An Easy Shot ?
the Limo Fragments did NOT come from the head shot
the Rifle in the Window was NOT a Carcano
See No Evil
Hear No Evil
Oswald did not know the motorcade route
Oswald was "a rather poor shot"
Evidence Oswald was on the 1st floor during the shooting
threatening of witnesses
Marina & "Hidell"
Problems with Marina's testimony against her
the Dallas Police falsified evidence against Oswald
The "Misfired" Round
Bullets in the Pocket
Proof the FBI lied in their Reports
the Warren Commission predetermined Oswald's guilt
The Cab Ride
The Lunchroom Encounter
The WC alters timing
More evidence that Oswald was on the first floor
The Paper Gunsack
Evidence the "Gunsack was never on the 6th
Evidence the "Gunsack" was made on
the afternoon of 11/22/63
Evidence the rifle was never in the "Gunsack"
Evidence the bag Oswald brought to work contained
Evidence Oswald had not fired a rifle
Evidence Oswald had not fired a handgun
Evidence the Depository rifle was not part of
the February shipment to Klein's
Evidence that Oswald was at work when the money
order for the rifle was purchased and the envelope mailed
Evidence that the "$ 21.45" entry on
Klein's bank account statement was not the "Hidell" money order
Evidence that Oswald's handwriting was easily
Evidence the rifle in the "Backyard
Photos" is not the Depository Rifle
Evidence that the Depository Rifle had not been
fired on 11/22/63
Evidence that Klein's Sporting Goods did not
mount the scope on the Depository Rifle
Oswald could not afford to order the weapons
The Rifle Ammo
The Spent Shells
that affidavits were falsified
Proof the bullets recovered from Tippit's body did not match the bullets in evidence
that the police lineups were unfair
that the Tippit killer's jacket was white
News video shows the jacket was white
Problems with the gray jacket's chain of custody
Evidence that the witnesses described the jacket
of the Tippit murderer as white
Evidence that the police radio description of the
jacket found was white
Evidence that the witnesses refused to identify the gray jacket as the jacket the killer wore
Skeptical witness identification of the gray jacket as the jacket the killer wore
More problems with the evidence
Evidence the unfired .38 rounds came from police
William A. Smith & Jimmy Burt
B.M. "Pat" Patterson
The "Walker" bullet
Problems with the Chain of Custody of CE 573
that CE 573 was not the same ammunition fired at JFK
Gen. Walker to HSCA: "Walker bullet"
not Walker bullet
THE PLAZA "WITNESS"
"Brennan...appears to be one of those self-promoting bystanders who because of....the need to be associated with
some great tragedy -- pretend knowledge of the event when they actually have no information."
( Gerald McKnight, Breach of Trust, pg. 398 )
Placing Oswald on the sixth floor with the rifle in his hands was tantamount to the Commission's proving that he
fired the shots at the motorcade in Dealey Plaza. In order to do this, the Warren Report banked heavily on the
testimony of a single witness, Howard Leslie Brennan. Brennan was standing at
the corner of Houston and Elm facing the Texas Book Depository in Dealey Plaza
when JFK was assassinated.
Brennan was the only witness to claim that he saw Lee Harvey
Oswald fire from the 6th floor window of the Texas School Book Depository.
The Report stressed that Brennan was in an "excellent position" to observe anyone in the window and was an "accurate observer".
It was Brennan's description, the Report said, that went out over the police radio minutes after the assassination.
The Commission had problems trying to establish the fact that Brennan was, in fact, the source of the description of
the shooter. Articles began appearing pointing out contradictions in Brennan's testimony as it appeared in the Report.
Two weeks after the Report was made public, Commission Head Counsel J. Lee Rankin wrote Hoover twice, on December 2 and
again on the 18th, requesting a complete chain "from Brennan to the police dept.". Although they tried, the FBI failed
to do so.
He described seeing a white man "in his early thirties, fair complexion, slender but neat, possibly 5-foot
10, 160 to 170 pounds, wearing light colored clothes, more of a khaki color."
H 144-145 )
But that description does not match the clothes that Oswald
was wearing that day.
And since there's no evidence that Oswald changed his clothes
after the shooting, the man Brennan saw could not have been Oswald.
