I have thought, and thought, and thought……and thought on just how to write the second part of this story. I wrote several pages, several times, and deleted as many. You see, I was writing to include and examine every minor detail related to Tippit’s murder. In the process of all that thinking, it occurred to me, every little detail wasn’t necessary to identify a prime suspect in Tippit’s murder. So often, in any crime, resolving the crime is a matter of perspective. If I were to follow the footsteps of previous investigators and researchers, I would likely end up with the same results….which is not my goal, nor should it be, as there is no need for me to accomplish what they already have.
In Part I, it was determined that between 1:00pm and 1:03pm, Lee Harvey Oswald was present at his rooming house. Prior to 1:00pm relates to JFK’s assassination, events after 1:03 are related more to Tippit’s murder. So this point in time, is somewhat the dividing line between the two murders.
If Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t shoot Officer Tippit in the manner popularized by the Warren Commission, we have to ask “Who did?”. We have to start from ground zero. Between 1:00 and 1:03pm, LHO was at his rooming house. At 1:00, Officer Tippit was at the Top Ten Record store(1). These two positions are on the map, (shown below).
If Oswald originally intended to go to the Theatre, he could easily catch the bus, which is pretty much a straight line down to the Theatre. Earlene Roberts testified she saw Oswald standing at the bus stop. Soooo….it’s not a stretch of the imagination to think that Lee did actually take the bus. For those of you who think Oswald was on foot, I have a challenge to offer. Please show me witness testimonies stating that anyone saw Oswald walking down Beckley Avenue, to the Tippit murder scene or to the Texas Theatre. You won’t be able to….because he didn’t. Remember I said show me witnesses who saw Oswald walking down “Beckley Avenue”, not any place else. Imagination does not count as evidence, and evidence is what we should be looking for. Yes, I know some witnesses identified Oswald “at the scene”…we’ll get to that, but let’s not put the cart before the horse. The WC, and many others, have made the claim that Oswald walked from his rooming house, to the Tippit murder scene. The only problem is…the claim is based entirely on imagination! This route was a complete and total fabrication…it is fiction! How do we know that? Because not one witness attested to seeing Oswald walking anyplace along this fictional path, this imaginary bit of evidence. I can’t stress enough there is no evidence to support this falsified route. There is and was no evidence in existence to show that Oswald walked, drove, flew or swam from the rooming house to the murder scene…it’s a fairy tale. What’s worse and more damning is that the fairy tale was deliberately substituted in place of authentic evidence and witness testimony by the Warren Commission. The WC members weren’t ignorant of this fact! This was a willful misrepresentation of known evidence! (see fictional path and actual path below)
Witnesses first spotted the Tippit shooter walking west at 10 th and Lancaster (red
square on the map), very near to the area which DPD patrolman Harry N. Olsen claimed
to be guarding an estate (also four blocks from Kay Coleman’s apt). This location is even
farther from Oswald’s rooming house than the murder scene and it would take an even
longer amount of time for Oswald to get there. Which means the person that witnesses
saw walking wasn’t Oswald, he couldn’t have gotten there in time by walking, as
discussed in Part I of this story. What must be understood at this point is that Oswald
walking to the murder scene is a lie “time wise” but also directly conflicts with witness
testimonies, as Oswald and Tippit’s Shooter would be approaching the murder scene
from opposite directions, when comparing the “fictional vs. factual” stories.
