In his article "Lee Harvey Oswald, Revisited" (Oct. 25), Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam includes two statements by journalist Peter Savodnik -- "We know who killed President Kennedy" and "Mr. Savodnik doesn't think Oswald was motivated by politics."
A national poll of 2,200 people conducted last fall for the History Channel revealed that 85 percent of Americans do not accept the Warren Commission's conclusions regarding the single bullet (i.e., "magic bullet") theory and Oswald as the sole assassin.
The underlying basis for the government's official ruling re Oswald's motive was his pro-Communist beliefs. Indeed, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover proclaimed that theory within days of the assassination. Mr. Savodnik, as an experienced investigative reporter, undoubtedly came to realize that the CIA had been setting Oswald up as a patsy several months before Nov. 22, 1963. Hence, his depoliticization of Oswald and his disingenuous characterization of Kennedy's sole assassin as "... some redneck who had problems relating to his mother."
As more hard forensic scientific analyses and investigative facts continue to emerge that unequivocally reject the validity of the Warren Commission Report, it is fascinating to observe how the self-appointed defenders and sycophantic supporters of this quasi-fictional document adroitly adopt purely conjectural alternative theories to justify their discredited, completely invalid contentions.
CYRIL H. WECHT, M.D., J.D.
The writer, a renowned forensic pathologist who received permission in 1972 to examine the Warren Commission's evidence, has been one of the foremost critics of the commission's single-bullet theory.