(PART 1109)


If I were a LNer, I too would flee from confronting the full implications of Sgt. [Gerald] Hill's admission that he did send the "auto .38" transmission. It doesn't just discredit his Commission-testimony denial re sending it; it discredits the testimony of Benavides, Poe, & Hill himself re the supposed throwing down of hulls by the shooter. Obviously, the hulls were found on the ground because the latter's gun ejected them *automatically*, as per Hill's DPD-radio transmission.


So, apparently Don Willis thinks that J.D. Tippit's murderer was firing bullets from the corner of 10th & Patton, even though we know that Tippit himself was found lying in the street beside his patrol car, which was many yards down the road from the corner.

Would Willis now like to pretend that Tippit was really shot at the corner, but after being shot four times at point-blank range, he managed to stagger down the street before he finally crumpled to his death?

Awaiting Donald's brilliant explanation regarding his theory that a gunman fired an automatic at Tippit FROM THE CORNER of Tenth and Patton.

It appears to me as if Donald Willis has really boxed himself into a tricky and untenable corner when he said this---

"Obviously, the hulls were found on the ground because the latter's gun ejected them automatically."

Via the above silly theory, Willis has no choice but to discount and disregard the observations of ALL of the witnesses who saw the shooting occur on Tenth Street. Willis has to now believe that Tippit's real killer was shooting from a location where absolutely ZERO witnesses claim to have seen a gunman firing shots.

Via Willis' loony theory, the real killer would have been located practically right next to William Scoggins, who was sitting in his taxicab at the corner of 10th & Patton. Yet Scoggins testified that the shooting occurred many yards up Tenth Street, not right at the corner.

And the other witnesses (Markham and Benavides) also confirm that Tippit's one and only killer shot Tippit from the sidewalk on 10th Street, with the shooter firing from across the hood of Tippit's police car.

Or maybe Willis would like to add a new wrinkle to his theory -- maybe he would like to now claim that Tippit's body and his police car were later MOVED to a location further up Tenth Street, which is where Car No. 10 was later photographed.

If a gunman had really fired at Tippit from the corner where two of the bullet shells were found, here's how far away from Tippit that gunman would have been -- via CE523.


Don Willis' theory has yet another insurmountable problem if he wants to pretend that an "automatic" pistol was really used to kill Officer Tippit and that problem is the fact that two of the bullet shells that were later found near the scene of J.D. Tippit's murder were found by Barbara Davis and Virginia Davis in the SIDE YARD of their apartment building--on PATTON AVENUE, not on Tenth Street. (See page 266 of Dale Myers' book "With Malice" for an illustration that shows exactly where those two shells were found.)

Which would mean that if the shells were really being fired by an automatic weapon, then the gunman was either running around the corner as he was firing the gun, or he was somehow able to shoot Tippit from the SIDE YARD of the Davises' residence, which would mean the killer would have to shoot THROUGH THE APARTMENT BUILDING in order to hit Tippit.

Obviously what happened is this: Lee Harvey Oswald shot J.D. Tippit with Smith & Wesson revolver #V510210, and after firing four (or perhaps five) bullets at Tippit, Oswald ran (or walked briskly) toward the corner of Tenth & Patton. When he reached the corner, Oswald began to unload the empty shells from his revolver, with two of the shells falling to the ground on Tenth Street (very near the corner itself), with the other two shells coming out of the gun after Oswald had reached the side yard of the Davis apartment building (again see page 266 of "With Malice").

The above scenario of Oswald's shell-dumping is also perfectly consistent with the known characteristics of Lee Oswald's V510210 revolver, which is a gun that would result in bulged (or slightly expanded) cartridge cases after bullets were fired through the rechambered revolver. Which means the shells would have a tendency to stick in the chamber, resulting in additional effort being required by any gunman attempting to manually remove the shells from the weapon (see page 258 of "With Malice").

This "sticky shells" situation was almost certainly the case with Oswald's revolver on November 22, 1963, at 10th & Patton, with the shells being a bit difficult for Oswald to remove from the gun all at once. Hence, there were two shells found near the corner on Tenth Street, while the other two shells were found around the corner in the Davises' side yard.

It's also quite possible that the "sticky" nature of Oswald's bullet shells could be the reason that only four shells were recovered at the Tippit murder scene (with the possibility existing that Oswald actually fired five bullets at Officer Tippit, with one bullet missing the target).

If Oswald did, indeed, fire five shots at Tippit (which can never be proven, of course), instead of just four shots, then it's possible that the fifth bullet shell was simply lost to history, never having been recovered by anyone after the shooting.

The above scenario is somewhat buttressed by the testimony of eyewitness Sam Guinyard, who watched Oswald flee the scene of Tippit's murder from Ted Callaway's car lot.

Guinyard told the Warren Commission that he saw Oswald "knocking empty shells out of his pistol", although it's a little unclear exactly where Oswald was located when Guinyard saw him removing the shells. It's possible Guinyard was only referring to Oswald kicking out shells near the corner of 10th & Patton. But it's also possible that Guinyard saw Oswald still in the process of dumping shells out of the gun when Oswald was much further down Patton Avenue.

And if the latter situation is true, then it's quite conceivable that Oswald could have removed at least one bullet shell from his revolver when he was near the corner of Patton and Jefferson Boulevard. And we know that no bullet shells were recovered that far away from where J.D. Tippit was killed.

David Von Pein
January 7, 2012