Car Number 10 -- Where are You?

Copyright © 1997,1998 William M. Drenas.
Revised 10/98 -- Added Text in Blue

This discussion has no hidden agenda. It does not support anybody's pro-conspiracy or anti-conspiracy theories. I am just a regular guy who wants to find out the truth about the murders of President Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit. I have used the best possible research documents available to me. In most cases I have used the witness's own words, I find it very undesirable to use an author's interpretation of a witness's interview or authors who reference each other's work. Also, I have tried to use the logic and common sense that should dictate our day to day lives and have not made use of any semantics. This study may create more questions than it answers, however, this is research that I believe should have been done.

Since this article was first published in July 1997, it has been my good fortune to be able to communicate with the top JFK assassination and Tippit researchers in the world. In the original article I did not acknowledge the kind people that provided me with assistance in the finished product, so now I would like to thank the following researchers for their contributions. Thank you to Ken M. Holmes Jr., Gary Mack, Darwin Payne, Dave Perry, Bill Pulte and Larry Sneed for proofreading my work and making suggestions. Thank you to Steve Hamilton at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland for all his knowledge and help. Thanks to Jim Lesar for access to the Assassination Archives and Research Center in Washington D.C. Special thanks to Greg Lowrey who shared much important information with me through Bill Pulte. This article could not have been possible if it was not for two special men that I respect not only as friends but also as top-notch researchers. A special thank you to Dave Perry for providing me with advice and many of the documents used in this article. And special thanks to Professor Bill Pulte, who has been generous enough to provide me with much new information that has never before appeared in print.

In most homicide investigations it is a routine procedure to establish the activities of the victim in the last several hours of his life. Common sense tells us that this should be extremely helpful in establishing unknown information, locations of incidents, and in some cases possible motives for the murder. In the case of Officer J.D. Tippit, to my knowledge these routine procedures were never properly done. Therefore, the information presented in this article has never been assembled in one place for scholars of the Kennedy Assassination. Given the magnitude surrounding the Tippit murder, I believe that this timeline should have been done in November of 1963 while memories of events were fresh in the witnesses' minds, all the witnesses were still alive, and could have been easily located.

Over the years some authors of both books and magazine articles on the Kennedy Assassination have implicated Officer Tippit as somehow being involved in the J.F.K. murder. Some have said that Tippit actually shot President Kennedy , and others insist that the very compelling image of "Badgeman" is none other than J.D. Tippit. The "Badgeman" image was discovered by researcher Gary Mack and enhanced from a black and white Polaroid picture taken by Mary Moorman. This image appears to show a man in a Dallas Police Department uniform holding a rifle and firing at the President at the time of the fatal head shot (for a visual presentation of "Badgeman" check out "The Killing of a President" by Robert Groden page 200 for a blown up, colorized version of the image.)

Others still claim it was Tippit's part of the conspiracy to kill Oswald and silence him, or as in the Roscoe White affair where Roscoe allegedly asked Tippit to take Oswald to Red Bird Airport in South Oak Cliff so that he could make a getaway in a small plane. When Tippit refused, Roscoe had to shoot him.

My objective is to trace Tippit's movements on the last day of his life to see if anything sinister was going on or if it was just a normal day in the life of a Dallas policeman.

Tippit's shift on November 22, 1963 was 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Tippit worked out of the Dallas Police Department Southwest Substation (Batchelor Exhibit No. 5002, page 9 and Warren Commission Exhibit 2645, Volume 25, page 910.). This substation was in the 4200 block of West Illinois, Oak Cliff, Dallas. Tippit would have to drive his squad car approximately 5.7 miles to get to his patrol district #78. If Tippit had taken the most direct route and drove east on West Illinois to get to his district that means that he would pass Austin’s Barbecue on his way. Ken M. Holmes Jr. was able to locate two eyewitnesses that saw Tippit at Austin’s that morning, exact time unrecalled. Ken did much of the investigative work for the late Larry Ray Harris whom some had considered the world’s leading authority on the Tippit murder. For some reason Ken has never gotten the credit due him for all of the important work that he has done. I know that I am very thankful for all the information and time that he has shared with me. Ken is responsible for many pieces of information that we have about Tippit today. As we can see the possibility of Tippit stopping of at Austin’s certainly exists.

I have not been able to locate any radio transcripts of the Dallas Police Department activities before 10:00 A.M. on this day. There are several different versions of the Channel 1 Dallas Police Department Radio Transcripts. Most transcripts have been edited to contain mostly the calls that were pertinent to the President's motorcade. There are not many calls about routine police business, such as squads going out of service for lunch, or coffee breaks. The only exception to this is in "The Kennedy Assassination Tapes" a rebuttal to the Acoustical Evidence Theory by James C. Bowles. This document is available from the National Archives and also appears in the appendix of "First Day Evidence" by Gary Savage. Dallas Police Radio Officer Bowles transcribed a very detailed and accurate log of channel 1 transmissions from 11:42A.M. to 12:37P.M. for 11/22/63. The Dallas Police Department audio tape that has been widely distributed in the Assassination Community begins at 12:15 P.M.

On a recent trip to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, I was able to locate some important documents relating to Tippit’s activities on 11/22/63. Police officers know these documents as ‘Mark Out Records’ (HSCA 180-10083-10035). In 1963 when an officer called the dispatcher to say that he would be out of the car the dispatcher would fill out one of these mark out records with pertinent information about the call, such as location, time and type of call and the initials of the dispatcher.

In the original “Car 10 Where Are You” I theorized that Tippit was at the Dobbs House Restaurant that morning because of statements made by employees there. We now know by the mark out records that Tippit was not at the Dobbs House at 10:00 A.M., but was on a call in his district at 2800 East Illinois Ave. Not much is known about this call except that Tippit was ordered there at 9:56 A.M. on a signal 4 which means “out on investigation” (Warren Commission Exhibit #705 page 4) and that he cleared from that location at 10:17 A.M.. 2800 East Illinois was the location of Aluminum Screen Manufacturing Company in 1963 and that is about all that is known about this call.

