This newspaper clipping is from the Evening Times, a Cumberland, Maryland newspaper.
First, it is very anachronistic because you would never see anything like this today. If there is controversy about the facts of a tragic national event, regular newspapers do not cover it- the controversy. For instance, they don't cover the controversies surrounding Sandy Hook and the Boston Bombing, do they?
The funny thing is that even though the article starts with Pictured Man Is Not Killer, the fact is that the effect of the article is to raise doubt about it. They admit that there has been interest both here and abroad. In other words, people from all over the world thought that Doorman was Oswald. How powerful is that? "Comment on the resemblance (between Oswald and Doorman) came from many parts of this country and abroad." They are acknowledging a lot in that statement- more than they ever would today.
And after acknowledging a lot, they get to the counter, which is to say that R.S. Truly, the building superintendent, identified the man as Lovelady. I wish I had the whole article. I probably could get it from one of those services like Ancestry.com.
But, I'll point out that it's really not much of a counter to cite one guy, the building superintendent.
But, let's talk about Roy Truly since they used him as the relief pitcher to get the save. I've said all along that I have a lot of respect for William Weston, the author of The Spider's Web: The TSBD and the Dallas Plot, who alleges that the TSBD was a CIA front company, that they were really doing secret, clandestine activities of an espionage nature under the guise of selling school books.
It doesn't mean that every TSBD employee knew what was really going on, but I am sure Roy Truly did. First, consider that he was officially the building superintendent. He was the "super". Having lived in apartment buildings in New York when I was a kid, that's the term we used. The super took care of maintenance of the building. If you had a problem with the heat or the plumbing, you'd call the super.
So, why was the super involved with hiring "order-fillers" for the book business? It was Roy Truly who hired Oswald. Obviously, Roy Truly was a lot more involved in that business than just being the super of the building.
Roy Truly claimed that he never knew Oswald's Dallas address, that the only address he had for Oswald was his Irving address. As I read what he said, he seemed to imply that he thought Oswald was commuting from Irving. I find that hard to believe because Oswald never lived in Irving. He never resided at Ruth Paine's house. He stayed there occasionally, visiting his wife and kids; that's all.
So, when Oswald talked to Truly about working there, surely he must have told him that he was local, that he lived in Dallas. I find it hard to believe that Truly could be confused about that.
There are conflicting reports about how the job came to Oswald. It always starts with Ruth and Marina attending an afternoon soiree' with the kindly neighborhood ladies in Irving to enjoy tea and crumpets- or whatever. And one of them- none other than Linney May Randle, Frazier's sister, told them about the job that Wesley had recently gotten at the Book Depository in Dallas and that they may still be hiring. But, there are conflicting reports about whether Linney May Randle ever confirmed that story. Then, I have heard it that Ruth Paine made the call and talked to Roy Truly about Oswald. And I have also heard it that she only told Oswald about it and that he made the call. It's the first version that sticks in my craw. Oswald was a grown man, and Ruth Paine wasn't his mother. It would have been awfully intrusive of her to call about a job for him without his knowledge and consent. So, what I am wondering is: did they back off the original story about her making the call for that reason?
Between you and me, it's obvious that Oswald was set up at the TSBD, that he was guided there precisely so that he could be framed for killing Kennedy.
But, let's get back to Roy Truly. He was the building super, but he also hired the order-fillers for the book distributing business. Truly was directly responsible for the Dallas Police turning their attention to Oswald.
Mr. BELIN. What did you do when you got back to the first floor, or what did you see?
Mr. TRULY. When I got back to the first floor, at first I didn't see anything except officers running around, reporters in the place. There was a regular madhouse.
Mr. BELIN. Had they sealed off the building yet, do you know?
Mr. TRULY. I am sure they had.
Mr. BELIN. Then what?
Mr. TRULY. Then in a few minutes--it could have been moments or minutes at a time like that--I noticed some of my boys were over in the west corner of the shipping department, and there were several officers over there taking their names and addresses, and so forth.
There were other officers in other parts of the building taking other employees, like office people's names. I noticed that Lee Oswald was not among these boys.
So I picked up the telephone and called Mr. Aiken down at the other warehouse who keeps our application blanks. Back up there.
First I mentioned to Mr. Campbell--I asked Bill Shelley if he had seen him, he looked around and said no.
Mr. BELIN. When you asked Bill Shelley if he had seen whom?
Mr. TRULY. Lee Oswald. I said, "Have you seen him around lately," and he said no.
So Mr. Campbell is standing there, and I said, "I have a boy over here missing. I don't know whether to report it or not." Because I had another one or two out then. I didn't know whether they were all there or not. He said, "What do you think"? And I got to thinking. He said, "Well, we better do it anyway."
This does not make sense. Truly had just seen Oswald a few minutes before, in the lunch room with Baker. And Truly had no suspicions then about Oswald. His assurance to Baker that Oswald worked there must have carried an air of certainty that Oswald could not possibly have had anything to do with it- considering how quickly they dropped it and went on. So why, a few minutes later, would Truly, upon not seeing Oswald downstairs, immediately get the thought that he should report it to police? Are we really supposed to believe that Truly did a 180 in his mind, that after having brushed off Oswald as a suspect to Baker, that now he was driven to think that Oswald could be involved? Just because he didn't sight him?
I found a source for the article. It was published on December 3, 1963. So, just two weeks after the murder.
Wow. It shows you how hot the Doorman story was that just two weeks after the murder, it had boiled over enough to warrant the article. It shows you that people were talking about it- all over the world.
But, one guy, the building super, giving assurances that it wasn't Oswald in the doorway doesn't amount to much- especially when you realize that he was the same guy who fingered Oswald to the police in the first place, and on very flimsy grounds.
Looking at this article today, in light of everything we know, I consider it damaging- to the official story and the claim that Doorman was NOT Oswald.