The Oswald Conspiracy

OswaldThe television show In Search Of is a strange little chestnut from my childhood. I knew the show’s host, Leonard Nimoy from his turn as “Spock” in Star Trek repeats, and In Search Of’s focus on unexplained phenomena, missing persons and extraterrestrial encounters was right on target for a kid who already loved Sci-Fi.

I remember being terrified by the “Bigfoot” episode of the show and equally traumatized when the program took its cameras beneath the deep green waters of Loch Ness. But, not all of the show’s subjects were so “out there.” In 1980, their “Lee Harvey Oswald” episode dramatized the circumstances surrounding the assassination of JFK, including key evidence from authors and experts along the way.

The result is an insightful portrait of the self-proclaimed “patsy” that challenges the “lone gunman” contentions of the Warren Report. The centerpiece of the show is a Dallas police dictaphone recording that proves that there were four shots in Dealey Plaza that day in 1963. The recording confirmed a shot coming from the “grassy knoll” and the existence of a second shooter.

The audio is fascinating not only as an example of very early digital sound editing, but also for the revelations it brought to bear on that dark day in Dallas. The evidence was presented to the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1976 and published in their findings in 1979. Among their conclusions:

Scientific acoustical evidence establishes a high probability that at least two gunmen fired at the President. Other scientific evidence does not preclude the possibility of two gunmen firing at the President. Scientific evidence negates some specific conspiracy allegations.

The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee was unable to identify the other gunmen or the extent of the conspiracy.

The investigation into the possibility of conspiracy in the assassination was inadequate. The conclusions of the investigations were arrived at in good faith, but presented in a fashion that was too definitive.
The Committee further concluded that it was probable that: four shots were fired; the third shot came from a second assassin located on the grassy knoll…

Find out more. Watch “In Search Of: Lee Harvey Oswald”

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Man I love In Search Of. That was a kickass show.

    • Juan

      Beat me to it. Was gonna say the exact same thing.

      • Anarchy Pony

        It’s like I’m a sorcerer! WooooOooooOOoOooo!

        • http://joenolan.com/blog Joe Nolan

          Agreed. The music was so spooky and Leonard was so cold and Spocky and even scarier when he’d wear a mustache. Chilling program when it wanted to be.

  • http://just-john.com just john

    The discussion of what happened on Dallas has a self-selecting set of participants.

    IE: When you think there was a conspiracy to assassinate, as I used to, from about 1969 to about 1982, you tend to participate and relay every bit of stuff that confirms your opinions. When you stop believing in it, then you generally leave the discussion alone. (This message is an exception to that.)

    But I do have a theory about the conspiracy theory that I like to mention every once in a while, and I’ll mention it again here:

    Imagine you’re in one of the law enforcement agencies in Dallas on that day, be it Secret Service, Dallas PD, FBI or whatever. You’ve just failed in one of your basic tasks. And now you’re getting demands from all the OTHER agencies listed above. One thing that it is NOT in your vocabulary to say is, “We don’t know what happened.” And the same is true of everybody in those other agencies, but that doesn’t occur to you. SO, you conclude, THEY MUST BE HIDING SOMETHING.

    So there’s my grand conspiracy meta-theory. The suspicion and distrust started among the enforcement agencies themselves.

    And as for Oswald, I think for a long time Connolly was his original target, which explains why Oswald got that job in that building, and when Kennedy came along, that was just a juicier target.

    • http://joenolan.com/blog Joe Nolan

      Interesting Connolly theory. This latest doc lands on very conservative conclusions.

    • kowalityjesus

      youre about 20 years too late with that disinfo, shill.

      • http://just-john.com just john

        If I’m a shill, then who’s paying me??

        Or do you not know the meaning of “shill”?

        Seriously, who would be paying me to post here in this backwater of the internet, and why?

        And If I’m not being paid, then you’re just a kneejerk idiot, aren’t you?

