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Nicholas Katzenbach Was Working Hard On Crucifying Lee Oswald

Nicholas Katzenbach Was Working Hard On Crucifying Lee Oswald.

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Updated Jan 25 2021.

Nicholas Katzenbach. Photo: Boston Globe.

Nicholas Katzenbach was a Deputy Attorney General appointed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 and worked directly under Robert Kennedy. After the assassination of President Kennedy Katzenbach continued to serve with the Johnson administration until February 11th, 1965.

The first time I came across his name was in the documentary Beyond ‘JFK’: The Question of Conspiracy in which a document from Nov 25th 1963 was brought up.  This document states: “The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates who are still at large; and that the evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial. Discussions followed on  forums and newsgroups. How could Katzenbach do this at such short notice, and doesn’t this show how biased he was? Eh…..yeah!

Katzenbach Memo Nov 25 1964. Click to enlarge.

When the first batch of previously withheld documents were released in 2017 I found this document, that must have been an ‘inspiration’ for Katzenbach’s document. I just went through the released FBI files and noticed that the sentence used on page 3 was very similar to the Nov 25th doc. I had to dig out that document to make sure that I was not mixing things up. The document below is from Nov 24th. Compare both docs and you see that Hoover and Katzenbach were in cahoots on this matter of issuing something that would convince the public of Oswald’s guilt.

Hoover document Nov 24 1963. Click to enlarge.

 

With that find back then I thought ‘cool I found a link between the two documents.

But there is more. Never thought I would come across this piece while going through the Malcolm Blunt Archives  Two pages which are a shocking read from a timing perspective. Bear in mind that Oswald was arrested at about 13:50 hrs and Katzenbach wants to nail Oswald to the cross by 18:15 Dallas time. Lee Harvey Oswald at that time is being interrogated for the second time. and is less than one hour away from being charged for the Tippit murder.

This all puts the whole Dallas investigation into perspective as in who is calling the shots and wants ‘this thing’ over and done with.

Nicholas Katzenbach. Crick to enlarge.

Nicholas Katzenbach Click to enlarge.

Important to Hold That Man by Jerry D. Rose May 1986

Important to Hold That Man by Jerry D. Rose May 1986

 

Once in a blue moon you come across a great article. From The Third Decade; a magazine that has published some of the finest articles in JFK Assassination research. This article below by publisher Jerry D. Rose is no exception. And the reason for me to bring this up is because it falls nicely inside my remit but it is also a great way to compare it with my own work. And Rose does a terrific job. The parts where Truly had stated to the WC he had not seen Oswald after the assassination which of course makes no sense when the second floor lunch room encounter allegedly happened within 90 seconds after the shots had been fired. Rose’s remarks following up on Bill Shelley stating to Roy Truly that he did not see Lee Oswald are simply priceless.

Fritz’s movements and actions from the T.S.B.D. and to the D.P.D. are thoroughly questioned, but his pit stop at Bill Decker’s office is sadly missing from those paragraphs. All this makes Will Fritz look even more suspicious

Oswald being paraded past his fellow employees had more of an effect than Rose describes. He notes discrepancies from a procedural p.o.v. But add on that those fellow employees were told that Oswald had killed a cop at that time which of course meant that these people were distancing themselves from Oswald as much as they possibly could.

A perfect example of someone being too close is Buell Frazier who got it in the neck from early evening onwards from the D.P.D. that day. Joe Molina a worthy second.

The yellow marker (grey on these pages) and pen annotations are from Harry Livingstone whose archive I have been digitising this past year and a bit.

Do read!

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John Abt representing Lee Oswald

John Abt representing Lee Oswald

 

John Abt

In my paper Anatomy Of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Interrogations the name John Abt pops up quite a few times. Some people, like Will Fritz, said Oswald wanted Abt to represent him on Friday. This was rubbish as I already shown in that paper that the record stated Oswald made his very first two phone calls in the early afternoon of the 23rd (pages 225 & 226 from the PDF linked to above), almost 24 hours after being dragged in after his arrest in the Texas Theatre. One of those calls was an attempt to call New York. That by itself is a good indicator that Oswald wanted to contact Abt on the 23rd.

