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On 9/14/2019 at 6:53 AM, Jim Hargrove said:

Mr. B’s “Come to Jesus” Moment:  

“Classic Oswald® and The Decoy”

Perhaps if we referred to the two Oswalds as “Classic Oswald® and The Decoy” it would help lower Mr. B’s blood pressure.  He surely knows there is a trainload of credible evidence for a “Classic Oswald and The Decoy,” not only at the Texas Theater that afternoon, but throughout the day of November 22, 1963, over much of the six weeks prior to the assassination (as analyzed by Sylvia Meagher below), and long before that.

So, what evidence of the fellow we’ll temporarily call “The Decoy” is there on November 22, 1963?

Credible, multiple witness accounts put “The Decoy” at both the Top 10 Record Store buying a ticket and at Fred Moore’s Jiffy store buying two beers (and showing a Texas driver’s license for identification) in the morning of November 22 while Classic Oswald was already at the TSBD.

The Decoy was seen immediately after the hit inside the TSBD by Mrs. Reid wearing a white t-shirt, not a brown/red shirt, despite all the efforts by the WC to get him into a brown shirt.

The Decoy may even have been photographed on the sixth floor of the TSBD.  What’s sometimes hard to grasp about this case is that the The Decoy was probably Robert Oswald’s actual brother.  Classic Oswald was not.  Compare the hairline of the t-shirted American-born LEE Oswald, oops, I mean The Decoy, shown in this detail from the Dillard film with the so-called hunter photo taken and published by Robert Oswald in his book.


The Decoy was seen by multiple witnesses entering a Nash Rambler at just about the same time Classic Oswald got on a bus. The EVIDENCE for both the nearly simultaneous Nash Rambler and Bus and Taxi rides is simply enormous.

The second Oswald/Hidell wallet, the one that magically appeared in Capt. Westbrook’s hands at 10th and Patton, was apparently owned by the Oswald Decoy.  Two Oswald/Hidell wallets for two Oswalds.  Oops, I mean two wallets for “Classic Oswald and the Decoy.”

That same Oswald decoy apparently spent weeks setting up Classic Oswald before the assassination, including four different appearances at the Sports Drome Rifle Range, visits to Morgan’s Gun Shop, the Downtown Lincoln Mercury dealership, the Irving Furniture Mart, the Southland Hotel parking garage, and so on.  

This period of weeks setting up Classic Oswald as a potential assassin is exactly what Sylvia Meagher described in her renowned book.  Ms. Meagher obviously had the audacity to refer to “Two Oswalds” rather than “Classic Oswald and The Decoy,” which, I’m sure, Mr. B would prefer.



This is just a tiny sampling of the evidence iceberg for two Oswalds, I mean, for “Classic Oswald and The Decoy.”  To see more, please feel free to visit my website linked below.


I'm not being snarky here...I like the change to "Classic Oswald and The Decoy".  For some reason, my brain kept getting jumbled when I was reading how it was being presented in the past.  I would like to add that the name Lee Harvey Oswald was used several times by more than one person.  The CIA maintained a 201 file on Oswald and that he was trained by the CIA.  He was also on the payroll of the CIA.  In addition, LHO was an informant for the FBI too.  It may sound strange that the CIA and the FBI both had Oswald on the payroll however it is important to believe the CIA and the FBI didn't have much respect for each other and didn't share information with each other either.

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Didn’t you post to this forum a little while ago on a somewhat different account?  If there are two Rich Popes in our little group, I may have to shoot myself, rhetorically speaking.


I’ve never seen that IBM card and I suspect it’s long gone.    The last info John found from Garrison’s office, I believe, was a two page memo from investigator Gary Sanders, which I’ve put below.  If Garrison’s office did anything after what is described in this memo, John didn’t find it going through the files.

A fellow named Ace R. Hayes tried to dig some more on this in the early 1980s, and, if memory serves, he said he talked with the current (at the time) Department of Public Safety chief of the drivers license division and Mrs. Lee Bozarth from the same department, both of whom, he said, confirmed there was a driver’s license for Oswald.

Above is from memory and a few brief notes and it’s getting late here, but all these files are in the online John Armstrong Collection at Baylor University.  The driver’s license files can be downloaded at this address:







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I'm lost in a thread I started.  I read something about the IBM card on Oswald a few years back.  As well as a well used Oswald driver's license received in the mail by the drivers license office the week after the assassination ???  But nothing further on either one.  Nothing there or shushed.    

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Jim has given us one more example of the 'Harvey and Lee' modus operandi, something he has done over and over again: when you're cornered, change the subject.

Someone provides a perfectly rational explanation for the 'two fake Oswalds arrested in the Texas Theater' speculation. Forget about that! What about the school records?

Someone provides a perfectly rational explanation for the school records. Forget about that! What about the Bolton Ford incident?

Someone provides a perfectly rational explanation for the Bolton Ford incident. Forget about that! What about the two fake Oswalds who were arrested in the Texas Theater?

And so the circus show goes on, and Jim still can't understand why people have been making fun of him for the last 20-plus years.

I suspect I'm more likely to get a straight answer from John Butler, who does at least acknowledge the existence of more than one fake Oswald, as he has just pointed out in another thread:



there was more than two Oswalds.  There was a larger Oswald Project.  The person in the photo above is neither Lee or Harvey.




