Online Collection

Paul Bentley Oral History (1994)

Object Number: 1994.007.0002
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: Paul Bentley
Oral history interviewer: Wes Wise
Oral history interviewer: Bob Porter
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 66 Minutes
Copyright Info: The Sixth Floor Museum
Videotaped oral history interview with Paul Bentley. Chief polygraph examiner with the Dallas Police Department in 1963, Detective Bentley was involved in the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theatre.

Interview conducted at Mr. Bentley's home on February 16, 1994 by Wes Wise and Bob Porter. Interview is one hour and six 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

Mr. Bentley passed away on July 21, 2008.  He participated in two videotaped interviews with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, recorded on February 16, 1994, and January 22, 2008.  In addition, he participated in three videotaped programs at the Museum:  a panel discussion with Dallas police officer Jerry Hill and journalist Hugh Aynesworth on April 18, 2007; a solo lecture on September 14, 2007; and a live oral history on May 16, 2008.  Mr. Bentley loaned his Dallas police badge to the Museum for the "Voices from History: Dallas Law Enforcement" exhibit, November 2006 to October 2007. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

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