The first reference I could find to Tippit's activities on that day are the statements made to the FBI by Mary Ada Dowling, a waitress at the Dobbs House Restaurant, at 1221 North Beckley, (at the corner of North Beckley and Colorado) in Oak Cliff near Oswald's rooming house and Methodist Hospital. On December 6,1963, the FBI was investigating possible links between Oswald and Ruby when Mary Ada Dowling gave them the following information. She professed to recognize pictures of Oswald who had eaten breakfast at the restaurant usually between 7:00 and 7:30 A.M.. She recalled the person, now recognized as Oswald, was last seen by her in the restaurant at about 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 20th, at which time he was "nasty," and used curse words in connection with his order. She went on to relate that "Officer J.D. Tippit was in the restaurant, as was his habit at about that time each morning, and shot a glance at Oswald." She said there was no indication, however, that they knew each other.(1)

On 12/5/63 The FBI questioned Sam Rogers, Manager of the Dobb's House. He related that since President Kennedy's assassination he recognized Oswald's picture as being that of an individual who had been a coffee customer in the Dobbs House. On that same day they also questioned Douglas Leake, another employee of the Dobbs House. Leake claimed that he had recognized pictures of Oswald as being a person who had been in Dobbs House about two times during the days preceding the assassination. Mrs. Dolores Harrison a Dobbs House employee for six years also told the FBI she recalled Oswald having been in the Dobbs House for breakfast, specific time unrecalled. She stated she recalls this particular occasion, inasmuch as Oswald had ordered "eggs over light" and, when served, made a complaint that the eggs were "cooked too hard." Mrs. Harrison advised she prepared Oswald's eggs and Mary Dowling served them to him. Mrs. Harrison went on to say that when seeing Oswald at the Dobbs House he "did not talk much and was always reading magazines or books." She related although she saw Oswald at the Dobbs House a number of times she did not know his identity until seeing his picture in the newspapers as the accused assassin of President Kennedy.

Although Mary Dowling could have been mistaken about seeing Oswald at about 10:00 A.M., we do have corroborated statements that the "Oswald's eggs" story really happened, and statements that Oswald had eaten in the Dobbs House at different times. The Dobbs House was only two blocks away from his rooming house it is logical that he did indeed eat there on occasion.

The statement that Tippit was in the restaurant , as was his habit about the same time each morning, is very curious. There is a big difference in mistaking someone that you have seen a few times (in this case Oswald) as opposed to a person you would see at the same time at the same location everyday, and perhaps know personally or at least by name.

The Dobbs House was a little over six miles Northwest from the closest point of Tippit's assigned patrol district, #78 and under normal driving conditions would take 17 minutes to make this trip. Given the fact that Tippit had worked the Oak Cliff Area for many years and he probably knew many short cuts for his travels around Oak Cliff. Also the fact that he was driving a police car and was not really subject to traffic laws, the travel times that are stated for normal conditions could have been reduced by a few minutes, although he still would have to deal with vehicle and pedestrian traffic to some degree. From this point on this reduced time will be referred to as Tippit Travel Time.

As we shall see, there are other reports of him being far from his patrol district on a regular basis. For Tippit to have a coffee break at Dobb's House at 1221 N. Beckley, It would take a minimum of 15 minutes to get there from his patrol district, about 10-15 minutes for coffee and at least 15 minutes to get back to Tippit's assigned patrol district. A grand total of about 45 minutes. It defies logic that the Dallas Police Department would authorize a coffee break location that was that far from Tippit's Patrol District.

Unfortunately, neither Mary Dowling nor Dolores Harrison (also a waitress at the Dobbs House) ever testified for the Warren Commission or the House Select Committee on Assassinations. A search of the National Archives On-line Data Base, failed to find any documents containing these names.

To the best of my knowledge no independent researchers have ever interviewed them.

The questioning that was done by the FBI was to investigate the Oswald-Ruby connection, not to retrace Tippit's movements. From the eyewitness accounts that are available, we can only guess if Tippit stopped at the Dobbs House restaurant on the morning of November 22, 1963, at his usual time for coffee, since this day probably started off like any other day.

The next traceable Tippit sighting is by his best friend and fellow Police Officer, Bill Anglin, from HSCA document # 180-10108-10451 which is a summary of an interview with Anglin on November 11, 1977, where he states "he and J.D. had coffee or tea at "The Old Drive-In" (one source of part-time employment) about 11:30 to 11:45 A.M. on the Morning of November 22, 1963, J.D. usually went home for lunch working day tour." If this was the case, logic would dictate that they met at Austin's Barbecue, located at 2321 West Illinois Avenue. Tippit worked there as a security guard from 10:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. on Friday and Saturday nights, from about late 1960 up until the time of the assassination.(2) In a 1982 interview Sgt. Anglin was asked where exactly they had coffee that morning, he replied "it was in Deep South Oak Cliff out on our beat." Although there could have been several Drive-In style Restaurants in that area in 1963 the only Restaurant that Tippit was known to work at was Austin's. Austin's Barbecue was not in Tippit's regular patrol district, #78 nor Anglin's district #79.(3) I have personally searched microfilms of Dallas City Directories for 1963 and several years before and after 1963 and could not find any listing for the "Old Drive-In." At this point I contacted some well informed Dallas area researchers and they had never heard of the "Old Drive In." Given this information it is possible that they met at Austin's Barbecue. Whether or not it happened between 11:30 and 11:45 A.M. will be further discussed. If it turns out that they had coffee in some location on their beats, the timeline remains basically the same, because the distance from the point where Tippit's and Anglin's district meets to Tippit's house is about the same.

In the original “Car 10 Where Are You” article I went through a long explanation of how Bill Anglin could have been mistaken about the exact time that he had “coffee or tea at “The Old Drive-In” with J.D. Tippit on the morning of the assassination. At this point I would like to thank Dale Myers for his excellent book With Malice. This book is a moment to moment account of the Tippit Murder and is a must for anybody that is interested in this crime. In With Malice Dale relates information that he received in his interview with Bill Anglin on March 29, 1983. Thank you Bill Anglin and Dale Myers for clarifying this information for all researchers. Bill Anglin told Dale “We had a cup of tea together at about ten thirty. My beat joined his and we met at a little drive-in – the Rebel Drive-In”(With Malice by Dale Myers page 39). Bill Anglin said they met “out on our beat” in his HSCA interview. Tippit’s and Anglin’s districts split at Leadbetter Drive and that is exactly where The Rebel Drive-In was located between Leadbetter Drive and South Loop 12 at 3172 South Loop 12. (1963 Dallas City Directory). Bill Anglin also told Dale that “As I recall we both got busy right after the break for tea and went our separate ways.” This is true. Another mark out record shows that Tippit was called away to the intersection of Annarbor and Corrigan Avenue about 1.5 miles from the Rebel Drive-In just outside of Tippit’s district. Not much is known about this call except that Tippit was ordered there at 10:40 A.M., about 10 minutes after he met Bill Anglin and Tippit was cleared from the location at 10:45 A.M.

In 1963 this intersection contained residential as well as business locations. Some of the businesses there in 1963 were Hardin’s Service Station, Alma’s Beauty Shop, Capps Washateria, Molina Associates Plumbing Co. and Pete’s Diner. Today it is still unknown to the best of my knowledge what the nature or purpose of this call was. Clearing from this location at 10:45 A.M. Tippit would have had plenty of time to drive the 5.2 miles from the intersection of Annarbor and Corrigan to his home at 238 Glencairn. Under normal driving circumstances this ride would have taken about 15 minutes, and arriving at his home for lunch at the estimated time of 11:15 A.M. is definitely possible.

