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A forensic footnote to Dallas' dark day

Museum boasts JFK memorabilia that no one knew was missing

09:42 PM CST on Thursday, December 16, 2004

By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News

Dallas police found more than the drugs they expected during a raid on an East

Mockingbird Lane apartment. They uncovered evidence from one of the most famous

murder cases in U.S. history.

Inside Michael Roppolo's apartment was a trove of Kennedy assassination

memorabilia, including an authentic Dallas police fingerprint card bearing the

infamous name Jack Ruby.

One of the fingerprint boxes is blank, reflecting Mr. Ruby's missing left index

finger, which he lost when a guitarist bit it off in a fight. "Amp. 1st Joint,"

it says.

It's unclear whether the prints, marked "master," were taken after he shot Lee

Harvey Oswald in the old police headquarters basement, or whether the

fingerprint card was made after an earlier arrest of the colorful Dallas club


What's not in dispute is that the card, apparently pilfered from police

archives several decades ago, is invaluable, said Senior Cpl. Jess Lucio, who

is coordinating the collection of materials for the police museum to be housed

in the department's new headquarters.

He took custody of the items over the summer after Mr. Roppolo's drug case was

wrapped up. Mr. Roppolo got five years' probation, county officials said.

Police are unsure how the JFK evidence ended up in Mr. Roppolo's apartment. He

told authorities that a relative who used to work for the department gave it to


In addition to the fingerprint card, officers during their raid last year found

Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia, including autopsy photos.

Police say the JFK items appear to be authentic: items marked as trial evidence

including pictures of Mr. Ruby shooting Oswald and what appears to be a drawing

of a map containing important assassination-related locations, such as Dealey

Plaza and the street in Oak Cliff where Officer J.D. Tippit was shot.

Police also found a photo inventory of Mr. Oswald's belongings, which were

seized from his Beckley Avenue rooming house on the day of the assassination.

That picture features an eerie collage of seemingly banal personal effects,

interesting only because of who once owned them: shoes, a bar of Lux soap,

Russian flash cards, black sunglasses, gloves and an assortment of clothing.

Another photo documents items – mostly socialist propaganda – found at Ruth

Paine's Irving house, where Marina Oswald had stayed.

"Of the items recovered, two are clearly of museum quality: the Ruby

fingerprint card and the drawing," Cpl. Lucio said. "The other pieces recovered

were interesting, unusual and rarely seen photographs."

E-mail jtrahan@dallasnews.com


Don Roberdeau

U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67, "Big John" Plank Walker

Sooner, or later, the Truth emerges Clearly





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Dr. DONALD THOMAS during his NID-2001 presentation, "Hear No Evil":

The x-ray of the President's head taken at the autopsy revealed a metal

fragment on the outside of the cranium located 10 cm dorsad of the occipital

protuberance. The scalp wound in apposition to this piece of metal was

described in the autopsy facing sheet (7 HSCA 253) as "ragged, slanting" with

an arrow indicating an upward trajectory. Dr. RUSSELL FISHER, the chairman of

the forensic pathology panel appointed by Attorney General RAMSEY CLARK to

review the autopsy materials concluded that the piece of metal was, "...most

likely a richochet fragment" (interview in Menninger pp. 64-66).

I am not a forensic pathologist, but Dr. FISHER's expert diagnosis meshes well

with the filmed evidence of the President's reaction, the accounts of the

eyewitnesses, and explains the ragged nature of the scalp wound. Or, we may

choose to rely on the HSCA Forensic Pathology panel's expertise on how this

piece of metal came to be lodged on the outside of the President's skull. The

Warren Commission's doctors elected not to report this piece of metal in their

autopsy protocol. The forensic pathology panel met with the Chief Prosector,

JAMES HUMES, and asked him about the fragment and scalp lesion. Transcripts of

the panel's discussion elicited the following opinion from Dr. GEORGE LOQUVAM:

COE: "The reason we are so interested in this, Dr. Humes, is because other

pathologists have interpreted the..."

LOQUVAM: "I don't think this belongs in the damn record."

HUMES: "Well, it probably doesn't."

LOQUVAM: "You guys are nuts. You guys are nuts writing this stuff. It doesn't

belong in the damn record." (7HSCA255)

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Don Roberdeau (!)

Jack Ruby material interesting.

The Autopsy stuff is best approached by the Seminar Thread AUTOPSY EVIDENCE by Dr. Minkel, composed upon his visits to the National Archives. The low rear entry wound of the 1977 House findings is very suspect, "a more magicker bullet"

Between Pat Spears paper, Dr. Minkels' Paper and Wim's Website, I have been able to puzzle over the photos and XRays, and "THEY DON"T MAKE NO SENSE"

Glad you are active in the FORUM

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Some years back, I contacted the National Archives and purchased the transcript of the HSCA testimony of DPD Crime Scene Investigator Robert Studebaker. While I was hoping for a detailed discussion of the events of 11-22-63, and the evidence acquired by the Studebaker and Day in the TSBD, I was surprised to find that the focus of the testimony was on Studebaker's subsequent behavior regarding the crime scene photos. It turns out he made copies of much of the evidence, including the back yard photos, and gave them out to fellow officers as souvenirs of their brush with history. And not only that, but that he'd personally collected most all of the photos (much as Rusty Livingston, the source of the photos in First Day Evidence) and had attempted to sell his collection via a seamy character with mob ties (John Grizzaffi, if I recall). I then realized that Grizzaffi was in the WC's files, as someone who'd come in contact with Oswald. All in all, it was a bit strange, and a bit surprising that no one seemed to know about it.

In any event, it comes as no surprise that some of the Ruby evidence would end up in private hands, seeing as how so much of the Oswald evidence ended up in private hands.

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