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JFK: Did Oswald shoot Tippit? Eyewitnesses: NO; Warren Commission: YES

JFK:Did Oswald shoot Tippit? Eyewitnesses:NO; Warren Commission:YES

Richard Charnin
Aug. 19, 2014

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According to all eyewitnesses, J.D. Tippit was shot at 1:06 pm. Oswald was standing outside his apartment at 1:04, 0.8 miles from the scene of the murder. So the Warren Commission needed to add ten minutes to the time of the murder to get Oswald at the scene by 1:16. Even that’s a stretch; covering 0.8 miles in 12 minutes (4.0 mph) is very fast walking. This lie was standard operating procedure for the Commission. Witness testimony and physical evidence which proved Oswald’s innocence was ignored or altered to fit the Lone Gunman myth.

• DPD Channel 1 dispatcher Murray Jackson contacts Tippit at 1:03 to get his location but gets no response. http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/car10.htm

• Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Craig hears of the Tippit shooting at 1:06 over the police radio. http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/WTKaP.pdf

•  Dallas policeman T.F Bowley arrives at the scene at 1:10. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth339132/

• According to Warren Commission exhibit 705,  immediately following T.F Bowley’s transmission at 1:10, the DPD dispatcher called over DPD Channel 1 radio that Tippit had been shot. http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh17/pdf/WH17_CE_705.pdf

• Helen Markham signs an affidavit on November 22nd that she was standing at the corner at “approximately 1:06″ when she saw Officer Tippit pull over and talk to a man for a few seconds before he exited his vehicle and was shot She maintained a consistent time when she told the Warren Commision that “it wasn’t 6 or 7 minutes after 1″ http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/04/0444-001.gif

• Barbara Jeanette Davis signs an affidavit on November 22nd that she heard two shots “shortly after 1 PM”. http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/04/0447-001.gif

• Ted Callaway signed an affidavit on November 22nd that he heard some shots “about 1 PM”. http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/04/0453-001.gif

• Mrs. Margie Higgins of 417 East 10th Street said that “I just looked up at the clock on my television to verify the time and it said 1:06. At that point I heard the shots”. http://thegirlonthestairs.wordpress.com/

• Sam Guinyard signs an affidavit on November 22nd that he heard some shooting “about 1 PM” near Patton and 10th Street. http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/04/0482-001.gif

• Domingo Benavides was driving west along 10th Street when he heard the shooting. Startled by the shots, Benavides pulled his pick-up truck to the curb almost directly across the street from Tippit’s patrol car, and ducked down inside his truck. Benavides informed the Warren Commission that he remained in his pick-up truck “for a few minutes” before exiting. He then went to Tippit and seeing that he was dead used Tippit’s car radio to call for help. When he replaced the microphone he looked up to see DP T. F. Bowley, who signed an affidavit that he arrived and saw “several people were at the scene” and Officer Tippit lying on the street dead. He checked his watch; it was 1:10. He then used the officer’s car radio to call in the murder. http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh6/html/WC_Vol6_0228a.htm

• On January 21st 1964, Albert Austin signed an affidavit saying that “sometime after 1:00 PM” he heard approximately two or three shots and saw a policeman lying in front of a police car on the left front side. http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/austin.htm

• On January 21st 1964, Francis Kinneth signed an affidavit saying that “at approximately 1:00 PM” he heard two or three shots and saw a parked police car and a uniformed police officer lying on the ground.   

http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/kinneth.htm

• Frank Cimino signed an affidavit on December 3rd that “at about 1:00 PM” he heard four loud noises which sounded like shots. http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/cimino_f.htm

• During the Warren Commission testimony of Officer J. M. Poe, assistant counsel Joseph A. Ball refers to Poe entering a witness-provided description on the dispatcher transcript log at 1:22 PM. According to Poe, by the time he arrived at the scene there were already “150 to 200 people around there” and the ambulance had already left. http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/testimony/poe.htm

Did the Warren Commission tell the truth about anything? It did not mention that bullets recovered from Tippit’s body were from an automatic and Oswald had a revolver; the vast majority of Dealey Plaza witnesses who heard or saw shots from the Grassy Knoll; the Zapuder film; the impossible Magic Bullet which entered JFK’s back 5.5″ below the collar and never exited; the full stop of the JFK Limo; the “double-bang” of nearly simultaneous shots;  Oswald in the Doorway of the TSBD; why Billy Lovelady was asked to place a black arrow pointing to himself in the black area of Altgens6; the fake Oswald backyard photos; the 7.65 Mauser morphing into a Mannlicher Carcano; no record of Oswald ordering or taking delivery of the Carcano, or Oswald being a $200/month FBI informer.

And the clincher: they expect us to believe that Oswald ran from the 6th floor to the second floor lunchroom in 75-90 seconds, holding a coke and cool as a cucumber.

 
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TSBD: Oswald was “out with Bill Shelley in front”; Lovelady was ”on the steps” in front of Shelley

TSBD: Oswald was “out with Bill Shelley in front”; Lovelady was ”on the steps” in front of Shelley

Richard Charnin
Aug. 7, 2014
Updated Aug. 15, 2014

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Oswald told Will Fritz of the Dallas PD that he was “out with Bill Shelley in front” of the TSBD. The Fritz notes were not mentioned by the Warren Commission and were hidden from the public until 1997.

If Oswald was lying to Fritz, what was his motive? After all, he already had an alibi: he was seen on the second floor 90 seconds after the shooting by TSBD manager Roy Truly and policeman Marrion Baker. He was holding a coke and not out of breath. If Oswald was not on the 6th floor, why would he not be out front watching the motorcade? And how would he know Bill Shelley was out in front unless he saw him there? http://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/10137/

Oswald deniers say that he told Fritz he changed his shirt. Could it have been his tee shirt? But what’s the diff? The shirt he was wearing at the TSBD is the same style (open in a V pattern) as the one he was wearing at the police station. Lovelady did not open his shirt in a V-pattern to show a tee, assuming he wore a tee. In any case, Judyth Baker’s pixel analysis of the shirts proves that Lovelady cannot be Doorman.

In the Altgens6 photo, there are three men standing just to the left (and one or two steps below) Doorman. They are standing in front of the figure covering his or her eyes on the top level. Warren Commission testimony indicates that Oswald, Shelley and Frazier were standing on the TOP level (first floor) of the TSBD. Lovelady, Williams and Molina were standing on the STEPS below. Was Williams standing between Lovelady and Molina?

Except for Doorman, the faces are all obscured. But the upper right portion of the whited-out face of the figure in front is visible and appears to match Lovelady. Was his face cut out and pasted over Doorman? 

