“The death of President John F. Kennedy, regarded today as
the most popular president in American history, profoundly affected
a whole generation. His murder, at the prime age of forty-six,
evoked haunting despair and impassioned rage in the hearts of
those who admired him. It generated bitter resentment as well as
sadness among those who opposed him. To this day, the terrible
episode festers like a wound in the national spirit.” Henry Hurt
John F. Kennedy was in the prime years of his life when it was
ended abruptly and violently. This senseless act occurred on Friday,
November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas where the President was
enjoying a three day tour and campaign for re-election. The shots
rang out at 12:30 as the Presidential motorcade was making it’s way
through Dealey Plaza. The murder of the President has encouraged
people to look for possible motives as well as the whole truth which
has not yet been supplied to the American public by their
government.
Two weeks after the assassination, the new President Lyndon
B. Johnson set up the Warren Commission to look into the facts and
gather evidence of the murder. This group in the end concluded that
Lee Harvey Oswald was the President’s lone assassin. In years
following the Commission’s investigation, more and more
information has been distributed showing the inconsistencies and
unlikeness of the lone assassin theory.
By researching the JFK assassination, one can conclude that
Lee Harvey Oswald could not have committed the murder of John F.
Kennedy on November 22, 1963. By looking at many factors
including Oswald’s movements that day, his actions after the
shooting, the Tippet murder, and Oswald’s arrest and time in
captivity, I have found this to be true.
The morning of Friday, November 22, 1963, started off like
quite a normal morning for Lee Harvey Oswald. Not until that
evening would anyone know how significant Oswald’s actions would
become in trying to prove his innocence. One difference was that
this day began in Irving instead of Dallas where his rooming house
was. The previous night he had gone to Irving to the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Paine where his wife Marina was staying.
That morning Oswald walked to the home of Linnie Mae
Randle, the sister of Buell Frazier around 7:15 a.m. Frazier was a
co-worker of Oswald’s at the Texas School Book Depository in
Dallas. This was Oswald’s way of transportation from Irving to
Dallas. That morning upon his arrival to the Randle home, both
Randle and Frazier noticed the long brown package that Oswald
was carrying.
Standing at the kitchen window of her house, Linnie Mae
Randle saw Oswald approaching. In his right hand he carried “a
package in a sort of heavy bag,” the top of which was folded down.
Mrs. Randle specified that Oswald gripped the package at the very
top and that the bottom almost touched the ground (Roffman, 163).
When Commission Counsel Joseph Ball had Mrs. Randle
demonstrate how Oswald held the package, he apparently tried to
lead her into providing a false description for the record; she
corrected him:
Mr. Ball: And where was his hand gripping the middle of the
package?
Mrs. Randle: No, sir; the top with just a little bit sticking up.
You know just like you grab something like that.
Mr. Ball: And he was grabbing it with just his right hand at the
top of the package and the package almost touched the
ground?
Mrs. Randle: Yes, sir. (Roffman, 163)
Mrs. Randle estimated the length of the package as “a little
more” than two feet. The Commission said that the murder weapon
was a Manlicher- Carcano C2766 rifle which was brought into the
sixth floor of the Book Depository Building some time prior to 1:30
p.m. on November 22. The rifle must have been dissembled to be
brought in, which makes it’s length 38.4 inches. When the 38 inch
paper sack said to have carried the gun was found near the alleged
“assassin’s” window and shown to Randle, she was sure the
package was way too long.
There is evidence that the paper bag found on the 6th floor
and considered evidence never contained the rifle but instead that
they did contained something else. James Cadigan, FBI
questioned- documents expert, disclosed an important piece of
information in his testimony concerning his examination of the paper
sack:
I was also requested... to examine the bag to determine if
there were any significant markings or scratches or abrasions
or anything by which it could have been associated with the rifle,
Commission Exhibit 139, that is, could I find any markings that
I could tie to the rifle.... And I couldn’t find any such