«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, ...»
The only agent who is a real viable candidate for possibly being the dead agent is Dennis R. Halterman, a White House Detail agent who, as the shift reports bear out, was in San Antonio with the President on November 21 but who, for all intents and purposes, “disappears” from the record after that date. Vince Palamara Shortly before 4 PM, Mary Moorman gives one of her Polaroid photographs of the assassination to Secret Service agents Howlett and Patterson. TGZFH 3:54 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) NBC newsman Bill Ryan announces on national television that “Lee Oswald seems to be the prime suspect in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.” 4:00 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Somewhere, high over the United States in Air Force One, the new President, Lyndon Johnson, receives news that the assassination is the act of one lone individual and that no conspiracy exists. The information comes from the nation’s capitol. Specifically, it comes from either McGeorge Bundy or Commander Oliver Hallet in the Situation Room of the White House Communications Center. LBJ tells McGeorge Bundy that he wants to call a series of meetings tonight and tomorrow morning.
“Bipartisan,” LBJ adds. TDKWS In Washington, RFK continues to make telephone calls during the afternoon. One of the people he contacts is Enrique “Harry” Ruiz Williams, a Bay of Pigs veteran who is his closest associate in the Cuban exile community. RFK stuns his friend by telling him point-blank, “One of your guys did it.” After receiving word of death threats, RFK had sent Harry to Miami during JFK’s last trip to that state in order to provide additional security. Brothers In Texas, Chief Jesse Curry arrives at Dallas police headquarters from Love Field where he has driven LBJ to board Air Force One Dr. Charles F. Gregory begins to operate on the wounds of Gov. Connally’s right wrist.
4:00 - 4:30 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Jack Ruby is reported seen in the crowded Dallas Police Headquarters.
Oswald places a telephone call to Mrs. Ruth Paine from the Dallas City Hall. The call concerns his search for legal assistance.
His first interrogation begins at 4:20 PM.
Regarding the assassination, the afternoon edition of The Dallas Times Herald states: “Witnesses said six or seven shots were fired.” Around this time, Abram Chayez, the Legal Counsel to the State Department in Washington receives a call from Acting Secretary of State George Ball (Secretary Rusk being away on the trip to the Honolulu conference) with the direction to “gather together the files in the Department on Oswald, and to prepare a report to be available to him the first thing in the morning, covering as best we could within that time span the contacts that Oswald had with the Department.” Consider: LHO was arrested and only brought to headquarters about two hours earlier. There have been no lineups in which LHO has been identified even as Tippit’s killer, no confession or any “connections to the rifle.” Researchers have posed the question as to what available facts could have possibly prompted Under-Secretary Ball to commit so much manpower to a report on LHO -- and to further order that the report be ready by the following morning. LBJ is just receiving a telephone call aboard Air Force One from the White House Situation Room that the assassination has been the work of one lone individual. LHO is being rapidly identified as the lone suspect to the exclusion of all other potential leads.
An initial search of the garage of the Paine home in Irving, Texas -- where Oswald has stored belongings -- reveals no backyard photographs. The Dallas Police list of property that is seized contains the following item: “four 3 x 5 cards bearing respectively names G. Hall; A. J. Hidell; B. Davis; and V.T. Lee.” Hall, Davis and Lee are real persons of some prominence in political movements of the Left.
In Oswald’s personal effects found in his room at 1026 North Beckley Avenue in Dallas is a purported international certificate of vaccination signed by “Dr. A. J. Hidell,” Post Office Box 30016, New Orleans. It certifies that Lee Harvey Oswald has been vaccinated for smallpox on June 8, 1963. This, too, is a forgery. The signature of “A. J. Hideel” is in the handwriting of Lee Harvey Oswald.
There is no “Dr. Hideel” licensed to practice medicine in Louisiana. W.C.
There is immediate publicity on November 22, 1963 about the alias “O.H. Lee,” which becomes known after investigation, but NOT about Hidell, supposedly discovered at once in a search of Oswald’s person.
When Dallas police officers arrive to search the Paine residence, they are met by sheriff’s officers (including Sheriff’s Officer Harry Weatherford) who have the jurisdiction but choose to leave the search to the locals. At quitting time, not much beyond a blanket has been found officially. Yet, tomorrow, the now-famous “backyard photos” will be “found” at the Paine residence -- another “backyard” photograph will eventually turn up in the possession of Roscoe White.
