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The Curious Case of Howard Brennan

JFK Assassination witness Howard Brennan is the mostly like source of the description of the shooter that was sent to the Dallas PD fifteen minutes after the assassination that resulted in Oswald’s arrest by 1:50pm.

Howard, a 44-year-old steamfitter (whatever that is), was seated on the short concrete wall on Elm Street directly opposite the shooter’s window at the corner of Elm and Houston when he observed a man on the east end of the sixth floor, presumably waiting for the presidential motorcade.

“He was a white man in his early 30’s, slender, nice looking, slender and would weight about 165 to 175 pounds. He had on light colored clothing but definitely not a suit.” “Possibly 5-foot 10”

Howard’s description of Oswald was remarkably accurate for a casual observation from 100 feet away (Oswald’s high forehead could account for “early 30’s” impression). On the other hand, Howard’s estimate that he was 90 yards (180 ft) from the window is double the actual distance.

His estimate of Oswald’s height is curious because the sills on the sixth floor are very low, perhaps sixteen inches from the floor – this, plus the angle of view, would distort and exaggerate Oswald’s height from Howard’s position (assuming there was no glare on the windows, which is a big assumption).

The Brennan case is further complicated by the fact that he declined to identify Oswald at a police lineup that afternoon, later citing that he feared for his life due to the possibility of communist conspiracy.

This is one of the many paradoxes that contributes to the suspicion that there was a conspiracy operating in Dallas that day, with or without LHO.

Notation A: Location of man with rifle

Notation B: Location of other men