Austin Cook’s Barbecue

  1. XI. AUSTIN’S BARBECUE http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/jfkinfo4/jfk12/hscalojt.htm – austins
  2. The FBI interviewed Austin Cook on May 15, 1964. Cook said that he had employed J.D. Tippit at his drive-in, austin’s Barbecue, at 2321 West Illinois in Dallas, for about 3 years at the time of the assassination.(107) Tippit worked on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the barbecue as a “deterrent” to any teenage trouble from youths who frequented the establishment.(108) Cook told the FBI that he was a member of the John Birch Society, but that he had never discussed politics with Tippit and did not believe Tippit was interested in politics.(109)
  3. Cook told the FBI that he never heard Tippit mention Lee Harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby or any of Jack Ruby’s clubs.(110) The FBI report of the interview with Cook did not mention whether Cook had any knowledge of or acquaintance with Ruby or Oswald.
  4. The committee interviewed Cook on March 9, 1978. Cook was asked if he had known Jack Ruby. Cook replied that he may have met Ruby, but he could not recall.(111) He stated further that if he had met Ruby, that would have been the extent of their association.(112)
  5. In discussing his business, Cook told the committee that he originally went into business in 1946 in a grocery store at Ninth and Jefferson Streets in Dallas.(113) Cook bought the store from a woman named Bowman.(114) Her son, Bert, stayed on at the store for about 6 months after cook bought it, and Cook and Bert Bowman remained friends for many years.(115)
  6. Cook said that he and Bowman became partners in 1950 at a place they named the Bull Pen at 2321 West Illinois.(116) That business ended about 1958 when Bowman bought out his share of the establishment and took the name Bull Pen with him.(117) Cook then renamed the business Austin’s Barbecue.(118)
  7. Cook stated that about 8 or 10 years ago, Ralph Paul bought the Bull Pen from Bowman, and Bowman in turn opened Pudnug’s in Arlington, Tex.(119)
  8. Bert Bowman’;s wife was interviewed by FBI Special Agents Robert Lish and David Barry on November 24, 1963. She stated that she had known Ralph Paul since he first moved to Dallas from New York about 1951.(120) Mrs. Bowman said that at the time of the assassination, Ralph Paul was living in the lower level of the Bowman home on Copeland Road in Dallas.(121) Mrs. Bowman said Ralph paul was a close friend of Jack Ruby and had been of financial assistance to both Jack Ruby and Bert Bowman over the year.(122)
  9. According to Mrs. Bowman, Ralph Paul expressed great concern for his friend Jack Ruby after the shooting of Oswald.(123) On November 24, 1963, Paul told Mrs. Bowman that he had spent the whole day at a lawyer’s office.(124)
  10. Mrs. Bowman said she was not acquainted with any friends of Paul.(125) However, on one occasion he brought a woman to the house whom he introduced as Tammy.(126) About 4 1/2 years before, Paul had brought Jack Ruby by the house.(127) Mrs. Bowman said that Ruby remained for only a short time.(128)
  11. On March 9, 1978, committee investigators interviewed Masbert Leolla Cook, the former wife of Austin Cook. Mrs. Cook related that she knew J.D. Tippit when she still worked with her husband at Austin’s Barbecue, where Tippit worked as a security guard.(129) Mrs. Cook stated further that she did not know either Lee harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby, but that Ralph Paul was a mutual friend of the Cooks and Jack Ruby.(130)

Submitted by:
MS. SURELL BRADY,
Staff Counsel.

