Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Truly and Lumpkin Finger Oswald


Roy Truly and Dallas Police Captain Lumpkin considered Oswald a suspect before the rifle was found even though they both had seen Oswald immediately after the assassination, knew he wasn't the Sixth Floor sniper, and gave his name and Irving address to Homicide Captain Fritz. 

Truly said that he considered Oswald a suspect when he and Mr. Campbell realized Oswald was missing, even though Campbell saw Oswald by the storage closet on the first floor shortly after the shooting as he reentered the building, and the official record has Truly and officer Baker encountering Oswald in the second floor lunchroom ninety seconds after the shooting, and didn’t consider hiim suspicious at that time.

Then, twenty minutes later, looking around, Truly notices Oswald not there, and calls the office in another building to get Oswald’s address – Mrs. Paine’s Irving address that was on his employment application.

Truly sees Dallas Police Captain Lumpkin standing nearby, as he had returned to Dealey Plaza in the Pilot Car after driving to Parkland Hospital. Truly tells Lumpkin he has a man missing – even though there were a number of other misssing employees,Truly only considered Oswald suspicious.

Lumpkin and Truly then proceed to the sixth floor where they find Captain Fritz inspecting the rifle, that was just found. Lumpkin calls Fritz aside and tells him about Oswald being missing and gave him Oswald’s Irving address.

Fritz then walked across Elm and Houston streets to the Sheriff’s office where he met with Sheriff Bill Decker, a conversaton that was not recorded or documented in any way. What did they say?

Back at his office in City Hall Fritz told a police officer under his command to go out to Irving and see if Oswald was there – when he was told – “There he sits” – under arrest as a suspect in the murder of patrolman  J.D. Tippit.

As for Truly, he had ben working at the TSBD since 1934 – and worked part time for North American Aviation company during World War II. [North American Aviation - Wikipedia  ]

It has been mentioned, though I have not seen it documented, that Truly was married to a relative of Claire Lee Chennault – of Flying Tigers and China Lobby fame.[Claire Lee Chennault, Lieutenant General, United States Army Air Corps ] - that has to be confirmed. 

Now confirmed [ JFKCountercoup2: William R. Chenault and Mildred Truly  /  JFKCountercoup2: Chennault's Flying Tigers / JFKCountercoup2: Major General Claire Lee Chennault ]

What does it mean that Mildred Chenault Truly is a cousin of the USAF general who founded the Flying Tigers and CIA's CAT-Air America? It simply means they are related and certainly knew each other. 

Capt. Lumpkin was the driver of the Pilot Car, responsible for inspecting the motorcade route looking for any signs of trouble – and didn’t see any. He pulled to the curb at Houston and Elm and told the traffic policeman there – and the sixth floor sniper sixty feet above them – that the motorcade was a mile and a few minutes behind them. Lumpkin was also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Intelligence unit, commanded by Col. Jack Crichton, and invited Col. George Whitmeyer, the commanding officer of all Army Reserve Units in North Texas to ride with him in the back seat, which he did without the knowledge of the Secret Service.

JFKcountercoup: The Pilot Car

And how did Oswald get a job at the TSBD? Mrs. Paine made a phone call to Truly.

Mr. BELIN. Mr. Truly, when did you first hear of the name of Lee Harvey Oswald?
Mr. TRULY. I heard the name on or about October 15th.
Mr. BELIN. Of what year?
Mr. TRULY. Of 1963.
Mr. BELIN. And from whom did you hear the name? Could you just relate to the Commission the circumstances, if you would, please?
Mr. TRULY. I received a phone call from a lady in Irving who said her name was Mrs. Paine.
Mr. BELIN. All right.
What did Mrs. Paine say, and what did you say?
Mr. TRULY. She said, "Mr. Truly,"---words to this effect---you understand---" Mr. Truly, you don't know who I am but I have a neighbor whose brother works for you. I don't know what his name is. But he tells his sister that you are very busy. And I am just wondering if you can use another man," or words to that effect.
And I told Mrs.---she said, "I have a fine young man living here with his wife and baby, and his wife is expecting a baby--another baby, in a few days, and he needs work desperately."
Now, this is not absolutely--this is as near as I can remember the conversation over the telephone.
And I told Mrs. Paine that--to send him down, and I would talk to him--that I didn't have anything in mind for him of a permanent nature, but if he was suited, we could possibly use him for a brief time.... 


Mr. BELIN. Now, when did you leave for lunch, Mr. Truly?
Mr. TRULY. As near as I know, it was between somewheres around 12:10 or shortly after, possibly 12:15.
Mr. BELIN. At that time did you go out to lunch?
Mr. TRULY. Yes, sir.
Mr. BELIN. Where did you go to eat?
Mr. TRULY. We didn't go anywheres. Mr. Campbell and I--
Mr. BELIN. That is Mr. O. V. Campbell?
Mr. TRULY. Mr. O. V. Campbell, vice president--and I had started out for lunch. I don't know as we had any particular place in mind. We ate at several places around there. It was around 12:10 or 12:15, I would say, to the nearest of my memory. As we got to the outside of the building, we noticed that it wouldn't be long until the motorcade would come by, and we decided to wait and watch the President come by.
Mr. BELIN. Do you remember where you were standing with Mr. Campbell?
Mr. TRULY. I would judge out in Elm Street, 10 to 15 or 20 feet from the front steps. We first stood on the steps, the bottom steps a few minutes, and then we walked out in the line of spectators on the side of Elm Street…..


