JFK Explosive Testimony: Roger Craig, Will Fritz and Oswald
July 1, 2014
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Let’s review what these authors had to say: Jim Garrison, Jim Marrs and Jim Douglass
Jim Garrison: “On the Trail of the Assassins”, pg. 110
Garrison met with Craig a few months after his testimony which doomed Craig’s career as a law enforcement officer. He relates Craig’s story about meeting with Capt. Will Fritz in his office where Oswald freely admitted that it was Ruth Paine’s station wagon and did not deny getting into it. Sheriff Buddy Walthers went out to the Paine residence and confirmed that she did have a Nash Rambler station wagon. It is on the record. Neither Fritz nor any other member of the Dallas Homicide division followed up the lead. Fritz later denied that Craig had been in his office at police headquarters or told him about the Rambler. However, a news photo that turned up six years later in Dallas police Chief’s Curry’s autobiography clearly showed Craig was there.
Jim Marrs: “Crossfire”, pg. 318.
Craig said that as he approached the TSBD and asked for someone involved in the investigation, a man in a grey suit told him “I’m with the Secret Service”. Craig testified that the SS agent took no interest or notes of the persons leaving the scene, but he became extremely interested as soon as Craig mentioned the Rambler. It was the only part of Craig’s statement that he took down in the pad he was holding. Regarding Craig and Oswald in Fritz’s office: This was explosive testimony since Oswald had officially made his way home by bus and taxi. Therefore, the Warren Commission stated it could not accept important elements of Craig’s testimony. It went even further, stating that the meeting between Craig and Oswald never occurred. Marrs also mentions that the proof he was there was based on the photo in Curry’s book.
James Douglass: “JFK and the Unspeakable”, pg. 274
After Oswald mentioned Ruth Paine’s station wagon, he said ”Now everyone will know who I am”. At this point Fritz ushered Craig out of his office. It was too late – for the government and for Craig who had seen and heard too much. What Roger Craig would testify to in the years ahead would be corroborated by a parade of other witnesses: Ed Hoffman, Carolyn Walther, James Worrell, Richard Carr, Helen Forrest, James Pennington, Marvin Robinson and Roy Cooper. The Rambler was the getaway car.
Since the Warren Commission decided by that time that Oswald must have escaped in a cab and bus, the WC also disregarded Craig’s account of the dialogue with Oswald in Fritz’s office – because Fritz denied Craig was even there. Craig would also be attacked on the basis of an FBI report that seemed to show Paine did not own a Nash Rambler but rather a 1955 Chevrolet station wagon. Judged in terms of its source, the report proved nothing. The FBI agent who wrote it would later confess to a congressional committee that he was guilty of deliberately destroying key assassination evidence in obedience to his FBI superior’s orders.
By rejecting Roger Craig’s testimony, the Warren Commission could ignore the significance of Oswald’s words to his interrogator, Will Fritz. According to Roger Craig, it was Oswald who said that the car that picked him up was a station wagon owned by Mrs. Paine, who Oswald then defended.
Fritz also failed to reveal his notes which surfaced 30 years later. Oswald said he was “out with Bill Shelley in front” at the time of the shooting. Of course, the WC never mentioned the notes.
Craig claimed there were at least 14 instances where his testimony was twisted by Attorney David Belin who interviewed Craig in private. One would think that a witness as critical as Craig would be interviewed in front of the Warren Commission.
In choosing to dismiss Craig’s testimony,the WC relied on the tortured testimony of
– Cab driver Whaley, whose manifest showed he picked up Oswald at 12:30. He failed to identify him in the lineup and his description of Oswald’s clothing was full of contradictory statements.
– Bus driver McWatters could not identify Oswald.
– Bus passenger Mary Bledsoe, who McWatters did not recall seeing on the bus. Her testimony was disjointed and unintelligible. She was Oswald’s former landlady – a perfect witness.
Finally, who is more credible: Roger Craig or…. David Belin, Will Fritz, Ruth Paine, Whaley, McWatters, Bledsoe?
Who had the motive to twist and intimidate testimony, Roger Craig or the Warren Commission? Craig’s motive was to tell the truth as he saw it. The Warren Commission made sure that evidence of a conspiracy was suppressed at all costs and that Oswald was the lone assassin.
Consider the pathetic cab and bus ride testimony and WC motivation to avoid a conspiracy at all costs. We know that someone got into the station wagon based on solid confirmation of Craig’s testimony by at least six witnesses. If the cab/bus ride was a bogus contrivance, then Oswald had to get home some other way. By simple logic, one must assume that he got back in the station wagon – if you believe Craig and the six witnesses. Oswald looked like himself.
Roger Craig stuck to his story to the bitter end.
Testimony of Cecil McWatters