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JFK: 49 Years in the Offing — The Altgens Reenactment


By Ralph Cinque (with Jim Fetzer)

 

This is the seventh in a series of studies of the Altgens photograph — technically, the Altgens6, out of the seven attributed to him, where the Altgens7 als0 appears to have been faked — where it is now beyond any reasonable doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, could not have killed him, since he was in the doorway of the Texas School Book Depository at the time and therefore cannot possibly have been a shooter, much less “the lone assassin”.  Those who have not followed this research, which has been published here at VT, ought to read:

“JFK SPECIAL: Oswald was in the doorway, after all!” (with Ralph Cique)

“JFK SPECIAL 2: Oswald was in the doorway, after all!” (with Ralph Cique and Clare Kuehn)

“JFK SPECIAL 3: Oswald was in the doorway, after all!” (with Ralph Cique)

“JFK SPECIAL 4: Oswald was in the doorway, after all!” (with Richard Hooke)

“JFK SPECIAL 5: Oswald was in the doorway, after all!” by Ralph Cique and now, most recently, another fine study,

“JFK believe it or not: Oswald wasn’t even a shooter” (with Richard Hooke).  The series began when Ralph Cinque contact me after I had published, “JFK: What we know now that we didn’t know then”, including copies of Will Fritz’s handwritten notes, where the Homicide Detective who was interrogating Oswald wrote “out with Bill Shelley in front” in response  to a question about his location at the time of the assassination.  That led me to discover this collage:

After its publication, Ralph contacted me to explain that, while my conclusion — that Oswald was in the doorway — was correct, the premises on which I had based my argument — that the only reason to have obfuscated a face in Altgens6 would have been if someone was there who should not have been there, where the only candidate for that role was Lee Harvey Oswald —  were mistaken because, unless Lovelady was wearing Lee’s shirt, Doorman has to have been Lee.

We know now that Billy Lovelady, a co-worker who bore a resemblance to him, may have also been in the doorway but was not Doorman based upon comparisons of their clothing (where Billy had even shown the FBI the red-and-white, vertically striped short-sleeved shirt he was wearing at the time, but the government has insisted he was wearing the checked shirt show at the top/center), the right ear, the left eye, the cranium and the hairline with more than 27 points of identification that resolve the issue as decisively as possibly applying scientific reasoning to the available evidence.

The face that was obscured now appears to have been that of Bill Shelley, where it might have raised too many questions if Shelley HAD BEEN OUT FRONT and led to CLOSE STUDY FOR OSWALD.  How anyone can persist in denying that Altgens6 has been faked when (1) the face has been obscured, (2) Doorman is missing his left shoulder, (3) the figure behind him, Black Tie Man, is also in front of him, and (4) a black man’s profile appears in front of Doorman’s torso is simply beyond me.  But disinformation only works because it is based upon distortions and misrepresentations of truth.

49 Years in the Offing — The Altgens Reenactment

 

by Ralph Cinque

 

The Oswald Innocence Campaign has accomplished the first-ever professional reenactment of the Altgens photo, using posers for the figures in the doorway. I say “professional” because two professional photographers were involved. This should have been done 49 years ago, immediately after the assassination, and had there been an honest investigation and a real search for the truth, it would have been done. After all, they had Lovelady, and he had his shirt, and they had Altgens, and he had his camera. They could have put Lovelady in the doorway, and Altgens at his spot in the street, and then seen if they could replicate the exact look of Doorway Man. Considering how easily they could have done that, it is nothing less than criminal that they didn’t.
The photo shoot was done in two sessions: on Saturday, November 10th, and Saturday, November 17th. The reason we had to do it on the weekend is because there are Dallas city offices in the former TSBD building, and people use the steps to enter and exit. So, on a weekday, it would have been impossible to occupy the steps as we did. Most likely, someone would have complained, and a person in authority would have ordered us to leave. But, the building is closed on the weekends- except for the Sixth Floor Museum, which, fortunately, has its own entrance around the corner. So, on the weekends, those steps are up for grabs.
First, let’s introduce our photographers. The November 10th photographer was Doug Davis, an award-winning commercial photographer in Dallas and the owner of D-Squared Studios. http://d2studios.net/ Doug is a graduate of the photography program at Texas A&M University at Commerce, which is one of the top photography schools in the nation. Doug specializes in commercial advertising campaigns- local and international- and his clients include American Airlines, AT&T, Brinker International, Chick-fil-A, Dell Computers, Frito Lay, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi Co., Southwest Airlines and Sprint.
Doug could not attend the November 17th session because he was the official photographer of the Formula 1 US Grand Prix auto races in Austin that weekend. So instead, he sent his associate, Tim Doughten, who is also a graduate of Texas A&M at Commerce.
The photos were taken with an old Cannon SLR 100 mm telephoto lens camera as compared to Altgens Nikkorex SLR 105 mm telephoto lens camera. Both used 35 mm Tri-X film, like Altgens and the same f/11 aperture. And as with Altgens, the focal point was set about 50 feet ahead, which was the approximate location of Kennedy’s limo.
We’ll start with the broadest view of our shooting space and compare it to the Altgens. As I look at it, I marvel at the fact that, after 40 years, everything is still so very much the same in Dealey Plaza. How fortunate for us that after half a century we were still able to do this.

