- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Oak Cliff Pr Inc; 1 edition (November 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966270975
- ISBN-13: 978-0966270976
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 2 x 10.8 inches
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With Malice: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Murder of Officer J.D. Tippit Hardcover – November 1, 1998
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"...With Malice by Dale Myers has finally cut through the veneer of insinuations and innuendoes applied by the conspiracy buffs for the past thirty odd years. He has cleared up the points of confusion brought on by the rumors and hearsay that had no basis of facts. This book will clear up many questions for the reader about the murder of Officer J.D. Tippit and the assassination of President Kennedy." -- James R. Leavelle, former Dallas police homicide detective
"...With Malice is an exhaustive, multi-dimensional study of this key episode of November 22, 1963. Myers has gathered and reexamined the voluminous primary sources, has uncovered new information and material - and for the first time - has melded this material to come up with a credible conclusion of the guilt of Lee Oswald in the murder of J.D. Tippit. Scores of documents, diagrams and photographs add to the clarity of Myers' text and assist in making this 700 page volume both attractive and useful. While Myers cannot answer all the questions relating to this incident, since the murder of both chief participants silenced motives and previous actions, the author is able to dispel much previous incorrect speculation and clear up numerous controversies. Dale Myers has written the authoritative book on the murder of Officer Tippit. His book will stand as a major contribution to the truth of the events in Dallas on November 22, 1963." -- Richard B. Trask, archivist and author of Pictures of the Pain and That Day in Dallas
"...With Malice is by far one of the best and most interesting books surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that I have read. No doubt Myers put in many years of research to write such an outstanding book." -- Paul Bentley, retired Dallas police detective who helped arrest Oswald
"...With Malice is unquestionably the definitive book on the murder of Officer J.D. Tippit. Because of the umbilical cord between this murder and that of President Kennedy, Myers has made a very significant contribution to the literature on the assassination of JFK. Absolutely 'must reading' for any student of this national tragedy. A superb true crime book which I recommend highly." -- Vincent T. Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter
"As I read With Malice, I found myself once again caught up in the tragic events of that day in Dallas, reliving the capture of Oswald. With Malice is thoroughly researched and well organized, including photographs and illustrations I have never seen. An orderly exploration of the true facts." -- M.N. "Nick" McDonald, retired Dallas police officer who arrested Oswald
"At last a comprehensive study of an often overlooked aspect of the Kennedy assassination: the murder of Officer J.D. Tippit. Dale Myers has conducted exhaustive research on the subject and used logical reasoning in his conclusions. He has mastered the art of blending documented evidence and personal interviews into resolving an often debated murder mystery. Though there will always be doubters, Myers has conclusively answered most of the questions regarding the guilt of Lee Harvey Oswald in the murder of Officer Tippit. Supplemented with an impressive array of photographs and endnotes, With Malice is the definitive study on the subject and should remain so for many years to come." -- Larry A. Sneed, author of No More Silence: An Oral History of the Assassination of President Kennedy
"One does not have to accept all of Dale Myers' findings to recognize the value of this, the first serious study of the Tippit murder, a vital element in the assassination story long neglected by official and unofficial probers alike." -- Anthony Summers, author of Conspiracy
"Without a doubt, [With Malice] is one of the best books on the JFK assassination I've ever read. It is thoroughly researched, well-written and filled with many new details - all and all, a very scholarly and extremely interesting work...I expect that this will be the definitive work on the Tippit case...definitely a 'must read'..." -- Jean Davison, author of Oswald's Game
From the Author
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the events that surround it have been examined and dissected like no other event in American history. Yet the shooting of J.D. Tippit remains one of the most overlooked, misunderstood - and often twisted - aspects of this horrific crime. Perhaps, that is why I was drawn to the murder of this Dallas Patrolman.
For more than twenty years, I sifted through documents and testimony in an attempt to piece together the truth about Tippit's murder. Although the story they told was fascinating, I soon found the 'human element' the key to unraveling many of the myths and rumors that have sprung up around this case. Interviewing many of those involved in this story was an unexpected eye-opener. Their recollections flushed out many of the details that have puzzled students of the assassination over the years. Their stories put a human face on the Tippit drama, and supplied emotion where cold fact had once stood guard. In an effort to capture at least some of this essential human ingredient, much of the dialogue and memories in this book are verbatim from transcripts, testimony, and recollections. This is their story, in their own words.
Most of the mystery that shrouds the Kennedy assassination has been unwittingly preserved by a populace unable or unwilling to look for the answers. The fact that the official record remains scattered in government files around the country has not made it easy to challenge what has been written in the past. Yet, the truth is there, waiting to be discovered. Some mysteries remain, of course. That's to be expected in a case that has lain forgotten and neglected for more than three decades. Because many of the participants are now deceased, including several interviewed for this book, there are some answers that are destined to remain elusive. Still, the picture that emerges from this weave of human recollection is remarkably clear and consistent. More than anything, it is the ease with which these multiple perspectives mesh together that feels the most like truth.
