See No Evil
Hear No Evil
Marina & "Hidell"
Problems with Marina's testimony against her husband
The "Misfired" Round
Bullets in the Pocket
The WC alters timing
More evidence that Oswald was on the first floor
Evidence the "Gunsack was never on the 6th floor
Evidence the "Gunsack" was made on the afternoon of 11/22/63
Evidence the rifle was never in the "Gunsack"
Evidence the bag Oswald brought to work contained his lunch
Evidence Oswald had not fired a rifle
Evidence Oswald had not fired a handgun
Evidence the Depository rifle was not part of the February shipment to Klein's
Evidence that Oswald was at work when the money order for the rifle was purchased and the envelope mailed
Evidence that the "$ 21.45" entry on Klein's bank account statement was not the "Hidell" money order
Evidence that Oswald's handwriting was easily forgeable
Evidence the rifle in the "Backyard Photos" is not the Depository Rifle
Evidence that the Depository Rifle had not been fired on 11/22/63
Evidence that Klein's Sporting Goods did not mount the scope on the Depository Rifle
Evidence that Oswald could not afford to order the weapons
Proof the bullets recovered from Tippit's body did not match the bullets in evidence
News video shows the jacket was white
Problems with the gray jacket's chain of custody
Evidence that the witnesses described the jacket of the Tippit murderer as white
Evidence that the police radio description of the jacket found was white
Evidence that the witnesses refused to identify the gray jacket as the jacket the killer wore
Skeptical witness identification of the gray jacket as the jacket the killer wore
More problems with the evidence
Problems with the Chain of Custody of CE 573
Spectrographic evidence that CE 573 was not the same ammunition fired at JFK
Gen. Walker to HSCA: "Walker bullet" not Walker bullet
The Rifle Ammo
Speculation.--Ammunition for the rifle found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository had not been manufactured since the end of World War II. The ammunition used by Oswald must,. therefore, have been at least 20 years old, making it extremely unreliable.
The Commission could not have misstated the facts more blatantly than they did regarding the availability of the ammunition allegedly used in the rifle. In July, 1965, author/researcher Stewart Galanor wrote the Winchester-Western division of Olin-Mathieson Corporation with questions regarding the ammunition's availability.
As the reader can see, the ammunition was no longer being produced and any previous production had been completed back in 1944. This fact was supported by the Commission's own exhibit in Volume 26.
Remarkably, the FBI didn't attempt to trace the ammunition until March of 1964.
Commission Exhibit 2694 includes an FBI report of an interview with R.W. Botts a district manager of Winchester Western, who told the FBI that the ammunition was manufactured "during World War II".
In fact, no evidence that the Commission saw or heard could reasonably have led them to conclude that the ammunition was recently or currently being manufactured. In addition, I could find no evidence in the 26 volumes of testimony and exhibits that concludes such a thing.
According to the Commission's own firearms expert, FBI agent Robert Frazier, only two of the original four lots of this ammunition were available for testing. ( 3 H 400 ) In his testimony, Frazier hinted at the scarcity of this ammunition, saying that it was only available through mail order houses and gun shops.
Mr. FRAZIER. Well, you can buy them from mail-order houses primarily, or a few gun shops that have accumulated a supply by ordering them. The information we have is that two million rounds were imported into the United States in one lot, one shipment--and they have been transmitted over the country and are for sale by several different surplus gun shops--used guns--mail-order houses and places of that nature and gunsmiths, and firearms shops sell this ammunition. ( 3 H 416 )
Two million rounds in twenty years. That's 100,000 rounds avg. per year for the whole country.
Not a heck of a lot.
In fact, in March 1964, the FBI conducted a canvass of the retail gun shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It found only two shops that sold the Western Cartridge Company 6.5 ammunition.
Both of the shops sold the 6.5 Western Cartridge ammunition with a copper jacketed military load.
Since neither gun shop owner ever sold ammunition to Oswald, the matter was dropped. The FBI was unable to find out WHO they DID sell the ammunition to. Masen couldn't remember and there's no evidence they ever asked Brinegar.
What I find interesting about the two exchanges of ammunition between Brinegar and Masen is that the first occurred in early 1963, at a time when "A.Hidell" was allegedly ordering his rifle. The FBI report says that first exchange of ten boxes Masen sold with a military load, while the second ten boxes he pulled the copper jacketed bullet and reloaded it with a lead bullet for hunting.
The reader should keep in mind that during this exchange of ammunition, Brinegar's shop was still in Carrollton. It's difficult to imagine "A. Hidell" traveling all the way out to Carrollton for ammunition without any means to get there. There's no evidence that he ever got a ride out there and Brinegar told the FBI that he never sold ammo to Oswald.
Which brings us to Masen. I believe that Masen never sold any ammo to Oswald, but I also suspect that somewhere in the sales of those first ten boxes is the person who framed Oswald. Perhaps Masen didn't know him, perhaps he knew him and protected his identity, or perhaps those boxes were never sold.
One thing we know for sure, they were reloading these cartridges with lead bullets for hunting, making the copper-jacketed military bullets even harder to find.
In fact, by the time the FBI rolled around to ask them for samples of their ammunition on March 26, 1964, Masen had no copper-jacketed 6.5 Western Cartridge ammo left and Brinegar had only six boxes, one of which he gave to the FBI.
"The cartridge is readily available for purchase from mail-order houses, as well as a few gun shops..."
( Report, pg. 555 )
Six months before the Report came out, there were only 100 rounds of this ammunition left in Dallas County.