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Butch Burroughs time LHO entered the Texas Theatre..


Two Places At Once?

Lee Harvey Oswald walked into the Texas Theater, after paying, just after the beginning of a 1:00 movie. Theater concession attendant Butch Burroughs saw Oswald enter the theater at this time. The "historical" Oswald supposedly entered the theater without paying at around 1:35. Burroughs stated that he remembered hearing someone enter at this time, but he didn't see that person. Since no one passed his concession stand, that person had to have gone to the balcony section of the theater, Burroughs asserted.

If the police were going to converge on Texas Theater and any suspect, it made sense to create a scenario where they were drawn there by a suspicious fleeting-like person. If Oswald had gotten to the Theater under perfectly normal circumstances(taken a bus and paid like everyone else, and in a calm manner), then the convergence of a massive fleet of Dallas police cars on the theater would certainly have aroused suspicions of inside knowledge.

Even if a description or picture of Oswald had been shown to the police and public immediately after the assassination, the conspirators could not count on his being detained in a conventional manner, getting noticed and reported by some citizen. Time was of the essence in catching him before he escaped the patsy net. It leads me to wonder just how obvious the 1:35 "Oswald" made himself look to shoe-store manager Johnny Brewer as a suspicious, fleeing man in light of the circumstances in the immediate neighborhood. Brewer was the one who got the ball rolling as far as notifiying the police(see below).

According to further Burroughs testimony, the "1:00-1:05" Oswald came back to the concession stand to buy popcorn at 1:15, then returned to the theater and sat next to a pregnant woman. Another witness in the theater that day was Jack Davis, who saw a man enter the theater and sit right next to him just after the opening credits of the 1:00 movie. Davis thought this action a bit peculiar since there were only about 20 people in the 900-seat theater.

After sitting next to Davis for a few minutes, the man got up and moved across the aisle to sit next to another person. Shortly after this, the man got up and entered the lobby, returning to the center section of the theater a little afterwards. When the house lights came on about 20 minutes later, Davis went to the lobby to inquire about it and saw policemen rush in the front door and into the theater. The man they brought out was the man who had sat next to him, according to Davis. That man was Lee Harvey Oswald. The recollections of Burroughs and Davis rip the official version of the "roominghouse to Texas Theater" Oswald trip to shreds.

If another man had entered the theater at around 1:35, then where did this man go? The later-arriving Texas Theater "Oswald" was spotted by shoe-store attendant Brewer when the suspect slipped into the store's foyer as a police car sped by. Brewer had heard on the radio of the assassination and a policeman being murdered just shortly before in the Oak Cliff neighborhood just several blocks away. He watched the man enter the Texas Theater without paying and immediately notified ticket clerk Julia Postal. Postal called the police.

When Brewer entered the theater he asked Burroughs if he had seen someone enter. Burroughs said he had heard someone enter but had not seen him. This corroboration of Burroughs non-sighting of the 1:35 "Oswald" is ignored by the official version of events, and for obvious reasons. Someone entering the ground level of the theater had to pass right by the concession stand and Burroughs: Oswald was arrested on the ground level, not in the balcony.

Throwing further suspicion on the arrest episode at the theater was the testimony of Bernard Haire, who had a hobby shop just two doors away. Haire, unaware of the assassination, was startled by the appearance of so many police cars in front of the theater at once and went outside to see a man being brought out under arrest. Haire proceeded to walk through his store and back into the alley, where there were more police cars.

Just as he got to the theater a door opened and police bought out another man who appeared to have been in a struggle and under arrest. This was a young white man dressed in a pull-over shirt and slacks. The man was put in a police car that quickly left the scene. Haire said he was shocked when he learned the real Oswald had been brought out front.

If we are to trust or at least give some credence to Haire's account, why hasn't this lead been further pursued? Everything here seems to point to two "Oswalds" entering the theater, the first one in an apparent attempt to establish some sort of contact and the second to provide an excuse for police convergence on the scene. It smells of an obvious trap. And it also raises a lot of suspicions about the Dallas Police Department.

Haire's account adds credibility to the accounts of Burroughs and Davis, but only Brewer has become cemented in the official version's historical lineup of major witnesses because he did not witness the "1:00-1:05" Oswald. And being so close to the assassination epicenter it is easy to see why Haire, Davis and Burroughs didn't press their stories further for fear for their lives.


Also see Jim Marrs book : "Crossfire....page 354....

Bernard J. Haire owned Bernie's Hobby House, located two doors east of the Texas Theatre. Marrs interviewed Haire in the summer of 1987, and the following was revealed in that interview:

Haire went outside the front of his place of business and saw the

street filled with police cars and saw a crowd gathered at the Texas Theatre. He hadn't heard of the President's assassination yet. He could not see what was happening in front of the theatre but, according to Marrs, Haire is seen in at least one photograph taken at the time Oswald was taken out of the theatre by police.

Haire walked back into his store, and went into the back alley, which he said was also filled with police cars. Haire told Marrs that when he was opposite the rear door of the theatre, police brought out a young white man, dressed in a pullover shirt and slacks and appeared to be flushed as if having been in a struggle. Haire told Marrs that he was under the impression the young man was under arrest, as police put him in a police car and drove off.

Marrs goes on to say that Haire, for over two decades, thought he witnessed the arrest of Oswald in the rear of the theatre, and was shocked to find out that Oswald had been handcuffed and brought out the front door of the theatre. Haire told Marrs, "I don't know who I saw arrested." (Marrs, page 354)"

Bill Cheslock


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Thanks for your so vividly refreshing my memory.

The only question that I have at this point would "the Oswald" who was escorted out the front theatre door, have pulled a pistol, which could have been suicidal when one considers that he was surrounded by police, had he not shot Tippitt?

The answer which first pops to mind is that perhaps he didn't draw a gun....but then the lies of all of those officers would have to have been elicited. I think bringing all of those officers into the "plot" would have been undesireable to the conspiracists.

The report of LHO drawing his pistol in the theatre is the only reason that I originally changed my beliefs to feel that "this LHO" had shot Tippitt!

Had this been better reported and publicised, this incident, if it truly occurred, could have thrown a very large wrench into the cogs !

The "set up" which you propose seems very "doable" if enough of the DPD were involved. I have always believed that DPD was much more involved than credited with.....but this almost seems "extreme" considering the number of officers involved that "must have played a part".

I hope that I am not heading off on another "most unproveable" tangent!

Charles Black

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