Claude Capehart, CIA hitman and leader of the Chowchilla kidnap team that included the Zodiac Killer, was inside the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) on November 22, 1963. He was probably the blonde-haired man armed with with a rifle in the fifth floor window closest to the east side of the building. Next to him was another man wearing a brown suitcoat.
Also inside the building was Lee Harvey Oswald, whom Capehart said was not a shooter. According to former CIA accountant James B. Wilcott, testifying before the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), Oswald “was a regular employee, receiving a full-time salary for agent work for doing CIA operational work.” A memorandum by Warren Commission general counsel J. Lee Rankin said that Oswald’s CIA payroll number was 110669. In the last six weeks of his life, Oswald worked as an order filler for the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD), where his immediate supervisor, William Shelley, was also an operative for the CIA.
With three CIA agents on the same premises, a careful scrutiny of the company they worked for is needed to understand what happened the day President Kennedy was killed.
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Excellent article about possible Zodiac related shooter in the Depository… Tying into your article, I came across a photo yesterday of a second rifle being discreetly taken out of the Schoolbook Depository by Captain Fritz and his deputy.
The rifle they “found” on the 6th floor was taken out by a different person, officer O’Day, at a different time!!- Peter H.
Here is the photo that I found:
It is an Original black and white photographic negative taken by Dallas Times Herald staff photographer William Allen.
This image shows Captain J.W. “Will” Fritz and Elmer Boyd, both of the Dallas Police Department, exiting the Texas School Book Depository on November 22, 1963. Elmer Boyd carries a rifle in his right hand.
Allen, William. [Dallas Police officers exiting the Texas School Book Depository], photograph, November 22, 1963; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth184787/: accessed April 20, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
San Jose, CA
Great find, Peter! I never saw that picture before. The rifle certainly does not look like a Mannlicher Carcano. Nor does it look like what Carolyn Walther saw. She said the rifle had a short barrel and seemed large around the stock or end of the rifle. Her impression was that the gun was a machine gun. She noticed nothing like a telescope sight on the rifle or a leather strap or sling on the rifle. She said she knows nothing about rifles or guns of any type, but thought that the rifle was different from any she had ever seen.
Robert Easterling, the conspirator who spoke to author Henry Hurt, said that the assassin’s rifle that came in a wooden box with a false bottom into the TSBD was a 7mm Czech automatic.
Perhaps the rifle that Walther saw was a Czech vz. 58 assault rifle, although the cartridge was 7.62 mm not 7mm. Its iron sights consist of a fully adjustable front post and a tangent rear sight with a sliding notch with range denominations from 100 to 800 m. It was capable of firing at moving targets up to 300 meters.