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#1 Staffan H Westerberg

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:23 AM

The Coke Incident, Fritz’s Notes and the Limo Stop




By Staffan H Westerberg and Pete Engwall



We look for scenes that never were. Seemingly innocent scenes that have made the research effort to always follow the same path and never venture outside the box. Most of us researchers believe there are lots of traps and pitfalls surrounding the Kennedy assassination, many with the sole purpose of leading us astray. But it is too seldom we manage to identify them.


In this article we will look for innocent facts that have become navigational aides, and also those small things that primarily means very little but somehow lock up the story and places Lee Harvey Oswald near the needed scene. For instance, did “the Coke incident” with Oswald in the second floor lunchroom ever really happen? What has that scene ultimately given us?


Well, not only does it establish that Oswald was inside the building, it also undermines the possibility of him to have been outside the School Book Depository. It then shows what time he was seen in the building, and where in the building he was seen and by whom. The question undoubtedly becomes: Could Oswald have done it, could he have made it in time? Also it paints a picture of Oswald as a loner and not outside with his co-workers to watch the President, something that points to sullen indifference, maybe even arrogance and guilt.


Many researchers believe in this scene with Oswald in the lunchroom. And some of them will confirm this by investigating the possibilities or non-possibilities of Oswald being able to accomplish or not accomplish the feat of getting to the lunchroom in 60-90 seconds. On top of that - did he drink a Coke or not? Or was it a Dr Pepper?


He did like Dr Pepper best, right?


Officer Baker runs the other way


We think the purpose of Officer Baker meeting Oswald in the lunchroom is not about Oswald running down the stairs in time or not. It is about firmly placing Oswald at the scene of the crime, or close to it, and thus making it all possible. This way an officer of the law places him in the building at the right time, while the Coke incident becomes a diversion.


We have joined the ranks of those that doubt that the event ever occurred. There is at least one ally in this line of thinking – researcher Jim DiEugenio. As he pointed out on Black Op Radio, show no 673: When Officer Marrion Baker was questioned by the Dallas Police later that afternoon he sat across the hall from the newly arrested Lee Harvey Oswald. But there is no mention in Bakers affidavit on the 22nd of November 1963 of him ever encountering Oswald in the lunchroom. How could he possibly recount the events of the day and forget to mention a meeting with the man accused of killing Tippit and Kennedy? Especially when he must have been questioned about it by fellow officers and his superiors, do we think those superiors would have pointed out his forgetfulness and asked him to include the incident?


Yes we do.


In his first affidavit Officer Baker surprisingly gave the description of the man he allegedly encountered on the third or fourth floor at 12:31pm as being “approximately 30 years old, 5’9”, 165 pounds, dark hair and wearing a light brown jacket.” Why should he be so lucky to remember the description of the man and put it in the affidavit when the foreman Roy Truly had asked Baker to disregard him “because he was one of the workers in the building”? It gets more intriguing when we understand that Baker’s description is very near the description that would go out over the police radio 12-13 minutes later: “White slender male, dark hair, in his 30s, weight 165 pounds, height 5’10”.


Still, none of these descriptions really portrayed Oswald, who was indeed 5’9” tall, but weighed only 131 pounds, was only 24 years old and did not have a dark set of hair, but light brown, receding hair, and he was wearing a brown-orange shirt.


In spite of this peculiar similarity, Baker was not the source of the description going out at 12:45. However, the height and weight given in both descriptions was strangely enough almost an exact match to the measurements attributed to Lee Harvey Oswald in Oswald’s FBI file as well as in CIA documents about him. It becomes a case of two wrongs don’t make a right; on the contrary it could be viewed as a hint of planted information.


Officer Baker’s actions on the day in question are quite interesting. At a time when nearly all witnesses on Elm Street ran towards the picket fence up on the grassy knoll - because that’s where they thought the shots had come from - Baker quickly made his way to the Book Depository. In that pursuit the policeman was practically alone.


Would it not be reasonable to assume that when he parked his motorcycle, Officer Baker must have seen, heard or understood the situation of shooters on the knoll? Apparently he ignored that and scurried to the Depository building because he had heard three shots and allegedly seen a flock of pigeons take off from the roof.


We find it suspicious that Officer Baker, in deciding where to focus the attention; he put more trust in pigeons rather than people. As a cop he should have been able to make a better judgment call and possibly have aimed to protect the people running into danger – because, how would he know the shooting had stopped?


As it were, Baker made some sort of perfect mistake. He didn’t go to where the shots most likely had originated. Instead he went where the shots officially had come from. When the Warren Commission questioned Marrion Baker in 1964 there were several interruptions while going off the record. DiEugenio suggests the scene with Baker encountering Oswald in the second floor lunchroom is at the very least suspicious.


Sacred cows


So what particular role did the Coke scene play in light of the overall impression of Oswald’s actions and his whereabouts after the shots? As we have said, we believe it was strictly created to place Oswald inside the building at the critical time. It certainly made him out to look like a loner, one that was not together with his co-workers outside the Book Depository looking at the Presidents motorcade. No, this rather strange guy chose to sit by himself and enjoy a Coke in the second floor lunchroom, instead of stepping outside to watch the most famous couple in the world. Is that really believable? The scene has more or less grown to become one of the sacred cows in the history of the JFK assassination. If it was a made up scene with the purpose of make sure all discussions and arguments would be about the wrong thing, then they certainly have succeeded. For 50 years now we have had the impression of a real scene and argued over Coke versus Dr Pepper, while we perhaps should have been directing the attention at the most logical spot where Oswald could have been, namely out front with Bill Shelley, Buell Wesley Frazier and Billy Lovelady.


