In the Shadow of a Former President: Hero JD Tippit in “The City of Hate”

 

What images come to mind for you as a baby boomer, when you hear, school book depository, Dallas, motorcade, assassination? There is no doubt that any one of these terms are instantly associated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an icon to so many who grew up or were parents, grandparents in that era.

However, as often happens, there are many untold stories when the central focus is the planning and murder of a world leader, whose aftermath would irretrievably alter the course of history.  It has been reported that there are no less than 200 books covering every facet and perspective of JFK’s assassination.

There was an unsung hero who never got his due because of the explosive nature of this tragedy. I am referring to an 11 year veteran of the Dallas Police Department  known as JD Tippit. As events would reveal, his role in the ultimate capture of Lee Harvey Oswald was very significant. But in the scheme of things, he received very little “ink.” This blog is my attempt to pay tribute to this unsung hero.

 JD’s roots were in northeastern Annona, Texas, with less than 300 people to its credit even in the year 2000. He was one of seven children with ancestors emigrating to Virginia. He spent two years in the Army from 1944 to 1946 and was awarded a Bronze Star for acts of Valor in combat.. JD married his high school girlfriend, Marie Gasway, the day after Christmas in 1946.  He worked for a stove company, Sears and Roebucks after which he was laid off. He then tried his hand as a cattle rancher prior to moving to Dallas where he made the decision to become a police officer via a VA Training program. He was hired as a patrolman in July 1952 and also worked two other jobs. (JD made $490/month as a patrolman. Oswald earned  $1.25/hour as a book order clerk in the Book Depository building)

JD was assigned to the Beat # 78 in south Oak Cliff. On the morning in which he was killed, he checked in at his police substation at 7 a.m and made several stops to see relatives, to return a book, pay for a football ticket and by 10:30 a.m. had coffee and conversation at the Rebel Drive-In, a ramshackle place for coffee with fellow officers.  They discussed the President’s visit and were concerned re the potential for violence.   

According to Washington Post writer, Rachel Siegel, (November 22,2017), Dallas held the reputation as “The City of Hate” with three prior incidents by right-wing extremists signalling, that despite the common folk crowds that amassed the city streets on the motorcade route,  Kennedy would not be welcomed with open arms by in Dallas.

On the Afternoon of November 22, 1963

JD cut his lunch hour with his wife short to just 20 minutes, in anticipation of being needed. At 12:45 p.m.he received a radio call to change his patrol position in Central Oak Cliff.  This was just 15 minutes after President Kennedy was shot by Oswald. A generic description of “a slender white male in his 30’s” was broadcast to those on patrol.   

At the fateful location, just past the intersection of 10th Street and Patton Avenue, JD spotted a slender man walking down the street, wearing a zippered jacket. He called to Oswald through the passenger side window. Oswald leaned into the window with hands in his jacket pocket.  JD exited his patrol car and walked to the front of the car. At that point Oswald drew his handgun and pumped four bullets into JD; his stomach, chest, a button on his uniform, and to his right temple after which he was pronounced dead at Methodist Hospital. JD  received several police honors posthumously in addition to a monument unveiled on November 20, 2012 at the location of his murder.

There were no less than twelve witnesses to the shooting. The utter arrogance of Oswald, who shot JD in cold blood, disposing of spent cartridges, running across lawns and, ultimately, ducking into a movie theater, reported as a non-paying customer that sealed his capture.

The bastard who was a chameleon politically, who desperately wanted to work for Russian intelligence, who was a wife beater, who “wanted to be important” in the world, met his match with Jack Ruby and became infamous in death!

Videos  Oswald’s Escape -(Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lRLExo7IyU

And from Witnesses

1) Shoe Store Owner – John Brewer-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkKo29TRTCc;

2) Warren Reynolds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa6MnhlQnUg

3) Helen Markham

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-gap_Cnlt8;

The Aftermath- Marie Tippit and Family

Marie and JD had three children who were irreparably harmed by the death of their father. Over the years, Marie remarried another police officer, was widowed, married again, divorced and ultimately re-took the name Tippit. The public was generous and contributed  $647,579 after the murders. Each child received ~ $80,000.

