Tuesday, November 24, 2015


JFK+50:  Volume 6, No. 1776


Dallas, Texas (JFK+50) Fifty-two years ago this morning, November 24, 1963, President John F. Kennedy's alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald*, was shot at point blank range while being transferred from Dallas City Jail to Dallas County Jail by Dallas police.

The shooting, which occurred at 11:21 local time, was captured on live television as the suspect was being led out into the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters accompanied by two plain-chothed 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.

****Jack Ruby, aka Jacob Leon Rubenstein, was born in 1911 in Chicago.  He served in the US Army Air Force in WWII & in 1947 moved to Dallas where he managed several nightclubs.  At the time he shot Oswald, Ruby was owner of the Carousel Club in Dallas.

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