Mr. TRULY. When I got back to the first floor, at first I didn't see anything except officers running around, reporters in the place. There was a regular madhouse.
Mr. BELIN. Had they sealed off the building yet, do you know?
Mr. TRULY. I am sure they had.
Mr. BELIN. Then what?
Mr. TRULY. Then in a few minutes--it could have been moments or minutes at a time like that--I noticed some of my boys were over in the west corner of the shipping department, and there were several officers over there taking their names and addresses, and so forth. There were other officers in other parts of the building taking other employees, like office people's names. I noticed that Lee Oswald was not among these boys. So I picked up the telephone and called Mr. Aiken down at the other warehouse who keeps our application blanks. Back up there. First I mentioned to Mr. Campbell--I asked Bill Shelley if he had seen him, he looked around and said no.
Mr. BELIN. When you asked Bill Shelley if he had seen whom?
Mr. TRULY. Lee Oswald. I said, "Have you seen him around lately," and he said no.
So Mr. Campbell is standing there, and I said, "I have a boy over here missing. I don't know whether to report it or not." Because I had another one or two out then. I didn't know whether they were all there or not. He said, "What do you think"? And I got to thinking. He said, "Well, we better do it anyway." It was so quick after that.
So I picked the phone up then and called Mr. Aiken, at the warehouse, and got the boy's name and general description and telephone number and address at Irving.
Mr. BELIN. Did you have any address for him in Dallas, or did you just have an address in Irving?
Mr. TRULY. Just the address in Irving. I knew nothing of this Dallas address. I didn't know he was living away from his family.
Mr. BELIN. Now, would that be the address and the description as shown on this application, Exhibit 496?
Mr. TRULY. Yes, sir.
Mr. BELIN. Did you ask for the name and addresses of any other employees who might have been missing?
Mr. TRULY. No, sir.
Mr. BELIN. Why didn't you ask for any other employees?
Mr. TRULY. That is the only one that I could be certain right then was missing.
Mr. BELIN. Then what did you do after you got that information?
Mr. TRULY. Chief Lumpkin of the Dallas Police Department was standing a few feet from me. I told Chief Lumpkin that I had a boy missing over here "I don't know whether it amounts to anything or not." And I gave him his description. And he says, "Just a moment. We will go tell Captain Fritz." 
Mr. BELIN. All right. And then what happened?
Mr. TRULY. So Chief Lumpkin had several officers there that he was talking to, and I assumed that he gave him some instructions of some nature I didn't hear it. And then he turned to me and says, "Now we will go upstairs".
So we got on one of the elevators, I don't know which, and rode up to the sixth floor. I didn't know Captain Fritz was on the sixth floor. And he was over in the northwest corner of the building.
Mr. BELIN. By the stairs there?
Mr. TRULY. Yes; by the stairs.
Mr. BELIN. All right.
Mr. TRULY. And there were other officers with him. Chief Lumpkin stepped over and told Captain Fritz that I had something that I wanted to tell him.
Mr. BELIN. All right. And then what happened
Mr. TRULY. So Captain Fritz left the men he was with and walked over about 8 or 10 feet and said, "What is it, Mr. Truly," or words to that effect.
And I told him about this boy missing and gave him his address and telephone number and general description. And he says, "Thank you, Mr. Truly. We will take care of it.
And I went back downstairs in a few minutes.

Testimony Of J. W. Fritz

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Dispensing With the Patsy



BK Notes: Before beginning to identify the actual assassin(s) and resolve the murder of the President to a legal and moral certainty, the official story must be dispensed with, as I try to do here. 

"There's another thing that's got to be taken care of first,” Sam Spade says, “We've got to have a fall-guy. The police have got to have a victim - somebody they can stick those murders on. The way to handle them is to toss them a victim, somebody they can hang the works on. I get away with it because I never let myself forget that a day of reckoning is coming. I never forget that when the day of reckoning comes I want to be all set to march into headquarters pushing a victim in front of me, saying 'Here, you chumps, is your criminal!'” – Sam Spade – The Maltise Falcon – by Dashiell Hammett

"Here, you chumps, is your criminal!"  - Cigar Chomping Dallas Detective Paul Bentley 

[BK Notes: Bentley was a close personal friend of the Navy officer Lt. Com. Robert Steel who officially investigated Oswald after his defection and after the assassination and wrote reports that are now missing.
JFKcountercoup: Interview with ONI Investigator Robert Steel ]

By William Kelly 

 “An absurdly large number of elements renders a theory implausible,” - Professor John McAdams

That an absurdly large number of elements renders a theory implausible is certainly something a logical and reasonable person would agree on, and I do. The problem with Professor McAdams is the extension of that logic to the unreasonable conclusion that one man alone – Lee Harvey Oswald killed the President of the United States.

As McAdams continues, “For example, to let Oswald off the hook, you have to posit that somebody stole the rifle from the Paine garage, that they managed to get into the Depository and shoot Kennedy,  that they produced a bag with Oswald’s palm print and a fingerprint on it and then left it in the Sniper’s Nest, and then got out of the building with nobody seeing them, while Oswald was luckily nowhere in the sight of anybody, and was indeed in the building, the elaborateness of this scenario renders it implausible. Among theories that explain the data, the simplest one – or more properly the one with the fewest ad hoc assumptions – is to be preferred.”

An absurdly large number of elements renders a theory implausible, especially those elements that attempt but fail to place Lee Harvey Oswald in the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) at the time of the assassination, thus rendering it implausible he was the lone assassin of the President.

And it is the very elaborateness of this scenario that permits us to figure it out. 

While Oswald ‘was luckily in nowhere in sight of anybody’ – he was indeed in the building and he was certainly seen by a number of people.


Oswald was last seen on the Sixth Floor shortly before noon, walking south with his clipboard after instructing the floor laying crew to send him one of the two elevators they were racing to the first floor. Oswald’s clipboard was later found hanging on a nail against the south wall by the windows and he apparently took the elevator down to the first floor where he was seen shortly before noon by Bill Shelley standing by the first floor telephone, as if expecting a phone call.

Around 12:15 secretary Carolyn Arnold saw Oswald on the first floor – at the same time Arnold Rowland was outside on the curb across the street watching two men in the sixth floor window, one with a rifle who was standing in a port-arms position – a military drill position assumed under orders. 

As Howard Roffman notes: “The Warren Commission stated in its Report that it knew of no Book Depository employee who claimed to have seen Oswald between 11:55 and 12:30 on the day of the assassination. This was false, as this FBI report from the Warren Report never mentions Mrs. Arnold and this FBI document was omitted from the Commission's published evidence.”

[BK:Howard Roffman:  JFKcountercoup: HOWARD ROFFMAN’S “Presumed Guilty” /Book Intro: "Presumed Guilty, How & Why the Warren Commission Framed Lee Harvey Oswald"  ]

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION  Date 11/26/63  Mrs. R. E. ARNOLD, Secretary, Texas School Book Depository, advised she was in her office on the second floor of the building on November 22, 1963, and left that office between 12:00 and 12:15 PM, to go downstairs and stand in front of the building to view the Presidential Motorcade. As she was standing in front of the building, she stated she thought she caught a fleeting glimpse of LEE HARVEY OSWALD standing in the hallway between the front door and the double doors leading to the warehouse, located on the first floor. She could not be sure that this was OSWALD, but said she felt it was and believed the time to be a few minutes before 12:15 PM.

Mrs. Arnold later told a number of reporters that she was more positive of seeing Oswald than the FBI report indicates.

At 12:15 p.m Arnold Rowland was standing with his wife diagonally across the street from the TSBD, and timed to the chatter of a police radio that announced the motorcade was “at Cedar Springs Road off Turtle Creek.” At that time he saw a man on Sixth floor windows standing with a rifle at “Port Arms” position.  

If Oswald was on the first floor, who was the man with the rifle on the Sixth Floor at the precise time the motorcade was scheduled to come by? It was fifteen minutes late. This person in the sixth floor window was seen by other spectators on the street, who noticed that he wasn’t looking towards the direction the motorcade would come, but rather was looking west towards the overpass and grassy knoll.

The motorcade was fifteen minutes late, and if Oswald was to be the assassin he was certainly out of position.

Oswald said that at the time of the assassination he was on the first floor in the Domino Room eating lunch, when two of the black guys he worked with walked through. Although they claimed not to have noticed Oswald, the two men acknowledged that before going up to the Fifth Floor they did walk through the Domino Room. So how did Oswald know they were there if he didn’t see him? Further corroboration that Oswald was in the Domino Room came a few weeks after the assassination when his jacket was discovered in the window sill, right where he said he ate lunch.

A minute before the motorcade arrived the Pilot car, driven by DPD Captain Lumpkin, also a U.S. Army Reserve officer, pulled to the curb and stopped at the corner of Houston and Elm where Lumpkin told one of the three traffic policeman standing there that the motorcade was a mile and a few minutes behind him. By doing so he also told the Sixth Floor Sniper, sixty feet above him.

Only two witnesses on the street actually saw the Sixth Floor gunman – construction worker Howard Brennan and young Amos Eunis. Both describe a man in his early thirties with a white shirt (Oswald wore brown). Brennan told the police that he would recognize the man if he saw him again.

Eunis testified to the Warren Commission: “I seen a bald spot on this man's head, trying to look out the window. He had a bald spot on his head. I was looking at the bald spot.  I could see his hand, you know the rifle laying across in his hand. And I could see his hand sticking out on the trigger part. And after he got through, he just pulled it back in the window.”

