The JFK Altgens6: Bill Shelley’s Shrunken Head


An Open Letter to Jim Fetzer


by Richard Hooke  

Jim, it occurs to me that if I cut out the odd ‘shrunken head’, from Black Hole Man’s upper chest, and attach it to the side of Obfuscated Man’s ‘Frankenstein looking’ head, then the resulting composite looks just like Bill Shelley.  I guess what prompted me to do that was the way Bill Shelley’s hairline comes down to a point in the center of his upper forehead (like Eddie Munster) and I knew Billy Lovelady’s hairline (Black Hole Man) was not like that.

Obfuscated Man’s head looks a lot like Bill Shelley; with its similar right eyebrow and square cranium, but it is missing the pointed hairline and left eye.  Well, when you join the two half-heads what you get is the completed head of Bill Shelley; and guess what? He has the lean build, the narrow dark tie, the white long sleeve dress shirt… So, I put together the following collage to express my thoughts (please read the caption):


I ask you, what else could account for that odd shrunken head; dangling from the
right upper chest of Black Hole Man? It appears Billy Lovelady (Black Hole Man) had his head ‘blacked’ out and his chest ‘whited’ out; then Bill Shelley (Obfuscated Man) had a large portion of his head removed; obscuring Bill Shelley in the process, that was used to create a bogus replacement head for Black Hole Man (Lovelady).  Then a white blob-like right arm and small hand were created for Obfuscated Man, shading the eyes of his new bogus face that was sketched in front.  

Obfuscated Man’s (Bill Shelley) arms were originally folded across his stomach; so his original right forearm had to be taken out, having been altered to shade his eyes.  Bill Shelley’s entire right forearm, in a white dress shirt originally, was colored flesh tone, in a ridiculous attempt to make it look like an elongated left wrist, widening at its extremity; that is anatomically incorrect and obviously was a white shirted forearm to begin with (originally).  The Smiling Black Lady’s hair was extended up to cover Bill Shelley’s original right bicep.  

All of this was done very crudely, in a hurried manor, with primitive technology.  The shrunken replacement head, for Black Hole Man, was hung much too low, from his upper chest, and appears comical.  Obfuscated Man’s head was not fully obfuscated; his right eyebrow and lid, those of Bill Shelley, remain visible 49 years after the fact, and his altered straight hairline looks like Frankenstein.



The Big Lie Continues


Robin Unger, photo expert for the JFK Assassination Forum, continues to promote the bogus explanation that Obfuscated Man is shielding his eyes and looking forward; as evidenced by his colorization of Algens6 posted in the JFK Assassination Library.  Unger has yellowed out the shrunken head; refusing to acknowledge its existence.  My self and Dr. Ralph Cinque, were banned from the JFK Assassination Forum, late in 2012, by site owner Duncan MacRae.  

We had merely been expressing our opinion, with a mixture of narrative and photographic collages, that Lee Harvey Oswald was in the Texas School Book Depository doorway, on 22 November 1963 at 12:30 pm, and thus could not have killed President Kennedy.  

Hundreds of pages of our discussion, energetic argument, and cutting-edge JFK Research, were all deleted by Duncan MacRae.  In one exchange with Robin Unger, I asked Unger why he had colored the shrunken head (on Black Hole man’s chest) yellow, expanded Obfuscated Man’s right hand to the size of a catcher’s mitt, and cut down the absurd proportion of his bogus left forearm:

Unger apparently is attempting to obfuscate Black Hole Man’s original crude bogus replacement head, expand Obfuscated Man’s false right hand (further obfuscating Bill Shelley’s head in the process), and fine tune Obfuscated Man’s original crude, anatomically incorrect, left forearm. To which Unger simply responded, ‘What shrunken head?’, like there is nothing there. 


Well, there is something there, and, I think it very well may be the remains of Bill Shelley’s head; and it should not be colored yellow by Robin Unger, unless he is trying to perpetuate the Big Lie 49 years after the fact; to steer the American public away from the fact that Bill Shelley was crudely obfuscated out of the Altgens6 photo because Lee Oswald told Captain Fritz he was ‘out with Bill Shelley in front’.  As I recall, my final argument on The JFK Assassination Forum was with Rob Caprio.  I argued for my rightful freedom of speech, Caprio said I should learn my place, and my work was promptly vaporized by Duncan MacRae.


