Paul Bentley

Police Detective Paul Bentley, who helped arrest Presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theater, had a ready retort for those who didn’t accept the official story that Oswald acted alone.

“What does conspiracy do?” Bentley would say, “it sells”.

Bentley died July 21, 2008 of natural causes at his home according to his grandson David Ottinger.  He was 87.

Bentley worked for the Dallas Police Department for 21 years, starting as a patrol officer and retiring as a detective five years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

He played a supporting role on November 22, 1963, originally responding to Oswald’s fatal shooting of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit.  Bentley and other officers tracked Oswald to the Texas Theater, arresting him after a brief scuffle.

In a well-known photo taken just after the arrest, Bentley is wearing a suit with his hair slicked back and a cigar in his mouth, escorting Oswald out of the theater.  Oswald appears to have a cut on his forehead, which Bentley said came from his Masonic ring, Ottinger said.

His grandson described Bentley as an honorable and decent man.  “He always said that he was just doing his job that day,” Ottinger said.

This was taken from an Associated Press article published July 25, 2008.

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District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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