Monday, November 24, 2014



Dallas, Texas (JFK+50) Fifty-one years ago, November 24, 1963, alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald*, was shot in the abdomen at point blank range while being transferred from the City Jail to the County Jail by Dallas police.

The shooting, which occurred at 11:21 a.m. Dallas time, was captured on live television as Oswald was being led out into the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters accompanied by two detectives.

Lee Oswald cried out in agony: "Ohhhhhhhhhhh......" and fell to the floor still handcuffed to detective Jim Leavelle**.

Dallas reporter Bob Huffaker shouted into his microphone...
"He's been shot!  He's been shot!  Lee Harold Oswald has been shot!"***

The shooter, identified as Jack Rubenstein, aka Jack Ruby, was subdued and Oswald was carried back inside the police station. He was pronounced dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital at 1:07 p.m.

*Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963) was born in New Orleans and served in the Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959.  After his discharge, Oswald traveled to the USSR where he attempted to renounce his US citizenship, married a Russian girl, then returned to the US in 1962.

In New Orleans, Oswald was chairman of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. He moved to Dallas in Oct 1963 where he was employed at the Texas School Book Depository.

**Jim Leavelle, born in 1920 in Red River, Texas, served in the US Navy in WWII.  He was at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941.  Jim retired from the DPD in 1975.

***Huffaker had checked with one of the police authorities earlier who had told him the name of the accused assassin was Lee Harold Oswald.  Bob asked where he got that information, the man said from the arrest record.  So Bob used that incorrect middle name.

The Shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald
November 24, 1963
Photo by Jack Beers, Jr.
Dallas Morning News