Robert Hester, a commercial photographer in Dallas, is called from home to help process assassination-related photographs of Oswald holding a rifle and pistol, sees an FBI agent with a color transparency of one of those pictures and one of the backyard photos he processes shows no figure in the picture. This claim is corroborated by Hester’s wife. The photographs in question are not “officially” discovered until twelve hours later in the Paine’s garage after an initial search reveals nothing.
The arrests of the three tramps are duly recorded at this time on official arrest forms. John Forrester Gedney, age 38, with no home address given; Gus W. Abrams, age 53, with no home address given; and Harold Doyle, age 32, of Red Jacket, West Virginia. All three have been arrested together. The arresting officer of record is W. E. Chambers. According to the record, the vagrants are released on Tuesday morning, November 26. POTP 4:01 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) J. Edgar Hoover calls RFK to say he thinks we have “the man who killed the President down in Dallas.” Police radio broadcasts linking an automobile to the Tippit shooting have been picked up by the news media. NBC affiliate WBAP-TV in Fort Worth is reporting that “Tippit was shot to death by an unknown man in a car.” It may have been in response to these reports that Dallas police crime lab photographer W. E. Barnes snaps a photograph of a stop sign that has been knocked down at the corner of Tenth and Patton. [Later evidence points to the fact that the stop sign was knocked down this morning, prior to Tippit’s murder.] WM 4:35 PM (Nov. 23, 1963) Oswald is taken by officers to the show-up room for the first of several line ups. Though he was searched at the time of his arrest, Detectives Boyd and Sims decide to search him again. In Oswald’s pockets they find five live rounds of.38 ammunition and a bus transfer slip. Tippit-shooting-witness Helen Markham views the lineup of Oswald and three others and gives a very shaky identification. LHO is then taken back to Captain Fritz’s office for more interrogation.
While LHO is being interrogated by Captain Fritz, Captain Westbrook tells Sergeant Gerald Hill that the suspect has admitted being a communist - has previously been in the Marine Corps, has a dishonorable discharge, has been to Russia, and had some trouble with the police in New Orleans for passing out pro-Castro literature. This summary comes only an hour after LHO’s arrest and obviously does not come from LHO, who is still being interrogated by Captain Fritz. In 1966 Westbrook takes early retirement from the DPD and goes to South Vietnam where he works for the Secret Police, which is controlled by the CIA. H&L 4:45 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Dr. Robert McClelland of Parkland Hospital states in his written report which has just been completed that “The cause of [JFK’s] death was... massive head and brain injury from a gunshot wound of the LEFT temple.” [emphasis added] Dr. Marion Jenkins, another Parkland Hospital doctor, will also eventually testify: “I don’t know whether this is right or not, but I thought there was a wound on the LEFT temporal area, right in the hairline and right above the zygomatic process.” [emphasis added] Dr. Adolph H. Giesecke, Jr. will also testify: “It seemed that from the vertex to the LEFT ear, and from the browline to the occiput on the left-hand side of the head the cranium was entirely missing.” [emphasis added] 5:00 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) According to Cecil Hamlin, Jack Ruby telephones him at this time and weeps freely during the call.
He tells Hamlin that he has closed both of his clubs for the weekend and expresses his sorrow for the Kennedy “kids.” As Air Force One prepares to land at Andrews Air Force Base, Jackie and Kenny O’Donnell decide that he and JFK’s other close aides will carry the coffin off the plane. She pointedly tells White House military attache, Brigadier General Godfrey McHugh, “I want his frinds to carry him down.” When another general comes back to the rear of the plane to tell O’Donnell, “The Army is prepared to take the coffin off,” O’Donnell shoots back, “We’ll take it off.” However, as soon as Air Force One taxies to a halt, McHugh orders JFK’s friends to “Clear the area. We’ll take care of the coffin.” Brothers 5:05 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Air Force One lands at Andrews with LBJ and the body of JFK. Bronze casket unloaded. A helicopter immediately takes off from the opposite side of the aircraft. Its function and destination - unknown. As a rule, aircraft are not permitted to take off or land so near Air Force One. LBJ makes brief public statement, then boards a helicopter for the White House.