No matter how much the Warren Report massaged the facts, it could not establish Brennan's credibility.
Brennan testified that he thought the first shot was a firecracker and although
he never heard a second shot, after the third shot he looked up and saw that the gunman "stepped down out of sight".
But the gunman couldn't have "stepped down" because the windowsill was only 12 inches up from the floor.
Brennan said that the gunman was standing and he could see the man "from the belt up."
H 144 )
But Commission Exhibit 1311 indicates that that was an impossibility.
A man Oswald's height is shown next to the window:
The FBI photograph inspires no more confidence in the Commission's claim that Oswald was either "kneeling or sitting". Had that been the case,
Brennan could not have estimated the height and weight of the gunman from six stories down.
In addition, it is doubtful that Brennan could have identified
someone through the filthy windows of the sixth floor:
At no time during his viewing of the police lineup did Brennan positively identify Oswald as the man he saw in the
window firing. And this was AFTER he had seen Oswald on television.
I'm still wondering how Brennan could have not heard a second
shot and believe that the next shot was a third shot. If he didn't hear a second
shot, shouldn't the next shot he hear BE the second shot ?
A POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION ?
At the lineup, Brennan selected Oswald as the person who most closely RESEMBLED the man he had seen in the
window with the rifle, but he failed to make a positive identification.
Mr. BRENNAN. I told Mr. Sorrels and Captain Fritz at that time that Oswald--or the man in the lineup that
I identified looking more like a closest resemblance to the man in the window than anyone in the lineup.
( 3 H
Mr. BELIN. Now, is there anything else you told the officers at the time of the lineup?
Mr. BRENNAN. Well, I TOLD THEM THAT I COULD NOT MAKE A POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION.
( 3 H
What makes Brennan's refusal to initially identify Oswald as the shooter even more compelling is that
he saw Oswald
on TV BEFORE he went down to view the police lineup:
Mr. BELIN. In the meantime, had you seen any pictures of Lee Harvey Oswald on television or in the newspapers?
Mr. BRENNAN. Yes, on television.
Mr. BELIN. About when was that, do you believe?
Mr. BRENNAN. I believe I reached home quarter to three or something of that, 15 minutes either way, and
I saw his
picture twice on television before I went down to the police station for the lineup.
Mr. BELIN. What is the fact as to whether or not your having seen Oswald on television would have affected your
identification of him one way or the other?
Mr. BRENNAN. That is something I do not know. ( 3 H 147-148 )
After Oswald was dead, a federal agent spoke with him. It was not Brennan but a "Secret Service man from Houston"
who first suggested "security reasons" as an excuse to the reluctant witness: "You said you couldn't make a positive identification. Did you do that for security reasons personally or couldn't you?"
is how Brennan quoted the agent. ( 3 H
Mr. BELIN. did you ever LATER tell any officer or investigating person anything different?
Mr. BRENNAN. Yes.
Mr. BELIN. When did that happen?
Mr. BRENNAN. I believe SOME DAYS LATER----I don't recall exactly--and I believe the Secret Service man identified
hisself as being Williams, I believe, from Houston. I won't swear to that-whether his name was Williams or not.
Then Brennan tells the circumstances under which he came to identify Oswald:
Mr. BELIN. Well, what happened in between to change your mind that you later decided to come forth and tell them
you could identify him?
Mr. BRENNAN. AFTER OSWALD WAS KILLED, I was relieved quite a bit that as far as pressure on myself of somebody not
wanting me to identify anybody, there was no longer that immediate danger.
When he appeared before the Warren Commission, Brennan stated that he could have made the
identification at the lineup. ( 3 H 148 )
FEARED FOR HIS LIFE ?
After Brennan came forward he told police he could have made a positive identification
at the lineup but was afraid for the safety of himself and his family.
Brennan's explanation that he failed to identify Oswald out of fear that he was the only eyewitness and, as such,
might be silenced or killed. Posner cites the fact that Brennan considered moving his family and that the FBI posted
guards at his house for three weeks.
