John F. Kennedy Assassination
by Bianey Cavazos, Keri Ewer
Who, What, When, Where, Why?
Perspective #1 (Lee Oswald's Motives)
If Kennedy was in fact killed by a lone gunman, that gunman must have been Lee Oswald; there are no other plausible candidates. The Warren Commission was unable to find any reason why Oswald killed Kennedy. According to the Warren Report, “The Commission could not make any definitive determination of Oswald’s motives” (Warren Report, p.22), and limited itself to speculating about Oswald’s mental state.
Senator Richard Russell, summarized the speculations for President Johnson: “he [Oswald] was a general misanthropic fellow … he had a desire to get his name in history and all” (see Richard Russell and the Warren Report).
This speculation is unlikely to be correct. The fact that Oswald consistently denied killing Kennedy suggests that even if he had committed the crime, the accused assassin was not motivated by a desire for fame and notoriety.
Perspective #2 (Conspiratorial Motives)
In the end no one will ever know what actually happened.