Author Guest Post
The Lee Harvey Oswald Contradiction:
A Presidential Assassin Whose Getaway Car Was A City Bus
By: L.D.C. Fitzgerald
Welcome! Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m author L.D.C. Fitzgerald, and I’m delighted to be your guest blogger today. My novel, SAVING JACKIE K, is a thrilling adventure to rescue the First Lady, a story with a twist on the Kennedy Conspiracy.
In my novel, Lee Harvey Oswald was involved in the assassination plot, but the scheme was masterminded by an unexpected figurehead. Who was Oswald in real life?
On October 18, 1939, a boy who would become infamous was born in New Orleans to a recent widow. Lee Harvey Oswald’s father had died two months before his birth, forsaking him to a virtually unsupervised childhood as the youngest of three brothers. In his own autobiographical notes, Oswald described himself as “the son of a Insurance Salesman whose early death left a mean streak of independence brought on by neglect.”
Days after his seventeenth birthday, Oswald dropped out of school to enlist in the US Marine Corps, following in the footsteps of his idolized brother, Robert. The young military enlistee was deployed in Japan and islands in the South Pacific. Like all marines, he learned to shoot, and earned the distinction of Marksman, a level below that of Sharpshooter, on a scale of Marksman-Sharpshooter-Expert.
Oswald had already declared himself to be a Marxist by the age of fifteen, and while in military service he dedicated his free time to the unusual hobby of learning to speak and read Russian. In September 1959 he received a hardship discharge from active service, claiming his ailing mother needed his assistance.
His self-taught rudimentary Russian skills proved to be part of a longer-term plan when in October 1959, the twenty-year-old defected to the USSR. After an apparent suicide attempt, he was granted a menial job at the Gorizont Electronics plant in Minsk. He received a stipend and an apartment. He married a Russian girl he had known for six weeks, Marina Prusakova, in an effort to make another girlfriend jealous. In Oswald’s Historic Diary penned in the Soviet Union, he wrote, “In spite of [the] fact I married Marina to hurt Ella, I found myself in love with Marina.”
Less than two years later, Oswald grew bored with the Spartan life in Russia, writing, “I am starting to reconsider my desire about staying. The work is drab, the money I get has nowhere to be spent. No nightclubs or bowling alleys, no places of recreation except the trade union dances. I have had enough.” Together with his wife and infant daughter, he began the long process of returning to the US.
In America, Oswald bounced around, living in various locations in Texas and Louisiana. After gaining some notoriety by passing out leaflets in New Orleans for the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, he was interviewed by local press. He announced his political affiliations: “I will very definitely say that I am a Marxist, that is correct. But that does not mean, however, that I am a communist.”
The Oswalds wound up in the Dallas area, where Lee found work at the Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza. Another daughter was born to the young couple, but Lee did not live with his family. He rented an elfin room in Oak Cliff, while Marina resided in Irving with her friend, Mrs. Ruth Paine.
According to the Warren Commission Report, Lee Harvey Oswald brought his bolt-action Mannlicher-Carcano rifle to work on the morning of November 22, 1963. As the president’s motorcade passed in front of the Book Depository, Oswald fired three shots out of the sixth floor window, injuring Texas Governor John Connally, and mortally wounding President John F. Kennedy. The alleged assassin then engaged in an ill-conceived escape plan. Since Oswald didn’t have a license, nor could he drive, he boarded a bus that headed back toward the scene of the crime. After getting ensnarled in crime-scene traffic, he hopped off and hailed a taxi which took him to the vicinity of his boarding house. He retrieved a pistol, and gunned down a police officer in cold blood several blocks away. He then hid out in a movie theater where he was arrested.
In custody, Oswald denied any wrongdoing. “I didn’t shoot anybody.” He blamed his arrest on his defection to Russia. “They’ve taken me in because of the fact that I lived in the Soviet Union. I’m just a patsy!” While being transferred to the county jail two days later, Oswald himself was fatally shot by nightclub owner, Jack Ruby, silencing him forever.
Lee Harvey Oswald was a passionate young man who followed his dream to defect to Communist Russia, and then became bitterly disillusioned when he recognized the utter drudgery of his life, and the imperfections of the political system he idealized.
Oswald was an oddball, a malcontent, and a lone nut. A man smart enough to teach himself to read and speak Russian, he was incapable of holding down even menial jobs. A self-declared Marxist, he executed his fanatical defection to Russia with foresight and tenacity, but he never learned the simple skill of driving a car.
Did Oswald kill President Kennedy? I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusion.
In the meantime, I invite you to check out my novel SAVING JACKIE K for a thrilling fictional account of Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK conspiracy.
The story begins in present day, in a world where fifty years ago Soviet assassins missed President Kennedy, killing his wife Jackie by mistake. The death of Jackie K engenders a chronic devastating war with Russia, the country purportedly responsible for the attack. In 2013, a team of renegades accidentally discovers time travel and decides to return to 1963 to save the First Lady. Learn more at www.savingjackiek.com.
Thanks for joining me today!
About The Author
The author name L.D.C. Fitzgerald is, in fact, a pseudonym representing the combined talents of two writers: Lisa D. and Dave C. Lisa is a recovering Marketing Executive, having spent two decades researching consumer insights. Dave, a self-educated computer geek, has been selling his soul to corporate America for over a quarter century.
You can visit their book’s website at www.savingjackiek.com.
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Saving Jackie K by L.D.C. Fitzgerald
Publisher: Ursa Minor Publishing
Publication Date: July 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover / Paperback - 382 pages / Kindle - 1036 KB
Genre: Historical Fiction / Action Thriller / Conspiracy Theories / Time Travel
BUY THE BOOK: Saving Jackie K
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.
Jump into the past to save her!
Enter an upside-down world where Soviet henchmen botched their mission to eliminate John F. Kennedy fifty years ago, slaying his wife Jackie instead. The unthinkable crime incites Americans and triggers an unending war with Russia.
In present day, as the two superpowers teeter on the brink of mutual destruction, a team of outlaws discovers a way to jump through time. The wisecracking felons decide to take matters into their own hands by traveling back to 1963 to save Jackie K. To fix the future, they must right the wrongs of the past.
But, their mission may go awry . . .
My Book Review:
Saving Jackie K is a riveting historical fiction story that delves into the JFK assassination and conspiracy theories through an intriguing interweaving of historical factual accounts extensively researched from public records with a fictional time travel action thriller. The authors weaves a fascinating story that transports the readers from the present time back to 1963 with an exciting storyline that will captivate the reader's attention from the beginning and keep them guessing and turning the pages.
I loved the blending of fact and fiction throughout the storyline, it makes the reader ponder "what if" in a realistic and believable way. This is an action packed story that takes the reader on an exhilarating thrill ride, it has a large cast of real life characters (Kennedy, Johnson, Hoover, Nixon Oswald, Ruby ... even a surprise one in Oliver North) and fictional characters, intriguing twists and turns, and a touch of sci-fi via time travel and futuristic technology that turns the story up a notch.
The authors have extensively researched the JFK assassination and the relative conspiracy theories, they provide the reader with a fascinating mini history lesson within the auspices of the storyline, and the interweaving of truths and theories will keep the reader engrossed until the end.
Saving Jackie K is a thought-provoking story that JFK assassination conspiracy buffs will definitely enjoy.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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