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  1. John, I disagree that this is a "tranquil scene with no hint of violence." The concern on the somber faces of both Jackie Kennedy and John Connally is obvious. They both are turning to their left. Connally, of course, swore to his dying day that he heard the first shot, recognized it as a shot and then turned back to his right to try to see JFK. Might this photo catch the moment before Connally began to turn to his right? I agree with all the analysis that you and David Josephs and others have done that a (missed) shot was fired at the limo shortly after the turn onto Elm. Before this picture was taken, in other words. This picture would seem to be consistent with SA Hickey's reaction in the follow-up car: he looked down at the pavement to his left (See David Josephs's clip.)
  2. I agree too - I have long wondered if there were multiple shooters on the grassy knoll. Multiple shooters on various floors of the Dal-Tex sounds plausible.
  3. John, I have focused on Howard Brennan alone because that's the thread. Brennan: 1. In his excited, first-day affidavit to the Dallas Sheriff's Department, Brennan clearly described the Dal-Tex, not the TSBD, as the building in which he saw a sniper. (See my July 27 post.) 2. When taking Brennan's testimony, David Belin went to enormously fantastic lengths to obscure, rather than clarify the import of Brennan's statement: a. Belin failed to introduce the most basic document - Brennan's own affidavit! b. Belin suborned perjured testimony from Brennan - Belin knew that Brennan was NOT where he located himself in Warren Commission Exhibits 477 and 478. Brennan's real position was clearly shown in WC Exhibit 479, a frame from the Zapruder film - Brennan was ten feet further to the east on the curved cement wall. By mislocating Brennan's true position, Belin hid the direction in which Brennan was facing, and thus, the building at which Brennan was looking directly - the Dal-Tex, NOT the TSBD! ("Mr. BELIN. Well, your legs in this picture, Exhibit 479, I notice, are not dangling on the front side there, is that correct?") c. Belin introduced WC Exhibits 477 and 478 as official evidence which was immediately questioned by a confused Gerald Ford: ( Representative Ford. Are those the positions where you were sitting on November 22?Mr. BRENNAN. Yes, sir.Representative FORD. At about 12Mr. BRENNAN. From about 12:22 or 12:24 until the time of the assassination.Representative FORD. In both pictures, that is a true--Mr. BRENNAN. True location.Representative FORD. True location of where you were sitting November 22d?Mr. BRENNAN. Yes, sir.) d. Belin introduced WC Exhibit 361, an upside down map of the area north and east of the TSBD, ostensibly to allow Brennan to retrace his steps before and after the assassination. However, the effect of the map was to confuse the witness and to obscure the significance of Brennan's statement that the first DPD officer with whom he spoke took him along Houston Street, north of Elm! e. Belin showed Brennan WC Exhibit 477, and Brennan immediately expressed doubt that it was the right window, or even the right building! Rather than clear it up, Belin handed Brennan a marking pencil and asked/directed Brennan to "mark the window"! Mr. BELIN. I am going to ask you to circle on Exhibit 477 the particular window that you said you saw a man leave and come back a couple of times. Mr. BRENNAN. Well, I am confused here, the way this shows. But I believe this is the sixth floor, the way those windows are built there right at the present. I am confused whether this is the same window. Mr. BELIN. You mean because some windows are open below it? Mr. BRENNAN. No, the way the building is built, it seems like this is more or less a long window with a divider in the middle. Mr. BELIN. Here is a marking pencil. Will you just mark the window that you believe you saw the man. 3. The FBIallegedly quoted Brennan as saying that the shooter was about 90 yards from Brennan. While this was clearly wrong for the "sniper's window" in the TSBD, it was not a terrible guess for the easternmost window of the 6th floor of the Dal-Tex. However, Belin did not introduce Brennan's original statement to the FBI. We do have FBI agent Robert Gemberling's report (WCD 205, pages 289 etc.) which tells us that Brennan already talked to the FBI, but not the original statement itself! 4. Brennan, in his 11/22/63 affidavit, said plainly that the shooter he saw lowered the gun and then "stepped DOWN and out of sight . . ." For anyone kneeling and shooting out of the "sniper's window" of the TSBD, stepping DOWN was an impossibility. However, for a shooter in the Dal-Tex, a standing sniper may well have "stepped down" from the window. John, I could go on, but this is already long enough. I am convinced that Belin made a deliberate effort to hide Brennan's original first-day observations about a shooter in the Dal-Tex.
  4. Fascinating, David! I'd never seen the Hickey clip before. I agree he's clearly looking at something on the pavement - a missed shot, probably. And of course, the damage to the Zapruder film in those frames served to hide evidence of a missed shot or two. If the limo did swing as far right before completing the left turn on to Elm as Truly indicated, then a sniper in the window of the south side of the Dal-Tex might have missed to the left. The Towner film indicates a missed shot from behind to the right, and Hickey's reaction indicates a missed shot to the left. Two misses. Two missed shots at that moment would explain why so many witnesses heard "firecrackers" - PLURAL!
  5. Good point, Ron. However, I wouldn't put too much emphasis on the particulars of Brennan's belated description of his own head movements during the shooting sequence - after all, his (???) 1987 book has that absurd claim that he witnessed both the firing of the third shot and the impact of the third bullet. Impossible, no matter where the sniper was. But Brennan's first day affidavit makes no mention of all of his later claims about turning to see both the shooter and the president. No, it simply states that after he heard the first shot, he turned to look up at the "last window I have previously described . . . It run in my mind that it might be someone throwing firecrackers out the window of the red brick building and I looked up at the building . . . I was looking at this man at the time of the last explosion." So, your objections are to Brennan's later additions to his original simple statement to the Dallas Sheriff's Department. Forget about what he said later. What he said on the afternoon of 11/22/63 makes sense if he was talking about the Dal-Tex! Remember, Brennan's first day affidavit tells us he saw a suspect in the "large red brick building" which strongly implies the Dal-Tex. Because David Belin and Warren Commission deliberately mislocated Brennan during the shooting, we know they knew the importance of hiding at which building Brennan was looking! While we don't know for certain, it appears that the windows on the south side of the Dal-Tex could be opened higher than the windows in the TSBD. Can anyone here at this forum pay a visit to the Dal-Tex and do a little recon work on the sixth floor, south side, easternmost window? What was the floor plan of the sixth floor of the Dal-Tex in 1963? What offices or companies were there? Who owned the Dal-Tex? Where exactly was Jim Braden arrested?
  6. Richard, While I have not read ALL of Howard Brennan's book "Eyewitness to History" published posthumously in 1987, I did read the lengthy excerpt posted by William Kelly in 2010. I am certain Brennan's book was ghost-written. The writing style is entirely inconsistent with Brennan's speaking style, so I wouldn't place too much emphasis on anything in it. The book has been relatively "sanitized." Brennan did place emphasis on a suspicious car, a 1955-57 Oldsmobile, parked facing south on Houston, adjacent to the TSBD with its wheels turned sharply away from the curb. The driver was apparently friendly with the nearby DPD officers. However, I suspect this vehicle was an unmarked DPD car, driven by one of the plain-clothed DPD officers. Brennan did write that the first shot occurred "when the presidential car moved just a few feet past where I was sitting. . . ", which is consistent with my posts above, but inconsistent with a shot from almost directly overhead. The hyperbole in the writing though makes it hard to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Consider this doozy: "All of this took only a few seconds. I didn't realize at that moment that I was the only person who was actually watching the man firing the rifle. Simultaneous with the third shot, I swung my eyes back to the Presidential car which had moved on down to my left on Elm, and I saw a sight that made my whole being sink in despair. A spray of red came from around the President's head. I knew the bullet had struck its intended target. Later, I would learn that the whole scene had taken less than ten seconds. In retrospect, it seemed like several minutes." So, according to Brennan (or his ghost), Brennan not only saw the assassin fire the third shot, but then, swung his eyes (and his head, from where he was sitting) literally faster than a speeding bullet, and witnessed "a spray of red came from around the President's head". Brennan claimed to have seen both the firing of the rifle and the impact of the bullet! No way. Further on, Brennan claimed to have given his description of the suspect to a plain clothes policeman, and that this description became the basis for the first broadcast at 12:45. Yet, Brennan never made any such claim in either his 1963 