Son of Dallas Cop Says Dad Was 1 of 3 Who Shot Kennedy
(Part 1 - The first Ricky White News Story)
NOV. 22, 1963: ANOTHER STORY BLURS THE FACTS
SON OF DALLAS COP SAYS DAD WAS 1 OF 3 WHO SHOT KENNEDY
By Andrew Likakis
In another bizarre twist to a mystery that has haunted Americans for
more than a quarter century, the son of a former Dallas police officer
plans to tell the world that his father was one of the assassins of
President John F. Kennedy.
Ricky White, a 29-year-old, unemployed oil equipment salesman in
Midland, says he "had no conception of ever, ever giving this story out"
but decided to do so after FBI agents began asking questions in May 1988.
"I'm telling you a story that has touched me, not only others, and I
feel uncomfortable just telling it to strangers," White said during a
recent interview with the Austin American-Statesman.
Monday in Dallas, White is scheduled to show reports material
implicating his father, Roscoe Anthony White, in the 1963 assassination.
It suggests that White, who died in 1971, was a member of an assassination
team of three shooters, that he fired two of the three bullets that killed
the president, and that he also killed Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit
during the manhunt for Lee Harvey Oswald.
Among the material: a rifle with telescopic sight that uses the same
kind of ammunition as Oswald's gun; records showing that Oswald and White
served together in the Marines; three faded messages that appear to be
decoded orders to kill someone in Dallas in November 1963; and a son's
recollections of his father's incriminating diary - a document that is
The press conference is being sponsored by two private groups - the JFK
Assassination Information Centre of Dallas and the Assassination Archives
and Research Centre of Washington - and some Midland Businessmen.
The possibility of Ricky White's story being a hoax - a falsehood
concocted either by Ricky or his father - has not been dismissed by the
people urging him to publicly talk about the matter. During the last 27
years, many private researchers have claimed to have found evidence of a
conspiracy, only to be proved wrong or deceitful.
Bernard Fensterwald, executive director of the Assassination Archives
and Research Centre, says if there was a conspiracy, Ricky White may have
the key. "I think it's our best shot," he says, "and we better take it."
J. Gary Shaw, co-director of the JFK Assassination Information Centre,
says he hopes White's story will result in an investigation of the
assassination by Texas authorities. Two Washington-based probes - the
Warren Commission in 1963-64 and the House Select Committee on
Assassinations in 1976-78 failed to resolve the enigma of the Kennedy
shooting, Shaw maintains.
As with previous conspiracy theories, White's story is tantalizing, the
evidence intriguing. Yet, as with other theories, it raises more questions
than it answers -- such as: Who issued the orders to the so-called
assassination team? Why was the assassination ordered against Kennedy?
And why is Ricky White telling this story now?
AN OSWALD CONNECTION
Using clues discovered in his father's effects and relying on available
government records, Ricky White says he has determined that Roscoe White
and Lee Harvey Oswald probably met in 1957. Ricky White's mother, Geneva,
is gravely ill and unable to be interviewed, family members say.
According to Military records, both White and Oswald were among a
contingent of U.S. Marines, who boarded the USS Bexar in San Diego that
year for the 22-day trip to Yokosuka, Japan.
In its final report, the Warren Commission published a photo of Oswald
with other Marines in the Philippines. All but one of the Marines was
squatting on the ground. Ricky White says his father claimed to have been
the standing Marine and claimed to have become acquainted with Oswald in
Japan and the Philippines.
Military records show that Roscoe White took frequent unexplained trips
in the Pacific, and Ricky White says that his father's diary described
those as secret intelligence assignments.
It has been established in previous investigations that Oswald was
discharged in 1959 and defected to the Soviet Union. He returned to the
United States in mid-1962, settling first in Fort Worth with his
Russian-born wife, then moving to Dallas a short time later.
Military records show Roscoe White was discharged in late 1962, joining
his wife and two young sons in Paris, Texas. Ricky White says that shortly
thereafter, his father moved the family to