J.D. Tippit was parked by the Houston street viaduct, near N. Zangs Blvd and N. Marsalis at 12:45(2). At 12:45pm the first reports giving a description of JFK’s assassin was broadcast over the DPD police radio’s(3). It is important to point out that no one identified Oswald by name over the radio “prior” to Tippit’s murder. So, for anyone to say Tippit or anyone else was hunting Oswald before 1:15pm (by name), is in fact false. Oswald had not been identified by name until after his arrest at the theatre. Next action, between 12:45 and 12:54, witnesses saw J.D. Tippit go “tearing off” down Lancaster in his vehicle(4)(5). DPD dispatchers asked Officer Tippit his location at 12:54, Tippit responded by saying he was at “Lancaster and 8th”. According to fellow DPD patrolman Harry Neal Olsen, he was off duty on 11/22/63 guarding an “estate” on 8 th street, (very near Lancaster and 8th), roughly four blocks from his girlfriends house. Olsen’s girl friend and future wife was Kay Helen Coleman, who lived north of 8 th street at 325 N. Ewing. Kay (Kathy Kay) was an exotic dancer at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club. Harry Olsen injured his knee cap when his friend Jack Ruby ran into him by accident while ice skating(6). This injury occurred a few weeks prior to Tippit’s murder, (*note, it generally only takes 8 weeks for most major injuries to heal, much less time for lesser injuries). There is no evidence to indicate the severity of this particular injury. Jack Ruby, Kay Coleman and Harry N. Olsen had been friends for about two years, before Tippit’s murder(7).
Next action, Tippit arrives at the Top Ten Record store at approximately 1:00pm and requests to use the phone. He’s rushed, he dials the number and gets no answer(8). Let me point out that “A”, you don’t dial a strangers phone number from memory, as we don’t tend to commit strangers phone numbers to memory. It’s a safe bet that Tippit knew exactly who he was calling, or trying to call…but no one answered. It’s not unusual for Policeman or Firefighters to use a “land line” (telephone). Phones are more secure then radio transmissions, and also if you don’t want the information going out to everyone in the department, we would use a telephone. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he were trying to call into the DPD dispatchers, who were very busy at the time. Getting no answer on the telephone….Tippit leaves the Top Ten Record store in a hurry. At approximately 1:03….Tippit missed a radio call from his dispatcher. Right about this time, Tippit had cut off James A. Andrews car by pulling in front of it and jumping out to search Andrews vehicle….all without saying a word(9). Everyone to date seems to be mystified by this behavior by Tippit. Tippit pulled James A. Andrews over on W. 10 th Street….what is significant about that? James Andrews worked at American National Life Insurance company with Roscoe White(10)! Could it be Tippit was hunting for Roscoe White and recognized Andrews? Tippit pulling over Andrews was no coincidence, Tippit was hunting on 10 th Street, both East and West! What did he know relative to 10 th street…and how did it connect to Roscoe White? Tippit didn’t find White in Andrews vehicle and Andrews claims Tippit didn’t say a word, but I don’t really buy that Tippit and Andrews didn’t talk. In any case, Tippit traveled east from the point where he stopped Andrews, driving slowly, hunting, alert. He had been looking for somebody (Roscoe?) in Andrews car and not finding them he was still looking, driving “slowly” east on 10 th Street, (see below).
In Part I of this story, it was already demonstrated that Lee Harvey Oswald could not have possibly walked to the Tippit murder scene in time to shoot Tippit, no way, no how….didn’t happen. On the other hand, we know that somebody did walk to the Tippit murder scene and did shoot Tippit…because witnesses saw this individual do just that. The very first place that witnesses stated they saw the shooter walking, was at the intersection of 10 th and Lancaster, (see map above, blue circle). Coincidentally, 10 th and Lancaster is roughly four blocks from Kathy Coleman’s apartment. This was the distance that Olsen claimed to be working from Kathy’s apartment, (although Olsen claimed he was working on 8 th street). At the same time, Olsen…being the professionally observant policeman….could not remember the address of this supposed “estate” he was guarding. Olsen couldn’t remember who was paying him, or the name of the fellow police patrolman who hired him for the job. Olsen couldn’t remember the name of the person who owned the property or what time he left the property. Olsen was also on foot that day…as he left his car with Kay Coleman…Harry N. Olsen…buddy of Jack Ruby. Harry Olsen was a hostile witness claiming he could remember next to nothing on that day. Olsen, after giving testimony to the Warren Commission requested a large part of the testimony be deleted(11). Harry Olsen was told to leave the departmentby Chief Curry, of which Harry refused to give all the reasons for that request. Harry Olsen’s testimony (in part), remains sealed to this day. Yes, someone was in the vicinity of Tippit’s murder that day, on foot, without any legitimate alibi…and his name is Harry Neal Olsen, of the Dallas Police Department, (see images below).