Tippit's immediate supervisor for about ten years, Sgt. Calvin Bud Owens, gives us some interesting information in Warren Commission exhibit No. 2985 page 8. He states that "Officer Tippit had gone home to eat lunch, which was a normal and approved procedure, at about noon time." However, he does not mention how long Tippit's authorized lunch break was. A review of the Bowles transcript reveals that most squads that were authorized for a "Signal 5"(absence of duty for the purpose of eating or for coffee) stayed out of service anywhere from 26 minutes to 36 minutes. It would be safe to say that the standard time allowed for police officers to have lunch would be approximately 30 minutes.

Officer Tippit's widow, Mrs. Marie Tippit, told HSCA interviewer John Moriarty, that "J.D. had come home for lunch that day and nothing remarkable happened." But no exact time is mentioned.(4) So we can only make an educated guess about the actual time. If the time of 11:30 A.M. to 11:45 A.M. for a coffee break is correct we have a timing problem for Tippit. If he left Austin's Barbecue at 11:45 and went straight home to 238 Glencairn in South Oak Cliff this is a distance of approximately 6 miles, and under normal driving conditions would take approximately 18 minutes. Using Tippit Travel Time it could have taken him approximately 14 to 15 minutes to get home for lunch at about 12 noon.

Seems logical, most people have lunch at that time, right? but in this case it is wrong because Tippit radios the Police Dispatcher twice at 11:50 A.M. reporting that he was "clear" and the dispatcher responds "78 clear 11:51"(Bowles Transcript). Given the time of day the probability is high that these calls were Tippit returning back to service from lunch.

We have the following timetable:
11:30-11:45 A.M. coffee at Austin's Barbecue
11:45-12:00 Noon travel time from Austin's to Tippit's home, 238 Glencairn
?????? Lunch
11:50 A.M. Tippit reports he is "clear" (most likely after lunch)

The problem with this timetable is that he didn't have time for lunch, and we know by the interview of his widow that he definitely ate lunch at home on November 22, 1963. Using this information it doesn't make sense that he drove 6 miles out of his way to go home only to immediately turn around and make a seven-mile trip back to the location where he calls the dispatcher from in his patrol district without eating lunch. Also he was "clear" to go back into service before he got home for lunch? This just does not make sense.

After much thought about this the only feasible conclusion that can be drawn is that Bill Anglin was mistaken about what time they had coffee. The event happened in 1963 and Sgt. Anglin was interviewed about this in 1977. After 14 years the events of that day could be confused, so, with all do respect and without questioning Sgt. Anglin's truthfulness or veracity it most likely could have been an honest mistake.

If they had coffee between 10:45 and 11:00 A.M. at Austin's then the timetable works out much better.
10:45 -11:00 A.M.Coffee at Austin's Barbecue
11:00 -11:15 time from Austin's to Tippit's home, 238 Glencairn
11:15 - approx. 11:50 A.M. lunch at Tippit's home
11:50 A.M.Tippit radios he is back in service from lunch, and starts driving back toward his Patrol District.
11:50A.M.-12:17 P.M. travel time from 238 Glencairn back to Tippit's patrol district.

It is important to give the reader some background information about Dallas Police Department procedures concerning radio calls from squad cars. In 1963 Officers were not equipped with walkie-talkies, so every time an Officer would get out of his vehicle he would have to radio or telephone the dispatcher telling them that he would be out of the car and at what location. In reviewing Tippit's background I have found that he had missed radio calls on the following dates: 1/22/58, 3/18/59, 8/1/61, 5/15/63 This means that the dispatcher called him on the radio and he did not answer.(5) These actions were documented in subsequent reports by his superiors. We can be sure that Tippit was not the only Dallas Police officer to ever miss a radio call. I do not know if this is within the guidelines of acceptable conduct of a police officer, given the fact that Tippit missed four radio calls in the space of about five years and five months, or if this performance record was any better or any worse than other Dallas Police Officers.

At 12:17P.M. Tippit radios the dispatcher and says "be out of the car for a minute, 4100 block of Bonnie View." This information comes from the Bowles Channel 1 transcript. Close examination of this document shows that the Police Dispatcher did not transmit an order for Tippit to go to this location on Bonnie View. Perhaps as Tippit was patrolling his district after lunch, he noticed something suspicious or was stopped by a citizen and asked to investigate whatever was going on at the 4100 block of Bonnie View Rd.

4100 Bonnie View is 7.5 miles from Tippit's home with a normal travel time of 24 minutes, Tippit Travel Time could have been 18-20 minutes this would have given Tippit plenty of time from 11:50A.M. when he cleared from lunch to travel to the location in his patrol district where he got out of the car at 12:17P.M.

In Judy Bonner's book "Investigation of a Homicide"on page 71 she states "The Bonnie View call turned out to be a dry run, an elderly woman who had thought she had seen a man trying to burglarize a house next door. Tippit politely took down her story, made a fruitless search of the neighborhood, returned to his car to write out a report, then radioed in for another assignment." I do not know how Judy Bonner obtained this information? Tippit was killed one hour later and a search for the report mentioned has proved unsuccessful. Whatever happened at 4100 Bonnie View did not last long since Tippit called back the Dispatcher 3 minutes later at 12:20P.M. and reported "78 clear."

Even though Tippit was not ordered to the 4100 block of Bonnie View RD. by the Police Dispatcher, there is no hard evidence to disprove that this event was genuine. There is also no hard evidence to prove this event was staged in any way, since the location he stopped at was known to the dispatcher and potential witnesses could have been located if the situation called for it. The best information available places Tippit at the 4100 block of Bonnie View Rd. between 12:17 and 12:20P.M. on 11/22/63.

Shortly after publishing this article Irish researcher Chris Scally sent me a letter he received from the late Larry Harris in 1984 that contained information about the 4100 Bonnie View call. Larry wrote “In 1978 I interviewed the manager of a grocery market at 4121 Bonnie View; He told me that during the noon hour on 11/22/63, he caught a woman shoplifter and phoned the police; it was Tippit who responded. The store manager knew Tippit because it was almost invariably Tippit who responded to calls for shoplifters. The manager told me that Tippit placed the woman in the squad car and left. So indeed Tippit was on an investigation at 12:17 P.M. nevertheless, it is disturbing and perhaps significant that this incident is not reflected more substantially in the tapes or transcripts.”

