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  • Writer's pictureFred Litwin

Did Harvey Wade See the Second Oswald?

Updated: Jun 26

Harvey Wade claimed he saw Lee Harvey Oswald at Jack Ruby's Carousel Club in November 1963. The Warren Commission had read the FBI reports and they wanted to see if Mr. Wade could possibly identify the man he saw in several photographs. They knew that Oswald was not in the Carousel Club - at least on the night in question.

Here is a letter the Warren Commission sent to the FBI:

Here is the FBI reply:

So, what was going on?

Two memos on Harvey Wade were included in the Warren Commission Exhibits. Here is Warren Commission Exhibit 2370:

Here is Warren Commission Exhibit 2432:

The biggest problem with Mr. Wade's allegation is that on November 10, 1963, Oswald was at Ruth Paine's home. Here are two excerpts from her testimony before the Warren Commission:

Warren Commission Volume 2, page 515

Warren Commission Volume 3, page 41

That was not the end of Mr. Harvey Wade. He resurfaced during the Garrison investigation:

Boxley knew that the solution to the problem was that Wade had not seen Oswald - he had seen the second Oswald. Not surprisingly, Wade "responded exuberantly" with the news that he was right after all.

Bill Turner included Harvey Wade in his January 1968 Ramparts article on The Garrison Commission:

Garrison had been looking for a man with a scar for quite some time.

Garrison's lead memo from November 1967 mentions Harvey Wade:

And even James DiEugenio believes that Harvey Wade saw Oswald in the Carousel Club:


Here is one of the photos shown to Harvey Wade in the hope that he might recognize the person he identified as Oswald. You can also see many other photos taken at Jack Ruby's club.


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