Jesse Curry

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Jesse Edward Curry (October 3, 1913 – June 22, 1980) was a Dallas police officer who was chief of the Dallas Police Department from 1960 to 1966, and was chief at the time of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy in downtown Dallas.


Curry's family moved to Dallas soon after he was born.[1] His father served as a police officer in Dallas for a brief period of time before becoming a Baptist minister.[1] Curry attended Dallas Technical High School.[2] An all-district tackle, Curry led his high school football team to the state finals against Greenville High School in 1933.[1] He studied optometry for a short time after graduation.[2] During World War II Curry served in the Civilian Pilot Training Program for 11 months.[2]

Curry joined the Dallas Police Department as a traffic officer on May 1, 1936, and worked his way up the ranks to become the Chief of Police on January 20, 1960.[2] Along the way Curry worked, as he put it to the Warren Commission, in "practically every assignment the police department has",[2] and graduated from the Northwestern University Traffic Institute in 1945/6 and the FBI National Academy in 1951.[2]

Curry retired in 1966, and after his retirement worked as director of security at the Texas Bank Building until 1975. He died of a heart attack at age 66 on 22 June 1980.[3]

The assassination of John F. Kennedy[edit]

As Curry was to recount in his testimony with the Warren Commission and with the LBJ Presidential Library, he drove the lead car in the motorcade and provided security for the new president, Lyndon B. Johnson, at Parkland Memorial Hospital where President Kennedy died, and aboard Air Force One when he was sworn in as president.

A number of Curry's statements have been found significant by conspiracy theorists who believe they contradict the Commission's conclusion that Oswald was the lone assassin positioned above and behind Kennedy's limousine on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. In 1969, the Dallas Morning News quoted him as stating:

"We don't have any proof that Oswald fired the rifle, and never did. Nobody's yet been able to put him in that building with a gun in his hand."[4]

Curry reasoned in another interview:

“I think there’s a possibility that one [shot] could have come from in front [of the limousine]. We’ve never, we've never been able to prove that, but just in my mind and by the direction of his blood and brain from the president from one of the shots, it would just seem that it would have to been fired from the front rather than behind. I can't say that I could swear that I believe that it was one man and one man alone. I think there's a possibility there could have been another man.” [5]

In 1969 Curry wrote a book on the subject, Retired Dallas police chief, Jesse Curry reveals his personal JFK assassination file.[1][6]



  1. ^ a b c d Wilonsky, Robert (November 26, 1998). "Officer down". Dallas Observer (Dallas, Texas). Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Testimony of Chief Jesse E. Curry to the Warren Commission
  3. ^ Travis Brown, Dallas Times Herald, 23 June 1980, Jesse E. Curry, ex-police chief, dies after suffering heart attack
  4. ^ "'Not Sure' on Oswald Author Curry Indicates". Dallas Morning News. November 6, 1969. 
  5. ^ British Broadcasting Corporation, “The Assassination of President Kennedy: What Do We Know Now That We Didn't Know Then?” (aired on U.S. TV in 1978), online at:
  6. ^ New York State Library, Dallas, 11/22/63: 50 Years Later

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