«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, ...»
By this time, Alan Belmont at FBI headquarters has prepared a Teletype to all offices to: “immediately contact all informants and sources to immediately establish the whereabouts of bombing suspects, Klan and other racial group members, racial extremists, and any other individuals who on the basis of information in the files might have been involved.” Haynes Johnson of the Washington Evening Star phones RFK in Washington. Johnson is in Harry Williams’s room at the Ebbitt Hotel. Williams works for the CIA and Johnson is one of his sources. “One of your guys did it,” RFK tells Johnson in a flat, unemotional voice. Later today, Secret Service Chief James Rowley will tell RFK that his agency believes JFK has been the victim of a powerful organization. The book Farewell America asserts that “Ten hours after the assassination Rowley knew that there had been three gunmen, and perhaps four, at Dallas that day, and later on the telephone Jerry Behn [head of the White House detail] remarks to Forrest Sorrels [head of the Dallas Secret Service], “It’s a plot.” “Of course,” is Sorrel’s reply.
LHO is now on Jefferson Blvd. The following is posed by Dale K. Myers in his book, WITH MALICE: “So, why then was Oswald back on Jefferson Boulevard when shoe store manager Johnny Brewer spotted him? Returning to the heavily-traveled boulevard was extremely risky, and did ultimately result in Oswald’s capture. Why would Oswald risk it? Cout it be that the risk was necessary because Oswald’s destination - the Texas Theater - was within that very block?” 1:35 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) A man is noticed slipping into The Texas Theater at 231 W. Jefferson. Concession stand operator, Butch Burroughs says that it could not have been Oswald because Oswald entered the theater shortly after 1 PM. If this testimony is correct, Oswald could not have shot officer J.D. Tippit. Julia Postal, the theatre cashier, has been alerted to the fact that LHO slipped into the theatre without paying. Postal has been informed of LHO’s presence in the theatre by Johnny Calvin Brewer, the manager of nearby Hardy’s Shoe Shop. He is twenty-three years old and noticed LHO seemingly attempting to duck out of sight of police cars as they passed by on the street. Brewer claims that he sees a man standing in the lobby of his shoe store at about 1:30 PM. He watches the man walk west on Jefferson and thinks (Brewer says he is not positive) that he ducks into the Texas Theater. It is not until December 6th, two weeks after Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest, that Brewer describes the man he saw as wearing a brown shirt. He asks theater cashier Julia Postal if she has sold the man a ticket. Postal replies “she did not think so, but she had been listening to the radio and did not remember.” She does remember, when testifying before the Warren Commission, that she sold 24 tickets that day.
The police, meanwhile, having received a tip indirectly from an out-of-town caller, broadcast the description of a car that has allegedly been used in the assassination. It was seen parked on Commerce St. The car and driver are picked up in Fort Worth, eight miles away. The man is taken to jail and kept there until FBI agents arrive. The suspect explains that he has driven 100 miles from his home in Ranger, Texas to Dallas hoping to visit an old friend. When he is unsuccessful, he decided that since he was downtown and traffic was heavy, he would stay there and see the presidential parade. The suspect is released as soon as Oswald’s arrest is announced.
The TSBD is mentioned on Police Channel 2: “It’s being secured now.” This is an hour and five minutes after the shots, twenty-one minutes after the death of Officer Tippit, sixteen minutes before the arrest of LHO, and long after the departure of any or all who had anything to do with the shots fired from the TSBD.
1:36 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) A policeman at the scene of the Tippit shooting radios a description: “I got an eyeball witness to the getaway man - that suspect in this shooting. He is a white male... apparently armed with a.32, dark finish, automatic pistol.” A few minutes from now, Sergeant Gerald Hill will send a similar message: “The shells at the scene indicate that the suspect is armed with an automatic.38 rather than a pistol.” (Hill has years of army experience and police work behind him, a background which affords him a certain expertise.) * The autopsy report on Tippit is not to be found in the 26 volumes of Hearings and Exhibits of the W.C. Report.
