«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, ...»
An FBI Teletype from the New Orleans field office to Director J. Edgar Hoover and the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Dallas summarizes an interview with Layton Martens, David Ferrie’s roommate: “Martens said that attorney G. Wray Gill visited Ferrie’s residence and told Martens he was looking for Ferrie who was then not at home. Gill remarked to Martens that when Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested by the Dallas Police Oswald was carrying a library card with Ferrie’s name on it. Gill instructed Martens to tell Ferrie to contact him and Gill would represent Ferrie as his attorney.” By now, LBJ is telling everyone concerned that J. Edgar Hoover is in charge of the investigation. This same day, Hoover tells LBJ the investigation is winding down, and that he has succeeded in “killing” a Washington Post story suggesting there will be a full presidential report on the assassination. AOT David Ferrie leaves Hammond for New Orleans. Once in the city, he immediately contacts attorney G. Wray Gill, who then accompanies him to the New Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office for questioning in connection with the assassination of JFK. During this initial questioning session, a Secret Service agent asks him: “Did you loan your library card to Lee Harvey Oswald?” Ferrie replies that he has not.
The mystery of David Ferrie’s library card has never been cleared up. That someone from the Dallas Police force might have notified G. Wray Gill (Carlos Marcello’s attorney) that the card had been found on Oswald at the time of his arrest, and then destroyed the card, suggests complicity between at least one Dallas Police officer and Carlos Marcello. In the Dallas Police Department’s inventory of Oswald’s personal effects no mention has been made of Ferrie’s library card.
FBI agent James Anderton is contacted today by Dr. Jack Harper from Dallas’s Methodist Hospital. The doctor explains that his nephew, William Allen Harper, a college student, has found a fragment of what appears to be a human bone in the grassy triangle just to the left of where the president was hit. When the Secret Service learns about the fragment, Anderton is told to send it directly to the White House. This order is quickly countermanded by FBI assistant director Alan Belmont, who orders the piece of bone sent to the FBI laboratory in Washington, D.C.
The CIA issues a document today that states that the weapon: “employed in this criminal attack is a Model 91 rifle, 7.35 caliber, 1938 modification... the description of a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle in the Italian and foreign press is in error. It was a Mauser.” The Sunday Dallas Morning News publishes a banner story revealing that LHO met with the FBI on November 16.
On this day, Harry L. Power, an Army veteran and one-time resident of San Antonio, inexplicably leaves a 6.5 Mannlicher-Carcano in the Terre Haute House Hotel in Terre Haute, Indiana. When Terre Haute officials investigate the matter they find no fingerprints on the rifle and no explanation as to why it was abandoned. They also believe that the name of “Harry Power” may be an alias. Terre Haute Police Chief Frank Riddle will eventually tell an AP reporter that all the information his office collected was turned over to the Warren Commission when Secret Service Agents confiscated the rifle.
A National Archives document, released in 1970, will report that Power was investigated in connection with the shooting attempt on General Walker in Dallas. Other files associated with the Power rifle claim that it was a 7.65 Mauser. CIA agent Richard Nagell will tell Garrison investigators in 1967 at Power was a Maoist or Trotskyite and “had known Lee Harvey Oswald and had been seen with him.” Gilberto Policarpo Lopez checks into the Roosevelt Hotel in Mexico City. He stays there for two days before flying to Havana, Cuba.
Sometime during this weekend, RFK asks family friend Daniel Patrick Moynihan, assistant secretary of labor, to explore whether Jimmy Hoffa was involved in the murder and whether the Secret Service might have been bought off. Brothers FBI agents, acting on an anonymous telephone tip, visit the Irving Sports Shop and find a repair tag indicating that a rifle has been sighted for a customer named “Oswald.” The man who did the work, Dial D. Ryder, claims he never worked on an Italian-manufactured rifle similar to the one allegedly found in the Texas School Book Depository Building. Further, the ticket indicates that three holes were drilled in the rifle to mount the sight, while the rifle alleged to be Oswald’s requires only two holes for its mount. It has since been speculated that an impersonator using Oswald’s name had a rifle sighted at the shop, then later tipped off the FBI and police to lead them to this “evidence” against Lee Harvey Oswald.