Click this GIF to fill in Lovelady’s face  and restore that of Doorman:   

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Lovelady testified at the Warren Commission that he was standing on the top step of the TSBD in front of Bill Shelley. http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/lovelady.htm

Mr. LOVELADY – That’s on the second floor; so, I started going to the domino room where I generally went in to set down and eat and nobody was there and I happened to look on the outside and Mr. Shelley was standing outside with Miss Sarah Stanton, I believe her name is, and I said, “Well, I’ll go out there and talk with them, sit down and eat my lunch out there, set on the steps,” so I went out there.
Mr. BALL – You ate your lunch on the steps?
Mr. LOVELADY – Yes, sir.
Mr. BALL – Who was with you?
Mr. LOVELADY – Bill Shelley and Sarah Stanton, and right behind me…
Mr. BALL – What was that last name?
Mr. LOVELADY – Stanton.
Mr. BALL – What is the first name?
Mr. LOVELADY – Bill Shelley.
Mr. BALL – And Stanton’s first name?
Mr. LOVELADY – Miss Sarah Stanton.
Mr. BALL – Did you stay on the steps?
Mr. LOVELADY – Yes.
Mr. BALL – Were you there when the President’s motorcade went by?
Mr. LOVELADY – Right

Attorney Joseph Ball took out CE 369. Buell Frazier had placed a black arrow pointing to Doorman in the white area. Lovelady was asked to point the black arrow to himself by placing it in a dark area. On very close inspection, it appears that Lovelady placed the arrow pointing to the figure whose face was cut out standing in front of Bill Shelley.
Mr. BALL – I have got a picture here, Commission Exhibit 369. Are you on that picture?
Mr. LOVELADY – Yes, sir.
Mr. BALL – Take a pen or pencil and mark an arrow where you are.
Mr. LOVELADY – Where I thought the shots are?
Mr. BALL – No; you in the picture.
Mr. LOVELADY – Oh, here (indicating).
Mr. BALL – Draw an arrow down to that; do it in the DARK. You got an arrow in the DARK and one in the WHITE pointing toward you. Where were you when the picture was taken?
Mr. LOVELADY – Right there at the entrance of the building standing on the top step, would be here (indicating).
Mr. BALL – You were standing on which step?
Mr. LOVELADY – It would be your top level.
Mr. BALL – The top step you were standing there?
Mr. LOVELADY – Right.

William Shelley testified under oath that he was standing on the TOP landing of the entrance to the TSBD. Billy Lovelady testified that he first sat on the step in FRONT of Shelley and had his lunch. If Shelley was not standing behind Lovelady, where was he? Doorman was standing on the top level (the 1st floor). http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/shelley1.htm

Mr. SHELLEY – Oh, several people were out there waiting to watch the motorcade and I went out to join them.
Mr. BALL – And who was out there?
Mr. SHELLEY – Well, there was Lloyd Viles of McGraw-Hill, Sarah Stanton, she’s with Texas School Book, and Wesley Frazier and Billy Lovelady joined us shortly afterwards.
Mr. BALL – You were standing where?
Mr. SHELLEY – Just outside the glass doors there.
Mr. BALL – That would be on the top landing of the entrance?
Mr. SHELLEY – Yes.

Buelle Frazier testified that Lovelady was standing two or three steps below him. This was contradicted when he placed an arrow pointing to Doorman who was standing on the top level. http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/frazierb1.htm

Mr. BALL – We have got a picture taken the day of the parade and it shows the President’s car going by.
Now, take a look at that picture. Can you see your picture any place there?
Mr. FRAZIER – No, sir; I don’t, because I was back up in this more or less black area here.
Mr. BALL – I see.
Mr. FRAZIER – Because Billy, like I say, is two or three steps down in front of me.
Mr. BALL – Do you recognize this fellow?
Mr. FRAZIER – That is Billy, that is Billy Lovelady.

Mr. BALL – Billy?
Mr. FRAZIER – Right
Mr. BALL – Let’s take a marker and make an arrow down that way. That mark is Billy Lovelady?
Mr. FRAZIER – Right.
Mr. BALL – That is where you told us you were standing a moment ago.
Mr. FRAZIER – Right.
Mr. BALL – In front of you to the right over to the wall?
Mr. FRAZIER – Yes.
Mr. BALL – Is this a Commission exhibit?
We will make this a Commission Exhibit No. 369.
(The document referred to was marked Commission Exhibit No. 369 for identification.)

Joe Molina said he was on the uppermost step.

Mr. BALL. Where were you standing?
Mr. MOLINA. Right at the front door; right at the front door.
Mr. BALL. Outside the front door?
Mr. MOLINA. Yes, outside the front door I was standing; the door was right behind me.
Mr. BALL. Were you standing on the steps?
Mr. MOLINA. Yes, on the uppermost step.

Otis Williams was standing on the top step.
(Warren Commission Hearings, vol.22, p.683, 19 March 1964)
“I was standing on the top step against the railing on the east side of the steps in front of the building. I do not recall who was standing on either side of me.

Carolyn Arnold, a secretary working for the Texas School Book Depository, provided support for Lee Harvey Oswald’s alibi. She said that he was on the first (i.e. ground) floor of the TSBD at the time of President Kennedy’s assassination. http://22november1963.org.uk/carolyn-arnold-witness-oswald

Charles Givens was not asked where he was at 12:30. Danny Arce said was in front but “on the grass”. The others said they were inside the building on the upper floors. Jack Dougherty’s testimony is suspicious and confusing. Sarah Stanton (TSBD employee) and Lloyd Viles of the AP were not interviewed by the Warren Commission.

Links to the Warren Commission testimony of TSBD employees are given below. 

Stanton and Viles were not interviewed by the Warren Commission.

Doorman’s shirt, open in a V to reveal a tee shirt, was identical to the shirt Oswald was wearing in custody. Lovelady did not wear his shirt open in a V. Judith Baker’s pixel analysis proves Doorman’s shirt matched Oswald’s shirt, not Lovelady’s. http://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/jfk-judyth-baker-pixel-analysis-of-altgens6-photo-proves-oswald-is-doorman/

Why did the WC not question policeman Marrion Baker about his affidavit in which he stated that he saw a man (who did not match Oswald’s appearance) on the third or fourth floor walking away from the stairwell?http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/04/0426-001.gif TSBD manager Roy Truly said the man worked at the TSBD. There was no mention of encountering anyone in the 2nd floor lunchroom. According to Occhus Campbell, Vice-President of the TSBD, Oswald was seen near a small storage room on the first floor shortly after the shooting. http://jfkthelonegunmanmyth.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-lunchroom-encounter-that-never-was.html

Proof that the AP and the FBI were actively involved in altering the Altgens6 photo is revealed in this memo: http://jamesfetzer.blogspot.com/2013/09/jfk-cartha-deloach-fbi-memorandum-and.html

The claim that Lovelady must be Doorman because he looks like him is not evidence. Doorman also looks like Oswald. But Doorman’s shirt matches Oswald’s.

- Lone nutters claim that Lovelady is Doorman because Oswald was on the 6th floor.
– Many conspiracy theorists claim Lovelady is Doorman because Oswald was on the 2nd floor. They believe that Oswald lied to Fritz.

- Lone nutters believe everything in the Warren report is true.
– Many conspiracy theorists do not believe the report but believe the Warren Commission that Oswald was on the 2nd floor 90 seconds after the shooting.

- Lone Nutters believe Oswald descended from the 6th to the 2nd floor in 75 seconds.
– Many conspiracy theorists do not consider that Oswald could have gone from the first floor to the 2nd in 15 seconds.

Questions:
– Is Jack Ruby standing outside the TSBD, obscured except for his Fedora?
– Why is every face other than Doorman obscured?
– Who other than Lovelady was standing on the top step?

