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  1. The more things change, the more they stay the same. ‘I thought they were going to gun us down’: White nationalists disrupt Florida racial justice seminar A goup of white supremacists barged into a racial justice training course in south Florida on Saturday, frightening organizers and attendees — who believed they were about to get shot in a Dylann Roof-style assault. http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/i-thought-they-were-going-to-gun-us-down-white-nationalists-disrupt-florida-racial-justice-seminar/ I don't regret anything is, of course, is the song made famous by Edith Piaf. Not only is it hauntingly beautiful, but it makes a good marching song. Is that a two-four beat? I don't know. Maybe a music major can say. ""Non, je ne regrette rien" meaning "No, I regret nothing") is a French song composed byCharles Dumont, with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire. It was written in 1956, and is best known through Édith Piaf's 1959 recording, which spent seven weeks atop the French Singles & Airplay Reviews chart Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion. At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War (1954–1962), and the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment) — which backed the failed 1961 putsch against president Charles de Gaulle and the civilian leadership of Algeria – adopted the song when their resistance was broken. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other Foreign Legion formations. They left the barracks singing the song, which has now become part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non,_je_ne_regrette_rien As part of their surrender agreement following the April, 1961 putsch, the Legionnaires were allowed to march out of their barracks under arms, or allowed to keep their weapons, although I imagine that when they were shipped back France they had to surrender their guns. Edith Piaf Non, Je ne regrette rien https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFtGfyruroU Some of the Legionnaires of the 1st Parachute Regiment went on to join the OAS, which became an ultra-rightest organization. Many of those OAS members, in turn, joined the ranks of the ultra-rightest National Front political party. Tough he was not a Foreign Legionnaire, one such person who went from the OAS to the National Front party was Jean-Rene Souetre. The founder of the National Front Party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was sent to Algeria in 1956, where he served in the French Foreign Legion as an intelligence officer. His daughter, Marine Le Pen, just ran for the Presidency of France under the banner of the National Front Party. I don't know if the “Identity Europa” group cited above is an effort to establish some kind of trans-national white supremacist movement linking white supremacist groups “across the pond” as it were. Maybe it's already here and I've just been too dense to know about it. The more things change... Steve Thomas
  2. Michael, I see this Mystery Man as more as an observer than a shooter - making sure everything went as planned. Steve Thomas
  3. I am calling this guy, "Mystery Man". He's been given the name "Black Dog Man" and "Shadow Man" in the past. You can see him moving from the wall where Zapruder was to the end of the Elm St. Extension. In all of the pictures, he has been blacked out through some kind of photographic technique I think. At least I have never read an account of someone encountering someone dressed all in black after the assassination. His head covering, or hat, has been blacked out in the same way. Who is this guy? Mystery Man.odt Steve Thomas
  4. Okay, I think that's what I wanted. Steve Thomas
  5. Hmmmmmm... looks like I've forgotten how to insert an image in a post and then preview a topic before I before I post it. Steve Thomas