In the pages below (thanks to Malcolm Blunt) Abt tells of a CBS reporter contacting him on Saturday morning that Oswald wanted Abt to represent him and unless Oswald himself would make that request not much was going to happen.

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Then there is a video segment (starting at 5:25), on the third floor of Dallas City Hall, it shows Oswald being escorted through the corridor on his way from Fritz’s office to the jail elevator.

It is shot on Nov 23rd after Oswald’s first interrogation roughly at 11:30, he is in his white t-shirt only and then stops just before entering the door to the jail elevator and being pulled in by the D.P.D. detectives. But Oswald manages to talk to one of the reporters be it for a few seconds. The audio is sadly missing as the microphone was not plugged in. Denis Morissette and I were discussing this segment since this part was ‘new’ to me and he had brought it to my attention.

Later on in the same video segment we can see A.B.C.’s Bob Clark as the man whose microphone Oswald was talking in to and eventually there is a different microphone pushed forward to catch Clark’s voice.

This is the moment where Oswald asked to get in touch with John Abt. Clark talks about this moment in this PBS video (at 46:00) from 2003.  Oswald stated into Clark’s dead microphone “I want to contact Mr. Abt of New York City, to serve as my attorney”.

Saturday Nov 23rd at about 11:30 Oswald made the very first statement that he wanted John Abt to represent him and not any earlier. This by itself is supported by the reports from Saturday morning by Will Fritz himself, James Bookhout and Thomas Kelley made up on the 10:30 interrogation.

Howard Roffman to Richard Bernabei 1970

Howard Roffman to Richard Bernabei 1970

 

Howard Roffman wrote extensively with Harold Weisberg, but also with Richard Bernabei. I have managed to gotten hold of quite a bit of material myself after contacting his archive in Kingston and I also know that Denis Morissette went there and he sent me quite a few pages as well. I still have to go through all this. While browsing through the folder I came across this letter from 1970 that I gotten hold off in 2016.

It basically discusses the Couch film and Marrion Baker. Roffman did extensive research in the relation between the Couch film and Marrion Baker’s run almost 50 years ago. He also brings Gloria Calvery, Joe Molina and other T.S.B.D. employees’ statements in the fold and uses his common sense as most of his observations still stand today. Cool read.

Oswald being charged with the murder of JFK as part of a communist conspiracy

Oswald being charged with the murder of JFK as part of a communist conspiracy.

 

Updated Dec 14th 2019.

While putting together my up and coming paper Anatomy Of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Interrogations I came across documents that could not be used inside that paper. But the quality of these documents meant that it would not be wise to ignore them.

Bill Alexander is about to charge Lee Oswald with murder of The President with malice and forethought and as part of a communist conspiracy. This latter part sets off alarm bells not just in Washington, and the higher echelon of the Texas legislature, but also the F.B.I. who make mention of this in a memo from Nov. 22nd  by Kyle G. Clark.

Ronald Duggar, editor of the Texas Observer, has done an interview with Bill Alexander in Sept. 1973 and notes that  Alexander said that he put out the story that Oswald was a communist to offset any talk of Oswald being a right-winger.

Ronald Duggar interview with Bill Alexander. Click to enlarge.

In an interview from Nov 3rd 1975 Alexander gets more specific, how he got about spreading the message and how it got back to him.

Bill Alexander interview Nov 3 1975. Click to enlarge.

 

 

Earl Golz documents Michael Eddowes Nov 22 book and brings up Alexander’s communist conspiracy part.

 

In William Manchester’s notes of the interviews for his book “Death Of A President” Barefoot Sanders gives his version of what Bill Alexander is about to pull off.

 

Barefoot Sanders interviewed by William Manchester on the Oswald charge as part of a communist conspiracy. Click to enlarge.

 

Justice of the Peace David Johnston, seen inside room 317 gets his piece of the ‘conspiracy’ pie as well. As shown below the photos, in Earl Golz’s handwritten notes from Nov. 1975 of his interview with Johnston. In that interview Johnston even includes James K. Allen as one of the originators of the commie conspiracy yak yak (his words) besides Bill Alexander. James Allen is a rather secretive figure. He was a great friend of Will Fritz and in close vicinity to Room 317.

Johnston on the right(red arrow). In the middle Jim Hosty talks to William Alexander. Photo: William Murray-Back Star. Scan by ROKC from the Richard E. Sprague archives at the National Archives in Wa. Click to enlarge.

