2018-06-14 01:02:29 UTC
real meaning. We should remember it.
His full quote is: "No, they are taking me in because of the fact that I
lived in the Soviet Union. I'm just a patsy!"
Meaning: I'm a member of an easy-to-blame-group. Same as "They pulled me
over because I was black; I'm just a patsy." Or "They rounded up all the
usual suspects; I'm a patsy!"
As Oswald meant it, it does NOT mean somebody individually and
specifically set-up, and carefully framed in some very expert way. NO! But
somehow, we assume that's what he was saying to us AT THAT TIME. He
wasn't. Even the guy's lies are misunderstood ("patsy" used to me simply
"fool.") The word is not used much these days, and everybody
misunderstands Oswald here. But it's easy enough in context to get what he
ACTUALLY means. It conveys the idea of group-prejudice and simple
stupidity, not massive clockwork manufacturing of evidence to fit some
long pre-arranged fall-guy.
Yes, sure, Oswald (later) talking about somebody pasting his photo head on
somebody else's body in the backyard photo they showed him, sounds indeed
a claim of a careful frame-up. But that's now a different and later day
and Oswald is by now working on a different and more desperate lie (in
fact he is suggesting the photo was made the same way he actually made his
own selective service card for "Alex J. Hidell".) Don't read all this as
one perfectly consistent tale. It's all just Oswald free-associating, and
denying whatever he feels he can (like owning a rifle, or needing curtain
"You can out-shoot a shooter," as the old cops say, "but you can't
out-shit a shitter." (Meaning out-bullshit a bullshit artist). No cop can
match Verbal Kint.