AFFIDAVIT IN ANY FACT
THE STATE OF TEXAS
COUNTY OF DALLAS
BEFORE ME, Patsy Collins, a Notary Public in and for said County, State of Texas, on this day personally appeared Jack E. Dougherty w/m/40, 1827 So. Marsalis WH-6-7170 who, after being by me duly sworn, on oath deposes and says:
I am employed at the Texas School Book Depository at 411 Elm and have been since 1952. I was working on the sixth floor today. There was six of us working on the floor. The others were Bill Lovelady, William Shelby, Danny Arce, Bonnie Williams, and Charles Givens. I went back to work at 12:45 p.m. I had already gone back to work and I gone down on the fifth to get some stock when I heard a shot. It sounded like it was coming from inside the building, but I couldn't tell from where. I went down on the first floor, and asked a man named Eddie Piper if he had heard anything and he said yes, that he had heard three shots. I then went back on the sixth floor. I didn't see anyone on the floor except the people I named. There was another employee that is named Lee Oswald that I saw on the sixth floor. He works all over the building, but I saw him on the sixth floor shortly before noon. I didn't see Oswald in the building after lunch.
/s/ Jack E. Dougherty
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN BEFORE ME THIS 22 DAY OF November A.D. 1963
/s/ Patsy Collins
Notary Public, Dallas County, Texas
Analyzing the syntax and grammar used by Jack Dougherty in his affidavit, one realizes that it is quite good, better than most Americans, in fact. Unless he was "helped" with it, it would appear that he wasn't the low-intelligence guy he has been portrayed as being. He must have been "helped" with it, right? Actually, I don't think so. He did make
one two grammatical mistakes when he used the singular form of the verb "to be" in the past tense ("was") when he should have used the plural form ("were"), and when he said "I gone" instead of just "gone" without the "I," or perhaps "went" or "I went," thereby suggesting that it really was Dougherty who wrote these words instead of some highly-educated "helper."
I have highlighted in purple the places where he used noticeably good grammar.
PS Dougherty wrote that he returned to work at 12:45. But then he contradicts himself by saying that he had already gone back to work when he heard a shot (which we know happened at 12:31)! He also says, in so many words, that he went down to the fifth floor to get some stock, and was on that floor when he heard a shot.
OK. So he said he went down to the fifth floor. Question: From where? From the sixth floor? If so, did he go up there to get some stock there, too, or to do "something else"?
Edited by Thomas Graves, 02 September 2016 - 08:47 PM.