Oswald Time Line To Bus
Lee Harvey Oswald: 81 Minutes to Capture
12:30 P.M. – Shots Fired – Texas Book Depository
Before Dallas police sealed off the Texas Book Depository from which the shots were fired at 12:30 p.m. Oswald left the building by the front door and walked three quarters of a mile to the bus station to catch a bus to Oak Cliff, a west Dallas neighborhood.
Lee Harvey Oswald exited the front door of the Texas Book Depository turned left, walked four blocks down Elm Street and caught a city bus for four blocks.
He chose to travel east on Elm Street catching a City Bus four blocks south to the Greyhound Bus Station where he exited the bus.
He then took a taxi to the approximately two miles to the Oak Cliff section of Dallas located across the Trinity River from downtown Dallas. Here Oswald lived in a boarding house apart from his wife Marina and their child. On November 22, 1963, he was one of 17 boarders in the house.
12:40 P.M. – Seven Blocks Away Oswald Boards a City Bus
Only ten minutes from the time of the shots Oswald walked to Elm and Griffith and boarded a city bus driven by Cecil J. McWatters at 12:40 p.m. A former landlady of Oswald, Mary Bledsoe, was also on the city bus and observed, “He looks like a maniac.”
Lee Harvey Oswald took a city bus to the Grey Hound station. Rather than leave Dallas on a bus he took a cab to Oak Cliff from the Grey Hound bus station.
Cab Ride and Drop Off
12:47 P.M. Oswald Hails Taxi at Greyhound Bus Station Four Blocks Away
He exited the city bus at the Greyhound bus station. Here he hailed a taxi driven by William Wayne Whaley, thirteen minutes after the shots. At 12:47 p.m. Oswald requested to be driven to the five hundred block of North Beckley.
Lee Harvey Oswald escape to Oak Cliff route: Beckely and Neeley exit from cab
1:03 Oswald Exits at Beckley and Neeley to Rooming House Five Blocks Away
The cab driver passed the boarding house on Beckley to drop Oswald at Beckley and Neeley, a ten-minute walk west of his boarding house. This would have given Oswald the opportunity to evaluate whether law enforcement were at the boarding house as they passed and allow him to appear as though he were walking from a direction opposite of downtown Texas.
Beckley and Neeley: The corner of Beckley and Neeley is 1/3rd of a mile (4 blocks) due west of the Boarding House at the corner of property owned by the Dallas Independent School District.
Lee Harvey Oswald escape to Oak Cliff route
Once at the boarding house he walked in to his room, put on a white windbreaker jacket, placed a gun in his pant’s waist and left the boarding house at 1:03 p.m. The boarding house is located in the eastern section of Oak Cliff, not far from downtown Dallas which can be seen on the horizon.
Boarding House Lee Harvey Oswald West of Dallas
Officer Tippit Murder
Patton Street Murder: Oswald then traveled 8/10ths of a mile (9 blocks) to 10th and Patton Street, another property of Dallas Independent School District where he shot Dallas Patrol Officer Tippit.
Commercial Area Oak Cliff: Oswald walked one block from the scene of the shooting to Jefferson Boulevard, turning right travelling on foot six blocks to the shopping district which included the Texas Theater in the local shopping area of Jefferson Street in Oak Cliff. The distance from the scene shooting to the theater is the 6/10th of a mile (7 blocks).
Lee Harvey Oswald escape to Oak Cliff route Officer Tippit shot
1:08 to 1:14 Officer Tippit Shot at Tenth and Patton in Oak Cliff
From the rooming house on 1026 North Beckley Avenue, Oswald proceeded about a mile to W.H. Adamson High School. Police Officer Tippit had parked his car at the back side of the high school, out of his assigned district. At the corner of 10th Street and Patton Avenue Officer Tippit hailed Oswald who spoke to the patrolman through the passenger side window. When asked his location by the dispatcher Tippit misrepresented the area in which he was located.