Will Fritz talks to the press, behind him is Bill Alexander and Johnston (red arrow) listens carefully. Photo: William Murray-Back Star. Scan by ROKC from the Richard E. Sprague archives at the National Archives in Wa. Click to enlarge.

Johnston was very close to what was going on that day. He also was very close when Henry Wade gave his press conference after Oswald’s.

David Johnston during Henry Wade’s press conference early in the morning of Nov 23rd. Pic: FWST. Click to enlarge.

 

 

 

Waggoner Carr standing, next to Governor John Connally. Pic. UNT. Click to enlarge.

Then there is Waggoner Carr, and he puts a slight different spin on the story, but he had no idea what Barefoot Sanders was doing at the same time.

Then finally off course the Dallas D.A. Henry Wade, who while being interviewed by Melissa Johnson in Jan 1993. Confirms he was called by Cliff Carter

Henry Wade interview summary by Melissa Johnson Jan 1993. From the Livingstone Archive. Click to enlarge.

 

Update Dec 14th 2019.

Henry Wade who did an interview with the Dallas Morning News in 1993.

I got a call from Cliff Carter at the White House, Cliff Carter was a friend of mine who worked with President Johnson. It had apparently come over television that Oswald was going to be charged as part of a conspiracy with the Russians in killing President John F. Kennedy. He said the president was afraid that would hurt international relations quite a bit with Russia. I told him that everything you allege in an indictment you’ve got to prove, and if you allege a conspiracy, you’re going to have to prove it. This appears to be more a conspiracy, if with any foreign country, with Cuba, because he (Oswald) had loads and loads of propaganda from the committee to support (Fidel) Castro. . . . Cliff Carter was an aide to Johnson. I knew him personally and I knew Johnson personally. I worked in his (Lyndon Johnson’s) campaign in 1937 in Austin when I was in college, and he got elected to Congress.
Q: Did you, at that point, take a different attitude toward the assassination picture? You knew this was one of his top aides.
A: The only thing he was afraid of was that we would file he was part of a Russian conspiracy to kill President Kennedy. I told him that wouldn’t be done. Then I got a second call, that the president wants you to go down and make sure this conspiracy count is not in the indictment, because the press has already said it’s in there. I went down to the homicide division of the Dallas police. I guess there were 300 or 400 members of the press down there with cameras, and it was a madhouse down there.

With thanks to Malcolm Blunt for the documents.

Dallas Police & Sheriff H.S.C.A. statements

Dallas Police & Sheriff H.S.C.A. statements

 

This year I have spent countless hours on gathering, scanning and organising many thousands of pages of documents from a few archives. This H.S.C.A. material of thirteen D.P.D. personnel comes from the Malcolm Blunt archives and there are a few bits that provide some little interesting bits of information with regards the assassination, the aftermath, the searches and the happenings inside City Hall.

See for yourself.

With thanks to Malcolm Blunt.

 

Woodrow Wiggins in charge of the jail on Sunday Nov 24th.

 

Fay M. Turner

 

Bobby Joe Dale

 

Luke Mooney

 

Gus Rose

 

Henry M. Moore

 

James Gilmore

 

 

Pat Gannaway

 

Paul Bentley

 

Paul McCaghren

 

 

Richard Stovall (one page missing) Page 3 is here.

 

Stavis Ellis

 

Walter Eugene Potts

Update Aug 11 2019.:

Tom G. Tilson.

Murray Jackson.

William Westbrook.

George Edward Butler.

Herbert Sawyer.

Harry Weatherford.

Charles Truman Walker.

Gus Rose.

Robert Studebaker.

Elmo Cunningham.

Ray Hawkins.

Marrion Baker.

Charles Dhority.

Perdue W. Lawrence.

 

Update March 14th 2020:

Lt. Donald Archer.

Update May 3rd 2020:

James W. Johnson Irving P.D.

The Raleigh Call Did Not Happen

The Raleigh Call Did Not Happen

 

From my up and coming paper Anatomy Of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Interrogations Vol. 2

This post has been updated Feb 28th and March 4th, Dec 18th 2019 and Feb. 25th, Aug. 20th 2020 and Jan 11th 2021.