Additional Fraudulent Interpretation by “Steve” at VT

1 Right Hand
2 Right Spec ‘Temple’
3 Front face right half-profile
4 Right Elbow
5 Bulging Belly (visible part – maybe partly due to leaning back as noted, but obviously not a slender guy nevertheless)
The apparently greying hair is above and to the right of the Spec Temple, going towards the hand.


Additional Observations


I believe that’s the curved top of Bill Shelley’s right shoulder (below left).  Actually, the photo (from Ralph Cinque’s photo shoot (below right)) is what tipped me off on that.  When your arm goes up, your shoulder becomes an extension of your upper arm and the rounded top of your deltoid goes away; would no longer be showing; if his arm was really up shielding his eyes, but it’s not, it’s a fraudulent depiction (below left).


Original (Altgens6) Obfuscated Man and Ralph Cinque’s re-enactment



In addition, the smiling black Lady’s hair was extended up to cover Bill Shelley’s right bicep and elbow; also…look at the darkish, intermediate, area above the black Lady’s hair and Shelley’s right elbow…it is covering Bill Shelley’s upper right pectoral area.


The Alteration Time-Line

In 2007, Jim Fetzer noticed the recently released notes of Dallas Police Captain Will Fritz’s interrogation of Lee Oswald on 22 November 1963 said Oswald told Fritz he was ‘out with Bill Shelley in front’ at the time of the shooting.  The notes give the interrogation time as being from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm. It has been established that there was approximately a three hour time window when the Altgens6 photo was held up, in New York, before being released to the world for the evening papers.


British JFK researcher Paul maintains that the Altgens6 photo (there were seven altogether) was handled differently than the other 6. There was a delay in the release of Altgens6 because it was first wired to AP headquarters in New York, where it was “cropped twice.” Rigby maintains that there was roughly a two to three hour window of opportunity for them to alter it. His exact words were: “I don’t wish to exaggerate the window of opportunity for alteration. It was, at most, I hazard a guess, two to three hours. But, a window of opportunity there does appear to have existed.”


I quote the words of respected British JFK researcher Paul Rigby: “On the basis of the available evidence, we can, provisionally at least, conclude the following:


1) Altgens did not develop his own photos; 

2) Altgens6 went by fax, not to the world at large, but to the AP New York HQ, at just after 1:00 PM CST; 

3) the negatives were sent by commercial airline, ostensibly to the same destination but did not arrive until hours after the initial fax; 

4) the dissemination of the image from NY did not occur until at least 2 hours after the fax arrived but before the arrival of the negatives; 

5) Both the AP and Altgens appear to have sought to conceal this hiatus; 

6) AP acted against its own commercial interest in delaying release of Altgens6; 

7) the version which first appeared in the final editions of newspapers in Canada and the US on the evening of November 22 was heavily, and very obviously, retouched; 

8) point 7) may not be the explanation, either full or partial, for the concealed delay; it is quite conceivable that obvious alterations were used to draw attention away from other more subtle stuff.”


A Likely Scenario


I am imagining a scenario where Lee Oswald, during his Friday afternoon interrogation (22 November 1963), told Captain Fritz he was out front with Bill Shelley.  Immediately a call was placed to the FBI photo lab in New York and a photo tech was told to take Oswald and Shelley out of the Altgens6 photo. They wanted to release Altgens6 because it showed the TSBD building and JFK being shot, in the same frame, thus establishing the shots came from the rear; but the patsy could not on the 6th floor shooting and also be standing in the doorway:


And any possible witness collaboration could not be tolerated either so Bill Shelley had to be taken out of the photo.  Lee Oswald looked more like Billy Lovelady than anyone else in the doorway; so Lovelady (Black Hole Man) was blacked out, Bill Shelley (Obfuscated Man) was obfuscated, and Oswald (Doorman) was altered to look like Billy Lovelady.  

The job was sloppy: Lovelady was not completely blacked out, nor was Shelley completely obfuscated, and a large part of Shelley’s severed head was left dangling over the remains of Lovelady’s upper chest, and, of course, Doorman was not altered nearly enough because now, in 2012, the Oswald Innocence Campaign has been able to establish “50 Points of ID” between Oswald at the Dallas Police station, later that day, and ‘The Man In The Doorway’, who was Lee Harvey Oswald, an innocent man gravely wronged by his own country: The United States of America.


