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11 March 2008

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Pat Speer

Professor McAdams, I believe, misses the boat completely when it comes to Odio. She is, in fact, extremely credible. The Warren Commission believed she'd told the truth, but that she'd been visited by someone other than Oswald. This "someone" turned out not to have even been in Dallas at the time. The HSCA believed that she'd been visited by Oswald.

As far as the Twifords, McAdams misses that Oswald had called them in an attempt to visit them. If he'd called them from a stop on the New Orleans to Houston bus, as conjectured, then he was trying to visit them in the middle of the night. As Oswald was notoriously frugal, and not accustomed to expensive cab rides, it defies belief that he would call up some total strangers in an attempt to visit them, pay for a cab ride to their home, miles from the bus depot, pay for a cab ride back, and then catch a bus out of town. It would be totally outside Oswald's character to attempt such a thing. As a result, one can reasonably assume he was not on the New Orleans to Houston bus, and was planning to have someone drop him off that night. This only adds to the likelihood he was traveling with someone else, and was at Odio's door, as asserted.

That McAdams attempts to dismiss the statements of Wilson-Hudson (who would have no motive to lie about Ruby--seeing as Ruby was a non-entity in 1959), De Mohrenschildt (who was considered more credible than Moore by the HSCA), and Odio, by insinuating that they are mentally ill, is particularly odious, in my opinion.

If one is to trust only statements by reputable sources about whom no one has ever said anything bad, we'd all be restricted to reading the diaries of pathological liars. I would hope a learned historian such as McAdams would know better than to cherry-pick his witnesses based on whether he agrees with their conclusions or not. I mean, J. Edgar Hoover lied repeatedly in his Warren Commission testimony, and was considered a dangerous egomaniac by half of Washington. Should we therefore dismiss EVERYTHING he ever said, or wrote? I think not.

Peter R. Whitmey

I don't know if Kaiser makes any reference to Curtis Craford (aka Larry Crafard), Ruby's handyman, who left Dallas in a hurry on Nov. 23, or Jean Aase (a friend of Lawrence Meyers), who claimed to me that she, too, left abruptly on Nov. 23, but I do. Check out my article "Creating A Patsy" that Prof. McAdams kindly added to his website (which also includes several other articles of mine, as well as many others). You can read it at:
http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/creatingapatsy or go to http://mcadams.posc.mu.home.htm and scroll down to "featured articles" and my name.

Poilu

"... I would hope a learned historian such as McAdams would know better than to cherry-pick his witnesses based on whether he agrees with their conclusions or not. ..."

Why, cherry-picking is McAdams' standard modus operandi!

And to think! I might actually have read the above thesis, had I failed to swiftly recognize its authorship.

frank

alas..................alas............

Fabio Franco

Somehow I agree. It was really a rare instance where Bugliosi seems to have abandoned common sense.

SilverGoldAdv

I don't know if Kaiser makes any reference to Curtis Craford.

Silver Bullion

George

"... I would hope a learned historian such as McAdams would know better than to cherry-pick his witnesses based on whether he agrees with their conclusions or not. ..."

Why, cherry-picking is McAdams' standard modus operandi!

And to think! I might actually have read the above thesis, had I failed to swiftly recognize its authorship.

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