Darkness Over Dealey Plaza
The story of Lee Oswald that nobody wants you to know
He ran like he was being followed by the enemy similar to the days he served in the United States Marine Core. Knees up high with arms structured and propelling him using minimum blockage of wind speed. He had just shot at the President but was being hunted as if he strangled him with his own bare hands. America in the 1960’s was very protective of their young president and would do everything they could to find the killer. The only problem was…..he was innocent.
Tossing a military knife into the nearby brush as he yanked out his handkerchief wiping his hands of any gun powder he hard tossed it into the a wooded area along the way. Garnishing a small handgun he pulled it out checking the number of bullets in the chamber as he slowed his run to navigate around a sharp corner entering into an alleyway. Lee Harvey Oswald was a wanted man but for all the wrong reasons and from those you would never suspect. The FBI and Local Dallas Police. He had a secret to hide and his double-crossers wanted him dead before sundown.
Oswald’s scrambled brain tried to make sense of what just happened? The light rainy morning turned into a bright and sunny Dallas Fall afternoon with such promise. He had been lied to by a Government he tried so desperately to escape from years before. Russia had been enemy number one along with Cuba and Oswald was tied to both. He wanted to fit in but never found a restful place he could call home. Even with his wife Marina and being a Father to two small children had not given him joy. He wanted to be important and he wanted to be noticed. Well on this day, November 22, 1963, he was more than important he was a walking dead man.
Oswald decided to make a pit-stop at his home on 1026 N. Beckley, Oak Cliffs where he rented a room for himself, Monday through Friday along with 16 other tenants. On weekends he would drive to Irving Texas where his wife Marina Oswald lived. He had only been living at this residents for 16 weeks prior to the assassination of the President. The person that was cleaning the house was watching the news event on television and she stated that Oswald came in and grabbed a coat and left without saying a word. Oswald was listed as a resident under the name of “O.H. Lee” not his real name of Lee Harvey Oswald. The owner of the house would later say that Lee never gave her any trouble and that he would often play ball with her brothers on the front lawn.
Nervously and in a hurry Oswald fast-walked out of the house while putting on his coat that he just retrieved from the boarding house. He headed west to 10th and Patton street where he encounters police officer J.D.Tippit looking for Oswald. Tippit was someone who acted on the Government’s behalf to meet Oswald at a movie theater as originally planned. Oswald was told prior to the event that he was to meet Tippit at the Texas Movie Theater after the staged assassination for further instructions. When in fact his meeting with Tippit at the theater was not for additional instructions but was going to be the end of Oswald’s life. Lee began to catch-on about the meeting and got a strange feeling he was set-up. Therefore, he decided to go home to the boarding house to clear his head and think of his next move. Knowing he couldn’t stay home either and knowing they would look there first, he left in a hurry. When Oswald failed to show at the pre-determined location (pre-arranged 16 weeks before), Tippit was on his way to Oswald’s residents to find out why he never arrived. Tippit was there to kill Oswald and Lee struck first.
In front of 404 10th Street shots were fired into the police vehicle of J.D.Tippit. Oswald fled again and ran directly into the hands of the police at the theater he avoided earlier. Perhaps getting second thoughts about fleeing figuring his co-conspirators would eventually save him rather than kill him.
For several years the facts of the case tracing Oswald’s journey after the assassination didn’t make sense? Why would he shoot a police officer and flee to a very public Texas Movie theater? It is worth repeating; all these facts are tied to Oswald being double crossed and the theater was to be the meeting place for further instructions. However, as indicated earlier, Tippit was there to kill Oswald once Lee figured out he was set-up. What Tippit didn’t know was that he was also double crossed and even though he was killed by Oswald, all was not lost as Tippit was later used in death to cover up more of the conspiracy. More to come on that fact.
Pulling the trigger on the “decoy” rifle (Carcano Model 38 infantry carbine known as a “Mannlicher–Carcano” with a telescope sight) from the 6th floor depository window amid the chaos of President Kennedy being shot, Lee lost his balance a bit and fell slightly backwards into some boxes. Startled that he had just shot off two live rounds. Oswald followed the script rehearsed to him months earlier at a meeting in his home state of New Orleans. Except he found out quickly that the blanks that were supposed to be in the rifle were replaced with live rounds. He had been told the rifle would contain blanks in a meeting that took place with none other than Jack Ruby. Yes. They knew each other before the planned assassination and Ruby was one of many who double-crossed Oswald. Later on, Ruby would also be double-crossed into believing he would spend little or no time in prison for wiping out Oswald. The arrangement with Ruby was that he would be freed on the backs of the emotions of America who had little sympathy for Oswald’s death being that he killed their beloved President.
