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«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, ...»

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By this date, Arlen Specter has submitted a draft of his chapter for the Warren Commission’s report dealing with the basic facts of the assassination. The facts and premises set forth in the chapter are selected and organized so as to support the single-bullet hypothesis. The chapter is eventually toned down by the Commission, but still asserts (by quoting Robert Frazier) that: “[the bullet which first hit Kennedy] probably struck Governor Connally.” And on this basis, the single-bullet hypothesis continues to be advanced.

June 6, 1964 Guy Banister is found dead at his apartment in New Orleans. He is pronounced dead at 8:00 PM by n Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Nicholas Chetta.

Also, on this same day, George Bush wins the Texas Senate Primary in a landslide triumph over veteran campaigner Jack Cox.

The victory sends Bush into the general election against Democratic Sen. Ralph Yarborough in November.

June 7, 1964 Jack Ruby begs Warren Commission to take him to Washington to get the truth of his testimony. Alludes to ultra light conspiracy. Representing the Commission is Chief Justice Earl Warren and Representative Gerald R. Ford along with general counsel J. Lee Rankin, staff attorneys Arlen Specter and Joseph Ball. Also present are attorneys Leon Jaworski and Robert G. Storey, who are acting as liaison between the Commission and Texas authorities: Secret Service agent Elmer W. Moore; Dallas assistant district attorney Jim Bowie; Sheriff Bill Decker; Ruby attorney Joe Tonahill; and several Dallas police officers. Ruby: “Gentlemen, my life is in danger here... Do I sound sober enough to you as I say this?... Then follow this up. I may not live tomorrow to give any further testimony... the only thing I want to get out to the public, and I can’t say it here, is with authenticity, with sincerity of the truth of everything and why my act was committed, but it can’t be said here.... Well, you won’t ever see me again. I tell you that... A whole new form of government is going to take over the country, and I know I won’t live to see you another time.” He doesn’t.

June 9, 1964 Capt. Fritz writes a letter to Warren Commission regarding spent shells found in the Texas School Book Depository. This letter is later found to be missing from the National Archives.

J. Edgar Hoover, in a letter dated this day, notifies the Warren Commission that Jack Ruby has been a confidential FBI informant. The letter will not be published in the Commission’s report.

June 10, 1964 Dean Rusk testifies before the Warren Commission: “I have seen no evidence that would indicate to me that the Soviet Union considered that it had any interest in the removal of President Kennedy... I can’t see how it could be to the interest of the Soviet Union to make any such effort.” June 11, 1964 J. Edgar Hoover sends a letter to the Warren Commission denying its request to have the FBI administer a polygraph test to Jack Ruby. Hoover claims the test is unreliable.

Earl Warren sends a letter to RFK asking whether he knows of “any additional information relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy which has not been sent to the Commission.” Warren also asks RFK about “any information suggesting that the assassination of President Kennedy was caused by a domestic or foreign conspiracy.” Robert Kennedy does not respond to this letter until August 4th, when he writes that “all information relating in any way to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the Department of Justice” has been referred to the Warren Commission.

June 12, 1964 In a memo to J. Edgar Hoover from the special agent in charge of the New York office information from an informant maintains that Fidel Castro has conducted his own ballistics tests based on the “official” scenario of the JFK assassination and has decided “it took about three people” to assassinate JFK. Castro, who considers himself a sharpshooter, has attempted to recreate the shooting, using a high powered rifle with a telescopic sight. “Conducting the tests was Castro’s own personal idea to prove to himself that it could not be done and that when Castro and his men could not do it, Castro concluded Oswald must have had help.” Castro, based on his findings, speculated that the assassination was probably the work of three people. “Castro is said to have expressed the conclusion that Oswald could not have fired three times in succession and hit the target with the telescopic sight in the available time, that he would have needed two other men in order for the three shots to have been fired in the time interval. The source commented that on the basis of Castro’s remarks, it was clear that his beliefs were based on theory as a result of Cuban experiments and not on any firsthand information in Castro’s possession.” Hoover passes this information along in a confidential letter to J. Lee Rankin, general counsel for the Warren Commission. According to Hoover, Castro also said that when Oswald was refused a visa at the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City several weeks before the assassination, he left saying, “I’m going to kill Kennedy for this.” Existence of the Hoover letter and some of its contents won’t become generally known until the mid-1970s. The letter itself won’t be made public until March 30, 1995.

