Down the Northwest Staircase, and
The trip down the northwest staircase…this is the staircase our shooter had to use to get down to any floor below six, including Oswald, if he was the shooter.
Based on what has become the official version of events, the shooter (Oswald) took this staircase down four flights of steps, barely making it to, and inside the second floor hallway door, when Officer Baker spotted him. Of course, and as already mentioned, when the Commission did their timing of Baker, they didn’t stop the clock at the point that Baker saw him; they stopped it at the point that Baker encountered him (in the second floor lunchroom) 1. Which in turn ignored the fact that it should have stopped before even Roy Truly made it up the staircase.
When Roy Truly made it up the staircase, to the second floor landing, he saw no one. He saw no one entering the hallway door, he saw no one on the landing itself, and he saw no one coming down the staircase, from the third floor 2.
So if Oswald was the shooter, he had to make it to the second floor before Roy Truly. He had to then enter the hallway door soon enough for it to shut completely behind him. Last, but not least, he then, for some reason, had to turn right, toward the restrooms 4, only to then turn around and head back left 5, toward the lunchroom 6. In which this would account for Baker thinking he was walking away from the door, when in reality, he was just walking past it.
Some of course will argue these points. However, if Oswald was the shooter, then it’s the only way it could have been, short of saying that Roy Truly himself was blind as a bat.
Okay, the time it would have taken our shooter to get from the sixth floor, to the second floor, and inside the interior side of the hallway door, was 49 seconds on the nose. That’s if he was running, with no concern about anyone, anywhere, hearing him descend the staircase.
Now the way I derived at this time was simple.
39 seconds is the elapsed time it would have taken our shooter to get down four floor flights of steps, and in through the hallway door, including letting it shut completely behind him, thus keeping Roy Truly from realizing that anyone had just entered it. Add on then another 10 seconds to account for the fact that our shooter had to actually enter, and then leave, each and every floor as he descended the staircase 7, whereas I did not.
As you can guess, I did not have access to the original northwest staircase, but as luck would have it, I know someone who worked at the Depository, on the day of the assassination. Better yet, they actually worked on the second floor of the Depository. So they confirmed to me that the staircase I did my timing on, in between floors, was of the same height, as that of the Depository’s, on November 22, 1963. It was also of the same configuration.
Finally, since the timing of Oswald’s actions did not stop until Baker actually encountered him, we have to add on still another 7 seconds.
The purpose of this is to account for how much more time had then passed, in between the time that Baker first saw him (through the glass window), and the time that he had actually stopped him (in the second floor lunchroom). Thus in all, Oswald would have taken a total of 56 seconds, just to descend four flights of steps, and to enter the second floor lunchroom.
At the outset of this section, I remarked about what has become the official version of events: That Oswald barely made it through the hallway door whenever Baker saw him. Well, this isn’t what the Warren Commission actually said, not entirely. They did say it, but then they acknowledge the situation with Roy Truly, only to then ignore it.
Second Floor Lunchroom