November 3, 2017
Lee Harvey Oswald sits at the top of the Depository building waiting for Kennedy’s car to pass by at the perfect time.1 Time passes, Oswald’s chance becomes closer, he starts to get a clearer view, and he can barely stand the wait. He is about to commit one of the greatest assassinations known in American history.
In order to understand this Oswald and what brought him to that floor of the Depository building that day, let’s take a look into his past and see what life was like for him. When Oswald was a teenager he developed strong left-wing political views and became an avowed Marxist. When he was sixteen he joined the Marines in hopes of emigrating to the Soviet Union. He successfully received dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Marines in 1959 and escaped into Russia.2 Oswald lived in Russia for three years before moving back to Dallas, Texas. Oswald visited New Orleans early in 1963 and founded a pro-Castro organization known as the “Fair Play for Cuba Committee,” in which he was the only member. Oswald then returned to Dallas that October and began a low-paying job at the Texas School Book Depository.3
Although Oswald was successful in getting what he wanted, there were complications in his assassination of Kennedy. He fired three bullets, one only wounding Kennedy, the second wounding Governor John Connally, and a third that struck Kennedy in the head, killing him instantly.4
In the few short moments it took for Oswald to assassinate Kennedy, he knew he needed to get out of that building. He quickly rushed out and during his escape managed to kill another man, Officer J.D. Tippett. After killing the officer, Oswald was arrested in a nearby movie theatre at 1:51 pm, and charged with the murder of officer Tippett.5 Oswald was then taken to jail, and was held there for two days before being moved to the county prison.
A series of unfortunate events occurred as Oswald was being transported to the county prison. As he was being transported, Oswald was shot and killed by the owner of a Dallas night club, Jack Ruby.6 Although some may say that what Ruby did was right in trying to get revenge for Oswald murdering a beloved president, he was found guilty of murder with malice and sentence to death. Ruby was a lucky man though; his lawyers were able to fight hard enough to get him out of facing the death penalty.
Lee Harvey Oswald will forever be known as a murderer and assassin. He can be seen as someone that demoralized Americans, and caused so many people to doubt the true nature of people. Oswald has always been seen as an abnormal person, he did so many things that would’ve been red flags if the government had been watching him before the assassination. Oswald was a man of evil nature and will be talked about in history classes across the country until the end of time.
Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Lee Harvey Oswald
I don’t know much about Oswald life but after reading this article it seems that he was engulfed in his political views. He was, in fact, an interesting character. But, he should have respected other’s political views and understand that what he did was terrible. Unfortunately, he was not in a stable state of mind and had a mental illness that caused so much pain and suffering to the country.
JFK was the one of the most beloved presidents of America, his charisma and charm won the hearts of many citizens. Why anybody would want to murder him is a mystery. The fact that Lee Harvey plotted to murder the most important man in the United States shows just how troubled he was. He did achieve to immortalize his name forever, which he does not deserve. Assassins do not deserve the mention of their name, not in the news, not in the paper. I think the reason people murder other people of importance or go on killing sprees is because they want that fame, they want the recognition.
I see that none of your sources included the National Archives, that would have been very beneficial to your article considering it’s on a President and received many conspiracy theories. The National Archives also would have helped you with your images because the title is “Lee Harvey Oswald, America’s Least Favorite Man” yet there are no images of Oswald, only of Kennedy. Your sources lack diversity, a forensic journal would have been beneficial, a ballistics report would have gone more into depth about Oswald’s bullets, more importantly the one that killed the president. Rubinstein is a British critic when there are many American critics to choose from regarding Lee Harvey Oswald. The source on the times report was a good move as was the neurological article because it focuses on Oswald’s mental state. Article does a great job of explaining who Oswald was before the assassination and it’s commendable that you strayed away from conspiracy theories and used facts.