Did Officer Baker and Roy Truly encounter Oswald on the 2nd floor? http://jfkthelonegunmanmyth.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-lunchroom-encounter-that-never-was.html

Of 17 TSBD employees interviewed by the Warren Commission, 9 said the shots came from the Grassy Knoll (GK), 5 TSBD (TB), 1 Knoll and TSBD, 1 other, 1 not asked

* standing in front of TSBD
Adams, Victoria GK http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/adams_v.htm
Arce, Danny GK http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/arce.htm
Baker, Mrs. Donald GK http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/baker.htm
Burns, Doris GK http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/burns.htm
Dougherty, Jack TB http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/doughert.htm

* Frazier, Buell Wesley GK http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/frazierb1.htm
Givens, Charles not asked http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/givens1.htm
Hine, Geneva TB http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/hine.htm
Jarman, James Other http://jfkassassination.net/russ/m_j_russ/jarman.htm
* Lovelady, Billy GK http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/lovelady.htm

* Molina, Joe GK http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/molina.htm
Norman, Harold TB http://jfkassassination.net/russ/m_j_russ/norman.htm
Piper, Eddie TB http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/piper2.htmSanders,
Reid, Mrs. Robert TB http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/reid.htm
Sanders, Pauline GKTB http://jfkassassination.net/russ/exhibits/ce1434.htm

* Shelley, William GK http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/shelley1.htm
Truly, Roy GK http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/truly1.htm

 
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JFK: Judyth Baker Pixel Analysis of Altgens6 photo proves Oswald is Doorman

Richard Charnin
July 27, 2014

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JFK: Judyth Baker’s Pixel Analysis of Altgens6 photo proves Oswald is Doorman

The following summary is from Judyth Baker, author of Me and Lee:
ANNOUNCING A HISTORIC BREAKTHROUGH THAT HELPS PROVE LEE OSWALD’S INNOCENCE!
See the full article and pixel photos: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X2eD2Wl3xSmRHTuE02ntfYkb3ES2Kuo8wl3HHzzAlD8/pub
Edit version: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X2eD2Wl3xSmRHTuE02ntfYkb3ES2Kuo8wl3HHzzAlD8/edit

Click on the photo to view Baker’s Facebook post and reader comments

As a living witness, trained as a scientist, who knows Lee Oswald didn’t shoot John F. Kennedy, have posted many arguments defending Lee. BUT TODAY, YOU’LL READ THE MOST IMPORTANT ARGUMENT I’VE EVER POSTED–AND IT’S A BRAND NEW PIECE OF EVIDENCE! (Hope you’ll share it with everyone!)

You’ll learn that Billy Lovelady was NOT standing in the doorway of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) as he claimed, when the fatal shots were fired. WE DIDN’T HAVE A SCIENTIFIC WAY TO DISPROVE THAT -UNTIL NOW. FOR DECADES, THOSE WHO SAID LEE OSWALD WAS STANDING THERE WERE MOCKED AND RIDICULED. Then, a few months ago, I conducted a pixelation analysis of Lovelady’s shirt and Lee Oswald’s shirt –and compared it to the Altgens6 photo (Doorway Figure). LEARN THE TRUTH, below–and spread the word!

Pixelation Analysis: Lovelady and Oswald Shirts vs. Doorway Figure’s Shirt in Altgens6

Altgens6 shows a tiny figure in the doorway of the Texas State Book Depository Building (TSBD) in the early moments when firing first occurred in the Kennedy assassination. The face of this figure looks troublingly like Lee Harvey Oswald, although a portion of the face also looks like fellow TSBD employee Billy Lovelady. Though Lovelady was described as seated, eating his lunch, at about this time, whilst notes made by Captain Will Fritz include the words “Out front with Bill Shelley” – a statement presumably made by Oswald indicating that he was also outside, and present near the doorway, the Warren Commission concluded that Billy Lovelady was the Doorway Figure.

Lovelady himself would eventually state that HE was the Doorway Figure. Without the statement from Lovelady, there would have been fierce arguments favoring Oswald as the Doorway Figure, largely because the figure seems too slim to be Lovelady. For years, anyone who suggested that the Doorway Figure was not Lovelady was subjected to ridicule. However, with better photos and with the emergence of evidence suggesting that Lovelady’s testimony (and even his likeness) had been manipulated, it seemed to me that a pixel analysis of the shirt of the Doorway Figure might resolve the matter once and for all.

Carolyn Arnold, a secretary working for the Texas School Book Depository, provided support for Lee Harvey Oswald’s alibi, that he was on the first (i.e. ground) floor of the TSBD at the time of President Kennedy’s assassination. http://22november1963.org.uk/carolyn-arnold-witness-oswald

 
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To Believe the Zapruder Film was Not Altered, You Must Believe…

Richard Charnin
July 21, 2014

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To Believe the Zapruder Film was Not Altered, You Must Believe…

- The JFK limo did not come to a complete stop. Thirty-three (33) of 59 witnesses were mistaken.
– The Zapruder film was not shown until 1975 because it was too gruesome, not because it falsely depicted the actual event.

- Frame 313 is authentic. It is the only frame which shows the effects of the fatal head shot.
– In Frame 313 the pink explosion at the right front of JFK’s head indicates the shot came from behind.
– The Parkland hospital and autopsy witnesses who described a fist-size exit wound in the right rear of JFK’s head were all mistaken.

- SS agent Clint Hill did not cover the bodies of JFK and Jackie Kennedy.
– Hill was mistaken in describing a right-rear head exit wound
– DPD Harkins was mistaken in his claim of crossing the street between the limo and the follow-up car.

- ARRB Lead Investigator Doug Horne was mistaken in claiming that the film’s chain of custody was not sent directly to Life Magazine the day after the assassination but went to the CIA’s primary photo analysis facility in Washington DC, the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC).
– Horne is mistaken in stating that “the real exit wound behind President Kennedy’s right ear, in the back of his head has been blacked out on the film, a false exit wound has been painted onto the right front and the top of his head, to mimic the autopsy photos”.
– Horne is mistaken in claiming that “You do not see any exit debris leaving the back of President Kennedy’s head and traveling to the rear in the Zapruder film. So if the car stop has been removed which it may have and if the exit debris leaving the back of his head has been removed, I should say that they’re not present, so therefore I suspect they’ve been removed.”
– Horne is mistaken in claiming that the agent who delivered the film to NPIC on the second night to make a second set of briefing boards and said it came from Hawkeye Works, the CIA’s secret photo lab at Kodak headquarters in Rochester NY.

- Dino Brugioni, Duty Officer at NPIC, the photo expert who saw the original Z-film on Nov.22, was mistaken in claiming that a) the head shot did not look anything like the extant Z-film, b) the rear head wound resulted in a white cloud of brain matter which was visible in a number of frames, not just 313.

- Motion picture film professionals who said the dark patches in blacked out areas of the Z-film did not look like natural shadows were mistaken.
– All seven experts in the post production of motion pictures and special effects who viewed the high definition scans of each frame of the Z=film were mistaken in claiming that the head wounds were poorly altered.

