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Arnold Rowland and the Sixth Floor

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Some questions about Arnold Rowland…

He was the already married High School senior who says he was a JFK assassination witness and that there was a gunman on the 6th floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository but NOT at the Warren Commisions‘ official “Snipers nest”.

He said he saw man holding a rifle “at port arms” at the south-west corner window of the Book Depository about 15 minutes ( or was it five minutes) BEFORE Kennedy drove through Dealey Plaza.
He said to his wife “The secret service isn’t so secret is it?” and pointed at the window, but his wife said she didn’t see anybody in that window.

Rowland also says he saw an African American man in the so-called Snipers Nest window and he was about 55 years old, practically bald and very thin.

Oliver Stone and other conspiracy theorists say that Arnold Rowlands story proves a conspiracy, it proves a second gunman, and it disproves the Warren Reports “Oswald was the Lone Gunman” theory.

Vincent Bugliosi said in “Reclaiming History” that we shouldn’t believe Arnold Rowlands story because his high school principal said he was a patholigical liar and a known exagerater.
Bugliosis also points out that Rowlands wife didn’t see this man that her husband claimed to see.

I saw on the “Portal to Texas History” website ( https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth338653/m1/2/ )
that he gave a statement to the Dallas County Sherriff’s department that is mostly the same as what he told the Warren Commission with one crucial difference,

He said the man was holding a rifle at “Parade Rest.”
Bugliosis also points out that Rowlands description of the gunman standing at”Port Arms” is ridiculous. Why would anyone stand at “parade rest” or “Port Arms” unless they were performing official military Drill and Ceremony?
If you were waiting to assassinate someone you wouldn’t stiffly stand like a toy soldier would you?
And what kind of civilian uses terminology like “Parade Rest” and or “Port Arms” anyway?

So we should dismiss what Arnold Rowland says he saw entirely, right? He’s a pathological liar who made this story up for attention right?

EXCEPT!

Hold on…..

Lets look at other parts of the official record. Other stories….
16‐year‐old Amos Lee Euins said he saw the shooter in the snipers nest window -and that he thought the man was black.

Howard Brennan said he saw the shooting from the snipers nest window and that the man he saw more or less looked like Oswald. Oswald was 24, but Brennan said the shooter looked to be about 30. I don’t see a contradiction here, every picture of Lee Harvey Oswald taken around the time of the assassination shows him to APPEAR closer to 30 than 24.

An african american Texas School Book depository employee (Bonnie Ray Williams ? )says he was sitting at/near what would later be called the “Snipers Nest” eating his lunch, a chicken sandwich.
Didnt Bonnie Ray Williams say he WAS at the “snipers nest” window for a bit, eating a chicken sandwich, then realized his friends were directly below him on the FIFTH floor, left, went down to fifth floor window to be with his friends?

Couldn’t this then back up Amos Lee Euins story, Howard Brennans story AND Arnold Rowlands story?

( I think I’m getting part of this from an in-person conversation with Bill Brown, and maybe one of the conspiracy books?)

Oswald was on the 6th floor. Maybe he WANTED to shoot from the “snipers nest” window but somebody was sitting there.

Oswald could have been standing near the south-west corner window with his rifle waiting for/hoping that the other person at the other end of the sixth floor would leave. Barring that, Oswald could just commit his evil deed from the south-west corner window.

When the other person left, Oswald left the south-west corner window area and walked over to the “Snipers nest” corner and moved the 3 boxes to set up his shooting area.

Arnold Rowland never said he saw the shots coming from the south-west corner window, did he? He simply said he saw a man with a rifle at the south-west corner window STANDING there with a rifle some minutes before the assassination. Have I got that right?

Arnold Rowland said he saw a white guy with a rifle at the southwest corner window and a Black person at the other end. I don’t see any contradiction here. The second man Rowland saw was Bonnie Ray Williams. Rowland got BRW’s age WAY off, but it was a ways away and he didn’t get that good of a look at either person did he?

Rowland also correctly described the rifle “appeared to be a high powered rifle because it looked as though it had a scope on it.” And he semi-correctly described Oswald himself (“White man with a light colored shirt, open at the neck. He appeared to be of slender build and he appeared to have dark hair.”) Although later in the day, Oswald was wearing a reddish brown long sleeve shirt with a white T shirt underneath it, wasn’t he? So Rowland got the shirt color wrong, a minor point that I don’t think discredits his whole testimony.