[BK Notes, Eunis mentions the 'bald spot' about a dozen times during his short testimony, certainly a distinguishing characteristic not shared with Oswald that could help identify the actual sixth floor shooter.]

Both men said that the shooter did not appear to be in any hurry and just stood back from the window as if surveying what he had just done.

 Of those who were outside on the curb watching the murder first hand there was Ochus Campbell.

“Ochus V. (Virgil) Campbell, vice-president of the textbook firm, told a New York Herald Tribune reporter that, …. ‘Shortly after the shooting we raced back into the building . We had been outside watching the parade. We saw him (Oswald) in a small storage room on the ground floor. Then we  noticed he was gone….Of course Oswald and the others were on their lunch hour but he did not have permission to leave the building and we haven’t seen him since.”

So Campbell saw Oswald standing next to the storage room on the first floor by the steps, as can be seen in the schematic drawing of the first floor. [Thanks to Todd Vaughan for providing this drawing]

Storage area, next to steps, where Mr. Campbell saw Oswald standing shortly after the shooting. 

But according to the Warren Report Oswald was on the Sixth Floor ditching his rifle and racing down four flights of steps to get to the Second Floor lunchroom, where he was seen by DPD officer Marion Baker and TSBD Superintendent Roy Truly ninety seconds after the shooting.

But there were four other people on those steps, and none of them saw anyone run down.

Jack Doughterty said he was on the fifth floor landing when heard the shots and then, after about five minutes, descended to the first floor in one of the elevators once the electric was turned back on.

Victoria “Vicki” Elizabeth Adams and Sandra Styles left their fourth floor office within a minute of the last shot and descended the back steps without seeing anyone until they arrived on the first floor where they encountered William Shelley and Billy Lovelady. They didn’t pass Oswald or anybody on the steps.

Their supervisor was on the fourth floor landing and didn’t see Oswald or anyone run past her. 

So there were four people on the steps – Dougherty on the fifth floor landing, the supervisor on the fourth floor landing, and two secretaries, none of whom saw Oswald or anybody run past them, as they would have if Oswald descended those steps.

Then there’s the official rendition of Marion Baker and Roy Truly encountering Oswald in the Second Floor lunchroom ninety seconds after the shooting.

 Dallas police motorcycle policeman Marion Baker immediately pulled his bike aside in front of the TSBD – parked it and ran up the front steps where building superintendent Roy Truly met him and offered to direct Baker to the roof. Baker was an experienced hunter and suspected a shooter was located on the roof because he noticed a flock of pigeons flew away from there at the sound of the shots.

Truly led Baker to the back of the building where the service elevators were not working because the electricity had been shut off.

So they began to ascend the old wooden steps on the west wall of the building.

When Marion Baker got to the top of steps on the Second Floor landing he started to turn the corner a few feet behind Truly but suddenly stopped, later testifying under oath that as he turned the corner on the second floor, he “scanned the room” and out of the corner of his eye, he saw a man through the glass walking past the window of a door.

The Warren Report:  “On the second floor landing there is a small open area with a door at the east end. This door leads into a small vestibule, and another door leads from the vestibule into the second-floor lunchroom. The lunchroom door is usually open, but the first door is kept shut by a closing mechanism on the door. This vestibule door is solid except for a small glass window in the upper part of the door. As Baker reached the second floor, he was about 20 feet from the vestibule door. He intended to continue around to his left toward the stairway going up but through the window in the door he caught a fleeting glimpse of a man walking in the vestibule toward the lunchroom.”

Marion Baker: “As I came out to the second floor there, Mr. Truly was ahead of me, and as I come out I was kind of scanning, you know, the room, and I caught a glimpse of this man walking away from this — I happened to see him through this window in this door. I don’t know how come I saw him, but I had a glimpse of him coming down there.”

Howard Roffman was a University of Pennsylvania student when he read the Warren Commission testimony and exhibits and wrote one of the most important early books on the assassination, “Presumed Guilty.” As Roffman indicates, “One of the crucial aspects of Baker's story” (that proves Oswald’s innocence) is his position at the time he caught a ‘fleeting glimpse’ of a man in the vestibule (through the door window). Baker marked this position during his testimony as having been immediately adjacent to the stairs at the northwest corner of the building.”
Second floor schematic drawing - showing the front steps - front elevator - secretary's office, the open lunchroom door - the closed door with window - and lunchroom. 

Roffman: “It should be noted that the Report never mentions Baker's position at the time he (first) saw Oswald in the vestibule. Instead, it prints a floor plan of the second floor and notes Baker's position ‘when he observed Oswald in lunchroom.’ This location, as indicated in the Report, was immediately outside the vestibule door. The reader of the Report is left with the impression that Baker saw Oswald in the vestibule as well from this position. However, Baker testified explicitly that he first caught a glimpse of the man in the vestibule from the stairs and, upon running to the vestibule door, saw Oswald in the lunchroom. The Report's failure to point out Baker's position is significant.” 

The closed door and window Baker saw Oswald from the top of the steps. 

