Within the conspiracy cult it is an article of faith that Oswald NEVER brought the murder weapon to work with him on November 22, 1963. To admit sucyh is to open the door to his involvement in the assassination which they so vehemently deny. But what does the actual evidence and testimony say of the claim that Oswald brought the rifle to work with him? This might be interesting to some readers.
1. On the morning of the assassination Linnie Mae Randal, the sister to the man Oswald rode to work with each day--Wesley Frazier--saw Lee Oswald walk across her front lawn holding a long brown package in his hand en route to Wesley's vehicle for his ride into Dallas. This package was not the size of a lunch sack but rather nearly 30 inches long and perhaps four inches high.
2. Wesley Frazier saw this same package lying on the back seat of his car as he prepared to make the drive into Dallas for work that morning. He estimated the length to be less than the length of the disassembled Mannlicher-Carcano but he readily admitted (then and now) that he only glanced at it and had no reason to pay any particular attention to the dimensions of the package.
3. Frazier asked Oswald what was in the package and Oswald told reminded him that he had come out to Irving (Texas) the previous night to pick up some curtain rods he needed for his apartment in Dallas. The package contained those curtain rods.
4. As Oswald and Frazier walked to the TSBD (a distance of a couple hundreds yards from the car park to the north entrance) Oswald broke tradition and walked AHEAD of Frazier rather than side-by-side as he had ALWAYS done in the past. His speed increasing, by the time he reached the TSBD he was more than fifty feet ahead of Frazier.
5. Frazier stated that it was his impression that Oswald had one end of the long package cupped in his right hand and the top end tucked beneath his armpit. If true, this would mean that the package was SHORTER than the required length of the broken-down Mannlicher-Carcano (meaning the distance from Oswald's cupped hand to his armpit was less than the longest section of the disassembled Mannlicher-Carcano.) However, again, Frazier admitted then and now that he only surmised this was how Oswald was carrying it. When asked during his Warren Commission testimony he admitted that IF the rifle extended in FRONT of the armpit and continued higher on Oswald's body than his armpit, he would have been unable to see it based on his vantage point behind Oswald. Additionally, Frazier again admitted that he paid no special attention to the package (why would he) as he had his mind on other things and not on a package of curtain rods being carried by a coworker into the job site that morning.
6. An identical package was found only a few feet from the window from which five witnesses saw a gunman firing at the president's motorcade later that afternoon. When examined for fingerprints only one person's prints were found on the paper--Lee Oswald's. His left index finger left a clear print as did his right palm (EXACTLY where one WOULD EXPECT such a print to be located based on Frazier's testimony of how Oswald carried the package into work that day.)
7. Ignoring all of the other evidence, conspiracy cultists point out that there was no gun oil located on the paper bag, thus supporting their contention that it did not contain a rifle. But they fail to point out that unless a rifle had been literally dipped in oil it would not generally have oil on the surface at all. A well-oiled rifle does not ooze oil from the seams or points where metal meets metal. So the absence of oil is moot and ledns no support to either claim. But the creases of the paper bag WERE exactly where creases would be if used to conceal Oswald's disassembled rifle.
8. Conspiracy cultists are also quick to point out that the bag was never photographed in its original location--leading them to somehow conclude that the bag was fabricated by the Dallas Police Department in order to frame Oswald. But this fanciful fails to explain HOW the Dallas Police Department would know to plant a paper bag at this early stage of the investigation when Wesley Frazier had as yet not spoken to ANYONE about him seeing a paper bag earlier that day in Oswald's possession. Additionally, if the bag were planted, how did the Dallas Police Department get Oswald's fingerprint and palm print on the bag? And lastly, using one of the conspiracy cult's own arguments. If the bag had been planted why wouldn't the conspirators make a special point to leave behind oil residue from Oswald's rifle to insure that a match could be made between the oil and Oswald's weapon?
9. After his arrest, Oswald was questioned extensively. Much of what Oswald told police was true UNTIL questions about the rifle were brought up. Then Oswald began lying time and time and time again. For instance. Oswald denied ever purchasing a rifle (even though FBI handwriting experts matched the handwriting on the Klein's Sporting Goods order form to both Oswald's PRINTING and his CURSIVE writing and the rifle was sent to a P.O. Box rented by Lee Oarvey Oswald.) Oswald lied about bringing the package into work with him, claiming instead that he only brought (yet earlier in the day Oswald told Frazier that he DIDN'T bring his lunch to work but planned on buying from the lunch wagon that parked outside the TSBD each day.) Oswald was asked to fill out a residence history in which he was asked to list ALL of his places of residence for the past two years. This list included ALL of his places of residency EXCEPT the Neely Street address (since Oswald KNEW the backyard photographs were taken there and the backyard photographs showed him holding both the Mannlicher-Carcano used in the murder of the president and a revolver holstered on his side.)
10. Conspiracy cultists often make the humorous claim that Oswald's rifle was stolen from Ruth Paine's garage (where Lee's wife, Marina, was living at the time) and then whisked to an undisclosed location where a bullet was fired from the rifle (later to be planted on a stretcher at Parkland Hospital) and then the rifle was somehow smuggled ino the TSBD some tome before the assassination in order to frame Oswald.
Needless to say, such a scenerio leaves many questions unanswered:
a. If this were true then Oswald would have readily admitted that he owned a rifle (why would he deny it if he had no reason to connect his rifle with the assassination?) Or if he knew it was missing why wouldn't he simply tell police that someone broke into the garage where I had it stored and they stole it a few days (or weeks) ago.)
b. How did this rifle get smuggled into the TSBD unseen by anyone on whatever day it was supposed to be smuggled in the building.
c. Since we know that Oswald's Mannlicher-Carcano WAS the murder weapon (based on recovered bullet and fragments matching test bullets fired from Oswald's rifle) then WHO did the shooting at the president and why didn't Oswald say something about this gunman? How did this gunman get INTO and OUT OF the TSBD on the day of the assassination? No witnesses saw any strangers entering or leaving the building, therefore are we to conclude that this invisible assassin simply materialized inside the building and then after the shooting vanished into thin air, never to be seen by anyone?
d. If it wasn't a rifle Oswald brought into work then what DID he bring? There were no curtain rods found anywhere in the building (and Oswald's bedroom did NOT need curtain rods anyway as police learned when they arrived there on the afternoon of the assassination where they saw curtains held up by curtain rods already.) Additionally, shen Oswald left the building all he was seen holding was a bottle of Coca-Cola. So we KNOW that he entered the building with a long, package wrapped in brown paper. That paper was found near the sniper's nest with Oswald's prints on it. A rifle belonging to Lee Oswald was also found on that same floor and also contained Oswald's prints on the barrel and the trigger guard. No curtain rods were ever found and Oswald only left with a coke.
It should be clear from these points and the evidence and testimony cited that on the morning of the assassination, one and only one person brought a package into the TSBD--Lee Harvey Oswald. Later a rifle, belonging to Oswald and covered with his prints and matching the recovered bullets was found in the building only a few feet from a window where an eyewitness saw a person roughly matching Oswald's description firing a bolt-action rifle.
To believe that someone ELSE brought the rifle into the building and to further believe that Oswald was innocent, is to depart from the trail of evidence and begin a fanciful trapise along the pathways of simple imagination.
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