But this picture of a scared and reluctant witness has some cracks in it, however: According to
Dallas Secret Service agent Forrest
Sorrels, Brennan knew that he was not the only eyewitness. When Sorrels spoke with Brennan at the TSBD about half an hour
after the assassination, Brennan himself pointed out young Amos Euins as another one who had seen the gunman.
Mr. STERN. How did you happen to talk to Mr. Brennan?
Mr. SORRELS. I asked--I don't know who, someone there "Is there anyone here that saw anything?" And someone said,
"That man over there."He was out in front of the building and I went right to him.
Mr. STERN. Did Mr. Brennan tell you anything else?
Mr. SORRELS. I asked him whether or not he thought he could identify the person that he saw, and he, of course,
gave me a description of him, said that he appeared to be a slender man, he had on what appeared to be a light jacket or
shirt or something to that effect, and that he thought he could identify him--said he was slender build. Because I was
definitely interested in someone that had seen something that could give us some definite information. And I also asked
if he had seen anybody else, and he pointed to a young colored boy there, by the name of Euins.
( 7 H
One wonders why if he feared for his safety he didn't take steps to avoid public exposure.
Brennan asked David Belin during his testimony if the Commission had the television coverage of his interview with Secret
Service agents at the crime scene. Brennan's instant celebrity, his
name and face, had been broadcast all over Dallas BEFORE HE HAD EVEN SEEN THE LINEUP.
In August, 1964, before the release of the Warren Report, Brennan spoke on camera with CBS News,
for their nationwide broadcast, "CBS News Extra: November 22, 1963 and the Warren
Report," aired on September 27, 1964. Interviews were done, according to narrator Walter Cronkite,
a month before the telecast and the release of the Warren
( In the CBS program, Brennan blatantly contradicted his sworn Warren Commission testimony when, having blown his cover, he told the nation that "The President's
head just exploded."
Brennan also posed for a photograph which appeared in the October 2, 1964 issue of Life magazine.
If Brennan was taking steps to avoid public exposure, they were certainly extraordinary steps.
In both his Sheriff's Department statement and his comments to Sorrels, Brennan indicated a willingness to identify the
man in the window "if I ever saw him again."
The most reasonable explanation for Brennan's failure to ever make a positive
identification of the man is that he never saw him again--at the lineup or elsewhere.
Brennan had told the Commission that he had been sitting on the
wall facing Elm St. as depicted in Commission Exhibits 477 and 478:
Representative Ford. Are those the positions where you were sitting on November 22?
Mr. BRENNAN. Yes, sir.
Representative FORD. At about 12
Mr. 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.
3 H 142 )
But Commission Exhibit 479, a frame from the Zapruder film,
shows Brennan sitting on the wall facing HOUSTON ST. and having to twist his
body to his left to view the motorcade traveling down Elm:
SUPERB EYESIGHT ?
On his website, Warren Commission supporter Prof. Ken Rahn of
URI describes Brennan as a "steamfitter
with superb eyesight". Brennan was farsighted, wore glasses for reading
and had both eyes sandblasted in January 1964. In fact, Brennan's eyesight was
so bad at the time of the assassination, he was unsure of how many people were
in the lineup and estimated "seven, more or less one".
H 147 )
The Oswald lineups never consisted of more than 4 people.
When Brennan was asked if all of the men in the lineup were
white, he "couldn't remember".
( ibid. )
Brennan testified that at the lineup, he told Fritz and
Sorrels that Oswald was the one with the "closest resemblance"
to the man in the window. ( ibid. )
But Fritz wasn't at that lineup and didn't even know
that there had been a lineup until Sorrels called him and told him. ( 4
H 237 )
Brennan was able to identify "two negroes" who had
been in the window one floor BELOW the shooter, but was "unable to
remember" if he had heard them admit they were there.
H 146 )
Howard Brennan saw more people in the lineup than were
actually there. He saw Fritz at the lineup when Fritz WASN'T there. He saw a
gunman standing in the window firing when it was an impossibility.
There's a reason why Howard Brennan wouldn't pick Oswald out
of the lineup.
His eyesight was so bad, he couldn't honestly pick anyone
out of the lineup.
SO WHICH LINEUP DID HE VIEW ?
