Elmer Boyd, final Dallas detective to research JFK assassination, took Lee Harvey Oswald into custody, lifeless at 96

The final surviving police detective tasked with investigating the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas has died Friday at 96 years previous.

Elmer L. “Sonny” Boyd died in Corsicana, Texas — about 50 miles from Dealey Plaza, the place Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy greater than 60 years in the past, The Sixth Ground Museum introduced in a Fb publish on Tuesday.

“Elmer was deeply concerned within the native Kennedy assassination investigation, looking out the Texas College E book Depository for proof and later main Lee Harvey Oswald down the hallways of Dallas police headquarters,” the Museum shared.

Elmer L. “Sonny” Boyd died in Corsicana, Texas on Could 24, 2024. The Sixth Ground Museum at Dealey Plaza

“He was a real Southern gentleman and can be deeply missed. Our heartfelt condolences exit to the whole Boyd household.”

Born in Blooming Grove exterior of Dallas, Boyd joined the Dallas Police Division as a patrolman in Could 1952 and was later promoted to a murder and theft detective in October 1957.

Boyd was initially assigned to be a part of President Kennedy’s motorcade because it rolled by way of Dallas On Nov. 22, 1963.

Nevertheless, a last-minute change had him ready for the previous commander and chief at Commerce Mart — the situation JFK was supposed to satisfy for a luncheon on the fateful day, in keeping with the Corsicana Day by day Solar.

“We have been instructed Kennedy was 5 minutes away from arrival, however then we acquired phrase he’d been in an accident,” Boyd instructed the outlet in 2017.

President John F Kennedy, First Girl Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Governor, and John Connally in a motorcade route in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963, minutes earlier than JFK was shot. Bettmann Archive

After phrase unfold that the president was shot, Boyd and his companion Richard Sims adopted Kennedy’s motorcade because it rushed to Parkland Hospital.

On arrival on the hospital, Boyd and different Dallas law enforcement officials have been ordered to the Texas College E book Depository constructing at Dealey Plaza.

“That they had monitor of everybody however Lee Harvey Oswald. That they had an handle in Irving, but it surely turned out to be Marina’s (his partner) handle,” he defined.

Lee Harvey Oswald in a mug shot after he was arrested for assassinating President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. Getty Photos
Police officer J.D. Tippit was shot and killed by Oswald quickly after JFK was assassinated.

Boyd was one in every of three males placed on guard on the sixth flooring of the e-book depository after they discovered Officer J.D. Tippit — a Dallas patrolman killed by Oswald throughout the manhunt — had been shot.

“We acquired phrase to name the workplace … and so they stated they thought the one they wished was coming in — Oswald,” he recounted.

He and Sims would later be photographed escorting Oswald into Dallas to the police station.

Boyd (R) and his companion Richard Sims (L) escort Oswald after his arrest in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. AFP by way of Getty Photos

The now historic {photograph} was delivered to Boyd’s consideration years after it was taken when a person from Eire despatched him a duplicate, in keeping with the outlet.

“He wished me to signal it and ship it again so he might put it up in his brother’s pub,” the previous Dallas detective defined.

Boyd would participate within the interrogations of the then-suspected murderer, explaining he sat in on about “75-80%” of all interviews with Oswald whereas he was in custody, he instructed The Sixth Ground Museum in 2007.

Boyd had sat in on a majority of the interrogations whereas Oswald was in custody. Getty Photos

After working two nights in a row till 3 a.m., he stated he went to his mother-in-law’s home to get some relaxation.

Whereas watching TV together with his household on the morning of Nov. 24, Boyd and his household watched as Oswald was gunned down by Jack Ruby whereas being transferred to jail.

Boyd stated he acknowledged Ruby because the gunman instantly.

Jack Ruby walks as much as accused presidential murderer Lee Harvey Oswald and shoots him as he’s escorted right into a police station in Dallas. Bettmann Archive
Ruby shot Oswald on the morning of Nov. 24 whereas he was being transferred to jail. Sygma by way of Getty Photos

“Jack Ruby considered himself as a giant gangster, however he was only a nightclub proprietor,” Boyd instructed the Corsicana Day by day Solar.

“He wished to be the hero by killing Oswald, although he stated it was to spare Jackie (Kennedy) the trauma of getting to come back again to Dallas for the trial.”

Boyd and his companion have been then known as again on responsibility, the place they guarded Ruby following his arrest.

He believed Ruby might have by no means deliberate out the capturing because the switch time for Oswald had modified with out the general public being knowledgeable.

Kennedy was pronounced lifeless at Parkland Hospital at 1:00 p.m., half-hour after the capturing. Bettmann Archive
A Dallas policeman holds up the rifle used to kill President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Bettmann Archive

Later, throughout the investigation of Kennedy’s assassination, his title and badge quantity have been on a Disturbing The Peace report involving Ruby and Oswald — who was utilizing an alias — that allegedly linked them collectively from October 1963 — one month earlier than the president was killed.

He defined the report disclosed a “Jr Rubenstein” (Ruby) and “Alek Hidell” (Oswald’s alis) entering into an altercation at an condo, however no police motion was required, he instructed The Sixth Ground Museum.

That cost was added to the Warren Fee Report — the 888-page official authorities report that investigated the assassination of President Kennedy.

Two males from Washington then met with Boyd to debate the fees with the report in hand.

Boyd donated artifacts corresponding to his firearms, cowboy hat, and {the handcuffs} used to restrain Lee Harvey Oswald to The Sixth Ground Museum at Dealey Plaza on Could 22, 2023. The Sixth Ground Museum at Dealey Plaza

“They noticed it as proof that Ruby and Oswald knew one another earlier than the capturing,” he instructed Corsicana Day by day Solar.

Boyd stated he’s not sure how his badge quantity ended up on the report involving Ruby and Oswald, but it surely was an official submitting sheet from the Dallas Police Division.

The Warren Report finally discovered that Ruby and Oswald by no means knew one another earlier than the JFK assassination.

Boyd left the Dallas Police Division in 1978 and labored for 11 extra years with the Euless Police Division till he retired in 1989.

He married his spouse, Yvonne Smith, in 1950, and the couple stayed collectively for 65 years till she died in 2015. That they had three daughters collectively.

In 2023, Boyd donated his firearms, cowboy hat, and {the handcuffs} used on Oswald after his arrest to The Sixth Ground Museum in Dallas.

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