(PART 777)


I was shocked to hear Professor McAdams state a "factoid" (as he likes to call them) during part one of the debate regarding Oswald threatening Eisenhower. The FBI found that Oswald was in the Marines at Atsugi during the time that Palmer McBride claimed that Oswald made the threat at McBride's home in New Orleans.


Palmer McBride was merely off by one year in his statement to the FBI [which can be seen in CE1386]. It seems pretty obvious to me that McBride wasn't exactly clear as to when his conversation with Lee Oswald took place. So the fact that he said "late 1957 or early 1958" means very little.

But the big reason that we can know that McBride was merely mixed up a little about the dates is because he claimed that Oswald started to work at Pfisterer's in "about December 1957", which is a year when we know Oswald was in the Marines and was not in New Orleans.

So, unless CTers want to believe that Palmer McBride (for some unknown reason) would want to lie and make up a story about a make-believe conversation between himself and LHO, then where do conspiracy theorists want to go with this McBride topic anyway? (Are we REALLY supposed to swallow author John Armstrong's "Double Oswald" nonsense? Thanks, but no thanks.)

In the final analysis, it's as obvious as obvious can be that McBride was merely mistaken (by one single year) as to the date when he heard Oswald threaten President Eisenhower.

Excerpt from Vincent Bugliosi's book.....

"On the resolution of this issue, we don’t need Marguerite Oswald’s testimony and Robert Oswald’s recollection to show that [Palmer] McBride made a simple error. Although the original employment records way back in 1956 at Pfisterer are not available, partly because a fire destroyed or damaged many of them, we still know that McBride was wrong and Oswald went to work at Pfisterer in 1956 because Oswald’s 1956 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, signed and filed by him on February 7, 1957, shows that he worked at Pfisterer in 1956, with wages of $612.00 and taxes withheld of $69.30.

His return also shows wages of $80.16 at Tujague’s and $7.10 withheld, and wages of $80.00 at J. R. Michaels (where Oswald worked very briefly as an office boy after leaving Tujague’s and before being employed at Pfisterer’s) with $5.00 withheld. (CD 90a; WC Record 179-40004-10446; HSCA Record 180-10110-10130, December 19, 1978) And Oswald’s 1956 W-2 form at Pfisterer also survives."

-- Vincent Bugliosi; Pages 570-571 of "Reclaiming History" (Endnotes)


David Von Pein
October 1, 2009