Police regroup as Captain W. R. Westbrook sends squads to search the area west of the Tippit shooting scene. WM 1:40 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Undertaker Vernon O’Neal arrives at Parkland Hospital in a hearse with a four-hundred-pound Elgin Brittania casket. When Kennedy’s body is placed in the casket, it is wrapped in sheets.
In Tampa, Florida, this afternoon Frank Ragano is about to leave his office to give a lecture at a legal seminar at the Tampa County Courthouse when a lawyer bursts in and tells him about the assassination of JFK. A few minutes later, Jimmy Hoffa calls Ragano. “Have you heard the good news?” Hoffa begins. “They killed the sonofabitch. This means Bobby is out as attorney general.
Lyndon will get rid of him.” When a reporter later asks Jimmy Hoffa about RFK, his reply is: “Bobby Kennedy is just another lawyer now.” Hoffa also chides his secretary for crying over JFK’s death.
1:43 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) A Memo from J. Edgar Hoover: “... got first news flash from Dallas that Kennedy and Connally had been shot; called the Attorney General (RFK) to advise him of this; was told by RFK to do whatever we could and told RFK I would get in touch with Secret Service.” In the Texas Theater, LHO has bought popcorn, walked to the main floor and reportedly takes a seat next to a pregnant woman.
Minutes before police arrive, this woman disappears into the balcony and is never seen again. She is not one of the seven patrons counted by Officer Hutson. Captain Westbrook and FBI Agent Barrett come into the theater from the rear entrance minutes later. Westbrook may be looking for “Lee Harvey Oswald” - identified from the contents of the wallet he found at the scene of Tippit’s murder.
The Texas Theater has a main floor level and a balcony. Upon entering the theater from the “outside doors,” there are stairs leading to the balcony on the right. Straight ahead are a second set of “inside doors” leading to the concession stand and the main floor.
It is possible to go directly to the balcony, without being seen by people at the concession stand, by climbing the stairs to the right.
Johnny Brewer walks through the first and second set of double doors to the concession stand. He asks Butch Burroughs, who operates the concession stand, if he has seen the man come in. Burroughs says that he has been busy and has not noticed. Brewer checks the darkened balcony but does not see the man he has followed. Brewer and Burroughs then check and made sure the exits have not been opened. Brewer then goes back to the box office and tells Julia Postal he thinks the man is still in the theater and to call the police. Julia then calls the police and tells them she thinks “we have your man.” The voice on the other end of the phone says: “Why do you think it’s our man?” She gives them a description of the suspect. “Every time the sirens go by,” she continues “he ducks.” 1:45 PM, (Nov. 22, 1963) Police cars are immediately dispatched to the Texas Theater. Police broadcasts report “Have information a suspect just went into the Texas Theater... Supposed to be hiding in the balcony” (17H418). When the police arrive, they are told by a “young female,” probably Julia Postal, that the man is in the balcony. The police who enter the front of the theater go to the balcony. They are questioning a young man when Officers Walker, McDonald and Hutson enter the rear of the theater. Hutson counts
seven theater patrons on the main level. From the record, these seven break down as follows:
•2 Two boys (half way down center section searched by Walker & McDonald while Hutson look on) •1 Oswald (3rd row from back-center section) •1 Jack Davis (right rear section-Oswald first sat next to him) •1 Unknown person (across the aisle from Davis-Oswald left his seat next to Davis and moved to a seat next to this person; Oswald then got up and walked into the theater lobby) •1 George Applin (6 rows from back-center section) George Applin was a patron in the Texas Theater on November 22, 1963, when Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested there for the murder of Police Officer J. D. Tippit. Applin told the Warren Commission that during Oswald’s arrest, he observed a man sitting in the rear of the theater who not only appeared uninterested in the film but also quietly watched over the arrest while other patrons were ducking for cover. In 1979, Applin admitted to the Dallas Morning News that he later recognized Jack Ruby as the man he had seen in the movie house. He said he was afraid to tell the police or the Commission what he knew in 1964 because he had read an article about the deaths of people who were witnesses to the assassination or connected in some way to the incident. Crossfire •1 John Gibson (1st seat from the back on the far right side) One must question why so many police cars are dispatched to the Texas Theater simply because a man has been reported to have entered without buying a ticket. Would so many policemen have responded to this call on the off chance it might have been Tippit’s killer? Researcher Matthew Smith suggests that the police chase is being directed or certainly influenced by someone with inside information as to who to look for and precisely where to look for him. Smith mentions a story that circulates describing policemen already waiting - hiding in an alleyway near the theater - waiting for the suspect to appear.
