About the previous a number of a long time I have spent an unpredicted amount of money of time rooting about the John F. Kennedy assassination rabbit hole. As have numerous, and as numerous far more will proceed to do for a prolonged, prolonged time.
It could’ve only occurred one particular way, correct? There’s a one, unequivocal fact down in that rabbit hole someplace. Has to be, even if I really don’t hope there’s plenty of time in this life time to dig deep plenty of to obtain it.
I turned piqued in component simply because of a expanding curiosity about Richard Nixon’s lifestyle and occupation, an fascination that always had me also seeking to browse and find out far more about U.S. politics and governing administration from the finish of WWII via the mid-1970s. That intended discovering far more about Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, and, of study course, Kennedy.
The 50th anniversary of the assassination more ignited my inquisitiveness, in individual with all of the media protection of the celebration (a ton of which got renewed awareness in late November 2013). You can far more or less relive the total sequence correct via the funeral in dozens of various methods now by way of YouTube, if you like. Also, it’s not challenging at all to obtain most of the contemporary reporting on the celebration in newspapers, journals, not to mention those people 1st several publications that began to arise in the pursuing a long time.
I have carried out plenty of reporting of my personal (both about poker and or else) to be fascinated by the challenge journalists confronted to report on the assassination as it was transpiring, as very well as what adopted (which includes Lee Harvey Oswald’s killing by Jack Ruby). And as most know, the reporters themselves turned a big component of the story in the course of those people 4 days in Dallas.
I’ll confess that by now I have develop into so acquainted with all of the reporting and the early shaping of the story of the JFK assassination it has develop into like a tune I have heard hundreds of times. Supplemental deep-diving has me in the placement of getting acquainted with a ton of the supporting cast in the crazily intricate story, although I would not assert to have the form of granular amount of understanding of those people who’ve spent lifetimes researching-slash-obsessing more than the celebration.
I have browse The Warren Report, a.k.a. The Official Report on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It’s an incredible narrative, really, one particular that reads a little bit like a religion-centered text intentionally made to reassure and comfort and ease.
Along the way hundreds of problems occur that potentially challenge the Commission’s central arguments that (one) Lee Harvey Oswald acted on your own, that (two) he fired 3 pictures (one particular lacking, two inflicting all wounds on Kennedy and Governor John B. Connally), and that (3) the Fee found no evidence of a conspiracy involving Oswald and/or Jack Ruby and others. On the other hand immediately after just about every such challenge is acknowledged it is instantly declared invalid or inconclusive, which has a reassuring result upon those people inclined to concur with those people central arguments while agitating those people who are not.
I have also browse the Report of the Find Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. Residence of Representatives that was manufactured in 1979 pursuing a couple of years’ truly worth of examine and investigation. Whilst the Warren Report has the result of placing one’s head at ease, the also flawed and incomplete HSCA report has specifically the opposite result, inspiring suspicion and question about the Warren Commission’s conclusions with no genuinely supplying just about anything concrete to serve as an alternate clarification of the assassination.
The HSCA report’s locating that “the committee thinks, on the basis of the evidence obtainable to it, that President John F. Kennedy was almost certainly assassinated as a consequence of a conspiracy” is a discouraging one particular. I’m no lover of adverbs, typically talking, but to toss a “probably” into a pronouncement like that is nearly maddening. As it happens, that locating is centered on a different, less equivocal one particular getting to do with an examination of acoustical evidence (from which it was established 4 pictures were being fired), which was quickly demonstrated by others to be less than responsible.
In truth, the HSCA report was so derided from all sides (which includes by some who worked on it and subsequently taken care of the report did not mirror their conclusions) it has pale from the collective’s memory. Many still overlook that latter effort created by U.S. lawmakers to check out to get to the base of the assassination, continuing to place back to 1964 and the Warren Commission’s summary as the government’s “official” and greatest summary on the make a difference.
I was up on it all plenty of to know a prolonged while back that the release of these new “JFK files” was coming previous 7 days, so I was not stunned when the date approached and stories about the assassination again began to show up. (Nor was I that stunned the existing administration appeared to bungle the release irrespective of the date getting recognised for 25 a long time, but that is a different make a difference.)
I have only heard bits and parts about what is in the introduced documents, but I’ll be intrigued to obtain out far more. I have found myself coming about to a place of watch that largely coincides with the one particular Edward Jay Epstein has articulated specifically very well (I think). As a younger guy Epstein released the 1st e-book elevating some queries about the Warrent Fee, titled Inquest: The Warren Fee and the Establishment of Truth of the matter (the 1st of a number of publications on the assassination he’d inevitably publish).
Epstein’s e-book arrived out a several months right before the bestselling Hurry to Judgment by Mark Lane who I have usually considered to have been a lot less admirable as a scholar, while nonetheless a compelling and significant character in the early blossoming of the JFK conspiracy business.