Larry Harris’s investigator Ken M. Holmes Jr confirms this story. In 1963 Hodges Super Market occupied 4121 Bonnie View Road (1963 Dallas City Directory). On my last trip to Dallas in November of 1997 the small shopping plaza that contained this store was vacant with for sale signs on it.

Who this shoplifter was, what happened to her, how Tippit was really alerted to this location and what impact this could have had on the events that follow are still not known. This story has confirmation from the grocer who was a known and interviewed eyewitness, where as the story from ‘Investigation of a Homicide’ that was previously reported in the original article has never been confirmed.


Just this, if Tippit, as some have speculated was involved in the assassination as either a shooter or a conspirator it is now 12:20 P.M. and he is approximately 7.5 miles from Dealey Plaza, the site of the Kennedy Assassination. The original time for President Kennedy's arrival at the Dallas Trade Mart was 12:30 P.M.(6) which means the President would be in Dealey Plaza at approximately 12:15-12:20 P.M. if the motorcade was running on schedule. I understand that if Tippit was involved in the assassination he could have monitored the motorcade's progress on Channel 2 of the Police radio to find out it's exact location. By going for coffee with his best friend and then home for lunch and then stop to investigate at 4100 Bonnie View he would be cutting it too close if he needed to get to downtown Dallas to take part in the shooting or to aid the assassins in anyway.

The next time we are able to locate Tippit is from information on the radio logs. At 12:45 P.M., 15 minutes after the assassination, he is asked his location and he responds "I'm about Keist and Bonnie View," which is in his patrol district. Then, comes the message that has been debated since the day that it happened.

Dispatcher Murray Jackson, (a close personal friend of Tippit's) orders squad "#87 and #78 move into Central Oak Cliff area." Jackson's reasoning for this is "there was the shooting involving the President and we immediately dispatched every available unit to the Triple Underpass, where the shot was reported to have come from. I realized that we were draining the Oak Cliff area of available Police Officers so if there was an emergency such as a robbery or a major accident to come up I wouldn't have anybody there that would be in close proximity to answer the call. And since J.D. was the outermost Unit, actually I had two Units, #87 which was Officer Nelson and #78 which was Officer Tippit" (in actuality Bill Anglin's District #79 was farther south and further away from the Texas School Book Depository than Tippit's District #78).(7) It is also interesting to note that Bill Anglin responded to the 12:42P.M. radio call from the police dispatcher that said. "Attention all squads in the downtown area code 3 (red lights and siren) to Elm and Houston (Dealey Plaza) with caution. At 12:52P.M. Anglin radios the dispatcher that he will "be out at the triple underpass"(Dealey Plaza).

Here is where it gets very interesting, at approximately 12:45 to 1:00 P.M. there are 5 witnesses that placed Tippit not in Central Oak Cliff but at the Gloco (Good Luck Oil Company) gas station which was located at 1502 North Zangs Boulevard. This is the absolute northernmost part of Oak Cliff.

A 1966 article in "Ramparts" magazine by researcher, William Turner, states that on a recent trip to Dallas he "uncovered five witnesses to Tippit's whereabouts in the last minutes of his life. There is no indication that the Commission or any police agency was even aware of them. Photographer, Al Volkland, and his wife, Lou, both of whom knew Tippit, said that 15 or 20 minutes after the assassination they saw him at a gas station and waved to him. They observed Tippit sitting in his police car at a Gloco gas station in Oak Cliff, watching the cars coming over the Houston Street Viaduct from downtown Dallas. Three employees of the Gloco station, Tom Mullins, Emmett Hollingshead, and J.B. "Shorty" Lewis, all of whom knew Tippit confirmed the Volklands' story. (In 1987 Dallas area researcher Greg Lowery located two of the five witnesses just mentioned and they verified the account they had witnessed 24 years earlier, and there was no indication that any law enforcement agency had ever interviewed these five witnesses. This story was published in the Oak Cliff Tribune June 30, 1988). They said Tippit stayed at the station for about 10 minutes, somewhere between 12:45 and 1:00 P.M., then he went tearing off down Lancaster at high speed -on a bee-line toward Jack Ruby's apartment and in the direction of where he was killed a few minutes later." I hope this last statement about Ruby's apartment does not lead the reader to a sinister conclusion. In all fairness to the witnesses at the Gloco station that made the statement I would like to mention again that Tippit was at the northernmost part of Oak Cliff. Tippit could only go south if he was to stay in Oak Cliff. It is true that traveling south on Lancaster is the general direction of Jack Ruby's apartment but it is also the general direction of Tippit's patrol district, the Top 10 Record Shop, Tippit's home and other Oak Cliff landmarks (see map of Tippit locations).

This information has been provided by Tippit expert Greg Lowrey by way of Bill Pulte. Greg recalled his interviews with Gloco Station employees Emmett Hollingshead and J.B. “Shorty” Lewis. They were both certain that Tippit arrived at the Gloco Station “a few minutes” after the shots were fired in Dealey Plaza. Greg said “There was simply no doubt whatever about this in their minds they were absolutely certain”. Bill Pulte informs me that these witnesses could have heard on the radio that shots were fired at the motorcade within minutes of the assassination. Or motorists coming off the Houston Street Viaduct stopping for gas could have informed the Gloco employees about the shooting. The location of the former Gloco Station is about 1.5 miles from the Texas School Book Depository.

Some have speculated that Tippit was at the Gloco Station at 1:03 P.M., was away from his radio and somehow missed the call from the police dispatcher. There are no documented witness statements to support the fact that he left the car. Bill Pulte informs me that during this era some policeman would turn their police radios up all the way and leave the door to the squad car open if they left the vehicle and were going to remain close by the car. This would give the officer a better chance of hearing the police radio and decreasing the probability of missing a call. If in fact Tippit needed to go inside the Gloco station for some reason he could have possibly moved the squad car from the spot where he was watching the traffic come over the Houston Street Viaduct to another location closer to the actual building then exited the squad car. This combined with the ‘open door technique’ could minimize the chance of Tippit missing a call.

The article continues on to ask the following legitimate questions "What could Tippit have heard or seen to cause him to leave his observation post at the Gloco station and roar up the street? Police radio logs show no instructions to move. We know that cab driver William Whaley said he drove Oswald across the Houston Street Viaduct (past the Gloco station at the same time Tippit was reported there) to a spot near the rooming house (1026 North Beckley). Is it possible that Tippit spotted Oswald in the cab, recognized him, and for some reason took off to intercept him?"

