«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, ...»
TDKWS Outside the hospital, the bronze casket is quickly loaded into an ambulance. Roy Kellerman orders Agent Andy Berger to get behind the wheel of the ambulance and drive immediately to Love Field. Kellerman radios ahead telling his agents at Love Field to permit an ambulance and one following car through the fence. Kenny O’Donnell is also radioing identical instructions from the second car. He also says to tell Colonel Swindal, the pilot of Air Force One, to get ready for takeoff at once. TDKWS Secret Service Agent Forrest Sorrels will tell the FBI that he “remained at Parkland Hospital until the president’s body was taken to Love Field.” Still photos in the Warren Commission Report will reveal that Sorrels returns to Dealey Plaza. Back at the murder scene, Sorrels proceeds to find two star government witnesses who claim to have seen gunfire from the “Oswald window.” He also discovers “that Oswald was supposedly the only employee missing from the School Book Depository” (several, in fact, are missing);
and Sorrels will take Abraham Zapruder to Eastman Kodak to make copies of the film. BT Around this time, Lieutenant Jack Revill and Lieutenant Dyson, accompanied by three detectives, are still conducting a systematic search of the TSBD. Revill, about to leave, encounters and recognizes Charles Givens, who is known to the police on narcotics charges. Revill says: “I asked him if he had been on the sixth floor and... he said, yes, that he had observed Mr. Lee, over by this window... So I turned this Givens individual over to one of our Negro detectives and told him to take him to Captain Fritz for interrogation.” (By the time Revill gives this testimony, Givens will have already provided a different version of the incident in which there is no mention of Revill or of seeing “Mr. Lee” on the sixth floor. It is also apropos to remember that Givens, like LHO, was missing from the TSBD after the assassination.) AATF 2:10 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) From J. Edgar Hoover memo: called RFK to advise him of President’s condition and was told by RFK that JFK was dead; repeated all information from phone calls from Shanklin.
Dallas Police Memo (dated today):
Note: one theory is that this unnamed Cuban was the one who possibly planted the bullet (C-399) at Parkland.
2:14 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) The O’Neal hearse, carrying the bronze casket containing JFK’s body, arrives at the plane (Air Force One). It is hastily loaded. Clint Hill sees a photographer taking pictures. “I’ll get him,” he says to Jacqueline Kennedy. “No,” she replies. “I want them to see what they have done.” TDKWS Researcher Gary Mack states that Jimmy Darnell, a local photographer working for the NBC affiliate, films the loading of JFK’s casket on to Air Force One. He films from close range. A Dallas Police officer confiscates his film. The film is now missing. Neither the FBI or the Dallas police have any record of it. TGZFH AP again makes note that: “A Secret Service Agent and a Dallas policeman were shot and killed today.” About this time, Senator Edward Kennedy and Eunice Kennedy Shriver arrive at the White House. TDKWS CIA Director, John McCone will have a three hour conversation with RFK this afternoon as the two men pace the backyard of RFK’s home in McClean, Virginia. RFK will later say that he asks McCone point blank if the CIA killed JFK. “You know, at the time I asked McCone...if they had killed my brother, and I asked him in a way that he couldn’t lie to me, and they hadn’t.” In the days following the shooting, McCone will come to the conclusion that there were two shooters in Dallas. There is no evidence that he ever came to suspect his own agency. Brothers 2:15 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) NBC News reports that a rifle has been found on the fifth floor of the Book Depository Building.
Newspaper reports indicate that the rifle is a Mauser. Also reported is the discovery of the remains of a chicken lunch left by the assassin on the fifth floor.
Fort Worth photographer George Smith arrives at Dealey Plaza. POTP 2:17 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) J. Edgar Hoover memo: Shanklin called and said local agents had learned that JFK wad dead.
Shanklin said “they had located 3 or 4 shells in the building and the Sheriff’s office had picked up one man.” Shanklin said Dallas police had informed him that a Secret Service agent has been killed.
