Post by Peter Fokes
You mean the "possible" matches?
I don't believe those fibres were "definitively" matched.
There. I touched the issue.
No, No, No The fibers found on the bag did match the blanket. What
the WC said was not all of the fibers that were in the blanket were on the
Also, Oswalds prints were the only prints on the bag. This is what the WC
said from Chapter IV Scientific Evidence Linking Rifle and Oswald to Paper
Bag in regards to the fibers and the blanket.
Fibers in paper bag matched fibers in blanket. When Paul M. Stombaugh of
the FBI Laboratory examined the paper bag, he found, on the inside, a
single brown delustered viscose fiber and several light green cotton
fibers. The blanket in which the rifle was stored was composed of brown
and green cotton, viscose and woolen fibers.
The single brown viscose fiber found in the bag matched some of the brown
viscose fibers from the blanket in all observable characteristics. The
green cotton fibers found in the paper bag matched 'some of the green
cotton fibers in the blanket "in all observable microscopic
characteristics." Despite these matches, however, Stombaugh was unable to
render on opinion that the fibers which he found in the bag had probably
come from the blanket, because other types of fibers present in the
blanket were not found in the bag. He concluded:
All I would say here is that it is possible that these fibers could have
come from this blanket., because this blanket is composed of brown and
green woolen fibers, brown and green delustered viscose fibers, and brown
and green cotton fibers... We found no brown cotton fibers, no green
viscose fibers, and no woolen fibers. So if I found all of these then I
would have been able to say these fibers probably had come from this
blanket. But since I found so few, then I would say the possibility
exists, these fibers could have come from this blanket.
Stombaugh confirmed that the rifle could have picked up fibers from the
blanket and transferred them to the paper bag. In light of the other
evidence linking Lee Harvey Oswald, the blanket, and the rifle to the
paper bag found on the sixth floor, the Commission considered Stombaugh's
testimony of probative value in deciding whether Oswald' carried the rifle
into the building in the paper bag.
The preponderance of the evidence supports the conclusion that Lee Harvey
Oswald (1) told the curtain rod story to Frazier to explain both the
return to Irving on a Thursday and the obvious bulk of the package which
he intended to bring to work the next day; (2) took paper and tape from
the wrapping bench of the Depository and fashioned a bag large enough to
carry the disassembled rifle; (3) removed the rifle from the blanket in
the Paines' garage on Thursday evening; (4) carried the rifle into the
Depository Building, concealed in the bag; and, (5) left the bag alongside
the window from which the shots were fired.