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The Route of Death

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The Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assissination both did everything that a small collection of men could do, by any means possible, to bewilder, baffle, and befog every man or woman incautious enough or bold enough to attempt to understand the origins and evolution of John F. Kennedy's trip to Dallas, the selection of the Trade Mart as a luncheon site, and the subsequent (or simultaneous) determination of the Route of Death that led to the blatant murder of John F. Kennedy.

These tax-funded committees have succeeded beyond all reasonable expectation at what they set out to do, which was to confuse the issue. Their work was masterful. Even a brief address to the available literature and discussions on the question will confirm it.

A recent effort by a group of researchers devoted at least 90 man hours to untangling the stupefying amount of confusion that has been intentionally generated (the words "intentionally" and "generated" are used advisedly) on this one central and crucial question alone.

Of course 90 hours isn't a drop in the ocean compared to the probably hundreds of thousands (or greater) number of man hours that have been spent by researchers wandering lost in the jungle of manufactured confusion that surrounds this question. But these were very focused hours invested in the unprecedented effort to put the information of record carefully into a timeline, to harness the random, scattered data for the first time into an accurate sequence of events.


The first thing that emerged from the effort was the startling amount of information that is missing. The most fundamental and pivotal facts either have been omitted altogether, or have been befogged with "either/or" possibilities never confirmed in any direction. These omissions cannot be accounted for or explained away by mere oversight. These are questions that men responsibly and honestly employed on such commissions would have had as a top priority to answer clearly, decisively, and emphatically.

Their product uniformly is the exact opposite on these seniormost questions: confusion, uncertainty, obfuscation, and a perfect vacuum where a named source should be on utterly supreme questions of decision.

The only rational conclusion from such malign product of "investigation" is that just such confusion, uncertainty, obfuscation, and cover-up was their purpose at all relevant times, while pretending that their purpose was probity and justice.

Despite such willful and dishonest manipulation and sabotage of facts, part of the power of a well-designed timeline is its capability for bulldozing a clear path through the densest jungle of tangled lies and omissions in ways that no other approach to the data possibly can accomplish.

Before presenting the timeline excerpts that are deemed relevant to this question, I want mention two things that leapt to the attention of researchers engaged in this little project. Each of these points has earned a nickname within the group involved: "Hobson's Choice" and "One-Stop Car Shop."


The term "Hobson's choice" in its original purity means an apparent choice that actually is no choice at all. This has a very practical use in the arcane art of magic, especially card magic, where the mark is given "choices" among cards placed before him, and no matter which "choice" he makes, the card the practitioner wants chosen is the card the mark ends up with.

And so it is with the purported "choice" between the Dallas Trade Mart and the Women's Building at the Fair Grounds. The Women's Building at the Fair Grounds was never an option for the luncheon. The representation that it was an option is a complete manipulative lie. The reason it never was an option was carefully kept out of all discussion and exchange on this "choice," and out of all the entirely manufactured and phony "fight" over this "choice" until the strange date of Wednesday, 13 November 1963. Yes, once again 13, CIA's favorite number, rears its befanged head in the murder of John F. Kennedy.

The one thing that Dallas Secret Service Special Agent In Charge Forrest Sorrels consistently withheld from White House personnel right up until 13 November 1963—through all the alleged "dispute" over which "choice" for the Dallas luncheon—is that the Women's Building had no kitchen.

Every other trumped up, phony "pro and con" was beat to death: catwalks, relative security capabilities, interior decorations, everything but the color of the janitors' uniforms. But the one and only relevant fact—just another tangled vine which has been tripped over by who knows how many researchers how many thousands of times—was kept out of all discussion right up until nine days before the murder, after which all "argument" ceased.

But why? Why this utterly specious "choice" kept in foment and played out melodramitcally in the notes of advance man Jerry Bruno and other players on the planning stage? Why the absolute lie that the "final choice" of the Trade Mart wasn't made until two days later, on 15 November 1963, when in fact it had been made considerably earlier (as will be seen in the timeline)?

That exact question brings me to the second item:


Sitting almost dead-center in the timespan of the fraudulent "controversy" over Hobson's Choice (above), as though it were the very axle around which the phony decision-making argument over the luncheon site pinwheels, is one of the stranger oddities in the sideshow of deformities surrounding the murder of John F. Kennedy: the "one-stop car shop" of Saturday, 9 November 1963.

On this date—just four days before the first official recorded "revelation" of the kitchenlessness of the Women's Building—Lee Harvey Oswald (or someone impersonating Lee Harvey Oswald) walked into an automobile dealership within sight of Dealey Plaza, Downtown Lincoln-Mercury, and went for a test drive in an automobile.

But Lee Harvey Oswald purportedly didn't drive. And Lee Harvey Oswald purportedly had no money to buy any such car (although the One-Stop Car Shopper said he expected to be coming into some money soon). And at the very same time that the One-Stop Car Shopper is reported to have been at Downtown Lincoln-Mercury, adjacent to Dealey Plaza, Ruth Hyde Paine claims that she had Lee Harvey Oswald with her, having driven him, she says, to—of all places—the Driver Examination Station to get a driver's license. On a Saturday. Dontcha' know. And lo and behold, it was closed. Wonder of wonders!

And so—says the always reliable Ruth Hyde Paine—she had taken Lee and Marina and the children to while away the remaining hours of alibi time at "a local five and dime store." None of which, of course, can be corroborated in any way. But the always reliable Ruth Hyde Paine says it's so.

Why would Lee Harvey Oswald (or someone pretending to be him) want to test drive a car right there near Dealey Plaza that day? And why would a completely phony "controversy" over "location of the luncheon" (which of course determined the Route of Death) swirl so tornadically around this extremely curious center?

I believe that when the timeline is laid out in full, the answers will become obvious to most—if they aren't already from just this introduction.

But I will tell you unequivocally that the Trade Mart had been selected by the time of the One-Stop Car Shop on Saturday, 9 November 1963—despite the phony Punch'n'Judy Show "arguments" over Hobson's Choice. And I will tell you unequivocally that the route down Elm had been selected by the time of the One-Stop Car Shop on Saturday, 9 November 1963—despite the phony Punch'n'Judy Show "arguments" over Hobson's Choice.

And I will post the relevant excerpts from the timeline, whose researchers regretably will remain unsung, soon.

Ashton Gray

Edited by Ashton Gray
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