*Note: These images shown above are from Harry Neal Olsen’s teenage years. Harry was approximately nine years older in 1963. But also note the “bushy”hair in the image to the left, (need an image from the Dallas PD).
Harry Olsen was very near to the area where witnesses first began to see the Tippit shooter walking west down 10 th street, beginning at “E. 10 th and Lancaster” (which just happens to be four blocks from Kay Coleman’s, again…the distance Harry said he was working from her apartment). This wasn’t a case of “one” witness seeing the shooter walking West on 10 th Street. Several witnesses saw this individual walking west down the street and then shoot J.D. Tippit. These witnesses include, Mr. Clark @ the barber shop at 610 E. 10 th Street, William L. Smith, Dick Loomis, Jimmy Burt, William A. Smith, and Frank Wright, all of which gave testimonies related to the shooter walking West down 10 th Street, arriving just in time to shoot Tippit (see pages at the end of this story). The shooter was essentially in constant visual contact by witness from 10 th and Lancaster all the way to the murder scene. Oswald could not have gotten to Lancaster and 10 th and cut back West on 10 th Street, as this is an even farther distance then going directly to the murder scene from his rooming house. Oswald could NOT get there, not by walking, not by running, no way. Harry Olsen on the other hand could have…and very easily. So at this point, let’s take a moment and review a few noted facts on Tippit’s murder. First….every cop knows that the best witness is a dead witness, and many will be the first to tell you that. Tippit’s killer took extra care to be sure to go back and shoot him in the head….just for insurance. A bad cop would know to do that. Second, witnesses testified that it looked as if the shooter and Tippit knew each other. Tippit and Olsen knew each other….cop to cop…locker room stuff. Third, live rounds allegedly in LHO’s gun are identical to those used by Police departments(12).
Fourth, several times the Tippit shooter was described as slightly heavy-stocky and with dark bushy hair, a light colored jacket, a WHITE shirt and dark pants, and 5’10”…which was a far closer match to Harry Olsen….than Lee Harvey Oswald. Fifth, every witness noted that the shooter wore a WHITE shirt, not a BROWN shirt. Sixth….one of Tippit’s co-workers described him as not being “too bright”. Tippit’s shooter says “poor dumb cop or poor damn cop”….poor dumb cop….familiarity, that Olsen would have had. Seventh, the shooter walked casually away from the scene, and went over to reload his pistol…in front of all the witnesses….he didn’t run away like most criminals would have. A person with his knee still healing might not want to run. A cop planting shells, knowing Oswald was being set up would take their time to let witnesses see him dump the shells. But there is other….lesser known evidence we need to look at, such as the second Dallas police car in the drive way moving slowly towards Tippit’s patrol car(13).
Yes, you read correctly, a second Dallas police vehicle was in the very driveway that Tippit’s vehicle was blocking! One person was driving the vehicle, another was walking ahead of it, to check out Tippit who was now laying in the street! If you don’t know, Tippit went a little past the driveway….then suddenly backed up in a hurry, in the process a lady behind him bumped his patrol car(14). Tippit likely spotted the patrol car in the driveway….which he knew shouldn’t have been in the area and deliberately blocked the exit. The question is, who was in this second DPD vehicle? The most likely candidates were Officer Mentzel and either Roscoe White or Gerald Hill (one witness stated one of the individuals fleeing the scene was bald headed). These two officers are likely the same two policeman in the car “honking” in front of Oswald’s rooming house. Earlene Roberts thought the car that stopped and honked at the rooming house was #107 or 207, Mentzel’s car was #127. But what is really telling…is that the officer who walked out into the street to look at Tippit made no effort to help him! The “driver” in the second Police vehicle made no effort to call in the murder to DPD dispatchers, but both of these officers fled the scene!! I strongly suspect in the process of fleeing, the officers also picked up one Harry Olsen. Gerald Hill, Roscoe White and Harry Olsen all had direct and close relationships with Jack Ruby, as did Harry’s and Roscoe’s wives, since they worked for Jack Ruby at his Carousel Club. They also knew J.D. Tippit.
