which is supposed to have contained a well oiled rifle. AATF THE CHICKEN BONES: It is reported that the remains of a chicken lunch are also found on the sixth floor of the TSBD, together with a soda pop bottle and an empty cigarette package. The Warren Commission will eventually state that Bonnie Ray Williams had gone up tot he sixth floor to eat his lunch and had left behind his paper lunch sack, chicken bones, and an empty pop bottle. Deputy Sheriff Luke Mooney, who discovers a pile of cartons stacked in the form of a protective barrier at the southeast window, testifies that he sees one partially eaten piece of chicken on top of those boxes and a small paper bag about a foot away, on the same carton as the chicken.
Sergeant Gerald Hill sees a chicken leg bone and a paper sandwich bag on top of the cartons. But Officer L.D. Montgomery sees “one piece of chicken on a box and there was a piece on the floor - just kind of scattered around right there;” but he doesn’t remember if the paper bag is on top of the cartons or on the floor. The soda pop bottle is “a little more to the west of that window.” Officer E.L. Boyd, on the other hand, sees chicken bones on top of some boxes about 30 or 40 feet west of the southeast corner window where the cartons stood. Officer Marvin Johnson recalls remnants of fried chicken and a soda bottle “by some other window... toward the west,” perhaps at the second pair of windows from the southeast corner. R. L. Studebaker, who photographs the evidence found on the sixth floor, sees chicken bones, a brown paper bag, and a soda bottle in the third aisle from the east wall, near a two-wheel truck, but the chicken bone are inside the paper bag. He does not see chicken bones on the pile of cartons or on the floor (where Mooney, Hill, and Montgomery have seen them.) Bill Shelley, foreman at the TSBD, also remembers that the chicken bones were at the third window from the southeast corner, “laying on a sack... with a coke bottle sitting in the window,” and while remembering the chicken bones on top of the paper bag instead of inside it, he, like Studebaker, remembers seeing no lunch remains elsewhere on the sixth floor. Lieutenant J. C. Day is in the third-aisle faction. He remembers seeing the lunch bag and the pop bottle at the third set of windows, with the two-wheel truck. The bag of chicken bones and the empty bottle are brought to the police laboratory and may still be there, except for “the chicken bones, I finally threw them away that laid around there.” An attempt should have been made to determine whether Bonnie Ray Williams had left fingerprints on that bottle, for while he was linked to the lunch remains some time after the assassination, Williams, in his affidavit of November 23 does not make any mention of the chicken lunch. AATF Tom Alyea, a newsman who shot motion picture footage of the sixth floor while the police conducted the search, states: “There were no chicken bones found on the 6th floor. We covered every inch of it and I filmed everything that could possibly be suspected as evidence. There definitely were no chicken bones on or near the barricade or boxes at the window. I shot close-up shots of the entire area.” T. F. Bowley, driving west on Tenth street sees a group of bystanders gathered around a fallen policeman [J. D. Tippit]. As Bowley gets out of his car to lend assistance, he looks at his watch and notes the time to be 1:10 PM.
1:11 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Inspector J. H. Sawyer, who is the first officer on the scene at Elm and Houston Streets to coordinate police activity, calls in to radio dispatch from outside the TSBD: “On the third floor of this book company down here, we found empty rifle hulls and it looked like the man had been here for some time. We are checking it out now.”
1:13 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) In Parkland Hospital, Agent Roberts tells LBJ that JFK is dead. Johnson immediately looks at his watch and then turns to his wife and tells her to “make a note of the time.” 1:14:55 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Callaway spots the gunman who shot J.D. Tippit as he jumps through the hedges, cuts across the street, and runs toward him on Patton. WM 1:15 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) LHO supposedly comes down from the balcony of The Texas Theatre and buys a box of popcorn from Butch Burroughs, walks into the main floor and sits next to a pregnant woman. This information is supplied by Burroughs. He says that Johnny Brewer arrives approximately 20 minutes after he sees LHO sit next to the pregnant woman. Within a few minutes the pregnant woman gets up from her seat, goes to the ladies’ restroom in the balcony, and is never seen again. LHO then gets up from his seat, walks through the concession area, and reenters the theater by walking down the right aisle. H&L 1:16 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) In the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, T. F. Bowley runs up to police car #10, grabs the microphone from Benavides and radios the dispatcher that an officer (Tippit) has been shot. “We’ve had a shooting here... it’s a police officer, somebody shot him!” This is the first report of the murder of Officer J.D. Tippit. (The bullets in Tippit’s body are never linked ballistically to Oswald’s revolver. Because of alterations that had been done on the gun, a routine ballistics matching proves impossible. No fingerprints are found on the gun.) It seems virtually impossible for Oswald to have walked nearly a mile in twelve minutes, murdered Tippit, and lingered long enough to reload his pistol before leaving the murder scene. Still, this becomes the official version as presented by the Warren Commission.