Doug Horne and Dino Brugioni: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGr21FZBVL4

http://jfkfacts.org/assassination/rewinding-the-zapruder-film/

Jim Fetzer Interview of Doug Horne: http://nwopodcast.com/fetz/media/jim%20fetzer%20real%20deal-doug%20horne.mp3

Doug Horne provides details of the true chain of custody, where, why and how the film was altered in this very comprehensive piece: http://assassinationofjfk.net/the-two-npic-zapruder-film-events-signposts-pointing-to-the-films-alteration/

This mathematical proof that the Z-film was altered is based on Vince Palamara’s article (33 of 59 eyewitnesses saw a FULL JFK limo STOP): http://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/jfk-assassination-mathematical-proof-that-the-zapruder-film-was-altered/

John Costella on the Z-film hoax: http://assassinationscience.com/johncostella/jfk/intro/
A detailed frame-by-frame analysis based on basic optical physics calculations:

http://johncostella.com/jfk/#duluth

Oliver Stone on Democracy Now: the Z-film was altered: http://www.infowars.com/oliver-stone-zapruder-film-was-altered/

Philip Stahl (“Copernicus”): a mathematical analysis confirms that the Z-film was altered and the removal of frames does not invalidate the acoustic evidence. http://brane-space.blogspot.com/2010/02/was-zapruder-film-tampered-with.html

This blogger changed his mind and is now convinced the Z-film was altered: http://theamericanchronicle.blogspot.com/2013/04/was-zapruder-film-altered-redux.html

 
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To Believe Oswald was Not Standing in Front of the TSBD, You Must Believe that…

Richard Charnin
July 27, 2014

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To believe Oswald was not standing in front of the TSBD at 12:30pm, you must believe all of the following…

- Unlike his fellow employees, Oswald had no interest in viewing the motorcade.
– Oswald lied to Det. Will Fritz when he said he was “out with Bill Shelley in front” at 12:30.

– Oswald lied even though he had an alibi of being seen on the 2nd floor by TSBD manager Roy Truly and policeman Marrion Baker at 12:31.
– Fritz’s notes of his Oswald interview were hidden until 1993 due to poor record-keeping.
- Fritz’s notes were not revealed by the Warren Commission because of administrative oversight.

– The fact that no one claimed to have seen Oswald in front proves he was not there.
- The Warren Commission would have allowed testimony that Oswald was in front even though he was declared the lone gunman on 11/22/63.

- The figures to the left of Doorman in the Altgens6 photo were accidentally blotted out during photo processing.

– Lovelady lied to Warren Commission interrogator Ball when he said he sat down on the steps in front of Bill Shelley to eat his lunch.
- The fact that Ball asked Lovelady to place a DARK arrow pointing to himself in the DARK area of Altgens6 is not suspicious.

- Judyth Bakers pixel analysis of Doorman’s shirt vs. Lovelady’s and Oswald’s is bogus. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X2eD2Wl3xSmRHTuE02ntfYkb3ES2Kuo8wl3HHzzAlD8/pub

- It is just a coincidence that Doorman’s long-sleeve open shirt was like the one Oswald wore in custody.
– Doorman looks like Lovelady, therefore it must be him.
– The fact that Doorman is wearing Oswald’s shirt does not mean he is Oswald.
– The fact that Doorman’s open long-sleeve shirt is not Lovelady’s short-sleeved striped or his long-sleeve plaid shirt proves nothing.
– Lovelady was lying when he told CBS News that the short-sleeve striped shirt he was photographed wearing by the FBI on 2/29/64 was not the shirt he wore on 11/22/63.

- It is just a coincidence that many who do not believe Oswald was Doorman also believe that the Altgens6 photo was not altered, the Zapruder film was not altered and the photos of Oswald standing in the backyard were not fakes.

- Oswald should not even be considered as Doorman since it was decided long ago that Lovelady was Doorman.

- The WC said Lovelady was Doorman and that Oswald was on the 6th floor shooting JFK. Obviously, the WC could not claim that Oswald was in front.

-Carolyn Arnold, a secretary working for the Texas School Book Depository, was mistaken when she provided support for Lee Harvey Oswald’s alibi, that he was on the first (i.e. ground) floor of the TSBD at the time of President Kennedy’s assassination. http://22november1963.org.uk/carolyn-arnold-witness-oswald

Did Officer Baker and Roy Truly encounter Oswald on the 2nd floor? http://jfkthelonegunmanmyth.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-lunchroom-encounter-that-never-was.html

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JFK: Talking points from the McAdams-Reitzes Academy of Disinformation

JFK: Talking points from the McAdams-Reitzes Academy of Disinformation

Richard Charnin
July 7, 2014

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The following topics are often cited by Warren Commission apologists to prove that Oswald was the Lone Gunman. The topics comprise a basic curriculum of talking points for Lone Nutters in the McAdams-Reitzes Academy of Disinformation. Nothing fancy. The links are to articles which expose the lies (there are many other articles which do the same):

1. Rifle? http://www.giljesus.com/jfk/rifle.htm
2. Handgun? http://www.giljesus.com/jfk/DPD.htm
3. Brennan? http://www.giljesus.com/jfk/brennan.htm
4. Backyard photos? http://brane-space.blogspot.com/2009/11/hany-farids-pixelated-illusions.html
5. Buell Frazier? http://spot.acorn.net/jfkplace/09/fp.back_issues/15th_Issue/pbag2.html

6. Curtain rods? http://22november1963.org.uk/lee-harvey-oswald-curtain-rods
7. Oswald on the 6th floor? http://www.giljesus.com/jfk/lunchroom_encounter.htm
8. Palm print? http://www.giljesus.com/jfk/paraffin_test.htm
9. 6.5 bullet fragment? http://www.mtgriffith.com/web_documents/moreon65fragment.htm
10. Dealey Plaza witnesses? http://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/jfk-dealey-plaza-witnesses-john-mcadams-strange-list/

11. Ruth Paine? http://jfkcountercoup.blogspot.com/2009/12/ruth-paines-garage.html
12. Head wound? http://www.mtgriffith.com/web_documents/largewound.htm
13. Tippit? http://www.mtgriffith.com/web_documents/malice.htm
14. Zapruder? http://assassinationofjfk.net/the-two-npic-zapruder-film-events-signposts-pointing-to-the-films-alteration/
15. Roger Craig?http://spot.acorn.net/jfkplace/09/fp.back_issues/01st_Issue/rcraig.html

Who still believes the Warren Report? Your answers to the 10 hypothetical questions in this post will reveal whether or not you do: http://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/10137/

 
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JFK Explosive Testimony: Roger Craig, Will Fritz and Oswald

JFK Explosive Testimony: Roger Craig, Will Fritz and Oswald

Richard Charnin
July 1, 2014

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Let’s review what these authors had to say: Jim Garrison, Jim Marrs and Jim Douglass

Garrison: “On the Trail of the Assassins”, pg. 110
Garrison met with Craig a few months after his testimony which doomed Craig’s career as a law enforcement officer. He relates Craig’s story about meeting with Capt. Will Fritz in his office where Oswald freely admitted that it was Ruth Paine’s station wagon and did not deny getting into it. Sheriff Buddy Walthers went out to the Paine residence and confirmed that she did have a Nash Rambler station wagon. It is on the record. Neither Fritz nor any other member of the Dallas Homicide division followed up the lead. Fritz later denied that Craig had been in his office at police headquarters or told him about the Rambler. However, a news photo that turned up six years later in Dallas police Chief’s Curry’s autobiography clearly showed Craig was there.

