Find Out Why JFK Died and Why It Matters

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Murray was a 10-year-old kid in Buffalo when the president was assassinated
in November of 1963.

"I loved
JFK as much as a 10-year-old could," Murray recalls. "And
through the years, I’ve admired and respected him probably as much
as I was shocked and surprised by other aspects of his life. I thought
I knew the story, his story. As for his assassination, well, I never
did believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I was watching television
the morning he was shot and killed. (Oswald) was yelling, ‘I’m a
patsy.’ Who says that? Who doesn’t say, ‘I didn’t do it!’ ‘They’ve
got the wrong guy." ‘I’m innocent!" But, through the years,
to be honest, I didn’t think about that a great deal."

Murray is now
56, an attorney, who formerly worked in intelligence for the United
States Air Force. He’s married, has four grandchildren, and within
a decade after a religious experience in 1994, became one of the
founders of Nehemiah House, a Christian community household dedicated
to improving the lives of the impoverished in Springfield.

Last summer,
someone recommended that Murray read James Douglass’ JFK
and the Unspeakable: Why He Died & Why It Mattered
Books), a book that runs more than 500 pages.

I said, I thought I knew the story, the characters," Murray
says. "And I did, up until a point."

He pauses for
a second.

"Who would
think that Thomas Merton (the Catholic monk, writer, thinker) would
be a major player in a book about JFK?," Murray asks. "But
he was. And he is one of the characters who make this book so different
than any other Kennedy book. There is spirituality to this book
that transcends politics and whodunnit. But never flinches from
the hard truth backed by evidence backed by more evidence."

After reading
the book, Patrick Murray wanted to meet the author. He had the opportunity
last December at a retreat in Birmingham, Ala., where Douglass and
his wife, Shelley, run Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker home for
the homeless in need of long-term health care.

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18, 2009

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