There are no other witnesses than Dallas Police Officer Marrion Baker and foreman Roy Truly that have been given the task of confirming the whereabouts of Lee Harvey Oswald the minutes after the shooting took place. This way the planners not only have a witness, but a police officer who is a witness; that is about as good a witness as one can have here. The other thing it does is to cut the timing so close that all focusing goes to the question of time; could he have done it? Did he have enough time? All it had to do was to firmly establish that Oswald was a possible killer and that it did do. Now all they had to do was to show a plausible way for it to have happened; remember that Oswald did not have any competition for being named JFK’s assassin.


Fritz’s notes


In 1997 the ARRB managed to declassify Captain Will Fritz notes, supposedly taken a week or two after the heinous event in Dallas. Many researchers think those few scribbled pages are legitimate and some even use them as proof of Oswald being outside the Book Depository at the time of the shooting. We wonder why the Chief of Homicide would take down notes a few weeks after he had spoken to the suspect, who was dead by then? Why he did that has never been clarified.


When you do some form of lite analysis of the notes one can’t help but get stuck on the phrase allegedly coming from Oswald: “Claims 2nd floor Coke when off came in”. We guess this would mean that during the interrogation, Oswald told Captain Fritz that he had a Coke when the officer came in, meaning Marrion Baker. So, the notes tell us about the Coke incident and also that Oswald some time was out with Bill Shelley. But we don’t know what questions he was answering. It becomes a guessing game. What question would precede Oswald’s claims of having had a Coke when an officer came in?


- What did you do after the shooting?

- After the shots you went back into the building, where did you go, did you meet anyone?


From the looks of the notes, after Oswald allegedly had met the officer (60-90 seconds after the shooting) he then went “to 1st floor had lunch”, and after that he was “out with Bill Shelley in front”.


The question of where Oswald was when the shots were fired may not have been asked of him at all. Or are we supposed to read Fritz’s notes backwards?

In 1964 Will Fritz told Joseph Ball of the Warren Commission “the questions may be in the wrong place” – which makes the notes even harder to translate.


The way we read the notes is: Oswald was never asked what he did when the shots were fired, and after the shots he went to the second floor lunchroom to buy a Coke, then he went down stairs to the first floor to have lunch, and after lunch he went outside with Bill Shelley. If you follow that chronology, this is what he said. But, as Fritz sort of told Ball, it could have been the other way around. Oswald could have been asked where he was during the shooting, and told Fritz he was out with Bill Shelley in front. Consequently many researchers have used the “out with Bill Shelley in front” as proof of Oswald being outside when the shots occurred. This could be true, but it could also be totally false. We simply don’t know what the question was.


However, one gets the impression that the Fritz’s notes try to hide something. It might be the fact that they were written some time later, or much later, yet Fritz still retained the look of notes taken during the interrogation; using abbreviations and a “quick and dirty” manner in appearance. Even if they were written a week later, would they not be written with the idea of wanting to communicate the information given to him by Oswald? Why does it look like Fritz was running out of space when writing the notes?


Why abbreviate when you should try to clarify?


Why making it barely legible?


These notes actually looks like an attempt at making a recreation of a note that would or could have been taken, which of course serves no evidentiary value at all. And when you combine the fact that Baker ran straight to the building because of pigeons, when all witnesses to the shooting went towards the knoll, and when Baker pointed his revolver to the man he later would see as the arrested man, but still failed to remember he had met him in the second floor lunchroom by the Coke machine. And the fact that Baker gave out almost the same wrong description of Oswald as was published in the radio message at 12:45. On top of that, Fritz wrote the notes a week or weeks later and made them look like real notes taken during the interrogation. Those many questionable circumstances are enough to doubt the validity of Baker’s actions, the Coke incident and Captain Fritz’s notes – actually to question the entire scene.


Mannlicher Carcano or Mauser


Another scene that appears to be full of contradictions is the finding of the weapon on the sixth floor. Was it a Mauser or a Mannlicher Carcano? There are hoards of researchers that have invested hours and days in investigating this seemingly impossible task. And what does it matter – we can be arguing over this endlessly and still never get an inch closer to the truth. What “the men behind the plot” gets away with here is that very few researchers seems to look at the simple fact that by the time they found the weapon, there were actually TWO reported weapons: One in the description going out at 12:45 and the official Mannlicher Carcano (Mauser). Obviously the person that was the alleged source to the description saw a man running out of the building with a weapon in his hands. Now, if the suspect was running out from the building, the source surely didn’t see him up on the sixth floor with the weapon. (And by now most of us think Howard Brennan was a bought and fake witness.) We know all this because J Edgar Hoover wrote to J Lee Rankin about a man that had been seen (by an unknown source) running out from the Book Depository with a 30 Caliber weapon in his hands. But “they” got us to dwell on what type of weapon they found on the sixth floor. Still this makes it two weapons.