If you look between the left column and the tree on each side, you’ll see that we got the angle about right. Keep in mind that it’s very difficult because there is so much leverage involved. Just one small step out of place has a huge effect to throw it off. This may not be perfect, but considering the degree of difficulty, it was masterful. This was taken by Doug using the Tri-X film.
Now, we are going to hone in and examine specific issues pertaining to the figures in the doorway. So, let’s move in closer on both sides.

First, observe the absence of a v-shaped neck shadow on Doorman in the reenacted photo. In the Altgens, you see Doorman’s plunging vee, but there is nothing comparable to that on me. Note that this was a digital frame, but we are going to look at a Tri-X frame in a moment. But first, look at me, as Doorman, closer yet.

You’d be surprised how many bloggers were certain that a vee neck shadow would appear. One even said that the laws of physics demanded it. This was at or very close to 12:30, and it was November 12, so just 10 days before the exact calendar match, and there was no perfect vee shadow, and not even an imperfect one. And note that I am wearing a round t-shirt.
This controversy arose because in the Altgens photo, Doorman’s t-shirt looks vee, as you can see above, and it is a match to Oswald. But, our detractors have claimed that the vee was due only to neck shadow, that it was a perfect illusion in which the high, tight, round crewneck t-shirt of Lovelady was made to look v-shaped by the overlying shade from his chin. The collage below depicts the essence of the debate.

According to our detractors, what you see on the left was really what you see on the right. But, we were unable to reproduce that. Be aware that Oswald’s vee was homemade; he had the habit of tugging on his t-shirt, which stretched it into a vee. The vee didn’t always manifest; it depended on whether his t-shirt was pulled down in front or in back. But, it often manifested, and what we see on Doorman is about middle of the road for Oswald.
Now let’s examine the neck shadow within a Tri-X frame.

Hey, look! It’s a vee! Is it a vee shadow? NO! That’s the shape of my t-shirt! I changed my clothes! This was my Oswald outfit. The other was my Lovelady outfit. Here, I was wearing a v-shaped t-shirt. The vee that you see is definitely the shape of the t-shirt. I was wearing it, so I should know. And I have witnesses.
I have come to think that the above image is my favorite among all that we took. And that’s because it shows the same dark vee on me that we see on Doorman. And, as I look at myself, I know full well what that darkness represents. IT IS MY SKIN. I am wearing a v-neck t-shirt, which I bought for the occasion, and all that darkness is the pure integument of Ralph Cinque. That’s all it is: my skin. And, it’s exactly the same on Doorman. His dark vee is simply his skin which is exposed and defined by his v-shaped t-shirt. Mine was store-bought, and his was homemade, but that doesn’t matter. Look at us both together. We are both manifesting the exact same thing, and it happens to be in the exact same place, at essentially the same time of day, and practically the same day of the year- except mine was 49 years later.
But, how did it look when I wore a high roundneck t-shirt? Look below. The t-shirt margin remained high.  There was no plunging vee. There was no optical illusion causing my white t-shirt to be obscured in dark shadow. Compare me to Doorman. I have neck shadow, but it is not obscuring my round t-shirt, and Doorman has a vee, but it is the shape of his t-shirt, which was Oswald’s t-shirt. And, no one could have been wearing Oswald’s t-shirt except Oswald. Note that was taken at 12:30 PM from Altgens position using Tri-X film. It’s the t-shirt that was vee on Doorman–not the shadow.
So let’s ask Doug what he thinks:
Ralph: “So Doug, were you surprised that there was no perfect vee-shaped chin shadow?”
Doug: “No, I wasn’t. To make a vee-shaped chin shadow the subject has to be facing the sun directly, and the sun has to be high in the sky, so the rays are coming down from above and not coming in at an angle. The higher the sun is the better. And it helps if you have a large, prominent, well-chiseled chin, and not everyone does. But, even when vee shadows occur, they are rarely perfect. Usually, they are uneven, squirrely, and sloppy. They are just ‘vee-ish’ not perfect vees.”
Regarding the height of the sun, a British physicist determined that and on November 22, 1963, the altitude of the sun was only 36.973 degrees. That’s less than a pure diagonal of 45 degrees. Remember that the days start getting shorter, and the height of the sun in the sky starts decreasing as of June 22 each year- the day after the summer solstice. So, by November 22, or even November 12, the sun isn’t very high in the sky any more, even at solar noon. And it was only going to get lower in the sky between November 12 and November 22, so, conditions were only going to worsen in that respect.
Before we go any further, I must emphasize that this lack of a vee shadow forces us to conclude that Doorman’s t-shirt looked vee because it was vee.
Ralph: “Doug, what is your take on the shape of Doorman’s t-shirt?”
Doug: “I agree with you that it was definitely a v-shaped t-shirt. It was not due to shadow. It was the actual physical form of the shirt. There is no illusion going on.”
Ralph: “But what about the high contrast? Why does my exposed skin below my head look so dark?”
Doug: “Well, this was Tri-X film, and you have to understand the nature of it. With this film, the particles of emulsion are randomly placed. They are also randomly sized and shaped. There are also spaces which can occur between some of the particles. I liken it to a beehive. The result is that the photo comes out grainy, with a lack of detail, and with a loss of shades of grey. And, the process by which the negatives are developed and the pictures printed can add to the polarization. I don’t know if the Altgens photo was deliberately processed to increase the contrast – or if it happened that way accidentally. But, it is high-contrast, and the t-shirt definitely was vee-shaped, as it appears. Even by the late 1960s, there was much better film available.”
Here is an image of me alone taken by Tim on November 17. It’s taken from Altgens position but with a digital camera. However, we are only considering the location of my neck shadow at the moment, so it doesn’t matter. I am wearing my Lovelady outfit consisting of a plaid shirt and a round-neck t-shirt. But, there is no v-shaped neck shadow, and not much neck shadow at all.

