(PART 352)



What proof is there that "A.J. Hidell" was approved (by Oswald, the applicant) to receive (TAKE OUT) mail at either of Oswald's Dallas Post Office Boxes (2915 or 6225)?


Let's take a gander at what U.S. Postal Inspector Harry D. Holmes told
the Warren Commission on July 23rd, 1964:

WESLEY LIEBELER -- "Now, supposing that Oswald had not, in fact,
authorized A. J. Hidell to receive mail here in the Dallas box and
that a package came addressed to the name of Hidell, which, in fact,
one did at Post Office Box 2915; what procedure would be followed when
that package came in?"

HARRY D. HOLMES -- "They would put the notice in the box."

MR. LIEBELER -- "Regardless of whose name was associated with the

MR. HOLMES -- "That is the general practice. The theory being, I have
a box. I have a brother come to visit me. My brother would have my
same name---well, a cousin. You can get mail in there. They are not
too strict. You don't have to file that third portion to get service
for other people there. I imagine they might have questioned him a
little bit when they handed it out to him, but I don't know. It
depends on how good he is at answering questions, and everything would
be all right."

MR. LIEBELER -- "So that the package would have come in addressed to
Hidell at Post Office Box 2915, and a notice would have been put in
the post office box without regard to who was authorized to receive
mail from it?"

MR. HOLMES -- "Actually, the window where you get the box is all the
way around the corner and a different place from the box, and the
people that box the mail, and in theory--I am surmising now, because
nobody knows. I have questioned everybody, and they have no
recollection. The man would take this card out. There is nothing on
this card. There is no name on it, not even a box number on it. He
comes around and says, "I got this out of my box." And he says, "What
box?" "Box number so and so." They look in a bin where they have this
by box numbers, and whatever the name on it, whatever they gave him,
he just hands him the package, and that is all there is to it."

MR. LIEBELER -- "Ordinarily, they won't even request any
identification because they would assume if he got the notice out of
the box, he was entitled to it?"

MR. HOLMES -- "Yes, sir."

MR. LIEBELER -- "It is very possible that that, in fact, is what
happened in [this] case?"

MR. HOLMES -- "That is in theory. I would assume that is what

MR. LIEBELER -- "On the other hand, it is also possible that Oswald
had actually authorized Hidell to receive mail through the box?"

MR. HOLMES -- "Could have been. And on the other hand, he had this
identification card of Hidell's in his billfold, which he could have
produced and showed the window clerk. Either way, he got it."




MR. HOLMES -- "...They pull this out and endorse it so the box has
been closed, and the date and they tear off 3 and throw it away. It
has no more purpose. That is what happened on box 2915 [in Dallas]."

MR. LIEBELER -- "They have thrown part 3 away?"

MR. HOLMES -- "Yes; as it so happens, even though they closed the box
in New Orleans, they still had part 3 and it showed that the mail for
Marina Oswald and A. J. Hidell was good in the box. They hadn't
complied with regulations. They still had it there."

MR. LIEBELER -- "It was a lucky thing."

MR. HOLMES -- "We wish they had here."

MR. LIEBELER -- "Now is this regulation that says section 3 should be
torn off and thrown away; is that a general regulation of the Post
Office Department?"

MR. HOLMES -- "It is in the Post Office Manual Instructions to
employees; yes, sir."

MR. LIEBELER -- "So there is no way, as I understand it, to tell from
the records maintained, as far as you know anyway, who was authorized
to receive mail at Post Office Box 2915 that Oswald had while he was
here in Dallas before he went to New Orleans in April of 1963; is that

MR. HOLMES -- "Other than Oswald himself and his name on the


Harry Holmes, naturally, must be a lying bastard, right kooks?

And since Mr. Holmes, as a postal inspector, was employed by the U.S.
Government already (prior to the assassination), I imagine that fact probably
clinches the "He Was A Liar" deal for most of the conspiracy theorists.

David Von Pein
October 19, 2008