Marrs: “Crossfire”, pg. 318.
Craig said that as he approached the TSBD and asked for someone involved in the investigation, a man in a grey suit told him “I’m with the Secret Service”. Craig testified that the SS agent took no interest or notes of the persons leaving the scene, but he became extremely interested as soon as Craig mentioned the Rambler. It was the only part of Craig’s statement that he took down in the pad he was holding. Regarding Craig and Oswald in Fritz’s office: This was explosive testimony since Oswald had officially made his way home by bus and taxi. Therefore, the Warren Commission stated it could not accept important elements of Craig’s testimony. It went even further, stating that the meeting between Craig and Oswald never occurred. Marrs also mentions that the proof he was there was based on the photo in Curry’s book.

Douglass: “JFK and the Unspeakable”, pg. 274
After Oswald mentioned Ruth Paine’s station wagon, he said ”Now everyone will know who I am”. At this point Fritz ushered Craig out of his office. It was too late – for the government and for Craig who had seen and heard too much. What Roger Craig would testify to in the years ahead would be corroborated by a parade of other witnesses: Ed Hoffman, Carolyn Walther, James Worrell, Richard Carr, Helen Forrest, James Pennington, Marvin Robinson and Roy Cooper. The Rambler was the getaway car.

Since the Warren Commission decided by that time that Oswald must have escaped in a cab and bus, the WC also disregarded Craig’s account of the dialogue with Oswald in Fritz’s office – because Fritz denied Craig was even there. Craig would also be attacked on the basis of an FBI report that seemed to show Paine did not own a Nash Rambler but rather a 1955 Chevrolet station wagon. Judged in terms of its source, the report proved nothing. The FBI agent who wrote it would later confess to a congressional committee that he was guilty of deliberately destroying key assassination evidence in obedience to his FBI superior’s orders.

By rejecting Roger Craig’s testimony, the Warren Commission could ignore the significance of Oswald’s words to his interrogator, Will Fritz. According to Roger Craig, it was Oswald who said that the car that picked him up was a station wagon owned by Mrs. Paine, who Oswald then defended.

Notes:
Fritz also failed to reveal his notes which surfaced 30 years later. Oswald said he was “out with Bill Shelley in front” at the time of the shooting. Of course, the WC never mentioned the notes.

Craig claimed there were at least 14 instances where his testimony was twisted by Attorney David Belin who interviewed Craig in private. One would think that a witness as critical as Craig would be interviewed in front of the Warren Commission.

In choosing to dismiss Craig’s testimony,the WC relied on the tortured testimony of
– Cab driver Whaley, whose manifest showed he picked up Oswald at 12:30. He failed to identify him in the lineup and his description of Oswald’s clothing was full of contradictory statements.
– Bus driver McWatters could not identify Oswald.
– Bus passenger Mary Bledsoe, who McWatters did not recall seeing on the bus. Her testimony was disjointed and unintelligible. She was Oswald’s former landlady – a perfect witness.

Finally, who is more credible: Roger Craig or…. David Belin, Will Fritz, Ruth Paine, Whaley, McWatters, Bledsoe?

Who had the motive to twist and intimidate testimony, Roger Craig or the Warren Commission? Craig’s motive was to tell the truth as he saw it. The Warren Commission made sure that evidence of a conspiracy was suppressed at all costs and that Oswald was the lone assassin.

Consider the pathetic cab and bus ride testimony and WC motivation to avoid a conspiracy at all costs. We know that someone got into the station wagon based on solid confirmation of Craig’s testimony by at least six witnesses. If the cab/bus ride was a bogus contrivance, then Oswald had to get home some other way. By simple logic, one must assume that he got back in the station wagon – if you believe Craig and the six witnesses. Oswald looked like himself.

Roger Craig stuck to his story to the bitter end.

Testimony of Roger Craig
http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/craig.htm http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/craig1.htm http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/craigsh.htm

Testimony of Will Fritz
http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/fritz1.htm http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/fritz3.htm http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/fritz2.htm

Testimony of William Whaley
http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/whaley1.htm http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/whaley2.htm http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/whaley3.htm

Testimony of Cecil McWatters http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/mcwatters.htm

Testimony of Mary Bledsoe
http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/bledsoe.htm http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/bledsoe1.htm

 
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JFK: Mathematical proof that the Oswald backyard photos were faked

JFK: Mathematical proof that the Oswald backyard photos were faked.

Richard Charnin
June 9, 2014

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The famous photo of Oswald holding a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle and a copy of the Daily Worker which appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine convinced millions he was the Lone Assassin. But there were four photos which upon close inspection and a mathematical analysis prove that they were faked.

Philip Stahl has done a sophisticated mathematical proof the photos were faked: http://brane-space.blogspot.com/2009/11/hany-farids-pixelated-illusions.html

http://brane-space.blogspot.com/2013/11/analysis-of-pixel-diffusion-in-oswald.html

Using differential equation fractal analysis, Stahl shows that the V-shaped shadow under Oswald’s nose is essentially identical in all four photos. Stahl debunks the pixel analysis of software scientist Hany Farid who claimed that the photos were genuine. Farid’s lab was partially funded by the FBI. Very strange.

Oswald had worked in a photo lab (Jagger-Chiles-Stovall). He told DPD Captain Will Fritz that his face was superimposed on another body – and that he would prove it. He never had the chance. He also told Fritz that he never owned a Mannlicher-Carcano. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/21/us/interrogator-s-notes-say-oswald-denied-assassination-role.html

There is absolutely no change in Oswald’s facial position or expression in the four backyard photos – a physical impossibility. In 1977, Canadian Defense Dept. photographic specialist Major General John Pickard determined that there was a 99% probability the LIFE Magazine cover photo was a fake and noted that each photo was taken from a slightly different angle. When one photo was laid atop another in succession, it is found that nothing matches exactly. Pickard observed: “Yet, impossibly, while one body is bigger – the heads match perfectly.” Very strange.

Judyth Vary Baker wrote this comprehensive essay on Farid’s flawed analysis of the backyard photos. http://www.scribd.com/doc/38733842/Farid-s-Folly-and-the-Lee-Harvey-Oswald-Backyard-Photo-Fiasco

David von Pein, a Warren Commission apologist, claims that Oswald owned the Mannlicher Carcano: http://jfk-archives.blogspot.com/2010/07/mannlicher-carcano.html

Michael T. Griffith, a well-known JFK researcher, provides substantial evidence that Oswald did not own the rifle: http://michaelgriffith1.tripod.com/faulty.htm

Of course, Oswald could have purchased a rifle anonymously at any gun shop in Texas, so why would he buy a Carcano using a traceable mail order as “Alex Hidell” from Klein’s Sporting Goods in Chicago? Very strange. http://jfklancer.com/pdf/moyer.pdf

Hidell was apparently a cover name for agents. It was also the ID found on Richard Case Nagell, a CIA agent. Nagell became aware of a plan to assassinate JFK and was afraid of being the patsy. So he got himself arrested to give him an alibi by shooting the ceiling of a bank. Dick Russell wrote it in “The Man Who Knew Too Much”. Very strange.