The facts of the case do seem to show that your interpretation is correct, and that there were indeed more than two Oswalds in the Texas Theater:

(a) We have several accounts of the real Oswald being arrested on the ground floor.

(b) We have Butch Burroughs' account of someone who looked like Oswald, but who was not Oswald, also being arrested on the ground floor.

(c) We have the police reports of someone called Oswald being arrested in the balcony.

Would you agree that this evidence shows that there were more than two Oswalds in the Texas Theater?

One potential problem with this scenario is that there appear to be good reasons to doubt both the police reports and Burroughs:

- Do you think there's a possibility that the police reports were mistaken? If not, why would the fake Oswald tell the police his name was Oswald, thereby giving the game away? And why did the police (or anyone else, for that matter) not comment on the rather startling fact that two of the men they arrested had the same name?

- Burroughs doesn't seem to have given his account until 30 years after the event. What do you think are the chances that someone's 30-year-old recollections may have been inaccurate in some way?

For the standard 'Harvey and Lee' interpretation to be correct, either the police reports or Burroughs must have been mistaken. Which do you think is more likely to be mistaken, the police or Burroughs?

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49 minutes ago, Jeremy Bojczuk said:

Jim has given us one more example of the 'Harvey and Lee' modus operandi, something he has done over and over again: when you're cornered, change the subject.

Mr. B. continues with the personal insults, pretending that I have been “cornered” and then “change the subject” when, in fact, I have offered at least three times earlier in this very thread the analysis of James Douglass that completely demolishes his “three Oswald” talking point about the known facts regarding the Texas Theater.  As I wrote in this post,

Finally, Mr. B. predicates his silly “three Oswald” business on his own parsing of Burroughs’ statements, claiming that even if the second Oswald was brought downstairs from the balcony before Burroughs’ saw him that would preclude a balcony arrest.  Nothing in Crossfire or JFK and the Unspeakable precludes a balcony arrest for the man both Burroughs and Haire obviously thought looked like Classic Oswald®.

James Douglass said it clearly when he wrote (emphasis added): 

Because Butch Burroughs saw neither Oswald nor his lookalike enter the Texas Theater, each must have gone directly up the balcony stairs on entering. Oswald crossed the balcony and came down the stairs on the far side of the lobby. There he entered the orchestra seats and began his seat-hopping, in apparent search of a contact. His lookalike sneaked into the theater at 1:45 P.M. and, like Oswald, went immediately up the balcony stairs. By the time Burroughs witnessed the Oswald double’s arrest, he had also come down the balcony stairs on the far side of the lobby, either on his own or already accompanied by police who had been checking the balcony. [JFK and the Unspeakable, p. 461]

We've been over all this before, of course, but Mr. B. continues to press his "three Oswald" nonsense. Pretending that the existing evidence about the theater arrests required “three Oswalds” to make sense is nothing but rhetorical diarrhea. 

Mr. B. wants us to believe that the second Oswald, who Burroughs and Haire both thought they saw arrested, was actually George Applin.  In fact, he states this as if it were a known fact!  He states this

  • even though he doesn’t have the slightest idea if Applin looked anything at all like Classic Oswald®,
  • even though he doesn’t know if Applin left by the back entrance, as the man both Burroughs and Haire witnessed did, or the front entrance,
  • and even though Applin left the theater only after police had locked down the building and interviewed every theater patron, by most estimates approaching twenty people.

When Mr. B. whines that I "change the subject" when cornered, what I actually do is offer more and more evidence that there were two Oswalds following pre-conceived instructions throughout the day of 11/22/63, that these two Oswalds had been active for weeks and years before, and that this is obviously relevant to a discussion of two Oswalds in the Texas Theater.

Mr. B. also wants readers to believe that all this two Oswald evidence has been "debunked" by banned forum member Greg Parker.  He provides link after link to Parker's site and wants us to believe that it's all been debunked over there.  But he never describes Mr. Parker's so-called evidence right here.  Why?  Because he knows I can tear it apart.  

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I was trying to find or re-find an article by Penn Jones on the confrontation between Oswald and Officer Mcdonald when I ran across this by Penn Jones.

I couldn't get a link to work for this article so.  I fairly sure this article covers many of the same things as Jim Marrs did.





By Penn Jones, Jr.



(from The Rebel magazine, January 1984)






Over 100 murders, suicides, mysterious deaths--the strange fate of those who saw Kennedy shot.    Ruby%20Oswald.gif