This shows that Doorman’s t-shirt looked vee because it was vee- just like Oswald’s. And, that means that he was Oswald. Unless you are going to argue that Lovelady attacked Oswald in the bathroom, or elsewhere, and stole his t-shirt, you are split-out-of-luck when it comes to championing Lovelady as Doorman.
Now look at a Tri-X shot by Tim, and this was taken November 17, just 5 days ahead of A-Day.

As you can see, the whole gang is there. And on me, Doorman, there is no vee shadow. The reason why Obfuscated Man was bending his knees is because he was tall, and we didn’t want him to cover up Black Hole Man.
Now, look at some shots of Oswald displaying his v-shaped t-shirt.

Now, we’ll look further at Black Hole Man. For those who don’t know, Black Hole Man refers to the figure in the Altgens photo who has both hands atop his head, vizoring his eyes, where his face is completely blackened out- like a black hole in space.

The image on the right was taken with Tri-X film by Tim on November 17. Be aware that we tried to peak his right wrist and depress his left arm some, just as in the Altgens. But, as you can see, we didn’t reproduce the black hole. We can see the lower part of his face just fine. It was the same location, the same time of day, and practically the same day of the year. Yet, for Altgens, he had a black hole, and for us, he had a face.
But, I’m sure this comes as no surprise to anyone.It’s bizarre that we are even talking about it. Did anyone really expect that his whole face would be blackened out just from having his hands atop his head? Have you ever seen such a thing except in the Altgens photo? And you can’t blame it on shade from above because the nose comes out in front of the top of the chest. And since in Altgens the top of his chest is in the light, it means his nose should also be in the light. We have all been looking at photographs our whole lives, and we know that this doesn’t happen. The image of Black Hole Man in the Altgens photo is not legit. They must have blackened out his face deliberately. It is listed as an anomaly on the Anomalies page of the OIC site, and it shall remain there. And, for the record, we suspect that Black Hole Man was the real Billy Lovelady.
Next, we look at the relationship between Doorman and Black Tie Man.

I am starting with a digital photo by Doug because I want you to see something. You can tell that I was a little too far east because all of my right shoulder is showing, and half of it should be covered by the white column. That means that I should have been farther west. But, at that point, I was standing right smack dab in the middle, directly behind the center handrail that used to be there. This showed me that Doorman was definitely west of the center handrail, and it means that he could not possibly have been grabbing it with his left arm crossing in front of his body, as some bloggers allege. What Doorman was doing with his left hand is grabbing his right hand and wrist, as you see me doing. He was simply clasping his hands in front. We have several images of Oswald doing that in the last two days of his life. It was, apparently, a habitual stance of his.
Realize that no one would swing his left arm over for no reason because it’s tiring, uncomfortable, and pointless. He must have been resting his left hand on something, and since he could not have been resting it on the handrail since he was west of it, all that leaves is that he was resting it on was his other hand, just as Oswald often did.

Notice that in the picture above, he is not in handcuffs. In some of the other pictures we have of him standing that way, he was in handcuffs, and some are quick to attribute it to the handcuffs.

But, look what he was doing in his final seconds of consciousness.
There was a cuff around his right hand that was attached to Detective Leavelle in the white suit. But, Oswald’s left hand was free, and he brought it over to clasp his right hand. It was a matter of habit.
Now, we’ll return to Doorman’s relationship to Black Tie Man, and we’ll examine a Tri-X image by Tim.

Look closely, and you’ll see that I have a “point” to my shoulder. My shoulder goes across horizontally, and then my arm goes down vertically, and where they meet is the” point” of the shoulder. I have one. Doorman does not. We have been saying all along that his shoulder was cut off, and now we have confirmed it. Below, I have marked the point of my shoulder in white. There is no comparable point on Doorman.

I was cinched up closely to Black Tie Man- as closely as possible. It was the only way to come anywhere close to what we see in the Altgens. Some bloggers have maintained that BT Man was actually standing some distance away from Doorman. Well, he wasn’t because we tried it that way, and it didn’t work. If we placed him apart, he looked apart. And if we placed him deep, he was totally shrouded in darkness. It was hard enough for me to stay out of darkness standing at the edge of the landing.
In the Altgens, Black Tie Man looks fused to Doorman, and the only way we could approximate that was to cinch them together as tightly as possible, with Doorman in front and Black Tie Man in back, but diagonal to him. If anyone thinks that isn’t correct, feel free to go to Dealey Plaza on a weekend and try it yourself.
Compare the expanse of my left shoulder to Doorman’s. I have one, and he doesn’t. There is no way that Black Tie Man, standing next to me but also behind me, could cover up my shoulder, or any other part of me. Someone behind cannot cover up someone in front. We believe that in the Altgens photo, they squeezed Black Tie Man in there- after the fact. They added him in, and what we see in the Altgens is a photographic lie– an impossibility. Doorman and Black Tie Man look like conjoined twins.
But, is it possible that Doorman was just twisted and contorted so that his shoulder was severely depressed on that side? As a chiropractor with nearly 40 years’ experience, I can tell you emphatically: No! You can tell from the neutrality of Doorman’s head position that he is not contorting his shoulders. Doorman’s head is vertical. Compare it to the white column, which is vertical. They are in parallel. He is not doing anything but standing there watching the parade with his hands clasped in front. He wasn’t straining and twisting to look down Elm St.- and he had no need to. Again, I’ve been there, and the view of Elm St. from the top of those steps is just fine. You can see everything quite easily. A slight, subtle turn to the right is all he had to do to keep Kennedy in view, and he didn’t have to do anything with his shoulders. He was just standing there comfortably, in balance, watching the parade, with his hands clasped.
As an aside, I realize now that no one should claim anything about Doorman’s position without first going to Dealey Plaza and trying it. You can’t have an informed opinion about this without doing that.
But, let’s ask Doug about Doorman’s left shoulder.
Ralph: “Doug, what do you make of Doorman’s left shoulder in the Altgens?”
Doug: “I have a problem with it. It looks compromised. Look at the line of the man’s coat- the one you call Black Tie Man. That diagonal line is the inside margin of his coat. And that means that there is more of him- quite a lot more of him- going to the left, and yet, we are already encroaching upon Doorman. And, the idea that Doorman is dropping his shoulder way down on his left is not plausible. It’s nothing he had to do or would have done. This photo does not make sense.”
Now, let’s examine Obfuscated Man. The image of him on the right was taken by Doug using Tri-X film from Altgens position.

