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Oak Cliff Branch Library
The library incident involving the page, Adrian Hamby, seldom receives serious attention, often fobbed off as a diversion of DPD forces from the Abundant Life Temple area to nowheresville. This ignores the presence of a large gathering of Sheriff's Decker men, armed citizens & bogus secret service agents who preceded the DPD and were not diverted from anything.

William Weston's article, Missing Radio Transmissions, is an exception. It describes in detail an attempt to make sense out of what was going on, based on purported erasures of content from the DPD radio transmissions, and an extensive re-timing of Tippit's murder and subsequent events.
Missing Radio Transmissions William Weston
Fourth Decade volume 7 number 4 p.7

The result is much too complicated for a short analysis. The purpose of this thread is to present a simplified view of what happened, referring to DPD's &  Sheriff Decker's radio transcripts as they exist, thereby avoiding the pitfalls inherent in the postulation of arbitrary content.

McWatters' bus

After leaving TSBD, LHO boarded the Marsalis bus driven by Cecil McWatters, scheduled to arrive 12:46 at Zangs and 12:50 at East Jefferson (CE 378), locations respectively of the GLOCO station & the Oak Cliff Branch Library. A source of puzzlement has been the reason why LHO boarded this bus which took the wrong route to get to his room on Beckley. Perhaps the answer is simple. His original destination was along the Marsalis route.

This destination was the library, suggesting it was the first choice rendezvous for LHO & a contact. This explains why it was under siege by Sheriff Decker's constabulary & plainclothesmen before Patrolman Walker's report of a suspect running across the lawn of the library precipitated the redeployment of the DPD force from the Abundant Life Temple area.

But the bus got stuck in heavy traffic, causing LHO to jump ship, and did not reach East Jefferson until 1:35 or so when "another Battle of the Little Big Horn" was in progress, as described by Lt. Cunningham. Detective Buhk's report (12/3/63) says much the same, adding the bogus secret service agents who played a major role at the scene.

Tippit had been waiting & watching at GLOCO, running out of patience when the Marsalis bus did not appear at 12:46, and raced down Lancaster a few minutes later. This street parallels Marsalis & Ewing, putting Tippit between the library and Ruby's apartment, although it is unlikely he stopped at either en route to Top Ten.

The Texas Theater was LHO's alternate rendezvous location, where he found himself forsaken by his contact. The Brewer overlay of the theater event served the same purpose as the Walker overlay of the library event, easing the way for the WR authors to keep their narrative of historical fiction non-conspiratorial.

510 East Jefferson Street

A dispatcher's mysterious "Signal 19, police officer, 510 East Jefferson" appears on DPD radio transcripts immediately after Bowley reports the shooting and provides the correct location of 404 Tenth Street. This anomaly is discussed in the thread, "The Tippit Case in the New Millenium," without elucidation.

The 1961 city directory lists "Charlie R Phillips Mtrs used cars" at the address, and 1964's aerial view (CE 1968) shows a used car lot, possibly by then part of Johnnie Reynolds Used Cars. Between it and the library at 542 East Jefferson one building stands, occupied by a physician according to the 1961 directory.

The DPD transcript has nothing more to say about the address, but the sheriff's transcript takes up the location with enthusiasm, declaring "104-An officer shot here at 510 East Jefferson." This is a sparse document. Its communications describe little more than how deputies were sent to a used car lot, while failing to ascertain the actual Tippit murder site.

It's not much of a stretch from 510 to 542 East Jefferson.

The DPD transcript has Sergeant Hill stating at 1:26, "I'm at Twelfth and Beckley now. Have a man in the car with me that can identify the suspect if anybody gets him." Much effort has gone into speculation as to the identity of this man, but there was no one in his car. Hill's purpose was to rally the sheriff's constabulary to the library, which explains why they easily preceded the DPD to the location.

Tippit's role

Why was Tippit waiting for the Marsalis bus? What was his purpose? He may have been assigned the task of waylaying the patsy, a straightforward matter of pulling over the bus, removing LHO therefrom and taking him away.


1. Tippit's activities
Car 10 Where Are You?

2. Sheriff Decker's radio transcript
CE 705 (pp. 367-88)

3. DPD radio transcripts
CE 1974
Neither ambulance driver Butler nor his assistant Kinsley was interviewed by anyone in an official capacity following Tippit's murder. They were likewise ignored by WC, whose approach to witness interrogation wallowed in the sty of Croy's drivel & Callaway's nonsense. This is another example of overlaying an event with an alternative "take" that suppressed forbidden facts.

The main fact that had to be squelched was the crossing of Jefferson Blvd in front of the ambulance by an LHO lookalike. Years after the event Kinsley told Greg Lowrey, "He (Oswald when he runs in front of the ambulance) was heading for the library. Yes sir. He ran right in front of us."

Seconds later at 1:19 the ambulance declared itself code 6 (out at destination) to DPD's dispatcher. This is a minute or two before deputy 104 told his dispatcher, "An officer shot here at 510 East Jefferson."

Time stamps are sparse on both transcripts but the content helps to sync them. Among the plethora of DPD messages starting at 1:19 there is this statement by the dispatcher: "Suspect running west on Jefferson from the location." This is echoed by the sheriff's dispatcher: "109-All that we have is a suspect left on foot, running from that location, going West."

The latter message immediately precedes 104's statement that placed the shooting and his presence at 510 East Jefferson. Kinsley's LHO lookalike was on a collision course with 104, interception occurred, and he did not reach the library.

A few minutes later at 1:26 Gerald Hill desperately sought information, reporting his position at 12th & Beckley, the sheriff's substation. The DPD handlers had lost track of the patsy.
Who picked up the Jefferson Blvd runner? The "secret service" agents noted by Detective Marvin Buhk are solid choices. They controlled the library scene, and a deputy or constable would have taken him to 12th & Beckley, or at least notified the substation. Hill's call at 1:26 implies that the LHO-lookalike & his interceptor went elsewhere independently of the sheriff's force.

He was taken to the vicinity of the Texas Theater and dropped off nearby after receiving instructions to make himself conspicuous before entering without purchasing a ticket. A few minutes later a pair of LHOs were arrested by DPD and removed from the theater separately via front & rear doors. This LHO was the one in the balcony.

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