RFK receives a letter from Earl Warren informing him that the Commission wishes to hear directly from the attorney general.





“In view of the widely circulated allegations on this subject, the Commission would like to be informed in particular whether you have any information suggesting that the assassination of President Kennedy was caused by a domestic or foreign conspiracy. Needless to say, if you have any suggestions to make regarding the investigation of these allegations or any other phase of the Commission’s work, we stand ready to act upon them.” RFK writes the words “Nick, what do I do?” on the letter and forwards it to Nicholas Katzenbach.

Katzenbach works out a deal for RFK with Warren and the commission’s chief counsel, Lee Rankin. In return for being excused from testifying before the commission, RFK is required to sign a letter written by Warren Commission attorney Howard Willens: “I would like to state definitely that I know of no credible evidence to support the allegations that the assassination of President Kennedy was caused by a domestic or foreign conspiracy.” The signed letter is not received by the Commission until August 4th.

June 16, 1964 THE STATE OF TEXAS vs. JACK RUBENSTEIN -- Defense counsel files motion for continuance in sanity hearing.

June 17, 1964 The Warren Commission announces that its hearings are completed.

June 19, 1964 CIA sends memorandum on Soviet mind-control techniques to the Warren Commission.

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June 20, 1964 FBI Airtel from SAC, Dallas to J. Edgar Hoover: “... neither Darrell C. Tomlinson, who found bullet [CE # 399] at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, nor O. P. Wright, Personnel Officer, Parkland Hospital, who obtained bullet from Tomlinson and gave to Special Service, at Dallas 11/22/63, can identify bullet....” June 22, 1964 Prime Tippit murder scene witness, Helen Markham is visited by independent interviewers. She declines to talk to them, but her son, William Markham, consents to an interview. He later tells the FBI that he informs these interviewers that his mother “had lied on many occasions, even to members of her immediate family.” Three days later, the Dallas police will arrest another of Mrs. Markham’s sons. He will be injured while “trying to escape” from the police at that time. He falls from a window to a concrete driveway about 20 feet below. After recovering from his injuries, he will be sent to the Dallas County Jail.

June 24, 1964 A secret memorandum from Commission Member McCloy to the Warren Commission’s chief counsel, J. Lee Rankin, contains a critique of a draft of the Commission’s final report. “I think too much effort is expended on attempting to prove that the first bullet, which hit the president, was also responsible for all of Connally’s wounds,” McCloy writes. “The evidence against this is not fully stated.” He adds that a section of the report dealing with the possibility of shots being fired at Kennedy’s motorcade from an overpass was “not well done.” McCloy also questions the Commission’s account of a bullet found on a stretcher at Parkland Hospital, where Kennedy and Connally were taken after being shot. “The statement concerning the bullet which was found on the stretcher is not particularly persuasive because there is no indication that the ‘stretcher bullet’ was in fact the bullet which caused the [Connally] wrist wound,” he writes.

This is the same day that Secret Service agents Richard Johnsen and James Rowley say they can not identify a bullet shown to them by FBI Agent Elmer Lee Todd. The bullet Todd shows them is supposed to be “the magic bullet” - CE - 399. (Rowley originally turned the bullet over to Todd following the assassination.) Elmer Todd finally identifies the bullet because of his initials which he said he placed on the bullet during a prior examination. However, there is no question but that only three sets of initials now appear on CEThere is likewise no question that they have all been positively identified: RF is Robert Frazier, CK is Charles Killion, and JH is Cortland Cunningham.

June 27, 1964 THE STATE OF TEXAS vs. JACK RUBENSTEIN -- Defense counsel files a motion for an extension of time to file statement of facts (a court-approved transcript of the trial required by Texas law in order to file an appeal) and bills of exception (a list of challenges that are made considering specific rulings of a judge during a trial). Motion for extension of statement of facts is granted with sixty-day limit. Motion for extension of bills of exception is denied.

