Joseph Milteer:

Joseph Milteer

Miami Prophet, or Quitman Crackpot?


The fellow at the right is named Joseph Milteer. He looks benign enough, but in fact he had some very nasty political opinions and some very nasty friends. These political opinions and these friends are the reason many conspiracists think he had "foreknowledge" of the Kennedy assassination.

Milteer was a political activist in far-right, racist circles from Quitman, Georgia. He was independently wealthy, and traveled constantly. On one of his trips, to Miami, he made statements about Kennedy being killed. In CrossfireJim Marrs reports that:

On November 9, 1963, a Miami police informant named William Somersett met with Joseph A. Milteer, a wealthy right-wing extremist who promptly began to outline the assassination of President Kennedy.

Milteer was a leader of the arch-conservative National States Rights Party as well as a member of other groups such as the Congress of Freedom and the White Citizen’s Council of Atlanta. Somersett had infiltrated the States Rights Party and secretly recorded Milteer’s conversation.

The tape, later turned over to Miami police, recorded Milteer as saying, "[During Kennedy’s impending visit to Miami] You can bet your bottom dollar he is going to have a lot to say about the Cubans, there are so many of them here . . . The more bodyguards he has, the easier it is to get him . . . From an office building with a high-powered rifle . . . He’s knows he’s a marked man." (p. 265)

For this, Jim Marrs calls him "The Miami Prophet."

Was he that? Or was he just a racist blowhard? If you read Marrs’ account, you might be inclined to believe that he knew something. But even in the account Marrs provides, it’s interesting that Milteer says nothing about "triangulation of crossfire," or a "kill zone" or multiple shooters. If Milteer had any "foreknowledge" he had foreknowledge of a single shooter.

Anthony Summers’ book Conspiracy deals with Milteer in two places. In the text he recounts the following edited version of Milteer’s conversation with Somersett (p. 404):

INFORMANT: I think Kennedy is coming here on the 18th, or something like that to make some kind of speech . . .

EXTREMIST: You can bet your bottom dollar he is going to have a lot to say about the Cubans. There are so many of them here.

INFORMANT: Yeah. Well, he will have a thousand bodyguards, don’t worry about that.

EXTREMIST: The more bodyguards he has the easier it is to get him.

INFORMANT: Well, how in the hell do you figure would be the best way to get him?

EXTREMIST: From an office building with a high-powered rifle. . . He knows he’s a marked man . . . .

INFORMANT: They are really going to try to kill him?

EXTREMIST: Oh yeah, it is in the working . . . .

INFORMANT: Boy, if that Kennedy gets shot, we have to know where we are at. Because you know that will be a real shake if they do that.

EXTREMIST: They wouldn’t leave any stone unturned there, no way. They will pick somebody up within hours afterwards, if anything like that would happen. Just to throw the public off.

Then, in a long footnote (p. 624), Summers adds the following:

Joseph Milteer, the right-wing extremist who said two weeks before the assassination that the President’s murder was "in the working," told a police informant afterward that "Everything ran true to form. I guess you thought I was kidding you when I said he would be killed from a window with a high-powered rifle." Asked whether he was guessing when he made the original remark, Milteer replied, "I don’t do any guessing." According to the informant, Milteer said there was no need "to worry about Lee Harvey Oswald getting caught because he doesn’t know anything." The right wing, said Milteer, was "in the clear," adding that "the patriots have outsmarted the Communist group in order that the Communists would carry out the plan without the right wing becoming involved."

Again, note that Milteer takes "credit" for knowing that Kennedy was going to be "killed from a window with a high-powered rifle." This is the Warren Commission’s version of what happened. More to the point, it was the version that law enforcement officials and the media were publicizing when Milteer talked to Somersett.

Rather than having "inside knowledge" that the media were pushing an inaccurate account, Milteer accepts what law enforcement officials and the media were saying!

He does seem to accept that Oswald is a "patsy" that has been manipulated. But he says a "communist group" was manipulated by "the patriots" (presumably, Milteer’s racist buddies) to do the killing.

Does anybody believe it happened this way?

But while a careful reading of Summers and Marrs will make one doubt that Milteer actually had any "inside knowledge" of a conspiracy to kill Kennedy, it’s the stuff that these authors suppress that is the most damning.

A more complete account of what Milteer told Somersett is found in an article in the September 1976 issue of Miami Magazine by Dan Christensen. Titled "JFK, King: The Dade County Links" it provides details omitted from conspiracy books.

Somersett: …I think Kennedy is coming here on the 18th…to make some kind of speech…I imagine it will be on TV.

Milteer: You can bet your bottom dollar he is going to have a lot to say about the Cubans. There are so many of them here.

Somersett: Yeah, well, he will have a thousand bodyguards. Don’t worry about that.

Milteer: The more bodyguards he has the easier it is to get him.

Somersett: Well, how in the hell do you figure would be the best way to get him?

Milteer: From an office building with a high-powered rifle. How many people does he have going around who look just like him? Do you now about that?

Somersett: No, I never heard he had anybody.

Milteer: He has about fifteen. Whenever he goes anyplace, he knows he is a marked man.

Somersett: You think he knows he is a marked man?

Milteer: Sure he does.

Somersett: They are really going to try to kill him?

Milteer: Oh yeah, it is in the working. Brown himself, [Jack] Brown is just as likely to get him as anybody in the world. He hasn’t said so, but he tried to get Martin Luther King.

After a few more minutes of conversation, Somersett again spoke of assassination.

Somersett: Hitting this Kennedy is going to be a hard proposition, I tell you. I believe you may have figured out a way to get him, the office building and all that. I don’t know how the Secret Service agents cover all them office buildings everywhere he is going. Do you know whether they do that or not?

Milteer: Well, if they have any suspicion they do that, of course. But without suspicion, chances are that they wouldn’t. You take there in Washington. This is the wrong time of the year, but in pleasant weather, he comes out of the veranda and somebody could be in a hotel room across the way and pick him off just like that.

Somersett: Is that right?

Milteer: Sure, disassemble a gun. You don’t have to take a gun up there, you can take it up in pieces. All those guns come knock down. You can take them apart.

Before the end of the tape, the conversation returns to Kennedy.

Milteer: Well, we are going to have to get nasty…

Somersett: Yeah, get nasty.

Milteer: We have got to be ready, we have got to be sitting on go, too.

