February 2, 2013
DID DALLAS POLICE SECURE THE DEPOSITORY CRIME SCENE?
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFKASSASSINATION) Today we begin our look at "Enemy of the Truth: Myths, Forensics, & the Kennedy Assassination" by Sherry P. Fiester.
Our book just arrived by mail yesterday. It was published by JFK Lancer Productions & Publications, Inc. of Southlake, Texas.
The book, which includes a Foreward by noted JFK assassination researcher Jim Marrs, is available at www.amazon.com & www.jfklancer.com.
Our look today will begin at the beginning, Chapter 1: DALLAS PD FOLLOWED PROTOCOL.
Sherry Fiester tells us that there were 7 standards for processing a crime scene in 1963. These were outlined in 1953 in Paul L. Kirk's "Crime Investigation."
The number one standard required that the crime scene be secured in order to protect evidence, hold possible witnesses for questioning & to take the suspect or suspects into custody.
The standard included a first priority & that was to insure the safety of police officers & the public by determining that the suspect or suspects were not present at the crime scene.
Further, the first responding officers were to protect the crime scene from contamination by physically blocking all entrances to it.
Sherry applies this standard to the Texas School Book Depository on 11-22-63.
JFK was shot at 12:30 CST. DP officer Marrion L. Baker entered the TSBD within 2 minutes in search for a shooter.
It was not until 12:37 to 12:40 that DP inspector, J. Herbert Sawyer, ordered the building sealed, but at 12:50, Forrest V. Sorrels, a Secret Service agent, entered by an unsecured rear entrance.
Sherry argues that the crime scene was left unsecured for at least 13 minutes after the order to seal was given (20 minutes after the shooting).
And Sawyer's order may not have been followed because when DP Captain Will Fritz arrived at 12:58, he was asked by an officer if he wanted the building sealed.
During that time, news people as well as other unidentified persons were in the TSBD.
And on the 6th floor, allegedly the place from which shots were fired, news people were not only taking photographs, they were rearranging some of the boxes of schoolbooks.
Sherry quotes a DP crime scene investigator saying that there were "dozens of news media" on that floor and that they were "unrestricted."
Other troubling facts that emerge include that the "chain of custody" of the rifle shells found on the 6th floor is "questionable," & some photographs taken by DP personnel were "kept as souvenirs."