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Oswald Could Not Have Had MS

December 12, 2003

No evidence uncovered today proves conclusively that Lee Harvey Oswald did not have multiple sclerosis (MS) when he acted alone in his assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

I’m sick and tired of hearing these rumors that Oswald shot President Kennedy while battling MS. It does me no good and it does my disease no good.

After seeing the sight of the assassination, I know that without a shadow of a doubt, Lee Harvey Oswald could not have had multiple sclerosis when he shot the president, especially if he acted alone.

While visiting the Texas School Book Depository, I examined the sixth floor perch, where the shooting supposedly took place. Oswald ran from the sixth floor to the second floor in less than two minutes after the assassination. I descended the same flight of stairs and my best time was eight minutes and thirty-two seconds. Plus, I’m on a treatment for MS, which Oswald could not have been on since they hadn’t been invented yet.

For forty years, there had been controversy surrounding the well-being of Oswald at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Granted, he may have been a nutcase, but this evidence rules out the possibility of multiple sclerosis being a factor.

The Warren Commission did not respond with comment to my repeated calls, which leads me to believe that the number is out of service. Perhaps MS is not the conspiracy, but maybe there’s something to this magic-bullet thing after all. But, I don’t know.

Anyway, The Sixth Floor Museum at the Dealey Plaza is a delight for any history-lovers, disability or not. There is elevator service so it is not necessary to climb the six stories as Oswald did. Benches are strategically placed throughout the museum so you can gaze out the window and see the same parade route that Oswald saw some forty years ago.

It’s fun in a depressing sort of way. I give it three wheelchairs out of four.



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