Richard M. Hooke, a student of anthropology at UC Santa Barbara and former computer systems analyst for Bank of America, is also a writer and researcher regarding the death of President John F. Kennedy.

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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20 Responses to "The JFK Altgens6: Bill Shelley’s Shrunken Head"

  1. socratez  December 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Here is the Proof Oswald = Doorman

    Richard H.

  2. socratez  December 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Here are my conclusions drawn from my 50 points of ID collage (referenced in the previous comment);
    I think you will agree it is not looking good at all for the government position; Oswald was innocent, it has
    conclusively been proven beyond any reasonable doubt.


    Professor Jim Fetzer – George H.W. Bush once spoke of “a thousand points of light”. But in this case we can settle for 27 points of similarity between Doorman and Oswald. If you were to assume that two different people, taken at random, might share one of these features in common at one time in ten–which is probably an exaggeration, but useful for calculation–then the probability that they would share 27 features in common would be equal to 1/10 times itself 27 times, which is a one over a one followed by twenty seven zeros or 1/1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000, which we would all agree is a very small number. If these similarities are not assumed to be occurring merely by chance because Doorman and Oswald were the same person, however, then the probability that they would have 27 features in common approximates the value of one. Since an hypothesis is preferable when its probability (technically, its likelihood) is greater than an alternative, unless one is a value that is smaller than 1/1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000, the Oswald = Doorman hypothesis has been confirmed.

    Richard Hooke – In layman’s terms, if we are very conservative and accept only 14 of 27 of our matching points, between Doorman and Oswald, and are also extremely optimistic and employ the exaggerated rate of 1 in 10 for matching occurrences, that still leaves us the probability of them having been a match as rare as 1/ 100,000,000,000,000, or 1 in a 100 trillion; approximately 14,286 times the current human population of planet earth (ca. 7 billion). Now, if we add in the variable that there were only a few white, male employees, in the TSBD, of similar body type, probably none with exactly the same clothing, and the distinctive Doorman just happened to arrive in the TSBD doorway, of all places, at the opportune moment in space and time, well, you can see that, given no alternative explanation is reasonable, the available evidence clearly shows our hypothesis that Oswald = Doorman is proven beyond all reasonable doubt.
    The Totals
    The 23 matching points of Lee Oswald’s distinctive brown over-shirt are proof alone; Oswald’s 50 ID Points of Light collage is confirmation Oswald’s (Doorman) Altgens6 brown over-shirt matches the over-shirt Oswald had on at the Dallas PD later that day.
    The breakdown:
    23 matching points on the Over-shirt
    5 matching points T-shirt
    5 matching points Chin
    4 matching points Mouth
    3 matching points Left Eye
    2 matching points Right Ear
    5 matching points Cranium
    3 matching points Body
    The Conclusion

    The conclusion that Oswald was Doorman can be reached by Oswald’s distinctive brown over-shirt alone (23 points) or the remaining 27 points. I have both the Groden scan (collage left) and the original Altgens6 release (collage right) on the 50 ID Points collage and at least half of the ID points correspond to each of the two versions of Altgens6; that’s 25+ each; and as Professor Jim Fetzer so ably demonstrated mathematically, all that is needed is 12 for it to be a landslide for Oswald. There is no alternative explanation; the available evidence clearly shows, beyond any reasonable doubt, that Lee Harvey Oswald was in the Texas School Book Depository doorway 11/22/63 at 12:30 pm.
    The dark ages where discussions of Altgens6 could be endlessly digressed, through disinformation, into myriad nonsensical confusion are over. A paradigm change has occurred, through 21st century computer imagery, in the analysis of Altgens6. We can now recognize more than enough specific features of Doorman and Lee Oswald in the Dallas PD to conclusively confirm the hypothesis proposed by Professor David R. Wrone, and resurrected by Dr. Ralph Cinque, that Lee Harvey Oswald was “The Man In The Doorway”: Altgens6 Doorman.

    Richard Hooke
    JFK Researcher

  3. socratez  December 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Proof Lee Oswald was The Man In The Doorway on 11/22/63 at 12:30 pm:


  4. socratez  December 22, 2012 at 10:06 am


    That is your interpretation of Obfuscated Man, I think it is erroneous, ridiculous, and awfully coincidental that it coincides with a lot of the disinfo guys who are doing everything in their power not to let the truth that JFK was murdered in a CIA orchestrated conspiracy come to light. Nobody is perfect, my interpretation may not be exactly right either, but I still feel the same way; it is for the readers to decide for themselves.


