Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald on November 24, 1963. Leavelle is just left of Oswald, in the light suit.
|Born||James Robert Leavelle
August 23, 1920
Red River County, Texas
James Robert "Jim" Leavelle (born August 23, 1920) is the former Dallas, Texas homicide detective who was escorting Lee Harvey Oswald through the basement of Dallas Police headquarters when Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby. He is known as The Man in the White Suit by historians.
Early life[change | change source]
Leavelle was born and raised in Red River County, Texas. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, and was a sailor on board the USS Whitney during the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor bombings.
Career[change | change source]
He personally believes that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy, and said that in a 2006 discussion, he was told by Oswald's brother Robert that he believes the same thing, "because I knew my brother."
References[change | change source]
- Brokaw, Tom (December 7, 2006). "Pearl Harbor survivor witnesses history — twice". MSNBC.com. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16096411/.
- "Warren Commission, Volume VII: James R. Leavelle" (PDF). http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh7/pdf/WH7_Leavelle.pdf. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Stengle, Jamie (May 14, 2013). "Dallas police honor detective cuffed to Oswald". Associated Press. http://news.yahoo.com/dallas-police-honor-detective-cuffed-oswald-184616157.html.