Find Out Why JFK Died and Why It Matters

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Patrick 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 (Orbis Books), a book that runs more than 500 pages.

"Like 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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June 18, 2009