George Butler: The DPD and the JFK Assassination

 

One of the figures that I will touch on in my upcoming book, JFK: The Untold Stories, is  Lieutenant George Butler and the role he played in gathering information for many agencies both governmental and private.   George Butler is an interesting character in relation to the JFK Assassination.  Not only was he an extreme right wing member of the John Birch Society and the National Indignation Committee, he also knew Jack Ruby, members of the Dallas Catholic Cuban Relief group and was the DPD officer that gave the “All Clear” orders immediately before Oswald was shot, a responsibility he was given by Will Fritz.  He was officially a member of the juvenile bureau but that seems to have been a cover for all the responsibilities he actually had with the DPD.  He was also a confidante of H.L. Hunt.

The Dallas Police Association website says he was a supervisor in the Intelligence Unit:

George E. Butler was the first President of the DPA and served in that capacity until 1964. Butler was a Supervisor in the Intelligence Unit and spent much of his career handling high-profile cases involving the notable and notorious. He worked many cases involving organized crime and gangsters; history

and was also part of the investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy. As with many of the DPA’s founders, Butler was branded a radical by city leaders for his organizing efforts. He was in fact a visionary, who guided the DPA through some of its most formative years.

There are many areas I will touch on in regards to Lieutenant Butler, but in interviewing Bernie Weissman who confronted Mark Lane about the accusation that “Weissman had met with Tippet and Ruby at the Carousel Club” it seems that this false information was given to Lane through Thayer Waldo via George Butler.  Butler had been a DPD  source during Waldo’s tenure at the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. No doubt, Butler knew Ruby well.  Butler was a chief investigator for the Kefauver Committee, where Jack Ruby appeared in 1949.

Butler also provided information to Penn Jones for his Midlothian Mirror paper at one time stating “over 50% of the Dallas Police Department were members of the KKK”.  Seth Kantor was another one Butler talked to.  Kantor wrote:

“Butler’s… knowledge of organized crime was so intimate that he had been the key man in the department contacted by the Chicago mob when the chose to move into Dallas in 1946 and make police payoffs” and later he was “loaned by the Dallas police department to aid three different U.S. Senate investigatory groups as an expert on gangster operations”.

Lucille Connell, another subject in my book and part of the Silvia Odio story, sent many letters to Silvia while Silvia was staying with another Dallas society maven, Mrs. John B. Rogers.  When Silvia moved out, Mrs. Joanna Rogers found these letters from Connell and was concerned about their contents.  Rogers, whose husband was the son of the owner of Texas Industries, a cement, aggregate and concrete company and who did business with Miami’s former Mayor Maurice Ferre,  discussed this with Colonel Castorr and his wife Trudy who suggested these letters be given to Lieutenant Butler.  These letters have never surfaced nor was Butler asked to testify before the Warren Commission.

One can only wonder why Mrs. Rogers (whose husband remarried and as of 2013 lived in Palm Beach, Florida) was so concerned about the content of these letters.  We may never know.

 

 

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