It has now been eleven days since I started this thread, and still not
one person, not one, has in this thread quoted a single witness who said
the shots came from multiple directions. Nor has anyone quoted a single
witness who said that any individual shot sounded louder and/or closer,
or more distant, than any other shot. Only two posters in this thread,
and one in another, have made any specific claim that I am "wrong" in
any of my claims made in the first article in this thread. But they all
seem very reluctant to post in this thread even the most meager shred of
evidence imaginable that I am even slightly wrong on even a single one
of those claims. So I shall simply continue to *prove* my claims to be
correct by continuing to post witnesses who each named a *single*
direction for *all* of the gunfire, and who made no mention of any
difference in volume or distance in any of the shots.
Witness number eleven:
Another well-known witness in the assassination literature is Lee
Bowers, whose statements about the assassination have been used in
various ways by various authors, both to support and dispute the idea of
multiple shooters. Bowers was in quite a unique position: he was in the
railroad tower near the parking lot adjacent to the TSBD, and could see
more or less the entirety of the back side of the picket fence that runs
along the grassy knoll, and furthermore from a position of some
elevation to see over the cars in the lot. There is a report on Bowers
from the day of the assassination by Deputy Sheriff Harold Elkins, but
most of the document concerns only the issue of the cars in the parking
lot, including that Bowers had seen two cars driving through the lot
prior to the shooting. There is only one sentence in the document in
which the shooting is mentioned at all, and nothing more is said than
that Bowers heard three shots. On the same day Bowers submitted an
affidavit, but again in this document nearly all of it is about the cars
in the lot, and of the shots the only description that is given is that
I heard at least 3 shots very close together.
But again, as is so often the case with these witnesses, Bowers was
allowed to expound at much greater length before the Warren Commission
than ever before, and I quote here in their entirety all passages in
which anything at all is said about the gunfire itself, from his
testimony of April 2, 1964:
Mr. BOWERS - I heard three shots. One, then a slight pause, then two
very close together. Also reverberation from the shots.
Mr. BELIN - And were you able to form an opinion as to the source of the
sound or what direction it came from, I mean?
Mr. BOWERS - The sounds came either from up against the School
Depository Building or near the mouth of the triple underpass.
Mr. BALL - Were you able to tell which?
Mr. BOWERS - No; I could not.
Mr. BALL - Well, now, had you had any experience before being in the
tower as to sounds coming from those various places?
Mr. BOWERS - Yes; I had worked this same tower for some 10 or 12 years,
and was there during the time they were renovating the School Depository
Building, and had noticed at that time the similarity of sounds
occurring in either of those two locations.
Mr. BALL - Can you tell me now whether or not it came, the sounds you
heard, the three shots came from the direction of the Depository
Building or the triple underpass?
Mr. BOWERS - No; I could not.
Mr. BALL - From your experience there, previous experience there in
hearing sounds that originated at the Texas School Book Depository
Building, did you notice that sometimes those sounds seem to come from
the triple underpass? Is that what you told me a moment ago?
Mr. BOWERS - There is a similarity of sound, because there is a
reverberation which takes place from either location.
Mr. BALL - Had you heard sounds originating near the triple underpass
Mr. BOWERS - Yes; quite often. Because trucks backfire and various
Mr. BALL - And you had heard noises originating from the Texas School
Depository when they were building there?
Mr. BOWERS - They were renovating. I---did carpenter work as well as
sandblasted the outside of the building.
Mr. BALL - When you heard the sound, which way were you looking?
Mr. BOWERS - At the moment I heard the sound, I was looking directly
towards the area---at the moment of the first shot, as close as my
recollection serves, the car was out of sight behind this decorative
masonry wall in the area.
Mr. BALL - And when you heard the second and third shot, could you see
Mr. BOWERS - No; at the moment of the shots, I could---I do not think
that it was in sight. It came in sight immediately following the last
I have said earlier that I feel that sometimes Galanor has made rather
strange choices regarding the categories into which he puts these
witnesses. For Bowers, Galanor says Knoll & Depository. But here
again, that is not what the witness said. Bowers said, The sounds came
either from up against the School Depository Building or near the mouth
of the triple underpass. From either up against the Depository or near
the mouth of the Triple Underpass. He did not say the Depository *and*
the Triple Underpass. He said the Depository *or* the Triple Underpass,
and he was quite plain that he was not sure which. And neither of these
locations is the knoll, unless one interprets up against the
Depository as shots from the knoll echoing off the west side of the
building. But then that makes Galanor s interpretation even more
problematic, because then that would be the knoll, and the Triple
Underpass would be a different location, so with that interpretation he
should have said Knoll or Triple Underpass. But it should be obvious
that Bowers was not claiming that the gunfire came from two directions.
He was clearly saying that he thought it came from one direction *or*
the other, not one direction *and* the other. And notice there is no
mention at all of any shot sounding louder, or closer, or farther, than
any of the other shots.