Thursday, April 17, 2014

View from Oswald's window

We visited the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas Texas. This museum is located in the old Texas School Book Depository building on the very spot where Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK on that fateful day in 1963. The museum does a fantastic job of describing the culture of the 1960's leading up to the assassination, the event itself, the subsequent investigation and various conspiracy theories.  

Shooter's view from the 6th floor window 
The investigation concludes that Oswald shot Kennedy from this window. The motorcade made the sharp left turn from Houston onto Elm street. Three shots rang out just after Kennedy's car passed under the green road signs seen on the right in this photo (the white car all the way to the right is about where JFK's car was when he was hit). 

Looking at this view from the 6th floor window was bone-chilling. You could see how easy it was to make a shot, even for a moderate marksman. I always thought it was a lot further away, but it's pretty close.

Oswald's window is on the 6th floor
(the square one on the right)
Like many, I still remember that day in 1963. I was in the 3rd grade in school when it happened. They let us out early - and when I heard the news from a schoolmate I didn't believe it. Once we got home I saw the news on TV. 

View from street level of a car driving through the spot where JFK was shot 
If you look carefully at the photo above you will see an "X" on the street just ahead of the car. This is about the spot where JFK was first hit. 

The museum does a good job describing the investigation and various dissenting views to the theory that Oswald acted alone. If you look to the right of the photo above, you can see the grassy knoll - the spot where many believe some of the shots came from. We went up there to take a look, and it's clear that an assassin would have an easy shot from there. 

We both came away from the museum believing that Oswald acted alone, although there will always be that sliver of doubt. The museum was fascinating on many levels - it invoked in us many memories of the 1960's, described the facts of the investigation and brought back the feelings of a nation in mourning. We highly recommend a visit.

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