North Texas man recalls roadtrip to remember to get alleged 'JFK window'

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 7:03 PM

DALLAS -- It's a small part in JFK history, but it’s far from ordinary.  

Adrian Cumming was one of legendary land owner Caruth Byrd’s best buddies. 28 years ago, the two went on a road trip to pick up one of the most controversial windows from the Texas School Book Depository.

“Caruth said, 'Hey pal, let's go pick up the window,'” Cumming said. “You know, I said, 'What window?' And, you know, he said, 'That window, the one Oswald put his rifle out of and shot the president.'"

They hit the highway in a farm truck. Byrd inherited the widow from his father, Colonel D. Harold Byrd, the former owner of the downtown building.

“I do remember grabbing a sleeping bag, 'cause I thought, 'We don’t have any packing material,'” he said, laughing.

They wrapped it up and put it in the truck.

“Cars were passing us on the freeway, and we had to look at one another and say no one would believe us,” Cumming said.

Years later, the Byrd window ended up at The Sixth Floor Museum. It was on display for years, and then came the questions, the uncertainty, and the other window -- the one removed by Aubrey Mayhew in the 70s.

“We believed all these years that it was the correct window,” Cumming said. “We had no reason not to, and I still believe it was.”

JFK historian and FBI former analyst Farris Rookstool said his evidence, including pictures, interviews, and documents show that the Mayhew window is the real deal.

Cumming hopes one day the Mayhew window will be revealed so an independent panel of experts can analyze it, but he knows the dispute will never change his experience.

“In any event, for that time, the moment, it was the right window,” he said. “A fun moment and nice to be a part of history.”

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