Whodunnit xiv: Status Report

Marilyn has dropped off her friend Joseph McBride’s “Into the Nightmare” (2013). I am not sure how much attention I will be able to pay it. For one thing it adds 675 pages to my pile of plow-throughs. For another, it is self-published which, call me old-fashioned, but makes me think it is not well-regarded by peers or professionals. Third, it lists a multitude of sources, but it doesn’t footnote anything. And finally, it fails my Rose Cheramie Test. (See earlier blog.) This test holds that if you are going to find Ms Cheramie credible, there is no one that you won’t.

And not only does McBride find her credible, he adds to her allegations (unfootnoted) a claim that no one else had made. Not only were Ruby and Oswald lovers, but Ruby was also involved in the heroin deal Cheramie and her traveling companions were planning to carry out while knocking off the president.

Finally, if one believes Douglass, McBride got her cause of death wrong. He writes Cheramie “died after apparently having been thrown out of another car.” Douglass says she was found lying in the highway with four suitcases “positioned to direct an oncoming car over her.” The investigating officer says a car ran over, though the driver says he did not. Douglass, believing the driver, then points to a book be Dr. Charles Crenshaw (about whom I will say more in future installments) positing she had been shot in the head.

On the plus side, I trust Marilyn. Plus the book is recent enough to rebut Bugliosi, and I had been hoping to find something to do that. (Just the other day though, I found an entire web site devoted to this task, so readers will just have to see what develops with McBride.