And Officer Herbert Sawyer made a claim that he talked to someone who he forgot to identify, a man who allegedly was the source to the description. But how likely is it that a police officer with many years of experience wouldn’t know to secure an ID on a crucial witness, or that the officer wouldn’t know an unknown source would count for nothing in a court of law? Of course we believe there never was a real source. Most of us think all this was planted information and key people within the Dallas Police just trying to follow a script.


Oswald in Mexico City


Did Lee Harvey Oswald go to Mexico City or not? That’s another question that divides many researchers on the CT side of the JFK assassination. But is it an important question, what significance does it have whether he was there or not? Well, many would say it shows the Governments complicity. And that is of course true. But we tend to think its just another “object” to get stuck on. It seems to us the real question should be what this story possibly was used for.


Perhaps the best possible way to use the information, as far as we can tell, is the “40 million dead Americans” argument, used by Lyndon B. Johnson to get people to help cover up the conspiracy. We know that was a success; Johnson used it to exit from Parkland Hospital a few minutes after the President had been declared dead. Johnson said something to the effect: “I better get out of here, we don’t know if this is a worldwide conspiracy, maybe I am a target too.”


Did this argument led to a beefed up security around the new Commander in Chief? No, nothing. There were no extra security measures taken whatsoever. Johnson stayed on Air Force One a long time exposing himself to an attack and he continued to expose himself getting off at Andrews Air Force Base when he gave the speech in full view of all the press and the military that was present.


Still Lyndon Johnson used the “40 million dead Americans” argument something like this when he confronted potential board members Earl Warren and Richard Russell:


“There is talk of a conspiracy involving the Soviets and/or Fidel Castro, and if the American people catch wind of this, World War III could break out” – meaning Oswald was their sniper – “and you better help out or we will all be in a shit-pile of trouble.”


If this was the way to get innocent people onboard to help cover up the crime, it was a very smart scheme. This way, all evidence of a conspiracy would be eagerly and efficiently covered up and all planted and bogus evidence that pointed to a lone gunman – Lee Harvey Oswald – would be enhanced and used as evidence.


The way it looks to us is that Oswald in Mexico City was sort of a bridgehead to this scenario, which was the secret proof of a connection between the shooter and the commie bastards who wanted Jack Kennedy dead. So, not to cause an all-out nuclear war, many people in the Government and the establishment helped out for the love of country and the pursuit of peace, while the Oswald in Mexico City became an argument amongst researchers so that sharp minds were focused on something total inconsequential.


The autopsy photographs and x-rays


The same pattern can be seen when it comes to JFK’s autopsy photographs and x-rays. The photographers who took the photographs say that the ones stored in the National Archives don’t show what they saw when they took the photographs. Also, they are on the wrong type of film. Further more, the x-rays and autopsy photographs are not even compatible with each other. All of us can see that.


The story behind the photographs is almost something out of the “twilight zone”. After viewing them, Earl Warren allegedly decided that they were much too awful to be used or published in the Warren Report; this of course out of consideration for the Kennedy family. Actually, no one was to view them – officially that is. It was then decided that the Commission only was to view sketches or drawings of the president’s wounds. The pathologists Humes and Boswell would therefore explain and dictate to a sketch artist by the name of Harold Rydberg what the wounds looked like - and that’s what was to be served as evidence to the American people. When we see the result of this apparent criminal chain of evidence it becomes beyond absurd, because the wound in the back of JFK’s head was to have no less than four times appearances: A baseball size wound in the back of the head at Parkland Hospital, would then become a gigantic size (5 times larger) before the autopsy at Bethesda Naval Hospital, only for almost all of it to completely disappear in the autopsy photographs taken of the back of JFK’s head. Finally Rydberg’s sketch shows a wound on the top of Kennedy’s head, looking like a star, a wound absolutely no one had seen.


So, how would they have used these fake photographs?


Perhaps like this: Those that needed to play a role in the cover-up, or be convinced, one way or the other secretly and in confidence be shown the photographs, and they’d see that there was no hole in the back of Kennedy’s head. Then they would “know” the Dallas doctors were wrong in their findings, followed by the famous argument: “Well, they didn’t really have the task of checking the wounds out, they were more focused on trying to save the president’s life, and they were mistaken.” This most speculative MO, on our behalf, would only work if the photographs were never presented to the Dallas doctors and personnel, which of course they weren’t. Finally, when innocent Americans, who participated in covering up the crime, understood that they had been served a bunch of lies. In that horrible moment they would most likely also realize who killed Kennedy – and if they didn’t keep quiet they knew they could be next in line.


Purpose of the Zapruder film


On the very day of John F. Kennedy’s funeral a young reporter by the name of Dan Rather was one of a few who got the incredible opportunity to view an 8mm film taken by white Russian dress manufacturer Abraham Zapruder. The so-called Zapruder film has become one of the most famous homemade films in history and it shows when Kennedy was shot to death coming down in the limousine on Elm Street. During the weekend after the assassination Abraham Zapruder sold the film to CIA friend Henry Luce’s company Time Life Incorporated for the neat sum of 150 000 dollars. When Dan Rather got back from the screening of the film he sat down in front of a TV camera to extemporize live to America what he had just seen in the film.


