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Howard L. Brennan

Howard L. Brennan

Assassination Witness


A 44-year-old steamfitter, Howard Brennan witnessed the assassination of JFK.

He has often been described as one of the less reliable Warren Commission witnesses.

Minutes after the shooting, he told police officers that he had twice seen a man at what was to become known as the "sniper's nest". This man "fired a shot before disappearing". Brennan claimed that the man was standing while doing so, though the Warren Commission concluded that he could only have shot sitting or crouching.

Brennan was the only witness who saw a man shooting from the Depository and was able to later identify Oswald.


Problems concerning his testimony:

1) Brian admitted that his sight was poor and he was not wearing glasses on November 22, 1963.

2) His name does not appear in the DPD register (for J.D. Tippit and John F. Kennedy's murders) of witnesses having formally recognized Oswald. Brennan declared he did not do so because he feared retaliation.

3) Though claiming he saw two people at a 5th-floor window of the TSBD, he was unable to recognize them when they were introduced to him, and to say at which window these two men were standing.

4) In the minutes following the assassination, Brennan was among those who told the press that they thought the shots came from behind the wooden fence on the Grassy Knoll.

In 1966, the Commission's counsellors publicly admitted that this testimony was highly debatable. The HSCA totally ignored Brennan while investigating.


Extract from the Warren Report
Chapter I - Summary and Conclusions: ... reported that they saw a rifle being fired from the southeast corner window on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. One eyewitness, Howard L. Brennan, had been watching the parade from a point on Elm Street directly opposite and facing the building. He promptly told a policeman that he had seen a slender man, about 5 feet 10 inches, in his early thirties, take deliberate aim from the sixth floor corner window and fire a rifle in the direction of the President's car. Brennan thought he might be able to identify the man since he had noticed him in the window a few minutes ...

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