Somersett: Yeah, that is right.

Milteer: There ain’t any count-down to it, we have just go to be sitting on go. Countdown, they can move in on you, and on go they can’t. Countdown is all right for a slow prepared operation. But in an emergency operation, you have got to be sitting on go.

Somersett: Boy if that Kennedy gets shot, we have got to know where we are at. Because you know that will be a real shake…

Milteer: They wouldn’t leave any stone unturned there. No way. They will pick somebody within hours afterwards, if anything like that would happen, just to throw the public off.

Somersett: Oh, somebody is going to have to go to jail, if he gets killed.

Milteer: Just like Bruno Hauptmann in the Lindbergh case, you know.

It seems the conspiracy books leave some things out. They usually don’t tell readers about:

  1. The 15 look-alikes that Kennedy has travelling with him? If you’re going to shoot Kennedy, you wouldn’t want to hit one a’ them look-alikes, would you?
  2. The fact that Milteer named the man who was supposedly going to kill Kennedy — one Jack Brown — and nobody has linked him to the assassination. Interestingly, after the assassination, Brown was forgotten.
  3. The fact that the language about taking a disassembled gun up into a tall building was in the context of shooting Kennedy on the veranda of the White House, in warm weather.

It seems that presenting Milteer as "The Miami Prophet" (Marrs’ term for him) rather than "The Quitman Crackpot" requires withholding information from your readers.

A Generic Scenario

Had JFK been killed by some bizarre or exotic means — poison in his breakfast cereal or a hand grenade thrown into the presidential limo — and Milteer had described that, his statements might be impressive. But in fact he described the most generic possible assassination scenario.

He was far from the only person who did. Dallas Secret Service chief Forest Sorrels was questioned by the Warren Commission about planning for the Dallas motorcade:

Mr. STERN. When you laid out the motorcade route and drove over it — and I take it you drove over it several times —

Mr. SORRELS. Yes, sir.

Mr. STERN. Did you consider or discuss with Mr. Lawson the possibility of any danger to the President from the buildings along the route?

Mr. SORRELS. Well —

Mr. STERN. Did you think about any of the buildings as presenting any particular problem?

Mr. SORRELS. All buildings are a problem, as far as we are concerned. That, insofar as I have been concerned — and I am sure that every member of the Service, especially the Detail — that is always of concern to us. We always consider it a hazard. During the time that we were making this survey with the police, I made the remark that if someone wanted to get the President of the United States, he could do it with a high-powered rifle and a telescopic sight from some building or some hillside, because that has always been a concern to us, about the buildings. (7H338)

Sorrels was not the only person who thought about this. Presidential aide Kenneth O’Donnell recounted to the Warren Commission a conversation that took place in Fort Worth on the very morning of the assassination:

Mr. O’DONNELL. Well, as near as I can recollect he [JFK] was commenting to his wife on the function of the Secret Service and his interpretation of their role once the trip had commenced, in that their main function was to protect him from crowds, and to see that an unruly or sometimes an overexcited crowd did not generate into a riot, at which the President of the United States could be injured. But he said that if anybody really wanted to shoot the President of the United States, it was not a very difficult job — all one had to do was get a high building some day with a telescopic rifle, and there was nothing anybody could do to defend against such an attempt on the President’s life. (7H456)

So did JFK have "foreknowledge" of his own assassination?

Vindicating Milteer: the "Cancelled Motorcade" in Miami

But Milteer’s importance is inflated, in the conspiracy book accounts, by the supposed fact that the Kennedy’s "Miami motorcade" was cancelled because of Milteer’s statements. Marrs claims:

Captain Charles Sapp, head of Miami’s Police Intelligence Bureau, was concerned enough with Milteer’s remarks to alert both the FBI and the Secret Service. Again, apparently no word of this right-wing plot reached Secret Service agents involved in Kennedy’s Dallas trip. Sapp in later years, however, recalled that plans for a Miami motorcade were scrapped and the President instead flew to a scheduled speech by helicopter. (p. 265)

And Summers notes that:

While the Assassinations Committee found no reference in the documentary record, it has been reported that there was a last-minute change in the Miami program. Captain Sapp recalls that a planned motorcade was cancelled — for fear of trouble from the anti-Castro movement. On arriving at Miami Airport late in the day, the President flew by helicopter to and from his speech-making at the Americana Hotel. (p. 405)

Summers is vague and apparently evasive about what the House Select Committee found. In fact, anyone reading their Report should note the following:

A Miami journalist later reported that a decision was made to transport President Kennedy from Miami International Airport to a Miami Beach hotel by helicopter to avoid exposing him to assassins by having him ride in a motorcade. The committee could find no documentation for this report. (p. 230)

For the article written by the Miami journalist [claiming the motorcade was cancelled], see Christensen, Dan, "JFK, King: The Dade County Links," in Miami Magazine, September 1976, p. 25 (JFK Document 003360). Christensen could not document his assertion therein that a planned motorcade was canceled, other than to say that "many people" believed that a cancellation had taken place; see outside contact report with Dan Christensen, Feb. 2, 1978, House Select Committee on Assassinations (JFK Document 004434). Persons cited by Christensen as sources for corroboration of his version of the cancellation did not recall that his version was correct; see outside contact report with the Honorable Seymour Gelber, Feb. 2, 1978, House Select Committee on Assassinations (JFK Document 005533); outside contact report with Attorney Richard Gerstein, Feb. 2, 1978, House Select Committee on Assassinations (JFK Document 013458): interview of Miami field office Special Agent Talmadge Bailey, Mar. 1, 1978, House Select Committee on Assassinations, pp. 5-7 (JFK Document 009385): and interview of Miami field office Special Agent Robert J. Jamison, Feb. 28, 1978, House Select Committee on Assassinations, p. 2 (JFK Document 007063). (p. 635)

So Christensen, who wrote the otherwise fine article quoted above, began a factoid that has been endlessly repeated in the JFK conspiracy books.

The House Select Committee seemed unaware that a couple of years earlier the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (Church Committee) had studied this issue. On January 9, 1976 the Church Committee sent a letter of inquiry to the Department of the Treasury, outlining the basic "Milteer" story, and noting that "We are also generally aware that President Kennedy visited Miami, Florida on November 18, 1963, and that a scheduled motorcade through downtown Miami was cancelled." The Committee went on to request "A detailed explanation as to why the President’s Miami motorcade was cancelled, including a statement as to whether there was any relationship between the cancellation and Milteer’s threat."