I intended to release Vol. 2 of the Anatomy Of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Interrogations paper almost six months ago, but more evidence kept on turning up and I decided to overhaul its entire structure (by creating a timeline instead).

While working on my paper I kept thinking of including The Raleigh Call by Grover Proctor into my first release in Sept 2017,  it had Oswald making a phone call to John Hurt late on Saturday the 23rd. But in the last minute I decided against it, as something did not feel right….that all important niggle, yet not knowing where that niggle came from or what it entailed I kept it for what it was for 18 months, just a niggle.

So what is it about the Raleigh Call by Grover Proctor? The history of the Raleigh Call is written up by Randy Benson at Indyweek. I’ll quote from it: “It was through the work of independent researcher Michael Canfield that a copy of the Raleigh Call slip first became public. He secured a copy of the slip, which became available as the result of a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by a civil rights activist, while conducting research for the 1975 book Coup d’Etat in America. The book, co-authored with Alan Weberman, was the first major work to deal with the Raleigh Call, and the slip was reprinted in the appendix.”  Anthony Summers’ book  Conspiracy made a brief mention about the call as well. But he dropped it when his updated version was released.

From thereon Grover Proctor picked up on it and did his research for years to come.

I do not believe that Oswald made a call to Raleigh, let alone spoke with John David Hurt. There is simply too much wrong with it. By just going through the batch of statements on Proctor’s page there are a quite a few inconsistencies, plus an event of this calibre has a few too many memory lapses as well.

Let me start with what I have issues with.

The Raleigh call allegedly happens late in the evening of Saturday the 23rd of Nov. between 22:15 – 22:35. The evening of the 23rd after 21:00 hrs during Oswald’s detention is not very well covered with any happenings at all. I know this as I decided to put Oswald’s interrogations in a timeline manner together for my paper.  From that time until the next morning when Oswald is being picked up for his last interrogation is pretty much a black hole.

The biggest obstacle from the word get go is that there is no report of this event as there are from the three earlier phone calls Oswald had that day other than an alleged slip signed by Louise Swinney who works at the switch board, there is nothing physically present to support this claim.

Raleigh Call Phone Slip Louise Swinney

The first phone call by Lee Oswald on Nov 23rd is recorded by the jailer Arthur E. Eaves is at about 13:40 which is almost 24 hours after his arrest!  Oswald has been returned to his cell after another interrogation by Will Fritz in the morning and sees Marina shortly after this session and is then brought back to his jail cell from where he uses the phone. This looks like Oswald’s very first attempt to call John Abt.

Arthur E. Eaves affidavit. Click pic. to enlarge.

Oswald then makes a call to Ruth Pain, at 16:00, trying to get hold of Marina. See the affidavit below of J.L. Popplewell. I go into depth about this call to Ruth Paine in my Anatomy Of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Interrogations.

J.L. Popplewell affidavit. Click to enlarge.

 

J.L. Popplewell affidavit. Click to enlarge.

He also makes a call at 20:00 according to the document below with Thurber T. Lord’s statement.

Thurber T. Lord affidavit. Click pic. to enlarge.

 

What is telling from these three documents is that Oswald was always in his cell when he was allowed to make his phone call(s) and that the jailers were present. There is no talk of women at a switch board and from the look of it, he was given the chance to make the calls unhindered. Also the story from the Raleigh call that two detectives are present to prevent this particular call from happening rings hollow compared to the documentation above. I will get back to you about the two detectives in a minute.

On a side note, as Oswald wanted to call New York and get hold of attorney Abt it has been put forward by other researchers that Oswald never knew who Abt was until he was incarcerated, or better yet that Abt was put into Oswald’s head there and then while under arrest. Yet this FBI report by S.A. Joe B. Abernathy on Nov 24th. states that Dallas long distance telephone operator Louise Mullen recalls one ___ Oswald placed a collect call to ___ Abt in New York about three weeks prior the assassination. Which makes it early Nov. 1963. Whether that action as mentioned at the end of this memorandum was actually followed up is not known at this point.

Joe B Abernathy report on John Abt. Click pic. to enlarge.

 

Swinney was the supervisor and Alveeta Cave Treon was there. Treon’s daughter Sharon Kovac was present as well when it allegedly happened.

