When I first met the late Larry Harris at one of the early ASK conferences in Dallas, he gave me this timeline, which he later elaborated on. - BK
Tippit Timeline – per Larry Harris.
12:30 pm – JFK Assassinated, Dealey Plaza.
12:35 pm – Oswald leaves the Book Depository, walks two blocks east, gets on a bus going back towards Dealey Plaza. The bus gets stuck in traffic, Oswald gets off bus (taking a transfer ticket). He walks to the Greyhound bus station, flags down a cab, but offers it to a little old lady who declines. He takes the cab to either 500 or 700 block of North Beckley, 3 to 5 blocks past his rooming house, and walks back.
12:45 pm – DPD radio dispatcher (who is J.D. Tippit’s best friend), instructs Tippit (#78 Car #10) to move from South Dallas to central Oak Cliff and be at large for any emergency. (This instruction to Tippit does not appear in a transcript of pertinent 11/22/63 radio transmission prepared by the DPD in December and submitted to the WC. Its omission gives rise to speculation that the 12:45 instruction was subsequently edited into the tapes to provide a legitimate explanation for Tippit being so far from his assigned district at the time of his murder.)
12:54 pm – Oswald arrives at rooming house.
1:00 pm – Dallas PD radio dispatcher calls patrolman Tippit but receives no response.
1:00 pm – Sitting in the living room watching the assassination news on TV, housekeeper Earlene Roberts says hello to Oswald as he goes to his room. She sees a DPD squad car pull up out front, beep its horn twice, then slowly drive away. Oswald ostensibly gets a jacket and revolver, and is not in his room for more than three minutes.
1:03 pm – Oswald leaves rooming house at 1026 N. Beckley
1:03 pm – Tippit stops in the Top Ten record shop on Jefferson Blvd. near the theater and makes a telephone call on the pay phone. He says nothing and hangs up.
1:04 pm – Roberts observes Oswald standing at the bus stop across the street. This bus route would have taken Oswald back to center city Dallas.
1:04 pm – Helen Markham looks at wall clock before leaving her apartment to catch a bus that she usually gets at 1:12pm. (According to a SS reenactment, it takes two minutes thirty seconds to walk from the washateria to the corner of 10th & Patton – 1:04 + 2:30 = 1:06/07pm).
1:07 pm – Markham one block from Jefferson street bus stop.
1:08 pm – Tippit calls the DPD dispatcher, but receives no response. He has encountered and pauses to speak with a white male pedestrian who is walking west on East 10th Street, near Patton. According to the Warren Report, Oswald was walking east on 10th Street. But almost without exception, contemporaneous reports prepared by the Dallas Police, the FBI and SS state the suspect was walking west on 10th and continued in a westerly direction after the shooting.
1:09 pm – (PROBIBLE) Officer Tippit is shot four times by an unidentified white male pedestrian near the intersection of 10th & Patton (none of the four bullets removed from Tippit’s body are traceable to Oswald’s revolver; four shell casings purportedly found at the scene do not match up with the bullets: 3 Western/ 1 Remington bullets as opposed to 2 Western/ 4 Remington shells).
1:10 pm – T. F. Bowley approaches the scene at 10th & Patton in his car; he gets out to assist Tippit and intentionally notes the time by glancing at his wristwatch: 1:10 pm.
1:14 pm – Domingo Benavides, the closest witness to the shooting, was crouched in his pickup truck, fearful of the gunman. He gets out of his truck and tries to assist Tippit before he picks up the radio in Tippit’s patrol car, but he doesn’t know how to use it.
1:15 pm – According to the Warren Commission, a mile away from the rooming house, Dallas policeman J.D. Tippit is shot and killed by Oswald, who flees on foot.
1:17 pm – Oswald, who presumably shot Tippit, makes his way 6/10ths of a mile down Jefferson Blvd., which is the central business district of the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, moving towards the Texas Theater.
1:26 pm – A white jacket, apparently discarded by the suspect, is found on a nearby parking lot by a policeman. A gray jacket is later turned over to the Warren Commission. It bears a laundry tag that has never been identified, and a manufacturer’s tag that indicates it was sold at the Philadelphia Strawbridge & Clothier store.
1: 30 pm – Tippit is pronounced DOA at Methodist Hospital.
1:35 pm – Quoting an eyewitness, a DPD patrolman notifies the radio dispatcher that the suspect has “black, wavy hair” and is armed with a .32 caliber automatic pistol.
1:40 pm – Sgt. Jerry Hill notifies the radio dispatcher that the shell casings at the scene indicated the suspect is armed with a .38 automatic handgun. (When Oswald is arrested at the Texas theater, he is carrying a six shot revolver, not an automatic).
1:40? pm – Oswald ducks into the vestibule of a shoe store, where he was observed by the manager, who thought this suspicious. Police cars go by, Oswald is in the vestibule, walks out and goes into the movie theater without buying a ticket. The shoe salesman talks to the ticket taker and they notify the police. They had heard that a policeman had been shot not far away.
1:45 pm – A hoard of Dallas police officers, a couple of FBI agents and an assistant district attorney all descent on the Texas Theater. They go in, turn up the lights and in some for or fashion, Oswald is brought to the attention of the police. A patrolman approaches Owald. Oswald allegedly strikes a patrolman, McDonald, and then attempts to pull his revolver from the waistband of his pants, attempts to shoot McDonald, the gun misfires, McDonald’s thumb catches the hammer and the gun doesn’t fire. They scuffle with Oswald and arrest him. He says, “I am not resisting arrest, I am not resisting arrest.”
1:50 pm – Oswald arrested inside the Texas Theater, six blocks from where Tippit was shot. Dallas police later said they had no prior knowledge of Oswald, and that his arrest, initially, was unrelated to the JFK assassination. But as officers beat Oswald during his arrest, a witness heard a policeman shout, “Kill the President, will you!” As Oswald is led from the theater, an employee heard an officer remark, “I think we got our man on both counts.” They take him downtown for the Tippit murder and later learn he was employed at the Book Depository, and later that evening he is charged for the murder of Tippit.
7:10 pm – Lee Harvey Oswald is formally charged with the murder of Officer J.D. Tippit. Oswald angrily responds, “That’s ridiculous!”
Edited by William Kelly, 04 September 2006 - 10:48 AM.