This article attempts to unmask the real “Alek Hidell”. http://theamericanchronicle.blogspot.com/2013/09/unmasking-alek-hidell.html

When will the corporate media ever report the above facts and analysis? Probably never. Note Rachel Maddow’s pathetic discussion of Oswald and the Mannlicher Carcano. Very strange. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prtUkzyO0I0

Rachel never mentioned the testimony of award-winning Dallas Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig. Four Dallas police officers (Boone, Craig, Weitzman, Fritz) initially located a 7.65 Mauser on the 6th floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository. It was reported all over the media. There was no question about it being a Mauser: “7.65 Mauser” was stamped on the weapon. The CIA reported that it was a Mauser. But a few hours later, it morphed into a Mannlicher Carcano. The rest is history. Very strange, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFEx8hjD8kE

 
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JFK Probability Analysis: Suspicious Deaths of Dealey Plaza Witnesses

JFK Probability Analysis: Suspicious Deaths of Dealey Plaza Witnesses

Richard Charnin
June 4, 2014

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The probabilities of JFK witness deaths for various groups have been previously posted: Warren Commission, London Times actuary,Garrison/ Shaw, Church, HSCA, Simkin Educational Forum, JFK-related 1400+ witness reference “Who’s Who in the JFK Assassination”.

It is an interesting exercise to calculate the probabilities of suspicious deaths of 20 Dealey Plaza witnesses among the 122 in the JFK Calc spreadsheet database over the 15 year period from 1964-78.

The HSCA in 1979 claimed that the London Sunday Times actuary’s probability calculation of 18 material witness deaths in the three years following the assassination was invalid. The reason: the witness universe was unknown. But the HSCA did not consider Dealey Plaza witnesses or other known witness groups cited above. The HSCA could have confirmed the actuary with a true analysis.

The actuary’s 1 in 100,000 trillion probability is matched assuming 385 Dealey Plaza witnesses, 15 homicides and the average U.S. homicide rate (0.000084) over 15 years.

The fact that they were in Dealey Plaza makes them obvious material witnesses – by definition. Furthermore, 14 of the 20 witnesses testified at the Warren Commission, 4 were sought to testify in the Garrison trial, 2 at the Church Senate hearings and 3 at the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA).

View the witness list here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjAk1JUWDMyRdDFSU3NVd29xWWNyekd2X1ZJYllKTnc#gid=79

Of the 20 suspicious deaths, 8 were officially ruled unnatural (2 homicides, 5 accidents, 1 suicide). The other 12 were ruled natural (5 heart attacks, 7 other).

The probability is 1 in 1500 of 8 ruled unnatural deaths assuming 300 witnesses.

But many ruled accidents and suicides were likely homicides (as were heart attacks and sudden cancers). A statistical analysis of the expected number of accidents, suicides and natural deaths indicates there were approximately 15 unnatural deaths – all homicides. Let’s calculate the probabilities of 8 and 15 homicides, assuming 2X the national homicide rate.

Assuming 300 witnesses, the probability of 15 homicides is 1 in 175 trillion.
The probability of 8 homicides is 1 in 700 thousand.

Assuming 500 witnesses, the probability of 15 homicides is 1 in 130 billion.
The probability of 8 homicides is 1 in 18 thousand.

View the calculations in column “O”: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjAk1JUWDMyRdDFSU3NVd29xWWNyekd2X1ZJYllKTnc#gid=41

Sensitivity Analysis
(Assumption: Dallas 2X National Homicide rate)
Probabilities range from 1 in 5000 for 600 witnesses, 8 homicides to
1 in 60,000 trillion for 200 witnesses, 15 homicides.

..............DEALEY PLAZA WITNESSES/ PROBABILITIES
Hom 200..... 300..... 400..... 500..... 600
08 6.79E-08 1.39E-06 1.11E-05 5.32E-05 1.83E-04
1 in 14mil... 700k.... 90k..... 18k...... 5000

09 3.80E-09 1.16E-07 1.24E-06 7.36E-06 3.03E-05
11 8.76E-12 6.01E-10 1.13E-08 1.05E-07 6.17E-07
13 1.38E-14 2.08E-12 6.80E-11 9.60E-10 7.98E-09

15 1.68E-17 5.70E-15 3.31E-13 7.31E-12 8.75E-11
1 in 60000tr 175tr.. 3tr.... 130bil... 11 billion

Dealey Plaza witnesses:
Inv: sought by (W)arren Commission, (G)arrison trial, (C)hurch hearings, (H)SCA

Date Witness …….Inv Category
7501 Allen Sweatt W POLICE
7901 Billy Lovelady W WITNESS TSBD
6901 Buddy Walthers WG POLICE
6901 Charles Mentesana – WITNESS TSBD
7109 Cliff Carter W LBJ
7801 Clint Lewis WH POLICE
7509 Earl Cabell WG CIA
6606 Frank Martin W POLICE
7502 Jack Beers W MEDIA
7402 J.A. Milteer C MINUTEMEN
6701 Jack Ruby W MAFIA POLICE
7604 James Chaney – POLICE
6611 James Worrell W WITNESS TSBD
7707 Ken O’Donnell WC JFK
6608 Lee Bowers W WITNESS KNOLL
6311 Lee Oswald – RUBY FBI CIA
7101 Mac Wallace – LBJ Shooter?
7706 Regis Kennedy GH FBI LHO
7505 Roger Craig WG POLICE
6512 William Whaley W WITNESS TSBD

Quick JFK Witness death Calculator: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjAk1JUWDMyRdDFSU3NVd29xWWNyekd2X1ZJYllKTnc#gid=78

 
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JFK: Debunking Scott Aaronson’s “Twenty Reasons to Believe Oswald Acted Alone”

JFK: Debunking Scott Aaronson’s “Twenty Reasons to Believe Oswald Acted Alone”

Richard Charnin
April 30, 2014

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I came across this blog post by Scott Aaronson: Twenty Reasons to Believe Oswald Acted Alone. http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=1596

I replied with a brief one paragraph comment which was not posted. This is a response to each of the twenty reasons.

Aaronson is a 33 year old quantum physicist who readily admits he is unfamiliar with the evidence and is new to the JFK assassination. But it is the detailed factual evidence which proves a conspiracy. Aaronson states opinions which rehash the standard disinformation playbook of myths contrived to frame truth seeking researchers as conspiracy theory (CT) buffs. His lack of knowledge of relevant historical events prior and subsequent to the assassination is apparent. One can only conclude that he has been brainwashed by a complicit corporate media and academia which has covered up the assassination evidence for fifty years.

Why would someone so disciplined in the scientific method fail to do his homework? He notes that his heroes Carl Sagan and Bertrand Russell were conspiracy believers. It may be that for the 50th anniversary of the assassination, Scott felt compelled to write something quickly – without getting into the wealth of inconvenient details and facts. But the devil is in the details.