affidavit nor his 1964 testimony! He instead stated that he demanded to be taken to a Secret Service agent, and that he spoke with Forrest Sorrels! By the 1980's, the "Sorrels" timing problem was well-known. But back on 11/22/63 or even by the spring of 1964, that problem was not yet so obvious. So again, Brennan's 1987 "solution" was to remove Sorrels from the immediate equation and replace him with an unnamed DPD officer. Again, this is completely contradicted by his first day affidavit. Finally, in a total revision of his 1964 Warren Commission testimony, Brennan's 1987 book claims that it was he, Howard Brennan, who asked the FBI to cut the news films footage of himself talking with various officials on Houston Street, north of Elm after the shooting! Anyone who has read Brennan's 1964 testimony knows that he was mystified about why the WC did not have his precise location when he was talking with various authorities after the assassination. He pointed out to them that he'd been filmed by news crews, and this footage had then been cut at the request of "Mr. Lish of the FBI." This belated 1987 explanation is nonsense. It serves no purpose but to cover up the suspicious actions of the FBI. In sum Richard, I wouldn't trust much of anything in Howard Brennan's 1987 posthumous book. Stick with the first day affidavit! http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/topic/16277-howard-brennan-re-evaluated/
  7. John, We agree that at least one (early) shot was fired at the motorcade around this point, and we agree that films were damaged or spliced to hide this fact. (I am not sold that JFK was hit at this moment. I don't believe he was.) Still, the reason for the film alteration/damage was simple: any shot at this point in the motorcade was far more consistent with a shot from the east, not from the "sniper's window", which was almost directly overhead at that moment!
  8. If Weatherford was on top of the Dallas County Records Building, he (presumably) would never have admitted it if he was, in fact, a sniper. However, if Weatherford was up there for security purposes, then he would have faced the motorcade from the northwest corner of the rooftop. Such a location meant that the eastern windows of the sixth floor of the Dal-Tex building was behind and to his right. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dealey+Plaza/@32.779896,-96.8073803,44a,35y,220.59h,60.09t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xcfa47bf25b709fe0!8m2!3d32.7788184!4d-96.8082993
  9. Gentlemen, I agree that a shot was fired at the limo shortly after the turn onto Elm Street. However, I don't believe it hit anyone in the car. Others, years ago, pointed out the obvious splice and damage to the Tina Towner film which contains evidence that such a shot occurred. Tina Towner was standing and filming the motorcade from the sidewalk at the southwest corner of Elm and Houston. She was in front and slightly to the left of Howard Brennan. Her film shows (here at the 15 second mark) an obvious splice of several frames, and big black blotches for a frame or two just after the limo completed its turn. Immediately after the splice, we can see the president sit back up to his right, as if he just ducked to his left in reaction to something. We can also see that he pulled his right hand back quickly in mid-wave. This would seem to be evidence of a missed shot that traveled over JFK's right shoulder and struck the pavement just as the limo was completing its wide turn. Such a location coincides with the numerous witnesses who believed that something was thrown or fired at the motorcade at that point. Her film was damaged and spliced at the 15 second mark while in the custody of the FBI, allegedly. Remarkably, the Robert Hughes film also was damaged just as the limo made its turn. Several frames were blobbed, so any close look at the president's reaction at that moment is now impossible. Again, the damage occurred (allegedly) while the film was in the hands of the FBI. See the 23 second mark. If you ignore the commentary of the two image analysts who claim that "Oswald" was in the window, there is something else much more interesting: the positions of Harold Norman, James Jarman and Bonnie Ray Williams. This clip shows the re-enactment photos taken from within the fifth floor of the TSBD, and the three men are positioned kneeling and looking out the windows. The official Warren Commission Exhibit 481, allegedly a photo taken within 15-30 seconds of the shots by Thomas Dillard of the Dallas Morning News, shows the three men looking out the windows of the TSBD. However, it has long been argued that Exhibit 481 above is NOT the actual Dillard photo. Instead, goes the argument, Exhibit 481 is a photo taken from the street months later at