The birth of the crackpot conspiracy industry actually occurred on this day fifty years ago, when Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald at the Dallas Police Station. Millions upon millions of us remember this which happened at around noon eastern time, 9 a.m. Pacific, and it was unforgettable. It was the first murder ever broadcast in American television history.
Although Ruby, himself a disturbed individual, thought himself a hero for killing JFK's and Tippit's killer, by silencing Oswald forever and denying him a trial, he started all of this bullshit about a conspiracy surrounding the assassination itself and a conspiracy surrounding Ruby's part in it. An Oswald trial would have stopped any belief in it, and his conviction and likely execution would have ended speculation once and for all. We wouldn't have the Stone/Garrison groupies to deal with these days. The "researchers" would have had to find another line of work. Sadly, though, it was not to be.
Ruby was tried and sentenced to death, but he died of cancer just a little over three years later, early in 1967.
Other events during Day 3 included a mass and the funeral cortege to the Capitol building, where JFK lay in state for the public to pay their respects. Literally hundreds of thousands of people did.
This is where it gets almost unbearable for anybody who remembers the assassination. The initial reports were traumatic enough, but then the reality sinks in. When you see Jackie Kennedy and the two children, John, Jr. and Caroline, and especially how little those kids were, it's almost too much.
I don't know how much of it I will be able to stand to watch.
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