English Rhetoric & Composition
Friday, November 22, 1963. At 12:30pm, CST, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, arrives in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, riding in a convertible limo with his wife, Jackie Kennedy, Texas governor John Connally, and his wife, Nellie Connally. At this moment, President Kennedy became only the fourth President of the United States to be assassinated while in office. President Kennedy was shot once in the upper back, bullet exiting through his throat, as well as once, and fatally, in the head, exiting out the rear, right side of his skull. Governor Connally was also injured as the first bullet exited Kennedy’s body, it struck Connally below the right arm pit and exited out his chest, below his right nipple, then entering his right wrist, shattering his radius, and then lodging itself in his left inner thigh. 70 minutes after the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald, who was already wanted in connection with the killing of an officer, was arrested and charged with the murder of President Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippitt. Oswald denied shooting anybody and claimed that he was being used as a scapegoat because he had lived in the Soviet Union. Two days later, before the case could go to trial, while being transported to a car for further transfer, Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby, a Dallas night club owner.
After Oswald’s death, the investigation still resumed. An Italian Carcano bolt-action rifle was found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Detectives were able to
match this rifle to a Carcano that had been purchased the March before the shooting by Lee Harvey Oswald, under the alias of ‘A. Hidell”. They were able to match the guns due a notch in the stock of the gun that could be seen in a photo of Oswald, holding the rifle in his backyard. Further ballistic examination led to the findings that...