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Lee Harvey Oswald was first accused of killing
Officer J.D. Tippit, even though we have
accumulated evidence that Lee was actually in
The Texas Theatre at the time, according to
witnesses Butch Burroughs (theater manager,
who sold Lee popcorn at the time the Warren
Commission claimed Lee was shooting Tippit
.7 of a mile away),
quote, from James Douglass:
“Butch Burroughs, who witnessed Oswald’s
arrest, startled me in his interview by saying
he saw a second arrest occur in the Texas Theater
only “three or four minutes later.” He said
the Dallas Police then arrested “an Oswald lookalike.”
Burroughs said the second man “looked almost like
Oswald, like he was his brother or something.”
When I questioned the comparison by asking,
“Could you see the second man as well as you could see
Oswald?” he said, “Yes, I could see both of them.
They looked alike.” After the officers half-carried and
half-dragged Oswald to the police car in front of the
theater, within a space of three or four minutes,
Burroughs saw the second Oswald placed under arrest
and handcuffed. The Oswald look-alike, however,
was taken by police not out the front but out the back
of the theater.
What happened next we can learn from another
neglected witness, Bernard Haire.
Bernard J. Haire was the owner of Bernie’s Hobby
House, just two doors east of the Texas Theater.
Haire went outside his store when he saw police
cars congregating in front of the theater.
When he couldn’t see what was happening because
of the crowd, he went back through his store into
the alley out back. It, too, was full of police cars,
but there were fewer spectators. Haire walked up
the alley. When he stopped opposite the rear door
of the theater, he witnessed what he would think
for decades was the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald.”
This account has been disparaged by the “Oswald-did-it”
“Police brought a young white man out,” Haire
told an interviewer. “The man was dressed in a
pullover shirt and slacks. He seemed to be flushed,
as if he’d been in a struggle. Police put the man
in a police car and drove off.”
When Haire was told in 1987 that Lee Harvey
Oswald had been brought out the front of the
theater by police, he was shocked.
“I don’t know who I saw arrested,” he said
Source: Jim Douglass’ JFK and the Unspeakable
– Why He Died and Why It Matters
Acuilla Clemons may have seen a man in what
may have been a brown shirt, reloading his gun
and briefly talking to a young male across the
street, but though that person did not seem to
be an accomplice, two facts are certain:
(1) Clemons was threatened by someone with
a gun who she believed was a government
official to ‘keep her mouth shut’ and she feared
she would be killed if she kept speaking about
what she saw, and (2): it was clear the gunman
she saw was too heavily-built to have been
Lee Oswald. In addition, she never identified
any photos of Oswald as the gunman.
Fearing she would be fired by her employer,
as well, Clemons avoided most interviewers.
Butch Burroughs was precise as to when
the movie at the Texas Theatre (‘Cry of Battle’,
not ‘War is Hell‘) began –at 1:00 PM. Lee Oswald
bought popcorn from Burroughs before 1:07 PM.
Witness Jack Davis said Oswald sat next to him
in the theater before he got up, entered the snack area
and bought the popcorn. Davis also observed
Oswald when he sit beside a pregnant woman
in the nearly-empty theater, as if searching for a
The Warren Commission said Oswald shot
Tippit at 1:16 PM, but witnesses made
it clear that the shooting was minutes earlier
than that, as 1:16 was when the police were
called to the scene, using Tippit’s police car
radio. The recording of the call at 1:16 was
also on the police call logs.
Note: distance to the Texas Theatre was
.6 – .7 of a mile away. Lee Oswald was
supposedly seen by his Beckley Avenue rooming
house housekeeper, Earlene Roberts (blind in
one eye) entering the house and going to his
room, emerging a few minutes later wearing
a tan jacket. (But Oswald was wearing a red-brown
shirt when arrested: a jacket found by the
same policeman, Capt. W. R. Westbrook, into whose
hands a second “Oswald wallet” was ‘found’ at the
Tippit murder scene, was too big to be Oswald’s
and was white. ).
New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison, in his famous
Playboy interview, stated, “To determine if Oswald’s
gun had fired the bullets, it was necessary to call in
a ballistics expert who would be able to tell if the lines
and grooves on the bullets had a relation to the
barrel of the revolver. The Commission called as its
witness FBI ballistics expert Cortlandt Cunningham,
and he testified, after an examination of the bullets
taken from Tippit’s body, that it was impossible to
determine whether or not these bullets had been
fired from Oswald’s gun.
