Regarding a full accounting of all employees who were in the TSBD, the FBI did exactly that.
On March 16, 1964, WC General Counsel Lee Rankin sent a letter to the FBI (Hoover) requesting a signed statement be obtained from each person known to have been in the building on November 22, 1963.
The FBI complied with that request and more. On April 3, 1964 J. Edgar Hoover sent Rankin copies of 73 signed statements. There were not only statements from all known individuals from the TSBD Building, but also statements from 3 employees who worked at the warehouse at 1917 North Houston Street (none of them were in the TSBD that day).
Haddon Spurgeion Aiken was at the warehouse on North Houston
Edward Shields was at Mullendorf’s café with James Lacy and Givens
Franklin Emmet Wester, Stockman at Warehouse ate lunch in the warehouse
The FBI also took statements from several employees who did not show up for work or had left the building earlier to go somewhere for lunch that day.
Virginia Barnum worked at Mcgraw Hill that day but went out for lunch.
Jack Cason, President of the TSBD, left the building at 12:10 and went home
Warren Caster, District Manager for Southwestern Publishing, was at N Texas State University that day
Spaulding Earnest Jones, Manager of the Macmillan Co. was out for lunch sitting at the Blue Front Restaurant
Herbert Junker was having lunch with Jones at the Blue Front when news of the assassination came.
Helen Palmer of McGraw Hill did not go to work that day, but she did go to Love Field
The FBI did not obtain a statement from Joe Bergin.
He was a Regional Manager for Scott Foresman and was in a passenger airliner that day and did not go to work.
The FBI made a comprehensive effort to locate every employee and their whereabouts that day.
To suggest that both the FBI and the entire group of TBSD employees failed to notice another employee, or a stranger standing on the steps is walking on thin ice.
*Edited to specify the location of the person in question (PM).
Thanks for proving my point, Richard. The FBI obtained statements from people they believed were IN the building on 11-22. They did not receive statements from ALL the employees of the second warehouse. So, how many employees worked in that building? Almost certainly more than three. So where did these other workers eat their lunch on 11-22? And from where did they watch the motorcade? We have NO idea.
The fact remains that Prayer Man is too blurry to be identified as Oswald, and can not be proclaimed to have been Oswald via Occam's Razor or any other method.
We don't know who it was. It MIGHT have been Oswald. That's significant. Let's not pretend it isn't. But that's where it's gonna rest without some sort of corroborative statement from the relatives of Oswald, Baker or Truly, or perhaps even Buell Frazier. It's gotta move beyond "we think it looks like him and can't figure out who else it could be" before anyone can say "Hey, it's Oswald!" and not look a little silly.
As for me, I suspect "Prayer Man" was a woman. There's something about the arms and neck, I suppose. There were a number of women claiming to have been on the steps who've never been identified in the photos. We simply lack the resources to identify these people, and match the names with the faces.
Perhaps Gary Mack can ask Frazier to go through the photos and footage of the steps and ID as many people as possible. I think Danny Arce is still alive. Maybe he can be approached as well.
Your point has not been proven. And I think we will see that your assertion was incorrect.
The FBI was charged with getting statements from everyone who was in the TSBD that day. They did exactly that.
In addition, they took statements from the three employees at the warehouse at 1917 North Houston. You are implying they took only a random sampling of the employees there. That would be an inefficient method to gather evidence, and it was not the case.
In 2000, Jerry Organ researched the history of the TSBD and wrote an article titled “Murder Perch to Museum”. It now appears on the McAdams website
Here is a quote from that article, below (note that the TSBD was formerly called the Sexton Building):
“…In 1963, the year the company consolidated most of its operation in the former Sexton Building, it employed 33 workers, including 19 warehouse men, of whom four remained at the old warehouse at 1917 N. Houston Street, a few blocks north. Most Depository workers used the parking lot of this smaller warehouse …”
Four employees at the North Houston Warehouse.
I previously listed the 3 employees interviewed who were working at the North Houston warehouse that day, Aiken, Shields, and Wester. There were 2 other employees from the warehouse who were “on loan” to the TSBD to help with the work load and laying the floors: Danny Arce and Bonnie Ray Williams.
Link to Arce testimony below:
As you know, Arce and Williams were also interviewed.
In other words, all the known employees of both buildings were interviewed or accounted for.
Now if you have reliable information that there was an employee in either building that was unaccounted for, please post the name.
If not, I believe this issue is settled.