Shortly after dark on Sunday night November 24, 1963, after Ruby had killed Lee Harvey Oswald, a meeting took place in Jack Ruby's apartment in Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Five persons were present. George Senator and Attorney Tom Howard were present and having a drink in the apartment when two newsmen arrived. The newsmen were Bill Hunter of the Long Beach California Press Telegram, and Jim Koethe of the Dallas Times Herald. Attorney C.A. Droby of Dallas arranged the meeting for the two newsmen. Jim Martin, a close friend of George Senator's, was also present at the apartment meeting.
    This writer asked Martin if he thought it was unusual for Senator to forget the meeting while testifying in Washington on April 22, 1964, since Bill Hunter, who was a newsman present at the meeting, was shot to death that very night. Martin grinned and said: "Oh, you're looking for a conspiracy."
    I nodded yes and he grinned and said, "You will never find it."
    I asked soberly, "Never find it, or not there?"
    He added soberly, "Not there."
    Bill Hunter, a native of Dallas and an award winning newsman in Long Beach, was on duty and reading a book in the police station called "Public Safety Building." Two policemen going off duty came into the press room, and one policeman shot Hunter through the heart at a range officially ruled to be "no more than three feet." The policeman said he dropped his gun, and it fired as he picked it up, but the angle of the bullet caused him to change his story. He finally said he was playing a game of quick draw with his fellow officer. The other officer testified he had his back turned when the shooting took place.
    Hunter, who covered the assassination for his paper, the Long Beach Press Telegram, had written:
    "Within minutes of Ruby's execution of Oswald, before the eyes of millions watching television, at least two Dallas attorneys appeared to talk with him."
    Hunter was quoting Tom Howard who died of a heart attack in Dallas a few months after Hunter's own death. Lawyer Tom Howard was observed acting strangely to his friends two days before his death. Howard was taken to the hospital by a "friend" according to the newspapers. No autopsy was performed.
    Dallas Times Herald reporter Jim Koethe was killed by a karate chop to the throat just as he emerged from a shower in his apartment on September 21, 1964. His murderer was not indicted.
    What went on in that significant meeting in Ruby's and Senator's apartment?
    Few are left to tell. There is no one in authority to ask the question, since the Warren Commission has made its final report, and The House Select Committee has closed its investigation.
    Dorothy Kilgallen was another reporter who died strangely and suddenly after her involvement in the Kennedy assassination. Miss Kilgallen is the only journalist who was granted a private interview with Jack Ruby after he killed Lee Harvey Oswald. Judge Joe B. Brown granted the interview during the course of the Ruby trial in Dallas--to the intense anger of the hundreds of other newspeople present.
    We will not divulge exactly what Miss Kilgallen did to obtain the interview with Ruby. But Judge Brown bragged about the price paid. Only that was not the real price Miss Kilgallen paid. She gave her life for the interview. Miss Kilgallen stated that she was "going to break this case wide open."





 Lee Harvey Oswald--murdered
Photo by Wide World


 Dorothy Killgallen--murdered
Lee Bowers died from "a strange sort of shock"


