«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, ...»
As Lieutenant Martello reports, LHO did carry a Fair Play for Cuba Committee membership card in his own name when he is arrested and also a New Orleans FPCC chapter card in his own name, signed by “A.J. Hidell, Chapter President.” The Warren Commission’s handwriting experts will conclude that the Hidell signature on that card is not in LHO’s hand. Subsequently Marina Oswald will testify that she had signed the name “Hidell” on the card, under duress. The Commission will make no attempt to elucidate LHO’s rationale in coercing his wife to forge the name on an innocuous FPCC membership card, while writing the name in his own hand on other documents, including such incriminating papers as the mail orders for the revolver and the rifle. In reports filed in December 1963 by both Hill and Bentley, NO mention of the Hidell card is made. Exactly the same silence about the Hidell card is seen in the reports submitted to the police chief during the first week of December 1963 by other arresting officers - Bob Carroll, K.E. Lyon, and C. T. Walker.
(AATF) Bernard J. Haire, owner of Bernie’s Hobby House, located two doors east of the Texas Theater, walks through his store and out into the back alley when he sees police cars arrive. Haire is unaware of the assassination news. In the back alley, he sees police bring out a young white man dressed in a pullover shirt and slacks. The man appears flushed as if having been in a struggle. Although Haire is unable to see if the man is handcuffed, he is certainly under the impression that the man is under arrest. Haire watches as police put the man in a police car and drive off. Haire is under the impression that he has witnessed the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald. Twenty-five years later, Haire is shocked to discover that Oswald was handcuffed and brought out of the front door of the theater.
George Applin is a patron in the Texas Theater when LHO is arrested there for the murder of Police Officer J. D. Tippit. Applin will tell 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 admits 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.
Captain C.E. Talbert and some officers are questioning a boy in the alley while a pickup truck is sitting with the motor running a few yards away (24H242). Talbert is one of the few DPD officers at the Texas Theater who does not write a report of Oswald’s arrest to Chief Curry (16 officers wrote such reports). Talbert’s testimony before the Warren Commission runs for over 20 pages. At no time is he asked about his involvement at the Texas Theater or his questioning of a young man in the alley behind the theater.
When the police car, carrying LHO, arrives at the police station, the detectives get the suspect out of the car and form a wedge around him, guiding him through the crowded basement. Sgt. Hill suggests to him that he could hide his face if he wants to. He says, “Why should I hide my face? I haven’t done anything to be ashamed of.” When the police car bringing Oswald from the Texas Theatre drives into the basement of police headquarters at about 2 p.m.
on Friday, some reporters and cameramen, principally from local papers and stations, are already on hand. The policemen form a wedge around Oswald and conduct him to the elevator, but several newsmen crowd into the elevator with Oswald and the police. When the elevator stops at the third floor, the cameramen run ahead down the corridor, and then turn around and back up, taking pictures of Oswald as he is escorted toward the homicide and robbery bureau office. According to one escorting officer, some six or seven reporters follow the police into the bureau office. [From Friday afternoon, when Oswald arrives in the building, until Sunday, newspaper reporters and television cameras focus their attention on the homicide office. In full view and within arm’s length of the assembled newsmen, Oswald traverses the 20 feet of corridor between the homicide office and the locked door leading to the jail elevator at least 15 times after his initial arrival. The jail elevator, sealed off from public use, takes him to his fifth floor cell and to the assembly room in the basement for lineups and the Friday night news conference. On most occasions, Oswald’s escort of three to six detectives and policemen have to push their way through the newsmen who seek to surround them. Although the Dallas press normally do not take pictures of a prisoner without first obtaining permission of the police, who usually ask the prisoner, this practice is not followed by any of the newsmen with Oswald. Generally when Oswald appears the newsmen turn their cameras on him, thrust microphones at his face, and shout questions at him. Sometimes he answers. Reporters in the forefront of the throng repeat his answers for the benefit of those behind them who can not hear.] W.C.
1:52 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) LHO is arrives at police headquarters under heavy guard. When he is led inside the headquarters, a human shield of policemen move ahead of him. He is taken to the third-floor office of Captain Will Fritz and placed in a seat in the hallway. Oswald is described as nervous and fearful by those who supposedly see him prior to his arrest. Once he is placed in the police car at the Texas Theater his entire demeanor seems to change. He becomes calm -- even smug. Sylvia Meagher points out that, during LHO’s interrogation, not one question is asked which sugggests suspicion by the police or the FBI that LHO may have been a member of a conspiracy to assassinate JFK. Also, the name Tippit is not found once in the questions put to LHO immediately after his arrest, ostensibly for the murder of Tippit.
Sometime between 1:00 and 2:00, at Parkland Hospital, SS Agent Johnsen hands over bullet (CE 399) supposedly found on the stretcher in the hospital. This eventually becomes the “magic” bullet CE-399. Darrell Tomlinson, the man who finds the original bullet, will later say that it looked entirely different than the present and “official” bullet CE-399.