  6. Lykes Bros. Steamship Company Orest Pena WC testimony: http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/testimony/pena_o.htm Mr. LIEBELER - When did you leave Cuba? Mr. PENA - I left Cuba in September 1946. Mr. LIEBELER - Have you been back to Cuba since that time? Mr. PENA - Yes. Mr. LIEBELER - Would you tell us when? Mr. PENA - Oh, many times I went to Cuba. My last time I went to Cuba was about 8 months, I believe, after Castro took over, but before, I used to go very often because all my family is in Cuba, my mother, my father-- before my father died, I used to go to Cuba many times. I was a seaman, too. I used to ship out with the United Fruit Co. and the Lykes Brothers Co. That's before Castro took over. Mr. LIEBELER - You stopped working as a seaman in 1957? Mr. PENA – Yes. "They (The FBI) asked me if I saw Oswald; so I said I saw him once. He went to my place of business with one or two friends. I don't know exactly. My bar is a very long bar, so to me it looked like he was with two friends. My bartender, Evaristo Rodriguez, said he was with only one man, so I don't know exactly." OBITUARY of Frances Whitmeyer: Whitmeyer, Frances Raby was born February 21, 1922 and passed away April 4, 2009. Frances was born in Athens, Alabama to S.W. and Donna Raby. She graduated from Alabama Women's College in Athens. She moved to New Orleans and worked for the Lykes Steamship Co. and also for the City of New Orleans helping to translate French law into English. She later married George Whitmeyer and they moved to Germany where he was stationed after the war.They moved to Fort Worth in 1961 and then to Dallas in 1963. The Monroe News-Star from Monroe, Louisiana · Page 13 March 15, 1954 https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/90445615/ "George L. Whitmeyer, whose wife, Frances Whitmeyer, resides here at 217 Pargoud Drive, has recently completed a 17-week Associate Infantry Office Advanced Course in Fort Benning, Ga.," The Monroe News-Star from Monroe, Louisiana · Page 3 October 23, 1956 https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/84343273/ "William F. Pipes, Jr. right, was promoted from first lieutenant to captain in the U. S. Army Reserves at ceremonies Monday night at the USAR training center, Selman Field. Looking on as Capt. Pipes reads his new commission is Major George L. Whitmeyer, unit advisor." So, it looks like Frances Whitmeyer was working for the Lykes Steamship Company at the same time that Orest Pena was working for them as a seaman. Oswald would use a ship from Lykes to get to Russia in what, 1959? Very interesting. Steve Thomas
  7. One of the fascinating things about studying the JFK assassination case and exploring leads, is learning about the various subcultures that run through it. The subcultures hav their own circle of friends, their own vernacular, etc. One of the leads that I tried exploring many years ago was the idea that if Jack Ruby was involved in running prostitutes across the south in a prostitution ring (Dallas, New Orleans, Miami, etc.), and if he was running his mouth, the prostitutes he was spending his time with would be the people who would probably be in the know. There's Rose Cheramie and a story involving Pixie Lynn (Helen Kay Smith). Both prostitutes, both intimating that Oswald and Ruby knew each other in a homosexual relationship. (I still think Little Lynn knew more that she let on too). I explored the Pixie Lynn story for a while, but it didn't go anywhere that I could find. It ended in a dead end. For some examples see: https://books.google.com/books?id=YA4CBAAAQBAJ&pg=PT383&lpg=PT383&dq="Pixie+Lynn"+Ruby&source=bl&ots=A6N7cg4iU9&sig=jBpyJjZoRzexYZ-sPJQUbQ0DW8w&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjx1uyqkLTUAhXB1CYKHRO2ARYQ6AEISDAH#v=onepage&q="Pixie Lynn" Ruby&f=false CE 2794 https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=1142&relPageId=219 CE 2795 https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=1142#relPageId=220&tab=page CD 372 p. 37 https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=10774#relPageId=37&tab=page 26H pp. 184-185 Steve Thomas
  8. Michael, You may be straying into the world of Benny Binion, Herbert Noble and R.D. Matthews. Here's one link you can look at: Steve Thomas
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_L._Hamon,_Jr. Jake L. (Louis) Hamon was a personal friend of former US President George H.W. Bush.[4] Hamon and his wife visited the Bushes in China when Bush served as Envoy to China in March 1975.[4] Bush, George W. (2014). 41: A Portrait of My Father. London: Ebury Publishing. p. 114. ISBN 9780553447781. OCLC 883645289 Hamon died in 1985 while he was on vacation in Amsterdam Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities Book 22 p. 10333. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=145153&relPageId=145&search=Hamon Jake Hamon of 4738 Shadywood Lane, Dallas, TX appears in Rosemary Woods list of Nixon's 1972 contributors for $25,000. (Howard Hughes appears on the same page for $16,666.66 I wonder who was supposed to be the devil *smile*) Steve Thomas
