OSWALD: THE TRUTH

BY JOACHIM JOESTEN

In the current public discussion of writings about the Kennedy assassination and the Warren Report, one book is being consistently ignored: Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy? My first published work on the subject.

I am not surprised. That book has been taboo for the British press ever since it came out in June 1964 over three months ahead of the Warren Report. It still is taboo. Previously I never quite believed that such a thing as a 'conspiracy of silence' could be possible in a democracy. Now I know better. If there ever was such a conspiracy then Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy? had fallen victim to it, although the book was frequently referred to ‘as an example of wild speculation', and 'irresponsible rumour mongering'. Although I was even charged with a ghoulish delight in the assassination, the book was never mentioned by title in the papers, and the author seldom by name. Criticism, some of it outright defamation was always clothed in veiled terms, never explicit.

Why has my book ‘Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy? Remained taboo when Mark Lane's ‘Rush to judgment’; Edward J. Epstein's Inquest, Harold Weisberg’s Whitewash and other works on the subject are not? Well for one thing my book was clearly ahead of its time.

In mid 1964, the American people simply were not conditioned yet for an overt challenge to the official version of the assassination. And when in January 1965 a revised version of my book came out with the first published critique of the Warren Report the truthfulness of that 'historic document' was not yet open to question. To criticize it was rank heresy.

Although few people seem to remember it now, the fact of the matter easily verifiable is that most of the questions raised and most of the faults found by Lane, Epstein and others, were raised and found in Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy? Over three years ago since then, I have written, in German another far more comprehensive book (of 360 pages) on the same general subject Entitled Die Wahrheit iiber den Kennedy-Mord (The Truth About the Kennedy Assassination), this book deals at length with many aspects of the matter not covered in Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy?...

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