The Fourteen Minute Gap
Part I of II
Part II of II
November 23, 1963. 10:01AM.
Less than 24 hours earlier, President John F. Kennedy was murdered in the streets of Dallas.
As a nation reels with shock and confusion, President Lyndon Johnson
receives a telephone call from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, updating
him on the progress of the investigation. The recording of that conversation would later be destroyed. Only a transcript survives.
A story of cover-up and denial that continues to this day, The Fourteen Minute Gap explores researcher Rex Bradford’s discovery of the erasure,
the shocking revelations of that call, and his attempt to get that discovery out to the national media.
More information on this story can be found in the essays and other Resources below, particularly The Fourteen Minute Gap, and The Fourteen Minute Gap: An Update. See also the Related Starting Points in the sidebar to the right.
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The Fourteen Minute Gap, by Rex Bradford.
The Fourteen Minute Gap: An Update, by Rex Bradford.
Mexico City: A New Analysis, by John Newman.
Listening for Lee, by Joseph Riley.
More Mexico Mysteries, by Rex Bradford.
Tape: Call on JFK Wasn't Oswald - AP story by Deb Reichmann of 21 Nov 1999, on JFK Lancer.
Transcript of Phone Call of 23 Nov 1963 between LBJ and Hoover.
Cutting Corp. Memo of 21 Jan 1999. This memo was enclosed by a cover letter of 19 Aug 2002, from LBJ Library Senior Archivist Claudia Anderson to Rex Bradford. The Cutting Corp.'s audio engineering report confirms the erasure of the magnetic belt which contained the LBJ-Hoover call of 23 Nov 1963.
Transcript of LBJ-Russell call of 29 Nov 1963, 8:55 PM. Johnson warned Russell that "we've got to take this out of the arena where they're testifying that Khrushchev and Castro did this and did that and kick us into a war that can kill 40 million Americans in an hour..."
Warren Commission Document 347. This CIA memo to the Warren Commission discussed the Oswald trip to Mexico City, including a frightening passage about the Soviet Kostikov and "Department 13." It omitted any mention of the "second person" impersonating Oswald.
Katzenbach Memo. This 25 Mov 1963 memo to Bill Moyers of the White House stated that "The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates who are still at large; and that evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial."