There were many suspicious characters in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. One of them was Jim Braden, aka Eugene Hale Brading. Braden’s presence in the Dal-Tex building, directly across the street from the Texas School Book Depository, aroused enough suspicion that police took him in for questioning, but he was released shortly afterwards. The Dallas cops either had no idea who Braden was, or someone higher up pulled the plug on the arrest.
Braden, a career criminal and suspected murderer with Mafia ties, was on parole at the time. He told his parole officer that he had traveled to Dallas for a business meeting at the Hunt Oil corporate offices. He visited H.L. Hunt, an avowed right-wing Kennedy hater, on the day before the assassination, as did Jack Ruby.
Some witnesses to the assassination said they heard shots come from the Dal-Tex building where Braden admitted he was at the time of the shooting. The Dal-Tex building housed the offices of Dallas Uranium and Oil, believed to be a front for H.L. Hunt’s oil company. The offices of Dallas Uranium and Oil provided a great sightline into Dealey Plaza for any would-be assassin.
In his book The Man Who Knew Too Much author Dick Russell writes that the “…Hunt oil family was either involved in the JFK conspiracy and cover-up, or mortally afraid that someone would try to connect them to it…the family’s alleged purchase of the first copy of the Zapruder film; the dispatching of their chief assistant to the jail to check out security around Oswald; and the visit of Marina Oswald to the Hunt offices soon after the assassination raise grave questions.”
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