Let us look at these statements analytically. At 12:45 P.M. the Police Dispatcher asks Tippit his location, Tippit replies "I'm about Keist and Bonnie View"(8), we have to question the truthfulness of this statement. Police dispatcher, Murray Jackson, has stated in an interview that "If somebody is out of pocket off their district and you ask them their location, they are either not going to answer or they are going to give you somewhere else anyway." It is much easier to believe that Tippit was not being truthful about his location than to discount the statements of five witnesses that knew him personally and place him at a location approximately 5 miles away from the location he reported, at approximately the same time. The estimated travel time from Keist and Bonnie View to the Gloco station under normal driving conditions, is 18 minutes and 13-14 minutes for Tippit Travel Time. Given his witnessed location at 12:45 to 1:00 P.M. and the travel time involved it would seem more logical that Tippit had ventured out of his patrol district at approximately the time of the assassination for some unknown reason. Regardless of how good an officer J.D. Tippit was he could not have been in two places at the same time.

At 12:54 P.M. dispatcher Murray Jackson, calls Tippit for his location and Tippit responds by saying that he is at "Lancaster and Eighth." It is about 8/10's of a mile from the Gloco station to Lancaster and Eighth. Normal travel time is about 4 minutes but since he was "tearing" when he left the gas station he could have made it in as little as 1-2 minutes. This definitely fits into the time frame and the direction he was headed as described by the five witnesses.

Some researchers have speculated that Tippit might have stopped off to see Harry Olsen, a Dallas Police Officer, who had broken his knee cap and by his own admission had taken a side job guarding an "Estate" in Oak Cliff from 7:00A.M. until 8:00P.M. on the day of the Assassination.(9) This is in the general area of the Tippit shooting. He could not remember many details about it, but he said the "estate" was on Eighth Street but he could not remember the exact location or address. Neither the Warren Commission, nor the House Select Committee asked him specifically if Tippit stopped off to see him. The following is a portion of the questioning of Harry Olsen by Warren Commission Lawyer Arlen Specter.

Mr. Specter. Did you have any visitors while you were guarding the estate on that day?

Mr. Olsen. Yes, sir.

Mr. Specter. And who was the visitor or visitors?

Mr. Olsen. Kay (10)

Mr. Specter. What time did she visit you?

Mr. Olsen. Right after the President was shot.

Mr. Specter. How did you learn of the assassination of the President?

Mr. Olsen. A woman called me on the phone who was a friend of the person who had lived there.

Mr. Specter. Do you know who that woman was?

Mr. Olsen. No, sir. And she wanted to know if I had heard the news, and I said no, and she said, "The President has been shot."

Mr. Specter. What time did that telephone call occur?

Mr. Olsen. Right after he was shot. I don't know exactly what time it was.

Mr. Specter. Did you talk to anybody else on the telephone or in person between the telephone call and the time that Kay visited you?

Mr. Olsen. Passers-by. I went outside.

Mr. Specter. Whom did you see outside?

Mr. Olsen. No one who I knew by name. They just said, "have you heard the news?" And I said, "yes, I had."

WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? The Olsen "estate" story has been looked at in many different ways by the research community. It is amazing to me that although the House Select Committee knew about the lingering questions concerning Olsen's activities on the afternoon of the assassination they did not ask any specific questions to try and clarify the situation, when Olsen gave a sworn deposition to House Select Committee Counsel, Robert Genzman, on August 21, 1978.

Olsen testified to the Warren Commission that the "estate" was about four blocks from Kay Coleman's apartment, which we know was at 325 North Ewing.(11) Using this information the "estate's" approximate location on Eighth Street can be found. On a recent trip to Dallas I was taken to this area by a Texas researcher that has thoroughly studied these circumstances. The two very strong possible locations for the "estate" are 423 Eighth Street or 431 Eighth Street.(12)

On a recent visit to The Assassination Archives and Research Center in Washington D.C. I was able to locate a 1967 interview of Harry Olsen by researcher William Turner. Several things are talked about in the interview, but Olsen’s remarks of special interest to us concerning this article are “Olsen said that on the day of the assassination he was guarding a ramshackle house in Oak Cliff, sitting inside. He said an attorney had hired him to guard the property of a recently deceased person. He heard the sirens but did not see anything himself.

If this information is true about a ‘ramshackle house’ then it is possible that researchers should have been looking for a structure that would appear much different from the ‘estate’ mentioned in Olsen’s Warren Commission testimony. Lawyer friends of mine point out that an estate can be a large piece of property and can also mean all the property and debts left by someone at death, both definitions are commonly used. Still to this date it is unclear of the exact location of this ‘estate.’

Since there is no solid evidence to prove that Olsen did see Tippit or that Tippit drove past Olsen's location, and given Olsen's testimony the most intelligent conclusion at this time is that Tippit did not stop off to see Harry Olsen. Even though Olsen admitted that he knew Tippit,(13) the timeline illustrated here does not give Tippit much time to visit Olsen. I believe Tippit had other pressing matters to attend to.

We now have Tippit "tearing" south on Lancaster from the Gloco gas station at the corner of North Zangs and North Marsalis Ave.. The exact route Tippit took to the next sighting has many different possibilities. Because of the lack of witnesses at this point in the timeline we will probably never know Tippit's exact movements.

Professor Bill Pulte related to me the following story. Bill was interviewing an individual who had lived in the neighborhood Tippit was killed since the early 1960s. The interviewee spoke on the condition that his identity would remain confidential; Bill Pulte informs me that his information on other points was very accurate. They talked about many things concerning the Tippit shooting and the individual told Bill “If you are planning to do more research on Tippit, you should find out about a fight that took place at 12th and Marsalis a few minutes before Tippit was killed.”

To this day any additional details about this fight are not known. Could Tippit have observed a fight and watched one or more of the participants take off in an automobile or by foot? Could someone have stopped Tippit’s squad car and told them about a fight? Could Tippit himself have been involved in a fight? These are questions that we may never find the answers to.

We do know these facts. There is no transmission on the police radio alerting Tippit to respond to 12th and Marsalis. Tippit was tearing down Lancaster Road from the Gloco station heading in the direction towards 12th and Marsalis (see updated map). If Tippit was involved in something at 12th and Marsalis, that could account for an unspecified amount of additional time between the Tippit sighting at the Gloco station and the sighting at the Top 10 Record Shop.

The next Tippit encounter is one that has been reported in several different books and magazine articles but this incident remained unclear to me until I obtained transcripts of the interviews with the two men who were involved. This sighting took place at The Top Ten Record Shop which is near the corner of West Jefferson Boulevard and Bishop Ave. about one block West of the Texas Theater.

Louis Cortinas, was an eighteen year-old clerk, in the record shop in 1963. The shop's owner and his boss was Dub Stark.

In a 1981 interview with Dallas Morning News reporter Earl Golz, Cortinas stated the following:

" He was behind the counter at The Top Ten Record Shop, 338 West Jefferson Boulevard, on November 22, 1963. Police Officer, J.D. Tippit, parked his car on Bishop Street, apparently heading North, and came into the shop in a hurry and asked Cortinas if he could use the phone at the counter. He recalls Tippit being in such a hurry that he had to ask people in the narrow aisle to step aside."

