Silsbee man claims to own original handcuffs worn by Lee Harvey Oswald

When Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby 50 years ago, Terry Graves' father was there.

"My dad grabbed the pistol immediately from Ruby, and wrestled him to the ground, and got the gun out of his hand," Graves told 12News Friday at his home in Silsbee.

Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Graves' father, L. C. Graves, was a detective with the Dallas Police Department, and can be seen in old photos escorting Oswald through police headquarters the day Oswald was killed. 

"He didn't talk about it much to us, to him it was just another day at the office," Graves said about his father. "He did what he was supposed to do to save other men's lives.. and grab that gun."

Graves says it was his father's handcuffs Oswald was wearing that day, and now those handcuffs are in his possession, given to him after his dad passed away.

Graves says his mother donated the suit his father wore that day to a Dallas museum.

"Our father was always our hero," said Graves.

Graves also has a copy of the original arrest report for Oswald, and a copy of the original arrest report for Ruby, where Graves' father is listed as the arresting officer.

Graves also has a book filled with what he says are original periodicals and newspaper clippings his father took from Oswald's apartment.

"A lot of anti-Semitism stuff," said Graves. "So you can see (Oswald) wasn't filling his mind with too much good things."

Graves said if a person were to come along and offer him the right price for Oswald's handcuffs, he would consider selling them.

 


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