In the middle of his report Dan Rather suddenly said:


- The car never stopped, it never paused…


Now, wait a minute. Why would Dan Rather say a thing like that? It was only three days after the terrible shots on Elm Street and this eager reporter felt the need to inform America of what didn’t happen. He might as well have said: The driver didn’t hit the curb, people didn’t run in front of the car, other cars didn’t pass by the limo and Bob Hope was nowhere to be seen.


Today we know that about 60 witnesses said the limo came to either a near or a complete stop. Anybody who have followed John Costella’s work and understand the physics behind the created faults in the movie, or have read about Doug Horne’s vast work in Inside the ARRB. Anybody who have heard or seen interviews with Dino Brugioni, Homer McMahon, Rich DellaRosa, Don Adams or Wesley Swearingen, not to mention Greg Burnham - anybody who have done that would understand there is something very wrong with the extant film. The so-called Zapruder film simply has to be seriously altered, or as Costella indicates – the film is a fabrication and most possibly part of a plan. Together with other research, such as Vince Palamara’s endeavor into the mysterious behavior of the Secret Service from Love Field to Dealey Plaza, or the late Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty’s many explaining interviews with Len Osanic, we pretty much get that there is no good reason why the “men behind the coup” would alter everything else but the Zapruder film (and the Nix film etc.). Why would the film depict the truth when nothing else in this case will?


Back to Dan Rather. On the 25th of November 1963, he should have known nothing of any limo stop – unless of course if he had seen it in the film that day and been told not to mention it – or worse, someone had given him a manuscript to read from. Anybody who offered information of that sort without having been asked the question of a limo stop would be considered suspicious. Well, Rather was not alone. Curiously enough photographer James “Ike” Altgens did a similar thing on the 22nd of July 1964 when assistant counsel Wesley Liebeler of the Warren Commission questioned him. Without getting a specific question about the actions of the limo, Altgens still offered to tell Liebeler that the limo didn’t stop, just like Dan Rather.


So if Costella, Horne, Burnham and many others are right about the Zapruder film not showing what really happened when Kennedy was assassinated, and if Costella is right about the film, it had been planned before the event, then why?


We see the same old MO being used even for the film. Maybe they tucked it away in Time Life’s archives for 12 years because of the back-and-to-the-left-movement, maybe that was the big mistake in an otherwise perfect film (for 1963)? Many other frames they could handle with using the same frame over and over again. For instance, the “chicken dance”, when Kennedy flapped his elbows up and down to the sides. No witnesses reported having seen that. It could mean he did that for just a brief moment, but they copied that image and used it in many frames to cover up the many hits; Kennedy was possibly hit with five bullets, according to David Mantik – one in the back, one in the lower part in the back of the head, one in the front part of the neck, one in the hairline above his right eye and finally one just above his right ear, which was the bullet that caused the blowout in the back of the head. So maybe the reason to use the “chicken dance” was to cover up the many shots at Kennedy. However, the President falling down into Jackie’s lap would be hard to change and cover up, since he only fell down once, in only one way and in only one direction.


Back to the purpose of the film. The Warren Commission didn’t allow the film in its report. The FBI ignored it in its investigation. But we bet a lot of people in the establishment got to see the extant film, if nothing else for the need to perhaps suppress rumors of Secret Service complicity. Apparently many in the Government also got to see the “real Zapruder film”, people such as FBI agents Don Adams and Wes Swearingen, or military men such as Rich DellaRosa and Greg Burnham.


Therefore the back-and-to-the-left-movement perhaps stopped the film to be used as the best evidence against all the witnesses in Dealey Plaza. There is ample evidence of many shooters around Elm Street that day; they knew there would be shots from the front, shots that they must be able to hide and made to disappear.


The film could essentially have been planned and thought to be used for showing “a reality” the men behind the coup wanted the world to see. That’s the most likely MO of the film, in our opinion. And it is perhaps more than suspicious that of all the hundreds of thousands of citizen’s of Dallas, the one who would make the most important film of the Century would also have ties to Oswald’s alleged handler George de Mohrenschildt and be a member of the Dallas Petroleum Club together with people such as CIA’s David Atlee Phillips and George Bush. Why would Abraham Zapruder get to keep his film and be rich off of it, when other spectators who took pictures and/or filmed the event lost theirs and never got them back? Several film experts and JFK researchers will also say the extant film is made up of perhaps several films.


Maybe Abraham Zapruder was all a hoax? Anything is possible.

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#2 Bernice Moore

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:24 AM

Thanks Steffan very interesting...

FWIW TO YOU BOTH..HERE IS SOME INFORMATION COPIED FROM A RIFLE THREAD AT .sorry caps....Rich's Forum, 2007, about the rifles, the video was posted at that time...perhaps Chris still has a copy, I will write and ask, or perhaps Greg does, this is not to muddle the waters any further, though I realise at times that is what happens, as there is so much information available, it appears to be the neverending storyland...thanks again for your new research and all the best with it...b

FIRST POSTED BY Rich Della Rosa Nov.25.2007
A British Enfield .303 was reported found by NBC............then one of mine, with links that you may or not be interested in...or you may have encountered them already...b

Rich; Both the Mauser and the Enfield were far superior sniper weapons.