An official response came from James T. Burke, Assistant Director of the Secret Service (Protective Intelligence).

There is no evidence in Service files to indicate a presidential motorcade was planned for the Miami visit. The survey reports indicate helicopter travel was planned from Miami International Airport to Bal Harbor and a motorcade was to be utilized only in case of inclement weather. The Secret Service advance agents for this visit both recall that helicopter travel was planned from the beginning of their survey on 11-11-63. There is no basis for the insinuation that helicopter travel was planned as a result of the Milteer threat.

(Source: National Archives documents: 121-10002-10063 and 121-10002-10064)

More recent research has made it even clearer that no motorcade was cancelled.

Researcher Gordon Winslow found a memo dated November 1, 1963 (over a week before Milteer’s statements), from William Jibb (Administrative Assistant to Senator George Smathers) to Dick Pettigrew (a Florida political operative) outlining the confidential itinerary for Kennedy’s trip to Tampa and Miami. Since Smathers was a Democratic senator from Florida, his staff was heavily involved in planning the trip. Winslow found this in the Smathers collection at the University of Florida in Gainesville.


Gordon Winslow’s web site, Cuban Information Archives, is an excellent source for information on Cuban exiles, and goings-on in Miami.


The schedule has Kennedy arriving at Miami at 5:00 p.m. for a rally at the Miami International Airport. Then at 5:30 it says "Departs from Miami International Airport by helicopter for Americana Hotel on Miami Beach." No motorcade mentioned.

Thus the "cancelled motorcade" factoid, which was debunked in 1976, is being repeated in conspiracy books two decades later (and counting).

One can see why. Inflating the importance of Milteer lends credibility to the notion that he actually knew something about a forthcoming assassination — rather than being merely an extremist given to wild talk. And it allows conspiracy book writers to imply that it was somehow sinister that information about Milteer was not passed along to the Dallas Secret Service — in spite of the fact that Milteer never said anything about a threat to Kennedy in Dallas.

More on the "Cancelled Motorcade"

If conspiracy books should have long since quit repeating the factoid about the "cancelled motorcade," the issue turns out to be a bit more complicated.

Researcher John Fiorentino has established that there was a motorcade in Miami. In fact, there was both a helicopter trip from the airport and a motorcade along a few blocks in downtown Miami, as shown on this aerial photo which Fiorentino has supplied. Indeed, Fiorentino has found a photo from this motorcade.

Although Kennedy indeed departed for the Americana via air, his helicopter actually landed at Haulover Beach Park heliport. From there the President departed by automobile to the Americana.

Here is the President’s itinerary beginning at 5:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. President left speakers’ stand and, after shaking hands with many in the general public area and guests in the VIP section, boarded helicopter.

5:35 p.m. Helicopter departed airport.

5:45 p.m. Helicopter arrived heliport, Haulover Beach Park.

5:48 p.m. President departed helicopter by automobile.

The presidential car, a Mercury convertible on arrival, and a Continental hardtop on departure, was driven by SA Greer. The Secret Service follow-up car, a Ford convertible, was driven by SA Rybka.

What do we make of this apparently conflicting evidence? Quite simply, as the William Jibb memo proves, a helicopter trip was planned from the beginning. Apparently, in the thinking of people making the plans, the helicopter was taking Kennedy to the "Americana Hotel on Miami Beach," since the chopper landed as close to the hotel as it could.

So the conspiracy books are wrong on two counts. The helicopter trip was planned from well before Milteer spouted off to Somersett. And the motorcade (brief as it was) was never called off.

Vindicating Milteer: Call from Dallas on the Day of the Assassination

But yet another claim about Milteer would provide compelling evidence that Milteer had foreknowledge of the assassination. He supposedly called Somersett from Dallas on the morning of November 22nd, and predicted that Kennedy would be killed. According to Marrs:

On the day of the assassination, Milteer telephoned Somersett, saying he was in Dallas and that Kennedy was due there shortly. Milteer commented that Kennedy would never be seen in Miami again. (Crossfire, p. 265)

Groden and Livingstone, in High Treason (Baltimore: The Conservatory Press, 1989, p. 408) assert:

At 10:30 A.M. on November 22, Somersett received a phone call in Miami from Milteer in Dallas, stating that President Kennedy would be there that day and would not be visiting Miami again.

And Henry Hurt, in Reasonable Doubt (New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985, p. 411) claims:

On November 22, Milteer telephoned his "friend," the informant and told him he was in Dallas. Prior to the midday events, Milteer told the informant that Kennedy was expected in Dallas that day and would probably never again visit Miami.

Damning. But is it true?

Photo of Milteer in Dealey Plaza?

One piece of evidence offered to support the presence of Milteer in Dallas is a blow-up from a photo by James Altgens of the presidential limo on Houston Street, just seconds before the turn on Elm. The photo is shown below, with an arrow pointing to the "Milteer" figure.

Robert Groden, in The Killing of a President, shows his readers the photo, and then claims:

Milteer stood on Houston Street, next to eyewitnesses Carolyn Walther and Pearl Springer. While the crowd about him called out greetings to the President, Milteer stood silently, his right arm held up at a 90 degree angle. Then the first shots were fired. As pandemonium erupted in the Plaza, Milteer quietly disappeared into the crowds. (p. 196)

The House Select Committee was aware of the "Milteer" figure, and put its panel of photographic experts to work on it. The panel was unconvinced. First, they pointed out two facial features that clearly differentiated the spectator on Houston Street and Milteer.

 

All of the available Milteer photographs show the membranous portion of Milteer’s upper lip was very thin. The enhanced photographs of the spectator suggest a rather full and thick upper lip. This is not a trait apt to be influenced by normal variation in facial expression.

In the earliest photographs Milteer has a full, regular hairline with no central or lateral retreat suggestive of incipient baldness. In the photograph that was apparently taken when Milteer was about 55 years old, his hairline is virtually identical to that of the earlier photographs. The latest photograph, taken about a decade after the assassination, shows Milteer with a full head of hair. The spectator, however, appears to have little, if any, hair. The extent of the balding, though, could not be ascertained; no hairline is visible, and in fact, the entire frontal crown of the head appears bare.

