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Lee Harvey Oswald

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Lee Harvey Oswald is the guy chiefly known for having assassinated John F. Kennedy... or not, depending upon which conspiracy theory you believe in.

Oswald was born in the United States, went to the Soviet Union for a few years, where he married, and returned with his Russian wife to the US after becoming disillusioned. He was then working in a depository in Dallas, Texas, when JFK visited as part of his preparations for re-election. Oswald, for reasons unknown, decided to shoot JFK: being a so-so marksman and JFK's car driving slowly, he was able to do so.

Apparently part of a vast conspiracy, involving communists, Cuba, the military-industrial complex, the Mafia, and whoever else the theorist is paranoiac about.

The case against the conspiracy:

  • Too many possible claimants to be responsible-no reduction even after nearly 50 years.
  • Chances of Oswald calling in sick on the day, of his set up being discovered, etc.
  • Absence of incriminating material planted on Oswald or at his house (why leave loose ends?).
  • Probability of prompt and extreme reaction being taken against anyone who set up a conspiracy.
  • After the assassination Oswald wandered around Dallas and shot an innocent-bystander policeman, rather than being whisked away (or murdered to shut him up) by whoever supposedly did it.

After his capture he was shot and mortally wounded while in police custody by Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner. Ruby died of complications following a blood clot formed in his leg while awaiting his appeal against a death sentence. Ruby himself variously denied the assassination was a conspiracy, stated that the assassination was a conspiracy, and claimed to have been framed.[1] It has been argued that Ruby had become a delusional and paranoid man by the time of his death.

[edit] References

  1. 1967: Death of an Assassin's Assassin, David B. Green, Haaretz, January 3, 2013.

[edit] See also

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