In 2013, JD’s eldest son Allan, a house painter who worked job to job, was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer after which a fundraiser was held. He was treated at Parkland Hospital, primarily for the indigent, and the same hospital President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald were taken to prior to their deaths.

2013 Interview The Final Day in Marie’s Words

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnNPwqgAslw&t=22s

“Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they will be called children of God”

Matthew 5:9

References:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/oswald/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._D._Tippit

https://www.jdtippit.com/happen_nov.htm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/11/22/jfk-in-the-city-of-hate-how-dallas-earned-its-ugly-label-before-the-assassination/?utm_term=.100a3e6afe9c

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/news/2013/01/10/fundraiser-set-for-oldest-son-of-dallas-police-officer-killed-by-accused-jfk-assassin


Donna R. Gore, M.A.

Donna R. Gore, M.A.

 

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Thankful, Grateful and Truly Blessed: Reflections on a November Sunday

 

For what am I thankful? I am grateful for many situations, and people. I am thankful for necessities of life, plenty of food, shelter, investment in the future, warmth, a secure job, healthcare benefits, good health, family members, selected friends who respect and treat me well, organizations I cherish, the ability to have vehicles of communication via writing, my podcast, and social media in which I can touch others in a fulfilling way nationally.

But, enrichment is the key! If you are lucky enough to do your passion work and get paid, good for you! There are so many who work very hard on behalf of others and get no monetary compensation in return. GIVE – DONATE to the causes you most believe in. It matters not how much or how little!

There are those in our circle who are struggling. There are those who would like to be part of an inner circle, and for whatever reason have not had entrance.  I say reach out and embrace those who are not only those in need, but those who would like to literally and figuratively be an extra place setting at your table!  It takes little effort and can bring so much in return!

Begin setting your goals for the New Year now; small, achievable goals, not impossible to achieve goals! And, if no one wants to walk the good path with you, be strong, go it alone until you find those new valuable gems – and you will eventually.

Scale your expectations so that you will not be hurt at every turn, for this can, at times, be a selfish world too! Know in your heart that what you are doing is right and the best course at least for the present moment, for we can never be 100% sure of anything!   

Continue growing! Never get stale!

Think out of the box often, not only when necessary but frequently, for that is often where we find the best ideas! Say “thank you” daily, apologize when needed and show people how much you care in whatever manner makes you feel most comfortable!  

And, don’t forget to heed your own advice!


Donna R. Gore, M.A.

Donna R. Gore, M.A.

 

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Broken Heart Syndrome is Real

Broken hearts is the stuff of romance novels, movies and soap operas…

“The only thing a boyfriend was good for was a shattered heart.”

Becca Fitzpatrick, “Crescendo

“A broken heart is just the growing pains necessary so that you can love more completely when the real thing comes along.”J.S.B. Morse, “Now and at the Hour of Our Death

“Doctoring her seemed to her as absurd as putting together the pieces of a broken vase. Her heart was broken. Why would they try to cure her with pills and powders?”

Leo Tolstoy, “Anna Karenina

 

Broken Heart Syndrome

Literature and fictional portrayals aside, there are many aspects of society that cause a true broken heart.  The most familiar is the romantic sense. I’ve been there a couple of times and it took such a long time to recover, I chose not to entertain the possibility again. It is a grief no one wants. As the walking wounded person, you want to insulate yourself from everything and everyone, aimlessly looking for purpose again. However, the walking wounded do recover and can flourish again.

However, there are true broken hearts of the physical variety.  This is a bona fide medical condition which has several names. One is “broken heart syndrome,” Another is “apical ballooning syndrome.” Still other terms are “stress induced cardiomyopathy” and  takotsubo cardiomyopathy.”  

It all began in 1990 with a Japanese physician who took an image of the heart of an afflicted patient and thought that it resembled the shape of a “Tako-tsubo” the name for a ceramic pot Japanese fisherman use to capture octopus. 



 

What happens?   Symptoms begin with chest pain and shortness of breath and can mimic a heart attack. The disruption of heart pumping, known as a “stunning” or a surge of stress hormones is actually acute heart failure caused by a lack of female estrogen hormones which are short-lived in nature. The left heart ventricle is the main chamber pumping the blood OUT of the heart to the remainder of the body. It temporarily cannot pump the blood forward, resulting in poor circulation, shock, or death.

This condition differs from a heart attack in that a traditional heart attack causes a nearly complete or full blockage of a heart artery due to a blood clot resulting in the narrowing caused by fatty buildup (atherosclerosis) in the artery wall. Broken heart Syndrome blood flow is reduced, not blocked. Other cases have been reported after general anesthesia, transplantation surgery, general surgery.

Complications can include accumulation of fluid into your lungs (pulmonary edema), Low Blood Pressure, Arrhythmia, or Heart Failure.

Women are Most Vulnerable

The incidence of Broken Heart Syndrome is far greater for women, 90% as compared to men;

Women between the age of 58 and 75 (median age, 63) comprise 90% of all reported case;

Cardiologists are now more aware of it with  approximately 5% of women being evaluated for a possible heart attack;

Those with a previous neurologic condition such as seizures, of brain injury or are at greater risk of broken heart syndrome;

Potential Causes

According to a 2017 article from the Mayo Clinic the following are typical causes of BHS: “Broken heart syndrome is often preceded by an intense physical or emotional event.” Some potential triggers of broken heart syndrome are:

  • News of an unexpected death of a loved one
  • A frightening medical diagnosis
  • Domestic abuse
  • Losing — or even winning — a lot of money
  • Strong arguments
  • A surprise party
  • Having to perform publicly
  • Job loss
  • Divorce
  • Physical stressors, such as an asthma attack, a car accident or major surgery

ADDITIONS TO THE LIST- I would add: Homicide, Missing Persons, Sexual assault- Rape, Home Invasion, Kidnapping,  Intimate Partner- Family Violence, Suicide 

The Good News-

Irrespective of it’s initial serious nature, medical documentation from several sources reveal that Broken Heart Syndrome is often rapidly reversible to normal, usually within 14 days. Most patients recover with no long-term damage within a month. And, there is only a small chance that BHS will recur. There is no proven therapy to prevent BHS.  However, eliminating stress is the most common recommendation for prevention.

Medical experts believe that there is a strong connection between brain functions affecting the heart. In fact many seemingly healthy people have suddenly died during a disaster- traumatic event.  Such causes are still not fully understood. Apparently, the media has not  made the connection when reporting these events.  

Thank you, Judy Rust-

Patrick Rust

Sgt. Patrick Rust

A mother’s quest to find the truth about her murdered son! “The systems”  failed Judy Rust over and over. She needs peace in her heart about her son, former Sgt. Patrick Rust who was murdered in 2007. Numerous injustices occurred over time with this still unsolved case.  Rather than peace, she experienced Broken Heart Syndrome after the murder of her son which she shares on this recent Shattered Lives Podcast.  We wish her continued better health and answers to  resolution for this case!  

To listen to her podcast click this link-  http://tobtr.com/10375503

 

References: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/broken-heart;

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3214344/

http://www.thecardiologyadvisor.com/heart-failure/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-expert-opinion/article/639656/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/broken-heart-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20354617


Donna R. Gore, M.A.

Donna R. Gore, M.A.

 

To schedule a presentation with me at your future event or  conference please contact:

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Appetizer for the Crime Writer

 

If you are a true crime lover, a prolific blogger or budding author, everyone has to have a place to start. There are several considerations before you begin.  Taking a page from my presentation,“Marketing 101 for Your Crime,” I share a little of the recipe that works for me. If you are having writer’s block, or just need a way to find that new fascinating topic this could be your roadmap!

What topic is personally interesting to you?  If it fascinates you, chances are, your passion will come through and others will feel the same. You must be invested in your topic or don’t bother.

What is unique or unusual? Is everyone talking about one issue ad nauseam?  Well, that may not be your topic. It’s not mine, as such issues bring up my low tolerance for boredom. You can pave the way to being a trend setter if you find a crime that is intriguing but not well publicized.

Is it related to current events? Does it need to be related to the hot topic of the day?  At times, in the aftermath of a mass event, it is appropriate to write about your perspective on the devastating crime. To ignore can be seen as indifferent, and yet to get mired in the details can serve to take away your resiliency. It is a fine line to walk.  Your crime topic doesn’t always need to be the hot topic. You can select your topics and build signature pieces.

Is your topic historical or nostalgia based?  Some authors have created a genre all their own by focusing on the history of mystery or on a particular  geographic area where they are based. Nostalgia is always a favorite as a distraction to current events. Who doesn’t love to hear about a cold case crime? How things used to be in decades past, a long time missing persons case brought to resolution or a historic area where a famous crime took place?

 Does it have heart and human interest?  This is a very important element to me. It’s fine to report the cold hard facts. It’s not cool to report unsubstantiated rumor or fake news. In my opinion what gives a story texture, richness and longevity is to find the heart, the human element, including the back story.  To capture the feelings and emotions, good or bad, and place them in context is in keeping with the nature of storytelling and what capture’s readers attention. Without heart and human interest, often a story is one-sided, unbalanced and frequently sensational leaning heavily on the violence of the perpetrator and omitting the victim.

Is it “just another crime” or are there elements that make it more intriguing? Never take a crime at face value. Research, dig for more from reputable sources. There are unknown facts, elements of interests if you only think out of the box. What else are you wondering about that relates? If not much is known on the surface, find out about the individual characters, the geographic area, the history of the similar crimes, etc.  

The trick is, how can you make “just another crime” like looking at a prism?

Will the topic have staying power? Is the crime you want to write about unusual or are there commonalities over time?  Can it be re-introduced when a similar crime happens? Is it a case with many permutations over time? Are there many lessons to be learned if they were only exposed? There are selected pieces that stand the test of time, no matter what is happening in the real world. Longevity can be your friend.

Is the topic controversial or provocative?  Although as authors we all have a particular style, at times it’s good to shake things up a bit. If the story is not “mainstream” it does not mean that you have to agree with the content. Our job is to inform, build awareness, entertain and hopefully be a pathway for change as needed. Life is not plain vanilla and therefore we should not shy away from the controversial. Be daring!

Will your writing offend others, and if so, do you care? A writer should be diverse and sensitive to others. However, in this climate of all things hypersensitivity to political correctness, it is a personal decision as to how far you want to push the envelope. If you push too far will it damage your reputation? On the other hand, you might think that writing is a fluid experience able to withstand the ebb and flow of opinions. It’s your choice.  Choose wisely.

As the writer, do you have a personal stake in the topic and does that make it better or worse? A personal stake usually means you are engaged; you’re invested. This topic resonates with you and you are going to write something great. I love when I find a topic with which I can immediately identify. It seems to write itself in no time at all.

But, a personal stake topic can also become a forum to vent a negative experience that stays with you.  If you can format it in such a way to turn it around in the end to say “lesson learned, learn from my experience”, all the better. If it is a topic that pushes all of your buttons and you can’t step outside of it to present another side of the issue as well, perhaps it should be tabled.

Can other elements and information be pulled in to increase audience appeal?  I use this approach all the time with all of my posts with an eye toward how can I use this in a different way? What element can I highlight that is topical as a means of recycling. Part of the approach should utilize interesting colorful graphics, not just your same ol’ signature graphic. Always make it interesting.  

A post that seemingly has minimal appeal used in one way, may hit the mark at another time. It’s all about timing, and using creativity to make memorable pieces.

What groups can benefit from your writing or broadcasting (regarding podcasts?) If you are a member of Facebook Groups, non profits, civic and business groups and special interest hobby groups, the sky’s the limit in terms of benefit.  Do you want to meet other writers and share ideas? Do you want to demonstrate a skill? Do you want to promote a good cause? Do you want to increase outreach or help in a fundraising effort? Well, then, all of these can be accomplished by your love and skill with the written word.


 

Donna R. Gore, M.A.

Donna R. Gore, M.A.

 

To schedule a presentation with me at your future event or  conference please contact:

ImaginePublicity,  Telephone: 843.808.0859  Email:  contact@imaginepublicity.com