November 22, 2010

November 22, 1963

This is the day John Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas, forty-seven years ago.

LBJ takes the oath as president. Photo by White House photographer Cecil W. Stoughton.

The events which took place in Dealey Plaza have been recorded, analyzed, chewed over and dissected until there is not a second of the time which has gone unexamined.  Probably everybody has heard every explanation and every conspiracy theory.

But here’s a question I never thought to ask: Why was Lee Harvey Oswald in the custody of the Dallas PD and not the FBI when he was shot on November 24?

Incredibly, because the assassination of a president was not a federal crime.  There was a law making it a federal crime to threaten to harm a president, but none if you succeeded.  So Oswald had committed the Texas crime of murder.

One of the recommendations of the Warren Commission was such a law, because “the absence of clear Federal jurisdiction over the assassination of President Kennedy led to embarrassment and confusion in the subsequent investigation by Federal and local authorities.

“[226] In addition, the proposed legislation will insure that any suspects who are arrested will be Federal prisoners, subject to Federal protection from vigilante justice and other threats.”

That recommendation at least was acted on by August of 1965.



  1. wow that is so interesting. crazy times i’m sure….


    Comment by Nina — November 22, 2010 @ 1:35 am | Reply

  2. A very good point. I wasn’t aware of that really stupid negligence! You did it again!


    Comment by GALYA TARMU — November 22, 2010 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  3. Interesting I’ll have to think about that, thank you


    Comment by avery — November 22, 2010 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

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