Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Merging stories

In an effort to "showcase 50 years of automotive innovation," Ford and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum in Alexandria, Virginia recently unveiled a permanent new display: a 1965 and a 2015 Mustang fused together lengthwise.

It might showcase innovation, but it also showcases the fact that the two Mustangs don't fit.  

Marrion Baker testified before the Warren Commission on March 25, 1964 that Lee Oswald was just behind the door with the glass pane when he first glimpsed him:

"Now, through this window you can't see too much but I just caught a glimpse of him through this window going away from me and as I ran to this door and opened it, and looked on down in the lunchroom he was on down there about 20 feet so he was moving about as fast as I was."

Oswald was "moving about as fast" into the lunchroom as Baker was moving from the landing just off the stairway to the door? It's hard to see how. Baker's story is that he "ran" to the door in order to go after a man he had glimpsed "walking away." Yet we are to believe that they covered about the same distance in the same time—i.e., that Baker running did not cover more ground than Oswald walking.

It's a nonsensical scenario, so ridiculous that one wonders why Baker is making such a transparently unrealistic claim. Why doesn't he just say that Oswald was running? Or, alternatively, that Oswald was only a few feet into the lunchroom by the time he himself opened the door and looked into the lunchroom?

The short answer is Baker has to merge two stories that cannot easily be merged:
  1. I saw a man walking away (per Baker's original November 22 affidavit).
  2. I saw Oswald standing by the coke machine (as per a later draft of the story, as told by Roy Truly).
As with the two Mustangs, Baker's two stories don't fit.

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