When Lee Harvey Oswald's "I'm just a patsy" statement (which was uttered by Oswald at approx. 7:55 PM CST on 11/22/63, per reporter Seth Kantor's notes) isn't broken up into smaller sections (which it usually is, so that people don't get to hear Oswald's incredibly silly lie about being "taken in" because of his once having lived in Russia), it becomes fairly clear that the Patsy statement is nothing more than a whitewash/lie being spoken by Lee Harvey in an obvious attempt to divert suspicion away from the man (LHO) who really did kill two people in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

But when you stop and think about Oswald's "Soviet Union" lie, it was actually a rather lousy attempt on LHO's part to steer himself away from the finger of guilt, because even a teenaged stringer on any newspaper in the country would have been able to easily investigate Oswald's claim about being arrested due to his previous Soviet Union residency and discover in a heartbeat that the DPD couldn't possibly have known anything about Oswald's having lived in the USSR by the time of his arrest at approximately 1:50 PM on November 22nd.

Not to mention the fact that the organization whom Oswald was pointing his finger at in the 'They're-Making-Me-The-Patsy-In-This-Thing' regard (the Dallas Police Department) didn't even have the slightest idea who Lee Harvey Oswald was as of the time of his arrest.

The police didn't officially know LHO's true identity until after they got him to the police station. They were confused due to all of the fake I.D. cards Oswald had on him. For all the DPD knew as of 2:00 PM on 11/22, Oswald could very well have turned out to really be Mr. Alek James Hidell.

The full "Patsy" declaration from LHO:

"They've taken me in because of the fact that I lived in the Soviet Union. I'm just a patsy!" -- Lee Harvey Oswald

Now, does any person alive today actually believe that Lee Oswald was "taken in" by the Dallas Police Department on 11/22/63 due to the fact that LHO had lived in Russia from late 1959 to June 1962?

And does any person alive today actually believe Oswald was telling the truth when he said that it was, in effect, the DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT that was turning him into the "patsy" for the murders he was accused of committing?

After all, when taking into account the ENTIRE hallway statement made by Oswald (and not just the last four words of it), if we're to take Sweet Lee at his LITERAL word when he said "I'm just a patsy", it could only mean that members of the DPD (not the Mob or David Ferrie or Clay Shaw or Santo Trafficante or Wilma Flintstone) were the people that Oswald said were framing him (i.e., making him the "patsy").

Lee Oswald was quite obviously telling a lie when he said that he had been taken in because of previously residing in the USSR (and I know of nobody who even disputes that fact, not even a hardline conspiracy believer)....which is a lie that SHOULD make people all the more suspicious about the four words that came out of the SAME MAN'S mouth just one second later ("I'm just a patsy").

But instead of making certain conspiracy-loving kooks suspicious, many CTers decided it was wise to hop aboard the "I'm Just A Patsy" bandwagon and declare Oswald to be a truth-teller with respect to those four now-famous words he uttered, despite the fact that even the kookiest of "Anybody But Oswald" conspiracy theorists certainly must recognize the fact that Oswald's "Soviet Union" statement was an obvious and provable lie.


The whole "Patsy" remark has been completely skewed and twisted and removed from its proper context by CTers in the first place. Oswald told the provable lie of "They've taken me in because I lived in the Soviet Union" just one single SECOND prior to saying "I'm just a patsy".

Now, when putting those two tail-gating statements together (which CT-Kooks never do, they always separate them) -- it's clear that Oswald isn't accusing Shaw, Ferrie, or the Boogie Man (or some other unknown outside entity) of setting him up as "The Patsy". Oz is pointing the "Patsy" finger of blame squarely at the DPD, due to the perceived (and clearly wrong) idea that Oswald spouted about the DPD "taking him in" due to his defection to Russia.

Which is also, quite obviously, the reason that Oswald went NO FURTHER than just his 4-word lie "I'm just a patsy". He COULDN'T start naming names, because he's aiming his remark at the whole DPD in general....not somebody who "placed" him in the Depository ahead of time for the purpose of making him take the lone blame for JFK's demise.

And we know that Oswald's "Soviet Union" line of bullshit is a lie -- because Oz was told in the police car on 11/22 why he was "taken in".

And even if he had NOT been specifically told why he was "taken in" until after Oz's "Patsy" whitewash, Oswald's "Soviet Union" excuse would still be a provable lie. Why? Because there's absolutely NO DOUBT under the moon that Oswald killed J.D. Tippit. Therefore, Oswald himself knew he had killed Tippit and that the cops would be swarming Oak Cliff shortly, even if very few other people did know it at the time. So, any way you look at it, Oswald positively had to KNOW the real reason he was "taken in" by the police on 11/22.

But, in fact, Oswald was told the reason he had been taken in. Officer C.T. Walker, in Walker's Warren Commission testimony, said that Oswald had been told point-blank by DPD officers that he had been arrested on suspicion of killing a police officer:

"Oswald said, 'What is this all about?'; he was relating this all the time. He said, 'I know my rights'. And we told him that he was under arrest because he was suspected in the murder of a police officer. And he said, 'Police officer been killed?'; and nobody said nothing. He said, 'I hear they burn for murder'. And I said, 'You might find out'. And he said, 'Well, they say it just takes a second to die'." -- Dallas Police Officer C.T. Walker; April 3, 1964

Oswald's comment about just taking a second to die reeks with guilt as well. Would a truly INNOCENT person have conceivably said those words after just seconds earlier being told they might find out what it's like to "burn for murder" (a murder which that person, per the kooks, supposedly NEVER COMMITTED)?

Lee Harvey Oswald practically confessed to killing Officer J.D. Tippit via the above-referenced quote alone.

David Von Pein
August 7, 2006
June 8, 2008