Just FYI Myron DelaBeckwith killed Medgar Evers with a British Enfield.
No connection to the JFK case, but the discovery of weapons like the
Mauser and the British Enfield indicates the possible presence of
professional snipers....

A couple of things. When the Mauser was found, Boone was asked
how he knew it was a Mauser. He replied that the barrel was stamped
"7.65 Mauser." He later recanted and said he called all bolt action
rifle Mausers.

Constable Seymour Weitzman owned a sporting goods store before
joining law enforcement. He too attested it was a 7.65 Mauser, and he
too, was pressured to change his report.

Roger Craig saw the Mauser and there was no doubt that it was stamped
"7.65 Mauser." He was asked to change his report, but unlike the other
two, he refused. And his life was never the same.

As for the Enfield, I have the video of NBC's coverage. If I recall correctly,
it was found on the roof of the TSBD. The report was made within the first
90 minutes of their coverage. The official "spin" hadn't clicked in yet, so
I have a tendency to believe a reporter on the scene witnessed the discovery
of the Enfield by police and filed a report with NBC........


You may be interested in Craig's article....

The Guns of Dealey Plaza

by John S. Craig

Action on the Roof

Oswald's 6.5 Mannlicher-Carcano was not the only weapon seen in Dealey Plaza that day. At1 p.m. Dallas police officers were filmed by Ernest Charles Mentesana removing a rifle from the roof of the Depository. Unlike the Oswald rifle, the rifle Mentesana filmed had no sling, no scope, and protruded at least 7-8 inches past the stock, where Oswald's extended only 4-5 inches. <17> In the film two police officers are standing on a fire escape at the seventh floor of the Depository gesturing to the roof. In the next sequence the rifle is being examined.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Thayer Waldo watched a group of high-ranking Dallas police officers huddle together for a conference just a few minutes after 1 p.m. on the day of the shooting. When he spoke to a secretary who was privy to the officers' conversations, she told Waldo that police officers had found a rifle on the "roof of the School Book Depository." <18>

W. Anthony Marsh believes the rifle shown in the film is very likely a Dallas Police Department Remington 870 shotgun. Marsh notes that the Dallas Police Department used Remington 870 shotguns. One of the officers escorting three men in the railyards after the shooting was carrying a Remington 870 shotgun.

footnotes .....

17. Sibley, Robert. "The Mysterious, Vanishing Rifle of the JFK Assassination," The Third Decade, v. 1, n. 6, September 1985, p. 16.

18. Warren Commission Hearings and Exhibit, vol. 15, p. 5.

19. Marsh, W. Anthony. "No Mentesana Rifle," The Assassination Chronicles, v. 2, n. 1, March 1996, p. 24.


Testimony Of Seymour Weitzman


A bit more on Weitzman...


When Michael Canfield visited Dallas in April 1975 he interviewed Seymour Weitzman, who was in a home for aged veterans. Seymour Weitzman had a nervous breakdown in June 1972 - shortly after Watergate. He requested that his doctor, Charles Laburda, be present during the interview. Seymour Weitzman told Michael Canfield he had encountered a Secret Service Agent in the parking lot who produced credentials and told him everything was under control. He described the man as being of medium height, dark hair and wearing a light windbreaker. Michael Canfield showed him photographs of Watergate burglars STURGIS and BARKER, and asked him if either of these men resembled the "Secret Service Agent" he had encountered on November 22, 1963. He pointed to BERNARD BARKER. He told Michael Canfield: "I can't remember for sure, but it looked like him. Couldn't swear it was him though...anyway so many witnesses are dead...two Cubans once forced their way into my house and waited for me when I got home. I had to chase them out with my service revolver...I feared for my life." A recent JFK Records Collection Computer search revealed that one page of a Warren Commission document that dealt with Seymour Weitzman and the tramps was referred to another agency for review. [NARA 180-10095-10367; see 180-10095-10355] When the HSCA attempted to question Seymour Weitzman, Dr. Charles Laburda objected: "Since Mr. Weitzman was treated for emotional illness for many years...information sought from him should be extracted from his testimony and depositions made at that time [1963 to 1964]." [ltr. VA Laburda 6.1.78] Seymour Weitzman, born January 28, 1922, died in July 1985.


""Officer Seymour Weitzman, part of the Dallas police search team, later described the discovery of the rifle on the afternoon of November 22. He stated that it had been so well hidden under boxes of books that the officers stumbled over it many times before they found it. Officer Weitzmann, who had an engineering degree and also operated a sporting goods store, was recognized as an authority on weapons. Consequently, Dallas Homicide Chief Will Fritz, who was on the scene, asked him the make of the rifle. Weitzman identified it as a 7.65 Mauser, a highly accurate German-made weapon. Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig was also there and later recalled the word "Mauser" inscribed in the metal of the gun. And Deputy Sheriff Eugene Boone executed a sworn affidavit in which he described the rifle as a Mauser. As late as midnight November 22, Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade told the media that the weapon found was a Mauser.

