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Why did the Warren Commission decide that John F Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald acting on his own?

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Why did the Warren Commission decide that John F Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald acting on his own? There were several reasons why the Warren Commission decided that John F Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald acting on his own. He had the motive, the means and the opportunity, all of which contributed to their decision. Source F has told me that Oswald was heavily involved with left wing politics. In the previous town he had lived in; New Orleans; he set up a new branch of the 'Fair Play for Cuba Committee'. As JFK had already launched the Bay of Pigs Invasion to try and invade Cuba, Oswald would already be feeling a lot of anger. Also, Source F also tells me that Oswald's wife was Russian and that Oswald had lived in Russia with her for 6 weeks. During this period of time; America was at war with Russia; the Cold War. This may have added to Oswald's dislike for the current Government and it's leader; the President; John F. Kennedy. So Oswald certainly had the motive for the assassination, he was angered by how the President was dealing with the Cuban situation and he may have been angered at the whole war with Russia; this anger may have lead to him assassinating JFK. ...read more.

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Oswald definitely had the opportunity to be on the sixth floor of the Depository as he had acquired a job there a month before. Source G says an eyewitness by the name of Carolyn Arnold said this to the Warren Commission - "About a quarter of an hour before the assassination I went into the lunchroom on the second floor. Oswald was sitting on one of the booths and appeared to be having lunch." This meant that Oswald had ample time to make his way to the sixth floor in time for the assassination. Another man by the name of Arnold Williams said this to the Warren Commission - "I saw two men on the sixth floor of the Depository. On the far left was a man holding a rifle with a telescopic sight. There was another dark complexioned man in the window on the right. This would be about 12:15 p.m." However; this does not tie Oswald to being on the sixth floor, only that two men were up there. But Source E tells us that a man named Howard Brennan also saw a man on the sixth floor of the Depository, he was also able to pick Oswald out from an identity parade as the man bearing the closest resemblance to the man he saw at the sixth floor window. ...read more.

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Later the FBI and CIA said that they expected the Warren Commission to specifically ask them for certain pieces of evidence which they would have gladly given to them; however the Warren Commission expected the FBI and CIA to just hand them all the evidence they had at the start of the investigation. This lack of communication meant that key pieces of evidence such as other views of the president's motorcade were left out of the investigation; this could have potentially changed the eventual verdict. After Jack Ruby murdered Oswald outside of the Dallas Police Station in meant that any proof that Oswald had to show that he was not the gunman had disappeared; this made it easier for the Warren Commission to name him as the gunman as there would be no-one to disagree with what they concluded. In conclusion, Oswald had the motive, means and opportunity to carry out the assassination. Also, with his erratic behaviour after the assassination had taken place it made him a prime suspect. All of that together with the fact that there was very little time to investigate all of the conspiracy theories; a lot of key evidence was missed out from the investigation and that Oswald had been murdered preventing him from defending himself meant that the Warren Commission came to the decision that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy with a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle shooting from the sixth floor of The Texas Book Depository, he was acting alone. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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