The Motorcade

The conventional wisdom:

  • Chapter VI of the Warren Report which is entitled “Investigation of Possible Conspiracy” discusses the selection of the motorcade route. The conclusion stated is that since the route for the Kennedy motorcade was not announced until November 19, Oswald could not have known that on October 16 when he took the job at the Book Depository. Thus, the Warren Report conclusion was that Oswald’s employment in the Depository was wholly unrelated to the President’s trip to Dallas.
  • Since then, the conventional wisdom has been that since Oswald could not have known of the motorcade route onto Elm Street at the time he was hired at the Book Depository on October 16, it must follow that the only conclusion must be that there was no conspiracy


The Evidence

  • The September 26 issue of the Dallas Morning News printed an article stating that the President would visit major cities of the state on Nov. 21 and 22.  Whatever other cities would be visited, it was therefore known on September 26 that President Kennedy was coming to Dallas. President Kennedy was notorious for his penchant for open roofed motorcades.
  • Dealey Plaza was part of the traditional parade/motorcade route through Dallas. Main Street was universally known to be the best choice for this in that it went through the heart of the city, flanked on either side by tall buildings which maximized the opportunity for large numbers of people to see the parade.   Thus, on September 26, everyone in the city would have know that whatever its destination, any motorcade in Dallas was going to go through Dealey Plaza.
  • Had the alternative site for the luncheon, the Women’s Building, had been selected, the Presidential motorcade would still have traversed Dealey Plaza on Main Street, the same route used for a motorcade in 1936 for President Roosevelt. This alternate route would have made a shot from the Book Depository more difficult but certainly not impossible.
  • Even the Warren Commission apologists do not claim that Oswald would not have attempted to shoot President Kennedy unless he knew in advance that the shot would be easier and that he would be successful.




Obviously, this piece of the evidence does not in and of itself prove that there was a conspiracy. However, to the extent that this piece of the conventional wisdom is an underpinning for the “ultimate verdict” that Lee Harvey Oswald was some crazed lone gunman, perhaps the “ultimate verdict” needs some rethinking.