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  1. Joseph McBride

    The Tippit Case in the New Millenium

    Two witnesses to the Top Ten phone call by the officer, the store owner, J. W. (Dub) Stark, and a former employee of Stark's, Louis Cortinas, identified the officer as Tippit. They said they knew him well. Tippit being outside his district is suspicious, although he was said by some witnesses to have frequently been in the area where he was killed. His assigned district was four miles from where he was shot. Tippit was shot in the district assigned to Officer William D. Mentzel; the two of them were secretly assigned that day to hunt down Oswald after the presidential assassination, before Oswald was officially identified as a suspect and before his name officially was known to the police. I discuss all this in detail in my book INTO THE NIGHTMARE.
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    Kennedy-Related Photos (From DVP's Collection)

    One thing I can't stand about JFK assassination forums is all the wrangling that goes on. I try to not indulge that. It's counterproductive. Let people state their views and agree to disagree. Otherwise it just wastes time, which I guess is the point of it.
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    Kennedy-Related Photos (From DVP's Collection)

    In addition to the TSBD workers involved in the refurbishing work, at least two strangers, if not more, were seen on the upper floors by witnesses. They might have taken advantage of the construction work to blend in. http://harveyandlee.net/TSBD_Elevator/TSBD_elevator.html
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    Kennedy-Related Photos (From DVP's Collection)

    On the police radio on 11-22-63 you can still hear the Texas School Book Depository called "the Sexton Building." It was owned by oil man D. H. Byrd, who made a fortune out of the Vietnam War. I write about Byrd in my book INTO THE NIGHTMARE. Byrd was an LBJ-Connally associate, an old friend of LBJ's, and was connected to Lee Oswald's CIA handler George de Morenschildt and Jack Crichton through oil business dealings. In addition to being a cofounder of the Civil Air Patrol (in which the teenaged Lee Oswald met flight instructor David Ferrie), Byrd was a major defense contractor through his partnership in the conglomerate Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV). According to Peter Dale Scott in his 1970-71 manuscript THE DALLAS CONSPIRACY, Byrd and his business partner James Ling made a prescient purchase of 132,600 shares of LTV stock in November 1963 for about $2 million, whose value rose to about $26 million by 1967 after LBJ's escalation of the war. Russ Baker calls Byrd an "avid Kennedy hater." He was also friendly with Clint Murchison and Dallas Mayor Earle Cabell (CIA liaison) and his brother, U.S. Air Force General Charles Cabell, Allen Dulles's deputy CIA director before both Dulles and Gen. Cabell were forced out by President Kennedy after the Bay of Pigs. It has been suggested that as of 11-63 Byrd's Texas School Book Depository was something of a Potemkin village to allow the plot to function partly out of its premises and to justify placing the unsuspecting Oswald as patsy on the presidential motorcade route through Marina Oswald's CIA handler Ruth Paine. The building was called the Sexton Building before the Texas School Book Depository moved in during the spring of 1963. It "was almost completely devoid of tenants until about six months before the assassination," Baker writes. The sixth floor was being refurbished by outsiders that November, which enabled access to the building by unknown people. Given how many lies have been told about the assassination in history textbooks, it's ironically fitting that the building served as a School Book Depository. Texas public school officials to this day largely set the parameters of what is acceptable in nationally distributed textbooks. According to Baker, Byrd "evidently rejoiced in Kennedy's assassination -- as suggested by the macabre fact that he arranged for the window from which Oswald purportedly fired the fatal shots to be removed and set up at his home." Byrd was a big-game hunter who was on his first foreign safari in Africa at the time of the assassination.
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    Kennedy-Related Photos (From DVP's Collection)

    Most of the anchors and TV reporters put out a lot of false information that day, but Bill Ryan seemed to be ahead of the curve with his reckless and repeated jumping to conclusions based on skimpy or erroneous information. I learned that day to get to a radio as fast as possible when something major happens, because the news often changes to fit the official line. From 12:40 to 1 p.m., I was hearing on network radio that the shots came from the hill overlooking Elm Street or the area of the railroad bridge. Then by 1 p.m. the reports changed to all the shots coming from behind, from a building called the Texas School Book Depository, without any explanation being offered on what happened to the shots from the front, and my antennae went up. By the end of the day I wasn't believing the official story that was already solidifying to try, convict, and execute Oswald on television. Over the years the coverage of the first twenty minutes has been proven far more accurate, with witness reports, photographs, and other evidence. And the brief statements Oswald was allowed to give on TV that first night helped convince me he was innocent of killing the president. Little was said on the news about the Tippit killing, but he was accused of that and denied it as well. An FBI document I found showed that he was never even arraigned for the JFK murder, only for the Tippit murder, although he was charged with both. Jim Leavelle told me Oswald was telling the truth at his midnight press conference when he said he had not been told by the police that he was being charged with the president's murder. As I write in INTO THE NIGHTMARE, Leavelle told me Captain Fritz directed him to nail Oswald for the Tippit killing since they didn't have the goods on him for the JFK killing. I asked Leavelle what he thought he had on Oswald for the Tippit murder, and he said he had witnesses, unlike in the president's assassination, but we now know the Tippit witnesses offered highly differing accounts, and some had dubious credibility, particularly their star witness, Helen Markham. And the Warren Commission denied the existence of Acquilla Clemmons, though Leavelle said he knew about her. She was threatened by the police to keep silent; she did not, and she was never seen again after her interview with Mark Lane and Emile de Antonio for the film of RUSH TO JUDGMENT. If we had known on the evening of November 22 what we know now, history would have been very different.
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    Kennedy-Related Photos (From DVP's Collection)