  10. Ah yes. Feel the love. It gives you warm fuzzies all over. WC testimony of Paul Raigorodsky http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/testimony/raigorod.htm Mr. RAIGORODSKY. Jake (Hamon) said he would not give him (George DeMohnreschildt) a recommendation unless he consults me. That surprised me that he wouldn't ask me right off the bat, but he went around about way. What could I do? Of course I said, technically on the job he (DeMohrenschildt) is perfectly all right, I mean, he is a good engineer--good petroleum engineer. Mr. RAIGORODSKY. No--he was my friend, I was his friend--he was Jake Hamon's friend and Jake Hamon was his friend. March 5, 1964 FBI Interview of Jake Hamon, 500 Vaughn Building. Interview conducted by SA Richard L. Wiehl CD 555. p. 43. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=10954&relPageId=44&search=Hamon First met George DeMohrenschildt in 1947 in Rangely, CO. Said DeMohrenschildt was an inferior geologist. Said Demohrenschildt's closest associate was Paul Raigorodsky. Hamon said that DeMohrenschildt was a “good looking nothing”, and that if he could take him or leave him, he would leave him”. Between Two Worlds, by Peter Applebome. https://books.google.com/books?id=SCsEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA107&lpg=PA107&dq="Jake+Hamon"&source=bl&ots=92o5DJpss6&sig=CaLj2-EcG8m_-3jlFldJrvMm3FQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj5uaPxrprUAhWZ2YMKHQzSCOkQ6AEIWzAN#v=onepage&q="Jake Hamon"&f=false pp. 106+ p. 107. Jake L. (Louis) Hamon, multi-millionaire. Worth 200 million. Gin rummy partner of H.L. Hunt. A director of American Petroleum Institute. Youngest man ever to have served as its Chairman. (p. 107). If you'd like an interesting read, read up on Jake's father. Also named Jake. At the center of the Teapot Dome scandal. Liberally bought delegates for Warren G. Harding. Reports claim Hamon spent more than $1 million to buy delegates. http://newsok.com/article/3910896 Shot and killed by his mistress when he wouldn't take her along to Washington. Steve Thomas
  11. Ty, You might want to read up on "Operation Paperclip" Any regular google search will do. Steve Thomas
  12. Was Aubrey Rike the driver of 606? http://www.billdrenas.com/articles/dpd01-00.pdf 12:18 289 (D.V. Harkness) radios in, “Give us an ambulance, 100 block North Houston Street. Epileptic seizure. ...make it a Code 3”. 12:19 Central dispatches 606 to that location. 606 was from the O'neal Funeral Home. “What's your location?” 606 responds, “We're at about Harwood and Cedar Springs.” 12:20 “10-4 Code 3 on Signal 28 (a sick person). 100 North Houston Dispatch tells 289 that 606 is at Harwood and Cedar Springs 12:23 606 reports that he is “Out” 12:24 Dispatch responds “10-4” 12:25 606 reports in that he is enroute to Parkland with a Signal 16 (an injured person) Dispatch asks if he needs a squad to meet him there. 606 says yes. 12:26 Dispatch instructs 23 (Patrolman B.E. Barnes) to meet 606 at Parkland on a Signal 16. 23 responds, “10-4”. Barnes apparently did not file an after-action report (at lease one does not appear in the DPD Archives JFK Collection). I wondered if the same ambulance was at the scene of the Tippit shooting, but it looks like he arrived after Tippit had already been taken away by then. 1:33 reports in, “606 , Code 6” (Arrived) 602 and 603 were dispatched to 10th and Patton, and it appears from the Dispatch tapes that the ambulance from the Dudley Hughes Funeral Home took Tippit to the Hospital. I didn't realize that Dudley Hughes was located so close to the Tippit scene, but at 1:26 #279 (Patrolman J.T. Griffin) reported in that they had found a white jacket, believed to belong to the suspect, in a parking lot behind the service station in the 400 block of East Jefferson “across from Dudley Hughes.” It also appears that at that time, and at least in Dallas anyway, ambulances were attached to the funeral homes and not the hospitals. That's a curious thing. Steve Thomas