But the height of the spectator provided even more conclusive evidence:

The only available height record of Milteer gives his stature as 64 inches. This corresponds to about the seventh statural percentile of American males. That is, about 93 out of 100 adult American men would be taller than Milteer. Also, about 35 percent of adult American females would exceed Milteer’s reported height. In contrast, the spectator alleged to be Milteer is taller than 4 of the 7 other males and all of the 16 females in the line of spectators shown in the motorcade photograph. Based upon Milteer’s reported height, the probability of randomly selecting a group of Americans where so many are shorter than Milteer’s reported height is .0000007. Moreover, an analysis based upon actual measurements of certain physical features shown in the photograph yields a height estimate for the spectator of about 70 inches — 6 inches taller than Milteer’s reported stature. (HSCA Volume 6, pp. 242-257)

In short: the spectator wasn’t Milteer. He didn’t even particularly look like Milteer.

Somersett’s Account

So Willie Somersett’s account is the only evidence of Milteer being in Dallas on the day of the assassination. Unlike the November 9 conversation, which was taped by Somersett, we have only Somersett’s word for Milteer’s "call from Dallas." And interestingly, his earliest accounts don’t mention any such call.

Consider for example a transcript of an interview he had with the Miami Police Department just four days after the assassination.

MIAMI POLICE INFORMANT

INFORMATION ON MILTEER

November 26, 1963

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[….]

Q: Do you know whether this Milteer has ever spent any time in New Orleans?

A: He said that he had been to New Orleans and that he had been to Dallas Texas. This probably would have been 5-6 months ago, he didn’t specify a certain time, but he was in New Orleans, Dallas, and Gulfport Mississippi, and in Biloxi, Mississippi and in Jackson, and he spent quite a time in Alabama.

[….]

Q: Do you have any idea of your own thought, what is your thought, do you think maybe Milteer could have been in Dallas, Texas in the last two weeks?

A: Yes, he could have been there, I am satisfied that he could have been most anywhere he wanted; he has two cars ready to move at anytime.

Q: You have seen no evidence that he was there?

A: No. He didn’t say that he was, the only thing he said that he had been in Texas.

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Q: He didn’t say when he had been in Texas?

A. No, he didn’t say. He had been in New Orleans, Houston, different places in Louisiana and in Texas.

Not only does Somersett fail to mention the "phone call from Dallas," he fails to mention it in the precise context of whether Milteer had been in Texas. Milteer’s conversation with Somersett included some wild and some very nasty statements, but not that particular one.

The "Milteer called from Dallas story" seems to have originated in Somersett’s conversations with Jim Garrison’s cockamamie investigation. It can be found in "MEMORANDUM OF CONVERSATION BETWEEN [BUD] FENSTERWALD AND BILL SOMERSETT" from the New Orleans District Attorney’s office. It’s National Archives document 180-10099-10133. Dated June 5, 1968, it’s the first known instance of Somersett mentioning this supposed incident.

Somersett had some other interesting things to say in this interview. For example:

Milterr’s [sic] account of the shooting in Dallas is that Ruby shot from the Mall and that Tippett [sic] shot from the top of a building. A good guess is that this was the Daltex Building. Milterr [sic] was not clear about Oswald’s role although he thought he was downstairs in the book depository rather than on an upper floor. Somersett guesses that it might have been Milterr [sic] himself that fired the shots from the windows of the book depository.

Somersett appears, by this time, to have become rather a buff! While it’s difficult to disentangle Milteer’s crackpot notions from things added by Somersett, one gets the clear impression that Somersett is "improving" on Milteer’s account a bit. Certainly the "phone call on the morning of the assassination" seems to be a Somersett addition to the story, with no basis in fact. Further, Somersett’s silly scenario with multiple shooters differs from Milteer’s recorded account which had only a single gunman in a tall building.

How reliable was Somersett?

Not surprisingly, authorities who had been receiving information from Somersett were becoming skeptical. A Secret Service memorandum of March 10, 1967, describes some of the things Somersett claimed to have heard from Milteer, and notes:

The informant, William Somersett (CO-2-43,860), who has furnished information in a number of cases involving Presidential interest, has been described as overenthusiastic, prone to exaggeration, and mentally unstable.

This is National Archives document 180-10091-10212.

But even in 1963, Federal authorities considered Somersett a rather suspect informant. It is true that a November 27, 1963 FBI letterhead memorandum describes Somersett as "a source who has furnished reliable information in the past, and in addition has furnished some information that could not be verified or corroborated . . . " (Record Number 124-10008-10267). However, an FBI memorandum from Rosen to Belmont written on the same day says:

It should be noted that Somersett was discontinued as an informant in 1961 for indiscretions on his part which threatened to expose a reliable Bureau informant and that Somersett is regarded as a "professional informant" who is in the business of furnishing information primarily for monetary gains.

[…]

In connection with the investigation of the Birmingham bombings, Somersett furnished information bordering on the fantastic, which investigation failed to corroborate. (Archives Record Number 124-10012-10306)

Thus conspiracy authors have been ill-advised indeed to accept the "phone call from Dallas" on Somersett’s uncorroborated testimony. But it gets worse. There is solid evidence Milteer wasn’t in Dallas. The following is a report from the United States Secret Service — Atlanta office, dated 11/27/63.

SYNOPSIS

Check on potentially dangerous
persons November 22-25, 1963.
All accounted for. PRS so advised.

DETAILS OF INVESTIGATION

Immediately after learning of the President’s assassination at Dallas we began ascertaining the whereabouts of known subjects who might be suspected.

Capt. R.E. Little, Intelligence Division, Atlanta Police Department, had seen J. B. Stoner in Atlanta one hour before the assassination. He is, we feel, the most likely of the group to do something drastic.

FBI Agent Charles Harding contacted their agent at Thomasville who immediately ascertained that J.A. Milteer was in Quitman at the time of the assassination.

We also learned that Lee McCloud was in Atlanta.

Herbert Wallace Butterworth, according to FBI Agent Harding, was in Philadelphia at the time and was under surveillance. They continued surveillance until after the funeral on November 25.

Olga Butterworth, sister of Wallace, was at her home in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.

