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Around 12:40 p.m. CST Oswald boards a bus but then gets off; next he hails William Whatley's taxicab.
Back at the Texas School Book Depository police and Truly were doing a head count of employees. Oswald was missing.
Oswald makes a brief appearance at his rooming house at 1026 North Beckley in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. (His wife Marina lived elsewhere.) He was known there as O. H. Lee and was seen by the housekeeper, Earlene Roberts.
On the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, Deputy Sheriff Luke Mooney finds a snipers nest. He sees 3 spent shells and a diagonal crease across one box which could be a rifle resting place. The Crime Lab was summoned.
The employees on the fifth floor confirmed that they had heard shots and even the shell casings drop above them.
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| Deputy Eugene Boone found the gun a short distance away, standing
upright between two stacks of cartons. It was a World War II vintage, Italian
military carbine called a Mannlicher-Carcano. The rifle had a four power scope
bolted to it. There was one shell left in the chamber.
Lee Harvey Oswald was wandering around the streets with no discernable plan in mind.
Police quickly converge on the Texas Theatre. Oswald punches Officer Nick McDonald while grabbing the Smith and Wesson. Officers descent upon him, frantically trying to get the gun away from a cop killer.
Oswald was punched, possibly after he was handcuffed. He screams "police brutality." Later he tells police officials that he may have had it coming since he punched McDonald.
Eyewitnesses on the street claim Oswald was shouting that he wanted a lawyer and that he knew his rights. This would have been an element had a prosecution been necessary. He would repeat this again and again, but no attorney was ever summoned. While the Miranda ruling (Miranda v. Arizona, 1966) is still in the future, even in 1963 you had a right to counsel.
Among other things found in Oswald's pockets was a Selective Service card (draft card) in the name of Alex James Hidell.
In all conversations with police, Secret Service and FBI, Oswald denied that he shot President Kennedy or owned a rifle. He said nothing derogatory about the President and claimed that a photo of him holding a rifle was a forgery, with his head was superimposed on someone else's body.
More evidence would emerge on Saturday. It would be established he mail ordered a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle under the Hidell name.The cost $12.78. He wrote a letter to Governor Connally in 1962 asking that his undesirable discharge from the Marines be reconsidered. His print was on the rifle.
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