the same time the men "re-enacted" their locations inside the TSBD so the authorities could take their picture. This photo, taken surreptitiously, would then replace the original Dillard photo. Why would anyone do that? To hide whatever information was actually in the original Dillard photo . . . (Evidence of two men? Someone not named "Oswald"? Norman, Williams and Jarman were not where they claimed to be when they claimed to be there? etc.) The evidence for this claim is provocative: the poses of the men seem to be exactly identical in both Exhibit 481 and in these reenactment photos, Exhibits 485 and 486. The men appear to be wearing the same clothing, yet Exhibit 481 and (Exhibits 485 and 486) were taken months apart. Exhibits 485 and 486 below, to be compared with Exhibit 481 above - allegedly the original Dillard photo from 12:31 pm on 11/22/63: So to sum up: In the Zapruder film, the Towner film and the Hughes film, there is a splice and or damage to these films at the same point in the motorcade - just as the limo completed its turn onto Elm. Such damage and/or a splice would hide evidence of a shot, albeit a missed shot. JFK's reaction to this missed shot was entirely inconsistent with a shot from the "sniper's nest" window of the TSBD, yet entirely in line with a missed shot from an eastern location, including the south windows of the Dal-Tex building, as Richard Price (and I) have pointed out for some days. Howard Brennan's first day affidavit to the Dallas Sheriff's office seems to be strong evidence that, in addition to whatever other activity he may have seen in the TSBD, Brennan saw a shooter in the Dal-Tex building.
  10. Mark, That was precisely my point a few days ago: by deliberately mislocating Brennan ten feet to the west along the concrete wall, the Warren Commission was able to hide the actual direction he was facing during the assassination. They had him facing due north, not northwest. And therefore, they concealed the building to which he referred in his first day affidavit ("the large, red brick building"), i.e. the Dal-Tex. As Tim Smith pointed out in his article at "Kennedys and King", David Belin KNEW that Brennan was not where they had located him. And as I pointed out a few days ago, a confused Gerald Ford (!!!) couldn't understand then how the official exhibits could reflect a "true position."
  11. Great stuff, Richard! That completely confirms my suspicion (and yours) that Brennan gave an "altered" version of events to the Warren Commission in 1964. The HSCA in 1978 realized that he'd lied and that he was now terrified about telling what he'd really seen. Brennan refused to sign the form on 5/28/78 indicating that his statements were accurate. The HSCA had zeroed on five of Brennan's statements. I bet we have a pretty good idea of which ones! The HSCA believed that Brennan was very scared, and they even wrote about what they called the "Dean Andrews" syndrome - the intimidation of "little people", potential witnesses whose accounts were in conflict with the narrative pushed by such powerful forces in America. The HSCA was never able to get any statement from Brennan, apparently. Brennan died in 1983 at the age of 64. David Belin died in 1999 at the age of 70. So Belin was still very much alive when the HSCA wanted Brennan to testify to them in 1978. I am convinced beyond any doubt that David Belin suborned perjury from Howard Brennan in 1964. I wouldn't be surprised if someone had dropped a hint to Brennan in 1978 that it would be a really bad idea to start telling the truth. "In American law, Scots law, and under the laws of some English-speaking Commonwealth nations, subornation of perjury is the crime of persuading or permitting a person to commit perjury, which is the swearing of a false oath to tell the truth in a legal proceeding, whether spoken or written." In this article from the Eugene (Oregon) Register Guard newspaper edition of June 25, 1967, WC attorney Joseph Ball is quoted as saying; "Epstein says (Edward Epstein)that I told him when we constructed the episode that 'Brennan had difficulty seeing a figure in the window." I never said that. In the first place, we didn't have Brennan at the reconstruction to see whether he could see. (No, of course not. Who cares if a witness's testimony is truthful?) We had him there so that he could mark positions on a photo." https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=w6lVAAAAIBAJ&pg=6440%2C5455217 In other words, Ball admitted that when the WC arranged for Brennan to revisit the assassination site, they had no interest in learning what he could (or could not) see of the sixth floor window! The fix was in, and by the time Howard Brennan testified in 1964, both he and David Belin knew what to say and what to avoid.