1:20 PM Police Ban (Channel 2) -- Need extra officers at Parkland Hospital As the killer leaves the Tippit murder scene, he discards his light jacket on the street a few blocks away. A patrolman later examines the jacket and radios his colleagues: “The jacket the suspect was wearing... bears a laundry tag with the letter B 9738. See if there is any way you can check this laundry tag.” Eventually, every laundry and dry-cleaning establishment in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is checked -- 424 of them in all -- with no success. Knowing that Oswald has lived in New Orleans, the FBI checks 293 establishments in that area with similarly negative results. Further, the FBI’s eventual examination of all of Oswald’s clothing shows not a single laundry or dry-cleaning mark. The FBI will also learn that while the jacket is size medium, all of Oswald’s other clothing is size small.
According to Anthony Summers in his book Conspiracy: “For Officer Tippit, it now appears, November 22, 1963 began as a day of marital drama, a sad suburban soap opera that became by chance a sideshow of national tragedy. A Dallas citizen, Larry Harris
-- along with a friend in law enforcement, Ken Holmes Jr. -- has spent much time investigating the background of the dead policeman.
He discovered that Tippit, a married man with three children, had been having a long affair with a blonde waitress at Austin’s Barbecue Drive-In, where he moonlighted as a security man on weekends. The waitress, too, was married.” “Harris and Holmes traced Tippit’s former mistress, who admitted that she and the policeman were lovers for some two years. “According to the mistress’ husband, whom she divorced in August 1963, Tippit’s murder led directly to their reconciliation. He and his former wife went together, he says, to view the policeman’s body at the funeral home, before the widow and her family arrived. The experience greatly upset the mistress, and she confessed that she was pregnant by Tippit. A child was indeed born seven months later. Tippit’s mistress, though, claims it was her former husband’s child, and that it was reared accordingly. After JFK’s assassination -- and Officer Tippit’s murder -- the couple stayed together for several years, then parted finally in 1968.” “According to one source, Tippit’s wife visited a neighbor on the morning of November 22, in tears because “on that morning Officer Tippit has told her he wanted a divorce to marry some else.” “By the mistress’ account, her husband -- though a drinker and womanizer himself -- had been greatly upset by her affair with Tippit. Several times he had followed her and Tippit late at night, trailing them in his car.” An ambulance is dispatched from Dudley Hughes Funeral Home (allegedly at 1:18 PM) and arrives at the Tippet murder scene within a minute. Tippit’s body is quickly loaded into the ambulance by Clayton Butler, Eddie Kinsley (both Dudley Hughes employees) and Mr. Bowley. Tippit’s body is en route to the Hospital by the time the Police arrive. Dallas Police Officer Westbrook is eventually given a brown wallet supposedly taken from where Tippit had fallen. He shows the wallet to FBI Agent Barrett. The wallet contains identification, including a driver’s license, for Lee Harvey Oswald. It seems unbelievable that anyone would leave a wallet, containing identification, next to a policeman he has just shot. But Barrett insists Oswald’s wallet was found at the Tippit murder scene. Supposedly, LHO does not drive - and yet a driver’s license is also reported found. in this wallet A Texas driver’s license belonging to Lee Oswald will turn up at the Department of Public Safety the following week. Aletha Frair, and 6 employees of the DPS will see and handle Oswald’s driver’s license. It is dirty and worn as though it has been carried in a billfold. Mrs. Lee Bozarth (employee of DPS) states that she knows from direct personal experience there was a Texas driver’s license file for Lee Harvey Oswald. The DPS file is pulled shortly after the assassination.