Many years ago, long before Amazon, assassination-related books could be hard to find,
and I was surprised when I finally stumbled upon a copy of Should We Now Believe The Warren Report? by Stephen White, while on vacation in Galway and trying to put everything JFK completely out of my head. The price was Irish punts 8.99 and It includes the complete transcript
of the 1967 CBS News Inquiry, a major program with 30 million viewers every night, for four consecutive nights.
I hadn't looked at the book in many years, but I picked it up today and saw that I had highlighted on page 260 an interview with Murray Jackson, one of the police dispatchers that fateful Friday.
Eddie Barker asked Jackson when he realized that TIppit was dead, and Jackson replied:
We had received a call from a citizen. They called us on the telephone and the call sheet
came to me, and there was a disturbance in the street in the 400 block of East Tenth. And I had called. I said "seventy- eight," and he didn't answer.
And almost immediately to this, a citizen came in on the police radio and said "send me some help.
There's been an officer shot out here." And knowing that J.D. was the only one who should have been in Oak Cliff, my reaction was to call seventy-eight and of J.D. didn't answer.
Of course that telephone call sheet -- presumably time-stamped -- is not in evidence, as far as I know and yes it is kinda comical that CBS did not follow up on this vital time sheet, which would
help us pinpoint the exact time of the shooting.
"I would love to know EXACTLY what Jackson meant by "immediately to this,"
Offhand I can recall one witness, she may have been found by the Nash's, who said she
called police immediately after the shooting, and since I am also re-reading Dale Myers's
book, I will probably find the name before the day is over. Also, I seem to recall one of the Davis
girls said she phoned the police, and records of that call are not in evidence either.
In the meantime, does anyone -- Gary Mack? --know more about this telephone call sheet?
Does anyone know whether it is still possible to obtain telephone records from 1963?
The exact time of that witness's call must have been recorded by the phone company.
Edited by J. Raymond Carroll, 19 August 2013 - 08:49 PM.