Monday, April 23, 2012

WHITEWASH--the report on the Warren Report by Harold Weisberg, Chapter 5: At The Depository - The Tangible Evidence IV

April 23, 2012

WHITEWASH-the report on the Warren Report by Harold Weisberg, Chapter 5: At The Depository - The Tangible Evidence IV

Knoxville, Tennessee (JFKASSASSINATION) Today this blog continues our report on Chapter 5 of Harold Weisberg's book "Whitewash--the report on the Warren Report", published in 1965. 

The title of Chapter 5 is At The Depository -- The Tangible Evidence

Harold Weisberg writes that Marion L. Baker, a Dallas motorcycle police officer, heard the shots fired at the motorcade & immediately ran into the Texas School Book Depository.*

*Baker was alerted to the building by the pigeons flying from the roof.

Mr. Weisberg analyzes the Warren Report's contention that the confrontation between Officer Baker & Lee Harvey Oswald on the 2nd floor of the building just 90 seconds after the last shot was possible even if Oswald was the shooter on the 6th floor.

Mr. Weisberg writes:

"The (Warren Commission) made two trips (in reconstructing Oswald's alleged movements from the SE 6th floor corner window to the 2nd floor where he was confronted by Baker).  

The  1st one 'with normal walking took (78) seconds' while the 2nd faster walk 'took (74) seconds'.

Harold Weisberg points out that one must consider Oswald would have 'had to clean  & hide the rifle & then go down to the lunch room (on the 2nd floor) & 20 feet inside of it.'

The Warren Report concluded, none the less, that "Tests of all of Oswald's movements establish that (he) could have accomplished (them) in the time available to him."

Mr. Weisberg explains that even if this were true, Baker testified that Oswald appeared "calm & collected."**

**May I point out that this description is not consistent with a man who has just shot the President, crossed to the other end of the building, wiped the rifle clean of prints, hidden the weapon & then climbed down 4 flights of steps.

The officer first saw Oswald in a window of a doorway to the 2nd floor lunch room in the process of moving away from the door.  That's what caught his attention & caused him to stop following Superintendent Roy Truly up the steps.  

It was when Baker opened the door that he saw Oswald "calm & collected" & when Truly told him "this man works here," Baker continued up the stairs.***

***If Oswald had appeared out of breath or fearful of being confronted by the police officer in the aftermath of a crime, Baker would have taken him into custody.

Weisberg points out that the commission had no witnesses to Oswald's alleged movements from the 6th to the 2nd floor & in fact there was a witness, Jack Dougherty, positioned at the stairway on the 5th floor, who "saw no one going down the stairs."****

****The elevators were on the 5th floor at the time of the assassination & so the only way anyone could have moved from the 6th to the 2nd floor would have been down the stairs.


I have heard people say that they either believe Oswald was one of the shooters or that he was the only shooter but others were involved.  

These people have no clue about the lack of "tangible evidence" that existed for Oswald being a shooter at all.

Mr. Weisberg's 'Whitewash' (1965) points this out.

There was a shooter in the SE 6th floor corner window.  That shooter most likely used Oswald's Manlicher-Carcano, but he wasn't the only shooter that day.

Lee Harvey Oswald said in custody that he "was just a patsy."  That is on film & audio.  He played a role in the murder of JFK, but shooting him was not part of that role.

Mr. Weisberg's chapter on tangible evidence clearly shows us that Oswald did not move from the SE 6th floor corner window to the 2nd floor lunchroom on the opposite side of the building & therefore could not have been a shooter.**

*Weisberg writes that Oswald told the commission that he had been on the 1st floor & had come up to the 2nd to have his lunch.

One other point, Oswald bought a coke from the machine on the 2nd floor but the commission chose to leave that fact out of their report as it would make it seem that the man was in no hurry to escape the building. 

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