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I know Chief Curry wrote a book, but have the other "higher ups" of the Dallas Police Department and/or the Sheriff's office spoken about their views of the investigation? Has Curry gone beyond his book?

I'm particularly interested in what they had to say once the FBI took over the investigation, and what they had to say once the Warren Report came out.

Do any Forum members have knowledge of what these men may have said?

I'm sure that since Will Fritz was "in charge" of the investigation in the beginning, he would have been able to give some valuable insight, in the years that followed...

The same goes for Decker too.

Thanks.

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http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online...s/DD/fde69.html

The following appears through the link above:

DECKER, JAMES ERIC (1898-1970). James Eric (Bill) Decker, law officer, son of James A. and Cecille T. Decker, was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 31, 1898. He grew up there and attended local schools before dropping out to find work. On July 21, 1916, he married Clyde Ryals of Galveston. Four years later he became an elevator operator at the Dallas County Courthouse. In 1923 Decker joined Constable Murray Fisher's staff as deputy constable. In 1933 he was named chief deputy to Sheriff Richard A. (Smoot) Schmid, a position he held until Schmid lost the 1946 election. Decker resigned from his position as chief deputy and ran for sheriff in 1948, when he defeated incumbent Steve Guthrie. Decker was sheriff until his death in 1970. Throughout his twenty-two years as sheriff he never faced another opponent in an election.

Decker became somewhat of a legend as a Texas lawman. His relentless pursuit of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parkerqqv and his capture of hardened criminal Raymond Hamilton focused national attention on him in the 1930s. Even greater attention was focused on Sheriff Decker in November 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas (see KENNEDY ASSASSINATION). During the trial of Jack Ruby,qv the killer of alleged Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald,qv five prisoners escaped from the county jail. Criticism was leveled on Dallas law enforcement as a result. Decker, in his typically calm manner, answered the critics, saying that "Dallas will survive all this, partner." As sheriff, he modernized and expanded the department and led his staff with a low-keyed dignity.

He and his wife had no children; they raised his cousin, William Tennant Decker. Decker received numerous awards during his lifetime but always maintained that he was no hero, just "a professional law-enforcement officer trying to do a job." He died on August 29, 1970, and was buried in Dallas.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Dallas Morning News, August 25, 26, 1970, November 17, 1978. Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Gerald D. Saxon

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Didn't know prisoners escaped during Ruby's trial. Does anyone know who they were? Anyone interesting in that group?

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Bill Decker never talked publically...but the late Mary Ferrell

said her sources told her that HE WANTED TO MAKE A DEATHBED

CONFESSION, but that officers were stationed by his hospital

door to prevent visitors. The reason given was that he was

senile and making "incoherent ramblings" about the assassination.

Of course this is just hearsay.

Jack :D

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Antti,

I know Chief Curry wrote a book, but have the other "higher ups" of the Dallas Police Department and/or the Sheriff's office spoken about their views of the investigation?

There's an interesting story involving Audie Murphy, Decker, and a man named Gary Wean.

Gary Wean

Gary Wean and the JFK Assassination

Sun Nov 16 23:23:33 2003

64.140.159.29

Gary Wean and the JFK Assassination

http://home1.gte.net/res0k62m/cover-up.htm#wean

You can read an excerpt from Wean's book here:

http://www.apfn.net/messageboard/11-17-03/...ion.cgi.10.html

It's ummm... interesting.

Kind of interesting too that he identified the mysterious "John" as Senator John Tower.

Steve Thomas

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  • 5 years later...
Guest Tom Scully

Bill Decker never talked publically...but the late Mary Ferrell

said her sources told her that HE WANTED TO MAKE A DEATHBED

CONFESSION, but that officers were stationed by his hospital

door to prevent visitors. The reason given was that he was

senile and making "incoherent ramblings" about the assassination.

Of course this is just hearsay.

Jack :D

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=irrational%20condition%20may%20explain%20why%20Harry%20Weatherford%2C%20Clarence%20Jones%2C%20and%20Jack%20Faulkner%20were%20at%20his%20side&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbo=u&tbs=bks:1&source=og&sa=N&tab=wp

Forgive my grief: a critical review of the Warren Commission ...: Volume 4

Penn Jones -

The list of those named as being present with Decker at the time of his death appears to have; significance. And the irrational condition may explain why Harry Weatherford, Clarence Jones, and Jack Faulkner were at his side when the ...

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ANTII........

During the trial of Jack Ruby,qv the killer of alleged Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald,qv five prisoners escaped from the county jail. Criticism was leveled on Dallas law enforcement as a result.
THEY TOOK SHOWN ,A MRS.THORNTON AS A HOSTAGE..she was released and no one harmed and the prisoners all re captured..i seem to recall, this is all i can find now in a folder.that is clarence gregory holding the gun on her....B Edited by Bernice Moore
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In his book, The Mafia Killed President Kennedy (1988) David E. Scheim claimed that "Decker was well-connected in the underworld... Decker maintained friendships with two notorious local hoodlums and served as a character reference for Joseph Civello when the Dallas Mafia boss applied for parole on a narcotics conviction."

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKdecker.htm

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So Decker rises up from elevator operator to Sheriff and was Sheriff when he died, when cops were posted at his hospital door because he wanted to make a deathbed confession and was rambling incoherently about the Kennedy assassination. I know there is a book - a bio written and published about him, does anybody have it, and does it mention Audie Murphy?

BK

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