Epstein has created numerous times about what he thinks occurred on November 22, 1963 with his views scattered via numerous publications and articles. If you’re curious, you can hear him summarize his watch in a relatively succinct way on a podcast recorded in 2015 for The New Criterion, one particular titled “Edward Jay Epstein on the mysteries bordering the Kennedy assassination.” You can research about on the internet for far more comprehensive versions of his argument, shared by Epstein himself and by others who have presented and commented on his examination.
I will not rehearse Epstein’s total argument, although even a extremely abbreviated model requires a small while to get via. It starts with an assertion that while Oswald was most definitely the lone shooter that working day, he definitely had created some appealing and meaningful contacts with others, in individual with both the Russian and Cuban embassies in Mexico in late September-early Oct 1963.
Epstein notes how failed attempts by the U.S. to clear away Fidel Castro from power (which includes by assassination) had understandably gotten the awareness of the Cuban leader. On September 7, 1963, Castro gave an impromptu job interview to an AP reporter in Havana in which he shared his intention to respond to attacks both from the state and himself, and a couple of days later on an report which includes some of Castro’s quotations appeared.
A couple of days later on an report which includes quotations from Castro was released in a variety of newspapers, which includes in the Instances-Picayune in New Orleans in which Oswald was (and assuredly browse the report). Castro speaks out from the U.S. aiding rebels’ attacks in Cuba.
“Prime Minister Fidel Castro mentioned Saturday night ‘United States leaders’ would be in risk if they served in any endeavor to do away with leaders of Cuba,” the report studies. “Bitterly denouncing what he known as U.S.-prompted raids on Cuban territory, Castro mentioned, ‘We are prepared to combat them and reply in variety. United States leaders really should think that if they are aiding terrorists’ programs to get rid of Cuban leaders, they themselves will not be risk-free.’”
In a different way edited versions of the AP report appeared in other spots, and in truth the versions demonstrating up in The New York Instances and Washington Post did not contain the threatening line from Castro, which intended most Us residents weren’t conscious of it. In truth even immediately after the assassination several were being attaching a lot significance to the assertion (which includes the Warren Fee who did not reference it at all).
Epstein implies Oswald, presently a Castro-supporter, may possibly have been impressed by the threat. Whilst the specific reason for Oswald’s Mexico excursion is challenging to pinpoint, he surmises it was enthusiastic in component by Oswald’s motivation to give his expert services to help Castro and Cuba. Involved in there is Oswald seemingly generating express his willingness to kill JFK, potentially even delivered in the kind of a threat. Such a threat was delivered to officials in the Cuban embassy and was handed together to Castro. The CIA may possibly or may possibly not have been conscious of Oswald’s threat as very well, considering that they periodically monitored discussions there. The FBI understood about it, also.
Meanwhile Epstein spells out a parallel plot to assassinate Castro actively playing out, and in truth on the working day of the JFK assassination a conference occurs in Paris between a U.S. agent and a confidant of Castro’s named Rolando Cubela to progress that plot. The U.S. considered Cubela who had near obtain to Castro and could pull off an assassination was working with them as a double agent, but in truth he was reporting back to Castro about the plot. (In truth Cubela was the supply of understanding from which Castro was drawing when generating his assertion about U.S. attempts to kill him.)
The parallel plot is intriguing, and applicable to speculation about irrespective of whether or not Oswald was performing at the direct behest of Castro and Cuba when he killed Kennedy. In that podcast I backlink to earlier mentioned, Epstein leaves that as a fairly open question, expressing that Oswald could very well have still been performing on his personal (while impressed by Castro’s clear motive), or potentially Oswald could have misinterpreted statements from Cuban officials in reaction to his said threat.
All of which is to say I’m relatively confident both that Oswald acted on your own and that there were being numerous various entities — which includes Castro and Cuba, the Soviets, and American intelligence agencies privy to Oswald’s pre-assassination steps and statements — who had understanding of and/or speak to with Oswald beforehand and as a result motive not to publicize that understanding and/or speak to later on. In other terms, there were being a good deal of true “conspiracies” bordering the assassination, while I imagine they very likely had far more to do with masking up potentially compromising-searching interactions and connections immediately after the truth than with organizing and executing the true celebration.
I really don’t think any one is expecting just about anything definitive plenty of to influence anyone of a one, unequivocal narrative to demonstrate what occurred. The freshly introduced documents may possibly drop some further gentle on Oswald’s Mexico journey. They may possibly also contain something far more about those people who understood about the excursion when it occurred and later on.
Even so, I visualize it’ll keep on being very dim way down the JFK rabbit hole.
Image: z161 from Zapruder additionally watch reenactment, public area.