«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, ...»
DPD dispatch describing suspect: “Last seen about the 300 block East Jefferson. He’s a white male about 30 5’ 8”. Black hair, slender, wearing a white jacket, white shirt and dark slacks.” The third officer, Roy W. Walker, arrives at the J. D. Tippit shooting scene. WM LHO takes a seat in The Texas Theater next to Jack Davis, a Dallas Evangelist, as the opening credits to the feature movie, War Is Hell, begin. Davis thinks it odd that anyone would sit next to him as the 900-seat theater is occupied by only some 20 patrons. After sitting next to Davis for a few minutes LHO gets up, walks past empty seats on his right, and uses the small aisle on the right side of the theater to return to the concession area. H&L 1:23 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) CBS’s Walter Cronkite reports, “A Secret Service man was also killed in the fusillade of shots.” Seth Kantor, a reporter for Scripps-Howard, will write in his notebook, which is published by the Warren Commission [20H 410] “They even have to die in secret.” In the next three-year period which will follow the murder of President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald, 18 material witnesses will die - six by gunfire, three in motor accidents, two by suicide, one from a cut throat, one from a karate chop to the neck, three from heart attacks and two from natural causes.
(Sardinia, Italy) When he hears the news of JFK’s death, William Harvey, the CIA’s former Mongoose coordinator says: “This was bound to happen, and it’s probably good that it did.” When Harvey eventually discovers that his deputy is spending time helping local officials with condolences, he sends the deputy packing for the U.S. saying: “I haven’t got time for this kind of crap.” An unidentified citizen at the J. D. Tippit shooting scene informs police that the suspect discarded his jacket in the parking lot behind Ballew’s Texaco station. WM The ambulance containing J. D. Tippit arrives at Methodist Hospital. WM Perry Russo, leaving a political science class at Loyola University today, hears the news of JFK’s assassination. His reaction is one of “great glee and pleasure.” AC Vol.1 Issue 3 In the TSBD, Lieutenant John Carl Day gives the discovered shells to Detective Richard M. Sims. Sims places the shells in an evidence envelope and marks the envelope with his initials, the date and time. POTP 1:24:30 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Sergeant Owens and other officers arrive in the 400 block of East Jefferson where they are informed the suspect in the shooting of J. D. Tippit may be hiding in one of two used furniture stores. Police enter and search. WM Jack Davis, sitting in The Texas Theater, sees LHO enter the first row of seats on his left. LHO takes a seat next to a man on the back row, directly across the aisle from Davis. After a few minutes, LHO gets up, walks past empty seats on his left, and uses the large left aisle to return to the concession area. It appears to Davis that LHO is looking for someone. H&L 1:25 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Justice of the Peace Theron Ward is escorted to the door of Trauma Room #1 at Parkland Hospital by Secret Service Agent Roy Kellerman. Viewing the President’s body from the doorway, he never enters the room. Kellerman requests Ward to release the body into Secret Service custody. The judge replies, “I will have to consult with Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade.” Advice from Henry Wade and Chief Jesse Curry is not to release the body until the “missile” (bullet) is taken into evidence.
CE 399 isn’t discovered until 1:45 PM. The obvious question is how Wade even knows that a bullet will be discovered. (Texas law is breached and a critical link in the investigative process is violated. The President’s body is taken illegally by force from the proper Texas state authorities by Secret Service agents. Technically, the Federal Government does not have any jurisdiction in the case, and does not have the authority to take the body or to perform an autopsy.) Malcolm Kilduff asks LBJ if he can announce that JFK is dead. LBJ tells him “No, Mac, I think we better wait for a few minutes. I think I’d better get out of here and get back to the plane before you announce it. We don’t know whether this is a worldwide conspiracy, whether they’re after me as well as they were after President Kennedy, or whether they’re after [House] Speaker McCormack or Senator Hayden [president pro tempore of the Senate.] We just don’t know.” PKHBS 1:26 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) With heavy guard, Police Chief Curry drives Lyndon Johnson to Love Field,[no flashing lights or sirens] where he boards Air Force One. On the way to Love Field, Johnson crouches down in the backseat of the station wagon. Secret Service agents sit in the front seat. Also traveling with LBJ are: Congressman Homer Thornberry and Congressman Albert Thomas.