Louise Swinney’s statements.

On  Feb 2nd 1978 She remembers, shortly thereafter, that Oswald tried to make two calls.

One to “Lawyer Apt.” [sic.] in New York and she doesn’t remember where the other call was to. The name John Hunt [sic.] is not familiar to her. She stated that she did not put either call through for Oswald. The detectives left after they got the numbers. She states that she wrote the numbers on a blue piece of paper and she believes she may still have it at home. She will try to find it for me. She remembers Alveeta Treon well, but does not recall if they worked together on the night of 11/23/63.

Then on April 20th in an outside contact report (see below) things get better when the slip gets into play: I showed Louise Swinney, a Xerox copy of the slip containing information on a phone call placed by Lee Harvey Oswald to John Hurt, Raleigh, N.C. on November 23, 1963 and bearing her signature. She stated that it was definitely [ sic. ] not her signature. She was upset that someone had signed her name. She stated that she never handled a call from Oswald to John Hurt. She stated that she only handled a call from Oswald to Lawyer Apt [ sic. ] and another one that she cannot remember, but it was not to John Hurt. Mrs. Swinney insisted on giving me samples of her handwriting and told me that she would have no reason to lie. She stated that only someone working in the switchboard room could have made that out and Alveeta Treon [ sic. ] was the only other person working that night.

A very strong denial.

Louise Swinney. Click pic. to enlarge.

 

Let’s compare Swinney’s statements with Alveeta Treon.

In an interview of Nov 7th 1978 Alveeta Treon says:

Mrs. Treon said that it has concerned her from conversations with Committee investigator Harold Rose that we might not have completely correct information. She said the sequence at the switchboard was that when Oswald came on, both she and Louise Swinney got on the line to take the call. She said, however, it was clear that Mrs. Swinney intended to handle it, as though she had instructions, so Mrs. Treon let her handle it, but Mrs. Treon stayed on the line. She said she was therefore able to hear everything Oswald said and she is sure he asked for the name John Hurt and gave the two numbers. She said that as she listened she wrote the information down on a regular telephone call slip. However, since Mrs. Swinney actually handled the call, Mrs. Treon signed her name to the slip she intended to keep as a souvenir. She said the notations on the slip of “DA” and “CA” stand for did not answer and cancelled, because the call was never actually put through. Mrs. Treon said she never retrieved any paper from the wastebasket on which Mrs. Swinney supposedly entered the information.

Mrs. Treon said her lasting impression of the events that night is that Mrs. Swinney had been instructed by someone to not put the call through to Oswald. She said her belief was strengthened by the fact that Mrs. Swinney did not leave work as soon as Mrs. Treon came on that night as she usually did. Instead she remained as though she had been assigned to handle the call.

The statements by these two women by itself should have been enough to question the truthfulness of this story.

Then there is the matter of two detectives who are present while Oswald is making the call and who are there to prevent the call getting through. The documents of the earlier phone calls show that Oswald was given every opportunity to talk to whomever he wanted to talk to. The phone call at 16:00 lasts no less than 30 minutes.

In her Nov 7th 1978  interview Mrs. Treon said she also intended to tell Rose that her daughter Sharon thought she recognized one of the men who came into the telephone room when Oswald tried to make his call. She said Sharon thought the man might have been one of the officers who was with Oswald just before he was shot in the basement; she thought it was the one who was handcuffed to him. Which can only be Jim Leavelle or L.C. Graves.

Treon’s daughter Sharon Kovac, contradicts matters in her statement from Dec. 16 1978 even more: Ms. Kovac said she cannot recall anyone else being present in the switchboard room that night besides herself and her mother. She said she knows Louise Swinney, her mother’s supervisor, but she does not recall Mrs. Swinney being present at the time. She said when Oswald called in, it is her recollection that her mother handled the call and she remembers seeing her mother open her key on the switchboard at the time of the call.

 Swinney who allegedly took the call and wrote the slip and her was supposedly looking on, but the above contradicts this.

 With regards to IDing the two detectives who were there to prohibit the call from going through.  In the Dec. 16 1978 statement by Sharon Kovac: She said that on Sunday, November 24, 1963 when Oswald was shot in the Dallas Police Department basement, Lt. Leavelle, the man to whom Oswald was hand cuffed at the time of the shooting “resembled” one of the men who had come into the switchboard room on November 23, but she does not believe it was Lt. Leavelle.