Aaronson states: I also started dipping, for the first time in my life, into a tiny fraction of the vast literature about the JFK assassination. The trigger (so to speak) for me was this article by David Talbot, the founder of Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/2013/11/06/the_jfk_assassination_we_still_dont_know_what_happened/.

I figured, if the founder of Salon is a JFK conspiracy buff—if, for crying out loud, my skeptical heroes Bertrand Russell and Carl Sagan were both JFK conspiracy buffs—then maybe it’s at least worth familiarizing myself with the basic facts and arguments.

But another reason is that I’m skeptical that anyone actually comes to believe the JFK conspiracy hypothesis because they don’t see how the second bullet came in at the appropriate angle to pass through JFK’s neck and shoulder and then hit Governor Connally.

RC: JFK was hit in the back 5.5 inches below the collar by a bullet on a downward trajectory which did not exit. I am more than skeptical – actually dumbfounded- that anyone actually believes the Single Bullet Theory. There are three possibilities: the believer is a) unfamiliar with the evidence, b) familiar with the evidence but is dumb as rocks, or c) a JFK disinformationist.

Scott is surely unaware of Gerald Ford’s moving the back wound up to conform to the Magic Bullet’s bogus point of entry: http://www.jfklancer.com/Ford-Rankin.html

Aaronson never considered the following facts and analysis before claiming to believe the Warren Commission report that Oswald was the “lone nut” assassin.

1) To believe that Oswald killed JFK you must believe the following: http://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/to-believe-that-oswald-killed-jfk-you-must-believe-that/

2) 16 mindblowing facts about who killed JFK: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/20557-16-mind-blowing-facts-about-who-really-killed-jfk

3) 20 questions and answers on the JFK Calc spreadsheet: http://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/jfk-calc-questions-on-the-spreadsheet-analysis/

This is a summary of Aaronson’s twenty reasons followed by my comments.

1. Conspiracy Buff Psychology
Conspiracy theorizing represents a known bug in the human nervous system. Given that, I think our prior should be overwhelmingly against anything that even looks like a conspiracy theory.

RC: History has taught us just the opposite. People conspire all the time.

2. Ruby: Genesis of Conspiracy thinking
The shooting of Oswald by Jack Ruby created the perfect conditions for conspiracy theorizing to fester.

RC: So, wouldn’t that be a normal, rational response. To permanently silence the patsy? And Ruby himself confirmed it was a conspiracy multiple times.

3. Historical Lone Nuts
Other high-profile assassinations to which we might compare this one—for example, those of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, RFK, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Yitzchak Rabin…—appear to have been the work of “lone nuts,” or at most “conspiracies” of small numbers of lowlifes. So why not this one?

RC: You don’t know that they were killed by “lone nuts”. Did it ever occur to you that the targets were all liberals who wanted change? JFK was a liberal who wanted to change things.

4. LHO the psychopath
Oswald seems to have perfectly fit the profile of a psychopathic killer (see, for example, Case Closed by Gerald Posner).

RC: You should know what people who knew Oswald had to say. Quite the opposite of the Posner propaganda piece. Here are some things you don’t know about Oswald. http://my.firedoglake.com/sancheq/2013/11/23/things-you-never-knew-about-lee-harvey-oswald/

5. No evidence of others
A half-century of investigation has failed to link any individual besides Oswald to the crime. Conspiracy theorists love to throw around large, complicated entities like the CIA or the Mafia as potential “conspirators”—but in the rare cases when they’ve tried to go further, and implicate an actual human being other than Oswald or Ruby (or distant power figures like LBJ), the results have been pathetic and tragic.

RC: Oswald never had a trial. Even Posner admits he would never have been convicted as there is no evidence that he was on the 6th floor of the TSBD at 12:30. The Altgens6 photo is strong evidence that he was on the first floor watching the motorcade. Conspirators included Clay Shaw, Jack Ruby, David Ferrie, Hunt and the Cubans, et al. You call the Shaw trial “pathetic and tragic”, but even though the he was acquitted, the jurors said that they were convinced it was a conspiracy. Shaw was a contract CIA agent who lied at his trial. CIA Director Helms admitted Shaw was a CIA operative in 1979. David Ferrie was murdered shortly after he was named as a witness. Garrison’s case was sabotaged. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqo2c_SxQag

There were at least 78 material witness deaths that were officially ruled unnatural and at least forty other suspicious heart attacks and sudden cancers. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjAk1JUWDMyRdDFSU3NVd29xWWNyekd2X1ZJYllKTnc#gid=1

6. Gen. Walker shooting
Oswald had previously tried to assassinate General Walker—a fact that was confirmed by his widow Marina Oswald, but that, incredibly, is barely even discussed in the reams of conspiracy literature.

RC: LHO did not shoot Walker. There is no evidence of that. Marina was forced to say it to protect her kids; she claimed it was not true years later. http://22november1963.org.uk/did-lee-oswald-shoot-general-edwin-walker
There are many problems with the case against Oswald. http://michaelgriffith1.tripod.com/faulty.htm

7. The Tippit canard
There’s clear evidence that Oswald murdered Officer Tippit an hour after shooting JFK—a fact that seems perfectly consistent with the state of mind of someone who’d just murdered the President, but that, again, seems to get remarkably little discussion in the conspiracy literature.

RC: LHO did not shoot Tippit. He could not walk the 1 mile in 2 minutes after leaving his apartment and seen standing at a bus stop at 1:04pm. Tippit was shot at 1:06. The bullets recovered from Tippit were from an automatic and did not match Oswald’s revolver, Eyewitnesses saw two shooters. http://www.assassinationresearch.com/v1n2/tippit.pdf http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=12745

8. Oswald a violent, pathological liar
Besides being a violent nut, Oswald was also a known pathological liar. He lied on his employment applications, he lied about having established a thriving New Orleans branch of Fair Play for Cuba, he lied and lied and lied.

RC: Thriving branch? That’s a joke. Oswald was working for Guy Banister (FBI) to distribute leaflets to stage a fake altercation. Oswald was CIA and an FBI informer.

9. Oswald attitude in custody
According to police accounts, Oswald acted snide and proud of himself after being taken into custody.

RC: That is untrue. When will you provide specifics? See the testimony of Detective Will Fritz. Oswald could not reveal his ties to the FBI and CIA. He was calm, cool and asked for legal representation.

10. Conspiracy Theories are wildly inconsistent
Almost all JFK conspiracy theories must be false, simply because they’re mutually inconsistent.

RC: Cite the theories and the inconsistencies. Can you provide specifics? Yes, some theories are false, created by disinformationists to confuse the public (such as the REELZ “Smoking Gun” fiasco).

11. Witnesses are unreliable
The case for Oswald as lone assassin seems to become stronger, the more you focus on the physical evidence and stuff that happened right around the time and place of the event. To an astonishing degree, the case for a conspiracy seems to rely on verbal testimony years or decades afterward—often by people who are known confabulators, who were nowhere near Dealey Plaza at the time, who have financial or revenge reasons to invent stories, and who “remembered” seeing Oswald and Ruby with CIA agents, etc. only under drugs or hypnosis. This is precisely the pattern we would expect if conspiracy theorizing reflected the reality of the human nervous system rather than the reality of the assassination.

