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  1. I think I understand a little more. See: The Education Forum thread, "Who was QJWIN?" and which posits that Victor Michael Mertz was QJWIN Steve Thomas
  2. Douglas, I'm not on Facebook. Why does he have a picture of Jean-Rene Souetre on the cover? Steve Thomas
  3. APRIL 4, 1967 STATE OF LOUISIANA PARISH OF ST. LANDRY CITY OF EUNICE Officer J. A. ANDREWS, Texas Highway Patrol, was interviewed by us, relative to the death of one MELBA CHRISTINE MARCADES, alias ROSE CHERAMIE [sic], w/fm, d.o.b. 11-14-23, LSP #256-375, FBI #234-7922. Officer ANDREWS stated that subject died of injuries received from an automobile accident on Hwy. #155, 1.7 miles East of Big Sandy, Upshur County, Texas, at 3:00 AM, on Sept. 4, 1965. Subject died at the hospital in Gladewater, Gregg County, Texas. The inquest was held by Justice of the Peace ROSS DELAY, Prec. #3, Gregg County, Texas. The accident was reported to Officer ANDREWS by the operator of the car, after he had taken the subject to the hospital. ANDREWS stated that the operator related that the victim was apparrently [sic] lying on the roadway with her head and upper part of her body resting on the traffic lane, and although he had attempted to avoid running ove[r] her, he ran over the top part of her skull, causing fatal injuries. An investigation of the physical evidence at the scene of the accident was unable to contradict this statement. Officer ANDREWS stated that due to the unusual circumstances, mainly time, location, injuries received and lack of prominent physical evidence, he attempted to establish a relationship between the operator of the vehicle and the victim to determine if any foul play was involved. This resulted negative. It should be noted that Hwy. #155 is a Farm to Market Road, running parallel to US Hwys. #271 and #80. It is our opinion, from experience, that if a subject was hitch-hiking, as this report wants to indicate, that this DOES NOT run true to form. It is our opinion that the subject would have been on one of the US Highways. ANDREWS stated that although he had some doubt as to the authenticity of the information received, due to the fact that the relatives of the victim did not pursue the investigation, he closed it as accidental death. PAGE 2 APRIL 4, 1967 Officer ANDREWS---- We wish to further state that fingerprint identification shows that deceased subject, MELBA CHRISTINE MARCADES, is the same person as subject ROSE CHERAMIE [sic], who was in custody, by us, from November 21, 1963, through November 28, 1963, at which time she stated that she once worked for JACK RUBY as a stripper, which was verified, and that RUBY and LEE HARVEY OSWOLD [sic] were definitely associated and known to be, as she stated, "bed partners." She further referred to RUBY as alias "PINKEY." Other statements made by subject, relative to your inquiry, are hear-say, but are available, upon your request. (signed) Lt. F. L. Frugé LT. F. L. FRUGÉ, LA. STATE POLICE
  4. I'm sorry to hear that. Bernice helped me out several times over the years. She was very kind. Steve Thomas
  5. Just a small note. Tannenbaum kept saying it came from the Library Archives. Having been in the business myself, I know that libraries do not lend materials from their archives. Archive material is one of a kind stuff. Perhaps Tannenbaum made a copy? Steve Thomas
  6. I don't know. I'm kind of with Larry on this one. I can't believe that with something that explosive, everybody would just throw up their hands and say, "Meh, whatever". See this 2011 thread on this Forum entitled, "The other "other" film". Steve Thomas
