I know a lot of readers will reply, “Never.” I hear your cries. Please bear with me.
Since I can’t quite rule out Oswald as a gunman (lone or otherwise) on November 22, 1963, I’m trying to understand what his motivation might have been if he did fire a gun that day.
I ask because I have always found it significant that it is hard to establish Oswald’s whereabouts at the moment of the fatal gunfire. Why wasn’t he outside waving or watching the president of the United States in the flesh? He was very interested in politics. He talked about Kennedy. He told George de Mohrenschildt on occasion that he admired JFK, and other times said he was “just another politician.” He had never seen a president in the flesh. So why did he pass on the chance?
As for you scholars of Billy Lovelady’s wardrobe, I am acquainted with the argument that the person identified as Lovelady in the doorway to the Depository was actually Oswald. In the past I have not found this argument convincing.
My question is directed at the JFK Facts readers who believe that Oswald DID fire a gun at the presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963, whether all by his lonesome or in league with others.
That means you, Jean and John, and even you Photon (if you promise not to be obnoxious): When do you think Oswald decided to do the deed?
I’m also interested in how anti-conspiratorial writers have answered this question. I’m thinking of my good friend Vince Bugliosi (I am too weak to lift his tome from the sagging bookshelf where it slumbers) and my old friend Gerald Posner (I can’t find my well-thumbed copy of “Case Closed.”). Anybody know Norman Mailer what said in “Oswald’s Tale?” Etc Etc.
We’ll post the most thoughtful and informative responses here.