Inspector Torina called me on November 24 — and a little later SA Holmes from PRS — requesting that we review files and advise if any dangerous subject might appear in Washington. I informed them of our previous check. (National Archives document 180-10091-10198)

Several other documents reiterate the finding that Milteer was in Quitman. For example, an FBI memorandum from Rosen to Belmont written on November 27, 1963 says:

Atlanta has advised that investigation indicates there is no truth in the information furnished by Somersett and that Milteer was in Quitman, Georgia, on 11/22/63. (Archives Record Number 124-10012-10306)

The day before, an "Urgent" teletype from SAC Atlanta to "Director" [Hoover] and the SACs in Birmingham and Dallas said:

J. A. MILTEER RESIDE [sic] QUITMAN, GA. INVESTIGATION HAS INDICATED MILTEER WAS IN QUITMAN ON NOV. TWENTYTW [sic] TWO, SIXTYTHREE. (Archives Document Number 124-10012-10384)

Conclusion

Rather than having any "foreknowledge" of the assassination, Milteer gave a generic assassination scenario virtually identical to one that John Kennedy himself articulated. Mixed in were wacky elements that conspiracy books conceal from their readers. No Miami motorcade was cancelled because of his ranting, and he was not in Dallas on the day of the assassination.

Given Milteer’s extreme right-wing politics and his hobnobbing with potentially violent types, it’s tempting to believe that he must have "gotten wind" of some real assassination plot. The problem is that there just isn’t any evidence of it. The "Milteer story" has been known for over 30 years, and researchers have been unable to connect him or his associates to any of the "usual suspects" in the assassination — the CIA, anti-Castro Cubans, Texas millionaires, defense contractors. He was "connected" to the FBI alright. They were spying on him.

Although Milteer’s rag-tag racist associates were capable of violence, they lacked the technical expertise to pull off an elaborate assassination plot. And they lacked the friends in high places that would have been necessary to pull off a "coverup" of a killing they did.

By 1967 the Secret Service decided that Milteer was not dangerous nor a security risk. He was, quite simply, a crackpot who shot off his mouth and in doing so gained an entirely unmerited place in Kennedy assassination conspiracy books.


Gordon Winslow, Jean Davison, and Gary Mack brought key documents discussed here to the author’s attention.

Lists of Evidence in JFK Assasination

Here is a List of the Warren Commission Exhibits.

Warren Report: Table of Contents


Letter of Transmittal

September 24, 1964

The President
The White House
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. President:
Your Commission to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963, having completed its assignment in accordance with Executive Order No. 11130 of November 29, 1963, herewith submits its final report.

Respectfully,

Earl Warren, Chairman
Richard B. Russel
John Sherman Cooper
Hale Boggs
Gerald R. Ford
Allen W. Dulles
John J. McCloy

 

 

The House Select Committee on Assassinations

FINDINGS OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON ASSASSINATIONS IN THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY IN DALLAS, TEX., NOVEMBER 22, 1963

APPENDIX VII: INDEX FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY including a list of exhibits from the public hearings.

List of Exhibits from the Reports.

The first five volumes of the House Select Comitte report contains witness testimony. Click Here for an alphabetical list of all Witness testimony

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VOLUME I


VOLUME II


VOLUME III


VOLUME IV


Volume V

  • September 28, 1978:
  • December 29, 1978:

  • Volume VI

    • I.Introduction
      • A. Selection of the photographic experts
      • B. Image enhancement technology
        1. photo-optical/photo-chemical enhancement
        2. Digital image processing
        3. Autoradiographic enhancement
      • C. Source materials for enhancement
      • D. Panel procedures. .
    • II.The number, timing and source of the shots fired at the Presidential limousine
      • A. Warren Commission findings
      • B. The Panel’s analysis.
        1. Approach.
        2. Visual evidence derived from observations of persons in the Zapruder film
          • a. Issues.
          • b. Materials and procedures.
          • c. Conclusions.
          • d. Analysis
        3. The panning error–blur analysis of the Zapruder film
          • a. Issues.
          • b. Materials and procedures
          • c. Conclusions.
          • d. Analysis
          • Addendum–Comparison with results of the acoustics analysis
        4. The trajectory analysis.
          • a. Introduction
          • b. Issues
          • c. Procedures
          • d. Conclusions
          • e. Analysis
            1. The head wound case.
            2. The back-neck case
            3. The single-bullet theory trajectory
            4. Addendum A–Calibration photographs of the replica of President Kennedy’s head
            5. Addendum B–Correlating trajectory to the acoustics results: Trajectory of head-shot wounds based on Zapruder frame 327
            6. Photographic evidence of Dealey Plaza. –
    • III. The assassin
      • A. The alleged assassination weapon
        1. Introduction
        2. Issues.
        3. Materials and procedures
        4. Conclusions.
          • Addendum–Report on an examination of photographs of the rifle associated with the assassination of President John F.Kennedy
          • Attachment A–Equations
          • Attachment B–Report of calibration
          • Attachment C–Alyea film analysis
          • Attachment D–Random pattern on Oswald rifle
      • B. Alleged alibi evidence–The Billy Lovelady issue.-
    • IV. Conspiracy questions
      • A. Alleged gunmen in Dealey Plaza .
        • Introduction.
        • Issue
        • Materials and procedures
        • Conclusions
        • Analysis.
          • a. The TSBD .
            1. The Dillard and Powell photographs
            2. The Hughes film
            3. The Bronson film
          • b. The grassy knoll
            1. The Willis photograph
            2. The Moorman photograph .
            3. The Nix film .
            4. Zapruder frame 413–Photograph of alleged head in the bush
        • Addendum A–Calculations on the boxes in the sixth floor window
        • Addendum B–Calculation of head sizes in Zapruder frame 413
      • B. Photograph authentication
        1. The Oswald backyard photographs .
          • a. Introduction.
            1. History of the backyard pictures.
            2. Additional photographic evidence recovered by HSCA
          • b. Issue .
          • c. Materials and procedures
          • d. Conclusion
          • e. Analysis .
            1. Production and development of prints
            2. The Imperial Reflex camera.
            3. Allegations of fakery
              • (a) Unnatural lines in the vinicity of Oswald’s chin
              • (b) Unnatural and inconsistent shadows
              • (c) Evidence of retouching .
              • (d) Oswald’s identical heads and inconsistent body proportions
              • (e) The identical backgrounds
                1. Practical considerations .
                2. Addendum A–Measurements of horizontal and vertical
                3. parallax
                4. Addendum B–Report to the House Select Committee
                5. On Assassinations, U.S. Congress–House of Representatives The Oswald Backyard Photographs, by Dr. Leslie Stroebel, Mr. Andrew Davidhazy, Dr. Ronald Francis
                • Attachment A–Glossary
                • Attachment B–Transcript of BBC interview
        2. Authentication of the Kennedy autopsy photographs and X- rays .
          • a. Introduction
          • b. Issues .
          • c. Materials .
          • d. Procedures
          • e. Conclusion
          • f. Analysis
        3. Anthropological issues .

