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26. Oswald was seen with his rifle in the sniper’s nest.

The view from Oswald’s position in the Sniper’s Nest.

Most of the people gathered in the general area of Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963 were not looking up, but some inevitably did look in the direction of the sixth floor window of the Texas Schoolbook Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald had build his sniper’s nest out of boxes. Arnold Rowland and his wife Barbara were standing on Houston by the Criminal Courts Building when Arnold noticed a man with a rifle and asked Barbara, “Hey, you want to see a Secret Service man?” By the time she looked, however, the man had moved back into the building where they could no longer see him. Arnold would later regret that he did not tell a nearby police officer what he had seen.

Ronald Fischer and Bob Edwards were closer to the Depository on the corner of Houston and Elm when Edwards notices Oswald hiding behind a wall of boxes, so that no one else who might be on the sixth floor would see him. “Hey, look at that guy in the window. He looks like he’s uncomfortable.” Fisher agrees and they wander who the guy is hiding from. Unlike everyone else, who is watching the corner of Houston and Main, in anticipation of the motorcade’s arrival, this hidden man seems transfixed in the direction of the Triple Underpass.

More witnesses caught sight of the gunman and/or the his gun, once the shooting beings, including James R. Worrell Jr., who was standing on the sidewalk, six floors below the shots. After the first one, he looked straight up to see the barrel sticking out the window. Howard Brennan was just across the Elm Street from there and when he looked up and was able to see Oswald clearly, from the waist up, aiming and firing at the President’s limo. Brennan would immediately speak to police after the shooting stopped and they began looking for the assailant.

When Howard returned home that afternoon and told his wife Louise that he saw the assassin shooting President Kennedy, she said, “I’m afraid, we don’t know who might be out there looking for you,” making him very afraid of the danger he might be putting his family in by speaking out. Later, when he was taken to the police station to identify Oswald in a lineup, he had worked himself up into a nervous fear and told them he might not be a good witness anymore, since he had already seen the guy they arrested on the news. Despite the fact that Brennan recognized Oswald immediately, as he later repeatedly said, he told police at the time, “I cannot positively say,” and then finally admits that, “The second man from the left,” Oswald, “he looks like him. But the man I saw wasn’t disheveled like this fella.” Finally, he returns to this lie, saying, “I’m sorry, but I can’t do it. I was afraid seeing the television might have messed me up. I just can’t be positive. I am sorry.” Brennan figured that the police don’t really need his testimony to convince Oswald, but, sadly, his understandable hesitation has been exploited by conspiracy theorists who wish to claim that no one saw Oswald shot JFK.

There is no way that all these different people, and more, were mistaken, or part of a conspiracy. They saw what they saw and there is no reasonable room left for doubt.


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