… when the smoke cleared and all the law enforcement authorities in Dallas had their stories duly in order, the official position was that the rifle found on the sixth floor of the Depository was the Mannlicher-Carcano, which allegedly was linked to Oswald under an alias, and not the Mauser, which disappeared forever shortly after it reached the hands of Captain Fritz.

But even this revision of the official story did not explain the third rifle. A film taken by Dallas Cinema Associates, an independent film company, showed a scene of the Book Depository shortly after the assassination. Police officers on the fire escape were bringing down a rifle from the roof above the sixth floor with the tender care you might give an infant. When the policemen reached the ground, a high-ranking officer held the rifle high for everyone to see. The camera zoomed in for a close-up. Beneath the picture was the legend, "The Assassin’s Rifle." When I saw the film, I noted that this rifle had no sight mounted on it. Thus it could not have been either the Carcano or the vanished Mauser, both of which had sights.

I was not surprised to find that this third rifle, like the Mauser, had disappeared. But its existence confirmed my hypothesis that Lee Oswald could not have killed John Kennedy as the American public had been told. Setting aside the evidence of two other weapons on the scene, the incredibly accurate shooting of an incredibly inaccurate rifle within an impossible time frame was merely the beginning of the feat we were asked to believe Oswald had accomplished.""

Jim Garrison, On the Trail of the Assassins, pp. 113 - 115)












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Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:39 AM

Bernice, I realize there could have been many weapons found/smuggled out of the TSBD. That was not our point with the two weapons. The point is, there were two weapons reported - officially! Meaning, there should have been hard questions asked of the DPD. Its a defenet sign of more than one gumman.The "other weapons" allegedly found could always be dissmissed by the WC, FBI and DPD.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 11:14 AM

Bernice, Thanks for the additional information, I agree that it is only in the first few minutes that you get the right information and both Staffan and I tend to lean on very few people but Roger Craig is one of them. His account of what they found and how it happened makes perfect sense but as Staffan mentioned, it is indicative of how all of it was handled when they officially report two weapons but later just dismisses one and builds the case around the "wrong" one. Thanks again for your input, most appreciated.  

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:03 PM

HI guys, your very welcome to whatever information or photos or such that I have, your work is very important..Steffan as far as I know, no the Enfield even though reported on the air, am trying to get that clip for you,if ?? I have never found where it was officially within say the DPD fILES that are now available for all on the web, box after box..or the documents not at all.....Lord forbid they would have ever in our dreams have even whispered of any other rifle, that's not the way it was to work, one patsy one rifle, one dead dpd policeman, one theatre, one bus, ,etc etc..the fix was in and imo he never had a chance, I TOO BELIEVE ROGER CRAIG, AND I WILL TELL YOU THE MAIN WHY A FEW YEARS BACK, IN DIGGING INTO OLD DOCS ETC, WHATEVER I COULD FIND, LOW AND BEHOLD I CAME UPON SOME titled information in connection to ROGER Craig's wife, what it comes down to and I will ask Stan again, groan if he will post them for you, see she was being followed and was fearful, she had Roger's only copy of his manuscript, anyway she reported this information to the police,they had the records.so I figure if they were following her and scaring her, there was a d good reason, that reason I figure was his manuscript . could be, which they never got and it was published, there is also in case you are not aware, much within Penn Jones the Baylor information on Roger they were very good friends and he did try to help him, but I am afraid another spoke up and told the truth and of course they could never allow such to be told, after all he was connected to the force, and whatever they said, it was expected that it be bowed down to. Enough I am rambling again...I have sent Stan a few photos he is going to post them for your thread, whenever the poor gentleman gets time, he is such a good sort. He really is, and he is blessed with patience, which is seldom seen in woman, and never in men, but it is within STAN THE GOOD........as I now call him.. carry on, your work is well done and imo very important as you piece the information together........new eyes always see new information and bring about new thoughts...which is imporant, thank you both for all your work, research and time that you have spent on this very important part of history.good job....have a good night..best for now and take care..b
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:07 PM

Any weapons experts ever able to discern whether the weapon shown in the Mentesana film is am Enfield or a Remington shotgun? Also if the weapon first found was a Mauser (and there is a lot of credible evidence to suggest it was) where did the MC come from? Fritz is seen clearly holding it in the TV footage taken on the 5th floor that day.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 03:25 PM

We made a mistake of not emphasizing we mean two weapons officially reported by the DPD. We too believe there were probably several weapons in the TSBD.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:15 PM

Any weapons experts ever able to discern whether the weapon shown in the Mentesana film is am Enfield or a Remington shotgun? Also if the weapon first found was a Mauser (and there is a lot of credible evidence to suggest it was) where did the MC come from? Fritz is seen clearly holding it in the TV footage taken on the 5th floor that day.

Hi Gordon; I cannot tell you right now the who, but I do recall more than once, the weapon in Mentesana was ID as a Remington shotgun,as the men within the research world, were very interested and some very able to id such ..that is about where it stands now, the DPD did carry that type of shot gun, There has never been any definite evidence or proven so, but it has been posted many times by many, that someone within the DPD was responsible for any guns that appeared and those that may have disappeared, like now you see it now you don't trick...take care.b

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 11:45 PM

Any weapons experts ever able to discern whether the weapon shown in the Mentesana film is am Enfield or a Remington shotgun? Also if the weapon first found was a Mauser (and there is a lot of credible evidence to suggest it was) where did the MC come from? Fritz is seen clearly holding it in the TV footage taken on the 5th floor that day.


