One could argue that I haven't proven that Oswald had no P.O. Box; that I have just made a case for it. But, I think it's stronger than that, and here's why:
Although I haven't provided direct proof that it's bogus, I have provided indirect proof. And that indirect proof is that the P.O. Box story includes things that are so implausible, that make no sense, that make the whole story implausible.
For instance, the idea that Oswald was subscribing to newspapers from Russia is implausible. The cost of mailing from Russia would have been prohibitive, especially for a guy who was making $1.11 an hour and had a family to support. Then, there is the simple fact that there are no Russian newspapers among Oswald's belongings. They should have found Russian newspapers in his boarding room, displaying a mailing label to him at that P.O. Box. They didn't.
I consider it implausible that police would not have asked Oswald about the P.O. Box on Saturday, since they found out about it in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday. Getting him to admit that he had that P.O. Box, to which the rifle was allegedly sent, would have been very incriminating. So, why wouldn't they go for that? But, the record shows that they claimed to wait until Sunday to ask him about the box, which means that they waited until after Oswald was dead to put any words in his mouth about it. And, being dead, Oswald couldn't refute the claim. How convenient.
Then, there is the claim that Oswald closed his box on May 14, 1963, which was 7 months and 5 days after he opened it, and which he supposedly did from New Orleans. Supposedly, he went into a New Orleans post office and closed his Dallas P.O. Box from New Orleans And that is impossible. Closing a post office box involves returning the key, so how could he do that from New Orleans? And what could they do with it? Mail it back to the Dallas? They weren't going to do that. They wouldn't do it today, and they wouldn't do it then.
Understand the rule, and the rule is that if there are lies within the story, then the whole story should be considered false. They wouldn't have to lie about anything if the story were true.
We have every right to assume that Oswald would behave rationally and practically- that is, in a practical manner- when it came to a P.O. Box. And remember that we have other, independent means to know that Oswald did not shoot Kennedy and did not order a rifle and have it sent anywhere. So, the argument that Oswald got the P.O. Box to hide his rifle-ordering can't be made. It's preposterous! If he was concerned about that, he would have walked into any gun shop, pawn shop, or even K-mart in Dallas and bought the same kind of rifle, or a better one, for cash. Who goes to the trouble of mail-ordering something that they can just pick up locally? And before you cite all the people who order on Amazon instead of buying locally, I'll point out that that doesn't involve acquiring a P.O. Box and getting a money order. It involves the convenience of shopping online, in a one-step process, where everything, including paying for it, is done with keyboard and mouse, on the spot.
Plus, in this case, Oswald ordering using an alias (supposedly) was useless. Since "A. Hidell's" rifle was supposedly sent to the P.O. Box of Lee Harvey Oswald, that linked it to Oswald. And since there was no A. Hidell, it left only Oswald as the recipient of the rifle. It would seem that Oswald went to a heck of a lot of trouble for nothing. All the running around he supposedly did on March 12 alone exceeded, by far, his just going into a gun shop or other outlet and buying a rifle. He probably passed places he could have bought a rifle on his way to the post office. He may have passed more than one.
And supposedly, Oswald did a lot of riding around on buses with that rifle. How did he get home from the downtown post office when he picked up the rifle? By bus? How did he get to New Orleans? Definitely by bus. Ruth Paine claimed to drive him to the bus station. So, he must have had the rifle with him, right? That is, according to the story.
I don't know if it was legal to bring a rifle onto a bus in 1963, but I can tell you this: I was riding buses in 1963, and I NEVER SAW ANYONE TOTING A RIFLE ON A BUS.
And realize that traveling to New Orleans did not involve a metro bus. It involved Greyhound, or some other private carrier. And they had the right to establish their own policy about passengers toting weapons. And, the policy Greyhound has today is that "no weapons of any kind" are allowed on their buses. Do you know if it was any different in 1963? And I realize that regardless, if it was a little revolver in his pocket, he could have gotten away with it. But, we are talking about an infantry rifle.
Imagine if you were on a bus, and some guy gets on, and he's toting an infantry rifle. Would that not stick out to you, as in: "Jesus Christ. What the fuck is that guy doing with a rifle, and I wonder if the God-damn thing is loaded?"
So, Ruth Paine, who hated guns, had to ride in a car with Oswald in which he had a rifle. And she saw him get on a bus with it to New Orleans. So, when she went down to New Orleans to get Marina, and they were packing her car, why didn't she ask herself, "I wonder if they are going to try to put Oswald's rifle in my car." Or, are we supposed to believe that this pacifist forgot all about it by then?
But, Oswald, supposedly, did a lot of riding around on buses with that rifle. How did he get to the firing range to practice? Remember? Where he supposedly shot diagonally at other people's targets? A real prince. Did Ruth Paine drive him there to? Because he had no car, and he had no friends. Have I mentioned that? No friends, no friends, no friends, no friends, no friends, no friends.
You see: the whole rifle story is bogus. So, what chance is there that the P.O. Box is real? What chance is there that the guy writing the bogus story would even know about the P.O. Box? Doesn't it seem far more likely that everything in the story is made up, including the P.O. Box?
The story goes that Oswald got the P.O. Box because he expected to be moving around a lot, and he didn't want to have to change his mailing address. But, according to the story, Oswald was constantly changing his P.O. Box: first getting one in downtown Dallas, then getting one in New Orleans, and then getting one at the Postal Annex Building in Dealey Plaza. What's so convenient about that? Wouldn't you get tired of it, the rigamoro? I'm tired just thinking about it. Have I mentioned that Dr. Cinque hates waiting on lines. I hate it with a passion.
And Oswald did all that just to get newspapers? We don't even have any evidence of the newspapers.