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.