  13. Somebody needs some more covfefe.
  14. Mathias, This is from the WC testimony of Paul M. Raigorodsky in vol IX of the WC Hearings: http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/testimony/raigorod.htm Mr. JENNER. Who is Mr. John De Menil? Mr. RAIGORODSKY. Mr. John De Menil is a very close friend of mine. He is the financial head of Schlumberger Co. and when I wouldn't go with George in the deal, he asked me to give him any suggestion as to who may be interested, so I suggested John De Menil because the Schlumberger Co. is a worldwide organization and they deal with every country in the world--you know what I am trying to say? Mr. DAVIS. Yes; I do. I am familiar with the name Schlumberger. Mr. RAIGORODSKY. And that he might be interested in going in business in Haiti, and at my suggestion he called him and went to see him and nothing came out of it because John De Menil finally turned him down after the investigation. Now, I am very sorry that in the past years I have had some correspondence with George but I didn't keep it, but then when things began to pop up and his name appeared in so many different things, I thought I better keep a file on him. Steve Thomas
  15. Mathias, This is from Tom Scully in another thread on another Forum: (Thomas Eli) "Davis's wife was Caroline (first name per Bruce's obit) Hawley. Her brother Bruce Hawley was married to Josephine Schlumberger who had come from France to live with her uncle and aunt Eric Boissonnas (aka Boissonais) and Sylvie Schlumberger Boissonnas in New Canaan, CT. Her 2009 and his 2010 obit are retrievable easily via google. In Bruce's obit Davis's son Thomas S. is described as a nephew. Josephine's father, Dr. Marc Schlumberger was Dominique De Menil's and Sylvie Boissonnas's brother! I did a thread in 2012 on the Ed Forum about Davis's attorney, per FBI document related to Algiers arrest, Thomas Grattan Proctor. His son (Phil Proctor) was a Firesign Theater player, remember their album's? The thread is titled, Peter Bergman has Died A Founder of Firesign Theater" Steve Thomas
  16. All those CTers are wrong. It wasn't the mob or the CIA or the cuban exiles or the military-indusrial complex or Dallas oil men Tennessee did it. I offer the following proof: Robert Currwood (or Curtwood) Harrison was involved in a 4-car auto accident in Wyandotte, MI on June 20, 1952. The 1948 Mercury he was driving was owned by Thomas Eli Davis of Bristol, TN. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=69860#relPageId=2&tab=page The indices of the Identification Bureau of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office revealed that the Subject (Karen “Little Lynn” Bennett (Carlin)) was born 20 July, 1944 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. DPD Archives Box 4, Folder# 1, Item# 15, page 1. John Elrod, a 31-year-old cook was living in Memphis in 1964. Ray and Mary say Elrod was arrested November 22, 1963 at 2:45 p.m. by the Dallas Police and as such became the fourth tramp. He was placed in a cell with two other men. Within a few paragraphs we discover the men are Lee Harvey Oswald and a nineteen year old car thief from Memphis, Daniel Douglas. http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/elrod.htm In its files, however, the FBI found that in June, 1942, John Howard Bowen, (aka Albert Osborne) operator of a boys' camp at Henderson Springs near Knoxville, Tennessee, had been accused by one of the boys of tearing down an American flag and stomping it in the ground. The 1942 flag desecration case led the FBI in its Oswald investigation to look for Bowen in Tennessee. It found that over the years the Knoxville Journal had published a few pieces on Bowen, being a former local resident, based on mail received about his missionary work in Mexico. http://www.ronaldecker.com/osborne.html A copy of a 1963 visitors registration at the old American Museum of Atomic Energy appears to show Lee Harvey Oswald visited the Oak Ridge (Tennessee) museum four months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. http://knoxblogs.com/atomiccity/2013/11/22/lee-harvey-oswald-oak-ridge/ So there. Steve Thomas
