by Ralph Cinque (with Jim Fetzer)
When I published “JFK: What we know now that we didn’t know then” (21 November 2011), I had become convinced by the discovery of the obfuscated face of a figure in the doorway area of a famous photograph taken by AP photographer James “Ike” Altgens (technically known as the “Altgens6″), together with having recently learned that Lee Oswald had told Will Fritz (the homicide detective who had interrogated him) that he had been “out with Bill Shelley in front” during the assassination, that this figure had to have been Lee himself. The only reason to have altered the photo would have been that someone had been there who should not have been there, where the obvious candidate for that role was the designated “patsy”.
We now believe that that person was actually Bill Shelley, no doubt erased on the presumption that, if it were discovered that Bill Shelley had been there, too many questions would have been raised about what Lee had said to Fritz. It would therefore be more efficient to simply delete his image from the photo and remove any reason for asking about it. Ralph Cinque read my article, however, and contacted me, explaining that, while he agreed with my conclusion (that Lee was in the doorway was right), my premises (about how we could prove that to be the case) were mistaken–that the crucial question was the clothing, not the facial images (which were ambiguous), but where a close study of the clothing and build of the figure in the doorway were those of Lee Oswald.
We would begin publishing a series of articles entitled, “JFK Special: Oswald was in the doorway, after all!”, which would lead to a total of five, which have been supplemented by several others, including “JFK believe it or not: Oswald wasn’t even a shooter!” and “JFK: 49 Years in the Offing — The Altgens reenactment”. We have gone far enough to establish that the man in the doorway was Lee Oswald, the designated patsy, which means that he cannot have also been on the 6th floor shooting at JFK. So not only was he not “the lone assassin”, he wan’t even a shooter, where I provide an introduction to what we have discovered here:
The strongest argument that has been advanced against the Altgens6 having been altered has been that it went out over the wire within 30 minutes or so, which would not have allowed enough time for that to have happened. Anyone who studies the doorway images, however, can see that, not only has that face been obfuscated, but the man in the doorway is missing his left shoulder and the man behind him, who is wearing a black tie, is simultaneous both IN FRONT OF and BEHIND HIM at the same time, as we have emphasized in most of our studies. When the evidence of alteration is as blatant as this–where these features are not even anatomically or photographically possible–how could anyone have doubts about whether or not the photo had been altered? Since the photo was altered, there had to have been time to have altered it.
Indeed, one of our senior members, Roy Schaeffer, was working as a photo processor at the Dayton Daily News when he personally received the Altgens6 photo-fax. Immediately, he could see signs of alteration, such as “masking” and “opaquing.” In an earlier study, I observed that the 22 November 1963 issue of The Sheboygan Times includes a photo of the Altgens, which struck me as having to be the outcome of a CIA substitution, which I mentioned at the time. Now Ralph has confirmed that that was indeed the case, where the real issue and the substitute issue have both been revealed. Here is the late edition of the Benton Harbor, MI, News-Palladium for 22 November 1963: the one on the left is real, the one on the right is not–but was fabricated to make it look as if Altgens6 was published that day:
For those who would like to learn more about the assassination of President Kennedy, I recommend “Dealey Plaza Revisited: What happened to JFK?” and “What happened to JFK–and why it matters today”. More recent studies of the assassination can be found at “Veterans Today, Jim Fetzer”.
Among the most important books about the assassination are (with regard to the scientific evidence), Murder in Dealey Plaza (2000), which I edited; and (with regard to the politics of the assassination), James Douglass, JFK and the Unspeakable (2010), which demonstrates how he had antagonized the most powerful special interests in the nation, including the CIA, the Joint Chiefs, the Mafia and the Eastern banking establishment; and Phillip F. Nelson, LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK’s Assassination (2010), which explains what they did about it, where Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover played pivotal roles. An especially disturbing study of possible Israeli complicity in the death of JFK has been published by Michael Collins Piper, Final Judgment (5th edition, 2000).
An Open Letter to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
By Ralph Cinque
Dear Mr. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.,
I applaud you for stating publically that your uncle, President John F. Kennedy, was murdered by the CIA. And, I am sure you realize that your father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was murdered because, as President (and surely he would have been elected President), he would have reopened the investigation of your uncle’s murder.
