«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, ...»
Bonnie Ray Williams testifies today that he has been misquoted in written accounts attributed to him by the FBI. The FBI report says Williams used the stairs to go from the sixth floor of the TSBD to the fifth floor. Williams says he used the elevator. The FBI report says that Williams stayed only about three minutes on the sixth floor in order to eat his lunch. Williams says he told the FBI it could have taken as long as fifteen minutes to eat his lunch. He says he thinks he finished eating around 12:20 PM. (Ten minutes before the motorcade passed the TSBD) The FBI report says that Williams and his two companions (Hank Norman and Junior Jarman) on the fifth floor could have seen anyone coming down the stairs from the sixth floor of the TSBD after the shots were fired. Williams says “I could not possibly have told him that, because you cannot see anything coming down from that position...An elephant could walk by there, and you could not see him.” Harold Norman also testifying on this date, says that he has been misquoted in the FBI report attributed to him. The FBI report states that Norman heard a shot and stuck his head from the fifth floor window of the TSBD and looked toward the roof of the building.
Norman says “I don’t recall telling him that...I don’t remember ever putting my head out the window.” The FBI report states that Norman said he heard two more shots after pulling his head inside the window. When asked if he remembers making that statement to the FBI, Norman replies: “No, sir; I don’t.” A letter written by T.G. Womack, Jr., a Hammond, Louisiana, insurance agent, is sent to Clay L. Shaw, 1313 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. The letter is in reference to Marquette no. 105628, and “Marquette Casualty Company” is the imprint on the bottom of the Womack Insurance Agency letterhead “Dear Clay: Your dad was in my office this morning and returned the above policy covering liability on the 1962 Rambler Station Wagon. I agreed to hold up cancellation of this policy until I had word from you that you had arranged for coverage with your New Orleans agent. Just for your records the automobile is described as being a 1962 Rambler Ambassador M#H171787 (4-Dr. Sta. Wagon).” A Rambler station wagon was seen near the TSBD on the day of the assassination. Walt Brown suggests that “‘Clay Shaw’ was the dad. He purchased the car in question and then insured it through an out-of-town agency, and allowed his “son,” a person possibly known to us, or, equally possible, someone not known to us. But it was his vehicle and it was insured in his name. When, by March 24, 1964, it had served its purpose, most likely on the 22nd of November the previous year, “Shaw” himself went to the Womack Agency and informed them he was canceling the policy on his “son’s” automobile -- especially since he would not have wanted it tied to him on the odd chance that someone would believe Roger Craig, Price, or anyone else who might have come forward and provided reports about a suspicious Rambler at the time -- and place -- of the assassination.” March 25, 1964 Steven F. Wilson, vice president of the Southwest division of Allyn & Bacon, a publishing company with offices in the Texas School Book Depository Building, tells FBI agents that the shots sounded as if they came from the “west end of the building,” the direction of the Grassy Knoll. He then says they “did not sound like they came from above my head.” Frequent and annoying visits from the FBI will fail to persuade Wilson to alter his statement. Despite the fact that he tells the FBI he has no objection to testifying before the Warren Commission, he is never called.
March 26, 1964 Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. meet for the first and only time in Washington, DC. TA March 27, 1964 The U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory, using three marksmen again firing at stationary targets, begins a third series of tests on the alleged assassination weapon. Only one of the three experts is capable of firing three shots close to the required time limit. The marksmen are allowed to use a gun rest and to take as much time as they need to line up their first shot at the stationary target.
March 30, 1964 FBI Special Agent E. J. Robertson is advised by Capt. P.W. Lawrence of the Dallas Police Department that a review of police files fails to disclose any information that will assist in identifying the running man in the brown raincoat and hat -- as described by witness Jean Hill.
The New York Times carries an AP story reporting that the Warren Commission has “found no evidence that the crime was anything but the irrational act of an individual, according to knowledgeable sources.” March 31, 1964 An FBI expert testifies to the Warren Commission that the FBI laboratory has established a ballistics link between the limousine fragments and the Oswald rifle. (The legitimacy of the fragments has since been seriously questioned.) The Warren Commission informs the FBI that it wants the firearms evidence submitted to an outside laboratory for “reexamination.” This suggestion is met with rage on the part of J. Edgar Hoover.