When Baker saw Oswald though the window of the closed lunchroom door Oswald was walking from right to left, as he would have if he walked through the secretary’s office and through the other open door, the same way he left.

Since the door with the window had to be closed when Baker first saw Oswald though the window, Oswald couldn’t have entered through that door, or Truly – steps ahead of Baker, would have seen him.

The lunchroom door had to be closed for Baker to see Oswald through the window because science requires that if the door was open, even if only an inch or two, physics and pure geometry dictate the foot square window decrease in size as the door opens and closes, which makes it impossible for Baker, standing 20 feet away at the top of the stares, to see anything through the window. 

The door had to be closed for Baker to see Oswald through that window. Oswald didn’t go through that door because Truly would have seen him and the door had to be closed.

When the Warren Commission attorneys realized the significance of these facts, they recalled Roy Truly a second time, after he had already testified extensively, just to ask him one question, the clincher. At an office in the Post Office Annex just across Dealey Plaza from the TSBD, they placed Truly under oath again and created a legal affidavit in order to answer one peculiar question: did the door to the second floor lunchroom have an automatic closing device? I kid you not.

And the answer is yes, it does.

The following affidavit was executed by Roy Sansom Truly on August 3, 1964.

County of Dallas, ss:

I, Roy Sansom Truly, being duly sworn say:

1. I am the Superintendent of the Texas School Book Depository Building Dallas, Texas.
2. The door opening on the vestibule of the lunchroom on the second floor of the TexasSchool Book Depository Building is usually shut because of a closing mechanism on the door.

Signed this 3d day of August 1964, at Dallas Tex.
(S) Roy Sansom Truly,

The door was closed shut all right, and Oswald didn’t go through that door a few seconds previous or Truly would have seen him.

In his Warren Commission testimony Truly admits as much.

Mr. BELIN. Okay. And where was this officer at that time?
Mr. TRULY. This officer was right behind me and coming up the stairway.
By the time I reached the second floor, the officer was a little further behind me than he was on the first floor, I assume - I know.
Mr. BELIN. Was he a few feet behind you then?
Mr. TRULY. He was a few feet. It is hard for me to tell. I ran right on around to my left, started to continue on up the stairway to the third floor, and on up.
Mr. BELIN. Now when you say you ran on to your left, did you look straight ahead to see whether there was anyone in that area, or were you intent on just going upstairs?
Mr. TRULY. If there had been anybody in that area, I would have seen him

“If there had been anybody in that area – I would have seen him.”

Those who try to implicate Oswald as the Sixth Floor sniper use stop watches to time themselves running the distance from the SE corner window, ditch the rifle, descend the steps four flights and run across the room and do so in less than the required ninety seconds. And they can't do it without running out of breath. But it isn’t the fact that someone can cover that distance in the required time – what exonerates Oswald is the fact that if he had gone through that closed door, rather than the open one leading to the secretary’s office, Truly would have seen him, and didn’t.

So Oswald wasn’t on the Sixth Floor when the shots were fired, didn’t run down those steps, didn’t go through that door, and didn’t kill the President.


Roy Truly’s role in this affair isn’t over yet. There’s two other items that need to be addressed. For one, as Truly, Baker and a secretary who saw Oswald leaving the Second Floor lunchroom with a coke all testified – Oswald’s demeanor was not that of a person who had just fired a rifle, blew a man’s brains out, ditched the rifle and ran down four flights of steps – out of breath, hyper-venelating, sweating and nervous, but rather he was cool, calm and collected.


Commissioner Boggs: “Were you suspicious of this man?”
Baker: “No, sir; I wasn’t.”
Boggs: “When you saw him, was he out of breath, did he appear to have been running, or what?”
Baker: “It didn’t appear that to me. He appeared normal, you know.”
Boggs: “Was he calm and collected?”
Baker: “Yes, sir; He never did say a word or nothing. In fact, he didn’t change his expression one bit.”
Mr. Belin: Did he flinch in anyway when you put the gun up . . .?
Mr. Baker: No, sir.
Sen. Cooper: He did not show any evidence of any emotion?
Mr. Baker: No, sir.


Mr. Belin: Did you see any expression on his face? Or weren't you paying attention?
Mr. Truly: He didn't seem to be excited or overly afraid or anything. He might have been a little startled, like I might have been if someone confronted me. But I cannot recall any change in expression of any kind on his face.
Counsel Belin: All right. How far was the officer’s gun from Lee Harvey Oswald when he asked the question?”
Truly: …it seemed to me like it was almost touching him.


Mrs. Robert Reid, Clerical Supervisor at the Book Depository was standing on the curb in front of the TSBD and commented to her employers that she believed the shots came from “our building.”  
Mrs. Reid: “The thought that went through my mind, my goodness I must get out of this line of shots, they may fire more. I ran into the building. I do not recall seeing anyone in the lobby. I ran up to our office…up the stairs…the front stairs…I went into the office. I kept walking and I looked up and Oswald was coming in the back door of the office. I met him by the time I passed my desk several feet… I had no thoughts of anything of him having any connection with it at all because he was very calm. He had gotten a coke and was holding it in his hands and I guess the reason it impressed me seeing him in there I thought it was a little strange that one of the warehouse boys would be up in the office at that time, not that he had done anything wrong.”
Counsel Belin: “Was there anything else you noticed about him? Anything about the expression on his face?”
Reid: “No; just calm.”
Commissioner Dulles: “Was he moving fast?”
Reid: “No; because he was moving at a very slow pace. I never did see him moving fast at any time.”


