Preface - Part 2

THE BRANDING OF

THE “LONE CRAZED GUNMAN”

For the most part, both sides of the above described dispute (who disagree about everything else) have one thing in common: they seem to accept, with very little question, the Warren Commission’s characterization of Lee Harvey Oswald. The Warren Commission hearings and their report are both grounded in and centered upon the characterization of Oswald as a Lone Crazed Gunman. Even those who believe that Oswald was not the gunman have done little if anything to challenge the remaining part of the characterization, and so, for most of them, he remains a loner and a more-or-less crazy man. As a result of all this, a truly crucial aspect of the Kennedy Assassination has received little, if any, attention.

Instead of addressing that crucial issue, the debate has evolved as follows. The Warren Commission focused on “proving” their pre-ordained conclusion that Oswald was a Lone Crazed Gunman. Thereafter, many of the writers and other experts seem to have directed most of their analysis of Kennedy’s murder solely to the question of Oswald’s “guilt or innocence.”  While such inquiry is certainly not unimportant, it fails to deal with what might be an even more central issue. To put that issue in context, consider the following question:

If we assume that only

Oswald shot at Kennedy,

does that mean that there was

 not a conspiracy?