MEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR

BY JOHN ARMSTRONG

For many years I have thought about how one or more men could have fired shots from the 6th floor of the TSBD and then left without being seen or heard. I wondered how the 3 men on the 5th floor, directly below the ‘sniper's nest,’ could have heard empty shell casings hit the floor above but not hear footsteps or people running across the 6th floor and down the wooden stairs in the NW corner of the building. I wondered the same about Jack Dougherty, Sandra Styles, Victoria Adams, etc. As a contractor I am familiar with building construction, and understand single wall/floor construction (a single layer of plywood/wood on only one side of a wall; floor boards/plywood on only one side of the floor).

The 6th floor was ‘single floor construction,’ with boards placed side by side and running horizontally from beam to beam (see photo below). The men on the 5th floor talked about dust ‘falling down’ from the 6th floor (snipers’ nest) when there was movement overhead. This can only happen with ‘single floor construction,’ where either boards or plywood are used. This type of floor construction would allow anyone on the 6th floor to lift, and/or remove, a few boards and have direct access to the 5th floor.

The purpose of this essay is not to ‘show or to prove’ how one or more men left the 6th floor following the shooting of President Kennedy. My purpose is to show researchers that there is an alternative ‘escape route,’ other than the freight elevators, the NW stairway, or the fire escape on Houston St. By using one plausible ‘escape route,’ which is detailed below, we may be able to understand the reasons for a few heretofore misunderstood and unexplained situations that occurred during the minutes before and during the minutes following the assassination.

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