House Select Committee on Assassinations
Assassination Information Bureau
||New Witnesses in JFK case|
Following my discussion with Kevin Walsh of your staff on August 2, 1977, I am submitting two documents to you which appear to identify two previously unknown witnesses to events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. Both documents were discovered in the files of the Committee to Investigate Assassinations.
The first document is a transcript of an interview with Jimmy Earl Burt conducted by Al Chapman on February 7, 1968. Burt witnessed the movements of the man who shot Officer J. D. Tippit both before and after the shooting. To my knowledge, Burt has never testified under oath or given any other statements concerning his knowledge of the Tippit murder. The page appended to the interview refers to the testimony of Burt's friend, William Arthur Smith, where Burt's name is mentioned (7H83).
The second document is an unsigned copy of a notarized affidavit given in Springfield, Mo., presumably in early 1968, by Mrs. Alveeta A. Treon. Mrs. Treon worked as a switchboard operator in the Dallas City Hall in November 1963. She was on duty during the night of November 23-24 when Lee Harvey Oswald placed a telephone call which was handled by her co-worker, Mrs. Louise Swinney. According to Mrs. Treon's affidavit, Mrs. Swinney only pretended to try to complete Oswald's call but told him there was no answer. There is some indication that this ruse was carried out with the cooperation of two unnamed law enfocement officers who were present in a room adjacent to the switchboard room. We have no knowledge of how this affidavit was obtained, but Mrs. Treon's reference to involvement of Jim Garrison's office. "Winston Smith" was a name used by one of Garrison's invetigators who also worked under the names "Jim Rose" and "E. Carl MacNabb" in 1967-68. An address for Mrs. Treon appears on the top of page three of the affidavit. We have seen copies of a "long distance message card" of seeming official origin indicating that Oswald placed a collect call to a "John Hurt" of Raleigh, N.C. Two phone numbers appear on the card; note that Mrs. Treon states that she recalls Mrs. Swinney repeating only one number given to her by Oswald. The signature "L. Swinney" appears on the card, which is dated November 23, 1963.
If you have any questions on this materials please call me at 857-0017. I look forward to meeting with you personally to discuss how we might be of further assistance to the committee's research effort. Thank you for your attention.
cc: Kevin Walsh