I can’t imagine national headlines intrude much on the Westport Police Department desk log.
Then again, the headlines on November 22, 1963 were unlike any other in history.
Here’s what the book looked like 50 years ago today:
There — sandwiched between a 1:05 p.m. arrest by Officer Chapo for an unregistered motor vehicle, and a 2:45 p.m. arrest of a 26-year-old by Detective Finch — are these 2 entries by R. Skinner:
1:55 pm Reports that Pres. Kennedy was shot in the neck while riding in a car in the streets of Dallas Texas
2:30 pm It was confirmed that Pres. Kennedy was dead.
As noted at the top of the page, the weather at 12 noon was 58 degrees, and clear.
The Westport Police Department’s handwritten log books go back to 1924. But few entries may be as poignant as these.