“Ten Days Max”, the informants told Ruby he would spend in Jail
“The Informants” were a cluster of well dressed Government “zombies” that never broke character and always conserved their words when informing their subjects of their mission. The standard four with an occasional fifth Informant would make-up the internationally mobile group. Any place they asked you to meet them they were always at their destination waiting for at least 20 minutes. Never was there a time when they were late to any meeting. It was almost as if they appeared and disappeared in thin air.
“The Informants” were created from the office of the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover. Since he couldn’t be everywhere all the time and his office staff was limited to assisting his daily needs, he formed a mobile group with the same name. They were never identified by their birth names and only answered questions that were strictly relevant to the task. This was the 1960’s but the Informants never smoked and never drank alcohol or any beverage while in the presence of their subject. Forget break into a smile. You were lucky if you received a formal greeting other than a head nod. They were solely there to make sure their mission was carried out to the letter without distraction. If not, there were backup plans of elimination. They were trained in everything from fire arms to spy-like tactics. They were experts in measuring out poisoning techniques to make a death look natural. They were mechanically educated in automobiles, boats and airplanes. They could drive every type of vehicle foreign or domestic and could navigate a 747 if the pilot was one of the subjects of elimination and if in the air was the only opportunity they had. They could calculate time and direction without assistance from a compass or watch. Fully trained in martial arts and spoke 7 languages. They were the U.S. Marines wrapped into James Bond! The Informants were certainly busy with “subjects” surrounding the deaths of Martin Luther King, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Kennedy and Malcolm X. Hoover was redefining history one important figure at a time.
Ruby flew from Dallas to Florida in the Winter of 1962 to meet at a strip club owned by himself called “The Alley Cat”. “The Informants” were met by a high ranking member of the Dallas Police Department and a man named “Lee”. This of course was Lee Harvey Oswald. The high ranking officer was J.D. Tippit. All three were under the impression that they were working on the same side with the “The Informants”. They had all three of them fooled. Any deviation in the plan for the assassination would be doom for all three. “The Informants” were very good about playing one participant against another when a scheduled plan fell through. Plus, they always had the back-up arrangement to double-cross the double-crosser, if that makes any sense? There was never a “same-side”, even if the plan went off flawlessly. You were either met with instant death or you were tucked away and lied to until you died a lonely death. In Ruby’s case he rotted in jail.
To corroborate this union of three, a dancer in Ruby’s club (Beverly Oliver) places both Ruby and Oswald together at Ruby’s bar prior to the assassination. Even Ruby introducing Lee to Beverly as his “friend”. The third, J. D. Tippit in plain clothes was also introduced to Beverley but as a newly recruited bouncer from Dallas on his first night at “The Alley Cat”.
“The Informants” believed in hiding in plain site which made the subjects feel relaxed and receptive to all their demands. “Rocking them to Sleep” was a term they used while practicing brain washing techniques to carry out the given task with their subjects. They were never worried about somebody like Beverly, who only blabbed nearly 40 years after the assassination where all the conspiracy theories had been beaten to death. If they had been worried that she would be a liability she would have been gone instantly. The fact is that no one was listening to a Jack Ruby dancer from a low level strip club.
During a time (1960’s) when there was no social media and no camera phones to record anything, the press could be bought with their silence or worse, killed. “In plain site” worked methodically for that time period.
Lee was so desperate to “belong” to anything or any one organization to make him feel important, that he was willing to take part in an elaborate plot to kill the President. Oswald was first confronted on August 9, 1963, New Orleans native Lee Harvey Oswald stood in front of the Ward Discount House at the corner of Canal and St. Charles streets distributing his Fair Play for Cuba Committee leaflets. The Fair Play for Cuba Committee was a pro-Castro organization that supported the Cuban Revolution against attacks by the United States Government. Oswald was shuffled aside by “The Informants” on that day and briefed about the proposal to participate in the action against Kennedy. Lee was offered Russian citizenship along with a lifetime security clearance to the Kremlin along with Political level riches including a mansion and first class trips to Cuba for himself and his family. His only requirement was act as a decoy on the 6th floor Texas Book Depository on November 23, 1963. After he is seen in the window as the lone assassin he was to meet J.D. Tippit on the Texas movie house for a transfer to a private government airport on a flight to Russia. His family would later be transported to meet him there on a different day.
