Dan Mishkin’s comments about the evolution of his thinking about JFK’s assassination provoked dozens of indignant comments, almost all of which failed to address his central point.
Mishkin said he found it “hard to place Oswald as a member (or dupe) of any conspiracy, largely because of the timing of his getting the job at the Texas School Book Depository and the announcement of the motorcade route.”
One of the few comments to address this point was this:
“The trip to Dallas was delayed several times. John Connally was directly involved with the changed motorcade route. It also appears that Ruth and Michael Paine, along with George De Mohrenschildt had a lot to do with maneuvering Oswald into a job at the TSBD. Once Oswald was in position, the route was adjusted, and Boom, job finished. ”
This is unconvincing in many ways.
“It appears” is a weak formulation. No evidence was provided for this claim about Ruth Paine. Another reader provided a link to Education Forum article on Michael Paine, which makes the undocumented claim that Michael Paine collected information on Castro supporters.
It is true that Ruth Paine and her family associated with people in the intelligence business. That does not constitute evidence that she arranged for Oswald’s job.
The reader’s claim is factually weak on another one point. I know of no evidence that George de Mohrenshchildt had anything to do with Oswald getting a job in October 1963. De Mohrenschildt last saw Lee and Marina Oswald in Dallas in April 1963 and had little contact with him afterwords.
I know of no evidence that the people who set the motorcade route knew that Oswald was in Dallas.
So Mishkin’s point in defense of the Warren Commission remains unanswered. I’m still trying to answer the question above. Only relevant comments with documentation will be published.