It definitely wasn't that long. Frazier doubted whether the bag that Oswald carried was as wide as the bag found on the sixth floor, although Mrs. Randle testified that the width was approximately the same. Randle against the evidence here presented that the bag Oswald carried contained the assassination weapon and has concluded that Frazier and Randle are mistaken as to the length of the bag. Randle saw the bag fleetingly and her first remembrance is that it was held in Oswald's right hand "and it almost touched the ground as he carried it. He continually advised that he was not paying close attention.
I didn't pay too much attention the way he was walking because I was walking along there looking at the railroad cars and watching the men on the diesel switch them cars and I didn't pay too much attention on how he carried the package at all. Location of Bag A handmade bag of wrapping paper and tape was found in the southeast corner of the sixth floor alongside the window from which the shots were fired.
It was not a standard type bag which could be obtained in a store and it was presumably made for a particular purpose.
It was the appropriate size to contain, in disassembled form, Oswald's Mannlicher-Carcano rifle, serial No. C, which was also found on the sixth floor. A person seated on the fourth carton could assemble the rifle without being seen from the rest of the sixth floor because the cartons stacked around the southeast corner would shield him. The presence of the bag in this corner is cogent evidence that it was used as the container for the rifle.
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At the time the bag was found, Lieutenant Day of the Dallas police wrote on it, "Found next to the sixth floor window gun fired from. May have been used to carry gun.
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Sebastian F. No other identifiable prints were found on the bag. Furthermore, it was consistent with the bag having contained a heavy or bulky object when he handled it since a light object is usually held by the fingers. It was from Oswald's right hand, in which he carried the long package as he walked from Frazier's car to the building. Cadigan, a questioned-documents expert with the Bureau, compared the samples with the paper and tape in the actual bag. He testified, "In all of the observations and physical tests that I made I found When asked to explain the similarity of characteristics, Cadigan stated: Well, briefly, it would be the thickness of both the paper and the tape, the color under various lighting conditions of both the paper and the tape, the width of the tape, the knurled markings Page on the surface of the fiber, the texture of the fiber, the letting pattern Cadigan concluded that the paper and tape from the bag were identical in all respects to the sample paper and tape taken from the Texas School Book Depository shipping room on November 22, This was done as an investigatory aid since the original bag had been discolored during various laboratory examinations and could not be used for valid identification by witnesses.
On the other hand, since two rolls could be made from the same batch of paper, one cannot estimate when, prior to November 22, Oswald made the paper bag. However, the complete identity of characteristics between the paper and tape in the bag found on the sixth floor and the paper and tape found in the shipping room of the Depository on November 22 enabled the Commission to conclude that the bag was made from these materials.
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The Depository shipping department was on the first floor to which Oswald had access in the normal performance of his duties filling orders. Stombaugh of the FBI Laboratory examined the paper bag, he found, on the inside, a single brown delustered viscose fiber and several light green cotton fibers. He concluded: All I would say here is that it is possible that these fibers could have come from this blanket. We found no brown cotton fibers, no green viscose fibers, and no woolen fibers.
So if I found all of these then I would have been able to say these fibers probably had come from this blanket.
But since I found so few, then I would say the possibility exists, these fibers could have come from this blanket. Return to Top Conclusion The preponderance of the evidence supports the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald 1 told the curtain rod story to Frazier to explain both the return to Irving on a Thursday and the obvious bulk of the package which he intended to bring to work the next day; 2 took paper and tape from the wrapping bench of the Depository and fashioned a bag large enough to carry the disassembled rifle; 3 removed the rifle from the blanket in the Paines' garage on Thursday evening; 4 carried the rifle into the Depository Building, concealed in the bag; and, 5 left the bag alongside the window from which the shots were fired.
Page Palmprints and Fingerprints on Cartons and Paper Bag Below the southeast corner window on the sixth floor was a large carton of books measuring approximately 18 by 12 by 14 inches which had been moved from a stack along the south wall. Behind these boxes was another carton placed on the floor on which a man sitting could look southwesterly down Elm Street over the top of the "Rolling Readers" cartons. The cartons were forwarded to the FBI in Washington. Latona, supervisor of the Latent Fingerprint Section, testified that 20 identifiable fingerprints and 8 palmprints were developed on these cartons.
