Lee Harvey Oswald brings me to Bill OReillys
"Killing Kennedy," written with Martin Dugard. They have a lucid engaging style
that packs a lot of information into just 302 pages. They carefully craft each sentence to
that purpose. It is a style that I envy and hope to achieve.
They give an accurate feel for the Kennedy years. JFKs heroics in the Pacific
during WWII are presented nicely. Kennedys unsurprising, but not well known at the
time, philandering is not sugar coated. They could have covered his rumored but denied
Addisons Disease better but that may be quibbling.
They cover his early friendship with Frank Sinatra and how he used Sinatra, finally
snubbed him and ended their friendship when it became politically expedient. Its all
there and is an easy but very informative read. OReilly must have been a very
They dont shrink from mentioning the conspiracy theories that have emerged but,
obviously, can not discuss them in depth. The theories started with Joachim Joestens
"Lee Harvey Oswald - Assassin or Fall Guy?" which was written before The Warren
Commissions Report was released. The culmination of them, at that time, was Mark
Lanes "Rush to Judgment" that supposedly destroyed the Warren
Commissions conclusion that Oswald was the sole gunman.
Joesten was a lifelong Marxist and had been a member of the German Communist Party.
When he came to The United States, he worked with Victor Perlo, a lifelong communist and
FDR administration functionary. Mark Lane was a lifelong devotee?
of leftist causes. Who did they maintain were behind the assassination? Why, of course,
right wingers and another favorite whipping boy, The Central Intelligence Agency
I have never read an entire book on the assassination but I have read many excerpts,
pro and con The Warren Commission Report. One of the many bones of contention is the
so-called magic bullet that, supposedly, had to change path to account for
both Kennedys neck wounds and Gov. John Connallys. I read a discussion of it
in an article in a medical magazine where Gerald Posner, author of the book "Case
Closed," dealt with the discrepancies to my satisfaction.
Over the years, many challenges have been raised as to whether anyone could have gotten
off the three rounds in the time in question. Supposedly, some expert marksmen
couldnt duplicate it. Although I dont consider myself an expert marksman,
nevertheless I qualified as expert with an M-16 when I was in the National Guard. I once
saw a view of a car similar to Kennedys presidential limousine from the Texas School
Book Depository (TSBD) window and it did not impress me as a particularly difficult feat,
even with a moving target.
Many conspiracy buffs question The Warren Commission Report because it didnt meet
a certain level of proof. Well, if youre going to dismiss a hypothesis because it
doesnt meet a certain level of proof, anything you propose must, at least, meet the
same level. I am not aware of any.