I'm gonna try to slip in here first with some comments before anyone else.
First, that's a good summary ... and you are
entitled to call it a "summary" since it is, after all, shorter than most of MY posts! What you are not
entitled to do, however, is call me Mister: "Duke" will do just fine, tenk you veddy much!
I disagree that there is any
likelihood that the empty ammo boxes came from the Paine residence. There is entirely too much that militates against it. Not only the Paines attitude, but the Saturday "shopping search" as well.
What I didn't mention in my earlier discourse was that, in addition to trying to find where LHO might've bought WCC ammo, they also did a pretty good search around both Dallas and Irving to find out where he might've shot any. They came up empty-handed. Even they admitted he couldn't have been at the Sports Drome or other ranges - makeshift or commercial - where he was "sighted."
So where did the other 16 or so rounds go? (They came 20 to a box.)
N'Orleans is a possible
source of the ammo, as is Fort Worth (which as much as it's a "different world" from Dallas today, was more so then ... and "farther away" too!). The catches with these are that Marina and Ruth drove LHO's belongings back to Dallas and would presumably have noticed the "bricks" of ammo (by weight in a concentrated volume) ... just like they'd presumably have noticed a rifle simply wrapped up in a blanket, too, no? And then, when and how did he get back and forth to Fort Worth, 30 miles away?
The likely scenarios are (assuming he ever had ammo for the gun) that he either /a/ got it from someone else, or /b/ got it at one of the two Dallas gun shops. The proprietors either /a/ simply lied, or /b/ honestly didn't remember him. Just because they didn't remember him doesn't mean he wasn't there. It only means nobody can prove
he was there. If they lied, it still
doesn't mean he wasn't there.
This, at least, provides for the possibility
that he got his hands on the ammo, which from the sound of your next comments, is what you might've hoped to achieve. If you don't mind, I'll address those in reverse order:
This is why I personally find the question of the Mannlicher-Carcano ammunition to be so critical. From this evidence ALONE it appears that Oswald had at least one accomplice who provided him with bullets ....
From the evidence alone, it does not appear that Oswald ever had any ammo. From the evidence alone, it does not appear that there was ever a gun in the Paine garage OR in his room on Beckley. From the evidence alone, it does not appear he transported it from Irving to the TSBD that Friday morning OR that he brought it in at any other time.
Even IF someone else bought it for him and brought it to him, it likewise does not make him an "accomplice," or at least not a witting one.
... and MOST LIKELY at least one other one who either concealed or removed evidence. Doesn't it? So then the question becomes, who might have provided Oswald with ammo and why, and who might have concealed or sanitized his personal effects and why?
But...there is still the problem of only having the 4 bullets. If no other M-C ammo was ever found in his personal effects, that implies to me that either a, Oswald had some personal effects that were never examined, or b, someone tampered with his personal effects before they were examined by law enforcement.
There is also the problem of the disposition of the other 16 bullets or more, but we'll leave that aside. If there were personal effects that were never examined, then where were they? Might not someone have come forth and said "hey, that guy rented a room from me! Never showed up but once or twice a month, quick in and out, y'all might wanna check and see what's in there?" The close examination of his accounts pretty well precludes that.
Otherwise, all I can say is "some accomplice!!" Me, I'd have shot that
SOB before I'd shot Tippit! Yanked my bullets from my room, but left the damned holster behind! And all this when? Sitting in the theater - for which there is no evidence - the guy says, "Gee, Ozzie, they're gonna be coming after you pretty quick, y'know. What say you sit tight right here and I'll run back to the Beckley house, hope your landlady doesn't notice me, and get your stuff. Then I'll make a quick run out to Marina's place, hope she and Ruth don't notice me, and grab your other stuff from the garage. Don't think you'll be needin' that filthy ol' blanket, do ya now, what with it being cold and all these nights lately? OK, well, meet ya back here 'round five, and stay outta trouble now, y'hear?"
And where'd this guy come from all of a sudden? Didn't pick Ozzie up downtown and there were no payphones for Ozzie to call him from, and he didn't use the phone at home, so how'd they hook up and where? In front of the house, maybe pre-arranged? Great, then why'd he drop ol' Ozzie off in the neighborhood other than just to kill a cop and draw attention to himself? And pick him up right afterward so he'd "disappear," only to leave him again in the middle of the block of the Oak Cliff business district as the cops were screaming by, then also
sneak into the theater after Johnny told Julia about Ozzie, or did he just go back to Ozzie's place without him and manage to sneak in past ol' half-blind Earlene and get half
of Ozzie's stuff?
One hardly "sanitizes" when he leaves incriminating evidence behind.
The one thing that you CANNOT do is to reach a conclusion and then build additional scenarios, one upon the other, to show how your conclusion is correct and might have been carried out. He had ammo; he didn't buy it, so someone else did. No extra was found, so that same person must've taken it away. And if one man couldn't have gotten it all, there must've been two or more. My goodness, half the town's out coverin' our boy's ass and still
they manage to string him up! Damn, Sam!
Accomplices like that, who needs people planting evidence against 'em?
More'n likely, that young son was set up. That's a whole lot easier to explain, and using people we know
dog don't belong in the hunt.
(Got it in before everyone else got up: good on me! Don't mean to berate you - it's late and I'm getting cranky - but think it through from all sides before reaching a conclusion. If something doesn't fit, it probably ain't gonna work.)