In many ways, this book represents the investigation that Oswald's own untimely death cut short.
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From the first few pages, the level of painstaking detail poured into this publication is readily apparent. Author Myers leaves no room here for even the slimmest sliver of doubt with regard to the question at hand: 'Who Killed Officer Tippit?' The answer is crystal-clear to anyone opening this book -- Lee Harvey Oswald, without any question, shot and killed Dallas policeman J.D. Tippit. All the evidence, every scrap of which is dissected within these pages, leads inexorably to Oswald's lone guilt in this often-overlooked "second" murder on the day of JFK's tragic death.
And while Mr. Myers doesn't dig into the details of President Kennedy's murder in this volume, there is still very solid evidence to link Oswald to both Tippit's killing and the President's assassination. From all the available evidence, it's fairly obvious (IMO) that Lee Oswald was the lone killer of both JFK and Officer Tippit on 11/22/63.
"With Malice" is very nearly a minute-to-minute account of the events in Dallas, beginning just moments after President Kennedy was shot in Dealey Plaza. This book reads like a riveting crime novel, unfolding in tension-filled chronological fashion as told by the author, along with many verbatim quotes from the real-life players in the drama, with many of these participants' observations being put in print for the first time ever.
In addition to Myers' easy-to-read text and witness quotations, he supplies many animated maps of the shooting scene and surrounding areas where Oswald is known to have fled on foot. These maps (which have a kind of "3-D" quality to them) are extremely well-done and informative, supplying the reader an added level of understanding and perspective with regard to the killing of Officer Tippit. These maps lay out exactly where everyone and everything was located from a simulated "elevated" point-of-view.
Myers also utilizes tons of stock photographs (plus some I've never seen published anywhere else but here), along with transcripts from the Dallas police radio transmissions, to tell still more of the story.
There were literally more than one dozen eyewitnesses closely associated with the events surrounding Officer Tippit's murder. .........
1.) Helen Markham
2.) Domingo Benavides
3.) Jack Tatum
4.) William Scoggins
The above four individuals were all very near the scene of the murder (10th & Patton in Dallas) and either saw Oswald kill Tippit directly -- or: they heard the shots, saw Tippit fall to the ground, and then all of them saw a man carrying a gun (who they all later IDed as Lee Oswald or someone who looked very much like Oswald) fleeing the area right next to Tippit's squad car. (And saw NO OTHER GUN-WIELDING KILLERS on 10th Street who could have possibly been responsible for J.D. Tippit's death.)
Markham saw the whole shooting unfold as she stood on the corner of 10th & Patton. While Scoggins, Tatum, and Benavides all saw portions of the actual shooting. Scoggins heard shots and saw smoke from the gun, but did not see the gunman actually squeeze off the shots. But anyone who argues that he's not a good "Oswald-Did-It" witness is just dead wrong -- because of what he saw just seconds later. He saw a man (later positively IDed as Oswald) walking rapidly toward his (Scoggins') cab with gun in hand.
So, unless the REAL (non-LHO) murderer vanished into a puff of smoke after plugging Officer Tippit, then Oswald is guilty. Period.
Tatum (like Markham) actually DID see Oswald pull the trigger. Tatum's car was in the middle of the 10th & Patton intersection and Tatum (in 1983) provided additional insight into the gruesome last shot that was fired by the gunman (later IDed as Oswald) point-blank into the head of Officer Tippit as Tippit lay dying near his squad car.
5.) Ted Callaway
6.) Barbara J. Davis
7.) Virginia Davis
8.) Warren Reynolds
9.) B.M. "Pat" Patterson
10.) L.J. Lewis
11.) Harold Russell
12.) B.D. Searcy
13.) Sam Guinyard
The above 9 people didn't see the actual bullets strike Tippit from Oswald's gun -- but: they all saw a man who looked like Oswald running away from the direction of 10th & Patton WITH A REVOLVER IN HAND (with several of the above witnesses observing Oswald re-loading said weapon while fleeing the scene).
Could Oswald possibly have been innocent of the Tippit murder when it was proven beyond all reasonable doubt that Oswald's very own gun -- which he had on him when arrested in the Texas Theater -- was the gun that was used to kill Officer Tippit (based on shell casings found at the scene that positively came out of Oswald's own revolver) .... AND when every one of the above individuals identified Oswald (or someone very closely resembling him) as the man each of them saw either shoot Tippit dead, or: as the ONLY PERSON RUNNING FROM THE SCENE OF THE CRIME WHILE BRANDISHING A GUN AND EJECTING SHELLS AND RE-LOADING A GUN ALONG THE WAY?
I'll answer that unwaveringly -- No way. No how.