 Jim Koethe-murdered



Warren Reynolds--murdered

Photo by Wide World


Jack Ruby, diagnosed with pneumonia, died 28 days later of cancer


    She died on November 8, 1965. Her autopsy report took eight days. She was 52 years old. Two days later Mrs. Earl T. Smith, a close friend of Miss Kilgallen's died of undetermined causes.
    Tom Howard, who died of a heart attack, was a good friend of District Attorney Henry Wade, although they often opposed each other in court. Howard was close to Ruby and other fringes of the Dallas underworld.
    Like Ruby, Howard's life revolved around the police station, and it was not surprising when he and Ruby (toting his gun) showed up at the station on the evening of the assassination of President Kennedy. Nor was it unusual when Howard arrived at the jail shortly after Ruby shot Oswald, asking to see his old friend.
    Howard was shown into a meeting room to see a bewildered Ruby who had not asked for a lawyer. For the next two days--until Ruby's brother, Earl, soured on him, and had Howard relieved--he was Jack Ruby's chief attorney and public spokesman.
    Howard took to the publicity with alacrity, called a press conference, wheeled and dealed. He told newsmen the case was a "once-in-a-lifetime chance," and that "speaking as a private citizen," he thought Ruby deserved a Congressional medal. He told the Houston Post that Ruby had been in the police station Friday night (November 22, 1963) with a gun. Howard dickered with a national magazine for an Oswald murder story. He got hold of a picture showing the President's brains flying out of the car, and tried to sell it to Life magazine. Ruby's sister, Eva Grant, even accused Howard of leaking information to the DA. It was never quite clear whether Howard was working for Ruby or against him.
    On March 27, 1965, Howard was taken to a hospital by an unidentified person and died there. He was 48. The doctor, without benefit of an autopsy, said he had suffered a heart attack. Some reporters and friends of Howard's were not so certain. Some said he was "bumped off."
    Earlene Roberts was the plump widow who managed the rooming house where Lee Harvey Oswald was living under the name O. H. Lee. She testified before the Warren Commission that she saw Oswald come home around one o'clock, go to his room for three or four minutes and walk out zipping his light weight jacket. A few minutes later, a mile away, officer J. D. Tippit was shot dead.
    Mrs. Roberts testified that while Oswald was in his room, two uniformed cops pulled up in front of the rooming house and honked twice--"Just tit tit," she said.
    The police department issued a report saying all patrol cars in the area, except Tippit's, were accounted for. The Warren Commission let it go at that.
    After testifying in Dallas in April 1964, Mrs. Roberts was subjected to intensive police harassment. They visited her at all hours of the day and night. Earlene complained of being "worried to death" by the police. She died on January 9, 1966 in Parkland Hospital (the hospital where President Kennedy was taken). Police said she suffered a heart attack in her home. No autopsy was performed.
    Warren Reynolds was minding his used car lot on East Jefferson Street in Oak Cliff in Dallas, when he heard shots two blocks away. He thought it was a marital quarrel. Then he saw a man having a great difficulty tucking "a pistol or an automatic" in his belt, and running at the same time. Reynolds gave chase for a short piece being careful to keep his distance, then lost the fleeing man. He didn't know it then, but he had apparently witnessed the flight of the killer (or one of the killers) of patrolman Jefferson David Tippit. Feeling helpful, he gave his name to a passing policeman and offered his cooperation. Television cameras zeroed in on him, got his story, and made him well known. Warren Reynolds, the amiable used car man, was making history.
    Reynolds was not questioned until two months after the event. The FBI finally talked to him in January 1964. The FBI interview report said, " . . . he was hesitant to definitely identify Oswald as the individual." Then it added, "He advised he is of the opinion Oswald is the person."
    Two days after Reynolds talked to the FBI, he was shot in the head. He was closing up his used car lot for the night at the time. Nothing was stolen. Later after consulting retired General Edwin Walker (the man Oswald allegedly shot at before he assassinated President Kennedy), he told the Warren Commission Counsel that Oswald was definitely the man he saw fleeing the Tippit murder scene.
    A young hood was arrested for the murder attempt. Darrell Wayne Garner had called a relative bragging that he shot Reynolds. But Garner had an alibi, Nancy Jane Mooney, alias Betty McDonald, who said Garner was in bed with her at the time he was supposed to have shot Reynolds. Nancy Jane had worked at Jack Ruby's Carousel Club. Garner was freed.
    Nancy Jane was picked up a week later for fighting with a girlfriend. She was arrested for disturbing the peace. The girlfriend was not arrested. Within hours after her arrest, Nancy Jane was dead. Police reports said she hanged herself with her toreador pants.
    Reynolds and his family were harassed and threatened. But upon giving the Warren Commission a firm identification of Oswald as being the Tippit murder fugitive, he said, "I don't think they are going to bother me any more."
    Hank Killam was a house painter who lived at Mrs. A.C. Johnson's rooming house at the same time Lee Harvey Oswald lived there. His wife, Wanda, once pushed cigarettes and drinks at Jack Ruby's club.
    Hank was a big man, over six feet and weighing over 200 pounds. After the assassination, federal agents visited him repeatedly causing him to lose one job after another.
    Killam was absorbed by the assassination, even obsessed. Hours after the event, he came home, "white as a sheet." Wanda said he stayed up all night watching the television accounts of the assassination. Later he bought all the papers and clipped the stories about Kennedy's death.
    Before Christmas, Killam left for Florida. Wanda confessed where he was. Federal agents hounded him in Tampa, Florida where he was working selling cars at his brother-in-law's car lot. He lost his job.
    Killam wrote Wanda that he would be sending for her soon. He received a phone call on St. Patrick's day. He left the house immediately. He was found later on a sidewalk in front of a broken window. His jugular vein was cut. He bled to death en route to the hospital.
    There is no mention of Killam by the Warren Commission. A number of FBI documents on Killam relating to the assassination were withheld, along with documents prepared by the CIA. What is clear is that SOMEBODY considered Hank Killam a very important guy.
    William Whaley was known as the "Oswald Cabbie." He was one of the few who had the opportunity to talk alone with the accused killer of President Kennedy. He testified that Oswald hailed him at the Dallas Greyhound bus station. Whaley said he drove Oswald to the intersection of Beckley and Neches--half a block from the rooming house--and collected a dollar. Later he identified Oswald as his fare in a questionable police line-up.
    Whaley was killed in a head-on collision on a bridge over the Trinity River, December 18, 1965; his passenger was critically injured. The 83 year old driver of the other car was also killed. Whaley had been with the City Transportation Company since 1936 and had a perfect driving record. He was the first Dallas cabbie to be killed on duty since 1937. When I went to interview the manager of the cab company about Whaley's death, he literally pushed me out of the office, "If you're smart, you won't be coming around here asking questions."
    Domingo Benavides, an auto mechanic, was witness to the murder of Officer Tippit. Benavides testified he got a "really good view of the slayer."
    Benavides said the killer resembled newspaper pictures of Oswald, but he described him differently, "I remember the back of his head seemed like his hairline went square instead of tapered off . . ."
    Benavides reported he was repeatedly threatened by the police who advised him not to talk about what he saw.
    In mid-February 1964, his brother Eddy, who resembled him, was fatally shot in the back of the head at a beer joint on Second Avenue in Dallas. The case was marked "unsolved."
    Benavides's father-in-law J. W. Jackson was not impressed by the investigation. He began his own inquiry. Two weeks later, J.W. Jackson was shot at his home. As the gunman escaped, a police car came around the block. It made no attempt to follow the speeding car with the gunman.



David Ferrie died of
brain hemorrhage
Guy Bannister--heart attack





 One by one Jim Garrison's witnesses met premature deaths 
 Hank Killam's jugular vein was cut and he bled to death