Of interest is the surface condition of the stretcher bullet when it is delivered to FBI Expert Robert Frazier for examination within hours of its discovery. Frazier testifies that the bullet is clean and has no blood or tissue on it. Yet, asked later about the bullet fragments which have been recovered from inside the Presidential car, Frazier indicates that “there was a very slight residue of blood or some other material adhering” which was wiped off to clean up the fragments for examination. Even more extraordinary than the absence of blood and tissue on the stretcher bullet is the absence of fabric threads or impression. Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, chief forensic pathologist of Allegheny County says that it is tantamount to impossible that a bullet could have emerged from such contacts without apparent traces of threads. While it is possible that blood and tissue might have been shed from the stretcher bullet, leaving only microscopic traces, it is implausible that the missile should be barren of thread from the several fabrics it supposedly penetrated. (AATF) Spectrographic analysis is utilized to establish the composition of bullet fragments and metallic residue. The bullet fragments recovered from JFK and John Connally, the fragments found in the car, and the residue found at the clothing holes, the curb, and the crack on the windshield are submitted to spectrography. The spectrographic analysis is performed by FBI Expert John Gallagher but no testimony is taken from him as to the results. The spectorgraphic report is missing from the Warren Commission’s Exhibits and is not among the documents available in the Archives - presumably it remains “classified” for unknown reasons. The argument about the number of grains missing from the bullet in terms of its pristine weight is inconclusive so long as the pristine weight is unknown, and there is considerable evidence to suggest that the fragments exceed the maximum depletion of the original weight of the stretcher bullet.
(AATF) In 1993, Wallace Milam, a highly respected researcher, interviews Elizabeth Goode Wright, the director of nursing at Parkland in 1963.
Ms. Wright reveals for the first time that two bullets had been found at the hospital on 11/22/63, both by her husband, O. P. Wright (now deceased), who was then director of Parkland security. Mr. Wright is widely known as one of the handlers of the “magic bullet” prior to its receipt by the Secret Service. But according to Mrs. Wright, her husband also found an unfired “whole” bullet that same day on a hospital gurney. This one was not turned over to authorities, as Ms. Wright had kept it all these years and displayed it to Milam. The bullet is an unfired, “whole”.38 with manufacturer’s case markings “.38 SP WCC” -- the very same markings as 2 of the 4 shell casings allegedly retrieved from the Tippit scene and supposedly matched to the pistol taken from Oswald at the time of his arrest.
Recorded telephone conversations of President Lyndon Johnson will eventually 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.
The Warren Commission reports: “...evidence...eliminated President Kennedy’s stretcher as a source of the bullet. President Kennedy remained on the stretcher on which he was carried into the hospital while the doctors tried to save his life. He was never removed from the stretcher from the time he was taken into the emergency room until his body was placed in a casket in that same room. After the President’s body was removed from that stretcher, the linen was taken off and placed in a hamper and the stretcher was pushed into trauma room No. 2, a completely different location from the site where the nearly whole bullet was found.” No attempt is made to determine what happened to the President’s stretcher once it is placed in trauma room No. 2, and it is impossible to account for one of the two stretchers involved in the discovery of the bullet. In June 1964 the Commission requests the FBI to establish the chain of possession of the stretcher bullet; but the hospital engineer, the chief of personnel at the hospital, the Secret Service agent, and Chief James J. Rowley are unable to make a positive identification of the stretcher bullet as the bullet found on the day of the assassination. AATF 1:58 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) JFK’s bronze casket is being wheeled from the emergency room to be placed aboard the O’Neal hearse for the trip to the airport (Love Field).
Note: When the O’Neal Funeral Home finally receives the casket back from the Government, (affadavit signed and witnesssed by an employee of the funeral home) instead of finding dried blood on the inside, there are green paint marks on the white linen at knee high level. This becomes significant in light of the fact that two oxygen tanks and one black body bag were taken from the O’Neal Funeral Home at the same time the casket was picked up and delivered to Parkland Hospital. Is has been suggested that the oxygen tanks (total weight about the same as JFK’s) were placed in the casket instead of JFK’s body. Photographs of the casket being carried onto Air Force One indicate that the the handles were in the down position, meaning the bronze casket was not locked & sealed.
2:00 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) LBJ telephones RFK from Air Force One. (The records of this call remain secret.) LBJ also telephones Abe Fortas to ask about Don Reynolds and his testimony yesterday before the Senate Rules Committee. LBJ wants to know if Reynolds linked him to the Bobby Baker scandal. LBJ then calls J. W. “Waddie” Bullion, a Dallas lawyer and Johnson business crony.
LBJ calls, in part, for advice on what to do with his stocks in light of the market’s almost certain plunge on news of the assassination.
Chief U.S Marshal Jim McShane places bodyguards around RFK’s home, Hickory Hill, in McLean, Virginia. RFK is continues to make telephone calls from the second floor of his home. Brothers Observing LBJ’s behavior, Kenney O’Donnell is heard to say, “He’s got what he wants now. But we take it back in ‘68.” RFK dispatches Jack Miller to Dallas to be his eyes and ears and to determine what has happened. Miller is an Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.