Stupid, stupid move. It's like in chess where a player rushes to capture an opponent's piece without thinking about the consequences, the aftermath, that he might be being set up and succumbing to a trap. In chess, it's referred to as a "gambit" and they really ate the royal pagoda on this one.
Foolishly, they treated it like a trump card. "Different socks? Well, here's a notation that they changed his underwear. So, what do you think o' dem apples?
What I think is that dem apples are being hurled by a fool who is both led and followed by fools. It seemed so simple to him at the time, but he failed to think about the nuts and bolts of it, the practicalities, or I should say: the impracticalities.
So, in their bizarro world, the Dallas Police Department was a land teeming with clothes. They had rooms for shoes, socks, t-shirts, outer shirts, pants, and underpants- in all sizes. They confiscated every stitch from their detainees, keeping tedious records, and then supplied them only with proper, court-sanctioned garments and undergarments. I presume they washed the soiled ones. I would like to think they did. Then, they stored them until such time that the detainee was released or transferred. But, how did they get the Department's clothing back? Did they go through the whole process again, in reverse, where they had the detainee strip down again and put on his own clothes and turn over the Department's clothes, now soiled? And if so, what was the point of this whole exercise? Why would anybody do such a thing? How could anybody calmly go about doing it as if it was sane? It isn't sane. I guarantee you that they are not doing that today. And, I did call them and ask. And, it is lunacy to think that they did it back then.
But, that brings us back to this document.
Where did it come from? It comes from this:
It's from the Portal of Texas History, run by the University of North Texas Library.
About the Portal
Dallas Municipal ArchivesI wonder why the one bpete posted doesn't have the handwriting and check marks? And how come this one is on pink paper, while his is on white? There is only one, right?
So, how long ago was this thing modified? I seriously doubt it was done right away. I bet years went by before they did it. And it may have been done very recently in response to us. We just don't know. If nobody noticed the sock disparity before the Wizard did, why would they have thought of doing it?
I just did a Google search for "different socks on Jack Ruby" just to see if anyone else noticed it. This blog made the first page, but I found no one else who saw it before we did. So, would they have altered and faked that document in anticipation of someone discovering it later? Well, maybe. It's possible. But, it's also possible that they did it in response to us.