REFERENCES

(1) The Warren Commission did, however, request that the FBI conduct a “limited” background investigation on Tippit. That check included interviews of the Tippit family, associates and business acquaintances. The FBI included the results of that check in a report in May 1964. It appeared in the Warren commission documents as Warren Commission exhibit 2985 (CE 2985).
(2) See ref. 1, CE 2985, p. 6.
(3)
Id.
at p. 7
(4) Staff interview of Marit Tippit Thomas,
Dec. 8, 1977
, House Select Committee on Assassinations, p. 1 (JFK Doc. No. 003988).
(5)
Id.
at p. 2.
(6)
Id.
at p. 1.
(7) Ibid.
(8) See ref. 1, CE 1974
(9) Staff interview of Murray J. Jackson,
Nov. 3, 1977
, House Select Committee on Assassinations, p. 1 (JFK Doc. No. 003090).
(10)
Id.
at p. 2.
(11) C.C. 1974. See ref. 8.
(12) Staff interview of Bill Anglin,
Dec. 1, 1977
, House Select Committee on Assassinations, p. 1 (JFK Doc. No. 003532).
(13) Ibid.
(14) See ref. 1, CE 2985, p. 12.
(15) Ibid.
(16) Ibid.
(17)
Id.
at p. 13.
(18) Ibid.
(19) Ibid.
(20) Ibid.
(21) Testimony of Calvin Bud Owens,
Warren Commission Hearings. April 9, 1964
, vol. VII, p. 78.
(22) See ref. 1, CE 1985, p. 9.
(23) Staff interview of Mrs. Johnnie Maxie Witherspoon,
Sept. 24, 1977
, House Select Committee on Assassinations, p. 1 (JFK Doc. No. 002372).
(24)
Id.
at pp. 1-2.
(25)
Id.
at p. 2.
(26) Ibid.
(27)
Id.
at p. 4.
(28) See ref. 1, CE 3001, p. 2.
(29) Ibid.
(30) Ibid.
(31) Staff memorandum to Bob Tanenbaum from Andy Purdy, Feb. 19, 1977, House Select committee on Assassinations, p. 2. (JFK Doc. No. 00837).
(32) Ibid.
(33) Ibid.
(34) Ibid.
(35) Ibid.
(36) Ibid.
(37) Ibid.
(38)
Id.
at pp. 2-3.
(39)
Id.
at p. 3.
(40) Ibid.
(41) Ibid.
(42) Ibid.
(43) Ibid.
(44) Ibid.
(45)
Id.
at p. 4.
(46) Ibid.
(47) Ibid.
(48) Staff interview of Wes Wise,
May 11, 1978
, House Select Committee on Assassinations (JFK Doc. No. 008721).
(49) Ibid.
(50) Investigative notes received from Wes Wise (JFK Doc. No. 013919).
(51) FBI Interview of Wes Wise,
Dec. 4, 1963
, FBI Report by SA Charles T. Brown, file No. DL 89-43 (JFK Doc. No. 013912).
(52) FBI Interview of Milton Love,
Dec. 5, 1963, FBI Report by SA Charles T. Brown, Dec. 14, 1963
, file No. DL 100-10461 (JFK Doc. No. 013918
(53) FBI Report by SA Charles T. Brown.
Dec. 14, 1963
, file No. DL 100-10461 (JFK Doc. No. 013916).
(54) Ibid.
(55) FBI Interview of Mrs. Carl A Mather,
Dec. 5, 1963
, FBI Report by DA Charles T. Brown, dec. 14, 1963, file No. DL 100-10461 (JFK Doc. No. 013914).
(56) Ibid.
(57) Ibid.
(58) Ibid.
(59) FBI Interview off Wes Wise,
Dec. 9, 1963, FBI Report by SA Charles T. Brown, Dec. 14, 1963
, file No. DL 100-10461 (JFK Doc. No. 013915).
(60) Ibid.
(61) Ibid.
(62) Interview of T.F. White, Dec. 13, 1963, FBI Report by SA charles T. Brown, Dec. 14, 1963, file No. 100-10461 (JFK Doc. No. 013913)>
(63) Ibid.
(64) Ibid.
(65) Ibid.
(66) Ibid.
(67) Ibid.
(68) Ibid.
(69) Staff Interview of Carl Amos Mather, Mar. 20, 1978, House Select Committee on Assassinations (JFK Doc. No. 006910).
(70) Ibid.
(71) Ibid.
(72)
Id.
at p. 4.
(73) Ibid.
(74)
Id.
at p. 2.
(75)
Id.
at 4.
(76) Ibid.
(77)
Id.
at p. 3.
(78) Ibid.
(79)
Id.
at p. 2.
(80) Ibid.
(81) Ibid.
(82)
Id.
at p. 2.
(83) Ibid.
(84)
Id.
at p. 3.
(85) Staff Interview of Wes Wise,
Nov. 2, 1978
, House Select Committee on Assassinations (JFK Doc. No. 013219).
(86) Ibid.
(87) Testimony of Domingo Benavides,
Apr. 2, 1964
, 6 Warren Report Hearings, p. 447.
(88) Ibid.
(89) Ibid.
(90) Ibid.
(91) Ibid.
(92) Ibid.
(93)
Id.
at p. 453.
(94) Ibid.
(95) Ibid.
(96) Ibid.
(97) Staff Interview of Jack R. Tatum,
Feb. 1, 1978
, House select Committee on Assassinations (JFK Doc. No. 6905).
(98) Ibid.
(99) Ibid.
(100) Ibid.
(101) Ibid.
(102) Ibid.
(103) Ibid.
(104) Ibid.
(105) Ibid.
(106) Ibid.
(107) FBI Interview of Austin Cook, May 15, 1964, Warren Commission Exhibit 2985, p. 10, 26 Warren Report Hearings, p. 488.
(108) Ibid.
(109) Ibid.
(110) Ibid.
(111) Staff Interview of Austin Cook, Mar. 9, 1978, House Select Committee on Assassinations, p. 2 (JFK Doc. No. 14231).
(112) Ibid.
(113) Ibid.
(114) Ibid.
(115) Ibid.
(116) Ibid.
(117) Ibid.
(118) Ibid.
(119) Ibid.
(120) FBI Interview of Mrs. Bert Bowman, Nov. 24, 1963, FBI Report by SA Robert C. Lish and David H. Barry, Nov. 15, 1963, file No. DL 44-1639 (JFK Doc. No. 004766).
(121) Ibid.
(122) Ibid.
(123) Ibid.
(124) Ibid.
(125)
Id.
at p. 2.
(126) Ibid.
(127) Ibid.
(128) Ibid.
(129) Staff Interview of Maevbert Leolla Cook, Mar. 9, 1978, House Select Committee on Assassinations, p. 1 (JFK Doc. No 006909).
(130)
Id. at p. 2.

 

 

 

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