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  1. Jim, What time did Murray Jackson's shift end? (I assume it was some time Friday evening, right? Or did he work late after midnight? Or, was he on the day shift?) I am asking because I want to figure out how quickly Deputy Chief George L. Lumpkin and the DPD knew that the Dictabelt/tapes (?) were going to be critical evidence in the case against "Oswald". If Lumpkin was responding to Friday night pressure from the FBI to secure those materials, then that implies that someone in the FBI knew on Friday that the audio recordings would be important to build the case against "Oswald" - even before he had been formally charged! However, an early end to Jackson's shift may also imply that Lumpkin himself was from the start in on the plot to frame "Oswald." Is it a coincidence that the president of the Texas School Book Depository, Mr. Jack Charles Cason, described himself as the former commander of American Legion Post 53 in Dallas (and as "a patriotic citizen who upholds our democratic principles") and the Deputy Chief George Lumpkin was himself a Provost for the American Legion Committee Chairmen at the 1964 national convention? Is it a coincidence that just as the limo arrived at Parkland with the victims (before any possible determination could have been made), Lumpkin "suggested to Chief Curry that he take the Homicide Detectives back to Elm and Houston streets from where it was thought that the shots were fired at the President and the Governor from the Texas School Book Depository . . ." ? http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg Subject Index Files/C Disk/Cason Jack Charles/Item 01.pdf
  2. Steve, I am not so sure it is a typo for a few reasons: 1. Three of the time stamps you pointed out have a parenthesis around them, whereas the "1:10 pm" time stamp does not, indicating to me that the transcriber of this transcript was probably looking at an annotated copy of the dispatch tapes, one that someone had marked with parentheses around the (changed) times. This is a general pattern - look at several time stamps over several pages around the Tippit shooting. There is one exception to this pattern, but still, it is a pattern. I know that's speculative, but . . . 2. Look at the bottom of page 408. There in black and white is an obviously changed time stamp. It now reads "1:19", yet the whiteout and the original time it hides are still clearly visible: 1:10. It is indisputable that the current "1:19" at the bottom of page 408 is typed over an earlier time. 3. Finally, why would ambulances 602 and/or 603 be en route to Baylor? J.D. Tippit was taken to Methodist Hospital in Oak Cliff, not the Baylor Medical Center which was much closer to Dealey Plaza. I think you were trying to imply that because 602 and 603 responded on the extant transcript very soon after the report of the Tippit shooting that their calls to the dispatcher were, in fact, to pick up Tippit. While that may be so, it does not explain why one of them, 603, notified the dispatcher that they had arrived at Baylor. That 603 ambulance could not have been responding to the shooting of J.D. Tippit. No ambulance took Tippit to Baylor Medical Center. I agree with you that a Dudley Hughes ambulance responded to the Tippit shooting report very soon after the 1:07 shooting, and it was probably 602 from Dudley Hughes, literally right around the corner. And therefore, the "1:10 pm" time stamp was probably accurate. In any event, you and I agree that the type written transcripts almost certainly reflect the changes made to obscure the fact that Tippit was shot earlier than 1:15. I agree with those who believe the time was probably around 1:07 or 1:08. (Way too early for "Oswald" to arrived at 10th and Patton on foot from 1026 N. Beckley.)
  3. Steve, I'll see your difference in Fritz interrogation reports and raise you one official, Warren Commission published transcript: I present to you CE 705. Page 408 on the printed transcript (page 48 when you scroll down here). It reads "Disp. 10-4 603 and 602. 1:10 pm." This is after the Tippit shooting! And the WC was dumb enough to publish this transcript with the old time, "1:10 pm" still on it! Somebody screwed up, the WC published it, and nobody caught it! But there it is to this day! https://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh17/pdf/WH17_CE_705.pdf
  4. Jim, Yes, Lovelady did indeed identify Gloria Calvery as the "girl who ran up to us and told us the president had been hit" in his taped interview with the HSCA. The relevant section on Youtube begins at around the 29 minute mark.
  5. Sandy, Your gif and analysis certainly go a long way towards proving that Lovelady was on the steps of the TSBD for a bit after the shots. And, of course, then he can't be walking with Bill Shelley westward down the Elm Street extension at the same time. It certainly appears that Gloria Calvery had her conversation with Lovelady on the steps of the TBSD, not out on the island. In your gif, is Bill Shelley visible anywhere?
