Surely if the coke was common knowledge by the FBI so was the fact that the lunchroom was on the second floor not the third.
Obviously that's not the case in this instance. Because if it was the case, BOTH of the floors would not have been mentioned in Baker's statement at all. Burnett, who almost certainly wrote the words we find in CE3076, quite obviously must have still been uncertain as to exactly where the lunchroom was located within the Depository as of September 23, 1964.
Because if Baker had been right there when the statement was filled out (and, for whatever reason, Agent Burnett did the writing and not Baker), then we certainly wouldn't have had any confusion about the floor numbers as of 9/23/64, because no CTer can possibly believe something like the following scenario took place on 9/23/64, can they? .....
Officer Baker sits down with Agent Burnett of the FBI to write a statement on Sep. 23, with Baker telling Burnett that he encountered Oswald on the "second or third floor"
. (Baker, of course, months earlier, had already testified in front of the Warren Commission, and had verified that the encounter with Oswald took place on the SECOND floor, with no ambiguity at all arising as to what floor it occurred on.) And then, after saying "second or third floor" to Burnett, Baker then decides it was the second floor and corrects the error in the statement.
A much more logical scenario is the one I talk about in my 2010 post linked earlier -- i.e., Without Baker present, Agent Burnett wrote out a statement for Baker to sign. Baker looked it over, found two errors, corrected those mistakes, initialled the corrections and placed his signature (twice) on the completed document which became CE3076.
BTW, a clue that indicates Baker's statement was likely written outside the presence of Officer Baker entirely
can be found on Page 2 of CE3076, where it says:"I have read this statement consisting of this page and one other page and it is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I have initialled each page and each correction."
-- /s/ Marrion L. Baker
In my opinion, the above words would not have been written in that document if Marrion L. Baker had been right there in the same room with Richard J. Burnett when the statement was being written
. The key words being "I have READ this statement"
and "I have initialled each correction"
I.E., Burnett wrote it outside the presence of Baker. Baker then read it, corrected it, and signed it.
Plus: If some conspiracy theorists think that the FBI was covering up something relating to CE3076 (and a lot of CTers do believe that very thing, of course), then why on Earth wouldn't they have simply torn up the original statement with the crossed-out words "drinking a Coke" and the other cross-out and simply re-write the statement without any reference to the Coke at all? They can fake all kinds of evidence, per the conspiracy theorists, but they're unwilling to toss a piece of paper in the trash and re-write a two-page witness statement?
Seems kinda silly, doesn't it?
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