Note that in this particular shot, Black Hole Man was standing too close in, and we fixed that later. But, it has no effect on Obfuscated Man., and again, this was Tri-X, not digital. Some people have trouble seeing Obfuscated Man in the Altgens photo. He is standing on the right side of the image wearing a white shirt and narrow tie. And he had his arms folded across his chest. I suspect he is grabbing his right elbow with his left hand, and that way each arm is suspending the other. What you see on the right is actually quite ridiculous. But, I had the poser do it that way just to silence people like Robin Unger and Craig Lamson, who claim that that was what he was doing: vizoring his eyes with his right hand. They can’t deny that his left arm is going across his midsection. But, no one would do that with just one arm. It can be relaxing to do it with two arms because each arm can suspend the other. But, to do it with one arm alone is just useless, senseless, pointless work. No one would do it. He must have been crossing both arms, but they want to say he was vizoring his eyes with his right hand because they think it explains the white blotch that you see in the Altgens photo. But, as I suspected, we didn’t get a white blotch. Obfuscated Man came through bright and clear, and that was with Tri-X film and from Altgens position.
The white blotch is an amorphous, unintelligible, cloud-like area of whiteness strewn inexplicably in the picture. Someone described it, imaginatively, as a giant white tarantula mauling the guy’s face.
To me, that white cloud looks like a spot where someone applied some “Wite-Out” correction fluid. So, I had to chuckle when one of our senior members, Roy Schaeffer, a career photo processor for newspapers, who early on 11/23/63 in Dayton OH took the Altgens photo off the AP wire in an altered state, told me that it is technically know as “opaquing.” And, he said that it is applied much like Wite-Out. But, let’s let Doug describe it.
Ralph: “Doug, what do you make of that white blotch in the Altgens photo?”
Doug: “It looks like opaqing to me, and the way it would have been done is that with a very fine, sharp instrument and under bright light and magnification, the emulsion would have been scraped off that exact spot on the film. Then, dark opaquing solution would have been applied, and since it was a negative, once the film was developed, it would appear as white.”
If you’re wondering what they were aiming for, it was to vanish Obfuscated Man from the photo.

Do you see above how he is completely gone? Do you see how, on this scale, the white opaquing blends in very well with the white shirt of Black Hole Man? We think it was a two-step process. They used the white opaquing to cover up his face. Then they expanded the hair of the African-American woman in front of him to cover up his torso. The result was that they removed Obfuscated Man from the picture entirely.
There is only one copy of the Altgens photo on display at the Sixth Floor Museum. It’s small; it’s distant; and it looks exactly like what you see above.
The problem for the evil-doers is that in 1963, they didn’t anticipate the coming of home computing and the internet. They thought that people were going to be limited forever to small, distant, grainy images on newsprint. Advances in consumer technology have been their undoing.
For the record, we think Obfuscated Man was Bill Shelley, who was wearing a white shirt and thin tie. Oswald used Shelley as his alibi, referring to him as someone he saw outside while watching the motorcade. Shelley denied it, but Shelley was a career CIA agent, and we have reasons to believe he was deeply involved in the plot.
Now, we’ll compare the patterns of the two outer shirts. Note that we are comparing only the upper right quadrants of the shirts, which is the most reliable section to compare. The reason I am doing that is that the body of Doorman’s shirt and his left sleeve have a weird pattern which really doesn’t match Oswald or Lovelady. Richard Hooke is satisfied that it’s just light reflecting weirdly off Oswald’s tweed shirt, and he may be right. However, just to be safe, I am going to restrict the comparison to the upper right sides because it’s the only part of the shirt that I am 100% certain was not tampered with. We’ll be comparing that area across the board, so it’s still a fair test, and no one should have any reason to complain. We’ll start with me wearing my Oswald shirt, and note that this was Doug’s work using Tri-X film.

On the right, it’s me in my Oswald shirt, which was plain brown. I think the color was a pretty good match to Oswald’s. His shirt was tweed, which gave it a fine graininess which mine lacked. However, it was very subtle, and this was the best I could do to match it. Believe me, it was a very difficult shirt to match. I searched high and low.
His shirt looks mottled, but that’s from the pixelation of the enlargement, so you can just ignore it. And when you ignore it, you realize that it was a bland, uniform shirt like mine.
Now, look at me in the Lovelady shirt.