  6. Michael, I found it on the shaky site "JFK Murder Solved". http://jfkmurdersolved.com/bush3.htm I don't vouch for anything written on that site, but they do have a useful collection of primary sources. I bet the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum has it, too, but you have to navigate through that site. https://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/
  7. I have attached below a view of that same railing, but from the circular drive that connected that upper level to the street. President Reagan was walking one level down on T St. NW, but the drive connected to Columbia Rd. NW., one level up. Notice that the kneeling/sitting man appears to be concealed from any observers to his immediate right, thanks to (bunched drapes?) This man is not there to support the President - he is not leaning over the railing, waving, smiling, cheering, etc. He is ducking and hiding. His location by the balcony is not adjacent to a room. It is next to a doorway, invisible in this photo, but very apparent on Google Maps. His location could have facilitated an (escape?) via the interior of the ground floor of the hotel (but on a different level from Reagan!) or via a vehicle off to Columbia Dr. I am amazed that photo remains in the pubic domain! https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9163228,-77.0454939,3a,15y,121.87h,86.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2ksQSncXNySWnERJkpcDwQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  8. Joseph, I believe this is the photo to which you are referring, correct? Yes, the man kneeling/sitting below the railing on the balcony does appear suspicious. I never noticed him before . . .
  9. Joseph, When I read your excellent book two years ago, I remember being struck by that document. It was one more example of just how screwy the medical evidence really was, and how difficult it remains to try to parse out the truth from any conclusions drawn at the autopsy. Anyway, here is one more eyewitness who described what he saw at very close range of the president's entry wound into his skull: Secret Service Agent Roy Kellerman. I have always believed that Kellerman was a decent guy who told the truth as he remembered it. His observations did not fit the basic narrative - he heard the last two shots come very close together ("a flurry") and he described the entry wound to the RIGHT of JFK's ear, just in the hairline. I bet he was right.
  10. Yes, I agree Jim. Their intent or hope was to blame "Oswald" as the shooter. But, important as that was, it was NOT the most important consideration for the plotters, nor even the second most: the overriding, absolutely imperative, nothing-else-matters-if-this-fails objective was to kill JFK. JFK had to be dead before the limo left Dealey Plaza, and if that meant an artillery strike had to be called in on the limo, then so be it. For the plotters, a living JFK would head an investigation that would, beyond any doubt, find out who did it. And they would all hang. The second most important consideration for the plotters was to get the sixth floor impersonators/shooters/team out of the TSBD. You and I agree that the passenger elevator escape theory is viable, if not proven beyond doubt. That team had to escape successfully. The third most important aspect was to blame a dead "Oswald". Only a dead "Oswald" could be patsified. Remember, even J. Edgar Hoover admitted in his phone call to LBJ on Saturday evening that "the evidence against this man is not very strong." Within 24 hours that changed. Had the FBI suddenly discovered more "evidence"? No, merely the patsy was now dead, and his widow could now be coerced into saying literally anything against him. And, of course, she did. Yes, they all wanted to wrap it up with "Oswald" as the shooter, but the other three considerations were even more important to the conspirators.
  11. Jim, You may be right, but it is mighty interesting that this same George W. Bush (43, not 41) was pressuring Billy Lord beginning in September of 1976 to tell all he remembered about his trip across the Atlantic back in 1956 with "Oswald". Lord was so worried about the intense coercion/threats/"terror tactics" that he wrote to President Carter! This demonstrates that certain very powerful people were very interested in talking to/influencing/intimidating/silencing every single person on earth who ever talked to "Oswald" - and doing so just before the HSCA really got rolling.
  12. John, Are you still in touch with Jeff Belmont? I'd like to know more about Alan H. Belmont and any anti-Nazi stories Jeff might have from the 1940's in NYC. Did Belmont ever cross paths in the 1940's with either Allen Dulles or John J. McCloy? How did Belmont feel about President Kennedy's policies, particularly his foreign policies? Did Belmont have an opinion about Kennedy's proposed plan to end the Cold War with the Soviet Union? On 11/22/63, was Belmont in touch with anyone from outside the FBI? How about in the next several days? Does Jeff have any anecdotes at all about how his uncle recalled the JFK assassination? Did his uncle feel that a "no-conspiracy" solution was foisted upon him, or did he naturally believe that was the sole path to follow? Has Jeff read (or can he get a copy of) his uncle's typescript "As I Recall It! Incidents in the life of a G-man"?
