I want to look at the Lincoln dealership incident, in which a Lee Harvey Oswald went there and test-drove a car and drove it at high-speed on the freeway, etc. It's pretty widely agreed that that was NOT the Lee Harvey Oswald of fame.
For one thing, the Oswald of fame didn't drive. He never learned. And if you look at his life, you realize that he didn't- that there was never an opportunity for him to learn to drive. He had no father to teach him. Robert Oswald, his supposed brother, never claimed to teach him, nor did the short, dumpy Marguerite. (I refer to her that way because that's how John Armstrong refers to her.) He certainly didn't take Driver's Ed in school, and remember, he only completed the 8th grade, and Driver's Ed doesn't come until high school, that is, if they had it in the 1950s, which I don't know if they did.
And then he went into the Marines, and they don't teach you how to drive a car in the Marines. Maybe a tank, but not a car. And from the Marines he went to Russia, and he certainly didn't drive in Russia. And from Russia, he returned to Dallas, and the only report of him learning to drive is that Ruth Paine claimed to give him several driving lessons in her station wagon in Irving when he would visit on the weekends, and she said he was preparing to take the driving test to obtain his driver's license.
But, that is it, and there really is no means by which you can say he learned to drive. You can't just say he must have learned. If you know of no circumstance, no opportunity, by which he could learn then you have to assume that he didn't. The default is with "no"; not "yes".
So, it was definitely an Oswald-double at the car dealership doing that. But, what was the motive? Well, look at the story. The story was that Oswald told the salesman, Albert Bogard, that he didn't have any money at present, but that he was coming into some money soon and would have it in 2 or 3 weeks.
But, what does that have to do with the official story of the JFK assassination? Nothing. Oswald was the lone nut. Remember? He wasn't getting paid to kill Kennedy. Supposedly, he didn't even get the idea to kill Kennedy until a couple days before when he saw the motorcade route in the newspaper. So, there he was, sitting in the domino room, having eaten his lunch, and he was using up the rest of the lunch break by browsing through the newspaper, as he often did. And when his eyes spotted the motorcade route in the paper, he instantly was struck by the thunderbolt: "I'm going to kill Kennedy!" That's the story; I kid you not.
So, weeks before, how could Oswald, our Oswald, the Oswald of fame, have had any expectation of coming into money? He couldn't. He wouldn't. He didn't. So, why did they write it that way?
To me, this is more evidence that the original plan was to depict Oswald as a Soviet/Cuban agent and to use the assassination as a pretext to invade Cuba. That's why they concocted the Mexico City scam, which they really didn't need if he was just going to be a lone nut. I am convinced that there was a change in plan late in the game in which they went to lone nuttery.
The plot to kill JFK was born in the underbelly of the anti-Castro intelligence community. So said David Talbot in The Devil's Chessboard. Bill Harvey, David Sanchez Morales, and David Atlee Phillips. They went to Allen Dulles, and Dulles went to LBJ. So said Talbot. But, he admitted that that's not what E. Howard Hunt said. Hunt just said that it was those three, and they went to LBJ. But, Talbot sincerely believes that Hunt was trying to protect his old CIA chief, Allen Dulles. Hunt hated LBJ, but he was fond of Dulles. So, he was willing to throw LBJ to the wolves but not Dulles. But, Bill Harvey knew and trusted Dulles. There is no evidence that he knew LBJ. Who would go to the Vice President of the United States with such a plot? What if he took it the wrong way? Imagine what he could do to you. But, Bill Harvey knew he could safely go to Dulles with the plot. Look how many assassinations Dulles had already ordered and overseen.
Talbot is convinced that it went from the three to Dulles and then to LBJ. So, Talbot put in the figure that Hunt deliberately left out: Allen Dulles. But, the three were involved in trying to overthrow Castro. Harvey was the head of Operation Mongoose. It must have started with the idea: "Let's kill Kennedy, blame Castro, and then we can go into Cuba with guns ablazin' and take out Castro the old-fashioned way."
But, that plan got nixed in favor of lone nuttery. I don't know whose decision it was, but it may have been Johnson's. After all, the only thing Johnson cared about was Johnson, and he had his own reasons for killing Kennedy which had nothing to do with Cuba.
But, the switch to lone nuttery may have been a last minute thing, and this car dealership act suggests that it was. And that's because it makes no sense within the lone nut story. There is no basis to think that Oswald expected to come into any money when he didn't yet conceive of killing Kennedy and was never going to be paid for it anyway. They must have had a whole different story written where Oswald was going to be a mercenary: paid by the Cubans and/or the Russians. They may have had a phony paper trail of a money transfer, etc. But somebody who was frankly wiser realized that it was all wrong, that you wanted to go simple; the more simple the better. How many people were involved? Just one. And he was supposed to die in the theater on the day that it happened. The whole case was meant to be open and shut in one day. What a difference a day makes; 24 little hours. Brings the sun and the flowers, where there used to be rain. Bid the Chief farewell, Americans (as one newspaper put it) and get back to work.
They didn't need Mexico City. It did them no good. Why put Lyndon Johnson in power if you were a friend of Russia and Cuba?
A friend of Russia and Cuba would have wanted to protect every hair on Jack Kennedy's head.
But, they wound up using the Mexico City story anyway, perhaps because they went to so much trouble to concoct it. But, it was a mistake. Mark Lane figured out by December 1963 that Oswald never went to Mexico City. It's in his: A Lawyer's Brief.
It was a big setback for the plotters when Oswald wasn't shot and killed in the theater. They had to proceed with Plan B: setting up the poor, hapless Jack Ruby. But, the fact is that Oswald said a lot in those two days, including publicly. Oswald fought back, and he fought hard. Yeah, he lost, but he landed some fierce blows. And I am not referring to him slugging Nick McDonald in the theater.