Gordon, I think the MC could of perhaps come in with the Dallas Fire Department. Why they were called in when the entire Dallas Police/Sheriff Depts already were on the scene seems strange and suspicious, especially when the firemen were let in before the building was sealed off (if Im not mistaken).

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 01:41 PM

Wow not only the Dallas Police force but the Dallas Fire Dept. as well were in cahoots with the plotters.. I wonder if JFK was in on it too. Before I would bring in the Fire Dept. I might look to other weapons being found on that floor and perhaps other floors. IO also wonder about the time frame of that TV footage.  Could a Mauser have been discovered first and then later  MC discovery captured on film? 

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 02:31 PM

Well, Gordon, maybe not the entire DFD. I would like to hear your explanation of why firemen were let in the TSBD while the police were still searching for the suspekt/weapons and before the building had been sealed off?

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 04:18 PM

Gordon, I think the MC could of perhaps come in with the Dallas Fire Department. Why they were called in when the entire Dallas Police/Sheriff Depts already were on the scene seems strange and suspicious, especially when the firemen were let in before the building was sealed off (if Im not mistaken).

Staffan; The Fire Dept were called in as they wanted and needed ladders so they could search up above toward the ceiling areas, the walls were very high, anyway they took in ladders and portable lights...b.ps if you search within the photos taken on the 6th floor there are photos showing the ladders set up on that floor searching...etc..

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 04:24 PM

Wow not only the Dallas Police force but the Dallas Fire Dept. as well were in cahoots with the plotters.. I wonder if JFK was in on it too. Before I would bring in the Fire Dept. I might look to other weapons being found on that floor and perhaps other floors. IO also wonder about the time frame of that TV footage.  Could a Mauser have been discovered first and then later  MC discovery captured on film?

Gordon, it is within the research somewhere, perhaps Marrs. Jones ?? that included within the Mentesana film was a clip showing a police officer coming down the building fire escape , on the outside of the building, right hand side, if I could post photos which I have not figured out yet, I would show you, but anyway...holding a Mauser and another Police officer standing on the roof , that is where they found the M/C they said, but the film clip disappeared so the info went and we have never seen it...fwiw b

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:04 PM

Staffan & Gordon, you may be interested in this compiled info, re the Mauser or the M/C..fwiw...b

Was the rifle found a Mauser or a Mannlicher-Carcano?

This remains, in my opinion, an open and unsolved facet of the case,
despite the efforts of certain researchers to close it down as a
'factoid'. I simply believe that doing so is premature and counter-
productive. Let's look at a number of things in turn:

From (5, p403):

"..four law enforcement officers connected with finding the rifle
all state clearly that the one they found was a 7.65 caliber Mauser."

It wasn't only Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig who made that ID. Also, Deputy
Sheriff Luke Mooney, Deputy Sheriff Eugene L. Boone, and Deputy
Constable Seymour Weitzman.(ibid.) all did as well.

Weitzman, also signed an affidavit that appears on page 228 of
Vol. 24 (Warren Commission Hearings). He noted in that affidavit that he
and Deputy. Sheriff Eugene L. Boone found a rifle on the 6th floor of the
TSBD at 1.22 p.m. In his words:

"That rifle was a 7.65 Mauser bolt-action rifle equipped with a 4/18
scope, a thick leather brownish-black sling over it"

In Deputy Craig's words (from interview on film):

"I read the words from 6 to 8 inches away. They read -
Seven Point Six-Five *MAUSER*."

Note - it was also Craig who stated that the spent shells all were
within one to three inches of each other, and aligned in the
same direction. (Same filmed interview). This is further testimony
that the sniper's 'lair' filmed by Tom Alyea was a staged set up.
(Not that Alyea did it, but that he filmed it- and interestingly, he
was 'coincidentally' omitted from the Warren Commission's
roster of witnesses. See Part 4).

It stretches credibility that all *four* of these gentlemen could have
erred in the same way - especially given the fact that the WC exhibit of
the alleged weapon was clearly labeled 'Made in Italy' and 'Cal 6.5'.
In addition, let's not forget that Weitzmann was very familiar with
weapons, having worked in a Sporting Goods store. For the same
reason, he was extremely knowledgeable about rifles (5, p. 499)
He also had a graduate engineering degree, ensuring that attention would
be paid to details (particularly a 'Made in Italy' label on a rifle, if indeed
that was the rifle he first observed).

In concert, we can surmise, on the basis of logic, that four separate
individuals - at least one of whom was very familiar with rifles - could
not have made the same basic error. This flies in the face of
probability as well as common sense (particularly given Weitzmann's
Sporting Goods experience). Logic rather dictates that we look
at another possibility: that any 'official' acceptance of the Mauser ID
was so fraught with difficulties - in linking Oswald to the 'weapon'
(since the MC was purchased from a magazine ad) that it was more trouble
than profit to retain it. (Especially in the wake of the 'directive'
memo from Attorney Gen. Nicholas Katzenbach, in next section).

