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Until a better photo of the label becomes available, I think I’ll be giving this topic a rest.
Attempting to keep things simple, I’d like to state what I think the address line on the label is saying. I’ve suggested bits of this before, but I’d like to put it in one place. I think the designer of the label was trying to be complete and in some sense, clear and tidy – I would too.
The address line appears to read, “601 West Nassaus St”, but that’s not all there is to it.
It can be broken into two chunks: “601 West”, and “Nassaus St”.
First chunk: “601 West”:
The number “601” is changed into letters using the most simple and most common coding device: (A=0)(B=1)(C=2)(D=3)(E=4)(F=5)(G=6)(H=7)(I=8)(J=9)(K=10)(L=11)(M=12)(N=13)
This yields, “GAB WEST”.
The “W” in West has three additional letters embedded into it: “I, N, and R”.
This makes “GAB INRWEST”, a total of ten letters, all of which are used to make what I believe is the intended name anagram: “W.G. BANISTER”.
Second chunk: “Nassaus St”
Looking closely at these two words, they both appear to be more complex than that.
The “t” in “St” has a capital “A” lying horizontally on its stem. I believe this is not only intentional, but necessary to form the intended word.
“Nassaus”, which is already suspicious looking because of the “s” on the end, has another suspicious letter, “u”. Looking at it carefully, it could just as easily be regarded as “ie”, and the “i” even appears to be dotted. I believe this is not only intentional, but necessary to form the intended word.
The expression now contains these letters: NASSAIES STA”.
I believe the intended anagram, using all eleven letters, with none left over, is, “ASSASSINATE”.
Neat and tidy. One perfect anagram from what appears to be “601 West”, and one perfect anagram from what appears to be “Nassaus St”, and all on the address line.
Two perfectly clear and tidy expressions using every letter on the address line with no letters borrowed from other lines, and nothing left over, and oh so meaningful. “W.G. BANISTER”, and, “ASSASSINATE”. Did this happen by chance?
I’m no good at puzzles and I don’t even like them. I think that better minds than mine should be working on this and there’s an abundance of those right here on this forum.
Most of what follows are suspicions and speculations – some flimsy, and some well founded.
Put the label photo in your photography program so you can enlarge areas and adjust contrast, sharpness, etc. For most of this you’ll need the first link to the photo of just the label – it shows the most detail. The second link is to the Baylor package photo and it’s on page #4 of the link. This photo has too much light, washing out most of the detail on the label, but there will be times when it’s advantageous to use it.
Using the label photo, turn the image upside down, and “601” becomes “109” as in John Kennedy’s PT-109. Convert “10” and “9” to letters using the above chart, and that makes “KJ”, or “JK”.
While the label is upside down, look inside the “0” and fool with your editing adjustments, you may see, as I do, a large, nicely formed, and dimly shaded capital “F”, to complete the expression “JFK”. If that “F” is in fact there, I have no idea how it was made.
The “O” in Oswald contains a large “C” as part of Oswald’s typical formation of his capital “O”. While the tail of this formation continues off to the right, stopping just above the “s”, the heavier line of the “C” itself, stops abruptly inside the “O”. It’s clearly intended to be a “C” in my opinion. Inside the “C” are two “L’s” – one right side up, and one upside down. This is seen best in the Baylor photo (page #4 of the link).
With the “O” also containing a “C” and two “L’s”, we have a good start on “E. Collins”, and the “i, the “n”, the “e” and the “s”, for that name are all in adjacent letters. (remember, the “W” in West also has an “n”, an “i”, and an “r”).
And I suspect a story here: Ed Collins is firing toward the west from high up in the School Book Depository building. You may find this too, or you may find something else, or you may find nothing.
There’s a lot going on around the word “Lee”. Just below and too the right of the second “e’s” tail swoop, appear to be the numbers “114”. If read backward, that’s 411, and continuing to move in that reverse direction, we pass the “e” in Lee, encounter a small “M” sitting at the top of the “1” in “601”. If we momentarily regard that “1” as something else it looks like, an “l”, then we have “411 Elm”, the address of the Texas School Book Depository.
If we change the “l” back to a “1” (one) in our minds momentarily, we can see an “M” sitting on top of the “1”, which is also connected to the capital “D” below it, making “M1D”, which is the scoped sniper rifle version of the “M1”
Looking back at the “114” that is just below and to the right of the tail-swoop on the second “e” in Lee, the “4” has at least two symbols near it – a triangle just above, and a triangle made up of three dots just to the right.
I can only guess what these symbols are for, but one meaning could be a reminder that letters and numbers can be changed into things they also look like, decoded or encoded using the device above, or in the case of the number “4”, it can be changed into an “E” or be used to mean a third thing, what it also sounds like - “For”.
Whatever the intended meaning, it directed me to look to the very beginning of the address label that starts off with a “For”. There are some hand written letters added. At the bottom of the “F” in “For”, there is another capital “F” lying horizontally, and above that there is a lower case “i”. Another lower-case “i” just like it is added to the “r” in For. With these added letters, there is a good start on the name “F. Fiorini”, but I don’t see an “n” as yet, so pursuing this will have to await a better photo.
