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"Rethinking Oswald's Mail: P.O. Box 2915 and the Missing Change of Address Orders" (Gram)


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Tom Gram, "Rethinking Oswald's Mail: P.O. Box 2915 and the Missing Change of Address Orders". 

https://gregrparker.com/rethinking-oswalds-mail/

This was announced by Greg Parker on the ROKC (Reopen Kennedy Case) site on Jan 7, 2022, introduced as: "Congrats to Tom G. This . . . count[s] among the finest examples of investigative journalism to be found on the case. Warning: it is 50 pages of tightly packed dynamite."

Meticulously researched, going in a different direction than has previously been developed. Author argues on the basis of analysis of documents that PO Box 2915 may have been rented in Marina's name and that Marina played a greater role in the paperwork of the order of the rifle from Klein's than previously considered.

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8 hours ago, Greg Doudna said:

Tom Gram, "Rethinking Oswald's Mail: P.O. Box 2915 and the Missing Change of Address Orders". 

https://gregrparker.com/rethinking-oswalds-mail/

This was announced by Greg Parker on the ROKC (Reopen Kennedy Case) site on Dec 7, 2022, introduced as: "Congrats to Tom G. This . . . count[s] among the finest examples of investigative journalism to be found on the case. Warning: it is 50 pages of tightly packed dynamite."

Having read it, it is a stunner. Meticulously researched, going in a different direction than has previously been developed. Author argues on the basis of analysis of documents that PO Box 2915 may have been rented in Marina's name; that the "A. Hidell" alias was originally used by Marina; and that Marina played a greater role in the paperwork of the order of the rifle from Klein's than previously considered.

 

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For those like me who read better from a paper printout than reading 50 pages on a screen, Tom Gram has supplied this link to a printable pdf of his article.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XvkmfIq44G8B-B_RV4L90f5AoXYdRTN4/view

The article is meticulously researched and casts new light on some familiar and well-known anomalies involved with the Dallas post office, the testimony of Holmes, and the rifle mail-order--the lack of postal employee testifying to having conveyed a 5-foot package containing a rifle to "A. Hidell"; the missing section 3 on Oswald's post office box application; anomalies in Warren Commission witness testimony and in the way questions were asked of witnesses by counsel, etc. That there was official dissembling can hardly be denied by anyone after reading this study; what is less clear or obvious is why. A longstanding interpretation in conspiracy-theorist circles has been it is because there never was an Oswald rifle and all of the evidence was fabricated. Gram does not go that route, but instead goes into the documents and Warren Commission testimony to try to discover what was going on. Gram's theory on the "why"--of official dissembling in the presentation of evidence related to Oswald's post office box and the rifle order paperwork--is that it goes to the decision of LBJ/Hoover to not have Castro/Soviet connections and pin everything on Oswald alone. Gram demonstrates from documents--documents some of whose existence may surprise even long-time veterans? (a few certainly were new and surprising to me)--that Marina had a greater role in the paperwork, so much so that it could look like--from the paperwork as investigators found it immediately after the assassination--that Marina ordered the murder weapon which killed President Kennedy. Since Marina was Russian, LBJ and Hoover may have decided that was impolitic or would complicate matters--that is what Gram proposes as the rationale behind a "shaping of the evidence to fit", a different narrative of the paperwork in which it was Oswald through and through on the post office and rifle order. (Perhaps so that Marina would not become a negative target of public opinion or subject to legal charges herself--a decision not to go that route.) In other words, what was being covered up or altered was not that there was no rifle, but that the paperwork went to Marina instead of Lee. But whether one agrees or disagrees with that explanation of the reason for irregularities in the evidence--that there were irregularities in the evidence is brought out in this study to devastating effect. What Gram has done is show the anomalies not simply as scattered and debated curiosities in isolation but rather that there is method to the madness, a logic in the irregularities, in a careful and methodical way. This is a study that requires careful analysis and it will be interesting to see how this study is assessed by others.

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For me; Tom's greatest contribution in this essay, is to show that Marina had access to, and used, P.O. Box 2915.

I have long had the suspicion that it was Marina who ordered the rifle.

See this post, "Did Marina order the rifle?" 

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