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  1. Laura Kittrell decided the second Oswald might be Larry Crafard only after she studied the Warren Volumes and located two photographs of Crafard. In her ninety page manuscript, she wrote, “I wish I could settle this question in my mind, but I can’t.” In Harvey and Lee, John Armstrong considered whether it might have been Crafard posing as LHO when he met Kittrell, and he concluded as follows: Jack Ruby met Larry Crafard when he (Crafard) was working at the Texas State Fair (October 5-20). Crafard did not begin working for Ruby and living at the Carousel club until November 1, two weeks after Laura Kittrell interviewed the "Teamster.” Photographs of Crafard published in the 26 Volumes are very misleading as they show him with a closed mouth and wearing a long sleeved jacket. When these photographs were taken Larry Crafard's front teeth were missing en- tirely and he had tattoos on both arms. If Laura Kittrell had known that Crafard was missing his front teeth she would have realized that the "Teamster," who laughed loud enough to be heard throughout the room, was not Crafard. [H&L, p. 729] From my website: Following the assassination Laura Kittrell telephoned and wrote to the FBI about her meeting with Oswald. The FBI finally got around to interviewing Mrs. Kittrell on June 4, 1965, nearly a year after the Warren Report was published. And then, 30 years later in 1994, the U.S. government finally got around to allowing the American people access to her statement. Shown below is the bottom of page 8 and the top of page 9 of a ten-page July 18, 1978 memo from the HSCA's Gaeton Fonzi to Blakey.
  2. A very nice interview in which Bill Simpich discusses some of the unlikeliest aspects of the Official Story® of the Tippit murder. Fascinating to me is how often the subject of an Oswald lookalike comes up in this discussion. Mathias, I don’t know if there is any significance to the second uniform hanging in the back of Tippit’s car. One possibility is there is some evidence Tippit may have had a girlfriend living near 10th and Patton and he simply wanted a new set of clothes ready for an overnight stay. That’s just a guess. I hope others will read the interview with Bill Simpich. There are a couple of areas I’d debate with him…. Bill indicates that Ken Croy was the first cop to arrive on the scene after Tippit’s murder. I think Croy was already there, as 16-year-old Virginia Davis hinted to the Warren Commission. She heard the shots and saw Tippit’s killer cutting across the front yard of her house and saw him throw empty shell casings on the ground. Mr. Belin. All right, after this, did police come out there? Mrs. Davis. Yes; they was already there. Mr. Belin. By the time you got out there? Mrs. Davis. Yes, sir. I’d also like to suggest that anyone discussing Johnny Brewer needs to take a close look at his story and his credibility. John Armstrong discusses reasons to suspect Brewer’s role in setting up “LHO” on the November 22 page of my website. https://harveyandlee.net/November/November_22.htm Look for the heading “LEE OSWALD ARRIVES AT THE TEXAS THEATER” a little more than a third of the way down the page. The Brewer discussion is in that section. Thank you for this link. It leads to a significant and fresh overview of the Tippit slaying.
  3. With a few glaring exceptions, the apparent arrest of the Balcony Oswald went unrecorded in official Dallas city and county documents. Here are several of the exceptions I’ve gathered so far… there may be a few others. In a supplementary report Dep. Sheriff Buddy Walthers indicated that “Some unknown officer was holding a white man at the steps of the balcony and I proceeded on into the balcony.” Of course, C.E. Talbert’s Homicide Report on Tippit indicates that “Suspect was later arrested in the balcony of the Texas Theatre….” Talbert was the same officer who noted the young man standing next to the running pickup truck near the back of the theater. A day or two ago, I went through the Dallas archives looking for a better copy of J.D. Tippit’s Homicide Report. The two copies I found were totally illegible. Odd. As shown above, L.D. Stringfellow’s report also indicated “Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in the balcony of the Texas Theater….” In an unofficial document, Deputy Sheriff Bill Courson also indicated that he was reasonably certain he met Oswald coming down the front stairs of the theater, the stairs that led directly to the balcony. I believe there are a few other remaining hints about what happened in the balcony, but I haven't found them for this post. It strikes me as odd that, for an apparent event that was otherwise almost totally suppressed, these documents survived. Was it a mistake? An indication that Dallas city and county authorities were less willing to alter and destroy documents than the FBI and the WC? An action by some Dallas authorities to preserve a bit of the evidence about the murderer of J.D. Tippit? Regardless, it seems reasonable to me to consider the possibility that the fellow who looked like “LHO” in balcony of the Texas Theater could have been the same fellow who looked like “LHO” to the two closest witnesses of the Tippit shooting, and could have been the same fellow who looked like “LHO” and several times identified himself as “LHO” when he appeared all around Dallas in the six weeks or so prior to the assassination setting up the patsy. How else do we explain these coincidences? Why would anyone murder a uniformed cop in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses and start running directly toward the Texas Theater? It’s almost as if he wanted to enrage the local police and lead them straight to the theater... where a poor schmuck who had traveled to Russia and pretended to be a Castro supporter was waiting with two half dollar bills hoping to find a contact who was never there.
  4. Sure he does. He's got to make sure the Oswald arrested in the balcony and led out the back door disappears. Otherwise, the entire operation would be jeopardized.
  5. Thanks, Steve. Is "H.H. Stringer" or, for that matter, "R.D. Stringer" different from Det. "L.D. Stringfellow" who wrote on 11/23/63 that LHO was "arrested in the balcony of the Texas Theater...."?
  6. Since we don’t even have a cursory description of the pickup near the back of the theater, I suppose we’ll never know. It is pretty obvious, though, that the chaos in and around Dealey Plaza at the time of the assassination makes it easy to understand why not every vehicle present was searched or studied. The same cannot be said of the alleyway near the back of the theater at the time of Oswald’s arrest. It makes little sense that there was enough interest in a nearby vehicle with the engine running to search it for weapons, and then to totally ignore it. At most a few of the Dallas cops were involved in this conspiracy. What reason might the others have to lose interest in the pickup so quickly and thoroughly?
