The roar of the crowd . . . the flicker of an eight-millimeter movie camera . . .
the wave, followed by the crack of gunfire . . . the spurting of blood and brains. On
November 22 , 1963, the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy stunned
the nation like an everlasting horror film.
It started as the soon-to-be assassin , Lee Harvey Oswald , bickered with his
wife , Marina , who during the night rested her foot on his leg, then he retaliated in
such a ferocious way that somewhat scared her. When Marina woke the next
morning , her husband was nowhere to be found , and the coffeepot in the kitchen
was stone-cold. When she returned to her bedroom , she was surprised to see that
he left around $170 cash on their dresser. ( She was surprised because this was a
huge amount for their household , and it was probably most of their savings.
failed to notice something else that would have alarmed her. Next to a vase that
belonged to her grandmother was his wedding ring. He had never taken it off
before then. It was November twenty-second , 1963.
Around a quarter after seven o' clock , Lee Oswald arrived at his friend's
house , the house of Buell Frazier to catch a ride to work. As he got into the car ,
he laid a long , paper-wrapped object along the back seat. When Frazier entered the
car , he asked Oswald what was in the package , and Oswald responded ' certian
rods '. ( USN & WR , p. 74 ). When they arrived at the School Book Depository ,
Oswald scurried inside , carrying the package close to his body.
Other employees noticed that Oswald...