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Did Lee Harvey Oswald really kill President Kennedy?

Posted in America, Famous crimes, Historical articles, Law, Mystery on Wednesday, 2 November 2011

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This edited article about America originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 853 published on 20 May 1978.

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Lee Harvey Oswald is killed by Jack Ruby, by John Keay

Night club owner Jack Ruby had an appointment with death. It was Sunday, 24th November, 1963 and Ruby’s rendezvous was in the basement of the headquarters of the Dallas police in Texas, U.S.A.

Two days earlier, the President of the United States, John Kennedy, had been shot by an assassin. Two bullets ripped into Kennedy’s body and killed him.

An hour after the killing, the police arrested a 24-year-old warehouse worker named Lee Harvey Oswald as the man they suspected of being the killer.

Oswald was put in a cell at Dallas police headquarters. On 24th November, Oswald was being moved from his cell in the police station to a prison.

As he emerged from his cell he was taken by detectives across a hallway filled with detectives, reporters, photographers and TV cameramen. Jack Ruby was there, too.

Oswald, held by two policemen in plain clothes, was being conducted across the hallway, amid the brilliant glare of the TV lights, and the sound of clicking cameras and chattering radio commentators.

Suddenly, Jack Ruby stepped forward and levelled a revolver at Oswald. A second later, Ruby pumped a bullet into Oswald’s stomach.

Oswald collapsed in agony. He was rushed to hospital, where he died several hours later.

The killing was a horrific spectacle witnessed throughout the world by viewers who saw it all on their TV sets.

Ruby, arrested for the murder of Oswald, later died in his cell from cancer.

But the problem remained. Was Oswald the assassin? A special commission set up to investigate the tragedy, declared that he was the killer of President Kennedy.

The evidence was weak. But the commission’s findings remain the official verdict on an assassination still shrouded in mystery.

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