    The police advised that Jackson should "lay off this business." "Don't go around asking questions; that's our job." Jackson and Benavides are both convinced that Eddy's murder was a case of mistaken identity and that Domingo Benavides, the Tippit witness was the intended victim.
    Lee Bowers's testimony is perhaps as explosive as any recorded by the Warren Commission. He was one of the 65 witnesses who saw the President's assassination, and who thought shots were fired from the area of the Grassy Knoll. (The Knoll is west of the Texas School Book Depository Building.) But more than that, he was in a unique position to observe some pretty strange behavior in the Knoll area before and during the assassination.
    Bowers, then a towerman for the Union Terminal Co., was stationed in his 14 foot tower directly behind the Grassy Knoll. He faced the scene of the assassination. He could see the railroad overpass to his right. Directly in front of him was a parking lot and a wooden stockade fence, and a row of trees running along the top of the Grassy Knoll. The Knoll sloped down to the spot on Elm Street where the President was killed. Police had "cut off" traffic into the parking lot, Bowers said, "so that anyone moving around could actually be observed."
    Bowers made two significant observations which he revealed to the Warren Commission. First, he saw three unfamiliar cars slowly cruising around the parking area in the 35 minutes before the assassination; the first two left after a few minutes. The driver of the second car appeared to be talking into a "mic or telephone"; "he was holding something up to his mouth with one hand and he was driving with the other." A third car with out-of-state license plates and mud up to the windows, probed all around the parking area. Bowers last remembered seeing it about eight minutes before the shooting, pausing "just above the assassination site."
    Bowers also observed two unfamiliar men standing on the top of the Knoll at the edge of the parking lot, within 10 or 15 feet of each other. "One man, middle aged or slightly older, fairly heavy set, in a white shirt, fairly dark trousers. Another man, younger, about mid-twenties, in either a plaid shirt or plaid coat or jacket." Both were facing toward Elm and Houston in anticipation of the motorcade. The two were the only strangers he remembered seeing. His description shows a remarkable similarity to Julia Ann Mercer's description of two unidentified men climbing the Knoll.
    When the shots rang out, Bowers's attention was drawn to the area where he had seen the two men; he could still make out the one in the white shirt: "The darker dressed man was too hard to distinguish from the trees."
    Bowers observed "some commotion" at that spot . . .," " . . . something out of the ordinary, a sort of milling around . . . which attracted my eye for some reason which I could not identify." At that moment, a motorcycle policeman left the Presidential motorcade and roared up the Grassy Knoll, straight to where the two mysterious gentlemen were standing. Later, Bowers testified that the "commotion" that caught his eye may have been a "flash of light or smoke."
    On the morning of August 9, 1966, Lee Bowers, vice president of a construction firm, was driving south of Dallas on business. He was two miles south of Midlothian, Texas when his brand new company car veered from the road and hit a bridge abutment. A farmer who saw it, said the car was going about 50 miles an hour, a slow speed for that road.
    Bowers died in a Dallas hospital. He was 41. There was no autopsy and he was cremated. A doctor from Midlothian who rode to Dallas in the ambulance with Bowers, noticed something peculiar about the victim. "He was in some strange sort of shock." The doctor said, "A different kind of shock than an accident victim experiences. I can't explain it. I've never seen anything like it."
    When I questioned his widow, she insisted there was nothing suspicious, but then became flustered and said, "They told him not to talk."
    Harold Russell was with Warren Reynolds when the Tippit shooting took place. Both men saw the Tippit killer escape. Russel was interviewed in January 1964, and signed a statement that the fleeing man was Oswald.
    A few months after the assassination, Russell went back to his home near David, Oklahoma. In July of 1965, Russell went to a party with a female friend. He seemingly went out of his mind at the party and started telling everyone he was going to be killed. He begged friends to hide him. Someone called the police. When the policemen arrived, one of them hit Russell on the head with his pistol. Russell was then taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a few hours later: cause of death was listed as "heart failure."
    Among others who died strangely were James Worrell, who died in a motorcycle accident on November 9, 1966. He saw a strange man run from the back door of the Texas School Book Depository shortly after the assassination.
    Gary Underhill was shot. This death was ruled suicide on May 8, 1964. Underhill was a former CIA agent and claimed he knew who was responsible for killing President Kennedy.
    Delilah Walle was a worker at Ruby's club. She was married only 24 days when her new husband shot her. She had been working on a book of what she supposedly knew about the assassination.
    William "Bill" Waters died May 20, 1967. Police said he died of a drug overdose (demerol). No autopsy was performed. His mother said Oswald and Killam came to her home before the assassination and her son tried to talk Oswald and Killam out of being involved. Waters called FBI agents after the assassination. The FBI told him he knew too much and to keep his mouth shut. He was arrested and kept in Memphis in a county jail for eight months on a misdemeanor charge.
    Albert Guy Bogard, an automobile salesman who worked for Downtown Lincoln Mercury, showed a new Mercury to a man using the name "Lee Oswald."