KRLD-TV, a CBS affiliate, reports that a Secret Service agent has been killed along with JFK. There will be occasional news reports for the remainder of the day referring to the fatal shooting of a Secret Service agent. James K. Fox, a Secret Service agent at this time, will eventually tell researcher Mark Crouch: “We lost a man that day.” Fox additionally states that he is ordered to put together a group of senior agents to meet a plane in Washington today in order to receive the body of the dead agent.
Jack Ruby arrives at his Carousel Club and instructs Andrew Armstrong, the bartender, to notify employees that the club will be closed that night. During the next hour, Ruby speaks by telephone to several persons who are or have been especially close to him, and the remainder of the time he watches television and speaks with Armstrong and Larry Crafard about the assassination.
A bullet -- eventually to be known as CE 399 -- is discovered on a Parkland hospital stretcher by Darrell Tomlinson. It is reported to be in almost pristine condition.
Tapes of the telephone conversations of President LBJ show that he was told by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover within a week of the assassination that the bullet tagged as CE 399 was found on the President’s stretcher, and was dislodged as emergency procedures were performed. If CE 399 came from the president’s stretcher, it could not have been the same bullet as the magic bullet, which could only have lodged in Governor Connally. (Oswald Talked) * Bullet fragments (CE-840) found under Nellie Connally’s seat in the presidential limousine have since disappeared from the evidence.
One of the fragments was discovered lodged within the seat tracking mechanism’s channel under the car seat. On the plane from Dallas to Washington, Secret Service agent Kinney will find an additional skull fragment piece under John Collally’s jump seat.
A closed session of the Senate Rules Committee in Washington is hearing sworn testimony from a Bobby Baker associate, Don Reynolds. Reynolds is telling the committee of a big lobbyists’ sex party in NYC, and also of a suitcase he has seen, full of money which Baker describes as a $100,000 payoff to LBJ for his role in securing the Fort Worth TFX contract. His testimony is broken off by the news that JFK has been shot. (Bobby Baker has since denied the payoff story.) Concurrently, there are a number of interrelated congressional committee investigations, of Bobby Baker (with his mob connections), of Clint Murchison lobbyists Robert Thompson and Thomas Webb, and of Irving Davidson. It is the perception of the Johnson and Hoffa camps that the Kennedys have inspired them all. DPADJ Night has descended on Munich, Germany when, at 7:44 PM, a news flash arrives. At once, Radio Free Europe beams the news of the assassination to Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, and Bulgaria in several languages.
1:45 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Lieutenant J. C. Day leaves the TSBD, carrying the alleged murder weapon.
1:46 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Inspector J. Herbert Sawyer calls the dispatcher saying: “We have a man that we would like to have you pass this on to CID [Criminal Investigation Division] to see if we can pick this man up. Charles Douglas Givens.... He is a colored male... a porter that worked on this floor up here. He has a police record and he left.” 1:51 PM, (Nov. 22, 1963) In the Texas Theater, Johnny Brewer has finished checking all the exits except the door behind the stage. He opens it and finds himself facing four policemen with guns drawn. Nick McDonald is one of the police officers. Brewer identifies himself and he and the policemen then reenter the theatre. (A man and a woman are sitting directly behind LHO in the theatre.) McDonald approaches LHO and orders him to his feet. (There are sixteen policemen now in the theatre.) LHO rises, draws his pistol.
A scuffle breaks out between LHO and McDonald. LHO is subdued. (One Texas Theater eyewitness has reportedly said that LHO was pistol whipped by a Dallas policeman. The policeman was reportedly yelling that LHO had killed his best friend - a reference to J. D.