posted on Jan, 25 2005 @ 05:55 PM
I suggest a person look at the testimony of eighteen year old Arnold Louis Rowland, for the Commission by Mr. Specter. Congressman Gerald Ford is
overseeing the testamony. Rowland had an eye exam by the firm of doctors at Finn and Finn "about six months" before the assassination. The doctor
said his eye sight was much better than 20/20.
He was at the corner of Houston and Main "position marked 'V' "at the time the President's motorcade passed by. His watch was synchronized with
the Hertz clock on top of the school depository building. He always set his watch by it whenever he passed it.
"We were discussing, as I stated, the different security precautions, I mean it was very important person who was coming and we were aware of the
policemen around everywhere, and especially in positions where they would be able to watch crowds. We talked momentarily of the incidents with Mr.
Stevenson, and the one before that with Mr. Johnson (who Rowland directed to the sixth floor after the fatal shots), and this being in mind we were
more or less security conscious. We looked and at that time I noticed on the sixth floor of the building that there was a man back from the window,
not hanging out.
He was standing and holding a rifle. This appeared to me to be a fairly highpowered rifle because of the scope and the relative proportion of the
scope to the rifle, you can tell about what type of rifle it is. You can tell it isn't a .22, you know, and we thought momentarily that maybe we
should tell someone, but then the thought came to us that it is a security agent."
When he is describing which window he saw the man after being handed the photograph on this Commission Exhibit No. 356,
"This was very odd, there where this picture was not taken immediately after that, I don't think, because there were several windows, there are
pairs of windows, and there were several pairs where both windows were open fully and in each pair there was one or more persons hanging out the
Yet this was on the WEST corner of the building, the sixth floor, the first floor--second floor down from the top, the first was the arched, the
larger windows, not the arch, but the larger windows, and this was the only pair of windows where both windows were completely open and no one was
hanging out the windows, or next to the window.
It was this pair of windows here at that time."
He describes the rifle as a.30-odd-6 .
He describes the man as white and dark haired and having "on a light shirt, a very light-colored shirt, white or a light blue or a color such as
that. This was open at the collar. Ithink it was unbuttoned about halfway, and then he had a regular T-shirt, a polo shirt under THIS, at least this
is what it appeared to be. He had on dark slacks or blue jeans, I couldn't tell from that I didn't see but a small portion."
He has to make his own NOTATION to the Commission.
"Something I would like to note is that the window that I have been told shots were actually fired from, I DID NOT see that, there was someone
hanging out that window at the time.
Representative FORD. "At what time was that?"
ROWLAND:"At the time I saw the man in the other window, I saw this man hanging out the window first. It was a colored man I think."
FORD: "Is this the same window where you saw the man standing with the rifle?"
ROWLAND:"No; this was the one on the east end of the building, the one that they said the SHOTS were fired from."
FORD: "I am not clear on this now. The window that you saw the man (w/rifle) that you describe was on what end of the building?"
ROWLAND: "The west, southwest courner."
FORD: "And the man you saw hanging out from the window was at what corner?"
ROWLAND: "The east, southeast courner."
FORD: "Southeast corner. On the same floor?"
ROWLAND:"ON THE SAME FLOOR."
FORD: "When did you notice him?"
ROWLAND: "This was before I noticed the other man with the rifle."
He describes him as an "elderly Negro".
He also describes a "colored boy that had an epileptic" fit right across from them after he seeing the man with the rifle (15-20 seconds).