By S.r. Dusty Rohde
Ever since November 22th, 1963, shortly after the guns went silent in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, there exists the mystery of a station wagon described as a get-a-way car. Former Sheriff’s officer Roger Craig stated in testimonies, he thought he had seen Lee Harvey Oswald run down the grassy knoll, then jump into this station wagon and watched as the car sped away from Dealey plaza. (See below)
While the idea of Oswald getting into this car remains questionable, the mystery remains. Many have claimed that Oswald “fled” Dealey Plaza, by first taking a public transit bus, and then a taxi. I will suggest this is laughable. A person would have to be foolish to take a bus as a get-a-way vehicle, and ignorant to take a taxi, as often, taxi companies are the first place many police departments contact when searching for fleeing felons. In busy cities, taxi drivers and companies have eyes all over a city and radios to report any sightings of fleeing suspects.
When researching the JFK assassination, evidence is rarely discovered in a convenient chronological order. Usually, the evidence is found in a jumbled jigsawed mess, which was the case for me related to this mysterious station wagon. My first awareness of the station wagon in question, came from former Dallas Sheriff Roger Craig’s testimony.
While Roger Craig stated he thought the station wagon he saw was a “Nash Rambler”, he also stated he only said “Rambler” because it was the only type of station wagon he could think of with a luggage rack of similar type. (See below)
The next bit of evidence that I found was the image taken in Dealey Plaza of a station wagon with a person getting into the car, (this shortly after the shots had been fired). This image is most commonly used when anyone speaks of Oswald getting into the “Rambler” station wagon that Roger Craig saw. (See below)
The previous image is a bit misleading. For one, that isn’t Lee Harvey Oswald getting into the vehicle. The man getting into the vehicle is wearing dress slacks, shoes and trench coat…clothes which Oswald definitely didn’t wear to work that day, hence…this person is not Oswald. Second, the vehicle shown isn’t a “Rambler”. This vehicle is actually a 1961 Mercury Colony Park wagon, owned by Mary and “Buck” Ferrell. The “Ferrell” station wagon is compared to another image of a new 1961 Mercury Colony Park wagon. (See below)
A 1961 Nash Rambler is also compared to the 1961 Mercury Colony Park station wagon in the next image, obviously these are not the same type of car as one can see by the considerable difference in appearance, Mercury on the left, Nash on the right. (See below)
While it becomes apparent this Mercury station wagon belonging to the Ferrell’s isn’t the same station wagon Roger Craig saw, the reason it was initially of interest to me is because of a bit of the earliest evidence I found about a similar station wagon. This document notes Ruby, Oswald and a “Pilot” (say, as in David Ferrie) all travelling together. This document also happens to describe the vehicle they were using. (See following two images)
As noted Ruby, Oswald and this pilot were driving a station wagon with a description matching the Ferrell station wagon, a vehicle none of them owned. There are other points of interest worth noting in the previous documents. First, make note of the date, 11th of April, 1963, one day after the General Edwin Walker shooting. Also, the 11th of April is only three days after this flight recorded in David Ferrie’s flight plan on April 8th, 1963, (See below).
In the previous document, note that there are three passengers listed, for a total of four people (including Ferrie). Those names are “Hidell, Lambert and Diaz”, of which Hidell is the alias known to be used by Oswald. In the two documents relating Robert Allen Price’s testimony, the LHO/Ruby group was also “a party of four“. In both cases, Oswald is noted as travelling with a group of people, not as a loner. It is worth noting that from April 7th to the 12th, Oswald’s activities are unaccounted for in research timelines. These documents show that Oswald was back in Texas on the 10th, the day General Edwin Walker was fired at.
The description for the “pilot” given by Price is a very close match for David Ferrie noted at the time of his death. Ferrie weighed 182 and a half pounds vs 190 lbs. The approximate age provided by Price is also a close match, “41-42” years old, (Ferrie was 45 in 1963). The heights noted by Price are slightly different, “5-5 to 5-6″ compared to Ferries actual height of 5’9”. Yet, the description of the pilot is close enough to suspect David Ferrie was possibly this “Pilot”. The comment that these individuals were leaving “to fly to Cuba” coincides with known activities and testimonies of David Ferrie around this date. On April 14th and 15th, Cuba was indeed bombed by anti-Castro Cuban forces, including American pilots. David Ferrie has been documented in relationship to these activities. (See below)
This is the same anti-Castro, gun running “Davis” that Jack Ruby was worried they would find out about in his trial. The same “Davis” that attorney Dean Andrews tried to claim was a fictional person during Jim Garrison’s trial of Clay Shaw. Clay Shaw and David Ferrie had a very close relationship. (See below)
Now, the Dallas police question Oswald about the station wagon, and Oswald replied…
Then, for 50 plus years…people went nuts with this quote from Oswald, claiming Oswald fled Dealey Plaza in Ruth Paine’s “Rambler” station wagon. The only problem being is that Ruth Paine didn’t own a Rambler station wagon, she owned a 1955 Chevy BelAir station wagon. (Paine vehicle shown below)
Roger Craig wasn’t the only one who saw the station wagon leave Dealey Plaza, or the people getting into it. Many other witnesses also said the vehicle was a “Rambler”. Somebody actually did own a Nash Rambler station wagon linked to the JFK assassination, and that person was Clay Shaw. (See below)
Apparently Clay Shaw didn’t want the car around his house, as he loaned it to his dad and looks as though he was going to sign the title for the car over to him.
Evidence suppression was done in abundance related to the JFK assassination and Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit’s murder and that’s no secret. But two areas of evidence suppression are easily identified which involve Jack Ruby and William David Ferrie. The following is a quote from “History Will Prove Us Right”(page 12), by Howard P. Willens. (See below)
“What was Ruby’s probable motive?”, [“Commission does not wish to answer this question as to the probable motive of Ruby”].
Mr. Willens was a former counsel member on the staff of the Warren Commission. This was the view that the Warren Commission adopted regarding Jack Ruby, road blocking any in depth investigation of Jack Ruby, all while claiming their entire purpose was not to prosecute, but to collect evidence.
The second individual, David Ferrie, was never mentioned in the final report of the Warren Commission. Although Mr. Ferrie was a prime suspect in Jim Garrison’s charges against Clay Shaw, who committed suicide just prior to being arrested. Regarding Mr. Ferrie, the Secret Service would make the following statement,
“The Secret Service report concluded by stating, “In view of the above, this phase of the investigation involving William David Ferrie will be considered closed .”
Without going into extensive detail, long story short is there are numerous “collaborating” testimonies and documents that connect David Ferrie, Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw and many others, prior to the assassination. A very large portion of these documents collected by the FBI and other agencies were never given to the Warren Commission, and never released to the public to this day.
RELEASE THE FILES!
1). Warren Commission testimony, Roger Craig, page 266, https://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh6/pdf/WH6_Craig.pdf
2). HSCA report, Vol. IX, page 106., https://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk/hsca/reportvols/vol9/pdf/HSCA_Vol9_4_Oswald.pdf