  7. When author James Douglass asked Butch Burrows if he saw anyone else get arrested at the Texas Theatre the day Kennedy was killed, Burrows answered, “Yes, there was a lookalike—an Oswald lookalike.” He described to Douglass the arrest of an Oswald “lookalike” in the balcony of the theater at nearly the same time “Oswald” was arrested on the main floor. Whatever you may think of Burrows’ belated observation, there is considerable evidence to back up his claim. Two Dallas police documents indicate LHO was arrested in the balcony of the theater, not the main floor. Deputy Sheriff Buddy Walthers saw Lt. Cunningham and Det. Toney questioning the balcony Oswald. During the filming of Oliver Stone’s JFK, Bernard Haire, the owner of Bernie’s Hobby Shop located near the Texas Theatre, told crew members repeatedly that he saw “Lee Harvey Oswald” escorted out the back of the theater. For decades, he believed it was the man eventually killed by Jack Ruby. According to an old Dallas Police report, the cops noticed a pickup truck with the engine running waiting near the back of the Texas Theater at about the time Oswald was arrested. Although the vehicle was apparently searched for weapons, no note was made about the driver or the owner or even the license plate. What could cause police to so quickly abandon interest in a potential getaway vehicle? One possibility is that they might quickly lose interest in the truck if it was being driven by a Dallas cop. John and I have searched without success, but does anyone know what kind of vehicle Reserve Officer Kenneth Croy drove that day?
  8. No worries, Gene. Let's just try to ignore it and go on.
  9. Sounds like a good idea, Mark. I'd like to get back to discussing something about the Tippit murder in this thread, but there is a distracting glitch that I assume others see on this page as well: a LONG, NARROW column of type starting in Gene's post above and running far down the page. Do others see the same thing? Can this be fixed?
  10. Yes, apparently no one has found any primary source doc backing up Hunt’s claim that he himself was temporary MC station chief in Sept. ‘63, or at least when the “Oswald” nonsense was unfolding. But Bill Simpich’s revelation that Hunt, as [Walter] Twicker, was listed as “Chief of Station, Mexico City” in an Aug. 31 1960 CIA dispatch from “Chief of Station, Habana” suggests it is not impossible to believe he (Hunt) may have assumed the position temporarily in Sept. 63, though it is clear that Scott was the longtime head of MC station both before and after that time.
  11. Thank you for all the detailed background info and source material on Hunt’s claim that he was acting station chief in Mexico City in Sept. 1963. And thank you for pointing out that “Twicker” was a Hunt pseudonym, which I didn’t know and is obviously crucial in understanding the significance of some of these documents. The consensus here seems to be that Hunt’s claim is, at best, highly suspect. But just to play devil’s advocate for a moment.... The 8/31/60 dispatch references both “Chief of Base, JMASH” and “Chief of Station, Mexico City (TWICKER)”, suggesting that Hunt was operating as the full MC station chief at least on that date. Was this written in error, confusing JMASH with the full MC station? It seems unlikely since both are named. Also seemingly unusual is spelling out “TWICKER” as the station chief, since it was surely obvious to all that Win Scott was the long-time boss there. If the reference was NOT written in error, the dispatch seems to show that Hunt, just a few years before 1963, had spent at least a day acting as station chief for Mexico City. Which makes it seem more plausible that he *might* have had an encore performance in August of 1963, though it hardly indicates that he did. Having followed every link in Mr. Simpich’s post above, I see nothing that directly supports Hunt’s claim; and nothing that directly refutes it. Have I missed something?
  12. Hunt’s claim is hard for me to believe as well, but just as Phillips was clearly involved in anti-Cuban operations at the Mexico City station, he was surely working with Morales and others at JM Wave in Miami as well, and possibly elsewhere; I’m not aware of any clear evidence that he was at the Mexico City station at the time Hunt claimed he (Hunt) was temporarily in charge there, though he may well have been. I've been wondering about this for years. Saint John Hunt, if memory serves, named both Morales and Sturgis, among a few others, as JFK assassination organizers listed by his father. And golly, what a great witness Hunt must have been, eh?
  13. Mark, Thank you for that clear and concise review of Our Man in Mexico. I certainly share your opinion about the Agency brass in Mexico City and certain other locales during the era, and Tom Neal’s remarks above on E. Howard Hunt remind me of the following question…. In December 2000, in a strange magazine called Cigar Aficionado, E. Howard Hunt claimed that he was temporary station chief at Mexico City during “Oswald’s” alleged visit there in September ‘63. My source for this claim (Harvey and Lee, p. 668), doesn’t indicate if Win Scott was absent for some reason to give at least some credence to the possibility that Hunt’s tale is true, and I’ve always wondered about it. Does Mr. Morley have anything to say about that claim?
  14. Thanks, Mark, In On the Trail... Jim Garrison wrote that he suspected Kerry Thornley was the Oswald impersonator referenced in his Playboy interview above. As always with Mr. Garrison, it was a well-informed guess. Thornley had known one of the Oswalds all the way back in the Marines; Thornley moved to New Orleans, if memory serves, toward the end of August 1963, barely in time to be involved in the final sheep-dipping of HARVEY Oswald. Under close examination, however, Thornley presents all sorts of problems. You could write a major chapter about him, but I think, for once, Jim Garrison was incorrect. There are several clues to this in the New Orleans DA’s own documents (which aren’t so easy to find online, and so I’m including one below from the online Armstrong Collection at Baylor University). Look near the bottom of the page. This is contemporaneous material.