Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he killed President John F. Kennedy in a bid to make his mark in the world and impress his scorn-filled wife, Marina, says Paul Gregory, whose family were friends of the assassin.
"He was clearly someone who felt he was destined to greatness . . . he was someone destined to go down in history," Gregory, now a professor of economics at the University of Houston, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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Gregory says Lee Oswald repeatedly told Marina Oswald of the greatness of Fidel Castro and his leadership of Cuba — a claim that fell on deaf ears.
"Marina, and he deeply loved her, was very scornful of him . . . She clearly did not agree with him, and she thought he was a little man and should recognize this fact," Gregory said Wednesday.
"So, he wanted not only to do this to get his place in history but also to prove to Marina that her belittlement of him was wrong . . . In any murder you have to first look for the motive, and that was it."
Gregory, who is also a fellow at the Hoover Institute, said that on the day after the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination, he was grilled by the Secret Service.
"I was asked, what do you think? Did he do it? I said, yes, I believe he did it. Did he do it alone? I said he must have done it alone, because there was no one more ill-suited for being part of a conspiracy than Lee Harvey Oswald, and the last person I would recruit if I were organizing a conspiracy would be Lee Harvey Oswald," he said.
"I don't exclude the possibility of him thinking that he was acting in the interest of Cuba or in the interest of Russia, I doubt Russia because he had a very negative experience in Russia, but I seriously doubt that there was an organized recruitment. He definitely did not receive any financial or other resources. He carried this out on his own."
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