JFK wasn’t intended target, author claims



Lee Harvey Oswald had a vendetta against someone else in JFK’s motorcade on Nov. 22, 1963, writes James Reston Jr. in The Accidental Victim.

Oswald was “devastated” by his less than honorable discharge from the Marines, Reston says, and appealed to the then-Secretary of the Navy John Connally. In response, Oswald received a “bureaucratic brush-off.”

Connally is elected governor of Texas and Oswald nurses a grudge until that day in Dallas.

In the motorcade, Connally was sitting in front of JFK and the intended target, Reston says. Connally was injured in the assassination.

You can watch an interview with Reston on NBC’s Today show or read an excerpt of his book here.