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Why Oswald killed Kennedy

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Submitted by Peter Kauffner (China), Dec 2, 2007 at 10:41

Oswald's wife and friends say he liked Kennedy, or least never said anything bad about him. So we need to for non-ideological explanation. He used an WWII-surplus carbine and brought only four bullets, i.e. he made do with what he happened to have around the house and didn't think killing Kennedy was important enough to spend his own money on the project. We know Oswald read a news report about Castro threats to retaliate against the U.S. for the assassination attempts on him. Epstein's thesis is that he assumed that U.S. would trade him for someone held in Cuba and that the Cubans would treat him like a hero.


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