Naming the Dallas Deputies (Part 4) -- Seymour Weitzman

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Naming the Dallas Deputies (Part 4) -- Seymour Weitzman

February 6, 2019

Let's take an impartial look at the WC testimony of Dallas Deputy Seymour Weitzman, a 44 year old plainclothes officer who had been working for the County Sheriff only three years.  Before that he was a manager in the garment industry for 20 years, and before that he was a WW2 Air Force pilot. 

 

His WC testimony is very similar to that of Deputies Boone and Mooney, because it entails only a single hour of the day that JFK was killed in Dallas -- from about 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.  I will summarize his testimony briefly, with very approximate minutes:

 

.  12:30 PM .  Weitzman was milling around outside the Sheriff's Office (about one block south of the TSBD) with Deputy Bill Hutton.  They saw JFK's car pass and on their way back to their desks, they heard gunshots. 

 

.  12:31 PM .  They immediately ran toward the Grassy Knoll.  Somebody said the shots came from the picket fence, so they ran to the wall at the end of the picket fence, where Elm Street ends, to climb over.

 

.  12.32 PM .  As they hopped over, Weitzman burned his hands on a steam pipe.  They pushed forward into the railroad yard, and saw nothing but other Dallas officers there.  So, they examined the footprints, which went off in all different directions. 

 

.  12:35 PM .  Weitzman asked a yardman if he had seen anything when JFK passed by.  The yardman said he saw somebody throw something through a bush over yonder, so Weitzman went back over the fence to look.  Somebody else said there was something red in the street, 12 inches from the curb.  Weitzman retrieved it; it was part of a skull.  Weitzman gave it to the Dallas Secret Service men, as it looked human.  (Weitzman later learned it was indeed a piece of JFK's skull.)

 

.  12:45 PM .  Then Weitzman and Hutton went to the TSBD and started to search floor to floor.  He did not say why they went there.  They started on the 1st floor, 2nd floor, 3rd floor and so on. 

 

.  1:15 PM .  When they got to the 6th floor, the Deputy in charge of the floor (Weitzman forgot his name) said he was certain the rifle was on that floor, and he wanted it.  So Weitzman joined Deputy Eugene Boone to search.

 

.  1:22 PM .  Weitzman got on the floor as Boone searched standing up.  Weitzman saw the rifle first and said softly, "There it is!" Then, Boone hollered out, "We got it!" Because Boone shouted so loud, Boone got all the credit for finding the rifle. 

 

.  1:23 PM .  The Deputies and Police made a man-tight barricade around the rifle until J.C. Day of the DPD crime lab came up to photograph it and dust it for fingerprints.  Then J.C. Day handed it to Captain Will Fritz. 

 

.  1:25 PM .  Weitzman saw Captain Fritz eject a live shell from the rifle.  Then Weitzman returned to his office. 

 

.  1:30 PM .  In his written statement, Weitzman said the gun was a 7.65 Mauser bolt action.  He had not touched it, and had seen it only briefly, saw it was bolt action, so he had thought it was a Mauser. 

 

 

That's all there is to the testimony of Deputy Seymour Weitzman.  Before I offer my personal opinion and interpretation, here is my standard disclaimer.  I emphasize that I have no animosity toward Weitzman; he was evidently a good family man and a patriot, and his participation in the JFK plot was strictly volunteer -- not for money.  He truly believed he had done the right thing.  My opinion has no further emotion, and I cite Dallas resident, Ricky White, who named his own father, Dallas policeman Roscoe White, in the JFK assassination. 

 

I notice first that the WC testimony of Seymour Weitzman harmonizes very well with the WC testimonies of Deputies Luke Mooney and Eugene Boone.  All three cover the same hour, from about 12:30 to about 1:30 PM at Dealey Plaza, with very similar steps -- from the County Jail to the Grassy Knoll to the TSBD 6th floor.  Weitzman was a man of few words, but he was a former Air Force pilot, so he was nobody's dummy.  I will try to fill in the blanks.  Here's my opinion of Weitzman's role in the JFK Assassination. 

 

(A) Deputy Weitzman, on 11/22/1963, was on the sidewalk in Dealey Plaza, watching the JFK parade with the crowd, and other Deputies.  He was aware that a plot to kill JFK was underway and that his boss, legendary Dallas Sheriff Bill Decker, was his leader in that plot. 

 

(B) Weitzman's orders were apparently as follows.  He was to keep Deputy Bill Hutton (who probably wasn't part of the plot) by his side until about 1:15 PM, when he was to appear on the 6th floor of the TSBD and help Eugene Boone find the planted Oswald rifle. 

 

(C) Hearing the first shot at JFK was the signal.  Many Deputies ran from the Dallas County Jail to the Grassy Knoll picket fence as fast as they could.  They made it there in 30-40 seconds. 

 

(D) These Deputies knew that there were no Communists shooting from Dealey Plaza.  They had no fear of running into a scene of active shooters. 

 

(E) Deputy Weitzman, knew very well that when they arrived at the County parking lot behind the Grassy Knoll picket fence, that they would find only Dallas Deputies and Police there -- and that the actual shooters were well-camouflaged by wearing their Dallas uniforms. 

 

(F) Biding time in the parking lot and railroad yard behind the Grassy Knoll picket fence, allowed other JFK plotters to set up the so-called "sniper's nest". 

 

(G) Deputy Weitzman led Deputy Hutton to the TSBD to search, floor by floor, starting with the first floor, to cover his actions, and to ensure he arrived at the 6th floor by 1:15 pm. 

 

(H) A little after 1:15 PM, Deputy Weitzman began helping Eugene Boone search for the assassination rifle.  At 1:22 PM, as Boone loudly confirmed, they "found" it. 

 

(I) In my opinion, Deputy Weitzman knew only a few JFK plotters; Boone, Mooney, Decker and Fritz.  Probably, Weitzman didn't want to know more than necessary. 

 

(J) I have no current evidence that Deputy Weitzman was part of a John Birch Society chapter in Dallas, or that he was aware of Ex-General Edwin Walker's role.  Yet I say that Weitzman's narrow focus on one hour of 11/22/1963 suggests that he knew that his fellow Deputies and Decker were key players in the JFK Assassination. 

 

The WC testimony of Weitzman, Mooney and Boone fit together so tightly, that we may suppose that they coordinated their WC testimony months ahead of time.

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