Dial D. Ryder was a gunsmith at the Irving, Texas Sports Shop who stated that he posssessed a record of Lee Harvey Oswald's name. The Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy, looked into a report that Oswald had a telescopic sight mounted and sighted at the store in which Ryder was employed. Ryder showed agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on November 25, 1963, a tag which he claimed was in Oswald's handwriting.[1] The undated tag, with the name OSWALD,[2] attested that three holes had been drilled into an unspecified kind of rifle. Further, a telescopic sight had been mounted on the rifle and boresighted.[3] The customer paid $4.50 for drilling and $1.50 for boresighting the rifle.[4]

Neither Dial or his employer, Charles W. Greener, believed that they had worked on the gun.[1] Dial told author Leo Sauvage the rifle Oswald ordered from Chicago, Illinois came equipped with a telescopic sight. He elaborated, saying that the rifle with the undated tag must have been another weapon than the one Oswald received by mail,[3] in March 1963.[4] Dial stated either it was another rifle or another Oswald.[3]

Ryder believed that a close inspection of the 6.5 mm Mannlicher Carcano owned by Oswald would reveal that neither he or his shop worked on the gun.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 President John F. Kennedy: Assassination Report of the Warren Commission, Gerald Ford Signed Edition, June 30, 2005, 221.
  2. Who's Who In The JFK Assassination: An A-To-Z Encyclopedia, Michael Benson, Citadel Press, 1993, 159.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Oswald Affair, Leo Sauvage, World Publishing Company, 1966, 67.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy, Joachen Joesten, the Merlin Press Ltd., London, England, 1964, 75.
  5. Gunsmith Attached Sight for Man Named Oswald, New York Times, November 29, 1963, 22.
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