A man very closely associated with one of the most heartbreaking moments in presidential history has passed away.
Ruining It for Everyone
The moment Oswald was shot is burned into America’s memory, as is the shooting of J.F.K.
However, when Oswald was shot, it sent conspiracy theorists into overdrive.
If you have seen the footage or the photographs of the shooting, Leavelle was the man handcuffed to Oswald in the light suit and like-colored cowboy hat. Watch below:
Leavelle, oddly enough, had met Jack Ruby prior to the shooting, but there was nothing nefarious about it. Ruby owned a local nightclub and police officers often patrolled the area around closing time, which is how the two met.
After Ruby shot Oswald and was taken into custody, Leavelle had a chance to talk to Ruby. Leavelle recently told the Dallas Morning News, “I told him, ‘You know you didn’t do us any favor by shooting Oswald.’ He said, ‘All I wanted to do was to be a hero, and it looks like all I did was foul things up.’”
Foul things up he did, as conspiracy theorists today are still debating over the “real” shooter of Kennedy.
Life of Service
Before starting his career as a police officer, Leavelle served in the U.S. Navy. In fact, he was on one of the first ships to respond to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
After leaving the Navy, he moved to Dallas and joined the police force. He would end up serving in the Dallas PD for 25 years until his retirement in 1975.
Leavelle had just celebrated his 99th birthday with friends and family on August 23. On Monday, he fell and broke his hip and sadly, just three days later, he passed away.
Rest in peace, Mr. Leavelle, and thank you for your service.