Mobile's Connection to the Killing of Kennedy

Mobile's Connection to the Killing of Kennedy

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This month, the nation will commemorate 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  News 5 has uncovered little known stories about Mobile's connection to the story surrounding the assassination.

We traveled to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the site of the shooting.  The President was gunned down as his motorcade passed what was then the Texas School Book Depository.  Most believe now that Lee Harvey Oswald fired those shots from a 6th floor window.

The 6th Floor has been a museum commemorating the assassination for 25 years.  Officials there expect big crowds through the month of November.

Outside, even before the museum opens, crowds gather.  We talked with those who have their own theory about what happened to the President.  It's one reason we went to Dallas.  But we had another purpose.  We talked with a man who was in the room when Oswald visited Mobile.  Father John Payne, a Jesuit priest, told us his memories when Oswald talked to other Jesuit students at Springhill College.  That visit happened in July 1963, four months before the assassination.

Father Payne may be the last person alive who was in that meeting.  Oswald talked about his disenchantment with the Soviet Union, and the U.S.  the would-be assassin had lived in Russia for about three years and had become a communist.
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