Thursday, August 24, 2017
The dilemma you present is no problem at all for me. The image of Bookhout with Boyd, Sims, and Hall was taken on the 3rd floor, not in the jail office. We don't have an exact time for it, but we know (by his own admission, so it is not in dispute) that Bookhout followed Oswald's stretcher as it was rolled into the garage to the ambulance. Since that happened at 11:26 or so, the image by the 3rd floor elevator had to be taken before that. So, we're safe in saying that it was several minutes after the shooting.
So, Bookhout was hustled into the jail office at 11:21, and he was wearing a jacket. What happened to him next was that he was handed off by the Penguins to the trio of Boyd, Sims, and Hall, who were apparently waiting for him. There is no reason to think that Bookhout was handcuffed in the jail house. Why would they do that? He was Bookhout, and they were not arresting him, so why would they do that? They wouldn't. They couldn't. They didn't. So, they took Bookhout, uncuffed, up to the 3rd floor. And that means that his jacket could have been taken off at any time. So, there is no impracticality at all for him being to be imaged without his jacket when he was.
But, for Ruby, it's a very different matter. And keep in mind that we're dealing here with a story. If Ruby was dragged into the jail office from the garage at 11:21, and he was the man wearing the jacket that we saw, then he would most certainly have been handcuffed in his jacket. There is no claim otherwise. And once handcuffed, there would be no removing the jacket until the handcuffs came off. So for him, Ruby- not Bookhout but Ruby- the sight of him being escorted through the jail office in just a shirt and no jacket is a big huge problem. For Bookhout, it is no problem at all.
This isn't a double standard, and it is not a matter of arbitrary favoritism. Bookhout is NOT part of the story. He is not within the story. The story only concerns Ruby. That's why for Ruby to be imaged jacketless deals a death blow to the story.