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    • FIGURE II-1
    • FIGURE II-6
    • FIGURE II-7
    • FIGURE II-8
    • Figure II-10
    • FIGURE II-12
    • FIGURE II-13 — J.F.K. Wound locations
    • FIGURE II-16
    • FIGURE II-17
    • FIGURE II-19
    • FIGURE II-20
    • FIGURE II-22
    • FIGURE II-23
    • FIGURE II-24
    • FIGURE II-25
    • FIGURE II-26
    • FIGURE II-27
    • FIGURE II-28
      FIGURE III-2.–Effect of rifle tilt on apparent length.
    • FIGURE III-6. — Geometric relationship of camera to the rifle titled at an angle t.
    • FIGURE III-7. — Taking perspective into account in measuring distances of points off the centerline of the rifle bore, such as the butt, comb, trigger, and trigger guard.
    • FIGURE III-4a.–MeCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
      FIGURE III-4b.–McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4c. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4d. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4e. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4f. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4g. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4h. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4i. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4j. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4k. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4l. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4m. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4n. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4o. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4p. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4q. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4r. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4s. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4t. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE III-4u. –McCamy’s Archives rifle photograph.
    • FIGURE IV-l.-Dillard photograph (unenhanced).
    • FIGURE IV-2.-Autoradiographic enhancement–Dillard photograph.
    • FIGURE IV-9.-Willis No. 6 photograph
    • FIGURE IV 12.-Classic gunman image (Nix film) Top: Unenhanced. Bottom: Enhanced.
    • FIGURE IV-13.-Classic gunman image (Nix film) Top: Unenhanced. Bottom: Enhanced.
    • FIGURE A l.–Viewing angles for Dillard and Powell photographs.
    • FIGURE B-l.–Head Size Calculation (Zapruder 423).
    • FIGURE IV-20.- 133-A (de Mohrenschildt) (front).
    • FIGURE IV-21.–133-A (de Mohrenschildt) (reverse).
    • FIGURE IV-22.
    • FIGURE IV-23.–CE-134 (front).
    • FIGURE IV-24.–CE-134 (back).
      FIGURE IV-25.–CE-750. Imperial Reflex camera.
    • FIGURE IV-36.–Third backyard picture pose "133-C."
    • FIGURE IV-38.–Effect of postural and facial expression variations on statural and facial measurements taken from photographs.
    • FIGURE RIT O-l.–Identification of the three different views of Oswald in a backyard and the only negative recovered.
    • FIGURE RIT O-2.–An enlarged copy print of original print CE-133B.
    • FIGURE RIT O-3.–An enlarged copy print of original print CE-133A.
    • FIGURE RIT 2-l.–Comparison of edge markings on a print made by the FBI from Archives negative CE-749 (outside edge of black line) and a print made from the same negative at RIT (inside edge).
    • FIGURE RIT 2-2.–Comparison of edge markings on a print made b 5 the FBI from a negative exposed in the Oswald camera by the FBI (outside edge) and a print of Oswald made from Archives negative CE-749 by the FBI (inside edge).
    • FIGURE RIT 2-3.Comparison of edge markings on a negative exposed in the Oswald camera at RIT (outside edge) and the Archives negative of Oswald, CE-749, (inside edge).
    • FIGURE RIT 3-1.–Comparison of edge markings on a negative exposed in an Imperial Reflex duo lens camera owned by the international Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House (inside edge) and a negative exposed in the Oswald camera at R/T (outside edge).
    • FIGURE RIT 4-1.–Photograph made in the Oswald camera at RIT illustrating curvature of field of the camera lens. The camera is focused behind the wall in the center and in front of the wall at the edges. The sharpest focus at the wall is in a circular area midway between the center and the edges.
    • FIGURE RIT 5-1A.–Print made from the negative of Oswald (CE-749) for scratch comparison with a negative exposed in the Oswald camera at RIT. Four prominent scratches were found to be in the same locations on both prints.
    • FIGURE RIT 5-1B.–Print made from a negative exposed in the Oswald camera at RIT, at the same scale of reproduction as the accompanying print made from the negative of Oswald.
    • FIGURE RIT 6-lB.–Print made from a negative exposed in the second IMPGEH camera. Only faint, transient scratches were produced by this camera.
    • FIGURE RIT 9-1A.–Enlarged print on normal-contrast photographic paper from the negative of Oswald (CE-749), used to determine if there are any differences in the grain pattern in the areas of the body, head, and background. No inconsistencies were detected.
    • Figure RIT 9-1B.–Enlarged transparency on high-contrast photographic film for grain pattern check. No inconsistencies were detected. (The original transparency provides the best detail when viewed by transmitted light.)
    • FIGURE RIT 11.–Four photographs made to demonstrate that the change in the position of the nose shadow produced by tilting the head can be nullified by rotating the head as an explanation for the similarity in the positions of Oswald’s nose shadow in views CE-133A and CE-133B.
    • FIGURE RIT 12-1.–Photographic copy of the reproduction of print of Oswald (CE-133A) in the book "JFK: The Case for Conspiracy" in which the authors claim the chin has been transplanted.
    • FIGURE RIT 14-1A.–Enlargement of a section of view CE-133B which shows what appears to be a wire or branch running through the shadow area to the right of Oswald’s neck which Mr. Thompson claimed had been added to the photograph, producing an irregularity in the left edge of the post.
    • FIGURE RIT 21-1A.–Superimposed normal-contrast green and magenta transparencies of pairs of the three views of Oswald reveal obvious color differences only in the large areas of disparity in the background and under the head. This is the procedure used in a CBC film to demonstrate that the heads on the photographs are identical. Above, CE-133A and CE-133B. (The original transparencies should be viewed by transmitted light. They are on file in the National Archives.)
    • FIGURE RIT 21-1B.–CE-133B and CE-133C.
    • FIGURE RIT 21-1C.–CE-133A and CE-133C.
    • FIGURE RIT 21-1D.–Both the green and the magenta transparencies were made from CE-133A to demonstrate that no color differences are seen even in the background with identical images.
    • FIGURE RIT 22-1A.–An original photographic print that was copied with the Oswald camera to determine if the reproduction (following illustration) would be acceptable as an original photograph.
    • FIGURE RIT 22-1B.–A Copy photograph made with the Oswald camera that has characteristics of an original photograph including the camera scratch pattern. The left border of the original print shows even though it was not visible in the camera viewfinder; the photograph also reveals exaggerated pincushion distortion due to use of a supplementary lens over the camera lens.
    • FIGURE IV-39.–Diagram of Measurements Set Forth in Table I.
    • FIGURE IV–41.–Undated studio photographs of Joseph Milteer.
    • Figure IV-42.–A 3 x 3-inch snapshot of Milteer seated in chair. A 1957 calendar appears in the background.
    • Figure IV 44.–A 3.5 x 5.5-inch black-and-white photograph of Milteer standing beside an unidentified elderly woman. It is undated, but is said to have been taken in the early 1970’s when Milteer was about 70 years old.
    • FIGURE IV-44.–Photograph of Joseph Milteer taken in early 1970’s.
    • FIGURE IV-46.–Enlarged enhancements of spectator from Altgens photograph.
    • FIGURE IV-47.–Derivation of the vanishing point (C) and the horizontal reference line (HRL) from the Altgens photograph, using masonry lines and the northwest corner of the Dallas County Records Building as the vertical reference line (VRL).
    • FIGURE IV 49.–Spectator’s stature relative to other bystanders.
    • FIGURE IV-50.
    • FIGURE IV-51.
    • FIGURE IV-52.
    • FIGURE IV-53.
    • FIGURE IV-54.
    • FIGURE IV-55.
    • FIGURE IV-56.
    • FIGURE IV-57.
    • FIGURE IV-58.
    • FIGURE IV-59.
    • FIGURE IV-62.–Penrose Size and Shape coefficients Calculated From Facial Indices of Lee Harvey Oswald and Lovelady Photographs. Origin of the Graph Represents Dallas Arrest Photographs.
    • FIGURE IV-64.–New Orleans arrest picture of Oswald in front of height chart.
    • FIGURE IV-67.–Photographic evidence evaluated in Robert Groden’s shirt analysis.
    • FIGURE IV-68.—Enlargement of spectator’s face. Altgens A.P.–World Wide Photos 291
    • FIGURE IV-69.–Oswald arrest in Dallas.
    • FIGURE IV-70.–Billy Nolan Lovelady circa 1959-63.

