Thursday, October 30, 2014

This was my response to Aaron Pressman on Facebook, who still champions the idea that Oswald got into Roger Craig's Nash Rambler, which he thinks was Ruth Paine's Nash Rambler, even though there is not a smidgen of evidence that she owned a Nash Rambler and absolute proof that she owned a Chevrolet station wagon. 

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Aaron, you can't claim to know that Oswald was referring to the same car as Roger Craig. Oswald never made a statement acknowledging that. Supposedly, according to just one person, Roger Craig, the exchange went: 

Fritz: "What about the car?" 
Oswald: "That station wagon belongs to Mrs. Paine." 

Now, that statement does not constitute an admission that he got into Ruth Paine's station wagon that afternoon. It does not constitute an admission that Ruth Paine owned a Nash Rambler. And, it did not constitute a retraction of his previous statement to Fritz that he rode the bus. And it is belied by the fact that the very next day, Oswald informed Fritz that he also rode the cab and paid eighty five cents in fare. 

If what you say is true, it would mean that Oswald went from extolling the bus/cab story to extolling the Roger Craig story and then back to extolling the bus/cab story all within 24 hours and without once ever acknowledging that he was changing his mind and contradicting himself. It is not rational to think that Oswald would behave that way. People realize that when they change their story, especially to the police, it is a very big deal, and it has to be explained. 

And why would he lie to police about how he got transported? He knew that police suspected him of killing Tippit while he was out and about before his arrest. So, if he lied to them about how he moved around during that time, it would only lead them to think even monre strongly that he was guilty of killing Tippit. You and I know that he did not kill Tippit, nor did he commit any other crimes during that period.  Therefore, he had no reason to lie to police about his transportation, and he had every reason to tell them the truth. 

His first interrogation with police came before the exchange involving Roger Craig, and at that first interrogation, Oswald said he rode the bus. There is no reason to think he was lying then, and there is no reason to think Fritz lied in writing down what he said, which was: "home by bus changed britches".  

The bottom line is that you are making a lot of assumptions about the meaning of some very sparse dialogue. You are connecting dots that aren't there- except in your mind.

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