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>>

  • Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:19:49 GMT
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
  • Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:09:01 GMT
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Trinity County traffic stop results in 2 felony drugs arrests. seizure of weed, codiene, other drugs

    Trinity County traffic stop results in 2 felony drugs arrests. seizure of weed, codiene, other drugs

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:19:50 GMT

    Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office made two felony drug arrests and seized marijuana, Prometh VC with codeine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and ecstasy after a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb and Jefferson streets late Tuesday night.

    More >>

    Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office made two felony drug arrests and seized marijuana, Prometh VC with codeine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and ecstasy after a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb and Jefferson streets late Tuesday night.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly