The accused assassin was a ‘”disappointed revolutionary,” according to Peter Savodnik author of the new book “The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union.”
Savodnik is a journalist who took on a challenge that no U.S. journalist dared accept: reporting in-depth on the two and half years that Oswald lived in the Soviet Union.
“A closer look at Oswald’s life — his history, his personality, the relationships he forged, the fragmented political tracts he wrote — makes it abundantly clear that he was capable of killing the president all by himself. If we focus on his Soviet period, the most important chapter in his truncated, 24-year life, it is possible to piece together a more complete picture of Oswald.”
“To do this, I interviewed people who, for the most part, had never spoken publicly about him: former friends, acquaintances, co-workers, neighbors. They shared not only memories but letters, recordings, frayed passports and photographs; they described what is was like to live in Minsk in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They offered a powerful window into Oswald’s world.”
“Almost all of them were convinced that the man they had known did not kill President Kennedy, but, taken together, their recollections point to an underlying fury, a logic and cadence that lead, almost ineluctably, to Dealey Plaza, Nov. 22, 1963.”
I like that Savodnik is upfront about the fact that most his sources disagree with his conclusion. That doesn’t mean he is wrong. Reporters are often better analysts than their sources.