Detective Handcuffed to Oswald Can't Escape Photo - NBC4 Washington

Detective Handcuffed to Oswald Can't Escape Photo

November 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

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    Retired Dallas police detective Jim Leavelle was standing in a tan suit and matching Resistol cowboy hat on Nov. 24, 1963 -- handcuffed to Oswald when Jack Ruby fatally shot Oswald. (Dallas-Times Herald/Bob Jackson)

    Retired Dallas police detective Jim Leavelle still gets letters from strangers because of that 1963 photo of him standing next to Lee Harvey Oswald.

      You know -- THAT photo.
     
    Dallas on Saturday marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
     
    The 88-year-old Leavelle remains one of the investigation's most famous figures.
     
    He was standing in a tan suit and matching Resistol cowboy hat on Nov. 24, 1963 -- handcuffed to Oswald.
     
    Then Jack Ruby fired a pistol and fatally shot Oswald. The snapshot was immortalized in the famous photo from the basement of Dallas police headquarters.
     
    Leavelle leans back, his eyebrows furrowed and face stunned. Oswald grimaces. To the right, Ruby leans in and is still pointing his gun at Kennedy's assassin.