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on 13 November 1998
While Dale Myers' explores a neglected aspect of the assassination of President Kennedy, his investigation stops short on a number of lines of inquiry that are extremely significant, and so he fails in his task of exposing the total truth. Like CBS, the HSCA, and the FBI before him, Myers traces the license plate of the car seen with Oswald driving near the scene of Tippit's murder to Tippit's best friend Carl Mather. He doesn't tell the reader that Mather's alibi was that at the time of the assassination and murder of Tippit he was at work at Collins Radio. Nor does he convey, and he must have known, that Collins was actively engaged in anti-Castro Cuban activities through its ownership of the ship Rex, which on Nov. 1, 1963 deposited a team of assassins in Cuba. "This is one story that may never have survived had the license number T.F. White supplied not been linked to Tippit through Mathers. The resulting investigation clearly shows that the Mathers were not involved,and that White was less than sure of the information he was supplying than the investigators had been led to believe. Perhaps, that explains White's reluctance to come forward." (With Malace p. 333) Wes Wise, the reporter who obtained the license number from White, in no uncertain terms (HSCA Reports - "The Wise Allegation"), said that he had to use all the powers of persuasion at his disposal because White was afraid and not because he was unsure of his facts. Everyone who has gone down this road before has stopped at Carl Mather's front door and not gone the Collins Radio Route, which I believe is the codex of the Rosetta Stone that helps solve the mystery. Myers has left it for others to investigate that line of inquiry, so his work is not totally comprehensive. His attitude of attacking "critics" is annoying as well, as like Posner, he comes across like he's setting the record straight, but still comes up short with Carl Mather and other points, ie. - Igor Vaganov and the mystery of the wallet found at the Tippit murder scene. Well written, well documented, good graphics, but still short of the total truth. For more on Collins Radio, see my COPA abstract: THE COLLINS RADIO CONNECTIONS to the Assassination of President Kennedy (1994). The best book on the assassination of President Kennedy has yet to be written - the one that solves the case. Bill Kelly billkell@bellatlantic.net
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on 12 March 2014
It might be worth noting that any criticism of incompleteness in this book is addressed somewhat emotionally overcharged at the blog [...]
It's a shame that great research has to be mared by emotional outbursts. I can understand his frustration, but it doesn't help the argument. Like in most criminal cases the drive towards the perpetrators guilt vs the drive to exhaunorate leaves the truth in limbo. The raw evidence leaves room for interpretation, speculation and discussion. I wish people would be able to leave it at that, but that does not seem to be in our nature.
In 1963 the police force of Dallas was by modern standards nothing short of incompetent. Their inability to maintain a chain of evidence was legendary. With this in mind this book is an impressive reconstruction of the evidence. Well worth a read. Conclusions are drawn. You may or may not agree with them.
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on 2 February 2007
The Tippit murder has received less than the attention it probably deserves in the published body of work on the Kennedy assassination. Described as the Rosetta Stone of the case, one asks that if it were Oswald who shot Tippit, does it really indicate that Oswald shot the President or that he was implicated ? The answer to that question is almost certainly yes. The other side of the coin is of course, if some else shot Tippit and the DPD concluded Oswald did it, then there are severe consequences for the whole case.

This book sets out to establish that Oswald was at the scene of the murder of Tippit and makes a good job of that aim. If you believe Oswald shot Kennedy or was involved in some way, you will have an easier job of accepting his guilt in the Tippit shooting. If however you believe Kennedy was shot by other assassins, you will no doubt tend to look for other assassins in the Tippit case. This book goes a long way to providing a reasonably balanced case history on the subject and may help you make up your mind. In that sense it is to be thoroughly recommended.

On first appearance this book impresses - it is a heavy weight for sure. However as has been pointed out in other reviews, a significant chunk of the book is given over to appendices and notes and is therefore not quite as comprehensive as one might think. Myers is well known for his work on animating the Zapruder film and as serious assassination researcher. So you can depend on an informed view in this book - even if you disagree with his conclusion that Oswald alone shot Tippit. However in the context of what is printed in the book, it is difficult to accept Oswald's innocence - you need to go elsewhere to find more compelling reasons to doubt his guilt.

