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Steve Thomas

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  1. Ed, That's two things that have kind of puzzled me. 1) That's two occasions that Oswald went from the YMCA downtown to northern Oak Cliff wandering the streets, not only carrying a bag, but also some clothes on a hanger hanging over his shoulder. Both Bledsoe in 1962 and Roberts in 1963 described it that way. 2) While the inventory of the property seized from 1026 N. Beckley lists a holster, a picture taken by the FBI and developed by the DPD of the items doesn't show a holster. There's the radio, and I think the binoculars, but I don't see a holster. https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth339422/?q=search%20warrant Puzzling. Steve Thomas
  2. SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown is questioning a Sotheby's selloff of rare JFK papers tied to his late father, Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, and wonders why they aren't part of the public archives. "I'd sure like to know why the seller is claiming anonymity — and why these documents aren't at the UC Berkeley archives with the rest of my father's papers,’’ Brown told POLITICO in a statement Friday. Sotheby’s New York officials said that they estimate the lot of material, which includes original letters from President John F. Kennedy and from Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, could bring in as much as $30,000 at a Monday auction. Additional materials include an original AP wire sent directly to the governor's office on Nov. 22, 1963 at 12:39 EST announcing Kennedy had been shot. https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/01/24/jerry-brown-concerned-by-sothebys-auction-of-his-dads-rare-jfk-papers-1255369 Steve Thomas
  3. Dan, That's pretty interesting. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=86704&search=124-10198-10304#relPageId=6&tab=page page 6 Steve Thomas
  4. David, The Colonel Haig he speaks of; that's Alexander Haig isn't it? Steve Thomas
  5. David, Here's A couple of examples of this. Notice how the brims of their hats are white. The brim of the hat of the man in the Parkland photo is black. I now believe that he was NOT in the Traffic Division: The caption on the picture below reads: Lee Harvey Oswald is dragged from the Texas Theatre by Patrolman C.T. Walker and, still chewing his cigar, Detective Paul Bentley ... VIEW MORE Jim MacCammon, courtesy Howard Upchurch 1 of 2 C.T. Walker was a patrolman in the Traffic Division's Accident Prevention Bureau. https://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh19/pdf/WH19_Batchelor_Ex_5002.pdf page 16 of the pdf file. Here's another example: Steve Thomas
  6. David, Croy told the WC that he was in uniform that day (the 22nd), so it could very well be him in the picture you posted. As a Sergeant in the Reserves, I don't know what Division he had been assigned to. I was going from memory from a long time ago when I was trying to identify the policemen in the Three Tramps photos. I remembered what Greg Burnham said in this Education Forum post from 2011: http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/topic/17707-hat-badge-man/ <QUOTE> "I have not confirmed this, but I was told by J Harrison (now deceased) formerly of the Dallas Police Department, that "white hats" were TRAFFIC enforcement only. Now, I don't know exactly what their responsibilities would have entailed in 1963, as I'm sure those have evolved over the past nearly 50 years. FWIW" <ENDQUOTE> Steve Thomas
  7. It appears that the City of Dallas Police Department's, JFK Collection link http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/index.html is no longer valid. You are now instructed to go to the Portal of Texas History. Access to the Police Department's records can be found here: https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/JFKAM/browse/?start=0 Steve Thomas
  8. Ed, Hosty told the WC that as early as November 1st, he knew that LHO worked at the TSBD, but that he didn't live at 2515 W. 5th St. in Irving. Why, if he was so hot to locate Oswald, didn't he tail him home from work one day in those three weeks before 11/22? I once wrote an essay on How Did the Police First Learn of 1026 N. Beckley? http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/topic/2331-how-did-the-police-first-learn-of-1026-n-beckley/ I concluded that the information most likely came from military intelligence. My guess these days is that the policeman who told Fritz out in the hall that Oswald lived there was B.L. Senkel, who rode in the Pilot Car with George Lumpkin and George Whitmeyer, and who was sent to 1026 N. Beckley at 2:40 PM by Captain Fritz. I believe that there was a file or a dossier of a Harvey Lee Oswald in MI files, and that's why the police were asking for a person by that name when they got to Beckley as Earlene Roberts twice said. Steve Thomas
  9. Ron, The policeman's white cap tells me he was a member of the Traffic Division. Larry Sneed's No More Silence contains interviews with a number of the motorcycle cops. Maybe one of them talks about standing guard in a Parkland hallway. Logicically, it would seem that the motorcycle cop is one of the motorcycle jockeys in the parade escort who arrived d at Parkland before anyone else, and were stationed in the hallways to restrict access to places like the trauma rooms. Steve Thomas
  10. Secret Service: On the Knoll and Beyond: “I pulled my pistol from my holster, and I thought, this is silly, I don't know who I am looking for, and I put it back. Just as I did, he showed me that he was a Secret Service agent”. Warren Commission Counsel, Wesley Liebeler asked Officer Smith if he had accosted this man. Joe Smith replied, “Well, he saw me coming with my pistol and right away he showed me who he was” “Perhaps Officer Smith’s recollection could have been tainted by his “physical and emotional strain”, except for two things. First, he said that the Secret Service agent “showed me that he was a Secret Service agent”. The question arises, had Officer Smith ever seen Secret Service credentials? As a matter of fact, Smith told author Anthony Summers that he had. As he said to Summers, “The man, this character produced credentials from his hip pocket which showed him to be Secret Service. I have seen those credentials before, and they satisfied me and the deputy sheriff.” Well, "who was he"? Smith, "I dunno" Steve Thomas
  11. Larry, Thanks for the info. I really don't know much about the CIA. Steve Thomas
  12. David, He doesn't. Berger was talking about two different people. Steve Thomas
  13. Matt, I don't think it's the same person as the unidentified Parkland Hospital man.. The ears are all wrong, and I don't think the jawline is the same. Steve Thomas
  14. Larry, We don't. Or, I should more correctly say, I don't. That was presumptuous on my part. I realized that just as I hit the send button. (Damn computers). I've got it in my head that the people who killed JFK were trained snipers, and who does training better than the military? When I see CIA, I think more in terms of hit and run commando type raids, or sometimes long term insertion teams that were tasked with gathering intel. CIA assassinations seemed to be more up close and personal like poisons and car bombs than long range snipers - but I could be wrong. As an aside, when you use SAS, you're talking about Special Affairs Section, right? When I see SAS, I have to force myself not to think of British Special Forces. Steve Thomas
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