On Feb. 15, 1968, investigator Gary M. Sanders wrote a two-page memo to Jim Garrison regarding "Statement of Aletha Frair" and listing the subject as "LEE HARVEY OSWALD's Drivers License." The memo reads as follows:
On Monday February 12, 1968 at a luncheon held at the Press Club on Chartres St. a man named JOHN FRAIR approached Assistant District Attorney Jim Alcock and Andrew Sciambra and myself. FRAIR told Sciambra that his wife, ALETHA FRAIR, had worked at the Department of Public Safety in Austin, Texas. While at the DPS MRS. FRAIR had seen a drivers license issued to LEE HARVEY OSWALD. The occasion in which she saw the license was during the week following the KENNEDY ASSASSINATION when the license turned up at the DPS records department to be removed from the active files.
On Wednesday, February 14, 1968, I went to the FRAIR house at 8001 Benson St. and spoke with both MRS. FRAIR and her husband. I had prepared a statement in advance of my visit and she read and signed this statement in the presence of Miss Judy Duek and myself. A copy of the statement is attached to this memo.
During the course of the conversation MRS. FRAIR began to elaborate on the incident that occured (sic) at the DPS saying that one of the girls working in the file cabinets pulling drivers licenses to be renewed or because of change of name or because of death ran across a license to which in the words of MRS. FRAIR she commented, "I have HIS license." Someone else working near asked, "You have who's license?" The woman working the files answered, "I have LEE HARVEY OSWALD's drivers license, right here." At this point MRS. FRAIR said all of the employees within earshot rushed to see the license. MRS. FRAIR said she never held the license but that she had stood right next to the woman who was holding it and that it was in fact a pink TEXAS DRIVERS LICENSE issued to LEE HARVEY OSWALD. MRS. FRAIR did not remember if the license was singed or what the address on the license was, but she did elaborate as to the physical condition of the license (worn and discolored with a brown liquid).
On the afternoon before my visit to MRS. FRAIR I called the Records Department of the Texas Dept. of Public Safety and talked with a MRS. SEAY. I asked MRS. SEAY what would happen to the records of a person who had died. She indicated that the records are kept for five years after the date of issue and then destroyed. MRS. SEAY asked me whom I was interested in finding and I said I would like to know if LEE HARVEY OSWALD had ever had a Texas license. MRS. SEAY replied "Oh yes, that one--just a minute I'll look and see." At this point MRS. SEAY left the phone and was gone for about three minutes and when she returned the tone of her voice had changed from very friendly to very curt. MRS. SEAY said that she could note give out any information and that she could not talk to me and that I would have to talk to her supervisor, MR. ELLIOTT. I thanked her and hung up. I[t] is very obvious to me that if there are any records at the DPS pertaining to LEE HARVEY OSWALD they are not going to release them.
MRS. FRAIR has given me a list of other persons who may be able to verify her statement and I am in the process of contacting these people.
Gary M. Sanders
Following is a reproduction of an undated memo from Gary Sanders to another Garrison investigator, Bill Boxley:
Following are reproductions of Aletha Frair's sworn statement. The type on these third or fourth generation copies is quite faint at times, and so a closeup of the most significant two paragraphs is included after the full-page reproductions.