With the Lovelady shirt on the right, you can see that the complex geometric pattern- with the boxes and contrast- visibly manifested all the way up to, and including, the collar. And again: this was Tri-X film and taken from Altgens position. The Lovelady and Oswald shirts photographed very differently, but which one does Doorman’s resemble? On Doorman, you are not seeing the lines and boxes which are so clearly evident on the Lovelady shirt, and that’s because Doorman was not wearing such a shirt. He was wearing Oswald’s plain, bland, uniform, shirt which had no lines and boxes. Let’s look at one more collage of this:

On the right, you see those lines and cubes and rich contrasts of Lovelady’s shirt, and remember: that photo was taken from Altgens’ position using Altgens’ technique. If Doorman had been wearing that shirt, his shirt would have displayed the same geometric pattern- even with Tri-X film. But, it doesn’t. It looks mottled, but that’s just distortion. Even his white t-shirt looks mottled, and you know it wasn’t. So, just forget about the mottling. And once you put aside the mottling, what you are left with is a consistent, stable, dark brown coloring like my Oswald shirt on the left. Which two match, and which one is the odd man out?
Next, we’ll look at Doorman’s relationship to the Black Man in front of him.

Next, I reached for him, just to show you how impossible it was for me to get anywhere near his neck.

Doorman’s cuff being where it is in the Altgens just does not make sense. People in back don’t cover up people in front. Yet, Doorman’s cuff seems to be going in FRONT of the Black Man, obscuring his neck. We are seeing Black Man in two pieces. We see his head. And below it we see Doorman’s cuff. And then below that we see a white configuration which has to be Black Man’s torso. I say it has to be because there is no place else for his torso to be. It can’t be inside the column.
Joseph Backes, who is a JFK blogger, claims that the sleeve we see swooping down is actually Black Man’s sleeve that is swooping up. He thinks that Black Man is waving at somebody. I tried to explain to Backes that we can see the cuff at the end of the sleeve, so it must be Doorman’s arm coming down. Plus, the pattern of the sleeve matches Doorman’s shirt (although in this part of the shirt, we regard the pattern as suspicious). And if that isn’t Doorman’s arm, where is Doorman’s arm? He’s got to have one. And, if it’s Black Man’s arm going up, why don’t we see a hand on the end of it? His whole idea is crazy. Backes is whacked.
We have one final comparison to make, and it concerns the height of Fedora Hat Man.

On the right, our Baseball Hat Man, shot by Doug, is perched at the very highest spot that Fedora Hat Man could have been standing. He may have been down that slope a ways, but we’re giving him the benefit of the doubt. Again, this was Tri-X film from Altgens position. And note that that man was a couple inches taller than I am. Yet, I rise above him easily, and that’s because I was standing at the top of those steps. But, in the Altgens photo, there is parity between them. But, it doesn’t make sense for Fedora Hat Man to be as high as Doorman because those are some steep steps, and the walkway slopes down from the Depository to Elm St. It’s a descent into Dealey Plaza. I consider Fedora Hat Man’s elevation to be an anomaly, but the same is true of the Woman and Boy. All three of them are too high.
Here is Tim’s take on it, using different models, and here we first put the two men back to back and saw that they were the same height. Again, this was using Tri-X film from Altgens position.

That was some tall hat which really increased his height. Yet, the other guy still looms quite a bit higher- just as we would expect.
To silence another blogger, I’ll point out that the Boy is definitely not standing on a car bumper. The Woman and Boy are in front of Fedora Hat Man, meaning closer to Elm St., yet they are behind the African-American folks who are standing along the curb of Elm. The Woman and Boy are not standing along any curb, hence, they had no access to any car. And as I tried to explain to this blogger, it’s not easy to stand on a car bumper. It’s precarious! Try it yourself sometime if you don’t believe me. No one would watch a parade that way.
So, unless she brought something for the boy to stand on, she’s got to be holding him up. But how? He’s perfectly vertical, and that’s not how women hold boys. That’s the hardest way to do it. It puts all the strain on her arms, which are relatively weak. And he’s not a baby. He must weigh a good 40 pounds! Exactly how is she supporting him vertically? And she’s poised doing it with a gentle, easy look on her face, as though he’s light as a feather. Is she Superwoman?
Try to isolate the boy with your eyes and look at him alone. It really looks like he is standing. And I mean on solid ground. It doesn’t look like he is being held by anyone. All his anti-gravity reflexes are working. His back is straight; he is in full upright mode. He looks like he is standing solidly and rising vertically. He isn’t floundering in anyone’s arms. But, what could he be standing on? There’s nothing there.
Richard Hooke, who is a Senior Member of the Oswald Innocence Campaign, has proposed the theory that the Altgens Woman and Boy were superimposed over Fedora Hat Man, but that prior to that, his central core was removed and placed next to Doorman to create Black Tie Man. Look at the image below.

You see the Woman and Boy in front of Fedora Hat Man, but imagine that they weren’t there. What more of him would you see? You would see the lower part of his face, and you’d see his shirt and tie. Voila! Isn’t that exactly what you see of Black Tie Man? Hold on to that thought, and then glance your eyes back and forth between them. Doesn’t it seem to fit, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? They removed his core and mashed it in next to Doorman. This is only a speculation- I admit- but I find it intriguing, and when I mentioned it to Doug, his reaction was to say that he thought it was “plausible.”
I won’t elaborate about this now, but we suspect that Fedora Hat Man was Jack Ruby, and that would explain why they had to cover up his face. And, as you can see in the picture below, Oswald was slightly taller than Ruby. And that means that Ruby and Lovelady were right about the same height.

