Sunday, June 26, 2016

This is how I have presented Lovelady's arrow on the OIC website, and I feel good about it. It's only a hypothesis, but it's the most plausible one there is, and no one has offered a better one. 

At the time of his Warren Commission testimony, Billy hadn't started lying yet. He claimed to be at the top of the steps, and presumably, he drew an arrow pointing to Doorman to identify himself in the picture. But, did he really?

You see that big arrow, right? Well, we know now that that large visible arrow is Frazier's arrow, not Lovelady's. Frazier's was drawn in the white, as that one mostly is. Lovelady's was drawn in the black. So, where is Lovelady's? Mystery surrounds it. It's strange enough that the exact same exhibit- Exhibit 369 - was used for both of them to draw on. More WC flim-flam in Ralph's opinion. Why not let each of them mark a separate photo? Wouldn't that have been the unbiased way to do it? Here are their testimonies, first Frazier from March 11, 1964, and then Lovelady from April 7, 1964.
Mr. BALL - We have got a picture taken the day of the parade and it shows the President's car going by. Now, take a look at that picture. Can you see your picture any place there?
Mr. FRAZIER - No, sir; I don't, because I was back up in this more or less black area here.
Mr. BALL - I see.
Mr. FRAZIER - Because Billy, like I say, is two or three steps down in front of me.
Mr. BALL - Do you recognize this fellow?
Mr. FRAZIER - That is Billy, that is Billy Lovelady.
Mr. BALL - Billy?
Mr. FRAZIER - Right
Mr. BALL - Let's take a marker and make an arrow down that way. That mark is Billy Lovelady?
Mr. FRAZIER - Right.
Mr. BALL - That is where you told us you were standing a moment ago.
Mr. FRAZIER - Right.
Mr. BALL - In front of you to the right over to the wall?
Mr. FRAZIER - Yes.
Mr. BALL - Is this a Commission exhibit? We will make this a Commission Exhibit 369.
(The document referred to was marked Commission Exhibit No. 369 for identification.)
Mr. BALL - That is written in. The arrow marks Billy Lovelady on Commission Exhibit 369.

Mr. BALL - I have got a picture here, Commission Exhibit 369. Are you in that picture?
Mr. LOVELADY - Yes, sir.
Mr. BALL - Take a pen or pencil and mark an arrow where you are.
Mr. LOVELADY - Where I thought the shots are?
Mr. BALL - No; you in the picture.
Mr. LOVELADY - Oh, here (indicating).
Mr. BALL - Draw an arrow down to that; do it in the dark. You got an arrow in the dark and one in the white pointing toward you. Where were you when the picture was taken?
Mr. LOVELADY - Right there at the entrance of the building standing on the top step, would be here (indicating).
Mr. BALL - You were standing on which step?
Mr. LOVELADY - It would be your top level.
Mr. BALL - The top step you were standing there?
Mr. LOVELADY - Right.

How could Billy be "two or three steps down in front" of Frazier, according to Frazier, and also be "on your top level" according to Lovelady? They were referring to the same picture, the same moment in time.

But, the whole exchange is bizarre. Why didn't Mr. Ball begin by saying explicitly, "You'll notice there is already an arrow there, which was drawn by another witness. But, we want to know what you think. So, just ignore that arrow and draw another one to the image of yourself."

And since both Lovelady and Frazier presumably marked the same photo, why didn't they indicate whose arrow was whose? Maybe have them initial it? It is just weird and inexplicable that they would have had them both mark the same copy. Were they economizing? Trying to save money for the taxpayers? There is no valid excuse for this. Is Lovelady's arrow even there at all? Well, brace yourself because we believe it is:

We believe that little mark on the forearm of Black Hole Man is the tail of Lovelady's arrow. The rest of it was, presumably, drawn in the dark space of the arms of Black Hole Man. If that is not part of Lovelady's arrow, then what is it, and how did it get there? It does not appear on any other version of the Altgens photo, only on C E 369. And, if it isn't Lovelady's arrow, where is Lovelady's arrow? It has to be there somewhere. So, that little mark wins by default for being the only other mark on the photo.

Here it is again up-close. If it seems vague and imperfect remember that Lovelady drew it very small, and this is an extreme blowup with all the distortion that that entails. Also, they may have done things to obscure it within the black space. The bottom line is that this is the only other thing that looks remotely like a deliberate mark on the photo besides Frazier's arrow.

Why did Lovelady draw his arrow so small? It's because he knew he wasn't giving Joseph Ball what he wanted, and he wanted to let him down easy. Joseph Ball was like the 800 pound gorilla, and you don't piss off an 800 pound gorilla any more than you have to. This was Lovelady's way of whispering to him: "Psst. This is me. I'm not the other guy. That was Oswald. But, don't worry; I'm not going to tell anybody. I just want to be left alone." Of course, Billy didn't get what he wanted. 

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