Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Assassination and Mrs. Paine-LHO Would Have Admitted Guilt?

Author and conspiracy guru Jim DiEugenio offers up a dubious and time-worn assertion in Max Good's film (34:00):

Almost from the beginning of this case, her [Ruth] and Michael are always there to discredit Oswald, to caricature Oswald, to say he wanted to be a big man in history. Which, of course, makes no sense at all. Because if that's what Oswald was doing, then he would have admitted that he did it.

First, no one needed to discredit Oswald. The evidence does that by itself. An excellent point by point summary of Oswald's guilt has been created by David Von Pein HERE.

But the Paines were not the only ones who thought Oswald did his deed to gain a place in history. His wife Marina told the Warren Commission, “From everything that I know about my husband, and the events that transpired, I can conclude that he wanted in any way, whether good or bad, to do something that would make him outstanding, that he would be known in history.” Later in her testimony she similarly stated that Lee “wanted…by any means, good or bad, to get into history.”

Max Clark, an attorney who socialized with members of the Dallas Russian community remembered:

My general impression [of Oswald] was he wanted to become famous or infamous. That seemed to be his whole life ambition…He just seemed to have the idea that he was made for something else than what he was doing…He seemed to think he was destined to go down in history someway or other.

Mack Osborne who served with Oswald in the Marine Corps in California told the Warren Commission, “I once asked Oswald why he did not go out in the evening like the other men. He replied that he was saving his money, making some statement to the effect that one day he would do something which would make him famous.” Similarly, Volkmar Schmidt, who met Oswald at a party, noted that he “was extremely fixed on making an impression with his life. [He was] enormously ambitious, ambitious to achieve something beyond the normal.”

Kerry Thornley, who also served in the military with Oswald, believed that he “looked upon history as God. He looked upon the eyes of future people as some kind of tribunal, and he wanted to be on the winning side so that ten thousand years from now people would look in the history books and say, ‘Well, this man was ahead of his time'."

So when he killed JFK, Oswald instantly became the subject of every news story on television, on radio and in every newspaper in the world. His dream of becoming famous was a reality and needed no proclamation on his part.

The notion that Oswald would have immediately confessed is silly from another perspective unless he had a death wish that has gone unnoticed. Oswald would have been well aware that Texas, where he would have been tried since murdering the President was not a federal crime in 1963, had the death penalty. While Oswald gained infamy after his unfortunate murder by Jack Ruby, he was deprived of precious time that he would have had to tell tales of his innocence to eager theorists (much like James Earl Ray who managed to convince members of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family that he was guiltless).

The only way that Oswald would have pled guilty would have been in exchange for a life sentence. And in that case, he could always recant which is exactly what Ray did. But factoring in the requisite appeals, even a guilty verdict and a death sentence would likely have provided Oswald years to profess his innocence and expound on his political philosophy.


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