2012-02-07 06:29:58 UTC
For those LN's who insist that LHO was the assassin of JFK and brought
the MC into the TSBD in a paper bag that he made:
You can argue that the murder weapon was already wrapped in paper
within the blanket and all that he had to do was to make a quick stop
in Ruth's barn , get the rifle out of the blanket and Hi Ho it to
Frazier's house and off to work they go.
He did not have to make a bag. Lee's Mannlicher-Carcano had been
wrapped in paper and placed in a "rustic" blanket in late September in
New Orleans, and transported by Ruth Paine and Marina Oswald to Texas
and the floor of the Paine's garage where it was observed and
maintained by the Paines until it was removed from the blanket (even
possibly) sometime before November 22, 1963.
On Friday, September 20, 1963, Ruth Paine arrived in New Orleans on
her way back to Dallas after a vacation in the east and mid-west. Ruth
planned on returning Marina to Dallas with her while Lee looked for
work in Houston. Ruth and her two children stayed the weekend with the
Oswalds and planned to leave for Texas on Monday, September 23. Lee
had packed all of their belongings and, on Monday, loaded Ruth's
station wagon for the trip.
So, the paper did not come from the TSBD since LHO was in New Orleans
and the rolls of wrapping paper in the TSBD were not available to him
Marina said that he practiced working the bolt while sitting on the
porch of their NO's apartment. So, it was unwrapped at that time.
Where did he acquire the paper while in NO's ?
In Priscilla Johnson McMillans book Marina and Lee (New York:
Harper&Row, 1977), the author describes the loading of the station
wagon as told to her by Marina Oswald:
"What she (Ruth) did not know was that among the items he was
loading with such care in her car was almost certainly his rifle,
wrapped in brown paper and a blanket and tied up in heavy
"...When she was certain Ruth could not see her she crept into
the garage, to the place where Lee kept the rifle wrapped in paper
inside the heavy blanket, a green and brown wool blanket of East
German make that she had bought in Russia."
In Marina's conversation with the Warren Commission, she testified
that, while looking for crib parts, she opened the blanket only to see
the butt end of Lee's rifle. She was not asked if the rifle was
wrapped in paper. However, she was asked by General Counsel Rankin if
she ever saw the rifle in a paper cover. Marina answered " No." (Vol.
1,p.67) Today, with a better understanding of English, a
"paper cover"might elicit a different answer.
Mike Paine, who had moved the blanket in the garage more than once,
was asked by the Commission if he had the impression that there may
have been any paper inside the blanket. His answer:
No, I didn't have that impression nothing crinkled, no sound.
Mr. Liebeler: Was there any indication by the crinkling or
otherwise that there might be paper wrapped inside the blanket?
Mr. Paine: That's right.
Paine's vague answer, "That's right," did not satisfy Liebeler who
returned to the blanket and how it was wrapped. Confused, Paine said,
"I can't remember how it was wrapped at this end because I could grab
my hand around the PAPER whereas this end, I think it was folded
(Vol. IX, p.439)
Nuff said. ?