A memorandum for Bill Moyers from Deputy Attorney General Katzenback says: “It is important that all of the facts surrounding President Kennedy’s assassination be made public in a way which will satisfy people in the United States and abroad that all the facts have been told and that a statement to this effect be made now.
1. The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates who are still at large; and that the evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial.
2. Speculation about Oswald’s motivation ought to be cut off, and we should have some basis for rebutting thought that this was a Communist conspiracy or (as the Iron Curtain press is saying) a right-wing conspiracy to blame it on the communists. Unfortunately the facts on Oswald seem too pat -- too obvious. (Marxist, Cuba, Russian wife, etc.) The Dallas police have put out statements on the Communist conspiracy theory, and it was they who were in charge when he was shot and thus silenced.
3. The matter has been handled thus far with neither dignity nor conviction. Facts have been mixed with rumor and speculation.
We can scarcely let the world see us totally in the image of the Dallas police when our President is murdered. I think this objective may be satisfied by making public as soon as possible a complete and thorough FBI report on Oswald and the assassination. This may run into the difficulty of pointing to inconsistencies between this report and statements by Dallas police officials. But the reputation of the Bureau is such that it may do the whole job.” According to LBJ Chief of Staff Bob Hardesty, LBJ asks Nicholas Katzenbach and Ramsey Clark to investigate the Oswald-Castro connection. LBJ’s press secretary, George Reedy, also notes, “[LBJ] frequently made statements that the Cubans must have been involved.
The whole idea that the Cubans - meaning Castro - might have had something to do with it was linked to the CIA’s attempt to assassinate Castro. That was the root of Johnson’s concern.” Michael Beschloss writes: “Richard Helms found Lyndon Johnson distracted well into 1964 by his worry that Kennedy had been assassinated by a conspiracy. As Helms recalled, the Agency ‘was very helpful to Johnson on this’ and met the new President’s requests for an independent CIA study.” In Dallas, Police sergeant J.C. Bowles, the radio-room supervisor, who will later prepare transcripts for the Warren Commission, states that federal agents “borrow” the original police Dictabelts and he is under the impression they take them to a recording studio in Oklahoma. These Dictabelts contain all recordings of police communications during the assassination on Channels 1 & 2.
On this day, Jack Ruby is interviewed for the first time by the FBI. He recites the chronicle of an aggrieved loner who desired only to spare the Kennedy family the anguish of a trial.
HSCA polygraph experts will study Jack Ruby’s polygraph and find it was very ineptly done. They will find that the polygrapher ignored standard procedure in a way that made it harder to detect falsehood. Yet, even with the polygraph’s sensitivity turned down (instead of up, as it should have been), the registered responses indicate Ruby is lying when he denies having a role in the assassination. The HSCA
polygraph experts state the following in their report regarding the reaction to the question, “Did you assist Oswald in the assassination?”:
In fact, the reactions to the preceding question--(Did you assist Oswald in the assassination?)--show the largest valid GSR reaction in test series No. 1. In addition, there is a constant suppression of breathing and a rise in blood pressure at the time of this crucial relevant question. From this test, it appears to the panel that Ruby was possibly lying when answering “no” to the question, “Did you assist Oswald in the assassination?” This is contrary to Herndon’s opinion that Ruby was truthful when answering that question. (8 HSCA 217-218) Around noon today, an employee of the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, reports to the glass plant lab as ordered.
There, according to him, are two lab men, and they have the windshield from JFK’s motorcade limousine. The windshield has a bullet hole in it, coming from the outside through. The lab men are using the windshield as a template in order to make another windshield.
