2018-11-23 21:15:13 UTC
DPD Captain Doughty apparently felt that Crime Scene photos of spent
shells were unimportant.
Or perhaps he knew that Crime Scene's "Pete" Barnes was too busy to
From the 4/7/64 WC interview of DPD Crime Scene's Pete Barnes:
Mr. BARNES. Yes. Captain Doughty picked up another hull, .38 caliber.
Mr. BELIN. Did you see Captain Doughty pick it up?
Mr. BARNES. I did not.
Mr. BELIN. Were you advised as to anyone who might have pointed it out to
Captain Doughty, or did he get it himself, or what?
Mr. BARNES. I heard that someone pointed it out to him and he picked it up.
Mr. BELIN. You mean some citizen?
Mr. BARNES. Some citizen pointed it out to him, and he picked it up?
Mr. BELIN. Do you remember where he might have located it? What approximate
Mr. BARNES. I was a busy man and I didn't watch his operation.
"Didn't watch his operation".... You might think that Captain Doughty, at
least, would have thought to tell Barnes--at least at the end of his,
Doughty's "operation"--that a witness was showing him where a spent shell
fell and that, gee, maybe he, Barnes, while he was there, might take a
picture of it, before it was handled. In situ and all that.
But Doughty apparently thought that in situ photographs were pointless,
and certainly in the Tippit case they seemed to be. Not one of the four
shells was "in situ"-ed.
Yet W.E. "Busy" Barnes left time in his schedule to take a picture of a
nearby stop sign. Yes, see page 273 of the interview! But a shell which
turned out to be actually kind of sort of slightly important.... Is it any
wonder that the DPD is aka The Keystone Kops? Stars of an in-situ-ation
comedy.... No wonder they had a devil of a time explaining the spent
shells, in Oak Cliff as well as Dealey.
That stop sign is probably still in the Evidence Room of the DPD. It
could be The Key to the whole thing....
"Didn't watch his operation...."