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Getting on

After leaving the Depository, it is said that Oswald walked seven blocks east to, or near, the intersection of Elm and Murphy, where he got on a city bus that would have taken him right back to where he came from.  However, when that bus

then became ensnarled in traffic, because of the assassination, he got off it (after only being on it four minutes).

The length of time it would have taken him to get to the bus, from the front steps of the Depository, was six minutes, twenty-three seconds, and that’s at an average, but steady pace, with no waiting at crosswalks.

The problem that this time presents is that if Oswald was the lone assassin, he could not have made it to the bus any sooner than 12:42 pm,

and 47 seconds.  Whereas the person that got on the bus that day, for four minutes, got on it at 12:40 pm, and had to get on it at 12:40 pm, because bus driver, Cecil J. McWatters, said that his bus was on time that day 2, and that this bus rider had indeed gotten on his bus, at 12:40 pm 3 4!

Of course, one could claim that Oswald ran to the bus, but why would he do that?  Why would he run to a bus, that he knew was headed his direction?

In fact, the only known person to see him that day, wondering the streets of downtown Dallas (Bill Whaley), said he was so slow, that he actually thought he was a wino, who had been off the bottle a couple of days 5.

The bus ride: Whether Oswald was the assassin or not, there’s more than enough reason to doubt that it ever happened.

The theory of him getting on a bus period, laid in the form of a bus transfer, that they say was on him, when he was arrested.  CE 381-A is that transfer, and I must say it does look to be in good condition, considering it was stuffed in a shirt pocket not once, but twice!  It also managed to survive, unscathed, a scrabble with the Dallas Police Department.  I guess like the magic bullet, this was some magic bus transfer.

Anyhow, upon viewing the transfer, the police determined that it belonged to Cecil J. McWatters. They determined this because each city bus driver had their own mark, and this one beard his 7.  The only problem is that McWatters said that Oswald was not the one he gave it to 8.

It’s true; he did pick him out of a police lineup.  But he wasn’t picking out the man that got on his bus for four minutes, no, he was picking out the man he thought got on his bus at the Majestic Theater, and then stayed on his bus, clear out to Oak Cliff, Texas (the subject of the laughing assassin) 9 10 11 12.  Is there proof of this: Yes, there is.  It’s known as his police affidavit.

The subject of the laughing assassin, Milton Jones, was never talked to by the Warren Commission (even though they had time to do it), but he was talked to by the FBI.

Jones, who was sitting across from McWatters, in the first front facing seat 14, remembered this four-minute rider.  Indeed, he said this four-minute rider sat directly behind him 15!  His description though, of  the man, did not match Oswald, and he never did claim it was Oswald.

The only reason that Milton Jones had even entertained the idea that Oswald could have been this four-minute rider is because on the Monday following the assassination, McWatters told him that it ‘might have been’ 16.  McWatters, of course, was still thinking that Jones was the one that he just picked out of a police lineup.

Jones said he didn’t rightfully get a good look at this man, but he gave a good description anyhow. He said he was a white male, 5’11”, weighing 150 lbs. and was between 30-35 years of age.  He said he had dark brown hair, receding at the temples, and was wearing a light blue jacket, with gray khaki trousers 17.

Oswald, on the other hand, was 5’9”.  He was 24, and only weighed 131 pounds 18.  He was also not wearing a jacket, according to the Warren Commission, yet we have two witnesses that say our four-minute rider WAS wearing a jacket.  So if Oswald was this four-minute rider, what happened to his jacket?

What happened to his jacket was witness Mary Bledsoe.

Bledsoe was a woman who claimed to be on the same bus as McWatters and Jones, and of course, Oswald.  However, and unlike McWatters 19 20 21

and Jones 22, she didn’t say that Oswald (the four-minute rider) was wearing a jacket.  Instead, she said he was wearing just a brown shirt, with the buttons torn off.  She also said it had a hole in the right elbow 23.

The reason the Commission decided to go with Bledsoe’s description, is because she was the only one of the three that actually said that Oswald got on that bus.  …I know, not exactly a good reason, and it gets worse.

During her testimony, Joseph Ball took stock of the fact that Bledsoe was giving testimony, using prepared notes.  In other words, instead of her answering questions based on her on own memory, she was answering questions, based on prepared notes 24!  Instead of Joseph Ball then telling her that she couldn’t do that, he just lets the subject drop altogether.

Can’t you imagine her trying to do this in a regular court of law?  You know; get up on the witness stand with prepared answers!  Even if she somehow were allowed to do this, Oswald’s defense attorney would have had a field day.

To give some background on Ms. Bledsoe: she said she had rented a room to Oswald on October 7, 1963, but then kicked him out, five days later 25. The reason she kicked him out, is because she didn’t like him.  The reason she didn’t like him, is because he dared do something besides, sleep, in her house.

What was his great offense: He used her refrigerator; he used the restroom; he ate in his room 26 27.  Worst of all, he dared, be home

during the day 28 29.

Keep in mind that Oswald was merely renting a room, inside her house.  He did not have his own refrigerator, he did not have his own toilet, and he definitely did not have his own private entrance. So the best tenant to Ms. Bledsoe was apparently the one who paid for the room, but then never used it. Or if they did, they only used the bed: They used the neighborhood gas station for everything else.

Before we go on though, let’s talk Bledsoe’s identification of Oswald, and his shirt.

When she went down to the Dallas Police Department, she wasn’t asked to view a police lineup (even though he was still very much alive at this point).  Rather, she was just shown a picture of him, holding a gun 30!  I mean, if that’s not influencing a witness, nothing is.

However, if that’s not thought provoking enough, how about this: Both when he got on the bus, and got off the bus, she didn’t look at him; she looked away.  The reason she looked away, is because she didn’t want to know him 31 32 33 34.

So how is it that she made such a positive identification of Oswald, if she but only caught a glimpse of him 35?  How is it that the Warren Commission took her word over McWatters and Jones, when McWatters and Jones got a better look?

Next, when Joseph Ball asked her if she had ever seen the shirt marked CE 150 before, she just started saying over and over again, “That is it. That is it.”  For which he had absolutely no clue as to what she meant.  Then, however, after much tooth pulling, he got her to explain.

What she meant was that after the assassination, someone from the Secret Service came by her house, and showed her the shirt 37.  Thus, she was identifying the shirt as the shirt they showed her, not the shirt that Oswald had own.

In fact, initially, when asked if she had ever seen the shirt before, that is before the Secret Service had shown it to her, she said no!

Yes ma’am, that was the absolute first thought that entered her mind, before she then quickly added, “He had it on, though,” which cleared up nothing, for no one.  Then she clarified that she meant Oswald 38.

__I would have loved to been a fly on the wall during her testimony.

Another thing that Bledsoe said about Oswald was that his face looked bad.  That it looked distorted; that he looked like a maniac 39 40.  Well; again she was the lone duck, since no one before, nor after the assassination, described him that way.

As to this four-minute rider getting off the bus: It needs to be pointed out that when the bus became ensnarled in traffic, he was not the first one to get off.  The first one to get off was a woman, which apparently inspired him to get off too.  Otherwise, he may have stayed on the bus until he reached his destination.

If Oswald was the lone assassin, and got on a bus afterwards, he got off it no sooner than 12:46 pm and 47 seconds.


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