  17. Mathias, see page 6 of this FBI document for a picture of Thomas Eli Davis. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=129677#relPageId=6&tab=page I had always been under the impression that Davis was a big bad scary dude. Now, I don't think so. Read through the HSCA Subject Files under Thomas Eli Davis https://www.maryferrell.org/php/showlist.php?docset=1246 I mean, who places an ad for mercenaries to engage in a "military operation" in Haiti in the Los Angeles Times? 12 guys show up for a meeting at a motel. They're told if the overthrow of Duvalier is successful, they'll get to split somewhere between $200,00 and $2,000,000. If the overthrow fails, they'll get $50 and a map to the Dominican Republic. This is just too funny. Steve Thomas
  18. Andrej, For more on the Fox and Hounds account, see: FBI 105-82555 Oswald HQ File, Section 27 pp. 24-28 https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=57705&search="Fox_and+Hound"#relPageId=24&tab=page Steve Thomas
  19. Mathias, I thought your question deserved some kind of response. It's not much, but I'll give you what I've got: (I'm sorry, you'll probably have to cut and paste the url references. My word processor doesn't seem to want to talk to this Forum software when it comes to copying and pasting hyperlinks). From: The Jack Ruby Connection by Robert Riversong: https://riversong.wordpress.com/the-jack-ruby-connection/ “For robbing a bank in June 1958, Thomas Eli Davis III had received a sentence of five years of probation, during which time he went to work for the CIA, helping train anti-Castro units in Florida and at another site in South America. When JFK was assassinated, Davis was in jail in Algiers, charged with running guns to the secret army terrorist movement then attempting to assassinate French Premier Charles de Gaulle. Davis was released from jail through the intervention of the CIA’s foreign agent code-named “QJ/WIN” who was identified by the top-secret CIA Inspector General’s Report as the “principle asset” in the Agency’s assassination program known as ZR/RIFLE.” This seems to track back to an allegation by Seth Kantor in his book, Who Was Jack Ruby” see footnote# 36 on page 540 of the book The Man Who Knew Too Much by Dick Russell. https://books.google.com/books?id=XJQX-4khd2QC&pg=PA540&lpg=PA540&dq=Davis+"Jack+Ruby"&source=bl&ots=qp7EPDOFWs&sig=Je3cGYqeiK5TMq4fXbyGBVNlewE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjrwc7HrI7UAhVn04MKHZTPD_8Q6AEIDQ#v=onepage&q=Davis "Jack Ruby"&f=false In one sentence, Russell says Davis was bailed out of jail in Algiers where he was being held by the Moroccan authorities. I don't know if the error is Kantor's or Russell's. I don't know where the Algiers comes from. Algiers is in Algeria. Tangier is in Morocco. See volume IX of the HSCA Final Report pp 183+ https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=955&relPageId=191&search=Thomas_Eli Davis This also tracks back to Kantor's book. Accoring to the HSCA, Kantor says that Davis was in jail in Algiers at the time of Kennedy's assassination, but Davis's wife told the consul general (probably in Morocco) that they were traveling between November 2 and November 28. Davis was arrested in Tangier on December 8, 1963. Contrast this with the account in the book, Oswald Talked by Ray and Mary LaFontaine concerning an aborted coup in Haiti. See pp. 198 – 202. https://books.google.com/books?id=ymfQdYoqKyEC&pg=PA201&lpg=PA201&dq=Davis+"Jack+Ruby"&source=bl&ots=8rJfqPxCFs&sig=xS_ERZl3WlL5vCZEVAkW_XisS-0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjrwc7HrI7UAhVn04MKHZTPD_8Q6AEIGA#v=onepage&q=Davis "Jack Ruby"&f=false I don't know about the 30th of November group. The LaFontaine's say it was Alpha 66. I had a discussion with someone recently on another Forum about a Davis that Ruby was supposed to have known in New Orleans. Something about shipping. For the life of me, I can't put my finger on it right now, but if I can dredge it up, I'll pass it along. Steve Thomas PS: From what I have learned, if Thomas Davis had been arrested by the French authorities in 1963 because he was suspected of being involved in an assassination plot against Charles DeGaulle, I highly doubt he would have been released prior to the general amnesty in 1968, regardless of the efforts of a QJWIN or otherwise.