Lee was offered Russian citizenship along with a lifetime security clearance to the Kremlin along with Political level riches including a mansion and first class trips to Cuba for himself and his family.
The offer from The Informants was too good for Oswald to turn down. This was everything he ever wanted; status and riches along with his chance to live in Russia with his wife Marina. The money and housing he would receive from The Informants was far better than a house he was renting with limited space in America. That very day one of the members from The Informants handed him keys to a brand new station wagon they had staged not far from where they were standing. However, he could not take pocession of the vehicle until after November 22nd. They dangled it in front of him like a carrot. He was allowed to keep the keys as a promise of partial payment. Lee lit up like it was Christmas Day. The unfortunate part was that President Kennedy was going to lose his life for a a bag full of promises that The Informants never had any intentions of making good on. In fact, they were lieing to everyone participating; Ruby, Tippit, and Oswald, and double crossing each one of them in the process.
Best Laid Plans
“Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men often go awry”….however, going “awry” was the intent by The Informants. The plans instructed by the three; Ruby, Oswald and Tippit were meant to fail in that they were to believe their intent was one thing and be double-crossed against each other on purpose to fail. Oswald was to appear to be scared off by being double-crossed into thinking the gun he was firing was not loaded which would out Tippit into motion to eliminate Oswald. In the mean-time, Oswald placed a phone call from a pay phone after the assassination debacle in which he was informed that Tippit was hired to kill him after the assassination, prompting Oswald to kill Tippit in an effort to stay alive. Later, Tippit’s corpse would be used for the faked President Kennedy Autopsy photos to change the wound scenario to fit their narrative. Tippit and Kennedy looked similar in life, and in death really showed a likeness as well. Ruby was convinced to believe that he was to eliminate Oswald because of his knowledge of the botched Assassination only for the Informants to turn on Ruby and have him rot in jail rather than receive his sweet-heart deal of living in the Bahamas for the rest of his life. Ruby died in jail waiting on a second trial granted after his first conviction was overturned. Ruby was never going to make it to that trial. Officially he died of cancer on January 3, 1967.
Oswald ultimately went to the Texas Movie Theater where he originally was supposed to meet with the Informants for further instructions. His gut feeling was bad and he was correct. When officers stormed the theater Oswald panicked and pulled out a gun. He was sure they were there to kill him and not arrest him. Lee understood at that moment that he was double-crossed and was not going down quietly. One of the officers punched Oswald in the eye to which he claimed “police brutality” and that “he was not resisting arrest”.
The Charge Card
Oswald was led out into a room filled with reporters so the press could take pictures. It turned out to be a press conference to which reporters screamed out questions to Oswald.
“Did you kill the president?” a reporter asked Oswald.
“No. I haven’t been charged with that. In fact no one as said that to me yet. The first time I heard that is when the reporters in the hall asked me that question.”
“You have been charged”. A reporter answered
Oswald leans over to hear the question again;
“You have been charged”.
Part of the double-cross was not allowing Oswald legal representation. Lee tries through the press to ask for a lawyer and states he has been refused.
“These people have given me a hearing without legal representation or anything.” Oswald stated to reporters.
“Did you kill the President?”
“No I didn’t shoot anyone!” Oswald barked back.
Oswald was beginning to turn on his co-conspirators and “The Informants” were using this to show Ruby that Oswald had to be eliminated. That it was a matter of time before Oswald exposed all of them. Ruby was enraged and agreed to eliminate Oswald if they met his demands of no jail time and exile to the Bahamas. Of course The Informants agreed but never planned on fulfilling any promises. As long as Ruby didn’t flip once he figured out he was double-crossed, they would allow him to live the rest of his life in jail. Ruby never exposed their agreement even though he was lied to.
One Shot does the job.
Ruby was given a hand gun with one bullet. He had been given literally one shot to get Oswald. Another “Informant” was in the crowd in case Ruby failed to complete his task. Meaning, the extra man was there to eliminate Oswald and then Ruby if the mission was not successful. Ruby completed his agreement with one shot!
