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Elvis Dalrymple

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On December 1, 1963 Detective K.L. Anderton wrote up a handwritten report of a meeting he had with prisoner "Robert" Borchgardt.
DPD Archives, Box 2, Folder# 6, Item# 9

I believe that "Robert" Borchgardt is actually Richard Borchgardt, who took part in Oswald's third line-up, which took place at 7:40 p.m. on the night of the 22nd. This is the infamous "Davis sisters" line-up,

In summary, Borchgardt said he had information about a gun running operation, stolen cars and narcotics.

Borchgardt said that he had gotten his information from 4 people both inside and outside of jail, and named them:

E. Dalrymple (the first name is hard to make out, but I believe it is Elvis.

Lawrence Miller
Perry Wydell
Marvin Fraizer

Is this the same Elvis Dalrymple who testified against William Moncrief, who burned down the Dallas Sportatorium owned by Ed McLemore in 1953?

William Theodore MONCRIEF, Appellant, v. The STATE of Texas, Appellee.

Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.

November 10, 1954.


Elvis Dalrymple testified that he had known the appellant (Moncrief) for about two years; that early in the morning of May 1 he had gone to appellant's home in Dallas and had proceeded with the appellant to take his wife to work; that on their return they passed the charred remains of the Sportatorium and the appellant had told him that he (the appellant) had been at a beer joint nearby when it had burned. Dalrymple testified that he and the appellant then proceeded to the Travis Hotel, where the appellant placed a collect call for one Tony in Houston and reported that "everything was alright up here and that he was coming in." Dalrymple stated that after that they returned to appellant's home, where he met Roy Tatum, and that he, Tatum and the appellant left for Houston.

McCrory, an accomplice witness under the court's charge, testified that he, a woman named Alice and the appellant had come from Houston to Dallas in January, 1953, and that appellant had offered him $100 to help him burn the Sportatorium and told him that he (the appellant) was to be paid by Tony at the American Grill in Houston for the job. McCrory testified that he and the appellant had acquired two five gallon cans, that appellant had filled them with gasoline or kerosene at a filling station, and that they then proceeded to the Sportatorium late at night and placed the cans in an old automobile back of the building but that when it came time for them to ignite the fire he had lost his nerve and backed out of the venture. McCrory testified that a short while thereafter he, Ragsdale, Cook and the appellant had returned to Dallas and found that the cans had been removed and that the appellant had been unable to get anyone to help him burn the building on this occasion.

The appellant told Dalrymple that he had been near the fire at the time it burned. The appellant called Tony in Houston in the presence of Dalrymple and reported that his mission had been accomplished. Appellant had told an accomplice that the money from the job was to come from Tony in Houston.


The Waco News-Tribune from Waco, Texas · January 22, 1954 Page 17

Minimum sentences were given two men whose testimony helped convict a third on charges which grew' out of the fire which destroyed a wrestling arena here. Roy Houston Tatum. 26. former Chicagoan, received a 2-year term after saying he set the blaze which burned the Sportatorium to the ground. Tatum also pleaded guilty to conspiring last April with William Theodore Moncrief, 38, to burn the sports arena. He got two years on that charge, too, to run concurrently with the first. Alfred Huey McCrory, who was working as an aircraft mechanic in Los Angeles, Calif., when arrested last summer, pleaded guilty to conspiring w’ith Moncrief in January. 1953 , and received a 2- year probated term. Tatum testified he hacked out.

Steve Thomas

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