Let's look at some other facts and features, and render logical conjectures:

-Weitzmann's so-called 'retraction' of his original ID (in signed affidavit)
occurred *after* the weapon came into possession of the Dallas PD as
'evidence'. This offered more than enough time for a convenient substitution
- which could have occurred while people were still at the TSBD scene.
For example, there is the documented report of E.D. Brewer (6, p32)
that 'a weapon was being pulled back through the window of the SE
corner of the TSBD'.

Perhaps, just perhaps, Brewer was the unwitting observer to a blatant
break in the chain of evidence. With the bogus (M-C) riflle being
hauled into position. This cannot be discounted.

Now, with the bogus (prop) in place, taken into 'official evidence',
Weitzmann could easily have been asked again- confronted with the
prop - about his ID. Clearly seeing the 'Made in Italy' label, which the
M-C- had, he had no option but to recant his earlier identification.

- There is also the disturbing observation of a Mauser "casually brought
into the TSBD" on November 20, only two days before the assassination
(6, p263):

Why was the Mauser being brought in? Who brought it into the bldg.?
More importantly, why did it occur on the same day as reported
'weapons practice on the knoll'. (Ibid.) Who was conducting such
practice? Secret Service? Dallas PD? WHO??? And more
importantly, WHY?? AND WHY ON THE KNOLL? It was
further noted that the reference to the Mauser was in an FBI report
submitted to the Dallas Police Dept. (ibid.). Did they bury it? If so,
why? Under *whose* specific orders? Let's also get clear that many
Dallas cops at the time, were not what you'd call enlightened paragons
of social integration. A number belonged to the Dallas White Citizens'
Council, the KKK and other extreme rightist fringe groups. (cf, 3, 6)
They would not have been enamored of JFK's forced integration policies,
to say the least, and might be quite willing to follow orders from certain
rich Texan segregationists who believed JFK a race traitor or worst.

Like it or not, the Mauser issue remains open, as do the questions that
surround it. We get nowhere by prematurely closing it, merely to assuage
and appease a group that may be rushing to vindication by some process
of 'consensus gathering' - in order to present a monolithic research face.
(With all those who diverge from the unilateral and homogenized - read
'acceptable' interpretations, dismissed as 'crackpots' and excluded from
having a voice)

This isn't good enough, particularly in light of the psy ops' taint which
covers this case like a sickly pall. Those who dismiss or belittle this
pall are egregious, dangerously naïve, dishonest or all three.

3. Were there really curtain rods? If so, what happened to them?

The Warren Commission claimed that there was only a 'curtain rod story'
(9a. p169) and the Oswald 'lied' i.e., that he later denied that he
told Frazier he had curtain rods. However, it seems clear that by this
time, Oswald already realized he was being set up. He realized if he
admitted to the curtain rod claim it would be turned against him to mean
he actually had possession of a concealed rifle. He probably reasoned it
would be better to deny the claim, than accept a further association
which could be convoluted to implicate him, particularly as he was
already mired into being a full-blown patsy.

What we do know is that curtain rods were indeed hung up in Oswald's
room after his arrest. A photo is shown with the curtain hanging
being supervised (7, p96, lower right).


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:28 PM

When Mark Lane testified
before the WC, he requested to see the alleged
assassination rifle on March 4, 1964. This
was denied. When on July 2, 1964, he testified
again it was only on the condition that he be
allowed to see the rifle.

"Rush To Judgment", page.... 115

When Mark Lane looked at it, on July 2, 1964, he read aloud to the WC members the inscription that was on it....
stating...... "MADE ITALY" and "CAL. 6.5."
(WCH V p. 561)

His purpose was to support Officer Weitzman's
affidavit........ arguing that he doubted any Police Officer
would have made such a mistaken identitification...and related Mauser in error..



''The Warren Commission reported, however, that when the rifle was found, .... NBC and WBAP radio identified it as a British Enfield .303. ... KRLD radio announced that the rifle was "presumed to be a .25 caliber high powered Army or ... had even seen a Mauser at the TSBD in the possession of their supervisor Roy Truly



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:34 PM

Just a small thing: its not a German Mauser, its a Belgian Mauser. Germany never made a Mauser with that caliber.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 02:41 PM

Thanks for the info Staffan, I would not know, I have always gone by what the reports stated on it...but it is good the info be corrected...b..

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 03:16 AM


about the Dallas Fire Department arriving at TSBD before 1:00pm: They were called in by Bill Decker (who was possibly part of the conspiracy, according to Craig), if I remember correctly that happend around 12.50pm. The "description" had been arired on the police radio only 5-6 minutes earlier. You could be right of course, but to think of the need for "ladders" because the "high ceilings" before the building was sealed off is kind of hard to swallow. I would say that probably belongs to the "Department of Incredible Efficiency". :)

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:12 PM

Hi Staffan;; agreed ''incredible I would call it Inefficiency after the fact, though I am not positive now where that information comes from, though I would not be surprised if it was a thrown out thingie within the W/C that might have stuck......if I could post the darn photos I could show you where the ladder was, is used on the 6th floor and lights, I will try to get to them and send them to Stan the hero.to post them for me, thanks for the come back, take care ..best b.....ps I do recall the only lights they had on the 6th and other floors were like the old fashioned hanging bulb, and there were certainly not efficient..nor bright...
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