Yet, on the basis of this expert testimony, the
Warren Commission concluded with a straight face
that the bullets were fired not only from
Oswald’s gun but “to the exclusion of all other
weapons.” They simply chose to ignore the fact
that revolvers don’t eject cartridges and that
the cartridges left so conveniently on the street
didn’t match the bullets in Tippit’s body.”
While “Oswald” (an imposter, due to the time he was there)
was at Oswald’s rooming house) the half-blind
housekeeper Earlene Roberts saw a police car stop outside.
It had the numerals “1” and “0” –and Tippit’s squad car was
“10.” A size small police jacket (Tippit was size large) was
hanging in the car, which Roberts might have thought
was a second policeman. Soon after, “Oswald” left without
speaking, “zipping up” his jacket. The imposter did not
speak, whereas witness Pat Hill said “Mr. Lee” was
always “polite and always answered us if we spoke to
him”– perhaps because the imposter’s voice was different.
We contend that this man was an imposter because he
after leaving, Roberts saw him standing across the street
at a bus stop at about 1:05 PM. (1) The Tippit
shooting site was half a mile away at that time. (2) So was
the Texas Theatre, where, at 1:05, Butch Burroughs
sold popcorn to the man the police arrested half an hour
later. The real Oswald could not have been at the Tippit
shooting scene at the time the engraved sign says he was.
There is a problem with witness Johnny Brewer’s
statements: he said he heard a radio broadcast that
Officer Tippit had been shot, so he reported “Oswald’s”
suspicious actions and that he ran into the movie
theater without paying for a ticket. But there was no such
broadcast until later.
The Wording of the Sign in 2019, with untrue or
unproven statements in bold face:
ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, AT THIS INTERSECTION,
DALLAS POLICE OFFICER J.D. TIPPIT WAS MURDERED
BY LEE HARVEY OSWALD, 45 MINUTES AFTER
PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED
IN DEALEY PLAZA. AFTER THE ASSASSINATION,
OSWALD FLED TO HIS ROOMING HOUSE
IN OAK CLIFF, IN A NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE
OFFICER TIPPIT WAS ASSIGNED. WHILE ON
PATROL AND TRAVELING EAST ON 10TH ST.,
HAVING JUST CROSSED PATTON ST., TIPPIT
STOPPED OSWALD, WHO WAS WALKING
ON THE SIDEWALK. AFTER A BRIEF
CONVERSATION WITH HIM THROUGH THE
PASSENGER WINDOW, TIPPIT EXITED HIS
POLICE CAR, AT WHICH TIME OSWALD FIRED
THREE SHOTS ACROSS THE HOOD, STRIKING
TIPPIT AS HE PULLED HIS GUN. OSWALD THEN
CAME AROUND THE REAR OF THE CAR AND
FIRED A FOURTH SHOT. OSWALD LEFT
THE AREA. TEMPLE BOWLEY, A CITIZEN,
STOPPED AND USED TIPPIT’S RADIO TO CALL
FOR HELP. OFFICER TIPPIT WAS TAKEN TO
METHODIST HOSPITAL, WHERE HE WAS
PRONOUNCED DEAD ON ARRIVAL. OSWALD
APPEARED AT HARDY’S SHOE STORE SHORTLY
AFTER MANAGER JOHNNY C. BREWER
HEARD A RADIO BROADCAST THAT A
POLICE OFFICER HAD BEEN SHOT AND
KILLED NEARBY. BREWER FOLLOWED
OSWALD TO THE TEXAS THEATER, WHERE
EMPLOYEE JULIA POSTAL CALLED POLICE
DUE TO BREWER’S SUSPICION. THERE,
OSWALD ATTEMPTED TO SHOOT
ARRESTING OFFICER M.N. MCDONALD.
TIPPIT, WHO LEFT BEHIND A WIFE AND
THREE CHILDREN, IS BURIED AT LAUREL
LAND MEMORIAL PARK. IN 1964, HE WAS
POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE MEDAL
OF VALOR FROM
THE NATIONAL POLICE HALL OF FAME,
THE POLICE MEDAL OF HONOR, THE
POLICE CROSS, AND THE CITIZENS TRAFFIC
COMMISSION AWARD OF HEROISM.
