The month of October was an interesting one in the life of President Kennedy and in the dramatic history of his short administration. By now events were in motion for his assassination in November, 1963.
On October 7th, he made good on signing the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in Washington, D.C.: "with our courage and understanding enlarged by this achievement, let us press onward in quest of man's essential desire for peace."
He also delivers two beautiful and meaningful speeches in October:
October 22, 1963 Speech Constitution Hall, Washington DC
On October 31, 1963 JFK gave his 63rd news conference. Here is a piece of that with some interesting comments about troop withdrawals in Vietnam planned for the end of the year.
In these late October days, the President and his advisers debate and plan a coup against President Diem in South Vietnam. The audio recordings and memoranda can be reviewed at this link: JFK and the Diem Coup in The National Security Archives.
I believe historians need to study these recordings and memos to look for clues as to the "Who" and the "Why" a decision was made to kill President Kennedy. The answer to this question is not an easy one to find. There are layers and multiple motives and many suspects. But by this point, the end of October, 1963, the decision had been made. President Kennedy would be assassinated in November in Dallas.
And what was Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who would be blamed for this murder up to this October, 1963?
October 1, 1963, still in Mexico, LHO pays the Hotel bill through that day.
October 2, 1963 - 8:30 AM: LHO departs on bus #332 for Texas.
October 3, 1963:
-1:35 AM: LHO crosses into the U.S.
-2:20 PM: LHO arrives in Dallas.
-LHO checks in at the YMCA. Later in the day, he files a claim at the employment office.
October 4, 1963: LHO applies for work at Padgett Printing Co. He makes a favorable impression, but is not hired because of poor references. Later, he telephones Marina and asks for a ride to Ruth Paine's home and is denied. He hitchhikes the 12 miles to Ruth's house.
October 7, 1963: Ruth drives LHO to the bus station, and he returns to Dallas to look for work. Later, LHO obtains a room at 621 Marsalis Street.
October 12, 1963: LHO advised his landlady that he was leaving for the weekend, and she stated that she didn't want him to return. LHO went to Ruth's for the weekend.
October 14, 1963: Ruth drives LHO to Dallas, where he later registers as O.H. Lee at a new rooming house on North Beckley. Later, Ruth mentions to a group of neighbors that LHO is having trouble finding work. One of the ladies, Linnie Mae Randle, mentioned a possible opening at the Texas School Book Depository; and when LHO calls the Paine home that evening, Ruth informs him of the opening.
October 15, 1963: LHO applies at the Texas School Book Depository and is hired.
October 16, 1963: LHO begins work at the TSBD.
October 18, 1963: LHO receives a ride from Buell Frazier to the Paine home, where a surprise birthday party is waiting for him.
October 20, 1963: Marina gives birth to Audrey Marina Rachel Oswald.
October 23, 1963: LHO attends a right-wing rally where General Walker is a speaker.
October 25, 1963: Michael Paine and LHO attend a meeting of the ACLU.
October 29, 1963: FBI agent James Hosty makes inquiries in the Paine's neighborhood regarding LHO.
Some interesting stuff from the official Warren Commission time line for Lee Harvey Oswald. Lot's of unanswered question, lot's of leads not followed up...
With the end of October, 1963 both President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald have less than one month to live.