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Jack Edwin Dougherty


Jack Edwin Dougherty left Sunset High School in 1937 (at the age of 14?) according to his Warren Commission testimony, he worked in grocery stores for a year or so and then signed up in Oct. 1942. This is something that doesn’t add up.

Mr. BILL. How old are you?
Mr. BALL. Where were you born?
Mr. DOUGHERTY. Here in Dallas.
Mr. BALL. Where did you go to school?
Mr. DOUGHERTY. Sunset High School.
Mr. Ball. You went through Sunset High School?
Mr. DOUGHERTY. Yes, sir.
Mr. BALL. What year did you get out of high school? About?
Mr. DOUGHERTY. Oh, 1937.
Mr. BALL. 1937?
Mr. BALL. What kind of work did you do after that?
Mr. DOUGHERTY. Well, of course, a year or so, you might say-just work in grocery stores until I was 19 and volunteered for the Armed Services in October-October 24, 1942.

During Jack Dougherty’s Warren Commission testimony, Dougherty sometimes proves to be very precise with dates and also be able to account for times he spent in the military, but he mixes things up that when he is asked when he started his employment at the TSBD he answers Sept. 1940 which would not have been possible and after being asked the question again he answers 1952. To this day there is no answer as to where he started and what he did for work from Sept 1940. Overall he leaves the impression of someone who is very confused and keeps making ‘mistakes’ regarding times and his whereabouts ,where he exactly was.

This is something that S.A. Blake of the Secret Service noticed as well in early Dec. 1963 when he took a statement of Jack Dougherty. See the gallery below.

Another interesting fact is that Joseph Ball refers to earlier statements to ‘guide’ him since he is making a lot of mistakes answering, if only Marrion Baker got the very same ‘help’ with that bullshit 2nd floor encounter with Roy Truly and Oswald…..

There is another issue with Dougherty, after hearing one (!) loud bang he takes the West elevator down and speaks with Eddie Piper. If Dougherty went down by elevator then that doesn’t chime with Truly’s story that the elevators were high up on the 5th floor. He also takes the elevator back up again. Roy Truly thought he saw Dougherty working on the fifth floor, Dougherty said he didn’t hear anyone yell up through the elevator shaft. Dougherty didn’t see anybody else on the fifth floor. But we also know that James Jarman, Bonnie Ray Williams and Harold Norman were there, and neither of them saw him either. But on the fifth floor the boxes in front of the window were stacked up high so visually that may have been the case, but I for one think that the floor and elevator would have produced enough noise for anyone on that floor to be aware of other people(s) presence!

Roy Truly describes Dougherty as someone of having an average intelligence, something we have heard before with Baker as well. Yet at the same time one needs to take into consideration that this man with average intelligence had quite a responsible job by being at the TSBD at 7 AM, one hour before the rest of the workers would arrive for work.  As per his Warren Commission testimony he described his job during that hour: “I have to see to it that the water system is pumped up. In other words, the air pressure is up to where-up to 40 pounds so that if it isn’t pumped up, the alarm goes off, and the ADT runs that alarm system, and we immediately call Mr. Truly and of course they call me.”

Dougherty also stated that he saw Oswald come into work, but he was not carrying anything in his hand, which contradicts Buell Wesley Frazier’s testimony.

Then there is the question whether Dougherty was part of the floor laying crew on the 6th floor or not. See the document in the gallery below. Two employees in their first statements, both placed Dougherty among the floor layers, Dougherty being one of them.  Both later made a second list and omitted his name from it.

On the 12th of March  1964, a memo was sent from W.C. lawyer Melvin A. Eisenberg.  Eisenberg writes to J. Lee Rankin and sets out his suspicions regarding the testimony and actions of Jack Edwin Dougherty. The memo was sent approximately one month before Dougherty was due to give his sworn testimony. Yet not much of these concerns were discussed in depth during Dougherty’s W.C. testimony.