(PART 1161)


But what about Jack Dougherty? He saw Oswald enter the TSBD that morning and didn't recall him carrying any bag. How is that possible for someone to carry such a huge bag and not be noticed?


Quite easy. Especially due to the fact that these words came out of Jack Dougherty's mouth when he gave his Warren Commission testimony:

"I was sitting on the wrapping table and when he [Lee Harvey Oswald] came in the door, I just caught him out of the corner of my eye."
[6 H 376-377]

Plus, Dougherty's testimony regarding the specific question of -- DID OSWALD TAKE A LARGE-ISH BAG INTO THE BACK DOOR OF THE DEPOSITORY ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 22? -- is actually completely unneeded and immaterial.


Because we can be absolutely positive that Oswald definitely DID carry a large-ish bag into the TSBD that day, based on the ironclad observations of the person who saw Oswald carrying such a bag -- Buell Wesley Frazier:

"I saw him go in the back door at the Loading Dock of the building that we work in, and he still had the package under his arm." -- Buell Frazier; Via 11/22/63 Affidavit [24 H 209; CE2003]

Or do more conspiracy theorists want to jump on James DiEugenio's bandwagon of silly accusations (with DiEugenio calling Wesley Frazier's testimony "very very questionable" and, in effect, calling Frazier a bald-faced liar concerning the paper bag issue)?

It appears that DiEugenio is perfectly content and happy to hang a "questionable" label around the neck of an innocent 19-year-old kid named Wes Frazier, instead of merely accepting what is quite obvious -- i.e., Frazier saw Oswald take a bag in the back door of the Book Depository and Jack Dougherty simply wasn't paying enough attention to Oswald as he entered the building to notice whether LHO had anything in his hands or not (mainly due to the fact that, as Dougherty said in his very own words, Mr. Dougherty only saw Oswald "OUT OF THE CORNER OF MY EYE").


Furthermore, nobody ever saw Oswald with the bag before the 22nd. And the guy in charge of the paper and tape dispenser at the TSBD said Oswald never got any paper or tape off him to make the bag. So the question is, how did Oswald get the material to make the bag, and when and where did he make it?


Do you think the person in charge of the paper and tape (Troy West) never left his station near the workbench during the course of a normal working day at the Book Depository?

Don't you think it's quite possible that Oswald waited until Mr. West left his work area, and then LHO took that opportunity to grab some paper and tape during West's absence (during a lunch break or a bathroom break, for example, which is probably when such a thing did occur)?

Troy West wasn't chained to his work station--was he? I doubt it.*

* West did testify that he usually "just stayed there" by the wrapping machine most of the time. Here's exactly what West said in that regard:

"I never did hardly ever leave the first floor. That is, I just stayed there where all my work was, and I just stayed there." [6 H 362]

And it does appear from his testimony that Mr. West usually ate his lunch right there at his wrapping table too (that seems to have been the case on 11/22/63 anyway).

But there were certainly times when West would have to step away from his work area, such as the situation he described in his Warren Commission testimony when he said that at the start of his lunch break on November 22nd he "went in and washed my hands and face and then got ready to put my coffee on".

I can only assume that West went to a first-floor bathroom to wash his hands and face. Therefore, his wrapping table would have been left unattended for a short time while he was inside the bathroom. And this very likely was Mr. West's normal routine each day at the Depository (to go and wash up in the bathroom, and to use the toilet as well [when required], prior to eating his lunch).

Lee Oswald, therefore, would have had an opportunity to take some paper and tape from West's work area during these brief periods of time when West was not present at the wrapping table.

David Von Pein
October 3, 2009