April 1, 1964 CIA Document 632-796 reports that the French intelligence service wants help in locating one Jean Souetre, a French OAS terrorist considered a threat to the safety of French President Charles de Gaulle. The document further asserts that Souetre was in Fort Worth, Texas on the morning of November 22, 1963. Souetre was also in Dallas during the afternoon of the assassination where he was picked up by U.S. authorities and immediately expelled from the United States. It further states that Souetre also uses the names Michel Roux and Michel Mertz. The document also states that the FBI has told the CIA that it has nothing in its files on the subject.
April 7, 1964 Gerald Ford writes a letter to Warren Commission concerning expediting the FBI investigation. By 1976, this letter is missing from National Archives.
LBJ discontinues all sabotage and raids against Cuba. One CIA officer who is present at the Special Group meeting remembers LBJ saying: “Enough is enough.” Sergeant W. E. Barnes of the Dallas police laboratory -- the man who photographed the J.D. Tippit murder scene on Nov. 22, 1963 -- gives testimony to the Warren Commission regarding a dashboard clipboard in Tippit’s patrol car which is clearly visible in one of the photographs. He tells the Commission that, as far as he knows, no one ever bothered to read whatever notes may have been written on Tippit’s clipboard the day he was killed. There might have been, as some researchers have surmised, notations on that clipboard which might have cast light on Tippit’s activities before he was shot -- notations which might have strengthened the basis for the Commission’s speculations, or shown them to be mistaken.
Depository employee William Shelley testifies to the Warren Commission that he saw Oswald when he (Shelley) “came down to eat lunch about ten to twelve.” April 8, 1964 Eddie Piper testifies in an appearance before the Warren Commission that he saw and spoke to Oswald “just at twelve o’clock, down on the first floor” of the TSBD.
Three Warren Commission attorneys travel to Mexico City, where they will spend four days. The meet with the U.S. Embassy’s CIA and FBI staff, and retrace LHO’s movements. They interview none of the witnesses or possible suspects. In their memo, summing up the trip, staffers write, “We did not want any appointments made at this time... We wanted to leave the entire problem open.” Jack Dougherty, a TSBD employee, testifies today before the WC that he has been misquoted in the FBI report attributed to him. The FBI report states that Dougherty says the shot sounded like it came from the floor above him. When asked if that is what he told the FBI, Dougherty replies, “No.” AATF April 9, 1964 THE STATE OF TEXAS vs. JACK RUBENSTEIN -- Defense counsel files first amended motion for a new trial. Defense also files a motion for an extension of time to file a second amended motion for a new trial. Judge Brown overrules motion for extension of time.
April 12, 1964 Mrs. Wilma Tice, who testified she saw Jack Ruby at Parkland Hospital, receives a call from a man claiming to be a newspaper reporter. He asks her about the Parkland encounter with Ruby, then advises her not to talk about the incident.
April 13, 1964 THE STATE OF TEXAS vs. JACK RUBENSTEIN -- Defense counsel files a supplemental motion for an extension of time to file second amended motion for a new trial. Judge Brown again overrules the motion.
April 14, 1964 The Journal American runs a column by Dorothy Kilgallen which opens up many embarrassing questions for the Dallas Police concerning the JFK assassination.
April 20, 1964 J. Lee Rankin asks J. Edgar Hoover, via letter, whether he knows if LHO had connections to the Mafia.
Hoover responds ten days later - denying there is any link. Rankin intends to question Hoover about this denial when the FBI Director is placed under oath during his appearance before the Commission in May. Hoover is enraged. AOT April 21, 1964 LBJ is directly pressuring Chief Justice Earl Warren to conclude the Commission’s proceedings. AOT April 22, 1964 THE STATE OF TEXAS vs. JACK RUBENSTEIN -- Defense counsel files motion for the hospitalization of Jack Ruby. Judge Brown overrules motion.
April 23, 1964 Bill Hunter is killed in a Police Station in Long Beach, California. Shot through the heart. He was n one of five men who met in Jack Ruby’s apartment after visiting him in jail a few hours after he shot LHO. Of the five men, (Jim Martin, George Senator, Tom Howard, Jim Koethe & Bill Hunter ) three are murdered within a year. Hunter dies in an “accidental shooting” when a police officer claims he drops his gun and it goes off when it hits the floor. This statement is later changed when the trajectory of the bullet shows that it did not come from the floor. The incident is quietly covered up and forgotten.