So, here is the bottom line about everything we’ve done: We know that Doorman was Oswald because he is definitely wearing Oswald’s t-shirt and Oswald’s outer shirt. And that clinches it by itself. Who else could be wearing Oswald’s clothes but Oswald? And, Lovelady was definitely not wearing such clothes.

 

And all the Altgens anomalies listed on the Anomalies page of the OIC site at http://www.oswald-innocent.com/anomalies.html are still intact. Nothing got eliminated. Nothing got explained away. I’m actually disappointed about that. I was hoping that something would have gotten cleared up- if only for the sake of simplification. But, as we say on that page: if they altered that photograph even once, it proves subterfuge. And as Jim Fetzer says: the only reason to alter it would have been to take Oswald out of it.

 

I am sure my adversaries are going to object to these results. But, it’s not just the results they’ll object to, but rather, the whole idea, the whole experiment. It’s ironic that right while I was doing this in Dealey Plaza, the annual JFK Lancer Conference was taking place at the Adolphus Hotel on Commerce Street- just a few blocks away. I am sure that some of the presentations were interesting – but not more interesting than arranging men in that doorway and taking pictures of them in order to plumb the depth and meaning of the Altgens photo.
I liken this to a ski race. The first person down the slope sets the standard. For at least a minute or so, that person is in first place with the time to beat. It’s the same way here. This is the first and only Altgens re-creation ever done. If somebody thinks I got it wrong, he or she needs to go to Dealey Plaza and do it right. In a ski race, you can’t just say that you can ski the fastest and expect to be rewarded. You can’t just provide technical reasons why you should be considered the best. You actually have to ski down the mountain and do it faster than anyone else. Again, it’s the same way here. If you want to dispute these results, you can’t do it with mere words- not any more That’s just lip-flapping. The bar has been set higher. Get yourself to Dealey Plaza with a camera and crew and get to work. Nothing else will suffice at this point.

 

It has been obvious for a very long time that the official story of the JFK assassination is a monstrous lie. But now that there is rock-solid evidence that Lee Oswald was captured in the Altgens photo during the shooting, it has jolted the whole JFK community. Why do you think they are trying so hard to oppose us? Don’t you think they know what a threat this is? There are plenty of other JFK conspiracy theories. What about the one claiming that the driver, Agent Greer, turned around and shot the President? You don’t see them organizing and plotting to oppose that one. They are content to laugh that one off. But, they’re not laughing about this one.

 

We are down to the final year before the 50th anniversary, and we are like a hook in their side, although perhaps I should say a Hooke. I’m sure they are going to be spewing out the same old pap, but perhaps they’ll tweak it a little- as Max Holland tried to do last year, which I regard as an act of desperation. But, we have a duty to oppose them, and not just for Jack Kennedy’s and Lee Oswald’s sake, but for our own. We have been lied to and manipulated about this for half a century. Enough already! Stop the lies! Oswald outside!

 

Surely, there is no one in power today who is culpable for the murder of President Kennedy. President Obama was 2 years old at the time. No current official has any personal reason to refrain from pursuing and exposing the real killers. Yet, they will continue to resist it. And, it’s not because they want to protect the individuals who were responsible, such as Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon, etc. It’s because they want to protect the institutions that were involved, as those institutions are still very much with us. And I include among those institutions the mainstream media, which has vigorously defended the official story for 49 years.

 

What can you do? How about telling everyone you know about this article and urging them to read it? And while you’re at it, please encourage them to visit the Oswald Innocence Campaign at http://oswald-innocent.com. Also, you could visit the Oswald Innocence page on Facebook and click that you “Like” it. Here’s the link:

 

And, if you are a JFK author or researcher, or if you have an impressive resume, or if you happen to be a celebrity, please contact me about becoming a Senior Member of the Oswald Innocence Campaign. There is no cost or obligation. If you can provide me with a digital photo and a short bio, you’ll be good to go. If you can see the compelling logic of this, you should stand alongside me, Dr. David Wrone, Dr. James Fetzer, Phillip F. Nelson, Peter Janney, Richard Hooke, Craig Roberts, Orlando Martin, Dr. Donald Miller, Roy Schaeffer, and others. You can contact me at oswaldinnocent@yahoo.com.

 

In closing, I want to share an experience from the Sixth Floor Museum. They have copies there of many daily newspapers from November 22 and November 23, 1963, and I was able to flip through them. Most of them did not contain the Altgens photo. In fact, the only one that did, that I could find, was the New York Herald Tribune from November 23. And that was a highly cropped version of it. But, I was startled to discover that none of the three Dallas-area newspapers published the Altgens photo on November 22 or 23. But, the assassination occurred in Dallas. And the photo was taken in Dallas, so it was already there. It didn’t have to be faxed there. And, it was taken by a prominent Dallas photographer. And two of those newspapers were evening papers. How is it that neither one of them published the Altgens photo on November 22nd? And how is it that none of the Dallas papers published the Altgens photo even by November 23rd? Did they have an aversion to it for some reason? Richard Hooke thinks they did. He reasons that since Oswald lived and worked in Dallas, it was more likely that readers there would recognize him in the photo and scream bloody murder that it was him. But regardless, the claim that the Altgens photo was faxed everywhere by 1:00 PM on Friday is just plain nonsense. Even highly respected British researcher Paul Rigby admits that there was a “window of opportunity for alteration.” Paul alleges that the Altgens photo was faxed not to the world at large but only to AP headquarters in New York, and that was shortly after 1:00 PM.

