Commemorating 50 years: The Man in the White Hat - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Commemorating 50 years: The Man in the White Hat

Jim Leavelle, the man who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald Jim Leavelle, the man who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald
DALLAS, TX (KLTV) -

It was only 88 minutes after the President was shot that the Dallas Police Department had their man.

They didn't know it yet, but the only official suspect in the murder of the president was sitting in an interrogation room being interviewed by a detective named Jim Leavelle.

Leavelle was talking to Lee Harvey Oswald about the shooting of a Dallas police officer when other detectives walked in and told Leavelle that Oswald was the assassin they had been looking for.

But Leavelle was not only the first detective to speak on the record with Oswald...he was also the last.

Two days later, it was Jim Leavelle, today known as "The Man in the White Hat," who was handcuffed to Oswald in a jail transfer that went very wrong, very quickly.

Twenty years ago this month, I had the chance to interview Leavelle in his home in the Dallas area, as we commemorated the 30th anniversary of the assassination.

Leavelle remembers that final conversation with Oswald, just seconds before they stepped out, handcuffed to one another. Leavelle said he was joking when he said, "Lee, if anybody shoots you, I hope they're as good a shot as you are."

Leavelle said that Lee just smiled and said, "Oh, nobody's going to shoot at me."

On that day twenty years ago when I visited with Leavelle, who is now 93-years-old, he still had his white suit and Stetson there in his home. It is now safely stored in the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas where you can see it, too, along with some 40,000 other items related to the assassination.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Lufkin's Community Food Drive built on woman's legacy

    Lufkin's Community Food Drive built on woman's legacy

    Saturday, November 18 2017 9:28 PM EST2017-11-19 02:28:07 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    The Community Food Drive in Lufkin is special to some because of the large amount of people it brings together from all walks of life.  "It's just like so many different people, very diverse," said volunteer, Priscilla Gonzalez. "It's just kind of cool to see all these people coming together to do one thing." For others, like Keith Kennedy, it's all about the service being provided to the greater community. "They're in miracle territory,...More >>
    The Community Food Drive in Lufkin is special to some because of the large amount of people it brings together from all walks of life.  "It's just like so many different people, very diverse," said volunteer, Priscilla Gonzalez. "It's just kind of cool to see all these people coming together to do one thing." For others, like Keith Kennedy, it's all about the service being provided to the greater community. "They're in miracle territory,...More >>
  • East Texas seasonal hires may have helped lower statewide unemployment rate

    East Texas seasonal hires may have helped lower statewide unemployment rate

    Friday, November 17 2017 7:26 PM EST2017-11-18 00:26:00 GMT

    According to the Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment rate has fallen to a 3.9 percent since  In East Texas some holiday job openings have helped that percentage grow.  During March Target finished a 3.5 million dollar remodel that brought in new product lines. “We've actually added new positions and we've been able to accommodate additional hires because our business has escalated since then,” said store team leader, Kris Hoephner. This addition to the Ta...

    More >>

    According to the Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment rate has fallen to a 3.9 percent since  In East Texas some holiday job openings have helped that percentage grow.  During March Target finished a 3.5 million dollar remodel that brought in new product lines. “We've actually added new positions and we've been able to accommodate additional hires because our business has escalated since then,” said store team leader, Kris Hoephner. This addition to the Ta...

    More >>
  • Lufkin STEM program plant trees at local schools

    Lufkin STEM program plant trees at local schools

    Friday, November 17 2017 7:25 PM EST2017-11-18 00:25:00 GMT
    Source: KTRESource: KTRE

    The 7th grade, STEM program from Lufkin joined up with some of the senior STEM students and spent their Friday, morning, planting trees at Burley Primary and Slack Elementary Schools. 

    More >>

    The 7th grade, STEM program from Lufkin joined up with some of the senior STEM students and spent their Friday, morning, planting trees at Burley Primary and Slack Elementary Schools. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly