When studying the JFK case, one needs to remember it was definitely a different time. People didn’t lock their doors. Kids could walk to and from school without worry of pedophiles taking them away. When someone saw something strange, they took matters into their own hands and tried to help authorities. My grandfather, Orville Nix did…that’s why he didn’t make a copy of his film for himself like Abraham Zapruder did. No, he turned it over to the FBI. Why? He didn’t think the government was deceptive. Ted Calloway was one of the witnesses that came upon the J.D. Tippit crime scene. A used car Manager, Mr. Calloway and a cabdriver had seen Mr. Oswald headed toward Texas Theater. They got in a taxi and drove on 10th Street, Crawford Street, Jefferson and Beckley Avenue trying to find him. Police captured Mr. Oswald at the theater 45 minutes after he shot the officer. Mr. Callaway picked him out of a police lineup that night. “It was a sunny but very cold day. You could feel the cold of the nation, like September 11th,” said Mr. Callaway’s son, who was in fifth grade at the time. The elder Mr. Callaway believed that Mr. Oswald was the lone gunman but that others were involved in the assassination. A few days before the assassination, Mr. Callaway sold an old car to a clean-cut, well-dressed businessman, said his daughter Katy Callaway of Dallas. Mr. Callaway discovered it was bought under a bogus name, and the Secret Service found the vehicle next door to where Oswald lived, Ms. Callaway said. Two days after the assassination, someone fired on the car lot, she said. Police never found the gunman. Secret Service agents kept watch on the family for two weeks. In the coming decades, Mr. Callaway gave interviews to media outlets and authors delving into the controversy of that day, including 60 Minutes and Geraldo Rivera. He helped with the filming of The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald and Oliver Stone’s JFK, his family said, and Southern Methodist University students would call him through the years seeking information for projects related to the assassination.
Above is his sworn testimony to the Dallas Police Department that can be corroborated by the testimony of another witness, T.F. Bowley. We see that he took Officer Tippit’s gun out of the squad car and jumped into a cab to go chase down the suspect. T. F. Bowley concurs with this story. This would never happen today. First, witnesses would be too scared to get involved. Secondly, it would definitely molest the crime scene. See how evidence was treated then? Can you imagine how many fingerprints were on Officer Tippit’s gun? We know of at least 2: Mr. Bowley’s and Mr. Calloway’s. How did the Dallas Police Department reconcile this fact? Furthermore, there seems to be a discrepancy in their stories. Mr. Calloway says he put the officer’s gun in the car and doesn’t mention taking it in the video below. Mr. Bowley says HE took Officer Tippit’s gun and placed it in the cab. Which is true? And what became of the revolver? And who was shooting at Mr. Calloway’s car lot and why?
There are still many unanswered questions regarding that day that need answers. Mr. Calloway and the Cab is but another.