Ventura: Impossible That Oswald Shot Kennedy
Jesse Ventura’s new book, They Killed Our President: 63 Facts That Prove a Conspiracy to Kill JFK, presents a far-reaching and startlingly case against the official story of President Kennedy’s assassination.
In this second in a series of excerpts from the book, Ventura presents information that he claims shows Oswald could not have realistically fired the shots — any shots — at John F. Kennedy.
A couple minutes after President Kennedy had been shot, a clerical supervisor was returning to her office on the second floor of the lunch room in the Texas School Book Depository building. Her statement said that on the way to her office, she saw an employee who she knew, Lee Harvey Oswald; that he had a Coca-Cola bottle in his hand and seemed very calm.
Her exact words were, “I had no thoughts or anything of him having any connection with it all because he was very calm.”
She had no reason to lie. She was just saying what she saw. That was all she could recall about him at that time, as there was a lot going on. But those were the two things about seeing Oswald on the second floor that afternoon that she clearly remembered. That he was very calm and had a Coca-Cola bottle in his hand. Remember that. If you’ve studied this like I have, you’re now a “juror for history”; and those are two things that you’ll need to remember later.
Motive, means, and opportunity. Those are the things you have to prove to convict a defendant in a murder trial. People often get confused on the opportunity aspect. What that means is that it has to have been possible for the defendant to have committed the crime. If they had a solid alibi, for example, that they were in a different location at that exact time then – since they could not have been in two places at once – their attorneys can prove that they lacked opportunity.
It is logistically impossible that Oswald was the one who fired from the sixth floor of that building and even a half-decent defense attorney could have proven that to a jury’s satisfaction.
In addition to the fact that “no one could put him in that window” – i.e. at the scene of the crime, which comes direct from the Dallas Police Chief, no less – it has been conclusively established that Oswald was already elsewhere and that he, therefore, did not possess opportunity. Let me explain.
Solid eyewitness testimony confirms that Oswald was in the lunchroom on the second floor fifteen minutes before the shooting of the President. As veteran investigative researcher Anthony Summers noted:
The bald fact is that Oswald cannot be placed on the sixth floor either at the time of the shooting or during the half hour before it.
The last time he was reliably seen before the assassination was by Mrs. Arnold – in the second floor lunchroom. The next time Oswald was firmly identified was immediately after the assassination – again in the second floor lunchroom.
Those are strong indications that Oswald was exactly where he told the police he was – eating lunch in the first floor domino room and then going up to the second floor lunchroom and buying a Coca-Cola from the vending machine. Oswald correctly verified the individuals as well as the timing – so he was either right where he said he was, or possessed psychic powers.
It gets even better. One witness – a man named Howard Brennan – stated that, from outside Oswald’s building, he saw two men in the sixth floor window and one of them had a rifle. As any jury would not – and any defense attorney would absolutely love – even though Mr. Brennan had seen Oswald’s picture on television before going to the police lineups, he failed to make a positive identification of Oswald as one of the men whom he saw in the sixth floor window.
But an employee named Bonnie Ray Williams was eating lunch on the sixth floor until at least 12:15p.m. and testified that Oswald was not there. Williams was right, because as witness Carolyn Arnold substantiated, at 12:15, Oswald was still in the lunchroom. She’s certain she saw him there “about 12:15. It may have been slightly later.”
The time that Arnold Rowland saw the rifle in the window was pinpointed by events correlating to the police log: it was between 12:15 and 12:16. So the timing actually proves that whoever Rowland saw in that window, it was not Lee Harvey Oswald. Sightings of Oswald downstairs by four eyewitnesses – both before and after Rowland saw the man on the sixth floor with a rifle – make it impossible that Oswald was the man he saw.
But that didn’t stop the government. They made the case that Oswald finished his lunch, raced upstairs to the “sniper’s nest” that was set up behind some boxes at the sixth floor window, fired three shots at the President, killing him and wounding the Governor of Texas, then – since the elevator was not used – raced down the stairs, back to the second floor lunchroom, where he was seen by Dallas Police Officer Marion Baker and building supervisor Roy Truly. Besides, wouldn’t Oswald have been more than a little out of breath, instead of the calmly-collected guy that other witnesses saw?
So, the problem quickly became one of timing.
Keep in mind that the shooter had to also take the time to hide that rifle:
The rifle was found tightly wedged within a stack of books, a task that would seem to require more than a few seconds.
It was so deeply hidden in the boxes that one of the Dallas sheriffs claimed that searchers could have walked right by it and not noticed it.
So the would-be investigators from the Warren Commission quickly sent Dallas police officers scurrying up and down the stairs of the Book Depository and timed them with a stopwatch. But the problem was that there wasn’t really enough time after the assassination for Oswald to have stashed the rifle, run down the stairs from the sixth to the second floor, buy a Coca-Cola at the vending machine, and actually be there at the time the Dallas cop saw him there.
So what did they do? They tried to correct this impossibility by shaving off the time that it took to buy the Coca-Cola from the vending machine! Then the timing was better. While acknowledging that it was close, they said that they had proved that it was physically possible…
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