Brennan, the hard had construction worker who saw the sixth floor sniper and told police he would recognize him again if he saw him, was told to stand by a police car at the curb at the bottom of the TSBD front door steps. As he stood there, he noticed the black workers who were looking out the fifth floor window as they left the building, and pointed them out to the police, who took them in for questioning.
Around the same time, according to the Warren Report, Oswald left the building the same way – through the front door, down the steps and right past Brennan, who didn’t recognize him as the sixth floor sniper, because he wasn’t.

Oswald wasn’t on the sixth floor at the time of the shooting, wasn’t the sixth floor sniper, did not run down those steps, did not go through the lunchroom door, and wasn’t the assassin who killed the president.  These absurd number of exonerating elements make that implausible if not impossible. 

Those who still claim Oswald did it must reasonably account for each and every one of these exonerating elements, while any one of them - in McAdam's words, let's Oswald off the hook.

At least those who still contend that Oswald was the assassin must accept the fact that there are many good reasons why most people believe that Oswald didn’t kill the president - and someone else did.

As Daniel Ellsberg has said, once you come to this realization, what are you going to do about it?

Well, for one thing, once you realize Oswald didn’t kill JFK, you should at least inquirer as to who did.

And that is what we are doing.  

"The Mast of Anarchy" - Edwar Lester Pearson quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley - 

"I met Murder on the way –
He had a mask like Castlereagh:
Very smooth he looked, yet grim;
Seven bloodhounds followed him.
All were fat; and well they might
Be in admirable plight,
For one by one, and two by two,
He tossed them human hearts to chew."

Oswald's heart was only the first thrown to the bloodhounds. 

Now new well fed bloodhounds are going after the real assassins. 

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Oswald acted alone - indication of mental health

Thanks to Dan Stoper for pointing out the significance of a statement by Tim Rutten, in his LA Times review of Russ Baker’s book on the Bush family.

Tim Rutten wrote:

“Here it’s necessary to declare a personal bias. I regard the belief that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone as an important indication of mental health. In fact, I think there are three things that every serious American needs to believe about our recent history: Kennedy was killed by a lone lunatic, Americans really did land on the moon and the Twin Towers were destroyed when they were struck by two fully fueled airliners that had been hijacked by Islamic extremists organized by Al Qaeda. People who do not believe in these things are, within reasonable limits, entitled to sympathy. They are not entitled to a seat at the table where serious discussions occur.”

Well that is a personal bias, as even mentioning the assassination of the president with moon landing deniers and self-imploding skyscrapers diminishes the reality of the fact that President Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy.

And I believe it is worthy of a mental health study – but not of those who don’t belive JFK was killed by a lone lunatic, but those who do. There are many good reasons why the majority of people do not belive that the President was killed by one deranged man.

It is the conspiracy deniers who should be lumped in the same category as Holocoust deniers, as they refuse to accept what is obvious to most people – JFK was the victim of a cover intelligence operation perpetrated by his enemies in Washington, and instead believe and promote the idea the president was murdered by a crazy man for his own irrational motives that we will never know.

Well their desogmated deranged lunatic – Lee Harvey Oswald – is the most historically studied and documented individual in the history of the world. More information about him has been collected, reviewed, analyzied and destroyed than any other person, yet there are radical perspectives of his character.

Dave Reitzes says Oswald must have been crazy since he killed the President and a policeman, but that’s a big assumption and a big jump you can’t make without assuming Oswald was the motiveless killer.

Now if, as has been proclaimed, the assassin of the president was a certified nut case, then those who make this claim should be able to review the records and determine exactly what kind of nut case he was - psychotic, autistic, dyslectic, paranoid, sociopath, homicidal, and what have you? What was he?

Those who were close to him did not notice any psychological issue – the marines who served with him, his friends in Russia and Texas, Ruth or Michael Paine. Ruth Paine wrote to her father a few weeks before the assassination saying what a good father Oswald was to his kids. She didn’t say she concerned she was putting up with a homicidal maniac.

You would think those who make this claim would follow up on their theory and determine what the diagnosis is. But they won’t because they know they are wrong in the first place, not only for their mis-diagnosis of Oswald as the Sixth Floor Sniper and assassin – a very big assumption and mis-judgement – but for trying to attribute a psychosis to the Patsy as if he was the assassin.

As Dave Ritzies said, Oswald must have been crazy if he killed the president, but that he killed the president is a major assumption that can be shown to be wrong – so the resulting psycho-analysis is also wrong.
One illogical pronouncements is that lone sniper Oswald killed the president all by himself, but rather than the world’s best and most proficient assassin – he is a wife beating loser who couldn’t hold a job and just got lucky to succed in killing the president when he failed at everything else.