Tippit exited his patrol car, walking in front of it to speak further to Oswald. At this time Tippit was shot three times in the chest with Oswald’s .29 caliber revolver at approximately 1:14 p.m. Officer Tippit fell to the ground, Oswald stood over him and shot him a fourth time in the head. At least a dozen people saw the interchange followed by the shooting. They were able to identify Oswald in a lineup. In 2012 a Memorial to J.D. Tippit was dedicated to the Officer at 10th and Patton in Oak Cliff.
Lee Harvey Oswald escape to Oak Cliff route Officer Tippit shot
Tippit’s death plays a prominent role in the book.
Hit List reviews all the deaths of persons associated with the JFK investigation. Tippit’s death plays a prominent role in the book.
Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination
J.D. Tippit was out of his patrol area at the time Oswald returned to Oak Cliff. Tippit lied to his dispatcher about his location. He parked at the end of the viaduct watching cars entering Oak Cliff. Tippit was known to be friends with both Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald. The three were seen having breakfast together on multiple occasions. Oswald’s rooming house land lady said that while Oswald was there a police car stopped in front of the rooming house honked twice and drove away. Tippit’s police cruiser was the ONLY police cruiser in the area at the time. Oswald immediately left the rooming house after the horn honks. While the book, Hit List,
may go too far in including deaths directly associated with the JFK cover up, clearly it is right on many of the stated deaths in theories.
Momo: The Sam Giancana Story
If you like movies the Momo movie, story of Sam Giancana looks into Office Tippit’s relationship with Jack Ruby. Information has since come to light that the FBI agent watching Sam Giancana actually reported to Giancana. This makes the FBI records more important and explains why the FBI has 21 reviewers looking to protect the records due to become public this summer. You might want to review the movie at the 1:15 mark if you focus is only the Kennedy assassination.
Texas Theater Apprehension
1:51 Oswald Apprehended at Texas Theater in Oak Cliff
From the scene of the shooting Oswald proceeded to Jefferson Boulevard having discarded his coat. As police cars buzzed by he ducked into store fronts. Johnny Calvin Brewer, a shoe store manager on Jefferson Avenue, observed Oswald behaving strangely in his store. He phoned the police as Oswald moved on to the Texas Theater next door entering without purchasing a ticket when the ticket agent was distracted. It was the shoe store employee, Brewer, who hailed police officer Nick McDonald who first entered the theater in pursuit of Oswald.
The film was paused, the lights were brightened and 45 minutes after shooting Officer Tippit Lee Oswald was pointed out by the theater manager. A fight ensued with one of the arresting officers and Oswald received a black eye.
Mrs. Julia Postal, selling tickets at the box office of the Texas Theatre, heard police sirens and then saw a man as he ‘ducked into’ the outer lobby space of the theater near the ticket office. Attracted by the sound of the sirens, Mrs. Postal stepped out of the box office and walked to the curb.
Texas Theater Ticket Booth
Johnny Brewer walked to the theater and asked Ms. Postal if the man in the white jacket had purchased a ticket. She asked Brewer to go into the theater to find him. Based on his suspicious activity they phoned the police. Oswald was sitting alone in the rear of the main floor of the theatre near the right center aisle.
After searching two other theater patrons, Patrolman M.N. McDonald reached Oswald and told him to get on his feet. Oswald rose from his seat, raising his hands. McDonald started to search Oswald, at that time Oswald struck McDonald between the eyes with his left fist; with his right hand he drew a gun from his waist. McDonald struck Oswald with his right hand while grabbing Oswald’s gun with his left hand. They both fell into the theater seats.
Three other officers arrived an entered the theater. Quickly they grabbed Oswald from the front, rear and side. McDonald wrenched the gun away from Oswald. Detective Bob K. Carroll, who was standing beside McDonald, seized the gun from him. Oswald was handcuffed and led from the theatre claiming police brutality.
At 1:51 p.m. police car number two reported by radio that it was headed in with the suspect in the murder of Officer Tippit.