  7. T.A. Hutson is most notably known because of his participation in the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald. But there may be more to Hutson than meets the eye. Maybe. There were just a couple of things in his background that made me go, "hmmmm." Mr. BELIN. How long did you serve in the Army? Mr. HUTSON. Four years. Mr. BELIN. What did you do there? Mr. HUTSON. I went to Fort Ord, Calif., for basic training, and from there I went to Germany and joined the 1st Infantry Division, and I joined them in October of 1948. I landed in Germany and I stayed with them in Germany until May of 1951, I returned to the United States and was stationed at Fort Sam Houston. Mr. BELIN. What did you do, basically, in Germany? Mr. HUTSON. I started out in the Infantry, and when I left Germany I was in a more or less administrative part of my Infantry company, doing mail and administrative work in the sergeant's office Mr. HUTSON. In May of 1951, and I went to Fort Sam Houston, Tex., where I was promoted to Infantry sergeant, platoon sergeant, and there I gave instructions in Infantry tactics. Mr. HUTSON. I went to Camp Pickett, Va. we were there this was during the Korean war when I started to train men in Camp Pickett, Va., and I got an extended year from a 3-year enlistment, and I was discharged in July of 1952. I returned to Dallas and went back to work for Texas & Pacific Railway as an interchange clerk in the accounting office. I stayed with Texas & Pacific for approximately a year, at this time I resigned and a lifelong friend and I went into the service station business at Harwood and Grand here in Dallas. We stayed in the service station business 18 months. I sold my interest to him around February the 5th, and I went to work for the Dallas Police Department. in 1955 Mr. BELIN. What were your duties in the Dallas Police Department in the fall of 1963? Mr. HUTSON. I was a 3-wheel motorcycle officer. What kind of Sergeant gives training in Infantry tactics at both Fort Sam Houston and Camp Pickett? Is his posting to Fort Sam Houston significant? Lots and lots of soldiers were posted to Fort Sam Houston, but that is also where a lot of the Fourth U.S. Army's intelligence efforts were based. For example, see Robert Jones testimony before the HSCA, The 112th INTC was based there, and the Stringfellow cable was based on a phone call and follow up memo to McDill Strike Force in Florida coming out of Fort Sam Houston . JFK 01#page/n0/mode/2up 3) Fort Pickett was initially called Camp Pickett. Its mission is “to make Fort Pickett the “Training Center of Excellence” for the East Coast. To do this, we must provide the best Ranges, Facilities and training lands for all units training here at Fort Pickett. Our capabilities is to develop a Regional Collective Training Center for the East Coast, Intermediate Staging for up to 5,000 soldiers, expanded Counter IET/CBRN training and exportable Combat Training Center.” 4) He co-owned a gas service station business for 18 months. 5) On April 3, 1964 Hutson told the Warren Commission that in the midst of a manhunt for the suspect in a police officer shooting, his fellow officers, Ray Hawkins and Elmer Baggett stopped at a Mobil Gas Station to make a telephone call (both policemen went into the gas station) because “I believe they gave us a call for us to call. I mean their number to call in.” This request from Dispatch or Headquarters to call in doesn't show up in the DPD dispatch tapes, nor do they show Hawkins reporting that he is “out of service”. 6) Why does Hutson testify to this Mobil Gas Station stop in April, 1964, when none of his, Hawkins, or Baggett's after-action reports done up in December, 1963 report it? 7) Hutson testified at 9:00 AM. Hawkins testified at 9:50 AM. Why wasn't Hawkins asked about this Mobil Gas Station stop? They were both interviewed at 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex. Hutson was questioned by David W. Belin. Hawkins was questioned by Joseph Ball. Were either of the two lawyers present at both times? Steve Thomas
  8. Jim, Do you know what ever became of this film? It's been years since I read about it. Wasn't it supposed to have been in a university somewhere, (Georgetown maybe?) but the last time anyone ever went looking for it, it was no longer there? This is the first I've heard about Banister and Phillips. I thought I had remembered it was supposed to show Oswald and Ferrie. Thanks, Steve Thomas.
