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Published October 26, 2016

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

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Reasonable people will always ask why one human being decides to trade his life—which, one way or another, Oswald would have calculated he was doing—for the life of another human being absent altruism. This mystery applies whether Oswald acted as part of a conspiracy or not. There is simply nothing concrete about Oswald that has allowed investigators and researchers a significant foothold to explain his actions, not even so much as a dartboard with a picture of Kennedy in the bull’s-eye. A huge part of the problem is the unanswered questions and contradictions related to Oswald’s activities and associations during his brief adult life. I have nothing to add to the question of Oswald’s motivation, sharing the frustration of not knowing the state of mind that permitted him to act so callously and without regard for his own life, but then again, I can’t explain why Washington, DC, sniper John Muhammad fired at and killed strangers from a makeshift sniper’s nest in the trunk of a car during a terrifying 2002 rampage, either. Of course, we never had help from Oswald in understanding his motives. During the roughly forty-eight hours between his arrest and his own murder, Oswald never confessed to the killing of either President Kennedy or Officer J. D. Tippit.