  12. Jim, Howard Brennan testified under oath that the local TV news station footage of himself was cut. When Belin was questioning Brennan about his location when he talked with the Secret Service agent, Brennan told Belin his exact location was on film! Belin DID NOT want any part of that - he asked no questions and immediately changed the subject! "Mr. BELIN. All right.Will you put a mark to "G" at the end? And I believe you said that the car that you talked to the Secret Service agent in was at point "G" approximately?Mr. BRENNAN. Right.Mr. BELIN. Now, are these accurate or approximate locations, Mr. Brennan?Mr. BRENNAN. Well, don't you have photographs of me talking to the Secret Service men right here?Mr. BELIN. I don't believe so.Mr. BRENNAN. You should have. It was on television before I got home my wife saw it.Mr. BELIN. On television?Mr. BRENNAN. Yes.Mr. BELIN. At this time we do not have them.Do you remember what station they were on television?Mr. BRENNAN. No. But they had it. And I called I believe Mr. Lish who requested that he cut those films or get them cut of the FBI. I believe you might know about them. Somebody cut those films, because a number of times later the same films were shown, and that part was cut.Mr. BELIN. Who would Mr. Lish be with?Mr. BRENNAN. The FBI.Mr. BELIN. All right.We thank you very much for that information.Is there anything else that you did at point "G" or anywhere else after the time of the assassination before you went to the Sheriff's office? . . ." In answer to your second question Jim, no I don't think anyone with whom Brennan spoke pressured him on 11/22/63. That's why his first day affidavit is so interesting - he was clearly referencing the Dal-Tex building. Did he also see some things in the TSBD? Well, he saw at least some black employees hanging out windows on the fifth floor. Whatever (and whoever) else he may have seen was undoubtedly subject to subtle pressure later. Is Richard Price correct in his assertion that Brennan's "accident" (sandblast to the face) was no accident, but a warning to Brennan? I don't know, but it is not unreasonable to suspect that Brennan himself might have viewed it that way. In any event, David Belin managed to take testimony from Brennan in a manner that completely clouded whatever observations Brennan might have had about the Dal-Tex building.