Myers is worth reading. If you are an assassination researcher, this book is a must have. If you are new to the case, this book should be on your list.
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on 16 November 2014
Penn Jones once said that anyone planning to research the conspiracy to murder President Kennedy should take one aspect that so far has been neglected and then research the Hell out of it. I very much applaud JFK assassination researchers including Mr Myers for having attempted to do so.For this aspect of the Kennedy assassination has been woefully investigated. So much for the due care and diligence the DPD had for one of its own, they couldn't even investigate this murder properly. What does this tell us?

Myers concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald murdered both President Kennedy and Patrolman JD Tippit. Many assassination scholars would dispute this as any evidence for this is contradictory. Is it not more likely that Oswald was a patsy for both murders that took place on November 22nd 1963? Is it not much more likely that Tippit was playing a significant role in the conspiracy himself before he was shot in Oak Cliff at 1.06/1.09/ or even as late as 1.15pm? For anyone new to this, these timings are crucial if we are to pin the blame on Oswald.

Tippit was not assigned to Oak Cliff so why was he there? Was he to meet Oswald in Oak Cliff? To kill him, to help him escape? How did any member of the DPD know that they were to look for Oswald, when Oswald's identity only became known to them at 1.46pm? Was Oswald already at the Texas Theatre when Tippit was gunned down?

A lot of the evidence in this case is a mess. Both the physical evidence and eye witness accounts contradict each other very starkly and the description of Tippit's killer or killers are very different. Almost as if there were two sets of wirnesses, as some described two people running away after the shooting which had all the characteristics of a professional hit. Subsequent paraffin tests on Oswald did not indicate he had fired any weapons that day.

How many wallets did Oswald have on him? It seems highly suspicious that he just happened to leave one of them at the scene of Tippit's murder. Oswald was found to have a wallet on his person when he was arrested. Following his arrest he was found to have two further sets of ID, so his real identity wasn't known for sure by around 2pm. There are strong suspicions that Oswald was a paid informant for both the FBI and CIA.

The four bullets found at the scene could not be matched to Oswald's gun. And of these there were two different makes of ammunition. How can this be explained? Does this not indicate that there were two shooters? Witness Aquilla Clemmons saw two different gunmen running off in two different directions. Virginia Davis heard the shots and saw two police officers already there at the scene, when official records state that no police showed up until 1.22pm. Was one of the guns an automatic which Jim Leavelle believed when looking at the location of the spent and unmarked cartridges? So the ballistics evidence is worthless in that it cannot connect Oswald with Tippit's shooting. In fact that evidence exonerates Lee Harvey Oswald.

The Tippit murder was almost like something staged and co-incidentally took place very closely to where Jack Ruby lived. Just two blocks away. A lot of the witnesses to Tippit's death had connections to Jack Ruby.

What about Tippit's background? Was he the devoted father and family man as described in his eulogies in 1963? He was possibly on the verge of divorce at that time. Tippit certainly had one mistress in Johnnie Maxie Witherpoon and maybe others. He was financially overburderned having two mortgages at the time of his death. He suffered from PTSD following his war service during WW11. He was seen as someone who had a very rough side in the way he treated teenagers at Austins, where he worked on a part time basis. Allen Dulles former CIA Chief asked Chief Curry at the Warren Commission if Tippit had any involvement with narcotics. A strange question. Tippit's career as a police officer was undistinguished, never having been promoted in his 11 years service. Could this have given Tippit the financial incentive to become involved in the conspiracy to murder John F Kennedy? It is also interesting and odd that Tippit took instructions not just by police radio but by public pay phone also.

So there is a much darker side to Tippit to the one we have been made to believe. Tippit was seen as an excellent marksman and at the time of his death only photos of Tippit in his youth were released. Why? Earlier that morning on November 22nd, 1963,Tippit hugged his 13 year old son Allen and said 'No matter what happens today, I want you to know that I love you'. Something seen as unusually affectionate for a man for whom this was quite uncharacteristic. What did Tippit mean by that remark?

So quite a different picture of Tippit emerges. Who could have killed Tippit? If not Oswald then who? Possible suspects worth further scrutiny are Harry Olsen DPD Officer who quickly left Dallas for California in early December 1963. Darrell Wayne Garner who had attempted to shoot another witness to Tippit's murder. Could he have been in Oak Cliff?