Back in the 1990s the Secret Service commissioned a study of assassins and those who have assaulted the president over time – looking for common characteristics that they could use to spot potential assassins.
Unfortunately, their study was incorrect in that it did not include a very specific profile – the covert operational personality (COP) profile.

Oswald pretty much set the prototype COP profile – and many have come to be recognized since then, but they comprise a very distinct class of assassins – as they all share many comparative attributes – unsettled family life, military background (usually USMC), trained in a specialty and fluent in a foreign language, travels easily, fits into divergent backgrounds, keeps a residence apart from family, and uses a P.O. box, operational aliases, crypts and trained covert intelligence lingo and techniques.

Besides Oswald, others who fit this covert operational profile include Frank Forini Sturgis, Gerry Patrick Hemming, William Morgan, Antonio Veciana, Gordon Novel, David Ferrie, Tosh Plumlee, Eugenio Martinez,…and many others, but you get the idea.

Now there’s no senses in trying to diagnose these guys as their psycho motive was their beliefs, patriotism – ideological rather than psychological.

So it really doesn’t matter if Oswald was the lone assassin or the Patsy, he was just a small pawn in a much bigger game – one that we are only now just figuring out.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

For Some Reason, I Don't Think So


To his research group Paul Hoch called attention to a press release for a new documentary movie: "Truth Is Our Only Client - The Official Investigation of the Murder of John F. Kennedy." 

On alt.assassination.JFK, Steve Barber has referred to this new film and is one of the interviewees. The date of the premiere is approximately the 55th anniversary of the release of the Warren Report. 

This link was just posted by Ted Rubinstein at 

  Sep 22, $15 An Evening with Staff Members of The Warren Commission by Ezzie Films and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

      [PLH note:  the President of Ezzie Films is Todd Kwait,  https://www.facebook.com/todd.kwait ]

  The world premier of the documentary entitled "Truth is the Only Client: The Official Investigation of the Murder of John F. Kennedy". 

The story is told from the point of view of the surviving primary investigators of the Kennedy Assassination - The Warren Commission Staff. The film offers exclusive and newly filmed interviews with the Staff Lawyers for The Warren Commission. These lawyers had the responsibilty to investigate the facts and provide their findings to The Commission. There has never been a motion picture focused on their side of the story. It is a unique view into the workings of history and, perhaps, one of the only remaining opportunities for our citizenry to judge for themselves the effectiveness and conclusions of The Warren Report.

The film will serve to separate provable facts from what has become the legend surrounding the assassination, not by debunking and disproving a litany of unfounded theories, but by honestly and frankly examining all that was uncovered by the investigation and what has been learned since.

With the benefit of hindsight, the investigators will reflect on what they may have missed, and to mistakes and miscommunications that may have lead to over a half century of suspicion. The film also features newly filmed and exclusive interviews with:

Other Assassination Characters:

  Ruth Paine, owner of the home where Marina Oswald lived in November 1963
  Bernie Weismann, who placed an article in Dallas Morning News which seemed to threaten the President
Outside Investigators and Experts
  Robert Blakey, Chief Counsel of the Chief Counsel and Staff Director to the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations (1977 - 1979)
  Vincent Bugliosi, author of the definitive book on the assassination Reclaiming History, prosecutor of Charles Manson as former California AG and prosecutor in the BBC Television mock trial of Lee Harvey Oswald
  Patricia Johnson McMillan, author of Marina and Lee
  David Robarge, CIA Historian
  Judge Brendan Sheehan, Kennedy Expert and Narrator
  Judge Ellen Connally, Kennedy Expert and Historian
  Steve Barber, Acoustics Investigator
Scheduled to appear at the screening and participating in a Q&A immediately following the screening will be:
  Howard Willens, Warren Commission Counsel and Staff Liaison
  Judge Burt Griffin, Warren Commission Counsel
  Ruth Paine, owner of the home where Marina Oswald lived in November 1963
  Bernie Weismann, who placed an article in Dallas Morning News which seemed to threaten the President
  David Slawson, Warren Comission Counsel

Sun, September 22, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT The Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Boulevard Dallas, TX 75208 Ezzie Films and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Organizer of An Evening with Staff Members of The Warren Commission. The event is sponsored by Ezzie Films and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.  All tickets sales will benefit the Sixth Floor Museum.

BK Notes: In response to a question, I will certainly view this film, and write a review of it, as I watch everything and read everything – I even read Bugliosi’s book and learned some new things in “Reclaiming History” that you can’t find anywhere else. For instance the fact that Assistant DA Bill Alexander was going to charge Oswald with “furthering a communist conspiracy,” and was being egged on to do so by reporter Joe Goulden, one of David Phillips’ assets. That was only thwarted by LBJ as when he got wind of it, called Texas authorities to ensure that Oswald was not considered a communist conspirator but a lone nut, beginning the switch from PDS’s Phase One to Phase Two cover stories.

Will the film interview Bugliosi about that? For some reason I don’t think so.

