In this photo, Oswald is sitting next to and cozying up to Marina's aunt, while Marina is standing behind. Shouldn't that be the opposite way around? Shouldn't she be cozying up to her aunt with him standing behind?
Here are some more pictures where he looks engaged with the people.
It's because of the mental state he was in that he didn't want to befriend anybody from that place. And it suggests to me that he was uncomfortable and uneasy about the company and the whole enterprise. The question is: why?
Well, it starts with the story of how he got the job, supposedly because Ruth Paine was having tea and crumpets with the kindly neighbor ladies one afternoon there in Irving, and Linnie Mae mentioned that her brother Buell got a job at the TSBD and they were still hiring. So, Ruth called and talked to Roy Truly, etc. But, we didn't hear that story from Oswald. He was already dead by the time they started telling it. And, it may be true. I'm not saying that I know that it isn't. I'm just saying that we can't confirm it.
But, we know that David Byrd owned the building, and he was the founder and sponsor of the Texas and Louisiana Civil Air Patrol, to which Oswald belonged. And also very high up in the CAP as an officer was William Shelley. We have the image of Oswald in the CAP. And you know, of course, that David Ferrie is also in it.
So, that's Oswald on the far right. Look how scrawny he is. He's a runt.
I am satisfied that that is the Oswald of fame. Here is the closest in time image that came before it of him.
He's even got his pant cuffs rolled up the same way. And notice how similar the shoes are.
So, Oswald gets to the TSBD. Does he find out that David Byrd owns the building? He certainly finds out that William Shelley, the head of the "Miscellaneous" department is going to be his supervisor. So, he goes from an association with one CAP guy, David Ferrie, in New Orleans, to another CAP guy, William Shelley in Dallas. Hmmm. Small world. I wonder if Oswald had the same attitude about coincidences that I do.
And observe that when Oswald cited someone he was with "out in front" during the motorcade, he cited Bill Shelley. Why Shelley? Why not Lovelady or Frazier or Sarah Stanton or someone else? Oswald said he was out WITH Bill Shelley in front, almost like they were watching it together like Jarman and Norman.
So, Oswald gets to the TSBD, somehow. And he finds out that it's a book distributing company that shipped books to schools.
Now, it's interesting that if you look up Texas School Book Depository on Wikipedia, they talk about it strictly from the standpoint of the building, as the TSBD was that building. Wrong. The TSBD was a company. So, why don't they talk about the company?
The Sixth Floor Museum does the same thing; they talk about the building and the history of the building. But, they do say that in Alr, the Texas School Book Depository, "a Texas school text book distribution firm" leased the building. And by the way, in their history of the building, they don't even mention that David Byrd, big time oil man and industrialist and close friend of LBJ, owned it.
John McAdams lackey Jerry Organ treats the matter the same way, focusing on the building rather than the company, but he does say this: "The Texas School Book Depository, incorporated 1927, was a privately-owned company charged with fulfilling book orders from schools all over the Southwest."
Alright, so we've got it from multiple sources now that the TSBD shipped textbooks to schools. So, presumably, schools ordered books for their classes, where there would a book for every student. Therefore, how could all the orders be so small, small enough for an order-filler to carry in his hands. They had no cart or wagon. They each had a clipboard; that's all. And Troy West described himself as a "mailer" not a shipper. And he said used a package tying machine after wrapping the books in brown paper. Remember? The same paper that Oswald supposedly built the bag with? But, you can't tell me that Troy West was wrapping whole boxes of books in brown paper. They wouldn't even fit into the tying machine, which are not meant for anything that big.
What's very apparent from our whole understanding of the operation is that the order-fillers were gathering one or a few books for each order. Then those books would be wrapped in paper; taped using the wetable tape, and then tied with string using the string tying machine. No mention whatsoever was made of how the parcels were labeled or stamped or who did it. And never have we seen a photo of a bin or area with mail-ready packages.
Plus, there was no organization whatsoever to how the books were stored. There was no visible system to the organization of it. There were no signs indicating certain kinds of books being kept here or there according to pubisher or grade level or subject matter or anything else. Not only that, but as we look at the boxes, we can barely make out the printing. Below, we can make the word "MATHEMATICS" but that's it. Can you make out the rest?
Here is a ridiculous designation that says Chicago Order. They didn't even serve Chicago. They served the Southwest, meaning Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. That's it.
Here it is large. Can you make out most of that print? Because I can't.
So, when the order-fillers were given a title, were they given any hint as to where in that 7 story building it could be? Because: they supposedly had books stored on every floor except the 2nd.
How were they supposed to find anything?
How were they supposed to find anything? In business, time is money, right? So, they couldn't come up with anything more efficient than this? This is it? They didn't even close the boxes when they were done to keep vermin out? It was a warehouse, you know, which have vermin.
So, Oswald gets there, and he sees what's going on. And, he's a bright guy, right? And he's worked at two other companies that we know of that had CIA connections, Jagars/Chiles/Stovall and the Reily Coffee Company. And now, he's doing very low-brow work: trekking through a building, hunting and pecking for book titles. And I'm thinking that he realizes that this can't be all there is to this company, that this must be a cover for something else that's going on, that they're doing. Plus, the one supervising it all is his old pal Bill Shelley from the Civil Air Patrol? But, nobody says anything to him. They all act like this is it. So, Oswald realizes that this is a place of secrets and hush-hush and don't ask any questions. And that causes him to be very distant and uneasy and unfriendly because if the whole place isn't on the up and up, and nobody is leveling with him about what's really going on, who can he trust? Nobody. So, he minds his own business; he doesn't talk to anybody; and he may have been planning all along to get out of there and into something better as soon as he possibly could. Does that account for his extreme hermitic ways there?
I'll close by pointing out that Oswald underwent 13 hours of interrogation, but if you consider all the notes that were taken by everybody, it comes to no more than 2 hours of discourse, as I figure it. So, what else was said? What have they been keeping from us for 54 years?