"Tippit said nothing over the phone, apparently not getting an answer. He stood there long enough for it to ring seven or eight times. Tippit hung up the phone and walked off fast, he was upset or worried about something."

"Tippit sped away in his squad car across Jefferson, down Bishop, to Sunset where he ran a stop sign and turned right down Sunset."

"Maybe 10, no more than 10 minutes Tippit had left when I heard he had been shot on the radio."

Cortinas said, "Tippit would come into the record shop occasionally to use the phone while on duty. He knew Tippit to talk to from other experience, having been ticketed many times for drag racing near Austin's Barbecue. He also knew Tippit from seeing him at Austin's Barbecue."

Dub Stark also stated that "Tippit parked his patrol car outside, his partner was not with him on this occasion, he asked permission to use the phone, made a phone call, and left in a hurry and didn't say anything." Stark went on to say, "he had just enough time to get to the place where he was shot."

Stark knew Tippit because "Tippit often came in the store to buy records for his children, he also stopped by while on duty to use the phone several times." Again, we find Tippit far off his patrol district on a regular basis.

The call must have been of an urgent nature because Tippit's behavior and the statements of the witnesses. In an interview with Detective Gus Rose (one of the first police officials to interrogate Oswald), he gives us insight about the circumstances that existed for the Dallas Police Department on 11/22/63. "On a day with that much going on Tippit would have been under tremendous pressure to stay on the radio, if he had a little something personal that he wanted to take care of he would have probably run in the record shop in a hurry and tried to do it and get back out on that radio. And he wouldn't check out on the air. I mean he wouldn't try to get the dispatcher and say I am gonna be out of the car for something special that is personal. He wouldn't want to have to answer for it."

Was the phone call official police business? The witnesses said there was no conversation, so logic would tell us there was no answer on the other end. If it had been a busy signal he would have hung up the phone immediately but Cortinas estimated it rang about seven or eight times. This would be highly unlikely if he was calling Dallas Police Headquarters. He might have called in if he had important information that he didn't want broadcast over the radio. It doesn't make sense for him to call on the telephone to find out what all the commotion was in Downtown Dallas because from 1:00 P.M. until 1:15 P.M. the radio traffic was very slow.(14)

I have just finished part two of a three part article on the Top Ten Record Shop for ‘The Dealey Plaza Echo’ in England. The events and the people involved at the Top 10 Record Shop are talked about in greater detail than in this article. You may contact Ian Griggs by e-mail for information about obtaining these magazines.

Police dispatcher Murray Jackson called #78 (Tippit) at 1:03 P.M.(15) and got no answer. One can guess, using logic, that if Tippit was at Lancaster and Eighth at 12:54 P.M. he could have easily arrived at the Top Ten Record Shop a distance of 2 miles before 1:00 P.M. and could have been inside the record shop when the unanswered call was made. The distance from the Top Ten Record Shop to 404 E. 10th St.(the Tippit Murder sight) is 6/10's of a mile with a travel time of about two minutes.

This information is provided by Greg Lowrey by way of Bill Pulte. James A. Andrews worked for American National Life Insurance whose offices were located across the street from Austin’s Barbecue. Greg Lowrey was interviewing Andrews to get recollections of Roscoe White who worked out of the same office as Andrews. During the interview Andrews told Greg “Since you are interested in the assassination, let me tell you something that happened” and told the following story. James A. Andrew’s was returning to work at his office in Oak Cliff a little after 1:00 P.M. on 11/22/63. He was driving west on West 10th Street (about eight or nine blocks from where Tippit was shot minutes later, see map). Suddenly a police car also traveling west on West 10th Street came up from behind Andrews’ car, passed him and cut in front of Andrews’s car forcing him to stop. The police car pulled in front of Andrews’ car at an angle heading into the curb in order to stop him. The officer then jumped out of the patrol car motioned to Andrews to remain stopped, ran back to Andrews’ car, and looked in the space between the front seat and the back seat. Without saying a word the policeman went back to the patrol car and then drove off quickly. Andrews was perplexed by this strange behavior and looked at the officer’s nameplate, which read “Tippit” (Tippit was wearing his nameplate on 11/22/63. This is documented in a list of personal effects removed from his body at the time of death. Source: Dallas Municipal Archives) Andrews remarked that Tippit seemed to be very upset and agitated and was acting wild.

We know by the statements Louis Cortinas at the Top Ten Record Shop that Tippit was last seen running a stop sign and traveling east on Sunset Ave. The location of Andrews’ encounter with Tippit is approximately 2 blocks northwest of the record shop. Did this event happen before or after Tippit was seen at the record shop? Given Andrews’ statement that this happened a little after 1:00 P.M. let us use the 1:03 P.M. missed call as a benchmark. Since the only documented time that Tippit was away from his car radio was when he went into the record shop, the probability is high that James A. Andrews’ encounter with J.D. Tippit happened just moments after Tippit was seen at the record shop. Tippit could have gone east on Sunset then gone north on Madison or Zangs then taken a left onto West 10th Street and this would have put Tippit traveling in the proper direction to have ‘cut off’ Andrews’ car that was also traveling west on West 10th Street.

Why did Tippit choose Andrews’ car to stop? Why didn’t he pull over Andrews’ car using conventional police procedure by using red lights and siren and stopping to the rear of Andrews’ car? Why did Tippit ‘cut off’ Andrews car the way he did? Why didn’t Tippit speak to Andrews or give him any explanation for what was going on? Why was Tippit so upset and acting the way he did? If these questions could be answered it would be very helpful in determining what was going on in the last minutes of Tippit’s life. Exactly where Tippit went and for how long after his sighting at the record shop and after his encounter with James A. Andrews are still unknown.

I would like to take a moment to talk about an event that has perplexed many researchers over the years. Just after Lee Harvey Oswald returned to his rooming house at 1026 North Beckley at about 1:00P.M. on 11/22/63 Earlene Roberts who was the housekeeper at the rooming house noticed that a Dallas Police car pulled up in front of the rooming house and honked the horn twice and then drove away. This happened while Oswald was in his room. There has been so much written about this event that a full length article could be written about it but, I would like to give the reader a few facts. In Earlene Roberts Warren Commission testimony she states that the Police car had 2 uniformed officers in it, Tippit was alone in Car 10 on 11/22/63. At approximately the time Earlene Roberts states this event happened we have at least 2 witnesses at the Top 10 Record Shop that state Tippit was in the shop at that time. Many of the researchers that theorized that Tippit drove by the rooming house and honked the horn were unfamiliar with the Top 10 Record Shop witnesses, or wrote their theories before these interviews were conducted and made available. Using the best information we have at this time it is highly improbable that Tippit performed the horn honking event since he was at a different location 1.2 miles away with a travel time of 6 minutes and a Tippit travel time of three to four minutes.

