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Aubrey Rike Oral History

Object Number: 2001.001.0016
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: Aubrey Rike
Oral history interviewer: Bob Porter
Oral history interviewer: Stephen Fagin
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 117 Minutes
Copyright Info: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Videotaped oral history interview with Aubrey Rike. An ambulance driver for Oneal Funeral Home, Mr. Rike and coworker Dennis "Peanuts" McGuire, were the men who placed President Kennedy's body into a casket at Parkland Hospital shortly before Secret Service agents took it to Dallas Love Field Airport for the flight back to Washington.

Interview conducted at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on September 26, 2001 by Bob Porter, Director of Communications, and Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator. The interview is one hour and fifty-seven minutes long.

The video attached to this record is an excerpt. The entire interview is available in our Reading Room to on-site researchers or by submitting a Rights & Reproductions Request Form.
Curator's Notes

At the request of the Secret Service, Vernon Oneal, the head of the Oneal Funeral Home, drove to Parkland Hospital with the firm's best casket.  Oneal, Rike and McGuire were then left behind when Secret Service agents commandeered the funeral home's hearse to drive the president’s body to the airport.  Another Oneal employee had to drive to Parkland, pick them up and take them to Love Field to retrieve the hearse which, as of 2011, was owned by a car collector in Arizona. - Gary Mack, Curator

Mr. Rike passed away on April 22, 2010. His autobiography, At the Door of Memory: Aubrey Rike and the Assassination of President Kennedy, was published by JFK Lancer Productions in 2008. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

Six minutes before the assassination, Mr. Rike and Mr. McGuire picked up Jerry Belknap in Dealey Plaza and took him to Parkland Hospital.  Mr. Belknap, a part-time mail room employee at The Dallas Morning News, had fainted across from the Texas School Book Depository.  He arrived at Parkland Hospital just before President Kennedy and Governor Connally were admitted.  After noticing the frantic activity in the emergency rooms, and feeling much better, Mr. Belknap declined further treatment and soon checked out.  These events led to some long-discredited conspiracy theories that his actions were faked to draw attention away from the Depository while the real assassins entered without being noticed. - Gary Mack, Curator

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