Controversy has surrounded this flight of Air Force One almost from the moment it touches down at Andrews Air Force Base. The fact that it arrives one-half hour late leads to speculation that the president’s body was either tampered with during the flight or was removed from the coffin, spirited from the plane at Andrews, secretly placed aboard a nearby Army helicopter, and flown somewhere else to afford members of the conspiracy an opportunity to alter Kennedy’s wounds before the autopsy. A second possibility is that the president’s body was removed from Air Force One while it was still at Love Field before departing Dallas. TDKWS, BE Several people have asked Jackie Kennedy if she wants to change clothes. She is still wearing the bloodstained pink Chanel suit which is covered with blood. She refuses saying: “Let them see what they’ve done.” Janet Auchincloss will tell Jackie’s maid, Provie, not to clean the suit. She will place the suit in a box marked “worn by Jackie 11-22-63” and store it in her attic at Hammersmith Farm - next to a box containing Jackie’s wedding dress. The pink suit eventually goes to the National Archives to be kept in storage for one hundred years before it is to be publicly displayed.
5:10 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Jacqueline and Robert Kennedy depart in a GRAY navy ambulance for Bethesda Naval Hospital with bronze casket. William Greer drives the ambulance carrying the president’s official coffin from Andrews Air Force Base to Bethesda Naval Hospital.
In the ambulance, RFK slides open the plastic partition separating the rear from the front and speaks to Roy Kellerman. “At the hospital I’ll come up and talk to you,” Kellerman tells RFK. “You do that,” RFK replies and shuts the partition. After her husband dies, Kellerman’s widow, June, will say that he always “accepted that there was a conspiracy.” According to one account, the chief of the Secret Service, James Rowley, will tell RFK that JFK was cut down in a crossfire by three, perhaps four, gunmen. The Secret Service believes the president was “the victim of a powerful organization,” Rowley will inform RFK. Rowley, however, will tell the Warren Commission he believes Oswald alone killed the president. Brothers 5:15 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) In an FBI memo, J. Edgar Hoover describes Oswald to RFK as being “in the category of a nut and the extremist pro-Castro crowd... an extreme radical of the left.” Further, to RFK Hoover says that LHO was said to have fled the building and a “block or two away” shot at two policemen trying to apprehend him, killing one. RFK asks Hoover if Oswald is a communist and Hoover says no, but that he has “communist leanings” and is a “very mean-minded individual.” He also says that LHO had been eating fried chicken sandwiches prior to the shooting in the TSBD and “we have to check this out and find where he obtained the chicken.” Dr. James Humes, lab director at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, receives a telephone call from Admiral Edward Kenney, the Surgeon General of the Navy, who says: “Jim, you’d better hurry over to the hospital.”
5:30 PM (Nov. 22, 1963) Texas Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig is taken by Will Fritz into an office where the suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, is being held. Craig positively identifies Oswald as the man he saw fleeing the Texas School Book Depository and get into the Rambler Station wagon. Oswald tells them that the station wagon belongs to Mrs. Paine. “Don’t try to tie her into this.” Oswald says, “She had nothing to do with it.” Then he continues by saying: “Everybody will know who I am now.” It is not noted that LHO denies getting into the Rambler Station wagon. (Will Fritz decides that he does not want a stenographer to take notes while he questions LHO. Nor does he desire a tape recorder.) Jack Ruby, according to one report, arrives again at his sister’s home and remains there for two hours. He continues his rapid rate of telephone calls, eats sparingly, becomes ill, and attempts to get some rest. He decides to close his club for three days. However, according to Detective August Eberhardt, who has known Ruby for five years, he speaks with Ruby between 6 and 7 o’clock in the thirdfloor hallway of the Dallas police building.
Felipe Vidal Santiago arrives in back Miami from Dallas, Texas by 5:30 pm EST. It is suggested that he is flown on a private or military jet.
This afternoon, according to his wife, David Atlee Phillips comes home and says nothing at all. He shows neither sadness, nor pleasure, nor interest. He simply has nothing to say.