Man in the Doorway Was Oswald
by Ralph Cinque: Lies,
Damn Lies, and National Geographic
of the man in the doorway of the Texas Schoolbook Depository in
the famous photo by Ike Altgens has been debated since the very
day of the assassination. It was the first photo of the assassination
to circle the globe. Obviously, if Oswald was standing outside the
building, he could not have been on the 6th floor shooting
Commission concluded that the man standing with his shirt open was
Billie Lovelady, another TBD employee, and it was based, reportedly,
on his testimony, on the testimony of others, and on a very detailed
anatomical comparison of the facial features.
all advocates of the lone gunman theory say that it was Lovelady,
and, it is also true that some conspiracy theorists, including some
prominent ones, also say that the Man in the Doorway was Lovelady.
But, Iím here
to tell you that it was Oswald.
that they could have resolved this with 100% certainty at the time.
They had Lovelady; he had his clothing; they had Altgens; he had
his camera. They could have put Lovelady at the entrance, dressed
exactly as he was on the fateful day, and Altgens on the exact spot
where he was when he took his famous picture, and just duplicated
it. It could have been done easily and immediately. So, why didnít
they do it?
The FBI did
eventually take photos of Lovelady, but that was later on, and he
was wearing different clothes. And, they were regular, close-up
pictures, and therefore useless. Fortunately, there was another
picture of Lovelady taken on the day of the assassination, and weíll
get to it.
start by looking at the original Altgens photo, and obviously, the
area in question is rather small and quite fuzzy. Look towards the
upper left corner. Focus on the man standing next to the column
with the open shirt. Heís practically leaning against the column.
Thatís our man, the Doorway Man.
Now look at
the blow-up of Doorway Man, and next to it, the picture of Oswald
taken after his arrest.
In size and
general proportions, it sure looks like Oswald. But now, letís look
at a picture of Billy Lovelady taken the same day. It is actually
a composite: the left side shows Lovelady in the foreground as Oswald
is being led away, and the right side shows Lovelady alone.
Note that Lovelady
is stockier than Oswald. He looks rather burly in comparison. Doorway
Man definitely looks slightly built, asthenic. And notice how loosely
the outer shirt fits on Doorway Man. He is really swimming in that
Commission made a big deal out of minute facial measurements, and
of course, linking them all to Lovelady. These include: facial length,
lower jaw breadth, chin length, nasal breadth, nasal tip, hairline
and pattern of hair loss, and more. But, it would be difficult for
any of us to confirm these things, and I donít suggest we take their
word for it.
with the Zapruder Film and the autopsy photos, it has been suggested
that the Altgens photo was altered. And a minute thing like the
pattern of a balding hairline would have been relatively easy to
So, that brings
us back to the shirt- that big, open, unbuttoned, loose-fitting,
plaid outer shirt. It is not so easily altered. We know for certain
that Oswald was wearing a shirt like that. And we know that he had
it buttoned in that fashion, that is, largely unbuttoned, where
it was buttoned only at the bottom. And, he wore a white tee-shirt
underneath that came to a v. Tee-shirts can be shaped round at the
opening or come to a v, and Oswaldís and Doorway Manís came to a
But, itís the
shirt being unbuttoned that is most significant. We know for sure
thatís how Oswaldís shirt was. Multiple pictures show it. Why was
his shirt unbuttoned? Well, the top buttons were missing. He was
living alone at the time, renting a room in Dallas. Plenty of guys
donít sew. I donít. If a button comes off, it stays off. So, Oswald
didnít have a choice that day. His shirt had to be unbuttoned.
But, what about
Lovelady? He was at work. Most guys button up at work. Plus, the
President was driving by that day. It was late November, practically
December. According to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Weather Bureau,
the temperature at Love Field when Kennedy arrived was 63 degrees.
It may have been a little warmer by the time they reached Dealey
Plaza, but not much. It wasnít that hot. And, we have the picture
of Lovelady taken after the assassination where his shirt is buttoned.
