Hugh Aynesworth is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The former Dallas Morning News reporter was there when the shots were fired in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963. He was there when Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in an Oak Cliff theater later that day. And he was there when nightclub owner Jack Ruby gunned down Oswald in the basement of Dallas’ City Hall.
In the aftermath, Aynesworth broke numerous stories. He came to know Oswald’s wife, Marina, as well as Oswald’s troublesome mother, Marguerite. He knew Ruby and didn’t like him. He was the first to report on the diaries that Oswald kept when he was living in Russia — the source of which he has never revealed. And he has investigated dozens of conspiratorial tales over the decades.
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November 22, 1963: Witness to History
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These two book reviews about the JFK assassination are the first in a series that will be appear in Insight and Life & Arts leading up to the 50th anniversary.
Look for a special section on the Texas Book Festival in Wednesday’s editions of the American-Statesman, which will include details about author appearances and more. The Texas Book Festival is being held at the Capitol and surrounding grounds on Oct. 26-27.