And, I am sure you know how politically incorrect it is to question the official account of either murder. But actually, what is politically incorrect is to SERIOUSLY question them. It’s OK to vaguely question them, to say things like, “I think there was a Mafia connection” or “I bet the Cubans were involved.” But, after saying such things, you are expected to just drop it and move on. It’s when you seriously expect something to be done about it–for some change to take place–that’s when you cross the line and become a pariah.
But, you have already crossed that line, Mr. Kennedy, because of what you said the other night and because of who you are. And, in the JFK world, you are taking heat for it. Professor John McAdams, a leading JFK disinformationist, started a thread about you on his forum to ridicule and debase you. He and others like him realize the threat that you pose, not only for being a Kennedy, but for being such a prominent, distinguished, and influential Kennedy.
But, the big question is: What are you going to do now? Are you going to do as they expect and just drop out and go away and let everything settle back into the familiar “angle of repose”? Or are you going to pick up the ball and run with it?
If you, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., were to join the forefront of the JFK truth movement, it would revolutionize and redefine it, and give it a shot in the arm. And if you’re willing to consider doing that, then I would urge you to consider taking the pivotal step of joining the Oswald Innocence Campaign.
The OIC embraces all aspects of JFK truth, but the thing that unites us and forges us into a cohesive group is the recognition that Lee Harvey Oswald was standing in the doorway of the Texas Book Depository during your uncle’s execution. It is something you can see with your own eyes if you look closely at the evidence. There really isn’t any doubt about it.
It starts with recognizing how unique Oswald’s shirt was. It was no ordinary shirt. You couldn’t buy one like it today–at any price–at least, not in this country. And, believe me, I know because I searched for one, and I would have paid any price. Oswald’s shirt was more like a hybrid between a shirt and a jacket. And some observers at the time actually referred to it as a jacket. It was lightweight like a shirt, but it tended to lay like a jacket, with a long lapel on the left side. It also tended to sprawl open widely when unbuttoned–much more so than a regular shirt. That may have been enhanced some by Oswald’s thin condition because it’s obvious that he lost significant weight between New Orleans and Dallas.
Look at these two images of him:
On the left is his arrest picture from August 1963 in New Orleans. The New Orleans Police weighed him and said he weighed 140 pounds. Isn’t it obvious that, by his arrest in Dallas, he had lost significant weight? As I make the comparison with my doctor’s eyes, I say he must have lost about 8 pounds, which would put him at 132. That is my educated guess. And since Lovelady weighed 175 pounds (according to the FBI who weighed him), that is a difference of 43 pounds. And, in this case, the lighter man was at least one inch taller than the heavier man–and maybe more than that. Do you really think that with such a weight-spread between them that those two men could be mistaken for each other?
But, there is one more aspect of the shirt to bring to your attention: At the top, coming off the left lapel, there was a button loop whose purpose was to secure a distant button that was located under the right collar. Do you see what I mean now when I say that it was no standard shirt? And the uniqueness, the non-standardness of the shirt is something that has not been addressed before–at least not in a loud, provocative way, like we are doing. It was a tough break for the conspirators that Oswald wore such an unusual shirt that day.
I combed the cities of Austin and Dallas looking for such a shirt. I went to the finest stores, checkbook in hand, and I would have paid any price. Besides that, I did an earnest search online for such a shirt but found nothing. I am quite certain that it is not available in the United States in 2013. But, is there any good reason to think it was even available in the United States in 1963? If it was, we would see examples of it on other male figures from that era. Thanks to the Internet, we can easily search images of men from that era. I have yet to find a single image of another individual wearing such a shirt.
The greatest likelihood is that Oswald acquired that shirt during his 3 year sojourn to Russia. Either he bought it, or it was given to him. The manufacturing origin of the shirt was probably Russian or East European, and I have been told that by multiple informed sources. And it was nothing at all like the standard flannel checkered shirt that Lovelady is CLAIMED to have worn. I say “claimed” because there is controversy about which shirt Billy Lovelady actually wore.