As for Rowlands changing testimony as to how the rile was held, maybe he was lying, maybe he was mistaken or mis- remembering things. Or maybe he saw BOTH things. He could have seen Oswald holding the rifle up with both hands across his torso ( “Port arms”) and then he saw Oswald after he put the rifle on the floor, resting it on its butt ( “parade rest”).

In both of Rowlands statements his description had the words “sort of thing.”
Such as:
“the man I saw was holding the rifle in a port arms kind of thing’
and he told the Dallas Sherrifs office (exact quote):
“He appeared to be holding this at a parade rest sort of position”
So a “parade rest sort of thing” didn’t need to mean a stiff formal PARADE REST pose, it could easily be : “holding it alongside his body”

And a “Port Arms sort of thing” could easily just be “holding it up with two hands.”

I don’t know why Arnold Rowland used such oddly specific military D&C ( “Drill and Ceremony”) terminology. Was he in Junior ROTC or a High School marching bands rifle drill team? Did he have a lot of family members who had been in the military? Or did he just have the same interest in military matters that many teen age boys would have had in 1963 ( and many still do today). Anyone have an answer for this?

His use of military D&C terminology is a bit eccentric and unusual, but not impossible to accept.

As for why his wife didn’t see the man with the rifle in the window? Rowland said the rifle man was 15 to twenty feet back from the window, and maybe Oswald changed position by the time Rowland pointed him out to his wife. Or maybe his wife didn’t have her glasses on?

Rowland said ” In about 15 minutes President Kennedy passed the same spot where we were standing and the motorcade had just turned west on Elm heading down the hill when I heard a noise I thought to be a back fire”

15 Minutes seems to be more than enough time for Bonnie Ray Williams to leave the sixth floor and Oswald to move three boxes to set up his snipers nest.

16‐year‐old Amos Lee Euins said he thought the shooter was black.
I can’t prove this, and I admit this is a bit of a stretch…. a “leap of faith ” But maybe Euins saw Oswalds rifle up in the window but had maybe seen Bonnie Ray Williams earlier, and he “mashed” the two memories together? He didn’t realize he had seen two different people in the same window?

There’s no proof, no statements by Euins, to suggest this was so, is there?

I have visited Dealey Plaza several times in the past 3 years and the “Rowland Corner” has been under construction every time I’ve been there. Obviously , the CIA doesn’t want me or anyone else to see Rowlands point of view?

Lee Harvey Oswald Faces

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Lee Harvey Oswald (alleged killer of President John F. Kennedy and Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippet) faces tests. Made in Photoshop and After Effects #oswald, #leeharveyoswald, #jfk, #kennedy, #adobephotoshop , #adobeaftereffects , #motiongraphics

Oliver Stone, After Effects

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Oiver Stone, behind the picket fence in Dealy Plaza, Dallas, Texas.

Made with Adobe Photoshop (Paint Brush and Pen Tools) and Adobe After Effects.

JFK Truth, New Orleans Meet Up

JFK Truth Be Told, New Orleans Meet Up, April 2022

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These are “home movies” of the “JFK Truth Be Told” Facebook group in person meetup on April 22, 2022. Author Fred Litwin was going to be there to research his new book on Jim Garrison, and we wanted to be there to see some of the Lee Harvey /Jim Garrison related sites.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/553546571932211

The first shot is the bridge leading into New Orleans.

A church on the road into New Orleans.

.28) some shots of the apartment house that Lee Harvey Oswald and Marina Oswald used to live in. Mixed in are some shots from the house from an old tv interview with Oswald’s former landlady.

1.42) an unrelated but amusing shot of some tree cutters engaging in some dangerous seeming actions.

2.04) The nearby neighborhood library where Lee Harvey Oswald checked out books on Kennedy among others.

2.27) Shots of our visit to Reilly Coffee where Oswald worked and the “suspiciously nearby” Federal Buildings. This footage is out of chronological context, but I liked how it fit into the old interview.

Note, Lee Harvey Oswalds’ alleged “mistress” charged people for a similar tour of New Orleans sites two months after our ours. This women is probably telling the truth about working at the Reilly Coffee Company at the same time as Oswald, but she also tells very difficult to believe series of stories about her being the girlfriend of the married Oswald, and even more difficult to believe stories about her being in a CIA bio-weapons program with Oswald, David Ferrie and Guy Bannister.