Which in all honesty doesn’t give us anything as to who they actually were. Nor is there any follow up investigation regarding this. no pictures shown, nothing.

So Alveeta Treon has one version of the story, her daughter contradicts this, and Louise Swinney her supervisor contradicts both their stories.

In an interview of April 11th 1978 John Hurt, who has been discharged since 1946 and is severely disabled,  denies the whole thing. Whether he was connected to military intelligence in the 50’s is besides the point. The Raleigh Call did not happen.

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Added on Feb. 28th 2019.

And here are two pages of a F.B.I. report from Feb. 3rd 1964 that show the phone numbers Oswald had written down on a piece of paper and that was found on him after he was shot.

No Raleigh call, but Abt and Ruth Paine.

The one factor that is suspicious is the phone number that has been disconnected for 7 years already, and could be a code.

Phone calls list Lee Oswald. Click to enlarge.

Phone calls list Lee Oswald. Click to enlarge.

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Added March 4th.

FBI memo Feb 6 1964. Click to enlarge.

 

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Update Dec 18th 2019.

Oswald thanked Fritz for letting him use the phone, in his W.C. testimony Will Fritz states:

Mr. BALL. Was there anything said about calling him on the telephone?

Mr. FRITZ. A little bit later.

Mr. BALL. Not that time?

Mr. FRITZ. Not that minute. A little bit later, he asked something else about an attorney and I said, “Did you call an attorney?” And he said, “You know I can’t use the telephone.” And I said, “Yes, you can; anybody can use a telephone.” So, I told them to be sure to let him use a telephone and the next time I talked to him he thanked me for that, so I presume he called.

The following document below is a terrible example of a cover up between Fritz and James Bookhout. Oswald did not mention anything about John Abt on Friday Nov. 22nd.

Nor did Oswald make his first phone call until almost 24 hours after he was arrested. The document below tries to move all this to a much earlier time frame.

Oswald phone calls – Will Fritz by James Bookhout. Click doc to enlarge.

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Add on Feb. 25th 2020.

Then the ARRB is looking into the Raleigh call matter as well.

ARRB – The John Hurt situation. Click pic. to enlarge.

 

Update Aug 20th 2020.

I have come across two more documents/

 

DOJ emo regarding the Raleigh Call. Click to enlarge.

And then there is the H.S.C.A. interview with Winston Smith, who heard the story in 1965 after moving the Treons out of Dallas to Springfield.

 

Add on Jan 11th 2021.

Then finally let’s have John David Hurt tell his own story to the HSCA.

Thanks to Malcolm Blunt for the A.R.R.B, H.S.C.A. and F.B.I. documents.

Carmine Savastano on Prayer Man

Almost 4 years ago, March 2015 to be precise, Carmine Savastano had a go at trying to bring Prayer Man down on his blog named after his book Two Princes and a King. Neither me or any other ROKCer was aware of this post. The article was updated last in Dec 2017.

Carmine departed from ROKC shortly before he wrote this, or was kicked off the forum, whoever you wish to believe. The core members had enough of his constant arguing about evidence. I was not really there when all this happened, I did not seriously partake until Jan. 2015 myself.

Now having read Savastano’s blog post  just now I can honestly say that his work or better yet his understanding of Prayer Man is not very good, as a matter of fact I rate it as high as Doyle’s comprehension of the case. The difference is that whenever Doyle is in a tight spot he uses Harvey and Lee to get himself out of it. How convenient it is to use Oswald’s ‘double’ when it becomes impossible to clear yourself out of the hole you have dug for yourself. But that is a different story. Let’s stick with the subject matter which is this blog post by him.

I will quote some from the article written by Carmine Savastano and write my comments down below in bold. Just wish to add that this is by no means a personal attack, it is a rebuttal to some of the arguments that are not only used by him, but by others as well who seem to lack to see the big picture and only use some of the evidence that is around.

1/The “Prayer Man” is similar to many other supposed “breakthroughs” coined by various people in the time since President Kennedy’s death. These include the Doorway Man, the Badge Man, the Black Dog Man, the Red Bandana Man, and the Black Hole Man, among many others.