Death Be Not Proud
Dr. Howard Rubenstein was a three-time gold star General in the Korean War and one of the top surgeons in the United States in 1963. He was assigned to “save” Oswald’s life. Three days before the killing of Oswald Rubenstein was met by one of “The Informants” and was briefed on the events to come in the Dallas Police Department basement on November 24, 1963. Having the highest of security clearance and a four-star General, Rubenstein held top Government secrets in his pocket like loose change. The doctor understood his task at hand. Lee Harvey Oswald was never to make it out of the operating room alive!
Wheeled into the same operating room where John F. Kennedy lost his life, Oswald was unconscious but alive. Rubenstein pushed aside the Emergency Room Doctor assigned that day and stated in a stern voice;
“I am in charge”
Rubenstein cleared out as many nurses and Emergency Room technicians as possible keeping only two military nurses and an assistant surgeon. He asked that all of them place their hands on or near Oswald’s body without performing any acts to repair the wounds. From the back and where emergency staff could view the activities through the glass it would appear that all were working feverously to save Oswald. Rubenstein placed his index finger into the stomach wound of Oswald and in almost in an act of deviance pushed with all his might while gritting his teeth while wiggling the finger to aide in the bleeding out and tremendous loss of blood. He claimed aloud that he was searching for the bullet through touch and feel. Unorthodox to any skilled surgeon over the previous 50 years. The heart monitor began to flatten as one of the nurses instinctively reached to try and help Oswald. Rubenstein grabbed her wrist violently twisting to the point that he was concerned that the technicians could sense what was happening from outside. Rubenstein gave a slight look over his shoulder to make sure and let go of the nurses wrist.
Oswald died at 1:07 p.m. An autopsy was performed by the Dallas County Medical Examiner at 2:45 p.m. the same day. The cause of death in the autopsy report was said to be “hemorrhage secondary to gunshot wound of the chest.” The bullet struck several organs, penetrated his stomach, and tore his vena cava and aorta. Rubenstein met with reporters to advise of Oswald’s death. Any connection to Ruby or “The Informants” was not silent. Ruby was never going to “sing” so there was no worries there. If there was any indication that Ruby would flip he would be gone instantaneously.
Oswald’s body was wheeled from the operating room to the basement morgue where he was to have an official autopsy and squelch any conspiracy rumors. Only his wife Marina Oswald was allowed to view his body and confirm the identity of Lee. Rubenstein authorized an autopsy and it was signed by the county coroner within a few hours of Lee’s body arriving. He had a private funeral with just his immediate family.
If you ever took a look at the face of J.D. Tippit and President Kennedy there is a striking resemblance to each other. Something “The Informants” noticed as well. They were asked to produce a look-alike to the President so that the autopsy of Kennedy could fit the narrative of the single shooter response. A blown apart head of John Kennedy could not be convincing to a lower bullet hole with make-up and a flap over of skin with some hair. Tippit and Kennedy looked more like twin brothers than Robert and John who were actually blood. As stated throughout the story The Informants were great at utilizing their resources for multiple purposes. Posing one against another and having them eliminate each other by raising the paranoia level. Providing false promises to their victims only added to the buy-in and ensured that the victims followed through with their task.
The Band Splits-up
After the death of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy The Informants entered the 1970’s older and in little or no demand from Big Brother. While on a trip to the Bahamas for what the Informants thought was a paid vacation for all of their hard work, they fell into the very same trap they avoided throughout the years. They all travelled on the same plane to a single destination. The private plane crashed into the warm shark invested waters just short of the runway killing all on board except the polit. He managed to jump free by parachute only to be discovered with a single shot gun wound in his hotel room 4 days later. “Robbery” the Bahamian police filed as the official cause of death.
You will never find photographic of written evidence of The Informants and no listing of family or friends that have come forward to corroborate their existence. One rumor that floated around over the past five decades were that the informants were transported beings from the 1700’s as part of a time travel project that all Governments had been experimenting with. They had figured out how to transport them into modern times but not back so they eliminated them. Do you really doubt any possible theory?
DISCLAIMER: The historical events were utilized as a backdrop to a creative story that may or may not be true. I hope you enjoyed the possibility!