2:18 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Seats have been removed in the rear section of Air Force One. JFK’s casket is placed inside. The casket is secured on the left side of the plane barely inside the rear door. General Godfrey McHugh announces that “The President is aboard.” He is referring to JFK. Kenny O’Donnell tells McHugh to “Run forward and tell Colonel Swindal to get the plane out of here.” It is at this point that the Kennedy entourage is shocked to realize that the Johnson entourage is also aboard Air Force One. There is a feeling of awkward friction and tension. Mrs. Johnson, seeing that Mrs. Kennedy’s dress is soaked in blood, suggests that she get someone to help her change. Mrs. Kennedy replies: “Oh, no. Perhaps later I’ll ask Mary Gallagher. But not right now.” LBJ and Mrs.
Johnson retire from the aft compartment, and LBJ goes into the private bedroom to make certain that Marie Fehmer has the oath of office typewritten correctly. He barely sits down when the compartment door opens revealing Jacqueline Kennedy. LBJ rises immediately, asks Miss Fehmer to leave and apologizes to Mrs. Kennedy. He leaves the room and Mrs. Kennedy goes into the lavatory. TDKWS 2:19 M (Nov. 22, 1963) Sometime around this period of time, photographers Smith, Beers, and Allen take a series of photographs of the three “tramps” being escorted by the police through Dealey Plaza. POTP There is also a police report of a light green two-tone car carrying an occupant with a rifle. (Oswald is now in custody.) TID 2:20 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Dallas doctors’ press conference. Dr. Perry says JFK’s throat wound is an entry wound.
The hallway on the third floor of Dallas police headquarters is beginning to resemble Grand Central Station at rush hour. One officer admits that the analogy to New York city’s famous train depot is an understatement. Capt. Fritz arrives back at Dallas police headquarters. One of the things he comments on is the fact that LHO was the only employee not accounted for following the assassination. History will prove this statement incorrect. The Dallas Police Dept.’s own list of employees shows that four employees did not return to the book depository until three in the afternoon (or later).
FBI agent James Hosty is at the Dallas FBI office, putting together a list of right-wing extremists who potentially might be suspects in the assassination. Supervising agent Ken Howe approaches Hosty and tells him, “They’ve just arrested a guy named Lee Oswald, and they’re booking him for the murder of the policeman over in Oak Cliff.” Hosty says the news hits him like a ton of bricks.
Hosty tells Howe that he is almost certain that Oswald has to be the one who shot Kennedy. Howe then asks for the Oswald file. The men discover the file is gone. They find the file in the mail clerk’s office. Special Agent In Charge, Gordon Shanklin, then sends Hosty to the Dallas police department in order to take part in the interrogation of LHO.
2:21 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) J. Edgar Hoover makes note of his conversation with James Rowley, chief of the Secret Service, repeating the “information” from his calls from Shanklin. Rowley is unaware of reports that one of his agents has been killed. “Mr.
Rowley stated he was also thinking of subversive elements -- Mexico and Cuba. I then mentioned the Klan element.” Hoover has apparently received some further information after Shanklin’s 1:48 statement about a witness seeing a “Negro” shooter: “They do not know whether it was a white or a black.” 2:30 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) A plane takes off from Redbird Airport [a private airstrip located four miles to the south of LHO’s Beckley Street address] - as witnessed by Louis D. Gaudin, the air traffic controller. It is a green and white Comanche-type aircraft.
Gaudin speaks with the planes three well-dressed occupants. Forty minutes later, the plane returns to the airport with only two occupants.
It is met by a part-time employee who is moonlighting from the Dallas Police Department. The plane then takes off again. According to CIA documents released in 1977, two Cuban men arrived at the Mexico City airport from Dallas, via Tijuana, on a twin-engine aircraft.
The CIA receives “highly reliable” information that the men were met at the Mexico airport by Cuban diplomatic personnel from the Cuban embassy. One of the men then boarded either a FAR or Cubana Airlines plane, avoiding customs, and traveled to Cuba in the cockpit so as to avoid mixing with the passengers.