The Commission has considered the possibility that the cartons might have been moved in connection with the work that was being performed on the sixth floor on November Depository employees were laying a new floor at the west end and transferring books from the west to the east end of the building. The box on the floor, behind the three near the window, had been one of these moved by the floor layers from the west wall to near the east side of the building in preparation for the laying of the floor. This print Page which had been cut out of the box was also forwarded to the FBI and Latona identified it as Oswald's right palmprint.
The freshness of this print could be estimated only because the Dallas police developed it through the use of powder.
Since cartons absorb perspiration, powder can successfully develop a print on such material only within a limited time. When the FBI in Washington received the cartons, the remaining prints, including Oswald's on the Rolling Readers carton, were developed by chemical processes. The freshness of prints developed in this manner cannot be estimated, so no conclusions can be drawn as to whether these remaining prints preceded or followed the print developed in Dallas by powder. Most of the prints were found to have been placed on the cartons by an FBI clerk and a Dallas police officer after the cartons had been processed with powder by the Dallas Police.
Wittmus, conducted a separate examination and also agreed with Latona that the prints were Oswald's.
Since other identifiable prints were developed on the cartons, the Commission requested that they be compared with the prints of the 12 warehouse employs who, like Oswald, might have handled the cartons. They were also compared with the prints of those law enforcement officials who might have handled the cartons. The results of this investigation are fully discussed in chapter VI, page Although a person could handle a carton and not leave identifiable prints, none of these employees except Oswald left identifiable prints on the cartons.
During the morning of November 22, Givens was working with the floor-laying crew in the southwest section of the sixth floor. The employees raced the elevators to the first floor. Givens said to Oswald, "Boy are you going downstairs?
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It's near lunch time. When you get downstairs, close the gate to the elevator. When he reached the first floor, the west elevator--the one with the gate was not there. Givens thought this was about a. Brennan was an eyewitness to the shooting. As indicated previously the Commission considered his testimony as probative in reaching the conclusion that the shots came from the sixth floor, southeast corner window of the Depository Building. III, pp. Brennan also testified that Lee Harvey Oswald, whom he viewed in a police lineup on the night. He was sitting Page on a concrete wall on the southwest corner of Elm and Houston Streets, looking north at the Depository Building which was directly in front of him.
In the 6- to 8-minute period before the motorcade arrived, Brennan saw a man leave and return to the window "a couple of times. He testified that "this man I saw previously was aiming for his last shot Within minutes of the assassination, Brennan described the man to the police.
When arrested, he gave his weight as pounds. The suspect was described as "a white male about 30, 5'8", black hair, slender Although Brennan testified that the man in the window was standing when he fired the shots, most probably he was either sitting or kneeling. The half-open window, the arrangement of the boxes, and the angle of the shots virtually preclude a standing position. A photograph of the building taken seconds after the assassination shows three employees looking out of the fifth-floor window directly below the window from which the shots were fired.
Brennan testified that they were standing, which is their apparent position in the photograph.
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C and D, pp. But the testimony of these employees, together with photographs subsequently taken of them at the scene of the assassination, establishes that they were either squatting or kneeling. Since the window ledges in the Depository Building are lower than in most buildings, a person squatting or kneeling exposes more of his body than would normally be the case. From the street, this creates the impression that the person is standing. Brennan could have seen enough of the body of a kneeling or squatting person to estimate his height.
Shortly after the assassination Brennan noticed two of these employees leaving the building and immediately identified them as having been in the fifth-floor windows. I remember him talking and I believe I remember seeing him saying that he saw us when we first went up to the fifth-floor window, he saw us then. Immediately after the assassination, however, Brennan described to the police the man he saw in the window and then identified Oswald as the person who most nearly resembled the man he saw. The Commission is satisfied that, at the least, Brennan saw a man in the window who closely resembled Lee Harvey Oswald, and that Brennan believes the man he saw was in fact Lee Harvey Oswald.
Two other witnesses were able to offer partial descriptions of a man they saw in the southeast corner window of the sixth floor approximately 1 minute before the assassination, although neither witness saw the shots being fired. He looked like he was looking down toward the Trinity River and the Triple Underpass down at the end--toward the end of Elm Street. Just was there transfixed.