Mrs. Johnson, sitting upright, is driven in a second car. Youngblood radios ahead to LBJ’s valet, Paul Glynn, and tells him to transfer all of LBJ’s luggage to Air Force One.
LBJ’s Secret Service bodyguard, Rufus Youngblood, testifies: “ We left the room and proceeded out to these cars. The car that we went in was driven by Chief Curry, the Dallas Police Chief, and Congressman Thornberry was in the front seat, and the Vice President and I were in the back seat. And I had told the Vice President before we left the room that I would prefer that he stay below window level, and stay close with me as we went out, and that I would also prefer Mrs. Johnson to go in another car, but she would be accompanied by agents. And Mrs. Johnson did get in a second car. She was accompanied by Warren Taylor and Jerry Kivett and Congressman Brooks, and also Glen Bennett, another agent from the White House. And as we started to leave the hospital area, that is drive away, just as we started away, Congressman Thomas saw us leaving--I imagine he saw Congressman Thornberry, and he said, “Wait for me.” I don’t think he saw the Vice President. And I told the driver to continue. I didn’t want to stop there in front of the hospital. But by this time Congressman Thomas was right over at the side of the car, and the Vice President said, “Stop and let him get in.” So he got in in the front seat with Congressman Thornberry, having Congressman Thornberry move over closer to the driver. And then we started out again. This probably takes longer to tell about it than it actually took. It was about a 30-second stop. We started out again, and the Vice President asked Congressman Thornberry to climb on over and get in the back seat, which he did, while the car was in motion. And then that put Congressman Thornberry behind the driver, and on the Vice President’s left, and I was on his right. And we continued on our way. We were momentarily stopped as we were leaving the hospital on this access road. There was a truck or delivery or something coming in there. We were stopped for one moment. But then the police got us on through, and we went on out to the main roads, and we were getting a motorcycle escort. And they started using the sirens, and the Vice President and I both asked Chief Curry to discontinue the use of sirens, that we didn’t want to attract attention. We were going on an unscheduled different route.” Kenneth O’Donnell, JFK’s special assistant, writes: “I distinctly remember that when Johnson and I talked at the hospital there was no mention of which of the two planes he should use. Nor was there any mention that he was considering waiting for Jackie and the President’s casket to be on the same plane with him before he left Dallas. Later a lawyer for the Warren Commission, Arlen Specter, pointed out to me that according to Johnson’s testimony, I had told him to board Air Force One.” “Specter asked me, to my amazement, if I would change my testimony so that it would agree with the President’s. ‘Was I under oath?’ I asked Specter, as, of course, I was.
‘Certainly I wouldn’t change anything I said under oath.” Governor John Connally has not immediately been quoted on either radio or television. His statement: “They also got the president,” is put out on the airwaves at this time. This is eight minutes before the networks get definitive word that the president is dead.
Note: The murder of JFK and the assault on Govenor Connally are offenses against the laws of the citizens of Texas. Currently, there is no statute of limitation on murder in Texas.
1:28 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) FBI agent Barrett leaves the Texas Book Depository for Oak Cliff.
J.D. Tippit is pronounced DOA at Methodist Hospital.
1:30 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Veteran newsman Seth Kantor encounters Jack Ruby at Parkland Hospital. They share a brief conversation. Mrs. Wilma Tice also testifies that she sees Ruby at Parkland.
A second search of the TSBD begins sometime after 1:30 PM. Low enforcement agents will warn everyone who works in the building not to discuss the case, even with members of their own families. TFD Vol. 1, No. 4 Former ATF agent Frank Ellsworth, who participates in this second search conducted sometime after 1:30 PM (according to a Secret Service document) confirms that the Mannlicher-Carcano was found by a DPD detective on the FOURTH or FIFTH floor of the TSBD, “not on the same floor as the cartridges.” He adds: “I remember we talked about it, and figured that he [LHO] must have run out from the stairwell [to the lower floor] and dropped it [the Mannlicher] as he was running downstairs.” As noted earlier, the sixth floor rifle was initially identified as a Mauser. This introduces a second gun, and consequently a possible second gunman, into the book depository scenario.” Oswald Talked Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff announces JFK’s death to the press. It immediately goes out on the news wires.
