month’s Bitesize Of The Month, chosen by Nick Hirst, Managing
After the excitement of last month’s
Bitesize of the Month - where we chaps learned all about how to buy
underwear for our wives or girlfriends - I’ve gone for something
altogether different this time round, illustrating the diversity of
the Kwickee Bitesize concept.
This Bitesize tackles the
whole conspiracy theory industry that has grown up around the
assassination of John F Kennedy, and is surprisingly comprehensive
within its 5,000 characters. It’s a good read – interesting and
information-rich. I like the way that, as I was wondering what his
sources might be, he accredits them with suggestions for further
reading. The capitalised search words in the title will resonate
with a huge potential readership.
This is one of a number by
writer ‘the_dark_man’ that cover topics as varied as the best places
for archive research in London to what to do if you are e-mailed
unsolicited child pornography.
“The Prosaic Truth
About The KENNEDY ASSASSINATION”
It is widely believed that the assassination of
President Kennedy in November 1963 was the result of a conspiracy,
and that the man arrested for the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald, was
either part of that conspiracy or a “patsy”. The prosaic truth is
ALL the credible evidence indicates that not only did Oswald kill
the President but that he was a “lone nut”.
articles, books and documentaries have been produced about the
Kennedy assassination, most peddling the conspiracy line. Although
many of their authors are sincere, some are not, and forgeries and
What is often forgotten nowadays is that
Oswald was not arrested for shooting the President, but for killing
a police officer who saw him acting suspiciously. Oswald may have
been trying to flee to Cuba to claim political asylum; he was
heavily immersed in extremist politics, though he had no meaningful
contact with organised leftist groups, and was not only a loner but
largely ignored. After shooting Officer Tippitt dead in cold blood,
Oswald fled to a theatre where he drew his gun on the posse that
tracked him down. After his arrest, it was quickly established that
Oswald, who was a crack shot, had built a sniper’s nest in the Book
Depository where he worked, that he owned the murder weapon, that
his prints were all over it, and that earlier that year he had tried
to kill another political figure, General Edwin Walker.
Controversy and speculation were fuelled by Oswald’s curious
history, and by his own subsequent murder by Jack Ruby. Certain that
they had their man, the legal authorities paraded the captured
Oswald before the press - something that would never happen in
Britain due to our contempt of court laws. Ruby, a local nightclub
owner who worshipped the President, seized the opportunity to exact
revenge. Posing as a member of the press, he shot Oswald in the
stomach at point blank range.
It would later be claimed that
Ruby was a hit man whose job was to silence Oswald. The truth is
that although a small time hustler with a propensity to violence,
Jack Ruby had no connections with “The Mob”. He had expected to be
hailed as a hero for administering summary justice instead of being
arrested and charged with murder. He died in prison in 1967, by
which time he was clearly psychotic.
Although he considered
himself to be a Marxist, Oswald didn’t really understand politics.
After following his older brother into the marines, from which he
was (initially) honourably discharged, he “defected” to the Soviet
Union when barely twenty years old. Had he been a general, the
Russians would have welcomed him with open arms, but they weren’t
interested in a mixed up kid. It was only after he faked a suicide
attempt in his Moscow hotel room that he was granted permission to
stay in order to avoid an international incident. He was packed off
to work in a radio factory in Minsk where he married a Russian girl,
Marina, and had a daughter.
After his hero’s welcome failed
to materialise, Oswald quickly tired of the Soviet Union, and
applied to return to the US with his family. The Soviets couldn’t
get rid of him fast enough, and on his return he eked out an
existence doing menial jobs, treating his poor wife abysmally, and
fulminating his contempt for a world which failed to recognise his
genius. This rage exploded suddenly and with fatal results when
purely by chance this insignificant little man stumbled across the
path of the most powerful man in the world, and changed the course
Because of the sensational nature of the
assassination and its aftermath, the government set up a
high-powered inquiry under Chief Justice Earl Warren. The Warren
Commission reported in September 1964. Although it misunderstood
Oswald’s motives, the Commission did a thorough job in piecing
together the true facts of the case, but such has been the intensity
of conspiracy propaganda that even Oswald’s wife Marina succumbed to
it. After initially accepting his guilt she came to believe that the
man she had married was really a Soviet double. In 1981, Oswald’s
body was exhumed, and forensic tests confirmed the inevitable. The
ludicrous suggestion that Oswald had been substituted was fuelled by
discrepancies in his reported height, something which is not unusual
in medical and legal documents. Other nonsense resulted from people
who didn’t understand ballistics or acoustics (the magic bullet
theory and the marksmen on the grassy knoll).
That aside, it
is still possible to find the truth about the Kennedy assassination.
If one knows where to look! Two of the best books written about the
day the world changed are Questions Of Conspiracy by Mel Ayton, and
Gerald Posner’s definitive Case Closed.
website which can be found at http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/home.htm
is a superb creation which debunks the countless myths and
distortions surrounding the case with massive and impressive
[The above was published by Kwickee in June 2004; I have simplified the original webpage, and italicised the two
book titles in the penultimate paragraph. I have also corrected one tiny grammatical error, again in the penultimate paragraph. Originally “If one knows where to look!” read “If one know where to look!” I have also linked to the archived version of the Kennedy Assassination
website (ie on Archive.Org) rather than to the “live” site. For some very brief background to Kwickee, click here;
for the article as submitted (originally in WORD format), click here].
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