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    • FIGURE 1.–Photograph of the suit jacket, taken from the back, showing the bullet hole entrance.
    • FIGURE 5.-Close-up photograph of the entrance wound in the upper back.
    • FIGURE 8.–Drawing of the anterior neck and thorax, showing the general location and appearance of the tracheotomy incision.
    • FIGURE 10.–Photograph of an anterior-posterior X-ray of the neck and chest (from autopsy X-ray No. 8), showing small radiopaque densities adjacent to the transverse process of C-6 and C-7.
    • FIGURE. 11.–Photograph of the anterior-posterior X-ray of the neck and chest (from film No. 9), showing small radiopaque densities adjacent to the transverse process of C-6 and 0-7.
    • FIGURE 12.-Drawing of the lateral cross-section of the chest, depicting the visceral and parietal pleura, lower neck and right lung, with the injuries described to them. Also depicted is a drawing demonstrating the possible trajectories through the neck of President Kennedy, depending on the position of the body.
    • FIGURE 22.–Photograph of the posterior view of a human skull on which the autopsy pathologists, Drs. Humes, Boswell, and Finck, identified the approximate location of the entrance wound. The two initialed circles on the lower portion of the skull and to the right of the midline represent the general area where the autopsy doctors believe the entrance wound to be.
    • FIGURE 24. – A drawing of the posterior view of a human body depicting the location of the entrance wounds in the head and the upper back.
    • FIGURE 27.–Photograph of the interior surface of the Harper bone fragment.
    • FIGURE 28.–Photograph of the exterior surface of the Harper bone fragment.
    • FIGURE 31.–A drawing of a profile view of President Kennedy, showing the internal anatomic structures and the location of the entrance and exit wounds to the head (the entrance wound is only partially visible).
    • FIGURE 33.–Photograph of the back of Governor Connally’s suit jacket, showing the posterior entry hole.
    • FIGURE 36.–Photograph of the front of Governor Connally’s suit jacket, showing the location of the anterior exit bullet hole.
    • FIGURE 39.–Photograph of an X-ray of the wrist, showing the extent of the fracture and missile fragmentation.
    • FIGURE 40.–Photograph of an X-ray of the wrist, showing the extent of the fracture and missile fragmentation.
    • FIGURE 47.–Drawing of an entry wound caused by a tumbling or yawing missile.
    • Wecht exhibits 1,2, 3,4 5,6. Photographs demonstrating the physical relationship between President Kennedy and Governor Connally.
    • Wecht exhibits 7, 8, and 9 Photographs demonstrating the degree of deformity of bullet CE 399.
    • Wecht exhibit 10. Photograph displaying ammunition identical to CE 399, fired under the auspices of the Warren Commission in 1964.
    • Wecht exhibit 11. Photograph of a sketch illustrating the positions of the occupants in the presidential limousine.
    • FIGURE 1.–Panel test-fired bullets from the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 2.–cartridge cases test-fired in the CE 139 rifle by the panel. Note the dent on the mouth of case No. 2, similar to the dent on the CE
    • FIGURE 3B.–The CE 139 6.5-millimeter caliber Mannlicher-Carcano rifle. serial No. D2766, left side.
    • FIGURE 5.–Damaged CE 135 windshield removed from the Presidential limousine, front view.
      FIGURE 6A. — CE 399, the fired 6.5–millimeter caliber full metal-jacketed bullet found on a stretcher in the emergency area of Parkland Memorial Hospital, side view.
    • FIGURE 6B.— CE 399, the fired 6.5-millimeter caliber full metal-jacketed bullet found on a stretcher in the emergency area of Parkland Memorial Hospital, view of the base portion, showing distortion.
    • FIGURE 7.— CE 542, a 6.5-millimeter caliber Mannlicher-Carcano rifle, serial No. UC 5209, purchased by the FBI for comparison purposes.
    • FIGURE 15.–CE 575, the brass cartridge clip removed from the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 19.–The Lester bullet, a fired soft- or hollow-pointed, metal-jacketed bullet found in 1974 by Richard Lester about 500 yards from the depository near the Triple overpass.
    • FIGURE 20.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the side of the CE 141 cartridge (L) and on panel unfired test cartridge No. 4 (R), produced by the magazine follower of the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 21A.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 543 cartridge case (L) and on panel Kennedy T-1 (R), produced by the firing pin of the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 21B.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 543 cartridge case (L) and those on the panel Kennedy T-3 (R), produced by the extractor of the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 21C.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 544 cartridge case (L) and those on panel Kennedy T-l (R) produced by the bolt face of the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 21D.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 545 cartridge case (L) and those on panel Kennedy T-3 (R), produced by the bolt face of the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 22A.