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    [John F. Kennedy Assassination] November 22, 1963: Handwritten Manuscript and Signed Letter from Police on the Apprehension of Lee Harvey Oswald. 8.5 x 11" pages, includes: (1) A gripping portrayal of the final moments leading up to and including the capture of President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, as told by Nick McDonald, the officer who almost lost his life when taking Oswald into custody. Rare four page manuscript, handwritten and twice signed by McDonald reads in part, "...Slowly, deliberately, I was closing the distance between us. Maybe, just maybe, I could prevent a a stand-off and a shoot-out, if I could only get close enough! My pistol remained strapped in my holster...I had him in my peripheral vision. Detecting no movement or change in his position, nor was he even looking at me, I continued walking calmly up the aisle, trying to act as if I were going to pass him by...Still no movement from him...I turned quickly into his row! Moving closer, I saw his empty hands were folded in his lap. As he calmly looked up at me, I spoke with a strong voice of authority, 'Get on your feet!' He realized he had waited too long to make a free and open move of aggression. He stood slowly, as if in slow motion, facing the movie screen, blinking and turning his head to me. We were face to face. I stared into his icy cold, steel blue eyes. In an attempt to conceal his guilt, his expression changed to surprise and innocence, like that of a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar...he spoke softly, 'Well, it's all over now!' I thought he was giving up, and for a moment I was surprised at the simplicity of the arrest! I had him!...Suddenly, his left hand made a tight fist and it exploded between my eyes...The impact from his fist knocked my head back, momentarily catching me off balance and sent my police cap flying across the seats. With the same darting movement, his right hand went to his waist. With my left hand, I felt him pulling a pistol from underneath his shirt...He brought the pistol up to my chest, I grabbed for it with my left hand and grasped his pistol over the cylinder and hammer, with all the strength I could muster. I could feel the hammer glide under my hand, as he pulled the trigger...I pivoted his pistol to the side and away from my body, and realized I was not shot. With a clutched fist, I hit him over his left eye, knocking him into the seat. With a lunge of desperation, I fell on top of him to cover him with my body...I was in a desperate struggle to gain possession of his pistol...I shoved the muzzle into his stomach, and for a fleeting moment, I thought 'He tried to kill me and I'd be justified in killing him!' But on second thought, 'There is no need to shoot him, now that I have control of his weapon.' I pulled the pistol away and handed it to a detective standing in the aisle. I called out to my fellow officers, 'I've got him!!!!!!' / Officer M.N. 'Nick' McDonald / Captor of Oswald / 11-22-63." Four page document on four sheets. Near fine condition. One of the few signed, handwritten documents by McDonald himself regarding the capture.

    (2) Gripping portrayal of the final moments leading up to and including the capture of President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, as told by the four officers who took Oswald into custody. This souvenir document dated November 22, 1963 is addressed to Dallas Chief of Police J.E. Curry and signed by all four arresting officers: Gerald Hill, Ray Hawkins, Paul Bentley and M.N. McDonald. Letter reads in part, "...we received information via the police radio that an officer had been shot...There was a pool of blood about two feet north of the squad car in the street...we received additional information that the suspect was in the Texas Theater...Officer McDonald...observed the arrested party sitting in the third seat. As he approached this suspect, the suspect said, 'This is it,' and sprang from the seat. Officer McDonald began to grapple with the suspect and the suspect got his hand on a gun that was stuck inside his shirt. As the officer and the suspect wrestled for the gun, the suspect pulled the trigger once and the gun snapped, but did not fire...after a struggle in which the suspect resisted violently he was disarmed and handcuffed..." Two page document on two sheets. Near fine condition. With additional page showing the four officers signing the document.


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