I have decided to form a separate thread on CE 142 - the so called rifle case shaped bag that was "found" in the south east corner on the 6th floor of the TSBD, referred to as the SN. For the sake of brevity I am not going to reproduce all of the testimonial statement that was present in the original thread as we should all be aware of where to find it. I would like to highlight the main points and will build on it in time. What did the WC state?
The WC had concluded that LHO brought in his MC rifle into the TSBD in a dismantled state concealed in the bag (CE 142) on the morning of 22/11/1963.
Two people witnessed seeing LHO holding a package that morning - Buell Wesley Frazier and his sister Linnie Mae Randle. Despite being shown the bag and an FBI replica bag, both witnesses estimated the bag that LHO had with him that morning was between 24 - 27.5 inches. The WC rejected their conclusions believing that they were mistaken.
The disassembled MC was 34.8 inches in length, the largest part being the wooden stock.
Jack Dougherty failed to see this package on LHO as he entered into the TSBD at ~ 8 am in the morning. The WC rejected his testimony believing that he was mistaken.
No one saw LHO with a package, or construct one, at any time prior to or on the day of the assassination.
When the SN was found on the 6th floor after the assassination, six detectives failed to see the bag in the SN, yet several detectives (from the crimes scene investigation team predominantly - Day, Studebaker, Johnson, Montgomery) recalled seeing the bag in several states - folded once, folded twice, unfolded.
The bag was dusted for fingerprints using magnetic powder by Studebaker/Day and no latent finger prints were detected. Mr Day wrote on the bag twice - 39 words in total before handing the bag over to the FBI.
The bag was not photographed in situ
or during a reconstruction of the crime scene. It was unsure who took ownership of the bag once it was dusted for fingerprints.
The bag was taken to the first floor (presumably with the MC rifle as well as Day stated he never left possession of it) and Mr Day and Mr Studebaker took a sample of paper and tape from the first floor (CE 677).
No one is certain what happened after that but Mr Montgomery was photographed holding a long bag coming out of the TSBD at ~ 3 pm.
This is the story describing what I believe occurred to the bag that Montgomery came out with to eventually become ("evolve") into CE 142.
Luke Mooney - one of the first Detectives to literally step into the SN fails to see the bag on the floorDetective Montgomery comes out with a large bag upside down and with an object inserted into it
The object within the bag can not be full length as the bag collapses down to reveal a flat and smooth top. The bag is heavily crinkled down the open end and there are no definitive crease marks to indicate that the bag was folded into a small package as was described by several of the Detectives. Detective Johnson and Mr Day bring out more evidence found on the 6th floor A paper and tape sample were taken by Mr Day and Mr Studebaker from the first floorThe FBI make a replica bag to show witnesses The paper and tape samples were taken from the first floor of the TSBD
The FBI obtained their paper and tape samples on a Sunday. When Mr Day and Mr Studebaker obtained their samples, it was likely that the employees were told to go home for the afternoon.A bag was photographed in the FBI Crimes laboratory
Could this be the same bag that Montgomery took out of the TSBD? If it was, then there was an immediate issue - this bag did not possess a flap at one end.
This bag was also photographed being in close proximity to the blanket that was recovered in the Paines garage. The FBI stained CE 142 with silver nitrate.
A partial palm and finger print was now found on the bag that belonged to Lee Harvey Oswald.
An FBI expert could not associate the bag with having carried CE 139, the MC rifle found on the 6th floor.
An FBI expert detailed how a fold was done to ensure that the bag was strong to hold a heavy object.
The FBI proved that the bag had to have been constructed in situ on the first floor because the tape had specific marking on it meaning it went through a specific tape dispenser that wetted the tape at the same time.
CE 142 matched CE 677. The FBI sliced the bag so that both sides could be seen at the same time
What is obvious is that the bag had a flap at one end. My analysis
Was the bag that Montgomery took out CE 142?
Yes it was.
David Von Pein was correct in his statement What was the issue if it was the same bag?
CE 142 contains a flap that was taped down that it originally did not possess
when Montgomery took it out of the TSBD. An examination of the end flap that was missing in the FBI crimes laboratory bag
It was very likely that the original bag was folded (to add a flap) and cut to make it appear smaller.
When one considers that there was an inconsistent description of the bag when "found", and inconsistent description on who handled it, no photograph of it, six Detectives failing to see the bag and no one knows how it ended up in Montgomery's hands, ended up changing structure to include a flap and definitive crease lines - one is highly suspicious of whether that bag was anywhere near the 6th floor.
Mr Day and Mr Studebaker were on the first floor with the rifle and we know that they took paper and tape. If you had the rifle in your possession wouldn't you wrap in up to conceal/protect it from the crowd outside? It was already dusted for prints by Day. Yet inexplicably Day walks out with the rifle and Montgomery walks out with the bag.
What the flap is going on?