    • Steve  December 23, 2012 at 1:51 am

      To be honest I find your interpretation equally “erroneous” and “ridiculous” for the reasons stated, as to OM’s arms, BUT WE POLITELY AGREED TO DISAGREE, in the interests of the larger issues. For you to then turn around and accuse me of “fraudulence”, when I had left it at that, stinks no matter how you explain it. My opinion overall clearly disagreed 90% at least with the ‘disinfo guys’, where it happens to agree, it’s because THAT’S HOW IT LOOKS TO MY EYES EVEN AFTER MANY VIEWS, with the qualifications noted, and nothing you or anyone has said has altered that. And it hardly matters overall anyway. I find your action here bizarre and discreditable, and it really does call into question for me at least your motives and methods. If you remove the term ”fraudulent” then we would have no dispute of substance, why you have chosen to precipitate one here is beyond me.

  5. Steve  December 22, 2012 at 12:50 am

    “Additional Fraudulent Interpretation by “Steve” at VT”

    Excuse me, but WTF???

    If there’s any fraud here, it’s not on my part. I gave my honest opinion on the matter, which I modified somewhat anyway. I still think you are wrong on OM’s arms, but I stopped bothering to argue it as I didn’t think it important enough, even when the patently silly (on that point at least) ‘reconstruction’ was proffered. Now you use me as an example of ‘fraudulence’? (while adding a timeline as I suggested). I am frankly disgusted, and if that is your method, then maybe you are wrong on the whole thing after all. You certainly do not motivate me to bother putting any store by your conclusions.

    You prove that there is something seriously wrong with your judgement and manner at least. You had a good case in part, but ruin it by insisting offensively and falsely on a minor issue, and alienating someone you had half won over. No wonder you have been banned from various forums.

    • Steve  December 22, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Or one, whichever is correct.

  6. socratez  December 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Kd, you put too much value on the testimony; the whole conspiracy is one long, sordid, bogus tale of altered and coherced testimony gotten by two bit, lying lawyers. You really can’t trust any of it; it was testimony secured by bums; the likes of Magic Bullet Specter and Belin and Wade, etc. It’s cornerstone is a big lie, Kd, that Doorman was Lovelady, and you should admit the big lie Kd because otherwise you are going to go down like a fool.


    • kdruckman  December 22, 2012 at 10:56 am

      That’s your answer ? Just dismiss evidence as fake , if it is inconvenient to the story you’re weaving .

  7. kdruckman  December 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    W B Frazier did say he was back in the shadows , but that was when he pressed to point himself out in the Altgens6 . What he did say repeatedly is he was at the top of the railing with a heavy set woman to his left ( Sarah Stanton) and at the bottom of the steps was Shelley with Lovelady . Shelley corroborates this and adds that Lovelady was in front of him .
    The OIC ignores this evidence and postulates that Shelley was up high on the steps , because they wrongly believe he was wearing a suit and tie like the individual known as obfuscated man . They then go on to place Lovelady to the east and ABOVE Shelley ,because ? There is a man there in short sleeves .
    This is about as strong as the OIC’s claims that the Fedora hat man is without a doubt Jack Ruby , because ! Jack Ruby was known to wear fedora hats . Brilliant! Kd

  8. socratez  December 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Yeah, but Kd, those people had no reason to be obfuscated. Oswald said he was out front with Bill Shelley, who was CIA, and they obviously had to take him out. Shelley fits the build and look of Obfuscated man; and why do so many of the phony conspiracy theorists on the forums go so out of there way to interpret Obfuscated Man in such a ridiculous manner; avoiding any explanation of the half-head dangling from Billy Lovelady’s upper chest. No Kd, I am sorry, this Black Hole Man / Obfuscated Man area is where Altgens6 was heavily tampered with; no doubt about it.


    • kdruckman  December 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      You don’t know what Shelley looks like . You don’t even have a photo of him in this article . It is not a fact that he was CIA , there is only here-say from Elzie Glaze to reference .
      . The OIC reasons that he had to be removed because he was Oswalds alibi , but that didn’t come out until the AARB released it . Everyone testified that Shelley was on the steps , even Shelley said he was .

