Lee Harvey Oswald was born on October 18, 1939 in the world renowned city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Oswald was born two months after his father’s death but grew up as the youngest of 3 siblings with a loving mother. After dropping out of highschool Lee decided it was time to serve his country as a U.S. Marine. After serving a couple of years as a marine and sharpshooter he was honorably discharged but not without his own damage. After serving some time near Tokyo, Japan, Oswald started to express pro-Soviet views and earned himself the nickname Oswaldskovich because of this. Some experts believe this is the starting point which lead to Oswald killing then president John F. Kennedy.
35th president of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza, Texas on the 22nd of November, 1963. It seemed like a normal day for the president, he was strolling around in his 1961 Lincoln Continental four door open-top limousine with his secret service pals behind and infront of him when pew, pew, pew! “Three shots in six seconds” (Bojczuk par 42). “As the country came to grips with the assassination, Johnson made sure the moment when he took the oath of office, about two hours after Kennedy’s death, was documented, so the nation knew a constitutional change of office had taken place” (Bomboy par 2). 45 minutes after J.F.K.’s murder, Lee Harvey Oswald would shoot and kill a Dallas police officer, he would then be apprehended at a movie theater by Dallas police.
While Lee Harvey Oswald did not officially receive a court trial for his actions there was a sufficient amount of evidence to present a case and there have been several court mandated mock-trials. This is because “He himself was fatally shot two days later by Jack Ruby in the Dallas County Jail” (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica). The evidence found would have and has already set the verdict to guilty and incriminated him for the murder of J.F.K. but there is doubt that he acted alone.
Since the Cold War was taking place at this time the public thought that the Soviet Union might’ve also had something to do with his assassination. Lee Harvey Oswald was very pro-Soviet Union and also tried to become a citizen but failed. Another reason society thought that oswald didn’t act alone was the “Single-Bullet Theory” that stated “one bullet caused Tague’s wound; one bullet caused President Kennedy’s fatal head wound; and “one bullet caused all of Kennedy’s and Connally’s non–fatal wounds by entering Kennedy’s back, exiting through his throat, entering Connally’s back, exiting his chest, passing through his right wrist, and lodging itself in his left thigh: the single–bullet theory” (Bojczuk par 4-6). There were even some conspiracy theories regarding the government and how L.B.J. (Lyndon B. Johnson) orchestrated the ordeal. “A Newsweek poll taken on the 20th anniversary of the assassination showed that 74 percent of Americans believed that “others were involved,” while only 11 percent thought Oswald acted alone” (Gillion par 9).
I personally believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the sole shooter in the assassination of J.F.K. Whether it’d be a Russian coup, American coup, or a smaller group who just wanted to get rid of the president it was not in my opinion a one person ordeal. The chances of the “Single Bullet theory” happening are ridiculously to slim to actually happen. 74 percent of Americans would agree with me.
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