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able to smuggle in to his work wrapped in cloth. In
the weeks leading up to the assassination he was
said to have become very depressed and unstable,
his only confident was Marina his wife and he was
abusing her.
What next presents a problem in this story is
the assassination of Oswald 2 days after Kennedy’s
death, while he was in custody being transferred
from one armoured car to the next. It seems too
coincidental that one isolated man with a gun
would manage to kill Oswald with one shot while
he was under such high surveillance however, as
before, this is the most probable course of events.
The man in question, Jack Ruby, was a strip club
owner in Dallas and was well known to the police
prior to the assassination, he was in fact friends
with many of them. The core reason that he was
very quickly ruled out of having any links to a larger
organised crime was an account of his character.
He is described as being unintelligent, indiscreet
and notorious for being an ‘emotional person’ (in
other words quick tempered). Many people at the
time, and still today, jump to paint Ruby as a hit-
man, sent to tie up loose ends, this chain of events
is all too easy to follow, it slots perfectly in with a
conspiracy. However as with Oswald, it is when one
looks more closely at the man rather than the crime
that this becomes less likely. A former employee at
Jack’s club, in a documentary made 10 years ago,
stated that ‘Jack would often do things for a pat on
the back, a well done’ it follows that we can place
Ruby’s main motive as an act of ill placed ‘heroism’.
Jack Ruby thought he would be praised for his ac-
tions; his first words after he shot Oswald were ‘I’m
a Hero’, his confusion and descriptions from people
who knew him at the time suggest he may have had
learning disabilities, further decreasing the likeli-
hood of his involvement in organised crime.
Over the years there has been a myriad of different
theories and opinions concerning the ‘true’ events
of that day, however from this confusion two sides
are clear; those who believe it was a conspiracy
and those who do not. Of the former, discarding
the lesser details, there is a general consensus
surrounding the perpetrators; it was the result of a
plot formulated by Russia and/or Cuba to remove
their biggest opponent. It is clear on taking one
superficial glance at the evidence as to why this
theory is accepted by so many. First of all a brief
description of Oswald; he was an ex US soldier with
communist beliefs, he even claimed to be a Marx-
ist and had lived in Russia for several years having
brought back with him a Russian wife. Furthermore
he was known to the CIA prior to the assassination
yet he had not been flagged in any way as dan-
gerous, this was just one of the ways in which the
CIA and their actions provoked public controversy
and aided in creating the cloud of suspicion which
formed around the events. It has been widely ac-
knowledged since that the CIA could have respond-
ed better in the course of the investigation, they
were so anxious to promote the 'lone gunsman'
sequence of events that they failed to entertain any
other possibility in dialogue with the public leading
many to become suspicious and angry. There were
many questionable tactics and activities carried
out by governing bodies in the aftermath of the
assassination that present more of an embarrass-
ment for many, it is this which was found and is
expected to be found on the remaining files rather
than any critical information one file for example,
already corroborates this, informing us that the CIA
were in fact given a tip off about a potential attack
on Oswald from an anonymous source and were
instructed to tighten security accordingly, orders
which due to a mix up went un acted upon resulting
in the inevitable consequence of Oswald's death
before he could stand trial.
Disregarding the dubious details of Lee
Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby as I have latterly
described, what presents itself as the biggest im-
plement in creating the anger and suspicion around
the assassination was the actions of governing
bodies that were mentioned earlier and that more
detail is needed on to understand their impor-
tance in the events. TheWarren commission was
established on the 29th November 1963 by Presi-
dent Johnson to investigate President Kennedy’s
death. Its 888 page long report was presented to
Johnson a year later and submitted to the National
archives, most of which was then made available
to the public along with the hundreds of thousands
of supporting documents. The remainder of which,
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