JFKFiles.blogspot.com/The Tippit Murder
The above-linked article by Dale K. Myers is absolutely phenomenal. Truly magnificent. It should probably be published as an addendum to Myers' exquisite book, "With Malice: Lee Harvey Oswald And The Murder Of Officer J.D. Tippit" (which has been one of my favorite books connected with the JFK case since I first had the pleasure of reading it in 2004).
Mr. Myers, in step-by-step (and, as always, thoroughly DOCUMENTED) fashion, takes Don Thomas apart, limb from limb, when it comes to Thomas' shameful and outrageous disinformation regarding J.D. Tippit's murder. (Highlights from the article are presented below.)
I once again salute Mr. Myers and his meticulous work, as he continues the good fight against conspiracy-happy charlatans like Donald B. Thomas.
I will be linking this tremendous article by Dale K. Myers in various places around the Internet in the near future, including providing links to it at some of my own blogs that deal with the Kennedy and Tippit murders.
Mr. Myers, yet again, has demonstrated (via the raw FACTS) just exactly how bankrupt (and pathetic) conspiracy theorists like Thomas are when it comes to the subjects of the murders of both John F. Kennedy and J.D. Tippit.
Thank you, Dale. As always.
David Von Pein
December 5, 2010
DECEMBER 2010 ARTICLE:
"It seems that some authors are so eager to expunge [Lee Harvey] Oswald’s obvious culpability for [Officer J.D.] Tippit’s death that passing off a pack of lies as truth isn’t beneath them.
"The most recent publication to offer enlightenment on the subject of the Tippit shooting is Hear No Evil: Social Constructivism and the Forensic Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination (Mary Ferrell Foundation Press, 2010) by Donald Byron Thomas.
"My first and immediate reaction after reading through Thomas’ dissertation was: What a colossal waste of time. To say that Mr. Thomas, an entomologist by profession, is way out of his league pontificating on the Tippit case would be an understatement devoid of description.
"But I can say this: Thomas’ take on the Tippit murder is the most outrageous, error-riddled, load of crap I’ve read in a long time. It’s hard to believe that anyone with an ounce of sense would believe such nonsense, but hey, if you don’t know what really happened I guess anything – even the kind of bull droppings that Thomas is hawking – can sound plausible.
"The part-time sleuth [Don Thomas] claims that Tippit and [Harry] Olsen confronted Oswald at Tenth and Patton, and in a bizarre twist, both Oswald and Olsen shot Tippit dead – both killers then fleeing the scene on foot.
"Stop, stop, STOP. How in the hell does Harry Olsen flee the Tippit shooting scene on foot?
"Apparently, Mr. Thomas is ignorant of the fact that Olsen had fallen and broken his kneecap just before the assassination. On November 22nd, Olsen’s leg was in a cast and he was using crutches. In fact, Olsen was assigned light duty (doing office work) during that period and had the day off. That’s how he happened to be moonlighting on the day of the assassination; acting as a guard at the property of an elderly woman located on Eighth Street, two blocks from the Stemmons Freeway in Oak Cliff.
"Does Mr. Thomas tell his readers any of this? Of course not. According to Thomas, Olsen is not a lame officer on crutches; oh no, in Thomas’ conspiracy fantasy Olsen is making a fast getaway on foot after gunning down a fellow police officer.
"The entire episode is so laughable and so completely at odds with the easily discernable facts in this case that one has to wonder what in the world Mr. Thomas hopes to achieve by authoring such drivel? It certainly cannot be credibility.
"While some uninformed readers may find Thomas’ arguments compelling, I find them to be a despicable example of the lengths conspiracy advocates are willing to go to sell their ideology in the face of an avalanche of contradictory facts.
"It’s a matter of rote among Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorists that the Dallas police framed Oswald for the Tippit murder.
"Mr. Thomas stays the course in this regard, claiming that “…there are three separate, specific reasons for which the inculpation of Lee Harvey Oswald was in the best interests of the Dallas Police.”
"The first reason, according to Thomas, was a matter of self-preservation. Police needed to impress on the public mind that no one gets away with murdering a policeman. “If the real killer can’t be caught,” Thomas writes, “then a suitable patsy will do.”
"Yea, sure. The Dallas police simply snatch someone off the street, railroad them through the legal system, and chuck them in the electric chair without a peep from anyone. Can you imagine anything so absurd? Where do people get these notions, from comic books?
"There are some awful books that have been written about the Kennedy assassination and then there are the truly god awful books.
"Donald Byron Thomas’ spin on the murder of Officer J.D. Tippit easily falls into the latter category. And that’s being kind.
"When all is said and done, and the true facts are laid bare, there is really no doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald murdered J.D. Tippit.
"It is a shame...to see trash published in the name of scientific research and critical thinking. .... It’s hard enough for newcomers to this subject to wade through the voluminous materials available on the Internet or in special collections in an effort to determine the truth for themselves without having to deal with knuckleheads like Thomas who are so wed to their ideology that they can’t separate truth from their own self-aggrandizing opinions."
-- Dale K. Myers; December 3, 2010; "The Tippit Murder: Why Conspiracy Theorists Can’t Tell The Truth About The Rosetta Stone Of The Case Against Lee Harvey Oswald"