There have been many references in print to 2 calls that were made at 1:08 on the Dallas Police Radio. The original source of this information is the March 23,1964 transcript of the channel 1 radio log, Commission Exhibit 705 page 17 in Vol. 17 page 406 of the Warren Commission Hearings. The transcript states that #78 (Tippit) called the dispatcher once just before 1:08 and then seconds later at exactly 1:08, but the dispatcher did not answer. Most researchers that have studied the many versions of the radio logs agree that Arch Kimbrough's Critics Copy is an excellent reference tool. Assassination researcher Russ Shearer has published a user-friendly copy of Arch’s original work. I highly recommend this transcript to everybody who is interested not only in the Tippit murder but also the Kennedy assassination; it is a vital piece of evidence in studying these events. It is available from Russ at 258 Coolidge Ave., Absecon, N.J. 08201 or

The two radio calls in question at 1:08 do not appear in Arch's transcript. Upon discovering this discrepancy I started doing a great deal of work with my audio copy of the Dallas Police Tapes. I used noise filters to "clean up" the overall sound quality and used a 31 band graphic equalizer to make the voices on the tape clearer and more pronounced. After much study I concluded that the transmission was not made by Tippit but instead was made by "388" a unit from the Criminal Investigation Division.

"388" was having a conversation with the dispatcher at about this time. Transmission #390A On page 31 of the Arch Kimbrough's Channel 1 transcript is what I believe was mistaken as "78" since it is slightly garbled. By comparing the voice characteristics of the calls Tippit made earlier in the tape to the 1:08 call in question I concluded that the voices did not match. At this point I contacted a very well respected Dallas researcher who has a great deal of experience listening to these tapes and he is in agreement with me that the 1:08 transmission is "388" and not Tippit. Give the tape a listen , what do you think?

Cortinas said he sped away from the record shop but by the time Tippit gets near the corner of East 10th and Patton Ave. Tippit Murder witness Helen Markham testifies Tippit's police car was "driving real slow now, real slow."(16)

William Scoggins a cab driver that also witnessed the Tippit murder while he was parked in his cab eating lunch near the murder scene describes Tippit's Patrol car as cruising "Not more than 10 or 12 miles a hour." Why would Tippit drive in such an erratic way? First very fast, then very slow in the last few minutes of his life may never be explained.

Professor Bill Pulte has a possible explanation for Tippit’s erratic movements in the final minutes of his life. Bill explained to me that Tippit’s movements are consistent with the actions of a man frantically looking for someone. Let us look at Tippit’s movements:

The 12:45 P.M. Dallas Police Radio broadcast alerted all police units to the description of the suspect in the assassination and the ‘manhunt’ began. It is not known if Tippit was performing police business or personal business during this time frame in question, but it seems that Tippit was searching for a certain individual at certain locations for reasons that are still unknown. The best current information is that in the moments before his death, Tippit knew nothing more about the assassin than his description, which could have fit the description of hundreds of men on the streets of Oak Cliff that day.

Dallas radio personality Kevin McCarthy had a number of talk shows dealing with the assassination in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bill Pulte heard this broadcast and repeated the following to me from memory.

A man called into the radio program and told this story. “My girlfriend told me something that might be important about the Tippit murder. She was driving east on 10th Street behind a police car; she was some distance behind it. The officer in the police car hit his brakes quickly and backed the car up very fast. The woman hit her brakes but could not stop completely and bumped the rear of the police car. She said “Oh no” to herself because she hit the police car and thought that the officer was going to be upset and give her a ticket, but the officer did not pay any attention to her. She backed up went around the police car and drove on her way. Later she recalled that the location where this happened was exactly where Tippit’s car was when he was killed, and she realized that she had bumped Tippit’s car.”

Bill Pulte said that “the caller sounded excited and completely unrehearsed, and the call seemed spontaneous” The caller said that his girlfriend refused to come forward with her story because she did not want to get involved.

In reviewing Barnes Exhibit C we notice that Tippit’s squad car is not parked parallel with the curb. The rear of the squad car is near the curb but the front end of the car is 2 to 3 feet away from the curb. Also an examination of Commission Exhibit 523 and Barnes Exhibit D shows that the final position of Tippit’s car was directly in front of the driveway between 404 and 410 East Tenth Street. Could it be possible that Tippit saw something or someone between the houses at 404 and 410 East Tenth Street, hit the brakes quickly and then backed up his car in a hurry? This could explain why his car was parked at an angle, and it fits the events as were reported on the Kevin McCarthy Show.

Bill Pulte also informs me that there are a series of east-west alleys in this section of Oak Cliff (See Westbrook Exhibit D) and it would be possible for someone trying to use the alleys for concealment or to use them to try and travel undetected in that neighborhood.

Just such an alley runs parallel with Tenth Street that is at the end of the properties at 404 and 410 East Tenth Street and it is possible to cut from the alley to any location on the south side of Tenth Street near where Tippit’s car was parked.

Is it possible that Tippit was trying to locate someone and in the process encountered his murderer?

In his Warren Commission testimony below Vol. 3 page 324-325 Scoggins gives some startling information about Tippit's activities. As we shall see Tippit was observed in the neighborhood that he was killed quite often.

Mr. SCOGGINS. Well, I first seen the police car cruising east.

Mr. BELlN. About how fast was it cruising?

Mr. SCOGGINS. Not more than 10 or 12 miles a hour, I would say.

Mr. BELIN. It was going east on what street?

Mr. SCOGGINS. On Tenth.

Mr. BELIN. All right. Did you see the police car go across right in front of yours?

Mr. SCOGGINS. Yes; he went right down the street. He come from the west, going east On east Tenth.

Mr. BELIN. Then what did you see?

Mr. SCOGGINS. I noticed he stopped down there, and I wasn't paying too much attention to the man, you see, just used to see him every day, but then I kind of looked down the street, saw this, someone, that looked to me like he was going west, now, I couldn't exactly say whether he was going west or was in the process of turning around, but he was facing west when I saw him.

Mr. BELIN. All right.

Mr. SCOGGINS. And he was--he stopped there.

Mr. BELIN. Let me ask you this now. When you first saw this man, had the police car stopped or not?

It is amazing that Warren Commission Counsel David Belin did not ask any questions regarding the statement, just used to see him everyday, the implications of this testimony are very important.

