[Affidavit by Mary Rattan] Page: 1 of 4
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AFFIDAVIT IN ANY FACT
THE STATE OF TEXAS
COUNTY OF DALLAS
a Notary Public in and for said County, State of Texas, on this day personally appeared^
Lt. Jj C. Dayi Dallas Police Department
Who, after being by me duly sworn, on oath deposes and says: J?he following affidavit 1 S Blade tO
clear up confusion regarding the three spent 6.5 hulls, commission
numbers 543? 544, and 545* found by the 6th floor window of the Texas
School Book Depository on November 22, 1963. The hulls were picked
up by Detective R. M. Sims and Lieutenant J. C. Day and placed in an
envelope. Detective R. L« Studebaker was also present. The envelope
was marked and dated by Sims and Day. Detective Sims took the hulls
after they were checked for fingerprints by Day. The third hull,
commission number 545 was later released directly to the FBI by the
Dallas Police Department Homicide Division. At 10:00 P.H. November
22, 1963, Detective C. N. Dhority brought the three hulls in the mark-
ed envelope back to Lieutenant Day in the Identification Bureau office
to recheck for prints* Dhority retained one hull, commission number
545 and left the other two, commision numbers 543 544 along with the
envelope with me to be sent to the FBI. Vince Drain, FBI agent, took
custody at 11:45 A.M. the same day. When I appeared before the com-
mission April 22, 1964, 1 could not find my name on one of the hulls,
identified as commission number 543? and thought this was the hull
that had been retained by Dhority. On June 8, 1964, the three hulls,
commission numbers 543 544, and 545* were back in Dallas and were
examined by Captain G. M. Doughty and myself at the local FBI office.
Close examination with *a magnifying glass under a good light disclosed
that my name "Day" was on all three hulls, at the small end. Also GD
for Captain George Doughty was on two of them. Commission numbers 543
and 544 were the first two sent to Washington on November 22, 1953-
Aiey have Doughty*s initials where he marked the hulls as they were
released to Vince Drain at 11:45 P.M. on November 22, 1963 by Doughty
and .Day. The third hull, commission number 5451 does not have Doughty1s
mark, but is plainly marked "Day". In Washington, I had numbers 543
and 545 switched because I didn't find my name on number 543* I can
identify commission numbers 543 544, and545 from my name on ■
continued on page 2
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE ME THIS 3 DAY OF.
Notary Public, Dallas County, Texas
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Dallas (Tex.). Police Department. [Affidavit by Mary Rattan], legal document, June 23, 1964; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth339000/m1/1/: accessed March 30, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Municipal Archives.