ALTHOUGH THE INTERSECTION OF 10TH
AND PATTON STREETS HAS CHANGED,
OFFICER TIPPIT’S ACTIONS AND SUBSEQUENT
MURDER AT THIS SITE ARE REMEMBERED
FOR SETTING INTO MOTION A SERIES OF
EVENTS THAT LED DIRECTLY TO OSWALD’S ARREST.
ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, NEAR THIS SPOT, DALLAS
POLICE OFFICER J.D. TIPPIT WAS KILLED LESS
THAN 45 MINUTES AFTER PRESIDENT JOHN F.
KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED. TIPPIT, ALONE ON
PATROL, TRAVELING EAST ON 10TH ST., HAD JUST
CROSSED PATTON ST. WHEN HE STOPPED A MAN
WALKING EAST, IDENTIFIED BY PREJUDICE AS LEE
HARVEY OSWALD. AFTER A BRIEF CONVERSATION,
TIPPIT EXITED HIS CAR. THE MAN FIRED THREE
SHOTS ACROSS THE HOOD, STRIKING TIPPIT AS HE
PULLED HIS GUN. THE MAN THEN WALKED TO THE
FALLEN OFFICER AND SHOT TIPPIT IN THE RIGHT
TEMPLE, AFTER WHICH HE FLED. WITNESS HELEN
MARKHAM SAID TIPPIT WAS SHOT AT 1:06 – 1:07 PM
(1). AFTER THE GUNMAN LEFT,DOMINGO BENEVIDES,
FAILING TO REVIVE TIPPIT, TRIED TO CALL FOR
HELP ON TIPPIT’S CAR RADIO (2). T. F. BOWLEY
THEN LEFT HIS TRUCK AND MADE THE CALL ON
TIPPIT’S RADIO AT 1:16 PM (3)(4)(5). TIPPIT WAS
PRONOUNCED DEAD ON ARRIVAL AT METHODIST
HOSPITAL. TWO WITNESSES LATER SAID THEY
ENCOUNTERED OSWALD AT THE TEXAS THEATRE
(.7 OF A MILE AWAY) BEFORE TIPPIT WAS SHOT.
SOME WITNESSES SAID A SECOND MAN RESEMBLING
OSWALD ENTERED THE THEATER WELL AFTER
TIPPIT WAS SHOT (6), WHO WAS ARRESTED IN
TIPPIT LEFT BEHIND A WIFE AND THREE
CHILDREN. HE IS BURIED AT LAUREL LAND
MEMORIAL PARK. IN 1964, HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY
AWARDED THE MEDAL OF VALOR FROM THE
NATIONAL POLICE HALL OF FAME, THE POLICE
MEDAL OF HONOR, THE POLICE CROSS, AND THE
CITIZENS TRAFFIC COMMISSION AWARD OF
HEROISM. AFTER LEE HARVEY OSWALD WAS
ARRESTED IN THE TEXAS THEATRE, HE WAS
CHARGED WITH BOTH TIPPIT’S AND KENNEDY’S
MURDERS. IN 1978, THE HSCA REPORTED A
“PROBABLE CONSPIRACY” AND RECOMMENDED
A NEW INVESTIGATION.
REF: (1) WCHE, vol.3, p.306 (2) WCHE, vol.6, p.448
(3)(4)(5) (4) CE 1974, p.52 & WCHE, vol.23, p.857
(6) CE 2003, p.11, WCHE, vol.24, p.202.)WARREN
“BUTCH” BURROUGHS AND JACK DAVIS SAW
OSWALD FACE-TO-FACE IN THE TEXAS THEATRE
AT THE TIME TIPPIT WAS SHOT. BURROUGHS
SOLD HIM POPCORN. DAVIS SAID OSWALD SAT
NEXT TO HIM IN THE ALMOST-EMPTY THEATER.
26 PATRONS WERE THERE, BUT OFFICER
WESTBROOK, WHO ASKED FOR A LIST OF
NAMES,| ‘LOST’ THE LIST . WESTBROOK ALSO
WAS PHOTOGRAPHED WITH ‘OSWALD’S
AT THE CRIME SCENE, WHEN OSWALD, IN
THE SQUAD CAR, ALSO HAD A WALLET.
FURTHER, IT WAS WESTBROOK WHO
HAD THE ‘OSWALD’ JACKET THAT NOBODY
COULD MATCH TO OSWALD’S POSSESSIONS.
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==Judyth Vary Baker, witness and author
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