Finally take a look at 'Badgeman' who can be seen in the Mary Moorman photograph and then take a look at photographs of Tippit at age 39 and see his distinctive hairline. Is this connection really possible? Why was Tippit's gun removed from the scene of his death? This should be considered. The key is to establish what is credible.The evidence in this book is not credible. After 51 years, establishing the truth is what researchers must continue to do. They must do the job the Warren Commission, FBI, HSCA and many parts of the US media did not do. The academic community must keep trying to shed much more light on aspects of the assassination conspiracy that have remained in darkness for much too long.
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on 2 September 2014
Awful hagiography of a deeply flawed cop who was up to his neck in the conspiracy. Repetitive, dull and misleading.
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on 8 December 2009
This hard-to-find book really is the definitive work on the murder of J. D. Tippit.

For those who are genuinely interested in the truth about the murder of Police Officer J. D. Tippit and its direct connection to the JFK assassination, this 500 (and some) page investigation is all you will ever need.

The book is rigorous, thorough and lavishly illustrated.
Quite simply, if you can read this from beginning to end and still doubt Oswald's guilt in this brave man's murder, then you must be in some strange kind of 'denial'.

The author presents the eye-witness testimony and the irrefutable ballistics evidence which show - beyond any shadow of a doubt - that Lee Oswald, alone and unaided shot Officer Tippit to death.

In a sense, this truly was an open-and-shut-case. Only the obfuscation of the conspiracy theorist's over the years has kept this debate alive.

Myers tackles all the hokum and guff that's been churned up over time by those who would seek to exonerate a `cop-killer', and he succeeds in debunking it all; not with counter-theories, but with facts!
His analysis and conclusions of the `Oswald wallet found at the scene' allegation are especially interesting.

There are some writers who will seek to convince the unwitting reader that Officer Tippit was actually part of `the conspiracy' to murder JFK. That's pretty awful. This book is the best antidote for such tripe. Get a copy if you possibly can.

Barry Ryder
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on 27 March 2014
Firstly this is a review of the hardback and not the Kindle edition.

Ordered this from the USA and was very expensive at $65 however it really was worth every penny, the author has reseached the murder of JD Tippit for many decades and this book displays all the evidence that LHO was the killer of the policeman.

Good background on the early years of JD Tippit which then brings the book to that fateful day in Nov 1963, the detailed account of the events is really second to none and the author does a great job in explaining the movements of all involved (minute by minute detail in some areas) and what happened after the shooting leading up to the arrest in the Texas Theatre.

What I found interesting is the eyewitness accounts of the shooting and of seeing LHO fleeing the scene, coupled with the postive ID of LHO in the lineups later on in the day should really leave people with no doubt that he was the man that shot JD Tippit.

The area of the wallet found at the crime scene is also discussed at great length, and how it was different to the wallet LHO had when arrested (could the wallet have been dropped by a passer by who came to help the at the crime scene??).

Overall an excellent book and if you want to know about the other murder which happened in dallas on that day then this is the book to read.

(Please note that the book I read is the new updated version, I do not know how different it is to the other publication from 1998, this book has around 800 pages of which nearly half of the book relates to some great colour and b&w pictures, the autopsy report of JD Tippit and footnotes).

SG
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on 12 June 1999
Regardless of one's opinions on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, one MUST read this book and see the outstanding work Dale Myers has done on this long-neglected aspect of the case.
Myers does not give us speculation and innuendo: He gives us the cold, hard facts, and he gives us the most reasonable, compelling scenario ever advanced for exactly what happened at the crime scene and why.
Again, regardless of one's feelings about the assassination of JFK, if the Warren Commission had put together the evidence as effectively as Dale Myers does, there would never have been any room for doubt about who killed Officer J. D. Tippit that dark day in Dallas.
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on 4 August 1998
One of the most detailed accounts of a crime I have ever read. This book is full of documentation and a minute by minute record of Lee Harvey Oswald's actions following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It is an inspirational story of a dedicated police officer and the many photographs add great substance to the entire work.
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on 8 April 1999
This is not a review, as I haven't had a chance to read the book yet. However, I wanted to point out that one reviewer spelled "malice" incorrectly several times ("malace") and another spelled "Tippit" wrong ("Tippet). Maybe you could either correct their spelling or put (sic) next to the incorrect spelling.
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