  13. Richard, The more I re-read Brennan's testimony to the WC, the more I am convinced that David Belin knew exactly what to avoid. Notice that the first questions are about the phony location of Brennan in the WC Exhibits 477 and 478. It's been well established that Brennan was NOT facing directly at the TSBD on the retaining wall - he was instead facing NE to the Dal-Tex building. By mis-locating Brennan ten feet further to the west along the wall, Belin was able to hide the direction Brennan was actually facing. Belin even went so far as to have Brennan identify the direction in which the camera was pointed for Exhibit 478 - south! This gave the impression that Brennan was facing north, when he was not - he was looking northeast. Further, as Tim Smith pointed out in his article, Brennan's true location was known to and commented on by David Belin: "Well, your legs in this picture, I notice, are not dangling on the front side there, is that correct?" So Belin knew that the witness had just misidentified his own location in the two previous exhibits. No wonder that a confused Gerald Ford immediately made a point of asking Brennan if the exhibits showed his "true location"! Representative Ford. Are those the positions where you were sitting on November 22?Mr. BRENNAN. Yes, sir.Representative FORD. At about 12Mr. BRENNAN. From about 12:22 or 12:24 until the time of the assassination.Representative FORD. In both pictures, that is a true--Mr. BRENNAN. True location.Representative FORD. True location of where you were sitting November 22d?Mr. BRENNAN. Yes, sir. It got better. To make sure that anyone trying to parse Brennan's testimony would be at their wit's end, Belin (purportedly to show the route Brennan took from lunch at Main and Record to his location in Dealey Plaza) introduced Warren Commission Exhibit 361, a map. However, this map doesn't show Main and Record. It doesn't even show Dealey Plaza or the assassination site. It shows the area north and west of the TSBD, but . . . it is upside down. North is at the bottom of the map. South is at the top. East is to the left. West is to the right. Also, as the WC printed it, they completely obscured Brennan's own lettering, making it impossible to decipher which of his letters are which. (After all, it was only the assassination of the president and they needed to save pennies by making the map as small and as indistinct as the could!) Exhibit 361 in all its glory (Dealey Plaza is off the map to the top right!): Brennan repeatedly testified that he talked with and gave his suspect description to Secret Service agent Forrest Sorrels. No one ever contradicted him on that point. The timing though destroyed the story that Brennan was Sawyer's source for the 12:45 suspect description. What was fascinating was that television news crews filmed Brennan talking with a Secret Service agent, and Brennan's wife saw him on TV. Yet when those same films were re-run later, the scene with Brennan and the unidentified Secret Service agent (on the east side of Houston, north of Elm!) was cut from the news broadcasts at the request of "Mr. Lish of the FBI. . . " Yet David Belin and Warren Commission did NOT want to know anything about that strange and sinister action by the FBI. No questions were asked. Brennan testified that he was mistaken in his identification of the window out of which the two "negroes" were looking at the time of the shooting. When confronted with Exhibit 481, he backed down in his assertion that they were in the window he had marked as "B" in Exhibit 477. (See above.) Why is this significant? Because Bonnie Ray Williams, Harold Norman and James Jarman were all on the fifth floor at the time of the shooting, and Harold Norman was (allegedly) directly beneath the "sniper's window" at the moment of the shooting. Norman claimed to have heard the sound of ejected shells hitting the floor from directly over his head! Belin had a dilemma: the Warren Commission needed the testimony of those three to put the shooter in the "sniper's nest" (directly above their heads), but they also needed Brennan to make an identification of the shooter, and Brennan had just missed on the window out of which the "negroes" were leaning. If Brennan was originally correct, then Williams, Norman and Jarman were incorrect . . .) (At least according to WC Exhibits 480, and 481, which purport to be authentic assassination photos taken by Thomas Dillard of the Dallas Morning News within about 15 to 30 seconds of the shots. Others have argued that Dillard's original photos were switched out for FBI re-enactment photos - these - taken a few days later. But that's a separate thread.) Brennan told the Warren Commission he could accurately identify the "Negroes" he'd seen on the 5th floor, yet when shown this Exhibit 482, he could . . . NOT! Mr. BELIN. Let me ask you this: You said you saw the man with the rifle on the sixth floor, and then you said you saw some Negroes on the fifth floor.Mr. BRENNAN. Yes.Mr. BELIN. Did you get as good a look at the Negroes as you got at the man with the rifle?Mr. BRENNAN. Yes.Mr. BELIN. Did you feel that your recollection of the Negroes at that time was as good as the one with the man with the rifle?Mr. BRENNAN. Yes--at that time, it was. Now--the boys rode up with me on the plane of course I recognize them now. But as far as a few days later, I wouldn't positively say that I could identify them. I did identify them that day.Mr. BELIN. Well, for instance, when I showed you Exhibit 482, you said that you could not identifyMr. BRENNAN. Well, the picture is not clear enough, as far as distinct profiles We all know that Brennan never identified anyone in the custody of the Dallas Police as the shooter. He even admitted under oath that when he saw "Oswald" on television, "he looked much younger on television than he did from my picture of him from the window - not much younger, but a few years younger - say 5 years younger." To recap: Belin took much testimony from Brennan in a manner that obscured, rather than clarified such details as: 1. Brennan's location 2. The direction Brennan was facing 3. Belin failed to introduce Brennan's own first day affidavit to the Dallas Sheriff's Office, and the important details about the "large red brick building" with all the fire escapes . . . 