If the film will really try to separate provable facts from what has become legend and honesley and frankly examine all that has been uncovered by the investigation and what has been learned since, then I suspect that we will learn some of the following from some of the “assassination characters”:

Priscilla Johnson McMillan, I hope, will discuss her employer - the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA) when she interviewed Oswald in Moscow. As detailed in the article "Bottlefed by Oswald's NANA," this news organization was owned by former OSS and British Intelligence officers and run by Ian Fleming, of 007 fame, and was a virtual intelligence network that also include JFK's girl when he was in ONI Ingrid Avid, Ernest Hemmingway, Anthony Veciana and David Philliips' friend Virginia Prewett, and Monica Lowenski's friend Luciana Goldberg. Will PJM talk about NANA and these people affiliated with it?

I don't think so. 

Internet promoter Steve Barber is the rock drummer who practically single handedly debunked the Barger, Weiss and Ackensasy HSCA acoustical studies, without bothering to replicate them. I would think the acoustical scientists will be given equal time to either dismiss or confirm their original findings that the acoustics present a 95 percent probability that there were four shots from two different locations.

But for some reason I don’t think they will give equal time to the scientists.

As for the Warren Commission lawyers, I like what WC attorney Sam Stern told the HSCA and wonder if they will include it in this documentary:

Sam Stern: "…I am less certain now that at the time we wrote the Report. Less certain that Oswald acted alone…. in my own mind. I just thought there were a lot of straws left.....I have become more skeptical about the Warren Commission findings and everything else that is a part of official life, I suppose. Everything has become discredited over the years since 1963. You don’t really believe in things the way you did back then ….at the outset we realized that there was no possible way to penetrate any official involvement in a cover-up or conspiracy if there was such complicity.”….

The HSCA report continues: “Stern stated that had the Commission learned of the CIA-Mafia conspiracies to assassinate Fidel Castro, ‘we would have gone much more into Cuba, the CIA, and the Mafia. We would have had a whole host of new avenues calling for investigation. And we would have obviously had to develop some new sources of information – other than the agency.’ When shown the CIA memorandum of November 1963 in which a CIA officer wrote that the Agency had once considered using Oswald for intelligence purposes, Stern stated that ‘I have never seen this. I was never given this, and we had asked for and were supposed to be given anything of relevance like this.’ In reading the memo, Stern stated that ‘that would have definitely been relevant. If they (the CIA) were taking him that seriously, then you might think that others could or did also. If we found that had been withheld, that would have been a major explosion also’”

“When shown a copy of the 1960-61 memos regarding ‘the possibility of an Oswald impostor,’ Stern stated that he had never seen those three memos either, despite the fact that ‘they would have certainly been relevant. I was supposed to have been given all relevant Bureau information and files on Oswald in the pre-assassination period. They said I had everything.’”

“Stern stated that if the staff of the Commission had discovered that the Hosty note had existed and had been destroyed by the FBI in Dallas, that ‘if we had found out that happened, we would have gone to a full Commission meeting immediately, and would have made the big decision regarding any future relationship between the Commission and the FBI. It just would have gone to the heart of the whole relationship and the Bureau’s motivation. The destruction of that note would have resulted in the ultimate brouhaha.’”

Yea, "major explosion,” and the “Ultimate Brouhaha,” but for some reason, that never happened, and for some reason I don't think any of this will be included in this film, whose client will be cheated unless it is. 

David Robarge’s contribution could be huge, but I don’t suspect the official CIA historian will say much to support truth as his client.  His biography of John McCone is still heavily redacted: https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/DOC_0001262720.pdf].

I would like Robarge, as he personally looked into it, to address the question of how the CIA lost all of its records on their “detailed study” of the July 20, 1944 Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler, and the CIA’s adaption of that plan to use against Castro? And also, what became of the CIA’s Pathfinder files that JMWAVE NPIC staff recall reading because they were kept in the NPIC section of the station instead of in the Operational Files where they belonged. So we don’t have it today because it was intentionally misfiled. The only record of the Pathfinder plan to kill Castro with a high powered rifle as he rode in an open jeep – was found - again intentionally misfiled in Frank Sturgis’ Security File. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=104139&relPageId=14

But I don't think Robarge ever will publicly address these issues. 

As for Ruth Paine, since she wasn’t questioned by the HSCA or the ARRB as she should have been, so I hope she will address her visit to the Forbes Family island off Massachusetts at the invitation of Michael Paine’s mom – Ruth Forbes Paine Young (RFPY). Michael Paine's mom was best friends and traveling companion of Mary Bancroft, as Bancroft recalls in her “Autobiography of a Spy” recounting her relationship with RFPY as well as Allen Dulles during WWII and their involvement in the aforementioned Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler. Will Ruth Paine mention her visit to Michael Paine’s mother shortly before picking up Marina and the rifle in New Orleans and taking them to Texas while Oswald supposedly went to Mexico?

For some reason I don’t think so. 

Will we get the ultimate truth from this film?

For some reason I don't think so. But I will give it a shot and try to view it when it is available. 

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