    Shortly after Bogard gave his testimony to a Commission attorney in Dallas, he was badly beaten and had to be hospitalized. Upon his release, he was fearful for his safety. Bogard was from Hallsville, La. He was found dead in his car at the Hallsville Cemetery on St. Valentine's day in 1966. A rubber hose was attached to the exhaust and the other end extending into the car. The ruling was suicide. He was just 41 years old.
    Jack Ruby died of cancer. He was taken into the hospital with Pneumonia. Twenty eight days later, he was dead from cancer.
    David Ferrie of New Orleans, before he could be brought to trial for his involvement in the Kennedy assassination, died of brain hemorrhage. Just what caused his brain hemorrhage has not been established. Ferrie was to testify in the famous Jim Garrison trial, but death prevented him.
    Dr. Mary Stults Sherman, age 51, was found stabbed and burned in her apartment in New Orleans. Dr. Sherman had been working on a cancer experiment with Ferrie.
    Another Ferrie associate, Eladio Cerefine de Valle, 43, died on the same day as Ferrie. His skull was split open; he was then shot. DeValle had used Ferrie as a pilot. DeValle had been identifying some men in a photo taken in New Orleans for Jim Garrison. One of the men in the photo was Lee Harvey Oswald.
    Paul Dyer, of the New Orleans Police force died of cancer. He was the first police officer to interview Ferrie. Martin got sick on the job and died a month later of cancer. He had just interviewed David Ferrie.
    News reporters were not exempt either. Two lady reporters died strangely. Lisa Howard supposedly committed suicide. She knew a great deal about the "understanding" which was in the making after the Bay of Pigs, between President Kennedy and the Cubans.
    Marguerite Higgins bluntly accused the American authorities of the November 2nd, 1963 killing of Premier Diem and his brother Nhu. A few months after her accusation, she died in a landmine explosion in Vietnam.
    On Saturday November 23, 1963, Jack Zangetty, the manager of a $150,000 modular motel complex near Lake Lugert, Oklahoma, remarked to some friends that "Three other men--not Oswald--killed the President." He also stated that "A man named Ruby will kill Oswald tomorrow and in a few days a member of the Frank Sinatra family will be kidnapped just to take some of the attention away from the assassination."
    Two weeks later, Jack Zangetty was found floating in Lake Lugert with bullet holes in his chest. It appeared to witnesses he had been in the water one to two weeks.
    Lou Staples, a radio announcer who was doing a good many of his radio shows on the Kennedy assassination, lost his life sometime on Friday night May 13, 1977. This was near Yukon, Oklahoma. He had been having radio shows on the assassination since 1973 and the response to his programs was overwhelming.
    Lou's death was termed suicide, but the bullet ending his life entered behind his right temple and Lou was left handed. He joined Gary Underhill, William Pitzer and Joe Cooper whose "suicides" were all done with the "wrong hand" shots to the head.
    Lou had been stating that he wanted to purchase some property to build a home. He was lured out to a wheat field and his life ended there. I have been to the spot where Lou died.
    Karyn Kupcinet, daughter of Irv Kupcinet, was trying to make a long distance call from Los Angeles. According to reports, the operator heard Miss Kupcinet scream into the phone that President Kennedy was going to be killed.
    Two days after the assassination, she was found murdered in her apartment. The case is unsolved. She was 23.
    Rose Cherami, 40, was an employee of Jack Ruby's club. She was riding with two men on a return trip from Florida carrying a load of narcotics. She was thrown from the car when an argument began between her and one of the men. She was hospitalized for injuries and drug withdrawal. She told authorities that President Kennedy was going to be killed in Dallas. After her release from the hospital, she was a victim of a hit and run accident on September 4, 1965 near Big Sandy, Texas.
    Robert L. Perrin was a gun runner for Jack Ruby. His wife, Nancy testified before the Warren Commission that Robert took a dose of arsenic in August 1962.
    Guy Bannister was a private detective who was closely involved in the Jim Garrison trial. Guy and his partner, Hugh Ward, died within a 10 day period as the Warren Commission was closing its hearings. Guy supposedly died of a heart attack, but witnesses said he had a bullet hole in his body.
    George deMohrenschildt was another man who was to give testimony but never made it. DeMohrenschildt, in his final days, became suspicious of everyone around him, even his wife, and was nearing a nervous breakdown some thought. He died of gun shot wounds. The verdict was suicide. But deMohrenschildt was a member of the White Russian society and very wealthy. He visited Lee Harvey Oswald and Marina Oswald when they lived on Neely Street. Marina visited the deMohrenschildts when she and Lee Harvey Oswald were having some of their disagreements.
    Cliff Carter, LBJ's aide who rode in the Vice President's follow up car in the motorcade in Dealey Plaza where President Kennedy was gunned down, was LBJ's top aide during his first administration. Carter died of mysterious circumstances. Carter died of pneumonia when no penicillin could be located in Washington, D.C. in September 1971. This was supposedly the cause of death.
    Buddy Walthers, Deputy Sheriff, was at the kill sight of President Kennedy He picked up a bullet in a hunk of brain matter blown from the President's head. Walthers never produced the bullet for evidence.
    Walthers was also at the Texas Theater when Oswald was arrested. In a January 10th, 1969 shooting, Walthers was shot through the heart. In a shootout Walthers and his companion Deputy Alvin Maddox, were fired upon by Cherry, an escaped prisoner. Walthers and Maddox were trying to capture Cherry when Walthers was shot through the heart. Walthers's widow received $10,000.00 for her husband dying in the line of duty.