4. No mention whatsoever of Herbert Sawyer, the Dallas Police Inspector to whom (allegedly) Brennan gave his description, which then became (allegedly) the basis for the infamous 12:45 broadcast of the suspect. Belin could have arranged for Brennan to see a picture of Sawyer - they lived and worked in Dallas! Instead, Belin asked exactly ZERO questions to Brennan about Sawyer! Belin (and the WC) KNEW that Brennan was not Sawyer's mysterious source, but they dared not ask too much - Brennan might refuse to identify Sawyer! 5. Belin never pinned down with whom Brennan spoke in the DPD. Belin did not want to know, because that officer might well have confirmed that Brennan did indeed talk with the Secret Service's Forrest Sorrels, which would be way too late to make the "Brennan was Sawyer's source" story true. 6. Belin muddied the record about Brennan's walk on the east side of Houston Street, NORTH of Elm (right next to the Dal-Tex building!) with an unknown DPD cop for a vague amount of time before Brennan was able to give his suspect description. Belin asked exactly ZERO questions about why Brennan was walked on the east side of Houston, north of Elm. 7. Belin introduced an upside down map, completely inappropriate for the (ostensible) purpose, but perfect for muddying the waters. 8. Belin did NOT want to know why the FBI cut the TV news footage of Brennan and a Secret Service agent. The rest of the film ran a number of times, but Brennan and the Secret Service agent were cut. The fact that the men were on the east side of Houston, north of Elm (next to the Dal-Tex) is mighty intriguing . . . 9. Belin heard testimony from his own witness that this witness identified neither the shooter in the "sniper's window" nor the men on the floor beneath that window, nor even the right window, not even when shown WC Exhibit 482. David Belin knew exactly what to ask and exactly what to avoid. For the conspirators, they could not have been a better lawyer than David Belin to take Brennan's testimony.
  14. Further, from Brennan's WC testimony, he claimed that he first noticed the "fire escape ACROSS from the Texas Book Store on the east side of the Texas Book Store . . ." Huh? From his vantage point on the wall, he could NOT have seen people in either the windows or fire escape on the east side of the TSBD! So what did he mean? (Did someone "improve" his testimony later by deleting oh I dunno, "the large red brick building" and inserting that strange clause "the Texas Book Store on the east side of the Texas Book Store"? You betcha!!) The fire escapes on the Dal-Tex. Those fire escapes were plain as day, directly in his line of sight. And there were people hanging out the Dal-Tex windows and on the fire escape! When shown a picture of the "sniper's window", Brennan (incredibly) declined to identify it! Mr. Brennan: "I am confused whether this is the same window." Mr. Belin: "You mean because some windows are open below it?" Mr. Brennan: "No. The way the building is built, it seems like this is more or less a long window with a divider in the middle . . . " Because of "the way the building is built?" What the . . .? https://history-matters.com/archive/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh3/html/WC_Vol3_0076a.htm Later, after Brennan told a cop what he'd seen, the cop had to "give some orders or something on the east side of the building on Houston Street." Hmm. Brennan (supposedly) just identified the very window from which the shots came (in the TSBD?), but the cop then gives "orders" on the east side of the building on Houston Street"? Later, Brennan testified that the DPD walked him on . . . Houston Street, but just as he was going to tell us that they "walked back to" . . . Belin immediately cut him off with "Well, just put a mark in there" https://history-matters.com/archive/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh3/html/WC_Vol3_0079b.htm This strange exchange makes me think Brennan testified not only about the 6th floor window, but also about some other window somewhere else: Mr. Belin: "Mr. Brennan, in this sixth floor window (THIS sixth floor window? As opposed to the other sixth floor window about which Brennan had information?) where you saw the gun fired, did you see any objects of any kind in the window, or near the window?" Mr Brennan: "Yes. Through the window, which I referred to as back in the book store building, I could see stacks of boxes." "Back in the book store building"? I thought in the official story there was only ONE building that mattered. Yet here in this bizarre exchange, both Belin and Brennan clearly implied that there was another window in another building of interest! https://history-matters.com/archive/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh3/html/WC_Vol3_0080b.htm To sum up, I believe in both his first day affidavit, and in his WC testimony, Howard Brennan (inadvertently) dropped hints that the Dal-Tex building was the location of at least some conspiratorial activity to which he was a witness.