You can barely see the tee-shirt. So, what are we supposed to assume?
That he was standing there watching the President with his shirt
unbuttoned, for no explicable reason, and then afterwards, he decided
to button up? Why? And is that what happened?
or not, nobody asked him. I read through all his testimony. Nobody
asked him, "Were you standing there with your shirt unbuttoned,
and if so, why?" The FBI didnít ask. The Warren Commission
didnít ask. Nobody asked, and nobody discussed it.
We are talking
about a behavior here. It was a coincidence that Oswald and Lovelady
happened to look alike. It was a coincidence that they happened
to be wearing similar clothes. But, for both to be wearing their
shirts the exact same way and not the usual, normal way for a workplace?
That seems like a real long-shot to me. And again, Lovelady was
not wearing his shirt that way a little while later at the police
station. So, when did he button up? And why did he button up? And
how the heck did nobody ask him about it?
But, itís not
just the buttoning. Oswaldís shirt was rumpled. It was in need of
ironing. And, it was loose-fitting. Likewise with Doorway Man, itís
like heís wearing a sail. The shirt is bulging out with loose material.
It seems more like a loose-fitting pajama top. But, in the picture
of Lovelady at the police station, his shirt is tight-fitting. And,
it is not unbuttoned; it is not rumpled, and the material is lying
smoothly and snugly against his chest. You donít get any sense that
he is swimming in that shirt as you do when looking at both Oswald
after his arrest and at Doorway Man.
And, the pattern
of Loveladyís shirt is that of large squares. Itís checkered, but
the boxes are big. And the white lines in the pattern really stand
out. There is a lot of contrast there. For Oswald and the Man in
the Doorway, the pattern is much more subtle, more discreet, presenting
a more solid-looking coloring. Here is another picture of Oswald
in which the likeness of the pattern of his shirt to that of the
Man in the Doorway can be readily seen.
And it raises
the issue of what happened to Oswaldís shirt. They kept parading
him around in his tee-shirt. He complained that he wanted his shirt
back. He pointed out that everyone else was wearing a shirt but
him. There are lots of shots of him like this:
And there is
other evidence too, such as the testimony of Bill Shelley who said
that Lovelady was seated on the stairs and not standing.
I notice that
Doorway Man is standing with his left arm slightly flexed. There
is some tension in his elbow. Heís bending it, and heís got his
left hand centered in front of his body. He is not letting his arm
relax and just dangle by his side. That is a muscular habit, which
some people have. They carry tension in their arms- habitually-
all the time. They never fully relax their arms. Now look at Oswald
in the handcuffs. Obviously, his hands are centered there because
of the handcuffs. However, heís also raising his hands some. Heís
lifting his forearms. Heís flexing his elbows and quite a lot. He
is not relaxed; he is expending energy to bend his arms. Itís the
same pattern except more exaggerated.
Now look at
the mouth in the Altgens photo. It looks like Doorway Man is pursing
his lips. His mouth looks firmly closed. Compare that to the cheerful
black woman below him whose mouth is relaxed and open. You can see
her broad smile and white teeth. Then, in Oswaldís arrest photo
in the handcuffs you can really see how he is clenching his mouth
tightly shut. Again, itís the same pattern, just more pronounced.
Itís a neuro-muscular habit. Obviously, he was under a lot of stress
at that point.
was about to testify before the House Subcommittee on Assassinations
in 1979 when he died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of
42. Make of that what you will. But again, at the time of the assassination,
they could have tried to duplicate the Altgens photo with him in
it to see if it looked the same, but they didnít. They could have
asked him about his habits for buttoning his shirt and what he did
that very day, but they didnít. And since the shirt is the main
object, the main form, the most visible dimensionality that you
see of Doorway Man, they could have asked him to bring that shirt
in. But, they didnít.
I think the
Doorway Man was Oswald. Iím not saying that I would bet my life
on it, but Iíd bet some serious money.
December 8, 2011
Cinque [send him mail]
has worked as a chiropractor, nutritionist, and health spa operator.
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