Police radios1 & 2
The plot to assassinate President Kennedy seems to have been
sophisticated, intricate, and meticulously planned.
Byrds, Planes, and an Automobile
One of the men with whom the truth may lie, concerning the JFK
assassination's links to the University of Texas, was one of UT's most
ardent supporters who happened to own the building that has become
synonymous with the assassination. His ties to UT are well known. His
numerous ties to the assassination are lesser known. One of his least
known ties, it appears, is to the UT Rambler.
Somewhat like the plot to assassinate Trotsky and most unlike the failed
assassination conspiracy against Hitler in which Allen Dulles and Mary
Bancroft participated, the plot to assassinate President Kennedy seems to
have been sophisticated, intricate, and meticulously planned. It can be
presumed therefore that, as researcher William Weston has written, "One of
the most critical elements of this plot was the Texas School Book
Depository." In addition to both the circumstances of Oswald's employment
at the TSBD, and the routing of the motorcade by the building, Weston
points out that there would have been a need for a team of plotters to
make detailed plans inside the building well in advance of November 22,
including firing angles, planting of false evidence, and getaway plans.
This could have been done, Weston says, by six TSBD employees assigned to
lay new flooring on the fifth and sixth floors from late October until
November 22.298 It is a plausible argument, which brings up the concern
that any long- term improvement to the property such as a flooring project
would have to have been of interest to, if not directly initiated and
contracted by, the building's owner.
Roy Truly, the "superintendent" who hired Oswald was "a building
manager."299 In a story published the day after the assassination, Dallas
Morning News reporter Kent Biffle referred to Roy Truly as "Superintendent
of the textbook building...."300 The floor crew was supervised directly by
William Shelly, "the assistant manager who was in charge of the floor
laying project."301 These titles imply that they were building managers
more closely associated with the landlord than with the private textbook
brokerage firm which leased the building.302 The employment of these
individuals would seem to be a relatively easy fact for researchers
Weston writes, "The electrical power for the whole building and even the
telephone stopped working about five minutes prior to the
303. Warren Commission Hearings, Vol. 6, pp. 391, 395, 396, cited in
Weston, p. 11. Note: It was pointed out in the March 1993 Third Decade
(pp. 22-23) that the testimony cited by Weston referring to "lights all
went out and phones became dead" has two different interpretations. While
that is true, there is ample evidence that commission attorneys altered
testimony and chose language very carefully. Weston believes "that the
Warren Commission was trying to avoid the subject." In a cover-up, this
matter would be a prime target for obfuscation.
How convenient ! Geneva Hine, the only employee in the TSBD second
floor notices electrical power and phones go dead.
"THE LIGHTS ALL WENT OUT and the PHONES BECAME DEAD BECAUSE THE
MOTORCADE WAS COMING NEAR "
(Testimony of Geneva L. Hine)
Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 395
Were you alone then at this time?
Miss HINE. Yes.
Did you stay at your desk?
Miss HINE. Yes, sir: I was alone until THE LIGHTS ALL WENT OUT and the
PHONES BECAME DEAD BECAUSE THE MOTORCADE WAS COMING NEAR us and no one
was calling so I got up and thought I could see it from the east
window in our office.
Did you go to the window?
Miss HINE. Yes, sir.
Did you look out?
Miss HINE. Yes, sir.
What did you see?
Miss HINE. I saw the escort car come first up the middle of Houston
Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 391
(Testimony of Miss Victoria Elizabeth Adams)
"....the power had been cut off on the elevator, ..."
Did he let you come back in?
Miss ADAMS. Yes, sir.
Then what did you do ?
Miss ADAMS. Following that, I pushed the button for the passenger
elevator, but the power had been cut off on the elevator, so I took
the stairs to the second floor.
William Weston writes, "The electrical power for the whole building and
even the telephone stopped working about five minutes prior to the
assassination.303 How two such entirely different systems as the
electricity and the phones could go out simultaneously is beyond
explanation, unless one can assume that the interruption was
deliberate."304 Although this claim is currently in dispute, it cannot be
denied that the conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy would have
involved intimate knowledge of the TSBD building. Truly and Shelly were
possibly employed to some extent by the building's landlord, David Harold
From: Bud <sirsl...@fast.net>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 17:58:43
Subject: Re: "Lights Out.
Bud : She means the lights on the switchboard went dead.
Raymond :There was no switchboard in the TSBD building
Was there a switchboard?
Miss HINE. No, sir; we have a telephone with three incoming lines,
then we have the warehouse line and we have an intercom system.
You don't have a switchboard?
Miss HINE. Not now; we did in the other building.
How two such entirely different systems as the electricity and the phones
could go out simultaneously is beyond explanation, unless one can assume
that the interruption was deliberate."304 Although this claim is currently
in dispute, it cannot be denied that the conspiracy to assassinate
President Kennedy would have involved intimate knowledge of the TSBD
building. Truly and Shelly were possibly employed to some extent by the
building's landlord, David Harold Byrd.
Dallas oilman David Harold Byrd, born April 24, 1900, was the cousin of
Admiral Richard E. Byrd and his brother, Senator Harry F. Byrd, "the
leader of conservative opinion in the United States."305 D.H. Byrd owned
the Texas School Book Depository building from the 1930s to the 1970s. In
May 1964, he had the "Oswald window" removed and kept it as part of his
estate.306 In 1972, after Byrd sold the building to Mr. Aubrey Mayhew, an
arsonist set it on fire. It was saved, however. Shortly thereafter Mayhew
defaulted on his payments to Republic National Bank of Dallas307 and the
property reverted to the Byrd family.308 In 1975 Byrd sold it again.309
Byrd had a close relationship with both Lyndon Johnson and John Connally.
Evidently not satisfied with being the cousin of a powerful and respected
U.S. senator,310 for D.H. Byrd, "Another goal was to reach a rapport with
the politicians who ran things, especially at the seat of state government
in Austin....Sam Rayburn, Morrie Sheppard, John Connally, and Lyndon
Johnson on the national scene were to become men I could go to any time
that I wanted action, and so were a succession of Texas governors. Among
the ablest was John Connally...who says he's in my debt for pleading his
cause... with...Ida Nell (Nellie) Brill, Sweetheart of The University of
Texas in 1940...."311
Byrd probably also knew George de Mohrenschildt, David Atlee Phillips and
George Bush through the Dallas Petroleum Club.312 In 1945, future club
member de Mohrenschildt obtained a masters degree in petroleum engineering
after eighteen months at the University of Texas at Austin. 313 During
that year he was investigated by the FBI and ONI.
That same year he worked under Warren W. Smith, president of Pantipec Oil,
owned by the parents of William F. Buckley, Jr. Smith and de Mohrenschildt
soon quit and formed the Cuban-Venezuelan Oil Voting Trust Company. When
Castro took over, this company forfeited oil leases covering about half of
Cuba. Jack Crichton http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/MDcrichton.htm of
Army Intelligence Reserve Service, mentioned earlier, had also worked
under Warren Smith at Pantipec, which sells to Sun Oil.314 By 1957, George
de Mohrenschildt had established himself in oil ventures ranging from
wildcat drilling to aerial surveillance and had begun working for the
The Select Committee on Assassinations, which was created in 1976, dealt
with all aspects of the Kennedy assassination. Among them, they received
Dallas Police Department radio transcripts of channels 1 and 2 for Friday,
November 22, 1963.
At 12:24 p.m., as the President's motorcade moved down Main Street,
approaching Dealey Plaza, a police radio microphone, somewhere in the
city, became stuck in the open position resulting in an open transmitter.
This condition lasted for 41/2 seconds, then opened again for 1 second
twice in succession. At 12:28, approximately 2 minutes before shots were
fired at the presidential limousine, the microphone stuck open again for
171/2 seconds transmitting the engine sound of a running motorcycle.
Closing briefly, the microphone opened again at 12:29.10 and remained open
for 5 minutes and 9 seconds. At 12:34.19, the microphone closed and
remained closed. Since this time period covered the interval of time that
the shots were fired, resulting in the death of the president at Parkland
Hospital, the Assassination Committee studied the tapes hoping that the
open mike was in Dealey Plaza and recorded the sound of shots fired at the
motorcade. Even though this open mike almost crippled channel 1
communications during the crucial time period, in the event, no one
suspected that someone, who had access to a police radio, deliberately
keyed the mike open only to cripple communications and add to the
confusion. It seems reasonable to believe that this was the case assuming
that the assassin, in a conspiracy plot, had any hope of escaping
detection and capture. If this had happened at some point earlier in the
motorcade route, the occurrence would not appear out of place, but for an
open mike to happen from 12:24 p.m. until 12:34:10, this should allow for
at least a minimum of suspicion.
To add to the possibility of a deliberate keying open the microphone was
another strange bit to add to the scenario. At 12:32:05, several seconds
before the microphone closed, and several seconds after the fatal shot to
President Kennedy, the sound of the Morse Code "V" or "...____" was
generated at some point and transmitted over the open mike and recorded on
the tape. This "V" was a popular World War II victory signal and some of
the Warren Committee skeptics believe that the Morse Code "V" was a signal
transmitted to convey success to associates in the conspiracy. To
defenders of the commission, this notion is absurd because "..." is at a
higher pitch than the "_____" and it is not possible to key a mike to play
music. True, but who is to say that the sound was made by a microphone
key? Also, before the mike closed for good, someone was heard whistling an
unidentifiable tune. Could it have been the "Funeral March" or "Near My
God TO Thee?"
This subject is complicated and the truth about the open mike remains
unresolved. The Select Committee failed in their search of acoustical
evidence. The logic, however, is on the side of those who still believe
that Dealey Plaza was a planned act and the incident needs further
investigation by people more specialized and not so political.
Squad cars 170 and 107 were sold in April 1963
What happened to the RADIOS that were in these cars ?
Warren Report, Chapter VI, page 253.
APPENDIX TO THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION TAPES
TRANSCRIPTS of DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RADIO COMMUNICATIONS
November 22, 1963
Radio communications are often so brief and cryptic, so full of local
slang and innuendo that meaning might not be clear even to police officers
in neighboring communities. Therefore, the meaning and significance of
these transcripts would likely be lost to the lay person if they were
required to decipher them without some explanation.
Ordinarily, Channel 1 would handle police communications for those police
districts lying east of the Trinity River, and Channel 2 would handle
those districts to the west, a community commonly referred to as Oak
On November 22, 1963, Channel 1 was assigned to handle the ordinary
business of the police department units NOT assigned to the visit of
President Kennedy, and Channel 2 was used as a special event frequency
during the President's visit.
Both transcripts start just before the motorcade got underway and end
after the motorcade disbanded at Parkland Hospital.
Lengthy commentary in the body of the transcript would interfere with
transcript continuity. Therefore, commentaries are included as numbered
(75) 75 clear.
12:28 Disp 75 clear, 12:28. (This accompanied by microphone stuck open
for 17 1/2 seconds transmitting engine sound of running motorcycle.)
38 38 . . .
38 Might tell some of those people involved in handling this deal
out here at Market Hall that there's people walking across southbound
Stemmons here in front of the Marriott Hotel and all the way down
(Time fixed at this point and projected for remainder of
transcript. Announced time, when given, is in parenthesis.)
(Microphone remained open while the dispatcher asked:)
Disp 10-4, 38. Are you still en route to court?
12:29:10 38 10-4. (Microphone continues to stick open for next 5
Attempts are made to warn Caesar of the plot to kill him, but none are
successful. Caesar is murdered in the Senate House. Brutus keeps the
others from killing anyone else and they all believe that their deed will
be celebrated throughout the ages. Antony enters and pretends that he
agrees with the conspirators actions and is granted permission to speak at
Brutus speaks first at the funeral to explain their reasons for killing
Caesar. The people seem to accept his explanation and then Antony speaks.
Throughout his speech, Antony never really says anything bad about Brutus
and the others, but he talks about Caesar being such a great and noble man
willing to sacrifice all for his people. The listeners become angry and a
mob runs through the streets in search of the conspirators; they even kill
a man because he had the same name as one of the conspirators.
Et tu Brute ?
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