Another transformation from my 2D City layout to 3D. South portion of building (West face): bearing N 11.5° W, (North portion West face) N 9° W, North face of 'L' building bearing N 87.5° E 26.25 vrs, North Fence Portion N 85° E 59.25 vrs to edge of river. (City survey Book 1, pg 222)
Fantastic, Edward! I have not seen the bearings before (unless they are on a survey plat that I have such a poor copy of that I can't read anything). Thanks. Are you doing this model in SketchUp or a different program?
Rich, I wound up looking at Ben Milam stuff since today is December 7th, and there's an interesting question posed by the virtual model: Bruce Moses posted excerpts from the forensic examination of the skeleton identified as Milam, and they were adamant that there was a bullet exit wound in the upper left side of Milam's skull, suggesting that the (Baker-ish caliber) bullet entered from below and to the right of Milam . . . which is precisely the opposite of that suggested by the view from the tree in your model.
Big problem? Unless . . . what if rickety old Ben was just turning to his right and looking down to check his footing as he spun to get the heck back under cover across that probably messy, fraught courtyard? Perhaps the sniper bet on what he thought Ben was just about to do, and guessed correctly, and nailed him at the last possible moment?
Or do I have these directions all backwards?
If I'm correct in the above surmise, I'm surprised that the witness accounts don't mention the poignant fact that Milam was just about to head back to cover when he was shot. Somehow I have the impression someone says Ben had just stuck his head out, and bang he was gone. But isn't it likely he could have taken a quick look, long enough for the sniper to acquire the target, and simply been nailed by a shot that was both canny and good? Maybe we should celebrate the anniversary by giving Ben Milam credit for having enough sense to come in out of the rain, and give Felix de la Garza more credit for his superb last shot?
In short, he could have been shot from the bell tower, the roofs of the Yturri, the Priest's House or any along the plaza, from the extant "sniper cypress" or from (my conjecture) another tree more directly across the river. I'm afraid how the bullet entered and exited his head tells us nothing about where the sniper was without knowing where Milam was (which we don't -- other than in the yard) and what he was doing and thinking (no eyewitnesses seem to agree). And Abraham Zapruder hadn't bought his 8 mm. camera yet. lol.