For many months–or longer–he claimed to have worn a red-and-white, short-sleeved striped shirt. He actually went to the FBI on 29 February 1964 and showed them the shirt he had been wearing that day, which they photographed and included in their official report back to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. A New York student of the assassination, Jones Harris, even flew to Dallas and confirmed with Billy Lovelady that he had indeed worn this red-and-white, short-sleeved shirt, which leaves no doubt about it.
But, there is another distinguishing aspect of Oswald’s clothing: his t-shirt. The opening of the t-shirt had the tendency to descend into a notch or vee. The t-shirt wasn’t designed that way. It was designed as a standard round t-shirt. But, Oswald had the habit of tugging on it–pulling down on it at the six o’clock position–thereby stretching it out and deforming it into a vee.
It varied how much the vee manifested. Sometimes it was barely noticeable, and that was when the t-shirt was riding high, meaning that it was pulled up in front and down in back. But, at other times, it pulled down in front, and that would accentuate the vee. What we see in the doorway is about average for Oswald.
And it is a perfectly formed and perfectly centered vee. There is no way it could be a chin shadow, as some have claimed. Chin shadows are never so perfect and never so centered. Besides, I went to Dallas in late November of last year, and I stood in the doorway at 12:30, and there was no vee-shaped shadow. Here is the shadow that I got:
On the left, I was wearing my designated Oswald shirt, and on the right, I was wearing my designated Lovelady shirt–not the one he actually wore, but the one officials have claimed he was wearing–and, in both cases, the neck shadow was nothing at all like the perfectly centered, perfectly symmetrical and perfectly balanced vee that we see on Doorman.
The vee we see on him is simply the junction of his t-shirt and his skin. The Tri-X film that Ike Altgens used was very polarizing, and even Caucasian skin was rendered dark if it was out of the direct sunlight. We know beyond any doubt that the vee we see on Doorman was the actual shape of his t-shirt, and we proved it in Dallas.
So what that means is that Doorman’s entire wardrobe, his entire ensemble, was pure 100% Oswald. From the neck down, Doorman was definitely all Oswald.
What about from the neck up? Well, according to the anthropologists who were hired by the House Select Committee on Assassinations in the late 1970s, Doorman’s minute facial features were those of Lovelady. But, keep in mind that they relied on measurements that cannot be seen with the naked eye. And therefore it is impossible for any of us to confirm what they said. But what we can say is that the Doorman’s ear is definitely that of Oswald, and Doorman’s chin is definitely that of Oswald. Here are two charts by Richard Hooke, which demonstrate that to be the case:
Obviously, if there are some Lovelady features on Doorman (and the one most frequently cited is his hairline) but most of him is Oswald, then something is wrong. Just as centaurs do not exist in Nature, neither do composites of Oswald and Lovelady.
We have discovered that Doorman’s image was Loveladyfied, just as one of Lovelady’s FBI photos has been Oswaldified. Unfortunately, the Altgens photo was never subjected to a forensic photographic examination–to look for signs of alteration, which would have been criminal.
But, it is hardly surprising, for if the government made the alterations, they were hardly going to hire photographic experts to identify them. Again, the Altgens photo was NEVER evaluated in that way–forensically. It was always and automatically assumed that the photograph was legit.
Mr. Kennedy, what I have said here is just the tip of the iceberg. But, I am not going to say more at this time because I do not want to overwhelm you. But, please visit the website of the Oswald Innocence Campaign, where you can find photos of the senior members of the project:
We want you to join us. We invite you to join us. And we implore you to join us. As we approach the 50th anniversary of your uncle’s death, we think the rallying cry should be:
STOP THE LIES! OSWALD OUTSIDE! STOP THE LIES! OSWALD OUTSIDE! STOP THE LIES!
And surely you realize that if we break the JFK assassination wide open, the revelation of the truth about your father’s murder will follow very quickly. That lie will collapse in no time at all.
So, please, give this your utmost consideration. We are all doing this for the sake of truth. No one is being paid. There are no ulterior motives. We just want the truth to be known. And the truth is that Lee Harvey Oswald was standing in the doorway while your uncle, President John F. Kennedy, was being shot to death.
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.
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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