The Lone Assassin: 6 Reasons That Prove Lee Harvey Oswald Killed JFK
The Lone Assassin: 6 Reasons That Prove Lee Harvey Oswald Killed JFK

The Lone Assassin: 6 Reasons That Prove Lee Harvey Oswald Killed JFK

Patrick Lynch - April 25, 2017

The Lone Assassin: 6 Reasons That Prove Lee Harvey Oswald Killed JFK
Oswald Holding Up Pamphlets and a Rifle. Corbis

5 – Oswald was a Communist & Anti-American

Is it naïve to suggest that Oswald was some unfortunate patsy who was framed and then disposed of? As well as details of his violent behavior, Oswald had some very interesting adventures, to say the least. At first glance, he looked like a failed Marine who filled orders in a bookstore, but in reality, he had a serious interest in politics and could be perceived as anti-American.

Oswald became interested in Communism when he was in the Ninth Grade and wasn’t shy about expressing positive feelings about it when in the military. He reportedly told his brother that “Communism was the wave of the future.” After completing his three-year tour of duty, Oswald lied on an application form to get into a liberal arts college in Switzerland. He traveled across Europe and ended up in Moscow. Once there, he contacted the U.S. consul to renounce his American citizenship. He regularly made anti-American statements and applied for Russian citizenship.

After living in the Soviet Union for a little over a year, he found that life in the Communist state was not living up to his ideal. He contacted the consul again in February 1961, this time to express his desire to return home. Oswald met Marina, his future wife, in Minsk in March 1961 and they were married on April 30, 1961. Their daughter, June Lee, was born in February 1962 and a few months later, he returned to the United States.

After settling in Fort Worth, Texas, Oswald and his wife began having marital problems, and he was becoming noticeably more secretive. After allegedly trying to shoot Walker on April 10, 1963, he fled to New Orleans with his family to avoid the attentions of the police. He became politically active once again and opened the New Orleans branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). It was an organization that supported Castro and wanted free trade and better relations between Cuba and the U.S.

By now, Oswald identified as pro-Cuban and applied for Cuban and Soviet citizenship. Both governments rejected him, so he returned to Texas and found work under the assumed name O.H. Lee. It was there that he got a job at the Texas School Book Depository; the apparent scene of the most notorious political assassination of the 20th century. In summation, Oswald had no love for the country of his birth; he applied to become a citizen of other countries and was pro-Communism. What better way to make a point than by killing American’s leader, a man who presumably stood in the way of improved Cuban/American relations?

The Lone Assassin: 6 Reasons That Prove Lee Harvey Oswald Killed JFK
Dealey Plaza in 1963 with the Texas School Book Depository in the background. The Sixth Floor Museum

6 – No Other Viable Suspects

Those who believe in the lone gunman theory state one very simple fact; no other viable suspects have ever been found or charged. Critics of this train of thought will doubtless suggest that once Oswald was murdered by Jack Ruby, those charged with closing the case didn’t try very hard to identify anyone else. There is probably an element of truth to this accusation, but more than half a century later, no one has offered any conclusive proof of another shooter.

There are a lot of theories with ‘some’ compelling evidence, but all too often, it’s easy to poke holes in them. Certainly, the ease with which conspiracy theorists jump on low-quality evidence and weak facts does nothing to strengthen their case. For example, a famous photo of three tramps photographed in Dealey Plaza soon after the shooting was held up as evidence that the trio was involved in the event. While they wore scruffy clothing, the fact that they were clean-shaven was suspicious, and all three men were reportedly arrested. There is photographic evidence of the arrest.

However, there is no written record and theorists tried to suggest that the men were involved in the assassination and the Dallas police allowed them to escape. Records released in 1992 revealed the identities of the three men. They were tramps; the two men who were still alive confirmed that they were the people in the photo. It turns out that they spent the night in a homeless hostel and were allowed to shave and wash.

Another unhelpful claim is that the Zapruder film was faked. Although several pieces of photographic evidence in the case was faked, there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest the famous Zapruder film is one of them. Given that the film offers grounds for a conspiracy, it is ridiculous to claim it was doctored to disprove one! Others try to suggest that the person on the front steps of the TSBD was Oswald when it was Billy Lovelady, a colleague of the alleged assassin. Finally, there is the equally preposterous notion that Kennedy’s body was altered to fool pathologists as they performed the autopsy.

Conspiracy theories with no basis in fact and with flimsy or no evidence to back them up cause more harm than good. All the while, no one has come up with a concrete suspect backed by hard evidence that isn’t easily disproved. Theories include a CIA cover-up, a mob hit, a gunman at the grassy knoll and several utterly insane ideas. The inability of those that belief in a conspiracy to put together a watertight case more than 50 years on hurts the credibility of the idea that someone other than Oswald killed JFK. This is remarkable given the evidence which suggests Oswald was not the shooter.

Those who support the theory that Oswald is the killer say he is the only viable suspect and a conspiracy is unlikely as it would involve too many people to stay a secret for this long. On the surface, there appears to be enough evidence to suggest Oswald was the perpetrator but appearances can be deceptive. Did the Warren Commission act based on evidence or did it ignore anything that could cast doubt on Oswald as the killer? In the second part of the trilogy, I will check out the holes in the Oswald as lone gunman theory.

Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

History Collection – The Aftermath of the JFK Assassination

History – Lee Harvey Oswald: Plan, Chaos or Conspiracy?

Texas Monthly – Inside a Lifelong Obsession With the Kennedy Assassination

Psychology Today – Why Did Lee Harvey Oswald Kill John Fitzgerald Kennedy?

Just Security – JFK Records Suit Tests CIA Secrecy on Assassination

The New York Times – What Motivated Oswald?

Business Insider – Lee Harvey Oswald Called Russia’s KGB Department In Charge Of ‘Sabotage And Assassination’ Before Killing JFK

Smithsonian Magazine – A Brief History of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Connection to Cuba

News Week – Lee Harvey Oswald and the Soviet Union: What the JFK Files Reveal

The New York Time Magazine – WITNESS ASCRIBES MALICE TO RUBY; Quotes Him as Saying He Hopes Oswald Would Die

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