The “N” in Nassaus has a break in boldness near the top. I suspect an intentional “r” and “L” embedded in this capital “N”. The “a” next to it, the one with the line drawn through it, seems to be drawn quite boldly on the right side which seems to form a “z”. The next letter “s” is also formed in a way that leads to other suggestive possibilities. (refer to the Baylor photo for this). Also, the “T” in Texas just below the “N” appears to be formed to also double as a “Y” tilted on its side.
This whole area is highly suggestive of Loran Hall, AKA: Lorenzo Pacillo, or Larry Howard, AKA: Alonzo Escruido, or possibly both. I suspect that he/they are also engaged in an activity from a specific location and shooting in a certain direction. I’d like to know what real puzzle solvers come up with here.
Once again, these are all opinions and suspicions of mine.
There are indications both on an off label that we are supposed to multiply the “6” in 601, times the letter “L” in Lee directly above it, and also multiply the “0” in 601 times the first “e” in Lee directly above it. This yields 6x11=66, and 0x4=0, and “0” converts to “A”, so our answer is “66A” or “Alpha 66”. Since the “D” in Dallas is indented so far, there’s even room for our answer. If we wanted to bolster the name “Gabaldon”, we could change the “66” to “GG” and have “G.G. Gabaldon”, standing for “Guy ‘Gabby’ Gabaldon”.
I suspect there might have been an intention by the designer of the label to allow us to make many if not all of the pertinent names and words out of just the capital letters on the label, and these would include the below label “I” and “T” in “Irving Texas” (if that’s what it actually says). These would be “LOGABWNSDTIT”. But there are no instructions, and there are two problems with this: There’s no “E”, and no “K”, and although I can offer a rational for both of those, without instructions, there are just too many letters available to be meaningful at this point.
Another construction possibility, is that each name that’s supposed to be easily decoded can be individually put inside it’s own individual box, it’s own complex picture frame if you will, without including any extra letters.
I suspect that the creator of the label crossed out the word Dallas and did so for several reasons. He wanted the package to end up in the dead letter office at Irving, or delivered postage-due to the Paine’s house. Also, he needed the letters in Dallas to form the words he wanted. And, he wanted Dallas lined through so he’d have the two “L’s” crossed to double as two “T’s”.
The odd looking second “a” in Dallas is worth some consideration. I suspect it could be a compound letter, “cia”, all in one. This would allow one to construct the name “Win Scott” all in one strait shot and have a “CIA” logo right in the middle of the name.
As stated, the “W” in West has three other letters embedded in it; an “n”, an “i”, and an “r”. This area needs a careful analysis because it’s highly suggestive of both “Win Scott”, and “Edwin Walker”. Also, the word “West” is a direction, a compass heading of 270 degrees, which makes the WINchester 270, a dandy sniper cartridge I understand, also a possible intent.
Also, with the “n” prominently attached to the “W” in West, it can be viewed as “nWest”, or “Northwest”. The compass heading for that direction is 315 degrees. 315 is a number anagram for 531, and 531 LaFayette St. was Guy Banister’s business address. Also, 315 converted to letters is DBF, which is sort of David Ferrie’s initials, “David ‘Bill’ Ferrie” (his middle name was actually William). Also, the first thing on the address line is “601”, and when converted to letters, it’s “GAB”, which is an anagram for the name of Guy Banister’s business – “GBA”, “Guy Banister Associates”.
As I’ve speculated in other posts, it seems possible to come up with phonetic Spanish sentences that are relevant. Whether they were intentional or not, I don’t know, but if they were, they seem more like an interesting commentary than specific information, and if intentional, I don’t think they’re a primary part of the message.
Oswald tells how to change numbers into letters and vice versa. He does this with the first expression on the address line, “6;01”. By putting a semicolon between the “6” and the “01”, he’s telling us to use the “01” method; 0=A, 1=B, 2=C, etc., - the one I learned in grade school.
He uses light lines and much heavier lines, usually appearing to have been drawn over two or three times. When you see this on the label, and it’s all over the place, suspect that there is a good reason for it – he’s showing you something, or making a distinction that will lead to something meaningful. I think that every mark on the label has meaning. What looks sloppy is not – it’s an amazing piece of chraftmanship.
And there’s much more to the message.
So if I think Oswald created this package and label as a message, possibly to the world, what is my suspected scenario?
Pure speculation: Oswald was a good spook. He did his job, played his roles, and he never ever wrote anything down that would blow his cover – just like he was taught.
He found himself playing the roles he was told to, and began to suspect that he was being set up as the patsy in the assassination of the President of the United States.
He wasn’t sure if he was being paranoid and everything would work out fine, or if he would soon wind up dead.
To insure that his story would get told, and possibly for revenge purposes, he left a message and possibly a series of messages, that would appear meaningless unless and until he suddenly became world famous and unable to speak. All the messages fell down the memory hole with the exception of this one.
Some of my suspicions are only half-baked, and some of them I feel more confident about. One suspicion I am confident about is that there’s a whole lot here that I know nothing about. I’ll repeat myself: I’m no good at puzzles and I don’t even like them. I think that better minds than mine should be working on this and there’s an abundance of those right here on this forum.
Edited by Tom Hume, 29 April 2012 - 11:28 PM.