 Robert L. Perrin took a dose of arsenic


Dr. Mary Stults Sherman was stabbed to death Sherman.gif


Clay Shaw died of
unknown causes
Buddy Walthers was shot through the heart by an escaped prisoner
Roger Dean Craig died of a massive gunshot wound to the chest


    Clay Shaw, age 60, died five years after he was charged by Jim Garrison for his involvement in the Kennedy assassination. Some reports have it that he had been ill for months after surgery for removing a blood clot. Other newspaper reports of his death stated he had cancer. It was revealed that Shaw was a paid contact for the CIA. A neighbor reported that an ambulance was seen pulling up to the Shaw home. Then a body was carried in and an empty stretcher brought out. A few hours later, Shaw was reportedly found dead in his home. Then he was given a quick embalming before a Coroner could be notified. It was then impossible to determine the cause of death.
    On May 15, 1975, Roger Dean Craig died of a massive gun shot wound to the chest. Supposedly, it was his second try at suicide and a success. Craig was a witness to the slaughter of President Kennedy. Only Craig's story was different from the one the police told.
    Craig testified in the Jim Garrison trial. Before this, Craig had lost his job with the Dallas Police Dept. In 1961, he had been "Man of the Year." Because he would not change his story of the assassination, he was harassed and threatened, stabbed, shot at, and his wife left him.
    Craig wrote two manuscripts of what he witnessed. "When They Kill A President" and "The Patient Is Dying."
    Craig's father was out mowing the lawn when Craig supposedly shot himself. Considering the hardships, Craig very well could have committed suicide. But no one will ever know.
    John M. Crawford, 46, died in a mysterious plane crash near Huntsville, Texas on April 15, 1969. It appeared from witnesses that Crawford had left in a rush.
    Crawford was a homosexual and a close friend of Jack Ruby's. Ruby supposedly carried Crawford's phone number in his pocket at all times. Crawford was also a friend of Buell Wesley Frazier's, the neighbor who took Lee Harvey Oswald to work on that fatal morning of November 22, 1963.
    Hale Boggs was the only member of the Warren Commission who disagreed with the conclusions. Hale Boggs did not follow Earl Warren and his disciples. He totally disagreed. Hale Boggs was in a plane crash lost over frozen Alaska.
    Nicholas J. Chetta, M.D. age 50, Orleans Parish coroner since 1950, died at Mercy Hospital on May 25, 1968. Newspaper reports were sketchy. It was said he suffered a heart attack.
    Dr. Chetta was the coroner who served at the death of David Ferrie.
    Dr. Chetta was the key witness regarding Perry Russo against Clay Shaw. Shaw's attorney went into federal court only after Dr. Chetta was dead.
    Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered, then his assassin not captured until over a year later. Dr. King was the only hope this country had for bringing about equality.
    The death of Robert Kennedy, only shortly after Dr. King's death on June 5th, 1968, was a brazen act which gave notice to this entire nation. It became imperative, when Senator Kennedy became a threat as a Presidential candidate, that he had to be killed.
    There is evidence that two persons, a man, and a woman were with the accused killer, but authorities have found no trace of them. Coroner, Dr. Thomas Noguchi told the Grand Jury the powder burns indicated the murder gun was fired not more than two to three inches from Kennedy's right ear. Witnesses testified that Sirhan was never closer than four or five feet to the Senator.
    I have not, by any means, listed "all" of the strange deaths. I have a complete list in my books. I have listed the most significant ones that occurred after the assassination. The strange deaths after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in my estimate, numbered over 100, but I am certain I know of only a fraction.
    Many strange deaths occurred after the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. No one knows the exact number.



Penn Jones, Jr. resides in Waxahachie, Texas, publishes a monthly newsletter on the assassination of JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King and is the author of numerous books on the subject.







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7 hours ago, John Butler said:

 Domingo Benavides, an auto mechanic, was witness to the murder of Officer Tippit. Benavides testified he got a "really good view of the slayer."
    Benavides said the killer resembled newspaper pictures of Oswald, but he described him differently, "I remember the back of his head seemed like his hairline went square instead of tapered off . . ."
    Benavides reported he was repeatedly threatened by the police who advised him not to talk about what he saw.
    In mid-February 1964, his brother Eddy, who resembled him, was fatally shot in the back of the head at a beer joint on Second Avenue in Dallas. The case was marked "unsolved."
    Benavides's father-in-law J. W. Jackson was not impressed by the investigation. He began his own inquiry. Two weeks later, J.W. Jackson was shot at his home. As the gunman escaped, a police car came around the block. It made no attempt to follow the speeding car with the gunman.

Thanks, John.  The Penn Jones write-up excerpted above is highly relevant to subject of this thread.

Many of the witnesses to the Tippit slaying weren’t even in the same block in which Tippit was killed, but Domingo Benavides probably was the nearest of all of them to the murder, just a few feet away. As noted by Penn Jones, Benavides thought the killer looked like the newspaper pictures of Oswald, except for the hair on the back of his neck.

In this thread about two Oswalds at the Texas Theater, isn’t it amazing that

  • The closest witness to the Tippit slaying claimed the killer looked like Oswald, except for a minor detail?
  • When Oswald was boarding a bus to leave the TSBD, Roger Craig and four other witnesses saw someone who looked like Oswald getting into a Nash Rambler station wagon?
  • The evidence suggests Oswald, wearing a brown or red shirt was inside the TSBD at the same time a lookalike wearing a white t-shirt was?
  • For six weeks prior to the assassination, someone who looked like Oswald made  four different appearances at the Sports Drome Rifle Range and visits to Morgan’s Gun Shop, the Downtown Lincoln Mercury dealership, the Irving Furniture Mart, the Southland Hotel parking garage, and so on?

Are we to believe these are all coincidences?  Or is it more logical to assume, as Sylvia Meagher so carefully considered more than half a century ago, that someone was deliberately impersonating Oswald?

