Saturday, January 31, 2015

I found something interesting in Buell Frazier's testimony. He said that Oswald came up to him on the Thursday and said:

"Could I ride home with you this afternoon?"

That makes sense because Oswald knew that Frazier was driving home. 

And Frazier said, "You can go home with me anytime you want to, anytime you want to see your wife..."

Now, that's a little bit confusing because Oswald wouldn't be going to his home. But, Frazier was going home, so it made sense in the context of "home with me" where Frazier was going to his home.
Even though it was his sister's home, Frazier didn't have any other home; it was where he was living.

Then Frazier asks him: "Why are you going home today?"

Now, that doesn't make any sense at all because it is a clear reference to Oswald, and Oswald wasn't going home; he was going to the home of Mrs. Paine, which was not his home. 

So, that was an incorrect statement made by Frazier- a misstatement. But, it's conceivable that he could make it.  Then, according to Frazier, Oswald said:

"I am going home to get some curtain rods. You know, put in an apartment."

Now, that isn't conceivable at all- for Oswald to refer to Ruth Paine's home as his home.  And it is compounded by his reference to "an" apartment. Wouldn't Oswald have said "my" apartment?

That house was owned by Michael and Ruth Paine, who were a separated couple, and it was in no way, shape, or form Oswald's home. When he was there, he was there as a guest. It's true that his wife and children lived there, but he did not. That is clear as a bell, and I find it inconceivable that Oswald would refer to Ruth Paine's home as his home. 

So, what I make of it is that Buell Frazier got it wrong; that he remembered it wrong; that that was his phrasing, not Oswald's. 

And Frazier repeats referring to Ruth Paine's home as Oswald's. And he also implied that his sister, Linnie Mae Randle, referred to Oswald "coming home".

"Yes, sir. I believe she (LMR) said why did he come home now and I said, well, he says he was going to get some curtain rods."

So, that's Frazier, Oswald, and Linnie Mae Randle all referring to Ruth Paine's home as Oswald's home, as if he lived there. What are the chances of that? 

But, "he went home to get curtain rods" rolls off the tongue a lot easier than "he went to Mrs. Paine's house to get curtain rods" and if he was being coached to say it, I could see how the former statement might be used and drilled in his head.  

For me, the curtain rod story is very troubling because nobody ever suggested that Oswald had any curtain rods at Ruth Paine's house. SHE had curtain rods there, stored in the garage, but not him. Wouldn't Oswald have known that Frazier would tell his sister about the curtain rods and that Linnie Mae could mention it to Ruth, and then Ruth would say, " Curtain rods? What curtain rods? Not my curtain rods." I get it that the idea is that Oswald had to say something to account for the bag containing the rifle. But here is a picture of Ruth Paine's curtain rods, which are typical curtain rods.

And here is a picture of Oswald's disassembled rifle.

Doesn't it seem ludicrous for someone to refer to a bag containing the rifle as curtain rods? And doesn't it seem ludicrous for someone else to believe that it's curtain rods?  

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