So who is Westbrook? According to the Armstrong Harvey/Lee cite there is a
strong indication he may have been CIA.
According to Armstrong...
While (LEE) Oswald was hiding in the balcony, and (HARVEY) Oswald was
sitting in the 4th row in the lower level, Captain Westbrook allegedly
found a wallet at the scene of Tippit's murder. There was a wallet and it
contained identification for Lee Harvey Oswald and Alek Hidell, including
a Texas drivers license for Lee Harvey Oswald. FBI agent Bob Barrett saw
the wallet and WFAA-TV took newsreel film of the wallet. Who found the
(On the website, a frame from WFAA newsreel footage is shown).
Eight or nine people walked to Tippit's patrol car and saw him lying on
the street. Two ambulance attendants removed Tippit's body. Numerous DPD
officers arrived at the scene before Westbrook arrived. But none of these
people, not one civilian witness, not the ambulance attendants, not any of
the trained police officers, reported seeing a wallet laying on an
otherwise empty street. Without proof that someone, anyone, found the
wallet and handed it to Capt. Westbrook there is a distinct possibility
that Westbrook brought the wallet to the scene of Tippit's murder. After
the assassination, Capt. Westbrook retired from the Dallas Police and
served as a special advisor to the police in South Vietnam (nearly all
"special advisors" to the police in Vietnam were CIA connected).
A DPD dispatch at 1:33 PM: "w/m/30 5'8", very slender build, black hair, a
white jacket, white shirt and dark slacks." A DPD dispatch at 1:45 PM:
"Have information a suspect just went in the Texas Theater on West
Jefferson ... supposed to be hiding in balcony." As police began to
descend on the Texas Theater they were told by a "young female" (probably
Julia Postal) that the man was in the balcony. As several DPD officers
began searching the balcony Deputy Sheriff Bill Courson came face to face
with a young man who was walking down the stairs to the lobby. Courson
said, "that he was reasonably satisfied in his own mind" that this man was
(LEE) Oswald. While Courson was walking up the front stairs to the
balcony, the police, and Captain Westbrook, were entering the main floor
from the rear entrance. The last DPD dispatch reported the suspect was
wearing a white shirt, white jacket, and was in the balcony. The suspect
(LEE Oswald) in the balcony was wearing a white t-shirt, but had left his
light colored jacket under a car at Ballew's T exaco Station.
HARVEY Oswald, wearing a long-sleeved brown shirt, is arrested
Captain Westbrook apparently told DPD officers at 10th & Patton that Lee
Harvey Oswald was a suspect. Inside the darkened theater Tommy Rowe (not
Johnny Brewer), directed the police to the man wearing the long sleeved
dark shirt--HARVEY Oswald. Rowe was a close friend of Jack Ruby and worked
at the shoe store with Brewer. The police soon arrested and handcuffed
(HARVEY) Oswald. Capt. Westbrook told the officers "get him out of here as
fast as you can and don't let anybody see him." DON'T LET ANYBODY SEE
As HARVEY Oswald was taken out the front of the theater a DPD officer told
Julia Postal, "we have our man on both counts." Julia said this was the
first time she heard of Tippit's death and the officers arresting Oswald
had identified him by calling his name --- "Oswald" (interview with Julia
Postal by SA Carter 2/28/64). Several police officers knew the name of
their suspect before leaving 10th & Patton, thanks to Captain Westbrook.
Three police officers were ordered to obtain the names and addresses of
all theater patrons. This list soon disappeared, and the possibility of
learning the identity of Oswald's contact at the theater, and the identity
of the man confronted by Deputy Sheriff Courson, disappeared with it.
(HARVEY) Oswald, wearing a brown shirt, was brought out the front entrance
of the Texas Theater, placed in a police car and driven to jail. Paul
Bentley removed (HARVEY) Oswald's wallet from his left rear pocket en
route to the DPD headquarters (along with Officers Carrol, Hill, Walker
and Lyons) and found identification for "Lee Harvey Oswald" and "A. J.
Hidell"--similar to the identification found in the wallet that was left
at the Tippit murder scene. The Dallas Police were now in possession of
two wallets, both containing ID for Lee Harvey Oswald. These two wallets
could have created serious problems if properly identified as evidence and
reported. It should come as no surprise that Capt. Westbrook's wallet
disappeared, after DPD Capt. Fritz gave it to FBI agent Hosty on 11/27/63,
and one of the Oswalds (LEE) disappeared as well. For a thorough
discussion of how the FBI and the Dallas Police deliberately mishandled
this evidence, read John Armstrong's 1997 Dallas Conference speech (linked
on the home page).
NOTE: There were a total of five Oswald wallets: a black plastic wallet
(CE 1798); a red billfold found at Ruth Paine's (CE 2003 #382); a brown
billfold found at Ruth Paine's (CE 2003 #114); a billfold taken from LHO
upon arrest--initialed by HMM (Henry Moore), wallet and contents
inventoried and photographed; and the Westbrook wallet, which was not
initialed by police, not listed in inventory, not photographed, not
mentioned by a single witness to the WC, HSCA, ARRB, etc. and disappeared,
but not before is was filmed by WFAA TV and seen by FBI agent Barrett.
As (HARVEY) Oswald was en route to the police station, Bernard Haire,
owner of a hobby shop two doors from the theater, saw the police escort a
man out the rear of the theater. For the next 25 years Mr. Haire and other
witnesses thought they had seen the arrest of Oswald. But there is no
police report, no record of arrest, nor any mention of a person taken out
the rear of the theater. There are, however, many police reports that
state Oswald was arrested in the balcony. The police homicide report of
Tippit's murder read, "suspect was later arrested in the balcony of the
Texas neater at 231 W. Jefferson."
See the Dallas Police Homicide Report for "Tippitt, JD"
At least two other DPD documents make the same "error." In his report to
Captain Gannaway, Dallas Police Detective L.D. Stringfellow wrote: "On
November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in the balcony of the
Texas Theater, 231 West Jefferson Blvd and was charged with the murder of
President John F. Kennedy and the murder of Officer JD Tippit." How could
several experienced, career police officers make such a mistake?
Armstrong's site is at: http://harveyandlee....November_22.htm