To believe that Oswald was innocent of killing Officer Tippit, we would have to believe that Oswald JUST HAPPENED to be VERY NEAR the Tippit murder site with a gun in his pants just half-an-hour after SOMEBODY ELSE (who just happened to look exactly like Oswald) decided to kill J.D. Tippit. AND -- In addition to that coincidence, we'd also have to believe that Oswald (somehow, some way) managed to have the EXACT gun on his personage that was verifiably used to kill Tippit, even though, via this preposterous theory, HE himself didn't use it to murder Tippit. Odds please?
In short, Oswald's guilt in the murder of J.D. Tippit is not just beyond any "reasonable" doubt, it is beyond all doubt whatsoever. Given the truckload of O.J. Simpson-like evidence against him, Oswald cannot possibly be innocent. And Mr. Myers, in this thoroughly-researched volume, makes Oswald's guilt abundantly clear.
To borrow and paraphrase a little bit of prosecutorial "Final Summation-like" dialogue from my all-time favorite author and lawyer, Vincent Bugliosi (which Vince used with regard to another obviously-guilty double murderer -- O.J. Simpson -- whom many people ridiculously feel is innocent despite the barrels-full of evidence to the contrary) ----
>>> Lee Harvey Oswald is as guilty as sin of murdering Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit in 1963, and there's NOTHING anybody can do about it. We can safely say, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, that if Lee Oswald is NOT guilty of brutally and savagely murdering Officer Tippit -- then J.D. Tippit is still among the living. Because, ladies and gentlemen, given the evidence that rests before us in this case, NOBODY else on Earth could possibly have committed this murder other than the one person who has, alone, been charged with this crime -- Lee Harvey Oswald! <<<
So, if you're interested in knowing what really happened on Tenth Street in Dallas, Texas, on the afternoon of November 22, 1963 -- in fascinating detail -- then it is essential to snap up a copy of this all-inclusive, comprehensive book by Dale K. Myers.
Here are some "Little-Known Facts" that are revealed within these pages.........
>> In the months following the murder, generous friends and citizens donated more than $600,000 to the widow and family of slain Officer Tippit. The largest single donation ($25,000) was given by Abraham Zapruder, the man who became famous by filming JFK's assassination less than one hour before Tippit was murdered.
>> When killed, J.D. Tippit was the father of three children -- Charles Allen, Brenda Kay, and Curtis Glenn.
>> J.D. was just 39 years old when his life was cut short so abruptly. Born: September 18, 1924.
>> Officer Tippit was an 11-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, joining the force on July 28, 1952.
>> Tippit's badge number was "848".
Footnote --- Dale Myers' expertise surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination does not begin and end with the J.D. Tippit murder. He also worked for many years developing a detailed computer program which re-creates the President's murder in lifelike detail in animation form. Myers' work in the field of three-dimensional computer animation, analysis, and re-creations is stunning and very impressive in scope.
Dale spent more than six months creating an exacting computer model of Dallas' Dealey Plaza (where President Kennedy was killed), and also created detailed scale models (via computerization) of JFK's Presidential limousine and the Texas School Book Depository, the building from where assassin Lee Harvey Oswald murdered President Kennedy.
In re-creating the President's 1961 Lincoln Continental limousine for his computer animation project, Myers utilized the "original body draft" from The Hess & Eisenhardt Co., in order to get the car's dimensions just perfect for his animated re-construction.
Plus, Mr. Myers used detailed blueprints of the Book Depository Building to aid in constructing his computer model of the TSBD as accurately as available info will allow. (That portion of Dale's model took three months to create.)
In addition, Dale evaluated many different films and photographs taken on 11/22/63, in order to cross-reference the position of certain things that are visible in Abraham Zapruder's famous motion-picture film of the assassination.
And after all that extremely-detailed prep work, Myers' computer model of the limousine was "synched" to precisely match the Zapruder Film's images of the actual assassination.
What resulted was an amazingly-accurate computer-model version of JFK's murder, which is a model that indicates (beyond virtually all doubt) that the "Single-Bullet Theory" is most certainly the correct version of events to explain the wounding of JFK and Governor John Connally.
In 1995, Dale Myers issued an 11-minute video entitled "Secrets Of A Homicide: JFK Assassination", which represented the "Video Research Edition" of the above-described computer animation project. That project has now blossomed into an even more-detailed and refined computer animation program, portions of which were broadcast on the ABC-TV documentary "Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination -- Beyond Conspiracy", which aired on November 20, 2003, just prior to the 40th anniversary of JFK's death. That ABC program won the Edward R. Murrow Award for "Best News Documentary of 2003". That is a terrific documentary, and in my opinion should be viewed by anyone interested in the JFK assassination.
Below are some Dale Myers'-related weblinks, including his excellent website fully explaining the animation work he has done with respect to the JFK case. That site also contains a very interesting forthright "FAQ" section, wherein Mr. Myers answers all kinds of questions (asked by some of his detractors) pertaining to his computer work relating to the assassination.
There are two links below that play video clips from Mr. Myers' "Secrets Of A Homicide" animation/re-creation of JFK's assassination. Very interesting stuff to say the least. ("Real Player" is required to play the video clips.)......
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