I do not even know of the last two individuals, but to compare Prayer Man with Badge Man and Doorway Man is already a huge mistake.

Doorway Man was already cleared up the same evening, as the F.B.I. went to Billy Lovelady and he picked himself out from the table sized enlargement of the Altgens 6 Photograph. And Badge Man is not supported by anything but a colouring in, you could colour in a a pink elephant and try and make people believe that this is what is standing behind the picket fence. Looking at a very large b&w scan of the Moorman Polaroid does not show anything of a human outline at all. 

Prayer Man is supported by evidence, be it circumstantial, but it is not something that should be disregarded. All this can be found in the interrogations reports and testimonies from Will Fritz, Jim Hosty and Harry Dean Holmes. Something Savastano doesn’t even touch nor makes mention of. 

2/No witness testimony in the immediate area supports Oswald’s presence and not a single witness identifies him in the area during the shots.

Almost correct (Carolyn Arnold’s statement), but what Savastano omits from his writings is:

The primary statements by Shelley and Lovelady i/e do not contain a word about Oswald at all, as they were taken before Oswald was taken in. Once they witnessed Oswald’s arrival at City Hall, he was brought in as a cop killer, not as the shooter of J.F.K. Now who in their right mind would associate themselves with a cop killer? 

Nor did anyone mention the negro on the bottom of the steps, Carl Edward Jones or Joe Molina who stood next to Shelley and above Otis Williams. Only one person mentioned Joe Molina, and that was Victoria Adams, and that was after her descent from the 4th floor and being directed back to the T.S.B.D. by a police man.

At the same time not one witness standing on those steps during the shooting says who that Caucasian male actually is. That is troubling no?

And why should they, in those days anyone of non Caucasian build in Tx. was expected to shut up and not volunteer information (Carl Jones, Roy Lewis and Joe Molina).

The women? Same!

Frazier? He was 19 and got the scare of his life by being shoved a statement, for being a co-conspirator, in front of him to sign by ‘old reliable’ Will Fritz.

Lovelady? Got bailed out by Ochus Campbell (the vice-president of the T.S.B.D.) for a weapons charge he was going to be re-arrested for.

Shelley? Oswald’s foreman, why should he side with a commie sympathiser? A cop killer to boot. No thank you……

Plus why should they state were Oswald was at that time, they barely knew him and he was dead by the time quite a few of the T.S.B.D. workers were interviewed, and who would want the weight of local and national law enforcement agencies on their back for a dead commie sympathiser who had also killed a cop!

3/ This person could be from a number of businesses in the vicinity, a passerby, a tourist, any number of people besides Lee Harvey Oswald.

This is about the biggest mistake Savastano can make, not only by disregarding this person as anyone but Oswald and also avoiding using his common sense, but also for the fact that it is no stranger either as was documented in March of 1964, as per CE 1381. If you want evidence Carmine, the stranger scenario is killed off with that document.

4/ While a conspiracy is eminently feasible and supported by substantial evidence, that does not justify the “Prayer Man” claim.

A very strange claim to make, especially when Savastano fails to submit such evidence himself, pot kettle…..

5/ Additional feasibly contending evidence includes the verbal statement of Lee Harvey Oswald himself.Some suggest we cannot trust any of the evidence, which is ridiculous, for how else can we prove anything? If most evidence available indicates something, it is more than likely to have occurred. Consider the amount of work and people required to suppress this idea. It would be a large undertaking of little value, since the matter still proves nothing of substance. It is not a smoking gun in my view, but smoke and mirrors.

Here Savastano makes another whopper of a faux pas. Not only does he ascribe to some of Oswald’s  public statements in a video by Len Osanic, which are not timed in any way btw, but will be by me soon enough in my next paper “Anatomy Of Oswald’s Interrogations”.

But he also produces a very incomplete body of work. What Carmine should have done for starters is introduce the statements made by Fritz, Hosty, Bookhout and Holmes and also their notes and testimony as to Oswald’s whereabouts and more importantly about he destruction of Oswald’s alibi. Something I did in my first paper “Anatomy of The Second Floor Lunch Room Encounter” From thereon he could have concluded that the lunch room encounter was an utter fake event and from thereon investigate where Oswald actually was during that period, of shooting J.F.K.