  20. Okay. I'll call it quits and cry uncle. Steve Thomas
  21. David, James Woodard, gun-running pal of Jack Ruby was from Knoxville. The entire state got together in a secret conclave and planned JFK. In order to throw everyone off the scent the secret meeting was held in Bowling Geen, KY - you know, where that massacre took place. Bet you didn't hear about that one either, did you? Those Volunteers, they're a closed-mouthed group. Steve Thomas
  22. Thomas, I apologize for my sloppy research. I have no excuses. Steve Thomas
  23. The four teenagers and their history project. (Or at least three of the four are named) There's nothing earth shattering here, but it's kind of interesting to read their accounts and put it into context. They were working on a history project dealing with "subversive groups". CHARLES HODGES A 17-year-old high school student in Dallas, Hodges took photos at Dallas Love Field, on Stemmons Freeway immediately following the assassination, and at Parkland Memorial Hospital. That afternoon he sold his film to an Associated Press reporter. Recorded June 29, 1989, and June 13, 2011. http://www.jfk.org/oral_histories/charles-hodges/ JFK anniversary: Austinites remember when an assassination... http://www.mystatesman.com/lifestyles/jfk-anniversary-austinites-remember-when-assassination-shattered-ordinary-day/gsaF12sG5lMqzsNdjNsR1N/ “We found ourselves standing in the ambulance bay at Parkland Hospital,” O'Hara says. “We saw ... “Two of us went in, me and Charles Hodges. We listened to… Concord's David Wallace was eyewitness to history Nov. 22, 1963 ... http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2013/11/20/concords-david-wallace-was-eyewitness-to-history-nov-22-1963-2/ Nov 20, 2013 -... limousine parked in front of the Parkland Hospital in Dallas Texas. ... “My two friends, Will O'Hara and Charles Hodges, were able to go into... I sure wish the Sixth Floor hadn't pulled their oral histories from the web. Steve Thomas
  24. Is this an area of research worth looking into? I vaguely remember in my past reading someone, (maybe Larry Hancock?) talking about the Cuban exiles connections, and also drug connections to Austin's BBQ. From: “A look back at Austin’s Barbecue” The Advocate. January 27, 2011 http://oakcliff.advocatemag.com/2011/01/barbecue-with-a-side-of-heart/ "Originally named the Bull Pen, the restaurant at 2321 W. Illinois opened in 1949. (It sat on the northeast corner of Hampton and Illinois," "In 1957, when Oak Cliff voted itself “dry,” co-owner Bert Bowman sold out his half interest to his business partner, Austin Cook, who changed the menu, the restaurant’s name and the hours of operation." "Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit moonlighted at Austin’s, working security on weekends. The Staff Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations reads “that he [Cook] had employed Tippit at the time of the assassination ‘as a deterrent’ to any teenage trouble from youths who frequented the establishment.”" "Due to a web of coincidental liaisons between Bowman and assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, the FBI interviewed Cook and many of the Cook and Bowman family members, with Cook telling the investigators that he never heard Tippit mention Oswald or Jack Ruby." "A man named Ralph Paul had purchased the restaurant Bowman opened after selling his share of the Bull Pen to Cook. Bowman’s wife stated she had known Paul since his 1951 move to Dallas and that at the time of the assassination, Paul was living in the lower level of the Bowman home. She reported that Paul was a close friend of Ruby’s and had expressed great concern for his friend after Oswald’s shooting. She also stated that Paul had brought Ruby by her home approximately four and a half years earlier, but that Ruby remained for only a short time." "Nothing came of the investigation." After Bert Bowman sold his half interest in the Bull Pen to Austin Cook, he opened another restaurant. He sold this restaurant to Ralph Paul. What was the name of the restaurant Ralph Paul purchased from Bert Bowman? Oswald allegedly shoots Tippit. Ruby shoots Oswald. Bert Bowman sells his half interest in the Bull Pen to Austin Cook who re-names it Austin's BBQ. After selling the Bull Pen, Bowman opens another restaurant. Ralph Paul buys this restaurant and lives in the Bowman home. Ralph Paul is Jack Ruby's best friend and business partner for years Tippit works part time at Austin's BBQ After Jfk's assassination, Tippit makes an unrecorded landline phone call from the Top Ten Record store. Tippit is killed Ray Hawkins makes an unrecorded landline phone call from a Mobil Gas Station at 10th and Beckley Hawkins arrests Lee Oswald. The handcuffs he uses to cuff Oswald are his own personal possessions and are later auctioned off for $250,000. Ray Hawkins has a permanent pass to the Carousel Club and visits several times. Austin Cook was asked by the FBI if Tippit knew Oswald or Ruby. Cook says no. Was Ruby ever asked if he knew Tippit? What do you think of the possibility that Tippit and Hawkins were calling the same person - --- Ruby --- to tell him that Oswald wasn't here, and they couldn't find him? What should they do? I think that the police officers' behavior in the Texas Theater was very suspicious. Three people; McDonald, Hawkins, and Brewer, said that Oswald was sitting by himself, and that Oswald was pointed out to them before they ever started down the theater aisles. Why did McDonald stop and frisk two other people before getting to Oswald? I think they were hoping Oswald would make a break for it and could be "shot while trying to escape." Steve Thomas
  25. Thomas, Thank you. Ray Hawkins meets James Dean. Steve Thomas