I picked up a copy [of] the WCR at the flea market for a buck (not bad for the unvarnished truth), and I was reading that very passage last night. I liked where it said when Howell [sic; Howlett] was timed walking at 1 minute, 18 seconds, and at a fast walk he did it in 1 minute, 14 seconds.
DAVID VON PEIN SAID:
Yeah, Bud, I've thought about that whopping "4-second" differential myself in the past.
But whether it be 1:14 or 1:18, the main point is -- either reconstructed time STILL would be TIME ENOUGH to do what Lee Oswald did do on 11/22/63 and be on the second floor in time to encounter Marrion Baker and Roy Truly (when we base this event on the proverbial "HE DID IT ALL WITHIN 90 SECONDS" timeline estimate, that is; and all timelines are only estimates, of course).
But, in reality, my guess is that Oswald probably had MORE than just the 90 seconds that was estimated by Baker, et al. Because Officer Baker stated that his March 1964 re-creations of his movements were to be considered THE MINIMUM amount of time that it would have taken him to get to the 2nd Floor. In all probability, per Baker's own testimony, it took him longer on November 22 to get to the second floor than it took during his re-created version of events the following March.
There are no established times for these things. What the WC should have done is try to determine the fastest time a person could leave the window, dump the rifle, and get to the second floor lunchroom. This is the only real time needed, the bare minimum, to determine if it was doable. And the bare minimum was never determined by the WC as far as I can tell.
DAVID VON PEIN SAID:
That's for sure. Just take a look at the 1963 Secret Service Reconstruction Film, and watch the Secret Service agent, who is moving at a snail's pace while walking across the sixth floor. It's hilarious.
Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, quite obviously and quite logically, would have been moving much, much faster than we see the Secret Service agent moving in the above reconstruction film. [However, the SS re-enactment of Oswald's probable movements is not the same re-enactment performed by John J. Howlett for the Warren Commission in March of 1964. So it's quite likely that Howlett was moving at least a little bit faster in the timed re-enactment done for the WC in '64 than was the agent (who I think is also Howlett) who is practically crawling toward the sixth-floor stairway in the '63 Secret Service film.]
David Von Pein
February 16, 2009
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