In their new book “Dallas 1963″ veteran author BIll Minutaglio and Steven Davis offer a “biography of a city” that they say has lessons overlooked by historians of JFK’s asssassination..
“We felt there was a welling toxic environment in Dallas,” Minutaglio tells KUT News radio in Austin.
“That there was something that started as unease and dread in the community at large and it really began building to a fevered pitch. It was waiting there for Kennedy, and he didn’t know it,” he said.
It’s a great topic and I look forward to reading it. Minutaglio’s case that the Dallas political environment is important to understanding the causes of the assassination is marred only by his unconvincing conclusion: that anti-JFK hysteria on the patriotic right somehow inspired Lee Oswald, a pro-Castro leftist, to kill the president.
Minutaglio doesn’t sound very convinced himself.
“Lee Harvey Oswald was there, and was kind of caught up in the swirl, and might have been motivated as a disturbed individual to action, to be a part of this maelstrom.”
First of all, there is little evidence that Oswald was “disturbed” in the clinical sense of other would-be assassins like John Hinckley, Arthur Bremer and Mark David Chapman. He was not dissociated in his thinking. He was not socially isolated.
The claim that Oswald, a well-read leftist, “might have been motivated” by right-wing fervor is surpassingly weak.