RC: There were 200 witnesses in Dealey Plaza. Over 90 said they heard shots from the Grassy Knoll; about 45 at the TSBD. Were they all liars or mistaken? Were they inventing stories? What about the Parkland doctors who all said the throat wound was one of entrance and the head wound an exit? You are sadly misinformed about one-sided witness testimony which indicates at least one addition shooter at the Grassy Knoll. Why do you avoid specifics? https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjAk1JUWDMyRdDFSU3NVd29xWWNyekd2X1ZJYllKTnc#gid=65

12. Assassination motive
If the conspiracy is so powerful, why didn’t it do something more impressive than just assassinate JFK? Why didn’t it rig the election to prevent JFK from becoming President in the first place?

RC: JFK had many enemies: Big Oil, Military Industrial Establishment, anti-Castro Cubans, mobsters, Joint Chiefs. The public execution gave a message to all future presidents.

13. Who hired the shooters?
Pretty much all the conspiracy writers I encountered exude total, 100% confidence, not only in the existence of additional shooters, but in the guilt of their favored villains (they might profess ignorance, but then in the very next sentence they’d talk about how JFK’s murder was “a triumph for the national security establishment”).

RC: 100% confidence is justified by ballistic, video, acoustic and eyewitness evidence which all point to at least one more shooter behind the picket fence at the Grassy Knoll.

14. Too big to cover up, someone would have talked
Every conspiracy theory I’ve encountered seems to require “uncontrolled growth” in size and complexity: that is, the numbers of additional shooters, alterations of medical records, murders of inconvenient witnesses, coverups, coverups of the coverups, etc. that need to be postulated all seem to multiply without bound.

RC: That’s because the evidence, which you are apparently unaware of, is overwhelming. Why do you ignore this evidence? There were over 100 material witness unnatural deaths. The probability is ZERO.

15. JFK the conservative
JFK was not a liberal Messiah. He moved slowly on civil rights for fear of a conservative backlash, invested heavily in building nukes, signed off on the botched plans to kill Fidel Castro, and helped lay the groundwork for the US’s later involvement in Vietnam. Yes, it’s possible that he would’ve made wiser decisions about Vietnam than LBJ ended up making; that’s part of what makes his assassination (like RFK’s later assassination) a tragedy. But many conspiracy theorists’ view of JFK as an implacable enemy of the military-industrial complex is preposterous.

RC: Yes, JFK moved slowly on civil rights, but then in 1962 he ordered integration at the Univ. of Alabama and gave the first great presidential speech for black equality. He did not seek to kill Castro; he was negotiating for peaceful coexistence with Castro and Khruschev behind the scenes. The CIA and the military were determined to force the issue, even after JFK ordered the anti-Castro camps shut down. He signed a memorandum to pull out of Vietnam by 1965 and the Test Ban Treaty with the Russians in 1963.

16. LBJ the liberal
By the same token, LBJ was not exactly a right-wing conspirator’s dream candidate. He was, if anything, more aggressive on poverty and civil rights than JFK was. And even if he did end up being better for certain military contractors, that’s not something that would’ve been easy to predict in 1963, when the US’s involvement in Vietnam had barely started.

RC: LBJ was NOT a liberal; he was forced to appear as one to placate the left and carry on JFK’s initiative on civil rights. LBJ gave the military the Vietnam War they wanted by staging the bogus Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964. He kept the oil depletion allowance for his Texas buddies.

17. Conspiracy buffs have a nervous system disorder
Lots of politically-powerful figures have gone on the record as believers in a conspiracy, including John Kerry, numerous members of Congress, and even frequently-accused conspirator LBJ himself. Some people would say that this lends credibility to the conspiracy cause. To me, however, it indicates just the opposite: that there’s no secret cabal running the world, and that those in power are just as prone to bugs in the human nervous system as anyone else is.

RC: What a ridiculous statement! Its just the opposite. So your heroes Sagan and Bertrand Russell suffered this disorder? Where is your logic? If anything, coincidence theorists like yourself suffer from massive propaganda disorientation. To believe everything the government claims is a severe attention disorder.

18. The intelligence agency incompetence canard
As far as I can tell, the conspiracy theorists are absolutely correct that JFK’s security in Dallas was unbelievably poor; that the Warren Commission was as interested in reassuring the nation and preventing a war with the USSR or Cuba as it was in reaching the truth (the fact that it did reach the truth is almost incidental); and that agencies like the CIA and FBI kept records related to the assassination classified for way longer than there was any legitimate reason to (though note that most records finally were declassified in the 1990s, and they provided zero evidence for any conspiracy). As you might guess, I ascribe all of these things to bureaucratic incompetence rather than to conspiratorial ultra-competence. But once again, these government screwups help us understand how so many intelligent people could come to believe in a conspiracy even in the total absence of one.

RC: It’s always incompetence, never venality. Sorry, the agencies are not incompetent. Total absence of a conspiracy? You ignore or are ignorant of the totality of evidence which proves a conspiracy.

19. Psychological need to call it a conspiracy
In the context of the time, the belief that JFK was killed by a conspiracy filled a particular need: namely, the need to believe that the confusing, turbulent events of the 1960s had an understandable guiding motive behind them, and that a great man like JFK could only be brought down by an equally-great evil, rather than by a chronically-unemployed loser who happened to see on a map that JFK’s motorcade would be passing by his workplace.

RC: Oh, really? We need a conspiracy to satisfy our need for excitement? Wrong. We need to learn the truth. You believe that only a Lone Nut would want to bring down JFK or RFK, or MLK, or John Lennon, or JFK,Jr, or Wellstone, or Gandhi, etc. It’s never a conspiracy. That is very naive. Newsflash! We live in a world of conspiracies. It makes the world go round.

20. Can’t Connect the Dots
At its core, every conspiracy argument seems to be built out of “holes”: “the details that don’t add up in the official account,” “the questions that haven’t been answered,” etc. What I’ve never found is a truly coherent alternative scenario: just one “hole” after another. This pattern is the single most important red flag for me, because it suggests that the JFK conspiracy theorists view themselves as basically defense attorneys: people who only need to sow enough doubts, rather than establish the reality of what happened. Crucially, creationism, 9/11 trutherism, and every other elaborate-yet-totally-wrong intellectual edifice I’ve ever encountered has operated on precisely the same “defense attorney principle”: “if we can just raise enough doubts about the other side’s case, we win!” But that’s a terrible approach to knowledge, once you’ve seen firsthand how a skilled arguer can raise unlimited doubts even about the nonexistence of a monster under your bed. Such arguers are hoping, of course, that you’ll find their monster hypothesis so much more fun, exciting, and ironically comforting than the “random sounds in the night hypothesis,” that it won’t even occur to you to demand they show you their monster.

RC
You avoid any and all analysis of the evidence. You make pompous claims which have no basis in fact and just perpetuate myths while admitting ignorance of the facts and evidence of the assassination. You employ Warren Commission apologist propaganda and parrot lies that have been promoted by the corporate media – who refuse to consider, much less debate, the evidence. Hear no evil; see no evil.

 
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