 

It’s Oswald in the doorway. It’s his t-shirt, his outer shirt, his stance, his ear, his chin, and more. It’s beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s beyond any doubt.

 

Ralph Cinque, a chiropractor, health spa operator, and entrenpreneur, has published a series of articles on JFK at lewrockwell.com. His video series, “Visible Proof That Oswald Was Innocent”, is archived on YouTube.

James H. Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a columnist for Veterans Today, where his most recent studies of the assassination of JFK can be found.

Jim Fetzer

A former Marine Corps officer, Jim Fetzer has published widely on the theoretical foundations of scientific knowledge, computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and evolution and mentality.

McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he has also conducted extensive research into the assassination of JFK, the events of 9/11, and the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone.

The founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, his latest books include The Evolution of Intelligence (2005), The 9/11 Conspiracy (2007), Render Unto Darwin (2007), and The Place of Probability in Science (2010).

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6 Responses to "JFK: 49 Years in the Offing — The Altgens Reenactment"

  1. Chandler  November 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    And as these independent investigators spend their time and money on doing what the Warren Commission circus should’ve done, our government sits and laughs, and scoffs all this off as foolishness. Many presidents have had opportunities to unleash the dogs on this cowardice act, but these brave and wondrous leaders have conveniently ignored it. There will never be another JFK, and for that we commoners are left out here on our own to defend ourselves against some mighty powerful “hidden cowards.” I appreciate every picture, every article, every little tidbit discovered and released for our eyes to see. They are monitoring every move we make, and these hidden cowards know their story does not hold any weight. They too know their Warren Commission was a carnival of invented lies and misleading statements and a ridiculous conclusion.

    The man wanted peace, and he was smart enough to negotiate it with world leaders. The hidden cowards continue to live in misery, protecting the lies, and making their threats to good-hearted patriotic people on the front lines of seeking the entire truth. Dallas 11/22/13 will be huge. Lets see who the FBI or CIA has there next year meandering amongst us, looking like they should’ve been doing that day, coinsidering all the threats they had prior to that trip. But when it is an inside job, I guess they are only “doing what they are told to do, like good American citizens, or agents. Hero status denied, they now live with themselves and it must be difficult. Never forget JFK! Thank you Mr. Fetzer.

  2. socratez  November 27, 2012 at 9:14 am

    UPDATED VERSION OF LEE OSWALD’S 50 POINTS OF LIGHT:

    http://i48.tinypic.com/33c7inb.jpg

    Richard Hooke

  3. socratez  November 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

    LEE OSWALD’S 50 ID POINTS OF LIGHT:
    http://i50.tinypic.com/2q0kt4p.jpg

    Richard Hooke

  4. Jim Fetzer  November 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Comments on “JFK: 49 years in the offing – the Altgens Reenactment” previously posted on hubpages.com, which has removed the article because it has been posted on Veterans Today:

    anonymous 28 hours ago
    Extremely well researched and logically laid out. Will this exonerate Mr. Oswald?
    Time will tell, however the cover up is deep and at the highest levels.
    My feelings are that Kennedy was too powerful a public figure, loved by the populace and could not be controlled by the power brokers

    Jay Knowles 27 hours ago
    Ralph this is excellent new groundbreaking research that you have accomplished by restaging the Altgens 6. You have proven that Altgens 6 was altered before being released to the public. After they gunned down John F Kennedy the altered photo was crucial to the OFFICIAL LIE. Now the truth has been proven with your reenactment… Lee Oswald was outside watching the limosine, just like most everyone else that day in Dealey Plaza. A picture says a thousand words. This smashes the official lie to bits. You and everyone on your team have stuck through this project despite all the roadblocks and shills the power brokers are throwing at you to prop up the official lie. That lie has fallen to pieces….Ralph thanks for your hard work to bring truth to the light of day.

    Richard Hooke 26 hours ago
    Excellent work Ralph!!!
    It’s all confirmed now: Oswald’s V-shape T-shirt, Black Hole Man’s face was blacked out, and body whitened, Black Tie Man was placed over Oswald’s shoulder (is invading his personal space), Obfuscated Man was clearly obfuscated (made unidentifiable, and biggest of all: IT WAS LEE HARVEY OSWALD WHO WAS DOORMAN AND AFTER 49 YEARS WE CAN CLEARLY SEE HE WAS INNOCENT AND JUSST THE PATSY; EXACTLY AS HE TOLD US!!

    jack black 25 hours ago
    I feel so ashamed of my government going to these lengths to hide identity of Oswald in the doorway. Great work in exposing this fraud

    Sophie Guidolin 23 hours ago
    I was never into JFK conspiracy but felt there was something fishy. Intriguing article by the author.