June 30, 1964 The Warren Commission announces that their final report will not be issued until after the Republican National Convention which is set to begin July 13.

Henry Cabot Lodge writes in an article for the New York Times: ‘The overthrow of the Diem regime [in South Vietnam] was purely a Vietnamese affair. We never participated in the planning. We never gave any advice. We had nothing whatever to do with it.” Yet, only five days after Diem and Nhu were executed after the coup on November 1, 1963, Lodge had sent a cable to the White House which read, “... the ground in which the coup seed grew into a robust plant was prepared by us and the coup would not have happened without our preparation.” TOD July 2, 1964 LBJ appears on national television to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964, proposed by JFK the year before. His antipoverty legislation is also passed this summer.

July 9, 1964 Warren Commission member, Allen Dulles, speaking today at a Commission meeting says: “But nobody reads. Don’t believe people read in this country. There will be a few professors that will read the record... the public will read very little.” July 10, 1964 LBJ flies J. Edgar Hoover down to Jackson, Missippi on Air Force One. Received by local politicians as a hero and sympathizer, Hoover emphasizes that the Bureau “does not and will not give protection to civil rights workers” and refuses to repudiate the governor’s statement that “the state should refuse to comply with the new Civil Rights Law.” July 13, 1964 Responding to a second written request from the Warren Commission, J. Edgar Hoover again refuses to allow the FBI to administer a polygraph test to Jack Ruby.

July 15, 1964 Liberty Magazine, a Toronto publication, prints an interview with Norman Similas. The title of the story is called “THE DALLAS PUZZLE”. The reporter who conducted the interview, Kenneth Gamble Armstrong, claims Norman Similas approved its contents. The following excerpts are the words of Norman Similas: “While I attended a national convention of the carbonated beverage bottlers, the following events occurred... Nov.21 - I interviewed Vice President Lyndon Johnson and photographed him in several informal poses. I spent more than an hour chatting with Jack Ruby in his nightclub. November 22 - I witnessed from a distance of less that seven feet the assassination of President Kennedy, and unwittingly photographed his assassin or assassins as a rifle was leveled at him from a nearby building. I am convinced that if Oswald was the assassin - and this has never been definitely proven

- he was not alone when he aimed from the sixth floor window of the depository. One of the pictures I took as the presidential car passed, showed two figures beside the gun barrel in the window. A reporter for the Dallas Times also saw two figures. His newspaper published that story too. (The FBI determined that Similas was referring to photographer Robert H. Jackson of the Dallas Times.) More than seven months have passed since the horrors of Dallas. Never a day passes but what the projector has not flipped in my mind, and the scenes tumble out in sequence after sequence. I can see Lyndon Johnson smiling as he pushed his hand into his coat and says, “Shall I pose like Napoleon?” In the semidarkness of the entrance of his night club, Jack Ruby throws a bear-like arm around my shoulders and ushers me to a table. He is saying, “Save your film. Why shoot the entertainers when you can photograph the President tomorrow. He’ll be passing by, just down the street.” There is a fade-out and I’m next standing on the curb across from the Texas School Book Depository. I have selected a spot not far from the underpass where the crowd has thinned out. As the crowds cheer and wave the limousine slowly passes the Book Depository.” July 18, 1964 A polygraph test is finally administered to Jack Ruby. (The House Assassinations Committee will eventually conclude that the results are impossible to interpret because of “numerous procedural errors made during the test.) July 19, 1964 Mrs. Wilma Tice receives a letter asking her to testify for the Warren Commission.

July 20, 1964 Mrs. Wilma Tice receives an anonymous call from a man who warns her: “It would pay to keep your mouth shut.” July 22, 1964 Mrs. Wilma Tice calls police because someone has tried to break into her home while her husband is away.

Mr. Emmett Hudson, groundskeeper for Dealey Plaza, testifies that “they have moved some of those signs.” Questions still remain today about the true location of the Stemmons freeway sign in Dealey Plaza.



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