The majority of conspiracy theory concepts bordering Head of state John F. Kennedy’s murder have actually been disproven. Kennedy was not eliminated by a gas-powered gadget caused by aliens or by star Woody Harrelson’s dad.But supposition regarding Kennedy’s Nov. 22, 1963 murder in Dallas proceeds, sustained by unreleased identified papers, peculiar ballistics and also the case of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald– that was later on eliminated on real-time TELEVISION while in authorities wardship– that he was “simply a patsy.” A number of JFK murder professionals, like the previous New york city Times investigatory press reporter Phillip Shenon, see Mexico as the very best area to locate responses concerning a feasible conspiracy theory and also that lagged it. Simply over a month prior to Kennedy’s murder, Oswald took a bus from Texas to Mexico City. He got here Friday early morning, Sept. 27, 1963 and also left really at an early stage Wednesday, Oct. 2, according to American and also Mexican intelligence.Was Oswald a type of rogue James Bond that went southern of the boundary to mingle with communists, Cuban revolutionaries and also spies– or simply a crazy killer?I went into that concern while investigating my publication on conspiracy theory stories in Mexico, and also I assume I located something everyone else missed out on: an opening in the tale of the actual guy that began a steadfast conspiracy concept regarding Oswald’s Mexico journey. Communist Mexico CityMexico was a Cold Battle location in the mid-20th century, a place for Soviet expatriations, American leftists getting away the anti-communist mistreatment of McCarthyism and also sympathizers with Cuba’s Castro regimen. Every communist and also autonomous nation had a consular office in Mexico City– the only area in the Western Hemisphere where these adversaries existed side-by-side basically openly.According to witnesses from the Cuban and also Soviet polite objectives, Oswald saw their consular offices continuously on Friday and also Saturday. He was seriously looking for visas to those nations, which Americans were after that banned from going to. Told such papers would certainly take months to procedure, Oswald entered a warmed disagreement with the Cuban consul, Emilio Azcué. Oswald likewise required a KGB volley ball suit on Saturday early morning to be terminated when he sported a tool at the Soviet consular office, prior to rupturing right into splits and also leaving. Those occasions are well recorded by the CIA, which in the 1960s had actually increase its Mexico procedures to check communist task, also working with 200 Mexican representatives to aid. The Mexican Trick Solution, whose 1960s-era documents Mexico has actually just recently started to declassify, likewise tracked Oswald on Sept. 27 and also Sept. 28, 1963. Oswald’s location for the following three-and-a-half days, nevertheless, continue to be unidentified. A conspiracy concept is bornA primary conspiracy theory regarding Oswald’s undocumented time in Mexico City places him touching hazardous Mexicans on the left side of the Cold Battle. This tale came from March 1967, when the American consul in the Mexican seaside city of Tampico, Benjamin Ruyle, was acquiring beverages for neighborhood journalists.One of them– Óscar Contreras Lartigue, a 28-year-old press reporter for El Sol de Tampico– informed Ruyle he would certainly satisfied Oswald in 1963 when he was a regulation trainee at Mexico’s National Autonomous College. Contreras stated he would certainly remained in a pro-Castro school team which Oswald had actually asked this team for assistance obtaining a Cuban visa. According to Contreras, Oswald invested 2 days with these National Autonomous College student, after that met them once again a couple of days later on at the Cuban Consular office. Seemingly worried for his life, Contreras would not inform Ruyle far more. He stated he himself had actually taken a trip to Cuba, understood individuals in the Castro regimen and also had actually exploded the statuary of a previous Mexican head of state on school in Mexico City. Contreras was afraid mistreatment for his political tasks. Contreras did state this had not been the very first time he was sharing his tale, however. After JFK was fired, Contreras informed Ruyle, he would certainly commented to his editor that he ‘d just recently satisfied Oswald. The Contreras questionContreras’ account meant questionable, formerly unidentified links in between Oswald and also communist Cuba made quickly prior to JFK’s assassination.His tale was, according to a memorandum later on sent out from CIA head office, “the initial strong investigatory lead we carry Oswald’s tasks in Mexico.” UNITED STATE federal government authorities required to learn if Contreras was a reliable resource. 3 months after Ruyle’s pleased hr, a CIA authorities from Mexico City mosted likely to Tampico to examine Contreras. Throughout the six-hour examination, Contreras still rejected to explain, yet he did state Oswald never ever pointed out murder– just that he stated continuously he “needed to reach Cuba.” In 1978, a scientist from the UNITED STATE Residence Select Compensation on Assassinations called Dan Hardway mosted likely to Mexico to check out the JFK murder. He was not able to talk to Contreras in spite of numerous efforts, yet in a prominent record advised his account must not be disregarded. The New york city Times press reporter Shenon, that spoke with Oscar Contreras for a 2013 publication on the JFK murder, likewise located Contreras reputable. Shenon created that Contreras– whom he calls a “popular reporter”– “went a lot additional” in their meeting than he had with the CIA, affirming “even more substantial get in touches with in between Oswald and also Cuban representatives in Mexico.” Dan Hardway, that is currently a legal representative in West Virginia, still thinks Contreras. After reviewing Shenon’s publication, he repeated in 2015 that Lee Harvey Oswald could have belonged to a broader Cuban knowledge internet. Opening in the webÓscar Contreras passed away in 2016, so I might not interview him myself. Yet in my examination, a min information of his bio ordered my focus– an obviously neglected opposition that might threaten his whole tale. In Contreras’ telling, he took off the National Autonomous College school and also relocated to Tampico around 1964. Yet Contreras likewise supposedly informed his “editor” regarding his experience with Oswald after the 1963 Kennedy murder. University papers aren’t typical in Mexico, and also Contreras was a regulation trainee. So exactly how could he have had an editor in 1963? I believed his home town paper, El Sol de Tampico, could hold the solution. Digging with its archives, I located that the paper ran a Sunday chatter column in the very early 1960s called “Crisol,” or “fusion.” Óscar Contreras ended up being the press reporter for “Crisol” on June 6, 1963, and also proceeded creating the chatter column in September and also October that year. While Lee Harvey Oswald remained in Mexico City, Contreras was 300 miles away in Tampico. In flamboyant prose, discolored back problems of the neighborhood paper program, he narrated the luxurious wedding party, quinceañeras and also private yacht trips of Tampico’s upper class. 3 dark daysI think the Sol de Tampico archives reject Contereras’ account. A political contributor might live much where his paper is released. However, for a chatter reporter, that would certainly be dereliction of obligation. This discovery dives Oswald’s loss 1963 journey to Mexico back right into the dark. There are various other conspiracy theory concepts, consisting of that Oswald had a Mexican girlfriend that took him to an event of communists and also spies. Yet it’s more probable Mexico holds no concealed hints to JFK’s murder. Conspiracy theory concepts supply guarantees of deepness and also closure, an assurance that the largest enigma of the 20th century is understandable. Yet from what we understand regarding what Oswald did and also really did not carry out in Mexico City, he was an unpredictable, chaotic loner that could not also take care of traveling logistics. JFK’s murder is a chilly situation. And also in Mexico, just tired leads remain.This write-up is republished from The Discussion, a not-for-profit information website committed to sharing suggestions from scholastic professionals. It was composed by: Gonzalo Soltero, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Find out more: * Bob Dylan brings web links in between JFK murder and also coronavirus right into plain alleviation * What far better forensic scientific research can expose regarding the JFK assassinationGonzalo Soltero got financing from a Newton Advanced Fellowship by the British Academy.