4 Minutes in Dallas: An Eyewitness, Oswald, Ruby and the JFK Assassination
November 22, 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. Maurice “Mickey” Carroll was a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, when he was sent to Dallas in November of 1963 to cover the story of the assassination. By happenstance, Carroll was trying to interview Oswald at the police precinct where he was detained—this in an era, Carroll explains, where reporters had much easier access to public officials and newsmakers than today—only to witness him shot by local club owner, Jack Ruby. Thus, Carroll was given entrée to one of the most seminal moments in American history and one in which Carroll outlines in his new book Accidental Assassin: Jack Ruby and 4 Minutes in Dallas. In the book, Carroll outlines what he actually witnessed, and which the reader can compare to the many conspiracy theories that have swirled around the assassination for the last 50 years. As a reporter, Carroll was assigned to follow the events afterwards, but like many major news stories, conspiracies can begin to take over the story. Hence Carroll wrote his book to publish the many facts that he witnessed firsthand. In fact, as part of his Herald Tribune story, Carroll followed up with 25 questions about the assassination at the time, all to which he found answers in the publication of the Warren Commission Report, the official government investigation into the presidential assassination.
This is a great opportunity to hear firsthand about an eyewitness to history concerning one of the most talked about events in the twentieth century.
Maurice “Mickey” Carroll is currently the Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, where he is the chief spokesperson for Quinnipiac’s New York, New Jersey and national polls. Carroll has had extensive experience in the newspaper business having worked with the New York Times, The Star-Ledger, The New York Post, Newsday, The Jersey Journal and other papers. Carroll taught journalism at Columbia University, New York University and Montclair State University and presently teaches in Quinnipiac's mass communications program.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.