    One of the NBC-TV anchors in the posted footage. He's with Frank McGee and Chet Huntley.
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    Kennedy-Related Photos (From DVP's Collection)

    It's amazing how almost entirely wrong Bill Ryan was that day.
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    John Armstrong's HARVEY & LEE is a key book, deeply researched. It's an eye-opener, one of the paradigm-changers in the case. I don't agree with every conclusion, and sometimes I get lost in his certainty in which Oswald is which at a given moment, but the research is overwhelming and generally convincing. John Newman's OSWALD AND THE CIA is also essential. And the Léo Sauvage book THE OSWALD AFFAIR is still valuable. Richard H. Popkin's book THE SECOND OSWALD is thin but anticipates Armstrong.
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    I Forgot how Good this Guy Was

    I think "Whew, Vaughn Meader" is more droll. It lets the audience get it and flatters their intelligence, while capturing the sad desolation of the day.
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    Kennedy-Related Photos (From DVP's Collection)

    I guess Donald Rumsfeld may have had something of a point when he remarked that "the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." But in Rather's case, he gave specific (conflicting) locations for his whereabouts at the time of the assassination, and there is no evidence of him being in those locations either, and though he did not admit to being at the Trade Mart, a colleague said he was there at the time. Eddie Barker was there doing the live hookup -- as I mention in my video, Rather had arranged for CBS-TV to have five complete camera crews in Dallas that day (including the only live coverage), when ABC and NBC each had the usual one. The photo of the station wagon leaving Dealey Plaza at 12:40 p.m. comports with Roger Craig's precise description of Oswald leaving in a station wagon at that time.
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    Kennedy-Related Photos (From DVP's Collection)

    I haven't looked for Aynesworth in the photos, so I don't know if he can be seen or not. What do you think? Thanks for making these photos (and your video collection) available. There is a fascinating unpublished ms. called THE RATHER NARRATIVE that goes into Rather's behavior in the case in detail. I also deal with it in my 50 REASONS . . . FOR 50 YEARS video for Len Osanic (with videography by Jeff Carter), "Political Truth: The Media and the Assassination," currently available on Vimeo.
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    Kennedy-Related Photos (From DVP's Collection)

    Notice how Dan Rather is not in the photo of the Queen Mary driving toward Stemmons Freeway, despite his claim that he was standing in that area and ran over the hill to see the commotion after the shooting. (Rather has also claimed to have been in other locations at the time of the shooting. A colleague said Rather was actually at the Trade Mart.) I have often wondered what it was like for the men on the running board to hold on all the way to Parkland. JFK's limousine was going 70 mph -- "fast but safe" was the order. I have driven that route at 70 mph many times. It takes four minutes to get to Parkland at that speed. The shooting took place at 12:30, so the limo probably arrived about 12:34, and estimates of a later arrival are probably wrong. The hospital was not ready for the arrival.
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    I Forgot how Good this Guy Was

    I heard it reported as "Phew -- Vaughn Meader," in a sadly resigned voice. And that it was on the night of Nov. 22. Bruce spent the afternoon trying to figure out how to come onto the stage.
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    I Forgot how Good this Guy Was

    Vaughn Meader was terrific as JFK. One night when I lived in LA I saw him sitting alone at the bar and restaurant Joe Allen's, so I went over and talked with him. He was distressed at how his career had been ruined by the assassination. He was a desolate figure. Someone announced plans to make a movie about that, which would be a good idea, but I haven't heard anything about it for a while. He learned of the assassination (as I did) in Milwaukee. Meader was riding a cab from the airport for an engagement. The cabbie asked if he had heard about Kennedy in Dallas. Meader said, "No, what's the joke?"
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    The JFK Assassination (2018) by James DiEugenio

    Thomas, ouch -- what an author wants to hear is, "I will buy a copy." I ordered a copy of Jim's book, and it will arrive today. Support your respected JFK assassination authors!