A faithful reader calls attention to an interview about the logic of the Warren Commission as expounded by one of the artists behind a new (and excellent) graphic treatment of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
Dan Mishkin doubts a JFK conspiracy because its “hard to place him [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.”
No matter what you think of those two factual points (and they are worthing thinking about), Mishkin’s “Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination” is a compelling telling of the JFK story.
Here’s how Mishkin explained the evolution of his thinking:
“Mishkin: I didn’t go into the research and the writing of this book with a definite idea concerning Oswald’s guilt or innocence, or about the various conspiracy theories, but more with a sense of seeking some kind of understanding and closure. And as we’ve already talked about, the focus of the book is not on solving the mystery but on figuring out what went wrong in society, in the investigation, and in the conduct of the commission that left us with such a confusing mess.
Having said that, I did come to settle on what I think is the most convincing theory of the case, and was surprised to find myself basically on the side of the Warren Report, at least as far as the findings are concerned. I think it’s virtually impossible to read from the physical evidence any conclusion except that Oswald was the only person who fired a weapon in Dealey Plaza that day; and I think it’s nearly that hard to place him 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.
Which is not to denigrate people who raise reasonable doubts about the lone-gunman hypothesis. There are all sorts of inconsistencies and gaps in that case, and it’s understandable why people would pursue them to see where they lead; I just don’t think they lead to a theory that’s anywhere near as compelling.
I also don’t mean to give the Warren Commission a free pass or to apologize for them, which I’m sure you know since you’ve already read the book. Although I ended up believing the commissioners were by and large (though not always) very well-intentioned, they made bad choices and foolish mistakes just about every step of the way, with consequences that all of us are still living with.”