The workers have been told that, if anybody asks what they are doing, they are to say they are running a template for a prototype. The employee notes that the entire interior of the limo has been stripped out. The carpeting and everything is gone. The windshield eventually presented to the Warren Commission does NOT have ANY hole going through it. The employee relating this account is not namedbut is interviewed by Douglas Weldon. The interview is eventually included as part of a book entitled Murder In Dealey Plaza.
This evening, following the Kennedy funeral services, LBJ holds a reception in the State Department Building for the 220 government leaders who have gathered from all parts of the world to honor the late president.
Internal FBI memo written on this date by J. Edgar Hoover:
Oswald made a phone call to the Cuban embassy in Mexico City, which we intercepted. It was only about a visa, however.
He also wrote a letter to the Soviet Embassy here in Washington, which we intercepted, read and resealed. This letter referred to the fact that the FBI had questioned his activities on the Fair Play to Cuba Committee and also asked about extension of his wife’s visa. That letter from Oswald was addressed to the man in the Soviet Embassy who is in charge of assassinations and similar activities on the part of the Soviet government. To have that drawn into a public hearing would muddy the waters internationally.
On this day, around noon, Raymond B. Carnay, news director for radio station KBEA in Mission, Kansas, calls a friend of his on the Dallas Police Department, Officer Art Hammett. Carnay had worked at KBOX in Dallas in the early 1960s, and he calls Hammett to see if there is “any newsworthy information available on the Ruby matter.” Carnay’s other reason for calling Hammett is to seek the officer’s advice on an interesting matter relating to the late Lee Harvey Oswald. Carnay says that he had met with Oswald in person several times in Dallas in 1961, and that Oswald had tried repeatedly to convince him to cease and desist anti-Castro activities while expressing “pro-Castro sympathies... in an effort to convince him that Castro was right.” Oswald, of course, was working at a radio factory in Minsk at the time.
The New York Times reports today that when LHO crossed the border from Texas to Mexico, his “movements were watched at the request of a Federal agency at Washington,” according to “William M. Kline, assistant United States Customs Agent-in-Charge of the Bureau’s Investigative Service: at Laredo, Texas.” Karyn Kupcinet, daughter of a childhood friend of Jack Ruby, is murdered. She reportedly had foreknowledge of the assassinan tion and was overheard by a telephone operator talking about it.
Gilberto Policarpo Lopez registers at the Roosevelt Hotel in Mexico City on this date.
In an interview today with Special FBI Agents Wall and Shearer, David Ferrie denies all allegations recently made about him.
No, he does not know Lee Harvey Oswald. No, Oswald had not served under him in the Civil Air Patrol. No, he had never taught Oswald how to shoot a high-powered rifle and had never loaned him his library card. When it comes to his association with Carlos Marcello, Ferrie is quite candid. He tells his interviewers that he has worked hard throughout October and November helping to prepare Marcello’s defense, that he flew twice to Guatemala on behalf of Marcello in October and met with Marcello on November 9 and 16 “at Churchill Downs [sic], which is a farm owned by Carlos Marcello, mapping strategy in connection with Marcello’s trial.” F. Vaughn Ferguson of the Ford Motor Company returns to the White House garage today. Personnel from Arlington Glass also arrive. They advise Morgan Geis and Ferguson that removal of the limo’s windshield will cause additional damage. Geis tells them to go ahead and remove the windshield anyway. The Arlington Glass personnel remove it by putting their feet against the inside of the windshield and pushing it out. In doing so, additional cracks form (downward to the bottom of the windshield). A Mr. Davis of the Secret Service then takes the windshield and puts it in the stockroom under lock and key. Ferguson never sees the windshield again.
Ferguson also attempts to clean a blood spot on the limo carpet with only moderate success. Morgan Geis calls to Ferguson’s attention a dent in the chrome topping of the windshield at a point just above the rear view mirror. MIDP The windshield is reportedly preserved as evidence, and metallic fragments are taken from the inside of the original crack.
These fragments are tested by the FBI on March 20, 1964, and determinded to be lead. The minute quantity of lead recovered from the
crack in the windshield reportedly makes further testing, such as neutron activation analysis, impossible. The Warren Report states: