Lee Oswald's Lost Luggage is supposedly sinister

"Spooky" Occurances in Lee Harvey Oswald's Life

Oswald Lost His Luggage, Therefore He Was a Spy

It's a classic piece of "evidence" from Tony Summers. From page 188 of the 1989 Paragon House edition of Conspiracy:
The Oswalds, it seems, flew to Texas the day after their arrival in the United States. As they were preparing to leave, one of the officials helping them noticed something that was to recur — the Oswalds had two suitcases fewer than the seven they had been carrying when they arrived. Oswald said he had sent them ahead by rail, but the baggage was to shrink even more before the family reached Texas. When Oswald's brother met them at Dallas airport, he observed that there were only two suitcases. The Warren Commission seems to have taken little interest in this oddity, and the phenomenon remains unexplained. However, it may fit in with another strange detail about the last stage of Oswald's odyssey. Although there were direct routes available, the flight chosen to bring the Oswalds home — Delta 821 — made a stop in Atlanta. Coincidentally, an Atlanta name and address were found in Oswald's address book after the assassination. It was that of Natasha Davison, the mother of Captain Davison, the American attache with intelligence connections who had talked to the Oswalds at the Moscow Embassy.

After the assassination, Captain Davison first told the Secret Service he did not recall meeting the Oswalds in Moscow; but he did remember when the FBI interviewed him. Recently, in testimony to Congress' Assassinations Committee, Davison admitted receiving "some superficial intelligence training" and acknowledged his part in the Penkovsky spy operation. He said he had been involved in no other covert work and specifically denied any secret connection to Oswald. A review of Davison's record turned up nothing further, and the Assassinations Committee concluded merely that there was "insufficient evidence for concluding that Davison was an intelligence contact for Oswald in Moscow." There never has been an adequate explanation for the Oswalds' travel home through Davison's home city of Atlanta, a route they had no known reason to take.

Now just what is Summers suggesting? What is the import of this? We are apparently supposed to take seriously something like the following:
  1. Oswald was a spook. He was stealing top-secret documents in the USSR. Never mind that he didn't have access to any secret materials. Never mind that the KGB was surveiling his activities in minute detail. He must have had several suitcases of documents.
  2. The CIA had no capability of taking the documents Oswald had stolen from him in Minsk, nor in Moscow (where the Oswalds caught the train to leave the USSR). So Oswald waltzed right through Soviet Customs with the documents. Gutsy move!
  3. The CIA had no capability of receiving the documents in Holland, where the Oswalds arrived via train from Moscow, so they had to lug them onto the liner Maasdam for the trip across the Atlantic.
  4. When the Oswalds arrived in New York, they found that the CIA Documents Reception Center was open, but unfortunately had a two bag limit. If you had stolen more than two bags of documents from some Communist country, you just had to turn in the extra documents somewhere else!
  5. But a helpful clerk at the New York CIA Documents Reception Center checked the Spook Index, and found that one of the Agency's Moscow spooks had a nice mom in Atlanta. "I bet she'll take the documents," the Oswalds were told.
  6. As we all know, some suburban moms sell Tupperware to make a little extra money, and others run CIA document reception centers. Especially in that hotbed of international intrigue, Atlanta, Georgia.
  7. So the Oswalds stopped in Atlanta, and the nice mom of the Moscow spook took the documents. James Bond would be proud!
Of course, Tony Summers doesn't seem to understand that Atlanta was a major — indeed massive — Delta Airlines hub. So he says that there was "no known reason" for the Oswalds to pass through the Atlanta airport. No reason known to Tony Summers, certainly.
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