  9. kdruckman  December 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Richard , please have the respect to address me as Kd . This repetitive Kelly Kelly Kelly , that you and Ralph do is coming across like some kind of manipulative exercise .
    As for your “facts” on Bill Shelley , they are purely unsubstantiated on your part . You have no proof , but that does not stop you from stating them as fact . This is a practice that you and your OIC mentor Ralph Cinque do on a regular basis . It is unethical and is an embarrassment to real researchers .
    It is reported that there was as many as 14 TSBD employees on the steps that day . Off the top of my head I can think of 8 : Billy Lovelady , Bill Shelley , W B Frazier , Sarah Stanton , Molina , Roy lewis , Otis Williams and Carl Jones . Maybe you should do some research before you claim that there no other options . Kd

  10. socratez  December 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Nice try Kelly,

    Bill Shelley was overseeing the floor laying project (on the 6th floor) and was a CIA operative monitoring Oswald. He was wearing a white shirt, and narrow tie, in the doorway, and was Obfuscated Man. Kelly, look, Bill Shelley was obviously not Fedora Man, the hefty Black Tie Man, or Black Hole Man (because he was Lovelady), or Doorman (because we have proven he was Oswald with 50+ points of ID) Frazier maintained he was up in the dark somewhere…Now Lee told Captain Fritz he was out front with Bill Shelley. Kelly, there are no options left, Bill Shelley was Obfuscated Man; why do you think he was Obfuscated? Obviously they did not want what Oswald told Captain Fritz to be verifiable because Lee Harvey Oswald had to be construed as having been the patsy up on the 6th floor shooting President Kennedy; which, of course, he was not, and did not.

    Richard Hooke

  11. kdruckman  December 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Further proof of Richard’s mistaken identification . In one of his collages is a photo of Danny Arce and Bonnie Ray Williams with the Detective in question . It’s a frame taken from news footage . The film shows the Detective escorting Arce and Williams to a squad car, where he opens the door , places them in , closes the door. Walks around to the other side and gets in before they leave for the station . Police records show that Arce and Williams were taken in for questioning at 1:00pm . Bill Shelley and Billy Lovelady were brought to the Dallas Police Department at 1:30pm .Kd

  12. kdruckman  December 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Richard has really taken a wrong turn on this one . First and foremost he is posting photos of a Dallas Police Detective whom he mistakenly believes is Bill Shelley . Then he goes on to postulate that the individual referred to as Obfuscated man must be Shelley, because he is wearing a similar skinny tie . Bill Shelley is not the man in the photos Richard is showing us and he was not wearing a suit and tie that day . He was a foreman and with his crew was laying flooring on the sixth floor that morning . A suit and tie is not the attire suitable for labor such as that . TSBD V.P OV Campbell and manager Roy Truly can be seen in numerous films standing on the curb out front of the TSBD during the assassination . Neither are wearing a suit and tie . Campbell is sporting a cowboy hat, casual coat and slacks . Truly is wearing a tan workman’s shirt and pants . If the VP and the manager were wearing work clothe , then why would Richard have us believe a laborer was wearing a suit and tie? Kd

  13. stephanaugust  December 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    If one day all of this comes out it, the most interesting thing will be the explanation how it is possible to control thousands of individuals in the media.

  14. socratez  December 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm


    That’s the whole thing; the first shots of the Viet Nam War were fired in Dealey plaza 11/22/1963, President Kennedy never would have been drawn into it. Being that we now know Lee Oswald was in the Texas School Book Depository doorway 11/22/63 at 12:30 pm it is obvious the entire JFK assassination was a full blown, CIA orchestrated, conspiracy. 50 years of government & media propaganda lies; the likes of which have never before been seen in the entire history of the world.

    Richard Hooke
    JFK Researcher

    • robert  December 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm


      You miss Phillips point.

      Not many (including researchers like yourself) want to link Israel to the assassination of JFK for his opposition to Israels nuclear ambitions, but cloud the issue by distorting it, blaming quote “full blown CIA orchestrated” on the CIA without linking James Jesus Angleton’s link to Zionism.

  15. PhilipShahak  December 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Personally, I don’t see how it matters how many shooters were behind the grassy knoll. We know that less than four years later Israel attacked the USS Liberty with the collusion of the LBJ administration. An act of war that JFK would have retaliated by wiping Israel off the map.

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