Hunter covered the Kennedy assassination more or less on a lark. He was a police reporter for the Long Beach paper and a good one, with a knack for getting along with cops. He drank with them, played cards with them in the press room---he was a sharp and lucky player---and they would often call him at home when a story broke. Hunter was a big man, described by friends as rough, jovial, “very physical,” with an attractive wife and three children. There was no real need for the Long Beach paper to send a reporter to Dallas, but Hunter, who grew up there, managed to promote a free trip for himself with the city desk. In Dallas he ran into Jim Koethe, with whom he had worked in Wichita Falls, Texas. Koethe asked him to come along to the meeting in Ruby’s apartment; they arrived to find Senator and Tom Howard having a drink. Bill Hunter was killed just after midnight on the morning of April 23, 1964---only a few hours after George Senator testified before Warren Commission counsel that he “could not recall” the meeting in Ruby’s apartment. Hunter was seated at his desk in the press room of the Long Beach public safety building when detective Creighton Wiggins Jr. and his partner burst into the room. A single bullet fired from Wiggins’ gun struck Hunter in the heart, killing him almost instantly. The mystery novel he was reading, entitled Stop This Man!, slipped blood-spattered from his fingers. Wiggins’ story underwent several changes. His final version was that he and his partner had been playing cops and robbers with guns drawn when his gun started to slip from his hand and went off.
The two officers were convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Sentence was suspended. There were so many contradictions in Wiggins’ testimony that Bill Shelton, Hunter’s city editor and old friend from Texas, is “still not satisfied” with the official verdict. He declines to comment about any possible connection between Hunter’s death and the Kennedy assassination. “But I’d believe anything,” he says. It is a curious footnote that Shelton’s brother Keith was among the majority of Dallas newspapermen who found it expedient to leave their jobs after covering the assassination. Keith was president of the Dallas Press Club and gave up a promising career as political columnist for the Times-Herald to settle in a small north Texas town. One reporter who was asked to resign put it this way: “It looks like a studied effort to remove all the knowledgeable newsmen who covered the assassination.” Penn Jones April 27, 1964 United States Army wound ballistics experts conduct further tests on the murder weapon. Arlen Specter, who supervises these tests, says that their primary purpose is to determine the penetrating power of the bullets, and specifically whether or not the bullets would penetrate a second object after exiting from the initial object. IN OTHER WORDS, THE WOUND BALLISTICS
TESTS ARE MEANT TO “TEST” THE SINGLE-BULLET HYPOTHESIS.
THE STATE OF TEXAS vs. JACK RUBENSTEIN -- Defense counsel files a request for a sanity hearing.
Jimmy Hoffa goes on trial in Chicago beginning today. By this year, employers are shoveling $6 million a month into Hoffa’s Teamster pension fund, the assets of which now exceed $200 million. Hoffa so dominates the pension fund’s board of directors that he alone decides where to put out capital, normally at below-market interrest to guarantee a maximum of political and commercial leverage. Over 60 percent is in real estate, most of it speculative. From this fund, there are sizable loands to Clint Murchison Sr. and Jr. I.
Irving Davidson borrows $5 million for a D.C. hotel. (Davidson and Murray Chotiner, the mob lawyer who will eventually mastermind Richard Nixon into the presidency and wind up with a White House office, are linked by longstanding bonds to Carlos Marcello.) In July, Hoffa will be convicted on four counts for conspiring to defraud and doliciting kickbacks while granting fourteen loans. Hoffa will receive a five-year sentence, to run consecutively with the eight years awaiting him for jury tampering. RFK later remarks: “If I get to be president, Jimmy Hoffa will never get out of jail and there will be a lot more of them in jail.” B&JE April 29, 1964 THE STATE OF TEXAS vs. JACK RUBENSTEIN -- Judge Brown refuses to allow the defense’s second amended motion for a new trial to stand and refuses to hear witnesses on the motion for a new trial. Defense’s motion for a new trial is overruled and notice of appeal is filed with the Court of Criminal Appeals.