    Rafa Di Matteo 22 hours ago
    I was highly skeptical of this theory. Just thought it was going over an old photo but this article has changed my mind completely. the fact you have re-created the photo to expose the anomalies is just too concrete to ignore. I know it’s the 22nd today but i hope you get a greater coverage over the next year in time for the 50th. This is a critical time to change position because i fear after the anniversary people will forget it and accept the official lie

    Richard Hooke 20 hours ago
    Americans are upset.. We have been taken for dupes for 49 years. Lee Oswald’s relatives should be apologized to and paid reparations. This is all very sad; our country has serious problems, and we need to take a look at ourselves and adress them ASAP. We murdered our own president, denied that, blamed Lee Oswald (the patsy) and ordered him shot dead.
    Then we started the Viet Nam War, that did not have to happen, killed 60,000 of America’s finest, and 3 + million Vietnamese. Firsk, if this isn’t hell on earth what is???? TOMORROW IS A VERY SACRED DAY FOR AMERICA AND IT WOULD DO US WELL TO DO SOME LONG OVERDUE REFLECTION.

    Richard Hooke 19 hours ago
    Lee Oswald was innocent, shot no one, and was a U.S. Intelligence spy; please check out the following article for MORE evidence:
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/11/14/jfk-believ

    Richard Hooke 19 hours ago
    I repeat: LEE OSWALD WAS NOT EVEN A SHOOTER: please see the following article, then come back and read this one again; it’s all over now LEE OSWALD WAS IN THE TSBD DOORWAY 11/22/63 at 12:30 pm AFTER ALL; THUS HE WAS INNOCENT BECAUSE HE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN TWO PLACES AT ONCE; GAME OVER; THE CIA KILLED PRESIDENT KENNEDY.
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/11/21/jfk-49-yea

    Peter Rainbird 17 hours ago
    It’s nice to see some Americans are still fighting for the truth. You have put up a strong case Ralph C. Cinque that people can’t ignore

    Bryan Etney 15 hours ago
    well well well…I wonder where that vee shadow went??? I mean, I remember very well that a “photo expert” said that a vee shadow would make an appearance …..uhhhh ohhhhhh…..I guess we see why the “photo expert” didn’t take Ralph up on his challenge in which BIG money was on the line.

    Bill Williamson 7 hours ago
    Must have been painstaking to do this to get it anything near the original. cut him some slack people

    Kelly Underwood 6 hours ago
    I’m really impressed you went through the trouble to go to the site and use your own resources of time and money to do this. a lot of researchers put up theories vicariously through what they have read from a book but can’t support it

    Frank Vincent 4 hours ago
    You’ve really nailed this one Ralph. Oswald demonized for near 50 years by a failed Warren Commission and public brainwashed by mainstream media. Big plus to you for putting your neck out with this work

    Penny Wong 4 hours ago
    I dont mean to be a fear mongerer but i find that delving into these conspiracy troubles cause trouble. I think especially in your circumstance of blowing the lid with something that goes against the grain. I really hope you don’t receive threats or worse from disinfo agents or ops who are obviously not pleased with you unravelling this . i dont know much of photography specifics but obviously what you present is solid as you hired professionals.

    Stacey EJ Moore 3 hours ago
    I think a lot of people are missing what Ralph C Cinnque did with this re-enactment. Sure it doesn’t look identical to the original photo, with no car or heads in exact position. it’s the shadows on objects and highlighting irregularities in the original. Ralph wouldn’t ruin his reputation if he thought this was a sham and tried to decieve people. it’s obvious he is genuine and the bullying of these Backes and Haydon trolls sickens me

    David Fleischmann 3 hours ago
    Steve Haydon. take a hike buddy. we get you just like attacking the author of this article yet you have nothing to contribute on what’s presented. I’d like you to make an effort in doing a recreation instead of just shooting off your big fat mouth

    Lionel Stone 73 minutes ago
    Yowser. You sure are stepping on a lot of toes Firsk with this article. I hope you aren’t discouraged by standing up for your work . these people seem insecure . They forget what country we live in ? Sounds like they are trying to deny your free speech. Was an interesting read. I always thought it was Lovelady but never gave much thought to it . This is very thought provoking

    Raul Zubieta 62 minutes ago
    never thought I’d see such an in depth study on that famous photo. Pay no mind to the dissenters in here. none of them would be so bold to demonstrate their claims

    Alex Hicks 45 minutes ago
    good article that opens a whole can of worms of deceit . murder at high noon in Dallas just the like the old west . Bet you would love to have been a fly on the wall 49 years ago in that doorway

    Jay Garganera 19 minutes ago
    Mr. Cinque . Jim Dieugenio mentioned your re-enactment on tonight’s episode of Black Op Radio. So hopefully that will draw more interest into this topic and get you more exposure. Jim admits he is no photographic expert and shows class by not saying insults even if he doesnt fully agree

  5. plain scream  November 21, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Amazing & courageous work, thanks to you and your team for all your efforts and writing such a stout defense of Oswald. I imagine the youth today could care less about the lingering angst we feel over JFK’s murder, but they really, really should as they are the ones who have to reckon with the gov’t institutions which were allowed to get away with the cover-up and which continue to act as cancers in our democracy.

  6. socratez  November 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Great article Ralph!!

    It’s all confirmed now! Lee Oswald’s V-shaped t-shirt collar, Black Tie Man overlayed over Oswald’s shoulder, Black Hole Man’s face blackened out; and his chest whited out, Black Tie Man and Doorman (Oswald) conjoined at Oswald’s left deltoid, the obfuscation of Obfuscated Man, and of course, TOTAL CONFIRMATION THAT LEE HARVEY OSWALD WAS IN THE TSBD DOORWAY 11/22/63 AT 12:30 PM AND DID NOT SHOOT PRESIDENT KENNEDY. LEE OSWALD WAS AN INNOCENT MAN; AND THE CIA MURDERED JFK!!!

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