On This Day: Lee Harvey Oswald was Murdered

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On November 24, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who was accused of assassinating US President John F Kennedy, was shot while leaving a Dallas police station. While Oswald was being transported from police headquarters, surrounded by police offices, camera crews and reporters, Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner, made his way through the crowd and shot Oswald at point-blank range. Consequently, Oswald was rushed to Parkland Hospital, which only two days prior was the same hospital that tried to save President JFK’s life, however he died minutes upon his arrival. Although, it has been reported that Jack Ruby states his reasoning for his actions was because he didn’t want Jackie Kennedy to have to go through the trials with her husband’s murder and further concludes “I didn’t want to be a hero-I did it for Jacqueline Kennedy.” In the end, US President John F Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald were murdered leaving Jackie Kennedy a widow and Jack Ruby in court custody, however upon his appeal trial to his death sentence he died from pulmonary embolism from lung cancer.

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