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On page 118 author Joachim Joesten prophetically notes in reference to the JFK murder that ..."problems have not disappeared with Oswald's death." Joesten wrote this book in 1964, months prior to the release of the Warren Commission Report on the President's murder. His work is meaningful in so many ways. While many in America felt there were numerous problems with Lee Harvey Oswald's arrest, detainment and subsequent death, it took a bold outsider to write these misgivings in book form. Joesten, born in Germany and educated in France and Spain, looked at JFK's murder from the European view, therefore allowing himself a totally different perspective on the case. Throughout the book as Joesten goes down the list of strange and sometimes false accusations against Oswald, he suggests that the Warren Commission look hard at the case accumalted against the accused. Joesten makes bold, yet reasonable comments throughout the text, such as--"Everything that happened to Oswald from the time the police set upon him in the Texas Theater was done for one purpose and one purpose only: to make him look guilty at all costs, to deny him all facilities for defense and rebuttal, and to obliterate all trails that might lead in a different direction." Hard hitting comments such as these ( found on page 82 )are found throughout the book, and Joesten pulls no punches when taking on the Dallas Police, District Attorney's office, FBI and both local and national media coverage. Much of the information contained between the covers of this book is now well documented, but consider that this was mere months after the assassination.Read more ›
What is particularly amazing about this book is not just how well it is written, but that it was written well before the Warren commission report was issued. Joesten had an absolutely uncanny radar about what actually occurred in the case before the massive amount of evidence appeared on the scene. For this reason, I list it as one of the core books on the Kennedy assassination in my book Impossible: The Case Against Lee Harvey Oswald.
I highly, highly recommend that you get this book, if for no other reason that to see that the so-called "modern view" of the Kennedy assassination was actually not unique, and could even be predicted from some very basic facts about the assassination without an elaborate presentation of evidence. Fascinating!
By the way, this review is of the paperback version of the book, not the Kindle edition.
I came across this book after reading a score of books on the JFK murder. The author was a multi-lingual, European freelance writer who had authored political biographies and a wide range of books. This book - published in mid 1964 - before the WC report- does much of what should have been done by American journalists. He smelled something wrong, studied the reports and was quite clear on the essentials that would be be touched on by the Garrison investigation, expanded by the 1978 House Hearings and virtually confirmed by the release of ARRB papers in the early 90's. Oswald was a government agent and there were things done in Dallas that assisted the killing. Things that Lane and Meagher and Weisberg would write about a few years later. A great way to have an immediate feel for what always smelled fishy.
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Joesten's book is full of information about leads that the Dallas detectives never checked out and were not picked up on by the FBI.
The entire investigation, at the time of the assassination, was confused, leaderless, uninspired, and narrow in focus. Once Officer Tippit was murdered, the Dallas police found a suspect for that murder and made him the "it" guy for President Kennedy's murder. One truism is constant through all of this, namely, coincidence is being mistaken for fact. Information was purposely melded for confusion's sake and pure speculation hoisted as fact. One example, the TSBD had two (2) lunchrooms, not merely the infamous 2d floor lunchroom in which Oswald was confronted by Officer Marion Baker about a minute and a half after the Kennedy shooting. The other lunchroom, on the 1st floor was nicknamed the Domino Room, for its decor, by the TSBD employees. Oswald had been eating his lunch in the Domino Room. When he finished doing so, he went up the 2d floor lunchroom to purchase a Coke. A small detail such as this one seems to not matter until other omissions and even piling on are pointed out. All of this creates a pattern.
Very clearly Joesten has shown how Oswald transformed from mere suspect to alleged murderer of two men without credible evidence or even an established timeline of his movements and whereabouts at the time of the assassination. For example, Joesten points out that Howard Brennan who allegedly saw a man resembling Oswald in the TSBD 6th Floor SE window just before the shooting and gave a description of suspects's height and weight and general appearance even though Brennan could only see the man in the window from the waist up and was not wearing his prescription glasses in order to make this identification is a case in point.Read more ›