Post by donald willis
Not surprised that LNers have pretty much given up supporting bus driver
Cecil McWatters' labyrinthine Commission testimony. There's no defending
the indefensible. It's a thankless task.
It`s fine, unless your intentions is to play silly games.
Mr. McWATTERS - That is right. It was along about even with Griffin
Street before I was stopped in the traffic.
Mr. BALL - And that is about seven or eight blocks from the Texas Book
Depository Building, isn't it?
Mr. McWATTERS - Yes, sir. It would be seven, I would say that is seven, it
would be about seven blocks.
Mr. BALL - From there?
Mr. McWATTERS - From there, yes, sir.
Mr. BALL - What did the man look like who knocked on your door and got on
Mr. McWATTERS - Well, I didn't pay any particular attention to him. He was
to me just dressed in what I would call work clothes, just some type of
little old jacket on, and I didn't pay any particular attention to the man
when he got on-
Mr. BALL - Paid his fare, did he?
Mr. McWATTERS - Yes, sir; he just paid his fare and sat down on the second
cross seat on the right.
Mr. BALL - Do you remember whether or not you gave him a transfer?
Mr. McWATTERS - Not when he got on; no, sir.
Mr. BALL - You didn't. Did you ever give him a transfer?
Mr. McWATTERS - Yes, sir; I gave him one about two blocks from where he got
Mr. BALL - Did he ask you for a transfer?
Mr. McWATTERS - Yes, sir.
Mr. BALL - Do you remember what he said to you when he asked you for the
Mr. McWATTERS - Well, the reason I recall the incident, I had--there was a
lady that when I stopped in this traffic, there was a lady who had a
suitcase and she said, "I have got to make a 1 o'clock train at Union
Station," and she said, "I don't believe from the looks of this traffic
you are going to be held up."
She said, "Would you give me a transfer and I am going to walk on down,"
which is about from where I was at that time about 7 or 8 blocks to Union
Station and she asked me if I would give her a transfer in case I did get
through the traffic if I would pick her up on the way.
So, I said, "I sure will." So I gave her a transfer and opened the door
and as she was going out the gentleman I had picked up about 2 blocks
asked for a transfer and got off at the same place in the middle of the
block where the lady did.
This is Oswald, as corroborated by Mary Bledoe who was also on the bus
and knew Oswald and by the bus transfer.
Post by donald willis
Unfortunately (for LNers), that meandering, self-contradictory testimony
was intended to undermine McWatters' 11/22/63 affidavit and lineup ID of
O, which pretty much let O off the hook for Tippit's murder. If, as
McWatters indicates, O went by bus to Marsalis Ave., in Oak Cliff, then he
got there too late to get to the rooming house (and his pistol), then