Conspiracy theorists like to imagine that Lee Harvey Oswald spend his entire life living a lie, or many lies, pretending to be an unpredictable loner and loser, when he was really a super-secret agent, or double-agent, doing James Bond like covert missions. The truth is, he was a loser, and a loner, who didn’t like to be told to do anything, and often acted in an unpredictable manner. He was not the kind of person that any conspiracy would chose to work with, because they would not be able to count on him to follow any plan.
He was never popular or well liked. Between his overbearing and crazy mother, and moving around from city to city and in and out of foster homes, he arguably never had a good opportunity to become well adjusted. He ran off to the Marines, where he didn’t fit in and had no close friends, then left early with the medical excuse that his mother was sick, but turned right around and ran off to the Soviet Union. When he asked to defect, they rejected him so he slit his wrists, and they let him stay, but still wanted nothing to do with him. Disillusioned with the worker’s paradise of Mother Russia, he returned home with a new wife and daughter, perhaps the only people who gave him some real love. But he rewarded that love by beating his wife and despite his calls for human rights and social justice, he told her that she was his property and he could do with her what he wanted, so she repeatedly left him.
Oswald was also disappointed to find that no one seemed to care about the fact that he lived in the USSR. Other than a few questions from the FBI, he just wasn’t important enough to matter to anyone. He tried to shot General Walker and failed. He tried to take a bus to Mexico and talk his way into Cuba and failed. He kept losing menial job after menial job and moving from one crapy place to another, while telling his wife how he would be important someday. He even bragged that he would be the Prime Minister of America, a job that doesn’t exists, pretending that a great revolution was coming and he, despite his social awareness, would somehow be at the forefront of it.
In short, he was a daydreaming nobody, who felt the world owed him something and he’d somehow been cheated out of it. Once he was arrested, however, he did not stand up for any convictions and make any speeches about why he murdered President Kennedy (that might have come later), because he was having too much fun being the center of attention for once. Sadly, history has seen many people like him and we are likely to see more in the future. People who think shooting someone famous, or shooting unknown people in mass will make themselves important, or make themselves feel better. People who do not fit into society and would not fit into anyone else’s master plan.
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