(Shhhhhh!  Please dont’ tell Mr. Bojczuk about this.  He’ll start saying again that I’m “disgraceful” and “ridiculous” and “crazy” and “brain dead” and “paranoid” and wearing a “tin-foil hat” and “gullible” and so on.  Mr. B. wont even consider the possibility that Oswald was deliberately impersonated in all the above episodes.  But why won’t he even consider it? Why?)


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The article is about "the strange fate of those who saw Kennedy shot".  Many of these people were not even in Dealey Plaza that day lol.  Also, please, Jim Koethe was not killed by a karate chop.  I have yet to find any basis for this.  When these unacademic articles repeat these outlandish comments it diminishes serious research and allows w.c. fans to laugh.  They just keep repeating things and repeating things.

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If Mr. B has an objection to anything said by, say from you, or me, or anyone, he should do it in a reasonable and objective manner.  I'm really that tired of the kind of ad hominem attacks engaged in by certain members of this forum.  I was beat up on a regular basis for years.  I simply got tired of that kind of behavior and started reporting people to the monitors for the rule breaking they engaged in.  Mr. Gordon has made an effort to eliminate that kind of behavior and is succeeding.

Reading Penn Jones work is informative, stimulating, and factual.  I just wish I could find again the reference he made about the confrontation between Officer McDonald and Harvey Oswald.  I have a speculative notion that things didn't occur between the two as most people report.

The two Oswalds, Lee and Harvey, were continually moving in and out of the central role of Lee Harvey Oswald.  IMO, this goes back to working at Tujaques and the other business in the same building. 

My opinion is that Lee and Harvey were both at the TSBD on the day of the assassination.  I don't think I did a very good job of convincing folks in several threads where I brought up the idea.  At the TSBD, whatever I read about Oswald made me think both Harvey and Lee were there.  Sometimes, replacing each other and sometimes there together such as on the day of the assassination.  Their act was very practiced.  They had been doing it for years.  They looked enough like each other they could fool people except if someone was really looking.  For instance in the street Fair Play for Cuba handout scenes, I believe that was Lee not Harvey.  Someone had to put a face mask on the Oswald figure to make it look like Harvey.  Harvey and Lee were in New Orleans at the same time.  It is hard to tell who is who in any location due to film alterations. 

Back to Harvey Oswald and Officer McDonald.  If my memory is correct, Penn Jones said that Oswald not only scuffled with Officer McDonald, but knocked him down and out.  He did this with his fist.  Why didn't he hit him with the revolver after it misfired?  I think it's because he never had a revolver.  McDonald brought that into the Texas Theater.  If may have been a defective weapon given to McDonald by Jack Ruby and Jack Ruby had to pay for that.  That's speculation, but I'm not the only one doing it.

I believe the Dallas Police believed Harvey Oswald was an extremely capable, violent, and dangerous person.  Whenever you see him at the Dallas Police Station it is always handcuffed with large, man handlers present.  This is because of the McDonald/Oswald confrontation. 

The only thing we have about Oswald saying anything about a revolver is that which the Dallas Police said he said.  Can we believe it?  That goes for anything he said that is off camera.  Can the Dallas Police, the FBI, and the Secret Service who were the main agents of the cover up be believed in portraying what Oswald is alleged to have said.

It is my belief that there were more than two Oswalds.  I have very little evidence for that belief other than the Alek J. Hidell identity, and that is iffey.  These are the main characters of the central Lee Harvey Oswald role.  There were many doubles in other places such as New Orleans and Dallas.   


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Yes so factual, except, it is not.  It is neither academic nor minimally accurate.  One example.  How was Martin Luther King a disappearing witness to the JFK assassination?  He was not.  Yet, there he laughably is on the list.   Don't forget the karate chop.  This list just repeats allegations and offers no proof for the allegations.

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No.  The coroner never said a karate chop.  Just a broken neck.  Reporter Kothe could have slipped stepping out of the shower.  But about all the police investigation revealed was that nothing of his work on a book about the assassination or his notes for it were found.  Less than a year after it, and being in Ruby's apartment the night he killed Oswald.



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8 hours ago, Jim Hargrove said:

 Benavides reported he was repeatedly threatened by the police who advised him not to talk about what he saw.
    In mid-February 1964, his brother Eddy, who resembled him, was fatally shot in the back of the head at a beer joint on Second Avenue in Dallas. The case was marked "unsolved."

I located this info..... Eddy Benavides was shot in 1965.


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1 hour ago, Karl Hilliard said:

I located this info..... Eddy Benavides was shot in 1965.


Thank you Karl.  That is exactly what I am talking about.

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John Butler writes:


It is my belief that there were more than two Oswalds.

John, it looks like your belief matches the evidence more closely than Jim's, at least as far as the Texas Theater incident is concerned.

The evidence we have suggests that there were three Oswalds there that day:

(a) The real Oswald, who was arrested on the ground floor, according to many sources.

(b) One fake Oswald, who was also arrested on the ground floor, according to Butch Burroughs.

(c) A second fake Oswald, who was arrested in the balcony, according to two police reports.

Were there any other Oswalds in the vicinity at the time? How many are there likely to have been altogether, do you think?

The problem with this three-Oswald interpretation, and with Jim's two-Oswald interpretation, is that both Burroughs and the police reports could easily have been mistaken. There are perfectly rational explanations for their mistakes. Do you believe that both Burroughs and the police reports were accurate? If so, what are your grounds for this belief? If not, which was accurate and which was mistaken?

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