        • kowalityjesus

          I was pretty much joking. Sorry for not notating my sarcasm.

          • Memory_Hole

            Why joking? You think the CIA, the killers of JFK have not invested MILLIONS, probably hundreds of millions of dollars into covering up this crime? You think they haven’t published a bevy of books designed solely to confuse people, to create the meme of the “conspiracy theorist” (designed to thwart all rational inquiry)? Of COURSE they have!

        • Memory_Hole

          Who would be paying you? The CIA. Maybe the DIA too. Or, you could just be one of millions of clueless dupes. Which are you, clueless or a paid shill?

          • http://just-john.com just john

            Tough talk, coming from yet another cat photo.

    • Memory_Hole

      How much did the CIA pay you for your soul, shill?

  • sgtdoom

    Although I thank you for this youtube, all this discussion to date is silly from the perspective of those who actually read and studied that pile of garbage referred as the Warren Commission Report. (Same logic applies to all the legislation people are forever ignorantly commenting upon without actually ever having read it!)

    Second, it is so very simple to understand the individuals who gave the kill orders that day by examining the tax returns of Allen Dulles and John McCloy (without researching John McCloy’s illustrious career, from his time as an attorney for I.G. Farben in Nazi Germany (pre-WWII) and later as chairman of David Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan Bank (Archibald Roosevelt, VP there).

    David Rockefeller and his brother Nelson, owned the Warren Commission just as most certainly they owned Dulles and McCloy.

    Case closed.

    [And the last thing FDR did before he died in office was to give the go ahead to the DOJ to file a lawsuit against the 17 bankers of Wall Street, alleging a criminal conspiracy in corporate ownership, by the banks, dating back to 1915.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Morgan_et_al.

    The last action JFK took before he died in office was to support and give the go ahead to Rep. Wright Patman in his congressional investigation into the super-rich (the banksters) hiding their ownership and wealth in foundations and trusts. Note the similarity of actions: hitting the super-rich at their most vulnerable point, where they hide their ownership and wealth!

    Tax Exempt Foundations and Charitable Trusts: Their Impact on Our Economy (December 1962) 87th Congress, 2nd Session]

    • http://joenolan.com/blog Joe Nolan

      JFK had plenty of enemies to choose from. Thanks for the info!

    • LubecLou

      On the money, Sarge, it’s so nice to see someone else gets it.

  • kowalityjesus

    JFK conspiracy is so mainstream it is being carried in grocery stores. My brother pointed out a JFK conspiracy class that was offered at a local community college 3 hours a week for 10 weeks, to much hilarity. One can only imagine the absurd gamut of facts disinterred during that class.

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    The book ‘Passport to Assassination (1993) by Oleg Nechiporenko also thinks that Oswald was a patsy. The book lays out a “blueprint” for assassination. Deep stuff!

    • http://joenolan.com/blog Joe Nolan

      Thanks for the book suggestion! Anyone got any others they’d like to pass along? Don DeLillo’s LIBRA is a great fictionalized account of Oswald’s legend

    • sgtdoom

      The reality is, once all the data have been examined, that Lee Oswald was a great American patriot of the first order, who was a double deep cover agent, ostensibly reporting only to the CIA, while working for the White House in ferreting out the location of Operation 40, the CIA’s rogue assassination bureau which is created to work on behalf of the American-based multinationals throughout South America. Oswald was successful (Jack Ruby’s buddy was the owener/leasor of this property, hence Oswald’s contact with him in New Orleans), and AG Bobby Kennedy, accompanied by US Marshals, arrived and shut down the operation (at least temporarily until after the murder of President Kennedy, this outfit was utilized most effectively during Reagan’s time in office).

      So, of course it would be Lee Oswald who was set up to take the fall for their murder of President Kennedy, they could never allow him to testify.

  • Len

    It seems that everyone wanted JFK dead except for the average American citizen. I have no doubt that we would be a much better country now if he lived. What a damn shame!