Two days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Texas, Detective James R. Leavelle of the Dallas (TX) Police Department (DPD) was assigned to escort the President’s alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, from police headquarters to the county jail. Oswald was handcuffed to Leavelle while he was being transported. Jack Ruby approached the pair and shot Oswald in the abdomen who was pronounced dead on November 24, 1963.

Detective Leavelle (ret.) visited Washington, DC, on Tuesday, June 7, 2010, to be the Museum’s first speaker in the Witness series. Dressed sharply in true Texan fashion with his signature white cowboy hat, Mr. Leavelle recalled with detailed precision his account of the DPD investigation into the presidential assassination, the murder of 11-year DPD Officer J. D. Tippit, and the fatal shooting of Oswald.

Watch the conversation with Detective Leavelle (ret.)

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