LEE HARVEY OSWALD'S ALIBI



One of the main points to be made regarding Lee Harvey Oswald's alibi for the critical time when President Kennedy was being shot and killed on Elm Street in Dallas is the fact that Oswald didn't seem to have a good and ironclad alibi at all.

When Dallas Police Captain J. Will Fritz asked Oswald where he was located at the time JFK was shot, Oswald said that he was "having his lunch about that time on the first floor" (quoting Captain Fritz' report; see Page 600 of the Warren Report).

But author Vincent Bugliosi picked up on a very interesting "slip-up" that, according to Postal Inspector Harry D. Holmes, allegedly came out of Lee Oswald's mouth on the morning of Sunday, November 24, 1963, just before Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby. And if Holmes was clearly remembering everything Oswald said here (and with the proper chronology of the events in place [Click Here for some of my additional thoughts about this]), then this would certainly be an indication that Oswald was having a difficult time keeping his alibi straight in his own mind in the days following the assassination:


"During Sunday's [11/24/63] interrogation, Oswald slipped up and placed himself on the sixth floor [of the TSBD] at the time of the assassination. .... In his Sunday-morning interrogation, he said that at lunchtime, one of the "Negro" employees invited him to eat lunch with him and he declined. .... He said before he could finish whatever he was doing, the commotion surrounding the assassination took place and when he "WENT DOWNSTAIRS," a policeman questioned him as to his identification, and his boss stated that he was one of their employees. .... WHERE WAS OSWALD AT THE TIME THE NEGRO EMPLOYEE INVITED HIM TO LUNCH, AND BEFORE HE DESCENDED TO THE SECOND-FLOOR LUNCHROOM? [Answer:] The sixth floor." -- Vincent Bugliosi; Page 957 of "Reclaiming History" (c.2007) [All emphasis is Bugliosi's.]*

* The source number ("36") that is attached to the above text in Mr. Bugliosi's book leads to this Source Note on the CD-ROM disc attached to the back cover of each copy of "Reclaiming History":

"WR, p.636; 7 H 302, WCT Harry D. Holmes."

HERE is Page 636 of the Warren Report.


And from Holmes' Warren Commission testimony, we find these remarks (which back up what Bugliosi says on page 957 of his book):


"You see, I assumed that obvious questions like that had been asked in previous interrogation. So I didn't interrupt too much, but he [Lee Oswald] said, "Send the elevator back up to me." Then he said when all this commotion started, "I just went on downstairs." And he didn't say whether he took the elevator or not. He said, "I went down, and as I started to go out and see what it was all about, a police officer stopped me just before I got to the front door, and started to ask me some questions, and my superintendent of the place stepped up and told the officers that I am one of the employees of the building, so he told me to step aside for a little bit and we will get to you later. Then I just went on out in the crowd to see what it was all about." And he wouldn't tell what happened then."
-- Harry D. Holmes; April 2, 1964 [7 H 302]


David Von Pein
September 28, 2007
March 18, 2019