Jim Garrison Dealey Plaza Shooting Scenario

Excerpt from Interview with Jim Garrison

Playboy. October, 1967

Playboy: If Oswald didn't shoot President Kennedy from the sixth-floor window of the Book Depository, who did?

Garrison: Our office has developed evidence that the President was assassinated by a precision guerilla team of at least seven men, including anti-Castro adventurers and members of the paramilitary right.


In the course of our investigation, we've encountered additional evidence establishing absolutely that there were at least four men on the grassy knoll, at least two behind the picket fence and two or more behind a small stone wall to the right of the fence. As I reconstruct it from the still-incomplete evidence in our possession, one man fired at the President from each location while the role of his companion was to snatch up the cartridges as they were ejected.


. . . it seems virtually certain that the cartridges, along with the rifles, were then thrown into the trunk of a car--parked directly behind the picket fence--which was driven from the scene some hours after the assassination.


In addition to the assassins on the grassy knoll, at least two other men fired from behind the President, one from the Book Depository Building -- not Oswald -- and one, in all probability, from the Dal-Tex Building. As it happens, a man was arrested right after the assassination as he left the Dal-Tex Building and was taken away in a patrol car, but like the three other men detained after the assassination -- one in the railroad yard behind the grassy knoll, one on the railroad overpass farther down the parade route, and one in front of the Book Depository Building--he then dropped out of sight completely. All of these suspects taken into custody after the assassination remain as anonymous as if they'd been detained for throwing a candy wrapper on the sidewall. We have also located another man -- in green combat fatigues -- who was not involved in the shooting but created a diversionary action in order to distract people's attention away from the snipers. This individual screamed, fell to the ground and simulated an epileptic fit, drawing people away from the vicinity of the knoll just before the President's motorcade reached the ambush point. So you have at least seven people involved, with four firing at the President and catching him in a crossfire -- just as the assassins had planned at the meeting in David Ferrie's apartment in September. It was a precision operation and was carried out coolly and with excellent coordination: the assassins even kept in contact by radio. The president, of course, had no chance. It was an overkill operation.


Playboy: If the first bullet was fired from the front, why wasn't it found in the President's body or somewhere in the Presidential limousine?

Garrison: The exact nature of the President's wounds, as well as the disposition of the bullets or bullet fragments, are among the many concealed items in this case. I told you earlier about the men on the grassy knoll whose sole function we believe was to catch the cartridges as they were ejected from the assassins' rifles. We also have reason to suspect that other members of the conspiracy may have been assigned the job of removing other evidence -- such as traceable bullet fragments -- that might betray the assassin.


In summation, there were at least five or six shots fired at the President from front and rear by at least four gunmen, assisted by several accomplices, who of whom probably picked up the cartridges and one of who created a diversion to draw people's attention away from the grassy knoll. At this stage of events, Lee Harvey Oswald was no more than a spectator to the assassination -- perhaps in a very literal sense. As the first shot rang out, Associated Press photographer James Altgens snapped a picture of the motorcade that shows a man with a remarkable resemblance to Lee Harvey Oswald--same hairline, same face shape -- standing in the doorway of the Book Depository Building. Somehow or other, the Warren Commission concluded that this man was actually Billy Nolan Lovelady, an employee of the Depository, who looked very little like Oswald. Furthermore, on the day of the assassination, Oswald was wearing a white T-shirt under a long-sleeved dark shirt opened halfway to his waist -- the same outfit worn by the main in the doorway -- but Lovelady said that on November 22nd he was wearing a short-sleeved, red-and-white striped sport shirt buttoned near the neck. The Altgens photograph indicates the very real possibility that at the moment Oswald was supposed to have been crouching in the sixth-floor window of the Depository shooting Kennedy, he may actually have been standing outside the front door watching the Presidential motorcade.

But Wait. It Gets Better.

The following is from Edward J. Epstein, The Assassination Chronicles:
Thomas Bethell, who worked on the investigation as a member of Garrison's staff since its inception, descibed the contribution of the amateurs this way: "The trouble with these third-rate students is that the only way they can make a strong impression on Garrison is by coming up with flamboyant nonsense, thus hoping to be hired as someone with original ideas" . . . . When Allan Chapman, the Illuminati specialist, lent his support to the theory that a shot had been fired from a storm drain in Dealey Plaza that day in Dallas, Garrison stated on television that the bullet that killed Kennedy was "fired by a man standing in a sewer manhole." Thus, Garrison added a sixteenth man to the team that he claims carried out the assassination and a fifth spot from which he has said the shots were fired. (p. 215-216).
In fact, on December 18, 1967, Garrison released three photos to the press to support his "sewer theory:"
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