Scoggins gave his testimony on March 26,1964, one week later on April 2,1964 Mrs. Charlie Virginia Davis gave her testimony to the Warren Commission which independently corroborates Scoggins statements that Tippit was seen often near the spot that he was later murdered at. Mrs. Davis was an ear witness to the Tippit murder. She lived at 400 East 10th St. at the corner of Patton Ave. When she heard the gunfire both she and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Barbara Davis both ran to their front door in time to see the murderer escaping by walking across their front yard and South down Patton Ave.. The following testimony is from Vol. 6 page 458 of the Warren Commission Hearings.

Mrs. DAVIS. No, sir; we just saw a police car sitting on the side of the road.

Mr. BELIN. Where was the police car parked?

Mrs. DAVIS. It was parked between the hedge that marks the apartment house where he lives in and the house next door.

Mr. BELIN. Was it on your side of East 10th or the other side of the street?

Mrs. DAVIS. It was on our side, the same side that we lived on.

Mr. BELIN. Was it headed as you looked to the police car, towards your right or towards your left?

Mrs. DAVIS. Right.

Once again Counsel Belin heard testimony that Officer Tippit was in the neighborhood so much that Mrs. Davis thought that he lived there and once again he did not ask any questions to clarify the matter. The Warren Commission knew that Tippit did not live in this area, but because the proper questions were not asked we only have a vague outline of Tippit's regular activities in the neighborhood where he was killed.

Author Dale Myers was able to interview Virginia Davis in 1997. She told Dale “I don’t know where J.D. Tippit lived” “I didn’t mean to say that I thought he lived there because we never seen the man or seen him cruising the streets or nothing until we seen him right there at the car” (With Malice page 310-311). Thank you Dale Myers and Virginia Davis for clearing up this very important point.

One of the main themes of this work is that Tippit was off his assigned patrol district on a regular basis for a variety of reasons. We know by the Davis and Scoggins testimony that he was seen near the murder sight on a daily basis. The reasons for his frequent visits there is beyond the scope of this writing, but it is something I would like to address at a future time. If it is ever positively proven that Oswald did not kill J.D. Tippit then the real murderer could have easily known where to find Tippit, since his activities were common knowledge to people in the neighborhood.

Tippit was killed in Patrol District #91 which is about 4 miles from the closest point of Tippit's Patrol District #78. The travel time under normal conditions is about 13 minutes. Tippit Travel Time could have been 9-10 minutes. So here we have Tippit leaving his Patrol District driving to East 10th St., staying for an undetermined time and returning to his Patrol District. If he stayed at "the apartment house where he lives" for 10 minutes the minimum elapsed time to leave and return from is Patrol District is 30 minutes. Please remember that Tippit's squad car was parked at this location so often that Mrs. Davis thought he lived there. How often he made this trip and how long he would stay is anybody's guess.

In the original article I mention the reoccurring theme that Tippit was sighted out of his patrol district often by several witnesses. Bill Pulte interviewed J.W. Finley who was Tippit’s sergeant for a period of time, and was later his lieutenant. When Pulte asked Finley if it would have been unusual for Tippit to be seen out of his assigned patrol district on a regular basis. Finley replied “No because J.D. was an officer that would drive around a lot”. Tippit investigator Ken M. Holmes Jr. related to me that he “did not think that it was out of the ordinary for Tippit to be out of his district so often” I stand corrected on making an issue of Tippit being sighted out of his district on a regular basis, I am thankful for this new insight from these sources.

Officer J.D. Tippit was murdered a few moments after Helen Markham and William Scoggins saw him on 11/22/63 and because of circumstances outlined in this writing some of the true events of this day might never be known.


KEY: All times except radio calls are approximate.

* Probable Movements
^ Known Movements

7:00 A.M. ^Begin Tour of Duty at Southwest substation at 4020 West Illinois Ave.
?? *2 eyewitnesses place Tippit at Austin’s Barbecue (exact time unknown)
9:56-10:17 A.M. *Out on a signal 4 at 2800 East Illinois Ave.
10:30- 10:45 A.M. ^Tea with Patrolman Bill Anglin at the Rebel Drive-In, 3172 South Loop 12.
10:40-10:45 A.M. ^Tippit called to Annarbor and Corrigan Ave.
10:45-11:15 A.M. ^Possible travel time to 238 Glencairn (Tippit’s home) for lunch. The actual travel time would only be about 15 minutes. The exact time that Tippit started to travel home is unknown.
11:15- 11:50 A.M. ^Lunch at 238 Glencairn.
11:50A.M.- 12:17P.M. ^Travel time from 238 Glencairn to 4100 Block Bonnie View.
12:17 P.M. ^Tippit radios dispatcher "Be out of the car for a minute 4100 Block Bonnie View."
12:20 P.M. ^Tippit radios dispatcher " Clear."
12:30 P.M. ^Tippit starts moving toward Northern Oak Cliff.
12:45 P.M. ^5 witnesses placed him at the GLOCO Service Station, 1502 North Zangs Boulevard, near the Houston Street Viaduct. He stays there for about 10 minutes, then tears off down Lancaster at high speed. Police Dispatcher asks Tippit's location, he responds, "I'm about Keist and Bonnie View," (Highly improbable)
12:54 P.M. *Dispatcher asks Tippit's location, he responds, "Lancaster and Eighth."
?????? * Possible fight at 12th and Marsalis.
1:00-1:05 P.M. ^Tippit makes hurried phone call at The Top Ten Record Shop, 338 West Jefferson, near the corner of Bishop Ave.
1:03 P.M. ^Dispatcher calls Tippit, Tippit does not respond.
????? ^Tippit stops car driven by James A. Andrews.
1:10-1:15 P.M. ^Tippit shot to death near corner of East Tenth Street and Patton Avenue. (The exact time is in dispute. The Warren Commission Report states it happened at 1:15).

TIPPIT LOCATIONS 11/22/63 ( Map #1 )


1. Warren Commission exhibit 3001, pg. 2

2. Warren Commission exhibit 2985, pg.6

3. Attached map #1

4. Summary of interview with Marie Tippit, 1977 HSCA document, #180-10120-10047

5. AARC Records

6. Dallas Morning News 11/22/63

7. Putnam Exhibit #1

8. Dallas Police Department Radio transcript (Critics copy by Arch Kimbrough), pg.16

9. Warren Commission testimony of Harry Olsen, XIV, pg. 624-639

10. Kay Coleman, the future Mrs. Olsen and a stripper at Jack Ruby's Carousel Club

11. Warren Commission Hearings, volume XIV, pg. 641

12. Attached Map #1

13. Warren Commission hearings volume XIV, pg. 628

14. Dallas Police Department Radio Transcripts (Critics copy by Arch Kimbrough), pg. 25-34

15. Ibid. pg. 28

16. Warren Commission Hearings volume III, pg. 307

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