posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 12:31 PM
Truly great thread, big kudos for OP!
What really always baffled me, beside from everything what happened on the day of shooting was Lew Harvey Oswald himself.
While in marines he was court-marshalled THREE times, also his pro-soviet sympathies were 'widely known' (in 1958, dig this). Story of deflection to
soviet union smells desinformation for a mile
here we go, from wiki
In October 1959, just before turning 20, Oswald traveled to the Soviet Union, the trip planned well in advance. On September 11, 1959, he received a
hardship discharge from active service, claiming his mother needed care, and was put on reserve. Along with his self-taught Russian, he
had saved $1,500 of his Marine Corps salary,[n 3] obtained a passport, and submitted several fictional applications to foreign universities in order
to obtain a student visa.[clarification needed] Oswald spent two days with his mother in Fort Worth, then embarked by ship from New Orleans on
September 20 to Le Havre, France, then immediately proceeded to England. Arriving in Southampton on October 9, he told officials he had $700 and
planned to remain in the United Kingdom for one week before proceeding to a school in Switzerland. But on the same day, he flew to Helsinki, where he
was issued a Soviet visa on October 14. Oswald left Helsinki by train on the following day, crossed the Soviet border at Vainikkala, and arrived in
Moscow on October 16.
Almost immediately, Oswald told his Intourist guide of his desire to become a Soviet citizen, but was told on October 21 that his application had
been refused. Oswald then inflicted a minor but bloody wound to his left wrist in his hotel room bathtub, after which the Soviets put him under
psychiatric observation at a hospital.
On October 31, Oswald appeared at the United States embassy in Moscow, declaring a desire to renounce his U.S. citizenship. Oswald told the
interviewing officer at the U.S. embassy, Richard Snyder, "...that he had been a radar operator in the Marine Corps and that he had voluntarily
stated to unnamed Soviet officials that as a Soviet citizen he would make known to them such information concerning the Marine Corps and his specialty
as he possessed. He intimated that he might know something of special interest."
Yet, he possessed security clearence while being a radar operator.
And then, miracously...
In March 1961, Oswald met Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, a 19-year-old pharmacology student; they married less than six weeks later in April.[n 4]
The Oswalds' first child, June, was born on February 15, 1962. On May 24, 1962, Oswald and Marina applied at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for documents
enabling her to immigrate to the U.S. and, on June 1, the U.S. Embassy gave Oswald a repatriation loan of $435.71
Really?! Week later?! In peak of cold war, just after CC? Im tempted to make an entire thread out of it, as my first on ATS.