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It was November 22 1976. Frank Sturgis had just finished being interviewed in an hour of close questioning by a roomful of news people at the University of Hartford; earlier, in a private interview, John Richters and I had questioned Sturgis for over two hours. Now, as we moved toward the stage at the University of Hartford's Student Center, where Professor Harald Sandstrom, Richters, and I would question Sturgis for another two hours before an over-capacity audience, an observer remarked to Sturgis: ‘They sure asked you some hard questions.’ Sturgis paused for a moment. Turning to me, he fixed me with a dark-eyed, expressionless stare. A blunt, dangerous-looking index finger shot out and almost touched my chest: ‘No. He’s the one who asks the hard questions.’ I did not take it as a compliment.


Dallas, November 22 1963, 12:31, Central Standard Time, Dealey Plaza. Riding in the open presidential limousine on the way to the Dallas Trade Mart to make a triumphant speech of reconciliation, President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Governor John Connally and Mrs. Connally were fired upon, and several rifle rounds struck the president. Governor Connally was wounded seriously at the same time, and a bystander was struck in the cheek by a bullet fragment or curbing chip from a missed shot. Less than one half-hour later, the president was declared legally dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital where, for a time, the Texas Governor remained in critical condition, but eventually recovered.

The motorcade had proceeded west on Main St. toward the overpass ‘above’ Commerce, Main, and Elm Street Dealey Plaza, where the lead car turns hard right onto Houston St. off Main, which meant a hard turn left onto Elm. According to the first Secret Service reports radioed from the motorcade, there was a ‘flurry of shots’, bursts of gunfire from an ‘automatic weapon’ and both Kennedy and Connally were hit. The motorcade sped off for Parkland Memorial Hospital. According to the Warren Report, the Dallas police announced they had discovered a rifle in the Texas School Book Depository Building, later reported to be an Italian Mannlicher-Carcano 6.5-mm, clip-fed, bolt-action rifle. But the initial Dallas police or Sheriff's Office statement was that a 7.65-mm. Mauser bolt-action rifle had been found by Deputy Constable Seymour Weitzman, who gave a detailed description of the rifle in a signed affidavit (not included in the Warren Report). Weitzman’s affidavit appeared in the Hearings material published in support of the Commission's single-volume summary.

The Dallas police said that a Mannlicher-Carcano could be traced to Lee Harvey Oswald, whom they had arrested initially for allegedly killing police officer J.D. Tippit; Oswald was taken into custody at the Texas Theater, where an unusual number of law enforcement officers were on the scene. The Dallas police maintained that, at the time, they were not arresting Oswald for the assassination only for killing officer Tippit...

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