  13. Steve, I am glad you pointed the role of Erich Kaminsky here. When I read Jesse Curry's book last summer he wrote exactly that. I realized that the "Oswald was stopped and questioned by a policeman before Truly identified him" story may have its genesis right there. (Either that, or it is possible that there were TWO "Oswald"/DPD encounters within a very few minutes of the shots - one near the front door shortly after the shots, and then a second one a few minutes later.) If Roy Truly vouched for "Oswald" not in the 2nd floor lunchroom, but instead a few minutes later near the front door as "Oswald" was confronted by Kaminsky (and noted on Revill's list), then Truly's decision to send the DPD after "Oswald" a few minutes later is even more suspicious and conspiratorial. Greg Parker has suggested that the "605 Elsbeth" address noted on Revill's list could be a misread of "Oswald's" library card, particularly if the library card were read upside down (if "Oswald" was holding it in his hand as identification, say.) While that scenario is possible, it is hardly definitive. We don't know why the Elsbeth address appeared on the DPD list. I'd say the possibility that the address came from some other intelligence file is still open. Sandy Larsen, On a different note, I agree with you that the most important consideration for the conspirators on 11/22/63 was that the president was dead, not that "Oswald" be framed perfectly. I have long believed that "Oswald" was to be the patsy as the shooter if possible, but failing that, "Oswald" was to be blamed as the ringleader. This is where I disagree with Jim and John Armstrong. I have already demonstrated that there is clear evidence that Buell Wesley Frazier was impersonated before 11/22/63 (CE 3077) and was implicated after the shots with the early press reports that the DPD "found" a .303 British Enfield - Frazier's exact weapon! This is not to suggest that I think that Frazier was a conspirator - I don't. I think he was an innocent 19 year old kid on whom the authorities thought they could lean to support their "case" against "Oswald." Had not the FBI "linked" the Mannlicher-Carcano to "Oswald" late Friday night/early Saturday morning, I believe there was an excellent chance Frazier would have been jailed on conspiracy charges.
  14. Sandy, Have you read CIA Financial Analyst James B. Wilcott's classifed statements/interview with the HSCA? I had not. But in them, he claimed that "Among the close circle of friends with which I discussed all this openly, there was no doubt that Ruby was paid by CI*\ to do away with Oswald, and Oswald was a patsy . Information from other rather tight ; social circles would occasionally come our way and we would seise upon It and try to fit it into our own version of the scenario. There was no doubt that CIA was in "as thick as thieves" with the Dallas Police. Several different individuals or firms in Dallas had been Involved ♦ in one way or another with acting as cut-outs for arms shipment to * Cuban exiles for the Invasion. This we concluded from, putting various pieces people of information together. I remember hearing about some who had somehow helped the right-win.; Minute Men in Texas to get arms, originally intended for the invasion." https://archive.org/stream/HSCAUnpublishedAndClassifiedInterviewsAndTestimony/HSCA Interview of James B Wilcott%2C 22 March 1978_djvu.txt William Weston's articles "411 Elm Street" and "The Spider's Web: The Texas School Book Depository and the Dallas Conspiracy" make the provocative speculation that the TSBD was an important storage site for the CIA and their gun-running activities. I've also included a pretty good interview with Weston and Jim Fetzer. Take a close look at what Weston has to say about the Lone Star Book Depository's move to Harry Hines Blvd. and the alternate motorcade route. (1:40:00 ish on the video.) https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=16259#relPageId=16&tab=page https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=16259#relPageId=7
  15. Sandy, That's a really good point about the appearance of a Loveladyesque figure right on the steps of the Darnell film and its similarity to the actual image of Lovelady in Altgens 6 photo. As you pointed out, since it is Lovelady in Altgens, it is either Lovelady on the steps in Darnell or some other very similar looking balding guy standing in the same spot, wearing a shirt just like Lovelady's, not 30 seconds later. The odds of that are so improbable that we can dismiss them. So, since Lovelady remained on the steps for at least 30 seconds after the shots, he could not have been the "Lovelady" seen in Darnell striding west on the Elm Street extension with (Bill Shelley?). I await your positive identification of Gloria Calvery in Darnell at the steps, talking to Lovelady. As I pointed out before, she was so well acquainted with Bill Shelley that he was the best man at her wedding in July of 1963. (I don't know if Lovelady attended, or not.) Incidentally, if Andrej is correct, then to Frazier's left in the Darnell frame we can see both Bill Shelley and the very top of Sarah Stanton's gray hairdo, immediately behind Shelley. (So who were the two men who bore some resemblance to Shelley and Lovelady, and, as seen in Darnell, were walking toward the rail yard and does it really matter?)
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