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 399 bullet (L) and those on CE 572-K1A bullet (R), test-fired by the FBI in the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 22B.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 399 bullet (L) and those on the CE 572-K1A bullet (R), test-fired by the FBI in the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 23A.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 567 bullet fragment (L) and those on CE 572-K1A (R), test-fired by the FBI in the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 23B.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 567 bullet fragment (L) and those on CE 572-K1B (R), test-fired by the FBI in the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 24A.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 569 bullet fragment (L) and CE 572-K1A bullet (R), test-fired by the FBI in CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 24B.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 569 bullet fragment (L) and the CE 572-K1B bullet (R), test-fired by the FBI in the CE 139 rifle.
    • FIGURE 25.–A 7.65-millimeter caliber Argentine Maurer rifle, Model 1891.
    • FIGURE 26A.–CE 143. Oswald’s .38 special caliber Smith and Wesson revolver, Victory model, serial No. V510210, right side.
    • FIGURE 26B.–CE 143, Oswald’s .38 special caliber Smith and Wesson revolver, Victory model, serial No. V510210, left side.
    • FIGURE 27.–CE 518, four .38 special caliber cartridges, designated Q78-Q81 by the FBI, found in Oswald’s revolver. Q78 and Q79 have copper-coated (Lubaloy), lead, round-nose bullets; Q80 and Q81 have plain lead, round-nose bullets.
    • FIGURE 28.–CE 592, five .38 special caliber cartridges of Western Cartridge Co. manufacture, with copper-coated (Lubaloy), lead, round-nose bullets, designated Q82-Q86 by the FBI. The cartridges were found in Oswald’s trouser pocket.
    • FIGURE 29.–CE 594, four expended cartridge cases recovered from the scene of the Tippit murder, designated Q74-Q77 by the FBI. Q75 and Q76 of Western Cartridge Co. manufacture, Q74 and Q77 are of Remington Arms manufacture.
    • FIGURE 30.–CE 595, two cartridge cases, test-fired by the FBI in the CE 143 revolver. K3-1 is .38 special caliber of Winchester Repeating Arms manufacture. K3-2 is of Western Cartridge Co. manufacture; it has a split in the side, at the point of the bulge along the top side of the case.
    • FIGURE 31.–CE 602, .one .38 special caliber copper-coated (Lubaloy), lead, roundnose bullet, and one damaged brass-colored garment button with the lettering "City of Dallas," removed from the body of Officer Tippit. The bullet shows impact damage caused by striking the button and Officer Tippit’s body.
    • FIGURE 32.–CE 603, one .38 special caliber copper-coated (Lubaloy), lead, round-nose bullet, removed from the body of Officer Tippit.
    • FIGURE 33.–CE 604, one .38 special caliber lead, round-nose bullet,
    • FIGURE 34.–CE 605, one .38 special caliber copper-coated (Lubaloy), lead, round-nose bullet, removed from the body of Officer Tippit.
    • FIGURE 35A.–Panel Tippit T-1: One .38 special caliber lead bullet of RemingtonPeters manufacture, test-fired from CE 139 by the panel into a Horizontal Water Recovery Tank.
    • FIGURE 35B.–Panel Tippit T-2: one .38 special caliber lead bullet of RemingtonPeters manufacture, test-fired from CE 143 by the panel into a Horizontal Water Recovery Tank.
    • FIGURE 35C.–Panel Tippit T-3:1.38 special caliber copper-coated (Lubaloy), lead, round-nose bullet of Western Cartridge Co. manufacture, test-fired from CE 143 by the panel into a Horizontal Water Recovery Tank.
    • FIGURE 35D.–Panel Tippit T-4:1.38 special caliber copper-coated (Lubaloy), lead, round-nose bullet of Western Cartridge, Co. manufacture, test-fired from CE 143 into a Horizontal Water Recovery Tank.
    • FIGURE 35E.–Panel Tippit T-l–T-4: Four expended .38 special caliber cartridge cases. Tippit T-1 and T-2 are of Remington-Peters manufacture: Tippit T-3 and T4 are of Western Cartridge Company; all are fired in the CE 143 revolver.
    • FIGURE 36A.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 594 (Q74) cartridge case (L) and the panel Tippit T-1 cartridge case (R), produced by the breech face of the CE 143 revolver.
    • FIGURE 36B.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 594 (Q75) cartridge case (L) and the panel Tippit T-1 cartridge case (R), produced by the breech face of the CE 143, revolver.
    • FIGURE 36C.–Photomicrograph showing the correspondence between the individual identifying characteristics on the CE 594 (Q76) cartridge case (L) and the Tippit T-1 cartridge case (R), produced by the breech face of the CE 143 revolver.
    • FIGURE. 37A.–Ruby’S .38 special caliber Colt Cobra revolver, serial. No. 2744 LW, right side.
    • FIGURE 37B.–Ruby’S .38 special caliber Colt Cobra revolver, serial No. 2744, LW, left side.
    • FIGURE 38A.–Panel Ruby T-1 and T-2: Two .38 special caliber cartridges of Remington-Peters manufacture, with 158-grain, lead, round nose bullets, testfired by the panel from Jack Ruby’s revolver into a horizontal recovery tank.

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