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November 21, 2013

Detective remembers Kennedy's assassin as unnaturally calm

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CORSICANA, Texas —

Oswald was unnaturally cool, said Boyd.

“He was as calm as anybody I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I’ve never understood how a man could do everything he’d done and be so calm.”

Oswald got angry a couple of times during questioning - when an FBI agent contorted him, and when talked about Gov. John Connally, who also had been shot.

“He said, ‘They tried to make a patsy out of me,’ ” said Boyd. “He was a cool guy. He wasn’t a dummy. He’d talk. He just wouldn’t talk about anything anybody wanted to hear.

“He’d talk about everything except the shooting of the president and Officer Tippit,” said Boyd.

To this day, Boyd said he doesn't believe anyone else was involved in Kennedy's assassination. He's never bought into conspiracy theories, though he’s read many accounts that he knows are nonsense.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Lee Harvey Oswald killed our president and J.D. Tippit," he said.

Boyd said some of those theories were stoked by the fact that the Medical examiner in Washington, D.C., who was less experienced than Dallas' head pathologist, performed Kennedy's autopsy.

"It should have been ours,” he said. “We should have kept the body here.”

Boyd was off-duty the morning of Nov. 24, two days after Kennedy's assassination, when nightclub owner Jack Ruby approached Oswald as he was being transferred through the basement of the police station, shot and killed him.

"The only time I wasn’t with him was the morning he got shot," he said.

Ruby had liked police officers and had been friends with Boyd's partner, Sims. The night Kennedy was killed, Ruby had called Sims to offer sandwiches to the police on duty. Sims refused and Ruby instead ended up feeding the journalists gathered at the station.

Boyd remembered the police interrogation of Ruby.

“I think the first thing he said was, ‘Mr. Sims, are y’all mad at me? … I think he thought he’d be a big hero.”

Janet Jacobs writes for the Corsicana, Texas, Daily Sun.

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