Reporter Hugh Sidey remembers: Assistant press secretary Malcolm Kilduff took the podium in a stark hospital classroom and, reading off a scrap of paper that fluttered with his hand, announced, “President John F. Kennedy died at approximately 1 o’clock Central Standard Time today, here in Dallas.” I remember wondering how anything as exuberant as the Kennedy Administration could end in such a simple sentence. Around the corner in his makeshift office, Kilduff sat mute, weeping. “Can you tell me anything more?” I asked as gently as I knew how. He tossed the announcement paper at me, then he whispered, “Oh, that man’s head. Oh, his head.” Marina Oswald is in the backyard at 2515 West Fifth Street, (Irving, Texas) hanging clothes on a clothesline. Ruth Paine comes out and says: “Kennedy is dead.” There is no response from Marina. Mrs. Paine also informs Marina that the news reports say that the shots came from the School Book Depository on Elm Street - where LHO works. TDKWS 1:33 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Lyndon Johnson, under heavy guard, hurriedly boards Air Force One and tells Colonel James B.
Swindal that the aircraft will not leave for Washington without JFK’s body. All window shades aboard Air Force One are drawn and a television is turned on in order for them to get the news reports. LBJ will soon change his shirt and comb his hair. For a time, he actually hides in the restroom of the President’s private bedroom aboard the plane. When Kenny O’Donnell asks LBJ about the plane’s departure, LBJ says: “I talked to Bobby [Kennedy]. They think I should be sworn in right here. Judge Hughes is on her way - should be here any minute.” TDKWS Secret Service Agents Lawton, Ready, and McIntyre establish security around the aircraft.
LBJ’s Secret Service bodyguard, Rufus Youngblood, testifies: “After we got on board the plane I told them to pull down the shades, and then I told the Vice President, I am going to stick with you like glue while we are on the ground here. And so we were joined by Mrs. Johnson and then by Congressman Thornberry and Thomas, and Congressman Brooks. And I heard them discussing about taking the oath immediately, right there in Dallas. I heard the Vice President ask about anyone in particular that should administer the oath.
And as I gathered from conversation, it was anyone who was authorized to administer a Federal oath. And then he put in calls to Judge Hughes, and he told me to expect Judge Hughes and to be sure she could get through the security lines.” After shooting Officer Tippit, the assassin reportedly goes south on Patton Street and turns west on Jefferson. Two used car lot workers named Warren Reynolds and B.M. Patterson see him and start to chase him. The gunman realizes that he is being followed and dashes behind a Texaco gas station, hiding among the cars of a parking lot. The parking lot behind the gas station is quickly becoming an inescapable trap, as police come swarming into the area. The capture of the gunman quickly becomes a foregone conclusion.
A Dallas police radio dispatch reports, “He [the suspect] is in the library, Jefferson, East 500 block, Marsalis and Jefferson.” Minutes later, a follow-up dispatch says, “We are all at the library.” This radio dispatch immediately pulls the police out of the parking lot behind the gas station where the supposed assassin of Tippit is hiding. The police, some researchers speculate, are pulled out and sent to the library on a “wild goose chase” in order to allow the gunman to escape capture. LHO is actually making his appearance in front of The Texas Theater around this time.
Again, minutes later, the police at the library broadcast: “It was the wrong man.” The Marsalis city bus LHO supposedly boarded and briefly rode passes this library at about this same time. It was due at 12:50
-- but has been slowed down by the traffic on Elm St.
Who is this suspect, described as “the wrong man”? At this early stage, the only way they could have known it is the wrong man would be for them to know the right man. The library, located at the intersection of East Jefferson Street and Marsalis Avenue, is six blocks from Oswald’s rooming house and within only one block of Ruby’s apartment. Oswald is known to have frequented this library at least three to four times in a week.
In the book, WITH MALICE, it is stated that Officer C. T. Walker mistakes Adrian Hamby, running into the Jefferson Branch Library, for the Tippit suspect.