Monday, February 17, 2014

Why Oswald Didn't Kill JFK

Why Oswald Didn't Kill JFK

In response to a request for the evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill JFK, I suggest the relevant chapter in Tony Summers' "Not In Your Lifetime" and Howard Roffman's "Presumed Guilty," which is available on-line at Dave Ratcliff's or referenced in my "Doors of Perception" blogpost of July 9, 2013, which details how Oswald could not have been on the Sixth Floor at the time of the shooting and therefore could not have been the Sixth Floor Sniper.

That is not to say that Oswald is innocent of everything, as he might have taken a shot at General Walker and killed Tippit, but the preponderance of evidence indicates that Oswald was not on the Sixth Floor at the time of the assassination and was not the Sixth Floor Sniper.

More than one witness places Oswald on the first floor by the telephone (Shelley) around noon, and in the lunchroom reading a newspaper (Givins, Arnold) around 12:15, when two witnesses outside saw a man with a rifle on the sixth floor with another man in a sports coat. A prisoner from across the street also saw a man in the window fiddling with the scope of a rifle with another man at this time. If Oswald was on the first floor at 12:15, who was the man in the sixth floor with the rifle with another man in a sports coat?

 A TSBD secretary told Robert Groden that she was on the second floor handing Oswald change when they heard the shooting.

Less than two minutes later Dallas Police officer Marion Baker saw Oswald through the window of the second floor lunchroom door. Since the door had to be closed for Baker to see him through the window, Oswald must have been walking from the secretary's office on the second floor through the vestibule where Baker saw him through the window on his way to the lunchroom to buy a coke with the change he obtained from the secretary.

If Oswald had entered the lunchroom through the door with the window through which Baker saw Oswald, then Roy Truly the TSBD superintendent would have seen Oswald go through the door because he was a few steps ahead of Baker, and he didn't see Oswald go through that door, as he would if he did.

Had Oswald come down those steps as he would have to if he was the Sixth Floor Sniper, then he would have been on the steps at the same time as two secretaries, and would have passed two employees on the step landings on the fifth and fourth floors, but he didn't.

In addition, those eyewitnesses on the street who eyeballed the Sixth Floor Sniper all agreed he had on a white shirt (Oswald wore brown) and one witness clearly stated that the sniper had a very distinctive bald spot on the top of his head, a unique, distinguishing attribute not shared by Oswald.

Then, five minutes after the last shot, a court clerk from across the street saw a man in the Sixth Floor sniper's window, when Oswald was on the first floor. If not Oswald, who was that person if not the sniper?

Since Oswald could not be placed on the sixth floor within a half hour of the shooting before hand and was on the second floor ninety seconds later, and didn't come down the steps or go through the lunchroom door he would have had to go through if he was the sniper, then after eliminating the impossible, as Sherlock Holmes used to say, whatever is left, however improbable, must be the truth.

Therefore, if Oswald was not on the Sixth Floor at the time of the shooting, didn't run down those stairs past the four witnesses who didn't see him, didn't run though the second floor lunchroom door as Truly didn't see him and was on his way to buy a coke when Baker saw him through the closed lunchroom door window, then he could not possibly have been the Sixth Floor Sniper.

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