Brennan testified that he was picked up by the Secret Service
"at 6 o'clock promptly" (
6pm on November 22nd ) . ( 3
H 160 )
That would have put him at the 6:30 lineup with Tippit
witnesses Ted Callaway and Sam Guinyard and bus driver Cecil McWatters.
But Callaway described only himself, Guinyard and McWatters at
the lineup. ( 3
H 355 )
Fritz told the Commission that Brennan was at the same lineup
as the Davis "sisters" ( 4
H 237 ) , which did not occur until 7:55 pm.
So did Brennan sit in the police station for almost two hours
waiting for the 7:55 lineup ?
Barbara Davis said that the only ones who were at the lineup
she saw were herself, her husband, her sister-in-law and police officers in
suits. ( 3
H 346 )
Her account is verified by her sister-in-law, Virginia ( 6
H 461 )
Brennan is not described in any
account of any witness who viewed any police lineup as
having been at their lineup.
And not one Dallas Police officer ever gave
testimony claiming to have been present at or making reference to a lineup
viewed by Brennan.
In fact, CE 2003, pg 293
is a list of ALL witnesses who viewed Oswald in a police lineup.
Howard Brennan's name is not among them.
No documentation exists that tells when Howard Brennan viewed
a lineup, what officials were present during that lineup, the names and
descriptions of the persons who participated in the lineup with Oswald--no
NOTABLE NOTES FOR THIS PAGE
At the lineup, Brennan selected Oswald as the person who most closely resembled the man he had seen in the window with the rifle, but he
failed to make a positive identification.
After an "agent" spoke with him a few weeks later, Brennan seemed to revert to being unable to positively identify
The relationship of the windowsill to the floor made it impossible for the
shooter to be standing while firing, as Brennan claimed. If the shooter was
sitting or kneeling, it would have been impossible for Brennan to estimate his
height and weight..
Brennan's description of the clothing worn by the man in the window was inconsistent with the outfit Oswald
was wearing that day.
His failure to make a positive identification of Oswald, as well as the issue of the gunman's clothing, make it impossible to fairly cite
Brennan as proof that Lee Harvey Oswald was on the sixth floor, a fact
which even the Warren Commission recognized.
The Warren Commission dealt with the dilemma of Brennan's uncertainty in this manner:
"The Commission ... does not base its conclusions concerning the identity of the assassin on Brennan's subsequent
certain identification of Lee Harvey Oswald as the man he saw fire the rifle...
According to Secret Service agent Forrest Sorrels, Brennan knew that he was not the only eyewitness. When Sorrels spoke with Brennan at the
TSBD about half an hour after the assassination, Brennan himself pointed out young Amos Euins as one who had seen the gunman.
The most reasonable explanation for Brennan's failure to ever make a positive identification of the man is
that he never saw him again--at the lineup or elsewhere. Brennan's eyesight
was so bad at the time he viewed the lineup, he told the Commission the lineup
consisted of "seven, more or less one". There were never more than 4
in any lineup.
It was not Brennan but a "Secret Service man from Houston" who first suggested "security reasons" as an excuse to the reluctant witness: "You said you couldn't make a positive identification. Did you do that for security reasons personally or couldn't you?" is how Brennan
quoted the agent.
In August, 1964, before the release of the Warren Report, Brennan spoke on camera with CBS News, for their nationwide broadcast,
"CBS News Extra: November 22, 1963 and the Warren Report," aired on
September 27, 1964. Interviews were done, according to narrator Walter Cronkite, a month before the telecast and the release of the Warren
Brennan also posed for a photograph which appeared in the October 2, 1964 issue of Life magazine. If Brennan was taking steps to
avoid public exposure, they were certainly extraordinary steps. ( In the CBS program, Brennan blatantly contradicted his sworn Warren
Commission testimony when he told the nation that "The President's head just exploded."
Brennan's eyesight was so poor that he could not determine how many people were
in the lineup.
Brennan's eyesight was so poor that he "couldn't remember" if all
of the men in the lineup were white.
Brennan's eyesight was so poor that he saw Capt. Fritz at the lineup when
Fritz wasn't there.
No Dallas Police officer ever made a reference in testimony to a lineup
viewed by Brennan.
Brennan's name does not appear on any witness list as having viewed one of the Oswald lineups.