  15. After re-reading Howard Brennan's affidavit to the Sheriff's Office on 11/22, there is something really strange here. It might be just terrible syntax on Brennan's part, but I doubt it. This may seem crazy at first read, but here it goes: Before the motorcade got to Elm and Houston, beyond any doubt, Brennan, seated on the retaining wall, and facing northeast, was looking directly at . . . The Dal-Tex Building. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dal-Tex+Building,+501+Elm+St,+Dallas,+TX+75202/@32.7781937,-96.8089032,46a,35y,23.25h,75.81t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x864e991673a29e99:0x4412377c94c837dc!8m2!3d32.7799682!4d-96.8075101 "I was facing in a northerly direction looking not only at Elm Street but I could see the large red brick building across the street from where I was sitting. I take this building across the street to be about 7 stories anyway in the east end of the building and the second row of windows from the top I saw a man in this window." "The president's car . . . was about 50 yards from the intersection of Elm and Houston and to a point I would say THE PRESIDENT'S BACK WAS IN LINE WITH THE LAST WINDOW I HAVE PREVIOUSLY DESCRIBED I heard what I though was a backfire. It run in my mind that it might be someone throwing firecrackers out of the WINDOW OF THE RED BRICK BUILDING and I looked up at the building . . ." " Then the man let the gun down to his side and stepped down out of sight." As I wrote earlier, it's impossible for anyone to stand and shoot out the 6th floor SE window in the TSBD. But could someone have have been standing in a window of the Dal-Tex building and been visible from the waist up to Howard Brennan? http://www.prayer-man.com/sniper-position-in-daltex-building-by-shell-hershorn/# Maybe so. Those re-enactment photos show that for at least a little while, honest investigators thought so, too. (We know it was impossible to stand and shoot through the TSBD window.) So, what can we say for certain? 1. Brennan was facing directly at the Dal-Tex building before the assassination. 2. While both the TSBD and the Dal-Tex building were brick, the Dal-Tex buiding was a deep RED. On 11/22/63, within an hour or so of the assassination, Brennan TWICE described the building's brick as RED! 3. Both the TSBD and the Dal-Tex had seven stories. 4. Brennan's confused wording about the "last window" refers NOT to the westernmost window in the TSBD (as many of us have assumed), but instead to the one he said "previously described". Because Elm street had a double curve to it and because William Greer took a very wide turn onto Elm, a sniper in the Dal-Tex might well waited a moment for the limo to be centered in the middle of the street. This seems to be what Brennan said! This picture below was taken on Monday, 11/25/63. The "sniper's window" in the TSBD was never "in line" with the motorcade on Elm. But this view of the Dal-Tex shows it sure was! If you didn't already know the "official" story, which one of these two buildings would you pick as the "large red brick building"? Richard E. Sprague, Jim Garrison, Josiah Thompson and Fletcher Prouty all believed at least some shots came from the Dal-Tex building. I can personally attest that Harold Weisberg was almost certain of it. If any conspirator/shooter/radioman/spotter etc. was in the Dal-Tex, and if that person was seen by Brennan, then enormous pressure would have placed on Brennan to change his statement. By the time of his Warren Commission testimony, that would appear to be the case.
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