Jim Leavelle

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Jim Leavelle

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 (1920-08-23) (age 95)
Red River County, Texas
Nationality American

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.[1]

Career[change | change source]

He joined the Dallas Police Department in April 1950 and retired in April 1975.[2][3]

He personally believes that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy,[1] 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."[1]

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