  9. Michael, I have not done research in this area, so I can't comment intelligently, but I wonder if anyone has done a cross-reference between the sightings of a second Oswald and the kind of car he was supposedly driving. Are there any two instances when he was "observed" driving the same kind of car? Also, to the best of my knowledge, there aren't any occasions of a second sighting, at the same time, but in two different locations. I don't know of any instance where Person X says, "I saw Oswald at 3:00 PM here", but Person Y speaks up and says, "No, that can't be because I saw him at 3:00 PM here", all the while the real Oswald is working at Jaggers-Chiles-Stovall, or visiting Marina or whatever. PS: I've always been intrigued by the sightings at the radio station in Alice, Texas. There were at least two witnesses, separated by at least 24 hours, weren't there? Steve Thomas
  10. Jim, I believe so. I think I read the other day that the Saigon police training program was a CIA operation. I didn't keep any references to that, so I'm sorry I can't offer you any specifics. Jim, I had a thought last night. What do you think of the idea that Tippit's call at the Top Ten Record Store and Hawkins' call at the Mobil Gas Station are related; as in "I can't find him.", or "He's not here.", meaning Oswald? From the account's I've read, Tippit was behaving erratically, and the stop at Top Ten was a rushed affair. Hawkins responds to the Tippit shooting, bur doesn't stop at 10th and Patton. He goes to the Library neighborhood at Jefferson and Marsalis and starts circling the neighborhood. Drives back to 10th and Patton,pick up Hutson, and then he and Baggett stop and make a phone call from a Mobil Gas Station at 10th and Beckley, leaving Hutson in the car. When Hutson blows the horn to let them know that a suspect has been seen at the Library, they go rushing back over there. Whatever Hutson is doing, he has blown the clutch on his motorcycle. Is it possible that Tippit and Hawkins were calling the same people? Steve Thomas
  11. This supposedly is a photo of Westbrook on page 26 of this book.The Missing Chapter. by Jack SwikeI am not vouching for the author or his book. It's just something I ran across."William+R.+Westbrook"&source=bl&ots=0xdb2t1bTz&sig=YT8bpNEzyNXWrzg4hG-pY_ooQI0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAu-KAtOLSAhWB6oMKHR-JADY4ChDoAQgmMAQ#v=onepage&q=%22William%20R.%20Westbrook%22&f=falseSteve Thomas
  12. Jim, I learned about his stint with the Saigon police. From a posting on the ReopenKennedyCase forum: Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - February 21, 1996Deceased Name: Rites set for William Ralph Westbrook Services for William Ralph "Pinky" Westbrook , a retired Dallas Police Department captain, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Go Ye Village in Tahlequah, Okla. Mr. Westbrook , 78, died Monday of cancer at his home in Tahlequah. He worked for the Dallas Police Department from 1940 to 1965. He also worked as a special investigator for the Dallas County district attorney's office from 1970 to 1983. I was afraid I was going to find that out. E.R. Beck, who worked in the Homicide and Robbery Bureau under Will Fritz, and who signed the release forms for John Elrod, Gus Abrams, Harold Doyle, Daniel Wayne Douglas, on November 26th went on to become Henry Wade's personal driver. Steve Thomas
  13. Jim, No, I don't. Steve Thomas
  14. Jim, Hill: "I sat down and started to try to organize the first report on the arrest. " "Captain Westbrook suggested that I change the heading of my report to include arrest of the suspect in the assassination of the President..." This was like 2:20 or 2:30 in the afternoon? You don't suppose in your conspiratorial suspicions that Westbrook is already pushing a narrative do you? And again, where is this Report that was signed by Carroll, Hill and Westbrook, that was entitled, "Injuries sustained by suspect while effecting his arrest..." It got buried. Why? Steve Thomas
  15. I was reading through the account of Gerald Hill and my jaw dropped a little bit. When he testified to the Warren Commission, he said, (Hill) “...we adjourned to the personnel office, which was further down the hall from homicide and I sat down and started to try to organize the first report on the arrest. I originally had the heading on it, "Injuries sustained by suspect while effecting his arrest in connection with the murder of Officer J. D. Tippit," and a few minutes later Captain Westbrook came in the office... Captain Westbrook suggested that I change the heading of my report to include arrest of the suspect in the assassination of the President and in the murder of Officer J. D. Tippit, which I did. I originally wrote the report for Bob Carroll's signature and for my signature, and left it with the captain to be typed while we moved over in another office to get a cup of coffee and sort of calm down and recap the events. By then McDonald was there, and we had added some information that he could give us such as the information about "This is it." Which the suspect allegedly said as he came into contact with him. When we got it back ready to sign, Carroll and I were sitting there, and it had Captain Westbrook's name for signature, and added a paragraph about he and the FBI agent being there, and not seeing that it made any difference, I went ahead and signed the report. Actually, they were there, but I didn't make any corrections. And as far as the report, didn't allege what they did, but had added a paragraph to our report to include the fact that he was there, and also that the FBI agent was there. Now as to why this was done, your guess is as good as mine.” Hill's Report is in the DPD Archives Box 5, Folder# 2, Item# 76 Hill's Report is not signed by Westbrook. Westbrook's Report is Item# 84. Westbrook couldn't remember the name of the patrolman who drove he and Bob Barrett from the site of Tippit's shooting to the theater. I don't know of any Report that has Carroll's signature, Hill's signature and Westbrook's signature on it. Where is this Report? Steve Thomas