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Published October 23, 2016

The Assassination of JFK: Perspectives A Half-Century Later | Robert A. Wagner

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Second, Oswald’s actions as they relate to shooting President Kennedy look to be no more than a crime of opportunity. Oswald had purchased the rifle to kill General Walker, a crime for which he had not expected to escape capture. Killing President Kennedy therefore could not have been part of any plan of his prior to April 10, 1963. There is no evidence that Oswald made any effort to follow President Kennedy in the time between the attempt on General Walker’s life and the announcement of Kennedy’s Texas trip. There is no connection between Oswald’s employment at the Texas School Book Depository and a plan to carry out an assassination attempt. When Oswald got the job at the depository a little more than a month prior to the assassination, it clearly was by chance. He could not have known that within a few short weeks, his order-filling job would place him in the perfect position—setting aside the collateral problem of actually getting away with it—to shoot the president.