What counts towards her credibility is the fact the the people, places and events in her stories match up almost exactly with the stories written about in Jim Garrisons book “On The Trail of the Assassins.” What counts AGAINST her credibility is the fact that the the people, places and events in her stories match up almost exactly with the stories written about in Jim Garrisons book “On The Trail of the Assassins,” even the parts that a lot of researchers don’t believe ever happened. To her critics, its almost like she read “On The Trail of the Assassins” and imagined herself into the book.

http://www.jfk-online.com/judyth-story.html

http://www.jfk-assassination.net/judyth.htm

3:00 shots of us visiting the corner where Lee Harvey Oswald handed out “Hands off Cuba” Leaflets.

3.33 Visiting Lafayette square. Where Oswald attended a political rally and had a PO box.

4.27 Looking for Jim Garrisons gravesite and accidentally finding Carlos Marcellos Tomb.

http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6333088/jim-garrison

5:07 David Ferries Apartment.

5:59 finding David Ferries grave. Tiny compared to Jim Garrisons.

http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7067544/david-william-ferrie

6:25 Clay Shaws apartment.

http://www.nola.com/entertainment_life/article_add75852-51ee-5d7e-8446-a8c1c6c0643c.html

6:35 New Orleans courthouse where the Clay Shaw trial happened. NOTE: I shot this footage on an earlier trip to New Orleans, this wasn’t a part of the “Truth Be Told” meet up.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_Clay_Shaw

Dealey Plaza 1997

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Here is a blast from (my) past!
I shot this footage with a hand held Standard Definition (SD) BetaCam ENG camera ( 640 by 480, 29.97 Frames Per Second) on December 21st, 1997.


This was originally going to be a part of a “The Kennedy Assassination was a conspiracy” documentary I was going to make. Then I read Jim Moore’s “A Conspiracy of One” and Gerald Posner’s “Case Closed” and that turned me from a hard core conspiracy theorist to leaning heavily towards the “lone gunman” side.

I also toyed with the idea of using this footage in my Vidor documentary “The Least of My Brothers,” comparing the Kennedy Assassination to the Bill Simpson Murder. But that idea was dropped and I never went very far with it.


In this video you can see the Grassy Knoll, you can see Conspiracy author Robert Groden peddling his books and videos, and I got to take ride in a replica of Kennedys Presidential limousine.


First Shots: The Texas Schoolbook Depository as seen from about half a block away. I think its the corner of Main and Houston, where assassination witness Arnold Rowland was standing.
Close Ups of the sixth floor snipers nest window.
1.05 George Dealey Statue
1.25 Shot of the The Texas Schoolbook Depository from the closest corner.
3.33 I was standing on the grassy knoll, behind the picket fence, where some witnesses though the shots came from.
4.24 Robert Groden banner.
5.50 Robert Groden sits and peddles his books and videos.
7:03 Where James Tague was standing.
7.31 Video shot from the railroad bridge.
10:01 Railroad tower.
11.01 Replica Limousine tour, from within the limo.
12.25 standing POV from within the limousine.
12.32 Police Ramp entrance
15.46 Limo entering Dealey Plaza
17:15 back seat
17:17 Conspiracy Museum
18.30 replica limo enters Dealey Plaza
20.00 Limo shot from railroad bridge.

I am not sure but I think this might be the company that owns that replica of the JFK limo today:
http://www.dallastexastourattractions.com/presidential-limo-tour/#limo-model

The Sixth Floor Museum : http://www.jfk.org

Jim Moore’s A Conspiracy of One on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Conspiracy-One-Jim-Moore/dp/0962621951

Gerald Posner’s Case Closed: www.posner.com/case-closed

If you want to visit Dealey Plaza yourself someday, talk to… :

www.facebook.com/DfwHistoricalTours for a tour.

Fred Litwin

A conversation with lifelong JFK conspiracy buff and author Fred Litwin.

https://www.onthetrailofdelusion.com/

https://www.onthetrailofdelusion.com/blank-page-5

I am going to use this as part of my forthcoming documentary debunking (most) JFK conspiracy theories.

This is all uncut, and after the first minute, I didn’t even attempt to have the video match with what we’re talking about.