All of this of course “contrary” to the lies being spouted off by Chief Curry to the media at the time…..”why, hardly any officers even new Jack Ruby”. Jack Ruby was the one connection to them all.
Now….you could argue that some of the witnesses identified Oswald….and I could argue that far more people have misidentified Oswald than ever correctly identified him. Scoggins, Markham, Benavides, Reynolds and others all failed to identify the shooter as Oswald initially, only later changing their stories. Several witnesses stated out right that the shooter was definitely not Oswald. I could go down the list and demonstrate the witnesses who first said it wasn’t Oswald and then later changed their testimonies. I could mention people threatened by DPD officers to keep quiet like Acquila Clemmons and many others. I could go on and on and on pointing these things out….but this is old news. Oswald wasn’t at the scene and he didn’t have the opportunity to shoot Officer Tippit, but Dallas police officers did. This wasn’t a coincidence, these people were all converging on the same area, for a reason. The shooter, J.D. Tippit, the second police car…all heading to the same spot…all cops….good cops, bad cops….dead cops. Officer Tippit wasn’t the only DPD officer to die in this area. In the very next month of December, DPD detective Elbert M. Baker died under suspicious circumstances at 500 N. Marsalis (allegedly a suicide). Detective E. M. Baker had resigned in October of 1963, just prior to JFK’s visit. Detective Baker was reportedly a bigamist and committedsuicide in his girlfriends residence, using his service revolver which the DPD somehow failed to retrieve (oh gee, how did that happen?) when Detective Baker resigned. The name of Baker’s girlfriend is currently unknown to me, but I can’t help but wonder if she worked for Jack Ruby. Yes, there was something going on in the general area of these murders, deaths involving several members of the Dallas Police Department and not Lee Harvey Oswald, but that’s another story. In 51 years, no committee, not the Warren Commission, Church Commission, the Rockefeller Commission nor any law agency….the DPD, FBI, CIA…not one of them ever got the time line of the Tippit murder right. The one person mentioned recently who got it right was Helen Markham, the person closest to the murder, besides the killer himself. The CLOSEST person to the murder, besides the killer. How is it then, that Harry Neal Olsen and Kathy Helen Coleman, who needed an alibi, (who alibied each other), couldn’t remember almost anything the entire day, just knew for certain that they had to have had their lunch between 1:00 and 1:15pm? How did they know exactly what time to cover (the precise time of the murder) and alibi themselves accordingly? There can be no question that Harry Neal Olsen is a candidate as the prime suspect in the murder of J.D. Tippit. There can be no question that the two DPD officers seen by witnesses were equally complicit in the murder of J.D. Tippit, as they made no attempt to come to the aid of a fellow fallen police officer but instead fled the scene. There can be no question, that the Warren commission chose to ignore witness testimonies and presented a fictional versus factual route taken by Lee Harvey Oswald to the public. I will suggest to you that Lee H. Oswald wasn’t the only patsy on 11/22/63. I will suggest that J.D. Tippit was set up to die, but not by or at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald. With that….I’m going to bid you all good night, as it’s now 4am and I’m getting a little
sleepy, LOL. The story doesn’t end here, the doors are just beginning to open. There was a reason these police officers converged in this area. Those reasons involve the Abundant Life Church, Alpha 66, Collins Radio, corruption in the DPD and corruption that reaches all the way to the Warren Commission itself. Those stories will be coming soon…but not tonight.
*Note: I would like to say thank you to several people who contributed to this article in different ways. I appreciate greatly having their input and sharing from their own files. So…Linda, Doug, Rob, Gayle, Francesca, Martin, Steve Roe, Chris Simondet, Kayrn, Bernie, …and even Joseph McBride (Linda sent my your webpage). Larry, apologies, I’ll get into the safe houses in the next time around.