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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Who Killed JFK? Episode 8: Not Lee Harvey Oswald

A short but powerfully informative Episode 8 of the Who Killed JFK? podcast with Rob Reiner and Soledad O'Brien that makes a convincing case that Lee Harvey Oswald couldn't possibly have done it.

Here are the highlights:

  • The package that Oswald carried into the Texas Book Depository on the day of the assassination was too small to fit the rifle that killed JFK, even if disassembled, according to a witness (interviewed by Reiner in 2023) who traveled with Oswald to work that day.
  • More than one witness places Oswald in the cafeteria at a time too close to get back up to the 6th floor, from where at least some of the three bullets were fired.
  • Oswald's behavior after the assassination makes no sense from someone trying to get away.
Now these details, added to what we heard in earlier podcast episodes about why some highly placed people at the CIA, the Mafia, and Cuban exiles wanted to see JFK dead, plus the forensic evidence of at least one of three bullets coming from in front of the JFK Limo, i.e., not from the Texas Book Depository, where Oswald was, make a case that, if I were on a jury trying Oswald for this crime, I would have more than enough evidence or lack of evidence to find him not guilty.

But, of course, as we know, Oswald never got to trial, because Jack Ruby killed him.  So Oswald turned out not just to be just a patsy -- a troubled but innocent man blamed from the assassination of John F. Kennedy -- but a patsy who paid for that role with his life.  Next week, we'll learn more about Jack Ruby's role in all of this.

And as I said before, I hope, by the end of these riveting podcast episodes, that we learn why the President's brother, Robert F. Kennedy, put up with all of this, only to be assassinated himself.

See also Who Killed JFK?  A Review of the First Three Episodes of this Podcast ... Episode 4: The Real Manchurian Candidate ... Episode 5: Sheep Dipped ... Episode 6: The Richard Case Nagell Case ... Episode 7: The Assembled Killers

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